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Airport iPads are Getting Smarter

February 26, 2013 at 8:35 AM | by | ()

It wasn’t that long ago that iPads invaded the airport, and we’re not just talking about the personal ones used by travelers. Restaurants have embraced the new technology, as they’ve been quick to add ordering abilities to the tablets as well as stuff like nutrition information and wine lists. Well now it looks like the iPads might just be doing a little more than taking orders. Be sure to say please and thank you, as the iPads are now talking back.

OTG Management—they’re responsible for airport restaurants all over the place—is upgrading their iPad offerings, as they claim to be the first to introduce multi-language support to their airport systems. Things are starting off at a couple restaurants up in Toronto, as it looks like Fetta Panini Bar and Heirloom Bakery Café inside Toronto Pearson International Airport are the first to graduate from the foreign language program.

The iPads can be set to one of twelve different languages, so travelers can always feel at home no matter where they are in the world. Too bad the same can’t be said for the waiters serving up the airfare, as we doubt they can take your order in that many languages as well.

In total OTG Management is looking to upgrade and improve around 7,000 of their iPads, and they’re bringing these language friendly devices to spots like New York-LGA and Minneapolis-St. Paul next. Eventually they’ll even expand their language offerings to around 20, so everything from Hebrew to Hindi will be an option.

[Photo from LGA: OTG]

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