Patents by Inventor Edward Barkan

Edward Barkan 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: 10306117
    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 supporting 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 supporting 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: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Darran Michael Handshaw, Joseph D. Giordano, Edward Barkan, Mark Drzymala
  • Publication number: 20190156085
    Abstract: A barcode scanning apparatus that includes a single printed circuit board (PCB) is disclosed. The apparatus includes a housing having a head portion and a handle portion. The handle portion extends generally along a handle axis. The single PCB extends along a PCB plane and is positioned at least partially within the housing. The apparatus includes an image sensor having a plurality of photo-sensitive elements that form a substantially flat surface. The single PCB may have a first portion and a second portion, where the image sensor is positioned on the first portion and is further positioned to capture light entering the housing through a window of the head portion. The apparatus includes a frame positioned at least partially within the housing, where the frame includes an oblique angle formed between a front portion and a rear portion, where the PCB is secured by or to the frame's rear portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Darran Michael Handshaw, Edward Barkan, Mark Drzymala
  • Publication number: 20190073655
    Abstract: At least some embodiments described herein relate to the field of product scanning systems and arrangements used within a retail venue. In an embodiment, the present invention is a system including: a barcode reader repository having docking stations each with a power connector and a lock; barcode readers docked at and locked by the docking stations, each receiving an electrical charge from the respective power connector; a data acquisition assembly configured to capture and decode a symbol associated with an operator profile, and forward the decoded data for further processing; and a server configured to: receive the decoded data; responsively select one of the plurality of barcode readers resulting in a selected barcode reader; transmit, an unlock signal to the lock locking the selected barcode reader to enable removal; and transmit a beacon signal to activate a beacon that is indicative of a physical location of the selected barcode reader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Edward Barkan, Darran Michael Handshaw, Robert Sanders, Thomas E. Wulff, Mark Drzymala, Yuri Astvatsaturov
  • Publication number: 20190073654
    Abstract: At least some embodiments of the present invention relate to the field of product scanning systems and arrangements used within a retail venue. In an embodiment, the present invention is a data capture system that includes a scanner pod housing a plurality of scanners, each configured to capture product data; a data capture module communicatively coupled to the scanner pod, the first data capture module configured to capture, via a mobile device associated with a customer, customer data; and a server communicatively coupled to at least one of the scanner pod and the first data capture module, the server being configured to, upon the first data capture module capturing the customer data associated with the customer, associate one of the plurality of scanners with at least one of the customer and the customer data associated with the customer, resulting in an associated data capture device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Edward Barkan, Darran Michael Handshaw, Robert Sanders, Thomas E. Wulff, Mark Drzymala, Yuri Astvatsaturov
  • Patent number: 10140491
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed towards barcode readers that implement multiple circuit boards for housing various electronic components. In an embodiment, the present invention is a handheld barcode reader that includes: a handle portion; a head portion positioned on a top of the handle portion; a window positioned within the head portion; a first circuit board extending at least partially through the handle portion, the first circuit board defining a first plane, the first circuit board including a decode assembly; and a second circuit board positioned behind the first plane relative to the window, the second circuit board including an imaging assembly having an imaging sensor, the imaging sensor operable to capture image data over a field of view (FOV), the FOV extending through the first plane and the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Barkan, Mark Drzymala
  • Publication number: 20180338072
    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 supporting 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 supporting 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: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Darran Michael Handshaw, Joseph D. Giordano, Edward Barkan, Mark Drzymala
  • Patent number: 10067355
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for capturing an image of at least one object appearing in a field of view (FOV). A housing may be provided having an image sensor at least partially disposed therein. The imaging sensor has a central imaging axis. A first and a second aim line unit are each offset from the image sensor. The first aim line unit is oriented to project a first bounded light pattern that intersects the central imaging axis at an imaging plane. The second aim line unit is oriented to project a second bounded light pattern that intersects the first light pattern and the central imaging axis at the imaging plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Darran Michael Handshaw, Edward Barkan, Christopher P. Klicpera
  • Patent number: 9892299
    Abstract: One light source is energized and another light source is simultaneously deenergized during one frame of an imager that captures return light from an illuminated target as a first image portion having a first target portion. The other light source is energized and the one light source is simultaneously deenergized during another frame to capture the return light from the illuminated target as a second image portion having a second target portion. Either the target portions are combined to form the target to be read, or the image portions are combined to form a composite image from which the target is read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James R. Giebel, Edward Barkan, Christopher W. Brock
  • Patent number: 9740902
    Abstract: Products associated with targets to be read by image capture are processed in a workstation having a window, a solid-state imager looking at a field of view extending through the window to a target to be imaged, and an illumination system for illuminating the field of view. A proximity system detects a product associated with the target in a selected zone outside the window. The proximity system has an infrared (IR) emitter for emitting IR light into an IR emission field, and an IR sensor for sensing return IR light within an IR detection field that intersects the IR emission field in the selected zone. A controller energizes the illumination system in response to the detection of the product in the selected zone, and processes return illumination light captured in the field of view by the imager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Carl Wittenberg, Edward Barkan, Chinh Tan
  • Patent number: 9033236
    Abstract: A bi-optical, dual window, point-of-transaction workstation images indicia associated with multi-sided products over a full coverage scan zone by splitting each field of view of only two imagers into three subfields that pass through each window and fill the scan zone and minimize dead areas therein. Twisting of the subfields relative to the windows is minimized so that the subfields fit fully with minimal clipping through each window. Splitting of each field of view is remotely performed well away from each imager. The imagers have lens assemblies of substantially the same optical power and are spaced from their respective windows by substantially the same distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Drzymala, Edward Barkan
  • Patent number: 9016575
    Abstract: Indicia are imaged at a workstation having windows arranged in intersecting planes. The workstation also has solid-state imagers with fields of view that are split into intersecting subfields that look out through the windows, as well as illumination assemblies each having multiple light sources that illuminate each subfield with illumination light over an illumination field that overlaps a respective subfield. Light-modifying elements, such as lenses or baffles that are radially offset from the multiple light sources, condition the illumination light from the multiple light sources to be generally uniform in light intensity over at least one illuminated subfield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Caihua Chen, Edward Barkan, Mark Drzymala
  • Patent number: 8939371
    Abstract: A bi-optical, dual window, point-of-transaction workstation images indicia associated with multi-sided products by splitting the field of view of each imager into a plurality of subfields that simultaneously extend through each window over regions of the product. A plurality of energizable illuminators, one for each subfield, illuminates each subfield with illumination light over an adjustable illumination time. The illumination light returned from the indicia in each subfield is captured along respective optical paths from each window to each imager. A plurality of exposure sensors, one for each subfield, and located externally of each imager, senses the returned illumination light in each subfield. A controller energizes each illuminator to illuminate each subfield, deenergizes each illuminator when the returned illumination light sensed by the respective exposure sensors exceeds a threshold, and processes the captured illumination light in at least one of the subfields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Barkan
  • Patent number: 8910872
    Abstract: An imaging reader for, and a method of, imaging targets, include a solid-state imager supported by a housing for capturing return light from a target over a field of view. An illumination light assembly performs both illumination and aiming functions. Illumination light is projected along an optical path through a passage in the housing to illuminate the target. The housing has boundary walls spaced along the optical path away from the imager and the illumination light assembly for clipping the illumination light projected through the passage to form on the target an aiming light distribution that visually indicates a periphery of the field of view to assist in positioning the target entirely within the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Barkan, Mark Drzymala
  • Patent number: 8876004
    Abstract: A bi-optical, dual window, point-of-transaction workstation images indicia associated with multi-sided products over a full coverage scan zone by asymmetrically splitting the field of view of at least one imager into light collection regions of different spatial volumes. The light collection regions fill the scan zone and minimize dead areas therein. A smaller light collection region images one side of the product, while a larger light collection region images more than one side of the product. All sides of the product are imaged in the light collection regions. Twisting of the light collection regions relative to at least one of the windows is minimized so that the light collection regions fit fully with minimal clipping through each window. Illumination light is directed away from a user's eyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Barkan, Mark Drzymala
  • Patent number: 8740084
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for projecting illumination patterns from barcode readers. The apparatus includes a housing, an invisible illumination light source, and a visible illumination light source. The housing comprises a first window located in a generally horizontal plane and a second window located in a generally upright plane that intersects the generally horizontal plane. The invisible illumination light source is operative to project an invisible illumination pattern that is at least partially incident upon the first window or the second window after the invisible illumination pattern is projected out of the housing. The visible illumination light source operative to project a visible illumination pattern out of the housing, and the visible illumination pattern has a visible center ray propagating in a direction different from the invisible center ray of the invisible illumination pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brock, Edward Barkan
  • Patent number: 8740075
    Abstract: An apparatus for and method of electro-optically reading targets arbitrarily oriented in a workstation, such as a dual window workstation, employs a solid-state imager for capturing return light from the targets over a field of view. The imager has an array of sensors arranged along mutually perpendicular array axes. An optical system splits the field of view into a plurality of subfields of view that extend through a workstation window to a target. One subfield is optically configured to enable the imager to capture light from the target along one array axis. Another subfield is optically configured to enable the imager to capture light from the target along the other array axis. A controller processes the captured light in both the one and the other subfields to enable the reading of the arbitrarily oriented target in the workstation independently of target orientation relative to the array axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Drzymala, Edward Barkan
  • Patent number: 8701999
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reading optical indicia. The method includes generating calibration light, and measuring an intensity of the calibration light reflected into a detector system. The method also includes determining an optimum exposure level for the imaging system based on the measured intensity of the calibration light reflected into the detector system, and generating an illumination light with an illumination system. In addition, the method includes capturing an image of the optical indicia with the imaging system subjecting to the optimum exposure level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Igor R. Vinogradov, Edward Barkan
  • Patent number: 8657199
    Abstract: A compact, low-cost, high-performance, imaging engine for an imaging reader for, and a method of, imaging targets, include a single printed circuit board (PCB), an illumination light assembly supported by the PCB for illuminating a target, a single chassis mounted on the PCB, an imaging lens assembly supported by the chassis for capturing return light from the illuminated target, and a solid-state imager supported by the PCB for detecting the captured return light over a field of view, and for generating an electrical signal indicative of the captured light. A controller is mounted on or off the imaging engine, and is operatively connected to, and controls the operation of, the imager and the illumination light assembly, for processing the electrical signal into data indicative of the target being imaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Barkan, Mark Drzymala
  • Patent number: 8590792
    Abstract: An apparatus for, and method of, imaging printed and electronic codes associated with transactions or objects to be processed, support a window on a housing, illuminate the codes through the window with illumination light from an energizable illumination system, capture return illumination light from the illuminated codes through the window with an array of light sensors looking at a field of view of a solid-state, exposable imager, and process the captured return illumination light. A printed code is read by exposing the imager for a first exposure time and by also energizing the illumination system during the first exposure time. An electronic code is read by exposing the imager for a second exposure time that is longer than the first exposure time and by also deenergizing the illumination system during the second exposure time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chinh Tan, Edward Barkan, Mark Drzymala
  • Patent number: D840338
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Drzymala, Edward Barkan, Darran Handshaw, Jean N. Tu