Data entry systems

  • US 7,505,785 B2
  • Filed: 08/31/2006
  • Issued: 03/17/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/13/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A data entry system comprising a self-contained, hand held data entry unit which is a cellular telephone handset, said hand held unit comprising:

  • a reading sensor for sensing commands and/or data and for producing input signals in response to said sensed commands and/or data;

    rewritable storage made of solid state memory and programmable with description information corresponding to each of a plurality of user selectable items, wherein said description information is from a remote processing center and is for retention by said storage for later user access;

    a antenna;

    a controller connected to receive and process said input signals from said sensor, said controller being arranged to respond to said commands to control said hand held unit and to said data to select a said item;

    a display screen for displaying a user readable representation of said commands and said description information for said selected items, said description information being retrieved from retention in said storage;

    a wireless interface coupled to said storage, wherein said interface is configured to establish a link to a device separate from said hand held unit to permit transfer of data from said storage to said separate device, wherein said link is a wireless link of short range radio signals; and

    a wireless telecommunications interface for telephonic transmission of information relating to each of a selected item or items of said plurality of user selectable items retrieved from said storage to a remote processing center via a cellular telecommunications network for telephonic reception of description information corresponding to each of one or more of said plurality of user selectable items from said remote processing center to said storage via said telecommunications network, wherein said received description information is for retention in said storage for later user access and is to bring description information in said storage corresponding to said each of one or more of said plurality of user selectable items up to date for a user, andwherein said wireless telecommunications interface is a cellular telecommunications interface operable for voice and data communication integral to said hand held unit and directly connects said hand-held unit to said telecommunications network via said antenna;

    wherein said hand held unit includes a speaker and a microphone and a plurality of mechanical key switches, wherein one or more of said switches are operable by a user to select or deselect a mode permitting said hand held unit to be used as a telephone handset for voice communication via said cellular telecommunications network; and

    wherein said storage is programmable with description information from a remote processing center corresponding to each of a plurality of user selectable items by utilizing said cellular telecommunications interface and downloading from a remote processing center via s aid antenna said description information for said storage, wherein said downloading is in response to one or more instructions transmitted to a remote processing center via said antenna, transmitted in response to entry of one or more user commands, and said description information is for retention by said storage for later user access; and

    wherein said display screen, telecommunications interface and controller are operable to permit a user to select and place an order for one or more user selectable merchandisable items for the user via a remote processing center, wherein said display screen is operable to display a plurality of user selectable merchandisable items, and each of said one or more selected merchandisable items is individually selectable for ordering from said display screen from said plurality of user selectable merchandisable items by operation of a said reading sensor, andsaid one or more selections are transmitted to a remote processing center via said antenna, and wherein subsequent to a said transmission said hand held device is operable to receive via said antenna information relating to said order from a remote processing center to display on said display screen.

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