Hamburger turning robotics company Miso introduces automated beverage dispenser – TechCrunch
How to track a burger turner robot? If you’re Miso Robotics (which you probably are, if you’ve created a robot that flips burgers) the answer is simple: drinks. The robotics startup continues to focus on the fast food industry with the planned launch of an automated beverage dispenser robot.
The system, which is created through a partnership with beverage dispenser manufacturer Lancer, brings an additional level of automation to your standard fast food fountain. It has a directly integrated point of sale system, which initiates the process of pouring, closing and advancing the drink. Beyond that, it is integrated with a larger sales system to ensure it receives orders correctly, between customers in person and delivery drivers.
Basically, it’s a much smarter version of the fountain that you come across in every fast food restaurant and movie theater. Understandably, the company says interest in the category has only grown due to labor shortages and a pandemic that has frozen much of the available workforce over the course of of the past year and a half.
“Lancer has a heritage of exceptional quality in the industry and shares our vision for beverage innovation and futuristic design,” said Jake Brewer, chief strategy officer for Miso, in a press release related to the news this morning. “Order fulfillment is a major factor in customer satisfaction and operators cannot afford to leave a drink behind when visiting a delivery driver or customer. We are extremely excited to create a product that will not only improve the lives of those who work in commercial kitchens, but be a game-changer for the industry as a whole by delivering a world-class customer experience.
Speaking of hitting while the iron is hot, the company is also taking the opportunity to announce a planned Series D, following on from a recently closed $ 25 million Series C.