CaliBurger has decided to try out a robotic burger flipper. Flippy The Burger-Flipping Robot Just Destroyed The Case For Minimum-Wage Hikes. This arm can detect when the burger is adequately cooked, flip, adequately cooked again and place them on buns without human intervention. It still needs a human to put the meat on the grill. The Robot with a price tag of $60k and a $12k/year service/maintenance contract will enable stores who can afford the up front costs to save almost $8k/year in labor costs, even at the minimum wage level. When you factor in the California minimum wage of $13.25/hour coming in a couple months, that's under half the cost of having a human do it. AND, as more manufacturers develop and refine technologies such as these, the prices will get cheaper. I just got to use a McDonald's sales kiosk yesterday, it's okay, took a little longer than with a human, I was able to get what I wanted, without worrying about something being lost in translation or the order taker not listening/caring. I guess you could say it eliminated an error-inducing link for the order.