Pretty soon, it won’t matter whether or not you know how to cook.
That’s because a robot chef that can cook 2000 meals will be an option by 2017 – for those who have an extra $15,000 lying around, at least.
Let’s be honest; after a chaotic day at work, the last thing you feel like doing is cooking a meal once it’s finally over. But having the pizza delivery place on speed-dial is a little too…university.
That’s why a London-based company has developed a prototype for a “robochef” that’s designed for the home, who will whip you up a gourmet meal while you’re on your way home. The robot can do anything from a bit of timesaving prep work to crafting an entire dish.
The magic is made thanks to two dexterous robotic arms that are installed above a cooking area that has burners, a sink, and an oven. Its high-tech hands were created by Shadow Robot Company, whose products are used by NASA.
The system works by first recording human actions in 3D and then converting these into highly articulate and precise movements. The prototype was trained by chef Tim Anderson in a motion-capture studio.
Projected to hit the consumer market by 2017, the robot will come in several editions, including ones with libraries full of thousands of recipes, a dishwasher, and a fridge – so you won’t only save yourself the cooking, but the cleaning as well. Eventually, the company hope to offer a version complete with cameras, so that users can teach it to create their favourite dishes.
The robot can be controlled remotely via an app.
So, yeah, it looks like it’s time to start a “robot-chef” savings fund.