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Internet Search Technique Using Universal Product Codes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122847D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vetter, B: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed are methods to extend the usefulness of barcodes past the point of sale and into the consumer's home. (Just about every household product purchased today contains a Universal Product Code (UPC) on the package. These UPCs were implemented to enhance the efficiency of the checkout process at a retail establishment.)

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Internet Search Technique Using Universal Product Codes

      Disclosed are methods to extend the usefulness of barcodes past
the point of sale and into the consumer's home.  (Just about every
household product purchased today contains a Universal Product Code
(UPC) on the package.  These UPCs were implemented to enhance the
efficiency of the checkout process at a retail establishment.)

      By adding an inexpensive bar code scanner to any network
Internet client (home personal computer or in the future a
kitchen-based Family Message Center Network Terminal) customers can
tap the rich resources of the Internet using the information already
contained on just about every package purchased in America.  A simple
Internet-based database program can associate the UPC code with the
product name, product Internet homepage, and other useful
information.  This product  information can then allow our customer
reach and use other information  available either on the Internet or
store within their own personal computer.

      Examples of how this disclosure can expend the usefulness of a
product solution by including the methods described in this within
include:
  o  By mapping the UPC barcoded signal through a database which
      relates the associated Internet Universal Resource Locator
      (URL) ordinary everyday household products come to life
      with the added dimension of the Internet.  Specific end
      user benefits include:
  ...