Packaging tofu requires a gentle touch. You want to move the bricks quickly along the assembly line, but moving too quickly can cause the tofu to break.
So engineers at manufacturing company Lands Work created a robot to do the job. The ‘bot uses a camera to scan for the size and placement of soft tofu bricks, then carefully packages them at a rate of “only” 1,200 to 1,500 pieces per hour, the manufacturers say. Packaging a relatively firm slab of fried tofu can up that rate to 2,500 pieces per hour.
Next up: using the robot to (carefully but efficiently) package other foods like seafood, eggs, and meat.