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Apple Invents To-Go Ordering!

pat20070291710.jpgGenius! Apple's done it! They've solved the problem of waiting in line for food or beverages. You place your order before you get it--but not the normal way--see, here's the pure genius of it--you place your order, get this, you won't believe it, wirelessly. Yep! Who would have thunk it? I mean, I know it's well known to call in a food order and drive there in time to get it, so you don't have to wait in line (and this might be done on a (wireless) cordless home phone, or a (wireless) cell phone, but I digress); or to place your order and receive one of those little blinky-buzzy things that tells you when your order is ready, so you don't have to wait in line (hey, aren't those little blinky wireless buzzers, er, wireless? but again, I digress); and it's known to communicate wirelessly; and in other countries, it's well-known to use cell phones to make purchases. And in McDonald's, you can place your order at a little automated computer kiosk (but maybe it uses wires! Whew--HUGE difference, lemme tellya). But, my God, Apple! Oh, it's amazing--the innovative brilliance to think of using a cell phone--a cell phone, do you hear me!?--to place an order for a cuppajoe... so you don't have to stand in line... it's so beautiful, I'm about to shed tears... Sniff... Thank God for the US patent system giving them a king's monopoly on this unique idea. Otherwise, no one would have come up with this!. And let's only hope Apple gets a patent on this and is able to sue or threaten other companies to pay them royalties for all their remotely similar "wireless communications systems". After all, it's a small price to pay to have the American innovation we do.FYI: Claim 1 of this patent application claims this amazing invention:
1. A processing system, comprising:a wireless communication interface arranged to wirelessly communicate with one or more wireless client devices in the vicinity of the establishment, the wireless communication interface receiving a remote order corresponding to an item selected by at least one of the wireless client devices;a local server computer located in proximity to the establishment in communication with the wireless communication interface that receives the remote order from the wireless communication interface and generates instructions for processing the remote order; anda processing queue in communication with the local server computer that receives the processing instructions from the local computer server in preparation for processing of the remote order.

I can't believe we're living in this age of wonders!!!


Stephan Kinsella

Stephan Kinsella is an attorney in Houston, director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom, and editor of Libertarian Papers.

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