Google Glass in the Professional Kitchen
The applications of current technological advancements are always interesting. I've already talked about the kitchen uses of the ChefJet, a 3D printer made for printing food, but what about some of the other new technology? How can it be used in the professional kitchen? The piece of technology I've been focusing on now is the Google Glass. The Google Glass is a wearable device that sits on your head, almost like a pair of eyeglasses, with a small display in front of the eye.
Currently, it’s still in development stages, but some of the information that’s coming out is truly exciting. Already, it’s able to look up recipes at the command of your voice and have them in the corner of your view for easy access while you cook. You can also use it to record yourself preparing a recipe from the first person view - something that hasn't been seen before. This'll make the content more interesting and perhaps easier to follow for the beginner cook.
For the professional kitchen, the most exciting possibility, in my opinion, is that it would be able to track food orders; eliminating the need for little bits of paper and printers all over the kitchen. Glass can pick up the order call from the user's voice and instantly place the data on the display. Even more impressively, the Google Glass could be linked directly to the local POS system, so when a server places an order for food, the data can be immediately sent to the appropriate cook’s displays, perhaps with an audible alert. A timer could even be placed on the order to track how long it has been since the order was placed.
Other uses in the professional kitchen include instant access to a day’s tasks and recipes. This sort of technology will allow workers to access information they need to complete a task almost instantly, cutting down on wasted time and paper. While this is all just speculation at the moment, it should be able to be implemented with little difficulty.
Glass is still in the development stages and will likely go through a few more improvements and iterations. The software that's being developed for the device is Impressive, and I can't wait to see what else gets released. While I find the technology both exciting and interesting, I probably won't be investing in one. I'd rather wait until the retinal implants come out. It'll be much cleaner of an implementation.
If you'd like to learn more about Google Glass, you can check out the official website