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Method and System for Searching, Locating and Revealing Physical Items

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000250507D
Publication Date: 2017-Jul-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 94K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for allowing a user to locate and interact with physical items or products in a physical area by using natural language processing (NLP) techniques.

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Method and System for Searching, Locating and Revealing Physical Items

Disclosed is a method and system for allowing a user to locate and interact with physical items or products in a physical area by using natural language processing (NLP) techniques.

The method and system enables a user to locate and interact with physical items in locations such as, but not limited to, supermarkets, retail locations, warehouses and outdoor storage yards. The physical items are attached with a removable and reusable device such as, but not limited to, a microphone, a speaker, a central processing unit and network capabilities. The removable and reusable device is added to the physical items packaging and removed at the point of sale.

In order to locate the physical items, the method and system allows the user to issue a query by voice/text/user interface (UI) input. Also, the method and system provides additional interactions to prompt the user for additional input to the query.

Thereafter, the method and system sends the query to a remote system for interpretation. The remote system processes the query and compares the query to specific predefined set of keywords associated with the physical items by using NLP techniques. Alternatively, the remote system checks a database to search for the physical items in the physical area that match the query.

Once the physical items matching the query are identified, the remote system sends a network signal to the related physical items to announce the presence of the physical items, using visual and audio cues. Further, the method and system provides additional cues that support multiple users in a same physical area at the same time.

In addition, the method and system uses previous shopping preferences and histories assoc...