e-Menu Interactive Restaurant Menu

The e-Menu is an interactive menu technology created by an Israeli start-up. Networked LCD screens located at each table provide customers with the best in service.

(e-Menu from Conceptix video review)

The company claims a number of (reasonable) advantages for their system:

  • Visualizing the menu with quality photos; a full description of each items with calorie count, etc.
  • On-screen ordering process
  • Calls the waiter on demand
  • Requesting the bill and payment amount
  • Interactive communication with other customers at other tables
  • Interactive games
  • Music and video selections to keep patrons entertained while waiting.
This kind of system was predicted almost one hundred years ago by none other thann Edgar Rice Burroughs. In his 1912 story A Princess of Mars he writes:

Kantos Kan led me to one of these gorgeous eating places where we were served entirely by mechanical apparatus. No hand touched the food from the time it entered the building in its raw state until it emerged hot and delicious upon the tables before the guests, in response to the touching of tiny buttons to indicate their desires. [my italics]
(Read more about automated restaurants)

This kind of technology, with somewhat fewer features, was also tried in the UK; see the article on Bytes Restaurant With Touchscreen Ordering.

Read more at Conceptics; thanks to Moira for contributing the tip on this story.

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