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Wearable Technology and the Takeaway Revolution

07/17/2014

 

The primary advantage wearables have over portable tech, is that they can be carried and used almost without thought

 

Smartphones have drastically altered the face of online takeaway ordering and delivery. With the rise of Google Glass, the revelation of the Android Wear smart-watch and rumors of the looming Apple iWatch, what changes will the adoption of wearable technology bring to the takeaway food industry?

 

Imagine a world without smartphones. No Google Maps, no Whatsapp or Shazam, no social media on your lunch break. Pretty depressing, right? Seven years after iPhone and Android began their campaigns of smartphone domination, almost two-thirds of Australians possess a smartphone and use mobile internet for more than 90 minutes each day.

 

So when smartphone titans like Google and Apple turned their attention towards wearable technology the ears of industry leaders all across the world pricked up. Though companies have been experimenting with wearable technology for years (a wearable computer was created to cheat at roulette as far back as 1961), it took 2013’s Google Glass to kick off the current media frenzy.

 

The primary advantage wearables have over portable tech, like smartphones, is that they can be carried and used almost without thought. There’s none of the conscious decision-making behind putting your phone in your pocket and having to pull it out whenever you need it – both glasses and smart-watches can be kept on permanently. Add the fact that you don’t need to use your hands and you’ve got the perfect device to integrate seamlessly into everyday life.

 

That means several things for takeaway food consumers. Firstly, ordering on the go is incredibly easy. Google smart-watches are designed to be predictive, meaning they can prompt you to order at a certain time or a certain location. And you won’t need to stop whatever else you’re doing, like typing or driving: just use vocal commands to tell the device what you want.

 

For example, a digital menu in a restaurant window to display tailored meals according to your personal ordering preferences – or a menu to be projected directly to your Google Glass as you walk by. A mouth-fitted device could allow you to electronically sample the flavors of a dish before ordering.

 

Wearables will also make it easier to track the location of deliveries via courier. You tap it to place the order and you’re done – dinner is on the way. Once the food is ready and in the hands of the driver, he taps his own smart-watch and begins GPS tracking. You can watch the progress of your food as it makes its way to your house. Dinner’s on the table in a single tap. interest.

 

Much of this technology already exists in some form or other: the greatest challenges now are bringing it all together and stirring consumer

 

By Adriana Rueda

 

Source: Gizmodo Gadgets Australia