Meet the World’s First Smartphone Controlled Cafe Kauko

During World Design Capital Helsinki 2012, a Swedish agency Perfect Fools has come-up with an innovative idea of the internet-controlled Café Kauko for two months. Apparently, this is the World’s first remote-controlled Café, rather we call it as a Smartphone-controlled Café. helsinki-kauko-cafe According to the people at Café, it took six months time to design and construct the cafe environment. This isn’t a routine order placing app or table booking app for a smartphone. The Helsinki Café is first of its kind controlling system that allows the authorized users to control the tables and chairs movement in upwards and downward direction. Also, by logging in to website, users could control the entire atmosphere including changing the music, dimming the lights at the café, etc. “We wanted to show people how much design affected their everyday lives,” says Tony Sajdak, Co-founder PerfectFools. He the added, “Highlighting good design seemed easier by demonstrating how bad design could be! It’s entertaining, but it also shows that having your chairs too high can be bad design and ruin the whole experience. The café itself was built in Denmark and shipped over, but we had numerous hurdles to overcome. We had to create a queuing system online in case there were lots of people trying to set the height of the same chair, or change the music at the same time, and we had to build really quiet pneumatic chairs. We had a fair bit of technology to fit into a small space.”

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