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Laser Bar Code

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123238D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 23K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Isensee, S: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

One problem with ordering online is that there is no way to judge nonstandardized goods. For example, if you order fruit or vegetables from on online grocer, you can't be sure you are getting ones without blemishes.

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Laser Bar Code

   One problem with ordering online is that there is no way
to judge nonstandardized goods.  For example, if you order fruit or
vegetables from on online grocer, you can't be sure you are getting
ones without blemishes.

   Video can be streamed across the web and small cameras have
become very inexpensive.  It is thus now possible and practical to
supplement web based ordering systems with live video.  For example,
if you want to order a melon from on online grocer, you should be
able to view the bin of melons and use your mouse to indicate the
particular one you want.  The item can then be retrieved for you
either a human or a machine.

   One method of machine retrieval is to use a robotic arm.  A
cheaper solution is to use a laser to write a bar code on the melon.
At the end of the day, the melon bin is emptied onto a conveyer where
a bar code reader identifies which melon goes with which order and
routes it appropriately.

   This process could, of course, be applied to any sort of
items where it is useful to see an image of the real thing and could
be for any purpose, not just shopping.