A restaurant in New York City is planning to equip its staff with Apple Watches to improve efficiency, Apple Insider reported. Apple Inc. recently introduced the Watch Series 2 with a faster dual-core S2 processor, a standalone GPS radio, and a waterproof design. According to the report, famed New York City restauranteur Danny Meyer is outfitting floor managers and sommeliers at upscale eatery Union Square Cafe with Apple Watch hardware.
Apple Watch in Restaurant
Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group announced a partnership with Resy, a reservation system start-up, at the TechTable Summit on Wednesday. The partnership would integrate the Apple Watch into front-of-house restaurant service, according to a report in Eater.
Union Square Cafe, which is Meyer’s 30-year-old restaurant, is set to reopen in Manhattan in October, following some 10 months of renovations. When the restaurant reopens, every floor manager and sommelier will receive an Apple Watch loaded with the ResyOS app.
ResyOS is a restaurant reservations and waitlist system. The platform is designed to integrate reservations, mobile payments, point-of-sale and on-the-floor services. It communicates with a back-of-house system hosted by an iPad.
“And when a VIP walks through the front door, someone orders a bottle of wine, a new table is seated, a guest waits too long to order her or his drink, or a menu item runs out, every manager will get an alert via the tiny computer attached to their wrist,” Eater reports.
ResyOS is the resulting app, whose control center is an iPad at the restaurant’s host stand. The Apple Watches pull info from the back-end system housed on the iPad app.
Maureen Cushing, co-founder of TechTable and Union Square Hospitality Group’s VP of Technology, sees ResyOS as “another way to listen and respond to our guests… [the app gives employees] real-time communication from guests, similar to Uber feedback.” She said that the Apple Watches will not replace communication between servers and management. “Right now, servers will not be wearing watches, only management and sommeliers,” Cushing added.
Apple Watch Series 2
The new Watch Series 2 came with a number of noteworthy hardware improvements, according to Apple Insider.
The most noticeable change in the Watch Series 2 is the new dual-core S2 processor, which makes the device faster to perform tasks. The Series 2 also features a new GPS radio, which allows users to track pace and distance without a connected iPhone. This means users can go out for running or biking without an iPhone.
The U.S. tech giant has upgraded the device with a more durable ceramic back. Moreover, the new smart watch series is waterproof, suitable for surface swimming and tracking.
A review of the Watch 2 by Apple Insider shows that Siri’s performance has been improved and the voice assistant was faster at addressing queries, and was more accurate at hearing. The company also improved the device’s battery life. The Watch Series 2 is rated for about 5 hours of use with GPS.
A report in The Motley Fool suggested that the Apple sold somewhere between 5 million to 9 million watches in 2015.
In other news, the iPhone maker is expected to launch the iPhone 8 next year to celebrate the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary. The company is also is spending $45 million on a research and development center in China.