Last week's International Food Machinery and Technology Expo in Tokyo may not seem the most likely place to find lots of robots - especially not humanoids.
But Japanese engineers have high hopes for a new brand of 'hospitality' robot. This is why prototype robots were seen in the expo flipping pan cakes, cutting vegetables, serving drinks, feeding people and moving sushi between plates. As one robot spokesman put it, using an android to cook isn't very practical, but it shows what robots can do with the right programming ... the demonstration can prove very straightforwardly that a robot can do things, and this may lead people to realize robots have a wide variety of uses.
Overview Video: http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2009/06/11/2595244.htm
Japan Times: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/ ... 610a1.html
Sky News: http://www2.skynews.com.au/offbeat/arti ... ?id=341958