GizMag (now "NewAtlas") reports that a French company is installing a Pizza ATM
at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, in time for the
upcoming semester. Available 24/7, customers use a touch screen to
select toppings, pay their US$9, and wait three minutes for a boxed,
12-inch pie to slide out the slot.
Similar to the Let's Pizza machines,
the Pizza ATM is stocked with prepared pizzas, including a precooked
base and added toppings, which are stored in boxes at 37.5° F (3° C).
The machine then selects the ordered pizza and places it in front of the
oven. A mechanism lifts the lid of the box, pushes both into the
convection oven, and lifts the pizza out of the box where it cooks in 3
minutes at 500° F (260° C).
Once cooked, the pizza is then placed back in
the box and dispensed to the customer. An onboard computer manages the
cold storage and the pizza expiration dates, as well as the cooking
times, browning and oven temperature. The machine holds up to 70 pies,
which may need to be restocked often depending on other late-night
campus dining options.
If the machine malfunctions or is running low
on stock, it sends an alert to the owner's phone. The owner also has
control over the menu and pricing, changing them according to demand.
Although pizza vending machines have been dishing out pizzas in Europe
for over a decade, Paline says this is the first time a pizza vending
machine has been installed in North America.
If you want a Pizza ATM for your personal use, it'll set you back $55,000.