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We’re not just passionate about food and technology

We’re passionate about the future

Our Vision

At Karakuri we’re committed to changing the way the world prepares, offers, and experiences convenience food.

Reduce food waste

Estimates vary, but approximately one third of all of the food produced on our planet is wasted each year. Overproduction of food has a huge environmental impact. Increased water and land usage, excessive carbon footprint, and increased methane production are critical issues caused by excessive waste.

By precisely tracking quantities required and using AI to predict future requirements, Karakuri’s systems help to improve the food supply chain, reducing the need for overstocking and waste.

Improve choice and quality

With consumers demanding more personalized, higher quality meals, restaurants are under pressure to keep pace. But they must almost balance the rising staffing costs driven by increasingly individualized menus.

Karakuri’s automation systems makes choice and meal personalization a reality for every diner, regardless of price point. Detailed data logging of the quantities and qualities of foods used in each meal ensure each restaurant delivers unique, high quality dishes on time, every time.

Improve staff well-being

Many of the daily tasks performed in food production are boring, repetitive, and time-consuming. Karakuri’s robots can carry out these tasks quickly and consistently, alleviating staff members from high volume manual jobs and enabling them to spend more time with customers, and on higher value, more creative roles.

By automating certain tasks, Karakuri’s systems empower businesses to create a more fulfilling working environment, helping to improve employee welfare and job satisfaction, while increasing productivity and staff retention.

Enable healthier eating

Alongside meal customization, consumer demand for information around nutritional content and ingredients continues to increase. Karakuri’s robots can prepare a near-endless list of personalized meals with 100% accuracy of ingredients and portion size.

This level of ultra-personalisation, supported by precise nutrition information for every meal, allows diners to design their meal for their individualised eating needs. And it enables business to provide customers with total transparency of ingredients, nutrients, calories, and quantities.

Our Founders

Brent Hoberman

Co-founder
Chairman

Co-Founder and CEO of Lastminute.com, Brent grew the company from zero to over $2bn in revenue. Brent founded and chairs Founders Forum, a series of invite-only, not-for-profit events for a private network of the world’s leading digital and technology entrepreneurs. As part of the Founders Family, Brent co-founded and chairs Founders Factory incubation and seed fund, and founded First Minute Capital, a $100m early-stage VC fund.

Barney Wragg

Co-founder
CEO

Barney founded his first business in the bars and nightclubs of the north of England in the 1980s aged just 16. He was a pre-IPO team member at ARM and was responsible for the adoption of the ARM processor in the Apple iPod. Barney was one of the first adopters of digital technologies in the music business and grew revenues for the world’s largest record company from zero to $2bn in six years. He has held board-level positions in several multinational media companies, and recently completed a £200m turnaround of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s global businesses. He is a passionate foodie and advises a number of independent restaurants.

Simon Watt

Co-founder
CTO

Simon was employee number 24 at ARM where he held a number of positions including Head of Research. He was responsible for many of ARM’s technologies, from cache architectures to TrustZone - ARM’s security architecture for the trusted computing ecosystem. In 2004 he joined Barney working at Universal Music Group, where he spent 11 years as Head of Technology.

Our Advisors

Paul Clarke

CTO
Ocado

Paul is Chief Technology Officer at Ocado, the world's largest online-only grocery retailer. After joining Ocado in 2006, Paul initially worked on warehouse control systems and then joined the team designing Ocado’s next highly automated fulfilment centre. After establishing new teams for Simulation and Mobile development, Paul then co-wrote the first of Ocado’s award winning mobile apps.
Ocado Technology, with its 1300 software engineers and other IT specialists, is responsible for building all the software and IT infrastructure that powers Ocado's end-to-end e-commerce, fulfilment and logistics platform.
Ocado are now busy signing deals with large bricks & mortar grocery retailers around the world who wish to use the Ocado Smart Platform to operate online grocery scalably and profitably. Paul's current role includes exploring opportunities to use Ocado's technologies to disrupt other sectors and the technology vision and future proofing of the business.

Mike Muller

Co-Founder and CTO
ARM

Mike was a co-founder of ARM in 1990. In 2016 Arm Holdings plc, by then a FSTE50 company, was acquired by Softbank for £24 billion. He remains a director of the operating subsidiary. He is a non-executive director of Cambridge Innovation Capital an £150M+ investment fund that invests in high-growth technology companies, a member of the IEEE Industry Advisory Board (IAB) which supports the IEEE by advising on the latest trends, global challenges, and the impact of technology on jobs and the economy, a trustee of two charities the David Parr House and The Cambridge Centre for Computing History, and a scale-up business fellows for the RCA supporting founders and providing insights to help these companies grow.

Professor David Lane

Founder and Director
Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

David is passionate about robotics and AI (RAI) and transforming its rich research into useful products and services that serve today’s unmet needs. His breadth of entrepreneurship includes leading technology startups into high-growth businesses which earned him the 2011 Praxis-Unico Business Impact Achieved Award, the 2013 Scottish Digital Technology Award for International Growth and the 2019 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Champion Awards.
Originally trained as an electrical engineer and scientist, David has published over 300 papers in international journals and conferences, including creating and coordinating international multi-party RAI hubs and projects (ORCAHUB winner of the 2018 Guardian University Business Collaboration Award). With many strings to his bow, he is also the founding Director and Professor in the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, works alongside a range of venture capitalists and supports multi-national government-funded projects to develop RAI businesses from the research. David was appointed CBE in 2016 for services to engineering.

Professor Alan Winfield

Professor of Robot Ethics, UWE Bristol
Visiting Professor, Department of Electronics, University of York

Alan is deeply interested in mobile robots for two reasons: they are complex and potentially useful machines that embody every known design challenge and discipline, robots allow humans to address some deep questions about life, emergence, culture and intelligence in a radically new way, i.e. by building models.
Thus for Alan, robotics is both an engineering and experimental philosophy.
Alan is committed to the widest possible dissemination of research and ideas in science, engineering and technology and believes that robots provide us with a wonderful vehicle for public engagement. As a passionate believer that intelligent robots will become ubiquitous in the near future, Alan is committed to starting a dialogue now about the ethical and moral questions that will arise.

Dr Edward Johns

Director of The Robot Learning Lab
Imperial College London

Edward is Director of the Robot Learning Lab at Imperial College London, where he is also a Lecturer and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow. His research lies at the intersection of robotics, computer vision, and machine learning, and his lab is developing methods for robots to perform object manipulation skills with their arms and hands, in everyday environments. He has a BA and MEng from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from Imperial College London.

Meet our Robots

DK-One lower throughput food preparation robot from Karakuri-

DK-One

DK-One is the world’s first robotic solution for high throughput, fast turnaround, 100% individualized and portion-controlled mass production.

Designed for high volume applications such as restaurants, cafeterias, and central kitchens, every meal produced by DK-One is individually prepared to each customer’s specific requirements.

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Marley lower throughput food preparation robot from Karakuri set up for pick'n'mix candy

Marley

Marley is the lower cost, lower throughput alternative to DK-One, providing customization on a smaller scale.

Offering the same level of customer configuration as DK-One, Marley can be utilized for novel applications such as robotic candy dispensing, custom-made ice creams, and cocktails.

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