Can Robots in Food Industry Develop Human Attributes?

Kevin Lobo, Food and Beverage Tech Review | Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Robots in the food industry can boost productivity, enhance product quality and stability, and narrow down production costs. It also acts as a medium to support and promote traditional cuisines in foreign countries.

FREMONT, CA: According to multiple surveys on the marketplace, it is predicted that food robotics will grow into more than a $3 billion industry. The workforce shortage, automation, and innovative developments are extending the idea of work a robot can perform. Scientists and other creative companies have been working hard to develop robots having an advanced sensory system.

Here are a few futuristic features of the sensory robots that are being implemented now and will be soon seen dominating the food industry.

• It is a vision that was developed as the first sensory system for robots with the most sophisticated and useful benefits. Visions of robots are being used to inspect the food quality grading and other ingredient evaluations. Meanwhile, robots can distinguish between the quality attributes of the food, such as staining of produce to determine the quality threshold satisfaction. Robots can also figure out the foreign material contaminants, like plastic and metal in the final food products. They can build the 3D models of meat carcasses and cut them efficiently without any wastage of the edibles. Lastly, robots can interpret the bar codes, recognize mislabeled products, and arrange packaged products.

• Coming to the next feature, odor, which has specific patterns, is being identified by the robot noses, surpassing the human ability to differentiate them. Many bio-nano tech startups are developing an e-nose, which will be able to sniff out the pathogens, quickly make out contamination, and put off food poisoning.

• New-age robots are getting in on the action of tasting a portion of food. Different companies and their teams are working on an AI tongue that draws inspiration from humans’ taste buds and will be able to identify complicated liquids. It required lesser time, sensors, and an app to determine the chemical composition of the substance and identify it by cross-referencing. They can be additionally used to verify the origin of the raw materials as well as identify the forged products. AI-powered taste-testing robots can be utilized to determine the quality and authenticity of mass-produced food at once.

• Robots can hear and process voices for a long time now. So the future designs are predicted to have features that can detect sounds other than the human voice. These systems can be applied in performing rescue activities and other voices that might require attention.

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