Videoprototype, WS1213

How to integrate cool features in gastronomy but simultaneously keep the traditional atmosphere of a restaurant and customer contact? Therefore we introduce MENEW, an interactive menu card, designed with a traditional look ‘n’ feel but which offers many features for the guest.
Its E-ink touch display allows the guest to get information on the origin of the food, explicitly search for dishes with his favorite ingredient or grey out dishes, which he dislikes or to which he is allergic to. Furthermore the cook can make updates (on a display in the kitchen) which appear on the menu right away and the closure of the menu card triggers a notification for the waiter on the register, that the respective table is ready to order. Eventually the bill will be displayed on the last page of the menu, where the customer can click on “Tasty” when he likes the dish or drink and give feedback anonymously.

The biggest value of our concept is, that it offers useful features for the customers without exposing technology in the dining area, what many people appreciate when go eating in a restaurant. For the restaurant owner it’s obviously a cheap and environmentally friendly way to update his menu card, especially the menu of the day. Furthermore he gets honest feedback from customers and with the grading system he can put the most favorite dishes as a recommendation from customers on the front page.

In the future the restaurant owner could use some of the pages as advertising space. In addition there is the possibility to introduce user accounts or even integrate social networks to the card.

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