As food writers/enthusiasts, we know how difficult it can be to make your restaurant stand out–especially in a crowded market. Serving great food in a casual, well-designed atmosphere just isn’t enough anymore (if it ever was). Now, in the tradition of the “Instagram menu“, we bring you news of the latest tech gimmick for restaurants and cafes: the touchscreen table.
The concept is fairly self-explanatory, and it’s not completely new: both Apple and Microsoft have produced table-sized versions of their popular tablets. But Korean electronics company Moneual plans to begin mass-producing its touchscreen cafe table very soon; curious onlookers may get a chance to see this interactive furniture in action at next week’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
We love the concept from a design perspective, and it will make for a great spot to promote other local businesses and events, but we have to ask: Will this newest tech toy become another promo tool for restaurants looking to make a name for themselves? Will it be another short-lived trend? Or will it simply become common practice like the iPad menu/register?