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Method and System for Allowing a Third Party to Remotely Participate in and Influence User's Shopping Experience

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000207888D
Publication Date: 2011-Jun-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 22K

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Abstract

A method and system for allowing a third party (e.g. user's friend, relative, etc.) to remotely participate in and influence user's shopping experience is disclosed.

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Method and System for Allowing a Third Party to Remotely Participate in and Influence User's Shopping Experience

Disclosed is a method and system for allowing a third party (e.g. user's friend, relative, etc.) to remotely participate in and influence user's shopping experience during mobile shopping.

The system includes a portable device such as, a mobile phone with scanning capabilities associated with a shopper, a store application installed on the portable device and one or more portable devices associated with other users.

The shopper scans items or commodities using the portable device while shopping at a store (e.g. retail shop, a supermarket, a grocery or the like). A shopping list corresponding to the items scanned by the shopper is automatically generated when the shopper scans the items. Thereafter, the shopper connects to the store application. This triggers a notification to the one or more other users that the shopper is currently involved in shopping at the store. Upon receiving the notification, the one or more other users may open the store applications installed on their respective portable devices or any other suitable computing system. Opening the store application allows the one or more other users to view the shopping list corresponding to the items scanned by the shopper. Subsequently, the shopper may send a message to the one or more other users seeking their suggestions regarding the shopping list. For example, the shopper may seek advice from the one or more other users regarding one or more items included in the shopping list, and then asks whether the user has forgot any item to be included in the shopping list and the like. Upon receiving such a message, the one or more other users may respond to the shopper with their feedback. Alternatively, the one or more users may provid...