The robot that flips burgers has begun work at a restaurant in Pasadena, Los Angeles. The robot is named Flippy. For the obvious reason that he “flips” burgers.
Flippy’s First Shift
Flippy started his first shift in Pasadena. This is the first of the dozens of locations for the system. This technology is said to replace human fast-food workers.
What is Flippy
Flippy is basically an arm with a spatula. Its primary function is to flip burger patties. According to sources, Flippy did its job well. But human workers can relax. Even a mechanical worker needs a time off.
Flippy was created by Miso Robotics. It made its debut at CaliBurger in Pasadena. According to Miso Robotics, Flippy did its job well. But he was overwhelmed by many. So its creator decided to let it take a few days break for some upgrades.
According to Miso, they need to perform test on the robot. This is to ensure that the location can fulfill a large number of orders.
Flippy’s Return To Work
Flippy will resume its burger duty next week. But his shift will only be for a limited time. That is 11 AM until 2 PM. This is just to cover the lunchtime shift.
More About Flippy
Flippy is more of an automation than a human replacement. It uses a machine vision to locate burgers on the grill and time how long they’ve been cooking. And flip them when needed.
Will It Replace Humans?
Flippy will not replace human workers totally. Flippy’s task is just to tend to the burger patties. Human workers will still have to put cheese, assemble orders and take customer’s orders.
Flippy is just basically a primary attraction just like those Chinese restaurants who use robot waiters.
Despite gimmicks, robots are finding their place to more occupations. CaliBurger is planning to use Flippy in 50 locations around the US. Miso Robotics is only one of a number of startups using the latest technology to automate the food industry.
Startup Momentum Machines has raised $18 million to take its burger robots into fast-food joints. Other companies are building machines that make pizzas and salads.
Ever Dreamed of Having a Self-flying Vehicle? Read on:
A self-flying air taxi lifts off in New Zealand. Google founder Larry Page funded a firm which unveiled an electric self-flying taxi. This air taxi can travel up to 180 km/h. It can go up to 100 kilometers on a single charge. It takes off and lands vertically.
Parent company Kitty Hawk said it operates using self-flying software combined with human oversight. According to Kitty Hawk it will soon be available to customers as a service “similar to an airline or rideshare”.
The program was developed in New Zealand because its government welcomed it for its environmental credentials.
Dr. Megan Woods, minister for research, science and innovation, said in the promotional video for the aircraft, that they are aiming for net zero emissions by 2050. And that includes mobility.
The firm said it is now working “constructively” with aviation regulatory authorities but said they cannot put a date on when they might start to work.
This aircraft is known as an eVTOL , which stands for electric Vertical Take Off and Landing. BBC said eVTOL has many varieties in development but CORA, as this particular eVTOL is called, is an interesting model.
“Vertical take-off and then changing to winged flight is quite a feat in engineering”, said Steve Wright, professor in aerospace engineering at the University of West England. According to hi they have been doing it for a long time but it is still very hard. “Doing it with batteries is even more impressive”, he said.
Battery tech though was holding back innovation. “For 150 years now, engineers have been spoiled by hydrocarbons – petrol and oil – because they stuffed a huge amount of energy into a small space”, Prof. Wright said.
Everybody would prefer a battery which could store 10 to 15 times as much charge. Cora has a fairly short range but there will be a market for it in the mega-cities of the future.
However the passenger drone concept has so far proved to be difficult to get off the ground in practice. A test flight by SureFly carrying people was cancelled due to light rain. In Dubai, they initially said that self-flying air taxis would commence in July 2017. But the company behind it, Velocopter, said that they hoped the air taxis would be operational within 5 years.
Introducing a new device for the fast paced technology. Almost everything is possible. It is amazing how people can think of and develop ideas on how to improve our lives and to make our day to day activities be done faster.
Technology is truly a big help to us on our household and on our jobs. Entertainment is also one aspect in our lives which is greatly affected by technology as companies come up with new and more challenging games for us.
Because of man’s unlimited imagination and intelligence, technology’s development and advancement is truly unstoppable. New inventions pop up like mushrooms these days.
Take the new device invented by Scott Alexander of Chicago, IL for example. He called this device the Cell Tablet. As the name suggest, this gadget is a two in one device. A tablet and a cellphone in one, this device functions as both. It has an expandable and retractable screen depending on the need of its user.
This product is presented as a handheld unit slightly bigger than a regular smartphone. It has two additional screens tucked one on top of the other under the main screen. The screen expands when used as a tablet and retracts when used as a smartphone. But if the user is using it as a tablet and the phone rings he can either retract the screen and answer the call or use a speaker to answer the call and still continue using it as a tablet.
According to its inventor, the smartphone and the tablet are two of the most popular consumer items.
This is the reason why he came up with the idea of incorporating the two gadgets into one device. This way, people will spend less if they buy the Cell Tablet than when the buy a smartphone and a tablet. This is the wonder of innovation. Thanks to people who find ways to make life easier through technology.
The Cell Tablet is Patent Pending.
The development of this product is being handled by Invents Company. Let us look forward to the coming of the Cell Tablet. And hopefully it will truly be an innovative success.