Saturday, March 17, 2007
All About Tea Robots
TGS has featured several pieces about tea and robots thus far. I thought I might as well gather them all in one place. This is it.
Some of the earliest tea robots - which might not a totally accurate term, in this case - were the Japanese Karakuri. The Wikipedia entry for Karakuri describes them as "mechanized puppets or automata from Japan from the 18th century to 19th century."
From Karakuri.info, here's a more in-depth description of the Chahakobi Ningyo, or tea-serving doll, complete with photos and a schematic, of sorts.
From Anthrobot, here's a larger version of the schematic (or you can click the one at the previously mentioned page for a larger version). Which will be even more meaningful for those of you who can read Japanese.
At The Karakuri Corner, you can actually buy your own tea-serving doll. Look here, here and here for more details.
Or check out this Tea Server Robot Kit, from the Jameco Robot Store. They also sell an assembled version.
Here's a link with more information about Karakuri and an account of a visit to a Karakuri craftsman.
Here's an account of a Chinese farmer who's been forced to sell of some of his homemade robots, including at least one that makes or serves tea. Read it here or here.
From CNN, here's a report about a clever humanoid robot developed at the University of Tokyo that can serve tea, among other things. Do you have enough faith in technology to feel comfortable with one of these critters running around the place, brandishing a container of boiling hot water? Not sure if I do.
To the best of my knowledge, there's no such thing as a tea-tasting robot. However, the New Scientist has a report here on one that can "taste" wine. We have the technology...
Image: Jameco Robot Store
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