Mechanized Store Patents (Class 235/383)
  • Patent number: 11908287
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments provide transaction validation systems and methods for use in self-checkout at a retail establishment. An exemplary system may include a scale sized to support and weigh a shopping basket thereon. At least one image sensor is arranged to capture at least one image of the weighed shopping basket. A processor receives a weight measurement of the shopping basket from the scale and determines, based on information received from a wireless communications device of a customer, a record of products in the shopping basket and an expected cumulative weight associated with the products in the shopping basket. The processor determines a discrepancy between the weight measurement of the products in the shopping basket and the expected cumulative weight and reconciles the determined discrepancy using the at least one captured image of the shopping basket by the at least one image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SUPERSMART LTD.
    Inventors: Yair Cleper, Barak Abitbol, Elad Dan, Zeev Shtainmetz, Vlad Streltsin
  • Patent number: 11908288
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments provide transaction validation systems and methods for use in self-checkout at a retail establishment. An exemplary system may include a scale sized to support and weigh a shopping basket thereon. At least one image sensor is arranged to capture at least one image of the weighed shopping basket. A processor receives a weight measurement of the shopping basket from the scale and determines, based on information received from a wireless communications device of a customer, a record of products in the shopping basket and an expected cumulative weight associated with the products in the shopping basket. The processor determines a discrepancy between the weight measurement of the products in the shopping basket and the expected cumulative weight and reconciles the determined discrepancy using the at least one captured image of the shopping basket by the at least one image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SUPERSMART LTD.
    Inventors: Yair Cleper, Barak Abitbol, Elad Dan, Zeev Shtainmetz, Vlad Streltsin
  • Patent number: 11907927
    Abstract: A sales data processing system includes a first reader that reads a code symbol as a visible image included in image information output by an imaging unit, a second reader that reads a code symbol as an invisible image in the image information, and a third reader that recognizes a service image in the image information. The system includes a registrar that registers information as sales data on a commodity identified by the code symbol read by the first or second reader, and a standby processor that suspends reading by the second reader and waits for recognition of a service image by the third reader in response to a commodity being identified by the code symbol read by the second reader. The system includes a service processor that reflects a service in the sales data registered by the registrar in response to the third reader recognizing the service image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takuya Takasu
  • Patent number: 11908030
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method approves a transaction by storing, at a first computer system, first data identifying at least a portion of an identity of a user, an information locator associated with the first data, and a transformation method associated with the information locator. The computer-implemented method also receives, at the first computer system from a second computer system, the information locator when the user conducts the transaction, and second data converted from electronically obtained identification information of the user. An identity of the user cannot be identified from the second data. The computer-implemented method transforms, at the first computer system, the second data into third data based on the transformation method retrieved in response to the received information locator, and approves, by the first computer system, the transaction associated with the information locator when the third data corresponds to the first data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: Yuh-Shen Song, Catherine Lew, Alexander Song, Victoria Song
  • Patent number: 11900421
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed utilizing cognitive computing to improve commercial communications from vendors to users. A user's financial account(s) and location may be monitored to determine when a user is within a threshold distance of a vendor. If the user is within the threshold distance the methods and systems disclosed may determine which targeted commercial communications to transmit to the user based upon a shopping profile for the user. The shopping profile may include a dataset indicative of the shopping habits of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Flowers, Puneit Dua, Alan Zwilling, Adam Mattingly, Melissa Attig, Reena Batra
  • Patent number: 11900772
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes: a processor that acquires a type of a product sold by weight; and a transceiver connected to the processor and that establishes intercommunication with a weighing device that weighs the product sold by weight; a storage connected to the processor. The processor causes the transceiver to acquire, from the weighing device, a weight value of the product sold by weight weighed by the weighing device. The processor registers, in the storage, the type of the product and the weight value that corresponds to the type of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Teraoka Seiko Co., LTD
    Inventors: Kazuya Sasaki, Tomoki Kaneko, Naoto Kurosaki, Shingo Higuchi, Kazuki Watanabe, Fumikatu Saitoh, Akiko Yoshikawa, Sayaka Tomori
  • Patent number: 11893218
    Abstract: Systems and techniques that provide improvements to designer applications as described to address, for example, limitations associated with constructing a user interface as it is being designed by a user in a development environment. In some implementations, a system provides a design interface through which a user can view, develop, and test functional aspects of an electronic form in real-time while the user is building the application. The system maintains associations between components of the electronic form and expressions for the components referenced in program logic for the electronic form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Appian Corporation
    Inventors: John Rogers, Charles Tsui, Alison Cowley, Indraja Karnik
  • Patent number: 11888880
    Abstract: A keyboard detection system, that includes a processor that operates to detect at least one anomaly in input data and determine a correlation between the at least one anomaly and a characteristic of an inconsistent keyboard type. The processor may operate to determine the correlation between the at least one anomaly and the characteristic of the inconsistent keyboard type based on a lookup table or algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Billy Dwayne Carlisle, Robert Jason Neel
  • Patent number: 11875389
    Abstract: The disclosed technologies include a robotic selling assistant that receives an item from a seller, automatically generates a posting describing the item for sale, stores the item until it is sold, and delivers or sends the item out for delivery. The item is placed in a compartment that uses one or more sensors to identify the item, retrieve supplemental information about the item, and take pictures of the item for inclusion in the posting. A seller-supplied description of the item may be verified based on the retrieved supplemental information, preventing mislabeled items from being sold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Chalkley, Robinson Piramuthu, Bindia Saraf, Qiaosong Wang
  • Patent number: 11868983
    Abstract: Various embodiments include at least one of devices, systems, methods, and software systems and method enabling communication and signaling devices. One embodiment is in the form of a method that includes receiving, via a network, data from a mobile device of an authenticated customer, including data of items for purchase scanned by the mobile device and storing the data of the scanned items for purchase in a cart data structure associated with an account of the authenticated customer. The method also includes receiving, via the network, data indicating the mobile device is located at a pay station and payment data from the mobile device to pay for items represented in the cart data structure. This method further includes transmitting, via the network and in response to the received payment data, a payment confirmation to the mobile device generated upon successfully processing a payment for items in the cart data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: NCR Voyix Corporation
    Inventors: Kip Oliver Morgan, James Emery Fugedy, II
  • Patent number: 11868959
    Abstract: Examples provide an item storage cart for verifying correct item placement into containers on the item storage cart. A cart manager component outputs planogram data identifying a location of a selected item. Weight data generated by one or more weight sensors associated with the set of item storage containers is analyzed to verify whether a correct item is placed in a given storage container on the cart and/or verify a selected item is placed into a correct storage container. The cart manager component determines if an unselected item is removed from a storage container and/or if an unselected item is added to a storage container. A notification is output if an incorrect item is added to a cart, an incorrect item is removed from the cart, an item is added to the wrong container or removed from the wrong container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Durkee, Ragen Turner, James Benjamin Edwards, Nicole Morales, Stuart Clark
  • Patent number: 11861997
    Abstract: A method includes supporting, by a support, a bag containing one or more items of an order and detecting, by a sensor coupled to an end of the support, a weight of the bag and the one or more items when the bag is suspended on the support such that the weight of the bag and the one or more items is exerted on the support. The method also includes comparing, by a hardware processor, the detected weight to an expected weight of the order and communicating, by the hardware processor, an alert when the expected weight is unequal to the detected weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Sharon Freedman, Scott Graham, Suzanne M. Bleakley, Tuyen Bui
  • Patent number: 11854353
    Abstract: A height-adjustable kiosk apparatus includes: a kiosk unit configured to generate processed signals by recognizing and processing an image and a voice, to receive basic signals from a user, to perform output, and to process payment; and a height adjustment unit disposed under the kiosk unit, and equipped with a driving unit configured to be driven to move the kiosk unit up and down based on the processed signals; wherein the kiosk unit includes an image recognition unit, a voice recognition unit, an image processing unit, and a voice processing unit; and wherein the height adjustment unit includes a driving signal generation unit and a priority determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: HANASIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jung Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 11849372
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to determining a mobile communication device's location, even if the mobile communication device does not have an active data connection. Embodiments of the invention also relate to achieving connectivity between a mobile communication device not having an active data connection and to another mobile communication device, server computer, or third-party computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventor: Kim R. Wagner
  • Patent number: 11847543
    Abstract: A portable checkout unit automatically generates training data for an automatic checkout system as a customer collects items in a store. A customer uses an item scanner of portable checkout unit to generate a virtual shopping list of items collected in the shopping cart. When the customer adds a new item to the shopping cart or on some regular interval, the portable checkout unit captures images of the items contained by the shopping cart and can generate bounding boxes for each product in each image. The bounding boxes can be associated with item identifiers from previously-generated bounding boxes to identify the items captured by the bounding boxes. Each bounding box paired with an item identifier can then be used as training data for an automated checkout system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: FOCAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Francois Chaubard, Adriano Quiroga Garafulic
  • Patent number: 11842376
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides techniques for curating search results. A first request to look up an identifier for an item is received from a first user, and first tracking information corresponding to movements of the first user in a physical space is retrieved. At least one item associated with the first user while moving in the physical space is identified from the first tracking information. A first identifier of the at least one item is determined, and the first identifier is provide to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Adrian Rodriguez, Susan W. Brosnan, Brad M. Johnson, Stacy Arrington, David Steiner, Phillip Monkowski
  • Patent number: 11842249
    Abstract: An asset verification system, comprising: a reader comprising a holder configured to hold an asset in a tag-reading position, a light source consisting of at least one light to provide illumination to the asset, magnifying optics configured with an effective magnification for both sufficiently separating dots in a tag in the body of the asset and viewing the tag at an effective magnification greater than 10×, reflective optics for conveying an image of the tag through the reader, and, position controls for adjusting the positioning of the asset with respect to the magnifying optics; a multi-function hardware device comprising an optical sensor for reading the tag of the asset projected to the optical sensor by the reader; and, a database having information related to the asset including an association of the tag to the asset stored thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Inventor: Bruno Scarselli
  • Patent number: 11843992
    Abstract: An electronic device may include wireless communications circuitry that receives location information from tags that are coupled to different items. The electronic device may keep track of the different items using the tags. The electronic device may include control circuitry that analyzes historical tracking data from the tags to identify patterns and relationships between the tags. Based on the historical tracking data, the control circuitry may classify some tagged items as bags for other tagged items and may automatically alert the user when a tagged item is missing from its bag. The control circuitry may generate rules based on the historical tracking data, such as rules regarding acceptable ranges between tagged items and acceptable ranges between tagged items and the electronic device. The control circuitry may determine when to provide real-time location information and other notifications for a tagged item based on the historical tracking data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Paul G. Puskarich
  • Patent number: 11837044
    Abstract: A nutrition tracking system comprises a nutrition tracking server, a plurality of weight-based food offering terminals, and one or more nutrition and meal information inquiry terminals. Multiple weight-based food offering terminals may be equipped on a food service cart. Each weight-based food offering terminal may be initialized to offer a type of food. The weight-based food offering terminal automatically measures the weight of food taken by a customer or for a customer, calculates the cost of food, and shows the weight and the cost on the display in real time. When the food is paid, the weight-based food offering terminal automatically reports the vending information to the nutrition tracking server. The nutrition tracking server maintains a database for customer meal information and a database for customer nutrition information. Customers may inquire their meal history and nutrition information using the nutrition and meal information inquiry terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Skoopin
    Inventors: Jun Wang, Weijun Zhang
  • Patent number: 11834089
    Abstract: A stackable handcart includes a cart frame, a display, and a restriction member. The cart frame includes a receiving portion on which a shopping basket is placeable and a front end portion that abuts a first stackable handcart when the stackable handcart is stacked with the first stackable handcart from behind the first stackable handcart. The display is attached to the cart frame. The restriction member is attached to the cart frame at a position to abut a front end portion of a second stackable handcart when the second stackable handcart is stacked with the stackable handcart from behind the stackable handcart. The restriction member is positioned such that a display of the second stackable handcart does not abut the display of the stackable handcart when the front end portion of the second stackable handcart abuts the restriction member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukiko Yokoyama, Takahiro Saitou, Masachika Kurata, Noriyoshi Hara, Hitoshi Iizaka, Hidehiro Naito
  • Patent number: 11832416
    Abstract: Systems and methods for datacenter are disclosed. In at least one embodiment, a system or method herein causes a process for a structure that includes a component tracking system, where such a system includes individual components within individual servers or individual racks, the process being based in part on at least location information and configuration information from one or more of an optical sensor or a radio sensor associated with a motile-support that is adapted for at least three dimensional (3D) movement in a space having the individual servers or the individual racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryan Kelsey Albright, William Andrew Mecham, Benjamin Goska, Aaron Richard Carkin, Tahir Cader, William Ryan Weese, Michael Thompson, Jordan Levy, Siddha Ganju, Fred Devoir, Elad Mentovich, Elijah Chen
  • Patent number: 11816999
    Abstract: Detection means of an unmanned aerial vehicle control system is configured to detect an object existing at a location at which at least one of landing or takeoff of an unmanned aerial vehicle is to be performed. Type identification means is configured to identify a type of the object based on a result of detection by the detection means. Restriction means is configured to restrict at least one of landing or takeoff of the unmanned aerial vehicle based on the type identified by the type identification means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: RAKUTEN GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Tazume, Hayato Mizukami, Qingnan Zhou
  • Patent number: 11816660
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for making a pre-payment. In some embodiments, a user is provided with a mobile wallet; information populating at least one payment instrument to the mobile wallet is received; information that the mobile wallet is usable with respect to the vehicle is received; information that the mobile wallet has been presented by the vehicle to a payment location is received; an authorized pre-payment corresponding to items or an amount associated with the payment location is received; a token is received from the user at the payment location; and the pre-payment is settled using the payment instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Leopoldo Luera, III, Charles Bear
  • Patent number: 11810168
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides techniques for monitoring transaction data. A first symbol is a symbol is assigned, at a first point in time, to a user device, where, when a user of the user device inputs an item, the user device outputs the symbol. The symbol is then detected, via one or more image capture devices, at one or more moments in time, and a number of times that the symbol was detected is determined. At a second point in time subsequent to the first point in time, a number of items associated with the user is determined. An audit of the uses is initiated based on determining that a difference between the number of times and the number of items exceeds a threshold maximum difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Susan W. Brosnan, Kenneth Hammer, Stacy Arrington, Patricia Hogan, Michael Leclair
  • Patent number: 11803841
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for discovery of and communication with nearby devices using direct radio signal communication. One of the methods includes receiving, by a payment service system, a message authorizing a payment from a user account to a merchant account, wherein the message was sent by a user device using direct radio signal communication to a nearby merchant device and forwarded to the payment service system by the merchant device. The message is decrypted to obtain a session token that authenticates the user device as being associated with the user account. If the session token is valid a payment transaction is conducted between the user account and the merchant account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Block, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniele Perito, Shuvo Chatterjee, Nathan Spindel, Jesse Wilson
  • Patent number: 11798380
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for determining whether an unknown product matches a scanned barcode during a checkout process. An edge computing device or other computer system can receive, from an overhead camera at a checkout lane, image data of an unknown product that is placed on a flatbed scanning area, identify candidate product identifications for the unknown product based on applying a classification model and/or product identification models to the image data, and determine based on the candidate product identifications, whether the unknown product matches a product associated with a barcode that is scanned at a POS terminal in the checkout lane. The classification model can be used to determine n-dimensional space feature values for the unknown product and determine which product the unknown product likely matches. The product identification models can be used to determine whether the unknown product is one of the products that are modeled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brakob, Ethan Sommer, Arun Patil, Dharmavaram Arbaaz, Arun Vaishnav, Prakash Mall, Neha Dixit
  • Patent number: 11797920
    Abstract: This disclosure describes, in part, systems for enabling physical retail stores and other facilities to implement automated-checkout techniques for the purchase of items that are priced per unit weight. For example, the described systems may enable a facility to implement technology where users are able to remove items from inventory locations, where the inventory locations include weight sensors detecting the weights of the items that were removed. The system then determines the prices based on the weights and charges the users for the prices of the items without performing manual checkout of the items. The price of an item is determined based on the weight of the item and the price per unit weight of the item. The systems described herein thus enable customized retail facilities, as opposed to a retail facility that allows automated-checkout only for prepackaged-type or otherwise non-customizable merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron M. McDaniel, Nirmal Doshi, Nathan P. O'Neill, Michael Joseph Ausich, Joel Stirling, Joseph W. Chauvin, Willy Scott Mordant, Nir Charny, Kaigene Jennifer Lin, Spencer Ralph Dodge
  • Patent number: 11798023
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining tax classification of benefits offered to subscribers of a membership platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Patreon, Inc.
    Inventors: Yacine Brini, Priya Sanger
  • Patent number: 11797966
    Abstract: Aspects of the technology provide systems, devices and methods for filling design voids within an assembled electronic device with tamper solids in order to prevent and/or detect a tampering with the electronic device to gain unauthorized access to the electronic device to steal information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Block, Inc.
    Inventors: Mani Razaghi, Brett Andler
  • Patent number: 11790306
    Abstract: A server apparatus, a vehicle, a service provision system, and a non-transitory storage medium storing a program are disclosed. The server apparatus includes circuitry configured to transmit, to an information terminal of a user, information regarding a service available to the user, receive, from the information terminal, information regarding the service, selected by the user, receive, from the information terminal, package information regarding a package of the user, first location information indicating a location to receive the package from the user, first time information indicating a time to receive the package from the user, second location information indicating a location to return the package, and second time information indicating a time to return the package, and arrange a specified vehicle based on the package information, the first location information, and the first time information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mitsugu Makita, Daigo Fujii, Naoki Yamamuro
  • Patent number: 11782538
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments relate to entertainment systems and, more particularly, to systems that incorporate digital downloading jukebox features and improved user interfaces. For instance, a smart search may be provided, e.g., where search results vary based on the popularity of songs within the venue, in dependence on songs being promoted, etc. As another example, a tile-based approach to organizing groupings of songs is provided. Groupings may involve self-populating collections of songs that combine centrally-promoted songs, songs in a given genre that are popular across an audiovisual distribution network, and songs that are locally popular and match up with the given genre (e.g., because of shared attributes such as same or similar genre, artist, etc.). Different tile visual presentations also are contemplated, as are different physical jukebox designs. In certain example embodiments, a sealed core unit with the “brains” of the jukebox is insertable into a docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: TOUCHTUNES MUSIC COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Francois Beaumier, Karim Dhambri, Daniel Susla, Matthew Labunka, Ian Moulton, Samer Alameer, Michael Tooker
  • Patent number: 11769027
    Abstract: A system for monitoring the conditions of a plurality of storm drains, comprising the steps of installing scannable codes at or near storm drains, using computerized devices with scanning capabilities to scan said codes, processing the scanned code through a computer application in computerized devices and processing user's added information describing the conditions of said storm drains, uploading the scanned code along with the user's added information to a server through a computer network computer application in said computerized device and processing the scanned code to match the information stored in said server and storing information and making it available to user via different output media. Processing the information to anticipate the needs of the storm drains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Inventor: Emilio Lopez
  • Patent number: 11763378
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for committing to a sale of loan products to selected buyers using a software application. The method includes receiving, with the application, a plurality of bids offered by prospective buyers for loans previously made to borrowers and offered for sale to the prospective buyers via the application; establishing a plurality of pools using the application, each of the plurality of pools defined by a buyer selected from the prospective buyers and at least one characteristic common to each of the loan products placed in the respective pool; configuring a graphical user interface to allow a seller to place each of the loan products offered for sale in one of the plurality of pools, respectively; and receiving from the seller a single user input via the graphical user interface, the single user input committing the sale of the loan products in each of the plurality of pools, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: PollyEx, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Carmel, Karson Miller
  • Patent number: 11762646
    Abstract: Techniques are described for securely updating a point-of-sale (POS) system that includes a merchant-facing device and a buyer-facing device. For instance, the merchant-facing device may execute first software that provides first POS functionality and the buyer-facing device may execute second software that provides second POS functionality. To update both devices, the merchant-facing device may receive a software update from a payment service via a network connection, and update the first software using the software update. The merchant-facing device can then cause, via a physical connection, the buyer-facing device to reboot in an update mode and send the software update to the buyer-facing device. In response, the buyer-facing device can update the second software using the software update and then reboot in a payments mode. In some instances, the buyer-facing device can then update a secure enclave on the buyer-facing device using the software update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Block, Inc.
    Inventors: John Kelley, Max Guise, Todor Ristov, Imran Khan, Eric Monti
  • Patent number: 11763307
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method of authorising an electronic transaction, the method involving a server receiving transaction details for the electronic transaction and an identifier for a participant in the electronic transaction. The server sends the transaction details to the participant in the electronic transaction, and in return receives authorisation data from the participant, the authorisation data including authentication data authenticating the identity of the participant. The server then determines an account code identifying an account associated with the participant based on the identifier, and proceeds with the electronic payment transaction using the account code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Visa Europe Limited
    Inventors: Onkar S. Bahia, Jacques Antoine-Godet, Edward Cummins, Klaus Kroger
  • Patent number: 11761160
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided for use in monitoring product placement within a shopping facility. Some embodiments provide an apparatus configured to determine product placement conditions within a shopping facility, comprising: a transceiver configured to wirelessly receive communications; a product monitoring control circuit coupled with the transceiver; a memory coupled with the control circuit and storing computer instructions that when executed by the control circuit cause the control circuit to: obtain a composite three-dimensional (3D) scan mapping corresponding to at least a select area of the shopping facility and based on a series of 3D scan data; evaluate the 3D scan mapping to identify multiple product depth distances; and identify, from the evaluation of the 3D scan mapping, when one or more of the multiple product depth distances is greater than a predefined depth distance threshold from the reference offset distance of the product support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Shuvro Chakrobartty, Robert C. Taylor
  • Patent number: 11756017
    Abstract: A checkout system includes a checkout station having a housing, a customer interface and a customer unloading station. A point-of-sale system has a microprocessor and memory operatively associated with one another to identify products being purchased, payments tendered therefor and to store transaction information locally at the checkout station or remotely from the checkout station. The microprocessor has programming configured to allow an item to be scanned by a product identification scanner, and an attendant command module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Terry Catoe, Mark Noble, John L. White, Burt Aycock, Claire McRoberts
  • Patent number: 11749092
    Abstract: A method includes—responsive to activation of a vehicle for loading objects —detecting a first set of objects in vicinity of the vehicle, and—responsive to subsequent activation of the vehicle for relocation —detecting a second set of objects in vicinity of the vehicle. The method also include—responsive to a difference between the first and second sets of objects—issuing an indication for a user of the vehicle. The difference may, for example, relate to an added object, the added object being present in the second set of objects but not in the first set of objects. In some embodiments, objects may be excluded from consideration when a tracked location of the object indicates an increasing distance between the vehicle and the object. In some embodiments, objects that have an estimated size larger than a reference size may be excluded from consideration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: NINGBO GEELY AUTOMOBILE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CO
    Inventors: Jonathan Johansson, Erik Lindberg Nilsson
  • Patent number: 11748740
    Abstract: Authentication method and systems using RFID-enabled payment cards are disclosed herein where a server receives a request corresponding to authorization of a payment associated with a payment card from an electronic terminal. The server identifies an electronic device of a user associated with the payment card. The server then transmits an instruction to the electronic device to cause an RFID reader of the electronic device to determine whether an RFID tag corresponding to the payment card is located within a predetermined proximity to the electronic device. When the payment card is located within the predetermined proximity, the server executes a first authentication protocol. Moreover, when the payment card is not located within the predetermined proximity, the server executes a second authentication protocol, wherein the second authentication protocol is more restrictive than the first authentication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Bryan J. Osterkamp, Kelly Q. Baker, David M. Jones, Jr., Ryan Thomas Russell, Robert Andrew Massie, Jon D. McEachron
  • Patent number: 11741815
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method obtains a transaction log for a transaction at a self-service terminal during which the self-service terminal fails to detect the presence of an item at the self-service terminal. Features are extracted from the transaction log and the features are applied to a model to generate an inference for the transaction. The inference is used to determine whether to issue an alert that improper scanning has occurred at the self-service terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew James Wipf, Christopher M. Brakob, Kathleen Jacqueline Roush, Ryan David Siskind, Francisco Cancino, III
  • Patent number: 11734666
    Abstract: In some implementations, a system for providing and managing associations between mobile computing device and physical shopping carts used in retail stores includes a physical shopping cart configured to transport physical goods around a store. The physical shopping cart includes a product detection system that is programmed to detect products that are placed in the physical shopping cart, a wireless transceiver to wirelessly communicate with other devices, and a cart identifier that uniquely identifies the physical shopping cart. The system further includes a mobile computing device that is programmed (i) to obtain the cart identifier for the shopping cart, (ii) to establish an association with the physical shopping cart using the cart identifier, and (iii) once the association between the physical shopping cart and the mobile computing device has been established, to output a user interface that provides a real-time summary of the products in the physical shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd A. Hagen, Josh Michael Dingman, Daniel Woods, Donald John Armstrong, Tomas Kadlec
  • Patent number: 11734737
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for the purchase of age-restricted merchandise without requiring the transmission of biometric information. In one form, the system includes: age-restricted merchandise items offered for sale to customers, a server that receives orders from customer devices, and a customer database containing a plurality of customer records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Nidhi Agarwal, Anika Setia, Sakshi Jain
  • Patent number: 11730328
    Abstract: A mobile cleaning robot system can include a mobile cleaning robot and processing circuitry. The mobile cleaning robot can include a camera and can be operable to clean a floor surface of an environment. The processing circuitry can be in communication with the mobile cleaning robot and the camera, the processing circuitry configured to produce an image output based on an optical field of view of the camera. The processing circuitry can also detect a visual fiducial in the image output and can determine a behavior modification based on the visual fiducial. The processing circuitry can modify movement of the mobile cleaning robot based on the behavior modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Burbank, Oliver Lewis
  • Patent number: 11734694
    Abstract: Systems and methods for digital refunds are disclosed. According to one embodiment, in an information processing apparatus comprising at least one computer processor, a method for digital refunds may include: (1) receiving, from an issuing financial institution, electronic transaction data for a transaction involving a product purchased by a customer from a merchant, the product having a purchase price; (2) determining a return period in which the product may be eligible for a return to the merchant; and (3) during the return period: (a) retrieving a current price for the product from the merchant or a third-party merchant; (b) determining that the current price for the product may be less than the purchase price; and (c) initiating a refund to the customer from the merchant for a difference between the current price and the purchase price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.
    Inventors: Raghuram Vudathu, Saumya Agrawal, Himateja Mikkilineni
  • Patent number: 11726496
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, an industrial facility is provided comprising a tag layout and at least one ingress/egress zone. The tag layout comprises at least one double row of tags. The ingress/egress zone is located outside of an area of the vehicle travel plane occupied by the aisle path and is bounded in its entirety by the double row of tags, by two or more double rows of tags, by a combination of one or more double rows of tags and one more selected facility boundaries, or by combinations thereof. The double row of tags is arranged in an n×m matrix that is configured for successive detection of the inner and outer rows of tags that is dependent on the point-of-origin of a sensor transit path across the double row of tags. Additional embodiments are disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel D. Walton, Nicholas J. Sherman
  • Patent number: 11727351
    Abstract: A computer-implemented database system for processing a returned item may include a memory storing instructions and at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to perform a process. The process may include receiving information relating to a returned item and selecting a first terminal among a first group of terminals. The process may also include receiving, via a first user interface, a first response to one or more first queries. The process may further include determining, based on the first response, a first condition category of the returned item. The process may further include transmitting the information relating to the returned item to the second terminal. The process may also include causing a second display associated with the second terminal to display in a second user interface one or more second queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Coupang Corp.
    Inventor: Ji Hun Cho
  • Patent number: 11727470
    Abstract: A customer places an order of items to be purchased with an online concierge system. The online concierge system provides the order to a picker who shops for the items at a retailer and delivers them. The online concierge system requests an image of a receipt of the order from the picker. The online concierge system performs image processing on the image of the receipt and uses machine learning and optical character recognition to determine the actual amounts purchased of items. The online concierge system charges the customer based on the actual amounts purchased of each item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Maplebear, Inc.
    Inventors: Camille van Horne, Sean Cashin
  • Patent number: 11724895
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for directed palletization using lights. In one embodiment, an example system may include a conveyor configured to support packages, a first set of LEDs disposed along a first side of the conveyor, the first set of LEDs having a first LED, a second set of LEDs disposed adjacent to the first set of LEDs, the second set of LEDs having a second LED, and a first sensor configured to identify packages. The system may include a second sensor disposed on the first side of the conveyor, and a third sensor disposed on the first side of the conveyor. A first color of the first LED may indicate the first package is to be scanned at the second sensor, and a second color of the second LED may indicate the second package is to be scanned at the third sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Deepanker Kocheta, Christopher Brendan Heneghan, Sudha Venkatesan
  • Patent number: 11727492
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for directing cash flows associated with a mortgage-backed security to back other securities without collapsing the original mortgage-backed security. A mortgage-backed security/an/or a set of loans is analyzed to identify cash flows from mortgages having specific desirable characteristics, and the cash flows are directed to subgroups or pools that support new mortgage-backed securities. The new securities make the desirable cash flows available to an issuer or prospective investor without collapsing the original mortgage-backed security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: FEDERAL HOME LOAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION (FREDDIE MAC)
    Inventors: Mark David Hanson, Marian J. Gora, Menner Abdullatief Tatang, Kalpana Rumburg, Xiaolan Pang, Philip Martin Dunn
  • Patent number: 11724882
    Abstract: An automated warehouse system can include automated pallet movers, a physical space in which the automated pallet movers operate, and a control system to provide commands to each of the automated pallet movers for operating in the physical space. The commands can include a pallet transportation command including a pallet identifier of a pallet to be transported by the automated pallet mover in the physical space, and a destination location to which the pallet is to be transported by the automated pallet mover. The commands can also include a control algorithm command that specifies a control algorithm for moving through the physical space. The automated pallet mover can be configured to transport the pallet to the destination location according to a route resulting from performance of the control algorithm, while other automated pallet movers concurrently transport other pallets to other destination locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Lineage Logistics, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Frank Eckman, Daniel Walet, Frank Baijens