Patents Examined by D. W. Cook
  • Patent number: 4205780
    Abstract: A document processing system including a video camera and raster scan television monitors. The apparatus comprises a document transport that sequentially passes documents by both a machine readable data reader and a video camera. The data reader reads and stores in a digital memory the machine readable data encoded on the documents. The video camera captures the entire image of each document and stores the images in a video memory. In one embodiment the images are stored as analog signals and in another embodiment as digital signals. The system further includes a plurality of video terminals at which the operators of the system can recall and display on command both the machine readable data and the video images of the documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1980
    Assignee: Teknekron, Inc.
    Inventors: Emmett R. Burns, Morris D. Ho
  • Patent number: 4127769
    Abstract: A novel optically readable message card having columns of marking areas thereon where the vertically adjacent marking areas in a column are horizontally staggered. Also, a template for the message card and having columns of horizontally staggered marking openings therein corresponding to the marking areas on the message card. The horizontal staggering arrangement assures that an unskilled user will make a sufficiently long mark in the marking area on the message card so that the mark can be read by commercially available optical mark reading equipment. Furthermore, the staggered openings in the template assure the structural strength of the template. Also, a structurally strong, easy-to-use template assembly including the template and a base plate designed to hold the message card and accurately align it with the template. Also, a method of economically mass-producing the template assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1978
    Inventor: Edward J. Corwin
  • Patent number: 4102493
    Abstract: A system for storing and transferring data in confidential manner, the system comprising: at least one independent electronic portable article, and at least one independent transfer device, the portable article comprising: at least one store for storing data in an easily transportable form containing enabling data, coupling means accessible from the exterior of the portable article and used for temporarily coupling the portable article to the transfer device, and store control circuits connected between the coupling means and the store, an identification circuit entirely contained in the portable article and connected to the store and the coupling means, the identification circuit comparing the enabling data in the store with a confidential item introduced into the transfer device by the possessor of the portable article; the store and the control circuits being constructed in the form of logic microstructures; the transfer device comprising: means actuated by the person in possession of the portable store, s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1978
    Assignee: Societe Internationale pour l'Innovation
    Inventor: Roland Moreno
  • Patent number: 4015107
    Abstract: Pulse signals of different weights are introduced from different input terminals into the present count system in a parallel fashion, respectively. Each number of the pulse signals of different weights are counted in a binary code notation. There is provided a weight information generator which generates weight signals, in a binary coded decimal notation, dependent upon the weight of the weighted pulse signals. Each of the weight signals are repeatedly added, each number of the repetition being identical with the counted number of the pulse signals of different weights introduced into the present system. A desired information may be obtained by totaling the results of these additions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1974
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1977
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinichi Tanaka, Kenji Sano, Seiji Kimura
  • Patent number: 3991299
    Abstract: A bar code scanner having light sensitive means for detecting black and white regions of a bar code and having circuit means for translating the light pulses into digital signals. The scanner system has circuit means responsive to bar codes employing bars of only two different widths, specifically wide bars and narrow bars. The scanner has automatic level control circuitry and has means for detecting the bar code substantially independent of the angle and speed of scan within desired limitations. The scanner also has built-in error checking and warning devices as well as an automatic clear system for clearing errors. The data developed by the scanner is then transferred by suitable circuitry to a data collection and utilization system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1974
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1976
    Assignee: Norand Corporation
    Inventors: George E. Chadima, Jr., Eugene G. Ristola
  • Patent number: 3946202
    Abstract: An information writing device is used to write information on a card such as magnetic card. Information to be written on a card is manually fed into the device through a keyboard. The card may be reciprocated through a driving unit to write information thereon during its forward stroke and to read out the information during its backward stroke. The information read out is collated with the input one to visually indicate resulting coincidence or non-coincidence thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1974
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1976
    Assignees: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Canon Denshi Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadasu Taniguchi, Iwao Hosaka, Shigeru Yoshida
  • Patent number: 3946205
    Abstract: In a system for optically scanning and reading data printed in transversely extending lines longitudinally spaced apart on a document and comprising a scanning head including an electro-optical arrangement for scanning and reading the data, friction drive rollers for engaging and moving the document longitudinally past the scanning head, a motor drivingly connected to the rollers, and controls for the motor, the improvement in which the motor is a stepper motor having an output shaft which is advanced one step about its axis each time the motor is pulsed. The controls include a pulse generator, an optical system for detecting such lines of data on the document and stopping the longitudinal movement of the document, the optical system being operatively connected to the generator and effective to control the pulse output of the generator. The generator preferably provides pulses at a first predetermined frequency and pulses at a second and lower frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1974
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1976
    Assignee: Datatype Corporation
    Inventors: Leland A. Melugin, Joseph Parchesky