Managing, accessing, and retrieving networked information using physical objects associated with the networked information

  • US 6,549,933 B1
  • Filed: 08/04/1998
  • Issued: 04/15/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/04/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A network-based system for information management, comprising:

  • (a) an independently portable physical object that is a data storage device (referred to as an Informative Thing), wherein;

    (i) the Informative Thing has an ID (referred to as a Thing ID) that represents an identity of the Informative Thing; and

    (ii) the Thing ID is associated with information stored at an information store separate from the Informative Thing;

    (b) a client computer that is configured to;

    (i) read the Thing ID from the Informative Thing;

    (ii) determine a location for where the information is stored based on the Thing ID; and

    (iii) request and receive the information; and

    (c) a server computer, connected to the client computer, that is configured to;

    (i) retrieve information pursuant to the request of the client computer from the information store; and

    (ii) transmit the information to the client computer.

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