A robot apocalypse is real. Robots are taking over. Remember “I, Robot” starring Will Smith, where every walk of life is controlled by our electronic creations? Maybe the plot of the movie isn’t coming true anytime soon, but we have noticed a proliferation of kitchen robots creeping into our daily lives.
Scientists, tech wizards and entrepreneurs alike have been coming up with robotic chefs — and others with food and drink functions — in recent years, and we’ve compiled 14 of our favorite ones in action. They still have a few kinks to work out; even the best ones look a little goofy.
Manufacturing company Suzumo dreamed up SushiBot, which can pump out up to 3,600 pieces an hour or 300 rolls in the same time.
“Let’s Pizza” Vending Machine
Pizza from a vending machine? It’s no work of fiction — this invention by Italian inventor Claudio Torghel has been serving Europeans for the last three years. Now, it’s headed to the U.S. It’s technically not a robot, but the whole no-humans-involved aspect is just as creepy.
Rheon Encrusting Machine
Ever wonder how your empanada got its filling? The Rheon encrusting machine may be to thank — it’s patented to stuff foods inside other foods, and fast. A factory plant outfitted with the Rheon contraptions can pump out 10,000 to 15,000 pounds of a particular product an hour.
The Chief Cook Robot
This little chef needed some teaching, but he quickly got the hang of things. Watch him whip up a ham and cheese omelette.
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