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Karakuri - robot revolution in the kitchen

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Karakuri is a London-based startup that's using robotics to create innovative solutions for the catering sector

Karakuri-DK-One-2020-cutout.The future is now! Well, the future of having breakfast and lunch made for you, anyway. 

Have you ever wished that you could order your food without the hassle of having to tell someone what you want with your mouth and having them bring it to you? Have you ever looked at the person behind the counter, putting your salad bowl together, and thought, “This person has altogether too many arms, legs, and heads”? Well, you’ve come to the right article, because today’s startup is solving that all-too prevalent problem.

London-based tech startup Karakuri (named for the first, 17th century Japanese robots) is starting the robot revolution in the kitchen. 

Their first product is the DK-One, a robot arm capable of putting together and serving one meal every 10 seconds, give or take, depending on the number of ingredients. Those ingredients are all stored around the arm in individually temperature-controlled compartments, so the DK-One can put together your meal from hot, cold, soft, hard, dry, or wet food types, into a variety of containers, including the skull of the human whose position it usurped. 

Marley-food-preparation-robot-from-Karakuri-picknmix-setup.The customer can choose what ingredients they want in their meal, of course, as well how much of each, or choose set dishes and portion size. Each serving of every ingredient is measured, so the customer has complete control over the nutritional content.

The Marley is a smaller version of the DK-One, and can be used for smaller, lower throughput operations, such as ice cream making or mixing cocktails, so we’ll be having one of those in the office. For the ice cream, obviously…

In early February, Karakuri announced £6.3 million of investment, led by firstminute Capital, and supported by the government’s Future Fund, Hoxton Ventures, Ocado Group, and Taylor Brothers. This funding will be used to expand their 31-strong team and find more interest around the UK and Europe before expanding further abroad.

Interest in the robots has already come from places like airports, train stations, universities, and supermarkets, all of which could benefit from offering fast-turnaround food counters. 

Read more robotics focused articles - inc Provizio - the startup using AI to reduce road accidents and ZIVA, a robotic solution for security and agriculture inspections

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Published on: 25th February 2021

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