“Flippy” the Burger Making Robot to Replace Cooks at 50 California Restaurants in 2018

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Flippy is the brainchild of Miso Robotics, which will employ the robot at 50 CaliBurgers, a restaurant that makes ‘California style burgers’ in 14 countries

By Sage Lazzaro | Daily Mail

‘We are excited about the impact Miso’s AI-based solutions will have for the restaurant industry,’ Miso CEO David Zito told CBS about the new announcement.

‘Humans will always play a very critical role in the hospitality side of the business… We just don’t know what the new roles will be yet in the industry.’


He added that the robot will likely push workers out of their current jobs.

Flippy is the brainchild of Miso Robotics and can assist in the kitchen, flipping burgers and placing them on buns.

‘Flippy is an AI-powered robot that works in tandem with kitchen staff,’ Zito told DailyMail.com in March, when the company began testing the robot at a CaliBurger in Pasadena.

‘It functions as an assistant and intuitively knows when to flip burgers and then places them on buns when ready.

‘Flippy is the first in our series of adaptive robots that will create smarter, safer and more efficient commercial kitchens.’

It was originally expected that Flippy would be hired in the 50 CaliBurger locations for 2019, but a large round of funding made it possible to move up the start date.

In July, Miso Robotics – which was co-founded and funded by Cali Group – received $3.1 million in funding from strategic investors, including Acacia Research and Match Robotics VC.

Flippy is the brainchild of Miso Robotics, which will employ the robot at 50 CaliBurgers, a restaurant that makes 'California style burgers' in 14 countries

Flippy is the brainchild of Miso Robotics, which will employ the robot at 50 CaliBurgers, a restaurant that makes ‘California style burgers’ in 14 countries

‘While the biggest companies in the world are focused on using computer vision and artificial intelligence to drive cars and manage the home, Cali Group will facilitate and lead the adoption of these emerging technologies in the restaurant and retail industries,’ said John Miller, Chairman and CEO of Cali Group, at the time of the funding announcement.

According to the National Association of Restaurants, consumers are spending more on food outside the home than ever before.

Yet despite rapid growth, the restaurant industry is plagued with inefficiencies.

In 2016, turnover of restaurant workers reached an all-time high at 113 percent.

However, the integration of Miso Robotics into CaliBurger’s kitchens will allow the chain to redeploy some of its staff to the dining room to engage more with customers.

CaliBurger will also collaborate with Miso Robotics to retrain certain staff to operate Flippy.

It was originally expected that Flippy would be hired in the 50 CaliBurger locations for 2019, but a large round of funding made it possible to move up the start date

It was originally expected that Flippy would be hired in the 50 CaliBurger locations for 2019, but a large round of funding made it possible to move up the start date

Flippy  has sensors and cameras that it uses to see its environment ¿ it can also distinguish between different meats, buns and which patties are done cooking using its AI-powered software

Flippy has sensors and cameras that it uses to see its environment – it can also distinguish between different meats, buns and which patties are done cooking using its AI-powered software

‘The application of artificial intelligence to robotic systems that work next to our employees in CaliBurger restaurants will allow us to make food faster, safer and with fewer errors,’ said John Miller, Chairman of Cali Group.

‘Our investment in Miso Robotics is part of our broader vision for creating a unified operating system that will control all aspects of a restaurant from in-store interactive gaming entertainment to automated ordering and cooking processes, ‘intelligent’ food delivery and real-time detection of operating errors and pathogens.’

Although many may look at this burger flipping robot and question the security of their jobs, it is important to understand that Flippy is a ‘kitchen assistant’ – not a full-on robotic chef.

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