Monday, September 18, 2006

Man or Machine–The Days of Wine and Robots?

RoboGeek-w.jpgResearchers in the Far East have invented a robot that can check the chemical composition of wine and advise its owner of the best vino for their palate. The robot, devised by NEC System Technologies and Mie University, works by pointing an infrared sensor at the tip of its left arm at a bottle. When it has identified the grape, the robot comments on the taste - for instance stating whether the chardonnay is buttery or the shiraz full-bodied.

The machine can perform the same task for food, assessing the saltiness of cheese or distinguishing between bitter and sweet apples. But it is the electro-mechanical sommelier's wine-tasting prowess that has most excited its creators.

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