An autonomous, burger-flipping robot could soon greet you from behind the deli counter at Walmart. That's if the robotic kitchen assistant, named'Flippy,' passes the test at Walmart's Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters. Depending on how it the trial goes, Flippy could be put to work at the retail giant's delis, according to Yahoo Finance. A robot could soon greet you from behind the deli counter at Walmart. That's if the robotic kitchen assistant, named'Flippy,' passes the test at Walmart's Arkansas headquarters Flippy, created by robotics firm Miso Robotics, has experience in several other kitchens, including, most notably, a short stint flipping burgers at a CaliBurger restaurant in Pasadena.
In a test kitchen in a corner building in downtown Pasadena, Flippy the robot grabbed a fryer basket full of chicken fingers, plunged it into hot oil -- its sensors told it exactly how hot -- then lifted, drained and dumped maximally tender tenders into a waiting hopper. A few feet away, another Flippy eyed a beef patty sizzling on a griddle. With its camera eyes feeding pixels to a machine vision brain, it waited until the beef hit the right shade of brown, then smoothly slipped its spatula hand under the burger and plopped it on a tray. The product of decades of research in robotics and machine learning, Flippy represents a synthesis of motors, sensors, chips and processing power that wasn't possible until recently. Now, Flippy's success -- and the success of the company that built it, Miso Robotics -- depends on simple math and a controversial hypothesis of how robots can transform the service economy.
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Flippy, the artificial intelligence-driven robot that can'cook the perfect burger every time,' has now replaced human workers in a CaliBurger restaurant in Pasedena. The California chain began testing the machine, which is fitted with a 6-axis robotic arm equipped with a spatula, earlier this year. Flippy uses its arm to flip burgers and place them on buns and could spell the beginning of the end for fast food chefs. Flippy, the artificial intelligence-driven robot that can'cook the perfect burger every time,' has now replaced human workers at a CaliBurger in Pasedena. Flippy is an artificial intelligence-driven robot that can flip burgers on a grill and then place them on a bung once they are done cooking.