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The Vending Machine

Automatons that sell goods on behalf of humans? Vending machines are so ubiquitous in our world that we tend to overlook the weirdness and wonder of the advancement. In this episode of Invention, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick quest after the first vending machines.

Invention Trailer: Daedalus

From agriculture to the X-ray machine, hosts Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the inventions we created, and how they created us.

“Invention” offers an illuminating discussion of specific inventions, inventors and human history. The show tackles the big inventions and the sweeping changes they unleashed, but also the often-overlooked marvels of innovation’s history and the many surprising cascading effects. Human history is a story of inventions, and this show tells that story one invention at a time.

It Existed: The Tranquilizing Chair

Yes, this invention existed. Find out what it was all about...

It Existed: Churchill's High-Tech Flight Pod

Are you a World War II-era British prime minister looking to fly in style aboard a Royal Air Force transport plane? Well, we have an invention for you...

It Existed: The Camel-Mounted Gatling Gun

Nope, that's not a Photoshop job or an illustration for the latest alternate history book. During the mid 1850s, you really did find camel-mounted hand-cranked Gatling guns.