In Brief

Mirai Resu features a virtual waitress to a head device that translates the menu into English, as well as Kinect and visual projection.

If you’ve ever wondered what the future of the restaurant business looks like then prepare for a sneak peek. Japanese restaurant Mirai Resu uses several innovative technologies that may become all too common in years to come.

Crafted by Recruit Advanced Technology Lab, in Mirai Resu, each table has Bluetooth technology that uses Apple’s iBeacon to register customers. When an iPhone, iPad, or iPod comes in, a digital menu pops up on the table; it can be browsed with the movement of a candle. When you’re ready to order, you simply waive your hand over the table and a virtual waitress appears on the ceiling.

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