Control Mechanism Actuated By Check, Other Than Coin (e.g., Slug, Token, Card, Etc.), Which Is Mutilated Or Retained Patents (Class 194/205)
  • Patent number: 10369477
    Abstract: Methods of managing virtual resources within a virtual world are described which use a device comprising a connecting element to which one or more smart beads can be attached. A smart bead represents either a virtual resource in the virtual world or an action on a virtual resource in the virtual world. The device is arranged to detect and identify which smart beads are attached to the connecting element and to autonomously update quantities of one or more virtual resources based on combinations of virtual resources and/or actions on virtual resources, where at least one of the virtual resources or actions in any combination is represented by a detected smart bead. In an embodiment, the device is a fashion item such as a wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: James William Scott, Haiyan Zhang, Nicolas Villar, Alexandra Keeley Bunting, Jonathan Leslie Venables, Simon Jay Carter
  • Patent number: 10369455
    Abstract: A ticket redemption game having an upright cabinet. The upright cabinet houses a cylindrical drum which may be rotated through the use of a control by at least one electric motor. In the interior of the cylindrical drum are a plurality of balls. When the drum is rotated, the plurality of balls is moved from a low point to an apex of the cylindrical drum along an interior circumference of the cylindrical drum by the aid of traction elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Bill Faith
  • Patent number: 10366546
    Abstract: A meter apparatus and method of operating a removable meter apparatus are described. The meter apparatus includes a tag associated with unique tag identification information and configured to be permanently affixed to a location housing at a unique physical location, and includes a removable meter unit configured to mate with the location housing and receive the tag identification from the tag and report the tag identification to a data manager configured to associate an identifier of the removable meter unit with the tag identification and unique physical location, and associate configuration information for the physical location with the removable meter unit and the tag identification. The unique physical location can comprise a single-space parking location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Alexander Schwarz, Stephen John Hunter
  • Patent number: 10322761
    Abstract: The present disclosure is for a pile-free parking management system and method comprising: an information manager which receives parking sensing information and locking information, and determines if a vehicle is properly parked and returned. The system comprises a plurality of sensing units each with a sensor and a sensing object installed onto and paired with a parking location and a vehicle. These sensing units are activated only when the sensor is aligned with the sensing object within a predetermined proximity of each other. Either the sensors and/or the sensing objects are installed at a parking location in a strategic and organized fashion. This system and method aim to maximize vehicle-parking capacity, and ensures orderly parking at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Jiangsu Hongpu Technology LTD.
    Inventors: Ruichu Xie, Wenyu Xie, Zikai Xie
  • Patent number: 10277592
    Abstract: An apparatus management system managing an apparatus through an information terminal includes a transmission part configured to transmit terminal information identifying the information terminal and apparatus information identifying the apparatus, a reception part configured to receive the terminal information and the apparatus information, an authentication part configured to determine whether the received terminal information and apparatus information match one of registered combinations of terminal information and apparatus information, and a notification part configured to transmit apparatus management information to the information terminal when the authentication part determines that the received terminal information and apparatus information match one of the registered combinations of terminal information and apparatus information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Saka, Yasuyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10249128
    Abstract: A mobility device rental system that is operable to facilitate the rental of a plurality of mobility assistance devices. The mobility device rental system includes a plurality of rental terminals that are installed at publicly accessible locations. The rental terminals include at least one receiving stall so as to accommodate at least one wheelchair therein. A locking member is secured within the receiving stall so as to retain the mobility assistance device until rental thereof. An operating software is provided that is accessible via the Internet or software application wherein the operating software facilitates the rental process of a mobility assistance device. The rental terminals further include control tags configured to assist in tracking of the mobility assistance devices and maintaining an inventory thereof. The rental terminals include computing devices having graphical displays that are operable to facilitate the rental and return of a mobility assistance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Guang Yu Yang
  • Patent number: 10222360
    Abstract: Computer-based systems and methods characterize indoor air quality in a particular building having multiple locations therein. The system comprises a back-end data center, at least one indoor air quality sensor located inside the particular building, and a graphical display device. The indoor air quality sensor(s) transmits time-stamped air quality readings collected by it to the data center via a computer network. The data center computes spatiotemporal air quality measures for the particular building based on the time-stamped air quality readings from the indoor air quality sensor(s) and transmits the computed spatiotemporal air quality measures to the graphical display device for display to the user/resident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: AIRVIZ INC.
    Inventors: Illah Nourbakhsh, Michael Taylor, Christopher Bartley, Joshua Schapiro
  • Patent number: 10176469
    Abstract: Enables an interactive jewelry vending machine configured to enable users to quickly and conveniently purchase jewelry. The interactive jewelry vending machine allows users to view a rendition of the jewelry on their person with images taken by the camera and displayed on the point of sale system. Through a wireless communication system, users may check the inventory of each vending machine and purchase products remotely. The wireless communication system also provides additional security for the interactive jewelry vending machine by relaying alarm signals during break in attempts and sending out position signals when movement of the interactive jewelry vending machine is detected. An internal battery may power the wireless communication system when the interactive jewelry vending machine is no longer connected to an external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: BEZALEL'S JEWELRY INC.
    Inventor: Yuen Hui Mao
  • Patent number: 10063754
    Abstract: A mobile deposit kit for use with a mobile deposit application of a mobile device provides a container having (1) a top, a bottom, and a back, and further includes two sides each adjoining to the top, the bottom, and the back, (2) at least one series of fasteners along back and the two sides at a specified distance from the bottom, (3) a tray supported by the fasteners, and including (a) a base, (b) a stencil, and (c) an opening within the stencil corresponding to specified check measurements, (4) an opening in the top sufficiently sized to correspond to a camera lens of a mobile device, and wherein the top includes outline markings for placement of the mobile device, whereby the mobile device is utilized for securing at least one check image for use in a mobile deposit application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Diane Gosha
  • Patent number: 9858744
    Abstract: A system for receiving and auditing objects according to an embodiment of the invention includes a housing having a front panel, a receiving area, an auditing area, and a drop chute, wherein the receiving area includes a shelf, the front panel includes an opening, a door assembly having a pushing wall and a second pushing wall and assembly moveable between an open position in which an object can be inserted through the opening and into the receiving area, and a closed position in which the door assembly prevents access to the receiving area, wherein the pushing wall moves the object from the shelf into the auditing area as the door assembly closed; and a control system coupled to a camera and switch, wherein the door assembly activates the switch when it is in the closed position, the control system images the object with the camera in response to switch activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Kiosk Information Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger H. Grow, Richard L. Malone, Charles Newsom
  • Patent number: 9786114
    Abstract: Various prison services are rendered more efficient by providing inmates access to portable electronic devices in a controlled and regulated manner. A dispenser is employed to control and monitor the checking out and return of portable electronic devices and to communicate with such devices during use by inmates to monitor inmate use and ensure the portable electronic devices are only used by inmates as authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Renovo Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Peters, Timothy J. Eickhoff, Ehren R. Jarosek, Tim Skaja
  • Patent number: 9731926
    Abstract: A paper sheet handling device that facilitates removal of paper sheets blocked on a conveying path. The device includes a safe casing internally provided with a paper sheet storage box; a processing unit capable of being pulled out from, or stowed in, a main device; a conveying section coupled to the processing unit, and that forms a conveying path; a handover section coupled to a top plate of the safe casing to hand over the sheets between the storage box and the conveying path; and a positioning section that positions for connecting the handover section and the conveying path together when the processing unit is being stowed in the main device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Kadota
  • Patent number: 9721453
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising receiving, based on a unique identifier of an identification device in a room, clinical information of a first patient present in the room, receiving a unique identifier from an identification device associated with a garment worn by a health care professional in the room, receiving a history of the garment based on the unique identifier, and upon determining that the history of the garment violates a predefined rule, outputting a notification of the violation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gary D. Cudak, Christopher J. Hardee, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Adam Roberts
  • Patent number: 9569966
    Abstract: A bicycle tracking system for a bicycle rental system includes a number of bicycles each including a bicycle computer configured to record and transmit trip data information. The bicycle computer transmits the trip data to at least one communication hub that is part of the rental system. The communication hub is located at a bicycle rental kiosk. The kiosk includes a parking rack for securely storing a number of bicycles and includes a kiosk radio head configured to receive the trip data from the computer. The kiosk further includes a kiosk computer configured to transmit the trip data to a server, which may provide a user of the system with the trip data in the form of a route map. The system is configured to aggregate the user's trip data from ride-to-ride to provide the user with his or her ride statistics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: B-Cycle LLC
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Bobbitt
  • Patent number: 9542674
    Abstract: A system for an automated dispensing and retrieval kiosk for recorded media includes a kiosk having a plurality of vertical racks arranged in a circular formation, each vertical rack configured for storing a plurality of recorded media. A customer interface allows a customer to select or return a recorded media. A robotic element delivers the selected recorded media from the vertical racks to a media output, at the customer interface. The element also delivers a returned recorded media from a media input at the customer interface to the vertical racks. A computer controls operation of the kiosk, and an internet interface connects the kiosk to the Internet. The kiosk may communicate with a central server and/or other kiosks of a group, to locate a requested recorded media within a kiosk of the group. Once located within the group, the requested media may be reserved for customer pick-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
    Inventors: Philip J. Tomasi, Alva D. Cravens, Jens Horstmann, William H. Barber, John Chen
  • Patent number: 9520034
    Abstract: An automated banking machine operates to cause financial transfers responsive at least in part to data read from data bearing records. The automated banking machine includes a reading device such as a card reader operative to read data from user cards corresponding to preexisting financial accounts. Data read from the data bearing records is compared to stored data to cause a determination to be made concerning whether the data read corresponds to a financial account on which a transaction is authorized to be conducted through the machine. The machine includes at least one 3D printer that is operable to produce an article corresponding to a configuration selected by the user of the machine. The article is usable to accomplish financial transfers on the user's financial account, such as the purchase of goods or services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventors: Patricia A. Walker, Ralph E. Jocke
  • Patent number: 9514588
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular vehicle system, having an electric vehicle (2, 2?), in particular a lightweight electric vehicle, and at least one module (3, 120) which can be connected to the electric vehicle (2, 2?). The electric vehicle (2, 2?) has at least one on-board power supply system (13, 101) for supplying energy to an electrical drive unit (114), one or more interfaces (4, 114) which are connected to the on-board power supply system (13, 101) and are intended for connecting at least one module (3, 120), and a first locking means (9) which is arranged on the interface (4, 4?, 114).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: EnergyBus e.V.
    Inventor: Hannes Neupert
  • Patent number: 9508212
    Abstract: Various prison services are rendered more efficient by providing inmates access to portable electronic devices in a controlled and regulated manner. A dispenser is employed to control and monitor the checking out and return of portable electronic devices and to communicate with such devices during use by inmates to monitor inmate use and ensure the portable electronic devices are only used by inmates as authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Renovo Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Peters, Timothy J. Eickhoff, Ehren R. Jarosek, Tim Skaja
  • Patent number: 9481539
    Abstract: A paper sheet handling device that facilitates removal of paper sheets blocked on a conveying path. The device includes a safe casing internally provided with a paper sheet storage box; a processing unit capable of being pulled out from, or stowed in, a main device; a conveying section coupled to the processing unit, and that forms a conveying path; a handover section coupled to a top plate of the safe casing to hand over the sheets between the storage box and the conveying path; and a positioning section that positions for connecting the handover section and the conveying path together when the processing unit is being stowed in the main device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: OKI ELECTRIC INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Kadota
  • Patent number: 9478091
    Abstract: A digital media rental and return kiosk includes a store arranged to store physical digital media items. The kiosk further includes a user interface (i) having a dispense and return slot, and (ii) arranged to enable a customer to interact with the kiosk to either rent a digital media item or return a digital media item through the slot. The kiosk also includes a delivery system arranged to (i) transport a digital media item to be rented from the store to the slot, and (ii) transport a digital media item to be returned from the slot to the store. The kiosk further includes a gate mechanism including a gate which is (i) movable from a closed position to a first opened position to allow a digital media item to be rented to be dispensed through the slot to a customer, and (ii) movable from the closed position to a second opened position which is different from the first opened position to allow a digital media item to be returned to be inserted through the slot by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventor: David Gregerson
  • Patent number: 9454868
    Abstract: A vending machine comprising two or more compartmentalized storage units (CSUs), each comprising a compartment array configured for accommodating items in different compartments of the grid. The items are independently accessible; a retrieval system configured for accessing the compartments to retrieve an item and providing it to a desired location within the vending machine, other than its respective compartment; a controller associated with an items map indicative of the content and location of the items within the compartment array of the CSU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: NEO ECO SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Shlomo Hirshbain
  • Patent number: 9373212
    Abstract: Various prison services are rendered more efficient by providing inmates access to portable electronic devices in a controlled and regulated manner. A dispenser is employed to control and monitor the checking out and return of portable electronic devices and to communicate with such devices during use by inmates to monitor inmate use and ensure the portable electronic devices are only used by inmates as authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Renovo Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Peters, Timothy J. Eickhoff, Ehren R. Jarosek, Tim Skaja
  • Patent number: 9320364
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for the dispensing and collection of objects in urban environments. More particularly, the disclosure provides systems and methods for dispensing and collecting helmets. The disclosure provides a self-sufficient, high-capacity, helmet dispensing system. In some embodiments, the system includes solar panels that provide the system with the requisite power needed to power the system. In some implementations, the system includes a vandal resistant return mechanism for the helmets. The system may also include communication modules, which may transmit system information to a backend server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: HelmutHub Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Mills, Jessica Artilles, Jose Avedillo, Kathryn Barnes, Ignatius Chen, Danielle Hicks, Shen Huang, Ron Perez, Laura Ware, Stephanie Whalen, Breanna Berry, Arni Lehto, Angela Chu, Manas Menon
  • Patent number: 9242810
    Abstract: Self-service parcel terminal for storing parcels of different sizes high up in the terminal comprises means for loading postal parcels, loading parcels of varying sizes to the door, measuring and weighing parcels, inserting parcels, storing and delivering parcels. The self-service parcel terminal is also suitable for using as a vending machine, mailbox, storage locker, for delivering goods from e-stores, etc. Gripping mechanism and lift system are used for moving parcels in the terminal, which allows to move parcels in groups or as single items between the shelves and the slot for inserting/delivering parcels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Cleveron Ltd
    Inventors: Remi Lõssov, Mart Roht, Lauri Hirvesaar
  • Patent number: 9135767
    Abstract: A self-service kiosk enables customers to conduct rental transactions for carpet cleaning machines without the need of assistance from store personnel. The kiosk comprises a housing having several stalls or bays that hold and display carpet cleaning machines and carpet cleaning accessories for rental. The kiosk controls whether such carpet cleaning machines and carpet cleaning accessories can be removed from or returned to the kiosk. The kiosk also optionally includes a control panel for conducting a rental transaction. The self-service kiosk may also include automatic dispensing of cleaning products purchased by the customer at the kiosk. Still further, the self-serve kiosk may include shelving for holding cleaning products that can be purchased separately at a checkout counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Rug Doctor, LLC
    Inventors: David A. Kropp, Timothy J. Wall, Michael E. Shin
  • Patent number: 9104990
    Abstract: An article vending machine in a network of article vending machines capable of exchanging an inoperable rental article received from a user for an operable replacement article. The article dispensing machine checks customer identification information against one or more customer rental criteria to determine if the customer is eligible to exchange an inoperable article for an operable one. The article vending machine searches for an identical replacement article within an inventory of the machine itself and within inventories of the networked article vending machines. Alternatively, the article vending machine may provide a refund for the inoperable article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
    Inventors: J. Mitchell Lowe, Eric Hoersten, Christopher A. Kapcar
  • Patent number: 8973817
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding a plurality of stacked currency bills into a currency handling device. The apparatus may comprise an input receptacle being configured to receive a plurality of stacked currency bills, the receptacle having a first side and a second opposing side, a front end, and an opposing back end. The apparatus further may comprise a first paddle rail disposed adjacent the first side and a first paddle assembly slidably coupled to the first paddle rail, the first paddle assembly having a portion configured to contact a stack of a plurality of bills residing in the input receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: John H. Daniel, III, Roy C. Schoon, Charles P. Jenrick, Curtis W. Hallowell
  • Patent number: 8955663
    Abstract: A compact media processing device enables recording on a process medium and then processing the process medium based on the result of recording. The media processing device conveys a process medium and processes the conveyed process medium by a first process unit disposed to the conveyance path, and an operation selection unit then determines the content of the next operation based on the result of the first process. After the next operation is determined, the conveyance control unit conveys the process medium upstream to or upstream of the process position of a second process unit. A process control unit then applies the selected operation to the process medium by the second process unit that is disposed downstream from the first process unit on the conveyance path of the process medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuya Toshima
  • Patent number: 8905218
    Abstract: A control assembly for controlling rotation of a turnstile, includes a torque-restoring mechanism (13) with springs (20), a motion converting transmission with a multiplying gearing (56, 57) converting a rotation of the turnstile over 120° into a rotation of the rotary shaft entering the hydraulic damper (26) over 180°. The hydraulic damper (26) has two pistons mounted onto a single piston rod. A cam or crank mechanism converts rotation of the rotary shaft into reciprocating motion of the two pistons. The first piston damps the rotary movement of the turnstile when moving in one direction while the other piston damps this movement when the pistons move in the other direction, therefore damping the turnstile in both directions. A motion converting transmission in combination with a double-piston mechanism avoids any loss of hydraulic fluid, while achieving a gradually increasing damping force to effectively stop the rotation of the turnstile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Locinox
    Inventor: Joseph Talpe
  • Patent number: 8899398
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for receiving a recyclable product is disclosed herein. In one embodiment the apparatus includes: a structure defining an interior cavity, the structure having a plurality of walls; a bottle return mechanism for determining when a bottle has been received within the interior cavity, comprising: an elongated cylinder providing a passage into the interior cavity, the elongated cylinder having an inlet opening proximate to an exterior of the enclosed structure and an outlet opening proximate to the interior cavity; a bottle return mechanism configured to provide an output when a bottle has been inserted into the elongated cylinder; and a dispensing rack secured to one of the walls of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Zephyr Fluid Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick E. Wind
  • Publication number: 20140286743
    Abstract: A user pay waste disposal container, having a waste receiving compartment; a waste entry door into the waste receiving compartment; locking means for reversibly locking the waste entry door; and payment means for unlocking the waste entry door. The container may have a waste storage compartment adjacent the waste receiving compartment; and waste transfer means for transferring the waste from the receiving compartment to the storage compartment. A waste disposal system and method using the user pay containers distributed in a network of locations accessible to users for waste disposal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Erik Duivenvoorde
  • Patent number: 8807348
    Abstract: A card-handling device reads a suit and value of individual cards that are moved through the card-handling device. Reading of the cards is effected after the cards have been received into a card holding area and before the cards have been delivered into a card collection area from which cards are removed from the card-handling device for use. The read suit and rank are then sent to a processor, wherein the processor identifies whether any card is a card that should be rejected from the card-handling device and the card-handling device then rejecting that card from the card-handling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Rodney G. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8770370
    Abstract: A money handling apparatus is arranged to receive items of currency and classify each into at least one class. Each class of currency items is stored and managed by the money handling apparatus in order to be able to extract the received items. In some implementations, the money handling apparatus is arranged to receive items of currency, store items of currency, receive at least one service media, and transport at least one stored currency item to a removable storage unit in a specified sequence or order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: MEI, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil M. Young
  • Patent number: 8738485
    Abstract: Transaction processing in an offline environment for a prepaid product comprising a portable consumer device includes responding to presentation of the prepaid product at a reader for offline processing by initiating operation of the prepaid product, receiving data from the prepaid product at the reader that indicates the prepaid product is associated with a prepaid account balance, determining that the prepaid product is in a negative balance condition, and taking preventive action in response to the negative balance condition such that future acceptance of the prepaid product at a reader is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Philip B. Dixon, Ayman Hammad, Khalid El-Awady
  • Patent number: 8739293
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for social and retail hotspots are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Russell P. Sammon, Renny S. Talianchich, Jeffrey Y. Hayashida, Carson C. K. Fincham
  • Patent number: 8712892
    Abstract: A portable consumer device includes a base, and a computer readable medium on the base. The computer readable medium comprises code for an issuer verification value and a supplemental verification value. The issuer verification value is used by an issuer to verify that the portable consumer device is authentic in an on-line transaction and the supplemental verification value is used to verify that the portable consumer device is authentic in an off-line transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Philip B. Dixon, Ayman Hammad, Khalid El-Awady
  • Patent number: 8700513
    Abstract: Transaction processing involves receiving data from an access transaction application of a portable consumer device, wherein the received data comprises data from an access transaction data string that includes a transit verification value wherein, with the exception of the transit verification value, the access transaction data string is substantially similar to a retail data string comprising retail data, wherein the access application data string is adapted for use with an access transaction processing system and the retail data string is adapted for use with a retail processing system. The transaction processing involves processing access transaction application data for selective authorization of the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Ayman Hammad, Philip B. Dixon
  • Patent number: 8668142
    Abstract: An automatic dealing machine comprises a casing configured for storing a chip handling unit for handling chips, and a banknote handling unit for handling banknotes. The chip handling unit includes a chip insertion port through which chips are received from the exterior of the casing, a chip determination portion for determining the kind of each chip, and a chip calculation portion for calculating the number of the chips, of each kind, as determined by the chip determination portion and the total amount of money. A control unit controls the operation of the dealing machine, such that banknotes of an amount of money corresponding to the total amount of the chips calculated by the chip calculation portion are disbursed into the banknote disbursement port when the chips are inserted through the chip insertion port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Obi, Hajime Morino
  • Patent number: 8607956
    Abstract: A device and method for receiving and detecting a bottle. The device includes a chute, a bottle inlet for receiving the bottle into the chute, and a bottle outlet through which the bottle exits the chute. A stop member is disposed to engage the bottle within the chute, the stop member being biased to allow the bottle to pass in one direction, but to move into and grip the bottle if the bottle is moved in the other direction. Sensors detect the position of the bottle within the chute, and can indicate that the bottle was received within the device. A method for receiving and detecting the bottle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Deltronic Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: John Colin Horniak
  • Patent number: 8602195
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving and detecting a bottle having a chute configured for receiving the bottle therein, a first sensor disposed to detect the bottle at a first position within the chute, a second sensor disposed to detect the bottle at a second position within the chute, and a third sensor disposed to detect the bottle at a third position within the chute, and an indicator in communication with the sensors to provide indication that a bottle was received. A method carried out by the apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Deltronic Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: John Colin Horniak, Audie F. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8602199
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling and operating a plurality of electronic appliances such as self-service laundry machines installed in a commercial coin operated laundry facility. The apparatus includes a controller portion wired directly and independently to the start switches of each of the plurality of laundry machines in the facility. The control apparatus includes means for input of a variety of payment types, at least one laundry machine actuating keypad with keys corresponding to specific individual laundry machines, a coin changer, and means to return change to a customer. Thus, the customer is able to utilize any of the laundry machines with any type of available payment, and coins deposited in the coin input are delivered to the coin changer to replenish the supply of coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Carlo Aldo Palombi
  • Patent number: 8597115
    Abstract: Some embodiments are associated with wagering game devices and/or portable wagering mediums. Some portable wagering mediums are capable of outputting various indications related to one or more potential or current statuses of the portable wagering mediums. Some wagering game devices are operable to (i) determine a status of a portable wagering medium and (ii) cause, based on the determining, an outputting of an indication of the status via an output device coupled to the portable wagering medium. In some embodiments, a central server or other device conducts the determining of the status and/or the causing of the outputting. The status of a portable wagering medium may be based on one or more of many different factors or metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Russell P. Sammon, Jeffrey Y. Hayashida, Daniel E. Tedesco, Stephan C. Tulley, Gregory J. Scribner, Carson C. K. Fincham
  • Patent number: 8527286
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for handling scheduled lending and self-returning of articles to which RFID tags are attached. The system includes a body. The body includes, on a front surface thereof, a display for displaying a method of using the system, handling processes, and processing results, a speaker, a receipt issuing unit, a manipulational information input unit, an external antenna for transmitting/receiving information to/from the RFID tags, and a plurality of article depositories having respective internal antennas for transmitting/receiving information to/from the RFID tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Eco, Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Min Lee, Geon Hee Han, Hee Sang Kim
  • Patent number: 8459434
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving and detecting an article having a chute configured for receiving the article therein, a stop having a stop member disposed within the chute and biased towards the article to allow the stop member to engage the article moving through the chute but which prevents the article from being withdrawn from the chute, a receipt dispenser for issuing a physical receipt indicating that an article has been received by the apparatus, and a lock mechanism operable by movement of the article in the chute so as to physically detect the presence of an article therein to prevent dispensing of a receipt when the article is not detected in the chute. A method for receiving and detecting an article is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Deltronic Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: John Colin Horniak, Stephen Horniak, Sr., Robert A. Di Domizio, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8448772
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for receiving a recyclable product is disclosed herein. In one embodiment the apparatus includes: an enclosed structure defining an interior cavity; a bottle return mechanism for determining when a bottle has been received within the interior cavity; and a mechanism coupled to the bottle return mechanism, the mechanism being configured to provide an output when the bottle return mechanism has determined that a bottle has been inserted into the interior cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Zephyr Fluid Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick E. Wind
  • Patent number: 8429941
    Abstract: A latching system 1 has a housing 3 provided with a recess 5 in which a part of the bicycle can be inserted, preferably a frame tube sloping upwards. In the housing 3 a latching element 7 is located which can be moved between a release position in which the latching element opens the recess and a latching position in which the latching element closes the recess. The latching system 1 further comprises a key 19 that is positioned in an opening 21 in the housing 3 and is pushed out of the housing when the latching element is moved from the latching position to the release position. To this end the latching element 7 is equipped with an arm 23 which is fitted to the U-shaped part of the housing. When the latching element 7 turns to the release position, one end 25 of the arm 23 pushes against the key 19 causing it it be pushed out of the opening 21.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Call-Lock, BV
    Inventor: Antonius Gerardus Petrus Johannes Kooijmans
  • Patent number: 8387771
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for bottled beverage distribution. Apparatus includes bin, means for receiving bottles, sensor and receipt dispenser. Method of selling includes providing an inventory, assigning identification indicia, assigning first and second purchase prices and positioning apparatus for receiving, storing and dispensing receipt. Method of distributing includes delivering to a first location water bottles, positioning at a second location a receiving, storing and receipt dispensing apparatus, and retrieving empty bottles from the apparatus. Method of distributing includes creating an account, assigning a first amount charged for each bottle sold, assigning a second amount deducted from the first amount for each bottle received, delivering bottles and positioning a receiving, storing and receipt dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Primo Water Corporation
    Inventors: Brent C. Boydston, Douglas A. Fullerton, Michael S. Gunter, Billy D. Prim, Robert C. Wiles
  • Patent number: 8386349
    Abstract: A portable consumer device includes a base, and a computer readable medium on the base. The computer readable medium comprises code for an issuer verification value and a supplemental verification value. The issuer verification value is used by an issuer to verify that the portable consumer device is authentic in an on-line transaction and the supplemental verification value is used to verify that the portable consumer device is authentic in an off-line transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Philip B. Dixon, Ayman Hammad, Khalid El-Awady
  • Patent number: 8382582
    Abstract: Some embodiments are associated with wagering game devices and/or portable wagering mediums. Some portable wagering mediums are capable of outputting various indications related to one or more potential or current statuses of the portable wagering mediums. Some wagering game devices are operable to (i) determine a status of a portable wagering medium and (ii) cause, based on the determining, an outputting of an indication of the status via an output device coupled to the portable wagering medium. In some embodiments, a central server or other device conducts the determining of the status and/or the causing of the outputting. The status of a portable wagering medium may be based on one or more of many different factors or metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Russell P. Sammon, Jeffrey Y. Hayashida, Daniel E. Tedesco, Stephan C. Tulley, Gregory J. Scribner, Carson C. K. Fincham
  • Patent number: 8371428
    Abstract: An original processing apparatus capable of enhancing original processing ability even in the case of continuously processing a plurality of originals. In a first processing unit of the original processing apparatus, MICR characters on an original conveyed along a conveying path are read and an image of a front side of the original is read. The original is then conveyed to a position short of a second processing unit, and the next original is fed to the conveying path. When control information including print information is created based on a result of the processing by the first processing unit, the original positioned short of the second processing unit is conveyed to the second processing unit where print information is printed on the original and an image of a back side of the original is read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Denshi Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masato Odagiri, Satoru Kitabayashi, Shigeru Ikezaki, Mitsuru Konishi