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Internet of Things in the Kitchen By @BobGourley | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

When the product goes to market, it will include a connected dishwasher and refrigerator

Robot Chef Brings Internet of Things Into the Kitchen

Who needs to go out for dinner, when you have a tireless master chef waiting at home to prepare a gourmet meal for you, any time, day or night?  That's the premise behind a new invention from Moley Robotics, a tech company based in London.  Moley unveiled their new "robochef" prototype on April 14, 2015 at the Hannover Messe technology fair in Germany.

Using hands produced by Shadow Robot Company, the robot chef is capable of producing meals from a collection of over 2,000 recipes, using natural motions learned from Tim Anderson, a human chef and winner of the BBC's MasterChef competition in 2011.  Eventually, home chefs will be able to use a motion capture system to "teach" the robot new recipes, or download them from an iTunes-like service.

When the product goes to market, it will include a connected dishwasher and refrigerator, in addition to the currently-available stove and sink, and included software will track the contents of the fridge and pantry to determine what recipes can be made.  It will be connected to the Internet, and will be controllable via smartphone.  Go-to-market is projected about 2 years out, and the unit is expected to sell for around $15,000.

The hands themselves are sophisticated creations, made up of 24 motors, 26 micro-controllers, and 129 sensors, with a sophisticated operating system called ROS.  In addition to their use in the kitchen, research labs all over the world use them for hazardous lab work and research.  Shadow Hands would like to incorporate them into industrial robotic applications as well.

As a home chef and a busy professional, I, for one, am looking forward to test-driving this new technology!

 

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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder and partner at Cognitio Corp and publsher of CTOvision.com