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Bar Code, RFID and Product ID enabled Internet INTELLIGENT CONSUMER ORIENTED DATABASES (ICOD) Information System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013551D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Current Internet data bases have a lot of information, but available methods for consumers to access to or retrieve for useful information is either not user friendly, limited, or lack of specific useful information that the consumers want or are interested. For examples, consumers may want to know the reviews of a particular book, a rating and critique of a movie or music (CD or tapes), safety or consumer reports of toys, appliances, PCs, automobiles, and even user manuals, most frequent asked questions... etc. Some of the information can be obtained by search engines, but most of the info is either too diversified or not related to the consumer products at all. Even if information is available, it will take a substantial effort to search, retrieve and collect the information unless a specific web site is known. Manufacturers also want to put information about their products in a place where it can be widely and easily accessed by the consumers, which will promote their products and enhance their services with less supporting staff to serve their customers.

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  Bar Code, RFID and Product ID enabled Internet INTELLIGENT CONSUMER ORIENTED DATABASES (ICOD) Information System

    Current Internet data bases have a lot of information, but available methods for consumers to access to or retrieve for useful information is either not user friendly, limited, or lack of specific useful information that the consumers want or are interested. For examples, consumers may want to know the reviews of a particular book, a rating and critique of a movie or music (CD or tapes), safety or consumer reports of toys, appliances, PCs, automobiles, and even user manuals, most frequent asked questions... etc. Some of the information can be obtained by search engines, but most of the info is either too diversified or not related to the consumer products at all. Even if information is available, it will take a substantial effort to search, retrieve and collect the information unless a specific web site is known. Manufacturers also want to put information about their products in a place where it can be widely and easily accessed by the consumers, which will promote their products and enhance their services with less supporting staff to serve their customers.

By providing a mechanism for easy access of product information by a simple internet command without extensive search and filtering. The system allows manufactures to save cost and at the same time promote their products. For consumer, it provides easy information access and therefore allow them to make more intelligent decision in purchasing products.

The proposed system is aimed to address the above issues which will benefit both the consumers and manufacturers. The following specific functional components:
1. A web browser with one or more search engines with specific links to intelligent consumer oriented databases (ICOD).

The ICOD provides an input menu for user to manual input of product key which is the bar code number.
2. A special mouse with build in scanner and RF receiver that can detect:

a. Regular consumer products' bar codes

b. RFID
3. Cons...