Burgers are big business. Americans eat nearly 50 billion a year. But they’re also a dangerous business. Few kitchen jobs lead to as many burns as burger flipping.
Now, CaliBurger is rolling out a robot flipper called Flippy in 50 of its restaurants in a bid to tackle the problem.
“That’s the dull, dirty and dangerous work around the grill, the fryer, and other prep work like chopping onions. The idea is to help restaurants improve food quality and safety without requiring a major kitchen redesign.”
As they were designing Flippy, each of Miso Robotics’ employees went to work as grill chefs in Caliburger, which co-founded the robotics firm.
If Flippy takes off, kitchen jobs could be the latest in a long line of roles set to be replaced by robots over coming years.
And Flippy isn’t the only robot looking for work in the hospitality industry. In January, Chinese firm Bubblelab revealed a robot barista.
These Are The Robots That Will Change Our Lives
Robots that can deliver other robots:Amazon/AP
Robots that could soon be saving lives:MARK RALSTON via Getty Images
Robots that can carry your stuff:MARK RALSTON via Getty Images
Robots that can kill:AFP via Getty Images
Robots that can race each other:YOSHIKAZU TSUNO via Getty Images
Robots that are toys:ASSOCIATED PRESS
Robots that will do your weekly shop: