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    High-Tech Restaurants

    By By Molly Aronica, Editor
    June 20, 2012, 6:57:43 AM EDT

    Cutting-edge technological advances help most industries grow and develop, whether by improving how car manufacturers design their engines or by creating new bank services to make account management easier for customers. So it’s no surprise that some restaurants are employing innovative technology to enhance the dining experience.

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    In Jinan, China, and Bangkok, Thailand, two restaurants are using robots to wait on tables and greet diners. In New York City customers can dine on locally sourced fruits and vegetables grown and harvested in the rooftop garden above the restaurant, and then transported down the building's stories using a vertical planting system and a pulley. And in San Francisco, diners can order their grilled cheese sandwiches on their phone and swipe their order in when they pick up their meal thanks to a customized QR code.

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    Many restaurants these days are using tablets to streamline the ordering process — either by having their waitstaff send orders directly to the kitchen or by having diners order for themselves, but the restaurants on this list are taking things a few steps further. At Inamo restaurant in London, customers are in control of their entire dining experience — an interactive touch-screen table allows them to do everything from choosing their meals to ordering a cab to drive them home afterward.

    Hajime Robot Restaurant, Bangkok


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    Similar to the Dalu Robot Restaurant, Hajime also employs robots as their waitstaff. Diners sit facing a glass enclosure where the robots move back and forth on a track and serve customers through windows. The restaurant offers a menu of nearly 100 authentic Japanese dishes and the "servers" are designed to make gestures and expressions and can even dance along to music. In the back of the house, Hajime has two robots to help prep food.

    4Food, New York City


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    This health-conscious fast-food outlet uses iPad technology to guide customers through the ordering process. They start with the burger patty, which is shaped like a doughnut and comes in seven varieties, then the scoop — fillings that go in the center of the patty — then the toppings and the bun. The iPad ordering system is meant to make the decisions easier for customers. The restaurant also features a large smart board that records social media interactions, like Foursquare check-ins and Facebook likes.

    Redline, Washington, D.C.


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    If you’re craving a more personalized experience as far as sports bars are concerned, Redline is the place for you. This D.C. spot has built-in taps at every booth, so patrons can pour their own beer while enjoying the game on the flat screen located just above the table (there are more than 40 in the restaurant). Each party has the option of choosing two beers for their table tap to go along with the French-American fare offered on the menu.

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