Meet Aiko Chihira...the first communication android to use sign language, Ep. 178This week on Crave we explore promising food options like a pizza vending machine and a hand-held espresso machine. We get a glimpse into the beautiful, microscopic world of chemical reactions and meet Toshiba's communication android that's learning to...
Hey my name is Stephen Beacham, and my name is Stephen Beacham. And here's what's happening this week on CNET's crave blog. Introducing the pizza box vending machine, which is the first pizza vending machine of it's kind on the planet. Earth possibly. Inside the pizza box is an 800 degree oven that bakes your pizza pie in 90 seconds flat and then spits it out piping hot to the customers in a small pizza box. The pizza comes with a knife, a fork, Parmesan cheese, oregano, red pepper. A wet towelette and a napkin. Each pizza machine will feature live video chat customer service, making it as close to a fast food experience as possible. Pizzabox is still being tested with a target release date of early 2015. Mm, that's good. [MUSIC] Finally some coffee infused genius has invented the minipresso which can serve up a tasty espresso in minutes on the fly with just a few simple steps. Let's walk through it. First you break down the minipresso into. Six simple parts, Then you take the scoop and fill it with coffee grounds, so far so good. Then you take the sixth orange piece out of the pile and use it to do some sort of hocus pocus hand movement magic trick. In the style of David Copperfield, I don't know, and then you press the coffee grounds down into the scoop. Place the grounds into one of the thingies and seal it off with another screw-on lid. Then, add hot water to a separate container. **** that container onto the other part. Make sure it's secure. Then you unlock the pumping system from its travel position. We're almost done, guys. Stay with me. And then, finally, we pump, pump, pump, pump the espresso through the device, building up pressure. Keep pumping, guys. Lastly, the liquid squirts out into a small espresso cup for you to enjoy and get your fix. Wasn't that simple? Continuing on with this ridiculous food theme, pancake art is a thing. And I was thoroughly impressed with the pancake art skills of Nathan Shields. Who recently demonstrated how to make zombie pancake art right before our eyes. As you could see he's using different shades of pancake batter to give the piece depth and a sense of texture. I think this piece really brings out the hunger for brains behind those eyes. Well done. Nathan's secret ingredient is obviously the zombie jam, which has yet to be identified. Toshiba recently unveiled the brand new communication android at the Cutting-Edge IT and Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition in Japan. The robot's name Aiko Shihida, and she is programmed to speak Japanese sign language. Aiko's hands and arms move with. Help of 43 actuators that give her movement fluidity. Toshiba created an algorithm to coordinate the movement of the 43 actuators in the android's joints. Currently the robot only knows a few gestures, such as greetings, but the company has plans to develop the robot into a more robust android by the year 2020. Her abilities will include speech synthesis, speech recognition, robotic control and other sensors. Toshiba's goal for Iko is to provide a companion for the elderly,communicate through sign language and allow health. Care workers or family members to keep an eye on elderly people. Can you imagine being looked after by a robot like this? Sure you can, actually. Aiko was developed in collaboration with Osaka University, which has been developing humanoid robots for years. [MUSIC] All right guys that's our show. Thank you very much for watching. As always you can find all these news stories on CNET's crave blog and crave.cnet.com. Make sure you follow crave on Twitter @crave and check out this week's crave giveaway. This week's crave giveaway is the Foldylock folding bicycle lock. This lock blends high security with a modern look and fresh design. Go to the blog and enter to win. [MUSIC]