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marty48
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Re: Experience with a similar machine
marty48   7/16/2012 5:04:19 PM
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Excellent idea Dave!  "Cook" it in the container the eggs are served in and used prepackaged whole eggs, egg whites or egg beaters.  Santition issues always loom large but with good design it can be minimized.  Fabulous!  When do we start our market research?

Marty

Dave Palmer
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Re: Experience with a similar machine
Dave Palmer   7/16/2012 2:57:03 PM
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@marty48: I agree; 2.5 minutes seems like a short time to make a pizza, but a long time to wait for a vending machine.

How about an omelete machine? You can cook scrambled eggs in the microwave in about a minute.  Add some chopped vegetables, some cheese, and maybe some ham, and you've got yourself a meal.

marty48
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Experience with a similar machine
marty48   7/16/2012 10:54:16 AM
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I saw a similar machine called Wonder Pizza a few years ago.  It was a somewhat sleeker looking and had a smaller footprint.  We even were given sample freshly made pizzas to eat at a demo.  The taste was about the same as a frozen pizza.  Not especially good for bad but novelty of a hot fresh pizza in a couple of minutes was the concept.  No match for a pizzeria pizza.  Initial cost seemed high and there was no leasing arrangement.   The company provided all raw ingredients weekly and maintained the machine for a fee.  We liked the idea and planned to sell the pizza on at cost to employees.  Our management didn't go for it in the end.  The biggest design problem was the preparation time.  It's OK if one to three people queue up for pizza.  The last person gets their pizza in 7.5 minutes later and that's acceptable in my opinion.  When 5 or 10 people are queued up its a different story.  I think name brand high quality frozen pizza kept in an appropriate storage/display unit with a nearby bank of specialized preprogrammed microwave (with browning elements or whatever) would cost the same and solve the production and wait time issue in the same footprint with a lower initial cost, much much lower maintenence fees, lower operating costs and equivalent food cost.

OK you designers - go for it!

Chris PE
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Re: American Pizza
Chris PE   7/16/2012 9:52:02 AM
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We just love vending machines. Look at the gumball and sticker machines.They exist for 50-80 years.Look at the success of Redbox! What was wrong with Blockbusters? I actually preferred Blockbusters.But we need vending machines.It is in genes.LOL. As far as pizza goes , unless you go to "classic" Italian run pizzerias in Chicago , or New York , you don't really know what a real pizza is. All the others are pretty much the same , although some have really nasty crust and sauces.Other than that there is not much to a pizza.I have many Italian friends, so there are no chances for me to taste a pizza from a new machine.I also have  very serious doubts about hygene....but after seeing an inside of some food plants ,I think that this one can be cleaner.Let me know when you try it.

ChasChas
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Cleaning up
ChasChas   7/16/2012 9:37:44 AM
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It would have been nice to see the cleaning and sanitizing cycle. That's probably more interesting than the pizza making cycle from the the engineers' stand point.

Nice!

naperlou
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Re: American Pizza
naperlou   7/16/2012 9:28:48 AM
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Dave, didn't you hear, deep dish is next.  I think it will take more than 3 minutes, though. 

Droid
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College Dorm Pizza
Droid   7/16/2012 9:26:51 AM
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Every college dorm and apartment dwelling junk food geek needs one of these within a 100 steps......

tekochip
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AIrports
tekochip   7/14/2012 12:32:33 PM
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It's a pretty interesting machine and there are certainly some airports that I've been to where this would have been a great option.  There seems to be a fair amount of waste, though, since each item is individually wrapped.

greg
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best thing ever
greg   7/14/2012 1:16:14 AM
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really, this is the best thing ive heard about in a long time.

i do like the idea of a window so you can see it being made, though. about ten years ago, i was at a Kinko's that had a coffee vending machine. you selected what you wanted, and in a window, you saw it grind whole coffee beans, dump in onto a filter that was part of a large roll, and then hot water poured right through it into your cup at the bottom. i never would have known this thing was brewing fresh-gound coffee, id have guessed it was instant. it was totally worth it just for the experience, but it was good coffee tooo.

Tim
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Cool Idea
Tim   7/13/2012 11:40:01 PM
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This is a great idea and application. I could see these being located next to the Redbox machines that seem to be in every shopping plaza all of a sudden.  You could get a movie and a pizza any time you want. 

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