Have you seen one of these things before?
My mom’s school was on spring break this week, so Annalyn spent the night with my parents earlier this week. To celebrate our weeknight freedom, Mark and I hit up the Tuesday night pizza buffet. (Whoo! We are wild!) When it came time to fill up our plastic cups, we were faced with this. This robot thing.
What? Are we living in outer space now?
According to the website (and the brightly branded magic pop machine and the tents on every table), the Coca-Cola Freestyle offers 100+ drink choices. And a touchscreen. It’s like an iPad for your soda.
It’s weird. And destined to create long lines of thirsty, frustrated and indecisive customers, I’m sure.
Cherry Coke is one of my favorite drinks, and any vanilla drink takes me back to childhood trips to the town drugstore (which also had an old-fashioned fountain). But more than 100 choices? Is this really necessary at the pizza buffet? Or Wendy’s (the other place I’ve seen one)?
I don’t know. I’m not really sold on this robots-making-my-drink thing. Then again, I am the girl who still owns – and uses – a VCR.
What do you think? What was the last “the future is here” thing you’ve seen?
[Seriously. Is this fancy drink machine a good thing? What’s next – a box that will let me record and control all the TV shows I could want, watching them at my leisure and skipping the commercials with a push of the button?!]
Oh shut up. I’m getting a DVR in a few weeks! Can you believe it?!
We just used one of these for the first time this week. The husband was mesmerized (he’s a pop-a-holic) I really enjoyed the raspberry lemonade option myself!
Mmmm…raspberry lemonade…now you’re talking…!
I think it looks so interesting! I’d be a bit timid about it – I wouldn’t want to be the person who pushed the wrong button and sprayed pop everywhere (would that even be a valid option?)
As far as the phone talking back, I’m sure you’ve heard of Siri? :)
Here’s hoping there’s no button that makes the pop spray everywhere! Haha!
Haven’t seen this yet, but I’m still fighting with the automatic sinks & towel dispensers! I never seem to wave my hand correctly!!!
Haha! I know what you mean about those sinks and towel dispensers! And you know what I don’t get? Why most bathrooms have half automatic stuff and half non-automatic. Doesn’t it make more sense to have it ALL automatic so you don’t actually touch anything germy??
I was amazed at these at our Moe’s. I actually took video of it somewhere on my blog.
And DVR?? Yes!
I know! I’m finally joining the 2000s and getting the DVR! :)
Ha! It still amazes me that you don’t have a DVR. Of course, I know don’t even have cable. But thank God for Netflix!!!
Well, I do have cable, for whatever that is worth! :)
I think I am more excited that you upgraded to a DVR. Love Love mine. It is one thing I do not want to live without.
It’s coming soon. I’m sure once I get it, I will not know how I possibly survived without one!
Hahahaha!!! This post cracked me up! I LOVE this machine!! It’s so much fun. :) We have it at Qdoba Mexican Grill and Firehouse Subs – I partially go to these places to have fun with this machine!!! My husband just experienced this intimidation this week with me for the first time and he really liked it but was definitely overwhelmed by it too. Anyone I’m with who hasn’t used it before gets a thorough walk-through of it from me. :) The worst part about it for sure is the longer line caused by it as it can only take one person at a time, and if people can’t decide then it takes even longer. If I see someone who looks confused I like to jump in and just help walk them through it and give advice. I tell you, this sucker is amazing once you’re used to it!! :)
P.S. I am SOOOOOO excited to hear you are getting a DVR – woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Next up, you’ll be joining me in outer space with your love of this robot thing. Yep.
Haha – I love your enthusiasm for this crazy machine! Perhaps once I add in more sugar/carbs I’ll try a few combinations myself! (And I’m going to have to try Firehouse Subs now that you’ve mentioned it. We have one here and I’ve never gone!)
You are going to big heart LOVE your DVR. :)
I feel like a hermit who hasn’t seen any “the future is now” sorts of things in a really long time. Maybe being able to use my iPhone to check out at a food trailer? That was pretty cool.
DUDE. You were just at SXSW! Surely you saw some cool stuff there? :) Also – anything with an iPhone is like futuristic outer space magic to me. :)
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