New Robot Makes Sushi Rolls by the Thousands
A Japanese robot can make 2,500 inari-zushi rolls per hour.
CREDIT: DigInfo News
Master sushi chefs can spend their entire lives perfecting the culinary art for high-paying customers, but sushi-making robots will do for satisfying everyone else's appetite. A new Japanese robot can work tirelessly to make 2,500 sushi rolls consisting of fried tofu skin and rice.
The "inari-zushi" robot can work its automated magic as long as human workers keep its rice hopper filled and lay out the pieces of fried tofu skin on a turn table. A DigInfo News video shows the machine injecting a puff of air into each tofu skin to open it up fully, so that a second robotic probe can tuck the vinegary sushi rice securely inside all the corners of the tofu skin.
Such a $50,000 robot represents an industrial-level food maker rather than a kitchen robot to take home. But its convenience and speed are likely well worth the cost in the automated food industry — humans can set the tofu skin sizes corresponding to standard, mini triangular and mini square shapes by using a touch panel.