Flippy – the robotic kitchen assistant – on its first shift
Miso Robotics (Pasadena-based company) are launching ‘robotic kitchen assistant’ called Flippy. Watch the video below of Flippy in action.
Miso Robotic lists Flippy’s features:
– Flippy cooks perfectly and consistently
– Automatic spatula and grill cleaning
– Monitors items on the grill
– Passed the OSHA safety
– Works collaboratively with kitchen staff
– Can cook 150-300 burger per hour (depending on the kitchen staff)
– Used in a commercial
– Cloud-based monitoring and learning
Talking to TechCrunch, David Zito (Miso Robotics CEO and co-founder) said ‘The idea is to help restaurants improve food quality and safety without requiring a major kitchen redesign.’
TechCrunch provides some contextual information about the company. CaliBurger – a fast-food restaurant known for their Californian style burgers – part funded Miso Robotics. As part of the agreement between Miso Robotics and CaliBurger, Miso Robotic employees worked in CaliBurger kitchens while they developed Flippy. Now that Flippy is going to market, CaliBurger have said that they will use Flippy in 50 of their restaurants.
Zito does acknowledge the concern that these kitchen assistant robots will take people’s jobs. Zito stated ‘Humans will always play a very critical role in the hospitality side of the business given the social aspects of food. We just don’t know what the new roles in the industry’.
In The Washington Post’s report, they highlight the benefits of having robotic chef. Some of the ways the Washing Post references include:
– Reducing the ‘high employee turnover rate’. According to their feature, the fast-food industry sees as much as ‘50 percent of staff’ leave a restaurant within a year.
– Reducing the industries recruiting and training spend each year
– Eliminate work-related industries such as, burns
Image Credits: Miso Robotics website