The TV series “The Jetsons,” about a space-age family featuring “Rosey the Robot,” gave us a preview of life with robots, kiosks and interactive television. In 1962, it was a fictitious cartoon; however, in 2018, many of the Jetsons’ conveniences are a reality.
Take fast-food restaurants, for example.
Faced with a growing shortage of workers and increased costs, some are turning to robots to flip hamburgers and clean grills — mundane, unpleasant and hard-to-fill jobs. Wendy’s installed self-cleaning ovens to eliminate the mess of cleaning grease off ovens and has new automatic dishwashers which wash bowls, spatulas and other food-preparing utensils.
In April, the U.S. Labor Department reported a record high 844,000 unfilled positions in the hospitality industry — which is one out of eight jobs available today.
CaliBurger LLC, a Seattle-based company formed in 2011, owns and operates fast-food businesses in North and South America, Asia and the Middle East. It combines payment kiosks and robots to offer sandwiches, cheeseburgers, hamburgers, fries and shakes.
The company teamed with Miso Robotics, Pasadena, Calif., to develop “Flippy,” the burger-cooking and grill-cleaning robot. If you remember the Jetsons, you remember Jane Jetson ordering custom meals for her family by punching buttons at a kitchen kiosk. Rosey the Robot prepared and delivered them in a matter of minutes.