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Computer-Automated Shopping

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111641D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Willits, VL: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article discusses an automated shopping process. The process is described in the context of garment purchases but would also work, with modification, for other consumer items.

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Computer-Automated Shopping

      This article discusses an automated shopping process.  The
process is described in the context of garment purchases but would
also work, with modification, for other consumer items.

      The customer is given a plastic card when entering the store.
The card is for use in shopping terminals and is encoded with a
reference number.  The customer goes to a "Viewing Room" which
contains multiple terminals, each displaying an image of an item of
merchandise.  If the customer is interested in an item, he or she
inserts the card into the terminal.  This causes inventory
information (such as size, colors, etc.) to be displayed from a data
base.  If the customer finds a suitable choice, he or she indicates
this choice on the terminal.  The selection will be assigned to the
customer's reference number.

      When the customer is finished selecting items, he or she would
proceed to the Exit Terminal.  The customer inserts the card into the
Exit Terminal, views the selections he or she has made, and deletes
any unwanted items.  When the customer is certain about the
selections, he or she presses the Finish Button.  A try-on room
number is assigned to the customer and a printout of the item
selections with the room number is made for the customer.  The
customer than proceeds to the try-on room indicated.

      At the same time that the try-on room number is being
displayed, the customer's selections are displayed on the Merc...