Reading this article in the San Francisco Chronicle sounds very familiar if you’ve owned a hand-built robot of any kind. “Bistrobot” is a pretty sweet sandwich-making robot. It toasts bread on the fly and applies peanut butter, jelly, honey, apple butter, and/or a few other gloopy dispensable delicacies at the behest of human customers. Watch the video below and we guarantee that you’ll want to toss a couple bucks into it, even if you don’t like toasted PB&J sandwiches.
The video makes everything look peachy, like a 3D printer on a good day. Check out the jelly nozzle zig-zagging across the half-sandwich — it’s very familiar. Indeed the whole machine seems like something we could build. But as we all know, continuous duty has a way of finding the flaws in our designs. The Chronicle article is part triumph, and part tale of woe, with the builder being called in to repair the Bistrobot for the “zillionth” time.
Anyway, kudos to Bistrobot’s [Hamid Sani] for putting a crazy contraption like this out there, and kudos to the shop owner who’s dedicating precious store space to a work-in-progress, Rube Goldberg machine. We hope that they get enough extra foot traffic to justify it, because this thing is simply cool and we want to see one in our neighborhood.
It’s actually a little bit surprising, what with the myriad pancake-making machines that we’ve seen (here, here, or here just to name the most recent three) that we don’t have bots making us other tasty snacks. Perhaps the time has come? Cue the “sudo make me a sandwich” jokes.
Thanks [Nils] for the tip!