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Robots serving ramen

At the “Fua-men” (pronounced FOO-ah-men) ramen noodle shop in the central Japanese city of Nagoya, two robotic arms busily serve their hungry customers, doling out nearly 80 bowls of noodles on a busy day.

“The benefits of using robots as ramen chefs include the accuracy of timing in boiling noodles, precise movements in adding toppings and consistency in the taste and temperature of the soup,” said Kenji Nagaya, president of local robot manufacturer Aisei.

Nagoya’s robot factory opened the noodle shop less than a month ago to showcase the latest robotic technology.

The noodle shop, which sells a regular noodle bowl with a pork broth-based soup for the equivalent of 7 dollars, is yet to make a profit, partly due to the large investment in the research and development of the robotic arms.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. daniel says:

    that is awesome. the potential knife fight was a tiny bit disconcerting, though…

  2. Ookseer says:

    I hope “80 bowls in a busy day” is a missprint. I’ve seen a ramen chef easily sling over 80 bowls an hour One shop I used to frequent the chef would throw a wad of noodles the length of the joint into a bowl without spilling a drop.

    I love robots, but I’d hate to see them take the job of people who provide so much entertainment and personality.

    Now I’ve got to start work on a ramen slinging robot who can smoke and tell jokes…