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Multimedia service access by reading marks on an object Patent #: 5640193
ApplicationNo. 891599 filed on 07/11/1997
US Classes:235/472.01, Hand-held (e.g., portable)235/462.01Bar code
ExaminersPrimary: Hajec, Donald T.
Assistant: Le, Thien M.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassG06K 7/1/0
AbstractA portable hand-held WWW access terminal for accessing HTML-encoded documents located on the WWW. The terminal includes a bar code symbol reader in a hand-supportable housing for reading URL-encoded symbols specifying the location of HTML-encoded documents stored in information servers connected to the Internet and supporting the TCP/IP standard. A computing platform is provided for supporting a GUI-based WWW browser program integrated with the bar code symbol reader in the hand-supportable housing. A telecommunication modem is operably connected to the computing platform in order to establish a two-way telecommunication link between the GUI-based WWW browser and an Internet service provider (ISP) connected to the Internet. In response to reading a URL-encoded bar code symbol, the WWW browser program automatically accesses a corresponding HTML-encoded document on the Internet, for display on a visual display panel integrated with hand-supportable housing. A keypad is also integrated with the hand-supportable housing for manually providing information to the WWW browser program.