Tobidasu 3D Table Menu from TEC

Want to see what your food will really look like before you order? Sometimes a two-dimensional menu picture just won’t cut it, so TEC Japan has created the Tobidasu Menu (pop-up menu) to embed into restaurant tables. Customers can browse the digital menu by touch and then view individual items in 3D. We had the chance to see a demo up close and take some photos, though you aren’t able to experience the effect without the proper screen.

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Below is an overhead view of some iced tea.

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The demonstrator guided us through the menu, and also demonstrated an interesting novelty function of placing a hamburger bun on the menu and removing it to reveal a delicious beef patty with all the trimmings.

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No word from TEC as to when/if the system will be available in restaurants, but it’s consistent with an overall industry push to get more and more touchscreen terminals and other technology into restaurants.

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Michael is founder and director of the Mandalah Tokyo trends and innovation consultancy.