Boffins build omelette-making android
Egg-citing development in robotics?
A robot’s been cooking up a storm in Japan, where its maker – Yaskawa Technology – has taught the drone to bake the perfect Japanese omelette.
What do you mean it tastes machine made?
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The firm’s MotoMan SDA10 robot was shown cooking an Okonomiyaki cake in front of crowds at a recent robot fair in Osaka.
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According to several reports, the droid mixed all the ingredients together – which included batter, eggs, cheese and cabbage – and then flipped and fried the omelette to perfection.
Yaskawa’s website states that that MotoMan SDA10 has seven axes of movement per arm and a single axis for base rotation. It can also hold up to 10kg of weight on each of its arms, which have a forward reach distance of almost a metre.
The robot’s “human-like flexibility” also makes it suitable for a wide variety of boring assembly jobs, such as digital cameras, as seen in the above video.
Earth to Mars
What do you know of KoenigsEggs?
Only that they go so fast they're likely to ovaturn and you'll end up cracked with your brains scambled. Either that or you'll be pecked up in a speed trap by the coops, and get brought before the beak, which is exactly the sort of eggistential crisis I want to ovoid to have any chance of getting layed.
Oh for the wings of any bird, other than a battery hen - that's just the soth
> But we all know the first commercial usage will be for RoboBloJos(TM)
I soooooo misread that at first - it would require an entirely different kind of flexibility... and lips might help...
RE: ‘Boffins build omelette-making android’
Now if they can teach it to flip burgers, then they can replace the human "robots" at McDs...
That is all.
Not very useful
There's been a spate of these 'does task X' robots over the years, and they all have the same problem - they require the ingredients (or materials or whatever) to be carefully arranged in front of them. This may be suitable for a production line or maybe a large catering kitchen, but for household tasks, I'm willing to bet that no-one has designed a robot that can go to the fridge and get the ingredients, avoiding knocking other things in the crowded fridge over, selecting the oldest eggs first etc etc.
In summary, I we'll be doing the house work for a long time yet.