Parents of teen slackers might no longer be able to threaten them with a job flipping burgers, as soon that may be a career for robots—one California burger restaurant has hired a machine named Flippy to cook its meat.
CaliBurger in Pasadena has a robotic arm doing the flipping in its kitchen, after a human employee first places raw patties onto the hot grill in front of it, according to a report from KTLA. Flippy turns over burgers and removes them from the grill when its imaging and thermal sensing indicates the patties are ready. And it learns how to be a better cook over time through artificial intelligence.
“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. “The kitchen of the future will always have people in it, but we see that kitchen as having people and robots.”
Miso Robotics clocks in Flippy at between “150 and 300 burgers per hour, depending on the kitchen staff.”
Humans still put the cheese and other toppings onto the burger, but adding a robot to flip the burgers makes the kitchen safer and cuts out human error.
“The key to success in the restaurant industry is consistency,” John Miller, the CEO of CaliBurger’s parent company Cali Group, told KTLA. “So anytime you go to a CaliBurger anywhere you know that the patty will be cooked exactly the same.”
In the U.S., the burger chain has several other locations along the coasts, including in Seattle and Maryland. Those places may soon have their own Flippys.
CaliBurger also has spots overseas in China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries.
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! Finance.
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