Meet the robot chef who ‘prints’ cookies

Updated 12:16 PM EDT, Mon September 2, 2013

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Students at Poland's School of Form have developed a robotic chef

Robot creates 3D-printed cookies in almost any shape imaginable

Electrolux Design Lab unearths new concepts in robotics and bio-mimicry

(CNN) —  

Your cooking partner is a robot, your fridge can talk, and your plate is your own personal dietician. Oh, and for a laugh you occasionally have a cook-off with a famous holographic chef.

This may sound like a scene from 1960s sci-fi cartoon The Jetsons, but the kitchens in coming decades may not be so far off those envisioned by futurologists.

Today, a number of significant developments in culinary tech are happening in the field of robotics. CNN’s Blueprint team caught up with a group of design students in Poland who recently programmed an industrial robot – usually tasked with building cars – to cook.

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“Our project is called ‘Let’s cook the future’ and we try to cook with robots – we had a robot that initially was made just to be in factories and make cars and we tried to treat it as a human and put it in the kitchen.” Says Barbara Dzaman, one of the students involved in the project.

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The ‘Let’s cook the future’ robot “prints” cookies three-dimensionally, building them up layer by layer in almost any shape you could imagine.

Dorota Kabala, an industrial designer working alongside the students says that the project looks towards a future where people can make dishes that are only limited by their imagination. “The problem we are addressing in this project is the need for personalization of production … at the moment we can observe that people need more personalization, more customization of products than before and now it’s possible.”

Marek Cecula, a respected Polish designer, ceramicist and visiting professor at the Royal College of Art, London, says that he was “amazed” by the students’ robot chef but felt that “we simply don’t know where this is going … How will we relate to objects made completely by a machine? How will these objects relate to our emotions? Where will the relationship between person and object be when the object is made by a machine?”

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