China is building an army of robots - chef robots that is. In the face of rising labor costs, Chinese restaurateur Cui Runguan has cooked up “Chef Cui,” a robot chef that can slice noodles all day long without breaking a sweat.
In Chinese noodle houses, the task of slicing noodles from a large block of dough is a repetitive and tiresome task performed by a chef who earns roughly $4,700 a year. In comparison, a robo-chef costs only $2,000 and performs the task more accurately than a human.
When placed above a pot of boiling water the robot can slice noodles using a windshield wiper like motion.
Over 3,000 Chef Cuis have been sold in Beijing alone, to date. Despite the robots’ angry expression, they have been met with enthusiasm by the general public and diners say the noodles taste just as good as those made by a human chef.
It seems to be much ado about nothing. If I remember correctly, there have been noodle making machines for quite awhile. There is nothing new here except the packaging of the machine. It may look like a robot but it seems to be more a machine dressed up to look like a robot. Perhaps I am missing some details regarding this robot?
The idea of having a robot instead of a machine , in my opinion is to give the human touch to the whole process. Basically the robot is replacing a chef who would otherwise show his presence to the clientele.
Why not just make a noodle making machine? Why do you need something that looks humanoid? You could probably make a tabletop machine that is smaller, cheaper and more efficient. For a humanoid robot to be practical it needs to be multipurpose. It needs to cook the whole meal, serve it and do the dishes.
The cost savings apart the robot will not require toilet break, would not stop for a smoke and would not waste time on mobile talking to his girlfriend so the actual productivity is doubled and the cost is reduced to half. So it it 400% profit for the restaurant owner.
Who will not want it?
"When placed above a pot of boiling water the robot can slice noodles using a windshield wiper like motion."
I suspect most human chefs would slice as many noodles as you wanted if you did this to them.... :-)