Robo Mama's Cooking Kitchen

A prototype interactive kitchen using a $5 Craigslist toy.

Your mother, a robot, thinks it’s time that you start cooking your own meals. Welcome to Robo Mama’s Cooking Kitchen, where you, the adopted child of a robot mama, must follow her directions to a T, lest ye be branded a robo failure!

Kristina Durivage and Jerry Belich teamed up during an IoT hack day to modify a child’s kitchen playset found on Craigslist for $5, and turned it into a playable electronic game where you cook a meal. The stove knobs, faucet, clock, and frying pan have all been wired up to create an interactive experience with an array of embedded lights to provide instructions, and tell you if you are doing a good job or failing miserably. The result is a frantic, interactive digital cooking experience with random meals each play!


  • Digital faucet that flows cold, then hot water, with a conductive tip!
  • Frying pan with conductive pads able to recognize six unique vegetables!
  • A virtual stove capable of multiple temperature ranges!
  • An array of RGB LEDs to instruct and validate your gameplay!
  • A running clock!