Magazine article ASEE Prism

Diners' Delight

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Diners' Delight

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FOUR YEARS AGO, Fanxing Science andTechnology of China created AlC-Al, "the world's first cooking robot," which can rustle up thousands of disparate Chinese dishes. Since AIC-AI burst onto the culinary scene, the New York Times reports, roboticists around the world have devised "a veritable army of new robots designed to serve and cook food." Japan's Motoman SDA10 has spatula arms that can handle savory pancakes. The Famen restaurant in Nagoya, Japan, serves ramen noodles, prepared by two giant robot arms. The Learning Algorithmsand Systems Laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, came out with the Chief Cook Robot, pictured, which can make omelettes - provided someone first cracks the eggs.

Despite these impressive displays of kitchen prowess, it's not likely that we will soon - if ever - see many robotic eateries. …

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