A Robotic Roti Maker Frees Women from the Tyranny of the Stove
For Pranoti Nagarkar, frustration was the mother of invention. Making fresh rotis, the traditional flatbreads that South Asians enjoy with their meals, has traditionally fallen to the women in the family, often leaving them trapped at the stove while their families enjoy the meal.
But Nagarkar, who often cooked a full meal — rotis included — after a long workday as an engineer, dreamed of a way to solve that problem and free women to join their families at the table.
Or, you know, indulge their love of fine art while their husbands set the table. Whatever. The point is, she didn’t want women trapped at the stove any longer.
So Nagarkar and her partner, Rishi Israni, invented a robot that would take the hassle out of having to constantly hand-shape and crank out the many rotis consumed with each meal.
The result is the Rotimatic, which looks like a bread machine but uses robotics to do much more. The human operator fills the appropriate containers with flour, water, and oil:
Then she pushes a couple of buttons to tell the machine how many rotis are desired and at what thickness.