A Western Australiano company from Perth has made a hot chip vending machine that deep fries frozen chips while you wait.
Peter Malone, who heads The Hot Chips Company, explained, for abc.net, the vending machine’s development began more than 10 years ago when his group of business associates began tracking failed attempts by other companies.
He said their machine, which has just passed the trial stage and will start commercial production this year, fried the chips in a 10-litre vat of rice bran oil in the belly of the machine.
The technology used in the final design, which relies on a robotic arm to catch the chips in a cup and then serve them up to the waiting customer, has only become available in recent years.
Malone suggested the chips could qualify for the Heart Foundation tick because they were fried in cholesterol-free oil. He said the risk of food poisoning was minimal, but the exact makeup of the chips is a closely guarded secret.
The machines are available for public use in two service stations in Adelaide and at the Ibis Budget airport hotel in Perth.