Rapid Pizza-Typing

Posted 16 May 2009 at 14:38 UTC (updated 16 May 2009 at 19:06 UTC) by Rog-a-matic Share This

We're obviously moving towards a future where many tasks performed by humans will be automated, either by fixed or flexible automation. This robo-pizzeria designed by Claudio Torghele of Northern Italy is an excellent example of fixed, super-efficient automation. It has one task, and it does it well. An elaborate arrangement of timing belt-driven slides and rotary dispensers construct a custom 12" pizza with your selection of 4 toppings, then bakes it in an infrared oven, and delivers it through an opening on a piece of cardboard. Projected pie pricing is somewhere around $5. An important feature of this amazing machine are the small windows that allow salivating customers to monitor the progress of their meal. As expected, those who make Italian pizzas from scratch with human hands are not too excited about their new competition, but that's what carpenters said when the electric drill was introduced. The "Let's Pizza" vending machine's production is being backed by a Dutch investment firm and due to be on the market this summer.

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