KANSAS CITY, MO. – Remember the Jetsons, that futuristic nuclear family living life’s ups and downs in a high-rise apartment in Orbit City, Somewhere? That cartoon series debuted in 1962, but the action is set 100 years later in 2062 – a future rich in technological advances and innovations such as video calls, flat-screen TVs and delivery drones. Does all of that tech sound familiar?
The Jetsons also foreshadowed a number of innovations in automated technologies that we use today. Self-propelled vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers, machines that wash our dishes and clothes and cook our food at the press of a few buttons.
The development of automated solutions has taken on a new urgency because of the pandemic, especially in the foodservice segment. Tech companies are responding to the demand. Seattle-based Picnic, a developer of food production technology and Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) solutions, developed a modular assembly line with high-capacity sauce, topping and granular ingredient dispensers. Spanish company BR5 and Mimcook, which makes precision paella stoves, created a robotic arm and stove combo that can cook paella.
Leveraging the power of artificial intelligence, Pasadena, Calif.-based Miso Robotics develops technologies to help foodservice operators cook food consistently, improve working conditions in restaurant and commercial kitchens, reduce costs and drive profitability. Its signature product is Flippy, an autonomous kitchen assistant that caught the eye of White Castle Inc., an early adopter of the technology.
Miso Robotics has seen a significant uptick in inquiries about the company’s robotics and software, and in this episode of the MEAT+POULTRY Podcast, we spoke to Buck Jordan, co-founder, president and chairman of Miso Robotics to speak about the potential of automation to improve working conditions in commercial kitchens, food safety and the company’s most-recent innovations — ROAR, Robot-on-a-Rail technology, and CookRight, its standalone software as a service (SaaS) offering.