Patents Examined by Toan Ly
  • Patent number: 10282697
    Abstract: Knowing a location of a sensor or other device may be useful in a variety of settings. Described herein are devices and techniques for using modular sections of known dimensions that are configured to couple to one another at predetermined coupling positions. The modular sections may intercommunicate to provide data identifying adjacent modular sections, the respective coupling positions, and where on each of the modular sections a device is attached. By analyzing this data, two- or three-dimensional arrangement data of the modular sections and devices may be generated. Using information about the physical dimensions of the modular sections, spatial coordinates indicative of where the devices are located in space may be determined. As devices or modular sections are added, removed, or replaced, the arrangement and the corresponding spatial coordinates may be updated to reflect the changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard William Mincher, Arvind Thiagarajan
  • Patent number: 10248902
    Abstract: A transponder chip module (TCM) comprises an RFID chip (CM, IC), optionally contact pads (CP), a module antenna (MA), and a coupling frame (CF), all on a common substrate or module tape (MT). The coupling frame (CF) may be in the form of a conductive layer having an outer edge (OE) and a slit (S) or non-conductive stripe (NCS) extending from the outer edge to an inner position thereof which may be a central opening (OP). The coupling frame (CF) may be arranged so that the slit (S) or non-conductive strips (NCS) overlaps at least a portion of the module antenna (MA). A suppressor diode or capacitor may be connected across the slit (S). Methods and apparatus are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Féinics AmaTech Teoranta
    Inventors: David Finn, Mustafa Lotya, Darren Molloy
  • Patent number: 10222021
    Abstract: A vehicular lamp includes a lamp housing; a base substrate disposed in the lamp housing; and a plurality of planar light sources. The plurality of planar light sources are disposed spaced apart from each other on the base substrate. Each of the plurality of planar light sources has a light emitting surface that protrudes from the base substrate and that forms a respective acute angle with the base substrate relative to a forward direction of the vehicular lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Juung Jo
  • Patent number: 10223876
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to a fixture and method for a fixture (referred to as a Two Way Fixture) displaying and holding objects for sale at a retail store. The two way fixture is includes a free-standing frame which is formed by a I-shaped base portion and a U-shaped upright portion. A pair of tempered hardboards are inserted in the middle of the U-shaped upright portion. The two way fixture has shelves and wire racks mounted to the sides of the U-Shaped upright portion. The shelves, I-shaped base portion, and wire racks create a volume allows for the two way fixture to hide or obscure the a cash box storing components of a point-of-sale (POS) station while keeping the electronic components live and updated. The two way fixture can surround the pole and the cash box without having to remove the pole or lift the bin over the cash box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Lori Lee Wise, Tricia Mcpherson Hicks
  • Patent number: 10224002
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes writing information on substrate displays. In an example, a display on a substrate is interfaced. The interfacing includes constraining a first longitudinal side of the substrate via a first actuable slot. Further, a second longitudinal side of the substrate opposite to the first longitudinal side is constrained via a second actuable slot. Thereby the substrate is constrained between the first and second slot with the display positioned therebetween. Further, the display is operated to write information thereon via an imager while the substrate is constrained between the first and second slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Napoleon J Leoni, Omer Gila
  • Patent number: 10216076
    Abstract: A ceramic composite contains inorganic materials and includes a phosphor phase including YAG containing Ce, and a scatterer phase including a translucent ceramic, in which the phosphor phase is contained in an amount of 90 vol % or more and 99 vol % or less, and the scatterer phase is contained in an amount of 1 vol % or more and 10 vol % or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: COORSTEK KK
    Inventor: Masaki Irie
  • Patent number: 10218964
    Abstract: A dimensioning system that analyzes a distance map for null-data pixels to provide feedback is disclosed. Null-data pixels correspond to missing range data and having too many in a distance map may lead to dimensioning errors. Providing feedback based on the number of null-data pixels helps a user understand and adapt to different dimensioning conditions, promotes accuracy, and facilitates handheld applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Franck Laffargue, Jeffrey Hunt
  • Patent number: 10210365
    Abstract: The method includes automatically adjusting a first control parameter in a device for capturing a first plurality of images, automatically adjusting a second control parameter in the device for capturing a second plurality of images such that automatic adjustment of the first control parameter is interspersed with, separate from, and obtained generally concurrently with the automatic adjustment of the second control parameter. The adjustment of the first control parameter being determined differently compared to adjustment of the second control parameter. The method may include attempting to decode a decodable indicia utilizing one or more images of the first and second plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Meier, Stephen P. Deloge
  • Patent number: 10208903
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a wristband with integrated rotatable light, including: a band; a base coupled to the band; a light housing rotationally coupled to the base; and the housing configured to receive a light nested within a light housing. The wristband with integrated rotatable light is characterized in that upon the application of rotational force, the light housing is configured to rotate about the base thereby providing light in various directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Ahmad Eivaz
  • Patent number: 10193211
    Abstract: Coupling frames comprising a conductive (metal) surface with a slit (S) or non-conductive stripe (NCS) extending from an outer edge to an inner position thereof, and overlapping a transponder device. A coupling frame with slit for coupling with an inductive or capacitive device (inductor or capacitor) may be used at any ISM frequency band to concentrate surface current around the slit. The coupling frame can be tuned to operate at a frequency of interested by introducing a resistive, inductive or capacitive element. The resonance frequency of the coupling frame can be matched to that of the transponder chip module to achieve optimum performance. Coupling frames with or without a transponder device may be integrated, overlapping, stacked or placed adjacent to one another to enhance system performance. Multiple coupling frames may be electrically isolated from one another by the application of a dielectric coating such Diamond Like Carbon (DLC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Féinics AmaTech Teoranta
    Inventors: David Finn, Mustafa Lotya, Darren Molloy
  • Patent number: 10190742
    Abstract: An illuminating vehicle window assembly includes a glass panel, a metallic layer secured to the glass panel, and a light source for illuminating the glass panel to produce an auxiliary brake light within the glass panel. Another exemplary illuminating vehicle window assembly includes a glass panel including a frit area, an optics device formed on the frit area, and a light source for illuminating the glass panel to produce an auxiliary brake light within the glass panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Chad Hoover, Christopher Charles Hunt, Doug H. Randlett
  • Patent number: 10185733
    Abstract: A personal food inventory system (PFIS) allows for storage of food items in a personal inventory associated with a user account, as well as tracking of food items consumed by the user account. The PFIS is linked to an application for communicating between an account user and the PFIS items that are received into the personal inventory and items consumed or otherwise removed from the personal inventory. The PFIS is linked to one or more preferred vendors for easy entry of items into the personal inventory. The PFIS also provides recommendation of dishes the account user can prepare based on the personal food inventory and/or a vendor inventory associated with the preferred vendor. The PFIS further provides user notifications for items nearing their expiry date. The PFIS also provides notification to the account user regarding usage of the personal food inventory system by tracking consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FOOGAL, INC.
    Inventor: Todd Knobel
  • Patent number: 10181138
    Abstract: Business rules can govern a single price or they can define relationships between different products involving two or more decision prices. One problem that retailers can face is that business rules are generally not codified and are rarely followed consistently, and thus it can be difficult to articulate existing business rules or generate new business rules. However, existing price information inherently contains industry knowledge and experience, even if retailers find it difficult to express that knowledge. The disclosed technology generates business rules by reverse engineering rule bounds and coefficients from existing price information. The reverse engineered rule bounds and coefficients can be used in price optimization to generate recommended prices for retail products that optimize revenue and profit while complying with a set of business rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Clear Demand, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam N. Rosenberg, James A. Sills
  • Patent number: 10169943
    Abstract: A voting system provides haptic feedback to a visually impaired voter to guide the voter. The haptic feedback may include vibration. The vibration may provide guidance by vibrating tactile written instructions, such as braille. The vibration may also provide guidance to the voter via the location of the vibration. A particular tactile instruction may be selectively highlighted at the appropriate time in the voting process and/or appropriate location on the voting device. In this manner, haptic guidance and cues are provided to a visually impaired voter. In one embodiment, the haptic feedback is provided by vibrating a relevant braille instruction at the relevant time during the voting process. In this manner touch sense guidance and cues are provided to a voter to emphasize what braille instructions are currently relevant to a voter and/or the location of such relevance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hart InterCivic, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Canter, Drew E. Tinney
  • Patent number: 10163052
    Abstract: An RF tag that includes an inlay (made of an IC chip and an antenna) and a housing that houses the inlay therein. Furthermore, the housing comprises a top cover that covers at least an upper surface side of the inlay, the top cover is made of a predetermined metal material, the top cover includes a cutaway that opens in the upper surface side of the inlay, and the top cover is electrically connected to the inlay to function as an auxiliary antenna of the inlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TOYO SEIKAN GROUP HOLDINGS, LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Akamatsu, Hironaga Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10140485
    Abstract: A wireless scanner is described that performs a pairing operation with a wireless scanner base before commencing scanning operations in a wireless scanner network. Radio frequency identification (RFID) is used to achieve the pairing operation of the wireless scanner with the wireless scanner base by using an RFID tag associated with the wireless scanner base. The RFID tag in the wireless scanner base may contain pairing information such as a network address of the wireless scanner base for use in automatically establishing a wireless communication session with the wireless scanner base in accordance with another wireless protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Jerry Wu, Jianfeng Gao, Hong Jian Jin
  • Patent number: 10140802
    Abstract: An automated dispensing apparatus for the controlled dispensing of articles provided with associated RFID tags, comprises hatches (14) for opening article entry/exit zones and an internal motor-driven store (13) with shelves (15) divided up into a plurality of compartments (16) and intended to receive articles to be dispensed, upon command, through the hatches (14). The control unit (18) provided with a memory (30) intended to memorize the contents of the store and is connected to the store (13) in order to be able to operate the store so as to bring a selected compartment (16) into loading and unloading positions and allow the loading/unloading of an article inside the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: ABG SYSTEMS SRL
    Inventors: Stefano Umili, Giovanni Mastrojanni
  • Patent number: 10134026
    Abstract: A wearable device receives ticket information for an event and information indicating a quantity of funds allocated from an account, associated with a user of a user device, to the wearable device, and stores the ticket information and the information indicating the quantity of funds. The wearable device utilizes a wireless component to pair the wearable device and the user device, and provides, to the user device and via the wireless component, the ticket information and information indicating access privileges for the event. The wearable device generates a token for a PoS device for a charge incurred at the event during an offline transaction with the PoS device, and provides, via a NFC component, the token to the PoS device. The wearable device provides, to the user device and via the wireless component, information indicating that that the token was provided to the PoS device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventor: Adam Koeppel
  • Patent number: 10135443
    Abstract: An off chip driver circuit includes a bias circuit and a driver sub-cell circuit. The bias circuit and off chip driver sub-cell circuit are in electrical communication with each other. The bias circuit includes two serially aligned diodes which are in an off-state when the driver sub-cell is in a functional mode and which are in an on-state when the driver sub-cell is in a cold spare mode. The arrangement of the diodes enables the off chip driver circuit to handle similar voltage signals in both the functional mode and the cold spare mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Jason F. Ross
  • Patent number: 10127547
    Abstract: A method and a system convert the value of a gift card for use with a mobile device. The value of the gift card is determined from an issuer of the gift card. The value of the gift card is stored in a digital payment account in a storage device. The digital payment account stores values of gift cards from issuers. A financial transaction corresponding to the issuer of the gift card is performed on the digital payment account. The value of a first gift card from a first issuer of a first digital payment account is exchanged with the value of a second gift card from a second issuer of a second digital payment account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Yankovich, Ryan Melcher, Robert Dean Veres