Listen Now: Flippy: The Robotic Chef Disrupting the Restaurant Industry
Restaurants are adding robots to the roster, and they’re cooking up a good deal for employers.
Flippy is a cloud-connected mechanical arm with 3-D thermal scanners for eyes. It can flip burgers, fry eighty baskets of food an hour, monitor cooking food and clean up.
Right now Flippy is working nine-hour shifts at places such as Caliburger and Chick-n-Tots in Southern California. And the people behind Flippy know exactly what it needs to do.
The robot was created by Miso Robotics, part of the Cali Group, described as a technology company that happens to sell cheeseburgers. Cali creates new machines such as Flippy that it tests out in its restaurants across the world. And robots such as Flippy might be coming at the perfect time.
According to the skills agency people first, the restaurant industry is currently facing a major shortage of skilled chefs. Automated workers are designed to bridge that gap and make sure hungry customers are being served.
Flippy now joins a line of automation that includes customers ordering and paying at screens, but they’ll still need someone to complain to.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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