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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 some other high glycemic index food, you get a sugar spike for the first half hour, then you go into a lethargic state. While if you eat salads for lunch, your productivity stays good for several hours after the meal.
  • People would have a lower chance of getting diseases like cancer, heart attacks and high blood pressure – An average American has a 40% chance of getting cancer. This goes down quite a bit by eating fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. Please read this blog post for more information on this topic. Similar trends hold for other diseases.
  • People would look fitter, age better – Food is known to be 3x more important than exercise in determining someone’s tendency towards obesity. Antioxidants in salads would make people age more gracefully as well.
  • Our offspring would be healthier – The below figure shows that a pregnant mouse fed with an improved diet led to healthier offspring. Even for paternal traits, research shows food availability between the ages of nine and twelve for the paternal grandfather affected the lifespan of his grandchildren. Shortage of food for the grandfather was associated with extended lifespan of his grandchildren. Food abundance, on the other hand, was associated with a greatly shortened lifespan of the grandchildren. Early death was the result of either diabetes or heart disease. Could it be that during this critical period of development for the grandfather, genetic expression is altered by “capturing” nutritional information about the environment to pass on?

We’ve noticed salad sales in many of our deployments are higher with Sally the Salad Robot. Locations indicate 2x more salads sold per day compared to a boxed salad offering. Employees in offices think of side salads as a snack and reach out for that instead of their afternoon bag of chips. Convenience stores, which today carry largely unhealthy food, are going healthy with adoption of Sally too. Its been tremendously exciting seeing how we are impacting so many people’s food habits and health.

A number of customers have requested us to focus on healthy food choices in our future roadmap too. From a technology perspective, it is pretty easy for us to modify Sally the Salad Robot to make other types of healthy food – like quinoa bowls, soup, poke bowls, acai bowls and breakfast bowls. Making robots for these food types will not result in any significant labor reduction compared to existing solutions – because people would need to chop up ingredients for our robots just like they would for a salad bar or buffet. Taking these robots to convenience stores could actually increase labor since people need to load up these robots with food, prep food and send canisters of food to these convenience stores – today, these convenience stores don’t provide such offerings. I personally want to do good to the world, and I’ve had many sleepless nights wondering whether our team’s innovations could result in people losing jobs. With a roadmap like this, I’m convinced we won’t have any significant number of people losing jobs. Our robots, on the other hand, could make people healthier, live longer and feel more energetic – something we can be proud of. Essentially, we are targeting our robots towards “the health and wellness application” instead of “the reduction in labor cost application”.

Besides making sense for the company, I have a vested interest in this direction too. My wife normally makes me do a medical check up in December since she knows I’ll exercise more in the first few months of the year 🙂 In December 2017, I got a bit of a surprise when I found out my sugar levels are at the threshold for being diabetic. Not a good thing for someone aged 35. I immediately cut my soda intake from 5 a day to none (and have stayed off soda for the past 3 months) I got myself a nutrition therapist diploma to educate myself on what I was putting into my body. I eat a lot less greasy food now and eat a lot more salads. And its worked – my sugar levels have dropped and I’m not considered diabetic anymore. Still, nutrition is one of the topics I love learning about right now – the blood sugar diagnosis turned out to be a wake up call.

We are starting a number of initiatives to make the world a healthier place. We have decided to offer our robots at heavily discounted prices to K-12 schools across the country to tackle the now prevalent childhood obesity problem (see figure below). We’re also building a nutrition team to help us transform into a health and wellness company. Robotics is a unique part of our value proposition – since the technology is what enables 24/7 access to nutritious food and allows us to take nutritious food everywhere. Our culinary team, led by Chef Charlie Ayers and Chef Robert Kelley, brought nutritious food into offices such as Google and restaurants such as Calafia. They’re committed to working with our partners and making super-tasty salad menus – menus that our customers love so much that they don’t reach for that bag of chips. We’re excited about our mission to provide nutritious food anytime, anywhere through the power of robotics. Reach out to me if you want to be part of the journey – you can see our job openings at www.chowbotics.com/careers.

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