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Starbucks Joins The Internet Of Things With Smart Fridges That Know When Milk Has Gone Bad

The coffee machine knows you probably don’t want whipped cream on your venti non-fat latte.

Starbucks Joins The Internet Of Things With Smart Fridges That Know When Milk Has Gone Bad
[Image: Flickr user Sean Winters]

The fridges and coffeemakers at Starbucks are about to get a whole lot smarter. Within the next year, the coffee chain reportedly plans to connect its devices to the Internet of Things. Specifically, fridges will now tell employees when a carton of milk has gone bad, and cloud-based Clover coffeemakers will track what recipes customers prefer, and alert workers to the machine’s performance. The move is an attempt to improve productivity as well as customer service.

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Starbucks has embraced technology far longer than many other fast food joints, from offering free–and faster–Wi-Fi to customers, to allowing payments via smartphone with deals with Apple’s Passbook and Jack Dorsey’s Square (which saw its fair share of complications).

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