Hello again, Bill Warner here, having more fun mixing technology and Pizza.I have this plan to make Oggi Gourmet a mecca for folks who enjoy Twitter. When Steve is making pizza, he can seldom take a phone call, but perhaps his friends and fans can reach him with aTwitter message. Ah, but how to see that in the kitchen and restaurant environment? Enter "Oggi Kiosk", a very simple program built using Adobe's AIR development environment.
Here is a mock-up of the main screen:
Here's a mock up of the email sending application. Just a short message with a photo. The Eee PC has a built in camera, and a built-in microphone. We could eventually even send little video clips.
To get started, Josh created a little client with huge fonts and big pictures to run on the little screen. We're thinking of ways to animate the incoming messages so they show up well from a distance, but for now we'll just try it out with big fonts. Big as these are, I think we probably need to be TWICE as big to see the message from anywhere in the pizza kitchen. I think we'll use the same screen for Steve to see and make tweets as for the customers.
Next step is to make the fonts even bigger, and try out the Twitter part in the pizza kitchen with Steve. The computer will probably get the same plastic-wrap flour-dust-protection that goes on the cash registers.