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Suzumo Unveils 2000 Per Hour Sushi Robot

Posted 15 Oct 2005 at 03:20 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

Most Americans think of Sushi as raw fish but actually it's like Japanese food art. Think rice cake with bits of seafood. But still, that's probably not accurate. I think California rolls or making a dinner out of little 1" by 2" rice & fish hors d'oeuvres. But, sushi can also be chicken and other meats and even no meat, etc. Who really knows what sushi is? At any rate a Japanese company, Suzumo, has a new hat box sized robotic gizmo that will pop out 2000 rice blobs an hour for making the little sushi food art. You know how bread machines were all the rage a few years back. Well, this box is sort of like that but cool for Japanese cooks for popping out rice blobs to make making sushi quicker and easier. This small kitchen top device called the SGP-SNA can roll, cut, wrap, label and date 2000 sushis an hour! You load the box with rice, and it sort of shapes them, extrudes them and then cuts them to size. You can make round cakes or flower shaped cakes or triangle, several different shapes are available. You then add your sea weed and salmon slice and viola you have a sushi! This machine can also put some sort of film on the cake and it even can print the date (or expiration date?) on it if need be. You can watch a video of the Sushi bot in action here or on their website along with other similar sushi bots. You know, when it comes to sushi, We Love Rice!

Left this video out., posted 15 Oct 2005 at 03:25 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

Here's another video of the sushi bot in action.

What is Sushi., posted 15 Oct 2005 at 15:31 UTC by RossumsChild » (Observer)

Sushi is a combination of two different Japanese words, Su and Shi. Some claim that the words represent "sweet" or "sweet vinegar" and rice, while others point to differention translations that refer to "the skill of the hand" and "vinegar."

However, most translate it as "seasoned rice" or "sweet rice."

In short, any small food item which incorporates rice cooked and seasoned using the Sushi method is considered Sushi, regardless of what fish or meat (raw or cooked), or vegetables are included.

pedantic but..., posted 17 Oct 2005 at 11:45 UTC by c6jones720 » (Master)

Dont want to seem pedantic here but why does that qualify as a robot?

We Love Rice!, posted 17 Oct 2005 at 12:04 UTC by dogsbody_d » (Master)

Hmm yeah. Usually I go with "it's a robot if people say it's a robot 'cos that's how language works." Alternatively, it's a robot 'cos it's Japanese... More quaintly it'd be a robot as it is designed "to do the work of a man" but that dff is a bit archaic, not to mention sexist.

Traffic lights were originally known as "robot traffic signals" - I think they may still be called that in South Africa? The word "robot" used to be used much more freely for automated machinery, when the fact that a machine could do the task seemed extraordinary... What of this sushimachine? I'm very disappointed.

I know that making sushi is a very skilled process. If this bit of kit (in its lovely bamboo-bucket skin) spewed out lots of different finished rolls we'd have to debate it, but as it is the bloke seems to have to do most of the work. The "bot" seems to just be a very sweeeet rice press, fantastically smooth to watch, but a robot??? Unless pressing the rice into the cakes is a lot more complex than I think, then I'm sceptical too, and I'm very inclusive usually...

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