This Robot Woks

April 14th, 2010 | 6 comments | Posted by Jen

Finally, a robot’s been invented that isn’t just an expensive (read: sad), cutting-edge (read: sad), and sad (read: pathetic) excuse for a blow-up doll.

Students at Yangzhou University and Shanghai Jiaotong University in China have come up with a fully-automated robot that can cook “600 classic Chinese dishes,” according to Popular Science. (Only from a civilization that’s been around for a gajillion years like China could you have 600 “classic” dishes.) All you have to do is pour in the ingredients and let it go to wok.

Here’s a demo from the 2009 version (begins at :30):

This is so much better than a sex robot. Actually, this may even be better than sex.

[via Neatorama]

[Popular Science: Student-Created Wok Robot Can Cook 600 Chinese Dishes]<--Look, Dad, I read a science journal!

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6 Responses to “This Robot Woks”

  1. Cindy says:

    When they can build a robot that does the prep work, then I’ll be impressed.

  2. Simon says:

    I have doubts about the robot. Some dishes require additional ingredients at different times (might be in place with those pouring containers). As Cindy said, when you consider all of the prep work most food takes, you might as well cook it yourself. Not to keep putting down the robot, but a robot can’t tell when certain foods are undercooked, a big no-no.

    It’s also not practical for a home’s stove range.

  3. isaacakira says:

    And lose the whole fun… no way!

    Plus… I know much more than 600 recipes (from many cuisines)

  4. educatedfool25 says:

    Looks like the robot apocalypse is going to start in the kitchen

  5. Jen says:

    @isaacakira Wait. You know “much more than 600 recipes”? Are YOU a robot???

  6. PoweredByRice says:

    Yes, let’s build a 20 thousand dollar robot to do a job that somebody in China will do for pennies. Talk about a solution in search of a problem….

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