Burger Flipping Robot Starts First Shift at California Restaurant

"Flippy" is now on active duty.

Flippy, a burger-flipping robot, has begun work at a restaurant in Pasadena, Los Angeles. It is the first of dozens of locations for the system, which is destined to replace human fast-food workers.

Flippy is being installed in 50 locations.

Each flippy costs $60,000 and costs $12,000 a year to operate. One Flippy can cook 12 burgers. A worker making $15 an hour, 40 hours a week, working 50 weeks a year would cost $31,200 plus benefits (assuming 2 weeks paid vacation).

But Flippy can work two shifts and it never gets sick. For it to be employed in 50 locations, someone must think Flippy is worth it.

There is another video in the first link.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (41)
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stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

No more undercooked or burnt burgers? No more patties picked up off the floor? Dang!

Latkes
Latkes

never gets sick

Robots do get sick. That's why you need spare parts. :)

klausmkl
klausmkl

those burgers were paper thin, like in n out. I will make my own

Mike Mish Shedlock
Mike Mish Shedlock

Editor

They look quite a bit like Steak & Shake Burgers - also very thin

If they were square, they would look like Wendy's

abend237-04
abend237-04

As the word gets around, expect local burger joint owners to begin lobbying for tariff protection...