Meet Flippy, The robot Hamburger Chef
After several months of testing, the burger-flipping robot Flippy has been given a full-time job at a CaliBurger restaurant in Pasadena. The California chain began testing the machine, which is fitted with a 6-axis robotic arm equipped with a spatula, earlier this year.
Starting today, the artificial intelligence-driven robot that can ‘cook the perfect burger every time’ has joined his human co-workers during the lunch shift. Flippy uses its arm to flip burgers and place them on buns and could spell the beginning of the end for fast food chefs.
Flippy is an artificial intelligence-driven robot that can flip burgers on a grill and then place them on a bung once they are done cooking.
It is designed with a 6-axis robotic arm and cameras and sensors to see its environment. The robots arm is fitted with a spatula tool, allowing it to slide under the patty on the grill and flip it over. Flippy also alerts human workers when it is time to add the cheese or other toppings. Its software lets it distinguish between different meats on the grill and when they are done cooking.
Flippy’s creators argue that the robot will bring some consistency to an industry that grapples with high turnover rates.
‘The kitchen of the future will always have people in it, but we see that kitchen as having people and robots,’ David Zito, CEO of Miso Robotics, told KTLA in Los Angeles.