Offbeat Video

By Randal Coombs


This camem-bot can respond to a voice command to make grilled cheese sandwiches with precision accuracy and reliability.

Tayor Tabb, 24, and his other two team mates created the auto-cheese toastie maker at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The process begins with a voice command that is conveniently integrated into the Google Home smart assistant.

The cheesy contraption uses a vacuum to begin to assemble the sandwich with two slices of bread and one slice of cheese loaded onto the conveyor belt.

When the sandwich is ready to be grilled the conveyor belt moves along the sandwich and slides it onto the grill where the lid closes.

After the perfect amount of grilling the cheddar treat is pushed into the pickup area where it can be conveniently retrieved.

Taylor said: “While grilled cheese is a comfort food, the process of making grilled cheese is less than ideal.

“As hungry college students awake at hours that it’s often hard to find food, we knew this was our calling— not just for us, but for grilled cheese eaters everywhere.

“At first it was simple — what if a robot could make you a grilled cheese?

“But once that seemed doable, we thought we could be even bolder — what if you could make a grilled cheese and make it totally hands free and voice activated and able to be integrated it into a smart home? And that, that is Cheeseborg.

“Our research and testing led us to find the perfect cook time and temperature for our grilled cheese — we optimised for gooey on the inside and crispy on the outside!”