How to (Get a Robot to) Boil an Egg
April 25, 2014
Here's an idea for a breakfast making robot I've been kicking around lately.
First, keep 2 eggs in a small metal basket in the refrigerator.
The robot fetches the eggs - (either keep the basket in the same spot or use a vision system (like pixy) to find the basket). Opening and closing the frig is a pain. Unless the frig opens itself up by remote?
The robot places the basket of eggs inside a pot that's already on the stove.
It adds water to the pot with an on board pump and reservoir
It turns the propane stove on with an arm/hand- use flame detector to make sure it's alight. Propane sensor to make sure there's no leaks. Probably be easier to have a dedicated electric hotplate that the robot could also control by remote.
Robot points it's non-contact IR thermometer at the water until it reaches 212 F (or 100 C)
Shut off stove/hotplate
Lift basket out of the pot and let drain for 5 seconds
Carry to kitchen table
Breakfast is mostly served. Personally, I like buttered toast, OJ and some bacon with my eggs. But, that's a little more complicated.