Kitchen robots potpourri


The World's First Home Robotic Chef Can Cook Over 100 Meals

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.

The way this machine works is by specifying the number of portions, type of cuisine, dietary restrictions, calorie count, desired ingredients, cooking method, chef, etc. from the recipe library first. Then, with a single tap, you could choose your recipe, place the individual pre-packaged containers of measured, washed and cut ingredients (that you could order through Moley) on designated spots, and press “start” for the cooking process to begin.

Since the Moley kitchen could essentially cook any downloadable recipe on the internet, the food-robotics-AI startup expects to include a “share and sell” your own recipes feature, where consumers and professional chefs could access and sell their ideas via the “digital style library of recipes” database.

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. 

Our Robot Overlords Are Now Delivering Pizza, And Cooking It On The Go

To solve the problem of cold pizzas, Zume Pizza, where robots and AI run the show, was started in Mountain View, California was started. 

A customer places an order on the app. A team of mostly robots assembles the 14-inch pies, each of which gets loaded par-baked — or partially baked.



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.

Augmented reality kitchens keep novice chefs on track

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.

The upgrade from a clasping claw to a classic spinning spatula took a lot of programming but it was necessary. After all, you need the easiest to clean surface when dealing with raw meat — you really don’t want that stuff getting caught up in a device’s various nooks and crannies.

The developers of Flippy is working on a number of new features for the robot, including advanced computer imaging and AI that will help it adapt over time to things like a changing seasonal menu.


Flippy, the hamburger cooking robot, gets its first restaurant gig

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.

Suppose you want to fillet a fish. Lay it down on a chopping board and the cameras will detect its outline and orientation so the projectors can overlay a virtual knife on the fish with a line indicating where to cut. Speech bubbles even appear to sprout from the fish’s mouth, guiding you through each step.

The kitchen also comes equipped with a small robot assistant named Phyno that sits on the countertop. When its cameras detect the chef has stopped touching the ingredients, Phyno asks whether that particular step in the recipe is complete. Users can answer “yes” to move on to the next step or “no” to have the robot repeat the instructions.




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.

“A robot can work for seven to eight years and more than ten hours a day,” Song Yugang, the owner of the company that designed the robots said. “Waiters and waitresses work for eight hours every day, nine at most. You need to provide accommodations and meals. But our robots consume three yuan [50 cents, or 30 pence] worth of electricity a day at most.”