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Use of a Hand-held Device (HhD) for Shopping

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014579D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

It is often difficult to locate products in a store and even more difficult to make a purchase decision based upon the information on a product's label/packaging. If products were easier to locate and more information was available on the spot, this would benefit both the purchaser and the manufacturer of the product. This can be accomplished using a Hand-held Device (HhD) such as a Palm Pilot. The disclosed invention allows a HhD's programming to take advantage of features that could be provided by the store: a. A system of Infrared (IR) transceivers mounted in the ceiling of the store; b. A small laser scanner which plugs into the serial port of the HhD. The IR system would provide location information for products the user can't find, by entering the product name/Brand into the HhD and querying the IR system for its location. The user can also scan the barcode of a product using the laser scanner and get information on that product via the IR transceiver system. This would be used mainly for 'big-ticket' items, such as electronics, where it is often impossible to get detailed information from the packaging or the salesperson. The method of this invention is as follows:

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Use of a Hand-held Device (HhD) for Shopping

It is often difficult to locate products in a store and even more difficult to make a purchase decision based upon the information on a product's label/packaging. If products were easier to locate and more information was available on the spot, this would benefit both the purchaser and the manufacturer of the product. This can be accomplished using a Hand-held Device (HhD) such as a Palm Pilot. The disclosed invention allows a HhD's programming to take advantage of features that could be provided by the store: a. A system of Infrared (IR) transceivers mounted in the ceiling of the store;

b. A small laser scanner which plugs into the serial port of the HhD.

The IR system would provide location information for products the user can't find, by entering the product name/Brand into the HhD and querying the IR system for its location. The user can also scan the barcode of a product using the laser scanner and get information on that product via the IR transceiver system. This would be used mainly for 'big-ticket' items, such as electronics, where it is often impossible to get detailed information from the packaging or the salesperson.

The method of this invention is as follows:
1. The store provides an IR transceiver system which provides communications with HhD's throughout the store.
2. If the user cannot locate a particular product, he enters the product name and perhaps the desired brand into the HhD. The HhD then queries the IR system, which provides the product's location.
3. The user can create a shopping list in the HhD and que...