Nicole got the chance to enjoy a nice bowl of soup prepared using ‘Ambient Assisted Living’, a concept showcased by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence at CeBIT 2014. Catch Nicole at their booth last week, where a voice activated digital kitchen known as Kochbot guided her through a recipe for vegetable soup.
The Digital Home as a concept has been theorized for decades now, but beyond simple electronic device integration between electronic systems such as refrigerators, water heaters, central heating and security and surveillance systems, the truly intelligent and integrated Digital Home has yet to arrive.
However, one group driving the concept forward is the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the creators of Kochbot. Kochbot is essentially a voice activated app that assists you in the kitchen. Loaded with a library of recipes, you can simply describe what you feel like eating – e.g. “I want something with beef and potatoes”, Kochbot will then present you with some options from you to choose from. The app will then guide you through the cooking process, reading aloud the recipe with the chef using voice commands to interact throughout each step. Kochbot can even be integrated with your faucet to measure out the water needed for the recipe, and can gauge the heat needed for the stove.
The group use the term ‘Ambient Assisted Living’ to describe a future where technology is not invasive, but subtly helping a hand. The DFKI are currently pitching the technology to some major industrial corporations, having established standards and directives with a committee in place to manage overall integration and co-operation of all the companies involved.