I love sushi. Of course, it's not the easiest of dishes to create straight away; rolling all the parts together so it doesn't fall apart takes some skill. This is where a sushi robot (a "SushiBot") could save the day--and make enough sushi rolls for a party.
Suzumo Machinery recently showed off its numerous sushi robots at the World Food and Beverage Expo in Tokyo (which in this case conveniently coincides with National Robotics Week). The company claims that one of its best sushi robots, the Shari robot, is capable of rolling out (get it?) 3,600 oblong-shaped pieces an hour.
The robot, controlled by a touchscreen, can produce so many pieces in a small amount of time thanks to the method in which it works: it literally grabs the rice out of a bowl and moulds it into shape, like a human would. It then rotates the rice mound and it can put a piece of fish can on top to create nigiri sushi.
The aim of the Shari robot and Suzumo's other SushiBots is to make lots of great sushi as is if were made by an experienced chef, but using technology. Unfortunately, the Shari series would not really be suited to the typical home kitchen--it would be great for fast food joints or big events with hungry attendees, though.
See the lightning-fast Shari SushiBot in action below, or find out more about the variety of sushi roll robots Suzumo makes on its product page.
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