Pizza Hut table lets you touch-screen your toppings

If a Pizza Hut concept table actually gets made, restaurant-goers would be able to design their pies by touch.

Pizza Hut table concept
You can pick your friends. You can pick your toppings. But you can't pick your friend's toppings. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Touch-screen tables already exist. Pizza Hut restaurants already exist. Put the two together and you end up with a touch-screen table concept for ordering pizzas using your fingers.

The concept video was developed in conjunction with design agency Chaotic Moon Studios. It demonstrates how an interactive touch-screen table could be used to choose every little detail of your pizza order, from the size of the pie to how the toppings are distributed. It also shows customers using the table to pay with a mobile wallet on an iPhone and playing games while waiting for the order to come.

The interactive table idea isn't far-fetched at all. The technology to make it happen is already available. If this were to be rolled out, however, it would require a pretty hefty investment for the hardware, which would need to be rugged enough to stand up to countless greasy fingerprints, soda spills, and other abuse.

If Pizza Hut really wants to advance this concept, the company should look into building a prototype table with smell technology, so you could get an odiferous preview of your future dinner. One thing is for certain, the table looks like a lot more fun than a boring old paper menu.

About the author

Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.


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