Wi-Fi comes to Japanese vending machines

You've gotta love Japanese vending machines, where you can get everything from fresh meat to panties previously worn by young schoolgirls. Asahi Soft Drinks is taking this a step further by offering free Wi-Fi from their vending machines, as reported by TechCrunch.

The great thing about it is that you don't even have to enjoy a cool bottle of Jūrokucha to enjoy the Wi-Fi perks offered by the machines. The wireless is available for free to anyone within a 165 foot radius for up to 30 minutes, at which point you can simply reconnect to continue enjoying the web. All you have to do is log in, after which you'll get to view some location specific information regarding nearby stores and attractions. As an added bonus, the machine also comes equipped with irresistible pictures of kitties.

Beginning in 2012, Asahi will be rolling out 1,000 of the machines across Tokyo, Sendai, Chubu, Kinki and Fukuoka, with plans to distribute 10,000 of them over the next five years. That's a lot of Wi-Fi.

Why is it that Japan always scores all the coolest, weirdest, and possibly depraved gadgets in the world? Meanwhile, the coolest vending machine the US has to offer is still distributing week old plastic wrapped mystery sandwiches.

Original image courtesy of TechCrunch

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