'Flippy' the burger-flipping robot is taken offline after just one day


He was supposed to revolutionize a California fast food kitchen, churning out 150 burgers per hour without requiring a paycheck or benefits. "A bit disappointed that, despite all the recent news about this burger-flipping robot, it's just sitting here, not flipping", patron Tom Fassbender said on Facebook.

In some ways, Flippy was a victim of his own success.

After word got out about a human-replacing robot that could grill as many as 2,000 burgers a day, demand from the public far exceeded expectations by the robot's creator, Miso Robotics.

It looks like robots won't be cooking our hamburgers anytime soon.

Anthony Lomelino, the Chief Technology Officer for Cali Group, was enlisted to get Flippy up and running, and is now training the store manager about the ins and outs of working with robots. "When you're in the back, working with people, you talk to each other".

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He told USA Today that the problem actually rested with staff at the restaurant, who would need extra training to keep up with Flippy. "Choreographing the movements of what you do, when and how you do it". Not for the robot, but for humans to work with Flippy. To start, the robotic arm will do that by flipping burger patties during lunchtime and removing them from the grill when they're cooked to order. It uses thermal and regular vision, as well as cameras, to detect when the raw meat is placed on the grill, then monitors each burger throughout its cooking process.

It has not been announced when the robot will be ready to work again but USA Today recently reported that it was still behind the grill but switched off.

Flippy the burger-flipping robot that started work this week in a California restaurant has been forced to take a break because it was too slow. Miso Robotics, the company that created the robot, said in a statement that it was testing the code that controls Flippy to make sure that it can cook at a faster pace during the busiest times.

Flippy's developers say it is created to operate in an existing commercial kitchen layout alongside other workers, to "safely and efficiently fulfill a variety of cooking tasks". After the six months, Flippy will sell for $60,000 to other fast-food vendors.

Despite the setback, Cali Group plans to install Flippys in "multiple" restaurants this year.