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New air tube system delivers food at high speed – Gives new meaning to fast food

New air tube system delivers food at high speed

Fast food is about to get a whole lot faster at a restaurant in Christchurch, New Zealand, where a system that has been used by banks for years gets a redesign for the food industry.

If you’ve even gone through a bank drive-thru, you’re already familiar with the air tube delivery system that lets you send and receive money and receipts through an ingenious system involving air tubes and sealed canisters. Now, the C1 Espresso Cafe in Christchurch has plans for a new air tube system that delivers food at high speed.

The restaurant already has experience with a similar set-up, which is used to deliver orders from the cafe to the kitchen, and they plan to have the new delivery method operational early in 2014. While the video below sadly doesn’t show it, owner Sam Crofskey has reportedly already shot a tube full of burgers from one end of the cafe to the other at 140 kilometres per hour.

No need to worry about the condition your food will arrive in when being delivered at those speeds because custom air brakes and air-pressure pockets will be used to slow the delivery down before it has a chance to pulverize your table… or your hand.

While having food delivered in this fashion will no doubt be a novelty that thrills lovers of new things, and watching food being shot overhead in clear tubes is sure to be an interesting form of entertainment, we can’t help but wonder if this is the first step in actual human servers becoming as obsolete as video tapes, especially if the system is eventually expanded beyond just sliders and fries. Sometimes faster isn’t always better.

3 Comments

  • I remember the department stores I used to shop in having these (Early 1960’s). They were very common and used everywhere, including the banks. I was fascinated by them as a kid and thought they were so “into the future”.

  • I remember the department stores I used to shop in having these (Early 1960’s). They were very common and used everywhere, including the banks. I was fascinated by them as a kid and thought they were so “into the future”.

    • Used to see them on the movies all the time too. Ahh…the good old days. :)

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