Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Illinois Informatics and School of Information Sciences
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab


For the storyboard, we choose a smart table for a restaurant setting. The smart table could give useful information about the food in a restaurant. There are many uses for an interactive, smart menu, and the aspect I focused on was providing visual information along with a simple description of the food.

I enjoy going to different cultural restaurants on campus. Sometimes, however, menus in restaurants are not very descriptive, and only contain the name of the dish. Furthermore, the names are just foreign menu names written phonetically in English. To add to the difficulties, some restaurants have over 200 menu items. Consequently, I often end up getting the menus that I know about, which is only a small portion of the menu.

A smart table with an embedded digital menu would be able to solve all the problems mentioned above. The menu would include the name of the dish, a few images, some descriptions, and allergy information. This would let people know what the certain dishes are, and the menu could also have a search function that could either look for certain spiciness, or exclude certain ingredients.

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