I found the machine interesting because it reminded me of being a kid and illicitly mixing caffeinated cocktails from the fountain machine at the local bowling alley, saying:
"And inside they have a giant silver robot that can mix different kinds of soda together into more than 100 strange cocktails. I remember doing this myself when I was a kid--hanging out at the self-serve fountain at the bowling alley one town over and mixing Sprite, Hawaiian Punch, and ginger ale. Now I can do it again as an adult, and, happily, there is still the same tiny thrill of doing something that is just wrong. Coke and root beer were never meant to be mixed, after all. But do it as a grown-up and you'll know that the only thing missing is bourbon.
Good thing I carry a flask."
All arguments about whether or not a new soda machine actually qualifies as news aside, the Freestyle machine seems to be driving people out of their gourds with joy all over the nation. There's a YouTube video of the machine in action that has almost 100,000 views (nothing compared to a video of a kitten sneezing, but not bad for a video of a Coke machine doing nothing special), and articles from across the country written by smitten reporters and bloggers who are just suckers for anything futuristic and shiny.
Personally, I'm just waiting for some clever fella to do the same kind of thing for booze. A machine to mix me a perfect gin and tonic whenever I want it? Then maybe I'll be as excited as Christie Johnson.