Restaurant technology should be… well, a lot of things, depending on who you ask.
Some say it should be minimal, noninvasive; heard and not seen. Other eatery atmospheres demand a more intense atmosphere.
But everyone can agree, restaurant technology should NOT threaten to fall into guests’ plates or completely distract from the dining experience. I guess someone should have mentioned that to whoever installed these miserable examples of restaurant AV.
We’ve compiled a slideshow of some of the most atrocious restaurant technology installation fails spotted in the field by sharp-eyed industry folks who were too mortified to look away, then paired them with much better examples of installs.
It isn’t clear in some of these pictures if the tech was installed by an actual systems integrator or a business owner who wanted to save some cash.
But either way, all of these images illustrate an immense need for a qualified installer.
From expensive screens “flown” by the power of a two-by-four, to screens programmed by someone who didn’t understand the intrusion of a system update… these poor excuses for installations will leave you shaking your head.
It’s not as though there’s a shortage of professionals to choose from.
Our yearly Integration Awards highlight projects which stand out in an industry where looks matter.
Unlike their careless counterparts in the slideshow, these AV installations caught our attention for how well the AV systems integrator understood clients’ unique challenges and how closely they worked with the client to ensure they delivered an effective problem-solving solution.
Some useful links for restaurant AV integrators:
- 5 Ways to Maximize Restaurant Technology
- Key Digital Presents ‘Unique Value Proposition’ for Bar and Restaurant AV
- Patrons at Dubai’s PLAY Restaurant & Lounge Can’t Detect the ELAN Control System That Runs the AV
- 3 Ways Digital Video Is Changing the Restaurant Experience, According to NEC
Click here to see some of the most head-scratching restaurant technology installation fails ever (and how they should have gone!)