Posted 6 months ago on Sept. 2, 2013, 2:39 a.m. EST by mariaclarke1994
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The Yaskawa robot would conceivably have a lot of difficulty as a line cook. Komiyaji said it took engineers two weeks to teach the machine how to go through the motions for the pancake exhibit, and even then it could only do four variations on a dish. A design document from Yaskawa states the robot has only limited ability to deviate from pre-set instructions, which could be a problem if consumers want extra ketchup or no onions on their burgers. The document also states the machine cannot lift more than 45 pounds. A crucial component of the device can't operate if ambient humidity exceeds 90 percent, an impossible standard for a commercial kitchen. The robot also costs $10,000, is bolted to the floor and requires monitoring by an operator to avoid overheating, Komiyaji said.