Patents Examined by Sonji Johnson
  • Patent number: 10206519
    Abstract: Inventory locations in a materials handling facility may be used to store items of various shapes and sizes. Described is an auto-facing unit designed to stow and arrange items against a front of the unit in a uniform fashion. The auto-facing unit may include one or more sensors to generate sensor data. The sensor data may be used to determine a quantity of items remaining in the auto-facing unit. The auto-facing unit and associated structures may be readily reconfigured to accommodate changes in store layout, product presentation, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Jozef Gyori, Ismael Medrano, Alexander Michael Frenkel, Punit Narendra Java
  • Patent number: 10176451
    Abstract: A quality management system for products including a multiplicity of barcode indicators, each operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedance of at least one threshold by at least one product quality determining parameter, the at least one threshold being at least one of a time duration threshold and a combined temperature and time threshold, a barcode indicator reader operative to read the barcode indicators and to provide output indications and an indication interpreter operative to receive the output indications and to provide human sensible, product unit specific, product quality status outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Ephraim Brand
  • Patent number: 10163307
    Abstract: A depository system operates in response to data bearing records. Information regarding planned future deposits is recorded, at least one record visible appearance feature is stored or generated, and data corresponding to the at least one record appearance feature is stored in associated relation with deposit data. The at least one record appearance feature is made visible on a deposit item. The deposit item is subsequently presented to a depository that includes an image sensor. The image sensor operates to read the at least one record appearance feature. At least one controller in the depository causes a determination to be made that at least one record appearance feature corresponds to a pre-registered deposit and such determination enables the deposit item to be received in the depository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: NAUTILUS HYOSUNG AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Leigh Sears, Joseph Militello
  • Patent number: 10152666
    Abstract: An authentication article includes: a substrate including: a first surface; a second surface disposed laterally to the first surface and at a depth below the first surface; and a plurality of indentations including the depth at the second surface of the substrate; and an array disposed on the substrate and including a plurality of analytes, the analytes being disposed in the indentations at a depth below a first surface of the substrate and provided to emit an authentication signature in response to being subjected to a probe stimulus. A process for authenticating the authentication article includes: providing the authentication article; subjecting the analytes to a probe stimulus; acquiring a response from the plurality of analytes in response to being subjected to the probe stimulus; and determining whether the response is the authentication signature to authenticate the, wherein the authentication article is not authenticated if the response is not the authentication signature for the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: Yaw S. Obeng, Joseph J. Kopanski, Jung-Joon Ahn
  • Patent number: 10140479
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-usable medium are disclosed for providing multifactor authentication with a wearable user authentication factor. A multi-factor authentication module is implemented to use a plurality of authentication factors, including a unique tag identifier associated with an electronic tag embedded within a wearable article, such as a ring or watch, for the authentication of a user. A user of a wearable user authentication factor approaches a multi-factor terminal, which detects the electronic tag and reads its unique identifier. The user is then requested to provide a predetermined biometric feature, such as a fingerprint, to a biometric reader. The biometric feature is processed to generate a unique biometric identifier. The unique identifier of the electronic tag and the unique biometric identifier is then submitted to a multi-factor authentication module, which compares it to authentication information associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventor: John C. Hopkins, III
  • Patent number: 10114998
    Abstract: According to one example, there is provided a method of generating a security feature that encodes data. The method comprises obtaining an n-bit code of data to encode, generating an arrangement of dots, designating a first portion of the dots as reference dots and a second portion of the dots as encoding dots, and moving a group of the designated encoding dots by a predetermined direction in a predetermined amount to encode the n-bit code of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Gideo Amir, Dror Kella, Matthew D. Gaubatz
  • Patent number: 10108823
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a system embedded in an airplane comprising an electronic device intended to be inserted into a frame, a frame that can accommodate the electronic device, in which system the electronic device includes a radiofrequency tag reader, a radiofrequency tag, having a configuration information item, is fixed to the frame such that the radiofrequency tag reader can read the radiofrequency tag once the electronic device is inserted into the frame and the electronic device is adapted to, in a phase of configuration of the electronic device: read the configuration information item via the radiofrequency tag reader and determine a configuration of the electronic device as a function of the configuration information item read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS S.A.S.
    Inventors: Stéphane Gauthier, Juan Lopez, Emilie Claudel
  • Patent number: 10108045
    Abstract: This is provided a display apparatus. The display apparatus a light source configured to emit a light; and a reflective diffusion lens configured to emit a light emitted from the light source to an upper direction or a lower direction with respect to a direction perpendicular to an optical axis of the light source through an incident surface, a lateral surface, and a reflective diffusion surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Chol Lee, Yae Kyung Son, Yong-hun Kwon, Jong Cheol Lee, Jae Hak Cho
  • Patent number: 10102544
    Abstract: A method for simulating a social media account history may be provided. The method may include generating social media identification information (“social media ID”). The method may also include creating an account history for the social media ID with respect to a pre-determined entity. The creating may include identifying the social media ID with respect to at least one of a time-stamped indication of affinity for the pre-determined entity. The creating may also include tagging of a photograph of the entity. The creating may also include linking of a photograph of the pre-determined entity. The creating may also include a threshold amount of streaming audio time relating to the pre-determined entity. The method may also include querying the account history to determine whether the account history includes one or more parameters that indicate whether the social media ID information is related to an automated entity or a human entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Callum Merriman, Joshua C. Block
  • Patent number: 10089601
    Abstract: A solution for inventory identification and quantification using a portable computing device (“PCD”) comprising a camera subsystem is described. An exemplary embodiment of the solution comprises a method that begins with capturing a video stream of a physical inventory comprised of a plurality of individual inventory items. Using a set of tracking points appearing in sequential frames, and optical flow calculations, coordinates for global centers of the frames may be calculated. From there, coordinates for identified inventory items may be determined relative to the global centers of the frames within which they are captured. Comparing the calculated coordinates for inventory items identified in each frame, as well as fingerprint data, embodiments of the method may identify and filter duplicate image captures of the same inventory item within some statistical certainty. Symbology data, such as QR codes, are decoded and quantified as part of the inventory count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Jed Wasilewsky, Chase Campbell, Kelly Storm
  • Patent number: 10078745
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an image erasing apparatus includes an accessory information acquiring unit and an execution availability determining unit. The accessory information acquiring unit acquires accessory information related to security of the sheet based on attribute data of a sheet on which an erasable image is formed. The execution availability determining unit each determines execution availability of erase processing for the image on the sheet and execution availability of preservation processing for the image data generated by the readout unit, based on the accessory information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takanori Fukuhara
  • Patent number: 10072837
    Abstract: A lighting box having LED units in the interior of a body thereof to allow an elegant exterior appearance for the lighting box to be designed, and having a switch and a control unit so that the LED units are turned on and off with the opening and closing of the box The lighting box comprises a body; a control panel attached on an inner surface of the body; a battery unit attached to the control panel; LED units driven by the battery unit and located inside the body and attached to the control panel; an LED cover for covering the LED units; a switch, attached to the body, for controlling the operations of the LED units; a cover which covers the body; and a control unit, disposed on the cover, for controlling the switch being turned on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Soon Chang Hong
  • Patent number: 10068221
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, and non-transitory media are disclosed to perform state-based changes on a mobile computing device. A mobile computing device may display one or more images that are indicative of a state of the mobile computing device, such as a barcode. A mobile computing device may measure characteristics of electromagnetic (EM) radiation, such as laser light from a laser scanner, received through its camera. By comparing changes in the intensity of the EM radiation over a time interval and/or a wavelength of the EM radiation to one or more threshold intensities and/or wavelength ranges, one or more trigger conditions may be identified. The one or more trigger conditions may cause the mobile computing device to execute one or more actions, which may be dependent on the present state of the mobile computing device. The actions may include various functions used in conjunction with a retailer-based mobile phone application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventors: Gregory B. Thomas, Nicholas L. Eby, Joseph M. Rago
  • Patent number: 10068436
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for multidirectional dispensing of media at a self-service terminal (SST) are generally described herein. A method for dispensing media at a SST may include rotationally pivoting a first arm of a media dispenser of the SST away from a second arm of the media dispenser to receive media in a first direction, and activating a first set of rollers of the first arm to dispense the media in a second direction, the second direction at an angle generally orthogonal to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen W. Swaine, Andrew Colley, Derek Pont
  • Patent number: 10063753
    Abstract: An imaging module for reading targets by image capture is mounted as a unitary assembly within an imaging reader. An imager is mounted on a first printed circuit board (PCB), and an interface connector is mounted on a second PCB. The first PCB is in direct, surface-area contact with first chassis walls of a chassis and is positioned to lie in a generally upright, first predetermined plane. The second PCB is in direct, surface-area contact with second chassis walls of the chassis and is positioned to lie in a generally tilted, second predetermined plane that is inclined at a tilt angle relative to the first predetermined plane. The first and second chassis walls are constituted as a one-piece support that maintains the tilt angle between the PCBs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Darran M. Handshaw, Joseph D. Giordano, Edward D. Barkan, Mark E. Drzymala
  • Patent number: 10054298
    Abstract: A lamp or display is comprised of at least one light panel (10) on a carrier plate (13) comprising at least one light panel (10) in the form of an OLED illuminant, lying on or against an at least partially light-permeable carrier plate (13) of the lamp in a planar manner. A liquid or viscous medium (11) is arranged between the adjacent surfaces of the light panel (10) and of the light-permeable carrier plate (13), and the connection between the light panel (10) and the carrier plate is an adhesive connection, which can be easily undone without destroying or adversely affecting the carrier plate (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Emdedesign GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Emde, Christoph Petersen, Jonathan Meier, Günther Irlbacher, Alexander Stoppa
  • Patent number: 10052997
    Abstract: A housing defines at least a part of a lamp chamber therein, and includes an opening; a light source disposed in the lamp chamber. An optical unit is disposed in the lamp chamber, and irradiates light emitted from the lamp source in a predetermined direction. A heat sink includes a first portion configured to support the light source in the lamp chamber, and a second portion exposed to an outside of the housing through the opening. An elastic member is disposed between the second portion and a periphery of the opening. A first screw member and a second screw member extend through the housing, and are manually rotated to displace both the heat sink and the optical unit with respect to the housing. An electric actuator is disposed in the lamp chamber, and displaces the optical unit with respect to the heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Shibata, Shinya Kato, Kazutami Oishi
  • Patent number: 10043044
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card insertion port; a card passage; and a disturbing magnetic field generator. The disturbing magnetic field generator may include a first disturbing magnetic field generation part and a second disturbing magnetic field generation part which are disposed so as to interpose the card passage. The first disturbing magnetic field generation part may include a first core formed of magnetic material and a coil wound around the first core, and the second disturbing magnetic field generation part may include a second core formed of magnetic material and a coil wound around the second core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Higashi, Ikuro Kuribayashi, Hirotaka Sakamaki, Tomomi Takeda, Keiji Hoson, Mamoru Mizawa
  • Patent number: 10037566
    Abstract: The systems, methods, and computer readable mediums described herein provide a secure method for a transaction account issuer to issue a digital pass to an existing transaction account holder (e.g., an existing user) that may be shared and/or provided to a prospective transaction account holder (e.g., a new user). The digital pass may be sharable from an existing user's user device to a new user's user device. The systems, methods, and computer readable mediums described herein may also employ an adaptive web design solution to increase application completion rates by capturing minimal viable information from a prospective member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RELATED SERVICES COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Raghavendra V. Chidella, Hans-Jurgen Greiner, Mallikarj U. Hiremath, Padmaja Kodavanti, Gopinath Kondapally, Simon R. Mableson, Kevin H. Ringger, Kongaraveera Venkata Satya Srinivasu, Ganeshbabu Subramanian, Arun Swamy, Subha Vanavamalai, Undra Viverette
  • Patent number: 10031267
    Abstract: An optical element is disclosed. The optical element comprises: a first phase shift mask formed on a first optical material and constituted to generate a positive phase shift, and a second phase shift mask formed on a second optical material and constituted to generate a negative phase shift, wherein the phase shift masks are arranged serially on an optical axis, and wherein a refractive index of at least one of the first and second optical materials varies with the temperature at a rate of at least 50×10?6 per degree Kelvin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ramot at Tel-Aviv University Ltd.
    Inventors: Shay Elmalem, Emanuel Marom, Harel Haim, Naim Konforti