Put frankly, replacing waiters with tablets is a hideous thought, in particular in an financial climate as anxious as one we presently find ourselves in. A lot of people would lose their positions and, if that doesn’t bother you, the restaurant commerce itself could well finish up taking a dive as a consequence.
A good server enhances your evening in the same way a live programme is that significantly better than sitting back and watching Television. Once the novelty of tablet-servers ebbs away, people will realize that it is exactly the same as ordering a takeaway on the internet; apart from that once they order online they do not necessarily need to wear pants. Benefit: Takeaway.
On the other hand, my thinking on the issue isn’t why you asked the title. So, in reply to the query, the very best Android tablet pc’s for the restaurant biz aren’t in fact Android tablets, but have now been fashioned by a startup known as E La Carte. According to Annie Lowrey of Slate.com, this California-based business,
“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 how it all works, so I’ll reprint it here:
“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 tablet helps restaurants to distinguish themselves, that is difficult to disagree with, until you comprehend that once upon a time there was almost certainly just one restaurant that had fanatical, tasteless crap all over its walls and all of the others plagiarized that model, in order to better ‘differentiate’ themselves.
To not be beaten, though, Android POS, built by Accupos is an app specially designed for restaurants to utilize in a similar way to the E La Carte tablet. It could work out cost-effective than the E La Carte alternative, in the event you’re a restaurant proprietor planning to purchase.
Will these innovative devices catch on? Only time will tell, but I am guessing that eventually we’ll get back Human servers, if only to have someone else to interact with on those uncomfortable dates.