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Will we soon have chef robots? Here's one that makes your favourite sausages

The BratWurst Bot is able to grill German Sausages without any human help.

By: Express Web Desk |
July 25, 2016 6:27:10 pm
bratwurst bot, robot chefs, weird tech, Forschungszentrum Informatik, odd news Love sausages and robots? The BratWurst Bot combines both to serve up a delicious meal. (Source: FZIchannel/Youtube)

Being served our food by mere mortals is so passé nowadays, especially since it’s the 21st century and we have a bot – that’s robot for all ye old-timers – to do everything. The BratWurst Bot – a machine that takes orders from customers, cooks the sausages to their specifications and serves then, all without any human intervention is the latest in the line of automated machines taking over more and more human jobs – this time, it’s that of a roadside vendor that will serve up your favourite food.

The bot made its debut at a government event for German State representatives, called the Stallwächter Party, where it served more than 200 sausages all through the evening. How it works is – the bot takes orders from a Web front-end. It then uses RGB cameras to cook the sausages to perfection, measuring the colour change to indicate when it should flip them over and also to recognise when the wursts are done. The BratWurst Bot then serves the popular food item to its customer.

Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it?

The bot chef was created by Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI), a Germany-based technology company. FZI wanted to show how far modern robots have come – making lives easier for humans, as well as how well they can interact with people in a public space. The BratWurst Bot’s design is actually quite simple – mostly made of parts easily available off-the-shelf. It has one robot arm, with a pair a tongs that it uses to hold and flip the sausages and a standard gas grill. A special application called the BratWurst Manager schedules turning times and delivery to ensure a good taste.

Watch the BratWurst Bot in action here.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDJyU-b7mK8%5D

According to the Daily Mail report, the robot is not yet commercially available.

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