Hamburger flipping robot fired after two days at work as human staff could not keep up with it

Flippy in action. Photo credit: Supplied/Miso Robotics

"Flippy" the hamburger turning robot has been fired after only two days at a CaliBurger restaurant in Pasadena, California.

Built by Miso Robotics, Flippy was intended to work alongside humans, using a thermal camera, six axis arm and bolted on spatula to flip the burgers, Livescience reports.

But when it was unleashed in the restaurant on March 5 problems - or rather cooked burgers - began to build up.

According to the restaurant there simply weren't enough staff in the kitchen to "dress" the burgers with buns and lettuce as Flippy prepared them, leading to the unfortunate traffic jam.

Working with Flippy can be quite the dance as human staff need to plan their movements around the robot.

"When you're in the back, working with people, you talk to each other," CaliBurger's chief technology officer Anthony Lomelino told USA Today.

"With Flippy, you kind of need to work around his schedule. Choreographing the movements of what you do, when and how you do it."

The robot was quickly removed from his specially made "Flippy's corner" and has been temporarily retired.

The CaliBurger location he worked in still advertising him to customers, but his schedule has now been amended to say it is "to be announced".


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