If Cali Group has its way, the phrase, "The Robots are Coming," will not only be the headline for Caliburger founder John Miller's upcoming discussion on restaurant robotics at this year's Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit in London July 18 -20, but it also describes a growing food service industry trend.
Cali Group's, Miso Robotics, this week secured $3.1 million in funding to bring Flippy, its burger-flipping robotic kitchen assistant, to the rest of the restaurant industry. The substantial investment is the combined effort of Acacia Research Corporation, Match Robotics VC, and a number of undisclosed strategic investors, who have faith that the mechanical kitchen assistant will soon prove a popular way to improve restaurant operational efficiency with Flippy work alongside humans.
Flippy enters the kitchen officially in early 2018, at Caliburger in L.A., with plans for its robotic "clones" to move into more than 50 additional CaliBurger restaurants worldwide by the end of 2019.
"Miso is transforming the restaurant industry and we will continue to grow our team of roboticists and AI experts, deepening our collaborative ties with the Caltech community and deliver our adaptable AI-solutions for our first restaurant customers," said Miso co-founder and CEO David Zito. "We are excited about the impact Miso's AI-based solutions will have for the restaurant industry."
Miso has also finalized an IP services agreement with Acacia Research to drive more AI-based solutions for the entire restaurant industry. The robotics concern recently debuted the restaurant industry artificial intelligence solution which follows similar AI deployment for auto operation, as well as home and business management.
"We're impressed with Miso' s talented team of industry veterans and their category-leading AI technology that makes them well positioned to take advantage of the considerable market opportunity in the restaurant industry," Acacia Research President Rob Stewart said in the new release.
Register here to hear Miller speak at the Summit in London about Filppy and the future of robotics in the kitchen.