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Skytender

Courtesy of SkyMax

Airline To-Be-Determined

Economy-Class Innovation: Automated flight attendants.

Developed in Germany, this reinvented trolley leaves the rest looking as outdated as a VCR. Via a touchscreen, the Skytender uses syrups, water, and a carbonation pellet to produce almost three dozen different drinks, among them hot coffee, tea, juice, sodas, and even beer or mixed drinks. (All that, plus a major eco-boost since fewer bottles and cans will be discarded.) It’s currently undergoing a few final design tweaks before its onboard test in the fall; expect the Skytender to surface in flight by spring 2012.

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