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A Robot Chef That Cooks Asian Meals For You

Robots
could soon be on the line in kitchen restaurants helping chefs prepare food and
even cooking dishes for customers.

We
wrote about a potentially inexpensive solution for a robotic chef you can place
in your home so you can come home to a hot meal
back in June. This device
however called The Robotic Chef, designed and built by Kurve Automation, is one that will seek to churn out dishes like fried
rice, omelets and fried eggs at a hotel’s breakfast, restaurants or catered
events.

The
device is modular, customizable to be able to fulfill a different range of
culinary needs and skills. Kurve Automation has a
partnership with a large hotel chain in order to ensure that the quality of
dishes is at a high standard.

It
was stressed repeatedly that they do not seek to replace chefs at their job but
will be a solution to a lack of manpower in the F&B industry in countries
like Singapore and that chefs will be needed to provide recipes and cooking
methods.

A game to help stroke
victims in their rehabilitation

A
stroke is one of the most devastating medical conditions that could hit a human
being. Potentially crippling and even fatal, it results in 5.7 million deaths
in the world every year.

The
Joint-NTU-UBC Research Centre of Excellence in Active Living for the Elderly
(LILY) in Singapore has partnered with Tan-Tock Seng Hospital to develop a
program called “Basketball Genius” for the purpose of rehabilitating stroke
victims.

The
team’s reasoning behind utilizing a video game is that it is inherently
motivational to be able to make progress and that there is scientific and
medical research to prove that video games can improve coordination in people.
The program is designed to be customizable to meet the needs of different patients
such as difficulty level, the range of movement needed and more to ensure that
it remains a challenge but not depressingly difficult for patients.

A smart lock that doesn’t
lock you out

Modern
smart lock options are plentiful and usually work very well except for the
failsafe should your phone run out of battery, be destroyed or lost. Victor
Tan, Co-founder of TransforMesh has come up with a novel solution to that
problem. Being able to tap a rhythm recognized by your lock. 

In
addition to being able to rhythmically unlock your phone, it will be unlockable
by your smart device via Bluetooth or WiFi, allow you to send virtual keys to
friends and family to access your home and be sturdy enough to endure abuse
from burglars. Currently in prototype, Victor Tan hopes to bring the product to
the market at a price point of $50 USD so as to make it as accessible as
possible.

The Internet of Things
and Smart Nation.

The
Internet of Things, IoT for short has become a hot topic of discussion and
innovation within the tech community. TechInnovation Singapore was a hotbed of
new ideas, prototypes and technology to help propel the ideal of Singapore
becoming the world’s first smart nation.

Speakers
on stage talked about self-driving smart cars within Singapore, the ability for
users and corporations to utilize sensor data to track crowd density at
locations to avoid crowds or to track metrics at events and conventions.

Other
speakers such as Erel Rosenberg, CEO of DFRC Pte Ltd cautioned that attackers
will begin to attack IoT targets once there was some real incentive for them to
do so.

He
said “No matter what you do, as long as it is attractive, there will be
attackers.” He also mentioned that attacks on IoT devices have not been very
high as it wasn’t attractive enough thus far but once it does, that we should
be prepared instead of being caught with our pants down.

By Nicholas Ho / 22 September,
2016 00:00 GMT+8 Singapore

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