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The Sun (Malaysia) - - TRENDS - Robot with per­son­al­ity named Mykie – short for My Kitchen Elf – is com­ing soon to a kitchen near you, and prom­ises to tell the home owner what’s left in the fridge and how long the cake in the oven still has to bake for.

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Mykie is in­tended to be hu­manoid. The 30cm-tall de­vice fea­tures a cir­cu­lar screen that can wink, nod and smile, perched atop a one-shaped body that fits on the owner’s counter-top.

A pro­to­type was show­cased at the re­cent IFA elec­tron­ics fair in Ber­lin.

Mykie is “a per­sonal as­sis­tant that pro­vides lively sup­port for ev­ery­day needs as a kitchen spe­cial­ist”, said Kai Grassie, head of cor­po­rate in­no­va­tion at BSH Home Ap­pli­ances, the Ger­man maker.

The de­vice can con­trol net­worked kitchen ap­pli­ances such as the wash­ing ma­chine and oven and can re­spond to its owner’s voice by sug­gest­ing recipes or an­swer­ing ques­tions about ev­ery­day top­ics such as the weather.

“But we still have a good deal of work ahead of us be­fore Mykie can be­come a truly in­ter­ac­tive part­ner in the kitchen,” Grassie said.

No date has yet been set for a mar­ket launch. – dpa

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