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Coded Business Cards

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106192D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brodsky, MH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a business card with digitally imprinted information: such information being imprinted in ordinary ink as a bar or other optically readable code or in a magnetic storage medium such as a magnetic stripe or stored in a semiconductor memory device; including a means to imprint the digitally coded data; and a means to read the coded data into a computing or storage device;

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Coded Business Cards

      Disclosed is a business card with digitally imprinted
information:  such information being imprinted in ordinary ink as a
bar or other optically readable code or in a magnetic storage medium
such as a magnetic stripe or stored in a semiconductor memory device;
including a means to imprint the digitally coded data; and a means to
read the coded data into a computing or storage device;

      One implementation is to print on the back or front of a
business card a bar code or other optically readable code.  The
printed coded data can contain the name, title, company, address,
telephone number, fax number, electronic mail number or other
information about a person or product.  The card then can be handed
to another person much as a business card is ordinarily used.  The
recipient then can scan the data into a suitably equipped device
being carried by the recipient.  Such a device could be a portable
computer or pocketable digital assistant (also know as personal
digital assistants, digital pocket organizers, etc.).  The scanning
means could be a bar code scanner, a CCD camera, or other optical
means to capture the optical contrast imprinted on the card.  Coding
the data allows the continued use of the many fonts, colors and
styles currently employed on business cards.  Another possible
implementation is manufacture the business card in such a manner that
the card contains a small semiconductor chip embedded in the
thickness of the car...