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Trainable Measures.

Trainable and subjective devices for the future kitchen.

AUTOMATION, ROBOTS AND THE ACT OF COOKING.

Recently, there have been examples of ‘first’ robotic restaurants, bars and cafeterias. Creator, Spyce, and MakrShaker showcase robotic or robot-like machines that can make burgers, stir-fry noodles and prepare coffee or a cocktails for you. A less polished version of these machines can be found often in China, where a robotic noodle shaver has been released in the wild many years ago, in a variation of uncanny forms.

An army of noodle-shaving robot chef created by Chef Cui Runquan
A screengrab of a google image search of the term ‘robot kitchen’

LEARNING AND TRAINING THE IMMEASURABLES OF COOKING.

Looking at a different direction for the future, we have explored how to design devices that would reinforce the idea of collaboration between people and machines in the future kitchen. Rather than focusing on replacing people with big robotic arms, we looked at smaller and more approachable ‘robots’. Instead of designing something to achieve a ‘perfect’ answer or recipe, we focused on retaining or augmenting the knowledge of the person in the act of cooking.

A prototype of a trainable knife at DesignIt Copenhagen built by CIID students.

TRAINABLE MEASURES.

Trainable Measures is a series of kitchen helpers that are trained to help you define subjective measures in the kitchen. Everyone’s ‘pinch’ or ‘a bit more time’ to cook are unique and subjective measures to you, as ‘precision’ in how we cut something is hard to measure. Rather than create machines to fix and define ‘perfect’ measures to adhere to, we use training and learning as a way to let people create their own measures. Trainable measures can be used by you to learn and create your own measures overtime, or can be trained by expert chefs to pass some of the intangible and often hard to quantify details that might make a difference in the kitchen.

THE ‘PINCH’ MACHINE.

THE ‘PRECISE’ SORTER.

THE ‘BIT MORE’ CLOCK.

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