Method and system for presenting representations of payment accepting unit events

  • US 10,891,614 B2
  • Filed: 05/23/2017
  • Issued: 01/12/2021
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/18/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of presenting representations of payment accepting unit events, comprising:

  • at a mobile device with one or more processors, memory, one or more output devices including a display, and one or more radio transceivers;

    identifying one or more payment accepting units in proximity to the mobile device that are available to accept payment from a mobile payment application executing on the mobile device, the identifying including detecting predefined radio messages broadcast by the one or more payment accepting units, wherein the one or more payment accepting units are vending machines that accept payment for dispensing of products and/or services;

    displaying a user interface of the mobile payment application on the display of the mobile device, the user interface being configured to display a visual indication of the one or more payment accepting units and accept user input to (i) receive selection by a user of the mobile device of an available payment accepting unit of the one or more payment accepting units and (ii) trigger payment by the mobile payment application for a vending transaction initiated by the user of the mobile device with the available payment accepting unit of the one or more payment accepting units;

    establishing via the one or more radio transceivers a wireless connection between the mobile device and the available payment accepting unit of the one or more payment accepting units;

    after establishing the wireless connection, presenting the user interface of the mobile payment application and enabling user interaction with the user interface of the mobile payment application to complete the vending transaction;

    exchanging information with the available payment accepting unit via the one or more radio transceivers, in conjunction with the vending transaction; and

    in response to receiving the information, displaying, on the display, an updated user interface of the mobile payment application to the user of the mobile device.

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