The future of fast food automation comes ever-closer to reality today, as news is out that Flippy, the burger-loving robot worker attracting national attention, is heading to Dodger Stadium. According to USA Today, Flippy will start up in August, frying chicken tenders and making tater tots.
For those unfamiliar, Flippy is an automated robot made up primarily of a multi-functional arm that’s capable of flipping burgers at a pretty incredible sustained rate. The Pasadena-based Miso Robotics company built Flippy to maximize production in the fast food sector, and has been testing out its viability in the kitchen of local burger restaurant CaliBurger. After a few initial tweaks the robot has been flipping like mad, turning out reportedly thousands of burgers with complete success.
Now Flippy is heading up to Dodger Stadium to try to revolutionize the stadium dining industry. Sports and live events are notoriously hard on even the most seasoned operators (the Dodgers use Chicago-based concessions company Levy), as natural breaks in the show often lead to tens of thousands of people wanting food all at once, making timing and precision a key factor.
There’s no mention of just how long Flippy will stay at Dodger Stadium, but regardless the new digs are certain to present a lot of data for the viability of the robot in a high-intensity environment. Fast food workers and advocates also argue that the robot is a first step in ultimately creating fully automated kitchens, enhancing profits for corporations while gutting a fast food labor force of millions.