Concept: British kitchen design startup, Moley Robotics has collaborated with Germany-based robotic company, SCHUNK, to engineer a robot that integrates into a luxury kitchen and prepares freshly-cooked meals at the touch of a button. The Robotic Kitchen can cook a variety of recipes and allows users to configure them too.
Nature of Disruption: Moley Robotic Kitchen is an advanced kitchen system that leverages 3D spatial motion tracking to learn human-like motion, and cookery skills from renowned chefs and culinary innovators such as Tim Anderson, Nicole Pisani, and Andrew Clarke. The robot kitchen can retrieve ingredients from the smart fridge, adjust hob temperature, use the sink to fill pans and pour, mix and plate up just as a human cook would. The robot even cleans up after cooking. The smart kitchen flags when ingredients are about to expire or are running low. For the robot to cook, the user selects a recipe accessible from a large touch panel that hosts more than 5,000 recipes along with the user’s configured favorites. Besides that, the ‘Kitchen Configurator’ web application provides the customers with the customizability to customize the kitchen’s layout type, panel colors, cookware storage type, protective screen, and worktop material.
Outlook: For centuries, cooking has been a manual process. In the recent past, there have been multiple attempts to automate cooking. Some of the existing automation technologies were able to cook limited recipes and lacked scalability and customizability. Moley Kitchen not only caters to cooking but also other important aspects of the kitchen such as self-managed cleanliness, IoT refrigerator, and intelligent storage cabinets. The startup’s focus is on reliability and precision whilst serving up multiple portions of freshly cooked cuisine. Moley intends to release customizable and commercially viable products at a variety of price points that can cater to the needs of the hotel, restaurant, and catering industries.