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October 31, 2008

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streetstylz

Regarding ShopSavvy:

NeoMedia has patents that cover this technology

http://www.neom.com/13.html

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.

Marko

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:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=97010780505

http://forums.t-mobile.com/tmbl/board/message?board.id=Android2&thread.id=3458
http://forums.t-mobile.com/tmbl/board/message?board.id=Android2&thread.id=2131
http://forums.t-mobile.com/tmbl/board/message?board.id=Android2&thread.id=93

Marko

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.

Storm

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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