When it comes to making a roti, one needs to be skilled and patient. Roti is a conventional staple food for millions of people around the world. One requires the perfect mix of ingredients along with fine kneading and flattening to achieve the desired result. A lot of people fail to do this, however, now we have a robot that can make roti for us. Rotimatic is world’s first completely autonomous roti-making robot.
It weighs 39 pounds and measures 40x40x40 cm. It has 15 sensors, 10 motors and about 300 parts that allow it to make baked roti at a pace of 1 roti per minute. It has been created by Zimplistic, a Mountain View, company based in California. The company is comprised of 20 personals. The gadget took 6 years for its development by co-founders Rishi Israni and Pranoti Nagarkar. Engineering aspect was taken care of by Nagarkar while Israni tackled the software side. Nagarkar says that she was so fed up by the process of making roti that she decided to create Rotimatic.
There have been some other roti-making gadgets in the market up till now, however, they were not completely autonomous like Rotimatic, which only requires ingredients to work. The device has three containers; one for flour, one for water and one for oil. These three containers slide into the top and have an opening at bottom to allow for releasing the ingredient. The gadget is quite easy to use and can be plugged into any standard wall outlet.
We won’t be boring you with the details of how the device works, however, some key points have to be listed. The Rotimatic makes one dough for one roti and this allows for its smaller size. The sensors make sure that the consistency of the dough is perfect. The first roti of a batch takes a bit longer since the gadget is calibrating while making it. The dough is flattened to a thickness of 1.5 mm and during this process, sensors ensure that the thickness is even. Cooking is carried out till the roti puffs up similar to a pastry, followed by sliding out of the roti. As per claims by the company, the final product tastes the same as a roti by an expert roti maker does.
Reportedly, cleaning the gadget is also quite easy with each component being removable. The gadget costs $599 in case you’re wondering. As of now, Zimplistic is busy in enhancing the assembly line and is awaiting the US certification. The company has been contacted by potential device buyers and competitors alike. Israni said, “There is not a single appliance company that did not write to sell the product; we did not reply because we are in no mood to sell.”