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Japanese boffins have unveiled their latest engineering masterpiece, a six speed sushi-making robot that can churn out 2,500 pieces of the stuff in just an hour. Sushi is big business in Japan and around the world, but the art of handmade rolls is sadly dying as the delicacy becomes ever more commoditised. Ensuring that supply …

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I see no rolls

They are not rolls they are pouches of Inarizushi.

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Traditionalists will not be amused.

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Food Robots!

This one is my favourite:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHuDvVa7mkw

Mildly unsettling.

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Re: Food Robots!

> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHuDvVa7mkw

'The content owner has not made this video available on mobile"

*that* is worrying....

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Headline fail

What is it, per minute or per hour?

Per minute would quite impressive...

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Ohhhhhhh

FOOD PORN!

(drool)

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The next time you're in San Jose

The Doubletree at the airport has very good sushi. OK, that's by the standards of hotel sushi, but just being in the People's Republic of California takes that up a notch.

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Re: The next time you're in San Jose

Blech. That's narsty, consumer-grade, corner-store crap. Yes, I've been there.

On the rare instance that I go out for sushi here in Sonoma, I go to Shiso. I go fishing on a regular basis and can make similar myself. It's good, but not "perfect". Fortunately, Morimoto Masaharu has opened a restaurant less than half an hour away in Napa ... Now THAT is good eats!

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Re: The next time you're in San Jose

I like my food to be "consumer" grade. I do plan to consume it after all

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@AceRimmer (was: Re: The next time you're in San Jose)

Enjoy your lowest common denominator bliss, Consumer. Want fries with that?

Some of us enjoy the better things in life.

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Re: @AceRimmer (was: The next time you're in San Jose)

If you don't consume food then what do you do with it?

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Re: @AceRimmer (was: The next time you're in San Jose)

Ace, I feel ever so sorry for you.

Food is far more important than just fuel. Learn to cook. It's by far the most important hacking tool that HomoSap has ever come up with ... outside of useful distribution of potable water, of course.

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Re: @AceRimmer (was: The next time you're in San Jose)

You really don't get it do you.

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Re: @AceRimmer (was: The next time you're in San Jose)

I get your point. I don't think you get the point.

Carry on, have a nice day, Consumer :-)

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Re: @AceRimmer (was: The next time you're in San Jose)

There's been many a time after a hard bike ride, where you've bonked, and any food is fuel. Cold peas, the dog's dinner from last night, anything.

However, if we treat all food as fuel, we might as well just start munching soylent green...

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Re: @AceRimmer (was: The next time you're in San Jose)

I should have remembered the old rule:"Never try and joke with the police or americans", The first refuse to see the funny side, the latter can't

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Re: @AceRimmer (was: The next time you're in San Jose)

Way to generalize. All British people have horrible teeth and overly large ears. Thats for you.

I got it by the way.

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Re: @AceRimmer (was: The next time you're in San Jose)

Our ears are perfectly normal, it's yours which are too small.

Probably explains why we don't have to constantly talk as loudly as possible

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Re: If you don't consume food then what do you do with it?

You stuff it down your pants like White Goodman in "Dodgeball"...

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@Silverburn (was: Re: @AceRimmer (was: The next time you're in San Jose))

You bonk during hard bike rides?

The Wife & I might be interested ... technical details please? :-)

(Y,y,y, I know ... cross-pond humo(u)r is hard to do ... )

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@Ace11:15 Re: @AceRimmer (was: The next time you're in San Jose)

Never try to joke with computer nerds who have lived on both sides of the pond from either side of the pond, because your perspective is parochial, and is easy to troll.

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Jake...

...is either the best troll I've seen for a while or a few sandwiches short of a picnic. I really can't tell anymore sometimes.

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@prawnus maximus (was: Re: Jake...)

"Jake" only posted twice, and it wasn't me. I'm "jake".

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/26670/ vs. http://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/4800/

C'mon, people, pick it up ... computers are literal.

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Now that's a sushi train!

I think I will sit here.

NOM NOM NOM!

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Re: Now that's a sushi train!

Yep. Straight from the bot, to my face! Scarrfff!

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Do not want. Sounds 'orrible.

Proper food in this style is hands-on.

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hands-on

that's what most proper food is.

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Re: hands-on

I think that was my point, Evil Auditor ...

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Why would you want 6 speeds?

Wouldn't you only need two:

1. Slow, energy efficient mode, for preparing the lunchtime batch ahead of time

2. Fast, for when you miscalculate lunchtime load and need to rattle off a few hundred ASAP

6 speed just looks like showing off...

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Re: Why would you want 6 speeds?

In my mind this kind of thing is selling to yuppies who don't know what food is.

1) Proper sushi isn't "batch food". Old fish stinks, has bad mouth-feel, and tastes worse.

2) Proper sushi doesn't cater to the lunchtime crowd.

Gut feeling is that it'll have an option to go up to 11, eventually ...

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Re: Why would you want 6 speeds?

6 speeds gives you some sort of flexibility when coping with the natural variation between the different batches of rice and tofu yoi'll be feeding it.

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Re: Why would you want 6 speeds?

Don't be such a snob.

There is no reason why sushi made in a machine can't use fresh fish. Not that this type even has any fish in it, of course. Not that there is any conceivable reason why this particular type of sushi would taste any different or look any better if hand-made.

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@ jake posting 08:21 a.m. GMT

Not been to Japan have you ?

Sushi is primarilly cheap junk food. Sure it should be hand made (though still cheap) but there's plenty of '7/11' type stores over there selling trays of robot made stuff that fuel cheap gatherings and drunken salaryman.

Still (from you furtehr posts) your drive to produce top notch sushi is admirable.

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Junkfood ?!!

Back in 60s, Dappman, we gaijin jūdoka would frequently repair to Shinjuku for a spot of jūenzushi (十円寿司) - the Japanese yen was still pegged (thank you, Douglas MacArthur !) at 360 to the USD, so a little money went a long way. OK, the sushi was more shari than fish, but we were hungry lads in those days, so the extra rice was welcome. When we were really hungry we went to Suidobashi to eat chankonabe (ちゃんこ鍋) with the rikishi。Junkfood ? No, no, the nectar of the gods....

Henri

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Re: @ jake posting 08:21 a.m. GMT

"Not been to Japan have you ?"

Many times.

"Sushi is primarilly cheap junk food."

McDonalds is cheap junk food, too. Doesn't make it worth eating. I had a Japanese Aunt ... She taught me how to prepare proper sushi and sashimi with the fish my Uncle & I caught in the Pacific, out of Noyo Harbo(u)r. Someday, I may learn to get it right. The Wife likes my cooking, that's really all I care about ... but I still work on improving it :-)

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Hipster

I liked Sushi before it became mainstream

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I like sushi because I catch it myself.

Fish dead over a couple hours is nauseating.

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Re: Hipster

You catch your own rice. Impressive.

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@AC 09:47 (was: Re: Hipster)

The vinigared rice is called "shari".

I don't catch it, I grow it. Including the wine I make the vinegar out of ...

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Re: @AC 09:47 (was: Hipster)

You grow your own wine? Impressive

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Re: @AC 09:47 (was: Hipster)

Not difficult to grow wine ... Fruit juice, warm spot, about a week. Prisoners call it "pruno".

The difficulty is in the details ... which most Consumers seem to miss :-)

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Re: Fish dead over a couple hours is nauseating.

Problem is, over here, far from the sea, the best you get is deep-frozen fish. Apart maybe from a very exclusive fish restaurant which had its fish flown in daily from the French Atlantic coast. If the plane was delayed, the guests had to wait.

(jake, someone in here seems to dislike you)

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Re: Fish dead over a couple hours is nauseating.

Several people don't like jake. He comes across as arrogant, holier-than-thou, and doesn't seem to listen or comprehend a lot of the replies to him.

It also doesn't help that he's frequently correct on unpopular stances. And he's unashamedly American.

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How to catch rice.

Use an exceedingly fine hook, and fresh anal threadworm portions as bait.

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@Evil Auditor (was: Re: Fish dead over a couple hours is nauseating.)

Thawed deep frozen fish isn't sushi, no matter how hard you squint at it. Grill it, instead. The heat will drive off some of the excess moisture that the ice-crystals bursting cell walls allows to escape. Not optimal, in my mind ... but passable, in a pinch, if the dude/tte running the freezing process knows what they are doing. (Kinda like IQF shrimp.) The cook needs to have a clue, too, of course.

Yes, I collect two or three "thumbs down" with most posts these days. It would seem I have a couple fanbois. I find it funny, in a sad kind of way.

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@AC12:12 (was: Re: Fish dead over a couple hours is nauseating.)

Not arrogant, nor holier than thou. Rather, self assured. Hard to convey in ASCII ... we're not all the Bard of Avon, you know :-)

I don't listen to posts, I read them ... And perhaps the comprehension is on the other end of the link.

Being frequently correct on unpopular stances would be a problem ... if, and only if, I gave a rats ass about thumbs down (or up, for that matter).

BTW, AC (if I may call you that), aren't you unashamedly ::insert your nationality here::? If not, why not? And why are you posting AC?

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@Oh4FS (was: Re: Hipster)

I was taught to catch rice in a canoe. Use the paddle to beat/harvest the grains into the floor of the vessel. Works a treat ... A slow process, perhaps, but any day on the water is better than a day at the office! :-)

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Bleh...

I'll still doing it myself, it's far funnier.

Especially when tutoring a young and attractive member of the opposite sex :)

Furthermore, "Itadakimasu" still makes sense in this context...

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Nauseating?

I read the last two words as "Gungan sushi". Now THAT would be nauseating...

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