Robotic Personal Chef!

At CES 2015, Serenti Kitchen introduced Cooki, the closes thing to a robotic chef that cooks healthy food for busy people. Based on the concept of Keurig, where you buy K-Cups to put in coffee machines, Cooki builds "food pods" you could pick up at the grocery store or have delivered so you don't even have to cut the veggies! You first use your smart device to choose from a list of recipes from famous chefs, restaurants, friends, grandmothers, etc. Then you open your refrigerator and get out the trays of fresh,  pre-cut, pre-washed, pre-portioned food and load it into the machine. Tap your smart device and Cooki starts cooking. Each ingredient will be added at the right time & temperature. And a robotic arm above it's own heating surface cooks until it's ready to consume. Watch Cooki at work in the video below:   Watch the evolution of Cooki from prototype to the state it was shown at CES in the video below:   Cooki is now on the well-known … [Read more...]

How Come So Many Geeks Are Unaware of Arduino?

Figure 1.0: The Arduino Microcontroller

How Come So Many Geeks Are Unaware of Arduino? (Originally posted 11/27/2011) Welcome to a world where some of you will never return! Arduino enthusiasts are similar to the characters on “The Big Bang Theory’s ” episode entitled “Comic Book Night ”, where Sheldon makes a comment that the room is filled with geeks whose mother’s only get a chance to change their sheets when they’re out for that weekly outing. Otherwise, they’re totally immersed in the coolest technology around and can’t be coaxed out of their bedroom while in the midst of creating “the next best thing”. For those of you who do not know what the term “Arduino” means, let me explain it to you. Arduino is an awesome tool for physical computing. It’s an open source microcontroller board (costing a mere $30.00) and a free software development environment. It’s great for prototyping, inventing and experimenting. To program the functionality to an Arduino device, you use the “Arduino Programming Language”. Below you … [Read more...]

Google Leaves the DARPA Robotics Challenge, Robots, Robots, and More Robots!

Google's HRP-2 Schaft Robot

Google is thought by many to be the front-runner in robotics. The company's interest in robotics is huge indeed; it's in the "Robotics Business Review's Top 50 List" (RBR50). RBR50 is a list of the most influential pubic and private companies in the global robotics industry (quote from "About the RBR50"). In 2003 Google acquired seven (7) awesome and technologically diverse robotics companies: Boston Dynamics, Bot & Dolly, Holomni, Industrial Perception, Meka Robotics, Redwood Robotics, and Schaft, Inc. At the end of this post I'll add some cool videos about each company's robots. Google pulled its "Team Schaft" HRP-2 robot out of the Pentagon-funded DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). Although the 3-year competition is less than halfway finished, the Schaft robot was the obvious front-runner. Tokyo-based Schaft, Inc. was founded specifically to enter in the $2M DRC and easily won the qualifying event in 2013. However, now with Google owning Schaft, accepting money from the DoD … [Read more...]