In China, noodle-slicing robots are taking over local restaurants

noodle slicing robots are taking over chinese restaurants chef cui robot

If you’re planning to head to China to sample some of the most authentic noodles the country has to offer, don’t be surprised if what you’re eating is the product of Chef Cui. Chef Cui makes perfect slices of noodles every time, shaving equal flour pieces — all of which are the same length and size, cooked to delicious consistency. But if you want to meet Chef Cui, however, prepare to be a bit underwhelmed… this masterful culinary figure is actually a 3-foot-tall robot replacing workers in noodle cutting factories across China.

Named after its developer Cui Runguan, a Chinese restauranteur, Chef Cui is a humanoid-shaped robot whose only ability is lifting its arms back and forth, slicing a ball of dough into strips of noodle. It’s also got some funky, multi-colored glowing eyes for the fun of it, along with superhero-like headbands in place of where chef hats should be. The design make these robots look almost toy-like, similar to a Japanese action figure except with a dangerously sharp hand.

At a cost of approximately $1,500 per robot, Chef Cui is meant to replace human workers who would be paid approximately $4,700 annually for the same task. The robots can pre-slice the noodles, or cut them directly into pots of boiling water for the freshest consistency.

noodle slicing robots are taking over chinese restaurants chef cui“The noodles made by the robot are as good as the man-made one,” said Kang Dayuan, a local Chinese customer tasting Chef Cui’s creations in the video below. “They taste good and it looks great.”

Since Chef Cui’s release in March of 2011, about 3,000 Chef Cui robots have been sold with more anticipated to replace humans in the coming years. While you might think of this as a bit sad to see robots taking over human jobs, the symbiosis is actually sitting well with Chinese workers. Many of the young are seeking better jobs than resorting to a lifetime of noodle slicing, so robots taking up the market allow people to hunt for a career more meaningful and worthwhile. If the youth’s passion is in culinary arts, at least he or she can still become the chef that actually cooks the robo-shaved noodles.

Watch the video below to see an army of Chef Cui’s slicing away. If you ever get to meet Chef Cui in person, don’t dare try to shake its hands.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I.-powered cat toys, wallets, food containers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in October, from 'The Witch’ to ‘Black Panther’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, subdued humor, or anything in between.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'The Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Emerging Tech

Death from above? How we’re preparing for a future filled with weaponized drones

Drones are beginning to enable everything from search & rescue, to the delivery of medicines to hard-to-reach places. But they are also being used as cheap, and deadly flying bombs. How can we defend ourselves?
Emerging Tech

Behind the unsettling sci-fi landscapes of Simon Stalenhag’s ‘Electric State’

The narrative artbook follows the journey of a young traveler, Michelle, and her robot, Skip, as they head west to the Pacific coast through an alternative America torn apart by civil war and the trappings of military-grade virtual reality.
Product Review

Parrot Anafi drone review

It’s definitely not perfect, and there are a few little things that could be improved, but even so, Anafi is unquestionably the best drone that Parrot has ever made.
Emerging Tech

Get your head in the clouds with the best vaporizers for flower and concentrates

Why combust dead plant matter when you could vaporize the good stuff and leave the leaves behind? Here's a rundown of the best vaporizers money can buy, no matter what your style is.
Emerging Tech

Get one of the best cheap drones you can buy, and cry less when you crash

Want to get in on all this hot drone action, but don't want to spend half a paycheck to make it happen? There are actually lots of feature-packed budget options. Check out this list of the best drones under $500.
Emerging Tech

Here are the best (and least likely to explode) hoverboards you can buy

With widespread reports of cheap, knock-off Chinese hoverboards exploding, these self-balancing scooters may be getting a rough reputation. They're not all bad, though. Ride in style with our picks for the best -- and safest -- hoverboards
Emerging Tech

Looking for a good read? Here are the best, most eye-opening books about tech

Sometimes it's sensible to put down the gadgets and pick up a good old-fashioned book -- to read about the latest gadgets, of course. Here are the tech books you need to check out.
Emerging Tech

SpaceX Starlink: Here’s everything you need to know

SpaceX Starlink is the name of Elon Musk's ambitious plan to blanket the globe with high speed broadband internet via a network of satellites. Here's everything you need to know about it
Emerging Tech

Flying food: Uber has set a target date to use drones for meal delivery

Uber is better known for transporting people around town, but it also has a growing meal-delivery business called UberEats. It currently uses drivers and cyclists to deliver the food, but also has plans to use drones.
Wearables

NYPD pulls thousands of body cams after one explodes

The NYPD has recalled thousands of body cameras after one of them exploded during an officer's shift on Sunday, October 21. No one was injured in the incident, which is thought to have been caused by the device's battery.