I am the co-founder of a small startup company in Silicon Valley. We are considering a project to build a dishwashing robot for restaurants. Here's the basic idea of how it would work:
1) Put in a bus tray full of dirty dishes, uneaten food, cups, napkins, knives, etc. into the machine.
2) Our robotic system automatically identifies and separates the trash from the stuff that needs to be cleaned.
3) Our machine washes and stacks everything that needs to be washed and throws away the trash.
If we built a machine that quickly & reliably did the above described tasks for a reasonable price, is this something that you'd want for your restaurant?
Now, I'm sure you have lots of questions about how this machine would work, including the size, where it would go, how fast it would work, price, what would happen to your Hobart machine, etc. And the truth is that we're still figuring all that stuff out.
If you're intrigued by this idea, I'd love to talk with you!