During your time in college, did you have a robot taking your payment, a robot handing you your cold brew, or a robot plating your breakfast sandwich? Well, the University of California’s flagship Berkeley campus is stepping up their game with their latest concept!
Created by San Francisco’s burger restaurant, Creator, brings UCSB the first fully automated food service concept. Bbox is a 200-square-foot-kiosk that serves pastries, fruits and veggies, and coffee from Semifreddi’s and Highwire Coffee Roasters.
UCSB students can order ahead via a mobile app and their items will be ready as soon as they arrive at the Bbox kiosk. Greg Becker and Scott Lessans, cofounders of Nourish Technology, envisioned technology to be a means to alter the way food is ordered, cooked, and consumed. This demand for a grab and go meal has many companies looking toward robotic investments of their own.
Bbox is the first system being introduced onto a college campus, but several brands have begun introducing their own technological advances like Caliburger. This Southern California food chain first introduced an AI-powered facial recognition software that allowed customers to pay for their meals with a glance into the camera. While in Brooklyn, Bigeye Sushi, introduced sushi robots which had the capacity of making 400 rolls per hour.
Visionary entrepreneurship and real-world demand is pushing the restaurant industry down the road of implementing high-tech systems into this quick-service pace. Together, the various benefits from this technology include quality control, a better value proposition, and more attentive service while simultaneously building a more sustainable business model!
Source: QSR Magazine