Feeds

Behold: China's robot noodle army!

Coming soon to a restaurant near you?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Former chef Cui Runguan has created an army of noodle-slicing robots that he hopes will staff restaurants across China.

The 'Chef Cui' appears to be modelled on the upper torso of 1960s Japanese TV robot hero Ultraman, complete with rather sinister yellow flashing eyes.

Its left hand holds the ball of noodle dough while the right sweeps back and forth in a windscreen wiper-like motion, slicing off perfectly sized strips for the pot, according to a Zoomin.tv report.

Cui – the inventor, not the robot – apparently came up with the idea in 2006 while working at his Beijing restaurant and has since refined the idea three times before developing the current model.

“As there are more job opportunities the young people don’t want to work as a chef to slice noodles because the job is very exhausting,” he told the site.

“It’s a trend that robots will replace men in factories. It’s certainly going to happen in sliced noodle restaurants.”

Chef Cui has been in production since March and looks to be a hit with the local chefs, with around 3,000 sold so far.

“The robot chef can slice noodles better than human chefs,” said noodle shop owner Liu Maohu.

“It costs more than 30,000 yuan to hure a chef for a year, but the robot costs me just 10,000 yuan.”

Who says China can’t be a tech innovator? ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
Google's whois results say it's a lousy smut searcher
Run whois google.com or whois microsoft.com. We dare you, you PIG◙◙◙◙ER
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
prev story

Whitepapers

Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.