At a Caliburger restaurant in Pasadena, California, Miso Robotics and Cali Group have taken the wraps off Flippy, a “collaborative kitchen assistant” that uses computer vision and deep learning to take over the job of grilling burger patties and leaving the chef to do the less grease-spattery jobs of assembling the sandwiches.
Flippy is a low cost, stand-alone robot designed to be used in restaurant kitchens without the need for special modifications. Using computer vision and an adaptable deep learning system, it’s designed to handle the tedious job of watching and flipping burger patties.
Flippy can identify what is on the grill (including an intruding human hand), judge its degree of doneness, and transfer the burgers to the bun for a human chef to complete assembly. In addition, it can adapt to and avoid bumping into its human co-workers for greater safety.
Flippy’s maker, Miso Robotics, says the system continuously learns from its experiences to improve over time, similar to self-driving vehicle technology. Their proprietary AI software allows the kitchen assistants to be adaptable and therefore they can be trained to help with almost any dull, dirty or dangerous task in a commercial kitchen — whether it’s frying chicken, cutting vegetables, or final plating.
>> Read more by David Szondy, New Atlas, March 8, 2017