A Shanghai school is using a bright yellow robot to prepare and serve dishes in the school canteen, in an attempt to improve food safety as China strives to keep the spread of the coronavirus under control.
The Minhang High School Experimental School, whose students are 11-13 years old, started using the robot in October shortly after the school first opened, making human cooks inessential.
About 3 metres tall, the robot uses its arm to pick up pre-prepared individual dishes like steamed egg and fried chicken wings, which it pops into a large microwave to heat up before lunchtime.
As students enter the canteen, the robot places the dishes on trays that go on to a conveyor belt, which the children then pick up.
The school’s vice president Song Wenjie said “Everything has gone well as the machine has guaranteed the safety of the food without having to be touched by humans and the dishes’ taste better now,” he also added that the robot has proven to be better than humans at measuring seasonings like salt and pepper.
Shanghai School uses Robot chef to serve school dinners to lower Covid-19 risk
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