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In store navigation tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237997D
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 30K

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Abstract

This method allows users with a portable device to make a shopping list and scan barcodes in a retail store to navigate the store based on point to point navigation and users defined preferences. The method allows the application to recalculate the navigation route at any time when the user deviates from the original shopping list.

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In store navigation tool


Disclosed is a method to allow users of existing portable devices, such as smart phones, tablets, etc., to navigate retail stores to find item more efficiently based on user defined preferences. This method works by allowing a user to scan barcodes on items or barcode locators within the retail store using a portable device as a way to identify the current location and determine the point to point navigation within the store. This method allows the user to set preferences, including fastest path, back to front, perishability last, class of products and cost.

An example of how this could work is:

Load a store location application on a users portable device Set up individual user preferences Load a shopping list, done manually or via a retail store website or application Go to the store Scan entrance location barcode or any non purchase item upon entering the store with the portable device.

Directions are provided via the portable device to get to the first item on the list based on the user

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preferences. The directions may be limited to the next item to be purchased
Upon arrival at the location, scan that product and it is removed from the list and steps 6 and 7 are repeated. If the desired item is not found, scan the closest item as a not purchased item and the navigation system will determine if the user is where they need to be and provide directions where to look based on the last scan. The application also recalculates directions if...