Smart technologies are changing the way we tend to our homes and families. Nothing exemplifies this better than the Moley Robotic Kitchen. Hitting the market for the first time after years of research and development, the robotic kitchen is capable of producing more than 5,000 different recipes. However, with a hefty AU$ 437,322 price tag, it won’t become a fixture in the average home any time soon. Still, its technologies are paving the way for a future in which robots do more of our grunt work than ever.
Five Years in the Making
This innovative robotic kitchen made its initial debut at CES Asia in 2015. Only a prototype at the time, the technology underwent six years of rigorous research and development. The Moley Kitchen is the brainchild of founder and CEO, Mark Oleynik, a Russian mathematician and computer scientist.
Innovative Smart Technology
This cutting-edge robotic kitchen can cook entire meals from scratch – and it even cleans up after itself. The centerpiece of this incredible technology is a set of robotic arms complete with articulating “hands.”
The high-tech arms can complete a wide array of motions and tasks used in meal preparation. A smart fridge, cupboards, and other storage areas come with optical cameras and sensors that the machine uses to identify objects and perform tasks. The optical camera can even detect spills, allowing the device to clean them up as it goes – not something that humans are always good about doing!
Subtle markings on pan lids handle, and other objects allow the machine to orientate things properly during the cooking process. All the ingredients are kept in special containers that the machine can recognize and use accordingly. A built-in touchscreen is used to select the desired recipe. The Moley kitchen comes with a UV lamp that helps to keep the premises as spic and span as can be.
Cook Like a Pro without Lifting a Finger
The crowning achievement of the Moley Robotic Kitchen are its high-tech arms with articulating hands. Tim Anderson, the 2011 winner of MasterChef, helped program the device to perform various tasks. Anderson was filmed while preparing various dishes, and 3D technology captured his movements.
The movements were then translated into digital data, teaching” the machine how to cook. Fellow professional chefs Nicole Pisani and Andrew Clark joined Anderson to develop the first 20 dishes.
Upgrade Your Home with a Robotic Kitchen
At the Gulf information technology exhibition in Dubai in December 2020, developers of the Moley Robotic Kitchen announced that they had already received more than 1,025 qualified sales inquiries. With its steep price tag, this technology is beyond the reach of the average homeowner. However, the company hopes for the pricing to come down with increased production volume.
Could robotic kitchens eventually become the norm? Perhaps. For now, though, we can expect to start seeing the robo-cook appear in upscale homes. The technology is also being marketed for commercial use, so we may start seeing it in popular restaurants soon too.