- Flippy is an AI robot that can grill burgers with astonishing efficiency
- It was created by Miso Robotics and is being used by CaliBurger
- Trained on data about kitchen equipment, grill temperature and object detection
Is AI going to take over the kitchen and displace a chef’s role?
In another incredible development, a robot called Flippy is being employed at CaliBurger, a restaurant in Pasadena, that can cook burgers at an ultra-efficient speed and quality. The reviews so far (of the food) have been overwhelmingly positive.
Using thermal vision, 3D and computer vision, and machine learning algorithms, Flippy was created by Miso Robotics and has been trained how to cook and handle the burgers. The deep learning model was built using data about kitchen equipment, the temperatures the grill can heat up to and what the ideal temperature is for cooking the burgers. When the kitchen works put the patties on the grill, Flippy is able to detect where they are.
The above burgers were all made by Flippy in a recent demonstration. The robot also manages to clean the spatula used for cooking and wipes the surface of the grill when a batch has been produced.
The end result? The burgers are never over or under-cooked. This not only maintains the consistency in each product, but improves the quality of the food and ramps up the efficiency of the restaurant.
Check out the below video for a demonstration by Flippy:
Our take on this
Thanks to machine learning and AI, we have been seeing changes in the food industry recently (case in point, Amazon’s Go store). Restaurant owners have long complained that it takes time and money to train chefs, so this will be a welcome addition to their armoury.
But will technology like this take over a chef’s job in the future? It’s tempting to answer yes at this moment, but the nuances of the culinary field are diverse so we will have to wait and watch.
What is your take on this? Do you think technology like this should be allowed? Let us know in the comments section below!
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