Methods and systems for object identification and interaction

  • US 7,178,718 B2
  • Filed: 04/09/2003
  • Issued: 02/20/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/25/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method of facilitating an interaction between a user and a product item, the product item having an identity and the method including the steps of:

  • providing the user with an interface surface associated with the product item and containing information relating to the product item, the interface surface having disposed thereon coded data indicative of;

    (i) a product ID identifying said product item, (ii) a serial number uniquely identifying said product item within said class, and (iii) a plurality of map references of the interface surface;

    receiving, in a computer system, indicating data from a sensing device regarding the class of product item, the serial number of said product item and a position of the sensing device relative to the interface surface, the sensing device, when placed in an operative position relative to the interface surface, the sensing at least some of the coded data in the vicinity of the sensing device and generating the indicating data using at least some of the sensed coded data; and

    facilitating, in the computer system and with reference to the indicating data, the interaction between the user and the product item.

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