At first glance, this looks like a great invention- what better way to distribute ketchup than with a little robot to wheel around the table, pointing and squeezing the bottle. Ketchupbot even gets off to a good start, perhaps putting more ketchup than necessary on a plate of mac and cheese, but no robot’s perfect, right?
Things quickly go downhill, however, when it moves away from the plate while still squeezing the bottle, making quite a mess. On to a hamburger and hot dogs, and by the end, the whole table looks like a ketchupy crime scene. But there’s something both endearing and hilarious about Ketchupbot, a testament to home robotics, and a warning that we’ve got some ground to cover before bots are doing all our work for us.
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