and robots," it features six custom tokens, new
styles of houses and hotels, and 60 minute play
rules for those who get tired of five-hour games
(and who doesn't?). In the Futurama version, you
can "hobnob with huggable industrialist Mom,
dance with the Robot Devil, and take a mutated
plunge into Sewer City and try not to get mutated
while there." Available from various websites, the
standard edition will run you in the neighborhood of
$35. For a couple bucks more, you can get the
special collector's edition which features a special
gold Bender token.
Game board from the Futurama version of Monopoly.
The Future of Burgers?
If you're a recent college graduate who has been
unable to find a job in your chosen field and you're
planning on an alternative career at McDonald's, we have
some bad news for you. If you're looking for better
burgers at a better price, though, you're in luck. According
to the folks at Momentum Machines (momentum
machines.com), the average fast food restaurant spends
$135,000 every year on labor to produce hamburgers,
which totals $9 billion for the industry as a whole.
Momentum intends to change that via (what else?)
robotics. The company's "alpha" machine — also known as
"The Burgeon" — replaces all of the hamburger line cooks
in a restaurant in a 24 sq ft package that actually grinds
the meat, forms the patties, slices the toppings, cooks the
burger, and assembles the finished product to the tune of
360 burgers per hour. In addition, a soon-to-be-introduced
version will offer the ability to provide custom grinds (e.g.,
1/3 pork and 2/3 bison) for every customer.
We briefly mentioned these "Pattyburgers" in last
month's magazine, however, the website still doesn't
provide specifics about price, but the company claims that
a machine can pay for itself in the first year of operation.
It also doesn't mention how or where to buy one, nor
does it provide any kind of video evidence that it really
According to an article from San Francisco's Mercury
News, a prototype sits in a warehouse in the city's South
of Market (SoMa) neighborhood. Plus, Momentum is
funded by "hardware incubator" Lemnos Labs
lemnoslabs.com), so we're inclined to believe that the
machine isn't just vaporware. At some unspecified time,
the company "will launch the first restaurant chain that
profitably sells gourmet hamburgers at fast food prices."
Momentum's Burgeon creates up to six a
custom burgers per minute.
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