In case you haven't noticed, 3D-printers and robots are slowly taking over our food. From pancakes to chocolates, there's a chance our future meals will come out of a printer someday. And now, there's actually such thing as a robot that 3D-prints all sorts of customizable pizzas. Just don't let the Italian government know about it.
As explained in a report by Tech Insider, the new robot is called the BeeHex and it was developed by a team of hardware engineers who received a $125,000 grant from NASA to create a machine that can easily make food for astronauts on potential missions to Mars. While manned Mars missions are still several years away, the robot will find a more immediate home at sports venues, theme parks, and malls as soon as next year.
BeeHex cofounder Jordan French claims the robot makes pizzas faster, more consistent, and with less mess compared to humans, according to the report. A video from BeeHex's demonstration at SXSW this year shows how the robot basically just squirts the pizza ingredients onto a baking sheet based on the specifications you can program via a mobile app when you order. The whole process only takes a few minutes, leaving you with a pizza that's ready to pop into the oven.
Of course, the BeeHex is nowhere near as mesmerizing as Costco's automated pizza-making system.