Chowbotics Blog

This is the intersection of food and technology. Where our passion for robotics and innovation combines with our love of great food and quality ingredients.

Food, Leadership,

The Most Tasty, Fresh and Affordable Convenience Store Salad… enabled by Robotics

In the next month, we will be launching Sally the Salad Robot at our first convenience store chain. This will be the first ever food making robot in a convenience store. I believe this will have significant implications in the long term – both for salads in convenience stores, and for the advent of robotics…

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Food,

Growing What You Eat

This week’s guest blogger is Robert Kelley, the executive chef at Chowbotics. Robert believes that good food brings people together, creating a strong sense of community. When he isn’t in the kitchen testing new ingredients and recipes for Sally the Salad Robot, Robert spends as much time as possible outdoors. I am passionate about cooking…

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Food,

Nutritious Food Anytime, Anywhere, through the Power of Robotics

Imagine a world where healthy, made-to-order, tasty salads are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in offices, hotels, grocery stores, convenience stores and restaurants across America. In such a world, You would see more energetic and productive people – It is well known that when you eat a burger or pizza or…

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Food,

Chef Charlie Ayers’ Shortcuts for a Busy Life

This week’s guest blogger is Charlie Ayers, best known as the Executive Chef who developed Google’s trendsetting food program. His restaurant, Calafia Café & Market A Go-Go in Palo Alto, CA, epitomizes the idea that “being green” is good for the producer, consumer, environment and local community. He brings this same pioneering spirit to his…

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Leadership,

High output STARTUP management

Andy Grove’s “High Output Management” was my go-to book during my early days as a manager. Andy had a similar background to mine – he was an immigrant who got his doctorate in semiconductor technology, who later moved to management. He had an engineer’s analytical way of looking at management, which appealed to me. As…

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Food,

1 in 3 Americans get cancer. Can you beat these odds?

    You have a 38-40% chance of getting cancer. That’s what the American Cancer Society says. Please see Figure 1 above. Only 5-10% of these cancer cases are due to genes, while 90-95% of these cancer cases are due to environmental factors. Doll and Petro’s studies indicate the food we put into our bodies…

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Leadership,

Tech & Emotional Connections

This week’s guest blogger is Slaton Smith, Chowbotics Vice President of Marketing. He’s a restaurant marketing whiz who led key programs at Arby’s, TGI Friday’s, Applebee’s and Denny’s. An accomplished writer, you can find several of Slaton’s books on Amazon.   Brands strive for a bond with their consumers. That bond leads to loyalty and enhanced top…

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Robotics,

Makerspaces in a post-Techshop world

As you may know, Techshop used to be a hardware makerspace where inventors and tinkerers had fun fiddling with milling machines, 3D printers, laser cutters and other tools. Several hardware companies, including Square, TeaBot and Chowbotics, had our beginnings there and probably would not exist without it. The reason why I had the term “used…

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Food,

Food is My Medicine

This week’s guest blogger is Charlie Ayers, best known as the Executive Chef who developed Google’s trendsetting food program. His restaurant, Calafia Café & Market A Go-Go in Palo Alto, CA, epitomizes the idea that “being green” is good for the producer, consumer, environment and local community. He brings this same pioneering spirit to his…

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Food,

What food is your DNA telling you to eat?

Ever since I did a DNA test with 23andme a few years back, I’ve been fascinated about how DNA can help us determine better diets. Perhaps it can even help us choose sports and careers we are better suited for. We are starting to see some interesting products emerge in that area. DNAfit and Orig3N…

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