In the modern world, the fine art of selecting wines is dying a very slow and a very painful death. With most hotels and restaurants finding it hard to employ sommeliers with a well-rounded resume and years of experience in the field, we aren’t totally surprised that South Korean electronics giant LG has been trying its hands at developing a smart kiosk that could help eateries keep their wine cellars in order. According to a patent filed way back in 2009, LG is trying to develop a mobile terminal that can be used to inventory and organize wines in a restaurant/hotel/home cellar.
Since the device is devised to be portable, it can be used as a kiosk that can help people keep track of wines in their storage without having to physically sort them all or having to come with a system to keep them organized by year or type. We’re not entirely sure why the picture of the portable kiosk shows the image of Alec Baldwin in his role as Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock stuck to the front of the kiosk but we hope that LG wouldn’t retail the gizmo with it.
On the non trivial side, the portable kiosk comes with a built in camera that is capable of scanning wine labels, cross checking them from the info stored in a database and returning information about that particular label on request. Of course this doesn’t entirely replace the experience that a good sommelier possesses, it could be a great way for home users to show off their knowledge of wine in front of unsuspecting guests.