Swedes build the world’s first smartphone-controlled cafe

Swedes build the world’s first smartphone-controlled cafe
You can use smartphones for many things - they can be seen in the hands of medical personnel and toddlers, IT professionals and construction workers, but one thing you don’t often see smartphones do is control a cafe. To underscore the importance of good design by showing off how bad design can really cause frustration, Swedes from design agency Perfect Fools built a smartphone-controlled cafe, named Café Kauko, and placed cameras, so you can watch.

You just had to log in to youdesign.fi to be able to control the atmosphere, music and lighting in the café, and also the height of the tables and chairs. Multiple live-streaming cameras caught people’s reactions ranging from pleased to angry, and you can watch part of that in the video below. You could also log in with your Nokia Lumia handset.

But what we really take from this is the concept - having a smart home, or just smart buildings that you can control with your phone at all times. The possibilities seem endless, and with the Café Kauko going on road tour in other countries after Finland, you could soon see and experience it in person.


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