Disk dispensing and retrieval system and associated methods

CAFC
  • US 7,444,296 B1
  • Filed: 05/25/2000
  • Issued: 10/28/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/25/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A system for dispensing optical storage media from a kiosk, remote from a system server and communicatively connected to said system server, said system comprising:

  • a first central processing unit in said kiosk;

    a database including information representative of kiosk inventory and accessible by a user via a kiosk interface and the Internet;

    a first set of instructions for directing said first central processing unit to;

    request billing information from said user, including a user-specified e-mail address;

    respond to a user request from the Internet or from said kiosk interface, to identify inventory in said kiosk;

    receive (a) a request for an optical storage media and (b) said billing information, from said user,transmit said billing information to said system server for confirmation,receive said confirmation of billing from said system server, anddispense said requested optical storage media to said user;

    a first media readable by said first central processing unit for storing said first set of instructions;

    a second central processing unit in said system server;

    a second set of instructions for directing said second central processing unit to;

    receive said billing information from said first central processing unit,perform a credit verification routine on a credit account in said billing information,transmit said confirmation to said first central processing unit responsive to a verification of credit account,transmit an electronic receipt for said transaction to said user specified e-mail address in said billing information; and

    a second media readable by said second central processing unit for storing said second set of instructions.

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