Patents Examined by Rafferty D Kelly
  • Patent number: 11443125
    Abstract: A waste management system comprising a garbage bin for receiving rubbish and acting as a collection (14) point, an application used to notify a rubbish collector that the rubbish is ready for collection (14), the application being associated with an individual and wirelessly connected to a server, characterized in that identification means are provided to enable the application to track the route of the collected rubbish through one or more stages as the rubbish is transferred from the collection (14) point to a disposal point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Terra Phoenix Sdn. Bhd.
    Inventors: Ching Seong Tan, Hin Yong Wong, Erfan Hajimohammadhosseinmemar, Tien Sing Au Yong
  • Patent number: 11423276
    Abstract: An asset tag adapted to be mounted to an asset. The asset tag comprises a first component encoded with a first ID unique to the asset tag, the first component having a first wireless interface and transmitting first broadcast signals via said first wireless interface over a first range, the first broadcast signals including the first ID. The asset tag further comprises a user-actuatable button. The asset tag further comprises processing circuitry, coupled to the button and to at least the first wireless interface. The processing circuitry is configured for (i) determining whether a predetermined gesture has been performed by a user using the button and (ii) if the predetermined gesture has been performed, transmitting via the first wireless interface to a wireless access point a restock message, the restock message including the first ID and indicating that restocking is required of assets corresponding to the first ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventors: Dean Charles Henry, John Venter
  • Patent number: 11423277
    Abstract: In some examples, a fluidic conductive trace based radio-frequency identification device may include a flexible substrate layer including a channel, and a trace formed of a conductive fluid that is disposed substantially within the channel. The fluidic conductive trace based radio-frequency identification device may further include a sealing layer disposed on the flexible substrate layer and the trace to seal the conductive fluid in a liquid state within the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ning Ge, Jarrid Wittkopf, Robert Ionescu, Helen A. Holder, Paul Howard Mazurkiewicz
  • Patent number: 11416813
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining an inventory. The methods comprise: placing an RFID tag in a first operational mode in which at least one communication operation or device of the RFID tag is disabled or bypassed; performing first operations by the RFID tag to determine when it is time to begin communications in accordance with the time slotted communications scheme; transitioning an operational mode of the RFID tag from the first operational mode to a second operational mode in which the communication operation(s) or device of the RFID tag is enabled or no longer bypassed, in response to a determination that it is time for the RFID tag to begin communications; and transitioning the operational mode of the RFID tag back into the first operational mode when the RFID tag's communications with a remote tag reader for inventory determination purposes are complete or a time slot has expired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Craig E. Trivelpiece, Steve E. Trivelpiece
  • Patent number: 11416690
    Abstract: A memory card reader body includes proposed, on an internal face, a receiving recess to receive a memory card connector. The receiving recess has electrically conductive tracks forming a protective mesh for the memory card connector. The conductive tracks are such that they also extend on an external face of the memory card reader body through vias passing through the internal and external faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventors: Stephane Pavageau, Jean-Jacques Delorme, Johann Jadeau
  • Patent number: 11403475
    Abstract: A system and method process for imaging DPM codes by a handheld barcode reader may include outputting a polarized light beam from an exit window of the handheld barcode reader to illuminate a direct part marking (DPM) code positioned on an object over a first time period. A non-polarized light beam may be output via from the exit window of the handheld barcode reader over a second time period. Reflected light from the object including polarized light from the DPM code received via a partially polarized receiving window may be sensed. The DPM code may be decoded by the handheld barcode reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: DATALOGIC IP TECH S.r.l.
    Inventor: Michele Suman
  • Patent number: 11397884
    Abstract: Brackets for amplifying antenna gain associated with mountable radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a bracket and an RFID tag. The bracket has a base, a first meandering amplification arm connected to and extending away from the base in a first direction, and a second meandering amplification arm connected to and extending away from the base in a second direction opposite the first direction. The RFID tag is mounted to the base of the bracket. The first meandering amplification arm and the second meandering amplification arm are respectively structured to at least one of: amplify an antenna gain associated with the RFID tag; or increase a communication range associated with the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventors: Shannon Eugene Jelken, Kenneth William Junk
  • Patent number: 11386280
    Abstract: An electronic device displays a media capture user interface that includes a media capture preview of objects in a field of view of the camera. While displaying the media capture user interface, the electronic device scans the field of view of the camera for data encoded in an optical machine-readable format. In accordance with a determination that the field of view of the camera includes data encoded in the optical machine-readable format that meets respective notification criteria, the electronic device displays a notification that indicates that the camera application has detected data encoded in the optical machine-readable format. In accordance with a determination that the field of view of the camera does not include data encoded in the optical machine-readable format that meets the respective notification criteria, the electronic device maintains display of the media capture user interface of the camera application without displaying the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Behkish Johnnie Manzari, Ada Chan, Yongjun Zhang, Patrick Lee Coffman, Charles Ying, Steven Jon Falkenburg
  • Patent number: 11379681
    Abstract: Provided is a method for marking an item comprising the steps of providing a first predetermined marking on the item; providing a second predetermined marking on the item at least partially overlapping with the first marking; and determining information dependent on a relationship between the first marking provided on the item and the second marking provided on the item. Further is provided an apparatus for providing a marking on an item, an apparatus for reading a marking on an item, a computer program, and a computer program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: SICPA HOLDING SA
    Inventors: Rafael Herrera, Daniel Zahnd, Pablo Sempere
  • Patent number: 11366976
    Abstract: A method includes: storing, in a first database, first data regarding a life cycle of a product made using a manufacturing process; scanning an encoded image on a physical object to obtain at least one parameter associated with the product; querying, using the obtained at least one parameter, the first database to obtain the first data; generating a communication that includes the first data; and sending, to a server over a network, the communication, wherein the server is configured to update a second database based on the first data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Principato
  • Patent number: 11347952
    Abstract: A camera interface circuit for a barcode scanner includes a binary conversion block and a selection module. The binary conversion block receives image signals from a camera, and converts gray levels of each pixel in each image frame into binary codes. The selection module alternately provides binary codes of one image frame and image signals of a consecutive image frame as outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Liyan Xie, Mingle Sun, Bin Li, Qiaoyu Ye
  • Patent number: 11347988
    Abstract: A method for configuring a Near Field Communication (NFC) smart card, includes: receiving a card selected by a user, the card being included in a card set corresponding to the user; determining at least one card which has no conflict with the selected card in the card set; adding the at least one card and the selected card in the NFC smart card, wherein each card in the NFC smart card is in an activated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Airstar Digital Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lina Xu, Yubo Chi, Zongqiang Chen
  • Patent number: 11341342
    Abstract: An encoder connected to an object is provided. The encoder includes a plate, a sensor, a memory and a processor. The plate has a pattern thereon. The sensor is configured to obtain an image of a portion of the pattern. The memory is configured to store a first set of reference images corresponding to a portion of the pattern and angle and/or position information corresponding to the first set of images. The processor is configured to shift the first set of reference images to obtain a second set of reference images and to compare the obtained image with the first set of reference images and/or the second set of reference images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Aeolus Robotics Corporation Limited
    Inventors: Yueh Teng Hsu, Ching Te Lu
  • Patent number: 11308297
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a self-checkout system including a base and a scan gate extending over at least a portion of the base, the scan gate having a field of view that encompasses 360-degree coverage of the items such that the scan gate is able to obtain and read encoded data on any surface of the item passing through the scan gate. The base may include one or more rails positioned along the periphery to help retain items on the surface of the base once they have been passed through the scan gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: DATALOGIC USA, INC.
    Inventors: WenLiang Gao, Bryan L. Olmstead
  • Patent number: 11295287
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus for commodity registration includes a cart body, a weight sensor, a movement sensor, a code scanner, a display, and a control circuit. The control circuit is configured to detect change of a weight according to the weight sensor. Upon detecting the weight change, the control circuit determines whether the code scanner has read a commodity code within a predetermined time period before or after the weight change. If the code scanner has not read a commodity code within the predetermined time period, it is determined whether or not movement of the cart body, as detected by the movement sensor, satisfies a predetermined condition. If the movement satisfies the predetermined condition, the control circuit controls the display to display a registration alert screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Shuhei Nagamori
  • Patent number: 11288467
    Abstract: A wearable non-contact communication device comprising a non-contact reader arranged to read an electronic marker and transmit information associated with the electronic marker to a user accessible device; wherein the reader includes a resilient antenna arranged to communicate with the electronic marker when the resilient antenna is engaged to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Hong Kong R&D Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Feng Lu, Chi Lun Mak, Jing Tian Xi, Kwong Yeung Simon Wong
  • Patent number: 11281957
    Abstract: Backscatter tags, comprising: antennas; single pole, multiple throw switches each switch (S) having pole terminal connected to one of the antennas, and each having first throw terminal (TT) connected to first side (FS) of inductor (I) for S, second TT connected to FS of capacitor (C) for S, third TT connected to fixed voltage level (FVL), fourth TT that is floating, wherein second side (SS) of I and SS of C are connected to the FVL; power combiner (PC) having inputs connected to fifth TT of each of two of the switches; power detector (PD) having an input connected to output of PC; analog to digital converter (ADC) having input connected to output of PD; hardware processor coupled to output of the ADC and coupled to control terminal of each of the switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Vivek Mangal, Peter R. Kinget
  • Patent number: 11270090
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein each include at least one of systems, methods, devices, barcode scanners, and software for variable depth of field scanning and lighting devices and methods. One such embodiment includes adjusting variable lenses on each of a plurality of barcode scanner scan-field lighting elements to a first depth of field and capturing a number of first images with a camera of a barcode scanner at the first depth of field. The method of this embodiment then outputs at least one of the number of the first images to a barcode reading process. This example method may then continue by adjusting the variable lenses of each of the plurality of barcode scanner scan-field lighting elements to a second depth of field, capturing a number of second images with the camera of the barcode scanner at the second depth of field, and then outputting at least one of the number of the second images to the barcode reading process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene Semblante Ynclino, V, Ferdinand Uy Calderon
  • Patent number: 11254077
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a light emitting device includes: preparing a baseplate having a plate surface on which a protrusion is disposed; forming a first resin frame having an opening on the plate surface, wherein the opening is located above the protrusion; forming a second resin in the opening; detaching the baseplate; bonding a light emitting element to a surface of the second resin surface that has been exposed as a result of detaching the baseplate; and forming a third resin that surrounds lateral faces of the light emitting element and that covers and contacts a portion of the first resin frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Teruhito Azuma, Toru Hashimoto, Tadao Morino
  • Patent number: 11250410
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and computer implemented method for executing card present transaction dynamically from remote environment. A first payment terminal receives payment details and configuration information of a second payment terminal associated with a merchant located separate from the first payment terminal from an intermediate agent device. A payment channel is initiated by emulating the second payment terminal using the configuration details. The first payment terminal receives transaction related data once user initiates the payment transaction using a physical payment card in the first payment terminal. The transaction related data is communicated to the second payment terminal which sends a transaction message comprising transaction related data to an issuer system for authorization. Thereafter, a result of the payment transaction is received from the second payment terminal via the intermediate agent device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Gaurav Srikant Mokhasi, Rohit Sukhija, Abhishek Minocha