Could A Noodle-Making Robot Revolutionize Restaurants?

Just hope he doesn’t decide to break Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics; he looks like he could be dangerous with that one bladed arm.

Cui Runguan, a restarauntuer in China, has gotten tired of paying around $4,700 a year for an noodle cook, and figured he’d save $2,700 and pay a one-time price. Others would do the same. They’d put the noodle cook out of business, until it swings around the other way, where the few remaining noodle cooks out there are revered and attain notable positions.

How would this change in employment for a working force do it?

Robots.

Robots make everything better, don’t they? The Chef Cui robot, retailing for the Chinese equivalent of $2,000, is in full-force in China. Restaurants have already started to purchase this Ultraman-stylized robot, and while some features, such as the hypnotically-glowing eyes and general humanoid appearance are just for display, the slicing mechanism (largely akin to a windshield wiper) is where the focus is. What would be tiring for a human chef is nominal for a robot; while he may not build up lactic acid and tire, the robot may need a good oiling and maintenance every once in a while.

If anything, some people may just want to go to a restaurant where a robot is employed in the kitchen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ukNkCnNJuR8