Retail Giant Walmart Files Patent for Blockchain-Managed Smart Appliances

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As per an application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on August 2, Walmart has applied for another patent, which illustrates the management of smart appliances utilizing blockchain tech.

The application forms systems and processes for managing smart appliances like server computers or desktops, a kiosk, a tabletop device or more portable computing devices, like a wearable or gaming device, portable media player or laptop computer.

From a practical perspective, users will employ a device, regardless of it is wearable or not, that maintains the private key used to approve a transaction. One use case was a kiosk for receiving packages from drones.

The publication says:

“A user may get a kiosk and add the newly obtained kiosk to the distributed ledger structure using their smart device to provision and/or approve the kiosk. In one instance, the user device may be a wearable device that maintains the private key used to authorize the transaction. The kiosk may sync with the user device and be automatically provisioned as a home delivery station and added as a device in the distributed ledger management system.”

The management environment will reportedly authorize users to customize levels of access and control for the Kiosk, including the ability to acknowledge or reject a package or create and order an item.

In order to oversee more smart appliances, the blockchain server network recognizes the support of an Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.

The patent says:

“A resource in the IoT ecosystem may be linked with one or more roles and, thus, is associated with a single role in the context of a single corresponding transaction.”

The patent further proposes building up a smart home, where the described appliance management system may be utilized in a wide range of environments, like home, media, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and many others.

Walmart is known for its proactive position towards the adoption of blockchain tech. In the past few months, the retail corporation has applied for many blockchain-based systems, like as “secure” delivery management system.

Other Walmart patent filing includes a “Smart Package” system to track package contents, location, environmental conditions, and an electrical grid that will be powered by bitcoin and other digital currencies. Walmart has actively pursued several methods of blockchain applications for their food supply chain, customer marketplace, medical sector, and energy consumption management system.

Nishanth Shetty

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