KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The largest capsule bulk vending machine in the world is on display in the Berjaya Times Square shopping mall here. The giant vending machine stands higher than 32 feet and has a globe circumference greater than 45 feet. The globe, with a volume of almost 800 cubic feet, can hold an estimated 125,000 plastic capsules. It stands on 15.5-ft. base.
Dubbed the "World's Largest Capsule Vender" by mall management, that claim was made official following a visit from a representative of the Guinness Book of World Records. Although there have been no previous claims to the title for biggest bulk vending machine, an official adjudicator from the famed recordkeeping organization traveled from London to inspect the vender and bestow the title.
The machine, which accepts acrylic tokens, requires 50 Malaysian ringgit (about $15) to credit a vend. It dispenses certificates packed inside the 2.5" capsules for such products as big-screen televisions, iPads, spa packages and theme park passes. The vended certificates are redeemed during a special ceremony held twice a day near the machine.
From start to finish, the machine project took six months to plan and build. Designed as a promotion to commemorate the shopping center's 10th anniversary, the machine is situated near the center's main entrance and will remain there until Sept. 28. Throughout Asia, capsule vending is very popular (think Bandai or Tomy).
The internationally themed Berjaya Times Square shopping center is 7.5 million square feet., has 1,000 shops and restaurants, and is also home to a movie theater facility and indoor theme park.
FACT SHEET: THE WORLD'S LARGEST CAPSULE VENDING MACHINE
CAPSULE VENDING MACHINE
Total Weight: Approximately 3,500kg
Total Height: 32 feet 3 inches
Diameter of CC: 15 feet
Weight of CC: 1,554kg
Content: 125,000 capsules / 1,554kg (The capsules rise to 8 feet in the capsule container)
Height of Stand: 15 feet 5 inches
Specification: Plywood surface on mild steel and 13 colors lit by LED lights on stand
Mechanism: The machine uses a digital system:
- Insert token into slot installed with sensor
- Push the button to trigger release cache and 'anticipation music'
- capsule is delivered via an internalspiral track to the capsule retrieval box
Diameter: 2.5 inch
Specification: Combination of two opaque halves (1 clear and 1 solid colored)
Diameter: 2.5 inch
Design: Bespoke with 10th Anniversary logo on one side