Robot Attracts Customers To Ramen Shop
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.
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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.