US company Sereneti Kitchen has created a tabletop robot named Cooki, described as a "Keurig [coffee maker] for cooking fresh food".
Cooki made its debut at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but currently remains a prototype. The machine features a cooking pot and a heating surface, as well as a robotic arm that mimics the motion of a human arm to stir and turn food.
To use the device, consumers select from a range of dishes via an app, such as vegetable stir fry, chicken stew or a variety of pasta dishes. They then load the ingredients onto a tray, place it inside the machine, and select the 'cook' button. The machine adds each ingredient to the cooking pot at the optimum time and temperature, while the robotic arm stirs the food accordingly. Once the meal is cooked, users receive a notification via their phone or tablet.
Cooki is designed to be used with pre-portioned and ready-to-cook trays of ingredients, which can be ordered from the Cooki team. However, consumers can also use it to cook other ingredients.
From micro gardens that allow consumers to grow and cultivate their own vegetables with the aid of smartphone apps, to intelligent cooking appliances that can be operated using voice and gesture control, new technology is transforming the kitchen. For more on this, see Kitchen of the Future and Intelligent Food.