Restaurant robotics are taking another step forward with the scheduled opening today on a Cincinnati university campus of a pizza "ATM" stocked with 70 pizzas waiting to be cooked and dispensed in three minutes each.
The device features 12-inch pies assembled by hand by the dining hall staff of Xavier University. Each pizza maker was trained for 40 hours by a French chef to make the pies, according to local media reports.
The pizzas will sell for between $9 and $10, and the university expects to sell 300 a day. The pie count will be monitored in real time, and the ATM will offer discounts if the pizza isn't moving.
Xavier holds exclusive rights to the devices in North America, requiring other interested parties to train and obtain certification from the school. The supplier is a French company.