Advances in robotics, image processing and artificial intelligence are quickly opening the door to new areas of application of robotics. Moley Robotics has been developing the world’s first fully-automated and intelligent cooking robot, which cooks recipes by mimicking the movements of a master cook and (more importantly) clears the kitchen when he is done.
As you can see on the video (also available in Moley website), the robotics hands manipulate food, cooking tools, and other implements in much the same way a human chef would.
The first prototype was developed in collaboration with Shadow Robotics, Yachtline, DYSEGNO, Sebastian Conran and Stanford. The robot consists of a pair of articulated robotic hands that can reproduce the entire function of human hands with the same speed, sensitivity and movement.
According to Moley, “The cooking skills of Master Chef Tim Anderson, winner of the BBC Master Chef title were recorded on the system – every motion, nuance and flourish – then replayed as his exact movements through the robotic hands.”
It remains unclear how adaptable the system is to changes in the position of the ingredients, tools, and plates, but these are challenges that will become less and serious as the technology evolves.
Image credits: Moley Robotics