A primary look: The world’s first robotic kitchen is obtainable on the market
The world’s first robotic kitchen was presented last weekend at GITEX (Gulf Information Technology Exhibition), one of the world’s leading trade shows for consumer technology. The system was developed by the British technology company Moley Robotics and has a nifty robot that is integrated into a luxury kitchen and prepares freshly prepared meals at the push of a button.
The Moley kitchen is the result of six years of research and development by an international team of 100 engineers, product and luxury interior designers and three award-winning chefs.
The heart of the new technology are two robotic arms with fully movable “hands” that were developed in cooperation with the world’s leading German robot company SCHUNK, Moley’s exclusive hand partner. As the result of 11 comprehensive development cycles, they reliably reproduce the movements of human hands. This means that the robot kitchen can take ingredients from the smart refrigerator, set the hob temperature, fill pans with the sink, and pour, mix and coat like a human cook. The robot even tidies up after itself – without any complaints!
The Moley Robotics system doesn’t cook like a machine – it captures human skills in motion. Tim Anderson, culinary innovator and winner of the prestigious BBC Master Chef competition (2011), played an important role in the development of the kitchen. His 3-D cooking techniques were recorded and then translated into elegant digital movements using bespoke algorithms.
Tim and his kitchen colleagues Nicole Pisani and Andrew Clarke have created 30 dishes to demonstrate the capabilities of the systems at startup. New recipes are added every month. Ultimately, Moley customers can choose from a digital menu with over 5000 choices and record their own favorite dishes using Moley’s innovative recipe maker software tool.
The Moley Robotic Kitchen in operation
The Moley kitchen can be used by both humans and robots. Custom-made stainless steel cookware and utensils are designed to be comfortable to hold and to provide a precise fit in robotic hands.
The Moley kitchen uses a combination of sensors and optical cameras to map ingredients, cookware and utensils in the kitchen. Discreet markings on the handles and pan lids help the robot to align the stainless steel pots, pans and utensils. The robot’s optical system can even detect dropped food and clean it up before and after cooking. An integrated UV lamp ensures that the cooking area remains germ-free.
This is widely considered to be the most advanced household robot ever – cooks from scratch and even cleans up afterwards
The bespoke kitchen is available in different designs. Customers can specify from a variety of premium marble, onyx and Corian countertops and choose kitchen cabinets in finishes that match the rest of their home decor and styling tastes.
Each kitchen is also available in two formats: a Smart Internet of Things (IoT) enabled kitchen (known as “R”) with or without an integrated robot. The smart kitchen has an IoT refrigerator and storage that will indicate when the ingredients are running out or when the professional-quality induction hob, oven and sink are running low. The intelligent kitchen can easily be expanded at a later date to include the fully automated package (known as the “X”) with the state-of-the-art robotic arms and skilled hands mounted on the integrated three-axis rail system.
The robot kitchen was intensively researched and tested for six years with a 100-strong design and engineering team
Moley Robotics was founded in 2014 by London-based computer scientist, robotics and health innovator Mark Oleynik. The company is headquartered in the UK and has a showroom in Hammersmith, London.
Before the start, 1205 qualified sales inquiries were received from customer clinics. Since each installation is bespoke, the price of the Moley Robotic Kitchen will depend on the specifications but is comparable to traditional luxury kitchens. As the technology matures, Moley aims to make versions at various prices that allow for mass market adoption, similar to what Tesla has done with EV vehicles.
When the first prototype of a robot kitchen was presented in 2015, it met with great interest in the hotel, restaurant and catering sectors. A commercial version of the Moley kitchen will be released in 2021 to meet this demand. Moley engineers are currently developing integrated robots specifically for busy kitchens. The focus is on reliability and precision, while several servings of freshly prepared cuisine are served.
The robot kitchen combines Italian design with world-leading German technology
Mark Oleynik, Founder and CEO of Moley Robotics, said, “What you see here is the world’s first consumer robotic kitchen. Our luxury fully automatic smart kitchen is on sale now and, like all breakthrough technologies – cars, televisions and computers – will appeal to enthusiasts, professionals and early adopters and have a price to match. We anticipate that over time, due to the volume of production, efficiency and economies of scale, our prices will decrease significantly while improving the additional features of the product. “
He continued, “Whether you love food and want to explore different cuisines, are on a low calorie diet, or have special nutritional needs, the automated kitchen can do it. Thanks to the recipe sharing platform, home cooks and chefs can upload personalized variations of recipes and save family favorites that everyone can enjoy for years to come. It’s not just a labor-saving device, it’s a platform for our creativity. It can even teach us how to become better cooks! “
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