Put frankly, replacing waiters with tablet pc’s may be a terrible thought, particularly in an financial climate as desperate as the one we presently find ourselves in. A lot of people would lose their positions and, if that does not bother you, the restaurant commerce itself could well end up taking a dive as a consequence.
A good maître d’ enhances your evening in the same way a live programme is that much better than sitting back and watching Television. Once the novelty of tablet pc-servers ebbs away, people will grasp that it is precisely the same as ordering a takeaway online; apart from that when they order online they do not automatically need to wear pants. Advantage: Takeaway.
Yet, my thinking on the issue isn’t why you requested the title. So, in response to your question , the very best Android tablet pc’s with the restaurant biz aren’t in reality Android tablet pc’s, but have now been created by a startup called E La Carte. Reported by Annie Lowrey of Slate.com, this California-based company,
“Has produced a kind of souped-up iPad that lets you order and pay right at your table. The brainchild of a bunch of MIT engineers, the nifty invention, known as the Presto, might be found at a restaurant near you soon”.
She goes on to clarify the way it all works, so I’ll reprint it now:
“It works like this. The company manufactures tablet computers with full-day battery lives and a credit-card reader attached. The interface is easy enough for a grade-schooler to use. You select what you want to eat and add items to a cart. Depending on the restaurant’s preferences, the console could show you nutritional information, ingredients lists, and photographs. You can make special requests, like “dressing on the side” or “quintuple bacon.” When you’re done, the order zings over to the kitchen, and the Presto tells you how long it will take for your items to come out. Want a margarita in the meantime? Just add it on the console, and wait for the waiter to bring it. Bored with your companions? Play games on the machine. When you’re through with your meal, you pay on the console, splitting the bill item-by-item if you wish and paying however you want. And you can have your receipt emailed to you”.
According to the designers, the product helps bistros to distinguish themselves, which is difficult to quarrel with, until you realize that once upon a time there is perhaps only one restaurant that had wild, vulgar crap all over its walls and all the others copied that model, to be able to better ‘differentiate’ itself.
To not be beaten, though, Android POS, built by Accupos is an app particularly designed for eateries to use in a similar way to the E La Carte tablet. It may work out less expensive than the E La Carte option, if you’re a restaurant proprietor aiming to buy.
Will these new devices catch on? Only time will tell, but I am guessing that ultimately we’ll go back to Human servers, if only to have someone else to cooperate with on those awkward dates.