We wanted to play around with the new Eddystone beacons that broadcast URL’s that can be picked up with iOS and Chrome. So, we figured the best way was to also treat ourselves to a little candy machine!
We bought this off-the-shelf, than ripped out all the electronics and built our own with some proto board, a Particle Core (easily could have been a Photon too), some diodes/headers/transistors/wires and an off-the-shelf power supply. We then used bluz to beacon out the URL for a website that controls the candy flow, and voila! A physical web controlled candy machine
See all the details here: https://www.hackster.io/eely22/physical-web-controlled-candy-machine