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Robot Chefs Cook Ramen Noodles in Japanese Restaurant

Just how do you make Ramen noodles even more of the dish du jour for the lazy? The college staple is cheap as dirt and effortless to cook, so how about letting a robot do the work for you? Of course, it took the Japanese to combine noodles and robotics.

According to the Daily Mail, noodles at the Fua-men noodle shop in Nagoya are prepared and spooned out by robotic arms. The appendages are programmed to boil water, pour soup into bowls, and place toppings on the dish. Serving about 80 bowls a day, it looks like they're doing a fine job, too. Kenji Nagaya's robotics company, Aisei, manufactured the bright yellow arms, and he says that their accuracy and consistency make robots naturals in the kitchen.

However, humans still do some of the work, like preparing soup stock and taking orders and money, so don't expect to see an all-robot restaurant just yet. While the novelty of watching a robot whip out a bowl of noodles in under two minutes (you can see it here) is reason enough to visit this place, customers told the Daily Mail that the food tastes good, too. Now, if only someone would design a 'bot that operates the drive-thru at Taco Bell; they might finally get our orders right. [From:]

Tags: food, japan, noodles, novelty, restaurants, robot, totp, weird

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