Banner vending machine world premiere at Schiphol airport

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A Facebook friend of mine just tried out the new banner vending machine at Schiphol airport to decorate a colleague’s desk for when she comes back on Monday. Nope, she’s not on Facebook, so it’ll be a surprise.

The banner vending machine is billed as a world premiere, or at least the first ever installed in an airport. The vending machine can be used in English, Dutch, Spanish, French and German, and offer three products: a name board (3.95 euro), banner (9.95 euro) and a big banner (14.95 euro).

The demo woman made a Welcome Home (why in English?) with windmills and clog trimmings, which she then tried to give away to some Dutch person waiting for loved ones. The first man flatly refused, saying it wouldn’t be appreciated, while the second person thought it was odd. The entire outside lettering of the machine is in Dutch, which means it’s not really aimed at foreigners. You can only use bank card (maybe credit card), but not cash it seems from the video.

The banner vending machine seems like a great idea, but I for one was greeted by surprise at the airport two weeks ago coming back from Cork, Ireland with my roller derby team and I wouldn’t trade in their homemade signs for the world.

(Link: rnw.nl, Photos: Marie-Claude Falardeau-Dekker and Kirsten Gesink)

3 Comments »

  1. While we were waiting for the banner to be printed, my friend and I were discussing about the fact that the lettering was all in Dutch – I thought it was odd if you wanted to aim it at Dutch people and foreigners. Dutch and English might have been a better choice.

    Regarding the machine itself, the interface is really easy to use, the touch screen works well, and the banner was printed faster than the advertised time! And the canvas is solid.

    Comment by Marie-Claude — November 25, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

  2. So artificial. Manufactured for lazy people with Facebook emotions. But if this thing takes off (I hope it doesn’t), just think of the generations of kids who won’t experience a hand made sign (a family group effort) welcoming home oma and opa. No thanks.

    Comment by Jay Vos — November 26, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

  3. The machine banners do look a tad boring. However, its great for people who don’t have time to make banners by hand (we’ll just have to get creative with the text). And its existence won’t stop those who want to make hand made signs. Room for both, no?

    Comment by Pip — December 4, 2011 @ 11:59 am

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