(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: us 6,446,862 Bi
Mann (45) Date of Patent: Sep. 10,2002
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FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
IP 411066437 A * 3/1999
"Wearable Computing: A First Step Toward Personal Imaging" by Steve Mann, Computer, vol. 30, No. 2, Feb. 1,1997, pp. 25-32, XP000722152.
* cited by examiner
Primary Examiner—Karl D. Freeh
Assistant Examiner—Allyson Sanders
A wearable or carryable means typically for being owned, operated, and controlled by an individual buyer allows a purchase to be directed, at least in some parameters, by the buyer. The seller may be a representative of a large organization. The apparatus enables collegial identification of officials representing a seller organization. The invention provides an incidentalist identificational procedure, so that legitimate officials are not offered by a buyer using the invention when the buyer might otherwise be perceived as disrespectful by demanding identification from the seller. The apparatus also allows the buyer to select and control the advertisements displayed to the buyer, rather than leaving this matter up to the sole discretion of the seller.
28 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets