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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.

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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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