Wonderful Engineering

Vending Machines in China Now Sells Live Crabs

Mr Liu, a businessperson in China, has invented a vending machine that sells live crabs.

The vending machine has been installed in numerous parts of Hangzhou, the east of Zhejiang province of China. The price of these crabs has been set from US$3-US$9. Ginger and vinegar are also dispensed by this machine for those who like to have condiments.

The moisture and temperature in these vending machines has been attuned in order to keep the seafood fresh. But once the crabs have been bought, they melt down and can move as well.

During China’s Mid-Autumn Festival, Mr Liu is planning to cash in due to the call for crabs and expects to publicize these vending machines at supermarkets and subway stations across the country.