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033: Michael Atkinson on Wearable Technology in Restaurants

Nate Riggs
Nate Riggs / March 21, 2014

Social Restaurant Podcast Title BannerDo you wear Glass?

Google Glass made huge waves a few years back when the Internet giant announced its development and limited release.

Since that time, the focus of just about all of the big tech trade shows have been on the rising trend and excitement for wearable technology.

But outside of consumer use, does wearable tech have application inside the restaurant business? This week’s guest believes it absolutely does.

Michael Atinkson @michaelatkinson

In episode #033 of the Social Restaurant Podcast, I welcome Michael Atkinson back to the show.

Michael is a restaurant technology entrepreneur and investor and the founder of – the restaurant industry's first dedicated social network. As of now, he is also an official regular guest on the show and we’re delighted to have him back!

Michael and I discuss everything from Google Glass applications in restaurants and franchises to the University of Texas Food Tech Lab and the new Austin Food Tech Incubator.

Go ahead, turn up the speakers, click play and listening to episode #033 of the Social Restaurant Podcast.

What You'll Learn During the Interview

  • Ideas on how to incorporate wearable technology in restaurants.
  • The trifecta that exists between customers, server and menu, and how technology can enhance and strengthen these relationships.
  • How technology can create not only an efficient marketplace, but how it can also foster a richer connection between your consumers with your restaurant.
  • Why rewards and incentives can encourage hesitate customers to opt-in to data technologies.
  • Examples of early wearable technology adopters and how they're benefiting from these technological advances.

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Additional Show Resources and Notes

What wearable technology do you own? Like I mention in the beginning of this show, I'm obsessed with my Bone Induction headphones. Leave us a voicemail and let us know how wearable technology is helping your life.

In this week's restaurant news, Sara and I discuss Millennials dining out habits. Learn more about what the study found in this Restaurant Hospitality article.

UT Food Lab LogoMichael talks about two real innovative projects: University of Texas Food Tech Lab and the new Austin Food Tech Lab incubator. Show them some support by visiting their websites to find out more about their work.

What do you think of Google Glass? Michael jokes that it's "geeky as hell" but can see advantages of using them for a business standpoint. Share your thoughts by using the Speakpipe widget.

Google Glass

If you missed our first podcast with Michael, make sure to check out episode #023. We discuss investing in restaurants and technology.

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