Tomatan: The Wearable Tomato-Shaped Robot Who Feeds You Tomatoes While You Run
Today on our "why does this exist?" segment, Japanese vegetable juice company Kagome has built a tomato-shaped robot that feeds you tomatoes while you're running.
Kagome, who claims to be Japan's largest supplier of tomato juice and ketchup, teamed up with an artistic studio called Maywa Denki to make this very essential device happen. At eighteen pounds, Tomatan can be worn like a backpack, sitting on your shoulders and using its arms to hold tomatoes in front of your face so you can eat it like an apple. The tomatoes are dispensed from its mouth, because why not.
I have so many problems with this. First of all, who wants to eat tomatoes while they're running? Of all things?
"Tomatoes have lots of nutrition that combats fatigue," said Kagome employee Shigenori Suzuki. So that answers that question, I guess, although I'd bet money it has more to do with that "largest supplier of tomato juice and ketchup" thing.
But even if I could get on board with the "special health benefits of tomatoes" concept, the robot is eighteen pounds. Eighteen pounds. Who wants to carry eighteen pounds on their back while they're running? Or sitting, for that matter? Are tomatoes really worth all that trouble?
A professional runner is apparently using a lighter version of the Tomatan in a race on Sunday. This one is only seven pounds, but it doesn't actually feed you tomatoes. You need to hold a delivery tube to your mouth so it can shoot mini-tomatoes into it. Why? Why does this exist?