Burger-flipping robot takes break to get an upgrade

Published: March 09, 2018 19:35:29 | Updated: March 13, 2018 14:09:14

Flippy the burger-flipping robot that started work this week in a California restaurant has been forced to take a break because it was too slow.

The robot was installed at a Cali Burger outlet in Pasadena and replaced human cooks, reports BBC.

But after just one day at work the robot has been taken offline, so it can be upgraded to cook more quickly.

Its human helpers are also getting extra training to help it keep up with demand at the restaurant.

USA Today reported that the robot was still in place behind the grill at the burger joint but was switched off. A sign said the robot would be "cooking soon" but gave no date for when it would once again be flipping hamburger patties. 

The robot is believed to have been given time off because news about it spread widely, and led to more interest and orders than the restaurant could handle. 

In a statement Miso Robotics, which made Flippy, said it was testing the code that controls the robot to ensure that it can cook quickly enough to fulfill orders at peak times. Prior to starting work, Flippy was said to be capable of cooking up to 2,000 burgers a day.

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