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1. (WO1991017676) SYSTEM OF IMAGING, CATALOGING, AND OVERLAYING FEET AND FOOTWEAR
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. An integrated system for footwear visual image cataloging and selection, comprising:
a) foot measuring means for electronically measuring a customer's foot;
b) data processing means logically coupled to the foot measuring means for receiving foot measurement data, customer identification data, and customer
preference data;
c) storage means logically coupled to the data processing means for storing a footwear catalog
comprising footwear images and footwear related data in a manner which allows rapid selection and retrieval by the customer;
d) visual display means for displaying images and data relating to the measured foot, suggested footwear images, and suggested footwear related data stored in the footwear catalog, the suggested footwear images and footwear related data being automatically selected by matching the customer preference data and foot measurement data to footwear related data in the footwear catalog.

2. The system according to claim 1 wherein the foot measuring means comprises an electro-optical scanning mechanism.

3. The system according to claim 1 wherein the visual display means comprises a high resolution
graphics display.

4. The system according to claim 1 wherein the displayed images comprise digitized images of available footwear.

5. The system according to claim 1 wherein the visual display means displays suggested footwear fit aid components by utilizing the customer preference data, the foot measurement data, and the footwear related data.

6. The system according to claim 1 wherein the data processing means comprises customer data adjustment means for adjustment of customer identification data and customer preference data.

7. The system according to claim 1 wherein the storage means stores customer identification data and customer preference data for each customer.

8. The system according to claim 1 further
comprising input means for providing relative movement between the image of the selected footwear and the measured foot image to electronically determine the actual fit of the selected footwear with the measurement foot.

9. A system for visually displaying a foot image and overlaying an image of selected footwear,
comprising:
a) visual display means for displaying a measured foot image and an image of a selected footwear; and
b) input means for providing relative movement between the image of the selected footwear and the measured foot image to electronically determine the actual fit of the selected footwear with the measured foot.

10. A system for visually displaying a foot image and overlaying of an image of selected footwear, comprising: a) measuring means for electronically
measuring a foot and for providing foot measurement data to a visual display;
b) footwear database means for providing selected footwear data to the visual display;
c) the visual display being logically coupled to the measuring means and to the footwear database means, the visual display comprising means for receiving foot measurement data from the measuring means and for displaying the foot measurement data as a foot image, the visual display further comprising means for
receiving selected footwear data from the footwear database means and for displaying a selected footwear image; and
d) input means for providing relative movement between the image of the selected footwear and the measured foot image as displayed on the visual display thereby enabling electronic determination of the actual fit of the selected footwear with the measured foot.

11. An integrated method of footwear visual image cataloging and selection comprising the steps of:
a) measuring a customer's foot to provide foot sizing data suitable for electronic transfer to a data processing device;
b) inputting customer information and
preference data to a data processing device;
c) storing a footwear catalog comprised of images and data related to available footwear, the footwear catalog being stored in a storage device;
d) automatically selecting suggested footwear by matching customer foot sizing data and customer preference data to suitable and available footwear in the stored footwear catalog; and
e) visually displaying images and data
relating to the measured foot and suggested footwear.

12. A method of foot shape imaging and overlay comprising the steps of:
a) electronically measuring a foot and
producing an image of the foot on a visual display;
b) selecting footwear for use with the
measured foot from an electronic footwear selection database; and
c) displaying an inner shape image of the selected footwear on the visual display in overlaying relation to the foot image to electronically determine whether the selected footwear will actually fit on the measured foot.

13. The method according to claim 12 further comprising the step of providing manipulating means for electronically moving the selected footwear inner shape relative to said foot image.

14. A method of foot shape imaging and overlay comprising the steps of:
a) electronically measuring a foot and
producing an image of the foot on a visual display;
b) selecting footwear for use with the
measured foot from an electronic footwear selection database; and
c) displaying a footwear liner region image defined by a footwear inner perimeter image and a footwear liner image on the visual display in overlaying relation to the foot image to electronically determine whether the selected footwear will actually fit on the measured foot.

15. The method according to claim 14 further comprising the step of assigning a color hue to a portion of the displayed foot image which is located within the liner region image so that the color of the foot image portion within the liner region image is different from the color of the foot image not within the liner region image.