SHANGHAI: A Shanghai faculty is utilizing a brilliant yellow robotic to arrange and serve dishes in its canteen in an effort to enhance meals security as China strives to maintain the unfold of the novel coronavirus beneath management.
The Minhang High School Experimental School, whose college students are 11-13 years outdated, began utilizing the robotic in October shortly after the college first opened, making human cooks redundant.
The roughly three metre tall (9.84 ft) robotic makes use of its arm to choose up pre-prepared particular person dishes like steamed egg and fried hen wings, which it pops into a big microwave to warmth up earlier than lunchtime.
As college students stream into the canteen, the robotic locations the dishes on trays that go on to a conveyor belt, which the youngsters then choose up.
“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,” mentioned the college’s vp Song Wenjie, including that the robotic tended to be higher than people at measuring seasonings like salt and pepper.
The faculty started utilizing the robotic after it was donated by Chinese catering model Xixiang Intelligent Kitchen, he mentioned. He believes that they’re the primary faculty to make use of it in Shanghai.
“We received many calls after media reports on this robotic cook and we are signing many more contracts with schools and companies in those high-tech parks,” mentioned Shen Wei, a challenge supervisor at Xixiang.
The pandemic has boosted demand for service robots in China, the place they’re used for duties like delivering meals and drinks in eating places, and performing important capabilities in hospitals.