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Virtual reality meet diners in restaurants located in different parts of the world

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Kodokushi. This is the term used in Japan to refer to death alone. Loneliness is an epidemic in the country Japan and the factors favoring this lack of human contact are different. On the one hand the long life expectancy, what in 2018 He placed Japan as world leader with an average age of almost 85.6 years. On the other hand we have the harsh working conditions and social expectations that are subject Japanese citizens. Lack of leisure time has resulted in a decline in romantic relationships.

The aging population and depopulation are two concerns occupying an important place in the government's strategy in Japan. Although much emphasis is placed on the use of robotics, any proposal to facilitate the reconciliation of professional duties with family life loving and has the approval and the approval of Japanese society. This is the case of the proposal Sync Dinner.

Sync Dinner It is a refreshing experience enhanced by videoconferencing technologies and augmented reality. With these two tools, It has been able to offer an intimate experience between two people away 400 kilometers apart.

The pilot project was carried out on Christmas Eve, and two Japanese couples were selected by the company Telecom Brand KDDI. The dinner was a success and produced emotional moments that were issued later under a television format similar to a reality show.

This kind of virtual restaurants are pioneers. And we say restaurants because the Sync Dinner is not the only virtual space that has opted for joining restoration and telecommunications .

In a globalized world like ours it is not surprising that different members of a family are far away. A) Yes, meet on special occasions can be very difficult and costly, if not impossible. This way you also understand in Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam, another virtual restaurant invites guests to stop by his room Virtual Holiday Dinner Site wherever they are. With a capacity for four people, you do not have to attend in, This room offers a unique service: virtually bringing diners located in different parts of the world. El W + K Amsterdam has offered this possibility since 2010. First through videoconferencing established with the application Skype, and later with more modern solutions.

Technological improvements in the field of telecommunications bring new experiences to the world of restoration. During 2018 It was held in Sydney (Australia) and Singapore SGxAUFoodies, a virtual dinner where diners were separated by especio 6300 kilometers. They collaborated several prestigious restaurants, even some decorated with Michelin star.

While these experiences appear to test the waters, Some analysts are already convinced of the benefits of the concept and look one step further. A) Yes, Augmented Reality, 3D viewers and videoconferencing could bring people from all over the world.

En algunos entornos virtuales como el famoso juego de rol VRChat, existen ubicaciones destinadas a que los avatares disfruten de la comida juntos, mientras cada uno come en su casa. No se trata de acercar a amigos separados o familiares a los que hace tiempo que no se ve, sino de ampliar las fronteras sociales y conocer gente de cualquier parte del globo.

Esta es una tendencia al alza que los negocios de restauración podrían querer explorar en el futuro, las marcas de restauración organizada internacionales como McDonald’s o Domino’s Pizza tendrían muy fácil implementar este servicio de forma limitada y exclusiva, mientras que otras apuestas de menor envergadura podrían surgir de la colaboración entre dos o más establecimientos independientes, tal como se destila de la experiencia SGxAUFoodies.

El uso de gafas de realidad virtual está aún poco explorado en el mundo de la restauración, pero no es inaudito. Prueba de ello es el Tree by Naked, que se encuentra en el Yoyogi Park de Tokio. Allí el uso del headset VR complementa e incluso espolea la experiencia sensorial derivada de la cocina de Ryotaro Muramatsu, el alma mater del proyecto. Cada plato de degustación tiene asociado un entorno virtual, unos sonidos ambientales y un espectáculo 3D. El resultado es una experiencia holística que no deja indiferente a nadie.

Aunque robustas y voluminosas, las gafas de realidad virtual están destinadas a compactarse sustancialmente. De momento, durante los últimos años hemos asistido a una mejora notable de la resolución ofrecida, y los cables de alimentación han desaparecido para dar paso a soluciones con batería recargable. Pasos en la buena dirección que sin duda ayudarán a generalizar las videoconferencias, digitalización de reuniones y experiencias de realidad virtual y realidad aumentada en el mundo de la restauración.

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Artículo realizado por el equipo de redacción de DiegoCoquillat.com. Cuenta con profesionales tanto en el terreno de la hostelería, gastronomía y turismo, como en de las nuevas tecnologías e innovación.

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