YPC Wants to Bring Fast Food Robotics to Fresh Food Cooking

by Micheal Quinn

We know that robots can cook dinner up hamburgers, fry tater children, and even make delicious bowls of meals in high extent restaruants. But YPC Technologies desires to put that speedy food fashion of robotic to work making more complex dishes like salmon filets, mushroom risotto, or even raspberry sorbet.

Based in Montreal, Canada, YPC (which stands for Your Personal Chef) has built a robot notebook that its says can make excessive first-rate complicated, fresh-cooked meals. Right now the YPC robotic makes use of an articulating arm which grabs components, pours them out into various multi-cookers and other gadgets that do the reducing, stirring and cooking. The YPC robotic could make thousands of recipes and, depending on the complexity of the dishes ordered, can cook more or less 100 dishes per hour.

For all of its robot bells and whistles, however, YPC Co-Founder and CEO Gunnar Grass informed me by way of telephone that YPC isn’t supposed to be a fully autonomous kitchen. Humans will still be round for duties like re-stocking substances and doing the very last shows. “The plating of the dishes could be very difficult to achieve with robots,” Grass stated, “in the long run we’ll automate 60 percent of kitchen operations.”

Grass burdened that this model of the cooking robot with the articulating arm may be very plenty within the prototype phase, and will go through a whole lot greater innovation, such as the addition of a -axis arm. Eventually, Grass said YPC will possibly take up 40 sq. Meters (a little more 400 sq. Feet.), so it’s around the identical length as the PAZZI automatic pizza eating place.

At first, YPC wants to very own and perform its personal robotic eateries and is concentrated on mid-volume traffic areas like co-running areas and retirement houses. It may additionally companion with a meals service operation like Sedexo to be in college food halls that have more than one eating option. The YPC is not meant for excessive-volume sites like arenas or cafeterias that provider lots of human beings right away.

Co-working areas sincerely appear like an ideal environment for a YPC system. There are plenty of office employees who need an excellent meal while not having to depart the workplace, however there aren’t such a lot of orders as to weigh down the articulating arm.

While robots like Flippy are already working shifts, and Creator and Spyce are robot restaurants already open to the public, YPC remains very plenty in its early ranges. Grass said his company raised a pre-seed round of funding, and that the operating prototype nevertheless needs to get an appropriate regulatory licenses earlier than they cross greater public.

YPC is illustrative of the reality that automation in eating won’t be limited to just excessive throughput venues like rapid food eating places and arenas. Eateries that provider smaller, but regular customer bases will also be capable of take advantage of meals robots, and could be able to offer a wider variety of food than just burgers and tater children.

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