Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl
Tokyo-based design company Miso Soup Design has created a ramen bowl with a built-in smartphone dock.
The "anti-loneliness bowl" is designed to keep diners entertained while eating, and doubles as an amplifier for the phone's speaker once the bowl is empty. Currently at the prototype stage, the bowls come in black, white and red, and are available for limited pre-order via the company’s Facebook page.
If developed further, the concept could become a staple for restaurants frequented by solo diners, who often substitute a smartphone for a dining companion.
The product is also indicative of an ever-increasing tech-dependent society (see Smartphone Addiction). Fast-casual restaurants are harnessing mobile technologies to revolutionise the way they communicate with customers. Read our report Future Fast Food to find out more.