Patents by Inventor Erik Van Horn

Erik Van Horn 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: 10935367
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide for a method for calibrating a dimensioner. An example method includes receiving two or more previously captured images of a common field of view of the dimensioner, and identifying at least one static object in the common field of view. The method further includes determining one or more reference dimensions of the at least one static object. Thereafter, the method includes detecting an event on the dimensioner, and when an event is detected, determining one or more updated dimensions of the at least one static object. The method includes comparing the one or more updated dimensions to the one or more reference dimensions to determine whether the one or more updated dimensions satisfy a predefined dimension error range. When the one or more updated dimensions fail to satisfy the predefined dimension error range, the method includes modifying one or more parameters associated with the dimensioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Van Horn
  • Patent number: 10896304
    Abstract: An indicia reader that utilizes its image sensor for more than one function is disclosed. The image sensor's functionality is derived by designating areas on the image sensor according to function and then filtering the light focused onto each area according to the area's particular function. The data (i.e., pixel information) from each area may then be processed accordingly to facilitate a variety of functions such as image capture and object detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Gennady Germaine, Erik Van Horn
  • Patent number: 10753802
    Abstract: A system and method of determining if a surface contains print or is a screen of a device is provided. The method is comprised of the steps of: acquiring a spectral wavelength signature of the surface; comparing the spectral wavelength signature of the surface to RGB triple-peak emission spectra; scanning the surface with an image-based scanner in non-illumination mode based upon the spectral wavelength signature of the surface corresponding to the RGB triple-peak emission spectra, and scanning the surface with an image-based scanner in illumination mode based upon the spectral wavelength signature of the surface not corresponding to the RGB triple-peak emission spectra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Anthony Giordano, Stephen J. Colavito, Timothy Good, Erik Van Horn, Sean Philip Kearney
  • Publication number: 20200158491
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide for a method for calibrating a dimensioner. An example method includes receiving two or more previously captured images of a common field of view of the dimensioner, and identifying at least one static object in the common field of view. The method further includes determining one or more reference dimensions of the at least one static object. Thereafter, the method includes detecting an event on the dimensioner, and when an event is detected, determining one or more updated dimensions of the at least one static object. The method includes comparing the one or more updated dimensions to the one or more reference dimensions to determine whether the one or more updated dimensions satisfy a predefined dimension error range. When the one or more updated dimensions fail to satisfy the predefined dimension error range, the method includes modifying one or more parameters associated with the dimensioner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventor: Erik VAN HORN
  • Patent number: 10563971
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide for a method for calibrating a dimensioner. An example method includes receiving two or more previously captured images of a common field of view of the dimensioner, and identifying at least one static object in the common field of view. The method further includes determining one or more reference dimensions of the at least one static object. Thereafter, the method includes detecting an event on the dimensioner, and when an event is detected, determining one or more updated dimensions of the at least one static object. The method includes comparing the one or more updated dimensions to the one or more reference dimensions to determine whether the one or more updated dimensions satisfy a predefined dimension error range. When the one or more updated dimensions fail to satisfy the predefined dimension error range, the method includes modifying one or more parameters associated with the dimensioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Erik Van Horn
  • Publication number: 20200003547
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide for a method for calibrating a dimensioner. An example method includes receiving two or more previously captured images of a common field of view of the dimensioner, and identifying at least one static object in the common field of view. The method further includes determining one or more reference dimensions of the at least one static object. Thereafter, the method includes detecting an event on the dimensioner, and when an event is detected, determining one or more updated dimensions of the at least one static object. The method includes comparing the one or more updated dimensions to the one or more reference dimensions to determine whether the one or more updated dimensions satisfy a predefined dimension error range. When the one or more updated dimensions fail to satisfy the predefined dimension error range, the method includes modifying one or more parameters associated with the dimensioner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventor: Erik VAN HORN
  • Patent number: 10506516
    Abstract: Systems for power management of a fleet of devices through information storage sharing are described. According to one embodiment, each one of a group of networked devices offloads information to a substantially powered hub device before entering a low power consumption mode and receives the respective information back from the hub device upon wake. Another embodiment describes a system of networked devices in which each one of the networked devices offloads information to a selected networked device before entering a sleep mode and receives the respective information back from that selected networked device after entering a wake mode. Another embodiment describes a system whereby the original selected networked device then backups to a new selected networked device if the original selected networked device needs to enter a low power consumption mode, and the other networked devices receive the respective information back from the new selected networked device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Van Horn, Sean Philip Kearney, Patrick Anthony Giordano
  • Publication number: 20190272696
    Abstract: Existing currency validation (CVAL) devices, systems, and methods are too slow, costly, intrusive, and/or bulky to be routinely used in common transaction locations (e.g., at checkout, at an automatic teller machine, etc.). Presented herein are devices, systems, and methods to facilitate optical validation of documents, merchandise, or currency at common transaction locations and to do so in an obtrusive and convenient way. More specifically, the present invention embraces a validation device that may be used alone or integrated within a larger system (e.g., point of sale system, kiosk, etc.). The present invention also embraces methods for currency validation using the validation device, as well as methods for improving the quality and consistency of data captured by the validation device for validation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Erik Van Horn, Gennady Germaine, Christopher Allen, David Ryder, Paul Poloniewicz, Kevin Saber, Sean Philip Kearney, Edward Hatton, Edward C. Bremer, Michael Vincent Miraglia, Robert Pierce, William Ross Rapoport, James Vincent Guiheen, Chirag Patel, Patrick Anthony Giordano, Timothy Good, Gregory Rueblinger
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10325436
    Abstract: Existing currency validation (CVAL) devices, systems, and methods are too slow, costly, intrusive, and/or bulky to be routinely used in common transaction locations (e.g., at checkout, at an automatic teller machine, etc.). Presented herein are devices, systems, and methods to facilitate optical validation of documents, merchandise, or currency at common transaction locations and to do so in an obtrusive and convenient way. More specifically, the present invention embraces a validation device that may be used alone or integrated within a larger system (e.g., point of sale system, kiosk, etc.). The present invention also embraces methods for currency validation using the validation device, as well as methods for improving the quality and consistency of data captured by the validation device for validation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Van Horn, Gennady Germaine, Christopher Allen, David Ryder, Paul Poloniewicz, Kevin Saber, Sean Philip Kearney, Edward Hatton, Edward C. Bremer, Michael Vincent Miraglia, Robert Pierce, William Ross Rapoport, James Vincent Guiheen, Chirag Patel, Patrick Anthony Giordano, Timothy Good, Gregory Rueblinger
  • 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: 10311274
    Abstract: The present invention embraces an optical indicia reader, e.g., barcode scanner, that captures images of optical indicia under multiple imaging conditions within the span of a single frame. The reader includes an image sensor having selectively-addressable pixels that can be divided into groups having regions of interest (ROIs) within the reader field of view. Each pixel group is shuttered separately to obtain independent partial frame images under separate imaging conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Giordano, Timothy Good, Erik Van Horn, Sean P. Kearney, Stephen J. Colavito, Tao Xian, Chen Feng, Edward C. Bremer
  • Publication number: 20190154506
    Abstract: A system and method of determining if a surface contains print or is a screen of a device is provided. The method is comprised of the steps of: acquiring a spectral wavelength signature of the surface; comparing the spectral wavelength signature of the surface to RGB triple-peak emission spectra; scanning the surface with an image-based scanner in non-illumination mode based upon the spectral wavelength signature of the surface corresponding to the RGB triple-peak emission spectra, and scanning the surface with an image-based scanner in illumination mode based upon the spectral wavelength signature of the surface not corresponding to the RGB triple-peak emission spectra.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Patrick Anthony GIORDANO, Stephen J. COLAVITO, Timothy GOOD, Erik VAN HORN, Sean Philip KEARNEY
  • Patent number: 10197446
    Abstract: A system and method of determining if a surface contains print or is a screen of a device is provided. The method is comprised of the steps of: acquiring a spectral wavelength signature of the surface; comparing the spectral wavelength signature of the surface to RGB triple-peak emission spectra; scanning the surface with an image-based scanner in non-illumination mode based upon the spectral wavelength signature of the surface corresponding to the RGB triple-peak emission spectra, and scanning the surface with an image-based scanner in illumination mode based upon the spectral wavelength signature of the surface not corresponding to the RGB triple-peak emission spectra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Anthony Giordano, Stephen J. Colavito, Timothy Good, Erik Van Horn, Sean Philip Kearney
  • Publication number: 20190034683
    Abstract: The present invention embraces an optical indicia reader, e.g., barcode scanner, that captures images of optical indicia under multiple imaging conditions within the span of a single frame. The reader includes an image sensor having selectively-addressable pixels that can be divided into groups having regions of interest (ROIs) within the reader field of view. Each pixel group is shuttered separately to obtain independent partial frame images under separate imaging conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Patrick A. GIORDANO, Timothy GOOD, Erik VAN HORN, Sean P. KEARNEY, Stephen J. COLAVITO, Tao XIAN, Chen FENG, Edward C. BREMER
  • 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