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Data in the Box

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123563D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Isensee, S: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The problem addressed is providing product information to consumers without the expense of salespeople or taking up extra shelf space for posters and such. The present invention provides information in a very compact form.

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Data in the Box

   The problem addressed is providing product information to
consumers without the expense of salespeople or taking up extra
shelf space for posters and such.  The present invention provides
information in a very compact form.

   This invention puts product information and other data in
the box or package that the product comes in without taking up any
extra space.  The information is stored on a data chip.  These data
chips are already in use in applications such as implanting them
under the skin in a pet to provide a permanent identification.  The
chip will be read by a handheld device.  This could be a PDA such as
the IBM WorkPad* with a reader attached.  In a store, the customer
could walk around with their WorkPad and read information about any
product they are interested in.  The product information could be
interactive so the customer can choose which parts of the information
is of interest.  For very low cost products, the chip could be placed
on the shelf tag rather than on the product itself.  For example,
the customer could walk through a grocery store and the chip on the
shelf tag would tell them calorie count, price per unit, nutritional
information, etc. The customer could ask for the lowest calory
variety of cheese and the PDA could read all the shelf tags in the
cheese section and return answer.
  * Trademark of International Business Machines Corporation