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(RSS) Indirect Point-Of-Sale Device Association through Web Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031315D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-21

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Pervasive devices will define a new experience for retail shopping. However, the thin clients typically used for these pervasive devices are not typically well adapted for the demands of driving POS I/O devices. In addition, the more functionality encapsulated into a client (I/O drivers, enabling middleware, etc), the more expensive individual devices become and the more difficult the device becomes to manage. There appear to be two primary methods of incorporating pervasive devices into the retail experience: 1. Provide expensive, mobile, full featured devices with custom applications 2. Provide thin clients with web interfaces and limited POS functionality (e.g. "Shopping Buddy"+Bluetooth scanner) This publication purposes a new standard means by which personal thin clients (e.g. PDAs, cell phones, etc) can be utilized during the retail experience.