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POS Architecture Centered Around a Microprocessor Based Thermal Receipt Printer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000214189D
Publication Date: 2012-Jan-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 19K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a point of sale (POS) hardware solution centered on a microprocessor-based thermal receipt printer. The idea replaces the need for a conventional POS specific system unit and enables a POS environment complete functionality with any computer.

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POS Architecture Centered Around a Microprocessor Based Thermal Receipt Printer

Some small businesses cannot afford a complete point of sale (POS) solution, opting instead for a personal computer cash drawer based solution. This requires that they buy either a receipt printer or use a standard letter-sized printer along with a cash drawer or lock box.

The proposed solution is a POS hardware solution centered on a microprocessor-based thermal receipt printer. The idea replaces the need for a conventional POS specific system unit and enables a POS environment complete functionality with any computer. Almost all retailers already have to buy a receipt printer, a personal computer to run their point of sale, and a sales application. The proposed idea is to bundle the sales application software, system, or printer diagnostics, etc. with the receipt printer allowing a small business customer an easy plug and sales solution.

The thermal printer contains nonvolatile memory storage such as a secure digital (SD) card that in fiscal countries serves as an electronic journal for collecting daily sales totals. Using a universal serial bus (USB) to attach the printer to a computer, the system displays the nonvolatile memory as a bootable USB mass storage device. The approach includes an operating system environment with a generic point of sale application that the customer can boot onto their standard PC or laptop. A bar code scanner plugs into the PC and the printer already...