Fast Retailing has been granted a patent for an information processing device that allows users to designate and view multiple clothing items on a floor map. The device displays thumbnail images of the clothing items along with icons indicating their positions on the map, making it easier for users to identify the correspondence between them. The device also displays inventory information and emphasizes selected items for easier recognition. GlobalData’s report on Fast Retailing gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Fast Retailing, Breathable fabric undergarments was a key innovation area identified from patents. Fast Retailing's grant share as of September 2023 was 28%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Patent granted for an information processing device for displaying clothing items

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Fast Retailing Co Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11755173B2) describes an information processing device that aims to enhance the shopping experience for users. The device includes at least one processor and memory with instructions that, when executed, allow the device to receive user-designated clothing items and display a thumbnail image of the selected items along with a floor map. The floor map features an icon indicating the positional information of the clothing items in an identifiable manner, allowing users to easily locate them. The correspondence between the thumbnail image and the icon is displayed on the screen, making it easier for users to identify the selected items.

Additionally, the device can display inventory information for the clothing items, including variations of color information. The thumbnail image and color information are emphasized on the screen with the floor map, further aiding users in recognizing the selected state.

The patent also mentions that the information processing device can be a display device installed in a store. In this case, the device can display code information that allows users to view the thumbnail image and floor map on a mobile terminal by scanning the code with their mobile device.

Furthermore, the patent describes the device as a mobile terminal that can register multiple clothing items and display a thumbnail image for each registered item along with the corresponding floor map. The device can also register store information and display a thumbnail image and floor map for the registered store.

The device is capable of displaying a thumbnail image and icon for recommended clothing items, sale items, and items in a campaign based on the selected clothing items. It can also display the user's current position on the floor map.

The screen generated by an external server device corresponds the icons to the thumbnail images, providing a seamless and integrated shopping experience.

In summary, the granted patent outlines an information processing device that enhances the shopping experience by displaying thumbnail images, floor maps, and icons to help users locate and identify selected clothing items. The device also provides inventory information and emphasizes the thumbnail images and color information on the screen with the floor map. Whether installed in a store or used as a mobile terminal, the device aims to improve the efficiency and convenience of shopping for users.

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