CHICAGO -- Unlike in the movies, real robots are more than willing to serve humanity. Here are some high-profile robots that have recently invaded the retail and foodservice industries.
2. Flippy the Burger Robot
Flippy, designed by Miso Robotics, is an AI-driven robot that works alongside kitchen staff to grill and flip burgers at a CaliBurger restaurant in Pasadena, Calif. Plans are to roll out Flippy to as many as 50 CaliBurger locations by the end of 2019.
Delivery company Zume Pizza developed Vincenzo, a robot that uses predictive analytics to prepare and fill racks with pizza. Drivers load the racks into their vehicles, which use patented Bake-on-the-Way technology to bake the pizza just ahead of reaching the destination.
Knightscope’s K5 robot patrols a Shell gas station forecourt in San Francisco. It tracks movement, reads license plates and detects unauthorized signals.