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Flippy the burger flipping robot is on a break, already

10 March 2018

The artificial intelligence-driven robot is said to 'cook the flawless burger, every time.' Called Flippy, the machine is fitted with a 6-axis robotic arm, which it uses to flip burgers. "A bit disappointed that, despite all the recent news about this burger-flipping robot, it's just sitting here, not flipping", patron Tom Fassbender said on Facebook.

As well as upgrading it, CaliBurger says it will teach its human employees - who still need to actually take the customers' orders, prepare the patties and place them on the flattop, and serve the finished burgers - the best way to work alongside Flippy.

'With Flippy, you kind of need to work around his schedule'.

A burger-flipping robot called Flippy has been switched off after just one day on the job because it is has generated so much interested in its cooking that it is unable to keep up with demand, the BBC reports.

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Replacing a line cook's job with a robot could eliminate problems such as work-related injuries, including burns, which are sometimes improperly addressed (Some fast food workers, for example, have been told to treat their burns with condiments). "When you're in the back, working with people, you talk to each other".

It uses 3D and thermal scanners to monitor the raw patties, and once they're done, starts the burger assembly process for staff.

According to CaliBurger, general interest in Flippy brought far more customers and orders to the Pasadena outlet than the robot could handle. A sign in the restaurant says that Flippy will be back in action cooking "soon", but did not specify a precise date.

Despite the setback, Cali Group plans to install Flippys in "multiple" restaurants this year.

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'Choreographing movements of what you do, when and how you do it, ' he added. The robot is created to take burger orders through a digital ticketing system, then flips the burger patties and removes them from the grill.

Before Flippy begins flipping burgers, a human places raw meat patties on the grill.

The robot, or more specifically, a specialized industrial six-axis robotic arm bolted to the kitchen floor, was supposed to work lunchtime shifts at the global burger chain.

In July, Miso Robotics received $3.1 million (£2.3 million) in funding from strategic investors, including Acacia Research and Match Robotics VC.

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Flippy the burger flipping robot is on a break, already