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Method and System for Managing Items in Storage Areas Using a Mobile Application and Configurable Shelf Media

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236816D
Publication Date: 2014-May-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 80K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for managing items in storage areas automatically using a mobile application and configurable shelf media.

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Method and System for Managing Items in Storage Areas Using a Mobile Application and Configurable Shelf Media

As technology advances, there arises an opportunity to further automate in an area of consumable products in a homestead. Daily used food products such as, but not limited to, milk, coffee, and other common foods are either stored in refrigerators or in pantries.

Disclosed is a method and system for managing items in storage areas automatically using a mobile application and configurable shelf media. The storage areas can be, but are not limited to, refrigerators, pantries and shelf space areas. The method and system uses configurable screen technologies with density sensors and wireless technology to automatically configure and monitor a shelf space in a storage area. A user can choose the shelf space in the storage area to be monitored using the mobile application. A shelf media can be configured to graphically display a location to place an item. The shelf space where the item is placed is linked to density information contained in the mobile application. Thereafter, the item in the storage area can be monitored. The application can keep track of usage and alert the user when the item is empty or expired. In addition, a grocery list can also be created and items in the grocery list can be automatically ordered from a local store. The mobile application can also override automatic order and delivery. The mobile application can also save the grocery list to assist the user in shopping. A work flow of the method and system is illustrated in the figure.

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The method and system can take metrics such as, but not limited to, humidity, color and brand to determine the type and quantity of the item present in a refill space. For e...