The Heinz Automato

[Bill Fienup] and [Barry Kudrowitz]‘s robots, The Automatos, have been leaving a sticky path of destruction all over the internet. Their sole purpose: to crap ketchup. They accomplish this feat by dumping a CO2 cartridge into a ketchup bottle at the push of a button, leading to some pretty awesome results.  While the details are a little sparse it appears that they are using RC cars for the base and a small air gun CO2 cartridge to push the ketchup. The latest version aka the Atuomato 4 appears to be multi-actuated and can shoot more than once for maximum ketchup proliferation. See some videos of it in action after the break.


  1. andar_b says:

    What a mess!

    Sillier than heck, but it’s kinda fun. It’d be better with an automatic stopper, or something like those ‘no mess’ bottles that only open once a certain pressure level is reached. Currently, the spray continues as long as the bottle is pressurized, long after the CO2 flow stops.

  2. Luke says:

    I can see no reason these should not be hooked up to the innards of a paint ball gun for maximum ketchup

  3. Torque says:

    Perfect post for lunch!

    Now If we can just up the ante, I’d love to see a more automat-ic with burger/dog tracking technology and voice control…
    “hey, easy ketchup over here!”

    And I wanna see it draw a HaD logo .)

  4. d3c4f says:


  5. Kaboof says:

    ROFL I really laughed at that.. I mean it’s an.. awesome-awkward idea with an awkward-awesome result and looks really silly :D
    @Torque: Based on the provided videos I would assume the “easy ketchup over here” robot would leave a red mess all over you :D

  6. andres says:

    haha, those are so adorable! i want 20 of them even though i hate ketchup with a passion.

  7. signal7 says:

    Amazing. CO2 at room temperature is under roughly 800psi of pressure if it’s stored in a liquid form(most small CO2 canisters do this). I would never have tried this – I would have expected the bottle to explode before anything else happened!

  8. cpmike says:

    what is the point of those spinning arms? it almost seems as if those are a visible expression of a pump motor running, pressurizing the bottle. plus the way it dribbles out at the end makes me think this is not CO2..

  9. wololo says:

    the arms are probably a bit “tongue-in-cheek”

    bend over your toilet and clench your arms and fists the next time you get explosive diarrhea

  10. kernelcode says:

    I think the ‘droop’ might be due to the elasticity of the bottle itself, the fact it sputters seems to suggest that there’s plenty of pressure, just no ketchup.

  11. Hirudinea says:

    McDonalds should have invented this years ago!

  12. vonskippy says:

    Needs more ketchup.

  13. sean says:


  14. svofski says:

    hahahahah i lolled irl so hard!!! 200% win.

  15. bdav says:

    I’m embarrassed that I find them quite so funny, sat here laughing like a madman.

  16. Ketchup? This one squirts lead, and it flies!

  17. -HMav says:

    I showed this to my son and he just about died laughing. Great build, although a little low on the WAF.

  18. Dingo says:

    Apparently they were on Martha Stewart in 2008?

  19. Craig says:

    @Torque: Based on the provided videos I would assume the “easy ketchup over here” robot would leave a red mess all over you :D

    Nah, should just leave you red in the face. :D

  20. mjrippe says:

    When the Automato 4 did a face plant and sprayed a red arc I totally lost it!

  21. strider_mt2k says:


    But if we suppress weapons like this then the french fries have already won..

  22. Matt says:

    This is the kind of hack that I love. Completely original, a solution to a problem that doesn’t really exist in the first place. Plus the whole thing just screams of fun. It’s the sort of crazy idea that you come up with after a few beers at the pub. Thanks for making my day.

  23. Ben R says:

    I was surprised to see (and enjoy) this clip of the inventors with one of their Ketchup Crappers on Martha Stewart.

  24. Entropy says:

    At first I thought: “To what end?”
    Then I thought: “Who cares? It shoots ketchup!”

  25. the clerk says:

    all i can think of while watching this was “IM HELPING IM HELPING!!11!”

  26. j s says:

    One of the people on the team is a grad student!

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