Digital Culture –| 2008

electronic art, technology and culture

“Too Many LCD Projectors” Restaurant

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A bit out of context, but I found a really cool restaurant in London that has its menu projected on your tabletop by using dedicated LCD projector installed above your table. You can see the menu, put your order interactively from directly from your table. Even you can change the ambience of your table, playing games, reading local news and booking a cab ride. Call it Inamo Restaurant, designed by Blacksheep Interior Architecture and Design.

I guess the food should be nice because of the head chef is ex world-famous Nobu. However, the main interest is the interactivity promoted by the restaurant to indulge the guests… It might be the next trend in dining/cafe location soon…

Check out the pictures below:

Interactive Tabletop in Inamo. Take notes the bulbous objects above each tables used to conceal the LCD projectors.

Interactive Tabletop in Inamo. Take notes the bulbous objects above each tables used to conceal the LCD projectors.

The interactive menu displayed on your table

The interactive menu displayed on your table.

I think the design language used in this restaurant is quite simple, yet universal to copes with the fluidity of the table appearances. However, I guess there are more things to be researched and analyzed while implemented such system in a place like restaurant. For example: ergonomics and health concerns, practicality, energy efficiency, etc..

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Written by guavarepublic

October 9, 2008 at 1:19 am

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  1. does the projector turn off when customer finish the order? i think the projecting menu is a good idea, but i don’t really like having meals with a colorful table.

    kerrylin2008

    October 14, 2008 at 4:45 am

  2. I have not definite answer, but I believe there must be some way to turn it off…

    I think I would feel a bit annoyed as well with the flashy graphics on my table while eating. However, it might not be a problem as long as the table surface does not produces a lot of reflections, or otherwise it going to “hurt” your eyes…

    guavarepublic

    October 14, 2008 at 5:14 am


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