A San Francisco based company called Momentum Machines has built a robot that could radically change the fast food industry and have some line cooks looking for new jobs.
The company’s robot can ‘slice toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before placing them onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible.” The robot is more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce a whopping 360 hamburgers per hour. That’s one burger every 10 seconds. The revolutionary Momentum Machines promises to automate the entire burger making process while adding customized options that aren’t currently available to fast food restaurants. Not only does their machine form and cook patties but it adds toppings, assembles burgers, and even bags it up for customers.
Moment Machines co-founder Alexandros Vardakostas said “the device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient, it’s meant to completely obviate them.” The marketing copy on the company’s website reads that their automaton “does everything employees can do, except better.” This robotic burger making machine is designed to do the work of three full-time kitchen staff. As an added bonus the company promises that their technology will allow for custom patties, composed of meat ground to order and combined in whatever combination the diner so desires.
Single item menus, zero line cooks, and almost no wait times, Momentum Machines’ proposed restaurant is entirely minimalist and tailored to improve upon the guests’ experiences. The machine takes up only 24 square feet, allowing for more spacious seating areas and hopefully more time spent improving the overall dining experience.