Since the debut of the iPad, tablets have captured the imagination of consumers. In just one year, the iPad surpassed even the most optimistic of projections to define a brand new product category and become the best-selling gadget of all time, and Forrester analysts project that in 2011, tablet sales will more than double.
Engadget reports Applebee's has a new trick up their sleeves for entertaining their guests. "'Who hasn't felt like they've been held hostage waiting for a check to arrive?" That's a question posed by Applebee's president, Mike Archer. Frankly, we're having some trouble imagining that the home of desserts served in shot glasses would have find it difficult keeping customers entertained, but, well, that's the ever-shrinking national attention span for you. Thankfully, your local massive neighborhood grill chain has just the answer: a tablet on every table across the country, following similar plans from restaurants like Chili's. That's nearly 100,000 in all, letting customers pay for the check, order desserts and appetizers and play, say, Fruit Ninja, while waiting for that bacon cheddar cheeseburger to arrive. The tablets won't be replacing wait staff or physical menus, but the company hopes they'll go a ways toward engaging a a younger audience -- assuming anyone can see the seven-inch screens through the layers of onion ring grease."