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Samsung Bot Chef is a speech-driven tofu-chopping, Sriracha squirting, work-in-progress

Samsung Bot Chef is a speech-driven, tofu-chopping, Sriracha squirting, work in progress

  • Bot Chef is a kitchen bone that can chop, pour and mix pre-prepared ingredients
  • Samsung demonstrated the robot capabilities at CES in Las Vegas
  • Two robotic arms can pick up ingredients and pour in for a recipe
  • It can learn new recipes and is controlled by the voice of a user
  • Although it handled simple tasks, it still required a fair amount of human input

We can all use a little help in the kitchen, and luckily for those of us who need a sous chef, Korean Tech Giant, Samsung agrees.

As part of the company’s many display cases at CES in Las Vegas, Samsung gave attendees an unprecedented look at Bot Chef, a robotic kitchen aid that uses two brave arms to assemble, stir, pour and prepare pre-planned recipes.

As described by Samsung live demonstration of the possibilities of Bot Chef, the bot is ‘an AI-driven collaborative robot arm that can use daily kitchen utensils’.

The bot is designed for cutting, mixing and seasoning food and uses speech recognition technology to perform user assignments.

For example, a demonstrator for Samsung gave the command “Hey Bot Chef, let’s make a salad” to which the system replied “OK, which one?”

After selecting the ‘sesame tofu salad’, Bot Chef started his mission, which started by analyzing the selected recipe and figuring out which step to start with.

A short break and Bot Chef asked the demonstrator to take the tofu to his station. From there, using one of the opposite arms, it began to cut the tofu into neat little squares using a long slicer.

At the same time, Bot Chef also used his other arm to pour oil into a skillet that would be used to cook the tofu.

It is worth noting that Samsung has also integrated safety functions into Bot Chef, so that if a user gets too close to the robot while he is handling a sharp knife or other kitchen utensil, he will stop what he is doing.

The bot can also download new skills that are not currently in the repertoire. That can be like making coffee with a Keurig-like coffee machine.

Bot Chef has a bit of work in this arena because the demonstration arm was unable to mount the coffee pod properly in the machine, which required a corrective push from one of the Samsung employees.

A demonstrator showed how Bot Chef can automate processes in the kitchen with the help of a person

A demonstrator showed how Bot Chef can automate processes in the kitchen with the help of a person

Samsung introduced its Bot Chef, a kitchen robot that can put together meals and help users in the kitchen. It can pick up items, learn new tasks and is speech-driven

Samsung introduced its Bot Chef, a kitchen robot that can put together meals and help users in the kitchen. It can pick up items, learn new tasks and is speech-driven

Samsung introduced its Bot Chef, a kitchen robot that can put together meals and help users in the kitchen. It can pick up items, learn new tasks and is speech-driven

One of Bot Chef's most impressive achievements was the ability of the robotic arms to open a cupboard and remove a bottle of Sriracha. The bone was able to exert the correct amount of pressure on the bottle without eating too much or too little

One of Bot Chef's most impressive achievements was the ability of the robotic arms to open a cupboard and remove a bottle of Sriracha. The bone was able to put the right amount of pressure on the bottle without eating too much or too little

One of Bot Chef’s most impressive achievements was the ability of the robotic arms to open a cupboard and remove a bottle of Sriracha. The bone was able to put the right amount of pressure on the bottle without eating too much or too little

While the rest of the demonstration went quite smoothly – including a fairly impressive journey the cupboard in which the bot opened the pantry, pulled a bottle of Sriracha and conveniently pressed the bottle into a bowl – his abilities were mostly relegated to those who had many home cooks it might not be particularly cumbersome.

Advanced and fine motor tasks such as slicing or throwing ingredients in a fried pan – skills that would make the bone an indispensable possession as opposed to a flashy luxury item – were clearly beyond the wage level of Chef Bot.

It also required a fair amount of human intervention, meaning that it was far from the set-it-and-forget-it-bone that most people would want in a kitchen aid.

That said, Samsung is off to a good start with a product that most people might be interested in and according to them, although prices are not yet available, they are planning to sell Bot Chef at the price of a kitchen appliance and not a “luxury car.”

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