Burger-flipping 'worker' goes offline after first day
PASADENA, CALIF. — Flippy, a burger-flipping robot, has been taken offline.
The spatula-fitted robot had been installed at a Cali Burger outlet in Pasadena, Calif., according to the BBC, but after just one day of work, it was turned off, apparently because the restaurant could not handle the extra orders that resulted with the new “worker.”
The robot’s creator, Miso Robotics, said it was testing the controls to ensure Flippy could cook quickly enough.
Cali staff were also being trained to work better with the robot, as they needed to “choreograph” their movements around its motions, according to Anthony Lomelino, head of technology at Cali Burger.
The restaurant chain originally “hired” Flippy to get around recruiting, training and turnover challenges, it said, and eventually hopes to install the robots at up to 50 outlets.