G.I. Robo! South Korean and U.S. Militaries Eye Food Robots
Robots know how to take orders.
Last week, Dong-A Ilbo reported that the South Korean army is piloting the use of kitchen robots to help prepare meals for that country’s armed forces (hat tip to Aaron Prather for the link).
Last month, the U.S. Air Force started piloting the use of Dexai Robotics’ Alfred for the same purpose.
Because of their ability to churn out consistent meals 24 hours a day, allowing service men and women to focus on other tasks, more food robots will likely be enlisted by militaries around the world.
Last week, the South Korean army started piloting the use of different food robots to work at the mess hall of the Korea Army Training Center in Nonsan. As the Dong-A Ilbo reported:
At the kitchen, 24 military cooks are responsible for making three meals every day for 3,000 people. As military cooks repeat high-intensity work, such as large-scale cooking every day, they are inevitably exposed to the risk of injuries including burns and musculoskeletal disorders. The cooking robots unveiled on Monday automatically mixed the ingredients military cooks put in a container, put them into oil, fried them for a set time, and then had them on a conveyor belt. They were sparing military cooks from the hassle of cooking in front of hot caldrons.
It’s pretty easy to understand why the military in any country would be interested in adopting food and beverage robots.