Tweeting about the tables you are serving, while serving them? There’s an app for that

Tweeting about the tables you are serving, while serving them? There’s an app for that

Cheque, please: the iPod Touch could change the way we're served (Image: Thibault Poix) 

While being served by various 20-somethings between acting gigs, we’ve often wondered if there isn’t a way to depersonalize the situation even more. Now, thanks to the good people at Apple, there is. A new iPod application developed by two young bucks from Laval allows servers to use iPods to take down orders.

According to this description in the Post, waiters are going to look like hipster cyborgs:

Waiters enter the order on the iPod, which connects to a printer in a kitchen and prints them out there, so chefs know what to prepare. It also hooks up to another printer that can produce bills for customers… Waiters can have a portable printer so that their invoices can be printed on the spot. In a few months, there will be credit and debit card readers for sale that will plug into the iPods and allow them to charge customers without having to return to the pay terminal.

Developers claim the souped up, order-taking iPods won’t have Web-surfing capabilities, but if versions are developed for the iPad or iPhone, this feature may be unavoidable. How easy will it be for savvy servers to pretend to check on their tables while they surreptitiously blog about their insane customers? Clearly there’s a market for that kind of gossip.

• iPod to replace waiters note pad [Financial Post]