Grilling burgers may be fun on the Fourth of July, but less so if hot grease is your daily grind. Enter Miso Robotics. The southern California start-up has built a robotic “kitchen assistant” called Flippy to do the hot, greasy and repetitive work of a fry cook. Flippy employs machine learning and computer vision to identify patties on a grill, track them as they cook,

flip and then place them on a bun when they’re done. Miso is part of a budding kitchen automation industry. Its peers include Zume Pizza, Cafe X, Makr Shakr, Frobot and Sally, which are developing robots to help commercial kitchens churn out pizzas, lattes, cocktails, frozen yogurt, and salads. In a recent CNBC interview, Yum Brands CEO Greg Creed predicted robots would¬†replace fast food workers by the mid-2020s. It’s not as if workers love those jobs. READ MORE