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Electronic device cover with embedded radio frequency (RF) transponder and methods of using same



A changeable cover for an electronic device and method of using same in a payment system is provided. The cover has a transponder responsive to interrogation by an electric field. The cover provides an electronic identification number and other information in response to the interrogation signal. Also provided is a system for making payments, comprising at least one mobile station (4) which has an associated cover (100) for providing local data transfer. The system also comprises at least one point of sale terminal or the like, which has a second transceiver for providing data transfer.



There are now also mobile phones which have a data connector for connecting an external data processing unit, such as a portable computer. Thus the mobile phone can be used as a means for data transfer between the portable computer and some other data processing equipment through a radio communication network. In this way it is possible to establish a connection e.g. to the user's bank for checking the balance and effecting payments. However, an arrangement of this kind is not very practical, because a separate cable is needed between the computer and the mobile phone. In addition, the computer must be available for establishing e.g. a bank connection.



...The display may also be in the form of glasses worn by the user implemented using LCD screen(s) or the display may be Virtual Retinal Display such as is provided by MicroVision (Seattle, Wash.) and described in U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,596,339; 5,659,327; 5,701,132; 5,982,555; and 6,008,781 assigned to University of Washington.
Looks to me like this patent describes how to use a mobile phone to make payments at the grocery store. At least the people who wrote this patent have heard of Microvision, even if they can't figure out there's only one capital letter in the name.



Big thanks to DanHenry.



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