Price Determination Patents (Class 235/378)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8952787
    Abstract: An archive apparatus is provided for storing and archiving laboratory samples including radio frequency identification means. The apparatus comprises a support structure or cabinet (4), a drawer (6) translatable in a translation direction (12) into and out of the support structure (4), and sample support means comprising ribs (8) associated with the drawer (6) for supporting an array (10) of samples or slides (20) spaced along the translation direction (12) for movement with the drawer (6). A radio frequency reader antenna (14) is connected to the support structure (4) adjacent to the drawer (6) and recording means (34, 38) are adapted to operatively communicate with the reader antenna (14) to store information obtained from the radio frequency identification means of laboratory samples or slides (20) supported by the drawer (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Fergus Hughes
  • Patent number: 8941471
    Abstract: A radiofrequency identification (RFID) multiplexer, which may be in a network, interprets an RF signal from an RFED reader as RFE) tag interrogation data. A single cable directs an RF signal from the RFID reader and RF control signals and/or RF power through the multiplexer. An RF sampler may be coupled to the cable; and an RF detector detects the RF signal from the cable via the RF sampler. A data decoder decodes and interprets the RF signal as the RFID tag interrogation data and forwards the RFID tag interrogation data to a control logic circuit as a MUX channel-change command. The logic circuit and decoder may be combined in a microcontroller, and an RF backscatter modulator coupled to the cable enables reverse communication with the RFID reader to determine whether another RFID multiplexer is coupled to the RFID multiplexer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: Gary Mark Shafer
  • Patent number: 8937531
    Abstract: An RFID system has an active tag with one antenna inside, and one outside, an RF-blocking enclosure having a port with a selected shortest dimension. The RFID reader is located outside the enclosure and uses a selected RF read frequency range. The RFID tag simultaneously transmits on a plurality of frequencies corresponding to respective wavelengths smaller than the selected shortest dimension, so that a respective beat frequency is defined between two of the frequencies. The beat frequency is within the selected RF uplink frequency range. The tag transmits a first signal at a first one of the plurality of frequencies using the interior antenna and a second signal at a second, different one of the plurality of frequencies using the exterior antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Donald Saul Rimai, Mark P. Hinman
  • Patent number: 8896421
    Abstract: A wide area radio frequency identification (RFID) system includes: a first RFID cell and a second RFID cell. The first RFID cell and the second RFID cell each include a reader and tags. The readers access the tags using ultra-wide band signaling. The RFID cells each include: a communications interface operable to communicate with a network operations center, and a communications gateway which supports direct communications between RFID cells. The method includes accessing the second RFID cell from the first RFID cell, and the accessing is performed using the communications gateway that can cover a range of at least five hundred meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Zebra Enterprise Solutions Corp.
    Inventor: Gideon Kaplan
  • Publication number: 20140339300
    Abstract: A ticket-token and a ticket-card respectively have a displaying module. The displaying module is mounted on a token body or a card body. The displaying module has an indicator for displaying a parking time. When a user obtains the ticket-token or the ticket-card from a ticket machine, the user can know the parking time by viewing the indicator. Hence, the user can accurately know the parking time anytime during the parking duration for time management.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Chien-Shuo CHEN
  • Patent number: 8818870
    Abstract: A method and system for conducting an online payment transaction through a point of sale device. The method includes receiving input from a user selecting an item for purchase through the point of sale device; calculating a total purchase amount for the item in response to a request from the user to purchase the item; and sending payment authorization for the total purchase amount from the point of sale device to a payment entity, in which the payment authorization is sent to the payment entity via a mobile communication device of the user. The method further includes receiving a result of the payment authorization from the payment entity through the mobile communication device; and completing the payment transaction based on the result of the payment authorization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Michelle Fisher
  • Patent number: 8797162
    Abstract: A detection unit positioned on a package includes a magnet, a first magnetic switch, a second magnetic switch, a processor, and a clock. The first magnetic switch outputs a first control signal or a second control signal according to magnetic flux density of the magnet. The second magnetic switch outputs a third control signal or a fourth control signal according to the magnetic flux density of the magnet. The first control signal is the same as the third control signal; the second control signal is the same as the fourth control signal. When the processor receives the first control signal and the third control signal at the same time, the processor reads a first real-time clock (RTC) signal from the clock. When the processor receives the second control signal and the fourth control signal at the same time, the processor reads a second RTC signal from the clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsin-Pei Chang, Zong-Yuan Sun, Da-Hua Xiao
  • Patent number: 8791794
    Abstract: Methods and devices for enabling a user to obtain item information relating to an item (10), the item having associated therewith an item identification means (12) and an RFID response means (14) arranged to provide a predetermined response on being subjected to a currently applicable trigger signal; the method comprising steps of: establishing from the item identification means (12) item identification information; using the item identification information to determine from an item information source (30) a currently applicable trigger signal for the RFID response means (14); subjecting the RFID response means (14) to the currently applicable trigger signal; receiving a predetermined response from the RFID response means (14); and using the predetermined response to obtain item information from the item information source (30); wherein the RFID response means (14) is arranged to generate a new currently applicable trigger signal and a new predetermined response associated therewith following subjecting of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: British Telecommunications PLC
    Inventors: Andrea Soppera, Trevor Burbridge
  • Patent number: 8762209
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the invention, products and processes are disclosed for receiving, via a point-of-sale terminal that is not a vending machine, an indication of a set of products which a customer desires to purchase. At least one product is offered to the customer via the point-of-sale terminal, and an acceptance of the offer is received. Thereafter a request to receive the product is received. A unit of the product is dispensed via the vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Jonathan Otto, Daniel E. Tedesco
  • Patent number: 8698601
    Abstract: A method for card-reading anti-collision with automatic frequency hopping is provided, which is used for a system in which a card reader simultaneously reads a plurality of cards in radio frequency identification technologies. The method comprises: both the card reader and the cards to be read are configured to have an automatic frequency-sweep function and a function of hopping from a current channel to another channel, and to store access addresses and transaction addresses; when the card reader is in a frequency-hopping card-seeking state, it is in an n-channel frequency-hopping working state, in which, the access address of each channel is the same, and the card reader reads the cards by means of hopping frequencies in a sequence iteratively through n channels. When the card reader detects that two or more cards collide, the card reader sends a command of random frequency hopping, making all the conflicting cards to hop to other channels randomly and to wait to access those channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nationz Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yingtong Sun, Jianhui Liu
  • Patent number: 8686834
    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: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    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: 8680963
    Abstract: A method of providing a service at a remote terminal including receiving information broadcast by a commercial radio station in a broadcast radio channel; discriminating an identifier of an application within the received broadcast information; initiating an authentication process for authenticating broadcast information received via the broadcast channel; and in response to a positive authentication, enabling use of information received via the broadcast radio channel by the identified application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Graham Rowse
  • Patent number: 8680966
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for radio frequency identification provides a modulated illumination signal containing a sequence of bits configured to illuminate a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, The illumination signal is received at the RFID tag, rectified to generate a wake signal for waking a processor which is subsequently powered by a battery. The received illumination signal is sampled and subjected to a thresholding process. Mobile telephone band interference is countered by correlating the sampled illumination signal to determine its bit sequence and then correlating the bit sequence against a predetermined key. An identification signal from the RFID tag is sent in response to a match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: FP Wireless, LLC
    Inventors: Theodore D. Geiszler, Paul G. Saldin, Eric W. Lofstad
  • Patent number: 8674808
    Abstract: A dual mode interrogation is carried out by sending narrow band radio frequency interrogation (RFID) signal for narrow band RFID communication units, the narrow band signal comprising substantially continuous periods, and by sending a high data rate RFID interrogation signal during the substantially continuous periods of the narrow band RFID signal so that two different types of RFID communication units are interrogated substantially simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Joni Jorma Marius Jantunen, Jaakko Valtteri Varteva, Juha-Matti Mikael Tuupola
  • Patent number: 8669850
    Abstract: A reader and method for adjusting the transmission time of a continuous wave (CW), wherein the method comprises setting an initial value for a response waiting time, sending the CW to a tag after sending a command to the tag and waiting for a response from the tag, judging whether the response from the tag is received within the response waiting time. If the response from the tag is received within the response waiting time, then sending of the CW is stopped and the response waiting time is adjusted. If the response from the tag is still not received beyond the response waiting time, then sending of the CW is stopped. The time for the reader to wait for a response from the tag is far less than 20 ms. Consequently, a command failure can be found early, so as to improve the processing efficiency of an RFID system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hui Li, Yong Yuan, Liang Zhang