From traditional beverages and healthy snacks to high-tech gadgets like headphones and Bluetooth speakers, you can find just about anything in vending machines these days. In Washington state, one company is even taking things a step further by creating the BreadBot—a vending machine capable of baking loaves of bread automatically with almost no help from humans.
The BreadBot, which was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, was designed and built by a company called Wilkinson Baking. It’s a vending machine that can mix, knead and bake up to 235 loaves of bread per day. According to the makers of BreadBot, it’s capable of baking regular white and whole-wheat bread, but it can also pump out nine-grain bread, rye bread, honey-oat bread and more.
The machine is outfitted with 70 sensors that monitor the baking process to ensure each and every loaf is baked to perfection.
The BreadBot does need a little bit of assistance from humans before it can start baking. At least one person is required to add a dry mix to the machine, slice the loaves once they’re done baking and clean the machine at the end of the day. But in a grocery store setting, these bread-baking vending machines could make bakery departments far more efficient. Wilkinson Baking claims there are already several stores interested in leasing the machines so that they can test them out and enjoy the considerable benefits of BreadBot.
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