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A system for automatically dispensing information, goods and services to a customer on a self-service basis including a central data processing center in which information on services offered by various institutions in a particular industry is stored. One or more self-service information and sales terminals are remotely linked to the central data processing center and are programmed to gather information from prospective customers on goods and services desired, to transmit to customers information on the desired goods or services from the central data processing center, to take orders for goods or services from customers and transmit them for processing to the central data processing center, to accept payment, and to deliver goods or services in the form of documents to the customer when orders are completed. The central data processing center is also remotely linked to terminals of the various institutions serviced by the system, so that each institution can be kept up-dated on completed sales of services offered by that institution.

Title
Automatic information, goods and services dispensing system
Application Number
6/613525
Publication Number
4567359
Application Date
May 24, 1984
Publication Date
January 28, 1986
Inventor
Lawrence B Lockwood
5935 Folsom Dr., La Jolla, 92037
CA, US
Agent
Charmasson & Holz
IPC
G06F 15/30
G06F 15/00
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