The economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused tens of thousands of eateries in the United States to close for good in the past seven months alone. However, Miso Robotics (the creators of Flippy, the robot chef) argue that returning American restaurants to financial stability will require an autonomous revolution. This is reported by Engadget.
Buck Jordan, founder and CEO of Miso Robotics, said in an interview with Engadget that the move from full-service catering to pure takeaway and delivery has left many restaurants “losing money and just trying to stay afloat.” It’s worth considering that when using delivery apps like UberEats, it cuts each order by more than 30%.
This is why the company announced on Tuesday that it is making the latest version of Flippy commercially available worldwide. This smarter, more capable and immune to airborne infection robot was announced today.
To begin with, the company optimized its ChefUI software to “help kitchen workers with responsive communication and workflow.” With this system, food service workers can not only see what orders are in the queue for cooking, but thanks to the integration of Intel RealSense cameras, they can also monitor the internal temperature of food, preventing undercooked food from entering the kitchen, and even adjust the queue so that orders are prepared in order and at the same time.
For example, Jordan notes that it only takes about 3 minutes to cook fries, compared to 10 minutes for a hamburger. So instead of leaving the fries under a heating lamp for 7 minutes before the burger is ready, Flippy will know to put the fries in the butter only 3 minutes before the hamburger is done cooking.
Today Flippy can prepare 19 different dishes – from corn dogs to tandoori chicken. However, the manufacturer promises to increase the robot’s skills when it can be trained, thanks to an advanced machine learning system developed by Miso.
To help at least partially reduce the risk of coronavirus infection while working side by side with other chefs, Flippy can be fitted with a glass partition. It will help isolate the robot from personnel breathing during the cooking process.
It’s worth noting that Flippy has also received NSF security certification.
Interested investors and restaurateurs can head to invest.misorobotics.com for more information on pricing and availability.