Outside the box

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  • March 22, 2016
  • StopPress Team
Outside the box

As we succumb to the evolution artificial intelligence and robots, how much is too much when they start to take over basic human ability? Soon robots will be taking over dinner, delivering it and cooking it for us.

However, DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit) does not resemble a typical Domino's staff member, instead it’s a world-first four wheeled vehicle that will be used to deliver pizza.

In a release Domino’s said it had built a prototype of the unit, which is described as having sleek, refined forms, combined with a friendly persona and lighting to help customers identify it and interact with it.

DRU also has a compartment to keep the customer's order hot and drinks cold.

Right now the prototype is able to navigate from a starting point to its destination, via footpaths, and perceive and avoid obstacles using on-board sensors.

Domino’s group chief executive and managing director, Don Meij, said the DRU prototype is the first step in the company’s research and development to revolutionise the entire pizza ordering experience.

DRU came from within the internal innovation sessions at Domino’s Australian based DLAB, a purpose built lab aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs commercialise their ideas.

“With a dedicated innovation lab this project has been accelerated much faster than normal projects, without losing any of the quality control.”

The prototype has already delivered pizzas in restricted streets within the Australian Market identified by the Queensland Department of Transport under special permit.

New Zealand general manager, Scott Bush said it's now working with the Ministry of Transport and the NZTA to ensure all relevant legislative requirements are met to get DRU on New Zealand roads.

“DRU is cheeky and endearing and we are confident that one day he will become an integral part of the Domino’s family. He’s a road to the future and one that we are very excited about exploring further."

It’s one thing for robots to be delivering dinner, but come 2018 they could be cooking it too.

The Moley kitchen can be installed in homes, featuring robotic arms that will do the cooking.

According to Moley, the hands reproduce the entire function of human hands with the same speed, sensitivity and movement.

Controlled via a touch screen or a smartphone to cook, the arms can create a recipe from an iTunes style library, allowing for master chef meals to be enjoyed at home.

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