When I'm skipping breakfast, my writer, Chris Velazco of Engadget, usually has a reason. Today I was working without breakfast to cover a Samsung booth at the CES 2020 exhibition hall.
Look forCute rolling robot[The actual thing was worse than I thought …], but there were other unexpected harvests. I was able to eat the tofu salad made by the robot arm hanging from the kitchen cabinet.
The robot chef who served today's meal is familiarly called “Cobot [collaborative robot]” by Samsung staff.
Robot chefs don't do all of the cooking from preparing the ingredients [though it's not surprising if they do], and they are supposed to work with the cook. You can download the recipe on a screen attached near the robot chef and let the cooking process go with people.
The demonstration of the robot chef was simple because there was no permission to use the open flame at the CES venue, but he did dexterous operations such as dicing soft tofu and applying oil to the frying pan with a spatula . Humans instructed the robot only once, verbally [but once with a green bowl close to the robot].
Robotic arms are no longer rare in technology exhibitions like CES. However, the spectacle of the two fingers articulated with three fingers handling a bottle of salad oil and opening the cupboard to search for ingredients was impressive.
Samsung's safety measures seemed to be working well, even though the technology was still experimental. When a human assistant approaches the robot arm cutting tofu. The robot chef noticed it and stopped smoothly. I don't think a robot chef will eliminate an accident in the kitchen, but at the very least, slowly and intentionally moving arms will not cause confusion in the kitchen.
In addition, robot chefs have the ability to connect to the Internet and download new skills. Updates can also be used to operate appliances, such as a Nespresso coffee maker. Not only does this require Samsung's work, but it goes without saying that it requires the cooperation of kitchen appliance manufacturers. Still, if you spend a lot of money on a robotic arm that moves in this kitchen, you'll be glad you get more features out of the box.
Samsung does not [of course] have a clear plan on how and when this robot chef will be sold. However, Samsung explains that he designed the robot arm with "accessibility" in mind. In other words, it will not be a very expensive product. The price should be close to buying a new refrigerator, rather than the cost of remodeling the kitchen. Although the range of prices that can be expected is still wide, it is wonderful that this strange smart home product can be a household appliance that will make life easier for not only the rich but also many.
So what about salads? Not bad! The assistant instructed the robot chef to finish with chili sauce without sesame seeds, but he could have made more arrangements. There was no cutlery in the booth [I think this is why no one wants to eat], so I was relieved that there was no creamy dressing in the robot chef's recipe to make it sticky.
I think the evaluation of the taste of salad is different for each person, but let's say this. Most New Yorkers won't complain if Samsung opens a pop-up store in New York and sells this salad. The latest news on CES 2020HerePlease see from.