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1. (WO2017155800) IMAGE IN-STOCK CHECKER

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/155800    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/020568
Publication Date: Fri Sep 15 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Sat Mar 04 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: G06F 17/30
G06Q 10/08
G06Q 30/06
Applicants: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
Inventors: THAPA, Satya Kiran
ALLEN, William Ross
BLAIR II, Richard M.
Title: IMAGE IN-STOCK CHECKER
Abstract:
A system that is primarily designed to help customers find products in a store is described. It supplements existing systems that provide a shelf location for a requested product. The current system employs high resolution cameras, such as the security cameras, and creates an image database indexed by product location. A customer uses software on a phone or home computer to interface with a server of the system. Once a product is selected, the server finds the product location for the selected product, then also retrieves the image corresponding to the product location and provides these to the customer to visually determine if there are any of these products at their product location on the shelf at the time of the image. Since all of the images are time stamped, the customer knows how long ago the image was taken. In an alternative embodiment, the customer can request a current image for older images.