Patents Examined by Suezu Ellis
  • Patent number: 12020105
    Abstract: The system and techniques disclose herein describe a radio-frequency identification (RFID) capacitance liquid measurement and tag (RCLMT) system for detecting a volume of liquid in a container (liquid level detection), for example an amount of wine inside of a wine bottle. The RCLMT system includes a RFID chip, flexible printed circuit board (PCB), capacitive strips, and adhesive which implements a RFID tag-based sensor that advantageously uses low power and has low cost. Further, a user platform, including the RCLMT system and computer software applications (apps) and a backend system (e.g., cloud service) is described herein. The RCLMT system acts as a passive liquid level detection sensor, which enables the amount of a liquid beverage, such as alcohol, that is inside of a container to be automatically and accurately ascertained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Inventor: Daniel Knotts
  • Patent number: 12014243
    Abstract: A shareable, wearable training system including a first cuff configured to be worn on an upper arm and/or torso of a user, the first cuff including a first housing defining a first slot and a radio-frequency identification (RFID) transponder sized to fit within the first slot, a second cuff configured to be worn on a lower arm of the user, the second cuff comprising a second housing defining a second slot, and an interchangeable computer system sized to fit within the second slot. The computer system includes a RFID reader and instructions causing the computer system to determine and record whether the RFID transponder is within a threshold distance of the RFID reader and provides the user with a notification when the RFID transponder is within the threshold distance, thereby notifying the user when a distance between a hand of the user and a face of the user is less than the threshold distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: SIVAD AiCOMSCi, PBC
    Inventors: Bruce Roland Davis, Cameron Davis
  • Patent number: 12014610
    Abstract: A bi-optic data reader has a horizontal housing portion including a horizontal reading window, a vertical housing portion including a vertical reading window disposed between a left panel area and a right panel area of a body of the vertical housing portion, and a weigh platter having a horizontal weigh surface extending over the horizontal housing portion, and a crown extending over the vertical housing portion including overhanging portions that extend over the left panel area and the right panel area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Datalogic USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Thompson, Richard Neel, Alan Shearin, Mohamed Hamidat, Matt Monte, Anne Kelley
  • Patent number: 12014609
    Abstract: A cashdrawer exoskeleton system is disclosed. The system includes a modular base piece with an integrated fastener configured to facilitate a coupling to a cash drawer. An aperture is formed through the top surface of the modular base piece and leads to an area where the cash drawer is positioned when the modular base piece is coupled to the cash drawer utilizing the integrated fastener. At least one spacer is then configured to facilitate creation of a gap between the modular base piece and the cash drawer when the modular base piece is coupled to the cash drawer utilizing the integrated fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: APG Cash Drawer, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Hamilton Stone, Scott Benjamin Johnson, Nicholas Edward Maffey, Russell Joseph Kroll
  • Patent number: 12008871
    Abstract: Point of sale (POS) systems and methods are described. A POS device includes a housing with a payment instrument reader. The payment instrument reader reads payment instrument information from a payment instrument in response to receipt of the payment instrument at a read area of the housing. The POS device includes a first second fastening mechanism that secures the housing to a mount that is coupled to a surface of the environment. The POS device includes a cradle of the housing that receives a mobile computing device. The POS device includes a first fastening mechanism that secures the mobile computing device within the cradle. The POS device includes a connector coupled to the payment instrument reader and extending into the cradle. The connector is configured to couple to the mobile computing device in the cradle, to convey the payment instrument information from the payment instrument reader to the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Block, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Andler, Jade Fernandez, Mani Razaghi, Marvin Balaoro, Rowan Schultz, Nika Torab, Yenliang Chen, Nicholas Burrows, Michael Alan MacLennan
  • Patent number: 11983658
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking physical environment performance may include a label printer configured to print labels comprising a machine readable code, wherein the machine readable code contains item information associated with an item. The system may include production channels and scanners associated with the production channels; the scanner located at a first physical location of the physical environment and configured to scan the machine readable code. The system may obtain input data indicative of the production of the item and may determine performance data based on the input data. The system may cause implementation and/or execution of machines based on the performance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventor: Joshua J. Kruger
  • Patent number: 11960961
    Abstract: A system and methods for providing aiming guidance for an imaging system. The system includes an illumination field source configured to provide illumination along a illumination optical axis to (i) illuminate a target and (ii) indicate a near field of view of the imaging system and a far field aiming source configured to provide a radiation pattern along an aiming optical axis to indicate a far field of view of the imaging system. Near field optics are configured to receive the first illumination from the near field illumination source and to form the first illumination to provide illumination to, and indicate to a user or machine vision system, the near field of view of the imaging system, and far field optics are configured to receive radiation from the aiming source and provide the radiation pattern to the far field to indicate the far field of view of the imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Vladimir Gurevich, Carl D. Wittenberg, David Tsi Shi, Chinh Tan
  • Patent number: 11961375
    Abstract: A commodity management system includes a cart including a wireless tag reader/writer configured to read first information from first wireless tags attached to commodities displayed in a store and second information from second wireless tags each disposed in a different display area in the store, and a commodity management apparatus configured to acquire the first and second information read by the wireless tag reader/writer, determine a display area in the store using the acquired second information, and specify a quantity of a commodity displayed in the determined display area based on the acquired first information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Matsui
  • Patent number: 11961374
    Abstract: In a POS terminal device (1) according to the present invention, a rotation center of an operator-side rotation shaft (31) is at a position spaced apart from a longitudinal center line of a housing (2), a rotation center of a customer-side rotation shaft (41) is at a position spaced apart from the center line on an opposite side of the operator-side rotation shaft (31), an operator display (3) is rotated by 90 degrees in a horizontal direction around the operator-side rotation shaft (31) in such a way that a lateral end surface having a shorter distance from the rotation center of the operator-side rotation shaft (31) approaches a customer display (4), and the customer display (4) is rotated by 90 degrees in the horizontal direction around the customer-side rotation shaft (41) in the same direction as the operator display (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunihiro Akaba, Katsumi Harashima, Akihisa Iwata
  • Patent number: 11954545
    Abstract: Techniques to improve detection and security of images, including formation and detection of matrix-based images. A histogram may be used to determine a most prevalent plurality of colors associated with an environment. A related plurality of colors may be determined based on the most prevalent plurality of colors. A matrix barcode may be generated based on the related plurality of colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Austin Grant Walters, Jeremy Edward Goodsitt, Fardin Abdi Taghi Abad
  • Patent number: 11941479
    Abstract: At least some embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to bi-optic indicia readers. In at least some embodiments the present invention is a bi-optic indicia reader that includes two FOVs which are configured to allow the reader to capture and successfully decode a 13-mil indicia presented to a respective FOV in a plane that is angled at least 80 degree to a plane that is defined by the window of the reader through which the FOV is passing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Barkan, Mark Drzymala, Darran Michael Handshaw
  • Patent number: 11934907
    Abstract: A method to check if a connector system with a Connector Position Assurance (“CPA”) member is in a closed position. The method includes providing an RFID-tag reader that is positioned at a distance D to the integrated circuit enabling far-field RFID communication and not permitting near-field RFID communication. Further, the method includes checking the readability of the integrated circuit with the RFID-tag reader and issuing an alert signal if the integrated circuit is not readable by the RFID-tag reader indicating that the CPA member is not in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventors: Jean-Miguel Robadey, Christian Mirus
  • Patent number: 11928897
    Abstract: In some examples, a system may include a first computing device communicatively coupled to a second computing device. Additionally, the first computing device is configured to obtain, from the second computing device, check-in data indicating an arrival of the user of the second computing device at a first location, and in response to obtaining the check-in data, determine current wait times. Moreover, the first computing device is configured to determine a first number of customers waiting for service, determine a first number of associates available to assist the first number of customers, and determine an expected wait time for the user operating the second computing device based at least on the current wait times. In some examples, the first number of customers waiting for service, and the first number of associates available. Further, the first computing device is configured to transmit the expected wait time to the second computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Shengyang Zhang, Mingang Fu, Arun Prasad Nagarathinam, Apeksha Mehta, Pawan Kumar, Madhavan Kandhadai Vasantham, Ankit Jasuja, Surnaik Prakash Srivastava, Jennifer Chen, Vidyanand Krishnan
  • Patent number: 11928940
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a medium processing apparatus, including: a banknote device configured to process a banknote, including a banknote device door arranged at an opening of a safe box and being movable between an open position and a closed position; a banknote device lock configured to switch the banknote device door between a locked state and an unlocked state, a loose coin device configured to process a loose coin, including a loose coin device door arranged at an opening of a safe box and being movable between an open position and a closed position; a loose coin device lock configured to switch the loose coin device door between a locked state and an unlocked state, wherein the banknote device lock and the loose coin device lock perform a switching between the locked state and the unlocked state independently from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Takahashi, Takaaki Imoto, Hirofumi Tougo, Hitoshi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11928534
    Abstract: A method of using a high-temperature RFID label includes providing a label. The label includes a pressure-sensitive polymeric material, a liner, and an adhesive located between the pressure-sensitive polymeric material and the liner. An RFID tag is provided. The RFID tag includes an RFID chip or integrated circuit and an antenna. The RFID tag is located at least partially inside of the label to form the high-temperature RFID label. A portion of the liner is removed from the high-temperature RFID label. The high temperature RFID label is attached on a product. The product exceeds a temperature of at least about 300° F. The high-temperature RFID label is located outside of a periphery of the product. The RFID label may further include a printable top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: PRINT MANAGEMENT PARTNERS, INC.
    Inventor: Dan Schroer
  • Patent number: 11926121
    Abstract: A multifunction electromagnetic induction sealing liner includes, from top to bottom order, a composite function layer, an electromagnetic induction heating layer, and an adhesion layer combined together. The composite function layer includes, from top to bottom order, an information layer and a backing layer combined together. The information layer has therein an information chip and an antenna circuit electrically connected to the information chip. The composite function layer includes a grip portion, a primary cutting line and a secondary cutting line. The primary cutting line runs annularly and divides the composite function layer into an outer ring and an inner ring. The grip portion is disposed inside the inner ring and connected thereto. The secondary cutting line is disposed in the inner ring and connected to a lateral edge of the grip portion. The antenna circuit crosses the primary cutting line and/or the secondary cutting line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: HI-JOINT TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yen-Wu Yang
  • Patent number: 11922264
    Abstract: A system for determining a load status of an asset container, comprising: a first tape node having a first low-power wireless-communications interface and a first camera, the first tape node operable to capture and transmit a first image; and a second tape node, comprising: a second camera; a second low-power wireless-communication interface; a processor; and memory communicatively coupled with the processor and storing machine-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to: receive, from the first tape node, the first image; capture a second image using the second camera; perform computer vision techniques on the first and second images to generate the load status of the asset container; and transmit the load status to a nearby node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Hendrik J. Volkerink, Ajay Khoche
  • Patent number: 11915074
    Abstract: Cards embodying the invention include a core subassembly whose elements define the functionality of the card and a hard coat subassembly attached to the top and/or bottom sides of the core subassembly to protect the core subassembly from wear and tear and being scratched. The core subassembly may be formed solely of plastic layers or of different combinations of plastic and metal layers and may include all the elements of a smart card enabling contactless RF communication and/or direct contact communication. The hard coat subassembly includes a hard coat layer, which typically includes nanoparticles, and a buffer or primer layer formed so as to be attached between the hard coat layer and the core subassembly for enabling the lasering of the core subassembly without negatively impacting the hard coat layer and/or for imparting color to the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: COMPOSECURE, LLC
    Inventor: John Herslow
  • Patent number: 11915075
    Abstract: A transaction card that includes a card body that can include a ceramic material. The card body can include a primary surface and a secondary surface, a laser marked feature disposed on the card body and a laser etched feature disposed on the card body. A method of making a transaction card can include forming a ceramic material slurry comprising a ceramic material and a binder, forming a green body from the ceramic material slurry, firing the green body at a firing temperature to create a fired ceramic body, grinding the fired ceramic body into a card body, and polishing a primary surface of the card body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy Patrick Williams, Peter Bates
  • Patent number: 11907927
    Abstract: A sales data processing system includes a first reader that reads a code symbol as a visible image included in image information output by an imaging unit, a second reader that reads a code symbol as an invisible image in the image information, and a third reader that recognizes a service image in the image information. The system includes a registrar that registers information as sales data on a commodity identified by the code symbol read by the first or second reader, and a standby processor that suspends reading by the second reader and waits for recognition of a service image by the third reader in response to a commodity being identified by the code symbol read by the second reader. The system includes a service processor that reflects a service in the sales data registered by the registrar in response to the third reader recognizing the service image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takuya Takasu