fund transfer authorization, this device not only does
INTEGRATED PORTABLE DEVICE FOR POINT not include a barcode scanner, it also does not permit
OF SALE TRANSACTIONS manual entry of purchasing product identification.
Thus, despite the increased popularity of the handTECHNICAL FIELD 5 held POS terminal, no such terminal has been provided The present invention relates in general to portable that provides all the necessary functions to allow the devices for data collection. More particularly, the pres- transaction to be completed at a location remote from ent invention pertains to devices for transacting credit stationary POS terminals, while simultaneously arrangcard sales as portable, handheld point of sale terminals. ing components to facilitate handheld use. More specifically, the present invention relates to de- 10 TX_ vices which provide all functions necessary for process- SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION ing a credit card sales transaction remote from a con- It is, therefore, an object of the present invention to ventional checkout register, including a credit card provide a portable, handheld data collection terminal reader, data entry keyboard, barcode scanner, display, including all necessary functions to facilitate and cornreceipt printer, transaction approval communicator and 15 piete a point of sale credit card transaction, controlling processor. It ^ another object of the present invention to proBACKGROUND ART vide a device, as set forth above, wherein component
_ , . . arrangement in the device is well-balanced, allowing
Data collection devices whose primary or exclusive mostiy handsfree operation,
function is as .pant of sale (hereinafter POS) terminal 20 ft ^ ^ rf ^ t to
are known and in recent years have become quite so- idfi devj ^ f fa ^ ... .
phisticated, including a variety of functions to facilitate v . '. , . f.
credit card sales transactions. For example, POS termi- nent TMf ""f m** deTM* makf sipportmg the
nals have provided readers for reading customer infer- devlce ^ one hand ^fortable and relatively effort
mation from the credit card, barcode scanners for auto- 25 1l , , , .
matically entering product information from barcodes and other obJects 8,1(1 advantages of the pres
on products, their label or packaging, keyboards for ent invention over existing prior art forms will become
entering customer personal identification numbers and more apparent and fully understood from the following
other transaction information and commands, displays, description in conjunction with the accompanying
receipt printers, and telephone or computer links to 30 drawings.
obtain transaction approval. In general, a portable device for processing point of Many businesses accepting payment by credit card, sale transactions embodying the concepts of the present especially those engaged in retail sales or services, have invention includes a housing having a top surface, a found it desirable to employ less expensive and more bottom surface, a first end and a second end; a reader flexible portable POS terminals to process credit card 35 for reading credit card information, the reader carried transactions for more expeditious customer checkout, within the housing substantially adjacent to the first end and to address peak customer volume, reduce traffic at of the housing; first data entry means for entering cuscongested checkout counters, reduce capital equipment tomer information, the first data entry means carried by expenditures, provide additional, easily relocatable tem- the housing; a scanner for scanning product identificaporary checkout registers, and allow additional order- 40 t;on information, the scanner carried within the housing entry terminals for products presently unavailable at the substantially adjacent to the second end of the housing; point of sale, among other reasons. Invariably, how- a display for displaying selected of the credit card inferever, existing POS terminals intended for portable oper- mation, the customer information and the product idenation fail to provide all functions necessary to facilitate tification information, the display carried within the credit card transaction processing by a portable, hand- 45 housin SQ „ tQ di , gt the t surfacc of the he!d. POS tennmal. Moreover, it is also evident that housin substantiaI1 adjacent to the saamel. a printer existing POS terminals have not begur.to, address com- for ^ a customer receipt) the prmter carried ponent arrangement to facitote handheld operation. ... ^ ... ... ±e ^ ^ hous.
For example, UA Pat. No. 4 722,054 discloses an mg than the first end of the housing; means for furnish
input system for a POS terminal having a portable unit 50 ...... . ... , .?
f. , ., . j *v , /. , mg at least selected credit card information, customer
which provides a card reader through which the cus- . f . . , . ., x._ .. . -' .
tomer may pass a credit card and a keypad into which a "Ration "*» Product identification information to
customer may input a personal identification number. obtain transaction approval, the means for furnishing
The customer then returns the portable unit to the sales farned TMtmn the housm8! a Processor within the
counter, where a salesperson connects it to a repeater to 55 housmg for Jiving the credit card information, the
transmit that information to a stationary controller. customer information and the product identification
Information on the purchased products must be manu- information, and controlling the display, the printer and
ally entered into the stationary controller by the sales- the means for furnishing.
person. In much the same manner, the unattached key- BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS pad shown in U.S. Pat. No. 4,967,366 only allows the 60
remote entry of the customer's personal identification FIG- 1 is a top perspective view of an exemplary
number; all other transaction information must be still device in accordance with the present invention,
entered into the fixed, POS authorization controller. FIG. 2 is a vertical sectional view of the exemplary
Another POS terminal, the Model E 232 Electronic device shown in FIG. 1 taken substantially along line
Payment Terminal manufactured by Electronique 65 2—2 shown in of FIG. 1.
Serge Dassault of St-Cloud Cedex, Franz, provides for FIG. 3 is a rear view of the exemplary device shown
magnetic card reading, a keypad, a readout screen and in FIG. 1 taken substantially along line 3—3 shown in
a printer to generate a receipt. Intended for electronic FIG. 2 showing the scanner window and paper holder.