Non-morning people will appreciate this double-dose wake-up call: a jolt of java mixed with your favorite tunes to rise and shine with. Android-based smart technology scans the packets you put in, tell you about the tastes, smells and origins of the beans – and can be set to play whatever music you want based on the kind of coffee you brew.
Designed by In-oh Yoo & Bong-yup Song for Metatrend Institute, this technology may be a bit ahead of its time – but not too far. It requires an (ideally continuous) internet connection to download the information to your digital coffee maker, and music as well unless you add your own mobile device into the mix.
Aside from the clever potential for cross-branding your favorite brands and brews, there is something to be said for the association of sound, smell and taste tied up in this espresso machine smart device that builds lasting connections between all three to reinforce your ritual wake-up routine.
Whether we need another multi-functional box is one question, but as remixes of basic appliances go it is great to see someone attempt to combine elements that play on multiple senses at the same time.
From the designers:
“As we all know, in Italy and in the rest of the world, coffee if one of the most diffused and appreciated drink. Prepared with the classic pot or with the modern coffee machine, it has a unique taste and an unmistakable aroma. Metatrend Institute created a new way to enjoy coffee, a perfect union beetween taste and technology. Using Android operating system, they created a coffee machine prototype named “Aspresso” that can read QRcode.”
“The QRcode (“Quick Response Code”) or QRC is a 2d bar code relievable with a simple reading software. It is decoded than transformed into a link that can be immediately opened by our browser. Connecting a smartphone, Aspresso can recharge it, make coffee and read the QRCs on the capsule and so reproduce information on the taste and aroma of the coffee and a specific music for every chosen pack. When coffee becomes art in music …”