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Burger chain recruits ‘Flippy’ the robot


Flippy the robot will be grilling and cooking burgers at CaliBurger restaurants across the globe within two years.

Designed to work alongside kitchen staff, Flippy was unveiled this week by Miso Robotics and Cali Group at a CaliBurger in Pasadena, California. An artificial intelligence-driven robot, it will initially be rolled out early next year and to more than 50 of its restaurants worldwide by the end of 2019.

“Much like self-driving vehicles, our system continuously learns from its experiences to improve over time,” said David Zito, CEO of Miso Robotics. “Though we are starting with the relatively ‘simple’ task of cooking burgers, our proprietary AI software allows our kitchen assistants to be adaptable and therefore can be trained to help with almost any dull, dirty or dangerous task in a commercial kitchen — whether it’s frying chicken, cutting vegetables or final plating.”

Miso Robotics is pioneering the use of computer vision and deep learning software to bring low- cost, adaptable robotics into restaurants. The company’s collaborative kitchen assistant handles the hazardous, tedious and time-sensitive aspects of grilling and cooks burgers to perfection every time. It easily integrates into CaliBurger’s current kitchen layout without needing to reconfigure existing equipment.

“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.”

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