Burger Flipping Robot Starts Work, Put On Break After Two Days Because 'Humans Can't Keep Up'

March 13, 2018


Flippy, an industrial robotic arm capable of grilling and flipping up to 2,000 burgers a day (previously discussed HERE complete with video demonstration) began work at a Pasadena, California based Cali Burger restaurant, only to be put on indefinite leave two days later because his human coworkers couldn't keep up with his breakneck burger producing speed. Plus I heard he tried to grill one of their hands after-hours.

While Flippy held up its end of the deal, the restaurant is short of humans to prepare the patties for the grill and then pile on the lettuce and other fixins', said Anthony Lomelino, chief technology officer for Cali Group. For now, there's no robot for those tasks.

The robotic arms of "Flippy's Kitchen" is still on static display at Caliburger. The stage where patrons would normally line up for a peek was dark when USA TODAY visited Thursday, and there was little sign that Flippy would be coming back, but just when was "TBA" -- or to be announced. The restaurant was operating without the robot using its regular, human-run kitchen.

Wow, so you paid $100,000 for a robot that only worked two days. That's a solid investment. Maybe not as solid an investment as paying $4,000 for the contents of a storage unit somebody stopped paying their rent on, but let's just say I'll never have to go a day without another stained mattress my entire life.

Thanks to K Diddie, who agrees you ain't shit unless till you can flip a burger over your shoulder and catch it on a paper plate behind your back.

  • Scott Campbell
  • shashi

    but if they do get rid of all humans, how will they maintain the level of faecal content we expect in fast food?

  • TwiZtedS

    As someone who does robotics and automation for a living. I have the feeling the reason they pulled the plug was probably because it would have been too slow.
    I say that because technically with these industrial robots, they require substantial hard guarding to keep people out. Or at least safety light curtains or laser scanners, to where if anyone enters the robots zone, it either shuts down, or reduces speed. There are however collaborative industrial robots now which don't require all of the guarding, and can be placed in proximity of people. But in these instances, the robot is limited to a speed of 250mm [9.8"] per second. A typical person moves at an average rate of 500mm/sec. At that speed, that is why I could see that possibly being an issue with it trying to keep up with the demand. I'm just going off of what I see in the above picture and the lack of safety guarding (hard or laser) which is why I'm assuming they had it as collaborative...

  • Weird - I read that it was turned off after one day because it wasn't fast enough.

  • GeneralDisorder

    BBC has been a bit less reliable than some of its counterparts but even so they don't just make up stuff... Wait... hang on... https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...

    Alright, so I went looking for other sources and found an even split between it being fired for being too slow and too fast. Maybe it was both since Flippy's restaurant had 50 locations with these creepy bastard grillmasters.

  • Auntie is far more reliable then most other sources.

  • SmokeThatSkinWagon

    That IS weird...

  • Doog

    How does stopping it from doing it's job because it's doing it to well make any sense? Can the arm not be made to slow down? Is it just a 1-setting Maximum Burger Overdrive Output Machine?

  • GeneralDisorder

    No good deed goes unpunished.

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  • Forblat

    Should read "Put on break because it can't actually prepare burgers, is just an overpriced spatula"

  • GeneralDisorder

    They really didn't go as far with this as they could have. They put a robot on the grill and literally did nothing else. Regardless whether it was too fast or too slow (which, I've found a mix of both of those stories) they could have gone with two or three robot arms and could have spent the time and effort to train it to make reliably consistent burgers and ultimately only need a human to keep the ingredients stocked. Or... they could have had one robot arm with multiple attachments and have it build entire sandwiches.

    Using it just for cooking... kinda stupid.

  • TheQiwiMan

    #FightFor15 is progressing beautifully..

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