Product Hunt Daily Digest
August 19th, 2018

RIP McDonalds. Robot hamburgers are here πŸ”
ROBOT HAMBURGERs
Robot hamburgers have arrived, and they're delicious. πŸ€–πŸ˜‹

We stopped by the brand-new Creator restaurant in San Francisco, home of the (almost!) completely automated hamburger-making robot.

Tomatoes, pickles, onions, cheese, and sauces are all stacked above a conveyor built. Toppings are sliced and immediately dropped onto brioche buns. Ketchup, mustard, mayo – drizzled down to the millileter. Shredded cheese is shared and heated in a rotating drum as the patties are cooked at the end of the conveyor belt. The patties are grilled to optimal medium-rare perfection tracked by 11 different sensors.

Needless to say, it was delicious and only $5.50.
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The best part: you can watch your burger travel down the conveyor belt. It's like a massive Rube Goldberg machine.

Of course companies like Creator make people nervous. Will robots take our jobs (this site will let you know if your job is safe)? Some think so. Others see companies like Creator in service of human labor, empowering people rather than replacing them. Creator has 20+ employees for the 40-seat restaurant, helping feed the burger-making machine and interact with customers.

Creator isn't the only robot-powered culinary establishment. Cafe X just raised a $9.4M Series AΒ led by Jason Calacanis and Craft Ventures to build and operates robot baristas all around San Francisco.
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Our vision of a full robot kitchen is far, farrrr away. In the meantime, here's your glimpse into the future of food. πŸ”
HIGHLIGHT
Why is giving someone a piece of a dead tree still the most efficient way of exchanging contact information? 🌳

We're not sure either. HiHello just launched to make business cards obsolete, from the same team that built and sold CardMunch to LinkedIn back in 2011.