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Burgers become true fast food at 140km/h

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Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.

(Credit: C1 Espresso)

A café in Christchurch, New Zealand has employed a unique system inspired by Futurama to deliver food to patrons at speeds up to 140 kilometres per hour.

One café wants to redefine "fast food". Inspired by the Tube Transport System in Futurama, Sam Crofskey of C1 Espresso in Christchurch is installing a system of pneumatic tubes that will deliver mini burgers (sliders) and nachos to tables at speeds of up to 140 kilometres per hour.

It's not exactly a new technology; pneumatic tubes have been in use to transport messages since the 1850s, and have subsequently been employed over the years as a secure transportation method for cash and medications, as well as an alternative to trains. Indeed, C1 has been using a smaller system to transport orders to the kitchen. By combining the two systems, C1 hopes to reduce wait times — and serve hotter, fresher food into the bargain.

Crofskey has employed local engineering company Lamson to install a 500-metre system of larger tubes designed to carry heavier loads to deliver food to every table — at this point in time, only one tube is operational. The food itself is delivered in metal cannisters as opposed to the plastic ones usually used to transport paper — as you can imagine, you wouldn't want one coming at your head.

As a safety measure, Lamson designed custom air brakes and air-pressure pockets to slow the food to a safer velocity before it reaches the table.

The system will be opened for service at the end of January 2014.


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Im Batman posted a comment   

I like the concept, quite novel adaption of the tool.
Like how they are planning on getting to the central tables by coming in from the floor below and up to the table.
I used to go to C1 alot as a student, always had some unique items back then... the rebuild of the cafe has obviously helped them look bigger.

As long as the burgers don't slip and slide too much in transit then it should be great.


MatthewP6 posted a comment   

The standard food from Maccas, Hungry Jack's, etc., is Fast Food; therefore, at the very least this should be Faster Food :)

Michelle wrote: " you can imagine, you wouldn't want one coming at your head".

I can see it now, upon being admitted to the ED.
"Sir...sir, are you concussed?"
"I got walloped by my Whopper."
'What do you mean?"
"It was too fast."
"What, the quarter pound of beef?"
"I think so...ow, my head hurts."

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