A Japanese company that develops specialized robot systems for cooking in restaurant kitchens has secured investment worth approximately $8 million.
Connected Robotics Inc, which operates under the vision: “innovating the kitchen by robots,” provides solutions by combining robot control know-how with sensing and learning technology to make robots in the kitchen intelligent.
It aims to develop robot systems that bear the brunt of the work in the kitchen, leaving staff to concentrate on the more humanistic side of work.
Leading investors included Global Brain Corporation, 31VENTURES Global Innovation Fund, UTokyo Innovation Platform Co., Ltd., Sony Innovation Fund, and 500 Startups JP, L.L.C.
Tetsuya Sawanobori, the firm’s CEO, said: “I actually worked at a restaurant after graduate school but my health broke down within a year due to overwork from the long hours and heavy manual labor.
“This firsthand experience has made me determined to bring about relief to those in the kitchen by replacing simple and heavy work with robots.
“Robots that can cook Japanese cuisine do not exist in other countries.
“We want to expand the accessibility of Japanese cuisine to the world through robots that take advantage of Japan’s high technology.”
Currently, CR already has a “Takoyaki” robot service called “Octo Chef” that functions by using deep learning to judge the cooking condition of Takoyaki as well as an automatic soft-serve ice cream robot service called “Reita” in the market.