Chowbotics Takes Sally The Salad Robot On Tour

Posted On: 4/6/2018

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REDWOOD CITY, CA -- Chowbotics will take its first product, Sally the Salad Robot, on tour this spring to several destinations across the U.S. The machine made its industry debut at the recent National Automatic Merchandising Association's NAMA Show in Las Vegas.
GETTING FRESH: From left, at The NAMA Show in Las Vegas, Chowbotics’ Shelley Janes, Sanath Bhat and Robert Kelly demonstrate how patrons use Sally’s touchscreen interface to mix and match their favorite salad ingredients, held in 22 canisters inside the refrigerated machine, along with their dressing and toppings of choice.

The salad vending machine offers more than 1,000 custom options. Salads are created in about a minute and a half with any combination of up to 22 ingredients, and users can fine tune the calorie total by adding or subtracting ingredients via touchscreen.

The machine's technology ensures precise caloric counts and protects the integrity of ingredients, keeping them fresh, sanitary and separate. Future robots will offer breakfast as well as Mexican and other ethnic foods. The company is targeting cafeterias, restaurants, hotels and other commercial venues.

First, Sally will become a permanent fixture at WeWork Legacy West near Dallas, TX, this spring, where those utilizing the co-working space will be able to try the robot.

Next, Sally will travel to New York City from Apr. 24 through Apr. 26, where the robot will whip up salads for the budding entrepreneurs at Galvanize West SoHo and take individual appointments. Sally made its debut last April at the Galvanize San Francisco campus.

From there, the team will make its way to the Midwest for the Marketing Executives Group (MEG) conference and National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. Dr. Sekar and Chowbotics' ice President of Marketing, Slaton Smith, will lead a presentation at the MEG conference on Thursday, May 17 at 4:45 pm entitled Robotics and Food Service: Applications and Implications, Featuring Sally the Salad Robot. Sally will conduct salad-making demonstrations during the NRA Show at booth 11317 from Saturday, May 19 through Tuesday, May 22.

Chowbotics was founded by its chief executive, Deepak Sekar, Ph.D., an inventor with more than 100 patents. Rich Page, an Apple Fellow who joined Steve Jobs as cofounder and VP at NeXT, is executive chairman.