Patents by Inventor Alan Joseph Bell

Alan Joseph Bell has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9104936
    Abstract: A method of reading data represented by characters formed of an x by y array of dots, e.g. as printed by a dot-matrix printer, is described. An image of the character(s) is captured by a digital camera device and transmitted to a computer, and by using analysis software operating in the computer to which the camera image has been sent, dot shapes are identified and their positions within the captured image detected, using the similarity of dots to idealized representations of dots using a combination of covariance, correlation or color data. The position information about the detected dots is then processed to determine the distance between dots and to identify “clusters” of adjacent dots in groups of dots close to one another, and to enable such clusters to be mapped on to a notional x by y grid that defines the intended positions of the dots where grid elements intersect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Wessex Technology Opto-Electronic Products Limited
    Inventors: Alan Joseph Bell, Martin Robinson, Guanhua Chen
  • Patent number: 9010654
    Abstract: A system of monitoring movable articles, e.g. for detecting counterfeits, is described. It comprises applying to the article (30) a label thereon, coded data in the form of a visually perceptible marking (34) conveniently at the time and place of manufacture and using a digitally controlled printer. Details of the marking are stored in a high capacity memory store. When it is desired to monitor the article, a pictorial image of the marking is sent from the location of the article to a remote computer (37) via a wide area communications network, such as a mobile telephone network (50). Details concerning the location of the article are also transmitted to the remote computer, which is programmed, to extract the coded data from the transmitted image file, and evaluate whether the coded data matches coded data stored in the high capacity memory store. If there is a match, the item is genuine and the remote computer can return a message to that effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Wessex Technology Opto-Electronic Products Limited
    Inventor: Alan Joseph Bell
  • Publication number: 20140363081
    Abstract: A method of reading data represented by characters formed of an x by y array of dots, e.g. as printed by a dot-matrix printer, is described. An image of the character(s) is captured by a digital camera device and transmitted to a computer, and by using analysis software operating in the computer to which the camera image has been sent, dot shapes are identified and their positions within the captured image detected, using the similarity of dots to idealised representations of dots using a combination of covariance, correlation or colour data. The position information about the detected dots is then processed to determine the distance between dots and to identify “clusters” of adjacent dots in groups of dots close to one another, and to enable such clusters to be mapped on to a notional x by y grid that defines the intended positions of the dots where grid elements intersect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Alan Joseph Bell, Martin Robinson, Guanhua Chen
  • Publication number: 20140217177
    Abstract: A system of monitoring movable articles, e.g. for detecting counterfeits, is described. It comprises applying to the article (30) a label thereon, coded data in the form of a visually perceptible marking (34) conveniently at the time and place of manufacture and using a digitally controlled printer. Details of the marking are stored in a high capacity memory store. When it is desired to monitor the article, a pictorial image of the marking is sent from the location of the article to a remote computer (37) via a wide area communications network, such as a mobile telephone network (50). Details concerning the location of the article are also transmitted to the remote computer, which is programmed, to extract the coded data from the transmitted image file, and evaluate whether the coded data matches coded data stored in the high capacity memory store. If there is a match, the item is genuine and the remote computer can return a message to that effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Alan Joseph Bell
  • Publication number: 20090016650
    Abstract: A handheld inspection apparatus for inspecting an object in a non-contact manner is provided, the apparatus comprising: a telecentric lens arrangement comprising a telecentric lens arranged to collect light rays projected or reflected from an object to be inspected; a mobile image sensing device such as a CCD digital camera arranged with respect to the telecentric lens to receive the lights rays collected by the telecentric lens and convert these into an image representative of the object, wherein the telecentric lens is arranged such that movement of the apparatus in a direction away from or towards the object causes the image to remain of the same size on the image sensing device. Preferably an illumination unit is provided which is detachably mounted on the camera and is interchangeable depending on the purpose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventors: Alan Joseph Bell, Martin James Robinson, John David Wellbelove, Antonio Cavallo, Simon White, Sascha Christoph Hrastnik