PancakeBot is a robotic pancake maker which prints out pancakes in whatever shape you want. The device was launched on Kickstarter with a goal of $50,000 within 40 hour of launching. In just a few days the creators of the robot managed to gather over $141,000. As a result the device will go into production.
The machine is available on Kickstarter for $179. After it will be launched the price will be $299. Miguel Valenzuela, the creator of the PancakeBot, said that this situation is new for him and many things are happening. The creation has received a lot of feedback plus ideas of improvement for the final product.
Miguel Valenzuela (civil engineer) invented the device 4 years ago. Lily and Maia, his two daughters were the ones who inspired him. He was reading an article about somebody who used LEGO pieces to make a pancake stamping machine. When hearing about this, his daughters said they wanted such a machine too. It took Valenzuela six months to build a pancake machine out of LEGOs. Afterwards he started building the real device that brought him such a success. He said that the main reason why he created the robot was to encourage his children to learn about technology, see it in a different way and maybe one day become engineers themselves.
How does the PancakeBot work? You can design any shape you want on your computer. Afterwards save it onto a memory card and leave the rest to PancakeBot’s software. The machine has a dispensing system which uses a patent-pending batter. It simply prints the batter onto the griddle, which is included. You can even make your pancakes more artistic by adding food coloring. Valenzuela could picture his device both in the kitchen of a normal family and in a hotel or restaurant where children have the opportunity of designing their own pancakes for breakfast.
So far Valenzuela has spent four years traveling and presenting his invention to the world. He displayed the PancakeBot at Maker Faires and last June he was even present at the White House.
The campaign on Kickstarter ends on April 10. Afterwards Valenzuela together with his partners from Storebound, will make the improvements for the final design. Finally, the PacakeBot will be ready for mass-production and brought to the market.
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