Mechanized Store Patents (Class 235/383)
  • Patent number: 11074729
    Abstract: In some implementations, a method performed by data processing apparatuses includes receiving map data that identifies a layout of physical objects within a physical area, identifying contiguous groups of the physical objects as composite objects, selecting bounding algorithms to use for generating graphical shapes for the composite objects, generating graphical shapes by applying the selected bounding algorithms to the composite objects, and testing the graphical shapes against one or more criteria. For candidate graphical shapes that fail a test, a new bounding algorithm can be selected and the generating and the testing can be repeated using the new bounding algorithm. A simplified graphical map can be output that represents the physical objects within the physical area using the graphical shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Clayton Black, Michael Lissick, Eric Runquist
  • Patent number: 11068023
    Abstract: Systems and methods are involved with but are not limited to an apparatus including an accessory coupling system to couple at least one accessory to at least one computing device case portion wherein the accessory coupling system includes at least one connection portion being affixed with the computing device case portion; and an engagement component, which includes at least one engagement projection being couplable with the at least one connection portion affixed with the computing device case portion. In addition, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: PIONEER SQUARE BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Megan Elizabeth Zumel Manzano, Michael Cooper Ferren, Brian Lewis Piper
  • Patent number: 11062373
    Abstract: Systems and methods for color coordination for scanned products are provided. A kiosk has a control module, an input device, a display device, and an optical code reader. The kiosk has access to a product/color database. The control module is configured to receive an identification code scanned by the optical code reader, determine a sample product associated with the identification code, determine at least one coordinating color for the sample product based on the product/color database, display a simulated environment including a sample room having at least one selectable surface, display on the display device the at least one coordinating color, receive with the input device a selected color, receive with the input device a selected surface from the sample room, display on the display device the simulated environment showing the sample room with the sample product and with the selected color on the selected surface of the sample room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Behr Process Corporation
    Inventors: Damien Reynolds, Douglas Milsom, Cecelia Wren
  • Patent number: 11056915
    Abstract: A merchandising system having a power distribution device associated with a package support system, and a package having a sensory output such as an image display capable of using power, data and/or signals provided from the power distribution device to produce a desired output when the package is associated with the package support system. Packaging materials of the package form the coupling medium for contactless coupling such as capacitive coupling of a controlled signal provided to the package support system to a display on the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Sweeney, Kristen M. Totty, Robert J. Maher
  • Patent number: 11055715
    Abstract: A settlement apparatus includes shielding walls, a shielding door configured to, when closed, enclose an electromagnetic shielding space with the shielding walls for isolating signals inside and outside the electromagnetic shielding space, a reader configured to acquire data in an electronic tag in the electromagnetic shielding space, and a controller configured to control opening or closing of the shielding door, control the reader to acquire data, and settle according to the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong Zhang, Sihai Yao, Li Chen, Xiaobo Zhang
  • Patent number: 11048890
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing a radio frequency identifier (RFID) system are provided. The methods include transmitting a radio frequency (RF) signal, by an RFID interrogator with multiple antennas. The methods include receiving a superimposed received signal. The superimposed received signal includes replies from a first RFID tag and a second RFID tag that are overlapping in time. The methods also include separating the replies from the first RFID tag and second RFID tag though spatial processing of the superimposed received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Mohammad Khojastepour, Mustafa Arslan, Sampath Rangarajan
  • Patent number: 11044575
    Abstract: A method for providing location-based notifications on mobile devices is discussed. The method includes determining a first location of user's mobile device based on IP address, GPS signals, Wi-Fi signals, or cellular signals. The method includes accessing data, received by the mobile device responsive to communicating the first location to a server, indicating merchants in an area proximate to the first location. The method includes determining a second location of the mobile device based on other IP address, GPS signals, Wi-Fi signals, and/or cellular signals. The method includes communicating with the server to determine, based on the second location, that the mobile device has crossed into a geofence that includes at least one of the merchants. The method includes effecting, responsive to a determination that the mobile device crossed into the first geofence, a notification on the mobile device indicating at least one of the merchants at the geofence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Phillips, Frank Schroth, Geoffrey M. Palmer, Stefan G. Zielinski, Allen P. Smith, Colin M. Cunningham, III
  • Patent number: 11037156
    Abstract: A settlement apparatus includes shielding walls, a shielding door configured to, when closed, enclose an electromagnetic shielding space with the shielding walls for isolating signals inside and outside the electromagnetic shielding space, a reader configured to acquire data in an electronic tag in the electromagnetic shielding space, and a controller configured to control opening or closing of the shielding door, control the reader to acquire data, and settle according to the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong Zhang, Sihai Yao, Li Chen, Xiaobo Zhang
  • Patent number: 11034563
    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: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Shuvro Chakrobartty, Robert C. Taylor
  • Patent number: 11037124
    Abstract: A checkout apparatus for barcodeless merchandise, the checkout apparatus includes an image camera module and a control module coupled to the image camera module. The image camera module obtains a merchandise image includes the barcodeless merchandise. The control module receives the merchandise image and generates an output datum according to a result of a merchandise identification program after the control module performs the merchandise identification program on the merchandise image. At least one of the image camera module and the control module is coupled to the point of sales (POS) management system or is embedded in the POS management system, the output datum is readable for the POS management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: VISCOVERY INC.
    Inventors: Shao-Hang Hsieh, Po-Hsiang Chen, Chia-Tsen Sun, Yu-Tai Hung, Peng-Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 11023938
    Abstract: The disclosed technologies include a robotic selling assistant that receives an item from a seller, automatically generates a posting describing the item for sale, stores the item until it is sold, and delivers or sends the item out for delivery. The item is placed in a compartment that uses one or more sensors to identify the item, retrieve supplemental information about the item, and take pictures of the item for inclusion in the posting. A seller-supplied description of the item may be verified based on the retrieved supplemental information, preventing mislabeled items from being sold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Chalkley, Robinson Piramuthu, Bindia Saraf, Qiaosong Wang
  • Patent number: 11019956
    Abstract: A digital scale for optimizing coffee brewing, and pour-over brewing in particular, is provided. Specifically, the present disclosure relates to a scale configured to determine the target amount of water to add based on any amount of coffee grounds used, compare an actual pour rate to a target pour rate when adding the target amount of water over a specific target pour time, and clearly communicate the same to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: ETERNAL EAST (HK) LTD.
    Inventors: Charles Brian Gross, Nile Robert Fedewa
  • Patent number: 11017352
    Abstract: A pharmacy kit is managed by defining multiple rules for determining whether a segment of a pharmacy kit is satisfactorily stocked, selecting at least one rule among the multiple rules according to a kit stocking contingency, an prompting a user to stock the segment of the pharmacy kit according to the selected at least one rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Kit Check, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin William MacDonald, David Mario Pedra, Timothy James Leo Kress-Spatz, Christian Lee Doyle, Eric Brody
  • Patent number: 11010788
    Abstract: Within the field of advertising, multi-touch attribution (MTA) is the process of assigning credit at a unique identifier level to marketing activities for their contribution towards driving a desired marketing result. This invention discloses a data-driven attribution solution and optimization process for improving marketing return on investment by enabling greater speed and agility in responding to continually changing media performance. Specifically, this invention details a survival analysis based approach to attribution using parametric accelerated failure time (AFT) modeling which accommodates both the right-censored discrete time events and is well suited for media data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: STARCOM MEDIAVEST GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Frank Haynes, Paul Evan Charpentier, Kevin George Francart, Christopher Michael Strong, Philippe Vincent Geyskens
  • Patent number: 11010714
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, systems and methods for automatic location based discovery of variations of displayed items in a store are presented. In some embodiments, a beacon ID associated with a beacon device located at a store is received. In other embodiments, at least one product identifier associated with the beacon ID and representing one or more of store displayed items available for sale by the store is determined. In further embodiments, product variations of the one or more store displayed items available for sale by the store are identified associated with the at least one product identifier. In another embodiment, display information representing the product variations of the one or more store displayed items available for sale by the store is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Li
  • Patent number: 11004104
    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. A promotion product filter can be provided that filters the purchased product list before transmittal. The promotion product filter can include promotions from a plurality of programs. SNAP and Enhanced SNAP benefits can be provided along with the discount benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Solutran, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry J. Nordstrand, Jason Lynn Prigge, James Joseph Smola
  • Patent number: 10997894
    Abstract: A method of ESL driver circuit includes: receiving third-color data and black/white data transmitted from a host circuit via specific communication protocol in a first transmission mode of specific communication protocol; receiving only the third-color data transmitted from the host circuit via the specific communication protocol in a second transmission mode of specific communication protocol; using third-color data buffer to receive and buffer the third-color data transmitted from the host circuit; using black/white data buffer to receive and buffer the black/white data transmitted from the host circuit in the first transmission mode of specific communication protocol; and detecting content of the third-color data buffered in the third-color data buffer to determine whether to output data stored in the black/white data buffer as a set of black/white data outputted to ESL panel or to refill a sequence of don't-care data as the set of black/white data outputted to ESL panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HIMAX TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventor: Ching-Lun Chen
  • Patent number: 10992714
    Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of an authentication system determining authentication rules, the authentication system determining scan properties, the authentication system operating a scanning device to capture scan data for a physical object based on the scan properties and the authentication rules, the authentication system generating a data block based on the scan data and the scan properties, and the authentication system transmitting the data block to a decentralized database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shiju Mathai, James Appleyard, Gregory S. Jones, Jeff Edgington
  • Patent number: 10990967
    Abstract: A method for facilitating a transaction may include generating, via a token server computer, a token for use by a first entity computer, wherein the token is generated in response to a request received from the first entity computer. The method may also include transmitting, via the token server computer, the token to the first entity computer, wherein the first entity computer transmits the token to a second entity computer. The method may also include receiving, at the token server computer and from the first entity computer, data indicative of the second entity computer successfully receiving the token. The data may include a hashed value derived from at least the token, data indicative of an identity of the second entity computer, and writing, by the token server computer, the data indicative of the second entity computer successfully receiving the token to a registry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Jing Wang, Chackan Lai
  • Patent number: 10991062
    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: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Yuh-shen Song, Catherine Lew, Alexander Song, Victoria Song
  • Patent number: 10990778
    Abstract: A barcode recognition apparatus and a barcode recognition method. The barcode recognition method includes receiving, from a sensor, a triggering message indicating that a product enters, setting a camera focus on the basis of a barcode in an image of the product obtained using a camera upon receiving the triggering message, obtaining a product image according to the set camera focus, performing preprocessing for extracting a barcode region on the product image, extracting the barcode region from the preprocessed image, and deriving barcode information from the extracted barcode region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Yong Kwi Lee, Ji Yeon Son, Hyun Kim, Hyun Jong Kim, Hark Jin Lee, Young Ae Jeon
  • Patent number: 10984369
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide processing of payment errors with respect to delivery services in accordance with user preferences. According to embodiments, a delivery service user provides information with respect to how payment errors with respect to delivery services provided to the user are to be handled to facilitate electronic and/or automated processing of such payment errors. A user may authorize payment shortages on the user's behalf, may request notification for an ad hoc determination as to how the shortage is to be handled, or may elect to have postal items returned in the case of payment shortage. Various levels of payment error handling services may be provided with respect to users. Detailed information, such as statistics with respect to users' payment errors, the numbers and types of payment errors, user's preferences in handling payment errors, etcetera, may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Stamps.com Inc.
    Inventors: Keith D. Bussell, Geoffrey C. Begen
  • Patent number: 10969461
    Abstract: A facility is equipped with a floor containing one or more of a transmitter to generate electromagnetic signals (EMS) or a receiver to receive EMS. A device such as a tote may include one or more of a transmitters to generate EMS that may then be received by the receiver in the floor or a receiver to receive EMS transmitted by the floor. As the tote moves across the floor, tracking data may be generated using the information obtained from the exchange of EMS. Orientation of the tote with respect to the floor may be determined using an asymmetric arrangement of antennas on the tote, by encoding data within the EMS, or a combination thereof. For example, the tote may include three antennas arranged in a triangular layout, or a front antenna and a back antenna each used to transmit an EMS that is indicative of relative placement of the tote.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan Pius O'Neill, Nikolai Orlov, Christopher Raymond Grajewski
  • Patent number: 10970977
    Abstract: A radio tag reading device includes a placement table, an antenna, a reader, a sensor, and a controller. The antenna is configured to communicate with wireless tags within a communication range covering a placement region of the placement table. The reader is configured to output commodity information based on a signal received by the antenna from wireless tags. The sensor is configured to detect a user near the placement region of the placement table. The controller is configured to start a reading operation by activating the reader and causing the antenna to start emitting radio waves upon the sensor detecting the user near the placement region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shigeaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10970798
    Abstract: An aircraft dining system and method are configured to allow a passenger for a scheduled flight of an aircraft to order one or more items from restaurants within an airport. The aircraft dining system includes an order fulfiller including an order fulfillment control unit that is configured to receive an order for an item from a restaurant within the airport from the passenger for the scheduled flight so that the item is delivered to the aircraft or an area proximate to the aircraft prior to the aircraft departing the airport. In at least one embodiment, an ordering device includes an ordering control unit that is configured to allow the passenger to submit the order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Blake Lane, Craig Vogel, Leigh Ann Popik, Kristen McIntyre, Ryan Reese, Alberto De Icaza
  • Patent number: 10970727
    Abstract: A method, computer system, and a computer program product for voice activated inventory management is provided. The present invention may include recording an audio feed of a customer product query from a customer and a staff response from a staff member. The present invention may then include identifying a product requested by the customer. The present invention may also include identifying an inventory status in the staff response. The present invention may also include determining that a negative inventory status trigger is detected in the identified inventory status associated with the identified product requested by the customer. The present invention may further include, in response to determining that the negative inventory status trigger is detected in the identified inventory status associated with the identified product requested by the customer, storing, in an inventory database, a plurality of customer query data associated with the identified product requested by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Graham R. Bucknell, Ewan M. Scott, Nicholas A. Baldwin, Patrick Wong
  • Patent number: 10963896
    Abstract: A sales data processing apparatus configured to: store commodity information of a commodity to which a transaction processing is executed in a storage section; store, if a face from which attribute of a customer who purchases the commodity can be determined is detected from images captured by a camera, attribute information indicating the attribute determined according to face image information of the detected face in the storage section in association with the commodity information; send the stored commodity information to a server if the face from which the attribute of the customer who purchases the commodity can be determined is not detected according to the captured images; and store the attribute information indicating the attribute which is determined according to the face image information of a customer sent from the server which extracts the customer according to the sent commodity information in the storage section in association with the commodity information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 10963401
    Abstract: A control arrangement for a coffee machine is provided and comprises a central unit having a main control unit and a plurality of peripheral units/components. Each peripheral unit/component is connected to the central unit by means of a “smart” connector, which is coded and which can provide information relating to the unit/component connected thereto to the main control unit. In order to allow information to be transferred, the central unit comprises a master communication device, each peripheral unit/component is provided with a slave communication device, and a communication line is provided for connecting the master communication device to the slave communication devices. The transferred information is unambiguously associated to the unit/component and may comprise counters, historical information, performance data and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: RANCILIO GROUP S.P.A.
    Inventors: Markus Zehnder, Benedict Ammann, Nuria Poblet Casanovas
  • Patent number: 10963740
    Abstract: A portable checkout unit automatically generates training data for an automatic checkout system as a customer collects items in a store. A customer uses an item scanner of portable checkout unit to generate a virtual shopping list of items collected in the shopping cart. When the customer adds a new item to the shopping cart or on some regular interval, the portable checkout unit captures images of the items contained by the shopping cart and can generate bounding boxes for each product in each image. The bounding boxes can be associated with item identifiers from previously-generated bounding boxes to identify the items captured by the bounding boxes. Each bounding box paired with an item identifier can then be used as training data for an automated checkout system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: FOCAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Francois Chaubard, Adriano Quiroga Garafulic
  • Patent number: 10964176
    Abstract: A security apparatus and a method for detecting illegal carrying of items at a check-out are provided. The security apparatus includes a first set of sensors for measuring a number of parameters associated with a number of items purchased by a customer, and a second set of sensors to measure a number of physiological parameters of the customer. A communication unit in the security apparatus obtains information regarding a purchase of the number of items. A computing unit of the security apparatus compares reference parameters with the measured number of parameters. Based on a difference in the comparison, the computing unit receives the number of micro-expressions of the customer and determines one or more emotions of the customer. The one or more emotions and the number of parameters associated with the number of items are used to detect illegal carrying of at least one item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rahul Gupta, Kathiresan Selvaraj
  • Patent number: 10956886
    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: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventor: Murad Dar
  • Patent number: 10957168
    Abstract: A mechanized store uses a first camera to detect an identity of an item and a second camera to detect an identity of the item. The identity of the item detected using the first image is compared to the identity of the item detected using the second image. The user and/or to a store employee can be alerted to a discrepancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Standard Cognition Corp.
    Inventor: Bernd Schoner
  • Patent number: 10956975
    Abstract: Purchase assistance is provided to a user based on user device location and direction. Input to a user device, identifying a product or service of interest, can be received. Next, a location of the user device is determined, and one or more providers of the product or service are identified in proximity to the location of the user device. Direction information of the user device is determined by ascertaining a compass orientation of the user device or a direction vector of movement of the user device. Subsequently, providers are identified based on the direction information and presented to a user on a display of the user device. Further, an offer associated with the product or service, such as a finance offer, can be generated and presented with the providers on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
    Inventors: Abdul Razack Abdul Gaffar, Shanmukeswara Rao Donkada, Parul Ghosh
  • Patent number: 10952534
    Abstract: A modular shelf system having spaced apart upright subassemblies that each include multiple recesses conductive support standards, which are configured for receiving a low voltage current and illuminating the LED arrays of shelf fixtures that span adjacent upright subassemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Product Miniature, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Peck, Craig Fluegge, Michael Ford
  • Patent number: 10953659
    Abstract: A printing apparatus that replenishes ink by exchanging an exchange ink tank includes a code reader for inputting ink information representing an ink type, a float sensor for detecting that the exchange ink tank has changed to an empty state, and a main controller. The main controller determines that the exchange ink tank can be exchanged if the float sensor detects that the exchange ink tank is in the empty state, and if first ink information associated with the exchange ink tank and second ink information associated with an installation location of the exchange ink tank, which are input by the code reader, are compared, and it is determined that the first ink information and the second ink information are compatible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuriko Harai
  • Patent number: 10950099
    Abstract: A mechanized store 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 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Standard Cognition Corp.
    Inventor: Bernd Schoner
  • Patent number: 10950100
    Abstract: A mechanized store implements a first algorithm configured to detect an identity of an item in an image acquired by one or more imaging sensors and implements a second algorithm configured to detect an identity of the item in an image acquired by the one or more imaging sensors. The identity of the item detected using the first algorithm is compared to the identity of the item detected using the second algorithm. The user and/or a store employee can be alerted to a discrepancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Standard Cognition Corp.
    Inventor: Bernd Schoner
  • Patent number: 10949628
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and method for determining a presence and/or type of an object positioned on a platform. The system may include: a tag reader configured to determine a type of an object, the object including a tag readable by the tag reader; a load cell configured to detect the presence of the object on a platform, the object having a known weight; and the platform including at least one face for receiving the object. The platform is communicatively coupled to the load cell and the tag reader. The presence of the object is detected by the load cell housed in the platform when the object is position on the at least one face of the platform. The type of the object is determined by the tag reader housed in the platform when the object is in physical proximity to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Patently Modern, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Fleetwood, George Buckenham, Tim Burrell-Saward, Chris Shaw, Lyall Mccarthy, Elies Dekoninck
  • Patent number: 10949724
    Abstract: An asset tag adapted to be mounted to an asset. The asset tag comprises a first component encoded with a first ID unique to the asset tag, the first component having a first wireless interface and transmitting first broadcast signals via said first wireless interface over a first range, the first broadcast signals including the first ID. The asset tag further comprises a user-actuatable button. The asset tag further comprises processing circuitry, coupled to the button and to at least the first wireless interface. The processing circuitry is configured for (i) determining whether a predetermined gesture has been performed by a user using the button and (ii) if the predetermined gesture has been performed, transmitting via the first wireless interface to a wireless access point a restock message, the restock message including the first ID and indicating that restocking is required of assets corresponding to the first ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: INVENTOR-E LIMITED
    Inventors: Dean Charles Henry, John Venter
  • Patent number: 10942687
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein each include at least one of systems, software, and methods for detecting such problems and to take corrective action. One embodiment, in the form of a method, includes instructing a printer to print a document including a testing output and receiving an image of the document including the testing output from an imaging device. This method further includes analyzing the testing output included in the received image in view of an expected testing output to identify a printing issue and then storing a result of the analysis. The method may also include performing at least one remedial action to correct an identified printing issue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: John Crooks, Michael Lee Barlow, Andrew Klenzak, Brian Patrick Rogers, Sergio Silva
  • Patent number: 10943238
    Abstract: A method for authorizing a transaction reading out a first code and a second code by means of a first mobile device. The second code contains information items for decrypting the first code. From the read-out codes a first signature confirming the transaction vis-à-vis the system is generated, which is transmitted to the system. Subsequently, an authorization of the transaction is effected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT MOBILE SECURITY GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Baldischweiler, Claus Dietze, Martin Auer
  • Patent number: 10937063
    Abstract: This disclosure describes, in part, techniques for synchronizing data between merchants' inventories, and techniques for utilizing the data synchronization to process cross-merchant transactions. For instance, a system may store a first inventory of items indicating first items offered for purchase by a first merchant and a second inventory of items indicating second items offered for purchase by a second merchant. The system may then analyze the first inventory of items with respect to the second inventory of items to determine that the second merchant should offer a first item from the first items for purchase at a physical establishment of the second merchant on behalf of the first merchant. The system can then provide a merchant device of the second merchant with access to the second inventory of items and the first item from the first inventory of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Claudia J. Ng, Mark Funk
  • Patent number: 10922915
    Abstract: Various prison services are rendered more efficient by providing inmates access to portable electronic devices in a controlled and regulated manner. A dispenser is employed to control and monitor the checking out and return of portable electronic devices and to communicate with such devices during use by inmates to monitor inmate use and ensure the portable electronic devices are only used by inmates as authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Renovo Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Peters, Timothy J. Eickhoff, Ehren R. Jarosek, Tim Skaja
  • Patent number: 10922507
    Abstract: A data reader (100, 200, 300, 400, 500) and connector system including a housing (110, 210, 310, 410); side walls enclosing an interior, one of the side walls formed with a cable exit opening; a printed circuit board (140, 240, 340, 440) mounted parallel to and proximate one of the side walls; a socket (149, 249, 349, 449) mounted on the printed circuit board and facing inwardly into an interior of the housing and opposite the side wall formed with the cable exit opening; and a cable (179, 279, 379, 479) connected to the socket, cable formed with a loop within the housing from the first socket and out through the cable exit opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: DATALOGIC USA, INC.
    Inventors: Stepan Ryabinin, Kelvin Dietz
  • Patent number: 10922931
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is configured which includes an acquisition unit that acquires print data from a receipt printer that prints a printed matter based on the print data, a determination unit that determines a type of the printed matter based on text data included in the print data, and an application unit that selects a script corresponding to the type from a plurality of scripts and applies the selected script to the text data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hidehisa Omiya
  • Patent number: 10902633
    Abstract: An information providing apparatus including a detection unit of at least one computer, a decision unit of the at least one computer, and a sound control circuit. The detection unit detects a position and a movement direction of a moving object in an area in which an article, corresponding to information that is provided, is disposed. The decision unit decides a direction in which the information is provided to the moving object from a relationship between the position of the moving object, the movement direction of the moving object, and a position in the area of the article. The sound control circuit controls a sound output attached to the moving object to localize a sound image according to the information in the direction decided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihiko Fujiwara, Mika Hirama, Masami Takahata, Ryuichi Aoyama
  • Patent number: 10902450
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The methods include, for instance: determining that an item misplaced in a venue may be retrieved by one or more customer. A candidate customer may be identified and rewards that may be offered are compiled. The candidate customer is selected as one who is predicted to be most likely to respond to a request for retrieval, and a reward is selected for cost effectiveness in retrieving the item. The request to retrieve the item is sent to the candidate customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jialin Li, Pradeep K. Nanjundaswamy, Srikanth Sundararajan, Danai Tengtrakool
  • Patent number: 10903938
    Abstract: In an aspect of the disclosure, a method, a computer-readable medium, and wireless equipment are provided. The wireless equipment obtains an integer E and an integer N. E encoded bits are to be selected for transmission from N encoded bits output from an encoder. The wireless equipment determines F inputs from N inputs of the encoder based on E and N. The F inputs do not include S inputs that correspond to S outputs of the encoder generating encoded bits not to be transmitted. The wireless equipment sets the F inputs to a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Wei-De Wu, Chia-Wei Tai
  • Patent number: 10902708
    Abstract: The present invention involves a system and method for monitoring and controlling a person's select activity with a select object or space, with and without electronic imaging, while communicating and recording such interaction to a remote device. The system comprises a specialized computing device comprising a capacitance charge controller, a detection electrode, a wireless means of communications, a remote monitoring device capable of receiving a control signal directly or indirectly from the capacitance charge controller, at least one annunciator, at least one processor, an imaging device and at least one non-transitory computer readable medium. The method comprises receiving data from a specialized communication device, over a cellular, wireless, satellite, or other network to a special purpose computer with a non-transitory computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Richard Deutsch
  • Patent number: 10902447
    Abstract: Various embodiments determine a dynamic price of a combination of items for sale via a smart price tag attached to one of the items. A back-end price server receives a request to register a user and product combination. The product is associated with a first item for sale. The user and product combination is registered as a unique gesture at the back-end server. The back-end price server further receives a request for a current price for a combination of the first item for sale and a second item for sale and determines the current price of the combination of the first item for sale and the second item for sale for a user profile handle mapped to the unique gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kuntal Dey, Vijay Ekambaram, Seema Nagar, Swati Rallapalli