Photo: Meet Marko Manriquez’s Burritob0t and Help ‘Kickstart’ This Mexican Food-Making Machine
Earlier this year, Marko Manriquez introduced the Burritob0t, a machine that streamlines and computerizes the burrito making process in a very unique way.
Manriquez is described as “a maker, interactive designer, and foodie of all things deliciously weird.” He created the Burritob0t as a graduate student at NYU-ITP, where he graduated in 2012. He is also a co-founder of Fabricators Guild, a digital fabrication shop, research lab, and design studio located in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Burritob0t is a 3D printer that prepares edible burritos within minutes.
Burritob0t invites critical questions about the food we regularly consume, particularly in regards to fast food (labor practices, environmental consequences, nutritional value). Mexican fast food is emblematic of the assembly line: it is mass-produced in an era of modern consumables, appropriating a false authenticity. Burritob0t, in turn, aims to encourage dialogue about how and where our food is grown, methods of production, environmental impact, cultural appropriation, and, perhaps most importantly: what our food means to us.
Next month, the Burritob0t project will begin fundraising on Kickstarter.com, a website that allows inventors/creators to pitch their idea to potential “everyman” investors and raise money to get the project off the ground.
Check out the Burritob0t in action below.