Hand-held data processing terminal
Reconfigurable cluster of data-entry terminals
Personal portable terminal for financial transactions
Electronic funds transfer and voucher issue system
System for remote monitoring and data transmission over non-dedicated telephone lines
Restaurant or retail vending facility
Device for the use of and easily carried by an individual
Portable terminal device Patent #: 4511970
ApplicationNo. 06/674696 filed on 11/26/1984
US Classes:705/26, Electronic shopping (e.g., remote ordering)235/380, Credit or identification card systems379/91.01, Credit authorization725/134, Having particular storage feature725/25, ACCESS CONTROL OR BLOCKING725/60Interactive product selection
ExaminersPrimary: Smith, Jerry
Assistant: Meyer, Charles B.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassesG06Q 10/00 (20060101)
G06Q 10/00 (20060101)
AbstractA pocket size data terminal is described for use by a large number of consumers in a system with which goods or services can be conveniently and automatically ordered. A plurality of data terminals which can automatically dial a local processing center (LPC) are distributed among users each of whom can address the LPC with a unique user identification and an internal terminal identification. The terminal is internally battery powered. Each data terminal can accumulate orders for goods or services in a send memory while the terminal is unencumbered by any external connector. When subsequently connected to a phone line modular jack, upon command by a user send memory contents are automatically sent to an LPC in a short burst. The LPC verifies the use of the terminal, the authorization of the requested service and format of the data as well as other items as may be included in the order. Upon verification, the LPC returns an appropriate message for visual display at the terminal and processes the order to suppliers of the requested goods or services.