05630068 is referenced by 134 patents and cites 20 patents.

A communication system for a marketing area locates a light signal generating system and a master computer at a control center and delivers message bearing light signals over optical channels to predetermined subdivisions of the marketing area. Message relay units are provided on the shopping carts in the marketing area for transmitting audio and/or visual messages to the shopper. Among the visual messages transmitted are those which visually display a list of items available for purchase and on display in the marketing area, a graphics display of the marketing area and the merchandise display facilities therein, a video picture which is often of a product or item available for purchase in the marketing area and a traveling word message.

The relay units disclosed have a computer which operates under the control of the master computer, a signal recieving system and various message signal storage facilities as well as a message transmission system that includes a visual display device and an audio transmission device. Various computer controls are provided for shopper use, including controls that facilitate the recording of items destined for purchase by the shopper and which facilitate the generation of indicia on the graphics display indicative of the item locations in the marketing area and a control that changes the size and viewing mode of the graphics display of the marketing area.

Procedures for guiding the shoppers about the marketing area and for delivering the messages to the shoppers in the marketing area are also considered.

Title
Shoppers communication system and processes relating thereto
Application Number
108437
Publication Number
5630068
Application Date
January 5, 1994
Publication Date
May 13, 1997
Inventor
Roger L Martin
P.O. Box 5591, Deltona, 32728-5591
FL, US
Thurman Sasser
1816 Sarazan Dr., Orlando, 32808
FL, US
Leo Vela
P.O. Box 331707, Coconut Grove, 33233-1707
FL, US
Agent
Bielen Peterson & Lampe
IPC
G06F 15/24
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