Georgia Tech Grad’s Company Sold to DoorDash
DoorDash, the online food ordering and delivery platform, has acquired Chowbatics, a California-based company that sells a salad-making robot named Sally.
The robot’s creator, Deepak Sekar, who earned his master’s and PhD degrees from Georgia Tech, is an inventor with 125 patents. He founded Chowbotics in 2014 to make fresh food more accessible through the application of advanced robotics.
Originally created to make salads from up to 22 ingredients, the newest version of the Sally robot can be configured to offer many more options, including Açai bowls, yogurt bowls, and snacks, as well as ethnic cuisines such as Mediterranean, Indian, and Latin American. While making selections on a touchscreen, users can view nutrition information and make changes to ingredients to alter their calorie intake.
Hundreds of the fridge-sized robots are being used in hospitals, grocery stores and universities, not just in America but also eight other countries. DoorDash is expected to promote the robots to the restaurants for which it delivers food, allowing them to expand their menu offerings. Stanley Tang, DoorDash’s co-founder, called it “a remarkable tool for helping merchants grow.”
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