06 Jul '11, 1pm

[TODAY] Restaurant puts virtual food onto diners' plates

LONDON - Want a virtual bite of what you'll eat before ordering from the menu? An Asian-themed restaurant in London's theater district is giving its customers just that, projecting images of dragon rolls, black cod, and other dishes directly onto diners' plates. Ready to place your order? Just tap the touchpad - your sashimi will be with you shortly. Entrepreneur Noel Hunwick says he came up with the idea for the restaurant, named Inamo, several years ago while eating at a busy pizza parlor with his friend and future business partner, Daniel Potter. "We were desperately trying to attract a waiter's attention," Hunwick said. "We thought: Wouldn't it be great if we could press a button and get our food?" The idea had legs. Hunwick, who spoke at a table across from Inamo's onyx-topped bar, explained how the system worked: A projector above each table beams down a virtual, int...

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