With Means Enabling Price Reading Patents (Class 186/61)
  • Patent number: 7648066
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for sorting purchase items. A selection module selects a plurality of categories. In one embodiment, the selection module receives a category selection. In addition, the selection module may receive a criterion selection for the category selection and receive a modification for the criterion selection. The selection module may further modify the criterion of the selected category with the modification. An identification module identifies a purchase item. An association module associates a selected category of the plurality of categories with the purchase item. A sorter sorts the purchase item to a specified bin. The specified bin is associated with the selected category. In one embodiment, a bagger may bag one or more purchase items from a bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Daniel Kangas, Robert Andrew Myers, Jeff David Thomas
  • Publication number: 20090261164
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is provided. A scanner unit reads code information attached to a commodity. A RAM stores the code information read by the scanner unit as commodity-for-purchase information. The scanner unit, to confirm whether the commodity-for-purchase information stored in the RAM is correct, the scanner unit reads the code information of one part of the commodity-for-purchase. A CPU switches from reading for storage to reading for confirmation. It is determined whether information contained in the code information read by the scanner unit is stored in the RAM. A display displays a result of the determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: TERAOKA SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naokazu Sato, Naofumi Narita, Kunio Mori
  • Publication number: 20090248531
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automatic payment calculator unit, which enables a purchaser in a large shop to calculate a price of articles and pay for the price in person so that the shop may be operated without an accounting clerk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventor: Moon-Key Han
  • Patent number: 7587335
    Abstract: A random weight item transaction system include a scale with label RIFD tag functionality, service person RFID tag functionality and customer RFID tag functionality. A slicer in proximity to the scale may include service person and bulk food product RFID functionalities. The scale may make weigh transaction data available to a computerized checkout system via a communications link or via writing the information to the label RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert J. Schuller, Robert J. Weisz, Nigel G. Mills, Mark E. Eberhardt, Jr.
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20090090584
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a solution for providing item bagging advisements to individuals bagging purchased items during a check-out situation. The solution can include a self-checkout system and/or a human assisted checkout system capable of providing bagging assistance. A bagged item can be detected based on information such as weight, barcode data, and the like. Based on a set of rules for preferred item grouping, items can be determined to be appropriately bagged or to be in conflict with another item. Item bagging assistance can include, but is not limited to, item conflict warning, item compatibility confirmation, and assistance based on item categorization. Visual and aural confirmation and/or warning notifications can be presented to a user based on item compatibility or incompatibility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: AL CHAKRA, MONICA S. HARRIS, RUTHIE D. LYLE, HEMA SRIKANTH
  • Publication number: 20090051501
    Abstract: Method and system of using radio frequency identification tags. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods comprising receiving an item for purchase, reading RFID tag on the item to identify the item at checkout, and writing data to the RFID tag indicative of parameters associated with the purchaser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: John R. Tuttle
  • Publication number: 20080302607
    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: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: ROYSTON, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Kaplan, Michael S. Notheis
  • Patent number: 7461785
    Abstract: A system for enabling reliable verification of items being purchased using a self checkout system. The self checkout system is equipped with a verification mark dispenser and verification mark detectors that respectively dispenses a mark on an item as the item is being scanned for purchasing and then verifies, by detecting the mark on the item, that the item being bagged (or passed through the tunnel) is the same item that was scanned. When a customer scans an item for purchase, and if purchase transaction is successful, a mark (made of a non-reactive but detectable material or ink) is placed on the exterior packaging of the item. When the item is placed in the tunnel, the detector, sensitive to the activation of the specific marking and located at or in the tunnel, detects the marking on the item. If the activated marking is not detected by the detector, an alert condition is triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Internatinal Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Wayne Crockett, Phuc Ky Do, Justin Monroe Pierce
  • Patent number: 7448542
    Abstract: A method for detecting a non-scan at a retail checkout station includes detecting the passing of an item across a scanner device of a retail checkout station, obtaining an image of the item passing across the scanner, detecting a scan of an item passing across the scanner to establish a scanned item, and establishing a register associated with the scanned item. A scan occurs if the image of the item passing across the scanner substantially matches the register associated with the scanned item. Conversely, a non-scan is triggered when the image of the item passing across the scanner does not match the register associated with the scanned item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Russell P. Bobbitt, Myron Flickner, Arun Hampapur, Charles A. Otto, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti, Unsang Park, Akira Yanagawa, Yun Zhai
  • Publication number: 20080217108
    Abstract: A system for improving the efficiency of drive-through delivery systems is provided. The system can provide complete error tracking and feedback; however, partial or no error tracking and/or feedback can be provided if desired. Errors in order fulfillment can be reduced. Detailed information on product weight and delivery timing can be provided. By analyzing the weight distributions of each food item or any other suitable measurements, production quality and consistency may be monitored. By analyzing the delivery times for each food item type or any other suitable measurements, production efficiency and restaurant work flow may be measured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: Power Monitors, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter Curt, Christopher Mullins
  • Patent number: 7416117
    Abstract: A method of operating a self-service checkout terminal located in a checkout area of a retail store includes the step of generating a payment-tendered control signal when a user of the self-service checkout terminal tenders payment for a number of items for purchase. The method also includes the step of detecting movement of the user on a movement detection floor mat and generating a walk-away control signal if the user exits the checkout area of the retail store. Moreover, the method includes the step of generating a personnel-request control signal if the walk-away control signal is generated prior to generation of the payment-tendered control signal. A self-service checkout terminal is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: James Morrison
  • Patent number: 7375294
    Abstract: In order to provide scales, comprising a weighed-product receiving region and a terminal positioned at a vertical spacing from the weighed-product receiving region, that are easy to operate, it is proposed that at least one camera with a field of view towards the weighed-product receiving region is disposed on the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Bizerba GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Horst Kraft
  • Patent number: 7347367
    Abstract: A system and method of verifying item placement on a security scale. The system includes a computer for receiving incremental weight signals from a security weight scale, wherein some of the incremental weight signals are unrelated to placement of items on the security weight scale, and an item detector for detecting movement of the item from a scanner following scanning of the item and for generating an item detection signal, wherein the computer ignores the incremental weight signal unless it receives the item detection signal within a predetermined time period preceding receipt of the incremental weight signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel F. White
  • 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: 7255200
    Abstract: A retail terminal includes a voice generating device. The retail terminal also includes a processing unit electrically coupled to the voice generating device. Moreover, the retail terminal further includes a memory device electrically coupled to the processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Joanne S. Walter
  • Patent number: 7229015
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a self-checkout system. The self-checkout system includes a processor and a first device coupled to the processor, where the first device identifies an item. The self-checkout system also includes a first receptacle coupled to the first device. The first receptacle receives the item after being identified by the first device. The self-checkout system also includes a second device coupled to the first receptacle. The second device identifies the item after being received by the first receptacle, and the processor verifies if the item identified by the second device is the same item identified by the first device. As a result, the checkout process is reliable and secure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Michael B. Persky
  • 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: 7168525
    Abstract: A self-checkout system includes a graphical user interface for self-checkout of non-bar-coded items. The interface displayes a predetermined image corresponding to a non-bar-coded item, and means for the user to select the image. A product look up (PLU) entry device provides a PLU corresponding to the item selected by the user and a processing unit uses the selected PLU to retrieve price information from a database. The processing unit may also maintain a list of most frequently sold items and the image of at least on item on the list is provided on the display screen. The processing unit may update the display screen when the list of most requently sold items changes. Images of other non-bar-coded items can also be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Fujitsu Transaction Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric L. L. Jacobs
  • 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: 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: 7016862
    Abstract: A method of providing security during operation of a self-service checkout terminal includes the step of creating a transaction table which includes a plurality of records corresponding respectively to a plurality of items entered into the checkout terminal during a checkout procedure. The method also includes the step of analyzing the plurality of records. The method further includes the step of generating a characteristic value in response to the analyzing step. Moreover, the method includes the step of comparing the characteristic value to a characteristic trigger point and generating a characteristic control signal in response thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Ali M. Vassigh, Joanne S. Walter
  • Patent number: 6982388
    Abstract: A food product scale system includes a customer detecting functionality and a voice functionality for outputting one or more audible voice messages when a customer is detected. When a customer is at a first distance from a weighing station of the scale a customer attracting message may be output and when the customer is at a second, closer distance from the weighing station an instruction message may be output. Other electronic devices may utilize a similar staged message feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventor: Harvey A. Kasinoff
  • Patent number: 6942145
    Abstract: A checkout device with a barcode reader and electronic article surveillance (EAS) system. The checkout device includes a barcode reader having substantially horizontal and vertical apertures for reading barcode labels on products, and a security label sensing and deactivation system for deactivating security labels on the products including a coil below the horizontal aperture. The security label sensing and deactivation system has a first range of operation which is increased by the EAS system by increasing field strength of the coil, or by adding a second coil adjacent the vertical aperture. An audible or visible signaling device notifies an operator that the barcode labels have been read and that the security labels have been deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Donald A. Collins, Jr., Daniel B. Seevers
  • Patent number: 6892183
    Abstract: A method of displaying an item name having a first word, a second word, and a third word on an item list of an item selection menu of a retail terminal includes the step of displaying a first version of the item name on the item list of the item selection menu such that the first word is followed by the second word which is followed by the third word. The method also includes the step of displaying a second version of the item name on the item list of the item selection menu such that the second word is followed by the first word which is followed by the third word. Moreover, the method includes the step of displaying a third version of the item name on the item list of the item selection menu such that the third word is followed by the first word which is followed by the second word. A retail terminal is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Brian P. Cooper, Dusty L. Lutz
  • Patent number: 6866193
    Abstract: Unjust acts such as carrying out a commodity without reading a commodity code, whether it is intentional or accidental are prevented. The purchased commodity accommodating and transporting apparatus may include a commodity code reading section for reading a commodity code applied to a commodity and a transportable accommodation section for accommodating therein a commodity whose commodity code has been read. Further, elements for purchasing a commodity (such as a section for receiving a prepaid card, a credit card, a bank card or a similar card) may be fixed to said transportable accommodation section to allow a customer to perform purchasing operations during selection of a commodity when shopping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Chizu Shimizu, Kazuhito Sakai, Chizuo Suzuki, Kaoru Kikuchi, Kyouko Terada
  • Patent number: 6793043
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for more efficient checkout are described. A triangular carousel having a relatively small footprint is employed proximate a bar code scanner and point of sale (POS) terminal so that a checker can efficiently load scanned items into bags, and a customer on the other side of the checkout counter and proximate the bar code scanner can also efficiently load filled bags into his or her shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventor: Dung Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20040083026
    Abstract: The present invention provides various apparatuses and methods that allow point of purchase products to be automatically dispensed. In an embodiment, the present invention operates with a self-scanning checkout and enables products to be dispensed with other retail items that a consumer collects and brings to the point of purchase. The product is immediately dispensed and provided to the consumer at the point of purchase. The cost of the dispensed product is added to the cost of the collected and transported retail items. The consumer makes one payment for both the dispensed product and the collected and transported retail items. In another embodiment, the present invention is modular and operates in a quick service restaurant environment. The present invention requires little counter/floor space, adds little to the cost of labor, can be mounted in a variety of locations, dispenses in any direction and integrates with virtually any existing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventors: Steven P. Barton, Paul Chibe
  • Patent number: 6588549
    Abstract: A checkout system and method is convertible between an assisted configuration or mode of operation and a non-assisted (self-assisted) configuration or mode of operation. The checkout system includes a checkout station having a movable scanner and a movable display each of which are selectively positionable to accommodate the assisted and non-assisted configurations. The checkout station also includes a customer bag well particularly for use by the customer when the checkout station is in a non-assisted mode of operation, a cashier bag well particularly for use by the cashier when the checkout station is in an assisted mode of operation, a merchandise placement or upload area, a payment module, and a walk through basket table, shelf or the like. A plurality of checkout stations is positioned or angled into a modified serial (staggered skew) configuration and are scalable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Charles K. Wike, Jr., Jennifer I. Nugent
  • Patent number: 6550582
    Abstract: A self-service checkout terminal includes a terminal base having (i) a user side on which a user is positioned during operation of the self-service checkout terminal, (ii) a rear side which is opposite the user side, (iii) an upstream end portion, and (iv) a downstream end portion which is opposite the upstream end portion. The self-service checkout terminal includes a scanner for scanning a product code associated with an item for purchase. The scanner is secured to the upstream end portion of the terminal base. The self-service checkout terminal also includes a printer secured to the user side of the terminal base. The self-service checkout terminal further includes an item collection surface for supporting the item for purchase subsequent to scanning thereof. The item collection surface being secured to the downstream end portion of the terminal base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Addy, Dusty L. Lutz
  • Patent number: 6550583
    Abstract: An apparatus for self-serve checkout of large order purchases is provided. The apparatus includes one or more product code entry devices for entering a product code of an item to be purchased, a controller and a carousel assembly that includes a rotating mechanism, a rack coupled with the rotating mechanism, and a scale underneath the rotating mechanism and rack. The rack holds a plurality of bags open for packing a plurality of items, and may be rotated along with the rotating mechanism to present a select one of the bags for packing the item to be purchased. The scale provides a weight signal corresponding to a weight of packed items in the plurality of bags on the carousel. The controller monitors the weight signal to detect any abnormal weights or weight changes. The apparatus also may be provided with a large item holding assembly that includes a second scale which provides a second weight signal corresponding to the weight of one or more oversized items on the large item holding assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Optimal Robotics Corp.
    Inventor: Elliot Brenhouse
  • Patent number: 6547040
    Abstract: A self-service checkout system which weighs products with RFID labels for security. The system includes an RFID label affixed to a product, a scale for determining actual weight information for the product, and a computer which records a customer indication that the product is on the scale, transmits a signal to the RFID label while the product is on the scale, records a response from the RFID label, obtains identification information for the product using the response from the RFID label, obtains price and reference weight information for the product using the identification information, compares the actual weight information with the reference weight information, and initiates acceptance of payment if a difference amount between the actual weight information and the reference weight information is with a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: John C. Goodwin, III
  • Patent number: 6512919
    Abstract: An electronic shopping system facilitates purchase transactions via a wireless videophone. A purchase transaction program is downloaded from the seller's server to a purchaser's wireless videophone via a program loader contained within the purchaser's wireless videophone. The purchase transaction program is stored in a program memory and is used by the purchaser to facilitate the selection of items to be purchased, as well as payment therefor. An integral digital camera is attached to the wireless telephone to facilitate the selection of items to be purchased and is controlled via the downloaded purchase transaction program to function as a bar code or product icon image capture device. Character or pattern recognition software translates the bar or icon code image into an appropriate item identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Nobuo Ogasawara
  • Publication number: 20030006098
    Abstract: A checkout system and method is convertible between an assisted configuration or mode of operation and a non-assisted (self-assisted) configuration or mode of operation. The checkout system includes a checkout station having a movable scanner and a movable display each of which are selectively positionable to accommodate the assisted and non-assisted configurations. The checkout station also includes a customer bag well particularly for use by the customer when the checkout station is in a non-assisted mode of operation, a cashier bag well particularly for use by the cashier when the checkout station is in an assisted mode of operation, a merchandise placement or upload area, a payment module, and a walk through basket table, shelf or the like. A plurality of checkout stations is positioned or angled into a modified serial (staggered skew) configuration and are scalable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Applicant: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Charles K. Wike, Jennifer I. Nugent
  • Publication number: 20020170782
    Abstract: A system for self-checkout includes a plurality of self-checkout stations for self-assisted purchasing, each self-checkout station including a self-service terminal, a bagging area, and a merchandise placement area. The system also includes at least one supervisor terminal for monitoring purchasing activities of at least some of the plurality of self-checkout stations. The self-checkout system is scaleable for various configurations, applications, and capacity-based use. In a scaleable form, two or more supervisor terminals are provided each of which is operative to monitor one or more of the plurality of self checkout stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2001
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Applicant: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Marshall R. Millikan
  • Publication number: 20020139617
    Abstract: A self-service checkout system which weighs products with RFID labels for security. The system includes an RFID label affixed to a product, a scale for determining actual weight information for the product, and a computer which records a customer indication that the product is on the scale, transmits a signal to the RFID label while the product is on the scale, records a response from the RFID label, obtains identification information for the product using the response from the RFID label, obtains price and reference weight information for the product using the identification information, compares the actual weight information with the reference weight information, and initiates acceptance of payment if a difference amount between the actual weight information and the reference weight information is with a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Inventor: John C. Goodwin
  • Publication number: 20020079168
    Abstract: A self-service checkout terminal includes a terminal base having (i) a user side on which a user is positioned during operation of the self-service checkout terminal, (ii) a rear side which is opposite the user side, (iii) an upstream end portion, and (iv) a downstream end portion which is opposite the upstream end portion. The self-service checkout terminal includes a scanner for scanning a product code associated with an item for purchase. The scanner is secured to the upstream end portion of the terminal base. The self-service checkout terminal also includes a printer secured to the user side of the terminal base. The self-service checkout terminal further includes an item collection surface for supporting the item for purchase subsequent to scanning thereof. The item collection surface being secured to the downstream end portion of the terminal base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventors: John C. Addy, Dusty L. Lutz
  • Patent number: 6394345
    Abstract: A checkout terminal includes a terminal base. The terminal also includes a scanner movably secured to the terminal base. The scanner is configured to be moved relative to the terminal base so as to be positionable between an assisted scanner position and a self-service scanner position. The scanner is operated so as to perform an assisted checkout transaction in which a first number of items are scanned with the scanner by retail personnel when the scanner is positioned in the assisted scanner position. The scanner is operated so as to perform a self-service checkout transaction in which a second number of items are scanned with the scanner by a customer when the scanner is positioned in the self-service scanner position. A method of operating a checkout terminal is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Wilfried E. Y. Dejaeger, Mark S. Hoffman, Terence M. Glogovsky, Alfred J. Hutcheon
  • Patent number: 6382357
    Abstract: A method of operating a retail system so as to allow a customer to perform a retail transaction, with the retail system having a hand-held scanner device and a self-service checkout terminal, includes the step of storing a first number of records corresponding to a number of items in a scanner memory device of the hand-held scanner device when the customer scans the number of items with the hand-held scanner device. The method also includes the step of transferring the first number of records from the scanner memory device to a terminal memory device of the self-service checkout terminal and generating a transfer-complete control signal in response thereto. The method further includes the step of determining if the retail transaction of the customer is to be audited in response to generation of the transfer-complete control signal and generating an audit-required control signal in response thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: James Morrison, John C. Addy
  • Patent number: 6347137
    Abstract: The present invention provides a self-checkout terminal having input and output devices for performing a self-checkout process. The input and output devices are controlled and monitored by system software that determines, based on its monitoring of the input and output devices, whether intervention by store personnel is necessary. The system software further controls a voice modem that provides a digital audio signal output to a store intercom system, and has access to digital audio files containing announcements to be played on the store intercom system. When the system software determines that intervention by store personnel is necessary, it selects an appropriate digital audio file and plays the digital audio file over the store intercom system by means of the voice modem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy E. Mason
  • Patent number: 6325290
    Abstract: A method of operating a self-service checkout terminal is herein. The self-service checkout terminal has a housing, a stationary scanner secured to the housing, and a hand-held scanner having a holder associated therewith. The hand-held scanner is movable relative to the housing. The method includes the step of detecting when the hand-held scanner is removed from the holder and generating a removed-from-holder control signal in response thereto. The method also includes the step of disabling the stationary scanner in response to generation of the removed-from-holder control signal. The method further includes the step of generating a first item-entered control signal when a first product code associated with a first item for purchase is read by the hand-held scanner. Moreover, the method includes the step of marking the first item for purchase so as to indicate that the first product code was read by the hand-held scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Joanne S. Walter, Horng-Jaan Lin, Donald L. Forsythe
  • Patent number: 6213395
    Abstract: A checkout terminal includes a terminal base. The terminal also includes a scanner movably secured to the terminal base. The scanner is configured to be moved relative to the terminal base so as to be positionable between an assisted scanner position and a self-service scanner position. The scanner is operated so as to perform an assisted checkout transaction in which a first number of items are scanned with the scanner by retail personnel when the scanner is positioned in the assisted scanner position. The scanner is operated so as to perform a self-service checkout transaction in which a second number of items are scanned with the scanner by a customer when the scanner is positioned in the self-service scanner position. A method of operating a checkout terminal is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Wilfried E. Y. Dejaeger, Mark S. Hoffman, Terrence M. Glogovsky, Alfred J. Hutcheon
  • Patent number: 6189790
    Abstract: A method of operating a retail terminal having a display monitor associated therewith includes the step of generating an item-entered control signal when a user enters an item for purchase into the retail terminal during a retail transaction. The method also includes the step of entering a record corresponding to the item for purchase into an electronic transaction table in response to generation of the item-entered control signal. The method further includes the step of generating an instructional message which instructs the customer on operation of the self-service checkout terminal during the retail transaction. The message generating step includes the step of displaying an animated character and an associated instructional text message with the display monitor during the retail transaction. The animated character is configured to resemble a commercially recognizable image so as to communicate the commercially recognizable image to the customer with the display monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Joanne S. Walter
  • Patent number: 6179089
    Abstract: A check stand having a cantilevered scanner housing using (10) combined with a shopping cart having a cart basket bottom (16) which passes beneath the cantilevered scanner housing to create a nested check stand and cart combined system. The shopping cart having a angled drop-down front gate (20) which opens to allow the cart basket bottom (16) to pass beneath the cantilevered scanner housing (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: Dennis Michael Bishop
  • Patent number: 6167381
    Abstract: A self-service checkout terminal includes a base having a bagwell defined therein. The terminal also includes a first counter supported on the base. The first counter has a first surface which is positioned at a first height. The terminal further includes a scanner secured at a first end of the first counter. The terminal yet further includes an automated teller machine secured at a second end of the first counter. Moreover, the terminal includes an arcuate shaped second counter secured to the first counter, the second counter having a second surface which is positioned at a second height. The first counter has a bagwell opening defined therein at a location interposed between the scanner and the automated teller machine. The bagwell opening is aligned with the bagwell. The first height is less than the second height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen W. Swaine, Ali M. Vassigh, Grant C. Paton
  • Patent number: 6155486
    Abstract: A method of operating a self-service checkout terminal having a scanner device for allowing a user to enter an item for purchase, and a weight scale for detecting placement of the item for purchase in a post-scan area associated with the self-service checkout terminal includes the step of generating an item-entered control signal when the user scans the item for purchase with the scanner device. The method also includes the step of disabling the scanner device in response to generation of the item-entered control signal. Moreover, the method includes the step of generating an item-not-detected control signal if the weight scale does not detect placement of the item for purchase in the post-scan area within a first predetermined period of time subsequent to generation of the item-entered control signal. Yet further, the method includes the step of enabling the scanner device in response to generation of the item-not-detected control signal. A self-service checkout terminal is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Dusty L. Lutz
  • Patent number: 6145629
    Abstract: A method of operating a self-service checkout terminal having a weight scale associated therewith includes the step of generating an item-entered control signal when a user enters a first item for purchase with a code entry device. The method also includes the step of monitoring output from the weight scale in response to generation of the item-entered control signal and generating an entered-item-detected control signal if the weight scale detects that the user placed the first item for purchase in a shopping container. In addition, the method includes the step of operating the self-service checkout terminal so as to allow the user to enter subsequent items for purchase in response to generation of the entered-item-detected control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: John C. Addy
  • Patent number: 6112857
    Abstract: A hand-held entry device includes a code entry device for allowing a user to enter a product code associated with a first item of the items for purchase. The hand-held entry device also includes a smart card having (i) a processor electrically coupled to the code entry device, and (ii) a card memory device electrically coupled to the processor. The card memory device has stored therein a plurality of instructions which, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to store a first record corresponding to the product code in a transaction table maintained in the card memory device when the user enters the product code associated with the first item. A method of operating a retail system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: James Morrison