Innovations

-- If you stumble into a diner at dawn, and your flapjacks arrive with "Good Morning" baked into the top, look for a robot called Flip-It. Developed by Ernesto Blanco, an engineering professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Flip-It dispenses batter, cooks one side in an embossed fry pan, covers it with another, and turns both pans over. Flip-It is so foolproof it can be installed in cafeterias as a coin-operated system.

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