Giant Retailer Walmart looking at Pasadena Company’s Robot Burger Cook

Published : Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 5:46 AM

Walmart, the U.S. retail giant, is now in the early stages of testing Flippy, the burger-flipping robot kitchen assistant that Miso Robotics and Caliburger unveiled in Pasadena early in 2017.

A Yahoo Finance report said Walmart has taken an interest in the robot and is testing it at their headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas to see if it could be fit to work alongside human staff at its in-store restaurants.

Testing is going on at Walmart’s Culinary Institute and Innovation Center, the report said.

Miso Robotics, a two-year-old Pasadena startup, first made Flippy for testing in Caliburger’s Pasadena franchise, located at 245 East Green Street.

In July, the automated kitchen assistant got an additional gig and started cooking fried chicken tenders and tater tots at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, working for vending food service company Levy Restaurants.

“Walmart saw what we were doing and said, ‘Could you bring Flippy from Dodgers Stadium to our Culinary Institute?’” Miso Robotics CEO David Zito told Yahoo Finance.

Like the earlier gigs, Flippy working at Walmart’s delis won’t be displacing human workers, Miso Robotics said.

“Our whole thing is not about job replacement,” Zito continued in the Yahoo Finance report.

Zito added the company’s goal is to “assist the hardworking linemen cooks and chefs in America,” allowing them to do more work while taking the burden off some of the more repetitive and mundane tasks.

Last year, Walmart started testing shelf-scanning robots that could humans stock their shelves, robot carts that help you shop, and self-driving floor scrubbers – robot janitors – in some of their stores.

Next year, 360 of these scrubbers will be working in Walmart stores nationwide, the retail chain said in a joint statement with Brain Corp., which makes Brain OS, the artificial intelligence platform that runs the machines.

In September, Miso Robotics said their cloud-connected Miso AI platform now enables the robotic kitchen assistants to perform frying and cooking tasks.

The kitchen assistant product line has also received full certification by NSF International (formerly the National Sanitation Foundation) for meeting sanitation standards for commercial kitchen equipment, the company said.

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