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Shopping List Waypoints via AR and GPS .
Shoppers often have to spend too much time in a store searching for the items on their list. The shopper relies on in-store signs that lead them to the isle that contains the category related to the item for which they are searching. Sometimes the products do not fit in any given category, and the customer still has to look for the shelf that holds the specific product.
The disclosed idea allows the use of a customer's mobile device to take a list of products (i.e., shopping list) and map out waypoints on the mobile device that provide visual directions through augmented reality (AR) to the products within a retail store.
Some examples of AR:
• http://www.metaio.com/index.php?id=256&youtubeid=ACu6rehFXBM&yttitle=The %20Augmented%20City
• http://www.jaunted.com/story/2010/3/12/131422/094/travel/San+Francisco%27s+ BART+Enters+the+World+of+Augmented+Reality+iPhone+Apps
The invention works when the customer carries a mobile device that has a camera, display, Global Positioning System (GPS), and a shopping list application that also performs augmented reality (AR) installed. Prior to arriving at the store, the customer creates a shopping list of items using this application. Once in the store, the application presents walking directions to the items by tracking where the customer is using a GPS and visually displaying the direction in which to walk (similar to GPS devices used to give directions for cars traveling on roads...