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Robotic Kitchen Assistants
Tired of cooking this Thanksgiving? These robots could help out.
If you spent Thanksgiving slaving over a hot stove, you might be glad to know that researchers are developing some robotic kitchen assistants that could someday do the hard work for you.
Here is a roundup of robots designed to help humans with food preparation. No turkey-prepping robots (yet), but these bots can prepare sushi, pancakes, even ramen noodles.
At this year’s FOOMA International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition in Tokyo, a “sushi robot” showed off its food-handling skills, gently grasping raw fish without squishing it. The robot is essentially an industrial robotic arm with a silicone hand attached to the end.
At the same conference, a Japanese-pancake-flipping robot with voice-recognition was able to take orders and use its 15 joints brush oil, knead dough, add spices, flip the pancakes and serve them.
In a noodle restaurant in Japan, a robotic chef can prepare and serve 80 bowls of ramen noodles on a busy day.
This robotic system stacks 400 pancakes per minute.