6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Tech Culture: Planet CNET: Touch me to order

About Video Transcript

Tech Culture: Planet CNET: Touch me to order

2:44 /

CNET UK's Rory Reid visits a London restaurant where the tabletops are interactive.

>> Maury: Hi I'm Maury Reed [assumed spelling] I'm at Intermol [assumed spelling] in London's [inaudible] Street where I hear there's something funny on the menu or is the menu on something funny? So what makes this place unique is the interactive touch-sensitive ordering system on each table, now above each one you'll find a projector which throws and image down onto the table and at the bottom right hand corner is a mouse track-pad. The track-pad controls a cursor which diners can use to cycle through the interactive menu, there's are the obvious options including food and drink but Intermol recommends you set the mood first. The ambiance menu lets you choose from dozens of images and patterns with which to customize your virtual tablecloth. If you and your date can't agree on the theme then how about the extra's menu here you can blow each other up in two-player games, argue about which local bars or clubs to visit or order a taxi all at the click of a finger. If things are going well and you decide to stick around then it's only polite to order some food, again, this is done through the interactive menu system which lets you browse images of the starters, main dishes, side orders, plus wines and cocktails. Once you've chosen something, for example a sashimi salad then you can do something that many restaurants really wouldn't approve of, back in the extra's menu you can actually view a live webcam of what's going on in the kitchen. Speaking of which isn't an interactive menu system doing humans out of a job, Intermol co-owner Noel Hanwick [assumed spelling] says no. >> Noel: Well when we first came up with the concept my business partner and I were out at a restaurant trying to get another drink and we just thought wouldn't it be great if we could just reach down [inaudible] another beer at a rave. And what we really tried to take was a very functional system and then add lots of theater and charm to it without removing the human element to the waiters. So the waiter still brings your food, the nice bits and they'll also remove the plates and if it's your birthday they'll still sing Happy Birthday to you, so the whole thing has nice elements to it without the parts, the bits which sometimes are a bit more frustrating. I think what we feel is that sometimes smooze the social interaction that actually gives the talking point a natural fact when you're in here on average nights it's a really buzzy atmosphere it's not so kind of a sound and computer room it's really a buzzing lively atmosphere it's wonderful. But what we try to do is make the system pretty streamlined so we don't have a kind of an excessive options so a natural fact you can always if there's something really detailed you want you can always revert to the standard call of waiters [inaudible] and the waiter will come straight to you for complicated requests. >> Maury: So there you have it that's Intermol in [inaudible] Street where tomorrow's dining is happening today. ^M00:02:36 [ Music ]

New releases

Tech to expect in 2015
1:44 December 29, 2014
2014 was the year of big smartphones, drones, 3D printing and security hacks. So what will next year bring? CNET's KaraTsuboi gazes...
Play video
Tech to expect in 2015
2:31 December 26, 2014
The five most-anticipated gadgets we expect to see in 2015.
Play video
Best websites for finding child care
1:01 December 26, 2014
Between holiday parties and New Year's Eve plans, it can be tough to secure a babysitter. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports...
Play video
What's new on Netflix in January 2015
2:08 December 25, 2014
Find out what you should add to your watch list and what other videos are disappearing in the new year.
Play video
Brian Tong's Viewer Feedback 2014
2:17 December 25, 2014
We read the e-mails, tweets, and YouTube comments from you that have helped us create the best tech videos on Earth.
Play video
XCAR Awards 2014: Best-Looking
1:31 December 24, 2014
The XCAR team has played with some amazing cars in 2014, but which will be crowned the best-looking?
Play video
LG's bare bones oven needs a little more meat
2:02 December 24, 2014
The LG LRE3021 gives reliable mid-range performance, but lacks the features you can find from other brands for the same price.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 106: Our 'Best of 2014' Extravaganza
27:44 December 24, 2014
On today's show, we celebrate another year gone by naming our (and your) favorite tech stories, pop culture news and video games of...
Play video