A group of Google employees have applied for a patent that describes a process for splitting bill. This application might indicate the development of an app where (restaurant) bills can be divided easily and mobile payments are tracked automatically.
Is this the solution for 'Going Dutch' in restaurants, or just an unnecessary gadget?
The innovative 'Togo Burger' packaging is developed by the American student Seulbi Kim. In the package, you can put some fries, a burger and a drink, it is a lot smaller than a normal fast food packaging. The 'Togo Burger' is more durable and you can wear it in one hand. Unfortunately the Togo Burger is not yet for sale.
Love to bake, but want some variation? Use the Rollware, a set of laser cut dough rollers with different patterns. By rolling the Rollware over the (bread) dough, you will simply get an original patterns. The dough rollers are designed and developed by students at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.
The airline Virgin Australia has developed a new app that allows passengers to view movies and programs directly from their smartphone, laptop or tablet during a flight. Before the airplane leaves, passengers can download the app from iTunes or Google Play and get access for 300 hours movies and programs of Virgin Australia. At this moment the app is tested at 37 airplanes, both domestic and international flights.
McDonald's is testing a mobile order app. Customers can use the app to place an order and pay through their phone. The order can be picked up at the drive through or in the shop. The app provides special offers and a loyalty program. With the app McDonald's wants to offer more convenience to place an order. At this moment the application is tested in Salt Lake City.
Google has launched the latest version of the Android mobile operating system in collaboration with Nestlé, named the 'Android KitKat'. In 2009 Google started to give their new releases of mobile platforms names of sweet treats in alphabetical order. Like the 'Android Cupcake' in 2009 to the latest version 'Android Jelly Bean'. Recently they introduced the 'Android KitKat'. To celebrate the launch of the new 'Android KitKat' there will be a special KitKat bar in a Android package sold in 19 markets over the world. This package will bring the consumer to the android.com/kitkat website where they can win prizes. Watch the video about the Android KitKat here.
The 'Smart Lid' is a special disposable lid that indicates when a drink is too hot to drink. The Smart Lid slowly changes from a red color into a dark red color when the drink cools, so it is the right temperature to drink (under 48 Celsius degrees). The lid prevents people from burning their mouth and hands to the drink. Very useful for restaurants and cafés that sell take-away beverages.
Through Twitter Café Valentijn (Schiedam, The Netherlands) told us about their special beer tap of InBev. The beer tap has a built-in spray tap, so the glasses can be rinsed quickly and easily. Café Valentijn is one of the first in the Netherlands that will use this installation. We wish them a lot of fun and succes with the opening on September the 12th.
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.
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Hospitality game for Utrecht
Utrecht Tourism has developed an online game for the hospitality industry. Entrepreneurs can train their personnel more easily with this game and track their progress. Utrecht had an average score at the 'Most Hospitable City' research last year, with an 11th place from the 21 cities studied. Watch the video by Shapers for an impression.
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