Crowdsourcing Mornings: PancakeBot


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

The PancakeBot allows you to “print” out pancakes into just about any design you can imagine. It’s easy, REALLY fun, and you don’t need an art degree (or a culinary one) to do it! 

  Designed to inspire, entertain, and bring out the creativity in both young and old at home, the PancakeBot is also a product with commercial durability to help your brand make a lasting impression and draw in more customers.  From the whimsical dream of Miguel Valenzuela to make a pancake machine out of LEGO for his two daughters, the PancakeBot has evolved into a complete patent pending product capable of creating pancakes like never before.

Their included user-friendly software allows you to design your own pancake by tracing any image right on your computer. From your favorite piece of art or character, a child’s drawing, a product image or your company, or team logo, the software creates the file and the PancakeBot does the rest.  As the artist, you control what lines are drawn first, which in turn lets you determine the shading of the pancake.  Once you have traced the image, the files can be stored on an SD card allowing you to print the designs you have created at anytime without having to ever re-trace the image.

The PancakeBot uses a patent pending batter dispensing system to “print” the batter onto the included griddle. By using a combination of compressed air and a vacuum, the PancakeBot controls where the batter is dispensed. Onboard controls let you fine tune the dispensing of the batter as it glides over the griddle.
  You can even incorporate color into your PancakeBot creations by simply adding food coloring to the batter.  PancakeBot aims to inspire both young and old to create and have fun with their food as well as develop interests in engineering, art, programming, and food manufacturing through the use of technology.  So go ahead and impress your family and friends by printing out their favorite character, animal, team logo or design. Let your imagination run wild and create pancakes almost too good to eat!

Prototype in action

As of March 30th, this project has raised around $325,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project only has 10 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $59, you will get your face made into a shape of a pancake.  For a pledge of $179, you will get one PancakeBot.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1853707494/pancakebot-the-worlds-first-pancake-printer

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Get Free Pancakes At IHOP Today On National Pancake Day


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Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP restaurants have raised nearly $16 million to support charities in the communities in which they operate. On March 3, 2015, guests from around the country will celebrate a “Decade of Giving” with its tenth National Pancake Day at IHOP restaurants and enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes. In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities.

IHOP’s goal this year is to raise $3.5 million, if that amount is raised, it would take IHOP’s 10-year contribution to the CMN to over $20 million.  IHOP Restaurants will be offering a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to customers Tuesday from 7-10 am local time at participating IHOP Restaurants.  All proceeds collected in Alabama will go to Children’s of Alabama or the USA Women’s and Children’s Hospital.  Go out and enjoy some pancakes!  Learn more at: http://www.ihoppancakeday.com

Check Out Star Wars Pancakes On Fat Tuesday


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Someone did not tell me that today is Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, or Fat Tuesday.  So Star Wars did something cool!  They took pancake batter and turned it into characters from the Star Wars films!  Let’s hope your pancakes don’t turn to the dark side!  Enjoy!

PancakeBot Is Pancake Printing To Make Breakfast Cooler


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Sorry to make you hungry, but I saw something that is very cool!  Designer Miguel Valenzuela created the PancakeBot, which is a robot that draws intricately designed pancakes.  The current design of the device consists of an acrylic body, an Arduino Mega, and two Adafruit Motor Shields, vacuum pump for batter control and of course a griddle. The initial version of the device was made out of LEGO blocks.  The new version of the machine was featured at the Bay Area Maker Faire on May 17th-18th.

Miguel continues to improve upon the design while living in Norway and is using PancakeBot in after school programs to teach kids about engineering, robot building and programming, and eating pancakes.  Here is a video of what the PancakeBot is all about!  Also, there is an animated video called the Breakfast Gallop that took 7 days, 50 pancakes, and lots of reworking.

Learn more about PancakeBot at: http://pancakebot.com/

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