Patents by Inventor H. Nick Roberts

H. Nick Roberts 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: 4939355
    Abstract: A point of sale bar code scanner, such as a grocery store check-out label scanner, that is attendant-free and completely automated in providing a listing or a total pricing of a customer's selected items. At each automated check-out, the customer initiates the process, places items on a conveyor, which carries each item separately through a scanner. The scanner reads all sides of each package, including the bottom of the package, since the bar code label could be located on any surface. Serial conveyors are used, and gates preferably control the advancement of items onto a conveyor which will carry the item through the scanning area, such that only one item can be scanned at a time. The conveyor in the scanning area includes a series of belt strips through which an upwardly scanned beam can read the package bottom. Various methods and systems are disclosed for handling "no reads". The customer signifies termination of the process at the appropriate time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Assignee: Spectra-Physics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Rando, H. Nicks Roberts
  • Patent number: 4939356
    Abstract: A bar code scanner which preferably generates an asterisk-like scan pattern has a scanner head at the end of a flexible mount enabling operator personnel to orient the scanner head in virtually any position and direction. The scan pattern generator is compact in size, utilizing a laser diode as a source, so that the scan head is easily manipulated to the desired position. In preferred embodiments the scanning mechanism generates the asterisk scan pattern with a rotating mirror or mirrors and a series of peripheral mirrors or lenses, one for each scan line, in an efficient and compact arrangement. The entire asterisk scan pattern may be constantly rotated at a relatively slow rate, so that bar code labels are more likely to be read without deliberate orientation by the operator, particularly in the case of bar codes of high aspect ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Assignee: Spectra-Physics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Rando, H. Nick Roberts, John F. O'Brien