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(RSS) DOME WAITER TABLE POINT-OF-PURCHASE UNIT AND UNDER-FLOOR DELIVERY MECHANISM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030690D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Aug-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Aug-23

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system, the Dome Waiter Table Point-of-Purchase Unit and Under-floor Delivery Mechanism, that solves the problem of the high operating costs associated with waiters by introducing a table-based point-of-purchase unit and an under-floor automated system of food, beverage, or product delivery.

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(RSS) DOME WAITER TABLE POINT-OF-PURCHASE UNIT AND UNDER-FLOOR DELIVERY MECHANISM

    Disclosed is a system, the Dome Waiter Table Point-of-Purchase Unit and Under-floor Delivery Mechanism, that solves the problem of the high operating costs associated with waiters by introducing a table-based point-of-purchase unit and an under-floor automated system of food, beverage, or product delivery.

I. Claims

The broad claims are:

A table-based point-of-purchase unit for the waiter-free order, delivery, and payment


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more quadrants of the subfloor level
II. Advantages

The advantages of this solution over human waiters are numerous:

Eliminates the high operating costs associated with human waiters


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of food, beverage, or product comprised of:

A table with a hollow base


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A tabletop with one or more cutouts over the base

One or more mechanisms covering each cutout that open and close to reveal

and hide the product

One or more trays that rise within the hollow base and fill exactly the cutout(s) of

the tabletop

One or more computer network clients for at-table order and payment


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An under-floor delivery mechanism for the waiter-free delivery of food, beverage, or

product between point-of-purchase units and preparation locations comprised of:

A subfloor level under the point-of-purchase units

One or more lifts under each point-of-purchase unit for raising and lowering trays

One or more mechanisms for moving trays to any XYZ position within one or

Time efficient - the overall time to deliver food is reduced and the chance of undue

waiting to the customer is reduced food preparation can begin immediately after order is placed by customer food delivery can begin immediately after food preparation is complete time does not have to be taken to pay the bill at the end---payment is authorized and taken with each order Eliminates the chance of human error associated with waiters - order accuracy is

increased

Eliminates the need to tip, reducing the cost to the customer

In many situations where order and delivery of food is difficult, such as theaters,

arenas, and room service, increases the accessibility of ordering more product, thereby increasing overall product sales In many situations, also eliminates the high operating costs associated with cashiers

and busboys

    The advantages of this solution over the closest known solution, the self-help order and payment kiosks now appearing at some McDonald's*, are numerous:

Eliminates the high cost associated with the waiters/cashiers

Moves the entire process to the table so you can order and pay while seated

Eliminates the need to wait in line to order

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Eliminates the need to carry your order to your table, and any human error that

Eliminates the need to wait in line for your order to be comprised


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might occur doing so Allows you to add to your order at any time without getting up from the table


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Eliminates the need to carry your tray and dispose of its content...