Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Menus That Talk(TM) – Restaurant Menus Get Table Smarts
Miami company introduces portable electronic menus that speak; uniquely
serves the special needs of the visually impaired, elderly and non-English
MIAMI, April 18 /PRNewswire/ — Taylannas Inc. announces the launch of
an electronic restaurant menu system, Menus That Talk(TM), a portable,
compact device, approximately the size of a DVD case, that speaks to
restaurant guests, describing selected food items from the hand-held unit's
A lighted array of buttons displays major menu categories like DRINKS,
APPETIZERS and SEAFOOD. Guests simply press a button corresponding to a
category and hear brief descriptions of cuisine, wine suggestions, sides
and prices. At the touch of a button, Menus That Talk describes what's for
No habla ingles? No problem: Just press the language button for Spanish
or another language. No more squinting in dim light or turning page after
page of complex printed menus. No more awkward conferences with busy
Ready to order? A Service button pages your waiter. For the visually
disabled, the buttons are also imprinted in Braille. Guests who can't see
the button names and don't use Braille can browse the menu simply by
tapping buttons to hear categories. Another tap brings up the details.
In noisy restaurants or for the hearing-impaired, Menus That Talk
features a detachable hand-held earphone. The earphone also interfaces with
Tele-coil equipped hearing-aids.
Menus That Talk(TM) serves the needs and comforts of all restaurant
patrons with its simple layout, ease of use and ability to deliver voice
anywhere in the restaurant. Benefits for the restaurants include
streamlining menu selections, reducing server assistance time and bringing
the menu to a larger, appreciative audience.
"Menus should be able to communicate without being a challenge," said
President and CEO Susan Perry. "We're making a restaurant's entire menu
available to all its customers, and we're making it a pleasurable
The idea originated in an Olive Garden restaurant where Ms. Perry was
having lunch with her niece Jessica, a pretty 24-year-old with advanced
macular degeneration who cannot read a menu from any distance. Jessica
asked her aunt to please read the menu to her. Susan had forgotten to bring
her reading glasses. They laughed about it, but Susan thought, "Why
shouldn't menus be able to talk?"
Menus That Talk(TM) premieres to the public at the National Restaurant
Association show in Chicago, May 19-22, 2007.
Susan Perry, President, CEO
Richard Herbst, VP Marketing
SOURCE Taylannas Inc.