Miso Robotics Developed AI-Based Robot to Work in California Restaurants

Burger flipping robot named Flippy, developed by Miso Robotics started working with humans at Caliburger in Pasadena, California.

Caliburger, fast food chain major announced in 2017, that it will be employing AI-based robot named Flippy who will be working along with humans in restaurant. Flippy has been practicing and learning at Caliburger’s Pasadena restaurant since September 2017. It is essentially a six-axis robotic arm with a spatula on the end. Robot flips the burger patties on the grill, remove them when they’re ready, and place them on buns, after which human worker will add the extras.

“This isn’t about replacing jobs. This is about a third hand in the kitchen,” said David Zito, the CEO of Miso Robotics, which created Flippy with the Cali Group, the owner of the Caliburger chain. Flippy can flip around 300 burgers per hour with each one cooked perfectly and consistently. It uses 3D, thermal, and regular cameras to monitor the burgers throughout the cooking process. Human co-workers can track the progress of each burger on display. The technology ensures that the robot switch from using a spatula for raw meat to one for cooked meat, a vital feature that no burger-flipping robot can be without if it’s to have a meaningful future in the fast food industry. Robot can clean spatulas while cooking and wipe the surface of the grill with a scraper.

David Zito, co-founder and chief executive officer of Miso Robotics, said the long-term aim is to “improve working conditions of chefs and line cooks with assistants, not replace them.” CaliBurger intends to install the robot in 50 more locations nationwide. The robotics project received US$ 10 million funding, taking Miso Robotics’ disclosed funding to US$ 14 million. The cash injection will also go toward developing new skills for Flippy so it can perform more functions in a fast food kitchen.

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