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Addressing structure for genetic storage with optional directory

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019211D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Sep-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Sep-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A handheld device employing Bluetooth or other wireless means to receive information on various product items, compares these prices with the prices of previous purchases stored in the handheld device in order to determine whether a really good price is available.

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Addressing structure for genetic storage with optional directory

    The problem is that consumers need a method to find good bargains, especially for frequent purchase items. The price of a 2-liter soft drink changes from time to time even in the same store, depending upon which kind of promotion is going on.

New wireless technologies, of which Bluetooth is an example, are making possible exchanges of large quantities of digital information between devices such as that up until now do not communicate with each other. Bluetooth offers high-speed up to 1 Mbit/sec communication between devices at ranges on the order of up to 30 meters. Another example of a frequently used wireless technology is 802.11b, also known as wi-fi. Multiple devices may be connected at one time using these technologies.

The solution is to use a handheld device employing Bluetooth or other wireless means to receive information on various product items, and compare these prices with the prices of previous purchases stored in the handheld device in order to determine whether a really good price is available. Thus the solution consists a method in which the store administration system provides prices on various items, a handheld device maintains a list of items and tracks their price history, the handheld device gets prices from administration systems, then determines whether the price for an item is in the desired range and alerts the user on the price

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