2000: Airport Kiosks

Here is a forum post talking about how US Airways has installed kiosks at the Ronald Reagan National Airport and Logan International Airport. Created by IBM they used touch screens which at the time was a novelty since we were still in the age of buttons. https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/us-airways-dividend-miles-pre-2005-america-west-merger/114822-us-airways-introduces-self-service-kiosks-airport-ticket-purchase-check.html   For more articles related to technology go…

1999: Web Pay Phones

I find this article fun to read just for the nostalgia factor of having to pay for internet by the minute because people wanted Internet on the go. This article talked about a new trend right on the cusp of the new millennium; Web pay phones, which, if you can remember, you have a better…

Automating Humanity

Credit: Business Insider This is a nice little video from 11/30/2016 about those McDonald’s kiosks everyone likes to talk about so much.   The kiosks are coming the kiosks are coming! They’ve been coming for 20 years but somehow no one seems to remember this. People also seem to think that minimum wage has somehow…

Automated #2: Self-Driving Delivery

Credit: TODAY    Another job may be on its way out at Domino’s. The company collaborated with Ford to produce a self-driving car for the purposes of delivering pizzas without a driver. It’s currently being deployed in Ann Arbor, Michigan where their headquarters are located and is being tested before the program is expanded. When the…

Automation

This is a catalog of all the companies involved in the automation trend as well as the steps they are changing and what they are doing. The steps are divided into 1) ordering food 2) making food 3) giving the food to the customer. Automated is a process where robots do everything, Partial is a…

Mechanical Menagerie Compilation #3: Transportation

Airbus Transpose Airbus has announced a new concept behind airplanes. Most of us by now are familiar with coach in any random plane. Close seats, little leg room or overhead, small bathrooms and smaller isles. With the new Transpose design, we may be seeing a change to the entire format. Proposed by their research division…

Automated Food – A Mechanical Menagerie Special Series

Automated #2: Self-Driving Delivery Domino’s: a self-driving delivery car FZI: an automated bratwurst flipper Little Caesars & Sprinkle Cupcakes: food ATMs A futuristic and automated food truck design A study on the jobs which will be replaced by robots. Automated Food #1: Automation Runs Wild! Zume: automated pizza restaurant (close to a factory) Plant Power…

Automated Food #1: Automation Runs Wild!

Let’s talk about automation! The great trend sweeping the nation with firings, mechanical advancement and more! We’ve got pizza, burgers, coffee and even plants. Let’s get started with some fresh pizza! Zume Credit: TechCrunch Credit: CBS Evening News Zume is a partially automated pizza restaurant/factory? I’ll take you from start to finish ensuring you understand…

Flippy: The Burger Flipping Machine

Here we go folks. I’ve been showing you inventions for a while now but this specific machine will change how the food industry will function forever. No exaggeration either. If you are working in a kitchen frying meat, read closely. Miso Robotics is a company developing a self-flipping burger machine called Flippy (the creativity is…

The Kitchen of the Future

Credit: Moley Robotics Moley Robotics is a London-based company that has invented a robotic kitchen. The basic idea is that all you will need to do is program a recipe, which is as easy as pressing a button, and two robotic hands will cook your meal for you. It even cleans up after itself. By…