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A Threadless kiosk at a Dominick’s at 2550 N. Clybourn. Image Credit: Matt W.

News From The Future – Crowd Sourced T-Shirt Vending Machines

…the automated kiosk is part of a pilot program Threadless entered with Coinstar, Inc. Many of us have used Coinstar to cash in large amounts of change at some point. The company is also responsible for the Redbox video rental kiosks that are ubiquitous at retail locations such as drugstores and supermarkets.

The kiosks offer currently carry t-shirts from small to extra-large for both men and women. Since the program is in test mode, Threadless decided to only offer t-shirts currently available on their website The kiosks also offer hoodies, totes, water bottles, and onesies. they accept credit, debit, and prepaid cards from Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.

You can imagine popular shirts being designed and actually printed on demand in kiosks too. And after that, 3D printing kiosks you send files to and pick up later…

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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