Designed by vegetable juice company Kagome, the Tomatan, is an 8 kg. backpack that sits on the athlete’s shoulders, resembling a robot with a tomato for a head. It can hold six tomatoes.
The contraption was made for the Tokyo Marathon, (which happens on Sunday this year) intended to supply runners their on-the-go sustenance.
Kagome’s Shigenori Suzuki explained, “Tomatoes have lots of nutrition that combats fatigue.”
A small lever in the foot moves the arms to catch a tomato from the dispensing chute. The arms then bring the fruit in front of the athlete’s mouth.
Inventor of Tomatan, Nobumichi Tosa shared, “We used about 100 tomatoes to complete this machine.”
He adds, “We focused mostly on its visual design.”
There is a lighter version the Petit-Tomatan which weighs 3 kg.