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Ramen Robots Invade Japanese Restaurant

By CNet

July 6, 2009

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A ramen shop in Yamanashi, Japan, is gaining popularity for its robot chef. The noodles themselves are cooked by a human, with the robot creating a perfectly blended soup which is then delivered to the human chef via a conveyor belt, who adds the noodles and toppings. The whole process takes only about two minutes, a minute shorter than instant cup noodles.

The robot was completed in December 2008 after five years of trial and error, including computer crashes caused by spilled soup. Shop owner Yoshihara Uchida wants to mass produce the robot in the future and "leave my mark out there," which means one day you too can have a ramen robot.

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