Drexel University installs vending machine that doles out iPads

Drexel University has formed a partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia to provide an iPad vending machine to the University’s students and local residents, to make a dozen iPads available for further learning. 
For students and residents within the area, a brand new vending machine installed on the Drexel University campus might be able to help with that. In what’s probably the first of its kind, a brand new vending machine holds up to 12 iPads at a time, and will rent it out to any student or resident with a Free Library of Philadelphia library card:
“Residents of Philadelphia’s Mantua and Powelton Village neighborhoods bordering Drexel’s campus will be able to use their Free Library of Philadelphia card to sign out an iPad and use it for a maximum of four hours. With a swipe of their Drexel ID, students will also be able to check out an iPad. Users won’t have to worry about personal data being stored on the iPad as all information entered will be removed once the iPad is returned to its slot in the kiosk.“
Drexel University and the Free Library of Philadelphia selected the apps installed on the iPads to be part of a suite of tools, including Browzine, Hoopla Digital, Mango Languages,Overdrive and Zinio. Of course with the App Store, students and residents have access to other education apps than just the ones installed.

What do you think of the idea?

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