'Flippy' the burger-flipping robot is taken offline after just one day

  • 'Flippy' the burger-flipping robot is taken offline after just one day

'Flippy' the burger-flipping robot is taken offline after just one day

Its human helpers are also getting extra training to help it keep up with demand at the restaurant.

Flippy, a robot produced by Miso Robotics, made its debut at a CaliBurger restaurant this week, where it was brought in to flip burgers and replace humans.

"We came out to CaliBurger Pasadena to see Flippy in action".

Its human assistants (sounds creepy, right?) are also in need of some training so they can work with Flippy, who can reportedly cook up to 2,000 patties in a single day.

Employees are being taught how to put burger patties together, season them and prepare them for the robot to grab them.

"Mostly it's the timing", Cali Group chief technology officer Anthony Lomelino, told USA Today.

'When you're in the back, working with people, you talk to each other'.

Flippy is pretty smart - it can sense where burger patties are on the grill and knows when to flip them for the flawless cook - but it can't do everything.

CaliBurger isn't giving up on Flippy though. With Flippy, you kind of need to work around his schedule.

'Choreographing movements of what you do, when and how you do it, ' he added.

But in a statement to the BBC Flippy's creator Miso Robotics said it was testing the robot's code to make sure it could cook quickly enough during peak times. "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.

But fortunately Flippy does require some human assistance in order to get started.

USA Today reported that the robot was still in place behind the grill at the burger joint but was switched off.

Cali said that it started to use the robot to get around the problems it has recruiting staff. Eventually it plans to install burger-flipping robots similar to Flippy in up to 50 of its restaurants, the report says.