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You can now order Miso Robotics’ latest kitchen robot for $30,000

Miso Robotics today announced that its newest kitchen robot, Flippy Robot-on-a-Rail (ROAR), is now commercially available. The final design, which can cook up to 19 food items, mounts the robot on a recessed overhead rail to avoid interfering with human staff. On the backend, improvements to ChefUI, Miso’s software, aim to assist staff with workflows through a dashboard displayed on a 15.6-inch touchscreen mounted to the robot. An Intel depth sensor enables ChefUI to identify food and temperatures while learning to reclassify new foods introduced to ROAR.

ROAR costs around $30,000, but Miso plans to continue to price it down over the next year to $20,000 or less through a $1,000 monthly “robot-as-a-service” fee that includes regular updates and maintenance. ROAR can be purchased on a payment plan through TimePayments, and in the future, Miso says it will offer other financing options involving a lower upfront deployment fee and correspondingly higher software-as-a-service fee.

As declines in business resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic place strains on the hospitality segment, Miso believes that robots working alongside human workers can cut costs while improving efficiency — and overall safety. The company asserts its restaurant partners’ pilots to test ROAR create avenues for reducing human contact with food during the cooking process, ensuring consistency while freeing up human cooks to focus on less repetitive tasks.

Miso Robotics Flippy ROAR

Miso has long claimed that ROAR and its predecessor, Flippy, can boost productivity by working with humans as opposed to replacing them. ROAR can be installed under a standard kitchen hood or on the floor, allowing it to work two stations and interact with a cold storage hopper. It benefits from enhancements to ChefUI that expand the number of cookable food categories to chicken tenders, chicken wings, tater tots, french fries and waffle fries, cheese sticks, potato wedges, corn

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Two Toronto nursing homes are the hardest hit LTC facilities by COVID-19 in Ontario, according to latest report

Two nursing homes in Toronto appear to be among the hardest hit long-term-care facilities by a COVID-19 outbreak, in the latest numbers released by the province Saturday morning.

The 108-bed Fairview Nursing Home, near Dufferin Street and Dundas Street West, reported 42 residents and 12 staff members testing positive, making it Ontario’s largest active outbreak at an LTC home. Less than five deaths have been reported, although it’s not clear why there isn’t a more exact figure.

The 130-bed Vermont Square nursing home on Bathurst Street, north of Bloor Street West, reported an active outbreak with 35 confirmed cases — 25 residents and 10 staff. No deaths have been reported there.

The province has a total of 45 LTC homes with active coronavirus outbreaks, according to its latest data Saturday morning.

An active COVID-19 outbreak indicates that the home has at least one lab confirmed case of COVID-19 (in resident or staff) and the local public health unit or the home has declared an outbreak.

Other homes with major outbreaks in the province include the 242-bed Extendicare West End Villa in Ottawa with 18 residents infected, 19 deaths and 32 staff testing positive; the 60-bed Norwood Nursing Home in Toronto (12 infected residents; less than five deaths and six staff); and 200-bed Yee Hong Centre in Markham (seven residents, less than five deaths and less than five staff).

Akrit Michael

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Students Build Studio 804’s Latest House in Challenging Times

Many schools of architecture were shut down last spring because of Covid-19, but the Studio 804 program at the University of Kansas Department of Architecture is no ordinary architecture program. It does something very unusual for an architecture school: it actually teaches students how to build a sophisticated building from the ground up. “This includes everything from initial design including all systems, construction documents, estimates, working with zoning and code officials, site layout, placing concrete, framing, roofing, siding, setting solar panels, landscape and more — there isn’t anything we don’t do ourselves.”

 Studio 804

The houses are always interesting modern designs that cannot be too unconventional or expensive as they are then sold on the open market. The 2020 version is 1550 square feet, plus a 520 square foot accessory dwelling unit.

 Studio 804

The main house has the entry facing a living wall, a great room with kitchen to one side and two bedrooms to the other.

“The design was inspired by the Midwestern farmstead vernacular of the region. These timeless vernacular qualities house all the accommodations necessary for modern, sustainable living. A unique feature of this house is the Accessory Dwelling Unit permitted in the zoning district. It is a small separate residence on the same lot that can be used for income property or for extended family members. It also supports the city of Lawrence’s goals of increased density close to downtown rather than continued sprawl into the countryside.”

Given that Covid-19 has disrupted the construction industry as well as the school year, it’s impressive that Studio 804 was able to complete this project on schedule. Studio 804 founder Dan Rockhill tells Treehugger how they coped: “We had to isolate for two months, March April. All the students came back and actually graduated as we pushed hard

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Designer Scott Gillen’s Latest Home In The Malibu Series, Case No. 3, Hits Market For $75 Million

Malibu designer and builder magnate Scott Gillen is disrupting the real-estate industry one multimillion-dollar home at a time.

Gillen, a former stunt driver and commercial director, founded Unvarnished, a unique brokerage that conceptualizes, builds and lists homes. He personally directs, designs and develops each home and brings in Los Angeles’ top real-estate agents to close sales. Gillen has developed more than 30 homes for wealthy Los Angeles residents, yet it’s his most recent project, The Case, the most exclusive private residential development in the country, that is making headlines.

In 2017, Gillen purchased 24 acres of undeveloped, oceanfront land in Malibu for a record-breaking $50 million. He is transforming this land into The Case, a five-home private enclave that is a central part of his 15-home package of architecturally significant properties, called The Malibu Series, representing more than $500 million in real estate. Properties within The Malibu Series include: the New Castle, five Case Residences, Malibu Road Beach House, Paradise Cove House, Cliffside, Point Dume Compound, Serra Retreat, Carbon Canyon, and the Who Homes: Where, Why, What and Who. Homes range from $14 million to more than $100 million and are coveted for the seclusion and proximity to the ocean, as well as the world-class architectural design, the distinct mid-century modern-meets-contemporary vibe and integration into the natural landscape. 

Forbes has an exclusive look inside The Malibu Series’ newest listing, the $75 million Case No. 3 residence. Case No. 3 is one of five homes in the Case Residences, which are being built at once and set to be completed in 2021.

Case No. 3 is a mid-century modern, one-level property overlooking the

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4 of the Latest Designer Offerings in Kitchen & Bath

Discover kitchen & bath offerings from prestigious designers—including an outdoor soaking tub from Patricia Urquiola and trompe l’oeil sink fittings from Michael Anastassiades.


Designers: Christian and Michael Sieger for Duravit

Product: Happy D.2 Plus C-Bonded

Standout: Sieger Design’s Happy D.2 Plus series celebrates two decades with an evolution of its patented C-bonded process, which enables a near-seamless connection without protrusion or recess between the fixture’s ceramic basin and oak veneer vanity. 


Designers: Matt Berman and Andrew Kotchen for Kallista

Product: Argile

Standout: The Workshop/APD founding principals expand their product-design range from rugs to bath fixtures with the cast mineral-resin composite tub, its exterior haptic decorative relief inspired by wood cuts and carved clay. 


Designer: Patricia Urquiola
for Agape

Product: Vieques Outdoor

Standout: Originally created by the Interior Design Hall of Famer for 
the W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island, the Puerto Rico hotel she designed, the deep soaking tub is now obtainable in stainless steel for outdoor use, no travel required.


Designer: Michael Anastassiades
for Aboutwater by Boffi and Fantini

Product: AA/27

Standout: Trompe l’oeil appears in the lighting for which this industrial designer is known, and it’s present in his PVD-finished steel sink fittings: The spout doesn’t touch the surface it appears to be mounted upon, it’s instead connected to the handle.


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