COLUMBUS, Ohio (WBNS) - The Ohio State University unveiled a new vending machine that can make pizzas.
The Office of Student Life and Dining Services says the machine serves a 10" ready-to eat-pizza in approximately four minutes. It is located in a dining hall on campus. Pizzas cost $8.
Meal plan holders at Ohio State can access the new device all week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Others with a spending account at the university can only access the machine Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The university said it eventually hopes to make the machine available 24 hours a day.
The new machine was created by the Cincinnati-based company Pizza ATM.
Pizzas are pre-made and partially cooked before they are placed in a cooling unit inside the vending machine. Chefs who build the pizzas can design them with a variety of toppings, though Ohio State's pizzas currently are only available in cheese or pepperoni. They are then cooked on-demand when ordered.
The pizzas can also be ordered cold to finish the baking process at home.
The company has already set up machines at Xavier University and Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. There are already 500 machines successfully operating in France and other parts of Europe, as well.