Coffee machine with fingerprint recognition
If James Bond ever asked Q for a coffee, he’d probably be pointed in the direction of this.
The Philips Saeco Xelsis Digital ID is the first coffee machine to use fingerprint recognition to identify how you like your coffee.
When the appliance is fresh out the box, the user presses their finger on a small pad on the machine three times.
This creates a user profile so they can programme just how their coffee should be made – including its strength and amount of milk and froth.
From that point on, every time they touch the pad it will know their preferences.
And after pressing a button to indicate their choice of drink – such as a cappuccino or latte – the machine makes it just the way they like.
The fingerprint technology, which seems more at home in a spy novel than on a kitchen counter, is just one of the stainless steel machine’s suave gadgets.
A panel on top of the appliance warms cups before the coffee is made.
And when it is, the machine’s milk carafe self-cleans, by pushing water through its pipes and into the drip tray.
The device can even be programmed to switch on at any time – so it can be ready for when the alarm clock goes off.
The Saeco Xelsis, which is made in Italy, goes on sale on Amazon at the end of the month for a staggering £1,700 (AUD $2,600).
But Philips believes coffee lovers won’t be put off by the hefty price-tag.
Vivienne Palmer, from Philips, said: ‘There is a variety of coffee machines, but the Saeco Xelsis is top-of-the-range.
‘There has been a real demand for these coffee machines – they are a sort of status symbol in the home.
‘Coffee has become much more popular but different consumers want different things; there are many consumers who love good coffee but do not want to get too involved in making it every day.
‘So we created the machines with fingerprint technology for ease of use – it means making coffee is much more convenient and has a consistently high standard.’
If the user wishes to make coffee for other people, they can exit their own profile and follow picture instructions on the screen.
They can also alter their own settings if their tastes change.
Six users can programme their fingerprints and preferences, along with their name.
The Saeco Xelsis can make variations on nine drinks, including espresso, macchiato, latte and cappuccino.
Already granulated coffee, such as decaffeinated, can be used in one of the machine’s compartments.
And for even more variety, the machine also has a steam arm for boiling water for tea.