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Aarhus, Denmark

Robotics & Gastronomy

Robots in Modern Gastronomy Category Interaction Design, Human-Robot Interaction Date Summer, 2015 Publication Robot-Supported Food Experiences:...

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Robots in Modern Gastronomy

Category

Interaction Design, Human-Robot Interaction

Date

Summer, 2015

Publication

Robot-Supported Food Experiences: Exploring Aesthetic Plating with Design Prototypes

Project Members


Søren Pedersen

A project in which we simply wanted to change humans perception of robots from a tool that works as a replacement for manual labour, to a tool for enhancing creativity within the gastronomical kitchen. We wanted to empower chefs and enrich their experience of preparing food – creating an aesthetic experience for their diners. Drawing on inspiration from fields, such as architecture, film and manufactoring processes, we attempt to explore this new design space. These prototypes served as an initial inspiration in our discussions with chefs of how robots could take a roll alongside the chef in the creative process.

A project that got me out of my comfort zone – learning to program ABB (Industrial grade) Robots, whilst doing in-situ empirical data gathering in some of the top kitchens in Aarhus. The process consisted of empirical data gathering, such as interviews and observations of both restaurant kitchens and a food laboratory for team-building through cooking. We designed ten experiments, that drew inspiration from other fields, in an attempt to sketch out the design space of human-robot interaction and food.

3D printed grippers

In order to interact with different food elements, such as apples, cake or liquids, we designed several grippers and printed them on a EOS Formiga 3D printer.

Chocolate Plating

Our prototypes allowed us to help chefs envision how robots could work alongside them, as opposed to take over their role in the kitchen.