Checkout Counter Patents (Class 186/59)
  • Patent number: 10414314
    Abstract: A movable table for a motor vehicle is provided. The motor vehicle comprises a guide track extending at least partially around an interior space of the vehicle between a plurality of seating positions for seats within the vehicle. The movable table comprises a table top, a pillar, the table top being coupled to a first end of the pillar, and a follower element provided at a second end of the pillar, wherein the follower element is configured to movably couple the table to the guide track, such that the table is movable between seats positioned at the seating positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Graeme Leck, Kyle Loughlin
  • Patent number: 9911112
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein each include at least one of systems, methods, software, and devices, such as product scanners (e.g., barcode scanners), that continuously adjust fraud-detection sensitivity levels of fraud-detection processes. Adjustments of fraud-detection sensitivity levels are made to maximize actual fraud detection while also minimizing false detections based on changing environmental, transaction, and customer and employee behavioral conditions and factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: John Crooks
  • Patent number: 9754312
    Abstract: A customer/user registers User Interface (UI) preferences for a self checkout system. Subsequently, when the user properly authenticates with a self checkout system, the preferences are recalled and used to dynamically configure the UI of the self checkout system that the user is interacting with to complete a transaction with an enterprise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas V. Edwards, Alok Kumar
  • Patent number: 9033229
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a self-checkout terminal includes a reading unit and a light emitting unit. The reading unit reads commodity information from a commodity held over a reading position. The light emitting unit emits light in a first color to illuminate the reading position and emits light in a second color in response to the reading of the commodity information by the reading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kaoru Matsuhisa, Toshiyasu Terahara, Yuuki Kawaguchi
  • Publication number: 20150083523
    Abstract: A check-out counter includes a base having a top, a stationary countertop and a slidable countertop. The stationary countertop has a top surface and is fixedly mounted to the top of the base. The slidable countertop has a top surface and is slidably mounted to the top of the base adjacent to the stationary countertop. The top surface of the stationary countertop is coplanar with the top surface of the slidable countertop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake M. Johnson, Mitchell Knoll, David J. Floersch
  • Publication number: 20140360815
    Abstract: A method for selling consumer fireworks is provided. The method includes disposing a cargo container having an outer housing and first and second shelving units at a location. The outer housing defines an interior region with the first and second shelving units disposed on opposite sides of the interior region such that a longitudinally extending aisle is located between the first and second shelving units. The method further includes disposing first and second consumer firework devices on the first and second shelving units, respectively. The method further includes determining a sales price of at least one of the first and second consumer firework devices that were selected by a consumer that entered through a consumer entrance into the interior region to view the firework devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Arbor Valley Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Robert C. Horvath
  • Patent number: 8733644
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a self-checkout apparatus comprises a structural body including a first photographing unit which is provided with a first photographing window at the front part thereof. The first photographing unit has a photographing area in front of the first photographing window through which the first photographing unit photographs a computer readable symbol located within the photographing area. The apparatus also comprises a portable second photographing unit configured to photograph the computer readable symbol and a cradle, arranged at a position adjacent to one side of the structural body, on which the second photographing unit is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masato Hirono, Toshiyasu Terahara, Yuki Kawaguchi, Masaru Murakoshi
  • Patent number: 8360320
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method are presented for scanning items presented to an assisted hybrid optical code scanner where the scanner includes a handheld imaging scanner located on the customer side of the hybrid scanner. When docked with the hybrid scanner, the handheld imaging scanner is used with a fixed laser scanner to read optical codes. When undocked, the handheld imaging scanner is used to scan items not easily presentable to the hybrid scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Donald A. Collins, James Morrison
  • Patent number: 8342291
    Abstract: A checkout system for handling sales or payment transactions with a computer module for electronically processing payment-related data, with at least one peripheral module which is connected electrically and mechanically to the computer module, wherein a housing wall of at least one peripheral device adjoins a housing wall of the computer module such that the mutually facing housing walls of said computer module and said peripheral module are arranged parallel, characterized in that the peripheral module (3) is in electrical contact with the computer module (2) and/or with a further peripheral module (4) by means of an electrical plug device (23, 28), wherein the electrical plug device (23, 28) has at least corresponding plug/connection elements (24, 29) which are respectively arranged on the mutually facing housing walls (14, 15) of the adjacent modules (2, 3, 4), and wherein the peripheral module (3) can be mechanically locked to the computer module (2) and/or to at least the further peripheral module (4) b
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Guenter Baitz, Uwe Kirschke
  • Patent number: 8240563
    Abstract: A self-check-out stand has a flat belt on which items that have been scanned can be placed. This belt abuts a declining belt, with both belts preferably having abutting ends with upper corners in which a fixed non-rotating nose rod is located with the rod extending across the width of the belt, the rods hold the abutting ends tightly together with only a small crack between the belts. The check-out stand has two sets of unpowered transition rollers to turn the items at an obtuse angle to the conveyer belts. The stand has a declining set of rollers to bring the items to the proper height for the customer to bag. The accumulation area rises from front to back to slow the items being conveyed. A scanner module with a monitor and pay station can be placed at the front end of the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Royston, LLC.
    Inventors: Eric Kaplan, Michael S. Notheis, John Troeleman
  • Publication number: 20120160611
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for conducting transactions with people of varying heights at a customer work lobby assembly of service stations. The method may include directing a person of short stature to a service station comprising a vertically adjustable work surface; vertically adjusting the vertically adjustable work surface from a vertical working position to a lower vertical working position to conduct transactions with the person of short stature; conducting the transactions with the person of short stature; and adjusting the adjustable work surface to the vertical working position upon completion of said transactions with the person of short stature. The service station having the vertically adjustable work surface is not physically attached to the service assembly and is positioned within the service assembly to appear uniform with a plurality of service stations having non-vertically adjustable work surfaces when the vertically adjustable work surface is at the vertical working position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: MidFirst Bank, a Federal Chartered Savings Association
    Inventor: Steven J. Jech
  • Publication number: 20120024635
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a bill receiving apparatus includes a housing, a passage forming member, and a conveying unit. The passage forming member forms a bill passage including a vertically-long slit-like opening and a bottom surface formed as a slope, a part of which falls toward the opening. The conveying unit is provided on the inner side of the housing and conveys a bill via the bill passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshihiro Kaneko
  • Publication number: 20110259672
    Abstract: A POS terminal comprises a controller, a main display, a sub-display, and a multimedia display. The controller comprises a casing including a top plate. The main display is disposed on the top plate. The sub-display is disposed on the top plate, and the display panel of the sub-display facing substantially back away from the display panel of the main display. The main board comprises a central processing unit (CPU), a south bridge chip (SBC) connected to the CPU, and a north bridge chip (NBC) connected to the CPU. The main display is connected to the NBC. The sub-display is connected to the SBC. The multimedia display is connected with the NBC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: HENG-CHEN KUO
  • Patent number: 8037970
    Abstract: A counter base for checkout includes a basket placing table on one side thereof to be freely raised and lowered. A driving unit can drive to raise and lower the basket placing table. A first detecting unit detects that a shopping cart enters an access area closer to the basket placing table than a predetermined range. A second detecting unit detects presence or absence of the shopping cart stopped along one side of the counter base. A control unit controls to drive, when the first detecting unit detects entrance of the shopping cart into the access area, the driving unit to move the basket placing table to a lowered position and, thereafter, controls to drive, when the second detecting unit does not detect the shopping cart stopped along the counter base, the driving unit to return the basket placing table to a raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeru Sato
  • Publication number: 20110231273
    Abstract: A secondary marketplace can provide potential consumers with a plurality of previously sold digital media content items. Each of the previously sold digital media content items can include a utilization right and a transfer right. A user selection of one of the digital media content items of the secondary marketplace can be received. Responsive to the user selection, a utilization right to the selected one of the digital media content items can be transferred to a user, who is different from the original consumer. The transferring of the utilization right occurs without the secondary marketplace providing the user with a new tangible storage medium that contains the selected one of the digital media content items. Thus, the user received digital media content item can be a digital only item, such as a downloadable one.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: BRIAN K. BUCHHEIT
  • Publication number: 20110231331
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and products are disclosed for enhancing a shopping experience that include: determining, by a self-checkout terminal, that a shopper invoked a help event; selecting, by the self-checkout terminal in dependence upon the help event, a shopper assistant to assist the shopper; and providing, by the self-checkout terminal to the shopper, distinguishing information identifying the shopper assistant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Smith
  • Patent number: 7996461
    Abstract: A method of remotely controlling a user interface which includes peer-peer client/server software modules that allow the user interface on a host computer to be displayed by a remote terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Erick C. Kobres, David E. Moore
  • Publication number: 20110155805
    Abstract: A device includes first, second, and third components. The first component scans a coupon. The coupon is moved from the first component to the second component after the first component scans the coupon and the coupon has been validated. The second component holds the coupon and other coupons associated with just the current checkout session until the current session has been successfully completed, at which time the coupons are moved in unison from the second component to the third component. The third component stores these coupons, together with additional coupons associated with other checkout sessions. The first component returns the coupon where validation of the coupon has failed. The second coupon permits a user to retrieve the coupons associated with just the current checkout session where the current checkout session has been unsuccessfully completed, without the user having to look through the coupons associated with the other checkout sessions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Devin S. Brown, Hector L. Rivera, Christopher D. Arrington, William K. Diehl
  • Patent number: 7967112
    Abstract: This invention provides a high-volume check stand with a front transport that has two belted input conveyors so that a customer can load one belt while the cashier is checking out products purchased by a second customer on the second belt. This two belt module has a flush rear end to which is attached a scanner that can be slid from one belt to the other. Preferably this check stand has an output module which has two belts and two rollers so that the check stand can use a bagger on each side for bagging the items, to speed checkout time. Embodiments of this check stand may have an output module that is a carousel or a turntable. It could also have any combination of one or two conveyor belts and one or two rollers on an incline for use in packing the products. A scanner is placed between the flush rear end of the front transport and the flush front end of the output module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Royston, LLC.
    Inventors: Eric Kaplan, Michael S. Notheis
  • Patent number: 7873539
    Abstract: In response to inputting order, a sales slip processor issues a sales slip with a slip code and a table code of a table at which the order is accepted, and stores order data in a sales holding file. In order to balance or rewrite sales slips, an operator inputs a sales slip code or a table code. The processor calls order data sets with a table code corresponding to the input code from the sales holding file and numbers the sets to create and store an edit data group in an edit file. One edit data set is selected and displayed on a screen display part. A data set next to the displayed edit data set can be retrieved from the edit file through one touch operation that designates a subsequent or previous slip with an input unit and displayed on the screen to thereby facilitate the retrieval of the order data with the same table code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: NEC Infrontia Corporation
    Inventor: Masakazu Ito
  • Publication number: 20100262504
    Abstract: A POS terminal includes a display unit including a display, a connecting mechanism configured to pivotably connect the display unit and a base unit, a detecting unit configured to detect a position of the pivoted display unit in plural predetermined positions, and a control unit configured to display information on the display when the display unit is located in any one of the predetermined positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yukihiro Tamura
  • Publication number: 20100191603
    Abstract: A transaction station with an enhanced user interface. The transaction station includes a housing, a plurality of peripherals in the housing, a touch screen extending substantially across the housing including a display for displaying information and a touch overlay for recording operator selections, and a processor for executing transaction software, wherein the transaction software causes the display to display the information and receives the operator selections from the touch overlay during a transaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Nathaniel Christopher Herwig
  • Patent number: 7685448
    Abstract: A computer system sleep/awake circuit includes an infrared sensor for detecting a presence or absence of a user before a display of the computer system, and outputting a corresponding detecting result; a time circuit connected to the infrared sensor for receiving the detecting result and outputting a corresponding result after a certain delaying time; and a control circuit connected to both the infrared sensor and the time circuit for receiving the detecting result from the infrared sensor and the delayed result from the time circuit, and electrically connected to a control board of the computer system for outputting a corresponding control signal to control sleep/awake states of the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Feng Xu
  • Patent number: 7673796
    Abstract: A system and method enables intervention events occurring at a self-checkout station at a retail site to be addressed by an operator located at a remote site distant from the retail site. The system includes a checkout station located at a retail site, a video camera and microphone mounted at the checkout station, a data communicator for collecting video and audio data from the video camera and microphone and operational data from the checkout station, an intervention service station for receiving the video, audio, and operational data from the data communicator, the intervention service station being located off-site from the retail site; and the intervention service station includes a checkout station command generator for generating and sending checkout station commands to the checkout station in response to the operational data received from the data communicator so that an operator at the intervention service station can intervene in the checkout station operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Erick Christian Kobres, John Fredrick Crooks, David Taylor Baker
  • Publication number: 20100049616
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling the inventory of perishable goods. An advanced weighing scale serves as a portal to the output of a perishable goods inventory management software application and a perishable goods price optimization software application that receive and analyze inventory and sales data relating to perishable goods of interest. Inventory suggestions and/or price changes recommended by the software applications with respect to a particular perishable good of interest are viewable directly at a corresponding advanced weighing scale. Operation of the perishable goods inventory management software application and perishable goods price optimization software application may be controlled by the advanced weighing scale. An electronic pricing device may be included for displaying the price of a perishable good of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: Mettler-Toledo, Inc
    Inventor: Brian Hipsher
  • Publication number: 20090229624
    Abstract: Hairbrushes having removable handles, kits, methods of use, and methods of sale are provided. The hairbrushes attach to the handles with a rod-and-socket quick-release system that provides a single-button quick-release coupler between a hair brush and a hair brush handle. The system facilitates easier hair curling using the brushes to curl up the hair and then releasing the handle to allow the brush to remain in the hair. The kits comprise brush-heads, at least one handle, and a container. The method involves creating a hairstyle for a customer using the brushes and then providing the customer a custom kit of the same types of brushes for use at home.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Jonna M. Purvis, Aline D. Richardson
  • Patent number: 7578440
    Abstract: A check-out counter system includes a scanner, a bagging station, and a deck area. The bagging station is positioned adjacent the scanner and includes a first and a second support shelf. The first support shelf is positioned and configured to support a plurality of first bags. The second support shelf is positioned below the first support shelf and configured to support a plurality of second bags. The deck area is configured to support at least one of the plurality of first bags and the plurality of second bags after the at least one of the plurality of first bags and the plurality of second bags has been loaded with merchandise. The deck area is adjacent the bagging station and defines a top deck area surface that is generally coplanar with a top surface of the first support shelf. Other check-out counter systems and associated methods provide additional advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis J. Ulrich, Robert W. Ash, Blake M. Johnson, William D. Splain, Mitchell W. Knoll
  • Publication number: 20090210309
    Abstract: An example integrated interface apparatus for a point-of-sale system, an example point-of-sale system including the integrated interface apparatus, an example method and a computer-readable storage medium for performing a point-of-sale transaction have been disclosed. The integrated interface apparatus includes a base member, a vertical arm member, a display device and a data input device. The base member is configured to be disposed on a counter. The vertical arm member is operatively connected to the base member. The vertical arm member includes a terminal attachment member and a side attachment member below the terminal attachment member. The display device is operatively connected to the terminal attachment member and the data input device is operatively connected to the side attachment member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: LOGIC CONTROLS, INC.
    Inventor: Jackson Lum
  • Patent number: 7565952
    Abstract: Aspects of a self checkout method are described. The method includes utilizing an imaging scanner to image products being purchased; providing a bag rack with scales substantially adjacent the imaging scanner for holding a bag to receive imaged products; and utilizing a computer system to process data from the imaging scanner and the bag rack to ensure complete and secure product purchasing. The method also includes utilizing the computer system to process image data from the product imaging scanner to track movement of each imaged product relative to the bag rack and determine whether each imaged product is entering or exiting the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard H. Harris, Hollis P. Posey
  • Patent number: 7546250
    Abstract: Selectively deploying barriers for intra-order separation at a retail checkout terminal includes scanning products purchased by a consumer, determining a position of at least one product in a bagging portion of the retail checkout station relative to a plurality of selectively deployable barrier members, and activating a selector element on a user interface of the retail checkout station to deploy a select one of the plurality of selectively deployable barrier members based upon the position of the at least one product in the bagging portion serve to provide an intra-order separator that shields the at least one product resting in the bagging portion from other products moving toward the bagging portion on a product transport assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Susan W. Brosnan, Rosemarie J. DiGeorgio, Sheryl A. Paradise, Devin S. Sanders, Deborah M. Vertefeuille
  • Patent number: 7516818
    Abstract: The present invention provides a checkout system which comprises an item accumulation (bagging) area which is partitioned into two or more sections using a flexible divider. The flexible divider extends from the entry zone of the accumulation area to a point on the boundary of the accumulation zone, but is longer than required to achieve this. When items are introduced into one section of the bagging area, if the items push against the flexible divider, for example due to weight of numbers, the divider flexes into the other section thereby making more space available in the current section for the items. Optionally the flexible divider is movable between two positions in the entry zone such that it further acts as a diverter for diverting items into one or other of the two sections and preferably a motor is used to automatically perform the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Hunter Harris, Brian Hargrove Leonard, Robert Paul Tennant
  • Patent number: 7516819
    Abstract: A system and method for scanning goods and loading the goods into receptacles by a user includes a scanner and a plurality of loading stations. The scanner scans the goods, and the scanned goods are placed on the loading stations. Each loading station separately obtains a weight of the goods within each respective loading station. In response to each of the weights obtained by all of the plurality of loading stations exceeding a predetermined first weight, the self-checkout system is configured to initiate a first alarm detectable by the user, and in response to the first alarm being initiated, the self-checkout system is configured to prevent additional goods from being scanned by the scanner. In response to each of the weights obtained by all of the plurality of loading stations being below or substantially at a predetermined second weight, the self-checkout system is configured to allow additional goods to be scanned by the scanner after the first alarm is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Johnson, Jessica King Snead
  • Publication number: 20090094128
    Abstract: A customer self-checkout system includes one or more checkout stations and multiple supervisor terminals. The supervisor terminals provide support to, and control over, the self- checkout system and checkout stations. A controller is used to coordinate communications among the checkout stations and supervisor terminals over a wired and/or wireless network interfaces. A user may provide input at supervisory terminal using an interface providing context sensitive prompting to enable control using a simple keyboard interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Applicant: Fujitsu Transaction Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Iouri Kloubakov, Bruce McVicar, Thierry Leroux-Demers
  • Publication number: 20090090583
    Abstract: A system and method for scanning items for purchase in a retail environment is provided that has the ability to scan multiple items within its scan field of view simultaneously or nearly simultaneously in a multi-scanning type of configuration. In addition to the simultaneous scanning, the identity of each scanned item is discovered and then added to a running tally of items to be later purchased in a point of sale terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Applicant: THE KROGER CO.
    Inventors: BRETT BRACEWELL BONNER, CHRISTOPHER TODD HJELM, WILLIAM RODNEY McCULLEN
  • Patent number: 7466231
    Abstract: A self-checkout system 1 includes a console 2 for interacting with a user, in the form of consumer 3. This consumer 3 is located within a spatially defined control zone 4 during such interaction. An interface 5 is responsive to console 2 for receiving a first signal 6 indicative of an audible representation 7. A processor 8 is responsive to the signal 6 for selectively defining a second signal, in the form of ultrasonic transmission 9. An output, in the form of an ultrasonic transducer 10, is responsive to processor 8 for propagating transmission 9 to provide only in the control zone 4 audible representation 7. Representation 7 is substantially inaudible outside of zone 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel B. Seevers
  • Patent number: 7416118
    Abstract: A transaction recording system for use in recording a transaction occurring at a point-of-sale. The system includes a video capture device having a field of vision. The video capture device captures, produces and transmits video data signals representative of the field of vision of the device, and the video capture device is positioned within an enclosure at a desired position at the point-of-sale. The system includes a point-of-sale processing system located at or near the point-of-sale for receiving, processing, storing and/or transmitting video data signals. The field of vision of the video capture device views at least a portion of the point-of-sale during at least a portion of the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Digital Site Management, LLC
    Inventors: John A. Throckmorton, Timothy A. Baily, Wade R. Cowell
  • Publication number: 20080190702
    Abstract: Shopping separator device, intended to be used at a cash till, in order to separate articles which form the shopping of a queue of purchasers and are arranged on an optionally movable surface associated with the till, comprising an elongated housing defining internally at least one storage chamber able to receive and display articles (ABC, DAF), the purchase of which is to be promoted at the till, and comprising dispensing means which feed said articles towards a dispensing opening in order to allow removal thereof by the purchaser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: FERRERO S.p.A.
    Inventor: Andrea MOZZILLO
  • Patent number: 7370730
    Abstract: A system and method for scanning goods and loading the goods into receptacles by a user includes a scanner and a plurality of loading stations. The scanner scans the goods, and the scanned goods are placed on the loading stations. Each loading station separately obtains a weight of the goods within each respective loading station. In response to each of the weights obtained by all of the plurality of loading stations exceeding a predetermined first weight, the self-checkout system is configured to initiate a first alarm detectable by the user, and in response to the first alarm being initiated, the self-checkout system is configured to prevent additional goods from being scanned by the scanner. In response to each of the weights obtained by all of the plurality of loading stations being below or substantially at a predetermined second weight, the self-checkout system is configured to allow additional goods to be scanned by the scanner after the first alarm is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Johnson, Jessica King Snead
  • Patent number: 7357315
    Abstract: A customer interaction console may include a counter module and a customer-oriented display. The counter module may include one or more raised portions with the customer-oriented display integrated in one of the raised portions. A configurable console system may include a plurality of customer interaction consoles and a plurality of panel assemblies that may be positioned between consoles. The panel assemblies may include a panel and a wedge portion that receives the panel. The wedge portion may angle the console relative to the panel and to an adjacent consol to form different configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Advantage Branch & Office Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Vergara, Harold Turner
  • Patent number: 7320429
    Abstract: A specific-item-information storing unit stores information on a specific item that can be contained in one container together with other item. A specific-item judging unit judges, when the registration for the purchased-item is received, whether the purchased-item is a specific item based on the information stored. A reception control unit controls, when the specific-item judging unit judges that the purchased-item is a specific item, a self-scanning system to continue to receive a registration for other purchased-item and to perform a weight determination according to an instruction for completing the registration from a customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignees: Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Frontech Limited
    Inventor: Yuko Muto
  • Patent number: 7292158
    Abstract: A method and a system for detecting and rewarding the returning of shopping carts to the supermarket collection points is provided. During shopping, a first signal A is generated. When a shopping cart is returned, a signal B is generated. These two signals A and B are correlated either in the supermarket or in an information device that the customer carries with him or her, in order to deliver a reward for returning the shopping cart. When the first signal A is generated, the customer or an information device carried with the customer is identified. Alternatively, the signal is provided to the customer at the supermarket checkout so that the customer himself/herself can take steps for the correlation of the signal A with the signal B that is still to be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: systec POS-Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Franz Wieth, Horst Sonnendorfer
  • Patent number: 7255271
    Abstract: A bagging station within a check-out counter system and for use by a cashier positioned in a cashier location within the check-out counter system. The bagging station includes a lower bag rack and an upper bag rack. The lower bag rack is configured to hold at least one bag for loading with a first portion of merchandise and defines a first upper edge. The upper bag rack is configured to hold at least one bag for loading with a second portion of merchandise. The upper bag rack is positioned behind the lower bag rack relative to the cashier location, and the upper bag rack defines a second upper edge. The first upper edge and the second upper edge are arranged in a terraced configuration. Check-out counter systems and methods of processing merchandise provide additional advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis J. Ulrich, Robert W. Ash, Blake M. Johnson, William D. Splain, Mitchell W. Knoll
  • Patent number: 7204346
    Abstract: A system and method for transporting items along a conveyor for a checkout system may include starting a conveyor in a transporting direction upon an item being placed in proximity to a start sensor, transporting the item beyond the start sensor and stopping the conveyor prior to the item reaching an end of the conveyor if a checkout sensor positioned in a checkout area indicates that a user is absent at the checkout area. The system and method may further include transporting the item toward the end of the conveyor if the checkout sensor indicates a user is present at the checkout area, transporting the item toward the second end of the conveyor upon a second item being placed in proximity to the start sensor and stopping the conveyor upon the item being sensed by a stopping sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Chuck Kurtz, Gary E. Desjardins, Steven J. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 7185809
    Abstract: The present invention provides a checkout device that includes a purchasable item having an RFID tag affixed thereto and a scanner for detecting the RFID tag. A dispenser proximate to the scanner dispenses a point of purchase product upon selection by a user of the checkout device. A controller in operative communication with the scanner and the dispenser subsequently calculates the cost of the purchase item and the point of purchase product. A display device in operative communication with the controller displays the cost to the person using the checkout device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Steven P. Barton, Paul Chibe
  • Patent number: 7131573
    Abstract: A merchandise sales processing apparatus communicates with a money changer machine for automatically dispensing cash, acquires a sales figure in a transaction, acquires a differential amount in the money changer occurred in the transaction from the money changer, decides if the acquired sales figure matches the acquired price of the fluctuating currency, and acquires a transaction date and time on the transaction if the sales figure does not match the differential amount, and stores the transaction date and time in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7118026
    Abstract: A system, such as a checkout station, for positively identifying items includes a reader that reads coded information affixed to an item. The system further includes a capture module, such as a camera. The capture module captures a visual characteristic of the item to be identified, such as the color, size, shape, or texture of the item. The visual characteristic of the item is compared with visual characteristics of candidate items stored within a database. If multiple items within the database are associated with the item to be identified, the images of the candidate items may be displayed to a user. The user may then select the candidate item that most resembles the item to be identified. The coded information of the item being identified is then compared with coded information of the selected item within the database. If the coded information of both items corresponds, the item is positively identified and is accepted for purchase by a consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Hunter Harris, Lawrence Arthur Heyl, Jonathan Hudson Connell, II, Hollis Phillip Posey
  • Patent number: 7070097
    Abstract: A retail terminal includes a scale for weighing items to be purchased. The scale is operative to obtain a settled or stable weight of items placed thereon either after a predetermined time delay from when the items were placed on the scale or the receipt of an actuation signal from a trigger or actuator. This allows time for the scanning of an item of the items on the scale via a scanner of the retail terminal generally associated with the lifting of the item from the scale in order for the item to be scanned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Denis M. Blanford, Craig E. Maddox
  • Patent number: 7071452
    Abstract: A self-calibrating photoelectric control system for use in a checkstand to control the starting and stopping of a conveyer belt utilized to move products closer to a checkout clerk. The self-calibrating photoelectric control system including a light source for emitting a light beam having an intensity, a photoelectric sensor for receiving light from the light source and for generating an output signal when the received light is equal to or greater than a light-state threshold of the photoelectric sensor; and a calibration circuit for automatically calibrating the sensitivity of the photoelectric control system to partial beam breaks after occurrence of any one of a plurality of predefined events. The calibration circuit is operative for performing a calibration process which adjusts the intensity of the light beam emitted by the light source such that the intensity is slightly greater than the light-state threshold of the photoelectric sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Tri-Tronics Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Warner, David L. Hanley
  • Patent number: 7040455
    Abstract: A system tracks items in the checkout area of a self-checkout terminal to reduce the likelihood of fraud in item substitution. The system includes a plurality of weight sensors operatively coupled to a checkout area for sensing a distributed weight of an item placed in a checkout area; and an item locator coupled to the plurality of weight sensors for determining a location for the item from the distributed weight as sensed by the sensors. The item locator identifies a location for an item from the weight differentials sensed at the weight sensors in response to movement of an item within the checkout area. The weight distribution and location data may be correlated to the item identifier for a scanned item so the items in the checkout area may be tracked. A security application program associated with the self-checkout terminal may be coupled to the system of the present invention to identify items placed on the checkout area by location as well as weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Antonio Bogat
  • Patent number: RE41717
    Abstract: A method of operating a retail terminal having a display monitor includes the step of generating an item-entered control signal when an item for purchase of a customer is entered into the retail terminal by retail personnel. The method also includes the step of retrieving retail history information associated with the customer from a customer profile database. The method further includes the step of displaying item information associated with the item for purchase on a first portion of the display monitor in response to generation of the item-entered control signal. Moreover, the method includes the step of displaying a customer-specific retail message based on the retail history information on a second portion of the display monitor. The step of displaying the customer-specific retail message is performed contemporaneously with the step of displaying the item information associated with the item for purchase. A retail terminal is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Wilfried E. Y. Dejaeger