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Flippy the robot will be grilling and cooking burgers in Californian restaurants – and dozens more worldwide – within two years.

And the company behind the innovation, Miso Robotics, has received $3.1 million in funding to develop Flippy, the artificial intelligence-driven robot prepping to shake up the fast food industry. The investment was provided by a number of companies, including Acacia Research Corporation and Match Robotics VC.

“Acacia’s expertise in intellectual property and its leadership in the emerging AI space will help Miso achieve our vision of bringing innovative technology to the often-overlooked restaurant industry,” said David Zito, co-founder and CEO of Miso Robotics.

“Miso is transforming the restaurant industry and we will continue to grow our team of roboticists and AI experts, deepening our collaborative ties with the Caltech community and deliver our adaptable AI-solutions for our first restaurant customers.  We are excited about the impact Miso’s AI-based solutions will have for the restaurant industry.”

Flippy demonstrated his capabilities at a CaliBurger restaurants in California earlier this year and the AI robot will be rolled out at the beginning of 2018 before hitting 50 of the chains restaurants – across the world – by the end of 2019.