Patents by Inventor Benjamin Hejl

Benjamin Hejl 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).

  • Publication number: 20210274084
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate generally to flicker reduction in a multi-imager environment. Embodiments include methods, computer program products, and apparatuses configured for producing a near-field illumination using a near-field illuminator, the near-field illumination produced at a defined pulse train. A near-field image sensor may be exposed near the start of a near-field illumination pulse, and a far-field image sensor may be exposed between pulses of the near-field illumination. Some embodiments, additionally or alternatively, are configured for detecting an illuminator switch event, deactivating the near-field illuminator source, and producing, using a far-field illuminator source, a far-field illumination. Upon switching the illuminator source, some such embodiments are configured for exposing a far-field illuminator near the start of the far-field illumination pulse, and exposing a near-field image sensor near the start of the next available far-field illumination pulse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin HEJL, Ka Man Au, Erik Van Horn, David M. Wilz, Michael V. Miraglia, Patrick Giordano
  • Publication number: 20210243349
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein provide implementations for controlling flicker, for example caused by a plurality of light sources, in a multi-sensor environment. Various embodiments provided utilize a broadest illuminator source for capturing image data objects for processing. The broadest illuminator source minimizes the number of activation changes required between the various illuminator sources. One example embodiment includes activating a broadest illuminator source of a plurality of illuminator sources; determining, based on a plurality of image sensors and an sensor activation sequence, a chosen image sensor of the plurality of image sensors for an image processing operation; and activating a chosen illuminator source of the plurality of illuminator sources, the chosen illuminator source associated with the chosen image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Inventors: Tao XIAN, Ka Man AU, David M. WILZ, Gennady GERMAINE, Patrick Anthony GIORDANO, Erik VAN HORN, Michael Vincent MIRAGLIA, Benjamin HEJL, Thomas A. SWEET
  • Patent number: 11019276
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein provide implementations for controlling flicker, for example caused by a plurality of light sources, in a multi-sensor environment. Various embodiments provided utilize a broadest illuminator source for capturing image data objects for processing. The broadest illuminator source minimizes the number of activation changes required between the various illuminator sources. One example embodiment includes activating a broadest illuminator source of a plurality of illuminator sources; determining, based on a plurality of image sensors and a sensor activation sequence, a chosen image sensor of the plurality of image sensors for an image processing operation; and activating a chosen illuminator source of the plurality of illuminator sources, the chosen illuminator source associated with the chosen image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Xian, Ka Man Au, Dave M. Wilz, Gennady Germaine, Patrick Anthony Giordano, Erik Van Horn, Michael Vincent Miraglia, Benjamin Hejl, Thomas A. Sweet
  • Publication number: 20210152725
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein provide implementations for controlling flicker, for example caused by a plurality of light sources, in a multi-sensor environment. Various embodiments provided utilize a broadest illuminator source for capturing image data objects for processing. The broadest illuminator source minimizes the number of activation changes required between the various illuminator sources. One example embodiment includes activating a broadest illuminator source of a plurality of illuminator sources; determining, based on a plurality of image sensors and a sensor activation sequence, a chosen image sensor of the plurality of image sensors for an image processing operation; and activating a chosen illuminator source of the plurality of illuminator sources, the chosen illuminator source associated with the chosen image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Applicant: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Tao XIAN, Ka Man AU, David M. Wilz, Gennady Germaine, Patrick Anthony Giordano, Erik Van Horn, Michael Vincent Miraglia, Benjamin Hejl, Thomas A. Sweet
  • Patent number: 10366380
    Abstract: A point of sale system capable of operating in an indicia-reading mode or a verification mode is disclosed. In the indicia-reading mode, the point of sale system configures its illumination, imaging, and processing to read indicia as part of a normal checkout process. If triggered by a user or by an event, the point of sale system may operate in a verification mode. In the verification mode, the point of sale system enables the necessary illumination, imaging, and processing to verify an item. This verification includes illuminating the item in a way that causes a noticeable response from a security mark (or marks) on the item. An image of the response may be captured and processed to authenticate/verify the item. The point of sale system may then respond to the verification and/or may store the image/results as a record of the verification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Erik Van Horn, Sean Philip Kearney, Patrick Anthony Giordano, Timothy Good, Chandler Dickinson, Ka Man Au, David Wilz, Sr., John A. Furlong, Benjamin Hejl, Joseph A. Walczyk, Larry Coyle, James Rosetti, Thomas Haggerty
  • Publication number: 20190213370
    Abstract: An indicia-reading system is provided that incorporates a hybrid approach to decoding indicia such as barcodes. An indicia-capturing subsystem acquires information about indicia within the indicia-capturing subsystem's field of view. An indicia-decoding module decodes indicia information acquired by the indicia-capturing subsystem. The indicia-decoding module includes a primary, basic signal processor for initially decoding indicia information, and a secondary, advanced signal processor for decoding indicia information that is not decoded by the primary, basic signal processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy Meier, Ryan C. Belanger, Benjamin Hejl
  • Publication number: 20190172040
    Abstract: A point of sale system capable of operating in an indicia-reading mode or a verification mode is disclosed. In the indicia-reading mode, the point of sale system configures its illumination, imaging, and processing to read indicia as part of a normal checkout process. If triggered by a user or by an event, the point of sale system may operate in a verification mode. In the verification mode, the point of sale system enables the necessary illumination, imaging, and processing to verify an item. This verification includes illuminating the item in a way that causes a noticeable response from a security mark (or marks) on the item. An image of the response may be captured and processed to authenticate/verify the item. The point of sale system may then respond to the verification and/or may store the image/results as a record of the verification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Erik VAN HORN, Sean Philip KEARNEY, Patrick Anthony GIORDANO, Timothy GOOD, Chandler DICKINSON, Ka Man AU, David WILZ, SR., John A. FURLONG, Benjamin HEJL, Joseph A. WALCZYK, Larry COYLE, James ROSETTI, Thomas HAGGERTY
  • Patent number: 10275624
    Abstract: An indicia-reading system is provided that incorporates a hybrid approach to decoding indicia such as barcodes. An indicia-capturing subsystem acquires information about indicia within the indicia-capturing subsystem's field of view. An indicia-decoding module decodes indicia information acquired by the indicia-capturing subsystem. The indicia-decoding module includes a primary, basic signal processor for initially decoding indicia information, and a secondary, advanced signal processor for decoding indicia information that is not decoded by the primary, basic signal processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Meier, Ryan C. Belanger, Benjamin Hejl
  • Patent number: 10185945
    Abstract: A point of sale system capable of operating in an indicia-reading mode or a verification mode is disclosed. In the indicia-reading mode, the point of sale system configures its illumination, imaging, and processing to read indicia as part of a normal checkout process. If triggered by a user or by an event, the point of sale system may operate in a verification mode. In the verification mode, the point of sale system enables the necessary illumination, imaging, and processing to verify an item. This verification includes illuminating the item in a way that causes a noticeable response from a security mark (or marks) on the item. An image of the response may be captured and processed to authenticate/verify the item. The point of sale system may then respond to the verification and/or may store the image/results as a record of the verification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Erik Van Horn, Sean Philip Kearney, Patrick Anthony Giordano, Timothy Good, Chandler Dickinson, Ka Man Au, David Wilz, Sr., John A. Furlong, Benjamin Hejl, Joseph A. Walczyk, Larry Coyle, James Rosetti, Thomas Haggerty
  • Patent number: 9794392
    Abstract: A mobile-device adapter to facilitate the exchange of visual information between a mobile device and a point-of-sale terminal is disclosed. The mobile-device adapter may be connected to a point-of-sale terminal at a retail checkout and configured to allow a customer to temporarily position their mobile device so that the mobile-device adapter may (i) image the mobile-device display and (ii) present images to the mobile-device camera. In this way, the mobile-device adapter may facilitate electronic transactions using visual images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Hejl
  • Publication number: 20170270504
    Abstract: A point of sale system capable of operating in an indicia-reading mode or a verification mode is disclosed. In the indicia-reading mode, the point of sale system configures its illumination, imaging, and processing to read indicia as part of a normal checkout process. If triggered by a user or by an event, the point of sale system may operate in a verification mode. In the verification mode, the point of sale system enables the necessary illumination, imaging, and processing to verify an item. This verification includes illuminating the item in a way that causes a noticeable response from a security mark (or marks) on the item. An image of the response may be captured and processed to authenticate/verify the item. The point of sale system may then respond to the verification and/or may store the image/results as a record of the verification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Erik Van Horn, Sean Philip Kearney, Patrick Anthony Giordano, Timothy Good, Chandler Dickinson, Ka Man Au, David Wilz, SR., John A. Furlong, Benjamin Hejl, Joseph A. Walczyk, Larry Coyle, James Rosetti, Thomas Haggerty
  • Patent number: 9755703
    Abstract: A data decoding system can comprise a client computer including an imaging device and one or more servers executing at least one decoding process. The client computer can be configured to acquire an image of decodable indicia and to process the acquired image by: (i) identifying one or more areas of interest within the image; (ii) cropping the image based on the identified areas of interest; (iii) clipping one or more images from the image based on the identified areas of interest; (iv) increasing or reducing a pixel resolution of at least part of the image; (v) converting the image to a grayscale image or to a monochrome image; and/or (vi) compressing the image using a compression algorithm. The decoding process can be configured, responsive to receiving a decoding request comprising the processed image, to decode the decodable indicia and to transmit the decoding operation result to the client computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Koziol, Daniel Yeakley, Erik Todeschini, Stephen Patrick Deloge, Benjamin Hejl
  • Patent number: 9679178
    Abstract: A method controls the exposure of an image containing a barcode for a barcode reading device. The method obtains a line of scan data from the image and identifies areas of saturation within the scan data. If there are saturated areas within the scan data, the method switches from an automatic gain control to a predetermined gain control. The method then resumes automatic gain control after a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David Wilz, Sr., Tao Xian, Benjamin Hejl
  • Patent number: 9672507
    Abstract: A point of sale system capable of operating in an indicia-reading mode or a verification mode is disclosed. In the indicia-reading mode, the point of sale system configures its illumination, imaging, and processing to read indicia as part of a normal checkout process. If triggered by a user or by an event, the point of sale system may operate in a verification mode. In the verification mode, the point of sale system enables the necessary illumination, imaging, and processing to verify an item. This verification includes illuminating the item in a way that causes a noticeable response from a security mark (or marks) on the item. An image of the response may be captured and processed to authenticate/verify the item. The point of sale system may then respond to the verification and/or may store the image/results as a record of the verification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Van Horn, Sean Philip Kearney, Patrick Anthony Giordano, Timothy Good, Chandler Dickinson, Ka Man Au, David Wilz, Sr., John A. Furlong, Benjamin Hejl, Joseph A. Walczyk, Larry Coyle, James Rosetti, Thomas Haggerty
  • Patent number: 9665655
    Abstract: A data decoding system can comprise one or more computers communicatively coupled to a network. The computers can execute at least one decoding process. The decoding process can be configured, responsive to receiving a decoding request comprising an image of decodable indicia, to locate the decodable indicia within the image, and to decode the decodable indicia into a decoded message. The decoding process can be further configured, responsive to completing a decoding operation, to transmit to the client the decoded message and/or the decoding operation completion code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Todeschini, Stephen Patrick Deloge, Timothy P. Meier, Donald Anderson, Benjamin Hejl, Thomas J. Koziol
  • Publication number: 20160342970
    Abstract: A point of sale system capable of operating in an indicia-reading mode or a verification mode is disclosed. In the indicia-reading mode, the point of sale system configures its illumination, imaging, and processing to read indicia as part of a normal checkout process. If triggered by a user or by an event, the point of sale system may operate in a verification mode. In the verification mode, the point of sale system enables the necessary illumination, imaging, and processing to verify an item. This verification includes illuminating the item in a way that causes a noticeable response from a security mark (or marks) on the item. An image of the response may be captured and processed to authenticate/verify the item. The point of sale system may then respond to the verification and/or may store the image/results as a record of the verification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Erik Van Horn, Sean Philip Kearney, Patrick Anthony Giordano, Timothy Good, Chandler Dickinson, Ka Man Au, David Wilz, SR., John A. Furlong, Benjamin Hejl, Joseph A. Walczyk, Larry Coyle, James Rosetti, Thomas Haggerty
  • Publication number: 20160321372
    Abstract: A data decoding system can comprise one or more computers communicatively coupled to a network. The computers can execute at least one decoding process. The decoding process can be configured, responsive to receiving a decoding request comprising an image of decodable indicia, to locate the decodable indicia within the image, and to decode the decodable indicia into a decoded message. The decoding process can be further configured, responsive to completing a decoding operation, to transmit to the client the decoded message and/or the decoding operation completion code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Erik Todeschini, Stephen Patrick Deloge, Timothy P. Meier, Donald Anderson, Benjamin Hejl, Thomas J. Koziol
  • Patent number: 9443123
    Abstract: An indicia-verification system acquires video and analyzes the video to determine whether it contains any images of an indicia that are of sufficient quality to merit the initiation of indicia verification. If the video is of sufficient quality, the system acquires a high resolution still image of the indicia. If the still image is of sufficient quality, an indicia-analysis subsystem performs indicia verification on the still image of the indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Hejl
  • Patent number: 9412242
    Abstract: A point of sale system capable of operating in an indicia-reading mode or a verification mode is disclosed. In the indicia-reading mode, the point of sale system configures its illumination, imaging, and processing to read indicia as part of a normal checkout process. If triggered by a user or by an event, the point of sale system may operate in a verification mode. In the verification mode, the point of sale system enables the necessary illumination, imaging, and processing to verify an item. This verification includes illuminating the item in a way that causes a noticeable response from a security mark (or marks) on the item. An image of the response may be captured and processed to authenticate/verify the item. The point of sale system may then respond to the verification and/or may store the image/results as a record of the verification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Van Horn, Sean Philip Kearney, Patrick Anthony Giordano, Timothy Good, Chandler Dickinson, Ka Man Au, David Wilz, Sr., John A. Furlong, Benjamin Hejl, Joseph A. Walczyk, Larry Coyle, James Rosetti, Thomas Haggerty
  • Patent number: 9398008
    Abstract: A data decoding system can comprise one or more computers communicatively coupled to a network. The computers can execute at least one decoding process. The decoding process can be configured, responsive to receiving a decoding request comprising an image of decodable indicia, to locate the decodable indicia within the image, and to decode the decodable indicia into a decoded message. The decoding process can be further configured, responsive to completing a decoding operation, to transmit to the client the decoded message and/or the decoding operation completion code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Todeschini, Stephen Patrick Deloge, Timothy P. Meier, Donald Anderson, Benjamin Hejl, Thomas J. Koziol