Would You Let a Robot Take Over Your Kitchen?
It took 100 engineers and three chefs six years to develop, and at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which takes place virtually this week, Moley Robotics has unveiled a fully-automated luxury home kitchen that's capable of cooking more than 5,000 different dishes from scratch.
Available in two formats—one dubbed the Internet of Things (IoT) enabled kitchen, the other without an integrated robot—and available in a wide variety of styles and finishes, including marbles, onyx, and Corian counters, as well as variety of kitchen cabinet finishes, the Moley Kitchen is piloted by a combination of sensors and cameras and can map ingredients, cookware, and utensils in the kitchen environment. The kitchen does it all: with its fully-articulated robot hands, the Moley Kitchen can fetch food and ingredients from the smart refrigerator, operate the cooker and sink, handle pots and pants, mix, blend, and plate dishes.
Oh, and it even cleans up afterwards.
When it comes to culinary skills, Moley Robotics worked with Tim Anderson, winner of BBC's MasterChef in 2011, and chefs Nicole Pisani and Andrew Clarke to create 30 dishes at launch. New recipes will be added to the system each month and clients will be able to customise their home recipe database with their own favourite recipes using built-in software.
"What you are looking at here is the world's first consumer robotic kitchen," said Moley Robotics founder and CEO Mark Oleynik in a statement. "Our luxury fully automated smart kitchen is now on sale, and like all breakthrough technologies—cars, televisions and computers—it will appeal to enthusiasts, professionals and early adopters, and is priced accordingly... Whether you love food and want to explore different cuisines, follow a low calorie diet or have special dietary requirements the Automated Kitchen can do this. Thanks to the recipe sharing platform, home cooks and chefs will be able to upload personalised variations of recipes and save family favourites for everyone to enjoy for years to come. 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."
Take a look at the Moley Kitchen in action at CES, here:
Moley unveiled its first prototype robotic kitchen in 2015. The company said that a commercial version of the robotic kitchen is also currently in development and will be released this year. And, just in case you were worried that installing a robotic kitchen means you'll never get to bake again, don't worry, according to the announcement, the Moley Kitchen is usable by both robots and humans. Because sometimes even robots like to have a day off here and there.