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Monday, October 25, 2010

Robotic Kitchen of the Future

Daniel Dobrogorsky, currently studying Industrial Design & Mechanical Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, one of the finalists of Electrolux Design Lab 2010 has a great visionary idea - the Kitchen Hideaway - a virtual reality concept that allows the inhabitants of a communal building to imagine being in a kitchen, preparing a particular meal rather than having to actually do this for themselves. The thoughts of the user are then transmitted to robotic chefs within the building who then prepare the visualised meal in a real kitchen and with real ingredients. In effect, the headset replaces the need for kitchen appliances in individual dwellings, saving space through creative thinking. 
Daniel didn´t win the competition but Electrolux, Swedish world leading producer of appliances and equipment for kitchen and cleaning, likes his idea so much that it already has applied patent (SE1000512-2for "Method for Cooking" including the following claims:
1. Method for cooking food comprising the steps of :
- the user enters into a virtual reality kitchen (1);
- The user cooks the food in the virtual reality kitchen (2);
- The information about the virtual cooking is sent to a real kitchen in which the real food is prepared (3).
2. Method accoring to claim 1, further comprise the steps of:
- The real food is prepared by a human person, preferably a chef (4).
3. Method according to claim 1, further comprising the steps of:
- The real food is prepared by a robotic chef (4).
4. Method occording to any of the claims above, further comprising the steps of:
- The real food is sent to the user, or anyone specified by the user (5)
5. Method according to any of the claims above, further comprising the steps of:
- The use is assisted by a virtual instructor.
6. Method according to any of the claims above, further comprises the steps of:
- The  use can customize the virtual kitchen, e.g. rearranging appliances, lightning and counter tops.
7. Method according to any of the claims above, further comprises the steps of:
- The user can order real food from a database of previously virtually cooked food.



I highly recommend a look at Daniel´s presentation and the follow-up questions of the jury. 

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