I really love Bre Pettis and Adam Cecchetti’s Sudo Make Me a Sandwich robot, a tribute to a well-known XKCD comic:
This great project uses an Arduino, stepper motor controller cards with motors, two servos, and a cheap toaster oven. One of the best parts about it is that Bre and Adam show us how to build our own, with Bre’s cheese dispenser plans on Thingiverse and Adam’s Arduino code here. Also see Adam’s and Bre’s flickr sets for more geeky goodness.
I’ve been thinking — their bot makes cheese sandwiches, and cocktail robots make mixed drinks, what other excessively complicated food-making device can we come up with?
1) "Breakfast in Bed Maker" — I’m the one who never gets to sleep in at my house. Fresh squeezed orange juice, toaster waffles with syurp, maybe a slab of ham… mmmm. Set it to start cooking 5 minutes before wakeup.
2) Nothing beats a fresh-baked cookie. Get some of those frozen cookie dough balls, the sort you throw into a toaster oven to cook. Figure out how to drop it from a cold box into the toaster oven and away you go.
3) Sundae maker with pre-heated hot chocolate and whipped cream.
Leave your food machine ideas in the comments section.