Head toward your neighborhood coffee bar.
“Hello, are you thirsty?”
Swipe left for “yes” on your smartphone. Keep moving.
Arrive and walk inside to pay for your latte order, which was prepared by the barista as you got closer.
This kind of proximity-aware technology, known as beacon technology, isn’t as futuristic as some might expect, and it isn’t reserved for food and drink giants, either. According to Andrew “Wilko” Wilkins, director of independent restaurant solutions for Datum Corporation, mom-and-pops have more access to these types of infrastructure than they think.
“Most restaurateurs think they can’t get it, it’s too far out of their way, so expensive, or whatever,” Wilkins says, “so we provide a one-stop shop, if you like, for everything you need for technology in a restaurant.”