You can now order Miso Robotics’ latest kitchen robot for $30,000

Miso Robotics today announced that its newest kitchen robot, Flippy Robot-on-a-Rail (ROAR), is now commercially available. The final design, which can cook up to 19 food items, mounts the robot on a recessed overhead rail to avoid interfering with human staff. On the backend, improvements to ChefUI, Miso’s software, aim to assist staff with workflows through a dashboard displayed on a 15.6-inch touchscreen mounted to the robot. An Intel depth sensor enables ChefUI to identify food and temperatures while learning to reclassify new foods introduced to ROAR.

ROAR costs around $30,000, but Miso plans to continue to price it down over the next year to $20,000 or less through a $1,000 monthly “robot-as-a-service” fee that includes regular updates and maintenance. ROAR can be purchased on a payment plan through TimePayments, and in the future, Miso says it will offer other financing options involving a lower upfront deployment fee and correspondingly higher software-as-a-service fee.

As declines in business resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic place strains on the hospitality segment, Miso believes that robots working alongside human workers can cut costs while improving efficiency — and overall safety. The company asserts its restaurant partners’ pilots to test ROAR create avenues for reducing human contact with food during the cooking process, ensuring consistency while freeing up human cooks to focus on less repetitive tasks.

Miso Robotics Flippy ROAR

Miso has long claimed that ROAR and its predecessor, Flippy, can boost productivity by working with humans as opposed to replacing them. ROAR can be installed under a standard kitchen hood or on the floor, allowing it to work two stations and interact with a cold storage hopper. It benefits from enhancements to ChefUI that expand the number of cookable food categories to chicken tenders, chicken wings, tater tots, french fries and waffle fries, cheese sticks, potato wedges, corn dogs, popcorn shrimp and chicken, onion rings, and more. Most recently, ROAR “learned” to cook Impossible Foods’ Impossible Burger, which Miso says requires special handling because of its texture and thickness.

“Additional new elements [in ROAR] … include an input zone that can receive manually loaded baskets and a safety shield that protects kitchen staff from hot fryers … Now we can really integrate not only with the POS system, but also all the delivery apps,” Miso president and chairman Buck Jordan told VentureBeat via email. “We have also added more cameras and sensors, to enhance our computer vision capabilities to drive more efficient operational workflows for operators. We can now track inventory, down to the chicken nugget, in the back of the house … And we have sped up the learning process for Flippy to scale menus — as quickly as 30 minutes in some cases.”

ROAR, which features a customizable LED panel that operators can use for branding, is able to prep hundreds of orders an hour thanks to a combination of cameras and safety scanners, procuring frozen food and cooking it without assistance from a human team member. It alerts nearby workers when orders are ready to

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Xiaomi Robot Vacuum vs 6 kitchen stains

A boy turns into a man (or an old man) when he gets excited about his first home appliance. So I did when I got my 1st hoover capable of cleaning pet’s hair. I didn’t have any pets at that time, but I had lightly coloured carpets and a brunette to go with it. Carpets are darker now, the brunette is my wife, and I have fewer reasons to be excited about vacuuming. Banggood hooked me up with Xiaomi STYJ02YM and my excitement is through the roof again as I get to move Xiaomi 1S vacuum (review) upstairs and make Xiaomi STYJ02YM vac and mop robot to relieve me of the cleaning duty entirely. What can I say, I’m a grumpy old man who gets excited about not having as many chores!

Coffee, tea, wine and more vs Xiaomi STYJ02YM

Xiaomi STYJ02YM is a clear step up to from the other model thanks to integrated mopping function. A perfect cleaning combination for anyone who has mixed floors in their household. I have wooden panels in the hall and kitchen, so an occasional mopping was needed from time to time to keep the environment spotless and the wife happy.

Soft carpets, hard floors a couple of difficult mats to get on top of to clean – that’s the battlefield the new toy has to face. In addition to this, I prepared a unique challenge 6 typical stains that one could find in my kitchen. To make it even harder, I decided to leave these out overnight so see how well Xiaomi STYJ02YM can mop. The stains are:

  • espresso coffee (you can top up my coffee jar here)
  • earl grey tea (yum!)
  • orange juice – gets sticky
  • soya sauce dark premium – the king of stains, makes premium stains)
  • fortified wine (I had 2014 malbec as well, but I can’t just open it for spillage!)
  • milk (full fat)

I don’t expect these to be cleaned entirely especially that stains were left overnight, but I would hope that Xiaomi STYJ02YM can handle freshly made stains without much hassle. The internet disagrees with the manufacturers in terms of adding the detergent to the water tank, so I will be running my mop with clean water only and watch the carnage unfold!

coffee tea orange milk wine soya
✅ – cleaned, 🆗 – small imperfections, ❌ – manual clean needed

With the exception of soya, which I knew it would be an issue, all fresh spills cleaned up nicely on the 1st pass without Y mode. Overnights (dried up stains) were harder to tackle with soya, wine and coffee visible. I suspect that coffee and wine would be removed completely with Y mode. Milk had invisible residue left on the surface. All dried up stains were moist enough to be wiped with a towel after 1st pass.

Before the second pass, I have

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