Robot Attracts Customers To Ramen Shop

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/106415897/106415863" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript

A ramen shop owner in Japan has blended his love for noodles with his passion for electronics. Customers enter his store and tap into a computer their preferred levels of salt and soy sauce and broth richness. The robot then whips up the perfect broth. Humans are still needed to make the noodles and place them in the bowl.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And our last word in business today is Ramen Robot - Ramen, those mouthwatering Japanese noodles served in a bowl of savory broth. In Japan, one Ramen shop owner has blended his love for noodles with his passion for electronics. He built a noodle-making robot. Customers enter his store and tap into a computer their preferred levels of salt and soy sauce and richness of broth, and the robot whips up the perfect Ramen.

Humans are still needed to make the noodles and place them in the bowl, but Japan's Mainichi news reports the shop owner is working on an advanced noodle robot that may one day entirely automate the process, giving a whole new meaning to instant noodle.

(Soundbite of R2-D2 beeping)

MONTAGNE: And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Copyright © 2009 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.