Sometimes, cooking can become a chore for all of us. We come back from work tired and determined to sleep until the next day when we suddenly realize we have to start cooking since dinner will not miraculously appear on the table. Moreover, no matter how well we cook, sometimes exhaustion takes over and the end result is less than desired. We add too much salt or burn the potatoes. Perhaps we even mistake some ingredients. Coming as a solution to these problems, the Moley robotic chef is able to cook just as well as a restaurant chef.
The robotic chef was created by Moley Robotics in collaboration with London-based Shadow Robot and Masterchef Tim Anderson. It is controlled by a smartphone and able to produce gourmet meals. The robot is part of a larger program known as the Automated Kitchen. The robotic chef is made of a pair of arms that are suspended over a work surface, oven and sink.
A motion capture camera system was used to record the movements of Tim Anderson. Afterwards, all recordings were uploaded to the robotic system’s central computer. Through the use of algorithms created by researchers at Stanford University, the robotic chef was made to mimic the hand movements of Tim Anderson.
Talking about their project, inventor Mark Oleynik explained: “Whether you love food and want to explore different cuisines, or fancy saving a favourite family recipe for everyone to enjoy for years to come, the Automated Kitchen can do this. It is not just a labour saving device – it is a platform for our creativity. It can even teach us how to become better cooks.”
A demonstration took place to present the new invention. During a 30 minutes time frame the robotic chef was able to turn on the stove, scrap butter into a pan and measure the ingredients for a crab bisque. Developers hope to launch their robotic chef in 2017. Would you add it to your kitchen?
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