Price Determination Patents (Class 235/378)
  • Patent number: 11031790
    Abstract: A system for verifying the identity of a user is disclosed. The system has a door that selectively opens to allow access to a cavity and selectively closes to block access to the cavity, a lock configured to selectively lock and unlock the door when the door is closed, a camera configured to image a user area adjacent to the door, computing memory having associated therewith code, and a processor communicatively coupled with the computing memory. The processor communicatively coupled with the computing memory is configured to execute the code and to control the camera to record a first image data of the user area that includes a plurality of first image sets recorded at a plurality of first times, store the first image data, and control the camera to record a second image data of the user area that includes a second image set recorded at a second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: ChargeItSpot, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Baldasare, Sheri Tate, Robert Kay, Jeffrey Bergeland, Mikayla Wickman, Charles Williams, David Andreasen, Saran Singh Sound, Michael Weinberg
  • Patent number: 10990927
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an improved network for tracking and managing mobile workers, which includes storing, tracking, and managing information associated with mobile workers and projects. The mobile workers may use a mobile communications system, such as a mobile device, to log their project with associated data, after which the data can be uploaded in real-time or stored locally until connectivity is available to the platform. Business owners or managers and individuals can review work performance and automatically create required business reports. The mobile worker may use the mobile device to clock in and out of each project through a worker presence verification method that may include obtaining an image/photograph or video of the worksite, location data (e.g., global positioning (GPS) coordinates), and a timestamp to ensure that the mobile worker is at the worksite and working on the appropriate project.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SYNCrew, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Mario Muharay Dujisin, John David Cranston
  • Patent number: 10937316
    Abstract: Lighting fixture data hubs and systems and methods for use. An exemplary data hub comprises an annunciator configured to generate indications; a sensor configured to detect a zone comprising a plurality of parking spaces and to determine whether or not one or more vehicles and/or one or more pedestrians are present, the sensor further configured to emit one or more signals corresponding to said detection; a processor in communication with the annunciator and the sensor, the processor configured to receive the one or more signals from the sensor and operable to direct the annunciator to generate an indication in response to the signal; and a sensor unit housing having at least portions of the annunciator, the sensor, and the processor located therein, the sensor unit configured to attach to a device such that power supplied to the device is also used to supply power to the data hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Eco Parking Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William Longardner, Jeffrey Pinyot, Jason Toschlog, Gage Toschlog, Evan Foote, Scott Whitlock, Andrew Huffman, Daniel Hughes
  • Patent number: 10928914
    Abstract: A multi-view display system that permits viewers to individually interact therewith to communicate commands or viewing preferences is disclosed. Methods in accordance with the present teachings enable a multi-view display to deliver a unique content stream to each of plural viewers, based on the viewers' interactions with the multi-view display system, wherein the viewers are not in fixed locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Misapplied Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Han Ng, Paul Henry Dietz, David Steven Thompson
  • Patent number: 10922767
    Abstract: A system for storing data related to a transaction and for facilitating the transaction, the system comprising: an application server coupled with a database and configured to store information associated with a plurality of transactions, the information including account information related to a user account maintained by a first financial institution, a recipient identifier, and account information related to a recipient account maintained with a second financial institution, the application server further configured to: receive transaction data associated with a payment of the transaction, the transaction data comprising an identifier and user account information; identify the recipient account information based on a comparison of the received identifier against the stored recipient identifier; generate transfer instructions data based on the transaction data and recipient account information; and forward the transfer instructions data to the first financial institution based on the user account informatio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: ZOCCAM TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Ashley Cook
  • Patent number: 10818152
    Abstract: A wearable device includes a first radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag, a second RFID tag, one or more feedback devices configured to provide feedback to a guest, and a microcontroller. The microcontroller is configured to generate a first control signal that causes a first type of feedback via the one or more feedback devices in response to interaction between electromagnetic radiation having a first frequency and the first RFID tag and to generate a second control signal that causes a second type of feedback via the one or more feedback devices in response to interaction between electromagnetic radiation having a second frequency and the second RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Wei Cheng Yeh, Travis Jon Cossairt
  • Patent number: 10768616
    Abstract: A parking control method for parking a vehicle on a basis of an operation command includes acquiring an operation command from an operator; detecting an obstacle existing around a vehicle; when detecting the obstacle, notifying the operator of existence of the obstacle and requesting an input of an affirmative determination or a negative determination as to the existence of the obstacle; and when obtaining the affirmative input, parking the vehicle in accordance with a control instruction for moving along a route calculated under a condition that the obstacle exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Kuwabara, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Yasuhisa Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 10679204
    Abstract: Imaging a package to identify contents associated with the package includes with a camera of a point of sale (POS) system, imaging the package, where an identical identification mark is located on all sides of the package such that when an image of the package is captured, an image of the identification mark appears in the image irrespective of an orientation of the package to the camera and with a database, identifying the contents associated with the package based on the identification mark from the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP.
    Inventors: Steven J. Simske, Tong Zhang, Ed Costello, Gideon Amir, Karl Walters
  • Patent number: 10650359
    Abstract: A retail energy provider system comprising a market transaction manager, business rules and requirements processor, usage rater, customer analysis and quality control auditor, customer billing processor and collection manager, customer payment processor, third party sales and marketing application programming interface, customer acquisition and residual income interface, having a wholesale forecaster, interactive voice response system, intranet web services, internet web services and network based external customer service and executive management systems and financial services functions, all said functions and systems interacting with a robust SQL database engine for which the novel database schema is taught herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: BLUENET HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: John Burke
  • Patent number: 10636027
    Abstract: Methods and systems for self-service checkout. In an embodiment, a mobile device processor of a consumer's mobile device recognizes that the consumer mobile device has been transported to a merchant store location, initializes a self-service checkout application which includes at least one merchant rule preventing the consumer from purchasing certain items, receives input data, displays information concerning at least one item, and receives an indication that shopping is completed. The method includes transmitting checkout data to a self-service checkout computer for transmission to a merchant server, receiving, from the merchant server via the self-service checkout computer, a transaction authorization message and merchant instructions, and displaying the transaction authorization message and the merchant instructions including instructions directing the consumer to proceed to a designated exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Cyr, David Colby Brown
  • Patent number: 10628555
    Abstract: A system and method for optimal disease treatment involving a disease management workflow for specific disease states, computer program products (that is, patient data repositories, workflow tools, and reports) to assist clinicians with the management of specific disease states, and the like for optimizing treatment and management of specific diseases. The system provides a workflow tool for a specific disease state that includes a pathway with decisions to be made by a clinician based on specific patient data from a repository and other patient information available to a clinician for treating a variety of medical conditions based on the up-to-date treatment information in order to provide patients with optimal treatment workflows for their specific medical conditions. A disease management pathway potentially includes parallel flows (also called “equal outcome variables”) where several drugs or other treatments have been shown to have substantially equal outcomes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Collaborative Network 4 Clinical Excellence, Inc.
    Inventors: Bahri M. Bilir, Esra T. Nutku-Bilir, Mehmet Kazgan
  • Patent number: 10600109
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for a tag for order fulfillment are described herein. One or more embodiments include a number of tags each associated with a corresponding inventory bin of a warehouse, each tag configured to broadcast unique identification information, and a mobile device configured to receive, from a database, order information including identification information of one of the number of tags and a type and a quantity of an item of an inventory bin of the warehouse corresponding to the tag, and scan for identification information of the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Steve Huseth, Erik Todeschini
  • Patent number: 10474623
    Abstract: A calculating device includes a key input unit, a display and a processor. The processor performs: calculating a payment data item from input calculation data including numerical data items and operation data items; in the case where input of a first deposit data item and an instruction of a change function are received, controlling the display to display a calculation result data item obtained by subtracting the payment data item from the first deposit data item, as a first change data item; and in the state where the display displays the first change data item, even though the input calculation data are not re-input, if a second deposit data item and an instruction of the change function are received, controlling the display to display a calculation result data item obtained by subtracting the payment data item from the second deposit data item, as a second change data item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Yoshizawa, Hironori Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10467873
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a sensor to detect a plurality of radio signals from one or more transmitters. The apparatus may further comprise a processor to: identify the plurality of radio signals detected by the sensor; detect a proximity of one or more assets based on the plurality of radio signals, wherein the one or more assets are associated with the one or more transmitters; identify the one or more assets based on an identity of the one or more transmitters, wherein each transmitter is associated with a particular asset; identify a plurality of signal characteristics associated with the plurality of radio signals; detect a proximity of a human based on the plurality of signal characteristics; and detect one or more human-asset interactions based on the plurality of signal characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ke-Yu Chen, Shao-Wen Yang, Chieh-Yih Wan, Rahul C. Shah, Addicam V. Sanjay, Scott A. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10460464
    Abstract: A packing service for packing objects into containers is disclosed. An image-capture device may capture an image of a container and the image may be used to determine the volume of the container. Contextual information associated with the container may be determined, such as objects already in the container, a destination for the container, or objects to be placed into the container, for example. The contextual information may be obtained from the image or from any of various services or systems. Items to be placed into the container are determined, based on the contextual information, for example. Recommendations to purchase items to pack into the container may be made. Recommendations of how to pack or arrange the items into the container may also be made. Additional images of the container may be captured and analyzed to determine whether the packing recommendations were followed or to determine additional recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Shiblee Imtiaz Hasan
  • Patent number: 10366416
    Abstract: A method for transmitting a campaign notification message to a shopper mobile computing device includes receiving a condition set from a computing device corresponding to a user for generating the campaign notification message. The condition set includes a defined campaign type, at least one proximity detection device activated by the user and at least one proximity-based delivery parameter indicating campaign content related to the defined campaign type, wherein the campaign content is associated with a corresponding range of proximities in relation to the activated proximity detection device. The method also includes receiving proximity information from the shopper mobile computing device indicating a proximity of the shopper mobile computing device in relation to the activated proximity detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventor: Ganapa Sashidhara Murthy
  • Patent number: 10363961
    Abstract: A method for operating a plurality of vehicles includes sending over a communication network and to a first vehicle navigation data for an autonomous navigation of the first vehicle in a parking facility, the first vehicle being assigned as a guide vehicle to a second vehicle that is to autonomously follow the first vehicle, a target signal being sent to the second vehicle via the communication network while the second vehicle is following the guide vehicle during the autonomous navigation of the guide vehicle in the parking facility, the signal indicating that the second vehicle is to terminate the following and to park at a target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Nordbruch
  • Patent number: 10275752
    Abstract: Techniques and arrangements for creating a data structure for recording interactions between a first user and a second user for interactions to occur at a specified future time. The techniques and arrangements include facilitating annotation of the data structure. At the specified future time, the created data structure may be used to track items ordered, track tenders used to pay for items, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathew Wilson, Derrick Huhn, Jonathan Andrew Wolter, Ryder Moody, Dan Simms
  • Patent number: 10274980
    Abstract: A power supply includes power circuitry configured to provide DC power to a separate load, and wireless communication circuitry for wirelessly communicating with an external control device such as a smart phone. A controller is configured to (1) conduct communications with the external control device via the wireless communication circuitry to receive configuration parameters, and (2) incorporate the configuration parameters into a control scheme for operation of the power supply. The power supply may be used with an LED lamp including a series of LEDs, and the configuration parameters establish desired operating characteristics including selection of constant-current or constant-voltage operation, and/or parameters for a dimming curve applied in dimming operation of the LED lamp. The power supply may be used in other applications including battery charging applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Bel Fuse (Macao Commercial Offshore) Limited
    Inventor: Mark Jutras
  • Patent number: 10275843
    Abstract: A construction planning system includes: a current topography data acquisition unit configured to acquire current topography data indicating a current topography of a construction site; a design topography data acquisition unit configured to acquire design topography data indicating a design topography of the construction site; a basic unit data acquisition unit configured to acquire basic unit data indicating conditions of a work machine carrying out a construction in the construction site; a construction plan data calculation unit configured to calculate construction plan data indicating a construction plan of the construction site based on the current topography data, the design topography data, and the basic unit data; and a construction plan data output unit configured to output the construction plan data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventor: Chikashi Shike
  • Patent number: 10223692
    Abstract: A method for setting a temporary payment card and a mobile device applying the same are provided. The method includes: displaying a list of mobile payment cards; setting, as a temporary payment card, a mobile payment card which is moved by a user from among the mobile payment card listed in the list; and resetting the setting of the temporary payment card when a payable time passes. Accordingly, the temporary payment card can be changed more easily and swiftly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mozido Corfire-Korea, LTD.
    Inventor: Min Hwan Jeon
  • Patent number: 10181119
    Abstract: Methods and systems for self-service checkout. In an embodiment, a mobile device processor of a consumer's mobile device receives input data of an item selected for a purchase transaction, displays information concerning the item on a display screen, and receives an indication from a consumer that shopping is completed. The method includes transmitting checkout data for the purchase transaction to a self-service checkout computer, receiving a transaction authorization message and merchant instructions from the self-service checkout computer, and then displaying on the display screen the transaction authorization message and the merchant instructions, wherein the merchant instructions direct the consumer to exit the particular merchant store in a particular manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Cyr, David Brown
  • Patent number: 10157378
    Abstract: Techniques and arrangements for analyzing previous tickets of a customer at different merchants—specifying interactions of the customer at the different merchants—to determine subsequent recommendations to send to a particular merchant in real-time when the customer is located at the particular merchant. Other techniques and arrangements facilitate annotation of merchant tickets by the merchants to enrich the data maintained by the tickets and, in some instances, to enhance the described real-time recommendations. Still other techniques and arrangements create a merchant ticket for recording interactions between a merchant and customer upon the customer creating a reservation at the merchant for a specified future time, or being added to a waitlist of the merchant. Upon the customer arriving at the merchant proximate to the specified future time, the merchant may use the created ticket to track items ordered by the merchants, track tenders used to pay for items, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Mathew Wilson, Dan Simms, Derrick Huhn, Ryder Moody, Jonathan Andrew Wolter
  • Patent number: 10152759
    Abstract: A method for verification of travel and a purchase to prevent fraudulent redemption of a promotional offer for conditional transportation cost validation includes: using a customer's mobile computing device to transmit geolocation data to a validation network provider while present at the merchant's physical location; updating a token on the validation network provider's server using the geolocation data from the customer's mobile device, thereby confirming the customer's presence at the merchant's physical location; confirming the purchase by correlating transaction data from a linked payment method with the geolocation data from the customer's mobile device to update the token on the validation network provider's server; and automatically issuing a credit to the customer when the data points of the token fulfill the conditions of the promotional offer; wherein the promotional offer is to reimburse the customer for travel expenses the customer incurs for traveling to or from the merchant's physical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Parkt, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Lyman, Tov Arneson, Alexander Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 10049288
    Abstract: A managed notification system compares image(s) and/or indicia relating to the image(s) and where there is a match selectively provides a notification of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: FaceFirst, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Ethan Rosenkrantz, Gifford Hesketh
  • Patent number: 9984572
    Abstract: Systems of an electrical vehicle and the operations thereof are provided that identify parking spaces by on board sensors and negotiate with other currently parked vehicles for parking space access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Austin L. Newman
  • Patent number: 9911336
    Abstract: A method for identification of vehicles (4) for operating a car park or a parking area is proposed in the course of which a vehicle (4) is identified at least by the sound profile emitted by the drive train of the vehicle which comprises a vehicle drive unit in the acoustic wave and/or ultrasonic range in at least one speed range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SKIDATA AG
    Inventors: Thomas Schlechter, Reinhard Surkau, Sandra Breitenberger, Thomas Buchegger, Markus Pichler
  • Patent number: 9892354
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for suspending and resuming transactions through wireless beacon communications. A merchant may set up a wireless beacon with employee devices. The beacons may connect to a user's device and assist the employee with determining and suspending a transaction for the user. Based on the connections between the user's device and a wireless beacon attached to an employee device, the employee device may receive an identifier for the user. The identifier may also be received from a previous check-in by the user. The employee or a user may scan one or more items that the user may wish to purchase. A transaction may be generated using the scan and may be associated with the user's identifier. Later the transaction may be recalled using the user's identifier or a transaction code identifying the transaction. Payment information for the user may also be associated with the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Mobeen Syed
  • Patent number: 9881346
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system to validate promotional offers in the nature of a reduction or rebate of certain travel expenses through a network of local merchants who offer to offset travel costs in exchange for patronage. The system allows verification of the travel and the purchases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Ian Lyman, Tov Arneson, Alexander Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 9811772
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for suspending and resuming transactions through wireless beacon communications. A merchant may set up a wireless beacon with employee devices. The beacons may connect to a user's device and assist the employee with determining and suspending a transaction for the user. Based on the connections between the user's device and a wireless beacon attached to an employee device, the employee device may receive an identifier for the user. The identifier may also be received from a previous check-in by the user. The employee or a user may scan one or more items that the user may wish to purchase. A transaction may be generated using the scan and may be associated with the user's identifier. Later the transaction may be recalled using the user's identifier or a transaction code identifying the transaction. Payment information for the user may also be associated with the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Mobeen Syed
  • Patent number: 9805351
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automating a take-out ordering process. In an embodiment, menu data is imported from a restaurant Point-of-Sale (POS) system over at least one network. The menu data may comprise a plurality of menu items. A menu user interface is generated. The menu user interface may comprise one or more menu screens, which comprise a subset of one or more of the plurality of menu items. A selection of at least one menu item from the subset may be received from a user. Up-sell options can be determined and provided to the user. Once completed, an order is sent to the restaurant POS system over the at least one network. The order can comprise the selected menu item(s) and any of the up-sell options selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: RESTAURANT REVOLUTION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Brett Harman
  • Patent number: 9727932
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system to validate promotional offers in the nature of a reduction or rebate of certain travel expenses through a network of local merchants who offer to offset travel costs in exchange for patronage. The system allows verification of the travel and the purchases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Ian Graves Lyman, Tov Arneson, Alexander Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 9727832
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and a mobile computing device comprises obtaining one or more databases from one or more sources; identifying one or more items in the obtained one or more databases; determining a fee for the identified one or more items based on one or more fee setting parameters; and generating a work-order in real-time based on the determined fee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Profit Strategies, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. D'Amico, Paul M. Baccaro, Matthew Smith
  • Patent number: 9723248
    Abstract: Information regarding actions or activities to be performed at a workstation may be projected upon a portion of the workstation using one or more projectors. The information may include one or more arrows or other indicators referencing specific tools, materials or objects that may be used to perform one or more of the actions or activities. Such arrows or indicators may be rendered in a manner that simulates a three-dimensional or floating appearance thereof from a perspective of a user that may be adjusted or modified based on changes in the perspective of the user, and with respect to one or more physical or virtual sources of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Alexander Colburn, James Christopher Curlander, Gurunandan Krishnan Gorumkonda, Lilian de Greef
  • Patent number: 9697548
    Abstract: Techniques for managing a return request may be provided. For example, a user may want to return an item that the user received from an item provider via an electronic marketplace. The user can take a picture of the item and transmit the image to a computer that determines that the user would like to return the item. The computer may also determine that the item is returnable (e.g., was provided to the user within an allowable timeframe, satisfies a constraint for returning the item). The computer can initiate a return of the item. In some examples, the computer can also determine a convenient return location or the reason that the user is returning the item to the item provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kosar Akram Jaff, Shivkumar Shankaran, Nitin Bhat, Kimberly Lee Daniels, Samuel Pike Hall, Nicholas John Morren, Raja Shekhar Goli, Prashant Agrawal, Sebastian Jorge Gunningham, Brian Jeffrey Saltzman, Tiana Osbourne Symmonds, Debby Wing Yin Man
  • Patent number: 9639834
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for suspending and resuming transactions through wireless beacon communications. A merchant may set up a wireless beacon with employee devices. The beacons may connect to a user's device and assist the employee with determining and suspending a transaction for the user. Based on the connections between the user's device and a wireless beacon attached to an employee device, the employee device may receive an identifier for the user. The identifier may also be received from a previous check-in by the user. The employee or a user may scan one or more items that the user may wish to purchase. A transaction may be generated using the scan and may be associated with the user's identifier. Later the transaction may be recalled using the user's identifier or a transaction code identifying the transaction. Payment information for the user may also be associated with the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Mobeen Syed
  • Patent number: 9626696
    Abstract: Techniques to verify a participant's visit to a specific location are described. An embodiment may provide a system that generates a pattern that is unique to the location, and that may further be unique to a date or time, a transaction, or other criteria. Participants may capture the pattern, for example, using a mobile device, and transmit the pattern to a verification system. The verification system may decode, translate, decrypt or otherwise obtain information from the pattern. The information obtained from the pattern may be used to verify that the pattern came from the location. The participant may then receive credit for the visit. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shai Herzog, Gur Kimchi
  • Patent number: 9558605
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for authorizing access to facilities. In connection therewith, a first request comprising data indicative of a card number is received at a first node. When the first request comprises a request for access to a facility, a set of rules associated with the card number are identified and access to the requested facility is authorized in accordance with the identified set of rules. In addition, a second request comprising data indicative of the card number is received at a second node. When the second request comprises a payment request, a payment provider associated with the card number is identified and the payment request is transmitted to the payment provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Richard Lynch
  • Patent number: 9483944
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a computer implemented method, computer program product, and system for management of parking spaces in a parking area. Identifying an individual entering a parking area and a vehicle in the parking area that corresponds to the identified individual. Determining a distance between the identified individual and the identified vehicle in the parking area. Determining whether the identified individual is moving toward the identified vehicle. Responsive to determining that the identified individual is moving toward the identified vehicle, determining whether the determined distance is less than an associated distance threshold condition. In another embodiment, detecting a parking ticket entering the parking area and identifying an individual and a vehicle in the parking area that correspond to the detected parking ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mohamed A. Bahgat, Ossama S. Emam, Ayman S. Hanafy, Sara A. Noeman
  • Patent number: 9474177
    Abstract: Provided are a wireless display mount capable of facilitating changes to the arrangement for the mount without, for example, having to rewire the power wire; and a wireless display system capable of highly efficient supply of electricity to a wireless display. A wireless display mount supplies electricity to a wireless display wirelessly via electromagnetic induction and includes a case, a power wire and a connection terminal. The case has a cavity in-between the power wire where a wireless display may be installed. A wireless display system includes a wireless display, and wireless display mount. The wireless display has a loop coil. The wireless display mount has a housing for housing the power wire, disposed adjacent to the loop coil and formed at a location separated from the mounting surface of the wireless display mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: TERAOKA SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidemoto Suzuki, Yuichi Inoue
  • Patent number: 9443407
    Abstract: An Electronic Article Surveillance (“EAS”) system is provided wherein the system is configured to detect passive radio frequency identification (“RFID”) tags. The system can be configured to read the passive RFID tags and produce a corresponding emulated EAS signal to initiate an alarm on a detected tag. The system can transmit the emulated EAS signal to a legacy EAS system thereby utilizing an existing EAS infrastructure. In some embodiments, a composite EAS system is configured to detect RFID tags and other EAS tags, wherein the composite EAS system comprises a legacy EAS system and an RFID-based EAS system configured to produce an emulated EAS signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: RFID RESOLUTION TEAM, INC.
    Inventor: William Edward Davidson
  • Patent number: 9275547
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a computer implemented method, computer program product, and system for management of parking spaces in a parking area. Identifying an individual entering a parking area and a vehicle in the parking area that corresponds to the identified individual. Determining a distance between the identified individual and the identified vehicle in the parking area. Determining whether the identified individual is moving toward the identified vehicle. Responsive to determining that the identified individual is moving toward the identified vehicle, determining whether the determined distance is less than an associated distance threshold condition. In another embodiment, detecting a parking ticket entering the parking area and identifying an individual and a vehicle in the parking area that correspond to the detected parking ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mohamed A. Bahgat, Ossama S. Emam, Ayman S. Hanafy, Sara A. Noeman
  • Patent number: 9035773
    Abstract: A tag includes an integrated circuit thereon, including memory, antenna means for RF transmission of data acquired by the integrated circuit, a sensor sensing environmental conditions to which the sensor is subjected, the sensor providing signals based on the environmental conditions to the integrated circuit, a thermistor device of increasing the accuracy of the tag by confining on-board calculation data to a resistance domain and leaving conversion of the data to a temperature domain for an external device once the data is retrieved from the tag's memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ADVANCED ELECTRONIC TRACKING
    Inventors: Michael Petersen, Alan Wilson, Dean Brotzel
  • Patent number: 9030299
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of operating a RFID system comprising at least one reader (1) and a plurality of wireless data carriers (2), each of which comprise at least one data processing element with slow response (5), wherein the method controls the at least one reader (1) to continuously communicate with one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2), while at least another one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2) is processing data with its at least one slow response element (5). The invention further relates to a RFID system comprising at least one reader (1) and a plurality of wireless data carriers (2), each of which comprises at least one slow response element (5), wherein the system is capable to continuously communicate with at least one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2), while at least another one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2) is processing data with its at least one slow response element (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Christian Scherabon, Bernhard Gruber
  • Patent number: 9007183
    Abstract: Provided are a terminal having a radio frequency identification (RFID) function and a method of processing information of the terminal for allowing intuitive interaction between a screen manipulation and an RFID manipulation with respect to using an RFID related service. The method of processing the information of the terminal including a screen and an RFID recognition unit, includes detecting a screen area corresponding to a position of the RFID recognition unit disposed at a predetermined position of the screen; displaying an RFID icon at a position of the detected screen area; recording information in an RFID tag based on the RFID tag contacting the RFID icon, and recognizing the information from the RFID tag the RFID tag contacting the RFID icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-jun Han, Dae-Hyun Kim, Bo-mi Kim, Bo-hyun Kyung, Myoung-soon Choi, Kuk-hyun Han, Pil-seung Yang, Hark-joon Kim
  • Patent number: 9004355
    Abstract: A method and system for allowing the setting of reservations and the pre-authorization of credit to purchase a desired service for which a reservation is made. A customer accesses a reservation system that is integrated with a credit authorization system. The customer may make a reservation and substantially simultaneously become pre-authorized to pay for services to be provided at the reservation by one of any number of credit providers. Pre-authorized credit and reservation information is then supplied to the service provider in advance of services being provided, expediting the overall transaction time and allowing for a secure and cardless transaction procedure. The reservation and preauthorization information are typically stored upon the reservation system and then passed to the point-of-sale systems, but other types of input/output storage devices could be used to perform this function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Cardfree Inc
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bart Katz
  • Patent number: 8985442
    Abstract: Provided are computer implemented methods and systems for messaging, calling, and one-touch payments via mobile and wearable devices. An exemplary system comprises a processor and a database in communication with the processor. The processor is configured to provide an integrated interface for selection of an activity mode. The activity mode includes a messaging mode, a calling mode, and a one-touch payment mode. The processor is further configured to receive the selection of the activity mode via the integrated interface from a user. If the messaging mode is selected, a message from the user is received and sent to a recipient via a data network. If the calling mode is selected, a data network call is initiated on a call request of the user. If the one-touch payment mode is selected, a payment request is transmitted to a financial organization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Tiger T G Zhou, Dylan T X Zhou, Andrew H B Zhou
  • Patent number: 8981907
    Abstract: A system to multiplex antennas for radio-frequency communication uses one or more antenna shorting circuits to selectively enable RF communication via one of a plurality of antenna matching networks. The system is cost-efficient compared to alternatives. The RF communication includes read and/or read/write communication with, e.g., radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven David Lavache
  • Patent number: 8976029
    Abstract: A system of managing product at a location in which a weight-sensing RFID tag is utilized to determine the weight or pressure applied to a substrate and then this information is read by an RFID reader and then transmitted to a data storage repository and processing program for further handling of the data. The data storage repository and processing program may be near the RFID reader or may be remotely located with respect to the RFID reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Annette Cote McTigue
  • Patent number: 8960536
    Abstract: Methods and systems in the present invention facilitate vehicle exit from a parking lot, or similar venue, for which payment is required prior to being permitted egress. The Exit Express Engine permits pre-payment prior to a vehicle's arrival at a point of exit, so as to facilitate rapid confirmation of payment/authorization when exiting a controlled-exit facility. An Exit Express Engine, installed on a mobile device, is launched and used to scan a barcode printed on a parking garage ticket, which is provided to the user at the time of entry. The information scanned is then transmitted to an associated parking system, where it is received by an Exit Express Plug-in application. The user indicates payment authorization via the mobile device to an associated payment processing facility, storing payment verification. When the user arrives at the controlled exit, he/she presents the ticket, and the exit gate is activated to exit within a pre-established time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Norman Wolverton Wright