Combined Patents (Class 177/245)
  • Patent number: 10436630
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the disclosure are directed to an apparatus including a weighing scale and external circuitry. The weighing scale includes a platform including force sensor circuitry and a plurality of electrodes to collect signals indicative of the user's identity and cardio-related physiologic data while the user is standing on the platform and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry configured with the force sensor circuitry and the plurality of electrodes to collect the cardio-related physiologic data from the user and output at least portions of the cardio-related physiologic data as user data. The external circuitry receives user data from a plurality of weighing scales include the weighing scale and provides a hierarchy of services using scale-obtained data, wherein the hierarchy of services include different services enabled in response to user selection of the service and activation of subscription levels of different weighted values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Physiowave, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory T. Kovacs, Richard M. Wiard
  • Patent number: 10332066
    Abstract: An inventory location such as a shelf may be used to stow different types of items, with each type of item in a different partitioned area or section of the shelf. Weight data from weight sensors coupled to the shelf is used to determine a change in weight of the shelf and a change in the center-of-mass (“COM”) of the items on the shelf. Based on the weight data and item data indicative of what items are stowed in particular partitioned areas, activity such as a pick or place of an item and the partitioned area in which the activity occurred may be determined. Data from other sensors, such as a camera, may be used to confirm the occurrence of the activity, disambiguate the determination of the particular partitioned area, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ramanathan Palaniappan, Navid Shiee, Xiaofeng Ren, Michel Leonard Goldstein, Dilip Kumar, Gopi Prashanth Gopal, Ohil Krishnamurthy Manyam
  • Patent number: 10282079
    Abstract: Using a memory that manages a user log including at least a cooking time and a food to be cooked with a cooking device used by each user in a plurality of users, a recommended cooking time corresponding to a first user's food to be cooked included in recommended cooking times for respective foods calculated based on cooking times with the cooking devices is acquired from a server, a user interface that prompts the first user to select one of candidates of cooking times including at least the recommended cooking times is displayed on a display, and in response to detecting that a cooking time is selected by performing an input operation on the user interface, a setting command to set the selected cooking time is output to the first cooking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Yuki Shinomoto, Hiroyuki Kubotani, Yasuhiro Yuki
  • Patent number: 10274361
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention relates to a weight measurement system capable of conveniently measuring the weight of an object being measured in real time. Particularly, in the present embodiment, a weight measurement device is formed as a structure arranged between the object being measured and a wheel. The weight measurement device comprises: an upper frame provided at the bottom of the object being measured; a lower frame provided at the top of the wheel; an elastic transformable body of which one end is connected to the upper frame and of which the other end is connected to the lower frame; and a transformation amount sensor provided to the elastic transformable body so as to sense the transformation amount of the elastic transformable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Sung Moo Lee, Kil Moo Lee
  • Patent number: 10232251
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to providing a tiered rebate system in an online game. The users may spend over a certain time period and based on spending during that time frame, receive a certain amount of what the user spent back. Thus, the user receives a tiered rebate which may correlate to one or more of user spend frequency, user spend velocity, a total amount spent, and/or any other metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC ARTS INC.
    Inventor: Luc Pieron
  • Patent number: 10181108
    Abstract: Systems and methods for receiving objects into inventory are described. The objects are individually scanned to generate scan data. The scan data is processed to determine what the object is (and to add the object into inventory) and also to determine values for one or more additional attributes. The attribute values are stored in a data structure which may be analyzed to detect a change over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jules Cook Graybill, James Christopher Curlander, Danny Guan
  • Patent number: 10176494
    Abstract: A method and system for using individualized customer models when operating a retail establishment is provided. The individualized customer models may be generated using statistical analysis of transaction data for the customer, thereby generating sub-models and attributes tailored to customer. The individualized customer models may be used in any aspect of a retail establishment's operations, ranging from supply chain management issues, inventory control, promotion planning (such as selecting parameters for a promotion or simulating results of a promotion), to customer interaction (such as providing a shopping list or providing individualized promotions).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Andrew E. Fano, Chad M. Cumby, Rayid Ghani, Marko Krema
  • Patent number: 10161746
    Abstract: A system for use with a vehicle comprising a tractor and a trailer includes one or more image capture devices. The one or more image capture devices capture images of the interior of a trailer and/or cargo items of the trailer. An image processor estimates available cargo space within the trailer based on the captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Ricky L. Ochsendorf, Michael D. Nalepka
  • Patent number: 10131985
    Abstract: A system and method for enhancing a diffusion limited CVI/CVD process is provided. The system may densify a porous structure by flowing a reactant gas around the porous structure. A mass flow controller may be configured to pulse the flow rate of the reactant gas around the porous structure. The mass flow controller may pulse the flow rate from a nominal flow rate to a first flow rate. The mass flow controller may pulse the first flow rate back to the nominal flow rate or to a second flow rate. The mass flow controller may pulse the flow rate between the nominal flow rate, the first flow rate, and the second flow rate, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ying She, Brian St. Rock
  • Patent number: 10130273
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are directed to a CPU and a memory circuit that has user-corresponding data stored on the memory circuit, and a platform over which a plurality of electrodes are interleaved, and configured for engaging the user. While the plurality of electrodes is concurrently contacting a limb or other extremity of the user, measurement signals are obtained from the plurality of electrodes. Based on a plurality of impedance-measurement signals being obtained from the electrodes, signals are generated that correspond to cardiovascular timings specific to the user. In such aspects of the present disclosure, pulse characteristic signals are determined based on the plurality of impedance-measurement signals and comparisons of user-obtained data are made relative to user-data profiles stored in the memory circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Physiowave, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory T. Kovacs, Laurent B. Giovangrandi, Robert Bruce Darling
  • Patent number: 10037645
    Abstract: The present application provides a merchandiser for dispensing a number of products. The merchandiser may include an a temperature controlled compartment with a number of concentric storage wheels for storing the number of products therein, an input system positioned about the temperature controlled compartment, and a vending system positioned about the temperature controlled compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Jurgen Roekens, Bart Carpentier, Erik Van Genechten
  • Patent number: 10021859
    Abstract: A fish weight capture system accurately captures and records the number and weight of each fish caught by fishermen through a geographic area. The system uses a series of dispersed kiosks such that each kiosk weighs each fish processed by the kiosk and captures and image and other information about the fish. The data about each fish is recorded within the kiosk and is transmitted to a central computer and stored within a database. The data received from each kiosk allow a regulatory agency to determine the number and weight of each fish type taken and set appropriate rules and regulations based on this data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Adam Miller
  • Patent number: 10007709
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: a user information acquisition unit which acquires first information, second information, and third information about a user; a correlation information acquisition unit which acquires correlation information representing a relation between the first information, the second information, and the third information; an initial value setting unit which sets an initial value of the first information, the second information, and the third information; a fixing designation unit which designate fixing of the first information; a change designation unit which designates change of the second information; and an update unit which updates the third information on the basis of the correlation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuo Muto, Megumi Sano, Yoichi Hirabayashi, Masahisa Ikejiri
  • Patent number: 10004311
    Abstract: A smart luggage apparatus includes a case assembly with at least a stowage compartment. A smart handle assembly is mounted to a case assembly. The smart handle assembly includes a controller having a power supply and further powered by one or more battery, where one battery is located in the handle and a second battery is located in the stowage compartment. A smart luggage apparatus also includes a one or more scale that communicates with the smart handle controller and transmits the weight of the case assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: YS GLOBAL IP HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventor: Haroon Shiekh
  • Patent number: 9928611
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention seek to provide an accurate way to measure the length of a fish. Some embodiments of the present invention propose utilizing a known length of a marker within a camera view or picture to determine the length of the fish also shown in the same camera view or picture. This determination could be performed in real-time or later remotely. Further, the measurement of the length of the fish is reliable because it is not dependent on a zoom value or angle of the camera and there is no required measurement device. Further, the technique is easy to use and can be performed with a camera phone or tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: NAVICO HOLDING AS
    Inventor: Paul Butterworth
  • Patent number: 9907380
    Abstract: A luggage article is provided. The luggage article includes a shell, an electronic processing module integrated with the shell, and an electronic display coupled to the electronic processing module and arranged on an outer surface of the shell. The processing module is configured to control the display to display information items to a user of the luggage article. The luggage article may be configured to display itinerary or travel related information on the display under the control of a user of the luggage article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Jan Reh, Peter Sander, Peter Leopold Pirklbauer
  • Patent number: 9903751
    Abstract: The food portion scale is a device that allows for the measurement of individual portions of foodstuffs before a foodstuff is physically portioned. The foodstuff is a scale wherein the platter of the scale is mounted on a fulcrum. The foodstuff is then placed on the food portion scale such that the fulcrum passes underneath the foodstuff dividing the foodstuff into two portions. The food portion scale independently measures the weight of each portion of the food stuff as it is divided by the line of the fulcrum. The foodstuff is then scored along the line of the fulcrum. When the foodstuff is later cut into portions along the score line, the foodstuff will be portioned into portions that match the previously measured weights. The food portion scale comprises a platter, a fulcrum, a plurality of load cells, a plurality of displays, a housing, and a control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Ostrow
  • Patent number: 9904693
    Abstract: A method for remotely directing a fishing tournament makes use of a data network over which participants transmit submissions indicating sizes of fish caught. The submissions may include digital images of fish, and size may be determined from a scale established using a reference object depicted in the image. The data network may also be used to register participants and provide them with tournament results. Participants may register for a fishing period, or multiple fishing periods of the tournament, and may be issued a code to be displayed in images of fish. Validation of entries may include an examination of metadata in submitted digital images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: 4390890 CANADA INC.
    Inventor: Richard M. Shafter
  • Patent number: 9891096
    Abstract: An interactive body weight scale is presented. The body weight scale may have computing and data communication ability to track a user's weight by connecting to a number of different electronic devices. The body weight scale is capable of recording an audio message, converting the audio message to message text, and transmitting the message to a remote social network. The scale may also receive message responses from the remote network and play the messages back based on whether a particular message is a positive message. A scale use indicator provides a reminder for a user to use the body weight scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: BBY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Anshuman Sharma
  • Patent number: 9851282
    Abstract: There are provided a sample cooling device capable of preventing air containing moisture from flowing into an accommodating chamber from outside the accommodating chamber, and of desirably dehumidifying air inside the accommodating chamber, and an autosampler provided with the same. Air is sent into an accommodating chamber 11 by a blower section 100 from outside the accommodating chamber 11 and the air is cooled by a dehumidifier section 13 to thereby cause dehumidified air to be supplied into the accommodating chamber 11. With the air sent into the accommodating chamber 11 by the blower section 100 from outside the accommodating chamber 11, the inside of the accommodating chamber 11 may be placed in a pressurized state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Inoue
  • Patent number: 9719840
    Abstract: A body weight management device includes: a change obtainment unit for obtaining an intra-day body weight change value on a daily basis based body weight measurement values of a measurement subject measured on a daily basis; an achievement rate obtainment unit for comparing the intra-day body weight change value obtained by the change obtainment unit with an intra-day target weight loss value and obtaining, based on a result of the comparison, a target achievement rate indicating a percentage of total days in a predetermined period in which the intra-day body weight change value has reached the intra-day target weight loss value; and a target obtainment unit for obtaining, based on the target achievement rate obtained by the achievement rate obtainment unit, a new intra-day target weight loss value to serve as a target for future body weight measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoe Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9696040
    Abstract: A cooking appliance comprises a cabinet and a cooking unit provided in the cabinet and configured to perform cooking of food using a heat source. The cooking appliance also includes a display device configured to display cooking information for the cooking unit. The display device includes a display module configured to irradiate light of a first color to display information for a user and a circuit board arranged at a rear of the display module and configured to control the display module and supply power to the display module. The display device also includes a color conversion filter arranged at a front of the display module and configured to convert the light of the first color irradiated from the display module to light of a second color. The cooking appliance converts the color of light irradiated from the display module to a desired color by using the color conversion filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Youngkook Yoon, Jaebong Jang
  • Patent number: 9671273
    Abstract: A measurement apparatus may include a holding hopper configured to receive a sample of granular material. The measurement apparatus may include a top barrier assembly coupled between the holding hopper and a sub-sample measurement chamber. The top barrier assembly may include a movable top barrier configured to be moved from a closed position to an open position to direct a sub-sample of granular material to flow from the holding hopper to the sub-sample measurement chamber. The measurement apparatus may include the sub-sample measurement chamber configured to couple to the holding hopper at a docked position to receive the sub-sample of granular material from the holding hopper. The measurement apparatus may include a separator actuator configured to separate the sub-sample measurement chamber from the holding hopper. The measurement apparatus may include one or more measurement sensors configured to measure one or more attributes of the sub-sample of granular material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: JUNIPER SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew T. Emerick, Steven L. Harris
  • Patent number: 9657407
    Abstract: A cantilever device for extending capacity of a scale used in a crystal growth apparatus having a pulling head wherein upward movement of a support column in the pulling head decreases a weight measured by the scale. The device includes a horizontal arm having first and second brackets, wherein the first bracket is attached to the pulling head. The device also includes a plate that extends through openings in the first and second brackets, wherein the plate includes a contact end and a free end. Further, the device includes a flexible element attached between the arm and the plate to form a pivot to enable rotation of the plate. A load is positioned on the plate wherein the load causes rotation of the plate about the pivot to cause upward movement of the contact end to move the support column upward to decrease weight measured by the scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Andreaco, James L. Corbeil, Brant Quinton, Troy Marlar, Ronald Nutt
  • Patent number: 9650136
    Abstract: Techniques for using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to deliver a payload may be provided. For example, upon arrival to a delivery location, the UAV may release the payload and lower a tether coupling the payload to the UAV. Based on a distance associated with the lowering of the payload, the UAV may release the cable. This release may decouple the payload and at a least a portion of the cable from the UAV, thereby delivering the payload at the delivery location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Menashe Haskin, Louis LeRoi LeGrand, III, Uri Ran
  • Patent number: 9460589
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the accurate detection of cash tokens being added and/or removed from a cash register or other cash holding device; that uses pre-knowledge of cash tokens to be added and/or removed from the device; a modified cash tray suspended via a lever mechanism, held in equilibrium against a force transducer; and a processing element to analyse the signal received from the transducer, comparing it against that pre-knowledge, for the purpose of generating or verifying a set of expected cash tokens being added and/or removed from the cash holding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SMART DRAWER LTD.
    Inventor: Peter G. Charij
  • Patent number: 9376749
    Abstract: Method for chemical vapor infiltration of refractory substances, wherein a porous structure is subjected in a reaction zone to the flow of a gas containing at least one gaseous precursor, wherein the partial pressure of the precursor and the dwell time of the gas are set at a given temperature in such a manner that a deposition reaction of the precursor occurs in the porous structure in the partial pressure range of the saturation adsorption and the reaction of the precursor is limited in each stage of the infiltration in such a manner that during the flow through the reaction zone no more than 50% of the precursor are deposited as a solid phase in the porous structure, and the exposure of the porous structure to the flow occurs in a stack of superimposed layers through ring-shaped vertical circumferential gaps (A, B) as well as through transverse gaps (C) which are open towards the circumferential gaps (A, B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: CVT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Rainer Hegermann, Philipp Goetz
  • Patent number: 9347821
    Abstract: A refuse container provides an indication of the weight of the refuse stored therein and provides a danger alert when the weight of the refuse nears or exceeds a predetermined maximum. A display can display a value based on the weight of the refuse held in the refuse container. Further, one or more light sources can provide an indication of the weight of the refuse held in the refuse container. For example, the number of light source lit can provide an indication of the weight of the refuse held in the refuse container. A scale in the refuse container measures the weight of the refuse held therein. A controller uses the weight of the refuse held in the refuse container to determine the value to display on the display and whether to activate the light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Gregory Mullaney
  • Patent number: 9347812
    Abstract: An adjustable volumetric measuring utensil has an adjustable inner member including a repositionable dam member and an outer member including a fixed wall having an incurvate interior surface forming a non-horizontally oriented channel, such that the interior surface of the channel mates with the dam member at a plurality of locations to form a measuring chamber of variable volume, the channel having a full measure indicator defining a horizontal upper boundary plane delimiting from above the measuring chamber of variable volume and defining the correct positioning of the horizontal upper surface of a measured material, whereby the dam member can be positioned partly above and partly below the horizontal upper boundary plane and whereby a variable portion of the upstream face of the dam member is in contact with the measured material, depending on its positioning, the utensil including a series of volumetric measuring indicia or recipe conversion indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: David Aaron Holmes
  • Patent number: 9298706
    Abstract: A system and method for making custom boxes for objects of random size or shape includes physical measurement apparatus having two or more mutually orthogonal surfaces, each surface including a plurality of computer-readable codes representing distances to one of the other surfaces. At least one object is placed or transferred into apparatus so as to contact as many of the surfaces as possible. The codes are read on each surface to determine the greatest physical extent of the object in multiple dimensions, and the dimensions are delivered to a carton making machine to construct a custom carton to accommodate the object in the multiple dimensions. The physical measurement apparatus preferably includes a primary horizontal surface and two upstanding vertical surfaces, and the computer-readable codes are scannable bar codes arranged as matrices on each surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Plymouth Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Greg Magnell
  • Publication number: 20150096813
    Abstract: A system for controlling and verifying the size and weight of a piece of carry-on luggage is disclosed. In at least one embodiment, an at least one database server is configured for selectively storing data related to at least one of the luggage, an at least one passenger in possession of the luggage, a transportation vehicle on which the passenger plans to travel, and a transportation hub from which the transportation vehicle is to depart. An at least one luggage device is in selective communication with the at least one database server and comprises a receptacle configured for removable receipt of the luggage—the receptacle formed having a bottom, a back wall, and an at least one side wall—and at least one verification device integral with the receptacle for determination of at least one of a height, depth, width, weight, and identification information associated with the luggage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Julio Aumente Aumente
  • Patent number: 8987616
    Abstract: A weight scale for a patient lift system includes a frame assembly. A plurality of force sensors are coupled to the frame assembly. Each of the plurality of force sensors is configured to generate a signal indicative of a measured weight force. A foot rest panel is coupled to the frame assembly. The foot rest panel is configured to support a patient. An angle sensor is operatively coupled to the frame assembly. The angle sensor is configured to generate a signal indicative of an angle of the frame assembly with respect to a horizontal reference plane. A controller is coupled in signal communication with each force sensor and the angle sensor. The controller includes one or more processors configured to receive signals from each force sensor and the angle sensor to determine an actual weight force of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Liko Research & Development AB
    Inventors: Liew Chooi Ngoh, Wen Yuanqiang
  • Patent number: 8957328
    Abstract: A weight monitoring system includes a biometric identification input device, a body weight scale, and a controller. The controller is operative to identify a subject using identification data acquired by the biometric identification input device, to store weight data for the subject acquired by the body weight scale, and to correlate the weight data with the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: East Carolina University
    Inventors: Sharon D. Rogers, John Arthur Thomas Darrow
  • Publication number: 20150045632
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention pertain to kiosks and home kits capable of providing authenticated health information for purposes of privacy, rewards, or incentives. In an embodiment of the invention, biometric measurement devices coupled with a communications infrastructure implement a system of secure information exchange and enhanced data security. In an embodiment of the invention, a user's communications device such as a cell phone is wirelessly connected through or by the machine to a call center or other responder to allow for consultation when appropriate. In an embodiment of the invention, a security/verification system is built into the kiosk, so as to be able to verify a user's identity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Bagan
  • Patent number: 8952276
    Abstract: A suitcase scale is bundled a suitcase for providing functions of scaling and anti-theft. The suitcase scale comprises a housing, a processing unit disposed in the housing, a weight sensor secured in the housing and electrically connected to the processing unit, a combination lock mounted into the housing, a buckle detachably engaged to the housing and a strap having two opposite ends respectively connected to the buckle and the housing. Consequently, the strap, the buckle and the housing form an endless ring for bundling the suitcase when the combination lock is in a locked condition. The suitcase scale immediately shows the total weight value of the suitcase to prevent the user from paying and excessive baggage charge and provides a function of anti-theft due to the combination lock such that a thief or a pickpocket can not steal the belongings in the locked suitcase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Chun Ming Lin
  • Patent number: 8927883
    Abstract: An infant-nursing platform includes a cushion adapted for supporting a baby while nursing. The cushion has a support surface. Weighing means are disposed within the cushion and operably coupled to the support surface to weigh the baby on the support surface of the cushion. A user interface device is operably coupled to the weighing means to obtain measurement information therefrom. The user interface device and produces an output in response to the measurement information obtained from the weighing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Lawrence Roth
  • Patent number: 8910843
    Abstract: A self-weighing backpack includes a container body that is connected to right and left carry straps that include strain gauges. Processing circuitry is included that compares dynamic force measurements to a predetermined threshold force and generates an alert when the predetermined threshold force is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Bader Abdullah Almalki
  • Patent number: 8901442
    Abstract: The present invention is a smart luggage having an outer case and an inner case with a weight determination mechanism therebetween in electrical communication with a circuit having firmware and an exterior electronic display. The circuit further incorporates a GPS locator and a transponder, whereby a user having a mobile device enabled with tracking software may be able to locate and retrieve lost or stolen luggage. Also provided within the smart luggage is a camera that can take one or more pictures when the smart luggage is opened by a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Guillermo Dilone
  • Patent number: 8890007
    Abstract: A lost motion connector 44 extends between a weighing scale 28 and the apex 18 of a gambrel so that the weighing scale is not subjected to excessive surges of weights and forces that may be applied to the gambrel during the mounting of the wild game to the gambrel for the purpose of weighing the wild game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Glenn A. Garner
  • Patent number: 8869990
    Abstract: A method and system for the processing of items that are supplied to a batching apparatus, where the batching apparatus comprises at least one handling means of the robotic type. By means of the batching apparatus a first process is performed, according to which items are selectively batched in consideration of measured, detected and/or estimated data for the individual items and in consideration of at least one predefined criterion. Particular items are identified and led to another process, the particular items being items that are deviant in relation to one or more predefined parameter(s) relating to the batching and/or items that have not been selected to be batched during the first process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Scanvaegt International A/S
    Inventors: Henrik F. Skyum, Svend Bækhøj Jensen, René Knudsen
  • Patent number: 8853565
    Abstract: A piece of luggage has a body with a surface. A weight scale has a top surface and is disposed in the body of the luggage. The top surface of the weight scale is coplanar with the surface of the body of the luggage. The weight scale determines a weight of the piece of luggage when in an operating state. When the weight scale is in a non-operating state it is stored safely within the body of the luggage. Most importantly the weight scale does not stick out from the body of the luggage so as to be susceptible to damage during transport of the luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: E-Famtrips, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Kritzler
  • Patent number: 8822847
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention include a digital scale to measure a weight of a user who stands on the digital scale; and to calculate and convey to the user a dosage of a medicament which is appropriate for the user based on the measured user weight. The digital scale may determine the medicament dosage by performing a local query to a locally-stored medicament database which may be stored locally within the digital scale, and/or by performing a remote query to a remotely-stored medicament database which may be stored externally to the digital scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventors: Monique S. Vidal, Joel Vidal, Yael Vidal
  • Patent number: 8816223
    Abstract: A food portion preparation station has an integral portion weight sensing system configured for portion control. A fry ribbon with integral portion weight sensing includes a weight sensor and software to weigh individual orders of comestibles such as french fries in selected portion sizes and as the operator is adding comestibles to the container, an instant indication is provided on a display showing the operator that a full order or portion is delivered while avoiding unnecessary loss in excessive portions, thereby preserving the restaurant owner's profit margin. Comestibles are taken from a holding area and placed into a container having a selected portion size corresponding to an assigned weight. The fry ribbon structure incorporates the weight sensor and each weighed portion is moved laterally along the queue defined by ribbon area for retrieval and service to a customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Restaurant Accuracy Systems, LLC
    Inventors: R. Earl Taylor, William Bruce
  • Publication number: 20140224554
    Abstract: A workstation includes a first window located in an upright plane, a second window located in a generally horizontal plane that intersects the upright plane, and a controller operative to read a barcode, and a weighing system having a horizontal platter operative to measure the weight of produce exerting gravitational force on the horizontal platter. The workstation also includes a four-bar apparatus having a front bar, a back bar, a first side bar, and a second side bar all atop the horizontal platter. The four-bar apparatus is operative to be settled into one of a first configuration and a second configuration. The upper edge of each of the front bar, the back bar, the first side bar, and the second side bar has an average height at the second configuration larger than its average height at the first configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Drzymala, Edward D. Barkan
  • Patent number: 8803010
    Abstract: A weight measuring apparatus can ensure safety even if a trouble or deterioration of measurement accuracy occurs. The weight measuring apparatus (10) measures a weight of fluids and includes the followings. A first arm (110) has a first fitting (111) to fit a supply fluid container (20). A second arm (120) is connected to the first arm (110) and has a second fitting (121) to fit a filtrate container (30). A third arm (130) is connected to the second arm (120). A first measuring device (220) measures, as a first total weight, a total weight of the supply fluid container (20) and the filtrate container (30) based on a change of the second arm (120). A second measuring device (230) measures, as a second total weight, the total weight based on a change of the third arm (130). An alarm (300) alarms, when the first and second total weights have different values having a difference equal to or greater than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: JMS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junya Fujii, Shogo Kamito, Masaki Furukoshi
  • Patent number: 8766111
    Abstract: A handle device includes a securing unit secured to a baggage item, a handle unit, a locking unit and a scale unit. The handle unit is coupled separably to the securing unit and is formed with a receiving space. The locking unit is operable between a locked state, where the handle unit is secured to the securing unit, and an unlocked state, where the handle unit is permitted to be disposed above and separated from the securing unit. The scale unit is connected pivotally to the handle unit, and is pivotable downwardly from a closed state to be confined in the receiving space, to an opened state, where the locking unit is at the unlocked state and the scale unit is perpendicular to the handle unit for measuring the weight of the baggage item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Chi-Chai Lee
  • Patent number: 8704110
    Abstract: An electronic weighing device is provided. The electronic weighing device comprises an elongate frame; a head unit, wherein the head unit is supported by the frame. The electronic weighing device further includes a scale platform coupled to a base of the frame, and a load-cell module residing in the scale platform, wherein the load-cell module is configured to convert a force on the scale platform when a user stands on the scale platform, into a measurable electrical output signal. The electronic weighing device further includes an electronic display device in the head unit, an electronics module coupled to the load-cell module and to the electronic display device, wherein the electronics module is configured for interacting with a user via the electronic display device and determining the weight of the user based on an electrical output signal from the load-cell. The electronic weighing device further comprises a communication module configured for communicating with a remote device via a communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: OVS, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. Forshaw, Kenneth G. Lawrence, James R. Fabbro
  • Patent number: 8704111
    Abstract: A robot hand (20) and has: a measurement instrument (22); a hollow shaft unit (24b) attached to a distal end of the measurement instrument coaxially with the distal shaft; a suction unit (26) attached to a distal end of the hollow shaft unit and holds the object; a hollow member (32) that surrounds the hollow shaft unit rotatably in the circumferential direction; a hollow member connecting unit (31, 31a) that extends from a casing (12) supporting the distal shaft (11) and is connected to the hollow member; and a suction unit drive unit (37, 42) that is connected to the hollow member in a position corresponding to the peripheral surface of the hollow shaft unit and drives the suction unit, and the suction unit drive unit communicates with the inner space of the hollow shaft unit through one opening (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuyoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8698013
    Abstract: A feed weighing assembly includes an assembly scale, a display screen interfacing with the assembly scale and an insert body carried by the assembly scale and sized and configured for placement in a game feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventors: James C. Hall, James F. Hall, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8692141
    Abstract: An integral weighing device for determining whether the weight of a luggage container and its contents exceed a maximum allowable amount simply by suspending the container by its handle. If the container weighs more than a set amount the integral weighing device provides a visual cue that the container exceeds the predefined weight. The integral weighing device comprises a torsion spring mounted within a housing, and a cord attached to each end of the torsion spring and fed via a guide-way through and out of the housing to an externally accessible grip handle. An indicator arm is rotationally mounted to the housing. When a person lifts the luggage by the grip handle the force is transferred to the torsion spring causing angular deflection toward the indicator arm. If the container exceeds the set weight the indicator arm provides a visual cue that the bag exceeds the predetermined weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: David Bieber, Richard J. Rekuc, David E. Ringel, Cheung Shik Kui