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Smart appliances slow to pick up Samsung's recipe for recovery

As memory chips and smartphones slump, kitchen robo-assistant still years away

The goal for the AI-powered Bot Chef is to prepare a dish just as a human does, from cutting ingredients and sauteing on a stovetop to adjusting seasonings. (Photo courtesy of Samsung)

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics seeks to develop new cash cows as sales of memory chips and smartphones weaken, but development of AI-enhanced appliances has not progressed as expected, with robotic kitchen assistants and smart-farming refrigerators still in the pipeline.

The South Korean electronics giant launched the new operation two years ago, quietly working on the products at a research and development center in the U.S. At a test kitchen inside the center, a robotic arm extends out from the bottom of a cabinet over the counter. It grabs a seasoning shaker, glides over the electric stove and sprinkles the seasoning over ingredients in a skillet.

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