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· Score one for the humans! Burger-making robot 'Flippy' gets suspended from his job at a fast food chain after just a DAY for being too slow
· 'Flippy' the burger-flipping robot is taken offline after just one day
Score one for the humans! Burger-making robot 'Flippy' gets suspended from his job at a fast food chain after just a DAY for being too slow
A burger-flipping robot began working at a Pasadena CaliBurger this week
But after just one day, the restaurant switched Flippy offline at his grill station
They claim that Flippy caused so much buzz that he couldn't cook fast enough
A sign at the restaurant reads that Flippy will be 'cooking soon' at a 'TBA' date
By Annie Palmer For Dailymail.com (UK)
9 March 2018
It looks like robots won't be cooking our hamburgers anytime soon.
Flippy the burger-flipping robot has been fired from a CaliBurger restaurant in Pasadena after just one day on the job.
The robot attracted so much national interest that the CaliBurger was forced to take Flippy offline, as it was too slow to keep up with the crowds.
Now, a sign at the restaurant reads that Flippy will be 'cooking soon' and that his return date is 'TBA,' according to USA Today.
Flippy only started manning the grill at the CaliBurger restaurant this week.
Its creators, robotics firm Miso Robotics, had hoped to bring Flippy to 50 other CaliBurger locations across the U.S., including Seattle, Washington, DC and Annapolis, Maryland.
But it seems those plans for the artificial intelligence-driven robot will be put on hold for now.
Flippy has been switched off at the CaliBurger grill while its human helpers also receive a crash course in how to work efficiently alongside the robot, USA Today noted.
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,' Anthony Lomelino, chief technology officer for CaliBurger's parent company, Cali Group, told USA Today.
'When you're in the back, working with people, you talk to each other.'
'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.
Miso Robotics told BBC that it's testing the code that controls the robot to make sure that it can cook quickly enough to be able to fulfill orders during the restaurant's peak hours.
The firm had said previously that Flippy could cook as many as 2,000 burgers a day...
'Flippy' the burger-flipping robot is taken offline after just one day
By Alle McMahon, ABC News (Australia)
Mar 9, 2018
'Flippy' the burger-flipping robot has been taken offline after working just one day at a fast food restaurant in California.
Flippy was supposed to revolutionise the industry, but was overwhelmed after hungry fans flocked to the restaurant to get a glimpse of it in action.
"We came out to CaliBurger Pasadena to see Flippy in action. 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.
A sign placed in front of the robot didn't say when it would be back up and running, but according to Cali Group's chief technology officer Anthony Lomelino, it shouldn't be long.
He told USA Today that the problem actually rested with staff at the restaurant, who would need extra training to keep up with Flippy.
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.
According to Miso Robotics, Flippy can flip between 150 and 300 burgers every hour.
It uses 3D and thermal scanners to monitor the raw patties, and once they're done, starts the burger assembly process for staff.
Critics say the robot will put fast-food kitchen workers out of a job, but Miso Robotics' CEO David Zito says that's not the ultimate aim...