GB2270875A - Business card information retrieval system. - Google Patents

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GB2270875A
GB2270875A GB9320074A GB9320074A GB2270875A GB 2270875 A GB2270875 A GB 2270875A GB 9320074 A GB9320074 A GB 9320074A GB 9320074 A GB9320074 A GB 9320074A GB 2270875 A GB2270875 A GB 2270875A
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Abstract

Business cards are provided with information in both non-coded and coded form so that information can be retrieved from the cards and stored in a computer-based memory for subsequent access. The coded information may be in barcode or magnetic form. The information may be manually indexed into the memory using a keyboard. The information may comprise name, address, and telephone, fax and telex numbers.

Description

IMPROVEMENTS IN AND RELATING TO RETRIEVAL AND STORAGE OF INFORMATION FROM DOCUMENTS This invention relates to documents such as business cards, and in particular to retrieval of information on business cards, and the subsequent use thereof.

At <RTI>t</RTI> present, virtually all businessmen have business cards, which give their name, business address, and business telephone, fax and telex numbers.

This practice is so wide-spread that a businessman in the normal course of business will often hand out hundreds of his own business cards and amass hundreds of other people's business cards.

In the past, these amassed business cards suitably have been kept in a manual filing system contained in a box. Recently, one has had the possibility of manually keying in information from amassed business cards into a digital diary.

The problem with manual filing systems is that it is sometimes difficult to find a specific business card since such is filed either under the businessman's name or a company name, and if it is filed under his name and one can only remember his company, then one cannot find the specific business card. In other words, it is often difficult to find a specific business card quickly, and indeed in some instances one has to resort to checking all of the business cards in a filing system to find a specific business card, which needless to say is extremely time-consuming particularly for a businessman.

As for digital diaries, the problem with these diaries is that information has to be manually inputted by keying in the information into the digital diary by the user, and this is similarly a time-consuming business.

It is an object of this invention to overcome one or more of the above problems.

In accordance with one aspect of the invention, an electrical/electronic apparatus is integrally provided with firstly means to photo-optically scan information from a document such as a business card, secondly means to store that information, and thirdly display means to display that stored information.

In accordance with another aspect of the invention, an electrical/electronic apparatus is provided with means to photo-optically scan information from a document such as a business card, means to index that information under a plurality of indexes, means to store the information in a memory, and means to access the stored information from any one of the plurality of indexes.

Such arrangements are particularly advantageous in that information on a business card can be simply retrieved from the business card by photo-optically scanning into the electrical/electronic apparatus, whereafter the information is easily accessible from a memory.

Preferably, any information in the form of letters of the alphabet and/or numerals after scanning is encoded (e.g. digitized) by encoding means, whereafter coded information is stored under a plurality of indexes in the memory.

Alternatively, the <RTI>electrical/electronic</RTI> apparatus photo-optically reads coded information on the business card. In such an arrangement, the coded information on a business card is retrieved, and placed into the memory of the apparatus.

In the above-mentioned arrangements, an businessman's name or company name (or even all <RTI>Dusinessmen</RTI> in a certain town or country) can be quickly and simply searched from any one of a plurality of indexes in the memory.

Preferably, the electrical/electronic apparatus is provided with integral display means in the form of a screen.

Suitably, the apparatus is provided with an integral keyboard in order to manage information in the scanner.

Preferably, the information once scanned into the apparatus is manually indexed by the user using the keyboard into a plurality of indexes into the memory.

As an example, a document would be indexed into a plurality of indexes corresponding to titles, subjects, general headings, general fields, or simply alphabetically indexed.

Preferably, the indexing is achieved by formatting the information on the integral screen, and in <RTI>pa-'icular,</RTI> the information once scanned and placed onto the screen is processed by the user by highlighting the relevant part of the information on the screen, indexing that relevant part into the appropriate index, and so on, until <RTI>all</RTI> the required information from the document is indexed into a plurality of indexes. Such formatting would also use cursor moving means for the highlighting feature (specially up, down or either side ways movement). The highlighting feature would also be capable of being increased and decreased in width and length, such that information from the card could be appropriately indexed into a plurality of different indexes.

<RTI>vor</RTI> example, a whole business card will be scanned and the business card will appear on the screen integral with the scanner, whereafter the information on the screen would be manually formatted by the user using the cursing and highlighting features <RTI>Df</RTI> the scanner. In other words, firstly the name of the businessman appearing on the screen would be manually cursed and highlighted, and then manually placed in the businessman index of the memory of the scanner, secondly the company name of the businessman on the screen would be cursed and highlighted, and then placed in the company index of the memory of the scanner, and then thirdly the company address appearing on the screen would be cursed and highlighted, and then placed in the company address index of the memory of the scanner.

Further <RTI>inzormation,</RTI> such as telephone, fax and telex numbers could be simply cursed, highlighted, and indexed into the memory of the scanner.

As a result, the <RTI>information</RTI> on a business card could be formatted on a screen into a number of different indexes, and then all of the information on the business card could then be manually accessed by simply recalling just one of the indexes under which the business card information is stored in the memory in the scanner.

Instead of manual formatting, the documents (such as business cards) could be pre-formatted, in other words a standard could be adopted where the first piece of information on a document related to a set first piece of information (for instance the name of the businessman), and wherein the second piece of information appearing on the document would be a set second piece of information (for instance the company name of the businessman), and so on.

In such an arrangement, since the document is pre-formatted, the information can be read from the document and could be automatically indexed into a plurality of indexes into the memory without the need to manually index.

In accordance with a further aspect of the invention, a method of retrieving and indexing information from a plurality of documents such as business cards comprises photo-optically scanning information from the <RTI>documents,</RTI> indexing the information appearing on the documents into a plurality of indexes, storing shat information into a memory, and accessing that information from the memory by using any one of the plurality of indexes.

Suitably, the electrical/electronic apparatus could be <RTI>a</RTI> desk top scanner unit purely for the retrieval and display of information obtained from business cards.

Suitably, the electrical/electronic apparatus can be used with an interface unit, in order to upload or download information on a computer. Furthermore, the same interface unit (or a further interface unit) can be provided so that information in the electrical/electronic apparatus can be transferred to a printer in order to provide a print-out of any required information. The advantage of such is that all business cards which a businessman is given during the course of business would be easily retrieved onto the electrical/electronic apparatus, whereafter the name and address appearing on all these business cards could be printed (e.g. on sticking mailing labels) whereby a full mailing shot could be made to everyone who has given them a business card.

Preferably, the interface unit will be compatible with either an <RTI>IBM</RTI> or Apple <RTI>Mackintosh</RTI> computer, using the spreadsheet of Lotus 1.2.3 or a derivation thereof.

Suitably, the electrical/electronic apparatus could also be provided with automatic telephone dialling means, such that when the electrical/electronic apparatus is placed near a telephone, audible signals are produced by the dialling means (corresponding to a specific telephone member in the memory, which the user has accessed and wishes to call) causing the telephone to dial that requested telephone number.

The electrical/electronic apparatus could be portable, or alternatively a desk top apparatus which is not movable.

In a very simplified form, the information from the business cards can be indexed into two indexes in the memory in the scanner, and then one index can be accessed and the information accessed simply scrolled by a user to show the business cards one by one on the integral screen of the scanner.

Suitably, the index means sorts the information scanned from the business card into a plurality of indexes, and in particular places such information in say five or six indexes in the memory ready for future use. In particular, the apparatus is adapted in order to index the businessman's name, company name, address, telephone, fax and telex numbers etc. from the business card and store such information into the appropriate indexes.

In one embodiment, all the information scanned <RTI>fiom</RTI> a particular business card is stored together as a group, and all of this information can be accessed, for instance by a searching feature on the scanner. In order to effect the searching feature, the information has to be manually indexed in the scanner, and for example at least the businessman's name and the businessman's company are separately indexed, such that the information can be accessed.

In another embodiment, the information from the business card is automatically indexed by the scanner itself, and in particular the businessman's name, the businessman's company name, the businessman's telephone number etc. are individually indexed and stored in the scanner for subsequent searching.

Preferably, means are provided to edit out devices, lines and such matter from the business card, whereby only printed letters and numerals are indexed in the scanner.

Suitably, the scanning apparatus is provided with an integral LCD colour screen, and most preferably the scanning apparatus can scan images, particularly coloured images, such as a photograph of a person placed on a business card, whereby the image can be retrieved, indexed, and stored in the apparatus, and then accessed on the colour screen, whereby one can easily remember the businessman.

Suitably, information is provided in a coded form on the business card, such that the information on the card is easily scanned into the apparatus for subsequent storage. In particular, such coded information could be in a digitized form, in a bar code form, or in a magnetic code form corresponding to the required information to be placed into the index, such as the businessman's name, company name, address, telephone, fax and telex numbers etc.

In accordance with the invention, an electrical/electronic apparatus having display means for information is provided with manually operable means to read and retrieve information in the form of at least letters of the alphabet optically from a plurality of documents such as business cards, means to store that information in a memory, and means to access part of the stored information in that memory and place that information onto the display means of the apparatus.

The manual reader means suitably comprises optical reader means (such as a laser scanner or photocopying device) to optically read information in the form of letters of the alphabet and numerals from a business card.

Such an arrangement is particularly advantageous in that information on a business card can be simply manually retrieved from the business card by the reader means into the electrical/electronic apparatus, whereafter the information is easily accessible and displayed.

Suitably, the optical reader means is in the form of a pen, which is manually (i.e. hand-held) by a user, and which is used manually to read information provided on the front face of a business card and store that information in the electrical/electronic apparatus which is preferably a digital diary. In such an arrangement, the information on a business card is thus easily retrieved and placed into the digital diary memory, and thereafter any businessman's name or company name (or even all businessmen in a certain town or country) can be quickly and simply searched from the digital diary memory and displayed. The information is permanently stored in the memory, unless it is deleted therefrom by the user, and the memory preferably has the capacity to store information from say at least fifty (preferably hundreds) of business cards.

Suitably, the electrical/electronic apparatus could alternatively be for instance a computer, or a desk top electrical/electronic apparatus purely for the manual retrieval and display of information obtained from business cards.

Suitably, the electrical/electronic apparatus can be used with an interface unit, in order to upload or download information on a computer. Furthermore, the same interface unit (or a further interface unit) can be provided so that information in the electrical/electronic apparatus can be transferred to a printer in order to provide a print-out of any required information. The advantage of such is that all business cards which a businessman is given during the course of business would be easily retrieved onto the electrical/electronic apparatus, whereafter the name and address <RTI>appearing</RTI> on all these business cards could be printed (e.g. on sticking mailing labels) whereby a full mailing shot could be made to everyone who has given them a business card.

Preferably the interface until will be compatible with either an IBM or Apple <RTI>Mackintosh</RTI> computer, using the spreadsheet of Lotus 1.2.3 or a derivation thereof.

Suitably, the electrical/electronic apparatus could also be provided with automatic telephone dialling means, such that when the electrical/electronic apparatus is placed near a telephone, audible signals are produced by the dialling means (corresponding to a specific telephone number in the memory, which the user has accessed and wishes to call) causing the telephone to dial that requested telephone number.

The electrical/electronic apparatus could be portable, or alternatively a desk top apparatus which is not movable.

In a very simplified form, all of the information from a single business card can be manually read and placed together as a group in the memory, and thereafter all of the business cards can be simply scrolled by a user one by one on the display means (suitably a screen) of the apparatus. Alternatively, all of the required information from a single business card can be manually retrieved and stored together as a group in the memory in one operation, whereafter all <RTI>the</RTI> information stored together as a group can be accessed onto the screen with search keys and the like.

Suitably, however, the electrical/electronic apparatus has means to sort the information read from the business card, and in particular to place such information in the proper index in the memory ready for future use on the screen. In particular, the apparatus is adapted in order to sort the businessman's name, company name, address, telephone, fax and telex numbers etc. from the business card and store such information into the appropriate indexes.

In one embodiment of sort means, the electrical/electronic apparatus is preferably provided with a keyboard which is adapted, such that the apparatus can be switched by switch means to an input mode whereafter a first key of a first set of keys can be pressed thereon, whereafter the reader means is manually used to optically read a first piece of information from the business card, say a businessman's name, whereafter a second key of the first set of keys on the apparatus may be pressed to store that information in the memory. A first key of a second set of keys is then pressed, whereafter the reader means is manually used to read a second piece of information, say the address of this businessman, whereafter the second key of the second set of keys is pressed in order to store that information in the memory.A first key of a third set of keys is then pressed, whereafter the reader means manually reads a third piece of information, say the company name of the businessman from the business card, whereafter the second key of the third set of keys is pressed in order to store that information in the memory. Suitably, the electronic apparatus may be provided with further sets of keys in order to store other pieces of information felt important from a business card. After keying, the apparatus is switched off by the switch means out of its input mode.

In another embodiment of sort means, the optical reading means is adapted such that information is manually and optically read in batches as long as the reader means remains in manual contact with the surface of the business name card. In consequence, the electrical/electronic apparatus may be placed in its input mode and then fed in with information comprising a first manual contact of the reader means on a business card which for instance corresponds to the businessman's name, a second manual contact of a business card which for instance corresponds to the businessman's company name, and a third manual contact which for instance corresponds to the businessman's address. Suitably, other information can be stored into the memory with further independent manual contacts of the reader means with the business card.After all information required from the card is read, the apparatus is switched out of its input mode.

Suitably, the reader means is a manually operated optical reader, such as a hand-held copy pen (e.g. Casio CP-9), a hand-held laser scanner (e.g. the datalogic datagun), or a data reader pen (e.g. the datalogic datapen).

Preferably, the apparatus is provided with means (including keys on the keyboard) whereby the information read and retrieved can be checked and if need be manually corrected on the screen prior to the information being stored in the memory. Furthermore, means (including keys on the keyboard) may be provided such that information in the memory can be corrected or updated on the screen when necessary.

In accordance with the invention, an electrical/electronic apparatus is provided with means to retrieve coded information from a plurality of documents, such as business cards, having both non-coded information at least in the form of letters of the alphabet and coded information thereon, the coded information corresponding to at least part of the non-coded information at least in the form of letters of the alphabet, and means to store that coded information in a memory for subsequent use.

The apparatus suitably includes means to retrieve information from a business card, and in particular information provided in a coded form on the business card.

Preferably, the non-coded information on the card comprises letters of the alphabet and numerals.

Such an arrangement is particularly advantageous in that information on a business card can be simply retrieved from the business card itself and into the electrical/electronic apparatus, whereafter the information is easily accessible.

Suitably, the electrical/electronic apparatus is a digital diary provided with code reader means, which can read coded information provided on either the front or reverse of a business card. In such an arrangement, the information on a business card is thus easily retrieved <RTI>and</RTI> placed into the digital diary memory, and thereafter any <RTI>businessmants</RTI> name or company name (or even all businessmen in <RTI>a</RTI> certain town or country) can be quickly and simply searched from the digital diary memory Suitably, the electrical/electronic apparatus could alternatively be for instance a computer, or a desk top electrical/electronic apparatus purely for the retrieval and display of information obtained from business cards.

Suitably, the electrical/electronic apparatus can be used with an interface unit, in order to upload or download information on a computer. Furthermore, the same interface unit (or a further interface unit) can be provided so that information in the electrical/electronic apparatus can be transferred to a printer in order to provide a print-out of any required information The advantage of such is that all business cards which a businessman is given during the course of business would be easily retrieved onto the electrical/electronic apparatus, whereafter the name and address appearing on all these business cards could be printed (e.g. on sticking mailing labels) whereby a full mailing shot could be made to everyone who has given them a business card.

Preferably, the interface unit will be compatible with <RTI>either</RTI> an <RTI>IBM</RTI> or Apple MacIntosh computer, using the spreadsheet of Lotus 1.2.3 or a derivation thereof.

Suitably, the electrical/electronic apparatus could also be provided with automatic telephone dialling means, such that when the electrical/electronic apparatus is placed near a telephone, audible signals are produced by the dialling means (corresponding to a specific telephone member in the memory, which the user has accessed and wishes to call) causing the telephone to dial that requested telephone number.

The electrical/electronic apparatus could be portable, or alternatively a desk top apparatus which is not movable.

In accordance with a further aspect of the invention, a business card comprises non-coded information at least in the form of letters of the alphabet regarding a businessman, and encoded information on the same business card corresponding to at least part of the non-coded information at least in the form of letters of the alphabet.

Suitably, the encoded information is in bar code form or magnetic code form (or indeed any suitable coded format) on either the front or reverse face of the business card, and the non-coded information in the form of letters of the alphabet also includes information in the form of numerals.

Suitably, the bar or magnetic code contains upto 150 alphanumerical encoded characters, such that the businessman's name, company name, address, telephone, fax and telex numbers can be encoded thereon.

In accordance with a yet further aspect of the invention, an encoding apparatus is provided for encoding information onto a business card.

Such equipment may be a computer with bar encoding software, and a bar code applying apparatus (e.g.

a laser printer) connected thereto.

The invention will now be described by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which: Figure 1 shows an electrical/electronic apparatus in accordance with the invention; Figure 2 shows an embodiment of electrical/electronic apparatus in accordance with the invention; Figure 3 shows a further embodiment of electrical/electronic apparatus in accordance with the invention; Figure 4 shows the rear face of a first embodiment of business card in accordance with the invention; Figure 5 shows the rear face of a second embodiment of business card in accordance with the invention; Figure 6 shows an embodiment of electrical/electronic apparatus in accordance with the invention; Figure 7 shows a further embodiment of electrical/electronic <RTI>apparatus</RTI> in accordance with the invention; and Figure 8 shows an encoding apparatus in accordance with the invention.

In Figure 1 an optical scanner 10 is shown including all the features of a conventional optical scanner (such as Hewett Packard's Scan Jet). In addition, the scanner 10 is internally provided with firstly means to format information into a plurality of indexes, and secondly a memory to store information optically read from a document. In particular, a business card 12 is shown placed on the optical scanner to be optically read, and the information thereon scanned, indexed, and stored within the integral memory.

The scanner 10 is also integrally provided with display means in the form of a screen 13, and an integral keyboard 15 which is used to manage information in the scanner <RTI>10.</RTI>

The information once scanned into the apparatus is manually indexed by the user using the keyboard 15 into a plurality of indexes into the memory. For example, a document would be indexed into a plurality of indexes corresponding to subjects, general headings, general fields, or simply alphabetically indexed.

The indexing is achieved by formatting the information on the screen 13, and in particular, the information once scanned and placed onto the screen is processed by the user by highlighting the relevant part of the information on the screen, and indexing that relevant part, and so on, until all the required information from the document has been indexed into a plurality of indexes.

Such formatting would also use cursor moving means for the highlighting feature (specially up, down or either side ways movement). The highlighting feature would also be capable of being increased and decreased in width and length on the screen 13, such that information from the card could be appropriately indexed into a plurality of different indexes.

For example, a whole business card will be scanned by the scanner 10 and the business card will appear on the integral screen 13, whereafter the information on the screen would be manually formatted by the user using the cursing and highlighting features of the scanner. In other words, firstly the name of the businessman appearing on the screen would be manually cursed and highlighted, and then placed in the businessman index of the memory, secondly the company name of the businessman on the screen would be cursed and highlighted, and then placed in the company index of the memory, and then thirdly the company address appearing on the screen would be cursed and highlighted, and then placed in the company address index of the memory. Further information, such as telephone, fax and telex numbers could be simply cursed, highlighted, and.

indexed into the memory.

As a result, the information on a business card could be formatted on the screen 13 into a number of different indexes, and then all of the information on the business card could then be accessed from the memory by simply recalling just one of the indexes under which the business card information is stored in the memory.

Instead of manual formatting, the documents (such as business cards) could be pre-formatted, in other words a standard could be adopted where the first piece of information on a document related to a set first piece of information (for instance the name of the businessman), and wherein the second piece of information appearing on the document would be a set second piece of information (for instance the company name of the businessman), and so on.

In such an arrangement, since the document is pre-formatted, the information can be read from the document and could be automatically indexed into a plurality of indexes into the memory without <RTI>the</RTI> need to manually index.

Alternatively, the business card is encoded (for instance digitized, bar coded, or magnetically coded), such that the information can be easily read by the scanner 10, and information indexed into the proper place within the memory of the scanner.

In a very simplified form, the information from the business cards can be indexed into two indexes in the memory of the scanner, and then one index accessed and the information thereby accessed simply scrolled by a user to show the cards one by one on the integral screen of the scanner.

The scanner has index means to index the information scanned from the business card into a plurality of indexes, and in particular to place such information in say five or six indexes in the memory.

In one embodiment, all the information scanned from a particular business card is stored together as a group, and all of this information can be accessed, for instance by searching feature provided on the scanner.

In order to effect the searching feature, the information has to be manually indexed in the scanner, and for example the businessman's name and the businessman's company are separately indexed, such that the information can be accessed.

In another embodiment, the information from the business card is automatically sorted and indexed, and in particular the businessman's name, the <RTI>businessmants</RTI> company name, the businessman's telephone number, etc. are individually sorted, indexed and stored in the scanner for subsequent searching.

Means are also provided to edit out devices, lines and such matter from the business card, whereby only printed letters and numerals are stored in the apparatus.

Suitably, the screen 13 is a LCD colour screen, and most preferably the scanning apparatus 10 can scan images, particularly coloured images, such as a photograph of a person on a business card, whereby the image can be retrieved, stored and accessed on the colour screen, whereby one can easily remember the businessman.

Suitably, the scanner 10 is also provided with an automatic telephone dialling feature, such that an audible sound is produced (corresponding to the telephone number in the memory of the scanner that a user has accessed and wishes to call) when the dialling feature is activated and the scanner placed next to a telephone causing the telephone to dial that requested telephone number. In particular, the dialling facility used is the Casio Auto Dialler QD-700, QD-150, or QD-350 which can be combined with the scanner.

Suitably, an interface unit 14 is provided for the scanner, such that the capability to upload and/or download information into a computer 16 can be obtained.

An additional or the same interface unit 14 can also be provided in order to connect the scanner to a printer 18, whereby information on the scanner 10 can be transferred into a printed format. The computer 16 is optionally provided with its' own printer 19, or is connected to the printer 18.

The scanner 10 shown in the figure is portable, however, an electrical/electronic apparatus which scans, stores and accesses business card information, can obviously be foreseen, which would be used as a desk top apparatus.

The scanner 10 is provided with means (such as keys on the keyboard) for the user to optionally manually input information into the memory in addition to information retrieved by reading the business card. The scanner alternatively or in addition can be provided with disc drive means 20 to access information from software discs such that a whole series of businessman's information can be directly inputted into the scanner. In consequence, a company wishing to give information regarding say 50 people in their organization, can prepare the necessary software discs which can then be sent in-house or to clients so that they can input this information directly into a plurality of scanners.If say 50 discs are sent, then 2,500 pieces of information can be transmitted by this process The apparatus shown in the figure is simple in design, and yet information on a business card can be easily retrieved by the scanner, giving the advantage that a businessman who has a plurality of business cards can have the information on these cards easily retrieved onto the scanner, whereafter any relevant information that was on these cards (for example a name, a company name or addresses, or even all companies in a particular town or country) can be easily accessed by pressing of a search key on the keyboard of the scanner for further use.

The scanner could also be used to retrieve, index into a plurality of indexes, and store different information/data other than information appearing on business cards. In particular, the scanner is useful where information needs to be read and indexed in two or more indexes, whereafter all of the information can be accessed by simply recalling one of indexes. For example, other applications could be a record collection index with the artist, record title, song names etc. could be read from the record cover directly and thereafter indexed into a plurality of <RTI>indexes</RTI> in <RTI>the</RTI> memory. Another use would be say files in an office wherein the client name, subject title, and other information could be read directly from the file and indexed into a plurality of indexes in the memory.A further use could be in the banking field, and in particular the processing of cheques. The scanner could be used to read the number of the cheque, the name of the bank, the account name etc., whereafter this cheque could be indexed in a number of indexes in the memory for subsequent access if necessary.

In Figure 2, a digital diary 10 is shown with a screen 11 and keyboard 12, which includes all the features of a conventional digital diary (such as a Casio SF-8000 or Sharp IQ). In addition, the digital diary 10 is provided with a series of input and store keys, which are used to retrieve information in the form of letters of the alphabet and numerals manually read from a standard business card 14, store that information into the memory of the diary, and access parts of the stored information in that memory and place that information onto the screen 11 of the diary 10.

Separate reader means 16 are electrically connected by a wire 18 to the digital diary, in order manually to retrieve information on the business card 14.

An example of such reader means 16 would be a hand-held copy pen (e.g. the Casio CP-9), a hand-held laser scanner (e.g. the datalogic datagun), or a data reader pen (e.g.

the datalogic datapen). As an alternative, the reader means could be made integral with the digital diary.

Suitably, the digital diary 10 is provided with switch means so that it can be placed in an input mode, and a plurality of sets of buttons in order to input information received from the reader means 16 in a correct sequential manner into the memory. In particular, the digital diary may be arranged to have a first set of two <RTI>"name</RTI> keys, wherein the first input key is pressed, whereafter the pen is used manually to read a <RTI>businessmants</RTI> name, whereafter the second store key of the set of keys is pressed in order to store that information in the diary memory.The first input key of a second set of two "company" keys can then be pressed, whereafter the reader means is manually used to optically read the company name of the businessman, whereafter the second store key of the second set of keys is pressed in order to store that information. The first input key of a third set of two <RTI>address'</RTI> keys may then be pressed, whereafter the pen is used manually to read the address of a businessman, whereafter the second store key of the third set of keys is pressed in order to store that information. This operation can be repeated for further information that is required from the business card in the digital diary 10.

Alternatively, the reader means 16 is adapted such that it manually reads batches of information in a correct sequential manner into the memory, and in particular a series of batches of information which correspond to that optically read, as long as the pen remains in manual contact with the business card. In other words, the reader means may be manually "swiped" a number of separate times, such that information is retrieved from the face of the business card.For instance, one firstly manually presses the reader means onto the business card to read the business name, and then manually removes it from the business card, secondly thereafter manually presses it back onto the business card to read the company name of the business card, whereafter the reader means is manually removed from the face of the business card, and thirdly the reader means is manually placed on the business card to read the address of the businessman, and finally manually removed therefrom. In this way, a series of batch of information can be optically and manually read from the business card, and properly stored in the memory of the digital diary, since the information has been stored in the correct sequential manner.

A yet further alternative, the required information from a single business card can be manually retrieved and stored together as a group in the memory in one operation, whereafter all the relevant business cards in a particular index can be accessed onto the screen with scroll keys, search keys and the like. In such an arrangement, it is not essential that all the information be placed in the memory in a correct sequential manner.

Preferably, the apparatus is provided with means (including keys on the keyboard) whereby the information read and retrieved can be checked and if need be manually corrected on the screen 11 prior to the information being stored in the memory. Furthermore, means (including keys on the keyboard) may be provided such that information in the memory can be corrected or updated on the screen 11 when necessary. The latter feature would be useful to update say a telephone number, while the former feature would be useful to correct data incorrectly retrieved by the reader means, for example in the instance that some of the print on the business card is too small to read properly.

Suitably, the digital diary 10 is also provided with an automatic telephone dialling feature, such that an audible sound is produced (corresponding to the telephone number in the memory of the digital diary that a user has accessed and wishes to call) when the dialling feature is activated and the diary placed next to a telephone causing the telephone to dial that requested telephone number. In particular, the dialling facility used is the Casio Auto Dialler QD-700, <RTI>QD-150</RTI> or QD-350 which can be combined with the digital diary.

Suitably, an interface unit 20 is provided for the digital diary (for example a Casio FA-100), such that the capability to upload and/or download information into a computer 22 can be obtained.

An additional or the same interface unit 20 can also be provided in order to connect the diary to a printer 24, whereby information on the digital diary 10 can be transferred into a printed format. The computer 22 is optionally provided with its' own printer 26, or is connected to the printer 24.

The digital diary shown in Figure 2 is portable, however, an <RTI>electrical/electronic</RTI> apparatus having no diary feature, but which manually retrieves, stores, accesses and displays business card information, can obviously be foreseen, which would be used as a portable or desk top apparatus.

In Figure 3, a computer 28 with a screen is shown having a keyboard 30 and reading means 32 (such as a hand-held copy pen, a hand-held laser scanner or a data reader pen) connected thereto in order to read and retrieve manually information from a business card (suitably provided with a code). In such an arrangement, the information from the business card is easily retrieved and placed into the computer memory, whereafter this information can be accessed and placed onto the screen of the computer. The computer 28 is optionally connected to a printer 34 such that information from a business card can be printed out if necessary.

The digital diary of Figure 2 and the computer of Figure 3 are preferably provided with means (such as keys on the keyboard) for the user to optionally manually input information into the memory in addition to information retrieved by manually reading the business card. The diary of Figure 2 and computer of Figure 3 alternatively or in addition can be provided with disc drive means 50 to access information from software discs such that a large number of businessmen's information can be directly inputted into the apparatus. In consequence, a company wishing to give information regarding say 50 people in their organization, can prepare the necessary software discs which can then be sent in-house or to clients so that they can input this information directly into a plurality of diaries/computers.

If say 50 discs are sent, then 2,500 pieces of information can be transmitted by this process.

The electrical/electronic apparatus shown in Figures 2 and 3 give the advantage that a businessman who has a plurality of business cards can have the information on these cards easily manually retrieved onto an appropriate electrical apparatus, whereafter any relevant information that was on these cards (for instance, a name, a company name, or address, or even all companies in a particular town or country) can be easily accessed and displayed on the screen by pressing of a search key on the apparatus for further use.

In Figure 4, a business card 10 made of paper is shown having non-coded information in the form of letters and numerals regarding a businessman printed on the front face, and encoded information in the form of one or more bar codes <RTI>lfl</RTI> on the rear face 16. This bar code incorporates a plurality of alphanumerical characters, which correspond to at least part of the information in the form of letters and numerals provided on the other face of the business card. In particular, the bar code will contain information such as a <RTI>businessmants</RTI> name, company address, telephone, fax and telex numbers found printed on the other face of the business card. Other information like company logos found printed on the business card need not be provided on the bar code provided on the business card.

Suitably, the bar coding on the reverse of the business card can store upto 150 alphanumerical characters, and a suitable bar coding system that could be used is Colt 128.

Other encoding methods could be used other than bar codes, and in particular a magnetic coding type system could be used (see Figure 5), rather than the colour contrast bar coding method, the advantage of the magnetic coding system being that the reverse of the business card need not be unsightly, since a covering layer of paper could be placed over the magnetic strip. In other words, the business card could be formed of three layers, namely two outer layers of paper (one of which has printed information thereon) and an inner layer comprising or including coded magnetic strips. Another encoding method could be based on copper strips with electronic pulses thereon, placed on the business card.

The card of Figures 4 and 5 alternatively could be made of plastic in the event paper became a scare commodity.

In Figure 6, a digital diary 20 is shown with a keyboard 21 which includes all the features of a conventional digital diary (such as a Casio SF-8000 or Sharp IQ). In addition the digital diary is provided with the features that on pressing of a key, it can be put into an input mode to retrieve the bar code information on the business card shown in Figures 4 and 5. Suitably, one or more windows 22 are provided on the side of the digital diary behind each of which a scanner such as an optical reader is positioned, which reader can be used to scan over the business card in order to retrieve the information on the bar codes on the business card. Alternatively or in addition, a reader concave slot 23 is provided in the diary along which the business card with a bar or magnetic code is passed, and the information on the bar or magnetic code retrieved and passed into the diary's memory. After information is retrieved, the input mode key on the diary is pressed again in order to register the information in the diary's memory and take the diary out of its input mode.

Alternatively, separate reader means (not shown) can be provided electrically connected by a wire to the digital diary in order to retrieve information on the business card. An example of such reader means would be a hand-held copy pen (e.g. Casio CP-9), a hand-held laser scanner (e.g. the Datalogic Datagun), or a data reader pen (e.g. the Datalogic Datapen).

Suitably, the digital diary is also provided with an automatic telephone dialling feature, such that an audible sound is produced (corresponding to the telephone number in the memory of the digital diary that a user has accessed and wishes to call) when the dialling feature is activated and the diary placed next to a telephone causing the telephone to dial that requested telephone number. In particular, the dialling facility used is the Casio Auto Dialler QD-700, QD-150, or QD-350 can be combined with the digital diary.

Suitably, an interface unit 24 is provided for the digital diary (for example a Casio FA-100), such that the capability to upload and/or download information into a computer 26 can be obtained.

An additional or the same interface unit 24 can also be provided in order to connect the diary to a printer 28, whereby information on the digital diary 20 can be transferred into a printed format. The computer 26 is optionally provided with its' own printer 29, or is connected to the printer 28.

The digital diary shown in Figure 6 is portable, however, an <RTI>electrical/electronic</RTI> apparatus having no diary feature, but simply retrieves, stores and accesses business card information, can obviously be foreseen, which would be used as a portable or desk top apparatus.

In Figure 7, a computer 30 is shown having a keyboard 31 and reading means 32 (such as a hand-held copy pen, hand-held laser scanner or a data reader pen) connected thereto in order to read and retrieve coded information from a business card. In such an arrangement, the information from the business card is easily retrieved and <RTI>placed</RTI> into the computer memory, whereafter this information can be <RTI>accessed.</RTI> The computer 30 is optionally connected to a printer 34 such that information from a business card can be printed out if necessary.

The digital diary of Figure 6 and the computer of Figure 7 are preferably provided with means (such as keys on the keyboard) for the user to optionally manually input information into the memory in addition to information <RTI>retrieved</RTI> by <RTI>reading</RTI> <RTI>tioe</RTI> business card.The diary of Figure <RTI>6</RTI> and computer of Figure 7 alternatively or in <RTI>addition</RTI> <RTI>calo</RTI> <RTI>t'e</RTI> provided with disc drive means to access <RTI>information</RTI> <RTI>f-tom</RTI> software discs such that a whole series of <RTI>busincssmell's</RTI> information can be directly inputted into the apparatus. <RTI>In</RTI> consequence, a company wishing to give information <RTI>regarding</RTI> say 50 people in their organization, can prepare <RTI>tioe</RTI> necessary software discs which can then be sent <RTI>in-ioouse</RTI> or to clients so that they can input this information <RTI>directly</RTI> <RTI>into</RTI> a plurality of diaries/computers.

If say <RTI>5U</RTI> discs are <RTI>sent,</RTI> then 2,500 pieces of information can be transmitted by this process.

In Figure 8, an arrangement for encoding business cards is shown comprising a computer 40 and a code applying apparatus 42. Suitably, <RTI>the</RTI> information required to be on for example <RTI>tile</RTI> bar code for a business card is typed into <RTI>the</RTI> computer 40, <RTI>thereafter</RTI> appropriate software in the computer <RTI>prodies</RTI> <RTI>tile</RTI> corresponding bar code, and finally the bar code is applied to the business card by the code <RTI>applying</RTI> apparatus <RTI>42</RTI> in the form of a laser printer.

Suitably, the code applying apparatus 42 is adapted in order to encode a business card as shown in Figure 4.

<RTI>Tiie</RTI> business cards <RTI>showri</RTI> in Figures 4 and 5 are simple in <RTI>design,</RTI> and yet information in coded form on this business card can be easily retrieved by a digital diary (see Figure <RTI>6)</RTI> or a computer (see Figure 7), giving the advantage <RTI>that</RTI> a <RTI>businessman</RTI> who has a plurality of business cards can have the information on these cards easily retrieved onto an appropriate electrical apparatus, whereafter any relevant information that was on these cards (for example a name, a company name or addresses, or even all <RTI>companies</RTI> <RTI>in</RTI> a particular town or country) can be easily accessed by <RTI>prcssirlg</RTI> of a search key on the apparatus for <RTI>further</RTI> use.

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1. An electrical/electronic apparatus is provided with means to retrieve coded information from a plurality of documents, having both non-coded information at least in the form of letters of the alphabet and coded information thereon, the coded information corresponding to at least part of the non-coded information, and means to store that coded information in a memory for subsequent access.
2. Apparatus as claimed in Claim 1 which includes means to retrieve information from a plurality of business cards.
3. A business card which comprises non-coded information at least in the form of letters of the alphabet regarding a businessman, and encoded information on the same business card corresponding to part of the non-coded information.
4. A card as claimed in Claim 3 wherein the encoded information is in bar code form or magnetic code form on either the front or reverse face of the business card, and the non-coded information also includes information in the form of numerals.
5. A card as claimed in Claim 4 wherein the bar or magnetic code contains upto 150 alphanumerical encoded characters.
6. An encoding apparatus for encoding information onto a business card as claimed in Claim 3.
7. Apparatus as claimed in Claim 6 comprising a computer with bar encoding software, and a bar code applying apparatus connected thereto.
8. An electrical/electronic apparatus which is provided with means to photo-optically scan information from a document, means to index that information under a plurality of indexes, means to store that indexed information in a memory, and means to access that stored information from any one of the plurality of indexes.
9. Apparatus as claimed in Claim 8 wherein information after scanning is encoded by encoding means, whereafter the coded information is stored under the plurality of indexes in the memory.
10. Apparatus as claimed in Claim 8 which photo-optically reads information in coded format into the memory of the apparatus.
11. Apparatus as claimed in either Claim 1 or 8 which is provided with integral display means in the form of a screen.
12. Apparatus as claimed in either Claim 1 or 8 which is provided with an integral keyboard in order to manage the information.
13. Apparatus as claimed in Claim 12 wherein the information once in the apparatus is manually indexed by the user using the keyboard into a plurality of indexes into the memory.
14. Apparatus as claimed in Claim 13 wherein the indexing is achieved by formatting the information on an integral screen.
15. An electrical/electronic apparatus having manually operable means to read and retrieve information in the form of at least letters of the alphabet optically from a plurality of documents, means to store that information in a memory, means to display the information, and means to access part of the stored information in that memory and place that information onto the display means of the apparatus.
16. An apparatus as claimed in Claim 15 wherein the manual reader means comprises optical reader means to optically'read information in the form of letters of the alphabet and numerals.
17. Apparatus as claimed in Claim 16 wherein the optical reader means is in the form of a pen, which is hand-held by a user.
18. An apparatus as claimed in either Claim 1 or 15 which is provided with automatic telephone dialling means.
19. An apparatus as claimed in Claim 16 which is provided with a keyboard which is adapted, such that the apparatus can be switched by switch means to an input mode whereafter a first key of a first set of keys can be pressed thereon, whereafter the reader means is manually used to optically read a first piece of information from the document, whereafter a second key of the first set of keys on the apparatus may be pressed to store that information in the memory, whereafter a first key of a second set of keys is then pressed, whereafter the reader means is manually used to read a second piece of information from the document, whereafter the second key of the second set of keys is pressed In order to store that information in the memory, whereafter a first key of a third set of keys is then pressed, whereafter the reader mans manually reads a third piece of information from the document, whereafter the second key of the third set of keys is pressed in order to store that information in the memory.
20. An apparatus as claimed in Claim 16 wherein the optical reading means is adapted such that information is manually and optically read in batches as long as the reader means remains in manual contact with the surface of the document.
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