Hanlin Hong Worcester Polytechnic Inst, United States of America
Our team is named Tech-No-Logic, because our mission is to improve life quality by using robotic technology beyond common logic. We are graduate students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in MA USA, majoring Robotics Engineering. Making robots and doing experiments are our daily jobs, but two years ago we decided to bring our robotics knowledge and technology out of labs. Our goal is to revolute home cooking process because we suffer a lot from daily cooking for ourselves. Now we have invented a robotic cooker, SmartWok. We know it will change people's life style!
Xianchao, Ruixiang and I are good friends since we came to the same college for study 4 years ago. Xianchao has a background of Electronics Engineering at his undergrad. Ruixiang is more of a programmer including both embedded system and computer software. I myself major Mechanical Engineering and had 4 years of robotic projects in my undergrad. We teach and help each other while doing robotic experiments in classes and labs. In 2013, we decided to build our own home robots. We noticed that daily cooking was quite time and labor consuming, while dining out was costly and unhealthy. Therefore we came up with the idea of SmartWok. It's a robotic cooker enhanced by the Internet. With Internet function, SmartWok can learn from tons of online recipes, generate recipe programs and finish cooking process automatically. Users can personalize their SmartWok cooking style by providing feedback after each meal. SmartWok will also recommand food and meals to users based on their taste preferences and nutrition needs. We hope with SmartWok, people will enjoy delicious and healthy meals at home conveniently, meanwhile, there can be less nutrition diseases and food waste in our society. We are currently working on the 4th generation of SmartWok prototypes, and will bring it to the public soon! The reason that we are joining in this challenge is to bring our SmartWok to a larger publicity, gaining more supports and backers!