Mechanized Store Patents (Class 235/383)
  • Patent number: 10255745
    Abstract: An accounting device according to an embodiment includes an input device that receives an instruction to start a job. A first display device includes a first screen facing a first direction towards a person who operates the input device. A change machine includes a depositing port for receiving money and a dispensing port for dispensing money. A second display device includes a second screen facing a second direction different from the first direction and towards a person who deposits money into the depositing port or receives money from the dispensing port. When the instruction received by the input device is to start a predetermined job that is different from the accounting transaction and that includes depositing money into the change machine or dispensing money from the change machine, the processor causes information supporting execution of the predetermined job to be displayed on the second screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Gotanda, Takashi Nakajima, Akiko Susaki
  • Patent number: 10248942
    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: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Terry Catoe, Mark Noble, John White, Burt Aycock, Claire McRoberts
  • Patent number: 10249160
    Abstract: Successive products associated with targets to be electro-optically read are swiped, in their respective turns, past a window in a point-of-transaction workstation. A motion detector detects movement of each product. A reader electro-optically reads a target associated with each moving product. If the target associated with each moving product has not been read, then this event is deemed suspicious, and the event is flagged for a security investigation designed to deter product theft by sweethearting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Pang, Christopher J. Fjellstad, Thomas Lackemann, John E. Britts, David R. Turturro
  • Patent number: 10239738
    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: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Shuvro Chakrobartty, Robert C. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10242398
    Abstract: A method may include receiving at an online payment service hosted on a first system, detailed information from an auction management (AM) system, the AM system hosted on a second system remote from the first system. The information may concern an item purchased by a user from a network-based commerce facility and placed in a virtual shopping cart on the AM system. The detailed information may be sent by the AM system in response to receiving an intent to proceed with payment for the item. A user interface may be communicated to the user that facilitates processing of the payment for the item. The processing may include marking the payment as being an AM payment. The interface may allow the user to view the detailed information and the detailed information describing contents of the virtual shopping cart on the AM system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Katherine Woo, Deborah Yee-Ky Liu
  • Patent number: 10242340
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are provided for enabling mobile device-based item acquisition and tracking. One exemplary method performed on a mobile device comprises entering a wireless scan mode, detecting a signal from a tag associated with an item in a first area and in proximity to the tag, presenting information associated with the tag, and adding the information to a list. The method further comprises detecting a second tag in a second area, and sending the list to a second device. A second exemplary method performed by a processing terminal comprises receiving the list from a mobile device, entering a wireless scan mode, detecting a signal from a tag associated with an item in proximity to the tag, determining whether the item associated with the detected tag is present on the received list, and enabling the mobile device to complete a transaction to purchase the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Hutch Douglas, Thomas Christopher Clarke, Deborah Nally
  • Patent number: 10235653
    Abstract: An inventory packing system and method are described. In some examples, a plurality of items having various dimensions may be accessed. A plurality of trays having various height dimensions into which the plurality of items can be packed may be identified. The plurality of items may be grouped into one or more groups based on height. Allocated inventory trays may be searched to locate free space that can function as a packing location for a first item. If free space is not found in the allocated inventory trays, other inventory trays can be allocated, searched, and free space identified in one of the other inventory trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Stubbs, Andrew D. Marchese
  • Patent number: 10229406
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and machine readable medium are provided for autonomous item identification in an environment including a mobile computational device and a container. One or more sensors are disposed at the container to sense a selected item being placed in the container. In response to sensing the selected item being placed in the container, a location of the container is determined using a positioning system. One or more physical characteristics of the selected item is sensed via the one or more sensors at the container. A set of stored characteristics is retrieved from a database for available items proximate to the location of the container. An identification code for the selected item is identified based on a comparison of the one or more physical characteristics of the selected item with the stored characteristics retrieved from the database of the available items based on the location of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron James Vasgaard, Matthew Allen Jones, Nicholaus Adam Jones, Robert James Taylor
  • Patent number: 10223596
    Abstract: Systems and associated methods are disclosed to reduce wait time experienced by customers during order fulfillment and pick-up. The system utilizes cameras and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) to quickly identify vehicles associated with customer accounts and pending pick-up orders upon arrival. Proximity detectors provide an additional layer of vehicle detection. A concierge tool provides manual inputs from a user relating to vehicle or customer status. The system provides for synthesis and fusion of these diverse input types to accurately detect and identify arriving and departing customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Edwards, Jon Robert Ducrou, Tony Li, Sheng-Wei Lin, Lev Zelenskiy
  • Patent number: 10217104
    Abstract: An antitheft protection device that includes an electronic antitheft element. The device also includes an element for deactivating the electronic antitheft element; an energy supply at least indirectly powering said element for deactivating the electronic antitheft element; and an element to receive a command to deactivate the electronic antitheft element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: INGENICO GROUP
    Inventors: Pierre Martinez, Eric Brier
  • Patent number: 10217150
    Abstract: An auto repair quote platform may be provided. The platform may allow a user to enter a set of parameters and request quotes from service providers based on those parameters. Service providers may also enter parameters for matching their quotes to a request. The platform may further allow a user to accept a quote and schedule an appointment with the chosen service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Top Brands Tire & Wheel
    Inventors: Boake Sells, William Seltzer, Richard Goodwin, John Szabo, Douglas Masters
  • Patent number: 10217098
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for reprinting a receipt. Where a customer has elected to receive electronic receipts, an electronic receipt may be received on a mobile electronic device following a customer purchase or other transaction at a brick and mortar retail store. Where a customer requests that the receipt be reprinted at the time of the transaction, the election to receive electronic receipts is overridden and a paper copy of the receipt is printed at the register or terminal where the transaction was completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 10210361
    Abstract: A checkout counter includes a support surface for a standing person to place and remove items. A powered conveyor transports placed items in a direction from a first end of the conveyor toward an opposite end. The conveyor has a discharge end, and part of the support surface extends toward the opposite end beyond the conveyor. An upward-oriented bar code scanner in the support surface reads bar codes as an attendant passes them over the scanner. At least one bag mount extends laterally from the support surface and the support surface define an attendant cockpit located laterally of the checkout counter near the discharge end, allowing an attendant to stand in the cockpit facing the counter at a substantially right angle. The attendant can handle items discharged from the conveyor, pass them over the scanner, and place them in a bag without having to twist or turn his or her body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Terry Catoe
  • Patent number: 10206524
    Abstract: A checkout terminal for customers in a retail store. The terminal provides a path for products from a loading conveyor section, via a scanning section and a common transfer conveyor section, to reach a respective one of a plurality of plurality of packing stations to be bagged or packed by or for the customer. Conveniently, three of these packing stations are arranged substantially parallel to each other. Each packing station may be associated with a corresponding payment interface. Customer throughput is increased by providing multiple packing areas associated with one loading and scanning area, and customer convenience is improved by the faster and more efficient configuration of the checkout terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ASDA Stores Limited
    Inventors: Samantha McPherson, Zoe Brough, Nazim Cheema, Paul Harrington, Sarah Lawson, Paul Dennis
  • Patent number: 10203678
    Abstract: Disclosed aspects relate to food freshness management. A freshness triggering event may be identified for a food item. The freshness triggering event may indicate that a criterion related to the food item has been achieved. A food freshness management action may be determined. The food freshness management action may be determined to respond to the freshness triggering event for the food item. The food freshness management action may be initiated. The food freshness management action may be carried-out with respect to the freshness triggering event for the food item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Heidi Lagares-Greenblatt, Jenny S. Li, Pamela A. Nesbitt, Xinlin Wang
  • Patent number: 10198916
    Abstract: In a checkout system, a registration apparatus is set to be capable of executing data communication with any one of a plurality of checkout apparatuses before data input of a commodity purchased by a customer at the registration apparatus is started or during a period from the start to the termination thereof. Details of the commodity of which the data is input in the registration apparatus capable of executing data communication with any one of the checkout apparatuses capable of executing the data communication are displayed on a display of the corresponding checkout apparatus before the data input of all commodities purchased by the customer is terminated. Settlement is executed based on input payment data at any one of the checkout apparatuses capable of executing the data communication if the data input of all the commodities purchased by the customer in the registration apparatus is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Gotanda
  • Patent number: 10189642
    Abstract: Described in detail herein is an autonomous fulfillment system. The system includes the first computing system, with an interactive display. The first computing system can transmit a request for physical objects from a facility. A second computing system can transmit instructions autonomous robot devices to retrieve the physical objects from the facility. The second computing system can control the image capturing device of the autonomous robot device to capture a live image feed of the at least one physical object picked up by the at least autonomous robot device. The second computing system can switch an input feed of the first computing system to display the live image feed on the display of the first computing system. The second computing system, instruct the autonomous device to discard the physical objects picked up by the at least one autonomous robot device and to pick up a replacement physical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald High, David Winkle, Brian Gerard McHale, Todd Davenport Mattingly
  • Patent number: 10192408
    Abstract: Registry verification is used in a mechanized store. A camera is used to count a first number of items taken by a user. Radio frequency tags are used to determine a second number of items. The first number of items is compared to the second number of items to reduce a likelihood of errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Bernd Schoner
  • Patent number: 10192247
    Abstract: Provided are a goods buying and selling method for buying goods through offline shopping and a shopping support system supporting the same. A buyer collects delivery information for delivery of bought goods based on short-range wireless communication using his or her own terminal. The collected delivery information includes any one of information about a destination to which bought goods are to be delivered and buyer identifier information, and information about the bought goods, and at least one of a payment terminal, a merchant server and a relay server requests delivery of the bought goods from a delivery server based on the collected delivery information. In addition, the buyer collects goods purchase information recorded in recording media arranged in an offline store using his or her own terminal, and pays for desired bought goods based on the collected goods purchase information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: KOREA INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung-Hwa Roh, Jang-Hyuk Lee, Jeong-Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 10192257
    Abstract: Systems and methods for ordering items from an electronic menu and servicing thereof, in a networked computing environment that communicably connects via at least one network at least a plurality of first handheld electronic devices (e.g., wait staff operated devices in a restaurant), a plurality of second handheld electronic devices (e.g., patron operated devices in a restaurant) configured to display the electronic menu, and a venue computer are described. Corresponding apparatuses are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Yu Fang, Robert R. Dykes, Heidi Gibson
  • Patent number: 10181240
    Abstract: An information reading apparatus is provided. The information reading apparatus enables stable contactless communication with a contactless communication medium even when the apparatus includes a display device for displaying information associated with reading results, in addition to an information reading device and a contactless communication device. The information stored in the contactless communication medium held over a reading surface is read by the contactless communication device according to transmission/reception of electromagnetic waves via an antenna. The reading surface includes a reading port on the inside of the antenna in plan view of the reading surface, and includes a mark arranged not to overlap the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Takahiro Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10176487
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present disclosure facilitate providing a marketplace for accessories of a remote monitoring and management product. In some embodiments, the system may be configured to create a first user account for a first user with a first number of points, and a second user account for a second user with a second number of points. The system may obtain a first RMM accessory item (e.g., a monitor, a data view, an antivirus definition, a search, a report, a script, a system component, a plugin, a probe, or a definition) and a corresponding price. Responsive to receiving an indication of interest, the system may transmit the first RMM accessory item to the second user, add to the first number of points a first multiplier times the price, and subtract from the second number of points a second multiplier times the price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Connectwise, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Alan Cheloff, Chris Goetschius
  • Patent number: 10176513
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system for assisting users in locating items from inventory locations and/or obtaining additional information about items. In some instances, a user may experience difficulty in locating an inventory item in a materials handling facility. By detecting one or more expressions presented by the user, an inventory management system may determine that assistance is to be provided to the user, determine and provide the appropriate assistance to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Muralidhar Koka, Sudarshan Narasimha Raghavan, Yasser Baseer Asmi, Ammar Chinoy, Korwin Jon Smith, Dilip Kumar
  • Patent number: 10169660
    Abstract: Described is a system for counting stacked items using image analysis. In one implementation, an image of an inventory location with stacked items is obtained and processed to determine the number of items stacked at the inventory location. In some instances, the item closest to the camera that obtains the image may be the only item viewable in the image. Using image analysis, such as depth mapping or Histogram of Oriented Gradients (HOG) algorithms, the distance of the item from the camera and the shelf of the inventory location can be determined. Using this information, and known dimension information for the item, a count of the number of items stacked at an inventory location may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaofeng Ren, Avishkar Misra, Ohil Krishnamurthy Manyam, Liefeng Bo, Sudarshan Narasimha Raghavan, Christopher Robert Towers, Gopi Prashanth Gopal, Yasser Baseer Asmi
  • Patent number: 10169626
    Abstract: A system and method are described for Internet of Things (IoT) shelf tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Britt, Shin Matsumura, Houman Forood
  • Patent number: 10169752
    Abstract: A merchandise item registration apparatus includes: a left photoelectric sensor that senses an object in a first area located on one side of a recognition area for merchandise items in a merchandise item identification device; a right photoelectric sensor that senses the object in a second area located on the other side of the recognition area; and a camera that captures an image of the recognition area. A merchandise item is identified by sensing the object from the image of the recognition area captured by the camera, and a POS terminal is made to perform a merchandise item registration process or a provisional registration cancellation process in accordance with the temporal sequence of results of the sensing performed by the camera in the respective areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Noriyoshi Katsumura
  • Patent number: 10169677
    Abstract: Described is a system for counting stacked items using image analysis. In one implementation, an image of an inventory location with stacked items is obtained and processed to determine the number of items stacked at the inventory location. In some instances, the item closest to the camera that obtains the image may be the only item viewable in the image. Using image analysis, such as depth mapping or Histogram of Oriented Gradients (HOG) algorithms, the distance of the item from the camera and the shelf of the inventory location can be determined. Using this information, and known dimension information for the item, a count of the number of items stacked at an inventory location may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaofeng Ren, Liefeng Bo, Ohil Krishnamurthy Manyam, Avishkar Misra, Sudarshan Narasimha Raghavan, Christopher Robert Towers, Gopi Prashanth Gopal, Yasser Baseer Asmi
  • Patent number: 10163373
    Abstract: A method for updating the position of electronic price tag by graphic code including: step 1, placing a plurality kinds of commodities on a commodity shelf, mounting an electronic price tag screen on the commodity shelf and below the commodities; step 2, displaying at least n position graphic codes with an even interval on the electronic price tag screen; step 3, carrying out a first scan to send the commodity information to a server; step 4, carrying out a second scan to check a position of the commodity; step 5, sending a plurality of size graphic codes with different size information to a position where the position graphic code in step 4 locates; step 6, selecting a size graphic code with a proper size for a third scan by the supermarket tally clerk; step 7, generating a commodity tag by the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: WUXI VISION PEAK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Jin Bao
  • Patent number: 10157364
    Abstract: A device may monitor, based on location information, a proximity of a vehicle and a third party location of a third party using a set of sensors. The location information may have been received from the vehicle. The location information may identify a location of the vehicle and the third party location. The device may process personal information to determine that an order is associated with the vehicle or an individual associated with the vehicle. The personal information may have been received from the vehicle. The device may receive, via another device associated with the vehicle or the individual, confirmation to complete a transaction for the order. The device may perform a first action to complete the transaction. The device may perform a second action to facilitate a good or a service associated with the order to be delivered to the vehicle in association with performing the first action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Capital One Service, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Koeppel, Robert Perry
  • Patent number: 10152623
    Abstract: A multi-mode ring scanner (MMRS) has a ring unit for wearing on a finger. The MMRS optionally has a wrist unit coupled to the ring unit, such as via a cable. The MMRS optionally communicates wirelessly with a computing device. The ring unit has one or more scanners (such as an optical scanner or an RFID tag reader). The ring unit optionally has two paddle switches for activation by inward pressure from fingers adjacent to the finger. The two switches enable specifying operation of the MMRS in a plurality of modes and/or to communicate a plurality of information codes to the computing device. The computing device is optionally enabled to assign a function to each combination of activation of the two switches. A scanning system including the MMRS optionally provides feedback to a user based on feedback from a host processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Socket Mobile, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert John Miller, Allan Leafblad, Thomas J. Newman, Leonard Ott, John E. Brandon, Charles E. Ader, Timothy Miller
  • Patent number: 10146301
    Abstract: Rich media content, such as advertising, can be provided for display on a two-dimensional screen to give the user an impression that the screen is a window into a three-dimensional (3D) environment. For example, the user's head can be tracked and the graphical elements of the advertisement can be rendered based on the position of the user's head relative to a computing device such that the graphical elements appear to have 3D depth. A full or substantially full 3D view of a product can be presented. Additional information, such as a product description, features, pricing, user ratings, user reviews, among others, can also be displayed based on the position of the user's head relative to the computing device. A 3D video can also be presented, and a user can view different perspectives of the video based on the position of the user's head with respect to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Reginald Jassal, Graeme Smith
  • Patent number: 10146887
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for providing separate views for items. A network page providing a summary view of at least a portion of a pool of items is encoded in a computing resource for rendering by a client computing device. A window superimposed over at least a portion of the summary view is rendered by the client computing device. The summary view is deemphasized relative to the window that is superimposed. The window provides a separate view for examination of one item from the pool of items, and the window facilitates a serial examination of the pool of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Bates, Sean M. Scott, Brent Allen Vincent, John P. Simons, Maren M. Costa, Douglas J. Gradt, Eva Manolis, Gianna Lise Puerini
  • Patent number: 10139495
    Abstract: A shelving and package locating system for delivery vehicles includes one or more shelves for storing packages within a package-delivery vehicle during delivery. Each package is associated with both a geographic delivery address and an assigned location on a particular shelf within the package-delivery vehicle. A GPS unit determines the location of the package-delivery vehicle during delivery, and a computer provides the shelf location of a particular package when that package's delivery-location information substantially corresponds to vehicle-location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Payne
  • Patent number: 10134005
    Abstract: An inventory monitoring system (10) is provided, which includes a number of merchandise detectors (12) that each include a number of sensors that are configured to detect the presence or absence of products in a predetermined merchandise position, a position on a shelf in a retail space, and to emit a detect signal confirming such presence or absence. Each of the merchandise detectors (12) also includes a rear unit (28) with a transmitter that is connected to the sensor and that transmits the detect signal. The system (10) includes one or more gateway device (36,40) that receives the detect signals from the merchandise detectors (12) and compiles a merchandise data signal from the detect signals, and transmits it a computer (42) to be used in monitoring and managing inventory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FULL FACING (PTY) LTD
    Inventor: Adriaan Zagarias Albertus Labuschagne
  • Patent number: 10134069
    Abstract: Methods, computer systems, and stored instructions are provided for improving opaque transactions where the identity of the seller is not revealed to the user until after the user purchases an item from the seller. In response to a conditional purchase offer received from the user, a subset of travel items are selected. An eligibility of the user for enhanced information such as a discounted price and/or an identity of at least one of the sellers of the subset of travel items is determined. Based on the eligibility of the user, the user is matched to one or more pieces of enhanced information. A user interface including an enhanced description of a travel item and a limited description of remaining travel items is provided. In response to a user selection of a travel item, a purchase transaction is completed between the user and the seller of the selected travel item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: priceline.com LLC
    Inventors: Scott B. Lake, John Caine
  • Patent number: 10127418
    Abstract: A portable container (2) for one or more articles (16) each tagged with a respective Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) device (18). The container (2) comprises: a bay (6) having at least one opening (O) for removal and/or placement of RFID-tagged articles (16) into the bay (6); a lid (15) for covering the at least one opening in the bay (6), wherein the lid (15) is openable to permit access to the bay (6); a detector device (21,22) for detecting RFID-tagged articles (16) located in the bay (6); a power supply (30) for supplying electrical power to the detector device (21,22). The container (2) further comprises: an electromagnetic shield (19,19a,19b,19c,19d) wherein the bay (6) and the at least opening in the bay (6) is enclosed by the electromagnetic shield and wherein the lid (15) forms part of the electromagnetic shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Stanley Middle East FZE
    Inventor: Thierry Demaretz
  • Patent number: 10127491
    Abstract: A baler is provided with binding material having identification tags at spaced intervals. A formed bale is bound with the binding material using a knotter system on the baler to obtain a completed bale. The identification tag is identified with a read module and sensed parameters of the crop material or bale are associated with the identification tag on the completed bale. A number of identified bales are then joined into the aggregation of bales. The identification tag for each of the identified bales in the aggregate is associated to the aggregation of bales. A person then could read a single identification tag of one of the identified bale in the aggregate which would then populate a characteristic field in the software for each identified bale in the aggregate based off the single identification tag that was read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Hamilton, Emmanuel Regis Magisson
  • Patent number: 10121137
    Abstract: A context aware process is utilized to speed self-checkout. In one aspect, such a process is utilized to simplify response to a weight mismatch condition where a produce scale weight and a bagging scale weight for an item differs by more than a predetermined amount. Other examples of the application of such a process to other aspects of self-checkout are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas V Edwards
  • Patent number: 10121136
    Abstract: In some examples, a merchant device at a point of sale (POS) location may present information to a merchant in a first language preferred by the merchant, and may present information to a buyer in a second language preferred by the buyer. The merchant device may switch between the different languages in response to detecting a change in the physical orientation of a display. For instance, in a first orientation in which the display is viewable from a merchant direction, the merchant device may present information in the language preferred by the merchant. When the orientation of the display is changed to a second orientation in which the display is viewable from a buyer direction, the merchant device may present information in the language indicated to be preferred by the buyer. Various techniques may be used for determining the preferred language of a particular buyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Lang Mocko, Koun Han, Hsuan-Yu (Jerry) Lin, Michael Wells White
  • Patent number: 10111182
    Abstract: An apparatus for radio beacon includes: a transmission circuit configured to transmit a radio beacon signal; a detection circuit configured to detect an entrance of an obstacle into a radio space of the transmission circuit; and a control circuit configured to control the transmission circuit, based on a control value corresponding to a number of times of detection which indicates the number of times the entrance of the obstacle has been detected in a given time in the detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Atsushi Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 10102497
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are provided for enabling mobile device-based item acquisition and tracking. One exemplary method performed on a mobile device comprises entering a wireless scan mode, detecting a signal from a tag associated with an item in a first area and in proximity to the tag, presenting information associated with the tag, and adding the information to a list. The method further comprises detecting a second tag in a second area, and sending the list to a second device. A second exemplary method performed by a processing terminal comprises receiving the list from a mobile device, entering a wireless scan mode, detecting a signal from a tag associated with an item in proximity to the tag, determining whether the item associated with the detected tag is present on the received list, and enabling the mobile device to complete a transaction to purchase the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Douglas, Thomas Christopher Clarke, Deborah Nally
  • Patent number: 10104199
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system, method, or computer program product for creating a communicable linkage for information retrieval and notifications between devices. In this way, the invention identifies a mobile device at an entity location. The system may integrate into the mobile device and present an interactive display onto the display of the mobile device, allowing the user to select products/services associated with the entity. Based on the general interaction and selection a user makes via the mobile device, the system identifies the interaction and presents interaction data to the entity representative at the entity location for assisting the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nathan Dent, Caitlin Chrisman Bullock, Matthew Eugene Clark, Nitu Nanda
  • Patent number: 10099381
    Abstract: Described are techniques for storing and retrieving items using a robotic device for moving items. Any combinations of image data depicting a manipulator interacting with an item, sensor data from sensors instrumenting the manipulator or item, item data regarding characteristics of the item, and constraint data relating to characteristics of the robotic device may be used to generate one or more configurations for the robotic device. The configurations may include points of contact and force vectors for contacting the item using the robotic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Pradeep Krishna Yarlagadda, C├ędric Philippe Charles Jean Ghislain Archambeau, James Christopher Curlander, Michael Donoser, Ralf Herbrich, Barry James O'Brien, Marshall Friend Tappen
  • Patent number: 10102513
    Abstract: Systems and methods for integrating online and in-store shopping are disclosed. The systems include a cashier station located in a store. The cashier station has a register, a product ID input device, and a screen accessible to a customer at the cashier station. An online site configured to facilitate ecommerce transactions between users and the store is also provided. The cashier station is in communication with the online store whereby recommended products are presented to the customer on the screen in response to the input of a product ID at the cashier station allowing the customer to make additional related purchases from the online site contemporaneously with the in-store purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventor: Murad Dar
  • Patent number: 10096012
    Abstract: A payment terminal, including: a display, an input device configured to generate input signals indicative of a user input, a payment instrument reader configured to receive payment instrument data from a financial payment instrument, a secure processor connected to the payment instrument reader, a main processor connected to the display, the main processor separate and distinct from the secure processor, a secure input processor connected to the input device and the secure processor, wherein the secure processor is operable between an unsecured mode, wherein the secure processor sends input coordinates based on the input signals received from the secure input processor to the main processor; and a secured mode, wherein the secure input processor ceases input coordinate forwarding to the main processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Poynt Co.
    Inventors: Osama Bedier, Ray Tanaka, Robert Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10097949
    Abstract: Customers would like to minimize the time waiting in lines; however, it is often difficult to understand which lane to choose. The present invention embraces a device, system, and method to help customers understand which lanes are open and operating most efficiently. The invention utilizes Bluetooth-low-energy (BLE) transmitters located at each lane to transmit updated information related to (i) the lane's status (e.g., open or in-use) and (ii) the lane's quality (e.g., throughput efficiency). Portable electronic devices used by customers may receive the BLE signals and understand (e.g., using augmented reality) which lane would be most likely to provide a quick process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Todeschini
  • Patent number: 10096043
    Abstract: A computing apparatus is configured to formulate and adjust offers to users of mobile devices that are configured to capture identification information of products, such as UPC codes. The transaction data of the user, the activities of the user capturing the identification information of products, the location of the user, and the user's reactions to the offers are used to incrementally adjust the offers according to offer rules specified by the merchants. The mobile devices can be used to initiate a checkout process for purchasing items identified by the captured identification information of the products from the physical retail store at which the user is currently located, or via an online store associated with an offer presented via the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Andrew Beck, Sebastian Badea, Vanita Pandey
  • Patent number: 10089597
    Abstract: Utilities that allow for configuring rack space in a growing operation. In one aspect, a utility for generating a rack sheet report is disclosed that indicates a determined quantity of a plurality of inventory items to be disposed on each shelf of a rack for use in loading a vehicle with the plurality of inventory items in an economically efficient manner. Additionally, the present disclosure includes embodiments that relate to generating a maser pull report that includes total quantities of each identified common instance of the plurality of inventory item objects in a master pull group object for use in harvesting or otherwise collecting the plurality of inventory items from the growing operation and loading the plurality of inventory items into a vehicle in a coordinated manner (e.g., based on a priority value).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Flowvision, LLC
    Inventors: Gerson Cortes, Michael Henderson, David Pytel, John Denzel
  • Patent number: 10090887
    Abstract: A system, in a first radio frequency (RF) device, dynamically selects a plurality of reflector devices along a non-line-of-sight (NLOS) radio path based on a first set of criteria. The plurality of reflector devices comprises at least an active reflector device and a passive reflector device. The first RF device further controls the dynamically selected plurality of reflector devices based on a second set of criteria. A plurality of RF signals transmitted by the controlled plurality of reflector devices is received at a second RF device. A first type of signal associated with the received plurality of RF signals is converted to a second type of signal. Transmission of the second type of signal to one or more electronic devices associated with the second RF device is controlled based on one or more device characteristics of the one or more electronic devices or the second RF device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: MOVANDI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ahmadreza Rofougaran, Seunghwan Yoon
  • Patent number: 10083417
    Abstract: Stock management for electronic transactions includes receiving an indication that an item of stock has been selected to be purchased by a purchaser. Stock management for electronic transactions also includes obtaining information relating to the purchaser, and determining whether to remove the item from stock based on the obtained information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lisa Marie Wood Bradley, Nan Li, Charles E. Wiese, Marissa A. Wood