Breadbot, the brainchild of Wilkinson Baking Company, is a miniature bakery capable of baking bread. It automates the bread making process and brings fresh bakery goods to massive grocers, like Walmart and Kroger.
Engineers worked on developing a prototype for 10 years, and now, finally the company is bringing this new tech to CES tech show in Las Vegas.
“Bread is a staple of American life. But in most supermarkets today, it has lost its emotional connection with the shopper,” said Wilkinson. “In the age of home delivery, the Breadbot attracts consumers back to the store because it delivers fresh, delicious bread that is produced with theater and engagement.”
Let’s learn more about it:
- The device measures 120in x 53in, making it perfect to fit within most grocery stores.
- Robotic mechanical components mixes, kneads, rolls out, and bakes fresh loaves of bread and the bot creates up to 10 loaves of bread per hour from scratch.
- As most of Breadbot’s structure is transparent, you can see the whole process of making the bread.
- Breadbot can prepare bread using dry ingredients except for sticky ones, like cinnamon buns and raisin breads.
- It can prepare white, wheat, whole wheat, nine grain, sourdough, and honey oat bread, including organic varieties.
- Breadbot has 20 sensors for monitoring the baking process 100 times a second.
- A display on Breadbot delivers requests to workers, like clearing the bread cabinet.
- The process of bread making starts with adding dry ingredients for up to 50 loaves of bread in a hopper. The first loaf of the day is ready within 90 minutes. After that, new loaves exit the machine every six minutes.