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Balloon Animal Vending Machine

An automated machine to blow up & twist balloons into fun shapes.
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I have seen some fantastic machinery in different factories producing complicated products with precision and speed.

I propose we take some of these mechanisms and automate them to blow the correct amount of air into a balloon, then to have soft tipped pincers to pinch the balloon in the correct place and a set that hold/grab the balloon and twist it. Insert some xyz-axis technology and whamo, you've got a machine that does what we thought only a face-painting party clown knew how to do: create balloon animals.

This vending machine would also need a noise sensor so that if the balloon does pop while in sequence, the machine attempts to create another.

macncheesy, Jul 02 2007

(?) this one is pale by comparison to yours + http://www.e-vending.com/balloon_pump.htm
[xandram, Jul 03 2007]


       This would be a guaranteed money maker! +
phundug, Jul 02 2007

       Nice. Bonus if it can do it using robotic white gloved Mickey-Mouse hands.   

       If I clap my hands really loudly, will the sensor give me another balloon?
RayfordSteele, Jul 02 2007

       Make them helium balloons (possible?) and instead of dropping into a vending tray, they can float out the top of the machine.
phundug, Jul 02 2007

       <Jerry Maguire>You had me at "Balloon Animal Vending Machine"</JM>   

Jinbish, Jul 02 2007

       I've a friend who is willing to crouch in a cardboard box and make them if you want.
normzone, Jul 02 2007

       could it sell waterballoons as well? +
jaksplat, Jul 03 2007

       This is an electric balloon popper?   

       Build a Johnny 5 robot that knows balloonery [+]
evilpenguin, Jul 03 2007

       It's ideas like this that make daydreaming worth while.
Big (+)

       lickle bunny balloon please.
po, Jul 03 2007

       Very nice *pop* Very nice *pop* Very nice *pop* Very ni....[+]
skinflaps, Jul 03 2007

       A model of the DNA molecule please
hippo, Jul 03 2007

       //Bonus if it can do it using robotic white gloved Mickey-Mouse hands.// - Very Dr. Seuss
wagster, Jul 03 2007

       Waaah! Why does my balloon porcupine keep popping?
Canuck, Jul 04 2007

       [jaksplat] If you don't post a waterballoon vending machine I will. It could also despense creme pies and woopie cusions for other shenanigans.
macncheesy, Jul 05 2007

       Don't defocus the idea, you'll only get boned for doing just another vending machine. Stay with waterballoons and go mad with it.
wagster, Jul 05 2007

       This is damned clever. There's no way a parent with a kid could pass this without buying one. Nor would they want to.
doctorremulac3, Nov 30 2011

       I love this idea! There should be an interactive balloon animal builder interface where you mix different shapes and colors - something like EA's creature builder. +1 on white-gloved robotic hands so it can reach out and hand you the final product.
gordy, Nov 30 2011


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