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Wearable Shopper Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111534D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cummins, DA: AUTHOR

Abstract

In a retail environment, information must be presented to the store shopper. This information is often related to a sales transaction and consists of data such as sales price of an item, the total selling price, tax, and the total amount due. As the point-of-sale terminals become smaller and smaller, the size will approach a hand-held personal device. Hand-held terminals have no convenient way to display information to the shopper.

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Wearable Shopper Display

      In a retail environment, information must be presented to the
store shopper.  This information is often related to a sales
transaction and consists of data such as sales price of an item, the
total selling price, tax, and the total amount due.  As the
point-of-sale terminals become smaller and smaller, the size will
approach a hand-held personal device.  Hand-held terminals have no
convenient way to display information to the shopper.

      The problem of providing shopper information is solved by a
wearable display.  One embodiment is shown in the Figure.  It
consists of a display (a low power LCD, for example), some control
logic to store the data and refresh the display, a battery for power,
and a low power radio receiver.  A low power radio transmitter is
located in the hand-held point-of-sale terminal for sending the data
to the display device.

      Since the terminal operator is wearing the display, it is
facing the shopper and the sales data can be seen by the shopper.
The radio frees the operator from a wire to the hand-held terminal.
When not displaying sales data, the display may be used for
advertising.