By: Heather Price-Wright, iCopywriter Senior Editor
Has the well-meaning human burrito-maker at your favorite Mexican food joint ever bogged down your burro with too much fiery salsa and not enough meat? Are you a fan of burritos that are mostly guacamole, but have trouble conveying just how much guac you’re talking about?
Enter the “Burritobot,” the thesis project of NYU grad student Marko Manriquez. The device is similar to a 3D printer, but instead of coating a metal sheet with plastic, the bot shoots ingredients like salsa, guacamole and sour cream onto a tortilla.
Better yet, just like pretty much everything else these days, from our music listening to our workouts to our tanning destinations, the robotic burrito-maker is controlled by your iPhone. Sliding toggles within the Burritobot app let you adjust the levels of various ingredients. Then, nozzles on the robot add the requested amounts of beans, cheese, salsas and other condiments to your waiting tortilla. Now, if only the bot would do the pesky burrito wrapping for you.
According to MSNBC’s Technolog blog, the Burritobot has design flaws. The size and shape of the nozzles make all the ingredients come out with a strange, rather pasty consistency. And of course, as griped about above, the robot does not have little burrito-wrapping arms (how cool would that be?), so you still risk shoddy construction and getting beans all over your shirt.
Marquez noted that, in fact, the Burritobot is not meant to be an end product, but merely a set of ideas and questions about taste, automation and food production brought to life. And indeed, it seems we’re not far from automation in most of our fast food production, especially when it comes to grab-and-go foodstuffs like burritos.
For now, though, the Burritobot is just a really cool novelty, though we have to admit, we wish we had one right about now. Mmm, burritos.
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Photocredit: Marko Manriquez