As my final thesis project for OCAD University, I explored the boundaries of vending machines and the conceptual possibilities of making them more user-friendly and functional for modern applications. Using an online buyer-seller framework (kijiji, ebay, bunz) combined with a physical storage system acting as an exchange point, I designed the Illuminatr. Illuminatr is a physical and secure drop box for a seller to list their item in, using an online framework. The buyer is then able to purchase the item online, then he or she gets a virtual key and a location of the item in a form of a code. And is able pick it up from that public location at a convenient time. This system is meant to eliminate the awkward,inconvenient, and potentially dangerous in-person transactions.

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