The first time I’ve come across in-table screen menus – or perhaps you can call them e-menus – was at Barney’s, New York. Whilst having a break from being a tourist there we had a late lunch in their cafe.
And if we wanted more fashion then there there it was on the screens that we could scroll along. But Barney’s hasn’t lost the human touch with waiters/waitresses still asking you for orders and serving you after going through the on-screen menu.
This new technology is in the place you eat – there are lots more apps and websites that help you in other ways related to eating or even paying for a taxi which is what at least one taxi driver had in the US. The e-wallet approach is taking us to a cashless economy some would say. An article in Choice magazine clearly describes the basics of e-wallets and what is and isn’t currently possible on different phone systems.
Square.com is a cashless mobile app and there are other apps that help with pre-ordering food or drinks. I’m glad though that Barney’s still has people and that the service even runs late sometimes.