WASHINGTON—A roboticist in California has created a robot that can make a meal for his friends without them ever asking.
Frank Dank, a professor of engineering at California State University, San Bernardino, designed the robot “Walt,” which uses artificial intelligence and artificial-intelligence technology to do simple tasks like picking out a bowl of cereal.
The robot uses its onboard cameras to identify and identify food items to feed them.
Its onboard sensors detect what the food is and where it’s been, and it’s able to tell whether to feed the food to the person who ordered it or to the robot, Dank said.
Dank said Walt is now being used by his family, friends and coworkers to do chores like making dinner and cleaning the kitchen, all of which takes less than 30 seconds.
Walt can make up to 10 servings per meal, and he can do it in less than five minutes, Danka said.
Walt, which costs $499, was created by an AI researcher and a robotics student from San Bernardino.
The researchers and the students are working together to create the robot.
The robot is part of a larger project to teach robots how to use artificial intelligence.
The project is funded by DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Science Foundation.
Danka said Walt’s team has also created a virtual assistant called “Kala,” which can answer questions like how long a day lasts for and how much to add milk to a cereal bowl.
Kala has also been designed to help students learn about chemistry and the human body.
The robots will go on display at the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2019.