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Coffee Bean goes hi-tech with wireless Order Buzzer

Was just having our regular meetings at the Coffee Bean this afternoon and was surprised the barista gave me this small gadget that looks like a fancy coaster.

The barista then tells me to watch out for the device to light up and vibrate telling me my order is ready.


Not sure how the wireless device operates on but I’m thinking it could be RFID if not WiFi.

I am told this was only rolled out in this branch earlier this week. Really geeky. Really helpful for large and busy coffee shops. I’m thinking some folks might bring these home as trophies. *heh*

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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36 Responses

  1. iamdoods says:

    It will make a sound if it’s out of the premises.

  2. Mark says:

    Chatime has been using those ever since they started their first branch here. Serenitea has also been using the device for a while.

  3. kat says:

    chatime already has that.

  4. Bogcess says:

    “I’m thinking some folks might bring these home as trophies.”

    Is that what you did Abe? Hahaha!

  5. Brent says:

    This is very common in South Korea. Glad to hear Coffee Bean is using it as well.

  6. Onynz says:

    Its also a common thing here in Sydney as well. Hope that not everyone there bring the device home with them.

  7. student says:

    They have this in Holly’s Coffee (a Korean coffee chain with a branch in Taft). It’s been there for quite some time now.

  8. Au says:

    Serenitea has been using this for several months now =p

  9. More likely RFID than WiFi — latter’s more expensive than the former. Also remember that Chatime and Coffee Bean both offer “free” WiFi, and those devices would eat up some of those IP addresses.

    Could it also be BlueTooth?

  10. Mar says:

    They also have this in Chatime. Definitely an RFID, we use the same (smaller ones, as pins) in the hospital where I work to detect those who have failed to do hand hygiene.

  11. zd0t says:

    Cool. But they might lose some of that “personal touch” especially when they say

    “Coffee blah blah for (insert name here)” :)

    Pero at least the coffee shop will be less noisy.

  12. Shakey says:

    Yeah, Chatime and Serenitea has been using these for a while now. Nagtataka nga ako kung bakit wala pang ganyan yung mga ibang big coffee shops dito eh.

  13. booboo says:

    I’m a big CBTL fan. Which branch?

  14. quigonz says:

    this technology has been around since the late 90s.

  15. Name: says:

    nothing hitech about this. serenitea has been using this for months now

  16. Lei says:

    Tried it at the Ortigas branch. :)

  17. ogago says:

    tagal na nito sa chatime, try ko nga iuwi one time hehe.. kahit nasa 3rd floor ako nagvivibrate pa din, ang haba kc palagi ng pila kaya umaalis muna ako…

  18. RJCA says:

    Had this when we went to Marina Bay Sands last summer and they also have it in the Serenitea near my house. :)

  19. jeist says:

    my first encounter with this gadget was in a cafe at museum of fine arts in houston.. =) this is rfid

  20. anthony says:

    there is no RFID at all…
    it utilizes 345mhz wireless technology.
    i sell that kind of products but in a more advanced design. if you are interest, contact me 09173724699, or take a look our product http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13175313/guestpaging.pdf

  21. ana says:

    nice same s cha time s landmark^^sna lht ng estblishments ganyan nlng^^

  22. Jhay says:

    Doesn’t it look like those hologram communicator devices from Star Wars? :P

  23. Hazel says:

    CBTL at Burgos Circle, BGC also has this.

  24. paul says:

    saw something like that a few months ago at happy lemon greenhills.

  25. killrfillr says:

    Nice! Parang Marché sa Singapore.

  26. modzzzz says:

    kim n chi in glorietta 4 food choices uses one as well

  27. dee says:

    Matagal nang ginagamit to ng Chatime. :) But this is really cool. sana lahat ng tea/coffee shop may ganito na.

  28. Richard says:

    Encountered it at Krispy Kreme South Korea. Though it was flawed. Kind of nice instead of baristas shouting out their soul.

  29. Rochelle David says:

    Do u know manufacturers of these here in the philippines?

  30. It’s really amazing. It’s very useful in a crowded coffee place.

  31. Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m visiting my boyfriend in Pittsburgh this month, and it is FREEZING there. But this seems like just the thing to keep us warm ?

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