Patents Examined by Ari M. Bai
  • Patent number: 5278752
    Abstract: A proceeds processing apparatus has an apparatus body, and a keyboard and a card reader provided on the apparatus body for entering first data indicative of the contents of a transaction. An operation control is accommodated in the apparatus body for executing data processing including proceeds processing by performing arithmetic operations with inputted data. A display and a printer are provided on the apparatus body and interconnected to the operation control for outputting the result of data processing. A customer-oriented input unit has a keyboard and a control for inputting second data for determining whether or not the first data entered are agreed to. An interface and a cable electrically interconnect the keyboard and the control to the operation control. The operation control determinines, in response to the second data fed from the keyboard and the control, whether or not the first data are agreed to on the basis of the second data and feeds a result of decision to the display and printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyokazu Narita, Hiroharu Hirata
  • Patent number: 5274550
    Abstract: A blood alcohol level determining device for calculating the blood alcohol level of a person, the blood alcohol level determining device comprising: first memory structure for storing characteristic information regarding the person; second memory structure for storing characteristic information regarding an alcoholic beverage; human interface structure for receiving, from a human operator of the device, information regarding the characteristics of the person and the characteristics of an alcoholic beverage, the interface structure communicating with the first and second memory structure; clock structure for measuring time; and structure communicating with the clock structure, with the first memory structure, and with the second memory structure, for calculating a blood alcohol level for the person based on the characteristics of the alcoholic beverage, the characteristics of the person, and time measured by the clock structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Inventor: Robert J. Greenlee
  • Patent number: 5272626
    Abstract: A radiation image of an object is formed with radiation, which has passed through the object. The radiation image is then photoelectrically read out, and an image signal made up of a series of image signal components representing the radiation image is thereby obtained. Frequency processing is carried out on the image signal in accordance with a predetermined emphasis coefficient .beta.. When the frequency processing is carried out on image signal components corresponding to a peripheral region in the radiation image, which peripheral region has a predetermined width, the value of the emphasis coefficient .beta. used during the frequency processing is decreased monotonously from a value for an image signal component corresponding to a position on the radiation image, which position is closer to the middle part of the radiation image, to a value for an image signal component corresponding to a position on the radiation image, which position is closer to the exterior of the radiation image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Nakajima, Tsutomu Kimura
  • Patent number: 5270924
    Abstract: The fundus image processor of this invention comprises an image inputting means including a fundus camera for inputting electronic images of a subject's eye, video camera, magnetic disk apparatus and still video apparatus. Further, this apparatus also comprises a display means for displaying the fundus image input by the image inputting means. Further, the apparatus also comprises an image identification/processing means for identifying the state of the image input by the inputting means from the positions of light and dark regions on the image, and causes the results of this identification to be displayed on the display means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Topcon
    Inventor: Masayuki Hideshima
  • Patent number: 5268839
    Abstract: In a communication system in which translation is achieved in a bidirectional manner between a first language terminal and a second language terminal, words appearing in sentences inputted from the first-language terminal are memorized so that the memorized words are preferentially selected when determining equivalents in later translations of sentences inputted from the second-language terminal, and vice versa. As means for memorizing an occurring word, a sentence number assigned to an input sentence containing the word may be stored in a word dictionary as activation degree information of the word or an occurring word file may be disposed for sequentially storing therein the occurring word. These items may be stored in combination with terminal user IDs. Various types of function allocation methods are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kaji
  • Patent number: 5267150
    Abstract: An apparatus for communicating an electrical signal from a first portion of circuitry to a second, wherein there is no direct electrical contact between the two portions. In one embodiment, an EKG transmitter is disclosed which receives surface EKG signals from a patient, amplifies the EKG signals, modulates an oscillating carrier signal with the EKG signals, and transmits the resulting modulated signal across an optocoupled boundary. The modulated signal is then digitized directly, without demodulation, using phase progression digitization. The digitized information, from which the patient's EKG signal may be reconstructed, is then transmitted via a modem over conventional telephone lines. DC power drawn from the telephone line may be used directly to power the modem and phase progression digitizer, and may also be coupled via an isolating DC-to-DC transformer, to the frequency modulator and amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 5262946
    Abstract: The radiation source (22) rotates around a patient on a patient couch (30) as the couch is advanced through an examination region (14). Radiation detectors (24) detect radiation that has passed through the patient along rays of a plurality of fan shaped views. Each view is identifiable by its angular position around the examination region and its longitudinal position in the spiral and each ray is identifiable by its angular position in the fan. An interpolator (46) interpolates views collected over more than two revolutions of spiral path using an interpolation function (FIGS. 1A-1D). A set of interpolated views is reconstructed (54) into a series of image representations representing parallel planar slices through the imaged volume. In some reconstructions, particularly reconstructions in which a 180.degree. based reconstruction algorithm is used or the energy of the x-ray beam is varied, the filter function is varied from ray to ray within each view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: Picker International, Inc.
    Inventor: Dominic J. Heuscher
  • Patent number: 5262941
    Abstract: An expert floorplan credit recommendation method and system, comprising a database and stored program for arriving at a credit recommendation by processing data on a computer by means of a decision matrix tree that emulates the thought processes of credit experts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: ITT Corporation
    Inventors: Emery F. Saladin, Karol V. Mate, Harvey Gers, Kurt A. Ruhlin
  • Patent number: 5255181
    Abstract: A method for translating complex process flow networks into plans or schedules for the manufacturing of products or the performance of other organizational activities is disclosed. The method maintains a time-valued list of existing commitments to resources. Allocations of these resources are made to lots during a simulation procedure which calculates a resulting plan's timing data. The method simulates higher priority lots before it simulates lower priority lots. A simulation evaluates the process flow description to obtain the relative order of consuming and releasing resources, resource attributes and related capabilities, initial minimum timing requests, and process control rules. The simulation uses the list to determine when resources may be used without impacting prior commitments of the resources. In addition, the simulation forces the allocations to conform to the process control rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: William Chapman, William Capen, Gwo-Jer Chang, Christopher Handorf, Anant Raman, Ajay Sevak, Kolur Venkatesh
  • Patent number: 5255182
    Abstract: A system for determining the cause of lost, delayed or erroneous responses in a network for authorizing payment card transactions from the point of view of the point-of-sale terminal that forms part of the network. A request for authorization is entered into the terminal, the terminal transmits a message requesting authorization to a computer in the network, and receives a return message in response from the computer. The terminal logs the origination time of the message, the elapsed time between the origination time and the time at which it receives the return message, the transaction serial number, and, optionally, other data for each request for authorization. In a variation, each computer in the network adds a time stamp to the message as the message returns from the computer to the terminal. The time stamp shows the computer elapsed time, computer identity, authorization status, etc. The terminal additionally logs the time stamps received in the return message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventor: Carl A. Adams
  • Patent number: 5253166
    Abstract: A record keeping system communicates with an airline's customer reservation system and a corporate client database system. A dedicated queue within the customer reservation system is accessed daily by the record keeping system to download data comprising travel itineraries. A relational database control within the record keeping system organizes the pre-travel data for efficient use by a corporate client. The reorganized data thus downloaded and organized is sent daily to the corporate clients for use in their own local database systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Disc Corporation
    Inventors: Susan S. Dettelbach, Kenneth Dettelbach
  • Patent number: 5253170
    Abstract: With the apparatus of CT, if the object contains a foreign body having high spatial frequency component such as a polygonal body etc., and large density difference from another region, a radial artifact is generated from a corner part of the side.The first object of the present invention is to provide an apparatus of CT to reduce artifacts without lowering of spatial resolving power.The second object of the present invention is to provide an apparatus of CT to reduce artifacts without increasing scanning time so much.The objects described above are achieved by the present invention with a method to disperse penetration data to surroundings when a sudden changing part of penetration data in translational data is detected in collecting penetration data from every direction for reconstruction of an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Kanamori, Shinichi Itoh
  • Patent number: 5253162
    Abstract: A system for automatic collection of tolls includes a toll facility, an in-vehicle toll processor having memory for storing a toll-money-available quantity purchased by the user, and a toll-facility-identification site that transmits a toll-facility-identifier signal indicating the identity of the upcoming toll facility and the toll to be collected. As the vehicle approaches the identification site, the in-vehicle processor receives the identifier signal and calculates the toll to be debited. When the vehicle passes through the toll facility, the facility transmits a toll-collect signal instructing the in-vehicle toll processor to debit the calculated toll from memory. The in-vehicle processor debits the calculated amount and transmits an acknowledgement signal to the toll facility.This application is related to the subject matter of application Ser. No. 525,103 filed May 17, 1990 now U.S. Pat. No. 5,144,553, issued Sep. 1, 1992, and application Ser. No. 524,654 filed May 17, 1990 now U.S. Pat. No.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: AT/COMM, Incorporated
    Inventor: John J. Hassett
  • Patent number: 5243518
    Abstract: A layered document services architecture facilitating operation and interconnection of electronic printing systems with both resident and non-resident work inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Charles P. Holt, Anthony M. Federico, Ernest L. Legg, Gene A. McDaniel, Jr., Ronald E. Rider
  • Patent number: 5237497
    Abstract: A method for prospective planning and dynamic management of a flow processes comprising a plurality of interrelated and interdependant processes, resources and commodity flows using a computer system. The method includes providing a database containing information about the flow process and graphically displaying both the problem and the solution spatially and/or temporally. Indicia can be made to appear on the display to provide visual identification of symbols as well information about the solution, capacity, minimum levels, flows and variances. In addition, access to the data base can be made available either to update the display to reflect current information or to perform "what-if" scenarios. Access to the database is through objects displayed and permits a wide variety of information to be queried and displayed. The system also has the capability to communicate portions or all of the plan to other modules and to receive data from other modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Numetrix Laboratories Limited
    Inventor: Edward M. Sitarski
  • Patent number: 5237501
    Abstract: A mechanical flotation system to support a body upon a bed, chair and the like which includes a plurality of active support pads which contact various portions of the body to provide such support. Each support pad is connected to an actuator rod which selectively reciprocates in response to an actuator rod displacement control signal and a body contact pressure control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Ignaty Gusakov
    Inventor: Ignaty Gusakov
  • Patent number: 5235510
    Abstract: A picture archiving communication system for storing, transferring various digital image data in a single or a plurality of hospitals includes a modality, a data base, a workstation as a display unit, and a network for connecting these components. The modality includes various diagnosis apparatuses for generating medical digital images, such as a film digitizer, an angiography apparatus, a CT scanner, an MRI system, a nuclear medicine diagnosis apparatus, an ultrasound diagnosis apparatus, and an electric endoscope. An examination ordering system is connected to the network. The workstation outputs computer-aided diagnosis data obtained by analyzing medical image data by means of a computer. This computer-aided diagnosis data includes the location, the type, and the degree of abnormality. In order to alarm an abnormality, the workstation displays a marker pointing the portion of the abnormal portion on the image, a text sentence representing the details of the abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Shinichi Yamada, Kenichi Komatsu, Takehiro Ema
  • Patent number: 5235507
    Abstract: Data processing for a health insurance management system verifies the insurance status of the claimant, identifies the appropriate insurance policy, calculates the amount to be paid to the health care provider, pays the provider, calculates the payment required by the claimant, if any, and debits the account of the claimant in the amount required. A claim may be processed under more than one policy where appropriate. The system can handle both individual and family insurance policies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: P. B. Toau and Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Arthur F. Sackler, Marshall Levin
  • Patent number: 5233519
    Abstract: A first display system displays a radiation image, and a region of the radiation image displayed by the first display system is designated. A number of images of abnormalities which appeared in the past radiation images have been stored in a memory and the correlations between the image in the designated region of the radiation image displayed by the first display system and the respective images of abnormalities stored in the memory are calculated. An image of abnormality having a high correlation with the image in the designated region is extracted from the stored images of abnormalities, and a second display system displays image of abnormality extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1993
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wataru Ito
  • Patent number: 5231566
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for producing a catalog of items that are to be offered for sale. A computer system is employed wherein a catalog item number is assigned to the items that are to be listed in the catalog. Each unique item contains a unique catalog item number. A cataloging software program that is executed by the computer determines whether an inputted item has previously been assigned a catalog item number by comparing the inputted item against a plurality of items in a master item list. If a catalog item number has not previously been assigned to the inputted item, a new catalog item number is generated and assigned to the inputted item. However, if the cataloging system determines that the inputted item already exists in the master item list, the catalog item number assigned to the item in the master list is also assigned to the inputted items. Accordingly, all like items have the same catalog item number, whereas different items have different catalog item numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Assignee: Shoppers Express
    Inventors: Elan Blutinger, Kara Kernan