Vendtron 9000 . I built an evil Vending Mecha. You can't say that's not hilarious. Built for the 2010 Mech Comp. . 2010 Mech Contest
Category: Non-Piloted Mecha
Final Score: 17/20
The Vendtron 9000 was developed by Greenco Soda Co. in 2034. Greenco's stock was dropping rapidly, due to the arrival Redcola Inc. in 2032, and the standard outlets just weren't cutting it. In a last ditch attempt to revive the company, Greenco created a Sales AI and mechanized each of their vending machines to be able to cover more ground. Because it was the first ever automated drink distributer, people loved it. Greenco saw their stock soar, and more machines were produced. However, issues began showing up in the AI after about two years...
Two years after the Vendtron was deployed, it began noticing a trend. As competition increased, it's sales decreased. A logical decision would be to remove the competition. Within a month of this realization, the Vendtrons had overthrown civilization as we knew it, and monopolized the soda distribution business. The ensuing reign of terror lasted twenty years before the Resistance finally created the perfect soft-drink and outsold the Vendtron in every market. With their stocks crippled, the Vendtrons were forced out of their monopoly, and fell into disrepair. As for the reign of terror, it continued until the last Vendtron was destroyed in Sydney, Australia where it had been in hiding, disguised as an accountant.
As for the AI system itself, it was a program designed to locate potential customers and make the sale, no matter the cost. However, as time went on, the machines went further and further to fulfill their programming. There have been reports of single machines somehow setting fire to an entire block. And, they began to work in groups as well. From there, it was a typical Robot Revolution.
Now, it may seem ridiculous at first, but an ingenius concept developed for the machine was to place the sensory system in the keypad. It saved space, as the buttons were already transparent, but meant the machine would permanently have numbers floating across it's vision.
The vending machine part of the mech sits further forward, over the legs. This is to ease the delivery of delicious and refreshing beverages.
For it's size, the Vendtron had the most powerful engine of it's time. The entire machine could remain functional for 42 years before having to recharge. It did so by disguising itself as a normal vending machine (It pulled it's legs in) and recharging. Oddly enough, that worked almost all the time.
This image merely finishes our 360 view of the machine. However, I would like to point out the additional panelling laid ver the sides. this is to protect the important sensory components built in.
As said earlier, this model was prone to AI malfunctions. When such malfunctions occured, they weren't pretty. The Vendtron 9000 could propel a can of soda at 100ft/s with 6,000 lbs/square inch of force. Unfortunately for the Vendtron, it could only fire one ever ten seconds, as it had to recharge it's energy.
Thus, we bring the story of the Vendtron 9000 to a close. However, Greenco's competitors at Redcola put a plan similiar to this one in action later on in life. Using the same AI...