Machine Readable Patents (Class 186/56)
  • Patent number: 10275126
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided for providing a Control User Interface (CUI) by a terminal. A location of the terminal is identified. The CUI, including information corresponding to the location of the terminal, is displayed. A command for controlling a device is generated based on the displayed CUI. The command is transmitted to the device or to a server connected to the device. The information corresponding to the location of the terminal is received from the device or from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jun-Hyung Kim, Ho-Yeon Park, Ji-Eun Keum, Sung-Oh Hwang, Hyung-Jin Seo, Bo-Sun Jung
  • Patent number: 10255524
    Abstract: A method for providing a singling device of a storage and dispensing container for drug portions is provided. A singling device is adapted to a specific drug portion based on the measurement of the drug portion. The measurement is obtained by generating at least one image of a to-be-measured drug portion by a detection device and using image analysis to process the at least one image. Drug information for the specific drug portion is determined, the drug information including at least the dimensions of the specific drug portion. Based on the determined drug information, a singling device fitting the drug portion to be singularized is identified and provided for use in the storage and dispensing container. A system for identifying a singling device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: BECTON DICKINSON ROWA GERMANY GMBH
    Inventor: Christoph Hellenbrand
  • Patent number: 10204369
    Abstract: A computer-implemented process is described and includes employing a shopping list that is accessible on a hand-held communications device, the shopping list including desired items for purchasing from a retailer. The hand-held communications device is employed at the retailer to capture information associated with a selected product. The information associated with the selected product is compared with the desired items contained on the shopping list accessible to the hand-held communications device. Upon correlating the selected product with one of the desired items contained on the shopping list, the shopping list is updated to indicate the desired item has been acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas James Pedley, Richard Neil Cancro, Joel Bennett Acker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10127514
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices, and non-transitory media of the various embodiments provide dynamic cubby logic that enables cubbies of a put wall to be assigned to orders as items for the orders are received at the put wall. In an embodiment, batches or waves of orders may be generated and released without cubbies of a put wall assigned to the orders. As the first item for an order is detected at the put wall a cubby from the available cubbies of the put wall may be selected for the order and all items of the order may be assigned the selected cubby. The cubby may be selected from the available cubbies based at least in part on a priority among the cubbies of the put wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Intelligrated Headquarters LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Raymond Napoli
  • Patent number: 9604782
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a semi-automatic and/or fully automatic order-picking system and a corresponding apparatus and a method which facilitates efficient order picking at low technical outlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Walter Winkler
  • Patent number: 9367841
    Abstract: Provided are computer implemented methods and systems for facilitating mobile device payments using barcodes displayed on mobile devices and scanned by merchants at checkout counters. When a customer is ready to tender a payment to a merchant, instead of using a credit card, cash, or check, the customer activates an application on his mobile device. The mobile device includes or obtains information about the payment system of this merchant. Furthermore, the mobile device includes or obtains information about the customer/mobile device user and then uses these two pieces of information to generate and display a barcode that encodes customer payment information specific to this merchant. The barcode is scanned at the checkout counter and processed to retrieve customer records from a database of the payment processing system. These records are then used to transfer funds between the merchant and customer, obtain discounts, and/or perform other retail transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Tiger T G Zhou, Dylan T X Zhou, Andrew H B Zhou
  • Patent number: 6965871
    Abstract: A method produces a shopping list consisting of one or more items, wherein at least one item in the shopping list is a perishable item. The method operates in an e-commerce site and includes the steps of: storing one or more consumer shopping lists of respective consumers at the e-commerce site; storing a list of items previously purchased by one or more consumers from the e-commerce site; receiving a request from a consumer for at least one consumer shopping list; and determining if the request from the consumer is from a consumer that has previously purchased one or more perishable items from the e-commerce site. If the consumer has previously purchased one or more perishable items from the e-commerce site, then the method performs the sub-steps of: reviewing if any items previously purchased are perishable items with expiration dates; and adding to the at least one consumer shopping list one or more perishable items that have exceeded a predefined expiration date range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Szabo, Keith N. Fortenberry, James J. Toohey
  • Patent number: 6963851
    Abstract: A method for producing a shopping list consisting of one or more items, wherein at least one item in the shopping list is a consumable item. The method on an e-commerce site comprising the storing data representing an inventory of items for sale at the e-commerce site. The purchase history of the items purchased by the consumers at the e-commerce site is stored along with the shopping list. A predetermined useful life of at least one item purchased in the purchase history by scanning a product code during the previous delivery of consumable items. The product code includes a date embedded therein. A useful life is predicted based on the rate of consumption by the plurality of consumers is stored. When a request is received from a consumer for a shopping lists to build an active shopping list the purchase history for the consumer to determine if a consumable item previously purchased from the purchase history has exceeded the predetermined useful life is reviewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Szabo, Keith N. Fortenberry, James J. Toohey
  • Patent number: 6554187
    Abstract: A method of detecting an item in a store which determines whether the item is from a different store. The method includes the steps of interrogating an RFID label on an item in the store, and comparing RFID label information in the RFID label with store RFID label information to determine whether the RFID label is from another store different than the one store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Jerome A. Otto
  • Patent number: 6491219
    Abstract: A modular indicator of a price or of any information relating to an article on display comprising a plurality of units which can be fixed each to the following other along a longitudinal axis of composition for the modular indicator, wherein each unit in turn comprises a support mount and an alphanumerical segment cantilevered on the support mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Inventor: Attilio Brentini
  • Patent number: 5979757
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved portable shopping system. The system is provided with improved data presentation system for presenting customer desired data on a portable terminal. The portable terminal includes audio as well as video presentation means which are used to provide customer specific marketing files to promote the sale of identified items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William X. Tracy, Thomas K. Roslak, Judith Murrah, Francis Riso, Robert Beach, Robert Sandler, John Klein
  • Patent number: 5934413
    Abstract: A system for picking an order for articles of the same type contained in store keeping units comprises removing respective store keeping units at a receiving station from large units wherein the store keeping units are assembled, each large unit containing only articles of the same type. Each store keeping unit is placed on a separate carrier bearing a code, data of each such store keeping unit is supplied to a computer and these data are allocated to the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: TGW Transportgerate Gesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Heinz Konig, Wolfgang Gabler, Werner Von Hacht
  • Patent number: 5902984
    Abstract: A system for the sale of consumer goods, where the purchase of an article, from a board (1) containing symbols of merchandise, collects symbols of articles (2) in the form of optically, magnetically or electronically readable cards (2). The card is preprogrammed, but not capable of being reprogrammed. A control unit (3) converts the article number of the card to an article price paid by the customer of the article, and transmits at least one unique serial number of the card via a connection (9; 15) to a comparator and controller unit (10) in a merchandise dispensing machine (11) to be stored as a validation signal for the specific card in a memory (13). The stored validation signal is compared with data on the card which is input and read (16) in the dispensing machine (11), the specific article being dispensed at the correspondence of said data, simultaneously with the validation of the card being deleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Mekatronikk A/S
    Inventor: Tore Planke
  • Patent number: 5898383
    Abstract: A self-service shopping system which uses an electronic price label (EPL) associated with an item to send a signal to a transaction processing system to record the selection of a product by a customer. An item selector card associated with a customer selects items for purchase. An item selector card reader reads the item selector card. The transaction processing system maintains a list of the selected items. The EPL system includes a plurality of EPLs associated with a plurality of items including the selected items. The EPLs communicate item identification information for the selected items to the transaction processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Donald L. Forsythe
  • Patent number: 5595264
    Abstract: A system and method of automated shopping, including a portable bar code scanner for scanning bar code indicia information on items selected to be purchased, securing the scanner in a holder for limited access, and releasing the portable bar code scanner upon receiving an authorized payment card. A plurality of items for purchase are displayed in a store such that a customer can select an item to be purchased from the store display. The customer scans the bar code indicia on the selected item from the store display. The payment card is debited for the purchase price of the selected item and then returned to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Inventor: Frank P. Trotta, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5478183
    Abstract: An article selecting and collecting apparatus having a plurality of vertically spaced elongated ramps with a continuous conveyor and articulated selector slidingly attached to a rail adjacent each conveyor. The articulated selector slides along the rail to a selected portion of the rack for selecting an article from the rack and placing it on the adjacent conveyor. The conveyor carries the article to a spiral chute at a distal end for collecting with other selected articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1995
    Inventor: Marc L. Savigny
  • Patent number: 5183142
    Abstract: An automated cashier system provides for microprocessor-controlled product display, order acceptance, payment and change generation. Both cash and credit card payments are accepted. The system is preferably mounted in a cabinet having upper and lower sections. The upper section contains the input and output systems, while the lower section contains the cash receipt, storage and dispensation systems. The main microprocessor is also located in the lower section, which is preferably in the form of a safe which prevents access to the critical systems of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Assignee: Ramy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard Latchinian, Ramy Latchinian, Franklin Camper
  • Patent number: 4874281
    Abstract: The installation comprises a delivery conveyor (4) for delivering unit items in buckets (5). A station (3) injects unit items onto the delivery conveyor. A sorting conveyor (6) carries packs (8) corresponding to respective batches to be made up. The sorting conveyor is disposed relative to the delivery conveyor so as to establish at least one item transfer zone therebetween. A central control unit (10) ensure that desired coincidences occur between item-containing buckets (5) and packs (8) for receiving the items, with the control units controlling the transfer of items form the buckets to the packs. The invention is particularly applicable to making up batches of items in response to orders therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme dite: Compagnie Generale D'Automatisme CGA-HBS
    Inventors: Jean-Marcel Bergerioux, Claude Pavie, Christian Plent
  • Patent number: 4579213
    Abstract: Arbitrarily and individually priced articles can be automatically vended from a machine in which the articles are stored without restriction, limitation, or categorization to their individualized prices. The vended articles are compactly stored in a plurality of vertical stacks. Each stack includes a retrieval mechanism which picks the top article from the stack and inserts it into an inclined ladder. The inserted package then moves to the display station where the user determines whether or not the displayed article is to be vended. If the article is to be vended, an appropriate amount of consideration is inserted, counted, and the article is moved to a delivery station within the ladder. If the appropriate amount of consideration has, in fact, been received, the article is dispensed from the delivery station. Otherwise, the article will then be moved to a return station included within the ladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Assignee: Drewry Photocolor Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Rhine, Robert N. Ross
  • Patent number: 4542808
    Abstract: An order filling apparatus includes an elongated belt conveyor having a bin-on switch and a bin-off switch at opposite ends thereof. A plurality of item dispensers are positioned along the conveyor, and each dispenser is loaded with a single type of item. An order filling control computer has a bus cable extending along the conveyor, and each dispenser has a dispenser control board connected to the bus. Each control board includes an address decoder and circuitry for relaying command signals from the controller to the dispenser and for generating status signals indicating the operational status of the dispenser. A conveyor travel encoder provides a position signal indicative of conveyor travel. The controller stores orders to be filled with items. An order filling method includes a conveying item receptacle bins past the dispensers to receive items therefrom. As each bin engages the bin-on switch, an order is activated and associated with the bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1985
    Assignee: House of Lloyd, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry J. Lloyd, Jr., Hoyt W. Huggins, Michael R. Lyon, David N. Thayer, William E. McGovney
  • Patent number: 4458802
    Abstract: A method of renting an article to a patron by the patron presenting a hire token to a renting machine for recognition and energizing of an article selection circuit;the article selection circuit being energized until stopped by the patron when a desired article registers with a delivery receptacle;the machine recording a code corresponding to the article and the patron taking delivery of the article; andthe machine recording the code of the hire token and holding the hire token captive until released upon return of the article to the machine. The hire token may be held captive until released by the return of the article rented. The machine may be adapted to operate in a cash renting mode to accept payment tokens, or in credit renting mode, when the patron's account is debited and credited. Provision is also made for the payment of a penalty if the predetermined renting period is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1984
    Assignee: K.J.A. Maciver & Sons (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventors: Kenneth J. A. Maciver, Raoul A. Maciver
  • Patent number: 4346453
    Abstract: A semi-automatic picking system having pick modules associated with individual compartments of storage bays includes a switch, for manually decrementing or incrementing the module to indicate the number picked. One or more orders may be picked at the same time. Such information is stored for use with a data input device and a control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1982
    Assignee: Scope Incorporated
    Inventors: Raoul E. Drapeau, William M. Stone