Wednesday, 12 Aug, 2009 Technology

Japanese Restaurant Boasts Robot Chefs


A restaurant in Japan may not surprise the locals but it will surely be appreciated by tourists that come to Nagoya. In FuA-Men - Fully Automated raMen restaurant - meals are cooked by chef and assistant, both being fully autonomous machines.

The two robots are able to make 80 bowls of noodles per day, which is quite enough for the small location. Customers say that there is really no difference between the noodle dishes prepared by the machines and human chefs. However, those who value precision in cooking will most likely choose robot chefs.

Kenji Nagoya, owner of Aisei, Japanese robot developer, who opened his noodle shop in July, said: "The benefits of using robots as ramen chefs include the accuracy of timing in boiling noodles, precise movements in adding toppings and consistency in the taste and temperature of the soup." The two robotic arms work together in perfect harmony.

It is expected that the shop, where anyone can have a noodle bowl with a pork broth-based soup, is going to make a lot of money, mainly because of huge investment in research and development of the two machines. The role of humans in not completely eliminated since they have to take orders and receive payment, the rest, however, is performed by the robotic arms, which feature programs allowing them to boil noodles, pour the soup into bowls and add toppings, informs New Tang Dynasty Television. You can find more information on various robots, developed in Japan and outside its boarders, here at, check the links at the bottom of the story.

Visitors can observe the entire process of cooking - the robots make one bowl of noodles in about 1 minute 40 seconds. When there are no orders the robots entertain customers by showing different tricks.

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