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The ChefStack Automatic Pancake Machine

The ChefStack Automatic Pancake Machine ($3,500) spits out 97% fat-free pancakes at a rate of 200 per hour. It is intended for target markets including "convenience stores, coffee shops, hospital cafeterias, and university and corporate feeding." Likely faster than a pancake-making robot, but nowhere near as cool.
[ChefStack via NotCot]

Next-Gen Ramen Noodle Robot Chefs from Japan [video]

Here's a video report from Reuters on the next generation of ramen robots at the Fua-men ramen noodle shop in Nagoya, Japan. Kenji Nagoya, the owner of the noodle shop is a robot manufacturer, and he's using the noodle robots to showcase his latest technology. He extols the robots' precision over their human counterparts: "The [...]

Digital Big Mac Signals the End of Photography

This video of a Big Mac, fries, and soda, starts out like food porn — sumptuous photography, shallow depth of field, etc. — but like in the Matrix, the simulation starts to break down, revealing that the fast food is entirely digitally rendered.
It was easier to make the video using computers than shooting it live. [...]

The Cloud Project: Food Truck Makes Ice Cream-Flavored Snow

Photo via hayeon on Flickr
The Cloud Project is a food truck that uses cloud-seeding technology to make ice cream-flavored snow. Completely conceptual, this project by Zoe Papadopoulou and Cathrine Kramer is part of the 2009 Design Interactions Show at the Royal College of Art.
How it should work: A canon mounted on top of the ice [...]

Food of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

Apollo rehydratable food packaging. Via lsda.jsc.nasa.gov
The Apollo 11 flight is remembered as a giant leap for mankind, a moment when the world came together to watch Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong hop, skip, and jump across the lunar surface. But the glamour and excitement of the moon landing overshadowed the more menial aspects of the [...]

Dominic Wilcox's Genetically Modified Egg

Self-professed "ideas man" Dominic Wilcox has this great concept, Genetically Modified Egg Improvement Design, that takes "nature to new heights" by imagining an egg with its own built in egg cup. Wilcox asks and answers: "What came first the egg cup or the egg? In this case both."

Pre-Hard-Boiled Peeled Eggs in the UK

It's nothing new in the US, but the shelled and pre-hard-boiled eggs from the Happy Egg Company have adorably outraged the British press: The Times wrote: "It makes you weep." The Guardian blogged: "Does anything else so epitomise the indolent sloth, the splattered-shirted, fat-arsed torpor of modern living?" going so far as issuing a call [...]

Japan Breeds a Ramen Robot [video]

Momozono Robot Ramen shop in Yamanashi, Japan is gaining popularity thanks to a robot that mixes ramen based on customer preferences reports Mainichi Daily News. Japanese engineers seem hell-bent on replacing human chefs with robots.
Ramen revelers can customize their orders, via a computer screen, by choosing different levels of levels of soy sauce, salt, and [...]

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