Mechanized Store Patents (Class 235/383)
  • Patent number: 11461766
    Abstract: A mobile wallet computer server receives a fund access request from a user device. The fund access request is made in connection with a payment transaction. The mobile wallet server generates a tokenized card number, transmits the tokenized card number to the user device, and receives receive the tokenized card number from a card network computer system after having been routed from the user device via a merchant computer system and via an acquirer processor computer system. The mobile wallet computer server converts the tokenized card number to the actual credit card account number of the user and transmits the actual credit card account number to the card network computer system to process the payment transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Ashish Bhoopen Kurani, Nikolai Stroke, Bipin Sahni, Stephen M. Ellis, Steve Puffer
  • Patent number: 11461733
    Abstract: A behavior analysis device includes an approach information acquisition unit configured to acquire approach information indicating whether or not a person has approached a shelf on which a plurality of goods are displayed, a determination unit configured to determine as stockout information a position of a stockout item which is out of stock among the plurality of goods displayed on the shelf and a stockout of the stockout item, and an analysis unit configured to perform behavior analysis of the person on the basis of the approach information and the stockout information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Kobayashi, Shigetsu Saito
  • Patent number: 11455226
    Abstract: An Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) is provided. The UPS comprises Alternating Current (AC) power ports, communication ports, a battery to supply Direct Current (DC) power, a display, a surge controller, a wireless transceiver, a processor, and a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having executable instructions. The executable instructions when executed by the processor gathers coarse-grain and fine-grain power consumption metrics for a terminal plugged into an AC power port and the battery. The metrics displayed on the display and provided to user-operated devices over the wireless transceiver. User-operated devices include user interfaces that customer configure the executable instructions of the UPS for custom gathering of the metrics, custom aggregation of the metrics, custom reporting the metrics, and custom displaying of the metrics on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Roy Dominic Delima Macasero
  • Patent number: 11455483
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for combining preprinted information together with coded sensor information within a two-dimensional barcode. The sensor information may be of an environmental, physical or biological nature, and records a cumulative change in status of the environmental or biological condition to which the labeled product has been exposed. A sensor dye chemistry is employed that undergoes a continuous chemical or physical state change in response to the occurrence of the environmental condition. The continuous change is between an initial state and an end state causing a change in the color state of the sensor dye embedded within the sensor-augmented two-dimensional barcode, encoding sensor digital information. Sensor information is recovered utilizing the error-correction feature during barcode decoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: TEMPTIME CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thaddeus Prusik, Mohannad Abdo, Clive Hohberger
  • Patent number: 11443367
    Abstract: A system and method for online peer-to-peer rental of things using crowdsourcing and selected groups of potential lenders. Individuals desiring to borrow a particular thing may search a listing of things offered for rental by lenders that have chosen to list for rental some of the things that they own. If a thing desired by one wishing to rent is not available among the things currently listed for rental, the borrower may request that potential lenders be contacted. Potential lenders may be identified using a collection of personal information for a population of consumers based on consumer purchase history information and consumer rental history information collected by the entity operating the peer-to-peer rental system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Transform SR Brands LLC
    Inventors: David E. Conant, II, Sarah Anne Helvie, Gregory K. Lacy, Michael Joseph Polo
  • Patent number: 11436553
    Abstract: Methods and systems for tracking an object comprise a horizontal surface upon which objects are to be placed, a weight sensor disposed on one side of the horizontal surface, and a processor in communication with the weight sensor. The processor is adapted to detect a change in weight measured by the weight sensor, to associate the detected weight change with an identified object and with a location on the horizontal surface, and to confirm whether a cause of the weight change at the location on the horizontal surface corresponds to a proper handling of the identified object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: POSITION IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Shahzad Farooq Kirmani, Alex Seiger
  • Patent number: 11430016
    Abstract: Sensors may detect a user's locations and interest level of a product. Based on the interest level, messages may be sent to a server in order to obtain information, such as location, about a category of products and further display the obtained information to a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Koch, Nikhil Marathe, James Pratt, Ari Craine, Eric Zavesky, Timothy Innes, Nigel Bradley
  • Patent number: 11430058
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods using integrated credit scoring and pre-approval tools are described. A credit score tool may obtain a user's credit score and associated credit information for display to the user. A credit pre-approval tool may assemble credit-related information for evaluation by a predictive model to determine whether a pre-approved offer of credit should be presented to the user along with the credit score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Mao Lin Liu, Adam Boby, Mark Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11429577
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments, there are provided mechanisms and methods for facilitating performance simulation and cost-benefit analysis for performance factors for web products in database systems according to one embodiment. In one embodiment and by way of example, a method includes analyzing statistics associated with performance of delivery of contents associated with a web product, where the contents are delivered using one or more delivery platforms and one or more device types over one or more networks, and computing costs and benefits of adjusting one or more performance factors to enhance performance of the web product based on one or more metrics associated with the delivery platforms and the one or more device types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Salesforce.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Billy Ma, Jiten Oswal
  • Patent number: 11423382
    Abstract: A registration apparatus includes a scanner configured to optically read a product code from a product, a communication interface configured to communicate with one or more payment apparatuses associated with the registration apparatus, a display, and a processor. The processor is configured to control the communication interface to transmit registration data including data of one or more product codes read through the scanner for a transaction to a selected one of the one or more payment apparatuses, for processing payment for one or more products registered by the registration apparatus. The processor is also configured to control the display to display a monitoring screen indicating an operational state of a checkout process carried out by the selected one of the one or more payment apparatuses to which the registration data has been transmitted, based on information received from the selected one of the one or more payment apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Gotanda, Jun Kikuchi, Akiko Susaki, Jun Miyazaki, Jun Yoshitomi, Shun Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11423276
    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: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: INVENTOR-E LIMITED
    Inventors: Dean Charles Henry, John Venter
  • Patent number: 11423279
    Abstract: Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are described that include a substrate, an antenna disposed on a major surface of the substrate, an integrated circuit (IC) disposed on a major surface of the substrate, and one or more stand-alone capacitors disposed on a major surface of the substrate. The antenna may have a length less than about 2 meters between first and second ends of the antenna. The integrated circuit may have an effective capacitance less than about 1000 pF and the one or more stand-alone capacitors may have an equivalent capacitance greater than 500 pF and may be connected in parallel with the antenna and the IC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Ronald D. Jesme, Andrew P. Bonifas, Nicholas T. Gabriel, Christian Weinmann
  • Patent number: 11423384
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed that enables payment option selection by receiving a location of the electronic device from a location sensor and determines a retailer associated with the location. The electronic device stores a mobile wallet that in turn stores multiple payment options. The electronic device then determines discounts, rewards, or both, for the payment options, and compares the discounts, rewards, or both for the payment options to determine a recommended payment option. The electronic device enables selection of the recommended payment option to perform a transaction with the retailer, and performs the transaction using the recommended payment option in response to the selection of the recommended payment option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Ashley Raine Philbrick, Oscar Guerra, Kelly Q. Baker, Carlos J P Chavez, Yevgeniy Viatcheslavovich Khmelev, Theresa Marie Matowitz
  • Patent number: 11417186
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for removing a security tag from an article are disclosed herein. A device for removing a security tag includes a housing including an opening positioned to receive the tag and at least a portion of the article. A magnet is supported adjacent the opening to retain a tag body and to release a retainer pin therefrom when the tag is inserted into the opening. A pin retractor is positioned in the housing opposite the magnet to capture the retainer pin and retract it from the tag body. The pin retractor is retracted into a collar to strip the pin from the pin retractor. A release frame is positioned proximate the magnet and movable between a first position wherein the magnet retains the tag body, and a second position wherein the tag body is moved away from the magnet, thereby releasing the tag body from the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Kohl's, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Udumalagala, Supun Dewaraja, Kiran Ramaraju, Mark Michalski, Neetu Goyal
  • Patent number: 11416844
    Abstract: Authentication method and systems using RFID-enabled payment cards are disclosed herein where a server receives a request corresponding to authorization of a payment associated with a payment card from an electronic terminal. The server identifies an electronic device of a user associated with the payment card. The server then transmits an instruction to the electronic device to cause an RFID reader of the electronic device to determine whether an RFID tag corresponding to the payment card is located within a predetermined proximity to the electronic device. When the payment card is located within the predetermined proximity, the server executes a first authentication protocol. Moreover, when the payment card is not located within the predetermined proximity, the server executes a second authentication protocol, wherein the second authentication protocol is more restrictive than the first authentication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Bryan J. Osterkamp, Kelly Q. Baker, David M. Jones, Jr., Ryan Thomas Russell, Robert Andrew Massie, Jon D. McEachron
  • Patent number: 11416838
    Abstract: A checkout apparatus includes a memory that stores first information about one or more commodities registered in a registration process, a first interface configured to acquire an image of a predetermined region where registered commodities are to be placed, and a processor configured to identify commodities in the image acquired via the first interface by object recognition, determine whether each of the identified commodities is in the first information stored in the memory, and if one of the identified commodities is not in the first information, output an error signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomonari Kakino
  • Patent number: 11418522
    Abstract: A keyboard detection system, that includes a processor that operates to detect at least one anomaly in input data and determine a correlation between the at least one anomaly and a characteristic of an inconsistent keyboard type. The processor may operate to determine the correlation between the at least one anomaly and the characteristic of the inconsistent keyboard type based on a lookup table or algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Billy Dwayne Carlisle, Robert Jason Neel
  • Patent number: 11410120
    Abstract: Systems and methods for product imaging and provisioning include a mobile application (app) installed on an imaging device, where the mobile app activates the imaging device to generate an image of a product tag associated with an unavailable product at a first location. The mobile app determines, based on the image, a product indicator associated with the unavailable product. A provisioning app, executing on a remote device, receives the product indicator associated with the unavailable product. The provisioning app also receives a user indicator associated with a first user and executes one or more product provisioning rules that determine, based on a product availability database and the user indicator, an availability result. The availability result indicates whether the unavailable product will be available to the first user. The provisioning app is further operable to send the availability result to the imaging device for presentation by the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventors: Jai Thomas, Teresa Joy Astreides, William A. Cuffe, Lindsay N. Mikos, Andrew G. Shotwell
  • Patent number: 11403908
    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: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Renovo Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Peters, Timothy J. Eickhoff, Ehren R. Jarosek, Tim Skaja
  • Patent number: 11397793
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, methods, and computer-readable media for providing digital content for an application to users. For example, systems described herein can provide a license for the digital content during a rental time. Systems disclosed herein may additionally track a duration of use of an application and compare the tracked use against an amount of rental time purchased (e.g., rented) by a user. The systems described herein may further extend a license or terminate the license based on a determination of whether the amount of use exceeds a rental time. Features and functionality described herein provide a flexible and efficient mechanism that enables users having a variety of content-consuming preferences to receive affordable content while ensuring that use of an application is efficiently and accurately tracked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Edward Pease, Daniel Christopher Rodgers, Jesse Daniel Kaplan, Madhusri Nayak
  • Patent number: 11397975
    Abstract: A method of authenticating genuine products in an online shopping platform, including the steps of informing a buying agent about an online shopping order; giving a unique identification mark to the targeted product by a unique and non-replaceable identification item; videotaping at least one of the steps of purchasing the targeted product by the buying agent at the designated store and placing the unique and non-replaceable identification item to provide a video stream; and allowing the buyer to have access to the video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventor: Claire Xiao Yan Jing
  • Patent number: 11386411
    Abstract: A self-checkout (SCO) terminal in a retail store controls banks of lights to communicate context information to a customer in order to better inform them about various events. The context information may be related to a predetermined event, such as a self-checkout process or an emergency event, and is enhanced using the personal preferences of the customer using the SCO terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Brad M. Johnson, Robert Andrew Myers, Scott Graham, William Laird Dungan, Timothy W. Crockett
  • Patent number: 11380090
    Abstract: A method for object recognition at an interactive information system (IIS) includes capturing, using an imaging device of the IIS, a first image of a first representative object which represents a first one or more object disposed about the IIS; analyzing, by a computer processor of the IIS and based on a category model, the first image to determine a first representative category of the first one or more object; retrieving, by the computer processor and based on the first representative category, a first representative object model of a plurality of object models that are stored on a remote server; and analyzing, by the computer processor and based on the first representative object model, the first image to determine a first representative inventory identifier of the first representative object, which represents a first one or more inventory identifier corresponding to the first one or more object respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Flytech Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tung-Ying Lee, Yi-Heng Tseng, Tzu-Wei Huang, Che-Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 11379852
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods directed to authentication. Authentication data may be determined by previous authentications of a plurality of products. Sensor data, related to a first product, may be received. A current authentication of the first product may be executed based on the sensor data and at an authentication device. The execution may include identifying the first product based on the sensor data. The execution may further include identifying whether the current authentication is substantially similar the previous authentications based on whether the first product is substantially similar to the plurality of products. The execution may further include that when the current authentication is identified as not being substantially similar to the one or more of the previous authentications, authenticating the first product according to remote data and the sensor data. Otherwise, the first product may be authenticated according to the authentication data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SOLUTIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Nataraj Kuntagod, Satya Sai Srinivas, Sanjay Podder, Vikrant Kaulgud
  • Patent number: 11375827
    Abstract: A vison-based self-checkout terminal is provided. Purchased items are placed on a base and multiple cameras take multiple images of each item placed on the base. A location for each item placed on the base is determined along with a depth and the dimensions of each item at its given location on the base. Each item's images are then cropped, and item recognition is performed for each item on that item's cropped images with that item's corresponding depth and dimension attributes. An item identifier for each item is obtained along with a corresponding price and a transaction associated with items are completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Qian Yang, Frank Douglas Hinek, Dharamendra Kumar, Matias Gabriel Szylkowski Resnikow, Brent Vance Zucker
  • Patent number: 11369434
    Abstract: A method of determining the status of a fluid cooled microwave ablation system is provided including providing an electrical current to a pump to pump fluid through an ablation system along a fluid path to cool the ablation system, measuring an electrical current drawn by the pump, and determining a status of the ablation system based on the measured electrical current. In another aspect of the disclosure, an ablation system is provided including an ablation probe defining a fluid path for circulation of fluid therethrough, a generator configured to supply energy to the ablation probe for treating tissue, a pump configured to pump fluid through the fluid path of the ablation probe to cool the ablation probe, a sensor configured to measure an electrical current drawn by the pump, and a computing device configured to determine a status of the ablation system based on the measured electrical current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Joseph D. Brannan, Robert J. Behnke, II
  • Patent number: 11361535
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for controlling smart devices are described. In one aspect a method includes capturing, by a camera on a user device, a plurality of successive images for display in an application environment of an application executing on the user device, performing an object recognition process on the images, the object recognition process including determining that a plurality of images, each depicting a particular object, are required to perform object recognition on the particular object, and in response to the determination, generating a user interface element that indicates a camera operation to be performed, the camera option capturing two or more images, determining that a user, in response to the user interface element, has caused the indicated camera operation to be performed to capture the two or more images, and in response, determining whether a particular object is positively identified from the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Ibrahim Badr
  • Patent number: 11354964
    Abstract: Provided is a small-sized money processing machine that is easy to use in a store. A money processing machine used for settlement of a transaction performed in a store, includes: a banknote processing unit that performs depositing and dispensing of banknotes; a coin processing unit that performs depositing and dispensing of coins; and an accommodation unit that accommodates components to be connected to at least one of the banknote processing unit and the coin processing unit. The banknote processing unit, the coin processing unit, and the accommodation unit are disposed in a housing so as to be vertically aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Yagi, Hisashi Ishitobi, Akira Okuda
  • Patent number: 11354716
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods for providing a promotion to a consumer group are discussed herein. Some embodiments may include a system including circuitry configured for providing an impression associated with a promotion, receiving an indication to purchase the promotion associated with the impression as a consumer group, determining a group sale threshold, wherein the group sale threshold is a number of purchases of the promotion that must be met or exceeded by the consumer group before a group discount is awarded, providing the impression to each of the one or more additional consumers of the consumer group, via a consumer interface of each associated consumer device associated with each consumer account, determining one or more proposed group redemption times; and providing the one or more proposed group redemption times as a listing of selectable options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Alka Rani Tandon, Rebecca Abigail Resnick Kossnick, Robert Earl Rasmusson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11334132
    Abstract: The examples include methods and apparatuses to power a peripheral device through a PUSB port. Powering a peripheral device through a PUSB port includes receiving a request for a plurality of PUSB power options for a PUSB port coupled to a device, providing the plurality of PUSB power options in a hardware initialization system, receiving a selection PUSB power option from the plurality of PUSB power options, and providing a power, corresponding to the selection PUSB power option, to the PUSB port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Binh T Truong, Mengistu Taye, Javier Enrique Guerrero
  • Patent number: 11328281
    Abstract: A POS terminal for a retail environment, comprising a data acquisition device for generating event data from a user scan of a product along a scanning path of the POS terminal, said path comprising an entry point and an exit point; and a processing unit for receiving at least a portion of event data from the data acquisition device and process the event data according to a set of predefined rules, to determine a control parameter for the POS terminal, generate a user alert based on the control parameter and communicate the user alert to the end user; the data acquisition device comprising: a universal product code, U PC, scanner; a plurality of illumination units arranged along the scanning path for illuminating the product; a plurality of sensors for sensing event data including a shape, size and volume of the product and a parameter of a hand of the user as the product is scanned along the scanning path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: EVERSEEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Alan O'Herlihy, Bogdan Ciubotaru, Razvan Cioarga, Dan Pescaru, Gui Vasile, Ovidiu Parvu, Ciprian Petru David, Constantin Petru Sacrieru, Cosmin Cernazanu Glavan, Gavin Doyle
  • Patent number: 11328139
    Abstract: Systems and methods for scanning multiple items in a single swipe are disclosed herein. An example method includes capturing, by an optical imaging assembly, a plurality of images of a field of view (FOV) of the optical imaging assembly. A processor identifies a plurality of indicia from one or more images of the plurality of images. The indicia are indicative of the location of one or more objects of interest within the FOV. The processor decodes each indicia to determine information associated with the one or more objects of interest. The processor further identifies, a frame of interest in one or more images and initiates a dynamic frame that includes each frame of interest. The processor identifies, from the dynamic frame, a background region in the one or more images of the plurality of images, and the processor further removes the background region from the one or more images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: John Britts, Robert James Pang, Pragnesh Kishorbhai Sanchaniya, Sajan Wilfred
  • Patent number: 11328627
    Abstract: Provided are apparatus and method for management of electronic shelf label. The apparatus for management of electronic shelf label, ESL, including an ESL mainboard and a plurality of ESL small boards, wherein the ESL mainboard sends task commands to the plurality of ESL small boards through a first logic signal; and each ESL small board of the plurality of ESL small boards includes a receiving portion and a display portion, the receiving portion receives, through the first logic signal, a command for a task corresponding to the ESL small board as sent by the ESL mainboard, and the display portion displays the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignees: CHONGQING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yang Rao, Peng Qin, Zhongli Luo, Bo Wang, Juncai Ai
  • Patent number: 11321729
    Abstract: A system may include a chatbot communications server executing a given chatbot conversation associated with a given retailer from among retailers. The system may also include a remote device associated with a given user, and a promotions processing server. The promotions processing server may be configured to store digital promotions for the retailers, and communicate at least one digital promotion corresponding to the given retailer to the chatbot communications server. The chatbot communications server may be configured to insert the at least one digital promotion into the given chatbot conversation to be displayed on the remote device. The chatbot conversation may permit the given user to clip at least one selected digital promotion, and add a product for purchase corresponding to the at least one selected digital promotion to a virtual shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: INMAR CLEARING, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffery Hayes, Gregory Clem, Nathanael Georgeson, Samuel May, O'Ryan McEntire
  • Patent number: 11321696
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a commodity registration device includes an optical reading unit with a reading range. The optical reading unit is configured to read a code symbol on a commodity in the reading range. A wireless tag reading unit is configured to read a commodity code from a wireless tag of the commodity in the reading range. A processor determines whether the commodity is in the reading range of the optical reading unit and causes a notification unit to indicate the commodity has been registered if the wireless tag reading unit successfully reads the commodity code from the wireless tag while the commodity is determined to be in the reading range of the optical reading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuki Suzuki, Shigeaki Suzuki, Wataru Sakurai, Takuya Takasu, Kenta Takeda
  • Patent number: 11315097
    Abstract: A store system includes a server and a store terminal. The server receives data based on purchased commodities respectively input in a plurality of mobile terminals. The server stores the received data based on the purchased commodities. The store terminal acquires, from the stored data, the data based on the purchased commodity input in any one of the mobile terminals. The store terminal instructs correction of the acquired data. The server executes the instructed correction concerning the stored data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Haruki Mori
  • Patent number: 11310404
    Abstract: An imaging device, an imaging control method, an electronic apparatus, and a readable medium. The imaging device comprises: an image sensing assembly; a liquid crystal lens assembly provided with light control components corresponding to an image sensing component, wherein each of the light control components comprises a first liquid crystal component and a second liquid crystal component, which are arranged opposite each other, and the orientation of liquid crystal molecules in the first liquid crystal component is perpendicular to the orientation of liquid crystal molecules in the second liquid crystal component; and a processing assembly, wherein the processing assembly is respectively electrically connected to the image sensing assembly and the liquid crystal lens assembly, and is configured to adjust, according to a light receiving amount measured by the image sensing assembly, the voltage applied to the light control component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignees: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
    Inventors: Xuehui Zhu, Xiaoxi Chen, Junrui Zhang, Mao Ye, Lijia Zhou, Zhidong Wang, Shuang Du
  • Patent number: 11301289
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments of the present invention a computer-implemented method includes receiving a transaction-data for a transaction that occurs in a particular time-interval. The method further includes comparing a set of parameters from the transaction-data with a performance profile associated with the particular time-interval. The method further includes based on determining that the transaction is a deviant transaction, forwarding the transaction-data to a first data collector. The method further includes based on determining that the transaction is a conventional transaction, forwarding the transaction-data to a second data collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Al Chakra, Tian Ming Pan, Peng Fei Tian, Bo Chen Z Zhu, Chu Yun Cloud Tony
  • Patent number: 11299356
    Abstract: A product purchase system may include a product retrieval robot for a physical store and a mobile wireless communications device associated with a given user and configured to obtain product identifying data for a given product for purchase in the physical store. The given product for purchase may be placed by the given user into a physical shopping cart. The system may also include a server configured to identify the given product for purchase based upon the product identifying data, and determine an add-on product associated with the given product for purchase and located in the physical store. The product retrieval robot may be configured to cooperate with the server to retrieve the add-on product from the physical store and deliver the add-on product to the physical shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: INMAR CLEARING, INC.
    Inventors: Jacob Bowman, Melissa Bube, Joel Corra, Jason Eudy
  • Patent number: 11295371
    Abstract: Techniques and arrangements for integrating predefined templates with open ticket functionality. For instance, a merchant device can identify a type of transaction between a merchant and a customer, select a ticket type for the transaction based on the type of transaction, and select a transaction flow based on the ticket type. The merchant device can then generate an open ticket for the transaction based on the ticket type, and associated transaction flow with the open ticket. Additionally, the merchant device can generate a visual representation of data associated with the open ticket, where a layout of the data within the visual representation is based on the type of transaction and the transaction flow, and present the visual representation to the merchant. In some examples, the type of transaction is identified using received input. In some examples, the type of transaction is identified based on a group associated with the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Block, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Abrons, Bruce Bell, Mathew Wilson, William Rocklin
  • Patent number: 11288627
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus (2000) includes a product recognition unit (2020), a shelf label recognition unit (2040), and a determination unit (2060). The product recognition unit (2020) recognizes the number of types of products or positions of each type of products from a target image. The shelf label recognition unit (2040) recognizes the number or positions of shelf labels indicating information of the products from the target image. The determination unit (2060) determines whether or not there is an error in a relationship between the recognized number of types of products and the recognized number of shelf labels or in a relationship between the recognized positions of each type of products and the recognized positions of the shelf labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Itou, Kanako Taga, Takenobu Kitahara
  • Patent number: 11288839
    Abstract: A method for positioning a supermarket shopping cart, a system for positioning a supermarket shopping cart and a supermarket shopping cart. A method for positioning a supermarket shopping cart provided by the present disclosure includes: acquiring a first reference image of a supermarket, and processing a first reference image to obtain a partition in which a shopping cart is located as a positioning partition, in which the supermarket comprises a plurality of partitions; receiving distance information sent by at least one signal transmitter provided in the positioning partition, in which each partition is provided with at least one signal transmitter; and obtaining a first positioning position of the shopping cart, according to distance information sent by at least one signal transmitter corresponding to the positioning partition, and determining an actual position of the shopping cart based on the first positioning position of the shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jingtao Xu, Jianwen Suo, Yue Li, Bo Xu, Zhiguo Zhang
  • Patent number: 11281908
    Abstract: Provided is a system for confirming that one kind of target object has been acquired, the system including a portable terminal device and a server, wherein the portable terminal device classifies, based on local features about shapes for detecting the plurality of kinds of target objects, whether one kind of target object is included in an image of a space captured by an image-capturing device of the portable terminal device, captures, as an acquired target-object image, the image classified as including the target object, and sends the acquired target-object image to the server, and wherein the server receives the acquired target-object image, determines, based on image features of one kind of target object, a feature correlation level of the acquired target-object image in relation to that target object, and classifies whether the acquired target-object image is an image in which the one kind of target object is captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: CYGAMES, INC.
    Inventor: Shuichi Kurabayashi
  • Patent number: 11276053
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing system including: a detection means for detecting a position of a customer, a product, or a carrier used for carrying the product; an acquisition means for acquiring identification information from the product; a determination means for determining whether or not a position detected by the detection means is a position that enables acquisition of the identification information; and a notification information generation means for, when it is determined that the position detected by the detection means is not a position that enables acquisition of the identification information, generating notification information used for providing a notification to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Uchimura, Hiroshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11275910
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tag for identifying an object image, including: a feature changing module, including multiple light sources and changing intensity and a wavelength of the light source according to a feature signal; and a communication module, receiving a feature signal generated from the feature changing module, and sending an output signal related to the feature signal. The present invention further relates to a device for identifying an object image, including: a communication module, where the communication module receives a feature signal, where the feature signal includes a command or related information for controlling multiple light sources; a processing unit, where the processing unit receives the feature signal and an image signal from an image sensor, and generates an image identification result according to the image signal and the feature signal; and a storage module, used for storing the image identification result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventor: To Chin
  • Patent number: 11276107
    Abstract: A product management device includes: a reception state storage unit configured to, on the basis of changes in reception states of signals transmitted from tag devices attached to products, store identification information of products in which changes have occurred; a movement path detection unit configured to detect a movement path of a purchaser in a store in which the products are placed; and a list output unit configured to output a list of products placed at locations close to the movement path among the products for which changes in the reception states are equal to or greater than a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Uchimura
  • Patent number: 11270330
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining tax classification of benefits offered to subscribers of a membership platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Patreon, Inc.
    Inventors: Yacine Brini, Priya Sanger
  • Patent number: 11272343
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a controlling method capable of enabling Near Field Communication (NFC) between the display apparatus and an external electronic device by embedding an NFC antenna inside the display apparatus are provided. The display apparatus includes a liquid crystal panel comprising a plurality of pixels; a backlight unit disposed behind the liquid crystal panel and configured to supply light to the liquid crystal panel; a liquid crystal panel driver configured to apply a voltage to the liquid crystal panel; a Near Field Communication (NFC) antenna disposed behind the backlight unit; and a controller configured to, based on an NFC mode being selected, control the liquid crystal panel driver such that at least one pixel in a region corresponding to a position of the NFC antenna among the plurality of pixels displays a white object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Doyoung Kim, Woosub Choi
  • Patent number: 11270235
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide techniques for providing a routing system to a user of a product. An example technique includes receiving from a user of a product a query and a personal ID. Based on the personal ID of the user, the user's profile is retrieved which comprises user attribute data, a clickstream history of the user, and a product SKU of the product. Based on the query and the user profile, processed user data is generated. Additionally, agent profile data for each available agent is retrieved, and based on the user attribute data, the processed user data, and the agent profile data of each agent, a predicted quality score is generated for each agent. The agent with the highest predicted quality score is determined, and the user is routed to the agent with the highest predicted quality score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Madelaine Daianu, Xiao Xiao, Yao Morin, Peter Ouyang
  • Patent number: 11262232
    Abstract: Functionality of sensors on a shelf or other inventory location is tested by encouraging an interaction and determining if the output from the sensors on the shelf is consistent with the interaction. An interaction at the shelf can include, for example, a user adding or removing an item from the shelf. To encourage this type of interaction with the shelf or items therein, an announcement may be generated and presented to a user. The announcement may comprise an advertisement with some type of incentive for the user to add or remove an item from the shelf. Upon verifying such an interaction, sensor data before and after the interaction can be compared to generate diagnostic data for the sensor, which can indicate whether the sensor is operational or malfunctioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Michael McNamara, Sridhar Boyapati, Aaron Craig Thompson, David Echevarria Ignacio, David William Bettis, Korwin Jon Smith