Data entry systems

  • US 8,290,538 B2
  • Filed: 02/28/2011
  • Issued: 10/16/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/13/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A hand held data entry unit operable for use in a data entry system, said hand held unit comprising:

  • (A) a speaker and a microphone permitting said hand held unit to be used as a wireless telephone handset;

    (B) a sensor operable to sense commands and/or data, and in response to said sensed commands and/or data operable to produce input signals for said hand held unit;

    (C) rewritable storage made of solid state memory, wherein said storage is remotely programmable with;

    a plurality of user selectable items, via downloading said user selectable items for said rewritable storage for later user access from said storage; and

    wherein said plurality of user selectable items are downloadable from a remote source which is publicly accessible by other users of other hand held units;

    (D) an antenna;

    (E) a plurality of mechanical switches operable by a user;

    (F) a rechargeable power supply;

    (G) a display screen operable to display information for user selectable items, wherein further said display screen is operable to display a selected language of a number of languages to assist a user in operating said hand held unit, wherein said selected language is selectable by a user via operation of said sensor, and said number of languages includes English and at least one language other than English;

    (I) a telecommunications interface operable for;

    transmission of information corresponding to a selected item or items of said plurality of user selectable items from said storage via said antenna and at least a telecommunications network, and reception of information corresponding to one or more of said plurality of user selectable items for said storage via said antenna and at least a telecommunications network; and

    (j) wherein said hand held unit additionally is operable for a user to make a shopping selection and to order a merchandisable item available for purchase, wherein;

    (i) by utilizing said antenna and at least a telecommunications network said hand held unit is operable;

    to receive at least a plurality of user selectable items which correspond to merchandisable items available for purchase by a user, wherein said receiving is subsequent to entry of one or more user inputs to said hand held unit,(ii) wherein subsequent to said hand held unit receiving said plurality of user selectable items which correspond to merchandisable items, said display screen is operable to display one or more of said plurality of user selectable items which correspond to merchandisable items,(iii) by utilizing said antenna and at least a telecommunications network said hand held unit is operable to transmit data from said hand held unit corresponding to a selected user selectable item of said plurality of user selectable items which correspond to merchandisable items to enable a user to order a merchandisable item corresponding to said selected item,(iv) wherein via operation of said sensor and/or one or more of said mechanical switches said selected item is individually selectable by a user from said plurality of user selectable items which correspond to merchandisable items, and(v) in response to a said transmission said hand held unit is operable to receive information about a said order to display on said display screen.

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