Put frankly, replacing waiters with tablets is really a terrible thought, particularly in an economic climate as fraught as the one we currently find ourselves in. Lots of people would lose their jobs and, if that doesn’t bother you, the restaurant commerce itself could well end up taking a dive as a result.
An excellent server enhances your evening in the same way that 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 the process is precisely the same as ordering a takeaway on the web; apart from that once they order online they do not automatically need to wear pants. Benefit: Takeaway.
Yet, my opinion on the subject isn’t why you requested the question. So, in response to your question , the best Android tablet pc’s with the restaurant biz are not actually 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 will 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 developers, the product facilitates eateries to differentiate themselves, that is hard to quarrel with, until you appreciate that once upon a time there was probably just one restaurant that had crazy, tasteless crap throughout its walls and all the others plagiarized that model, so as to better ‘differentiate’ themselves.
Not to be outdone, though, Android POS, developed by Accupos is definitely an app specially made for bistros to use in the same way to the E La Carte tablet. It might work out cost-effective than the E La Carte option, if you’re a restaurant proprietor planning to buy.
Will these new devices catch on? Only time will tell, but I am guessing that ultimately we will go back to Human servers, if only to have somebody else to network with on those awkward dates.