Kitchen robots potpourri
This year, Moley, the first robotic kitchen will be launched by a London-based company, that has unlimited access to chefs and their recipes worldwide. It is expected to cook and clean up after itself. But looks like, it does not completely eliminate human supervision.
However, there are safety and quality concerns about having a robot-chef. What if the machine chops aimlessly and the owner is left without a meal is a concern raised in the article. Further, cooking involves the chef's personal touch and an engagement of all the five senses, which cannot be realized by a robot.
To solve the problem of cold pizzas, Zume Pizza, where robots and AI run the show, was started in Mountain View, California was started.
There is only one human worker I the delivery truck - to drive, slice and deliver to your doorstep. The human does not have to think about when to turn the ovens on and off or what route to take - because these are all decided by AI. A few minutes prior to arriving at the scheduled delivery destination, the AI starts the oven to finish cooking the order.
Japan is not far behind either with regards to the use of robots in cooking. Scientists at Kyoto Sangyo University have developed a kitchen with ceiling-mounted cameras and projectors that overlay cooking instructions on the ingredients. This lets cooks concentrate on their task (e.g., slicing) without having to look up at a recipe book or a screen.
Caliburger, a fast food chain based in California is using Flippy to flip hamburgers. Flippy is an industrial robotic arm with a classic spinning spatula.
Robots Cooked and Served My Dinner
In the Chinese city of Kunshan, a small team of robot cooks and waiters serve dumplings and fried rice at Tian Waike Restaurant.