This High-Tech Coffee Vending Machine Could Be the Future

 
 

 

Bellevue-based Bsquare corp. was the lead integrator for this very cool coffee vending machine. Check out the press release here:

BELLEVUE, WA – January 14, 2013 – BSQUARE Corporation (NASDAQ: BSQR), a leading enabler of smart connected systems, today announced its role as the lead integrator of the advanced coffee vending device on behalf of Costa Express, the UK’s largest self-service espresso bar company. The CEM-200, a coffee vending device, was unveiled by Costa Express and Intel at the National Retail Federation conference in New York on Sunday.

“We were brought in for our expertise on embedded design projects with Microsoft, Intel and other vendors,” said Mark Whiteside, Bsquare senior vice president professional services. “Bsquare built the user interface, integrated the operating system with the hardware and built a cloud-based back office management system in less than six months.”

The CEM-200 presents customers with a radically immersive vending experience, including a high definition touch screen panel that comprises almost all of the store-facing side of the device. Intel AIM Suite technology detects when shoppers’ eyes are looking at the device and the machine immediately changes the presentation on the screen to engage the customer.

“Bsquare brought insight, experience and strategic guidance to the project,” said Scott Martin, Costa Express managing director. “As the current world leader in self-serve espresso bars, we have a responsibility to innovate. Bsquare had the embedded technology expertise to help us raise the bar for coffee concessions. Our existing concessions are hugely successful in the channels where we currently operate, and the CEM-200 will now enable us to offer great espresso drinks to customers in new channels and markets. It is a very exciting time.”

The top embedded design challenges for Bsquare were integrating and making the software and hardware run as fast and responsively as possible.

“The machine is incredibly responsive,” said Whiteside. “You touch an element on the screen and it responds very quickly. The software overlays multiple video assets and performs dynamic animation to illustrate the process of brewing a fresh cup of coffee, while simultaneously rendering video to create the atmosphere of an Italian café.”

The out of home coffee market is $28.5 billion a year and growing quickly. Competition is particularly strong in Europe which has the highest concentration of coffee consumption and retail outlets. The CEM-200 leapfrogs existing coffee vending technologies by producing better coffee and giving customers an engaging, immersive experience. This is a significant announcement for Costa Express, the UK’s leading self-service espresso bar provider with 2,500 sites in the UK.

The CEM-200 was developed by a world-leading team of experts. The CEM-200 device cabinet was conceived by renowned Italian design firm Pininfarina, the coffee machine components are manufactured by Swiss coffee equipment vendor Thermoplan and include graphics from Atomhawk, the design team behind the Harry Potter movie graphics, and audio from eMixpro, sound mixers for U2, the Killers and Snow Patrol. The CEM-200 also includes olfactory components to create an immersive coffeehouse experience.

2016 Tech Impact Awards: Tech Impact Champion

2016 Tech Impact Awards: Tech Impact Champion

Congratulations, Ed Lazowska!
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WINNER:
Ed Lazowska, Ph.D.
Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington

When Ed Lazowska arrived in Seattle 39 years ago as an assistant professor, both the University of Washington and the region were very different places. In computer science, he was the newest of only 13 faculty members. The region’s tech industry largely consisted of Boeing, Fluke and Physio-Control. Microsoft at the time was still a dozen people in Albuquerque. 
 
Today, the UW’s Computer Science & Engineering Department rivals Stanford’s and Carnegie Mellon’s for attracting tech talent and major research — accomplishments that Lazowska helped bring about. As the university’s department chair, his effort to recruit leading data scientists included personally reaching out to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who provided $2 million from Amazon to endow two professorships and personally met with researchers. A decade after leading fundraising to build the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, he is doing so again to build a new CSE facility that will help double the center’s capacity.
 
“Our job,” Lazowksa asserts, “is to provide socioeconomic mobility for bright kids in this region.”
Driving opportunities through research remains his passion, as his own studies in high-performance computing, multicomputer processing and big data science have proved. An early technical adviser on the formation of Microsoft Research and a member of two national advisory committees on science and technology policy, he has promoted private and public investment in “engineering things that one day in the future will be used in game-changing products.”
 
Lazowska believes big data and cloud computing “lie at the heart of 21st century discovery.” He helped found and now leads the UW’s eScience Institute, a cross-campus partnership that helps scholars in fields such as astronomy, biology and sociology take advantage of data analytics to enhance their research. Given the region’s far-reaching cloud expertise, Lazowska says, “This is an area that Seattle has the potential to own.”
 
Lazowska’s other initiatives include promoting K-12 STEM education and gender diversity in the UW program. He champions the notion that all students should study computer science to cultivate the “computational thinking” skills needed for the new century.
 
Lazowska marvels at the region’s transformation into a place “with distinctive and innovative activities in the broadest range of areas.” With his trademark enthusiasm for the UW and the local tech sector, this celebrated educator, researcher, adviser and booster has played an important role in that transformation.
 
Previous Tech Impact Champions
Tech Impact Champions are chosen not only for their achievements in technology but also for championing the region’s broader tech sector. Past inductees in Seattle Business magazine’s Hall of Technology Champions, previously called Lifetime Achievement Award honorees, are:
  2012: John McAdams, former CEO, F5 Networks
  2013: Jeremy Jaech, cofounder, Aldus and Visio, and chair emeritus, the Technology Alliance
  2014: Steve Ballmer, former CEO, Microsoft
  2015: Tom Alberg, cofounder, Madrona Venture Group