All of those mouth watering food commercials that you see are actually very expensive to make, despite how simple they look on TV. Business Insider recently took a trip to New York-based The Garage to meet a team behind those commercials. Let’s just say it takes a large crew, complex camera setups, and expensive robots to bring these commercial to life.
OrionStar’s AI-powered 5G robotic coffee master may be years away, but if the VIOLA imitation learning algorithm is used to train basic robotics arms, it may become a reality sooner than later. This object-centric imitation learning approach to learning closed-loop visuomotor policies for robot manipulation can be used to teach a robotic arm to make a cup of coffee using K-cups.
You’ve seen DOOM running on a touchscreen order kiosk, now check out the McDonald’s McCrispy Ultimate Gaming Chair. This isn’t a concept or render, but a real gaming chair that McDonald’s UK fans residing in England, Scotland and Wales can win. Its stain-proof leather ensure that the grease wipes right off when you’re done enjoying a meal.
HMC Farms has partnered with Tevel Aerobotics to deploy their autonomous fruit-picking drones that enable fruit harvesting, on-demand. These drones are capable of working tirelessly through the night and can accurately follow any given instructions, thanks to custom vision algorithms to detect fruit, foliage as other objects.
Using Gravity Industries’ jet suit in conjunction with this partially edible drone for remote rescues could be a life saver, as sometimes reaching the intended target could take longer than expected. Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) came up with the idea of using a fixed-wing drone that could deliver life saving food or medication.
A gamer from Adafruit Industries managed to get DOOM running on a Milky Way candy bar-like device for Halloween, or at least a demo, as we don’t see any buttons for controlling the game. There is no mention of what type of hardware it is running, but we’re guessing either a Raspberry Pi Pico RP2040 or a similar board that can fit into such an enclosure.
Tastee Tape for burritos keeps them together, but what about those QR codes that some restaurants ask you to scan for their menus? Researchers from Osaka University have developed edible QR codes that you can eat after baking. Since the information is contained inside the food, the outer appearance of the cookie looks completely normal.
Why bother with toasters and grills, when you have a fully-functional LEGO pancake factory? The Brick Wall created just that, and not only is it capable of pouring the pancake mix and cooking the batter, but also cracking eggs, adding flour / milk, before mixing everything together with brick-ified beaters.
Stellar Pizza, a food truck pizza robot startup, announced today that Marcy Venture Partners, Jay-Z’s venture capital firm, has joined the latest $16.5 million Series A financing round. This startup was founded by ex-SpaeX engineers, led by CEO Benson Tsai, and based around an automated, touchless robot in a large food truck capable of making pizza from scratch, including adding toppings, all in under five minutes.
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Analogue’s Mega SG may be able to play nearly all SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis cartridges, but nothing beats owning the actual console. This held true for a gamer couple who recently got married in Japan, as they decided to celebrate with a wedding cake modeled after the console, complete with the CD-ROM attachment as well as a Sonic & Amy cartridge topper.