Good news, everybody! PancakeBot, the mechanical pancake printer that took the web by storm a few months ago, is now up for pre-order on Kickstarter. It’s been nearly a year since we last heard anything about the contraption, but now the creator is back with a new-and-improved version that’s ready for production.
PancakeBot 2.0 boasts a number of big improvements over the original, the most notable of which is definitely the accompanying software application. To make your own pancake design, you can either freehand it or upload an image and trace over the lines. The program tracks every line you make with your mouse and then recreates them with pancake batter on the skillet. In other words, you don’t need to have crazy CAD skills to design a cool pancake.
The batter extruder has also been updated and now features onboard controls that allow you to adjust how quickly batter gets squirted onto the skillet. This is a pretty big deal, as it allows you to adjust PancakeBot so that it can handle batters of varying viscosity. Without these controls, you’d basically have to make the batter exactly the same way every time you made breakfast.
And the best part? You can get your hands on one for a pledge of $180 on Kickstarter. The project has already surpassed its $50K funding goal, so assuming that production goes off without a hitch, the first production version should ship to backers sometime in July.