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The world’s first robotic kitchen with help from SCHUNK

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

The world's first robotic kitchen was showcased recently at CES 2021 (Consumer Electronics Show), one of the world's premier consumer technology shows. 

The system featured a dexterous SCHUNK robot integrated into a luxury kitchen that prepared freshly-cooked meals at the touch of a button. 

It was created by UK technology company, Moley Robotics, and is the product of six years research and development by an international team of 100 engineers, product and luxury interior designers, and three award-winning chefs.

At the heart of the new technology are two robotic arms featuring fully-articulated 'hands', developed in collaboration with world-leading German robotic company SCHUNK, Moley's exclusive hand partner.  

The product of 11 exhaustive development cycles, the ‘hands’ reproduce the movements of human hands. This means 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 itself.

The Moley Robotics system does not cook like a machine – it captures human skills 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, with his cooking techniques 3-D recorded then translated into elegant digital movement using bespoke algorithms.

Moley Robotics was founded in 2014 by London-based computer scientist, robotics and healthcare innovator Mark Oleynik. A commercial version of the Moley kitchen will be released later in the year. 

Oleynik said: "What you are looking at here is the world's first consumer robotic kitchen. Our luxury fully automated smart kitchen is now on sale, and like all breakthrough technologies – cars, televisions and computers – it will appeal to enthusiasts, professionals and early adopters, and is priced accordingly. We anticipate that our pricing will be reduced significantly over time with production volume, efficiencies and economies of scale, whilst simultaneously enhancing additional functionalities of the product.

"Whether you love food and want to explore different cuisines, follow a low calorie diet or have special dietary requirements the Automated Kitchen can do this. Thanks to the recipe sharing platform, home cooks and chefs will be able to upload personalized variations of recipes and save family favorites for everyone to enjoy for years to come. It is not just a labour saving device – it is a platform for our creativity. It can even teach us how to become better cooks!"