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This robot just wants to bake you some bread, not enslave humanity, so we're told

This robot just wants to bake you some bread, not enslave humanity, so we're told


LAS VEGAS (CIRCA) — From delivery drones to robotic retail associates, it's no secret the world is getting more automated. It'll be no surprise, then, that the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is serving up bread made by robots.

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A loaf of 50/50 bread rests in the Bread Bot, ready for purchase. (Circa)

The "BreadBot" by Wilkinson Baking is a fully automated bread vending machine, capable of producing 10 loaves of bread per hour.

Retailers simply stock the bot with all the necessary ingredients like flour, yeast and water, then the machine mixes, kneads, proofs, bakes and dispenses fresh bread.

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Bread mixture is deposited onto an automatic kneading belt before entering the proofing stage. (Circa)

The machine's interface allows you to select the hottest loaf, and displays data on the bread such as loaf height, age, baking temperature and grams of water used.

If this sounds like a thing of the future, you'd be surprised to find out that the bread you buy off a shelf is made by a robot as well.

"Most stores don't have bakeries in-house. Most of the bread is actually made hundreds of miles away in large factories, and they're usually a few days old by the time they actually get to the store," said BreadBot engineer Eric Wilkinson. "So, we shrunk the factory down and actually placed that factory in the store so it's made fresh. No preservatives."

The BreadBot is launching as a lease program for grocery stores with a price tag of around $98,900, so keep a look out at your local high-end supermarket for a loaf of robo-bread.

And for the record, the bread is very, very good.


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