The researchers at Newcastle University hope that their newly minted French Digital Kitchen will remedy one of the classic problems associated with language: memorizing words verbatim won’t help you learn a dialect; you have to be immersed in it.
What better way is there to improve your conversational French than preparing saucisson and basil salmon terrine with a close Francophone friend? Well, although you might not call the French Digital Kitchen a "friend," it’ll certainly help improve your grasp on the Saxon dialect and its native cuisine. Users simply select the meal they’re interested in preparing and sensors will follow their progress, correcting them on the way. The vocal AI embedded in the kitchen will furthermore kick some basic conversation with users, helping them come to grips with basic grammatical rules. At $556,000, however, you might just want to take some community college courses!