The Information Experience

New Soda fountain designs are creepy up everywhere and has led me to start taking pics of these things as I question the true usability of them.  This one is located in Westwood’s 800 Degrees and is designed by Pininfarina.    A recent LA Times food critique focused more on this machine than the quality of the food itself.   “This machine, one of the first in the Los Angeles area, dispenses 300 different soft drinks from its maw, all variants on the basic Coca-Cola product line but with every permutation of those you could imagine. You select your beverage from a glowing touch screen; if you tap Hi-C, for example, a sub-menu with dozens of choices pops up.”   Critic Johnathon Gold goes on to discuss a young boy’s attempt to hack the machine to serve his own purpose and the clear usability issues that follow, as there seems to involve a great deal of education on the machine in order to get your soda.    One Question:  What if you’re a Pepsi Drinker?

New Soda fountain designs are creepy up everywhere and has led me to start taking pics of these things as I question the true usability of them.  This one is located in Westwood’s 800 Degrees and is designed by Pininfarina.    A recent LA Times food critique focused more on this machine than the quality of the food itself.   “This machine, one of the first in the Los Angeles area, dispenses 300 different soft drinks from its maw, all variants on the basic Coca-Cola product line but with every permutation of those you could imagine. You select your beverage from a glowing touch screen; if you tap Hi-C, for example, a sub-menu with dozens of choices pops up.”   Critic Johnathon Gold goes on to discuss a young boy’s attempt to hack the machine to serve his own purpose and the clear usability issues that follow, as there seems to involve a great deal of education on the machine in order to get your soda.    One Question:  What if you’re a Pepsi Drinker?