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PancakeBot Brings Automation To Your Breakfast

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Everyone’s used to eating their pancakes in a bland round shape. It’s not like having them be any other shape than round is going to make them taste better, but if you’re easily amused (or have young children), the PancakeBot might interest you. It’s kind of like a 3D printer, only for pancakes. And it’s not quite 3D since it doesn’t build them up vertically. It’s also not completely automated, since you do have to flip them yourself. But if you’re looking to make your pancakes into all kinds of creative shapes, this is the way to go. The PancakeBot comes with an SD card pre-loaded with shapes, and there’s also tracing software that lets you create your own. An extruder will pump the batter out in any shape you want, although you do have to be careful with the kind batter you use and not have anything too clumpy or with fruits or chocolate chips in it. We also suspect the novelty will wear off after your 25th Eiffel Tower, but hey, there are definitely worse ways to spend the $179 pledge necessary to get your own.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

PancakeBot 3D Prints Delicious Pancakes

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What do you get if you slap together a hot plate, an Arduino controller, some stepper motors, and an acrylic supporting structure? A PancakeBot, is what. It’s a 3D printing machine that is absolutely unlike the boring old combination of printer assembly and widely used ink cartridges that can only print 2D images of the most delicious pancakes in the world. The PancakeBot’s creations will taste as delicious as they’re elaborate. Simply load up the batter, settle on a design, and watch as the print head lays down an edible Eiffel tower, a scrumptious SpiderMan face, or a fluffy galloping horse.

In the works since 2010 by one Miguel Valenzuela, the current version of PancakeBot doesn’t use its initial LEGO Minstorms structure and is a little more involved in its fabrication. Although not available commercially, Miguel does use this prototype to teach children in after-school programs about engineering, robot building and programming.

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New iPhones Out? Yawn… At Least Denny’s Had Something Interesting To Say About It

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Yeah… so Cupertino released some new iPhones yesterday. Anything exciting? Not by a long shot. The iPhone 5 guts, now in a plastic casing, with multiple colors available, and sporting the “iPhone 5C” moniker. And the iPhone 5S, a faster iPhone 5 with a fingerprint scanner. Oh. So. Exciting. Bigger screen? Nope. NFC? You’re funny. Better battery life? What is this, bizarro-land, where Apple still leads the innovation landscape? Come on… At least Denny’s was quick to come out with a funny ad, partly mocking the new phones. There it is, up there, reminding you that the popular franchise always has pancakes smothered in Gold (like the butter), a dig at the fact that the former-Jesus phone now comes in a champagne hue, in addition to black and white. Maybe it’s not completely mocking, as much as it is riding the wave of media coverage surrounding yesterday’s announcement, but all things being considered, we felt more excitement for Denny’s creativity than Apple’s efforts on the phone front this time around.

VIA [ Mashable ]