At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Seattle startup Picnic introduced its pizza-making robot that’s intended to automate restaurant kitchens that … The company’s internet-connected device itself looks rather unassuming but packs a ton of technology inside. The company has brought its pizza-making robot to CES 2020 where they are actually putting it to good use by feeding attendees. And Domino’s is automating many of its processes, including a pilot for driverless pizza delivery last year and an experimental drone delivery system. The strength of Picnic’s pizza robot is the large volume of pies it can produce. Picnic’s automated pizza assembly robot interacts with technologies of artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and automation. 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The only thing more attention grabbing than the technology at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas might be the food that keeps attendees fueled at the massive conference. “This work is important because we’re supporting struggling restaurants who are looking for any advantage that will help them weather the storm of losing 60% of their sales,” CEO Clayton Wood wrote in a blog post earlier this year. A vision system is implemented in the robot to make adjustments if the position of the pie is not in the center. Teresa@fausticommunications.com, Picnic™ Announces Its Automated Pizza Assembly Robot Will Serve Attendees of the Consumer Electronics Show, January 7-10, 2020. GeekWire caught up with Wood in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, where Picnic was serving up pizzas to attendees. It is capable of producing up to 300 pizzas with a diameter of 30.5 cm per hour. She previously led R&D teams at Sargento Foods., Schwan’s Company, and Little Caesars Pizza. 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Meet Picnic: Automating Pizza Preparation for Speed, Accuracy Small footprint, automated system and robots-as-a-service business model aimed at retrofitting existing pizza restaurants. The pandemic has put attention on food automation as restaurants and food preparation companies navigate around new hygiene protocols. It is extremely flexible and painless to set up. The dough then moves on a conveyor belt as sauce, cheese, fresh-sliced pepperoni and other topping choices are automatically dropped. Picnic will deliver, install and maintain the system, and provide platform and software updates for a monthly fee with no money upfront. Picnic is a Seattle-based "innovator of food production technology and Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) solutions" that has teamed with live event … The company can also provide custom design software solutions for operators to integrate with existing point-of-sale and ordering systems. Restaurants, convenience and grocery stores, university and corporate campuses, casinos, hotels, cruise lines, sports venues, catering groups, healthcare cafeterias, small kiosks, ghost kitchen operators, mobile food operations, food trucks, delivery and military sites are among the many segments poised to benefit from the company’s automated food assembly platform integrating RaaS, software, cloud and deep learning technology. The pizza-making robot is really good at making the easiest part of the pizza. (AP Photo/John Locher) The Picnic platform is initially focused on the production of high-volume, customizable pizzas. Picnic's pizza-making robot makes a pizza at a food vendor's booth during the CES tech show, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Las Vegas. “Our continued relationship with Centerplate illustrates our ability to tailor our offerings to the specific needs of our partners and jointly transform the food experience for their consumers. A machine capable of churning out up to 300 pizzas an hour. It follows a $5 million seed round in November. Since the robot is modular, the number of ingredients can easily be customized by adding or taking out dispensers in the lineup. On opening morning of the massive Consumer Electronics Show, I was able to do just that, chowing down on a surprisingly delicious slice made by Picnic, the automated pizza assembly device. 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It also brought on former Orion-Land Mark Products executive Lamont Glendinning as vice president of sales. Centerplate will use and showcase Picnic’s robot, with capabilities of producing up to 300 12-inch customized pizzas an hour, on the CES show floor. Centerplate has already used Picnic’s pizza tech during a pilot program at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park last year. San Francisco-based Zume raised $445 million with backing from SoftBank to create a pizza robot system and other robotics infrastructure for restaurants, but the company pivoted away from automated cooking to food packaging earlier this year. by Taylor Soper on October 6, 2020 at 2:58 pmOctober 6, 2020 at 3:10 pm. “Bun, bowl, tortilla or plate – our automated assembly system is designed for and capable of improving the businesses of many food service segments,” added Wood. Meanwhile, Little Caesar’s has a patent for a pizza-making robot. Picnic, previously known as Otto Robotics and Vivid Robotics, is among a bevy of startups and larger industry giants trying to find ways to automate restaurant kitchens amid slim margins and labor shortages. In addition to today’s announcement, Centerplate is also using Picnic’s robot to provide all of the pizzas at Enchant® Christmas, the current winter wonderland holiday event, taking place at the stadium through December 29th. Unlike the pizza robots used by Zume and PAZZI, the Picnic robot has no articulating arms, but is a series of modular, customizable food dispensers. Picnic, the Seattle based pizza robot company, unveiled their second generation pizza robot this week. Seattle firm unveils robotic pizza maker that can make 300 pies in an hour -- and it can customize each one with different toppings. It’s safe to work around and only minimal training is required. There is a vision system that reads the size and shape of dough — which is formed by human hands — and can make adjustments if the pie is slightly off-center. Specific location details for Picnic’s robot and where to enjoy its pizza will be revealed at hellopicnic.com, prior to the start of CES 2020. Picnic Pizza is the family owned restaurant delivering wings, subs, Stromboli, and New York Style pizza to Chemung County. Watch out pizza makers, this robot may soon take your job. Capable of cranking out 180 18-inch or 300 12-inch pies an hour with just a single worker keeping ingredients stocked, Picnic's Pizza-Making Robot could be a godsend for short-staffed restaurants. A little over a month since the widely-acclaimed launch of its assembly-line robot, Picnic has now raised $5 million in additional seed funding. Picnic’s automaton is undeniably fun and impressive to watch. It helps to have a trusted advisor who understands the challenges and opportunities you face every day. Picnic es una 'start up' que ha creado un robot capaz de preparar 300 pizzas en una hora con solo un operario humano. Working at CES 2020 is not Picnic’s debut. Right now the robot makes pizza; Picnic is hoping to expand those abilities to include any number of other dishes. Robots are going to take over a lot of jobs in the future. White Castle is testing Flippy, a burger-grilling robot from Miso Robotics. A robot that bakes the well-loved meal was a big hit at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, wowing onlookers as it prepared 300 pies an hour. Let us know. Operators are struggling to keep up, Wood said. “Our initial pilot with Picnic was very positive and their differentiated capabilities are proving beneficial. But a system need not be artificially intelligent to be efficient and useful, and it’s easy to believe that Picnic is pointing the way toward the future. We look forward to introducing Picnic to the Las Vegas Convention Center in January and helping them scale their technology in an effective way.”. Seattle startup Picnic raised an additional $3 million from existing investors as it gears up for a commercial rollout of its pizza-making robot. (Photo by Kyu Han of Picnic). Restaurant owners pay a regular fee in return for the system and ongoing maintenance as well as software and hardware updates. Picnic Announces Its Automated Pizza Assembly Robot Will Serve Attendees of the Consumer Electronics Show, January 7-10, 2020 Picnic™ Raises An Additional $5 Million and Grows Leadership Team Picnic™ Unveils Industry-First Automated Pizza Assembly Platform Using Robotics-As-A-Service and Announces Event Hospitality and Restaurant Customers The new system, which you can see in action in the video below, is a fully customizable assembly line pizza topper machine that features four different modules: sauce, cheese, pepperoni and the “granular” module, which dispenses up to three pre-cut ingredients. It can prepare about 180 18-inch or 300 12-inch pizzas per hour. Founded in 2016 Vivid Robotics, Inc., (dba Picnic) (hellopicnic.com), has collected an experienced team of food and technology industry veterans to develop and provide specialized intelligent technology and exclusive solutions for the food service and hospitality industries. It uses computer vision and deep learning to ensure consistent output, and is modular in nature, letting the business add units/ingredients as needed. Wood, a former executive at Synapse and Planetary Power, said an automation company like Picnic isn’t taking away jobs. The system, which like the first gen robot utilizes a conveyor belt and automatic dispenser modules, has a few noticeable differences. Picnic's pizza robot system streamlines the tedious process of pouring sauce, spreading cheese, and arranging toppings on pizzas. “Picnic continues to experience increasing interest in our technology and solutions from large chains to ‘mom and pop’ storefronts, and emerging food service venues, such as virtual restaurants and ghost kitchens,” said Wood. Village Plaza: 607-796-2677; 2898 Westinghouse Rd Horseheads NY 14845; Big Flats: 607-562-7000; 84 Canal St #1 . Picnic is doing what it can to make its robotic pizza platform accessible, even to small businesses like Zaucer. Learn more about underwritten and sponsored content on GeekWire. Continuing their relationship with Centerplate, Picnic will now allow attendees of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (January 7-10, 2020) to enjoy pizza produced by its acclaimed robot that uses AI, cloud and automation technology. Seattle-based startup Picnic recently revealed a pizza-making robot that can produce 300 pies an hour with very little human intervention. With pizza, an empty crust (frozen or handmade) is loaded into the machine where computer vision determines what size it is. These days, a great idea doesn’t guarantee success. Seattle startup Picnic has emerged from stealth mode with a system that assembles custom pizzas with little human intervention. The answer is key for herd immunity, research finds, What you need to know about the newly detected, more contagious COVID-19 variant, Seattle startup Yesler raises $3.3M for its B2B lumber and building materials marketplace, Like what you're reading? GeekWire reports that the Seattle-based startup Picnic, which was previously known as Otto Robotics and Vivid Robotics, is one of the latest startups that has attempted to enter the food production automation industry. As soon as an order for pizza is placed, a digital queue is formed and the pizza maker robot starts the process when the dough is put in its place. He cited the food service industry labor shortage and also noted a rise in delivery and carry-out meals driven by online orders. "Nosotros no destruimos los empleos, eso … “By surviving through this, they’ll be in a position to re-hire lost workers and find their way in the new, forever-changed world of food service.”. Teresa Fausti https://www.geekwire.com/2020/pizza-making-robot-startup-picnic-raises-3m We just got a sneak peek with the Seattle startup — stay tuned for more! Companies interested in installing Picnic’s new platform in their food operations can contact the company by visiting hellopicnic.com, emailing info@hellopicnic.com or calling 206.717.3455. The pizza-spinning robot is even faster when it comes to 12-inch pizzas: It can roll out 300 an hour -- one every 12 seconds. Las Vegas Convention Center food service provider Centerplate, is impressing the expected 200,000 people flocking to CES 2020 this week with Seattle-based Picnic’s pizza-making robot. In July Picnic hired Cathryn Fritz-Jung as its chief food scientist. The compact, freestanding system integrates Picnic’s issued U.S. patent and other U.S. and international patent-pending modular, configurable equipment, with its software, cloud and deep learning technology. DaVinci Kitchen will soon debut an automated robot pasta kiosk. Vulcan Capital, Flying Fish Partners, Creative Ventures, Arnold Venture Group, and others put more money behind Picnic, known for its automated food preparation device that can churn out up to 300 12-inch customized pizzas per hour. Specific location details for Picnic’s robot and where to enjoy its pizza will be revealed at hellopicnic.com, prior to the start of CES 2020. Working with hospitality partner and Las Vegas Convention Center food service provider, Centerplate, Picnic will allow CES attendees, for the first time, to enjoy pizza produced by its acclaimed robot using AI, cloud and automation technology, Centerplate Executive Chef Taylor Park stands in front of Picnic's automated pizza assembly robot at T-Mobile Park, home of the Seattle Mariners. Centerplate, providing live event hospitality for more than 115 million guests each year at hundreds of prominent sports, entertainment and convention venues, revealed, in October 2019, that Picnic’s successful pilot was operating at their T-Mobile Park location, home of the Seattle Mariners. Picnic’s Pizza Robot is a modular system that can make 300 x 12″ pizzas every hour. According to GeekWire, "Picnic's platform assembles up to 300 12-inch pizzas per hour, far faster than most restaurants would be able to make the dough, bake and serve the pizzas. However, the company’s technology is applicable to other food categories. Employees can program the robot by simply using an app. Have a scoop that you'd like GeekWire to cover? Many U.S. and international food service providers are recognizing that Picnic’s platform offers unique capabilities to address common business-thwarting challenges and pain points. It looks good too, sleek and unindustrial. Centerplate executive chef Taylor Park stands in front of the robot pizza-making system in the kitchen at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park. Big Flats, NY 14814. Centerplate Executive Chef Taylor Park stands in front of Picnic's installed pizza-making system, in the kitchen at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park. With mobile integration and consistency, you can reduce wait times and serve your customers better. Another Seattle startup, Souszen, came out of stealth mode last year and revealed its plans to automate the commercial kitchen. Centerplate Executive Chef Taylor Park stands in front of Picnic’s pizza robot at T-Mobile Park, home of the Seattle Mariners. This is where robots can come in handy and the folks at Picnic are showing what the future of pizza-making could look like. @PicnicNews' pizza-making robot arrived at #ces and will start making pizzas for hungry attendees tomorrow. 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