Automated mail collecting and telecommunication machine

  • US 4,900,905 A
  • Filed: 08/01/1988
  • Issued: 02/13/1990
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/01/1988
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. Self-contained apparatus for processing and collecting an item to be mailed comprising:

  • computer means;

    display means coupled to said computer means, said display means displaying information associated with the use of the apparatus such as the instructions for using said apparatus;

    receiving means coupled to said computer means for receiving the item to be mailed;

    data entry means coupled to said computer means and to said display means for entering data relating to the item to be mailed, such as the address to which said item is to be mailed;

    weighing means coupled to said computer means and to said receiving means for securely weighing said item to be mailed;

    determining means including said computer means and coupled to said data entry means and to said weighing means for determining the required postage for said item to be mailed;

    payment means for accepting and verifying payment for said postage including said computer means and coupled to said display means, to said data entry means, and to said determining means;

    means coupled to said computer means for providing machine readable information concerning the item to be mailed on the item to be mailed, such as the zip code to which said item is to be mailed; and

    transport means coupled to said computer means for transporting the item to be mailed from said receiving means to a storage area for subsequent pick up.

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