Robot chef can make you dinner in 2017 (Tomorrow Daily 161)On today's show, our hosts debate the usefulness of using electrical currents on your legs as a navigation tool, show you a free virtual desktop program running on Oculus Rift and start saving up for a commercial robot chef scheduled for launch in 2017....
On today's show a German university wants to use electricity to zap your legs into walking in a specific direction. Yeah, [UNKNOWN] brings a virtual windows desktop to your face. And you're gonna be able to buy a robot chef in a couple of years and we'll tell you how. Great. Yay. Tomorrow Daily. [MUSIC] Greetings citizens of the internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe. I'm your host Ashley Esqueda, joining me as always Crepes. Crepes anonymous. Sorry the cooking robot I immediately think crepes for some reason. Don't ask me how. Well, the crepes are really hard to make so maybe a robot is the best choice there. Yeah, if I'm gonna have a robot, and then we'll get to it, we'll get to it. We'll get, we'll get to it. Let's get the headlines. [MUSIC] I mean, not that anyone's excited about us getting to the crepe-making robot. But. I think some people might be. But let's, let's move on. So a, a French man. Yeah. So zapping people is our first story? Okay. They're calling this Human Cruise Control. This is so weird. [LAUGH] But it's. I just, I don't know. Ok. This comes from Germany's University of Hanover. And they think they have a pretty interesting solution to looking down for directions when you're in a place you're not familiar with. So you're walking around a city you're not super familiar with. You're looking at your phone all the time. You're not really seeing anything. And so here it is. That's the video. You're seeing muscle stimulation with electricity to guide people around a room using a smartphone and bluetooth. Wait, what do you even mean by that? Okay, so I'll explain. So have you ever gotten like, physical therapy or anything where they put electrodes on your skin, and you feel an electric current that sort of contracts and expands your muscles? So, artificially making your muscles move. Yea, so. Okay. What they're doing is, they're putting these pads on your legs. Sort of like a tens machine or something like that, and there are electrodes attached to your Sertorius muscle which it goes from like here all the way across the front and inside of your thigh. And so they're using these. Electro to zap your muscles into turning your leg in a specific direction, so that you're like oh I should go, like oh I should go right here [LAUGH] so bizarre, it's so weird. Wait a minute. Is this basically like GPS? I mean, I'm sorry, auto-pilot. Like human auto-pilot. Yeah. You're like, I wanna go there. And you start walking, and it turns for you? It, it, it like nudges you in that direction. It's not gonna, if it was strong enough to turn you, it'd probably hurt pretty bad. But it, it's strong enough to where they tested it on 18 people in their lab and successful every time. Navigating them around without them looking. So, there you go. That is. Is is pretty Intense? Pretty, kind of of cool. It doesn't hurt, though, right? No, It, you kind of feel like- It's just kind of like one of those, like it simulates it. Yeah. You feel like pull on your muscle as if it's tightening. And, and your body is sort of telling you, like this way or this way. And then that's it. So, but here's the interesting thing. So obviously, the one thing you would think of is like, oh, I'm gonna use Google Maps and I'm gonna walk around a city. And it's gonna tell me what direction to go in. Like, yes, that's a thing. You can do that. But there were other uses that they mentioned tha tI didn't even think of. So they said we can help disoriented seniors find there way back home. Very good yeah. Good. Yeah. Helping firefighters navigate a burning building where they couldn't see the corridors because of smoke. That's trickier but yes. Trickier but yes. And also, and I thought this was interesting because I. In my head I'm imagining this visual and it. It seems like a really bad idea, but Ok directing large crowds of people during emergencies or massive events So, a bunch a people would have to have these on [CROSSTALK] their legs [CROSSTALK] goes on their legs, but then it's like what if they malfunction? What if one of them gets wet and all the sudden like somebody is like zigzagging through the crowd like oh help me like I would [CROSSTALK] You launched right into worst case scenario. But I, I mean, getting people to put these on their legs is already pretty crazy. I guess if, in the future- But it looks ridiculous. Like it's a dystopian future where we're all wearing the same clothes and build them in? Yeah, I guess so. Maybe that's it. Totally makes sense. But I guess, maybe like if you're trying to get around Disneyland. Or I, I. It's about putting it on. But it's, it's very interesting. It looks, I mean it looks ridiculous, like, Logan, let's see the video one more time, cuz it was, it's this girl's legs are like, you have these like, wires hanging, and these little electrode pads, I mean, it looks absolutely insane. Better than that watch we talked about yesterday. See, but it's like,. They're both just sitting on the inside of her legs. Of course people are not gonna wear this, but if they ever got a point where they could remotely activate those via a smartphone and they were subtle the, and without wires, then I could see maybe it being a [CROSSTALK] I want, I actually want to try this out, I think this is something I'd be super into seeing if I could like get around Being in action? That'd be crazy. And like it turning and what not. It'd be great. K. University of Hanover. Call us. Hey over shocked me. Yeah. All right, okay. So you know how much I love virtual reality, right? I do. I wish I wasn't here right now. I wish I was in virtual reality. We are. So one thing I didn't know that people actually wanted was kind of their Windows desktop in that virtual space. You didn't need a monitor. You put on the goggles and you have your virtual desktop. Okay. Well, one man solved this problem. That man's name is Guy Godin and he's created this software called The Virtual Desktop,um, which is actually available now. Wow. It's a free app. Oh, it's free. Yeah, what's crazy about this you can go from flat screen to curved screen so you can see your monitor as if you know you have a monitor. [INAUDIBLE] I like that where he changes the field of view. Like you could push the screen way, way back or you could bring it really close. A lot of control over how the screen acts and moves and stuff like that. Okay. Okay. What are the benefits. That I'm seeing here. Obviously, you know, we were talking earlier about how the Oculus, to load up a program, you have to shut the program down, open up another program. Load it, turn it back on and then there is a lot of like, is it on? Is it working? What's happening? Even beyond that. Oculus can't really do everything yet. True. With this, anything you can run on your desktop, you can run on your Oculus Rift on this flat little screen. Oh. In the video, we see him load up Hearth Stone, for example. He's about to watch House of Cards because he hasn't caught up on it. [INAUDIBLE] Way to catch up, buddy! He also plays Diablo, Watch Dogs. These are all games you can't play on your Oculus. Obviously they're not gonna be in 3D, they're gonna be on a flat screen. Right. But being able to play it without a monitor, maybe somebody's already using their monitor, is really cool. I really like that. Again, I didn't really even want this. Free. That's the best part. Totally free. He just updated it. There's also mirror options so you can watch somebody else is seeing inside the headset or on external monitor. That' helpful, helpful for demos. Yeah, so I mean, again, it's pretty cool. It's called it's called virtual desktop and if you have an oculos give it a shot. Yeah. You know it, again, really cool way to [CROSSTALK] I like that. Right, and the, it's so, it's like, you can run anything. Run absolutely anything. I like these little- Diablo? Yeah. Well, I love Diablo [UNKNOWN]. The backgrounds, like it looks like outer space behind all the windows. Yeah. That's really cool. Like, I'm assuming that's like part of the software where you get like little preloaded, little preloaded space. Backgrounds or whatever. Looks like you are floating around in outer space with your computer screen in front of you. So awesome. Yeah. So fantastic. Yeah. Super cool again. One of the most exciting things about VR is that sort of open source and people being able to. Be like, you know I really wanted to have a desktop for some reason and play Solitaire while I'm anywhere. Yeah. So he, he made it up, and it's free. So there you go. Oh, yeah. So cool. I [CROSSTALK] you could write stuff with that, you know, like Oh, yeah. word processing Like this? And do screenwriting. You could pretend you're on a Starbucks. Screen-writing. [CROSSTALK] And you don't hear multiple processes too? You're watching tomorrow daily and writing on you're tomorrow daily. Writing your review about the show? [CROSSTALK] On Ihatetommorowdaily.com? Yeah, Khalil, get new shoes those look dumb! [LAUGH] Too much, hashtag Scott. But anyway, you could also use. I love it! Sorry, alright! Free. So tell me about this cook- Okay. That's going to cook for me. Start- Crepes. Start saving your money. Because Mulley Robotics says they have the first fully automated robot kitchen set up. It's like arms, it's like robotic arms. Just arms. It's not an actual robot. Oh, no face. Just arms, no face, [INAUDIBLE]. They want to sell it to you, this is not just a prototype. This is going to be a thing. That, supposedly you're gonna be able to buy. Look at it, look at it moving and stuff. IT looks so good. It uses pre-portioned ingredients, so you're not gonna see it like, chopping up vegetables and measuring water and like all that stuff. You have to like, give it all the things that it needs to make some, make something. But here's, here's the cool thing. They want to sell this to you by 2017. So in a cou, couple years. Only like two years. Mm-hm, it's not gonna happen in a couple of years. A lot can happen in a couple years. Well, the price might come down, too. And, and I'm sure it'll look much fancier than this. This is kind of a prototype robot. Mm-hm. So let me tell you a little bit about these arms. Because they're pretty hard to make. And I can't even imagine how much you'd pay for maintenance on this things. Like what if one of the fingers breaks, you gotta call in a repair tech. Ew, it would fall in your food, yeah. Yeah, it'd be terrible. There's 20 motors, 24 joints, and 129 sensors. Wow. Yeah, so there's a lot going on in there. And. Here's how they, here's how they put this all together. They had a, they had a cook, they had a chef make a recipe, and they captured it with 3, or special 3D software, and then they translated all these movements into algorithms for the robot arms. So that's how it looks so smooth. He's actually mimicking, or recreating a, a real person's movements. So, an actually professional grade chef is the one who's actually making your food. It, well, yes, if it, like, through the other robot, yes. Right. And it, but apparently, right now, it can make Crab Bisque. Can just whip you up some Crab Bisque. And what they want to do, when the commercial version launches. They wanna have an app store, like, kind of like a recipe book, where you have over 2,000 recipes that this robot can make, and you just, like, download them, and then it makes your food. Okay. You did not have me until that point. Pretty awesome. Yeah, you didn't have me. But here's the fun part Ashley, how much does this thing cost? No pricing yet. No date. No price, no date. But- I still skeptical. How much would you pay for that kind of robot? If it did what it says it would do and it did come with that 2,000 recipes, how much would you pay? Here's how it would sell me, if you guys use Blue Apron, you and- Yes. Logan use Blue Apron, where they- I do. Where they send you these. The ingredients. Yes. Already pre-portioned. And then you could just tell the robot. That's the, the only way I'd get into, that's the only what I'd get into bed with this robot. No pun intended. I smell a partnership, Moley Robotics. I smell a partnership. Because, because the whole like, you have to set aside the ingredients. Oh, I need a tablespoon, of course, you know. Yeah. No, no, no, no. If it- Cuz you're doing all the prep work. Yeah, the whole point of the robot cooking is that it's my hands-off. Literally, so, I'd pay $5,000? I would say yeah, I would say, I would say 2,500 to 5,000 depending on how good it was, how smooth it was, what I had access to, like that's kind of my price range. But it's gotta have that sort of. A big package, like, oh, lobster bisque. Let me open up that package, I put them all on their respective things Yep Good luck, robot. I'm gonna go play Grand Theft Auto Five on PC. We'll get to that. But anyway Yeah, we're gonna get to that. I think that's, I think that's the best way to go about it. And they, they, so one of the things they mentioned was, like, you'd be on your way home from work and then you'd just open up the app, tap a button, the robot starts making your dinner when you get home. That I like. That's also scary too. It's a little bit terrifying, cause what if the robot's hand breaks. It's screwing with heat. And then all of a sudden, your house is on fire. Not good. Make sure you have home automation on fire alarm. Okay. I wasn't into this before, but now I am. I thought it was so cool. So that's our hashtag of the day, actually. Tdrobocook and the question is, if you could teach the robot. That if you were the chef. What would you keep, what's the one thing you would want it to make more than anything else, like what', what's the favorite dish that you'd want to roll out today? Now, you have two options. You can go two ways on this. You can have it make comfort food that you like all the time mine, that might be a little bit easier to make. Which, are you really using the robot in the right way? Or you could get really fancy with it and have it make something that you probably can't make yourself. Go first, I'm coming up with a real good one. I feel like a got a real good one. I would like my robot to make sushi and sashimi because- That's tough. because I am not good at it and it takes very skilled hands to be able to make good sushi and sashimi and, and rice and I like, I would say that. That's what I would have it make. I am going to go a completely weird direction and say that I want my robot to be experimental. Oh. There's, there's a lot of food science out there- Molecular gastronomy. About like, you didn't know this, but if you add lemon to such and such, it adds a, emboldens the flavor or whatever. I want a robot that has the ability to research that science, watches, you know Good Eats or whatever- Yeah. And finds different ways. Then like, oh we, we add caramel to this, or, or, or, or something like that. Wouldn't it be great? They, like imagine, carmelized raviolis or something like that. Yeah. It, it, it brings new things to the table that I couldn't have done myself. Wouldn't it be awesome if it compiled a database based on like shows like that so it could watch food network. You have this sort of ai in there and then when you have your dinner and it says. Sir, if you'd like to have this, it will add this type of flavor based on this show like, Bingo. That's exactly, That would be awesome. That's a really good system, For the longest time, I wasn't cooking my eggs with butter. And I wasn't cooking them on high heat to off heat to high heat,. Like him being able to figure that out- [CROSSTALK] to make it better. And then you don't have to figure that out. Yeah, exactly. I like that. Love it. So there you go, oh and there are different styles of eggs. Maybe he gives me different, I'm like, I want an egg, and he's like, you want it French style, you want it American style. So many different ways. Oh my god, surprise me robot. So new stuff! That what from my robot. [CROSSTALK] Oh surprise me robot! It's hashtag TV what? Hashtag- TVRoboCook. [UNKNOWN] Robo cook. [UNKNOWN] Robo cook. So send in your hashtag of the day on Twitter or you can email us tomorrow at cnet.com. We're gonna take a very quick break. But before we go, you have to see this amazing, sort of, art thing. It's kinetic sand and light together and it just looks unbelievable. So we'll be right back. [INAUDIBLE]. [MUSIC] Welcome back to the show everybody, it's the Tuesday. It's a Tuesday. It's a Tuesday, at least that's how Mario says it. It's a Luigi, it's a Tuesday. It's Tuesday which means it's, we like to talk about all of the things that are going to be emptying our wallet this week, there's some really good ones. I am honestly surprised Kale is even here today. Because of one of our new releases. Oh, yeah, let's talk about that. [CROSSTALK] So let's let's not waste any more time. [UNKNOWN] [MUSIC] Are you actually just playing Grand Theft Auto, like is there a way to play Grand Theft Auto PC like, via your phone? Are you virtual- Crap, he shot me! - virtual desk topping it- Oh god, no. I got it. I got it. he's heisting. Okay. That's nothing personal. Don't go right into that. No, the very first game that is coming out this week, very big, people are talking about it, is Mortal Kombat X! Mortal Kombat 10, Mortal Kombat X, I think it's X, it's X, right? It's X. It's, I think it's X. Oh, is it, is it time to fight? Your destiny. [MUSIC] Flawless victory. [LAUGH] Guys, I feel like so pumped right now. Flawless [MUSIC] Mortal Kombat! [MUSIC] Okay, that's enough. Aw. [LAUGH] All right. So yeah, Mortal Kombat X is probably the most violent game that's gonna come out this year. If you have any doubt, they sure took out those fatalities, but they kept the bone-crushing in. They've actually added a few characters. Did you know about this? Yeah. Jason Voorhees is gonna be in it. He's a good one. And also, God, I forgot who the other one was. Oh, Predator. Predator, yeah. They're adding in Preda, the Predator to this. It looks great. A lot of people have reviewed it, and, and it's, it, it hearkens to the old days of when you used to play these games. But then there's also, like, there's new characters that are connected to older characters. So for Really? Sonya Blade and Luke Cage's son daughter is in this game. Nuh-uh Yeah Yeah this is cool. I'm not really a fighting game guy, but I you know. Oh man, I love Mortal Kombat. This is like, this and Battle Arena Toshinden are my 2 favorite fighting. I don't even know that. I don't even know what that is. Listen- Da da da da. Da da da duh. [CROSSTALK] is a deep cut. I understand, it's a deep cut. But this is a huge release. Big time. There's another huge release, though. There is. So not only do we have Mortal Kombat coming out this week, Grand Theft Auto V on PC. [APPLAUSE] Woo! Logan! Yay. [LAUGH] He was delayed on his audio. Yay. Huge Grand Theft Auto fan. Obviously the PC release is something we have been waiting for for forever. It's gorgeous. It looks, it looks unbelievable. 60 frames, like it's, it's incredible looking. Go upgrade your computer immediately. Beyond that is the. Excitement of the, of the mods that are going to be coming. Oh, yeah. Now, look, there's none yet. But it, it's gonna be soon. I've already put in some time. The game already came out yesterday. You can go check it out on Twitch. But- Everybody's playing it right now. But [UNKNOWN] everything is available. It's super-exciting PC. Sorry Mac users. Hey, sorry. Real talk, I would like a mod that changes all motorcycles to unicorns. So if somebody could just hurry up and get on that, it would be amazing. I think that's completely possible. Anything's possible on PC. Our, our, brilliant viewers are a million times farther Brilliant minds out there. But, anyway that super. Exciting. Yes. Super good. That's actually exactly what, [UNKNOWN] is literally only available for 30 minutes today, and then he will go right back to playing Grand Theft Auto. I'm, I'm I, you, you know, you act like you're joking, but once we're done here today, I am going home and nothing else but Grand Theft Auto until I sleep. Not a joke. Not a joke. So, I'm excited. I know. Okay, we got something else, though. Last thing in theaters, Unfriended is coming out. I don't know if you're interested in this. The one thing I find interesting about this movie, it's the movie where, so there's a bunch of people in a hangout. The entire movie takes place like in this, online. Like on a girl's computer screen. Which I find interesting and fascinating. I feel like I would watch it just for that. But, the whole premise of the movie is, I guess, it's like year before the events of this there was a girl at this high school that killed herself and then. They are all being, like, haunted by her in this hangout chat, or whatever. And it's supposed to be kind of like cyber-horror, like kind of a new thing. So again, I find it interesting, but I am also. I don't know if this format can work for me. Like I don't know if I could watch. A 90 minute movie like that. I love when horror movies are ambitious though. I do too. That's why I would like to, I'd like to give them some of my money. Who's behind this? Is it Universal? Who's making this? Gosh, I think it's Universal. Okay. Yeah. I'm all for ambitious movies that are not like it's not just about found footage. This is the cool like new future- This is like real, this is like new. Hey, you know, what's its name, Modern Family, or something, just did a whole episode like this. Yeah. And it was incredible! So, who knows. [INAUDIBLE] is all excited about it, apparently, according to that. But they're excited about anything to get their name on the trailer. Oh my god, shade thrown. I'm sorry. That was so much shade. I- Come at C-net! Come at Kale, don't come at. I don't know. Yes. I wasn't part of that. >They're, they're too lovable for that. But then, I wasn't part of that shade. But anyway, if any of you see this, definitely tweet at Tomorrow Daily and let us know what you think about this. Yeah. Tell us if you liked it or not. [CROSSTALK] if it was scary, if it was scary,. If it was annoying to have that or if it was awesome. Yeah, or if it was, like, use of that, sort of, framework for a movie because I, really, I don't know. Could go either way. Could be awful, could be, "I can't stand this." Could be also, "Wow, that was really creative, and I really enjoyed that very much." Yeah. I hope every movie is done through Skype. [LAUGH] I hope. But, speaking of you guys telling us what you think. Yeah. It's time for your user feedback. [MUSIC] Yesterday we asked you guys to use the hashtag [unclear] to tell us what you would want your bedroom to look like if you could do a 3D projection. Into a blank room? Yeah. You guys came up with some really good ones. Travis wrote in and said, views from the Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canon. Oh that's kinda neat. I like that one. Good job Travis. That's very scenic. Tim wrote in and said, I love this. Use Google Maps streetview API to project view of user specified location, including those on the Moon and on Mars. On Mars. That was kind of what you wanted to a little bit. Similar, yeah. Yeah. Like not a, not a live stream webcam, but using Google maps like, to have these sort of, photos where you could go anywhere. So it's pretty neat. Yeah, like you could be in like, Compton or something like that. Like straight outta Compton. Plug in it, yeah. Plug into the API. Plug into the API and go for it? Rick wrote in and said, "A room where I can change the decor to places from my favourite movies- The Shire, Kings Landing, Endurance and Millennium Falcon. There it is! Boom, I like that. I feel like that is the, one of the perfect answers right there. Okay, cool. Wake up in the Shire? And that's like, that's, that's in app purchase. That's DLC right there. You could just pay 99 cents like per place. You know, you're really good. You're all about that. I don't know even wanna pay for it. People wanna monetize that stuff man. [INAUDIBLE] So and then Leo wrote in. You'll love this. He says I would die to stay in a room based on Five Nights at Freddy's but the room would have an interactive game of Five Nights at Freddys one, two, and three. Yo, Leo, no! [LAUGH] No. Don't do it. You would literally die to have a room based on that. Oh. You would die. Frank wrote in and said, projected Martian landscape from the rovers. Yeah, I like that. I like how a lot of people went to space. Yeah, yeah. And then this is kinda space Greg wrote in and said, outside in the summer Lake Tahoe during a meteor storm. Meteor storm. Wow, Greg's romantic, yeah. Very specific. Yeah, romance. Also, Rob e-mailed us, just as a side note, to tell us that Megaman's dog is named Rush. Yes. Thank you so much. We could have looked it up, but I'd rather have you guys find it and tell us. We are very lazy. Rush, that's his name. Super lazy. All right, extra points, what's his, like, sister's name? Or, the female that follows him. I forgot. Smush. So we'll have to find out next time. Next time, on Tomorrow Daily. Rush. So our last piece of user feedback, as always, is our Phonetographer of the Day. [MUSIC] This photo is from Jason, Jason writes in, not Jason Voorhees, he says hi, well maybe, I don't, look at the lake. There's a lake with a pier, that could be like Crystal Lake. Crystal Lake. Hi Ashley and Kale. Here's a picture I took using my Galaxy Note 4 Edge using HDR. This is in Elkmont, Alabama near the river and some of our swampy areas. I saw plenty of ducks and fish, but no gators. This is my first phonetography submission, but I wanted to let you all know that my day isn't complete until I get my daily dose of Tomorrow Daily. I now hate the weekends because of [INAUDIBLE] [LAUGH] Oh, man! I love you guys, keep up the great work! Come hang out with us on the weekends. Thanks Jason Vorheese. That is Jason Vorheese. I gotta say that coming out of the gate with this photo is amazing! What a great picture. I, I, I, can't, I cannot believe that that's [INAUDIBLE] Like it, it looks super Photoshop-ed. I mean, and you took this picture with a hockey mask on. That's impressive. It's really impressive, Jason Voorhees. Yeah. Yeah, after you killed a whole like, cabin full of people. After you killed an entire cabin full of campers. That's super cool, dude. All right, thanks. Don't come visit us, ever. I mean, well done. It looks so calm. Stay at your lake. Yeah, stay at Crystal Lake. Don't. Don't leave. It's, it's super cool. Keep taking, keep taking great pictures. Yeah. Leave us alone. Yeah. We're good. Thanks Jason. You can hit Logan right, though. Logan? What? Exactly. [LAUGH]. So if you wanna submit your phone-tography, you can do that. You can email us, tomorrow@CNET.com. You can also send your user feedback, you can send us show ideas, if you think of a segment that we're not doing that you wanna see us doing, please feel free to send that over, and. That'd be cool. 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