You can get lobster from a vending machine in Japan, so why not a baguette from one in France? French baker Jean-Louis Hecht has developed a machine which dispenses warm, fresh bread any time of the day. The idea for the innovation came when customers would knock on the door of his apartment -- which was above his bakery -- off hours and ask if he had any left over baguettes he could sell them.

After about ten years of development and two failed models, Hecht finally got it right, and his first baguette vending machine, located in Paris, is now selling 4,500 loaves each month.

Hecht has plans to put more machines in France, and eventually wants to bring the technology to the United States. "This is the bakery of tomorrow," Hecht proclaimed. "If other bakers don't want to enter the niche, they're going to get decimated."

Check out how the machine works in the video below.

[via Laughing Squid]