05546316 is referenced by 183 patents and cites 250 patents.

A machine is disclosed which includes an enclosure with selection and payment means on the outside thereof and with storage and handling means on the inside thereof, all coupled to computer equipment which is on the inside of the enclosure. The computer equipment is programmed to facilitate a customer's creation from among types of products to be delivered and the desired mode of personalization thereof and to deliver a completed personalized product to a receptacle from which it may be removed by the customer. The machine of the invention improves customer service and availability by periodically reporting sales and other information. In addition, the machine self detects errors of operation and provides the capability of stocking new products or software programming revisions via data transmission from a remote location.

Title
Computer controlled system for vending personalized products
Application Number
602439
Publication Number
5546316
Application Date
April 6, 1992
Publication Date
August 13, 1996
Inventor
Thomas B Banks
Prairie Village
KS, US
Stephen P Buckley
Kansas City
MO, US
Agent
Leydig Voit & Mayer
Assignee
Hallmark Cards Incorporated
MO, US
IPC
G06F 17/00
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