Modern kitchens already contain multitudes of cooking-related gadgets, from iPads slicked with EVOO to excellet multitasking tools. But it would be nice if the appliances themselves helped you cook, letting you know it's time to stir the risotto, that you should add salt to your soup or how to debone a chicken. Researchers in Japan (where else?) have some ideas about how to do that.
Computer scientist Yu Suzuki and colleagues at Kyoto Sangyo University added video cameras and projectors into a kitchen ceiling, which can track ingredients' locations and overlay instructions onto them while you mince. This way, you wouldn't have to take your eyes off the food and dirty up a tablet or dead-tree cookbook.
For now, it can only help a novice cook fillet a fish and slice onions, but it does this very well, reports New Scientist. You would lay the fish on a cutting board, and cameras detect its orientation, determining where you should cut. In a somewhat disturbing feature, a speech cloud will pop from the fish's mouth and relay written instructions. Suzuki and colleagues even added a small robot named Phyno, who sits on your countertop and monitors your progress, reading instructions or recipe steps.
Plenty of other researchers are working on similar projects, NewSci reports, including cameras that can detect when ingredients have been added to a bowl. Future kitchens could integrate thermal sensors and recipe-recognition algorithms, sending out an alert if you forget to add an ingredient, or do something horrible like mistake sugar for salt. Then anyone could theoretically master modernist cuisine.
"Then anyone could theoretically master modernist cuisine." I guess this depends on whether you think cooking is about successful reproducing recipes. Anyone can do that now, if they can read and if they have right pots and pans. This "kitchen of the future" could really help people follow recipes, but people who really enjoy cooking don't always rely on them. I can see the usefulness of reminders and hi-tech displays, but it certainly is not everyone's ideal to turn the kitchen into a thinking-free zone where everything has been figured out or regimented for the cook. To fantasize about having a stove that tells you when and how much salt to add to your soup, to me that is like fantasizing about becoming autistic.
While I am interested in new technology, toys for the kitchen, I am not necessarily convinced it’s a good idea, practical to have so many monitors over the stove and sinks.
This "Dream Kitchen" reminded us of those "Kitchens of the Future" from the 1950's. 70 years later, those concept kitchens resembled nothing like what we all have today.
This latest guess is probably as good as those were in envisioning the future.
"We Entertain When It Rains"
Yeah... I'm thinking in 20 years some other tech organization will post a copy of this article so that its readers can get a good chuckle.
As much as I like tech, I like cooking even more. And what this article is proposing is not cooking. It's just a kitchen that cooks food itself with the aid of a robot, except that the robot is you. This doesn't make you a cook anymore than buying a formula one car makes you a great race car driver.
Tech can't replace skills. But in many cases, it can fool people into thinking they are something they are not. And in some cases it just makes you dumber since you can't do anything on your own without the tech to help you. The more stuff like this we have, the more a doomsday scenario would suck.
How can it be possible to have an LCD Tv hung over a range top. The heat and steam from cooking will damage the LCD tv.
Well this looks like a supendously expensive way to put the cookbook in a safer place.
Plus the item detecting tech of course. But, I can't imagine how spendy it will be to make that remotely comprehensive.
In fact, when you're cooking ( which I don't do at all well), you need to pretty much know what you're going to do already. That is, if you plan on getting a meal done the same day that you start! Also, there's that little matter of timing. You often have to sync up several items, and you won't be doing that if you're busy staring at the assistance graphic.
Finally, there's the matter of actually cooking. My wife is a fabulous cook, I can barely make something like Hamburger Helper - all because of the cooking process. The robot won't be able to taste stuff as it's prepped and cooked to see if it needs more whatever, or how close it is to done. There's a whole sensory experince to successful cooking that won't be helped a bit by this gadget.
"...to tackle even the most difficult recipies" Uh? This looks like a war room. 4 30-inch monitors? Computer aided cooking isn't the future. Cuisine got this far without computer aided cooking, it doesn't need it now.
lol this is dumb. i would be to distracted to cook with so many stylish screens around me lol
"You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes." -Morpheus
Imagine the GeekSquad bill for a kitchen virus $$$$
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