Food & Drink (183)
The handy digital butler
Your Smart Butler allows you to order food and drinks at restaurants and hotels straight from and to your table without needing a waiter. Simply scan the QR code of your menu, log your order and everything will be sent directly to the establishment’s point of sale system.
Why it matters
This is a great example of how smartphones and technology can be used to make ordering easy and make service faster, but does it necessarily make it better? The service industry usually relies on people to be part of the experience, so can removing the middleman (the waiter) and replacing him with technology actually improve the service?
Simple Blood Alcohol Content is an application that helps drivers estimate their blood alcohol levels. The user needs to indicate their weight and how many drinks they’ve had. The app will then calculate an estimated value of blood alcohol content. The free application, promoted by Grant’s Whisky in Portugal, is available on the AppStore and is a huge success.
‘Food Design Probes’ is a research project by Philips. They have developed ideas based on predictions of how we will eat and source our food in 15 to 20 years. And in that vision, they created three concept products: the Nutrition Monitor, the Food Printer and the Biosphere Home Farm.