Flippy the Burger-Flipping Robot Is Manning the Grill in California

Marco Green
March 6, 2018

The aptly named Flippy, a burger-flipping robot, has officially made its debut at a Pasadena, California fast food restaurant, according to a press release. "The ease of integration into our existing kitchen lines will also allow us to quickly install Flippy in more locations nationwide". Miso was founded with a mission to leverage AI technology to help chefs cook food perfectly and consistently and enable restaurants to increase labor productivity, reduce costs and drive profitability while improving the overall dining experience.

Flippy is a brand new, burger flipping robot now cooking at a chain called CaliBurger, which serves up California style burgers and fries. "So anytime you go to a CaliBurger anywhere you know that the patty will be cooked exactly the same", said John Miller, CEO of Cali Group, the company that runs the chain. Flippy turns over burgers and removes them from the grill when its imaging and thermal sensing indicates the patties are ready.

The robot, which was developed by Miso Robotics, reportedly gets smarter with each burger it cooks.

Miso Robotics (misorobotics.com) is revolutionizing the restaurant and prepared food industries with innovative robotics and artificial intelligence AI solutions. Only once a human puts raw patties on the grill can it begin working.

"It detects the temperature of the patty, the size of the patty and the temperature of the grill surface", David Zito, CEO of Flippy's creator Miso Robotics, told that station. Once the meat is cooked, a human can add the toppings. "It's not a fun job - it's hot, it's greasy, it's dirty", said Miller. The robot also cuts down on the cost to train new workers - which is an issue considering the high turnaround of grill-manning employees.

"This technology is not about replacing jobs - we see Flippy as that third hand", said Zito.

Although Pasadena's Flippy is just getting started, CaliBurger was taking the robot for a spin several months ago, according to a previous report in Yahoo!

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