There are perfect robots to turn burgers off the grill and they can help you cook faster. Miso Robotics sells its burger robot, the perfect cook for the Covid-19 period.
The Flippy robot assistant has just become available on the market for $ 30,000. Flippy is attached to a rail under the kitchen hood to move back and forth while equipping the grill and fryer.
“After launching the prototype in January, we saw growing demand from operators, especially in light of Covid-19,” Mike Bell, CEO of Miso Robotics, said in a press release.
During the pandemic, fast food employees became essential workers, and labor issues, such as lack of time and low wages, were brought to the forefront. Food processors like Flippy could keep fast food restaurants competitive, despite “lower consumption margins and new health and safety issues,” says Miso.
Here’s how Flippy works
Miso first introduced Flippy in 2018, as the world’s first burger robot.
The first version of Flippy was able to detect when the burgers were placed on the grill and can monitor them to cook to order. He also cleaned the spatulas and scraped the grill between burgers.
Later that year, Flippy also gained the ability to work as a frying assistant, piloted at Dodger Stadium.
In January 2020, Miso announced an updated Flippy that works while attached to a rail.
The design was created to help busy cooks in a fast-service kitchen, installed under a kitchen hood to move along the equipment, while staying away from staff.
By 2020, Flippy had contracts with Dodger Stadium, Chase Field and several CaliBurger locations. In July, the White Castle burger chain announced a partnership with Flippy.
The Flippy robot is the safest solution, now in a pandemic
In the midst of a pandemic, implementing Flippy is a way to reduce human contact with food before it is served and at the same time reduce the transmission of the virus.
For added food safety, Miso has teamed up with Pathspot Technologies, which can scan employees’ hands after washing to make sure they are safe to handle.
Advances in the development of the Flippy robot and its AI technology have made it work better with human personnel, while taking over some of the most dangerous jobs, such as frying.
ChefUI, Miso’s proprietary software, can identify food types and temperatures and learn new foods.
A robot monitor tells staff what orders to follow, and staff can adjust cooking times for custom orders.