Via Gizmodo comes a report on the world’s first ‘tasting’ robot, which actually doesn’t eat. But it can tell you what you’re eating, how to eat it, and when you’re being naughty (diet-wise, at least):
Here’s how the robot works (we’re relying on Google’s Translator to bring you primary-source material):
It irradiates the infrared ray of plural wave lengths to the foodstuffs, reflects and it is the mechanism which understands the spectrum by the fact that you analyze, some molecule is included the infrared ray which returns in the foodstuffs that.
The robot inspects the component and the ratio which are included in the foodstuffs, warns taking too much fat and the sugar amount, teaches the eating time and the like of the fruit. In addition if infrared ray reflectance distribution of the various foodstuffs was registered beforehand, compared with the data of the food which was inspected, it decides also the type of food. For example you say it can presume also the brand of the cheese and the type of pan instantaneously.