The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, October 24, 2016

Robo-cook: android restaurant boots up in China
This photo taken on August 13, 2014, shows a robot carrying food to customers in a restaurant in Kunshan. It's more teatime than Terminator -- a restaurant in China is electrifying customers by using more than a dozen robots to cook and deliver food. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE.
KUNSHAN (AFP).- It's more teatime than Terminator -- a restaurant in China is electrifying customers by using more than a dozen robots to cook and deliver food.

Mechanical staff greet customers, deliver dishes to tables and even stir-fry meat and vegetables at the eatery in Kunshan, which opened last week.

"My daughter asked me to invent a robot because she doesn't like doing housework," the restaurant's founder Song Yugang told AFP.

Two robots are stationed by the door to cheerfully greet customers, while four short but humanoid machines carry trays of food to the tables.

In the kitchen, two large blue robots with glowing red eyes specialise in frying, while another is dedicated to making dumplings.

Song told the local Modern Times newspaper that each robot costs around 40,000 yuan ($6,500) -- roughly equal to the annual salary of a human employee.

"The robots can understand 40 everyday sentences. They can't get sick or ask for vacation. After charging up for two hours they can work for five hours," he added.

The restaurant, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, follows in the tracks of another robotic eatery which opened in the northeastern city of Harbin in 2012.

Rising labour costs in China have encouraged manufacturers to turn to automation, and the country last year surpassed Japan to become the world's biggest consumer of industrial robots.

The cooking robots -- which have a fixed repertoire -- exhibit limited artificial intelligence, and are loaded with ingredients by human staff, who also help to make some dishes.

But customers at the restaurant who tucked into fried tomatoes with egg, soup, and rice were thrilled with the experience.

"My children are really excited by the robots," said Yang Limei, a mother of three.

The round-headed waiter robots can only move along fixed paths, and politely ask customers to move out of their way whenever their routes are blocked.

"I've never seen a robot serving food before," said Yuan Yuan, nine. "I'm really surprised."

© 1994-2014 Agence France-Presse

Today's News

August 22, 2014

Exhibition celebrates one of the most important poets writing in the Spanish language

J. Paul Getty Museum fills two key curatorial positions with Davide Gasparotto and Jeffrey B. Spier

Exhibition of Russian American quilts opens at the Jewish Museum in New York

Christie's celebrates historic Shanghai Bund opening with new fall season offerings

Christie's announces the September Sale of Important American Furniture, Outsider and Folk Art

Important Swiss artist Markus Raetz exhibits his works of art at Musée Jenisch Vevey

National Portrait Gallery presents a new exhibition of works by contemporary Latino American artists

Former Bonhams Director opens gallery enabling artists to sell their art directly to buyers

Breese Little to present exclusive vintage NASA collection at Photo Shanghai

Exhibition of artworks by Paul Szep on view at The National Museum of American Illustration

'Creating the Future: Art and Los Angeles in the 1970s' by Michael Fallon published by Counterpoint

New York State Museum exhibits two historical vehicles at New York State Fair

Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Artists fom Saint Louis respond to the Michael Brown killing

National Museum of American Jewish History installs commissioned contemporary Mezuzah

Exhibition of new works by Ryan Everson opens at Gildar Gallery in Denver

Ode To Art presents 'The Lightness of Sightseeing' by Deng Cheng Wen

New collaboration and publication between Manuel Vason and forty artists published

Robo-cook: android restaurant boots up in China

Memories of German WWI atrocities haunt Belgium

Art Stage Singapore 2015 is the flagship fair of Southeast Asia

Battle of Britain inspires John Fries finalist

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New light shines on Sandro Botticelli masterpieces at Florence's Uffizi Gallery

2.- Cincinnati Art Museum's Van Gogh exhibition brings guests Into the Undergrowth

3.- Degas retrospective debuts in the U.S. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

4.- Special exhibition features large-scale photography by Richard Mosse & Edward Burtynsky

5.- Nobel panel gives up knockin' on Dylan's door

6.- An unprecedented, international-loan exhibition of works by Claude Monet is at the Kimbell Art Museum this fall

7.- Exhibition at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek explores Rousseau's landscapes

8.- Yoko Ono unveils her first permanent US art installation

9.- ArtReview's annual Power 100 names Hans Ulrich Obrist as the artworld's most powerful figure

10.- British artist David Hockney makes a splash at Frankfurt fair with 2,000-euro book

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful