Banner Printing Vending Machine

Now you can meet and greet your loved ones at the airport and be sure they don’t miss you in the crowds by trying the world’s first vending machine capable of printing out personalized giant canvas banners in just a few minutes.

Located in Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, the machine allows customers to pick messages, like “Missed you Mom,” “I love you,” “Will you marry me?,” or anything else that stands out from the crowd. Customers can choose the font and background design, pay around $20 depending on the length of the banner, and hit the button to print.

“We came up with the idea because when we were at the airport we’d see all these people welcoming their friends and family with their own banners made of bed sheets and we thought what a hassle using sheets, wouldn’t it just be easier to make the banner at the airport,” BannerXpress’s co-founder Thibaud Bruna told Reuters Thursday.

Bruna’s first machine, which was three years in the making, made its debut at Schiphol Thursday. If the waterproof banners prove popular, he hopes to install the vending machines in other locations.

“We hope have them in other airports, but also in stadiums for sporting and music events,” Bruna said.

This is entrepreneurship at its best. These guys found a niche and invented something completely new. I personally think there is more potential at sporting events, but it may take time for consumers to embrace. Awesome idea though.

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