Burrito-Building Robot

Food & Beverage Technology
Burrito-Building Robot

BurritoB0t is Marko Manriquez’s thesis project at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Burritob0t is a platform for rapid prototyping and tracing the source of food in our lives to reveal hidden issues revolving around fast food: labor practices; environmental consequences; nutritional values. Mexican fast food is emblematic of the assembly line, mass produced era of modern consumables – appropriating the authenticity of the ethnic food sensibility it purports to embody while masquerading as an edible like substance. Because the burrito is a mass market consumable, it lends easily as a way for examining and stimulating discussion on various aspects of the food industry including: how and where our food is grown, methods of production, environmental impact, cultural appropriation and perhaps most importantly – what our food means to us. 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.

[via TechCrunch, thanks Rach!]

8 thoughts on “Burrito-Building Robot

  1. Matt Haze says:

    But…does it work? Can we see a video?

  2. Andrew S. Buczko says:

    I’ll have two beef burritos and 4 soft taco’s please. :)

  3. 부리또 만드는 로봇 | Make: Korea says:
  4. Burrito robot problematizes fast food and nutrition, makes you a disgusting burrito | Grist says:

    […] Manriquez, “a maker, interactive designer and foodie of all things delicious,” has created a robot that prints “a 3D edible extrusion combining a blend of digital fabrication and […]

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