Drexel University's MacBook vending machine lets you keep your laptop at home

Drexel University

There are plenty of vending machines out there that sell Apple gadgets—you can buy iPods in airports and iPads in Macy’s, for example. But what if I told you that some college students can get MacBooks from an on-campus vending machine?

A vending machine at Drexel University lets you do just that. But this vending machine isn't meant to put a sizable dent into students' wallets; instead, it's intended to help increase on-campus safety. If students are concerned about carrying their own laptop between their dorms and the library, they can just use the laptops from the machine.

The vending kiosk, which carries 12 MacBooks at a time, lets anyone with a Drexel ID borrow a laptop for up to five hours, with a $5 charge for late returns. Laptops get charged and wiped of any data while they rest in the vending machine, so you don't have to worry about a dead battery or data security issues.

[For some reason, I can't help but think of the old "Be kind—rewind" messages on video rentals from back in the day. —Ed.]

The laptop loaner program runs 24 hours a day and doesn’t require any pesky human interaction. That’s especially useful if you find out that work is due in tomorrow, and it’s already 10pm the night before.

Drexel currently offers only one laptop vending machine, but the university plans to add more if the vending machine is well recieved. In addition to the safety benefits, these would be great if your own laptop is broken, or if you left it at home.

Would you like to see one of these in your workplace or college? Let us know in the comments.

[Drexel University via Ubergizmo]

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