A breakthrough in cooking

A breakthrough in cooking

The 2011 Masterchef winner Tim Anderson spent last years helping Moley Robotics company to create the fully automatic cooking robot that can make a meal with the accuracy of a machine…

We are used to cook by ourselves. But what if the cooking process could be done automatically without the involvement of the human, by a machine.

The 2011 Masterchef winner Tim Anderson spent last years helping Moley Robotics company to create the fully automatic cooking robot that can make a meal with the accuracy of a machine and the sense of a man.

The 2011 Masterchef winner Tim Anderson

The 2011 Masterchef winner Tim Anderson

Moley Robotics was created by Mark Oleynik, computer scientist and innovator from London. He said in the interview once, that the Automated Kitchen is not just a time saving device, but it is also a tool for our imagination, to make our ideas come true.

Mark Oleynik with the Automated Kitchen prototype.

Mark Oleynik with the Automated Kitchen prototype

Despite the fact that it is only a prototype, creators are planning to start mass production of these machines. They even plan to connect the robot to other kitchen devices such as the fridge or the dishwasher to make cooking and cleaning process even simpler.

To make all these things possible, the developers 3D-videoed Tim doing usual actions during the cooking process like chopping vegetables or mixing liquids. These actions were later interpreted into the machine parts movement using algorithms that were developed in the Stanford National University.

Tim admitted that he couldn’t even imagine about a machine that is able to cook like him and he was really surprised when the robot signed its work with the OK gesture – just like the real human chef.

“I’m shocked. This a completely new look at the cooking process” – said Anderson after tasting the crab bisque that was created by the prototype. Later the Masterchef winner said that he had intentionally chosen this meal, because it is considered to be a real challenge for human chefs to make it right, not even mentioning robots.

The prototype has been in development for over 18 years, and now Moley Robotics is getting this technology to be ready for mass production and to be installed in any ordinary kitchen with standard dimensions. Also, the company is working on the creation of the recipe book available on iTunes and new dishes can be downloaded for the machine to cook. As an additional feature, the developers will add the possibility to upload custom recipes to the general database that will count nearly 2000 dishes by the time the mass production of the automated kitchen starts in 2017.

The price for Moley robot chef is planned to be around £10,000. This may seem like a huge sum of money, especially for a house gadget, but recent investigations showed that most people spend from £5,000 to £20,000 on renovating their kitchens, so the price for your personal master chef doesn’t look that great anymore.

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