Four MIT Students Build Restaurant Staffed By Robots


Four MIT students build restaurant staffed by robots, according to a report published on May 4, 2018.

The restaurant called as Spyce is a fast casual restaurant in Boston that has a mecha-kitchen, where the healthy food is prepared by seven autonomous woks. By selecting one of the bowl-based meals shown in its menu through a touchscreen kiosk, the customers can easily give their order. When the order is placed, the sprouts, kale, beans, grains and other components of the meal according to the order will automatically drop into one of the drum-like machines to start cooking.

Magnetic induction is used by Spyce’s mecha-woks to heat the food and automatically rinse themselves after preparing every order. However, these robots are not capable of performing the actual food prep and making the meal bowl presentable. Therefore, the restaurant has employed human workers at a commissary kitchen, where ingredients are chopped and prepared and on site, there are two garnish employees to give the final touch. Although robots could eventually take all our jobs, the founders of the restaurant did not develop a machine that will put all the employees of the restaurant out of the work suddenly.

This restaurant is mainly for people who prefer kale, beans, and other such components. Otherwise, seeing the restaurant’s whirring and spinning robotic woks in action might be worth the visit. This restaurant has an open kitchen. Brady Knight, co-founder said, “It is fun to see what’s going on behind the scenes. We didn’t want to hide anything because we think what we made is pretty cool.”


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