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Sally, the salad making robot

A robotics company have introduced Sally, the salad-making robot.

Chowbotics Inc. have managed to secure $5 million in funding for Sally, a robot who can create more than 1,000 different types of salads from a series of ingredients placed in 20 food canisters.

Chowbotics CEO and founder Deepak Sekar said: "Back in the 60's you had computers the size of a room that were astronomically expensive. That was the main frame. Then you had the mini-computer which was more accessible for businesses in the 70s.

"It took another decade or so for the personal computer to come around. Right now, the food industry is facing a mini-computer phase where robots have come out of the factory and are going into commercial kitchens."

The robot can currently make the salad but it has to be delivered to diners by a real-life person. However, the team behind the clever robot are hoping it could be installed like a vending machine in places such as hospitals or airports, which operate 24 hours a day, so people could grab healthy food on the go.

The precision of this salad-making robot means the customer knows the exact amount of calories the dish has.

And the new injection of money will now be used to deliver robots, which could make burritos, tacos as well as breakfast.

Sally will now be shipped off to a number of restaurants - including California-based 'Mama Mia's and the cafeteria at H-E-B Grocery Co.'s offices in Texas - so it can be tested in a real-life kitchen.

It comes after a burger-flipping robot, named Flippy, completed its first day at a fast-food joint.

David Zito, chief executive officer of Miso Robotics, who created the robot, said: "Much like self-driving vehicles, our system continuously learns from its experiences to improve over time.

"Though we are starting with the relatively 'simple' task of cooking burgers, our proprietary AI software allows our kitchen assistants to be adaptable and therefore can be trained to help with almost any dull, dirty or dangerous task in a commercial kitchen - whether it's frying chicken, cutting vegetables or final plating."

Flippy spent the day at CaliBurger in California, where he cooked and flipped burgers all day with ease.

It works by using cameras and sensors to detect when the burger is cooked to perfection.

And Caliburger says the robot will bring benefits to their store, meaning the food will be made "faster, safer and with fewer errors."

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