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BratWurst Bot serves up brats in Berlin

by • July 19, 2016 • No Comments

Earlier this month, a cybernetic, one-armed sausage chef specializing in bratwurst served up steady stream of German bangers for a celebrity crowd. The robotic short-order cook, called BratWurst Bot, was turn it intod by the Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI) based in Karlesruhe, Germany out of off-the-shelf parts as a innovation demonstrator to show how effortless it is to turn it into new, practical robots without the require for special fabrication.

  • The BratWurst Bot is designed for autonomous grilling
  • BratWurst Bot dishing up sausages
  • State Secretary Volker Ratzman with BratWurst Bot
  • BratWurst Bot created its debut at the Stallwächter-Party on July 7, 2016 in Berlin with Chancellor ...

BratWurst Bot created its debut on July 7 at the 53rd Stallwächterparty (Stable Guard party) of the Federal government of Baden-Württemberg State in Berlin – a leading yearly social event initially staged in 1965 that attracts businesses, politicians, and international celebrities. But it looked as if BratWurst Bot was only there to assist with the barbecue, it is actually real purpose was to show how flexible modern robotics have become. FZI wanted to prove how effortless it was to put together this type of autonomous robot, as well as feature how it can interact with individuals in a service environment.

BratWurst Bot was turn it intod via a set of common parts run by a flexible, adaptive software box that can interact with participants of the public. It’s based on a Universal Robots UR-10 arm equipped with Schunk PG-70 standard parallel gripper hand and a quite standard pair of grill tongs. The bratwursts were conveyed of an ordinary tray to a regular gas grill preceding being plated and served.

For ordering, BratWurst Bot uses a tablet with an ROS-based web frontend. The customer enters their name, that is introduced to the queue along with a running total of the remaining prep time. A 2nd tablet on BratWurst Bot, deplete with toque and dashing mustache, banters with the customers as they wait with witticisms like “hot and greffortless,” and “delicious sausage” that are no doubt funnier in German.

To store track of the cooking, BratWurst Bot uses two RGB cameras and a segmentation algorithm with background subtraction. This allows for the robot to locate the sausages on the donate tray or grill and monitor their color to determine when to turn them. Meanwhile, the ROS-based BratWurstManager application uses dynamic scheduling and pre-programmed trajectories to manufacture certain the queue of sausages is kept topped up to decrease wait times.

Whilst additional than 200 sausages were served, FZI says that the innovation involved has less culinary applications, such as in cooperative assembly tasks or harsh manipulations.

The brats were alleged to have come out “pretty good.”

The video at a lower place shows the Bratwurst Bot grilling the brats.

Source: FZI via Robotics Trends

  • Placing and order with BratWurst Bot
  • BratWurst Bot and his classy toque
  • Mayor of Karlsruhe Dr. Frank Metrup (middle) with BratWurst Bot
  • Steffen Seibert, government spokesperson and head of the Press and Information Office, was interested in the function of the BratWurst Bot

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