Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Are you hungry while running? No probem anymore! Wearable robot Tomatan can feed feed you as you run. Japan’s largest supplier of tomato juice and tomato ketchup Kagome developed with Maiwa Denki this cute robot for marathon runners. Why they use tomato instead of fruits? “Tomatoes have lots of nutrition that combats fatigue,” said Dr. Shigenori Suzuki. Inventor of Otamatone Maiwa Denki was focused mostly on its visual design said Novmichi Tosa. The machine resembles a humanoid robot – tomato head with moving jaw with deposit of tomatoes. Image above shows alpha version of Tomatan that was considered insufficient because of required participation runner. Unfortunately, the final device weighs around 17.5 pounds (8kg) and can only carry six tomatoes. When the runner feels like it’s time for a nutrient boost, they simply tug a lever in the robot’s foot, which causes a tomato to pass from the dispensing chute into the robot’s hands. Its arms then rotate forward, bringing the fruit to the runner’s mouth. To see it in action, check out the video below.