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Patent Issued for Multi-Mode Computing Systems for Point of Sale Transactions

August 27, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation (Tokyo, JP) has been issued patent number 8800872, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews editors.

The patent's inventors are Herring, Dean F. (Youngsville, NC); Hibbard, John A. (Apex, NC); Johnson, Brad M. (Raleigh, NC); Landers, Jr., John D. (Raleigh, NC); Miller, Duane S. (Wake Forest, NC); Smith, Jeffrey J. (Raleigh, NC); Steiner, David J. (Raleigh, NC); Talley, William L. (Wake Forest, NC); Thomas, Jeff D. (Raleigh, NC); Wilson, Paul M. (Cary, NC).

This patent was filed on December 19, 2011 and was published online on August 12, 2014.

From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "The present invention relates to kiosks and point of sale (POS) systems.

"Kiosks and POS systems are specialized computing systems used for sales transactions, inventory tracking, and various other sales-related activities. Examples include electronic cash registers, computerized check-out systems, and self-serve kiosks. Traditionally, kiosks were simply manned sales booths generally located in shopping centers. Today, kiosks and POS systems have become electronically-based, interactive terminals that allow users to conduct business, access the Internet, or link directly to internal business systems. Kiosks and POS systems technology is used for conducting business transactions and interacting with customers, and even conducting internal business operations such as human resource functions.

"POS systems often combine computers or POS terminals with cash registers, bar code readers, scanners, and magnetic stripe readers. A POS system may be a standalone machine that processes store transactions and later delivers transaction information to a central computer, or it may be connected to the central computer for real time credit and inventory checks. In addition, POS systems can be a frontline piece of a retailer's information system. The information from the POS system can be shared with other departments and software tools to create one centralized system that can handle accounting, inventory control, merchandising, and forecasting.

"Although current kiosk and POS systems provide many features and tools, it is desired to provide improvements to make such systems more versatile and easier to use."

Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "One or more embodiments of the present invention provide multi-mode computing systems for POS transactions. According to an aspect, a computing system includes a first housing and a processing device disposed in the first housing. The computing system also includes a user interface and a first input/output interface integrated with the first housing and in communication with the processing device. The first input/output interface is configured to receive power for delivery to the processing device. Further, the computing system includes a second housing configured to carry the first housing. The computing system also includes an attachment mechanism configured to selectively attach together the first housing and the second housing for carry of the first housing by the second housing. Further, the computing system includes a second input/output interface configured to be communicatively coupled to the first input/output interface when the first housing and the second housing are attached. A power source is integrated into the second housing and connected to the second input/output interface for delivery of power to the processing device via the first input/output interface.

"According to another aspect, a computing system includes a first housing and a user interface and a first input/output interface integrated into the first housing. The computing system also includes a second housing configured to carry the first housing. Further, the computing system includes an attachment mechanism configured to selectively attach together the first housing and the second housing for carry of the first housing by the second housing. The computing system also includes a second input/output interface configured to be communicatively coupled to the first input/output interface when the first housing and the second housing are attached. Further, the computing system includes a processing device disposed in the first housing and configured to determine whether the first housing and the second housing are attached. The processing device is also configured to operate in a first user interface mode in response to determining that the first housing and the second housing are attached. Further, the processing device is configured to operate in a second user interface mode in response to determining that the first housing and the second housing are detached."

For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Herring, Dean F.; Hibbard, John A.; Johnson, Brad M.; Landers, Jr., John D.; Miller, Duane S.; Smith, Jeffrey J.; Steiner, David J.; Talley, William L.; Thomas, Jeff D.; Wilson, Paul M.. Multi-Mode Computing Systems for Point of Sale Transactions. U.S. Patent Number 8800872, filed December 19, 2011, and published online on August 12, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8800872.PN.&OS=PN/8800872RS=PN/8800872

Keywords for this news article include: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation.

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