Robotic are being positioned as a replacement to human efforts which made Tim Anderson to spent the last two years helping to devise the ultimate kitchen gadget – a pair of robotic arms which can whip up any meal with the skill and flair of a professional chef and emerged 2011 winner.
The robotic kitchen are modelled on the actions of Masterchef winner, Tim Anderson and this has compelled most Masterchef winners open their own restaurants, set up catering companies or write cookbooks.
Although it is currently just a prototype which uses the hob, developers Moley Robotics are planning commercial versions which will link up to the fridge, oven and even the dishwasher, so it can clean up afterwards.
To create the device Anderson was filmed in 3D stirring liquids, chopping vegetables even controlling the temperature of the hob. His actions were then translated into digital movement using algorithms created with the help of Stanford University.
The robot not only cooks like Anderson, but it signs off its work with an ok gesture, just like the chef. It can even make a crab bisque.
Anderson who has worked at Le Gavroche and the Fat Duck and owns his own pop-up restaurant Nanban in London said “to be honest, I didn’t think this was possible.I chose crab bisque as a dish because it’s a real challenge for human chef to make well, never mind a machine. Having seen – and tasted – the results for myself, I am stunned. This is the beginning of something really significant; a whole new opportunity for producing good food and for peopleto explores the world’s cuisines. It’s very exciting.”
The prototype has been 18 years in development and is currently on show at the world’s biggest robotics show, Hanover Messe.
Moley Robotics, which is headquartered in the UK, is now working to scale the technology ready for mass production and installation in regular sized kitchens and want to create an iTunes style recipe book where dishes can be downloaded for the robot hands to cook.
The company is working with designers, homebuilders, kitchen installers and food suppliers to promote the system. The mass-market product will be supported by a digital library of over 2000 dishes when it launches in 2017 and they hope that celebrity chefs will embrace 3D cooking downloads. Home chefs will also be able to upload their favourite recipes too.
Moley Robotics was founded by London-based computer scientist, robotics and healthcare innovator Mark Oleynik.
“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,” Oleynik said.
Daily Times recalls that robotic technology is taking the world by storm as it has transited to Nigeria through FIRST® LEGO® League which is an innovation and robotics program, designed to get children excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and teach them valuable employment and life skills. FIRST® LEGO® League under the sponsorship of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has undertaken two competitions among students in Lagos and Abuja public schools who were recently hosted by University of Lagos and University of Abuja respectively.