Cooki: a Desktop Robotic Chef That Does Everything

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Photo: Evan Ackerman/IEEE Spectrum
You'll never ever have to cook ever again, ever.

CES has only officially been open for like 5 minutes, and already we’ve found something too awesome not to share immediately: a cooking robot from a startup called Sereneti that can handle everything for you, from cooking to stirring to adding ingredients at the right time. 

This robot is called Cooki, and here’s a rendering of how it all works:

This is from January of last year, but as you can see in the pics below, they have the (much smaller) real thing here at CES, and it’s actually making a spinach omelette. From scratch. Right now. You preload the ingredients, turn the thing on, and it’ll cook everything for you perfectly using little motorized bins to dump in the ingredients one at a time and an adorable robot arm to do the stirring. Pretty much the only thing it can’t do is bring you the finished meal in bed.

The initial prototype was built using a traditional robot arm, but Sereneti quickly realized that it would be both dangerous (so close to a saucepan) and practically impossible to clean. So instead, they moved the arm’s motors up into the casing at the top, and then designed purely mechanical joints to move the arm itself. The result is that the arm itself can be detached from the top joint and run through the dishwasher for cleaning. 

Sereneti wants Cooki to be part of an ecosystem that includes a service called Foodi, where they send you prepackaged ingredients that your robot then cooks for you. It’s all app enabled of course, and Sereneti is calling it a sort of “iTunes for food,” which allows you to order, customize, share, and even monetize all kinds of different meals.

Right now, Cooki can handle up to four ingredients, and the final version will also include a ring over the pan to add oil, salt, pepper, and other spices. It’ll also be smaller, and modular, so that you can expand the number of ingredients for more complex recipes. Sereneti is targeting an early 2017 release, and they say that the robot will only cost you US $499. 

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