Flippy robot is back in action at the Caliburger restaurant with more accuracy. “Now he moves like a ninja and is more reliable,” says David Zito, the CEO of Miso Robotics, which created Flippy.
We’ve been trained since childhood that robotics was coming in the future and finally day has came. Miso had convinced Caliburger that a $100,000 robot could take the place of short order cooks, who often quit after just working a few weeks because it’s so hot in the kitchen.
There is no break time and customers could get their orders consistently with this automated flipping of burgers. Working side by side with humans it prepared the patties and assembled them after cooking into buns.
When Flippy landed, people were fascinated. Interest in the robot was so great. However Flippy couldn’t handle the demand, nor could it consistently put the burgers properly into the trays for the co-workers.
“We got a little ahead of ourselves,” says Zito, and “were overwhelmed by the response.” Training was an issue. Caliburger and Miso hadn’t taught enough staffers how to work with Flippy. Additionally, Flippy was having trouble with how it placed the finished burgers on the tray; it would miss the target. “Now he clears all mistakes,” says Zito.
Flippy began operating quietly at the beginning of May and has served every lunch, seven days a week since. From the hours of 11 AM to 12 PM, it averages 300 flipped burgers a day, Zito says. Caliburger is on track to launch 50 more Flippy robots at its chain by 2019, he says.
Theo O’Farrell was born and raised in Summerside. As a journalist Theo has contributed to CBC News Blog, The Calgary Herald and Buzz Feed. In regards to academics, Theo earned his sociology degree from Queens. Theor covers local news and culture stories here at Island Daily Tribune.