University of Sydney start-up SDigital has designed a system that enable mall food court patrons to place and pay for their orders without ever having to leave the table.
According to Endgadget, the system uses a series of NFC-enabled branded coasters – i.e. KFC, McDonald’s etc. – containing a menu from each of the restaurants in the food court.
Once seated, the customer can scan the coaster of his or her choosing with an NFC-enabled phone, pick an item, place the order and pay. An alert is sent to the customer’s phone when the order is ready for pickup.
According to the credits in the video posted above, the technology was developed using PayPal’s mobile payment technology and demoed on an NFC-enabled Google Nexus phone.