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Fri Sept 15 2017 09:37:29

eBay Patent Would Let Shoppers Feel Fabric via Phones

By: Ina Steiner

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Imagine being able to feel the fabric of a sweater or jacket on a mobile device when shopping on a website. eBay has thought of the concept, and in 2013 it filed a patent for a "searchable texture index." eBay envisions a day when a mobile device "permits a user to experience tactile quality of electronic content," and it wants to be able to provide information that would feed such technology.

From the patent:

"For example, a listing of an item provided by an on-line trading platform may include a description or an attribute that is indicative of texture, such as "denim" or "leather." 

"When such attribute or description is determined to be present in a listing, the system for generating content that has a tactile dimension may search a texture index based on the attribute that is indicative of texture, and, if the texture index contains an entry that corresponds to that attribute or description, include texture data from the determined entry into the listing. 

"The resulting version of the listing is enhanced with texture information and can be suitable for being presented on a tactile-enabled device in a manner that provides a user with tactile experience."

The concept is interesting, though it could provide some problems if shoppers who "felt" a piece of clothing on their device determines the item feels very different when they receive the item from the merchant.

Do you think you'll some day be able to feel the item you're browsing online?




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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Fri Sep 15 09:54:10 2017

It's insidious.
THIS is what Ebay is focused on :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1cbf7oSZL4&t=586s
And they won't be satisfied until the majority of employment opportunities for young people are completely erased.
This is beyond serious.
Ebay must be stopped.

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Fri Sep 15 09:55:03 2017

Add Amazon to the list.

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by: eBay Shill Buster This user has validated their user name.

Fri Sep 15 10:21:44 2017

Time to fire the CEO and sell the next Yahoo before they go broke, Yahoo had a lot of technology patents too, we all know what their technology labs got them, and they had better labs and programmers than eBay ever did.

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by: ignatz This user has validated their user name.

Fri Sep 15 10:29:04 2017

Ha, that's nothing. I hold a patent for a device that will transport me ***in digital form, over a regular 56kb dialup line*** to the seller's location, where I can feel the actual fabric of the garment for sale.  Oh, and back again, of course.  All in one piece.

eBay buyers deserve better than a cheesy imitation on a "tactile-enabled device"!

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Fri Sep 15 11:03:01 2017

In the 19 years I have been on eBay I've bought clothes

ZERO times. . .

I did buy a pair of Van's tennis shoes once, NEVER again because they didn't fit right. . .

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This user has validated their user name. by: blueribbon1844

Fri Sep 15 11:15:47 2017

As soon as my teleport machine is ready, customers will have their items in minutes, and they can touch and feel it as much as they want after they get it...

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by: RL15 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Sep 15 11:20:50 2017

with all the nonsense that fleecebay comes up with, this may very well be the most stupid thing yet. morons

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Fri Sep 15 11:31:59 2017

This patent is a waste of money, ebay shoppers already do it now
they just buy everything, feel, wear, stain whatever they want, then send it all back and it's totally free,  

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Fri Sep 15 11:35:30 2017

HA HA HA Is that something like the buy, touch feelie, wear, and then return cause it doesn't feel like they thought it should.

Buyer has to be some type of idiot to even think of buying clothes on ebay.......Car wash rags maybe.

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This user has validated their user name. by: bitbybit

Fri Sep 15 12:05:22 2017

Just goes to show how out of ''touch'' eBay is with the real world.

They can afford to come up with these idiotic ideas since time and money is obviously not being spent on actually improving all the years of disruptive blunders on the eBay marketplace.  

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by: bpm This user has validated their user name.

Fri Sep 15 12:08:14 2017

I've had an idea for a patent that enables me to travel through time to let the customer feel the fabric before they even knew they wanted it! No phones necessary!

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by: DingDong This user has validated their user name.

Fri Sep 15 12:25:56 2017

Imagine being able to SMELL you item you are purchasing.

Can't wait for this ideal.
Then I will be selling funky shoes.
(Whooops, that's a different craze)  LOL

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This user has validated their user name. by: eXtinctBay

Fri Sep 15 13:17:05 2017

Here's a question: How do you buy this tactile-enabled device??

Well, if eBay owns the patent, of course you will need to get it from them!

LOOKING INTO MY CRYSTAL BALL...........

2018 Spring Seller Update:
If you would like to remain a clothing seller, you must have one of our new fabric simulation devices. Our studies show that buyers are 17% more likely to purchase a garment that they can feel through their cell phone.

The device is available for $49.99 + shipping. If you do not comply by 4/30/18, your fashion listings will be deleted until you purchase and register the unit.

Thanks For Being A Valued Seller On eBay!!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri Sep 15 14:51:10 2017

LOL.........is this fake news?  Lord have mercy!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri Sep 15 14:53:09 2017

Sellers don't need a device to figure out who will return an item.

There is a correlation--the more questions asked up front about an item the more likely the item will be returned.  It never fails.

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Fri Sep 15 15:09:44 2017

@Rexford

YES, how true, more questions, = more problems , some people just cannot buy online,  

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by: Trying-My-Best This user has validated their user name.

Fri Sep 15 20:54:17 2017

No comment - this is beyond ridiculous.  

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Sep 16 22:10:26 2017

To me - its not that its a good idea or a bad idea (its a bad idea) but ALL the people who want/design/talk about this technology are people (companies who sell online) that can either A) afford to do it B) are able to handle returns.

This technology was talked about in Internet Retailer. In the article, ALL the people who talk about it are large companies or sellers - like AMAZON.

NONE of these things - including 60 day returns etc - work for small sellers. NO ONE has that capacity.

Returns are hell NOW, imagine what happens if this ever becomes LIVE.

"sorry but it FELT more like leather""sorry it didnt FEEL like cashmere" ... its hell waiting to happen.

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by: imbloated This user has validated their user name.

Mon Sep 18 00:15:44 2017

ignatz: Make that two to beam up!

All I want is to be able to smell an item before buying it so see if it reeks of tobacco smoke, because smokers don't often disclose this.

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by: Barbbie This user has validated their user name.

Mon Sep 18 00:40:18 2017

Dang, everything I touch feels like a computer screen.
This sounds stupid to me. So if you get the cheap or china knockoff phone version will all the leather feel like pleather?  
Most of these buyers still can't figure out that no, it is not actual size of your computer screen, colors may vary from what your imagination told you it would be, free shipping does not actually exist, that guarantee is BS, it does not mean your Christmas presents will actually be there by Christmas eve - but we will give you 5 dollars, tell your kids and they will feel much better about it,  but yet now they are expected to understand that no, this app does not actually contain millions of different feels of fabric configurations, it is just an estimate, the 100 thread count sheets do not feel the same as the 800 thread count sheets even if they are both cotton.

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