// BurritoB0t, would you like to download real burritos?
Internet, meet Burritob0t. The creation of Tisch School of the Arts student Marko Manriquez, the BurritoB0t is a machine that prints burritos. The project, dubbed Burritobot, is more than just a stunt novelty–it’s a sneak peak at the future of fast food.
Part of Manriquez’s master’s thesis, the system allows you to place your order via iPhone. Orders can be customized down to how much salsa you’d like on your meal. The Burritobot exists at the fringes of 3-D printing. Unlike some 3-D printers which extrude layer upon layer of plastics (or other materials) to create a three dimensional object, the Burritobot extrudes customizable amounts of Mexican ingredients onto a pre-made tortilla to a user’s taste.
A carousel contains caulking gun-like canisters of black beans, pinto beans, cheese, pico de gallo, cream, mild salsa, and hot salsa with the dispensers controlled via iOS app or a Ruby-based web app. The user then plays with sliding scales embedded in the app that allows them to calibrate the exact amount of each ingredient on the burrito. Currently still in beta form, the Burritob0t isn’t ready to hit your kitchen or college dorm just yet.
The next step in Manriquez’s thesis will look at food as a gastronomic data represntation — comparing, for instance burritos from first world countries to burritos from third world countries. On a site dedicated to the project, Manriquez writes about paying closer attention to where the ingredients in dishes come from, what chemicals are in the foods we eat and labor practices where where something was made.
“By parodying the humble burrito’s ingredients and methods of production we can shed light on these exogenous factors and interconnected systems surrounding the simple burrito. These are some of the many questions bbot hopes to inspire and start a dialogue about,” he writes.
What do you think of Burritob0t? Would you want a machine that could print food for you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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