During a recent trip to Japan last year, one of our first dining experiences was at a small restaurant which used a touch screen menu system installed against the wall of our booth seating. I must say, although it did not provide images of everything on the menu, it was quite handy to use and useful as a reference point for when we were placing our order in a foreign country especially. So when I recently stumbled upon Inamo, I was excited to see how that trend has since evolved. Inamo has definitely taken interactivity a step further and packaged their E-Table technology into a trendy London restaurant to create the ultimate interactive dining experience.
The company behind the E-Table technology and the Oriental fusion Inamo dining establishment is actually Compurants Ltd., which was started by two entrepreneurs who wanted to give customers the ability to control their dining experience when eating out. The interactive overhead ordering projection system was created to make the dining experience more efficient and entertaining. Patrons can use the touch screen table to view menu items as they would appear when served, place their orders and ask for the bill at their discretion, customize their table decorations (or wallpaper), view a live web cam into the kitchen to see what’s cooking, check out the latest events happening in the neighbourhood and even play games with their fellow diners while waiting for their food to arrive. Based on the video, food arrives in about 15 minutes so anyone in a hurry can grab a bite to eat in no time.
Their selection of menu items don’t look bad either.
Here’s a video of the E-Table in action at Inamo and mini interviews with founders Danny and Noel.
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With DIY becoming more of a priority for many people these days, the E-Table is also handy for customization during corporate events too.
The only skepticism I have would be whether or not they have a backup plan should the technology fail during a certain day. Nevertheless, I am totally excited to make a visit to Inamo the next time I’m in London!