Mechanism Description of a Food-a-Rac-a-Cycle

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Mechanism Description of a Food-a-Rac-a-Cycle Introduction Many people either do not like to cook or simply do not have the time to do so in a satisfactory fashion (Uppal, 2004). Likewise, many elderly consumers may lack the physical ability to prepare food and cook it properly (Scott & Herbold, 2010). These consumers and many more therefore rejoiced when the Food-a-Rack-a-Cycle hit the marketplace. This product is named for its counterparts on the 1960s prime-time animated television series, "The Jetsons" and its operation is fairly straightforward and intuitive. Likewise, the ingredient components required by the device are modular and are readily available in basic food ingredient components as well as gourmet and ethnic modules for special tastes at grocery stores everywhere. Although the device is not cheap (it retails at around $25,000), the ease of use and delicious meals produced by the Food-a-Rack-a-Cycle suggest that the price will come down in the future as economies of scale are realized through increased purchases of the basic unit and ongoing sales of the food modules. A description of the mechanical operation of this device and its components is provided below, followed by a summary of the operation and components in the conclusion. Description of Operation and Components of the Food-a-Rac-a-Cycle The operation of the Food-a-Rac-a-Cycle is described by Pogue (2008) as being a busy cook's dream. According to Pogue, "On 'The Jetsons,' when George got

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