Pasadena-Based Restaurant Robotics Company Gets $3.1 Million Capital Investment

Published : Thursday, July 6, 2017 | 8:45 PM

Acacia Research Corp. has infused a $3.1 million investment in Pasadena-based Miso Robotics Inc. and signed an intellectual property agreement with the company to develop and market its robotic kitchen assistant, dubbed ‘Flippy,’ for restaurant clients, the Orange County Business Journal reported on Thursday, July 6.

Other investors in the deal included Match Robotics VC LLC in Santa Monica, and other investors. Meanwhile, Newport Beach-based Acacia licenses patents for companies, the Orange County Business Journal added.

Privately-held, Miso Robotics was founded in July, 2016 by Rob Anderson, Ryan Sinnet and David Zito as a robotic kitchen assistant developer. The company is focused on using artificial intelligence (AI) and automation to solve the high pain points in restaurants and food preparation.

According to its website, Miso Robotics is revolutionizing the restaurant and prepared food industries with innovative robotics and AI solutions.

Miso’s “Flippy” employs machine learning and computer vision to identify patties on a grill, track them as they cook, flip and then place them on a bun when they’re done.

In an interview with CNBC, Miso Robotics CEO David Zito said rather than build a robot from the ground up, Miso integrates the best of available components on the market, including robotic arms, sensors and cameras. It also develops proprietary control software to enable the robots to work as cooking assistants in complex environments right alongside humans.

“We take into account all of our customers’ needs for everything from food safety to maximum uptime,” he said.

“Today our software allows robots to work at a grill, doing some of the nasty and dangerous work that people don’t want to do all day. But these systems can be adapted so that robots can work, say, standing in front of a fryer or chopping onions,” Zito added.

Miso was founded with a mission to leverage AI technology to help chefs cook food perfectly and consistently and enable restaurants to increase labor productivity, reduce costs and drive profitability while improving the overall dining experience. Miso employs a respected team of roboticists, engineers and industrial designers from Caltech, Cornell, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Art Center and UNC Chapel Hill.
















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