Top Robots Working In Restaurants

Robots have seen a wide cluster and consistent applications in different businesses since their commencement. The worldwide application autonomy showcase is required to accomplish an estimation of USD 147.26 billion with a CAGR of 17.24% toward the finish of the forecasted period from 2017-2025. The following are some robots working in restaurants.


1. Zoom Pizza

Zoom Pizza

Zoom pizza was able to make pizzas with robots that were half the calories and half the fat of a regular pizza. They started baking her pizza when the pizza oven delivery truck was only four minutes away from your home providing you with a fresh out of the oven pizza when it arrived at your doorstep and if you walk into the spice restaurant in Boston, you will be served healthy dishes designed by a Michelin star chef in three minutes for seven dollars and fifty cents. This is done by using a robotic system made up of rotating walks. 

This article takes a look at the different ways robots are being used to cook our food for us from robotic arms that can flip burgers to vending machines that can make custom salad bowls that provide doctors and nurses with healthy meals during their shifts 24 hours a day. There is also the new concept of ghost kitchens and how in the future, robots could be cooking your food deliveries too. 

Julia Collins the co-creator of Zoom pizza. a company that made pizza-making robots said that using robots lowered their labor costs allowing them to invest those savings into using locally sourced responsibly farmed ingredients. The higher quality ingredients that Zoom Pizza used meant their pizzas were about half the calories and half the fat of the national average for a pizza and the labor costs were half the national average for pizza chains. But the human workers that did work at Zoom Pizza, all had full health benefits and were shareholders in the company. 

Human workers are still important in robotic kitchens. They are needed for different tasks such as preparing the food for when the robots and machines take over making sauces, making side dishes, and keeping things working smoothly. MIT researchers found that human and machine teams are more productive than teams of only humans or only machines.


2. Venture City

Venture City

High Venture Cities not only make it harder for people to start their own food businesses but also drives people to live further away from the cities making it more difficult to find workers. This all adds to prices people have to pay when buying meals. There are also have countries like Japan that have an aging and shrinking population. The average age in Japan is 46 years old. So there is a low number of unskilled workers making it expensive to hire people. 

In Japan, they need to have restaurants that can work efficiently with fewer humans. The benefit of having robots cooking is that you need less space which means paying less rent and the robots can take care of repetitive tasks while humans supervise and manage the machines. All of this allows more people to start food businesses and the money saved on rent and human workers can be invested back to create higher quality meals. A robotic kitchen also allows for customers to be able to customize their dishes and still get their food fast.


3. The Spyce Restaurant In Boston

The Spyce Restaurant In Boston

A restaurant that was started by four MIT engineering students. These students were water polo teammates who needed nutritious food on a student budget and they had little time to cook. Along with water polo, they were also obsessed with robotics. One of the founders who is the CEO used to work at SpaceX. These engineering and robotic minded students teamed up with Daniele Balu a Michelin star chef to start spyce. Spyce uses seven robotic walks that can serve 150 meals per hour. These robotic walks can cook customizable rice and grain bowls, curries, salads, stir-fries, pasta, and noodle bowls. 

There are many dishes we get like Korean, Thai, Indian, and other styles of dishes. A customer walks in and places an order on a touchscreen and they can customize their dish. The order then automatically engages the ingredient delivery system. Hoppers load the ingredients into the walks. The walks rotate cooking the food using induction heating. A technology invented by Nikola Tesla. The walk then tips the cooked food into a bowl. 

A human then garnishes the food and makes sure that it is presentable. Meanwhile, Jets are automatically spraying and sanitizing the walks making them ready for the next order. All of the meals were designed to work with the one cooking technique and it takes three minutes from placing your order to getting your dish. Each costing seven dollars and fifty cents.


4. The Creator Burger Restaurant In San Francisco

The Creator Burger Restaurant In San Francisco

This restaurant uses an assembly line approach to making burgers. Two fully automated machines that are each 14 feet long can make 240 burgers in an hour. Even a lot of the prep work is done by the machines from cutting the tomatoes for each order to grinding the meat and forming it into patties. There are 20 computers and 350 sensors that make this possible and when it comes to cooking the meat patties, there are 11 thermal sensors at work. Humans are still needed to do other prep work and also to make sauces and sides. 

The machines slice the burger buns and then butters and toast them. The sliced buns are then moved along a mechanical conveyor belt and fresh ingredients based on the order are then freshly cut and dropped onto the bun. The burger patties are chuck and brisket chunks that are grounded and cooked to order. The robot machines allow the creator to spend much more on premium ingredients. A burger at McDonald's in San Francisco can cost up to four to five dollars while the Creator burger costs six dollars. 


5. The Pasadena Outlet Of Cali Burger, California

The Pasadena Outlet Of Cali Burger, California

Another way of making burgers with robots is to use a robotic arm. This can be seen at the Pasadena outlet of Cali burger. They partnered with Miso Robotics to create the Flippy Robot. Flippy is an AI-driven robotic arm that works as a kitchen assistant. It uses 3D and thermal sensors and cameras. It knows when patties are placed on the grill by a human and will monitor each patty as they cook. 

Flippy will also switch utensils by itself using a separate spatula when it comes to flipping the burger on the raw meat side and another spatula for the cooked meat side and it can also clean the grill. This saves having a human employee be in front of a hot greasy grill all day or standing in front of a hot oil fryer. Since there is another version of Flippy that can manage fryers which can be seen working at the Los Angeles Dodger Stadium.


6. Amazon Alexa Enabled Devices

Amazon Alexa Enabled Devices

If you want a little robotic help at home, then look to the over 20,000 Amazon Alexa Enabled Devices. The Amazon microwave allows you to say how long you want it to cook for or ask it to stop without having to push any buttons. you can even ask it for more specific commands. Since there are pre-programmed presets. One can ask it microwave eight ounces of frozen vegetables or reheat one cup of coffee. These microwaves even have scanning software that allows you to scan the barcode of food packages with your phone and it will automatically set the time and power level to the instructions on the packaging. 

There are also voice-controlled coffee makers. so while you waking up in your bedroom you can instruct the bedroom speaker to start the coffee maker that is all the way downstairs or one can program the coffee maker to automatically brew coffee at a certain each morning.


7. Sally Vending Machine Created By Chowbotics

Sally Vending Machine Created By Chowbotics

When you are out of the house, another robotic food option is the Sally Vending Machine created by Chowbotics. Sally creates healthy bowls that you can customize. Letting you choose up to 8 ingredients for your salad grain or yogurt Bowl. They can be found in 70 locations worldwide including university campuses. They are also found in hospitals a place that is operating 24 hours a day. Sally lets doctors and nurses working day and night shifts. 

Along with visitors have healthy meals at any time. replacing junk food vending machines, each bowl is made in 90 seconds and the 22 ingredients are refrigerated and restocked each day. All of this fits into a 3 foot by 3-foot space and can serve meals 24-hours a day. 


8. Ghost Kitchens

Ghost Kitchens

Some restaurants do have a restaurant location that operates in a ghost kitchen in another part of the city. This lets them expand their delivery area without needing to open another restaurant space. Both delivery and Uber Eats have opened ghost kitchens in Paris. Ghost kitchens are also popping up in London Los Angeles and China and the former CEO of Uber Travis Kalanick started a kitchen company called Cloud Kitchens. 

The question then is when will these two worlds collide. Where robots end up being installed into these ghost kitchens maybe having one human prepping the ingredients while a robot machine does the cooking and assembling of the dishes working side-by-side. The meals then get picked up by a delivery person and make their way to the customer's door or maybe you won't even need the humans there by the robot side. Instead, a human can travel around the city to different ghost kitchens as the robot sent messages saying they need some assistance or more ingredients. So the robots keep on working and ask humans for help.


9. Working Of Zoom Pizza And The Dough Bot In Main Facility

Working Of Zoom Pizza And The Dough Bot In Main Facility

Robots made pizzas alongside humans. Delivery trucks were then loaded with racks of pizzas and ingredients. When an order was placed, a pizza would be loaded into the oven in the delivery truck and make its way to the customer's location. It won't start baking the pizza until it is four minutes away. So it is fresh out of the oven when it arrives. These pizza ovens on wheels eliminate the need for having expensive buildings all around town to make pizzas in and they allow you to deliver to people that are further away from your main location as each delivery truck is a pizza-making hub. 

Zooms stopped making pizzas in January 2020 and is refocusing on providing automated food production and mobile kitchen systems to other food companies along with sustainable packaging. The reason why zoom is focusing on automating delivery production is because of the huge rise in online food deliveries. These days most people have never set foot into the restaurant where they are getting their food delivered from and this has given birth to ghost kitchens also known as virtual kitchens. 

These are commercial kitchens that are set up just to make deliveries. There is no need for an expensive restaurant space where people sit down and eat when you can just make online deliveries. Some are operated like a co-working space.


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