Nobody knows when those pizza vending machines might be coming to New York—but while we eagerly anticipate the day we can buy pizza like a Twinkie bar, there's another robotic food-making machine right under our noses: the Burritob0t. NYU grad student Marko Manriquez has been working on the burrito-making robot for his thesis. And the days of Taco Bell taste tests may soon be behind us.

Burritob0t.net Stop Motion [test] from Marko Manriquez on Vimeo.

Essentially, the machine uses 3D printing technology to coordinate what ingredients you want—large syringes inject beans, salsa, and guacamole onto tortillas one layer at a time. The volume of various ingredients can be controlled via an iPhone or web. Of course, Manriquez hasn't quite worked out how to get the burritos folded and cooked, but obviously the technology is there.

Manriquez seems as concerned with the conceptual aspects of the project as the commercial ones, writing on his website that he wants to "encourage dialogue about how and where our food is grown, methods of production, environmental impact, cultural appropriation, and, perhaps most importantly: what our food means to us."

He's also realistic about the quality of the product: "We are in uncharted culinary territory," Manriquez wrote. "For now, [Burritob0t's burritos are] somewhere on the spectrum between Taco Bell and SoCal taco truck." Manriquez is planning a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to publicly demonstrate Burritob0t and improve the taste of its burritos. As long as this doesn't turn out to be another TacoCopter, we see great promise here.