The robotic kitchens of sci-fi lore are one step closer to reality: Moley Robotics today unveiled the world's first completely automated kitchen. Previewed at Hannover Messe, the kitchen features two articulated robotic hands that utilize 20 motors, 24 joints and 129 sensors to mimic human hands.
Moley summoned Tim Anderson, winner of BBC's Master Chef, to share his culinary acumen with the robot. Engineers recorded Anderson preparing crab bisque and taught the robot to mimic Anderson's movements exactly.
"To be honest, I didn't think this was possible. I chose crab bisque as a dish because it's a real challenge for human chef to make well, never mind a machine. Having seen - and tasted - the results for myself, I am stunned. This is the beginning of something really significant: a whole new opportunity for producing good food and for people to explore the world's cuisines. It's very exciting," remarked Anderson.
A consumer version of the product is slated for a 2017 release; it will accompany an app store-style library of recipes that users can download.