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Publication numberCA2384464 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberCA 2384464
PCT numberPCT/AU2000/001109
Publication date29 Mar 2001
Filing date15 Sep 2000
Priority date17 Sep 1999
Also published asCA2384449A1, CA2384449C, CA2384460A1, CA2384460C, CA2384464C, CN1379870A, CN1379888A, CN1379889A, CN100347729C, CN100347730C, CN100430872C, DE60045253D1, DE60045482D1, EP1218816A1, EP1218816A4, EP1218816B1, EP1226548A1, EP1226548A4, EP1226548B1, EP1234276A1, EP1234276A4, EP1234276B1, US6609653, US6644545, US6651879, US6679420, US6720985, US6963845, US7404144, US7646503, US7952743, US20030102370, US20030150910, US20040169682, US20050160099, US20050165621, US20050234737, US20050278260, US20060007490, US20080236758, US20090024918, US20100099459, WO2001022208A1, WO2001022357A1, WO2001022358A1
Publication numberCA 2384464, CA 2384464 A1, CA 2384464A1, CA-A1-2384464, CA2384464 A1, CA2384464A1, PCT/2000/1109, PCT/AU/0/001109, PCT/AU/0/01109, PCT/AU/2000/001109, PCT/AU/2000/01109, PCT/AU0/001109, PCT/AU0/01109, PCT/AU0001109, PCT/AU001109, PCT/AU2000/001109, PCT/AU2000/01109, PCT/AU2000001109, PCT/AU200001109
InventorsPaul Lapstun, Kia Silverbrook
ApplicantSilverbrook Research Pty. Ltd., Paul Lapstun, Kia Silverbrook
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: CIPO, Espacenet
Business card as electronic mail token
CA 2384464 A1
Abstract
The present invention provides a method of enabling a first user to record in a computer system, using a business card of a second user, an electronic mail address of the second user, the business card including coded data indicative of the identity of the business card and of at least one reference point of the business card, the method including the steps of: receiving, in the computer system, indicating data from a sensing device regarding the identity of the business card and a position of the sensing device relative to the business card, the sensing device, when placed in an operative position relative to the business card, sensing the indicating data using at least some of the coded data; identifying, in the computer system and from the indicating data a request to record the electronic mail address of the second user; and recording, in the computer system at a location accessible to the first user, the electronic mail address of the second user.
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Claims(24)
1. A method of enabling a first user to record in a computer system, using a business card of a second user, an electronic mail address of the second user, the business card including coded data indicative of the identity of the business card and of at least one reference point of the business card, the method including the steps of receiving, in the computer system, indicating data from a sensing device regarding the identity of the business card and a position of the sensing device relative to the business card, the sensing device, when placed in an operative position relative to the business card, sensing the indicating data using at least some of the coded data;
identifying, in the computer system and from the indicating data, a request to record the electronic mail address of the second user; and recording, in the computer system at a location accessible to the first user, the electronic mail address of the second user.
2. The method of claim 1 in which said request to record the second user's electronic mail address is associated with at least one zone of the business card and in which the method includes identifying, in the computer system and from the zone relative to which the sensing device is located, said request.
3. The method of claim 2 which includes receiving, in the computer system, data regarding movement of the sensing device relative to the business card, the sensing device sensing its movement relative to the business card using at least some of the coded data; and identifying, in the computer system and from said movement being at least partially within said at least one zone, the request to record the electronic mail address of the second user.
4. A method of enabling a first user to record in a computer system, using a business card of a second user, an electronic mail address of the second user, the business card including coded data indicative of a request to record the electronic mail address of the second user, the method including the steps of receiving, in the computer system, data from a sensing device operated by the first user regarding the request and regarding movement of the sensing device relative to the business card, the sensing device, when moved relative to the business card, sensing the data regarding the request and generating the data regarding its own movement relative to the business card using at least some of the coded data;
interpreting, in the computer system, said movement of the sensing device as designating the request; and recording, in the computer system at a location accessible to the first user, the electronic mail address of the second user.
5. A method of enabling a first user to record in a computer system, using a business card of a second user, an electronic mail address of the second user, the business card including coded data indicative of a request to record the electronic mail address of the second user, the method including the steps of receiving, in the computer system, from a sensing device operated by the first user, indicating data regarding the request, the sensing device, when placed in an operative position relative to the business card, sensing the indicating data using at least some of the coded data;
interpreting, in the computer system, the indicating data as designating the request; and recording, in the computer system at a location accessible to the first user, the electronic mail address of the second user.
6. A method of enabling a first user to record in a computer system, using a business card of a second user, an electronic mail address of the second user, the business card including coded data indicative of a request to record the electronic mail address of the second user, the method including the steps of receiving, in a computer system, data from a sensing device regarding an identity of the first user and regarding the request, the sensing device containing data regarding the identity of the first user and sensing the data regarding the request using at least some of the coded data;
interpreting, in the computer system from the data regarding the identity of the first user and the data regarding the request, the request to record the electronic mail address of the second user; and recording, in the computer system at a location accessible to the first user, the electronic mail address of the second user.
7. The method of claim 6 which includes receiving, in the computer system, data from the sensing device regarding movement of the sensing device relative to the business card, the sensing device generating data regarding its own movement relative to the business card.
8. The method of any one of claims 1, 4, 5 or 6 which includes printing the business card on demand.
9. The method of claim 8 which includes printing the business card on a surface of a surface-defining means and, at the same time that the business card is printed, printing the coded data on the surface.
10. The method of claims 1, 4, 5 or 6 in which the coded data is substantially invisible to an unaided human eye.
11. The method of claim 1 or 6 which includes retaining a retrievable record of each business card generated, the business card being retrievable using its identity as contained in its coded data.
12. The method of claim 1 or 4 in which the sensing device contains an identification means which imparts a unique identity to the sensing device and identifies it as belonging to a particular first user and in which the method includes monitoring, in the computer system, said identity.
13. A system for enabling a first user to record in a computer system, using a business card of a second user, an electronic mail address of the second user, the business card including coded data indicative of the identity of the business card and of at least one reference point of the business card, the system including a computer system for receiving indicating data from a sensing device for identifying a request to record the electronic mail address of the second user, the indicating data being indicative of the identity of the business card and a position of the sensing device relative to the business card, the sensing device, when placed in an operative position relative to the business card, sensing the indicating data using at least some of the coded data, the computer system being configured to record the electronic mail address of the second user at a location accessible to the first user.
14. The system of claim 13 in which said request to record the electronic mail address of the second user is associated with at least one zone of the business card.
15. The system of claim 13 which includes the sensing device, the sensing device sensing its movement relative to the business card using at least some of the coded data.
16. A system for enabling a first user to record in a computer system, using a business card of a second user, an electronic mail address of the second user, the business card including coded data indicative of a request to record the electronic mail address of the second user, the system including a computer system for receiving data from a sensing device operated by the first user, the data from the sensing device regarding the request and regarding movement of the sensing device relative to the business card, the sensing device, when moved relative to the business card, generating the data regarding its own movement relative to the business card, the sensing device also sensing the data regarding the request using at least some of the coded data, the computer system being configured to interpret said movement as designating the request, and being configured to record the electronic mail address of the second user at a location accessible to the first user.
17. A system for enabling a first user to record in a computer system, using a business card of a second user, an electronic mail address of the second user, the business card including coded data indicative of a request to record the electronic mail address of the second user, the system including a computer system for receiving indicating data from a sensing device operated by the first user, the indicating data regarding the request, the sensing device, when placed in an operative position relative to the business card, sensing the indicating data using at least some of the coded data, the computer system being configured to interpret the indicating data as designating the request, and being configured to record the electronic mail address of the second user at a location accessible to the first user.
18. A system for enabling a first user to record in a computer system, using a business card of a second user, an electronic mail address of the second user, the business card including coded data indicative of a request to record the electronic mail address of the second user, the system including a computer system for receiving data from a sensing device regarding an identity of the first user and regarding the request, the sensing device containing the data regarding the identity of the first user and sensing the data regarding the request using at least some of the coded data, the computer system being configured to record the electronic mail address of the second user at a location accessible to the first user.
19. The system of claim 18 which includes the sensing device, the sensing device sensing its movement relative to the business card.
20. The system of any one of claims 15, 16, 17 or 19 in which the sensing device includes a marking nib.
21. The system of any one of claims 15, 16 or 17 in which the sensing device contains an identification means which imparts a unique identity to the sensing device and identifies it as being associated with a particular first user.
22. The system of any one of claims 13, 16, 17 or 18 in which the business card is printed on a surface of a surface-defining means and in which the system includes a printer for printing the business card on demand.
23. The system of claim 22 in which the printer prints the coded data at the same time as printing the business card on the surface.
24. The system of any one of claims 13, 16, 17 or 18 in which the coded data is substantially invisible to an unaided human eye.
Classifications
International ClassificationB41J3/00, G09G5/00, G06F17/30, G06Q20/38, G06Q10/02, H04L9/32, G06F3/048, G06F3/03, G06K19/06, G06F3/06, G06F3/033, B42D15/02, G06F3/12, G06K5/00, G06F17/00, G08C21/00, G06F13/00, G06K15/02, G06F3/00
Cooperative ClassificationB41J3/445, G06Q20/3829, G06Q10/10, G06Q10/02, B41J13/12, G06K19/06037, B42D15/02
European ClassificationB42D15/02, G06Q10/02, G06Q20/3829, G06K19/06C3
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