Miso Robotics, a California-based tech start-up, has created an incredible new robotic fry cook named Flippy, and experts believe it and other similar robots will soon take over many of America’s hot-and-greasy fast food jobs in the not-so-distant future.
Flippy can cook numerous burgers to perfection without any human assistance by using sensors and cameras to monitor food temperature, reported CNBC on Tuesday. It can even cook chicken and buns and melt cheese on top of a burger while it’s on the grill.
Flippy, which will be rolled out in CaliBurger chains in 2018, moves burgers directly from the grill to a nearby warm bun when the meat is fully cooked, and it then notifies a human in the kitchen to finish the burger off with toppings.
Miso Robotics’ “kitchen assistant” is part of a growing trend in the fast food industry, which is quickly embracing service models that utilize new technologies to save time and money.
Greg Creed, the CEO of Yum Brands, the owner of chains such as Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, told CNBC in an interview in March he believes robots and automated technology could become common in the fast food industry within the next decade. However, Creed doesn’t think restaurants will totally replace human workers with machines in the near future.
“We don’t make a lot of things until customers order,” Creed said. “I’m not sure we’re going to have robots replace people.”
Creed did say he believes many human jobs could be replaced by machines and artificial intelligence within the next 50 years.
“I think it’s gonna happen,” Creed said. “We’ll see a dramatic change in how machines run things.”
In February, The Blaze reported the massive fast food restaurant chain Wendy’s announced it will install self-service kiosks in more than 1,000 locations nationwide, a move designed to cut labor costs.
“[Wendy’s is] looking to improve their automation and their labor costs, and this is a good way to do it,” said Darren Tristano, vice president with Technomic, according to an Associated Press report. “They are also trying to enhance the customer experience. Younger customers prefer to use a kiosk.”