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Vending machine offers cup of noodles in exchange for Instagram selfie

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A new vending machine from Foodbeast will offer you a cup of noodles for the price of a selfie. In an instance of using social media as actual capital, this collaboration between Foodbeast and Nissin Cup Noodles will feed you in exchange for your photo and a specialized hashtag. As Softonic explains, after you take your selfie via the machine, “The #DreamMachine will generate a unique hashtag. Use that hashtag while uploading your selfie to Instagram.” Then somehow, this HAL-like apparatus “will check to see if you obeyed its online noodle dispensing protocols, and give you your noodles if you followed correctly.”

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Softonic notes that the machine was “initially conceived as a joke within Foodbeast,” but now is making its way to a few malls in Las Vegas and California. No word on how those individualized hashtags are improving social media traffic so far.

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The Dream Machine also contains video games and gift cards, which may make you happier or unhappier than a cup of noodles, depending on how hungry you are. One user found that the new machine may need a slight tweaking, however:

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

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josephbloseph
josephbloseph

I don’t think Nissin cup noodles are worth the piece of my dignity they are asking for.  Maybe Nongshim noodles, if I were hungry and not making any other stops.