Mechanized Store Patents (Class 235/383)
  • Patent number: 10102513
    Abstract: Systems and methods for integrating online and in-store shopping are disclosed. The systems include a cashier station located in a store. The cashier station has a register, a product ID input device, and a screen accessible to a customer at the cashier station. An online site configured to facilitate ecommerce transactions between users and the store is also provided. The cashier station is in communication with the online store whereby recommended products are presented to the customer on the screen in response to the input of a product ID at the cashier station allowing the customer to make additional related purchases from the online site contemporaneously with the in-store purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventor: Murad Dar
  • Patent number: 10099381
    Abstract: Described are techniques for storing and retrieving items using a robotic device for moving items. Any combinations of image data depicting a manipulator interacting with an item, sensor data from sensors instrumenting the manipulator or item, item data regarding characteristics of the item, and constraint data relating to characteristics of the robotic device may be used to generate one or more configurations for the robotic device. The configurations may include points of contact and force vectors for contacting the item using the robotic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Pradeep Krishna Yarlagadda, Cédric Philippe Charles Jean Ghislain Archambeau, James Christopher Curlander, Michael Donoser, Ralf Herbrich, Barry James O'Brien, Marshall Friend Tappen
  • Patent number: 10102497
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are provided for enabling mobile device-based item acquisition and tracking. One exemplary method performed on a mobile device comprises entering a wireless scan mode, detecting a signal from a tag associated with an item in a first area and in proximity to the tag, presenting information associated with the tag, and adding the information to a list. The method further comprises detecting a second tag in a second area, and sending the list to a second device. A second exemplary method performed by a processing terminal comprises receiving the list from a mobile device, entering a wireless scan mode, detecting a signal from a tag associated with an item in proximity to the tag, determining whether the item associated with the detected tag is present on the received list, and enabling the mobile device to complete a transaction to purchase the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Douglas, Thomas Christopher Clarke, Deborah Nally
  • Patent number: 10104199
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system, method, or computer program product for creating a communicable linkage for information retrieval and notifications between devices. In this way, the invention identifies a mobile device at an entity location. The system may integrate into the mobile device and present an interactive display onto the display of the mobile device, allowing the user to select products/services associated with the entity. Based on the general interaction and selection a user makes via the mobile device, the system identifies the interaction and presents interaction data to the entity representative at the entity location for assisting the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nathan Dent, Caitlin Chrisman Bullock, Matthew Eugene Clark, Nitu Nanda
  • Patent number: 10097949
    Abstract: Customers would like to minimize the time waiting in lines; however, it is often difficult to understand which lane to choose. The present invention embraces a device, system, and method to help customers understand which lanes are open and operating most efficiently. The invention utilizes Bluetooth-low-energy (BLE) transmitters located at each lane to transmit updated information related to (i) the lane's status (e.g., open or in-use) and (ii) the lane's quality (e.g., throughput efficiency). Portable electronic devices used by customers may receive the BLE signals and understand (e.g., using augmented reality) which lane would be most likely to provide a quick process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Todeschini
  • Patent number: 10096012
    Abstract: A payment terminal, including: a display, an input device configured to generate input signals indicative of a user input, a payment instrument reader configured to receive payment instrument data from a financial payment instrument, a secure processor connected to the payment instrument reader, a main processor connected to the display, the main processor separate and distinct from the secure processor, a secure input processor connected to the input device and the secure processor, wherein the secure processor is operable between an unsecured mode, wherein the secure processor sends input coordinates based on the input signals received from the secure input processor to the main processor; and a secured mode, wherein the secure input processor ceases input coordinate forwarding to the main processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Poynt Co.
    Inventors: Osama Bedier, Ray Tanaka, Robert Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10096043
    Abstract: A computing apparatus is configured to formulate and adjust offers to users of mobile devices that are configured to capture identification information of products, such as UPC codes. The transaction data of the user, the activities of the user capturing the identification information of products, the location of the user, and the user's reactions to the offers are used to incrementally adjust the offers according to offer rules specified by the merchants. The mobile devices can be used to initiate a checkout process for purchasing items identified by the captured identification information of the products from the physical retail store at which the user is currently located, or via an online store associated with an offer presented via the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Andrew Beck, Sebastian Badea, Vanita Pandey
  • Patent number: 10090887
    Abstract: A system, in a first radio frequency (RF) device, dynamically selects a plurality of reflector devices along a non-line-of-sight (NLOS) radio path based on a first set of criteria. The plurality of reflector devices comprises at least an active reflector device and a passive reflector device. The first RF device further controls the dynamically selected plurality of reflector devices based on a second set of criteria. A plurality of RF signals transmitted by the controlled plurality of reflector devices is received at a second RF device. A first type of signal associated with the received plurality of RF signals is converted to a second type of signal. Transmission of the second type of signal to one or more electronic devices associated with the second RF device is controlled based on one or more device characteristics of the one or more electronic devices or the second RF device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: MOVANDI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ahmadreza Rofougaran, Seunghwan Yoon
  • Patent number: 10089597
    Abstract: Utilities that allow for configuring rack space in a growing operation. In one aspect, a utility for generating a rack sheet report is disclosed that indicates a determined quantity of a plurality of inventory items to be disposed on each shelf of a rack for use in loading a vehicle with the plurality of inventory items in an economically efficient manner. Additionally, the present disclosure includes embodiments that relate to generating a maser pull report that includes total quantities of each identified common instance of the plurality of inventory item objects in a master pull group object for use in harvesting or otherwise collecting the plurality of inventory items from the growing operation and loading the plurality of inventory items into a vehicle in a coordinated manner (e.g., based on a priority value).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Flowvision, LLC
    Inventors: Gerson Cortes, Michael Henderson, David Pytel, John Denzel
  • Patent number: 10083332
    Abstract: In embodiments, apparatuses, methods, and storage media may be described for identifying a quick response (QR) image. A QR control code (QRCC) may be identified in the QR image based on a QR tag in the image. Based on the QRCC, a control command of an apparatus may be identified. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Oleg Pogorelik, Alex Nayshtut, Hong Li, Justin Lipman
  • Patent number: 10083437
    Abstract: A payment reader includes a contactless interface for communicating with a contactless device. The payment reader has a processor that executes instructions stored in memory, and the instructions include instructions for a plurality of firmware modules including a message dispatcher module and a plurality of functional modules. The functional modules generate messages and the message dispatcher module stores the messages in a queued data structure such as a stack or a queue. The messages are provided to the functional modules from the queued data structure. Some of the messages are timed messages that are returned to the queued data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Kshitiz Vadera
  • Patent number: 10083417
    Abstract: Stock management for electronic transactions includes receiving an indication that an item of stock has been selected to be purchased by a purchaser. Stock management for electronic transactions also includes obtaining information relating to the purchaser, and determining whether to remove the item from stock based on the obtained information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lisa Marie Wood Bradley, Nan Li, Charles E. Wiese, Marissa A. Wood
  • Patent number: 10073996
    Abstract: Device with RFID radio frequency identification window that couples to the mouth of a shopping cart, or another container, that includes a frame with a window horizontally crossed by a plurality of light rays coming from a light curtain, an infrared sensor configured to detect an object that approaches the window, an RFID reader configured to detect and identify codes contained in RFID labels incorporated in the objects that enter or exit the basket of the cart through the window, UHF antennas, the radiation beams of which cover the space of the window, configured to be activated once the infrared sensor detects the object that approaches; and a processor configured to store the objects that stay inside the cart in an electronic shopping list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignees: Javier Ferrer Alós Modelos Informáticos, S.L., Portichuelo Fotovoltaica, S.L.
    Inventor: Javier Ferrer Alós
  • Patent number: 10068139
    Abstract: Described is a system for counting stacked items using image analysis. In one implementation, an image of an inventory location with stacked items is obtained and processed to determine the number of items stacked at the inventory location. In some instances, the item closest to the camera that obtains the image may be the only item viewable in the image. Using image analysis, such as depth mapping or Histogram of Oriented Gradients (HOG) algorithms, the distance of the item from the camera and the shelf of the inventory location can be determined. Using this information, and known dimension information for the item, a count of the number of items stacked at an inventory location may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaofeng Ren, Avishkar Misra, Ohil Krishnamurthy Manyam, Liefeng Bo, Sudarshan Narasimha Raghavan, Christopher Robert Towers, Gopi Prashanth Gopal, Yasser Baseer Asmi
  • Patent number: 10061392
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for navigating through a data space. The navigating comprises detecting a gesture of a body from gesture data received via a detector. The gesture data is absolute three-space location data of an instantaneous state of the body at a point in time and physical space. The detecting comprises identifying the gesture using the gesture data. The navigating comprises translating the gesture to a gesture signal, and navigating through the data space in response to the gesture signal. The data space is a data-representational space comprising a dataset represented in the physical space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Oblong Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Underkoffler, Kwindla H. Kramer
  • Patent number: 10062068
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the present invention is a method of compiling a register for processing a transaction. The method includes: providing a scanner having a housing with a first and second side that are opposite each other; providing a data capture device that is configured to capture data contained in a target being swiped past the housing; providing a controller operably connected to the data capture device, and operable to maintain the register and identify a direction of the target being swiped; adding an item associated with the target to the register by swiping the target past the housing and the data capture device in a first direction from the first side to the second side; and removing the item from the register by swiping the target past the housing and the data capture device in a second direction from the second side to the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Sherry George
  • Patent number: 10057265
    Abstract: Computerized apparatus useful within vehicles for causing provision of location-based services to users via a portable wireless computerized device. In one embodiment, the vehicle comprises a global positioning system (GPS) based receiver capable of providing location data to the computerized apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: West View Research, LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. Gazdzinski, Robert F. Gazdzinski
  • Patent number: 10055785
    Abstract: A three-dimensional model, a display module, a motion capture module and a perspective switch module is provided. The perspective switch module is respectively connected to the display module and the motion capture module. A preset-sized graphic displaying area is defined in the display module. The motion capture module changes the relative position between the graphic displaying area and the three-dimensional model according to the manipulation of the user. The perspective switch module adjusts the three-dimensional model according to the control instruction transmitted by the motion capture module. Simultaneously, the different graphic data are displayed within the graphic displaying area. The graphic data are the projections of the three-dimensional model in the plane of graphic displaying area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: SPREADTRUM COMMUNICATIONS (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lu Xia, Hengzhuang Jin, Haipeng Liu
  • Patent number: 10049314
    Abstract: A barcoded indicator operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedance of at least one threshold by at least one product quality affecting parameter, the barcoded indicator including a first barcode including a first plurality of barcode bars and at least a first colorable area, at least a second barcode including a second plurality of barcode bars and at least a second colorable area, and at least one interposed line extending between the first barcode and the second barcode, the interposed line being capable of preventing a barcode reader from reading parts of the first barcode and of the second barcode as part of a single barcode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Rotem Eshedkaner, Ephraim Brand
  • Patent number: 10043168
    Abstract: A checkout system includes a checkout station having a housing, a customer interface and a customer unloading station. A point-of-sale system has a microprocessor and memory operatively associated with one another to identify products being purchased, payments tendered therefor and to store transaction information locally at the checkout station or remotely from the checkout station. The microprocessor has programming configured to allow an item to be scanned by a product identification scanner, and an attendant command module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Terry Catoe, Mark Noble, John L. White, Burt Aycock, Claire McRoberts
  • Patent number: 10028599
    Abstract: A high velocity checkout terminal is provided. The high velocity checkout terminal includes first and second input terminals for selectively transporting products to a cashier station and first and second output conveyors for transporting products from the cashier station to first and second bagging stations. The high velocity checkout terminal also includes first and second payment terminals for accepting payment for a cost of the products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Jahe Ryner, Christopher Ryan Van Briggle, Joshua David Osmon, Bruce Crow
  • Patent number: 10032197
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided to allow a customer to acquire product information from a scanning system. For example, in some embodiments, a method performed by a control circuit comprises establishing a wireless communication connection between a user's personal mobile device and a portable scanning system configured to optically scan identification codes of distinct products; wirelessly receiving at the mobile device product identifying information from the scanning system of each product scanned by the scanning system and available for purchase at the retail store; associating, at the mobile device, a plurality of the product identifying information received from the scanning system with each of a plurality of user specified product information locally accessible through the mobile device; and communicating from the mobile device to a checkout system, during a checkout process, the product identifying information received from the scanning system of each product scanned by the scanning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Soldate, Thomas J. DeMott, Stephen L. Graves
  • Patent number: 10019749
    Abstract: An enhanced shopping system for facilitating grocery shopping and in-store advertising is disclosed. The system utilizes uniquely changes (1) the way grocery retail industry captures and retains customers, (2) how customers organize their shopping efforts in grocery stores, (3) the approach to advertising and reaching customers, and (4) the information available to retailers and merchandisers related to customer (a) shopping patterns, (b) responses to merchandising and advertising, and (c) specific impact of discounting/coupons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ASHDAN LLC
    Inventors: Danielle Lynn Borom, Michael Preston Borom
  • Patent number: 10013646
    Abstract: An information entry and reporting system and method for tracking data associated with retail transactions at the point of sale. Transaction data is converted into a machine readable dataform pattern and printed onto a sales receipt provided to the purchaser. Subsequently, the purchaser uses a suitably configured scanning device to read the dataform pattern into his or her computer. Software algorithms decode the scanned dataform pattern, extract the transaction data and store it for subsequent analysis and reporting. The system includes a computer, software adapted to retrieve selected data, assemble the retrieved data in a format suitable for encoding and encode the data in a dataform pattern, a printer to print the encoded transaction data, a scanning device to capture the encoded data, software to decode the transaction data and software to display the data in human readable form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Peter N. Ching
  • Patent number: 10002344
    Abstract: A system to detect and maintain retail store promotional price tags (PPTs) includes a heuristic PPT description extractor module, a heuristic rule deriver module, a store shelf image acquisition system, a barcode locator and recognizer module, and a heuristic PPT classifier module. The heuristic PPT description extractor module extracts heuristic descriptions of PPTs. The heuristic rule deriver module derives a set of heuristic parameters for the PPTs. The barcode locator and recognizer module analyzes images acquired by the store shelf image acquisition system to localize and recognize barcodes. The heuristic PPT description classifier module extracts heuristic attributes from the images acquired by the store shelf image acquisition system using the set of PPT parameters supplied by the heuristic rule deriver module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Wencheng Wu, Dennis L. Venable, Charles D. Rizzolo, Thomas F. Wade, Daniel S. Hann, Ethan Shen, Lee Anne Williams
  • Patent number: 9996866
    Abstract: Methods and systems for improving a shopping experience are described. When a shopper walks into a store, the shopper's mobile device transmits a signal with the shopper's shopping preferences and shopper profile. Any items that are within a certain distance of the mobile device and satisfy at least one of the shopper's preferences may light up to indicate that the item matches something the shopper is looking for. In addition, the price of the item based on the shopper profile for that shopper is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Conrad Nichols, Geoffrey W. Chatterton, Michael Charles Todasco
  • Patent number: 9996818
    Abstract: Described is a system for counting stacked items using image analysis. In one implementation, an image of an inventory location with stacked items is obtained and processed to determine the number of items stacked at the inventory location. In some instances, the item closest to the camera that obtains the image may be the only item viewable in the image. Using image analysis, such as depth mapping or Histogram of Oriented Gradients (HOG) algorithms, the distance of the item from the camera and the shelf of the inventory location can be determined. Using this information, and known dimension information for the item, a count of the number of items stacked at an inventory location may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaofeng Ren, Ohil Krishnamurthy Manyam, Avishkar Misra, Liefeng Bo, Sudarshan Narasimha Raghavan, Christopher Robert Towers, Gopi Prashanth Gopal, Yasser Baseer Asmi
  • Patent number: 9990845
    Abstract: A process, including a mobile application, for tracking the drayage driver and vehicle movement and reporting where the driver is and how much time he has been at a location, as well as details about the driver and cargo is described. This process can correlate driver and vehicle identification and allow for the transfer of bill of lading or hazardous material restrictions. Data captured is easily be made available in advance to the port terminals (which must have container ready for pick up); available for the shipping company (which can see cargo en-route—regardless of which company the driver works for); and available for the destination warehouse (which must receive and process the shipment). The association of cargo owners, shippers, terminal yards, drayage companies, drivers, and drayage job assignments can further be linked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Leidos, Inc.
    Inventor: Anastasios Zografos
  • Patent number: 9990833
    Abstract: Providing a reminder of a task to be performed at a task location includes receiving location information identifying a location of a user via a mobile communication device associated with the user, receiving information that identifies a task, receiving information that identifies a task location, and providing a reminder for the task based on a current location of the user and on a comparison of an estimated probability of the user traveling in a trajectory leading toward or away from the task location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SCENERA MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Munindar P. Singh, Mona Singh
  • Patent number: 9990541
    Abstract: A commodity recognition apparatus comprises an image interface configured to acquire the image of a commodity photographed by a camera and a processor configured to detect a commodity image from the images acquired via the image interface, carry out a commodity recognition processing for recognizing commodity candidates according to the feature amount extracted from the commodity image and a code reading processing for reading a commodity recognition code from the same commodity image in parallel, and as a result determine a commodity recognition code if the commodity recognition code is read through the code reading processing or output the result of the commodity recognition processing if no commodity recognition code is read and the photographing period for the commodity is ended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuishi Takeno, Tomonari Kakino
  • Patent number: 9990605
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods of tracking uniquely labeled products are provided. An item representing one unit of a consumer product may be labeled with a unique label via automatically generating a random identifier unique to the item, associating the randomly-generated identifier with the item in a record of an electronic database, creating a label comprising a substrate and the randomly-generated identifier, applying the label to the item, and tracking the item via obtaining the randomly-generated identifier from the label. Products labeled with unique identifiers via such methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Mustafa A. Harcar, Andrew J. Rizkallah, Olivia H. Bozik, Bryan J. Rogers
  • Patent number: 9984593
    Abstract: An electronic shelf label for displaying information. The electronic shelf label includes: a casing; an information display area; a printed circuit board; fastening structure for fastening the electronic shelf label on a shelf; and a recess extending from the side surface of the casing. The recess includes attaching structure for attaching external information display devices to the electronic shelf label. An information display device for use in combination with the electronic shelf label is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: PRICER AB
    Inventors: Jörgen Jubro, Nils Hulth, Fredrik Tjerneld
  • Patent number: 9967248
    Abstract: Described are techniques for establishing secure communication channels between user devices and service providing devices. Correspondence between a request received from a user device and security data may be used to determine that the user device has provided a valid access credential. The access credential may be replaced with a subsequent access credential after use. Correspondence between the request and service data may be used to determine that the request may be processed by the receiving service and that the user device has the permissions necessary for the request to be processed. Portions of the request that meet these criteria may be provided to the service. The secure communication channel may also be used to provide the response from the service to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Yu-Hsiang Cheng, Siddhartha Shankara Rao, Robert Dale Francis, Da Chen, Ruoyu Fei, Jingyu Ji, Christopher Chad Lake, Alan Lau, Hanyu Liu, Ajaykumar Selvaraj, Haifeng Xu
  • Patent number: 9965799
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes receiving media content for interactive product display systems used with different products in different retail establishments. Product interaction data characterizing consumer gestures performed in connection with the different products in the different retail establishments is collected. The media content and product interaction data is analyzed to form marketing data. The display of media content at an interactive product display system of a retail establishment is remotely initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Perch Interactive, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared Schiffman, Phillip Tiongson
  • Patent number: 9959521
    Abstract: A method and system for control of bailment inventory is disclosed. The method includes receiving a customer identifier from a customer, receiving from the customer at least one customer item for bailment, associating the customer identifier with the at least one customer item, storing the at least one customer item, and returning the at least one customer item to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Chexology, LLC
    Inventors: Derek Pacque, Gerry Hays, Nathan Altman
  • Patent number: 9959489
    Abstract: Delaying processing based on received commands is suppressed while preventing executing parallel processes involving operation of hardware. Servers can send printing commands and non-printing commands to a printing device. When a printing command is received from a first server and a printing command is then received from another server different from the first server while a process based on the printing command received from the first server is executing, the printing device does not execute the process based on the printing command received from the other server; but if a non-printing command is received from another server, the printing device executes a process based on the non-printing command received from the other server parallel to the process based on the printing command received from the first server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Yamamoto, Akio Takamoto
  • Patent number: 9953362
    Abstract: A shopping system may include a mobile shopping aid sized to support thereon or therewithin one or more items to be purchased. A holder may be connected to the mobile shopping aid to travel therewith. The holder may be sized and shaped to hold a mobile computing device. The holder may have a front aperture enabling an owner of the mobile computing device to view a display screen of the mobile computing device while the mobile computing device is being held by the holder. The holder may also have a back aperture enabling a back-facing camera of the mobile computing device to scan one or more barcodes while the mobile computing device is being held by the holder. The system may also include an anti-theft program or module programmed to initiate an alarm protocol in the event that the mobile computing device is untimely removed from the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9953361
    Abstract: A method and system for placing an order to purchase an item via the Internet. The order is placed by a user at a client system and received by a server system. The client system can display information identifying the item and, for each of multiple procurement options having information related to ordering the identified item, can display an indication of the procurement option such that selection of the displayed indication represents an ordering of the identified item using the information of the procurement option. In response to selection of a displayed indication, the client system can send to a server computer a request to order the identified item using the information of the procurement option for the selected indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Allocca, Jordan Hay, Jonathan A. LeBlang, Colleen McQueen, James Prudente
  • Patent number: 9942722
    Abstract: A mobile unit in a housing facility for mobile units may be tracked by activating a first reading device at a first location of the housing facility upon detecting a first mobile unit arriving at or departing from the first location, wherein the first mobile unit has a first tag having an identification code (ID) readable by the first reading device. A set of readings may be performed by the first reading device to read a set of tag IDs during a time interval. Upon an ending of the time interval, tag IDs, in the set of tag IDs, that correspond to the first tag ID are identified based on the set of readings. A record is updated to associate the first tag ID with the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Rawlinson, Xing Zhi Sun, Ziyuan Wang
  • Patent number: 9940663
    Abstract: An Indoor location mapping and wayfinding system for mapping waypoints on an interactive mapping system that can function both indoors and outdoors based on user selections and location. It can include a shopping system that allows users to pre-select items for purchase, maps the items on an indoor map of the store, and provides a route to the user for the collection of the selected items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Frank Daly Ward, Steven Faletto
  • Patent number: 9934287
    Abstract: A system includes one or more memory devices storing instructions, and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to perform steps of a method for processing a large file. The system may receive record data comprising a plurality of records having an identification value in a common field having a data format. The system may determine a plurality of focus values based on the data format and create a plurality of virtual processing units based on the plurality of focus values. Each of the plurality of virtual processing units may process a sub-group of the plurality of records that corresponds to the focus value associated with the respective virtual processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Japan Bhatt
  • Patent number: 9934506
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments for systems and methods for self-payment and verification of the purchase of retail goods and services. According to an embodiment of the invention, a method for verifying the purchase using a mobile electronic device in wireless communication with a payment verification system and a code generating system is provided, the method comprising the steps of: receiving from a consumer information identifying an item for purchase; receiving from a consumer information identifying payment means for purchasing the item for purchase; processing the information identifying the item for purchase and information identifying payment means and generating a unique QR code indicating a purchase of the item; sending the unique QR code to a mobile device for display by a consumer to the vendor of the item for purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: DIGITAL RETAIL APPS., INC.
    Inventor: Wendy MacKinnon Keith
  • Patent number: 9934528
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for indicating an existence of a link to information pertaining to an article of commerce. The present disclosure provides for downloading a look-up table from a server database to a mobile device via a communication network. The look-up table is configured to store a plurality of UPC numbers associated with a plurality of articles of commerce and a plurality of information link indicators. Each information link indicator is associated with a respective UPC number and article of commerce and indicates the existence of a link via the communication network to information pertaining to the respective article of commerce. The mobile device allows a consumer to immediately determine if product information is available for a particular article of commerce, via a visual or audible indication on the mobile device, without access to the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 9922306
    Abstract: In some examples, a mobile reading device is provided. The mobile reading device may include an movement device and a reader device. The reader device may be configured to read, via one or more antennas, identifying tags associated with items. The one or more antennas may be included as part of the mobile reading device, within a holder structure, or in some other structure or device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Scott Russell, Thomas Matthew Ryle, Jonathan David Phillips, Justin David Kelly, Wesley Scott Lauka, William R. Hazlewood
  • Patent number: 9916568
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided, in a data processing system, for retrieving and utilizing item information to perform a transaction. The mechanisms receive an identification of an item present in a detection field of the item identification system. A determination is made as to whether valid item information for the item is present in a cache of the data processing system in response to detecting the item as being present in the detection field of the item identification system. If valid item information is present in the cache, the valid item information is retrieved from the cache. If valid item information is not present in the cache, the valid item information is retrieved from a remotely located cloud computing system. The transaction is performed based on the valid item information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew D. Vodopia
  • Patent number: 9914470
    Abstract: A vehicle tracking system includes a wheel assembly containing sensor circuitry capable of sensing one or more types of conditions, such as wheel rotation, wheel vibration caused by skidding, and specific electromagnetic and/or magnetic signals indicative of particular wheel locations. The wheel assembly may also include a brake mechanism. The wheel assemblies may be mounted on shopping carts and used to collect and monitor shopping cart status and location data via a wireless network. In one embodiment, the wheel assembly communicates via a wired or wireless connection with a handlebar mounted display unit of the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Gatekeeper Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen E. Hannah, Scott J. Carter, Jesse M. James
  • Patent number: 9916487
    Abstract: Methods and system for encoded information processing are described. In one embodiment, an encoded pattern may be optically detected from source media. Gaming data and associated synchronization data may be decoded from the encoded pattern. The gaming data may be synchronized for use during gaming based on the synchronization data. Additional methods and systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: KOPLAR INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventor: Edward J. Koplar
  • Patent number: 9911111
    Abstract: Wireless pairing is automatically performed based on purchase. By providing a unique identifier and/or account number (such as a credit card number), a wireless device is automatically paired to a wireless network. For example, when a smartphone or other mobile device is used to purchase an electronic door lock, the smartphone may be used to identify security credentials for accessing the wireless network. A cellular telephone number, for example, may reveal an SSID and/or a network password that is required to access a residential or business WI-FI network. As another example, a credit card number may also be used to identify the security credentials for the wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Emily Soelberg, Glenn Blumstein, Ginger Chien, Murali Narayanan, Bradley Richard Ree, Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9904886
    Abstract: The present invention causes an active display or the adapter driving the display to emit RFID formatted QR code information (or bar code information) in sync with displayed QR or Bar codes to allow portable devices in reasonable proximity to acquire the QR code data without physical scanning, without taking a picture and without taking a video, allowing for a fully automated QR code acquisition system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Lawrence F Glaser
  • Patent number: 9905087
    Abstract: POS system checks for radioactive contamination of products without increasing any personnel workload. The POS system includes: a storage means for storing a product code and a radioactivity threshold defined for each product code in association with each other; a barcode scanner; a radioactivity measurement part for measuring radioactivity of a product based on a radiation dose emitted from the product; a comparison means for comparing a radioactivity threshold associated with the product code read by the barcode scanner with a radioactivity measurement value measured by the radioactivity measurement part; and alarm an output means for outputting an alarm when the radioactivity measurement value exceeds the radioactivity threshold. The radioactivity measurement part is arranged at such a position that, when the product exists at a scanning position (A) where the product code is read with the barcode scanner, the radioactivity measurement part detects the radioactivity of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Takane