Google employees patent bill-splitting idea
APPARENTLY, splitting the restaurant bill among friends is still an issue, despite smartphone calculators. So a group of Google employees has filed a patent to develop an app or calculator that will help people keep track of their expenses and who owes what.
First picked up by Geekwire, here’s a typical scenario for the patent’s real-world application: a group of friends take a trip together. Some eat more, some eat less. Some drink more, some drink less. The app-slash-calculator works by managing cash flow and keeping track of who owes what and who owes whom.
For example, a group of four on vacation go to lunch, but only three of the four decide to eat. The first friend pays for the entire tab and inputs who owes what into the expense calculator, leaving out the fourth friend who skipped lunch.
By the end of the trip, theoretically everyone should be squared off with no more confusion as to what owes what and who owes whom. Presumably.
Bill-splitting apps already exist however. There’s Splitwise for instance, ideal for roommates who share the household bills, and Billr.me, which can calculate bills for parties of up to 16 people and tally who owes what after splitting the cost of shared dishes, tax and tip.