Device For Splitting The Bill At A Restaurant Now Patented
from the thanks,-IBM dept
You may recall just a few months ago that a “showcased” Google spreadsheet for splitting the bill got some basic math wrong. After we pointed it out, Google Phd.’s apparently got to work and figured out how to properly split a bill. Perhaps part of the problem was that they didn’t have a newly approved US patent (found via Slashdot) from IBM on the basic concept of splitting the bill. The patent is actually for a device at a restaurant table, where multiple patrons can input how much they want to pay and the device keeps track to make sure the entire bill is paid. As the patent notes, earlier inventions allowed patrons to pay at the table. What was new about this patent, was the splitting of the bill part. The USPTO had originally rejected the patent, but that so-called “final rejection” was just overruled.