Video of this semi-liquid-moving machine, SWITL, has been floating around the internet since March-ish, I think. Not that I saw it then. But just in case you saw it then. “Already checked this machine off the ‘humans did it’ list that I have stored in a locked box in my room, it’s a very long list, don’t waste my time.” “Even outside of this video, I’m sure you are aware that the perfect ketchup moving machine had already been invented, why must we constantly reinvent the ketchup wheel.” I’m sorry! You’re right. But this video is new, the one after the jump, and worth a look. It’s from FOOMA Japan, the international food machinery and technology exhibition (“I know”), and it shows how this machine will actually be used, which is very boring, but it also shows the machine picking up ketchup that is spilled on a table and moving it without changing its shape, which is VERY EXCITING!

Ahhh! I’m glad I don’t have to invent things like this because I would have no idea how to do it. I can’t wait until I can own one of these. And I pick up spilled ketchup with the machine, and it keeps its shape, and then I clean it off of the machine. And people will ask, “Why don’t you just clean it off of the original surface?” And I’ll repeat the same question back to them but with a stupid voice, because they will be so stupid. (Via Reddit.)

Comments (21)
  1. Wait, this news has been around since March? Then give me a minute to ketchup.

  2. Only a matter of time before this thing shows up in a bukkake movie.

  3. This is the most circuitous way to make McDonalds special sauce that I’ve ever seen.

  4. i, for one, welcome the eventual reign of our semi-liquid moving robot overlords. all hail the ketchup mover!

  5. I can just see the infomercial now
    Kids are putting ketchup on their Happy Hot Dog Man ™
    “Mom we spilled the ketchup”
    The mom tries to pick it up but the napkin falls apart
    Voiceover: Has this ever happened to you? Do you wish there was something that can clean up ketchup? Well now there is with the Supbot, only $49.95 plus shipping and handling

  6. I can’t wait until this thing makes its way into porn.

  7. This is a major leap forward. Now they just need to invent practical clothing made of glass or glass-like materials and stains will be a thing of the past!

  8. We can all agree that ketchup is delicious. Most of us can probably agree that mayonaise is delicious. Can we all agree that whatever mix of bodily fluids this is does not look delicious?

  9. Wet Naps’ stock is plummeting! Sell! Sell!

  10. Something tells me Dr. Birdie could handle that ketchup/catsup better than any dumb machine. And with infinitely more charm and grace. ‘Ketchup!’ she’d think as she took care of the situation. What would the machine think? Something like ’0010100CATSUP01′ I’d bet. #Lame #Terminator:RiseoftheYawns

  11. “Can we somehow send this back in time to February 28, 1997?”

  12. Impressive, useless and utterly hypnotic.

  13. Who would win in a fight?

    Automatoe or Ketchup-Moving-Machino?

  14. I’m glad Billy Mays isn’t alive to see this.

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