The UCC university in Australia received a Coca-Cola vending machine back in the early 90's (that explains the time warp photo!) and after having it for a while decided it was time for an upgrade. They converted it to display it's inventory over the internet.
Nowadays this would be easy to achieve by throwing an Arduino at the problem, thats what makes this project all the more impressive.
Coca Cola spotted it and decided they wanted the machine back, after lots of publicity and bad press for Coca Cola they finally relented and let the University buy the machine for $200.
We assume the machine is still going strong as there is nothing on their site to tell us otherwise, go check out the details at http://www.ucc.asn.au/services/drink.ucc