Silicon Valley salad-making robot wilts before launch

Chowbotics salad

A salad-making robot created by Silicon Valley veterans that has hopes of flourishing in the restaurant industry has come under fire for holding fundamental flaws.  

The Sally robot, created by Chowbotics and due to launch next week, has been criticised because it is unable to chop and carry out other simple preparation of salad ingredients, according to a Times report.

Deepak Sekar, behind the robot, said that chopping and other preparation is too complicated at the moment but insists it is something that will be available in the future. For the time being, operators using Sally will still need to prepare ingredients and place them into canisters.

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On top of this, Sally has been criticised for the appearance of the salads it produces as a result of its process and it is also unable to handle avocados – hugely popular among consumers – because of their texture.

The robot, intended for use at restaurants costs around £25,000 and holds 21 salad ingredients to create more than 1,000 combinations. Customers use a touchscreen to choose a salad which is then assembled in 60 seconds.

Chowbotics has raised more than $6 million worth of funding for its venture and its team includes Rich Page, who worked alongside Steve Jobs at Apple, and Charlie Ayers, Google’s first chef.

The creators insist that the device’s calorie counting technology and hygienic status make it an attractive option for consumers.

Initial trials of Sally will begin next week at an Italian restaurant in America. The firm outlined ambitions to create robots that assemble Mexican and Indian dishes.

Image: Chowbotics

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