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October 28th, 2013 at 10:12 am

Starbucks connects fridges, coffee machines to the Internet of Things

The coffee machine knows you probably don’t want whipped cream on your venti non-fat latte.

Starbucks refrigerators and coffeemakers are about to get a whole lot smarter.  Starbucks reportedly plans to connect its devices to the Internet of Things within the next year. Fridges will now tell employees when a carton of milk has gone bad, and cloud-based Clover coffeemakers will track what recipes customers prefer, and alert workers to the machine’s performance. The move is an attempt to improve productivity as well as customer service.




Starbucks has embraced technology far longer than many other fast food joints, from offering free–and faster–Wi-Fi to customers, to allowing payments via smartphone with deals with Apple’s Passbook and Jack Dorsey’s Square (which saw its fair share of complications).

Photo credit: Smart Planet

Via Fast Company



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