You’re going to a wedding in Duluth and you land at midnight. You’re starving, but nothing in the airport is open, and the only thing within a mile of your hotel is a convenience store. Before you give in and eat string cheese and a prepackaged bologna sandwich on white bread for dinner, you see something green and glorious in the hotel lobby: It’s Sally, the $30,000 salad-making robot.
Chowbotics, a Silicon Valley robotics company, hopes that in the near future, you’ll never be more than a few feet from a freshly made salad. Sally whips up her creations in less than a minute, featuring a custom combo of 21 seasonal ingredients (mmm, seared chicken breast, Kalamata olives and wonton chips) that are replenished daily.
Sally is currently featured at several locations in California. Look for her in hotels, schools and offices near you in the not-too-distant future.