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Next-gen, Zero-footprint, Cost-efficient Robotic Kitchen

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In 2019, a company called Miso Robotics made its debut and extended contracts for a commercial kitchen robot called Flippy at Dodger Stadium, Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field and multiple CaliBurger locations across the U.S., serving up more than 15,000 burgers and more than 31,000 lbs of chicken tenders and tots. 

Engineers at Miso Robotics were listening to the market when they came up with the breakthrough prototype for the next generation of zero-footprint, cost-efficient robotic kitchen assistant solutions for evolving commercial kitchens. The product, called Miso Robot on a Rail (ROAR), is an upside down robotic rail intended to be installed under a standard kitchen hood and allows Flippy to move along a line of kitchen equipment, tucked away out of the path of busy cooks.

Miso Robotics anticipates ROAR will be commercially available by the end of 2020. The updates will ultimately allow Miso Robotics to create a zero-footprint product, lowering the cost of automated kitchen equipment and offering true end-to-end automated cooking services. Today, Miso Robotics is presenting an intermediate model with a floor-mounted rail. “It was incredible to see the efficiency with which the team adapted Flippy to a rail. In my mind, that validated the software platform approach we took in designing Flippy’s brain,” noted Dr. Ryan Sinnet, CTO of Miso Robotics.

While the next generation of the product has been taking shape, the team has continued to make breakthroughs in the artificial intelligence software that powers Flippy. This has resulted in software that has greatly expanded the food categories that Flippy can cook over a dozen types of fried food including chicken wings, onion rings, popcorn shrimp, sweet potato waffle fries, corn dogs and more.

Miso Robotics’ new prototype showcases the rapid development underway for 2020. Now everyday investors can capitalize on the opportunity of robotics in the kitchen with the recent launch of Miso Robotics’ new crowdfunding round. Learn more about investing in the future of kitchen automation by visiting Miso Robotics’ investment page on SeedInvest.

In 2020, the restaurant industry is expecting to see an influx of delivery orders and further investment in and development of “dark kitchens” – QSRs with no front-of-house, designed specifically for delivery-focused customers. The evolution of Flippy will help restaurant operators meet on-demand orders quickly and address high industry staffing turnover, while ensuring consistent food, optimized for freshness and taste. With ROAR, restaurants will be able to quickly adapt to the changing commercial kitchen model and focus on the needs of customers.  

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