This ain’t your grandma’s cracker-stocked vending machine: an innovative new service machine that pours out steaming hot instant beef noodles with the touch of a button is expected to launch this October in Shanghai.
The inventors behind the machine, showcased yesterday at an exhibition in the city, claim that it’s the first of its kind in the world. It can cook up a bowl of beef noodles in two minutes after customers make their orders through the touch screen, Oriental Daily reports.
Customers need only make their selection on screen and pay, prompting a robotic arm to grab the noodles and beef (supplied from a central kitchen), mix them together with the soup for around two minutes, then “ding!” It’s ready to eat.
The technology was jointly invented within seven months by four men from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. They have currently attained an investment fund of USD1 million (6,210,050 yuan) from international foundations.
One of the inventors from Shanghai said that opening a noodle shop takes a lot of manpower and incurs high rental expenses. The machine is not only less costly, the selling point is also flexible and the food quality can be standardized.
The second generation of the machine will even allow the customization of condiments, with selections of rice and drinks… almost better service than your run-of-the-mill noodle shop.
By Joyce Ng
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