Is it worth providing Android tablet pc’s to eateries?

Put frankly, replacing waiters with tablets may be a horrible idea, particularly in an financial climate as fraught as one we presently find ourselves in. Lots of people would lose their positions and, if that doesn’t bother you, the restaurant commerce itself could well wind up taking a dive as a consequence. 

A good waiter enhances your evening in the exact same way that a live programme is that a lot better than sitting back and watching TV. Once the novelty of pc tablet-servers ebbs away, customers will realize that it is exactly the same as ordering a takeaway on the web; except that when they order online they don’t automatically require to wear pants. Benefit: Takeaway.

Yet, my thinking on the subject isn’t why you requested the question. So, in answer to your query, the top Android tablet pc’s for the restaurant biz are not in fact Android tablet pc’s, but have now been created by a startup called E La Carte. In accordance with 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 elucidate how 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 assists restaurants to differentiate itself, which is difficult to disagree with, until you realize that once upon a time there is probably just one restaurant that had wild, tasteless crap throughout its walls and all the rest copied that model, so as to better ‘differentiate’ itself. 

Never to be beaten, though, Android POS, developed by Accupos is an app especially made for eateries to make use of in the same way to the E La Carte tablet. It could work out less expensive than the E La Carte option, if you’re a restaurant proprietor planning to buy. 

Will these innovative gizmos catch on? Only time will tell, but I am guessing that ultimately we will go back to Human servers, if only to have someone else to network with on those awkward dates.