Aug. 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM ET
As China’s economy continues to grow, albeit at slowing rate, finding workers willing to perform the repetitive task of slicing noodles into pots of boiling water is becoming difficult, according to restaurateur Cui Runguan who built a robot to do the job.
The robot, Chef Cui, works akin to set of windshield wipers going back and forth, shaving off noodles with up and down movements, he explains in a video brought to our attention by Eater.
The robot costs about $2,000, which is less than half the $4,700 a year a noodle slicer can expect to earn in China, Runguan notes. He’s already sold about 3,000 units.
“The young people don’t want to work as chef to slice noodles because this job is very exhausting,” he says. “It is the trend that robots will replace men in factories. It is certainly going to happen in sliced-noodle restaurants.”
Customers give the robot’s noodles good reviews, but one has to wonder how long until Chef Cui too tires of slicing noodles. Those yellow eyes may suggest not much longer. We’d hate to see what happens when a mad noodle robot is set loose with its shaver.
– via Eater
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