The Best Gift-Shop

GRILL Shop and GiftIdeas

By - ZsClarc

Flippy the burger-flipping robot is not off to great start

Flippy the burger-flipping robot is already on break one day after it started working at CaliBurger.

Flippy, a robot being developed by Miso Robotics, made its debut at a CaliBurger restaurant this week, where it was brought in to flip burgers and replace humen. After one day, it looks like CaliBurger has put the robot on unpaid leave while it figures out how best to project side-by-side with the job-stealing automaton, USA Today reported Friday.

When news got out that a CaliBurger location in Pasadena, California was utilizing Flippy for its burger-flipping process, people were naturally curious to see if it was up to the duty. Regrettably, that increased demand proved to be difficult to keep up with. Not for Flippy — for the humans working next to it.

Anthony Lomelino, the chief engineering policeman at Cali Group( parent company of CaliBurger ), told USA Today that although Flippy was living up to its promise of being able to cook 200 burgers per hour, the humans putting the raw patties on the grill and get the buns and accoutrements ready were not up to the task.

Flippy is pretty smart — it can sense where burger patties are on the grill and knows when to flip them for the perfect cook — but it can’t do everything. Flippy relies on people to place the patties on the grill, but it was necessary to placed with enough distance between them so Flippy doesn’t mess it all up. Humans also need to get buns ready for the cooked patties on a separate counter, or else Flippy won’t have anywhere to set the burgers.

CaliBurger isn’t giving up on Flippy though. To make it all work together, CaliBurger is going to invest some extra period developing its employees to work with Flippy, so in the meantime the robot is out of commission.

The reason CaliBurger isn’t giving up is because the company said it has a hard time retaining employees in the burger-flipping position. The turnover is difficult to stay on top of.

“We train them, they work on the grill, they realize it’s not fun … and so they leave and drive Ubers, ” Cali Group CEO John Miller told USA Today .

Although Flippy may be taking jobs from people, at least the person or persons around Flippy will be constructing more than minimum wage. While Pasadena’s minimum wage is currently $12 per hour( and scheduled to raise to $13.25 in July 2018 ), CaliBurger employees induce $13 to $14 per hour.

Cali Group did not respond to our request for comment.

Read more: https :// mashable.com/ 2018/03/ 10/ flippy-burger-robot /~ ATAGEND