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Third Party’s Stiod: Efficient Alarm clock App

2 Jul

The great soul who invented the snooze button might  indeed have wanted to help people. But they just invented a way of making workers and students late.

It is simple: you start hitting the gentle button to stop the weirdest wake up sounds up. And you can turn side, get even more comfortable and sleep again. Then it sounds once more, and you hit the snooze, and you sleep and… on and on till you don’t have enough time to brush your hair or your teeth and rush out.

The Stiod I saw this morning on facebook was an Alarm App that has  the two traditional snooze and off buttons with a little change: The button for turning off is free and the other one costs money (say $0,99)  for snoozing. Cool and upsetting at once! Isn’t it? I wonder who the money goes to, but that is another discussion, maybe to the App ower – Man, a gold pot!

With that, being lazy will cost you a bit more – by the way, to me it cost some taxi rides sometimes and later breakfast at the baker’s.


Stiod Sharing: Cell Phone Charging Station

20 Jun

Yesterday I posted a stiod for charger tables in restaurants, bars etc. Today, while surfing around I came to this great thing I have not seen before (published here): a charging station. In a Burger King restaurant in Philippines you can find this:

 A station to charge up your cellphone that has not only the outlets but the chargers so you can plug in your mobile and save your day! Just notice that there are three Nokia chargers and one Samsung, one Sony Ericsson and one Motorola. It seems that the Finish company is bigger out there in the Philippines.

It could be a great thing if mobile companies got inspired and found it as a marketing strategy, making charging totems available in different places in some cities, so their client’s devices would get charged when they were in battery need. 😀

What if this charging stations took solar energy?

Tablet menu

15 Apr

In general, I feel guilty for thinking of ways for making the world easier and some that make business more profitable, for getting jobs done quicker and more easily.

But I can’t help this Stiod. And mostly it is due to the slow service some (crowded) restaurants and bars. There has been something similar to that – as I said earlier – there’s nothing absolutely new.

A tablet  is handed in to each client when they get to a restaurant. The client order directly from the gadget. With no need of having the waiter/ess colecting orders.

How does it work? The tablet menu is interactive (and I mean it). It works just as a common menu, you scroll, pages and  browse categories (starters, main dishes (fish, meat, vegetarian etc), drinks, deserts) offered by the place. Then you have prices, and then you order by clicking (and confirming) your choice. Your order goes directly to the department where it should be  prepared/ served – as simple and common as the system already used in many restaurants. The department confirms they got your order (or the system confirms it’s being printed in the “department’s” terminal.

It might (or not) be locked and give access only to the restaurant’s software. (Why not allowing your guests having some fun while they wait for their orders? Food quizzes, polls, satisfaction surveys … a world of alternatives!)

All the waiters will do is to get your order from the kitchen of the bar and take them to your table. They will have much more time to give a better service, talk to clients, clarify doubts and smile. That will make the work of the waiting staff much shorter. Since the time of “waiting” will be way smaller than it is nowadays!

I’ve read about the non-feasibility of having digital menus about the prices. But I’m not talking about reader. But about shortening the path from: greeting > sitting > getting the menu > reading > waiting the waiter/ess > comunicating your order > order traveling to the kitchen/bar > waiter getting your order > serving you.

to reeting > sitting > getting the menu > reading > chosing > waiter getting your order > serving you. How much would restaurants save in personal or gain with better service and more satisfied clients while having less charged waiter/ess

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