Kauko Café in Helsinki, Finland, is an Internet café with a difference. Instead of you heading to the café with your laptop to check your emails, work on a deadline or Skype a friend when travelling round the world, the experiences is reversed meaning that the actual café experience is controlled by the Internet!
Confused? Well take a look:
Kauko is a café with a difference as those sat at home on their computer, just like you or me, can control what happens in the café remotely by doing things like moving furniture, fiddling with the lights or sending messages to those trying to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee. Created for the World Design Capital festival in Helsinki this concept café is hoping to illustrate that design has an effect on you, have an effect on it. Customers at Kauko enjoy free coffee, but in exchange have no control over the space around them.
So go on, you know you want to! Head over to the Kauko website and move a table, send a message, dim the lights, change the music and feel the sense of power you have via remote control. Once logged on to the website, you have 60 seconds to control an element within the cafe and watch video of the effects this has on diners. Just don’t be mean and spill the large sugar-free soy vanilla latte with 2 shots of espresso over the lap of an unsuspecting customer.