Cafe X

Designer: Lei Xiang


The Command: Buttons


Context: If we look back to the history, people went to the cafe to chat and share information day and night. Cafe as the public social place has a long history as well as the teahouse and the bar. However, the coffee shop today gradually losing its social role, especially comparing with the other two. What you see in the cafe is people bend their neck and keep scrolling on their tiny screens, or typing quickly on their keyboards of the laptop. People work separately and never talk to others around them. However, a research shown 88% people in the cafe are not really busy or deal with something emergent, and they’ve asked themselves the same exact question: what is everyone here doing.

Product: Cafe X is the cafe designed to let people put down their device and provide a trigger moment to start an interpersonal conversation. Cafe X is a robotic cafe with a robotic arm provide coffee and desk companion tiny robots. Every seat comes with a robot; people connect the robot in front of them by connecting free wifi. And after that, their robots will move in the same direction as the direction they interact with their devices. The cute robot will attract people’s attention and let people put down their devices. If they don’t, their robots may collide with others or fall on the ground. When two robots collide, it’s a chance and awkward moment to start an “awkward” conversation.


The Command: Do What I Mean


Context: From the 14th century, people in the cafe discussed politics and business; the cafe that time provided people with various games or newspaper to help them generate topics and keep chatting. While nowaday, people in the cafe communicate with others online or they find people they want to talk online and then come to the coffee shop. And the cafe provides with phone charger or free wifi. People nowadays prefer to have the productive and motivated conversation.

Product: In 2027, Cafe X is the coffee shop combines the interpersonal conversation with the productive conversation. A tiny robot will import people’s professional profile and social orientation by facial recognition. And then the robot will display the matching results; people can decide if they want to talk with this person or not after reviewing others’ profiles. If two people satisfied with each other, their robots will guide them to find each other, and a conversation will start.

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