Flippy, a burger-flipping robot, has begun work at the Caliburger restaurant in Pasadena, Los Angeles. It is the first of dozens of locations for the system, which is destined to replace human fast-food workers. Built by Miso Robotics, Flippy uses thermal imaging, 3D and camera vision to sense when to flip – and when to remove.
The device also learns through artificial intelligence – basically, the more burgers that Flippy flips, the smarter it gets. Right now, cheese and toppings are added by a co-worker. [source]
According to a report by the McKinsey Global Institute last year, fast food was among the industries most vulnerable to automation.
via BBC News