Kitchen robot Flippy looks for world domination


Miso Robotics has revealed the global commercial availability of the Flippy Robot-on-a-Rail (ROAR) – an intelligent robotic assistant for the commercial kitchen.

Flippy ROAR is designed with advanced cooking capabilities to quickly learn menu items, which should allow operators to produce consistently cooked options.

As the restaurant industry looks to reopen and regrow in a post-pandemic world, Miso Robotics plans to offer financing options through TimePayments to enable foodservice providers to adopt automation technology. Miso Robotics intends to alter its robot-as-a-service model to include a cheaper upfront cost Flippy ROAR and a manageable monthly software fee for operators.

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Earlier this year, Miso unveiled a prototype enabling Flippy to glide across multiple workstations on a rail. The final design for global commercial availability mounts Flippy on an overhead rail (ROAR), keeping it out of the path of kitchen staff in an aim to increase safety and throughput by interacting with a food hopper capable of dispensing the required amount of food for preparation before moving to the cooking station.

New backend advancements to ChefUI, Miso Robotics’ proprietary software, should assist kitchen workers with operational interactions and workflows through a dashboard view of the web-based application displayed on a 15.6” touchscreen monitor mounted on the ROAR system.

Through the dashboard, employees can see the foods in line to be prepared next. Capable of identifying current temperatures, predicting time remaining to meet consistency, and alerting staff of unsafe internal cooking temperatures, ROAR features image processing and depth perception from Intel RealSense technology. Enabled by an Intel RealSense Depth Camera D415, ChefUI can identify food and temperatures, and learn and reclassify new foods introduced to Flippy. Staff can also opt to change cooking times and alter portion sizes for foods coming out of the hopper to map back to customer customisation requests.

Joel Hagberg, head of product management and marketing, Intel RealSense Group, said: “Intel RealSense technology is used to develop products that enrich people’s lives by enabling machines and devices to perceive the world in 3D. We are excited to be a part of the new Flippy ROAR design that delivers new automation and intelligence to the restaurant industry.”

Along with enhanced camera, thermal sensing and UI capabilities, Flippy ROAR makes new advances in machine learning to quickly adapt to new menu items – to include 19 food items to its frying abilities, and adding the Impossible Burger to Flippy ROAR’s grilling skillset. With a different patty make-up than the traditional burger, Impossible Burgers require special cooking care. The combination of advanced computer vision and deep learning software from Miso Robotics is said to be able to account for differences in texture and thickness of the Impossible Burger, in real-time, adjusting grilling technique as required.

Flippy ROAR has NSF International (NSF) certification. An independent, global public health organisation that certifies products to regulatory standards and protocols, NSF should ensure health and cleanliness standards are incorporated into new product designs.

Sara Risley, associate MD of food equipment at NSF International, said: “Certification to NSF/ANSI food equipment standards mean Flippy ROAR meets rigorous requirements for material safety, hygienic design and performance.

“The NSF mark signifies Miso Robotics’ commitment to health and safety – providing reassurance that the product can be easily cleaned to prevent foodborne illness and won’t leach harmful chemicals into food.”

Flippy ROAR gives operators a certified product to decrease human contact in the cooking process and recent partnerships with PopID and Pathspot are said to further bring less contamination and spread of viral infections to future kitchen environments. The unit is also designed to increase production speeds and address social distancing concerns in the kitchen.

Mike Bell, CEO of Miso Robotics, said: “We’re are incredibly excited to announce global commercial availability of Flippy ROAR. After we shared a sneak peek of the prototype in January, we’ve seen demand through the roof from operators, especially in light of Covid-19. Miso Robotics is confident that this demand will set us up for success and provide the automation the industry needs to not only recover but accelerate growth.”

Burger chain White Castle entered into a trial phase with Miso’s Flippy technology earlier this year. Read more below:

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Clare Nicholls

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