Video Cassette Vendor Patents (Class 194/906)
  • Patent number: 9694488
    Abstract: An access and storage system including a storage component configured to store items therein or thereon in an associated storage position, wherein the storage component is configured to provide a user direct manual access to the items in the storage positions. The system further includes a sensor system configured to track at least one of the user's removal of an item from the associated storage position or replacement of an item to the associated storage position and an identification system for identifying the user. The system also has an authorization database operatively coupled to the identification system for tracking which of the items a particular identified user is authorized to access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: APEX INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Kent V. Savage, Benjamin V. Savage
  • Patent number: 9656383
    Abstract: An access and storage system including a storage component configured to store items therein or thereon in an associated storage position, wherein the storage component is configured to provide a user direct manual access to the items in the storage positions. The system further includes a sensor system configured to track at least one of the user's removal of an item from the associated storage position or replacement of an item to the associated storage position and an identification system for identifying the user. The system also has an authorization database operatively coupled to the identification system for tracking which of the items a particular identified user is authorized to access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: APEX INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Kent V. Savage, Benjamin V. Savage
  • Patent number: 9601149
    Abstract: A retrieval assembly (22) for moving storage media (16) within a media library (10), the media library (10) including a rack assembly (20) having a first rack (20A) and a spaced apart second rack (20B), comprises a picker system (32), an assembly base (30), a first mover (28A), a second mover (28B), and a control system (26). The picker system (32) selectively engages the storage media (16). The assembly base (30) supports the picker system (32). The first mover (28A) is secured to the assembly base (30), and selectively moves along the first rack (20A). The second mover (28B) is also secured to the assembly base (30), and selectively moves along the second rack (20B). The second mover (28B) is spaced apart from the first mover (28A). The control system (26) controls independent movement of the first mover (28A) and the second mover (28B) to position the assembly base (30) relative to the storage media (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Quantum Corporation
    Inventors: Christian A. Todd, Alexander Hois, David Tindall, III
  • Patent number: 6595342
    Abstract: An apparatus including a secure kiosk capable of containing products and a consumer access device to unlock and retrieve a product from the kiosk is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: L. Michael Maritzen, Harold Aaron Ludtke
  • Patent number: 6502685
    Abstract: A method and system for implementing a secure return policy of supply chain for digitally stored products. The method and system verifies whether each product for return originated within the supply chain. If the product did originate within the supply chain and qualifies for return under the supply chain's return policy, the data existing on the physical media is securely rendered unusable. A record of the destruction allows for a reversal of the entire transaction within the supply chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Protocall Technologies Incorporated
    Inventors: Elliot David Klugman, Bruce Newman, Michael Polesky, Michael Blumenthal, Aaron Knoll
  • Patent number: 5934439
    Abstract: An automatic renting apparatus performs on-line trade utilizing a credit card, which includes a processing mechanism for processing a rented article not returned after expiration of a returning period. The automatic article renting apparatus effects sale process for the rented article not returned even after expiration of the renting period and the sale charge is automatically deducted from an account of the credit card. Thus, non-returned article can be automatically processed without requiring manual operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Nippon T.M.I. Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Chiyuki Kanoh, Masanori Itoh
  • Patent number: 5927544
    Abstract: A vending machine for selling encased recording media such as CDs comprises a control unit and a plurality of vending units connected in tandem. Each vending unit is comprised of holders for holding encased CDs. The encased CDs are held in a way that allows them to be pivoted to left and right about the edge on the opposite side to the edge containing information about the contents. A person wishing to purchase a CD can directly touch the case and swing the case to either side, making it possible to read information on both sides and confirm the contents. An advantage of the configuration of this vending machine is that the number of vending units that are linked together can be adjusted to fit the available installation space or the number of CDs involved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Nippon T.M.I. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chiyuki Kanoh, Futaba Komatsu
  • Patent number: 5699262
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for automatically processing returned video cassettes to determine that the appropriate tape cartridges are matched with the appropriate cases, to assure that the tape cartridges are fully rewound, to check the video cassettes back into inventory and then to sort the cassettes by selected entertainment categories for reshelving. A feed chute is provided for receiving the cassettes and passing them to a size sorter for detecting the sizes of the cassettes. Cassettes of inappropriate sizes are then ejected from processing and placed in an unprocessed return staging bin. Cassettes of the appropriate size are then passed through an orientation detection and orientating section in which the video cassette cases are oriented in a particular alignment for presenting to a rewind and bar code reading system. The video cassettes are then automatically checked for an appropriate match between the tape cartridges and the cases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Dralco, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lang, Donald G. Hines, Mark H. Hines
  • Patent number: 5523551
    Abstract: A vending apparatus and system for storing and automatically dispensing magnetic or optical disks. A user interface allows a user to enter a dispensing request corresponding to the selection of a desired disk and includes for receiving user identification information, such as credit or debit card information, or other information stored magnetically on a bank card, driver's license, school identification card, or library card. Once a disk selection has been entered and user identification information has been received and verified, the selected disk is dispensed from the vending unit. The disks to be dispensed by the vending unit may have a region of magnetic recording media formed on one surface, and the vending unit may be equipped to write information relevant to the transaction onto the region of magnetic media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Trans Com Inc.
    Inventor: Ed Scott