Patents by Inventor Michael Schnee

Michael Schnee 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: 9030964
    Abstract: Various wireless network components offer increased flexibility, ease of use, functionality and performance in many demanding applications in diverse fields of use. In particular, a wireless multi-function network device for use on a wireless communication network can serve multiple functions and dynamically switch and reconfigure from a network router into a network coordinator in the event that the originally designated network coordinator is permanently or temporally disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Essinger, Xiaoxun Zhu, Michael Schnee, JiBin Liu, Xin Shen, LiangLiang Chen, Jun Lu
  • Publication number: 20130250806
    Abstract: Various wireless network components offer increased flexibility, ease of use, functionality and performance in many demanding applications in diverse fields of use. In particular, a wireless multi-function network device for use on a wireless communication network can serve multiple functions and dynamically switch and reconfigure from a network router into a network coordinator in the event that the originally designated network coordinator is permanently or temporally disabled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Essinger, Xiaoxun Zhu, Michael Schnee, JiBin Liu, Xin Shen, LiangLiang Chen, Jun Lu
  • Patent number: 8457013
    Abstract: Various wireless network components that offer increased flexibility, ease of use, functionality and performance in many demanding applications in diverse fields of use, namely: a wireless multi-function network device for use on a wireless communication network, that can serve multiple functions and dynamically switch and reconfigure from a network router into a network coordinator in the event that the originally designated network coordinator is permanently or temporally disabled; a wireless mesh-type communication network, including a plurality of wireless network router devices, each capable of performing the functions of a network controller/coordinator; a wireless network router device for use on a wireless communication network, and employing an integrated phased-array antenna structure, supporting the spatial isolation of multi-regions, and utilizing beam steering principles of operation, for illuminating multiple wireless network end-devices over separate regions; a network gateway device that suppo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Essinger, Xiaoxun Zhu, Michael Schnee, JiBin Liu, Xin Shen, LiangLiang Chen, Jun Lu
  • Patent number: 8234507
    Abstract: A wireless electronic-ink display device supported in packaging, and employing a power switching mechanism which operates to prevent leakage, drainage or discharge of the electro-chemical battery until a change in predetermined state of configuration occurs. The wireless electronic-ink based display device comprises (i) a power source module with an electro-chemical battery, (ii) a power management module for managing the power levels within the wireless electronic-ink display device, and (iii) a power switching module, arranged between the power source module and the power management module, and automatically responsive to a change in at least one predefined state of device configuration, to prevent leakage, drainage or discharge of the electro-chemical battery until a change in predetermined state of configuration occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoxun Zhu, Steven Essinger, Michael Schnee, Yong Liu
  • Publication number: 20100177070
    Abstract: A wireless electronic-ink display device supported in packaging, and employing a power switching mechanism which operates to prevent leakage, drainage or discharge of the electro-chemical battery until a change in predetermined state of configuration occurs. The wireless electronic-ink based display device comprises (i) a power source module with an electro-chemical battery, (ii) a power management module for managing the power levels within the wireless electronic-ink display device, and (iii) a power switching module, arranged between the power source module and the power management module, and automatically responsive to a change in at least one predefined state of device configuration, to prevent leakage, drainage or discharge of the electrochemical battery until a change in predetermined state of configuration occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Xiaoxun Zhu, Steven Essinger, Michael Schnee, Yong Liu
  • Publication number: 20100177749
    Abstract: A wireless communication network for programming and monitoring a plurality of network-managed devices, including electronic-ink based display devices, comprising a network management computer system, a network gateway device, one or more wireless network routers, a plurality of network-managed devices, and a network coordinator. The wireless communication network of the present invention bridges the gap between wireless display networks, wireless sensor networks, and the worlds of passive, active and partially-active RFID and real-time locating systems. The wireless communication network of the present invention allows conventional communication network protocols to operate in more flexible ways in dynamic, diverse, and heterogeneous application environments, in fields including retail, healthcare, transport, logistics, manufacturing, education, etc. At the same time, the wireless communication network of the present invention is preferably based on the IEEE 802.15.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Steven Essinger, Xiaoxun Zhu, Michael Schnee, JiBin Liu, Xin Shen, LiangLiang Chen, Jun Lu, Taylor Smith, Mark Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20100177750
    Abstract: A wireless sensor communication network supporting a plurality of electronic-ink display sensor devices adapted for use in environments where a local source of electrical power is not available at the point of sensing/monitoring, and there is a need to display sensed data at the point of sensing/monitoring, and minimize the level of servicing required to maintain the wireless sensors. The wireless sensor communication network includes a network gateway device, one or more wireless network routers, a plurality of wireless electronic-ink display sensor devices, and a network coordinator. Each wireless electronic-ink display sensor device comprises: an addressable electronic-ink based display module providing a display surface on which to display graphics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Steven Essinger, Xiaoxun Zhu, Michael Schnee, JiBin Liu, Xin Shen, LiangLiang Chen, Jun Lu, Taylor Smith, Mark Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20100177080
    Abstract: A wireless electronic-ink based display device employing thermal packaging for cold outdoor-weather applications, comprising a power source module, a processor, a RF transceiver, and a power management module mounted on the first side of a printed circuit board (PCB) structure, while an addressable electronic-ink based display module is mounted on the second side of the PCB structure, and a thermal-insulation weather-sealed packaging is provided about the addressable electronic-ink based display structure and the PCB structure. To accommodate hot outdoor weather environments, a heat-dissipative thermal radiator is mounted to the first side of the PCB, and in thermal communication with the addressable electronic-ink based display structure and the PCB structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Steven Essinger, Michael Schnee
  • Publication number: 20100177076
    Abstract: A wireless electronic-ink based display device for use in indoor and outdoor environments characterized by low and/or dynamic ambient lighting conditions. The wireless electronic-ink based display device has an ambient light level sensor for sensing ambient lighting conditions about the wireless electronic-ink based display device, and generating a drive control signal in response to sensed ambient lighting conditions. The wireless electronic-ink based display device also has an edge-lit LED-based illumination module, responsive to the drive control signal generated by the ambient light level sensor, for illuminating the display surface of its addressable electronic-ink display module during low-illumination ambient lighting conditions detected by the ambient light level sensor, under the control of a processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Steven Essinger, Michael Schnee
  • Publication number: 20100177707
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for increasing the SNR at the RF antenna of a wireless end-device (e.g. wireless electronic-ink display device or sensor) on a wireless communication network having one or more wireless network routers and a network controller, while minimizing the RF power transmitted by the wireless routers and wireless coordinator to the wireless end-devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Steven Essinger, Michael Schnee
  • Publication number: 20100177660
    Abstract: Various wireless network components that offer increased flexibility, ease of use, functionality and performance in many demanding applications in diverse fields of use, namely: a wireless multi-function network device for use on a wireless communication network, that can serve multiple functions and dynamically switch and reconfigure from a network router into a network coordinator in the event that the originally designated network coordinator is permanently or temporally disabled; a wireless mesh-type communication network, including a plurality of wireless network router devices, each capable of performing the functions of a network controller/coordinator; a wireless network router device for use on a wireless communication network, and employing an integrated phased-array antenna structure, supporting the spatial isolation of multi-regions, and utilizing beam steering principles of operation, for illuminating multiple wireless network end-devices over separate regions; a network gateway device that suppo
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Steven Essinger, Xiaoxun Zhu, Michael Schnee, JiBin Liu, Xin Shen, LiangLiang Chen, Jun Lu
  • Patent number: 7604175
    Abstract: A method of reading bar code symbols using a digital-imaging based code symbol reading system employing an event-driven multi-tier modular software architecture and supporting automatic operating system login and loading of a bar code symbol reading application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoxun Zhu, Yong Liu, Ka Man Au, Rui Hou, Hongpeng Yu, Xi Tao, Liang Liu, Wenhua Zhang, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Sankar Ghosh, Michael Schnee, Pasqual Spatafore, Thomas Amundsen, Sung Byun, Mark Schmidt, Garrett Russell, John Bonanno, C. Harry Knowles
  • Patent number: 7568625
    Abstract: A method of reading bar code symbols comprising the steps of: (a) projecting an image cropping zone (ICZ) framing pattern within the FOV of an image sensing array during wide-area illumination and image capturing operation; (b) visually aligning an object to be imaged within the ICZ framing pattern; (c) forming and capturing an wide-area image of the entire FOV, which spatially encompasses the ICZ framing pattern aligned about the object to be imaged; (d) using automatic software-based image cropping algorithm to automatically crop the pixels within the spatial boundaries defined by the ICZ framing pattern, from those pixels contained in the entire wide-area image frame captured during step (c); and (e) automatically decode processing the image represented by the cropped image pixels in the ICZ framing pattern so as to read a 1D or 2D bar code symbol graphically represented therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Metpologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoxun Zhu, Yong Liu, Ka Man Au, Rui Hou, Hongpeng Yu, Xi Tao, Liang Liu, Wenhua Zhang, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Sankar Ghosh, Michael Schnee, Pasqual Spatafore, Thomas Amundsen, Sung Byun, Mark Schmidt, Garrett Russell, John Bonanno, C. Harry Knowles
  • Publication number: 20090134221
    Abstract: A tunnel-type digital imaging-based system capable of generating and projecting coplanar and/or coextensive illumination and imaging planes or zones into a 3D imaging volume within a tunnel structure. The system includes a tunnel housing structure which is supported above a package conveyor in a retail environment, and employs automatic package detection, identification, profiling/dimensioning, weighing, tracking and correlating techniques during self-checkout and/or cashier-assisted operations for achieving increased levels of efficiency and productivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Xiaoxun Zhu, Tao Xian, Jie Ren, John Gardner, Sean Kearney, Timothy Good, Michael Schnee, Yong Liu, Patrick Giordano, Liang Wang, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Steven Essinger, Konstantin Yakovlev, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Xi Tao, Jun Lu, Ka Man Au, Duane Ellis, C. Harry Knowles
  • Patent number: 7513430
    Abstract: A portable digital image capturing and processing system comprising: an image formation and detection subsystem; a narrow-band illumination subsystem; a narrow-band transmission-type optical filter subsystem; an automatic light exposure measurement subsystem; and an automatic illumination control subsystem. The image formation and detection subsystem has an area-type image sensing array for detecting digital images of objects formed thereon by image formation optics providing a field of view (FOV) for the system. Within the FOV of the image formation and detection subsystem, the narrow-band illumination subsystem produces a field of narrow-band illumination consisting essentially of a narrow band of wavelengths of visible illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoxun Zhu, Yong Liu, Ka Man Au, Rui Hou, Hongpeng Yu, Xi Tao, Liang Liu, Wenhua Zhang, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Sankar Ghosh, Michael Schnee, Pasqual Spatafore, Thomas Amundsen, Sung Byun, Mark Schmidt, Garrett Russell, John Bonanno, C. Harry Knowles
  • Patent number: 7490778
    Abstract: A portable digital image capturing and processing system comprising: an image formation and detection subsystem; a narrow-band illumination subsystem; a narrow-band transmission-type optical filter subsystem; an automatic light exposure measurement subsystem; and an automatic illumination control subsystem. The image formation and detection subsystem has an area-type image sensing array for detecting digital images of objects formed thereon by image formation optics providing a field of view (FOV) for the system. Within the FOV of the image formation and detection subsystem, the narrow-band illumination subsystem produces a field of narrow-band illumination consisting essentially of a narrow band of wavelengths of visible illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoxun Zhu, Yong Liu, Ka Man Au, Rui Hou, Hongpeng Yu, Xi Tao, Liang Liu, Wenhua Zhang, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Sankar Ghosh, Michael Schnee, Pasqual Spatafore, Thomas Amundsen, Sung Byun, Mark Schmidt, Garrett Russell, John Bonanno, C. Harry Knowles
  • Patent number: 7490774
    Abstract: A hand-supportable digital imaging-based bar code symbol reading device comprises: an IR-based object presence and range detection subsystem; a area-type image formation and detection subsystem having an image capture modes of operation; a multi-mode led-based illumination subsystem for providing a narrow-band field of illumination; an automatic light exposure measurement and illumination control subsystem; an image capturing and buffering subsystem; a image-processing bar code symbol reading subsystem; an input/output subsystem; and a system control subsystem integrated with each of the above-described subsystems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoxun Zhu, Yong Liu, Ka Man Au, Rui Hou, Hongpeng Yu, Xi Tao, Liang Liu, Wenhua Zhang, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Sankar Ghosh, Michael Schnee, Pasqual Spatafore, Thomas Amundsen, Sung Byun, Mark Schmidt, Garrett Russell, John Bonanno, C. Harry Knowles
  • Patent number: 7472831
    Abstract: A digital imaging-based bar code symbol reading device employing an automatic light exposure measurement and illumination control subsystem having an optical axis which is coincident with the field of view (FOV) of a digital imaging area-type sensing array. The bar code symbol reading device including a system for detecting image light intensity reflected off an object in the FOV of the digital imaging-based bar code symbol reading device, having image formation optics including a beam splitter with a surface of a known reflection/transmission ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Schnee
  • Patent number: 7469835
    Abstract: Digital-imaging based code symbol reading system employing an event-driven multi-tier modular software architecture and supporting automatic operating system login and loading of a bar code symbol reading application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoxun Zhu, Yong Liu, Ka Man Au, Rui Hou, Hongpeng Yu, Xi Tao, Liang Liu, Wenhua Zhang, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Sankar Ghosh, Michael Schnee, Pasqual Spatafore, Thomas Amundsen, Sung Byun, Mark Schmidt, Garrett Russell, John Bonanno, C. Harry Knowles
  • Patent number: 7428998
    Abstract: A hand-supportable automatic digital imaging-based bar code symbol reading device comprises: an automatic object presence detection subsystem; an area-type image formation and detection subsystem having a narrow-area image-capture mode of operation; a LED-based illumination subsystem having narrow-area illumination mode of operation; an image capturing and buffering subsystem; and an image-processing bar code symbol reading subsystem. The automatic object presence detection subsystem automatically detects an object, and the LED-based illumination subsystem automatically illuminates the detected object in a field of narrow-area narrow-band illumination, while the area-type image formation and detection subsystem captures a narrow-area image thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoxun Zhu, Yong Liu, Ka Man Au, Rui Hou, Hongpeng Yu, Xi Tao, Liang Liu, Wenhua Zhang, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Sankar Ghosh, Michael Schnee, Pasqual Spatafore, Thomas Amundsen, Sung Byun, Mark Schmidt, Garrett Russell, John Bonanno, C. Harry Knowles