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October 31, 2008


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Regarding ShopSavvy:

NeoMedia has patents that cover this technology


Patent #6,651,053 — Interactive system for investigating products on a network

An interactive search system for use with a global computer network, e.g., the Internet, using a search identifying barcode to rapidly and effectively obtain a supply of related information for presentation to a user. A computer, either landline based or mobile, may be used to input a UPC code, taken from a package or advertisement or prestored in the computer, to an implementing server on the network. The server contains a database of product and manufacturer identifying UPC codes and uses the input UPC code and the database to identify the manufacturer and is programmed to then perform a search of the network to locate sites relating to or operated by the manufacturer. Also, the server may search the network on a product basis to locate other sites containing the UPC under search. Using “parsing” technology, the server “pulls out” the product description, transmits it to and places it in a random access memory (RAM) or storage of the computer, and proceeds to perform further searching relying on the product description to uncover relevant information. Accordingly, using a single input, a collection of product-related and manufacturer information is quickly assembled in the computer available for a user’s consideration all at once at any time.


Thanks for the copy/paste, NeoMedia.

Alexander Muse

Love for you to take another look at ShopSavvy v. Compare Everywhere. Our 3.0 version has been released for a few days - offering a major improvement in local listings as well as further map integration. Let me know what you think.

FYI - we have been active in the T-Mobile Forums as well as on the ShopSavvy Facebook Group, check them out:




Read the message board threads, very interesting feedback, thanks Alexander. Generally speaking these applications will serve the customer well. However I'd like to see an integration that serves the Stores & Brands well too. In a retail environment where online will always trump in-store, the challenge will be how your app will play nicely for all parties involved.


Comparison shopping is an excellent start for consumer barcode scanning, but I think it is only the tip of the iceberg. Check out http://mobilebarcodesrock.blogspot.com for some additional ideas.

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