Apparatus and method for providing product location information to customers in a store

  • US 9,990,670 B1
  • Filed: 06/06/2016
  • Issued: 06/05/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/09/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of providing product location information within a store, the method comprising the steps of:

  • providing at least one information storage device including a database, wherein the at least one information storage device is configured to be at least indirectly in communication with at least one other device that includes at least one user interface, and wherein at least one of the at least one information storage device and the at least one other device with respect to which the at least one information storage device is configured to be at least indirectly in communication is or includes a mobile device;

    wherein the at least one information storage device includes both product location information and additional product-related information linking a product with an other product in a cross-referential manner;

    receiving a product location inquiry signal regarding the product, the product location inquiry signal being at least indirectly based upon a product location inquiry received by way of the at least one user interface;

    processing the product location inquiry signal at a signal processing device to determine a processed product location inquiry signal;

    querying the at least one information storage device to obtain portions of the product location information and additional product-related information in response to the processed product location inquiry signal;

    providing a product location information signal that is at least indirectly responsive to the processed product location inquiry signal;

    wherein the product location information signal is configured to enable, at least indirectly, a providing of an output signal at an output device as a response to the product location inquiry that includes location information concerning the product and also provides at least one suggestion related to the other product.

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