Thanks to this “food robot” designed by retired Beijing professor Liu Changfa, it seems entirely possible that one day I can have my Hot Pocket cooking ritual fully automated. Unfortunately, I would still have to push a few buttons with this one – users must program simple instructions into the robot’s computer before he begins to cook. Once the data has been entered, the robot will set to work preparing the meal, using his mechanical arm to help.
The good news is that critics have found that there are no distinct flavor differences between traditional meals and those created by the food robot. So, with any luck, a commercial version may not be that far off. — Sean Fallon