The recently launched E Vino Spaghetti in Tokyo is not your typical dining place. When you get inside their kitchen, you will find that they do not have a chef (not a human chef technically). Instead, you will find an AI-powered robot cooking your orders!
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Robotics company TechMagic in collaboration with Japanese cafe company Pronto Corporation has created an AI-powered chef, which can not only boil water and prepare pasta but also clean up after cooking.
Faster than fast food
As first reported by Food & Wine, the robotic chef is nicknamed “P-Robo”. She is equipped with four pots at her disposal, allowing her to quickly prepare and cook pasta dishes to serve her customers on time!
The P in P-Robo stands for “Pronto,” which is faster than junk food as it can easily produce an astounding 90 meals an hour when it’s running at full capacity.
The robotic chef starts with frozen pasta, defrosts each serving in just 10 seconds, and heats the food while preparing the sauces. The first dish takes only 75 seconds to prepare, and each successive dish can be served in just 45 seconds – making the P-Robo a truly insane multitasking machine!
He added that in the field of self-driving cars, the United States and China dominate the industry, but Japan is proud to lead the “world of cooking robots” by integrating its own industrial and culinary traditions.
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Is the restaurant fully automated?
The robot has been working relentlessly in the kitchen of E Vino Spaghetti for four years and is currently a fourth-generation version. The restaurant is not fully automated, although Japan Today reports that it was developed in part to meet human resource development challenges in the culinary industry.
Food & Wine noted that pasta still had to be coated, covered with any desired garnish, and delivered to dinner by the human co-workers of the P-human Robo. There are other menu items, such as salads, that still have to be put together by hand and other traditional methods.
When Business Insider Japan attended a sampling party, there were some technical glitches in the AI-powered chef, but Pronto has since clarified that the restaurant’s maintenance staff will be assigned for now to keep a close eye on the robotic chef’s bug again.
According to Pronto, they want to make P-Robos available to other restaurant chains and put P-Robos into as many as 50 restaurants over the next five years. This is in line with TechMagic’s overall strategy of deploying its bots to address restaurant-related issues.
The company writes on its website that 60 to 70 percent of restaurant costs often relate to labor and supplies. In the same way, Tech Magic claims that restaurants with lower profit margins are more likely to shut down due to higher labor and food expenses. Hence, they want to tackle these problems through their techniques.
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By Joaquin Victor Tacla
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