Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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MenuTable

Make restaurant dining an informed pleasure
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The table at which diners are sat is an interactive menu screen. Touch sensitive, allowing realtime screening of menus, dishes' descriptions, pronunciation guides, everything, with a broadband link to the Internet, advertising featurettes, even short documentaries or longer films for those dinners which seem to drag on too long! All this would need would be some software written to tie it in to the kitchen, check on the ratings and tasting notes of all the wines in the restaurant's cellars, order a cab home... the applications are almost endless! And, children and others could be entertained, amused and informed by the eTable while the rest of the party is awaiting the food. I'm taking orders now.
artboy, Nov 02 2004

read this artboy http://www-1.ibm.co...003/100203jcm.shtml
IBM - done. [neilp, Nov 03 2004]

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       Isn't this what the waiting staff are for?
calum, Nov 02 2004
  

       Hating the idea of the equivalent of a TV in a restaurant I want to resist this. It does sound quite useful, so I'll bun it. But surf the internet while dining with me and you'll quickly find yourself alone.
Worldgineer, Nov 03 2004
  

       Aw, but we could simultaneously annotate over a bottle of Cote Rotie Jamet at Rover's or Col Solare at El Gaucho.
bristolz, Nov 03 2004
  

       Ok, you've won me over. Though if you go to El Gaucho (ew, steakhouse) I'll have to chat from Rover's.
Worldgineer, Nov 03 2004
  

       surely this has been done ? if not, a fresh croissant for you.
neilp, Nov 03 2004
  

       [artboy] - may I introduce you to Google. A search engine which lets you find stuff. (+) > (-)
neilp, Nov 03 2004
  
      
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