What exactly qualifies as comfort food is very much in the palate of the comfortee. Grilled cheese may not work for everyone under every circumstance, but we’ll risk a bet that the gooey delicacy is pretty close to universal, especially when you’re under the weather.
But if you’re too sick to grill up your own and don’t have anyone to do it for you, this grilled cheese sandwich-making robot might be the perfect kitchen accessory. Dubbed “The Cheeseborg” and built as a semester project by [Taylor Tabb], [Mitchell Riek], and [Evan Hill] at Carnegie-Mellon University, the bot takes a few shortcuts that might rankle the grilled cheese purist. Chief among these is the use of a sandwich press rather than a plain griddle. We understand that this greatly simplifies the flipping problem, but to us the flipping, especially the final high arcing double backflip onto the sandwich plate, is all part of the experience. Yes, a fair number of sandwiches end up going to the dog that way, but that’s beside the point.
As realized, Cheeseborg feeds bread and cheese from stacks using a vacuum arm, sprays the grill with butter, and uses a motorized arm to push the uncooked sandwich into the press. At the peak of grilled perfection, the press opens and ejects the sandwich to a waiting plate. As an added bonus, the whole thing is Google Assistant enabled so you can beseech Cheeseborg to fix you a sandwich from your sick bed. See it in action below.
This is far from the first culinary robot to grace our pages. There was the recent CNC sausage bot, we’ve seen plenty of pancake bots, and even [Ben Krasnow] once automated cookie making.
22 thoughts on “Automate Your Comfort Food Prep With An IoT Grilled Cheese Robot”
One slice of cheese??? Heathens.
The video didn’t show the butter being sprayed on the panini press.
and minus 2 Hacker Points for not using a clothes iron to grill the sandwich!
i dont think it does, you cant see any apparatus for spraying butter on the sandwich press and when you see the sandwich pushed into the press there isnt anything on the lower surface of the press at all.
The buttering mechanism was bulky, so it was removed for the video, I’ll try to toss some pics of it up on http://www.tabb.me/#/grilledcheese :)
please do! do you butter the bread or the sandwich press?
We butter the bottom of the press and the top piece of bread! That way we reduce butter drip from the top of the press.
The butter mechanism was removed for filming– it blocks the view of the assembly, but I’ll toss some pics of it up on my site :) (www.tabb.me/#/grilledcheese/)
I never want to become one of these “not a hack” guys that visits here. But I will come here to be a “That’s not a grilled cheese” guy!
Alexa, make me a sammich!
Bye alexa, gotta go! See you later! *blasts off*
thats expensive shotgun practice.
I would have called it sudo.
non-linux user detected. sudo isn’t the machines name, it is a modifier on the actual command ‘make’.
I’m pretty sure everyone here understands that, but if you’d like to speak a sentence and have it match a command, syntactically sudo would need to be the computer’s name. Otherwise you’re dealing with garbage like, “Alexa (whatever) sudo make a sammich,” instead of “Sudo, make me a sammich.”
Three cheers for the dairy industry! They contaminated the food chain, so no lettuce on your sandwich, but have more cheese instead.
Can we ban call-outs?
Guys!! We can now confirm there is alien life on other planets. Because this guy is clearly from another planet if he isn’t using butter on his grilled cheese. Looking at his site, I am unsure if it was ever even considered. WTF!!!!
Well if McDonald’s gets ahold of this technology say good-bye to a million minimum wage jobs.
build a robot for a thing that takes any normal person less than 10 minutes to do. now build a robot to debug my code and leave the cooking to me.
Love the music in the video but maybe some Nirvana playing while cooking would be more inspiring to the Cheeseborg. No butter, but still Nirvana!
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