VENDING MACHINES: Lights! Action! Roll 'Em!

Lights! Action! Roll 'Em!

The process is as simple as getting your snapshot taken in a dime-store photo booth. But instead of spitting out a strip of black-and-white pictures, the vending machines from Short Takes, a Minneapolis company, record an instant video greeting. Customers pay $10 for a blank cassette, which they insert in a slot in the machine. Then a camera in the booth records ten minutes of monologue, mugging or whatever message the customer wants to send. A mailing envelope is included.

Short Takes has installed 20 booths so far in New York City and Minnesota, and plans to distribute 1,000 more around...

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