I think that cost is not important in such experimentations. if you attache a cheap tablet to the table then consumers might not feel the real exclusivity that they might feel. Apple products are good for marketing.
In Toronto there are several sushi restaurants using expensive iPads as menus, selections are made and sent to the kitchen and billed immediately. These restaurants are popular for serving speed as well are high variety in their menu offerings. The food items are shown in multiple photos, and the quality of the screen translates to a better representation of the true food item in its photos. Low cost tablets of at least Nexus 7 grade would make such systems more ubiquitious by reducing hardware costs even more.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.