In the Yotel hotel in New York, the luggage of guests is stored in a special way. It is not the concierge at the hotel taking the luggage, but the robot arm 'Yobot'. Guests easily place their luggage in a bin and enter a pin number with their name. Yobot picks the luggage and stores it safely in one of the lockers. Guests will receive a receipt with a barcode that they can use to collect their luggage. An ingenious idea that gives more experience during a stay at the hotel. Watch the video of world's first luggage robot here.
Belgium, the country of French fries, is testing a fries vending machine. For a number of years we get croquettes, cheese soufflés and minced-meat hot dogs through a hole in the wall, so why not fries? The fries vending machine 'De Friethoek' from BreakTime Solutions offers fries for € 2,50. Within 90 seconds you will get fries with salt and mayonnaise or ketchup. A number of countries are already serving fries via vending machine, but Belgium claims to serve the best fries because of the use of special vegetable oil.
After the laying wine glass rEvolution of Martin Jakobsen, the designer developed a special glass for lemonade together with VINICE. The lemonade glass Halm literally puts every drink upside down. Fill the glass with lemonade, a cocktail or an other drink and put the white stopper on the glass. Then turn the glass upside down, shake and put a straw in the glass so you can enjoy your drink. Stylish, innovative and wasps don't have a chance! Watch the video about the Halm glass to see how it works.
In Japan a phone-holding camera stand is installed on tourist spots so tourists can take pictures of themselves without the help of others. The camera holder can rotate 360 degrees and is installed at the right height and distance to take a group photo. The stand is suitable for any smartphone and even tablets.
Briggo has developed a robotic coffee machine in conjunction with Yves Behar and Fuseproject. The coffee machine 'Briggo Coffee Haus' offers people the opportunity to order a coffee through a touch screen or via a smartphone app. The range consists of many types of coffee, even with coffee syrups. The app will remember your favorite coffees. The Briggo Coffee Machine offers a fast and easy way to order a coffee, without any hassle or wait. At this point the coffee machine is tested at the University of Texas and will soon be at Bergstrom airport Austin.
Google will deliver wireless networks at Starbucks in the next year. Starbucks is planning to upgrade Wi-Fi in more than 7,000 of its stores in the United States over the next year, starting with the locations where the use of Wi-Fi is highest. Google will provide Wi-Fi access, the internet will be ten times faster and more accessible. In addition to speeding up the Wi-Fi, Starbucks and Google will also work together to improve the Starbucks Digital Network, a page where users are directed when accessing Wi-Fi.
We all expect knives, forks and spoons in any kitchen, but what about hairdryers, drilling machines and paper shredders? At five restaurants in Chicago the chefs use power tools in the kitchen to prepare their meals. The cook at restaurant Primehouse uses a drill to drill off the ends of corn and makes cobs easier to hold. The cook at Bakersfield uses a paper shredder to cut tortillas into thin strips. Fun to see how to use these tools in the kitchen.
It sometimes happens that people steal a glass from the bar as a reminder of the night out. Cider-maker Kopparberg has developed a solution for this problem. They protected their new glasses with a security system with ink. When the 'thief is more than 100 meters away from the bar the ink will 'explode'. The goal is not to punish people but to dissuade them from stealing the glass.
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How will we order our pizza in the future? Perhaps by creating your own pizza through a touchscreen table. The Pizza Hut collaborated with Chaotic Moon Studios and they launched a movie about an interactive concept table that could be the future of the Pizza Hut ordering and dining process.
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