Sunday, May 2, 2010

Pancake Packing Robots

Watching these flexpicker robots in action fills me with a boyish wonder. 

There’s lots more videos out there of these in action – a quick search on Youtube will bring up dozens.  It’s almost hypnotizing to watch them work.  It’s like watching a pianist who is incapable of striking a wrong note.

Still, I have to ask: all of that technology, all the programming, all the materials and equipment – all to produce shrink-wrapped pancakes?  Why are people buying pre-made pancakes at all, when you can whip them up from raw ingredients at home in about ten minutes? 

On another note, isn’t it remarkable who those shiny white flexpicker robots look eerily similar to the murderous infrared gun turrets in the video game Portal


Life used to imitate fiction.  Now it’s imitating video games. 



  1. I can't seem to figure out how to embed videos here without cutting off the side. Sorry about that.

  2. All I can think of watching this is .... hmm... more robots working, less PEOPLE working. Eventually, when no one can get a job anymore, who in the world is going to buy this stuff???

    Sorry, it just burns me.

  3. I felt the same way Lori and that is what I said on my post about the same thing.