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.



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Ok, nobody get mad at me when I say this, but I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!!!!!!! The only improvement is to have a personal LRAD system for each table so you can listen to music an nobody else can hear it. I know it is a gimmick but it is still cool. I mean a coffee shop controlled by a Lumia 900, or a One X is a gimmick so why not go the full mile instead of 3/4 of it? lol

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 555; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

smartphones are beating desktop and laptop every month in terms of technology and innovation,because they are much smarter and innovative than desktop and laptop and of course they are mobile.what will be the usage share of smartphones in 2050 ?

3. Ubi2447

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

They are also relatively cheaper to design, create, and sell.

4. minima

Posts: 2; Member since: May 29, 2012

Fiins are not swedes you idiots!

5. minima

Posts: 2; Member since: May 29, 2012

Sorry, I meant finns, lol...

6. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

youdesign.fi the dot fi means its in finland....

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