Frequently Asked Questions

As one of the first to use robots in foodservice, we are pioneering a whole new industry.
Chowbotics aims to positively impact the way people prepare meals.

Who founded Chowbotics, when, and why?

Chowbotics was founded by Deepak Sekar, Ph.D., an inventor with more than 100 patents, to make food preparation fun by automating tedious, repetitive tasks with robotics.

Can you give me a brief overview of the company?

Chowbotics develops robots for food service. By automating repetitive tasks, Chowbotics aims to increase productivity and enable creativity, both in and out of the kitchen. The company’s first product, Sally the Salad Robot, allows users to create custom salads. Proprietary 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. These robots could be used in cafeterias, restaurants, hotels and other commercial venues. Chowbotics (formerly Casabots), was founded by Dr. Deepak Sekar, an inventor with more than one hundred patents. Rich Page, an Apple Fellow who joined Steve Jobs as Co-Founder and VP at NeXT, is Executive Chairman. Investors include Techstars Ventures and Foundry Group.

Who are your investors and how much have you raised?

We raised our seed funding round of $1.3M from the Central Texas Angel Network, Techstars Ventures, Galvanize Ventures, Geekdom Fund, v1 and an owner of 15 McDonald’s restaurants. Our most recent Series A round of $5M was raised by Techstars Ventures, Foundry Group, Galvanize Ventures and the Geekdom Fund.

What’s unique about Sally the Salad Robot?

Sally’s key differentiator is that she is customizable. Sally can quickly create salads with any combination of ingredients, and users can fine tune the calorie total by adding or subtracting ingredients. This technology, with several patents pending, is also applicable to other cuisines, such as Chinese, Mexican and Indian, and respective robots will follow in the future.

How will the ingredients stay fresh and not get soggy?

Sally comes with a recommended “refresh” schedule that guides the operator on how often to replace and replenish the ingredients to ensure optimal quality.

What about the technology is unique to the industry?

Sally’s proprietary technology automatically dispenses measured quantities of more than 20 ingredients – refreshed daily – to create a ready-to-eat meal any time of day.

How big is Sally?

Sally has a relatively small footprint – she measures 31.7″ x 33.2″ x 37.5″.

How many salads can Sally make before she has to be replenished?

Sally can create 50 different salads before she needs to be replenished.

Will you build an entirely different robot for different cuisines?

Yes. Sally is the oldest in her robot family and we will be creating and naming Sally’s brothers and sisters in the future!

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