PASADENA, Calif. — Flippy, the burger-flipping robot that threatens to supplant short-order cooks, has taken its first extended break.
But the burger maker isn't blaming balky robotics for the snafu. Rather, it says humans -- or in this case, not enough of them -- are at fault.
After word got out about a human-replacing robot that could grill as many as 2,000 burgers a day, the Cali Group, which operates the Cali Burger chain says it was swamped with more interest, both from curious diners and potential robot buyers, than it could handle.
When news coverage about Flippy went viral, the Cali Group said it realized it needed to spend more time on training humans to keep up.
While Flippy held up its end of the deal, the restaurant is short of humans to prepare the patties for the grill and then pile on the lettuce and other fixins', said Anthony Lomelino, chief technology officer for Cali Group. For now, there's no robot for those tasks.
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