Isn't it a pain when you forget to stir your soup and it scorches? Or when you're trying to play Madden whilst hungry, but you need both hands on the controller? Ben Heckendorn, game device modder extraordinaire, came up with some solutions. Watch the videos past the jump.
Tacos are the best. Broken taco shells from the box (if I am too lazy to fry up some fresh ones) are not the best. Taco shells must be handled with care, from beginning to end.
This machine, one of many interesting food production machines from a California company called Heat and Control, toasts tortillas, fries them, folds them and pushes them down a conveyor belt with gentle robotic precision. Finally, humans nudge them together into a neat stack for secure packaging.
If your friends and family are anything like mine, you've observed that home beverage carbonation is experiencing a bit of a renaissance lately. Perhaps you've seen the increasingly ubiquitous Sodastream machine on a countertop near you—or, more likely, heard its syncopated honk and pop-fizz release from across the room, announcing another fresh liter of water made bubbly.
Empanadas, Chinese dumplings and the deliciousness that is the fried risotto ball are all wonderful when they're homemade. But when stuffing by hand becomes tiresome, let a Rheon encrusting machine take over.
The Japanese company's automatic encrusters make snack food all over the world, in factories owned by huge multinational food corporations and in mom-and-pop bakeries in small neighborhoods. PopSci talked with Jon Thompson, national sales director for Rheon in the U.S., about machine-handled dough, stuffed-crust pizza and something called a coxinha.
When the need arises for a very specific type of robot, odds are pretty good it exists in Japan. A new Japanese robot can make 2,500 fried tofu rolls per hour, puffing little triangles of tofu with air and stuffing them with rice with precision and speed.
It is so careful that the designers, based at Suzumo, compare it to a syringe: The fried tofu skin is opened quickly, and then more air is blown in so the rice can be inserted.
We have a soft spot for American cheese, viewed in a hazy glow of nostalgia, but we wouldn't exactly call it "good" cheese. Or "cheese." Still, it has one major advantage over cheeses made from, like, dairy products: it melts perfectly. Luckily, Nathan Myhrvold and the Modernist Cuisine team have figured out a way to give any cheese that perfect meltiness--just needs a little sodium citrate. Our friends at Saveur have the (surprisingly simple) recipe. And don't forget to check out the rest of this week's food tech coverage.
Food apps are a huge part of any app store. You can find restaurants with Yelp, share photos with Foodspotting, check the sustainability of your fish with Seafood Watch, read any of a million cookbooks--but we wondered what the experts do with their phones. So we asked six food experts--including chef Wylie Dufresne of wd~50 and the bar manager of the most exciting, cutting-edge cocktail bar in New York--what food-related apps grace their phones.
Need something to put in your homemade DIY sous-vide machine? Try Paul's buckwheat rye gelato
By Paul Adams and Dan NosowitzPosted 06.13.2012 at 5:23 pm 2 Comments
One of our all-time favorite food hacks is the DIY sous vide setup--it takes a very trendy, seemingly complicated and intimidating device and brings it to your countertop with just a little bit of work.
De-boning a chicken, duck or other bird can be an arduous and unpleasant task — even Julia Child said it could take way too long "because of fright." Yet with patience and the right knife, any human can do it. But a robot?
Robots may be able to assist with surgery, but chicken butchering is, in some ways, more of a challenge, and one that engineers at Georgia Tech are hoping to solve.
Dairy cows are pretty docile creatures, so as animals go, they’re also pretty good candidates for handling via heavy machinery. And there may be no better task to automate than milking — it’s repetitive, it’s predictable, it’s unpleasant. A pair of new robotic milk factories can do the job, using robotic teat washers, robot cups, instant milk analyzers, and robot teat stimulators.