Ar­gen­tine crafts­man safe­guards tea tra­di­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

re­plen­ish his cup.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Yerba Mate, more than 250 mil­lion kilo­grams of the caf­feine-rich tea were sold last year.

More than 90 per­cent of Ar­gen­tine house­holds con­sume yerba mate, with an av­er­age per capita con­sump­tion of 100 liters a year, com­pared with 30 for wine and 18 for min­eral wa­ter, the INYM said.

Not sur­pris­ingly, whether at home or at work, you’ ll of­ten see a cup be­ing passed around among fam­ily, friends and co-work­ers.

“More than just a pretty ob­ject, the cup rep­re­sents get­ting to­gether,” said Vidal. “I try to make it beau­ti­ful, but not too beau­ti­ful, so peo­ple will use it and ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

“The cup is a piece that sells a lot. It is a tra­di­tion here in Ar­gentina, and it is a pretty thing — the com­bi­na­tion of the gourd and the metal.”

Peo­ple ... cap­ture the fish by re­motely op­er­at­ing the ro­bot.” Colin An­gle, ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of iRobot Corp

“We ba­si­cally drive the Guardian up to the fish, po­si­tion it be­tween two elec­trodes, ap­ply a cur­rent and stun the fish, knock­ing it out,” said An­gle.

“Then there is a motor at the back of the ro­bot which cre­ates a cur­rent into the ro­bot and it sucks that fish into the ro­bot.”

The de­vice is still in its early stages of devel­op­ment. Its first pro­to­type, which was un­veiled ear­lier this week, can cap­ture and hold about 10 fish be­fore resur­fac­ing.

An­gle said he in­tends to make the ro­bots af­ford­able enough to en­tice fish­er­man to buy the machines in hopes that they will hunt the in­va­sive species in greater num­bers.

He also wants to turn li­on­fish hunt­ing into an online sport.

“With ad­vances in wire­less tech­nol­ogy, we can ac­tu­ally have an app where peo­ple pay to go hunt li­on­fish and cap­ture the fish by re­motely op­er­at­ing the ro­bot,” he said, adding that, if ro­bots can catch li­on­fish, a new mar­ket in which chefs can turn an en­vi­ron­men­tal haz­ard into gourmet cui­sine might emerge.

SWEN PFOERTNER / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Work­ers at­tach books wrapped in plas­tic bags to a scaf­fold­ing in Kas­sel, Ger­many, on Thurs­day as part of a work en­ti­tled ‘The Parthenon of Books’ by Ar­gen­tine artist Marta Min­u­jín.

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