Imagine dishes from top Michelin-starred restaurants, cooked by a master chef in your own kitchen, whenever you want. Moley Robotics has created the world’s first fully-automated, intelligent cooking robot. It learns recipes, prepares and cooks them and even clears up after itself.
Moley Robotics was founded in 2014 by London-based computer scientist, robotics and healthcare innovator Dr. Mark Oleynik. The company’s aim is to produce technologies that address basic human needs and improve day-to-day quality of life. The Robotic Kitchen is its first product.
The plan is to offer a digital library of recipes from around the world. Select your menu remotely, then let Moley take over, allowing you to arrive home to a delicious meal that’s exactly what you want, when you want it, cooked to perfection. ‘How can I have delicious food at home that I want, at any time? That’s why I’ve invented the Moley Robotic Kitchen,’ says Mark Oleynik.
The Moley Robotic Kitchen is supplied complete with appliances, cabinetry, safety features, computing and robotics. Two highly complex, fully articulated hands faithfully reproduce the exact movements of a human hand, giving the kitchen the capability to cook anything a human chef can.
In fact, the Moley Robotic Kitchen does not cook like a machine at all — it captures human skill in motion. Tim Anderson, culinary innovator and winner of the prestigious BBC Master Chef competition (2011) played an integral role in the kitchen’s development. He first developed a dish that would test the systems capabilities — a crab bisque — and was then recorded in 3D in a special studio cooking it. Every motion and nuance was captured, from the way Tim stirred the liquids to the way he controlled the temperature of the hob. His actions were then translated into digital movement using bespoke algorithms, created in collaboration with teams from Shadow Robotics (UK), University of Stanford (USA) and The Sant ‘Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa (Italy).
This motion-capture technique will be used to generate an ever-growing digital library of recipes for the Moley kitchen to cook. The recorded recipe can be cooked by the robotic kitchen an unlimited amount of times, enabling your favourite dishes to be passed down the generations. As Mark Oleynik says, “Imagine your grandmother’s dish that you love. Now you can have it cooked by the robot anytime you want.”
Once the recipe is chosen, pre-portioned ingredients will be delivered straight to the user’s home. Once they have been placed onto the special containers in the kitchen, the robot can begin cooking.
The design, by an international team including Sebastian Conran, DYSEGNO and the Yachtline company, is modern and attractive, without being too ‘science-fiction’ or unfamiliar. Being modular, it can be configured to fit regular kitchen spaces in a wide variety of homes worldwide, with the fitments (hob, sink, refrigerator, dishwasher) all of professional quality. The kitchen can also be used by human cooks when required, with the robotic arms folding away neatly out of sight to present a clean, ergonomic workspace with utensils shaped for a human hand.
As the Moley Robotic Kitchen cooks perfectly every time, it will reduce the amount of food we waste. Additionally, by providing an alternative to ready meals, it could also reduce our dependence on pre-packaged food, which requires a great deal of energy-intensive processing, packaging and transport.
The Moley Robotic Kitchen is designed to be available to the mass-market. By 2021, the company hopes to sell the kitchens for $35,000 — comparable to the average amount spent on kitchen refurbishment.
Peers, professionals and consumers voted the Moley Robotic Kitchen ‘Best of the Best’ at the Consumer Electronics Show in Shanghai in May 2015, beating the likes of Audi, IBM and Samsung. From March 2015 to January 2016, Moley was featured in many media outlets including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, CNN and the BBC.
Moley Robotics will also be making 2% shares in Moley Robotics available to the public, via the Seedrs crowd funding site. A series of funding rounds are planned over the next two years, which will enable the organization to complete the technology programme, prepare for launch and accelerate roll-out. Following the completion of the first round of investment, the next one will take place in the United States.
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