Friday, June 10, 2005

Tasty Robot Doubles As Dietician

NEC showed off their "Health/Food Advice Robot" Thursday at the Aichi Robot Pavilion. Capable of distinguishing food an a fine level, even distiguishing different types of cheese and bread, the robot can keep a detailed record of what you've eaten and warn you if your diet isn't as balanced as it should be.

Projecting infrared light, the robot can measure the spectrum of the reflected light to determine the chemical makeup of the food. Cross-referencing that with an internal database, the precise food can be identified.

This functionality opens up a whole new realm of interaction and awareness for robots. The same technique of identifying the makeup of food could also be used in industrial environments or for environmental monitoring.