This is what an iPad vending machine looks like

Drexel, library unite on automated iPad borrowing system

ipad kiosk checking out ipad
Credit: Drexel University

Drexel University and the Free Library of Philadelphia have introduced a vending machine that doles out Apple iPad tablets for four hours at a time.

The machine's debut follows that of a MacBook vending machine at the disposal of Drexel students around the clock.

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The iPads are accessible to Drexel students and residents of Philly's Manua and Poweton Village neighborhoods. Borrowers must swipe either their student ID or library card to activate the vending machine.

Personal data from iPad usage will be wiped upon the tablet's return to the kiosk. The dozen iPads at the kiosk have been pre-populated with apps such as Mango Languages and Hoopla, which allows you to watch movies, read ebooks and listen to music.

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