Abstract: A control apparatus includes a processor, a storage controller, and a boot loader memory. The processor executes a control process using data stored in a main memory. The storage controller includes a storage device, stores stored data in an encrypted state if an encryption function is enabled, and stores the stored data in the storage device in a non-encrypted state if the encryption function is disabled. The stored data includes a memory image related to a state of the main memory after completion of an activation process of an operating system. The boot loader memory is configured to store instructions that cause the processor to (a) activate the operating system using the memory image in response to a determination that the encryption function is disabled and (b) activate the operating system without using the memory image in response to a determination that the encryption function is enabled.
Abstract: A commodity management device includes a camera interface circuit connectable to a camera to capture an image of one of commodities arranged in a row along a first direction from a back plate to a front of the shelf. The device includes a sensor interface circuit connectable to a sensor measuring a distance to the commodities in the row. A processor is configured to detect a change in the distance measured by the sensor, identify the commodities based on the image, then acquire a thickness of each commodity in the row, and calculate the number of the commodities removed from the shelf based on the distance change and the thickness of the commodities.
Abstract: A communication system includes a server and multiple communication nodes. The server broadcasts a mesh network entry request to the communication nodes. Each communication node is configured to receive the mesh network entry request, cause a mesh network entry request to hop to the other communication nodes if the entry request is not addressed to the node itself, register a rank of the node based on a number of hops required for the entry request to reach the node if the entry request is addressed to the communication node, transmit a rank request when the communication node registers its rank, receive a rank response from other nodes, each rank response including a rank of the node sending the rank response, and register the node having a highest ranking response as a communication path to the server if its rank is higher than the node itself.
Abstract: A robot service providing system includes a table monitoring terminal associated with one of a plurality of tables in a venue, a central control terminal, and a movable waiter robot. The central control terminal includes a communication interface, a display, an operation panel, and a controller. The controller is configured to control the display to display a screen including an image including a consumable item captured by a camera of the table monitoring terminal based on image data received by the communication interface, and control the communication interface to transmit a service instruction in response to a user operation on the operation panel. The movable waiter robot is configured to move to said one of the tables based on the service instruction.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, a manual sheet feeding device includes a pressure plate, a first displacement member, a first input member, a second displacement member, a second input member, a coupling member, a restricting member, and an elastic member. The first displacement member displaces the plate from a first side to a pressure and a release position. The first input member displaces the first displacement member to a first and a second position. The second displacement member displaces the plate from a second side to the pressure and the release position. The second input member displaces the second displacement member to a third and a fourth position. The coupling member gives the second input member a second displacement amount larger than a first displacement amount. The restricting member restricts a displacement amount of the second input member. The elastic member elastically deforms when the amount of displacement is restricted.
Abstract: A store management server configured to communicate with a first gate control device that controls a first gate installed in a store includes a network interface, and a processor configured to identify a customer entering the store, acquire customer information about the detected customer, detect that the customer is holding a commodity in the store, acquire sales restriction information about the commodity held by the customer, determine whether the customer is eligible to buy the commodity held by the customer based on the acquired customer information and sales restriction information, and control the network interface to transmit, when it is not determined that the customer is eligible to buy the commodity, a first command to the first gate control device. The first command causes the first gate control device to close the first gate.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a reading unit, a heating unit, and an updating unit. The reading unit reads area designation information for designating an area to be decolored in areas of a sheet on which an image that can be decolored by heating is formed and history information for indicating the number of times of performing decoloration in the past for each area of the sheet from a wireless tag attached to the sheet. The heating unit heats the area based on the area designation information read by the reading unit. The updating unit updates the history information stored in the wireless tag which corresponds to the area heated by the heating unit.
Abstract: An image processing apparatus may include a processor including a processing unit, a creating unit, and an output unit. The processing unit stores image data created by executing a job in a storage unit. The creating unit creates an information code representing information indicating a storage area of the storage unit in which the image data is stored. The output unit displays the information code created by the creating unit on a display unit.
Abstract: According to at least one embodiment, a lens mirror array includes a plurality of optical elements. An optical element of the plurality of optical elements includes an incident surface on which light is incident, an emitting surface configured to emit the light incident through the incident surface, at least one reflecting surface reflecting the light incident through the incident surface toward the emitting surface, and a light shielding portion configured to block the light. The incident surface includes an effective surface configured to pass effective light emitted from the emitting surface and a directional surface configured to direct unnecessary light to the light shielding portion.
Abstract: A finisher assembly of a multifunction peripheral includes a vertically oriented stapler and a paper transport motor. When the paper transport motor rotates in the forward direction, printed pages from the print engine of the multifunction peripheral are received via a paper chute and a feed assist roller urges the printed pages into a vertical paper accumulation cache basin. Rotation of the paper transport motor also opens a biasing plate allowing the pages to freely enter the cache basin. Once all of the pages of the print job are in the cache basin, the paper transport motor rotates in the reverse direction causing the biasing plate to bias the printed pages, in the cache basin, against a registration surface of the vertically oriented stapler unit. The pages of the print job are stapled together the stapled print job is moved to the paper tray for collection by a user.
February 28, 2020
Date of Patent:
June 14, 2022
Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
Michael W. Lawrence, Zineeddine Hamoudi
Abstract: A postprocessing apparatus includes a horizontal alignment plate, a binder, a tray, and a shift actuator assembly. The horizontal alignment plate is positioned to align sheets in a sheet width direction. The binder binds sheets to form bound sheet bundles. The bound sheet bundles are stacked on the tray. The shift actuator assembly shifts the bound sheet bundles in the sheet width direction. A postprocessing controller controls the shift actuator assembly to shift the bound sheet bundles such that swollen portions of the bound sheet bundles are shifted inward of the horizontal alignment plate in the sheet width direction when the processed sheets are piled on the tray to the vicinity of the horizontal alignment plate.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing member and a pressing member forming a fixing nip therebetween, a heat generator, and a processor. The heat generator is disposed to heat a print medium passing through the fixing nip via the fixing member. The processor is configured to control the heat generator to start heating at a timing when a non-fixed image portion formed on the print medium is expected to reach the fixing nip, based on image data of an image to be fixed, a conveyance speed of the print medium, and an estimated heat capacity of the print medium.
Abstract: A symbol reading device includes a reading unit to read a code symbol attached to a commodity and a control unit. The control unit is configured to determine whether start button or the like for the reading unit has been pressed, allow the reading unit to read a first symbol within a first predetermined time after pressing of the button, and allow the reading unit to read a second symbol within a second predetermined time if the reading unit reads the first symbol. Registration processing is executed based on the first symbol and the second symbol when read. Symbol reading is ended when either the reading unit does not read the first symbol within the first predetermined time or the reading unit does not read the second symbol within second predetermined time.
Abstract: There is disclosed an apparatus and method of aligning content put through a duplex scanner. By performing operations on data extracted from physical documents, digital documents that would otherwise appear skewed can be un-skewed. The process compares two images, e.g. a front and a back page for a document, and determines how they are offset from one another. The process uses a projection profile error minimization technique to calculate a translation for one or both pages to digitally align the margins for a digital document such that the margins match.
Abstract: A system and method provides automated prediction of filenames and storage locations for scan files generated from a user's scan of their financial documents. A prediction model is generated for the user based on weighted values derived from preexisting filenames and preexisting storage locations for their stored electronic files. Text or images from each scan document is analyzed and weighted and compared to the user's prediction model and a suggested name and storage location is automatically generated. The suggestions are confirmed or corrected by the user prior to storage, and any corrections are used to update the user's prediction model.
Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a wireless tag reading apparatus includes an antenna, first and second power feeding ports, and a controller. The first power feeding port feeds electric power into the antenna so as to emit the first linearly polarized wave from the antenna. The second power feeding port feeds electric power into the antenna so as to emit the second linearly polarized wave from the antenna. The controller sets a ratio of a time of power feeding from the first power feeding port to a time of power feeding from the second power feeding port to take a value according to a ratio of the number of wireless tags existing in the direction of the first linearly polarized wave to the number of wireless tags existing in the direction of the second linearly polarized wave.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information management system includes a storage device and a control unit. The storage device is provided in a management server communicatively connected to an image forming apparatus to which a cartridge having a consumable item is detachably attached, via a network, and stores information on the consumable item or the cartridge. The control unit limits a predetermined function related to image formation of the image forming apparatus when, based on identification information indicating the cartridge stored in a cartridge storage device provided in the cartridge attached to the image forming apparatus, information on the consumable item or the cartridge is acquired from the storage device, and the acquired information satisfies a predetermined condition indicating that the cartridge is not a genuine cartridge.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming device, a heater, and a control circuit. The control circuit is configured to generate first energization data based on at least part of first raster image data representing a first image to be formed on a first page, and then compress the first raster image data into first compressed image data. The control circuit is also configured to generate second energization data based on at least part of second raster image data representing a second image to be formed on a second page, and then compress the second raster image data into second compressed image data. The control circuit is configured to further determine whether rotation of the second image by a predetermined degree will lower power consumption based on a comparison of the first energization data to the second energization data.
Abstract: A liquid dispensing apparatus includes a mounting unit on which a liquid discharging device is mounted, a driving circuit to supply driving voltages to an actuator of the liquid discharging device mounted on the mounting unit, a capacitance measuring circuit configured to measure a capacitance value of the actuator and a controller configured to acquire the capacitance value, compare the capacitance value to a predetermined threshold value, and determine whether to supply a first control signal to the driving circuit to drive the actuator of the liquid discharging device to discharge a liquid based on the comparison of the capacitance value to the predetermined threshold value.
Abstract: The image forming apparatus includes a developing device, a toner container, a first mechanism, a toner sensor, and a controller. The developing device adheres toner to an electrostatic latent image on a photoconductor to form a toner image. The toner container supplies toner to the developing device. The first mechanism causes a toner interface to undulate in the toner container. The toner sensor detects a capacitance between a first electrode and a second electrode arranged apart from the first electrode. The controller determines a remaining amount of toner in the toner container based on detection information from the toner sensor.