News: KabaQ Transitions the Traditional Restaurant Menu to Augmented Reality

KabaQ Transitions the Traditional Restaurant Menu to Augmented Reality

If you've ever browsed a restaurant menu and wondered what a particular dish looks like, then the augmented reality mobile app from Kabaq was made for you.

KabaQ displays highly-realistic 3D models of menu items on the user's view of their table, allowing them to see various selections from multiple angles and zoom levels.

The company touts the app, available on iOS and Android, as the future of food ordering. At present, though, it currently hosts only five menus from restaurants in New York.

The Hangover Burger from Dutch Boy in New York on a kitchen counter in Anywhere, USA. Image by Tommy Palladino/KabaQ app

The company has released a new video demo of the app built on ARKit, and the improvements are noticeable. In the newer demo, 3D models of entrees and desserts look much more photorealistic, and the tracking is more stable compared to my own perusal of the app.

Perhaps more importantly, their five hotdog models passed mustard with the life-imitates-art Not Hotdog app (available on iOS and Android).

According to an app that tells you if a food is hotdog or not hotdog, KabaQ’s 3D models passed mustard. Image by Tommy Palladino/Not Hotdog app

For a further taste of their capabilities, the company has uploaded more than 100 3D models to their Sketchfab site.

Cover image via Sketchfab

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