There is a new autonomous robotic kitchen assistant in action at the CaliBurger kitchen. Known as Flippy, the robot is set to make its debut flipping and assembling burger patties alongside staff at the Pasadena fast food chain.
In an effort to augment commercial kitchen operations with advanced technology, Miso Robotics developed a cloud-connected learning platform to power industrial robotic arms.
Miso AI combines 3D, thermal, and regular vision to detect when raw burgers are placed on the grill, then monitors each in real-time. The program displays cooking times and alerts workers when to dress a sandwich. It also enables Flippy to switch from a raw-meat-handling spatula to one specifically for cooked foods. Plus, Flippy can also clean up after itself, washing utensils and scraping the grill.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my incredibly talented team for their hard work in bringing Flippy to life and we are just getting started,” Miso Robotics CEO David Zito said in a statement.
“The deployment of Flippy in CaliBurger restaurants represents a major milestone in helping our staff produce mouthwatering burgers more consistently and in a timely manner,” John Miller, chairman of Cali Group, said. “The ease of integration into our existing kitchen lines will also allow us to quickly install Flippy in more locations nationwide.”
The best part about Flippy is that it will never show up late for work, call in sick, or require bathroom breaks; it can work the frier, plate food, and help with other unsavoury tasks.
“Our mission is to improve working conditions of chefs and line cooks with assistants, not replace them,” Zito promised. “Anyone who’s ever worked in a restaurant knows how hard the work is and the value of extra hands and that’s exactly what we built.”
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