Bitcoin Vending Machine is a mechanical vending machine which exchanges 1€-coins for Bitcoin. This machine works with the service of easywallet.org which provides a Bitcoin wallet with web interface similar to online banking. One can only access the account through a secret link which you get in exchange of 1€-coin. Using this link a customer can send 1€ to another Bitcoin user.
Here is an announcement on bitcointalk
THU JAN 05 2012 14:53 EST: Stuart W. Card, PhD of Critical Technologies Inc. made the first ever purchase (a bag of popcorn) from a vending machine using a QRcode and a smartphone Bitcoin wallet, in the laboratory of Upstate Networks Incorporated (developers of BTCVend [tm] and DroidVend [tm]).
The payment portion of this historic transaction can be viewed in the Bitcoin blockchain at http://blockexplorer.com/tx/71d1ff84da409e6a6c57cb81d6c27f2c664d66cafcbce1817… a transfer from Bitcoin address 1JN8zzT9nPU5DMBHvN3na8Bjb8cWwUyKjd to Bitcoin address 136qBUojeTBR6Y5XYQjHvtm4WSqAamwk1c in block 160776
About 300 Million people living in the Middle East and North African countries were not having direct access to bitcoin but today Bitcoin Nordic introduces cashU payment option. CashU prepaid cards can be bought at locations all over the Middle East and North Africa.
CashU prepaid card is way to top up a cashU account. CashU is trying to make itself globally available by cooperating with Ukash and some other payment mechanisms.
Lasse Birk Olesen, Head of Operations at Bitcoin Nordic says:
“We are very excited about introducing cashU as a payment option on Bitcoin Nordic. This will expose Bitcoin to a whole new region”
CashU prepaid cards are now available in the Middle East and North African countries with large presence in the countries like: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Qatar and United Arab Emirates
Purchasing bitcoins with CashU is MtGox 24h average + 15% at the moment but Bitcoin Nordic is looking forward to lower down this as soon as volume increases.
Bitcoins for CashU is now available at www.bitcoinnordic.com