Mechanized Store Patents (Class 235/383)
  • Patent number: 10706249
    Abstract: A scanning device includes: an image sensor configured to capture at an indicia image of an indicia carried on a surface of the object and an object image of a different portion of the object, wherein the indicia encodes an identifier of the object; and a processor. The processor is to: interpret the indicia to decode the identifier of the object therefrom; in response to a successful decode, transmit the identifier to a store database server for the store database server to correlate the identifier to a price at which the object is to be sold and to respond with the price; in response to a failure to obtain the price based on the indicia, transmit the at least one image to an exception handling server for the exception handling server to respond with the price; receive the price; and visually present the price to enable selling the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Datalogic USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Svetal
  • Patent number: 10706517
    Abstract: A system and a method for validating items gathered (i.e., picked) as part of a logistics process are disclosed. The picking system uses one or more sensors to sense the physical attributes of an item (e.g., weight, color, size/shape, etc.). The sensed-physical attributes are compared to expected-physical attributes stored for the item. Based on the comparison, a user may receive feedback confirming or rejecting the picked item. In some embodiments, the picking system uses the collected physical data to improve, or add to, the expected-physical attributes. The picking system may also be integrated with a powered-industrial vehicle and/or a warehouse management system to improve usability and effectiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC
    Inventor: James Chamberlin
  • Patent number: 10699536
    Abstract: Registry verification is used in a mechanized store. One or more sensors are used to identify one or more items available for purchase at display in a store. One or more cameras are used to detect identities of the one or more items removed by a user from the display. Identities of the one or more items identified by the one or more sensors are compared to the identities of the one or more items detected by the one or more cameras to obtain a result that is saved to a record of the user. The user can be charged for the items removed from the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Standard Cognition Corp.
    Inventor: Bernd Schoner
  • Patent number: 10699239
    Abstract: A system and method for managing transportation and storage of packages by crowd sourcing to individuals, including a server; first device and second devices having a proximity interface, with one device including a mobile device of a crowdsourced individual; and a package control device attached to a package. The server and first and second devices having a processor, a memory and a communication network interface. The server and the package control device having transport and storage information, including authentication information to authorize package handover. The server communicates the transport and storage information via the communication network interface with the first or second device, which communicates same over the proximity interface with the package control device. The first or the second device compares the authentication information communicated by the server and the package control device, and authorizes the handover of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: COREORIENT OY
    Inventors: Heikki Pekka Waris, Harri Lauri Paloheimo
  • Patent number: 10699172
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for generating information identification codes are provided. One of the methods includes: requesting a user's code generation seed from a code identifying party; receiving a first code generation seed from the code identifying party; and synchronizing the first code generation seed to a client of the user, for the user to generate an information identification code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventors: Ge Chen, Lingnan Shen, Bo Weng, Huifeng Jin
  • Patent number: 10699537
    Abstract: A mechanized identifies a user in an area. A sensor is used to identify an item removed from a display by the user. Cameras are configured to detect items removed from the display. An identity of the user is matched to items removed from the display by the user to obtain a result. The result is saved to a record of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Standard Cognitions Corp.
    Inventor: Bernd Schoner
  • Patent number: 10679447
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for facilitating the exchange of an item. For example, a containment component is configured to receive one or more items. A locking component is configured to selectively restrict or allow access to the item. A code generation component is configured to generate and provide an unlocking code to a requestor (e.g., based upon payment by the requestor that requests access to the item). A code entry component is configured to receive user input of a code. The code entry component either retains the locking component in a locked state if the code is not validated as the unlocking code or transitions the locking component into an unlocked state if the code is validated as the unlocking code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Jackson William Wegelin
  • Patent number: 10679471
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein each include at least one of systems, methods, and software for model-based data validation to identify when self-scan checkout data requires validation. Some embodiments, in the form of a method includes receiving, via a network from a self-scanning device, a self-scan dataset of items for purchase within a purchase data processing transaction and evaluating the self-scan dataset to determine whether to require a rescan of items represented in the self-scan dataset. In such embodiments when a rescan is determined to be required, the method includes transmitting via the network to at least one of the self-scan device and at least one device of a store employee data indicating a rescan is required. However, when a rescan is not determined to be required, the method includes permitting the purchase data processing transaction to proceed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Itamar David Laserson, Avishay Farbstein, Tali Shpigel
  • Patent number: 10664869
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can receive user social network information, including user location information, for a plurality of users. The plurality of users is filtered based on user social network information. A business action is determined based on the user social network information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: John Taskin Mendiola, Edward Francis Wolf, Mario Alberto Vinasco Vallejo, Joseph Messiha
  • Patent number: 10657743
    Abstract: A method for locking and unlocking a receptacle for a mobile telecommunications terminal device, such as a smartphone. The receptacle is arranged in a holding device. A token is assigned to the holding device and secured against removal in an insertion opening. The token is released when a telecommunications terminal device is locked in the receptacle. When the token is inserted, an authorisation check is carried out for checking an assignment of the token. If the assignment is confirmed, the lock is unlocked. A signal is thereby generated when locking the telecommunications terminal device in the receptacle or upon successful authorization. The signal is transmitted to a blocking element that blocks the movement of a first control element. The signal activates the blocking element to end the block of the control element movement. There is also described a holding device for a mobile telecommunications terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Franz Wieth, Andreas Filosi
  • Patent number: 10657336
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a merchandise reading apparatus is equipped with a storage chamber formed of a radio wave shielding member and a reading apparatus which reads information of a radio tag from merchandise attached with the radio tag and stored in the storage chamber, and at least a part of the storage chamber is formed of a light transmitting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sunao Tsuchida, Sadatoshi Oishi, Jun Yaginuma, Seiya Kishimoto, Yuki Koike
  • Patent number: 10647343
    Abstract: The application discloses a shopping cart, an electronic device, and a method. The shopping cart can include a first acquisition apparatus configured to obtain user preference information associated with a user of the shopping cart. The shopping cart can further include a second acquisition apparatus configured to acquire product information of a commercial product and processing circuitry configured to determine whether the product information matches the user preference information. When the product information fails to match the user preference information, the processing circuitry performs a prompting operation corresponding to the commercial product to prompt the user that the product information fails to match the user preference information. The shopping cart can include a mechanical frame that includes a storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ke Wu
  • Patent number: 10650366
    Abstract: A registration settlement apparatus comprises a first determining module configured to determine contents of a transaction in response to an operation by a first operator; a second determining module configured to determine contents of the transaction in response to an operation by a second operator facing the first operator across the registration settlement apparatus; a determination control module configured to enable one of the first and second determining modules, and to switch to the determining module enabled for the determination on contents of a transaction started thereafter in response to a button operation by the second operator before the determination on contents of one transaction is started; and a settlement module configured to perform a settlement processing of calculating a settlement amount based on the contents of the transaction determined by the determining module enabled, and settling the calculated settlement amount in response to an operation by the first operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichi Ogawa, Takashi Muraoka
  • Patent number: 10635876
    Abstract: An exemplary method of decoding a barcode uses a barcode template of known fixed fields in the barcode to enhance error correction in decoding of the barcode. A barcode having encoded data is scanned with an exemplary electronic device including a barcode scanner, a memory, and a barcode template stored in the memory. The barcode template includes fixed data fields and variable data fields. The barcode's encoded data are sampled into a codeword array, and a barcode template that matches the format of the scanned barcode is selected. Typically, error correction is then performed on the codeword array, and the error-corrected codeword array is then outputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Meier, Bill Field
  • Patent number: 10636034
    Abstract: A point of sale (POS) is programmed to add unrestricted items to a transaction. In response to presentation of unique customer identification, the customer's identity is verified by transmitting an image associated with the unique identification to the POS. In response to receiving verification that the image corresponds to the presenter of the unique identification, a self-checkout interface is displayed by the POS. Restricted items are input by the customer and, if the customer is determined eligible to purchase the restricted items, they are added to the transaction. Payment for both restricted and unrestricted items in the transaction is then processed. Eligibility may be determined on a server system that determines the customer's age and possibly one or more other eligibility criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Ruth A. Boyd, Meriah D. Montondo, Kellie D. Embree
  • Patent number: 10633231
    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: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Shuvro Chakrobartty, Robert C. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10638012
    Abstract: An information processing system is provided that includes a first information processing apparatus and a second information processing apparatus. The first information processing apparatus includes a first storage unit configured to store a first program that has been developed at a first region and a first processor configured to implement processes of receiving, via a network, a second program that has been developed at a second region and stored in the second information processing apparatus, and generating a program product unit including at least one selected program that has been selected by a user from among the first program stored in the first storage unit and the second program received via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoru Hirakata, Ryoh Takemoto
  • Patent number: 10630959
    Abstract: Disclosed systems and methods for detecting and tracking a quantity of items in a particular location by optical means. The system includes an imager having a field of view directed over a region of interest where the items to be tracked are located, the imager being operable to acquire images of the items. The system further includes a controller in operative communication with the imager, where the controller acquires depth data from the images and determines volume measurements based on the depth data. Based on the determined volume measurements, the system is capable of counting and tracking the items present in the region of interest using optical means to avoid relying on barcodes or other identifier information affixed to the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: DATALOGIC USA, INC.
    Inventor: Bryan L. Olmstead
  • Patent number: 10620013
    Abstract: A testing apparatus (1) for testing a location-based application on a mobile device (14). The apparatus comprises a first platform (10) having a support portion (12) for supporting at least one test mobile device (14); and a support element (20) spaced from the first platform (10). The support element (20) is configured to support a recording device (24) and permit a camera lens on the recording device (24) to view the support portion (12) of the first platform (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SITA Information Networking Computing USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry James Zeephat
  • Patent number: 10621394
    Abstract: A retrofit self-contained RFID-enabling module for automatically identifying and tracking medical articles having RF tags located in a container having electrically-conductive walls includes a base having a probe mounted to the base for injecting activating rf energy into the container in which the module has been mounted. The base also includes a reader board that controls the probe between an injection mode, in which it injects RFID tag activation energy into the container to activate the tags on the medical articles, and a non-injecting mode during which the identification signals of the activated RFID tags on the medical articles can be read. The module is self-contained in that only power is needed to operate. The size of the module, including its components, is selected in relation to the size of the container so that the module may be “dropped into” the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: MEPS Real-Time, Inc.
    Inventors: Shariq Hussain, Paul M. Elizondo, II
  • Patent number: 10621650
    Abstract: A media enhanced shopping cart system comprises a shopping cart comprising a frame, a basket, a handle, a base tray, a plurality of wheels, a read component for performing a proximity scan of the shopping cart, a locationing component for determining a location of the shopping cart within a store based on the scan, and a display component for displaying at least one advertisement for a product based on the location of the shopping cart within the store, wherein the locationing component is further operable to determine a location of the product within the store relative to the shopping cart based on the scan, and wherein the display component is further operable to display an indication of the location of the advertised product relative to the location of the shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: MEDIA CART HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Saul Stawar, Cody Singleton, Bret Aylor
  • Patent number: 10611569
    Abstract: A picking system includes a management apparatus, wireless communicator-indicators, an autonomous transport device, and a local-area wireless communication device. The management apparatus transmits picking-instruction information to the autonomous transport device via the local-area wireless communication device. The autonomous transport device receives the picking-instruction information and moves to a target storage position, which is one of storages positions where one or more picking items specified by the picking-instruction information are stored. In a state in which the autonomous transport device has reached a position within a communication range of a target wireless communicator-indicator, which is one of the wireless communicator-indicators disposed so as to correspond to the target storage position, the autonomous transport device transmits an indication instruction to the target wireless communicator-indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Eiji Kurimoto, Kazushi Horita, Naohisa Tsutada
  • Patent number: 10614394
    Abstract: A method for forecasting includes obtaining input data from a data store, using a processor to forecast future data with a currently selected model, detecting a trigger event using a processor, training alternative models in a model family or from multiple families on the input data based on detecting in response to detecting the trigger event, identifying a replacement model from the alternative models using a processor, and using a processor to forecast future data with the replacement model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventor: Prabir Majumder
  • Patent number: 10607080
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor. The processor receives an algorithmic shopping cart that includes a first set of items determined by an algorithm to have been selected by a person during a shopping session in a physical store, based on a set of inputs received from sensors located within the physical store. The processor also receives a virtual shopping cart that includes a second set of items. Video of the shopping session was captured by a set of cameras located in the physical store and depicts the person selecting the second set of items. The processor compares the algorithmic cart to the virtual cart and determines that a discrepancy exists between the algorithmic cart and the virtual cart. The processor determines a subset of the set of inputs associated with the discrepancy and attaches metadata explaining the discrepancy to the subset. The processor uses the subset to train the algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: 7-Eleven, Inc.
    Inventors: Shahmeer Ali Mirza, Sailesh Bharathwaaj Krishnamurthy, Trong Nghia Nguyen, Sarath Vakacharla
  • Patent number: 10607215
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are used in a token based financial transaction system, whereby individual tokens associated with one or more financial accounts provided to one or more third parties. Embodiments credit an amount of a virtual currency in at least one bank account of a customer, wherein the at least one bank account has an associated amount of funds that is increased by the credit of the amount of virtual currency; generate a payment token associated with the at least one bank account of the customer; receive a transaction request to process a transaction using the token; determine that the transaction request is associated with a transaction having a transaction amount less than or equal to the amount of funds associated with the at least one bank account; and approve and settle the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Gregory Ronca, Gregory Joseph Lloyd, Tony England, Stephen Philip Selfridge
  • Patent number: 10600043
    Abstract: A mobile shopping unit of an automated checkout system includes one or more sensors within a shopping cart that detect when a change to the contents of the shopping cart has occurred. If the mobile shopping unit detects a change, the mobile shopping unit captures image data of the contents of the shopping cart using one or more cameras mounted to the shopping cart. The mobile shopping unit uses the image data to identify the item added to or removed from the cart. The mobile shopping unit applies a machine-learned item identification model to the image data received from the cameras to determine an item identifier for the added or removed item. When the mobile shopping unit determines the identifier for the added or removed item, the mobile shopping unit updates a contents list associated with the customer that stores the items currently collected by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Focal Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Francois Chaubard, Adriano Quiroga Garafulic
  • Patent number: 10600065
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an information processing apparatus has an interface, a storage device, and a processor. The processor executes a control program stored in the storage device, to accept an image in which a prescribed area in a store has been imaged, via the interface, and detects a direction of a visual line of a person contained in the image. Further the processor determines a commodity which the person has browsed in the store, based on the direction of the visual line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Miyagi, Tohru Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10600101
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for indicating an existence of a link to information pertaining to an article of commerce. The present disclosure provides for downloading a look-up table from a server database to a mobile device via a communication network. The look-up table is configured to store a plurality of UPC numbers associated with a plurality of articles of commerce and a plurality of information link indicators. Each information link indicator is associated with a respective UPC number and article of commerce and indicates the existence of a link via the communication network to information pertaining to the respective article of commerce. The mobile device allows a consumer to immediately determine if product information is available for a particular article of commerce, via a visual or audible indication on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 10592946
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are provided herein useful to determining cart movement in a shopping facility. In some embodiments, a system includes a collection device, wherein the collection device is configured to receive material from a cart that was collected throughout a shopping facility. The system can also include a measurement device, wherein the measurement device is configured to determine an amount of material that was received from the cart. The system can also include a control circuit communicatively coupled to the measurement device. The control circuit can be configured to receive, from the measurement device, an indication of the amount of material that was received from the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor, Aaron J. Vasgaard, Matthew A. Jones
  • Patent number: 10592645
    Abstract: A method for online authentication includes receiving membership authenticating information specific to members of a particular affiliation from the members and from one or more remote databases. The information is aggregated and stored in an aggregate database. An individual is authenticated, via a widget at least one of integrated into, and accessible by, at least one of a mobile application and a website of a provider of at least one of a particular program and a particular service, as a member of the particular affiliation based on a comparison of authenticating indicia provided online by the individual and the information stored in at least one of the aggregate database and the remote databases. Digital credentials are provided to the individual for access to the at least one of the particular program and the particular service when the individual is authenticated. The credentials include a unique identifier, a login and password.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: ID.me, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake Hall, Matthew Thompson, Tony Huynh, William Kern
  • Patent number: 10588432
    Abstract: A checkout device includes: a first checkout machine that includes a first coin checkout machine and a first banknote checkout machine; and a second checkout machine that includes a second coin checkout machine and a second banknote checkout machine. The first checkout machine and the second checkout machine at least partially overlap each other when viewed from a direction perpendicular to an installation surface of the first checkout machine and the second checkout machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Nishio
  • Patent number: 10586411
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure are directed to an online ordering and delivery cubicle system. In one embodiment, a device is provided. The device includes a cubicle comprising a first opening and a second opening, and a cavity disposed therein. The first opening is opposite the second opening and the second opening is adapted to receive an item to be disposed into the cavity. A sensor coupled to the cubicle detects a state of the item with respect to the cavity. The device further includes an access assembly coupled to the first opening and the sensor. The access assembly is adapted to wirelessly activate to provide authenticated access via the first opening to the item in the cavity based on the state of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Chip Chop Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Zurkuhlen, David Cowan
  • Patent number: 10585949
    Abstract: Interactive, electronic guides for an object may include one or more 3D models, and one or more associated tasks, such as how to assemble, operate, or repair an aspect of the object. A user electronic device may scan an encoded tag on the object, and transmit the scan data to an electronic guide distribution server. The server may receive an electronic guide generated by an electronic guide generator having a 3D model repository and a task repository, the guide associated with the encoded tag. Guide managers may add or modify 3D models and/or tasks to broaden the available guides, and tag producers may generate encoded tags using new and/or modified 3D models and tasks and apply tags to objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Parari Group, LLC
    Inventors: James T. Crawford, Andrew Tietz
  • Patent number: 10586473
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a real-time delivery of Point of Purchase (POP) messaging at various locations around a retail store is included within aisles, end-of-aisles, shelf edge, departments, check-out stands, on shopping carts and mobile personal devices carried by individual customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: ALTIERRE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anurag Goel, Sunit Saxena, Shan Nantha Kumar
  • Patent number: 10586137
    Abstract: The present invention features compositions and methods useful in detecting counterfeit products and product diversion. The methods include packaging and indelibly marking products through an opening in their container and/or through a wall of the container that includes a hole therein. Unique identifiers are placed on the product and the container. In other methods, the product is not packaged within a container but is indelibly marked with first and second representations of a unique identifier, either or both of which can be machine-readable, human-readable, and/or at least partially randomized. An apparatus for carrying out the methods of product marking is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Alumier Europe Limited
    Inventor: Sanford Lane
  • Patent number: 10579844
    Abstract: Described in detail herein are systems and methods for data transfer in a distributed environment. A terminal can display a terminal machine-readable element encoded with a terminal identifier associated with the terminal. The terminal can subscribe to a named logical channel to listen for information to be published in the at least one named logical channel. The mobile device can store in memory, information associated with each of the physical objects. The mobile device can scan the terminal machine-readable element rendered on the display of the at least one terminal. The mobile device can transfer the information associated with each of the physical objects, stored in the memory, and terminal identifier encoded in the terminal machine-readable element to the local computing system. The local computing system can publish a message including the information associated with each of the physical objects on the named logical channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventor: Cameron Lloyd Wright
  • Patent number: 10572932
    Abstract: A system and method includes receiving a shopping list of one or more items inputted by a user into a user application running on the user device, generating a pick path through a retail store to pick the one or more items according to an optimization algorithm that generates the pick path based on XY location information of the one or more items within the retail store, obtaining a store map, the store map being indicative of a layout of the retail store, transmitting a representation of the store map and the pick path to the user device, and displaying the store map overlaid with the pick path on a graphical display of the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Ashwin Kumar, Ameya Ajay Shendre, Pratosh Deepak Rajkhowa, R R Pavan Kumar
  • Patent number: 10572785
    Abstract: A barcoded indicator operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedance of at least one threshold by at least one product quality affecting parameter, the barcoded indicator including at least a first barcode and at least a second barcode, the at least a second barcode being in a second barcode unreadable state prior to exceedance of the at least one threshold and upon exceedance of the at least one threshold the at least a first barcode becoming unreadable and generally simultaneously the at least a second barcode becoming readable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Ephraim Brand
  • Patent number: 10555555
    Abstract: A method of controlling an aerosol-generating system, and the associated system, are provided. The system includes an aerosol-generating article and an aerosol-generating device having a detector configured to detect the presence of the article and to distinguish the article from other articles configured for use with the system, based on a spectroscopic signature of a taggant incorporated within a material of the article. The method includes detecting the presence of the article; determining whether the article includes a taggant; comparing the spectroscopic signature of the detected taggant with a look-up table of taggant spectroscopic signatures corresponding to articles configured for use with the system; preventing activation of the device, including preventing the supply of power to a heating element unless the detected taggant spectroscopic signature corresponds to an article configured for use with the system; and activating the device if the detected signature corresponds to the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
    Inventors: Felix Fernando, Dominique Bernauer
  • Patent number: 10558997
    Abstract: A system and method is presented for product substantiation and promotion redemption. A purchased product list is transmitted from a retail store system to a promotion analysis server along with a user identifier. The promotion analysis server identifies promotions available to the user, and then considers whether the benefits under the promotions are still available to the user. Discounts for available promotions related to the purchased product list are calculated and transmitted to the retail store system for deduction from the transactions. An approved product list can be provided that filters the purchased product list before transmittal. The approved product list can include promotions from a plurality of programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SOLUTRAN, INC.
    Inventors: Barry J. Nordstrand, Jason Lynn Prigge, James Joseph Smola
  • Patent number: 10552846
    Abstract: A system and method for hidden security feature detection, analysis and authentication using a smart device is disclosed. The smart device can detect and analyze hidden security features using the camera capability of the smart device to capture a digital image, and then analyze and authenticate that image using a security service including a database of security feature data, processing rules, and other information. The security service can support a variety of smart devices and security features. The smart device includes a security-specific autofocus function that allows the smart device to be positioned within a range of distances and angles from a target document that includes hidden/covert security feature(s). The smart device can display an enhanced image showing the hidden security feature(s) and/or report if the security feature is valid or invalid, along with related information, via beeps, vibration, display, text messaging, or other reporting capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: DOCUMENT SECURITY SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Caton, Michael Roy, David Wicker, Nicole Acton, Jaeson Caulley
  • Patent number: 10546170
    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: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    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: 10540700
    Abstract: A portable data terminal device configured as a personal shopping assistant (PSA) may display information about product locations in a store, product features, and alternative product recommendations upon request by a customer visiting the store's physical location. The PSA may detect and identify items placed into a shopping container, maintain an inventory of items selected for purchase, and communicate the inventory to a check-out station for rapid and convenient check-out and payment by the customer before leaving the store. The PSA may detect its location in a store and may activate an alarm when the PSA is moved outside a geofence boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: RoboSystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Surya Chilukuri
  • Patent number: 10540732
    Abstract: A method for processing transactions receives from a customer, at a merchant computer system, customer account identification information and customer identification information. The method includes encrypting, at the merchant computer system, transaction data corresponding to a transaction between a merchant and the customer. The transaction data is encrypted with an encryption key generated from the customer identification information. The method transmits, from the merchant computer system to a financial institution, the customer account identification information and the encrypted transaction data. The method receives, at the merchant computer system from the financial institution, a notification indicating whether to proceed with the transaction based on whether the encrypted transaction data was successfully decrypted with a decryption key generated from account holder identification information derived from the customer account identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventors: Yuh-shen Song, Catherine Lew, Alexander Song, Victoria Song
  • Patent number: 10540649
    Abstract: A wearable RFID device is provided for use in an event-based interrogation zone. The zone contains terminals with RFID readers. The device has an element worn by a user and an attached or embedded RFID tag. The tag has stored data representing a UniqueID of the tag, and a stored funds balance. The tag is programmed to activate an otherwise inactive one of said terminals upon presentation of the tag to the RFID reader of said terminal in a first tap, and communicate its UniqueID to the terminal for validation. Upon validation and following a second tap of the tag at the RFID reader, the tag's stored funds balance can be changed by the amount of a transaction run through said terminal. A temporary installation of a system of RFID-based terminals and user-worn RFID devices is also provided for use within an event interrogation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Intellitix Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Barna Jardany, Gabor Remete, Serge Grimaux
  • Patent number: 10535059
    Abstract: A retail store is comprised of a retail space having billboard paper with images of items and item codes for purchasing the items. The retail store further includes a pick area where physical items of the store are located. A device operated by a user scans the item codes and the item codes are communicated to a server for item information and item pricing. As item identifiers are moved to a cart depicted on the device by the user, the server communicates the item details to a display device in the pick area where corresponding items are picked for a transaction of the user in real time. When the user checks out and pays for the items in the cart, the user retrieves the bagged items for the transaction from a pickup drive-thru accessible from an external area of the retail store where the pick area is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: John Coker Goodwin, III
  • Patent number: 10535233
    Abstract: A checkout system includes a plurality of settlement apparatuses and a registration apparatus. The registration apparatus includes a scanner, a storage unit, a communication interface, and a processor. The processor controls the scanner, the storage unit and the communication interface to identify a commodity corresponding to a scanned code, generate the settlement information, and transmit the settlement information to a selected one of the plurality of settlement apparatuses. The selected one of the plurality of settlement apparatuses determines, with respect to itself, whether a settlement processing is currently being performed and whether a settlement processing was completed within a preceding predetermined amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10528543
    Abstract: An information providing apparatus includes a moving unit, an obtaining unit, and a presenting unit. The moving unit causes the information providing apparatus to move toward a specified destination or along a predetermined route. The obtaining unit obtains information associated with a user located around a current position of the information providing apparatus in accordance with moving of the moving unit. The presenting unit presents the information obtained by the obtaining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoya Ogata, Masatoshi Maruo, Hideki Fujimoto, Mariko Miyazaki, Hajime Kajiyama, Akira Ichikawa, Tetsuya Kobayashi, Toshihiko Shibusawa, Kunitoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10528950
    Abstract: A system and a method for detecting fraudulent transactions at a transaction site by analyzing pattern of events associated with one or more transactions are provided. The present invention provides for forming a collection of most probable fraudulent patterns and true patterns associated with one or more transactions, selecting a pattern classification technique, generating a data input from an ongoing transaction that is interpretable by the selected pattern classification technique, and effectively and efficiently categorising ongoing transaction into fraudulent and genuine transactions using selected pattern classification technique. The present invention may be utilized in a variety of applications where discrete time-ordered visual events are associated with a transaction, for example: vehicles detected in relation to a transit point, badge or card swipes from an automated door lock etc., which indicate trespassing, theft and unauthorized access to restricted areas etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS INDIA PVT. LTD.
    Inventors: Abhishek Kar, Aditya Yadav, Akash Bajpai, Shyam Kumar
  • Patent number: 10528934
    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: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Poynt Co.
    Inventors: Osama Bedier, Ray Tanaka, Robert Hernandez