After a long day at work, taking care of the kids or whatever you do for eight-plus exhausting hours on the daily, the last thing you want to do is cook an elaborate meal. Unless you’re a planner and turned the slow cooker on before you ran out the door, reaching for a saucepan seems like an arduous task compared to opening your drawer of take-out menus or picking up a pizza or bucket of chicken on your way home.
So, instead, if you have the means, why not get a handy dandy little robot to cook your meals for you?
Just like the Roomba has made vacuuming and sweeping easier, so too will this still-unnamed robo-chef.
Moley Robotics, a London-based company, has developed a prototype robot chef designed specifically for the home. The machine consists of two agile robotic arms that would be installed above your cooking area and would include burners, a sink and an oven. Another London-based firm, Shadow Robot Company, created the hands.
How does it work? According to BBC News, it has been trained to mimic human actions, and who better to follow than former MasterChef U.K. champion Tim Anderson, who is training the robo-chef. During a demonstration at this year’s Hannover Messe (a big trade fair for industrial technology held annually in Germany), Anderson had the robot make a crab bisque.
“It’s the ultimate sous-chef,” Anderson told BBC News. “You tell it to do something — whether it’s a bit of prep or completing a whole dish from start to finish — and it will do it. And it will do it the same every single time.”
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, you can even control it remotely using an app, so your food will be ready by the time you get home.
Of course, sophisticated technology doesn’t come cheap, but if you are willing to pay the hefty price tag of about $20,000 (£10,000) for convenience, then this seems like a no-brainer. Besides, how much money do you spend on takeout every year?
The product won’t be on the market until 2017 but Moley also hopes to also add more help in the kitchen, including a library of thousands of recipes, a built-in refrigerator and dishwasher. Which means not only will you not have to prep and cook but you won’t need to wash up afterwards. Brilliant!