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Bar Code Reader With Voice Output

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039992D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Munroe, RA [+details]

Abstract

A method is described which enables visually impaired people to identify bar code labelled products, or sighted people to identify bar code labelled products with no display, or in certain hands-off operating conditions. UPC (Universal Product Code) bar code products are pervasive in the consumer world. Portable wands are available. If a wand reader was attached to a small processor and voice chip, a person could "read" bar codes and know the product name and size. This could then be used in the home to identify items, especially food. This would be great for the visually impaired. The portable device would ideally run on rechargeable batteries, have a small speaker and headphone jack, and a connector where information could be fed into the memory.