Sushi robots are slowly taking over the maki market. While traditionally a manual product, these robots are able to turn out 200 rolls an hour, helping to use more and make more. While the investment is high, it allows for a more sanitary environment to make these items. It is also cheap at $14,000 where a top notch chef can cost you 3 or 4 times that amount per year. Overall it is democratizing the sushi industry and bringing down costs to the market.
- Automation that helps workers by doing their low skilled work
- Machines that makes human workers more productive by letting them focus on higher skilled tasks
- Automation that frees up workers to do higher skilled work
“His most popular machines are an example of the kind of automation that can make life easier for workers—rolling out rice over sheets of nori is one of the most difficult, and tedious, parts of sushi making—rather than make them obsolete. Customization—inserting different kinds of filling—still requires humans.”