Back in 2017, Miso Robotics presented the world’s most popular cooking robot Flippy, a robotic arm capable of preparing hamburgers autonomously. Now, they have announced its newest product, the Miso Robot on a Rail (ROAR) – the next generation of zero-footprint, cost-efficient robotic kitchen assistant with expanded capabilities.
The robot arm has been redesigned to be installed under a standard kitchen hood and allows Flippy to move along a line of kitchen equipment, tucked away out of the path of busy cooks. The company is launching the robot chef at fast-food restaurants such as McDonald’s and Burger King. The new design aims to save space and increase efficiency.
The updated Miso Kitchen assistant will allow the company to create a zero-footprint product, lowering the cost of automated kitchen equipment and offering true end-to-end automated cooking services.
“It was incredible to see the efficiency with which the team adapted Flippy to a rail. In my mind, that validated the software platform approach we took in designing Flippy’s brain,” noted Dr. Ryan Sinnet, CTO of Miso Robotics.
The company aims to provide robots free of charge to restaurants and collect usage fees. Robotics, as a service model, is already popular in the logistics industry. Flippy’s new design is still a prototype at the moment, cooking fried chicken, onion rings, and fries in a test kitchen at Miso Robotic’s headquarters in Pasadena, California. Mr. Sinett said the robots will be certified and will be available in the second half of 2020.
“We’re excited to continue to develop the capabilities of Flippy and create even more value for our clients,” stated Buck Jordan, CEO of Miso Robotics. “By the end of the year, Flippy ROAR will give our customers the opportunity to own a zero-footprint, low-cost product as they adjust to a quickly changing industry.”
The company has already signed its first contract with Caliburger.