Want the perfect salad? This $30,000 robot will toss it for you

Some people will do anything for food. If you thought late-night shopping for Ben and Jerry’s was bad, you should meet the people who work at Chowbotics Inc. These guys were so obsessed with salad, they built a 350-pound robot named Sally that can create a healthy meal in seconds. Price? $30,000…yes, really.

– Sally tosses your perfect salad in just 60 seconds

– The machine weighs 350 pounds and can handle 21 different ingredients

– This version is being aimed at commercial kitchens, but a home version is planned

The Perfect Salad

At the size of a small refrigerator, Sally has a full figure that belies her love for salad. Load her up with ingredients, and she will deliver a delicious lunch. Along with lettuce, you can add kale, chicken strips, cheese, olives, tomatoes, and more.

She also has a set menu that includes delights such as Sally’s Salad (romaine with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, walnuts, and Parmesan) and the Power Chow Salad (kale with cabbage, sun-dried cranberries, walnuts, and honey mustard vinaigrette). Sadly, Sally cannot handle Caesar dressing at present.

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On the upside, the salad she delivers is beautifully presented, with perfect portions every time. Each plate takes just 60 seconds to prepare, and Chowbotics promises many upgrades. With 21 ingredients, she can already make 1000 combinations. New ingredients are in the pipeline, and Sally will go on a diet before squeezing into home kitchens.

For now, this salad machine will speed up service in restaurants, offices and hotels.

“I’ve always believed that cooking is fun. But during the week, life is so rushed between work and family. When I looked at time I spent cooking, 85 percent was spent doing repetitive tasks, like chopping. I wanted to do something else with that time.” — Chowbotics founder, Deepak Sekar

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What we ❤️

Who cares about selling your home when you can get lip-smacking fresh lunches, with the convenience of microwave food?

Room for Improvement

It would be nice if Sally could actually fit in your kitchen. The current lack of Caesar is also a serious problem, and she can’t cope with avocado.


Sally will meet the world on April 13th in San Francisco. After that, Chowbotics will start taking commercial orders at $30,000 — McDonalds may be an early customer.

Would you welcome Sally the salad robot into your home? Share your brilliant ideas in the comments!

h/t: Bloomberg

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.


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