SINGAPORE - Lovers of chappati will be able to enjoy freshly made slices of the Indian flatbread at home when an automatic maker hits the market here later this year.
Called the Rotimatic, it churns out one hot chappati a minute - and is said to be the first machine of its type in the world.
Developing and producing the Rotimatic was not cheap or easy.
The local start-up Zimplistic faced hefty research and development costs and some thorny technical issues in the product design.
Spring Singapore has stepped in to provide a grant to help the firm see the project to fruition.
Zimplistic is one of 15 local start-ups that have received grants totalling $6 million from Spring Singapore. The other 14 span diverse industries, from medical devices and health care to infocommunications, and water and environment.
The grants were made under Spring's Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme (Tecs) which aims to bring potentially ground-breaking technologies closer to market.