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1. (WO2017031579) AUTOMATED DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RENTING AND SHARING EQUIPMENT

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/031579    International Application No.:    PCT/CA2016/050986
Publication Date: Fri Mar 03 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Tue Aug 23 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: G07F 9/02
G07F 11/00
Applicants: UMBRACITY INNOVATIONS INC.
Inventors: ASSADSANGABI, Babak
ENTEZARI, Amir
Title: AUTOMATED DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RENTING AND SHARING EQUIPMENT
Abstract:
The present application provides an automated device, including a corresponding network system, that dispenses and receives shared/rental equipment such as umbrellas, sporting equipment, safety accessories and consumer electronics. The device preferably has a mechanical guide that is used to hold the shared/rental equipment or its packaging by using an anchoring structure. A tracking system can be used to track the return and rental processes. Ideally, the device utilizes a central database which can be accessed through internet for administrating the transactions (e.g. rental and return processes) with the device as well as tracking the users, inventory and locations..