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Slideshow: Vending Machine Slings Pizza

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Charles Murray
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Re: There is no bad pizza
Charles Murray   7/13/2012 5:56:04 PM
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I agree, ttemple. With rare exceptions, pizza is good. I would be surprised if this machine doesn't produce a good product.

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I can see this working
notarboca   7/13/2012 3:18:46 PM
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For a late night college snack, I can very much envision this machine as a success in dormitories everywhere.  Also airports, hospital waiting areas or anywhere you can't just pop out for a bite.


For college, an adjunct machine that verified age via a student ID card swipe and biometrics which dispensed beer would be a welcome addition for some.  :-)

Charles Murray
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Re: remember the Hover-Car ?
Charles Murray   7/13/2012 3:00:18 PM
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This one is real, GlennA -- at least in the sense that the machine exists. I can't speak for how palatable it is, though. We'll have to wait until it arrives in the U.S. to find that out.

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remember the Hover-Car ?
GlennA   7/13/2012 2:52:46 PM
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Is this as 'real' as the VW Hover-Car was ?  I don't believe a machine can make a pizza 'from scratch' in 3 minutes, especially not a palatable one.

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Rob Spiegel   7/13/2012 2:15:10 PM
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I agree this is interesting from a mechanical POV, Beth. But I don't believe anyone can prepare a decent pizza in three minutes. Pizza needs a decent oven and a decent amount of time for baking. The pizza at the end of the slide show does not look so wonderful. Somethings can't be quick -- or we would still be consuming Fizzies and using straws that flavor milk to chocolate or strawberry.

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Dave Palmer   7/13/2012 12:51:32 PM
Great slideshow! It would be great if the vending machine had some kind of window so that you could watch the pizza being made.  Besides the curiosity factor (I can imagine crowds of people gathering around to watch), it would help customers to understand that this isn't just a frozen pizza being heated up in a microwave.  And, who knows, maybe watching the machine will even inspire future engineers.

That being said, as a native Chicagoan, I have to point out that this will never compete with deep-dish pizza.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/13/2012 12:29:08 PM
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Tamper-proof is a great point; imagine all those hungry people smelling pizza all the time. Whatever the state-of-the-art is for security in standalone food vending machines, this machine probably needs even tighter controls.

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Beth Stackpole   7/13/2012 12:17:54 PM
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Tony Soprano would definitely not approve and this is definitely not an option for city scapes like NYC where pizza places (and good pizza places at that) exist on nearly every corner. Interesting, though, from mechanical technology standpoint. There's a lot at play here, from the infrared oven to the machine that flattens the dough and applies the sauce (that reminded me of 3D printing technology) to a whole array of sensors.

I also remember from the Moobella piece, that there is a big maintenance aspect to these machines. Human hands may not be used to make the food or touch the ingredients, but someone has to clean these things and keep them disinfected. That's a challenge in itself.

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There is no bad pizza
ttemple   7/13/2012 11:31:58 AM
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My philosophy is there is no bad pizza, just different pizza.  I even thought the grease soaked cardboard they served in school was good.  Different, but good.

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NadineJ   7/13/2012 11:19:10 AM
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It would be intersting to know how where they are in Europe and how well they've done since 2009. 

I agree that dorms are a good place for this.  And, agreed, that these wouldn't do well in neighbourhoods in NY and San Francisco like Little Italy and North Beach.  But, it's a good idea for a cheap, quick, freshly made late night snack on the way home from work.

I'd love to see how tamper proof it is.  Since the Tylenol scandal in the 80's, everything has to be tamper-proof in the US.

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