New technologies are dramatically changing many aspects of the food industry, perhaps most notably food preparation. Over the past few weeks it has been hard to miss the hype surrounding Flippy, the burger-flipping robot from Miso Robotics that recently made its debut working at a CaliBurger location in Pasadena, California. Flippy works as a grill cook on the line at the restaurant and is said to grill 150-300 burgers per hour, with the added benefit of consistency and, of course, not worrying about wages. Flippy learns about its surroundings and acquires new skills over time, using its safety sensors and 3D and thermal scanners to collaborate with the human staff and keep an eye on the grill.

According to Miso Robotics co-founder and CEO David Zito,

“The kitchen of the future will always have people in it, but we see that kitchen as having people and robots. This technology is not about replacing jobs – we see Flippy as that third hand.”

See Flippy in action: