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Innovación: Walmart tests ‘Flippy’ the robot cook to help out in its in-store delis

  • Walmart is testing ‘Flippy’ the robotic fry cook at its Arkansas headquarters

  • If the tests go smoothly, the retail giant could deploy Flippy at its in-store delis

  • Flippy would assist with frying potato wedges, chicken tenders and other foods

  • The autonomous kitchen assistant previously flipped burgers at a CaliBurger 

An autonomous, burger-flipping robot could soon greet you from behind the deli counter at Walmart.

That’s if the robotic kitchen assistant, named ‘Flippy,’ passes the test at Walmart’s Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters.

Depending on how it the trial goes, Flippy could be put to work at the retail giant’s delis, according to Yahoo Finance.

Flippy, created by robotics firm Miso Robotics, has experience in several other kitchens, including, most notably, a short stint flipping burgers at a CaliBurger restaurant in Pasadena.

The robot was later fired from the job after just one day, with CaliBurger said it was too slow to keep up with the crowds.

Now, Flippy is getting a second chance in front of the fryers at Walmart.

Flippy would most likely take over some menial tasks inside the deli.

The device works as an autonomous arm, with the ability to grill about 150 burgers per hour.

After just one day on the job, CaliBurger said Flippy was too slow to keep up with the crowds. Now, the robotic device is getting a second chance in front of the fryers at Walmart

At Walmart’s delis, Flippy would transfer chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks and potato wedges into the appropriate fryers, using visual recognition technology to make sure each food item goes into the right basket.

The arm then ‘agitates’ each basket to make sure it cooks evenly, according to Yahoo Finance.

Once the food is cooked, Flippy moves the basket to a drying rack, while a Walmart employee tests the temperature of the food.

The employee can then add seasoning to the food and move it to the display case at the deli for purchase.

At Walmart, Flippy would move chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks and potato wedges into the correct fryers, using visual recognition tech to make sure each item goes into the right basket

HOW DOES THE ‘FLIPPY’ BURGER BOT WORK?

Flippy is an artificial intelligence-driven robot that can flip burgers on a grill and then place them on a bung once they are done cooking.

It is designed with a 6-axis robotic arm and cameras and sensors to see its environment.

The robots arm is fitted with a spatula tool, allowing it to slide under the patty on the grill and flip it over.

Miso Robotics was approached by Walmart with the idea of bringing Flippy to its stores after successful trials at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium. There, Flippy fried 17,000lbs of fried foods

Flippy also alerts human workers when it is time to add the cheese or other toppings.

Its software lets it distinguish between different meats on the grill and when they are done cooking.

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