Mechanized Store Patents (Class 235/383)
  • Patent number: 9893808
    Abstract: A retail merchandising system includes a plurality of gondolas positioned in a retail space, a plurality of visible light communication (VLC) sources positioned in the retail space, and at least one VLC sensor disposed at a fixed location relative to each of the plurality of gondolas. The plurality of VLC sources and the at least one VLC sensor are configured to cooperatively identify a location of the gondolas in the retail space. With pre-stored planograms and the locations of the store gondolas, product locations can be readily determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: TARGET BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Olsen, Robert Gilman, Lew Price
  • Patent number: 9892434
    Abstract: A system and a method are provided for generating a digital receipt for purchases made utilizing a digital wallet or with other payment procedures. The digital receipt is stored in the cloud in a digital receipts repository for later retrieval. The digital receipt can be standardized to facilitate data processing of the data contained in data fields of the digital receipt. The data fields are text/field searchable and actionable so that the receipts and the data therein can be viewed in any manner desired by the user of the digital wallet. A computer readable non-transitory storage medium can store instructions of a program, which when executed by a computer system, enables the recall of the digital receipt from the repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Pia Maenpaa, Joshua Kessler, Jaclyn Moore, Erin Kieran, Laurie Chiola, John Dallesandro
  • Patent number: 9892316
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for pattern tracking. The method includes the steps of performing a foreground detection process to determine a hand-pill-hand region, performing image segmentation to separate the determined hand portion of the hand-pill-hand region from the pill portion thereof, building three reference models, one for each hand region and one for the pill region, initializing a dynamic model for tracking the hand-pill-hand region, determining N possible next positions for the hand-pill-hand region, for each such determined position, determining various features, building a new model for that region in accordance with the determined position, for each position, comparing the new model and a reference model, determining a position whose new model generates a highest similarity score, determining whether that similarity score is greater than a predetermined threshold, and wherein if it is determined that the similarity score is greater than the predetermined threshold, the object is tracked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: AIC Innovations Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Lei Guan, Adam Hanina
  • Patent number: 9891094
    Abstract: A system incorporating a weighing scale in which information is presented to the user based on output of the weighing scale via a portable device and a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Kevin Cartwright
  • Patent number: 9864983
    Abstract: A payment server that includes a payment request receiving unit configured to receive a payment request code including a first partial payment code, and a payment code determination unit configured to determine a second partial payment code based on the received payment request code. The payment server also includes a payment code generation unit configured to generate a payment code based on the first and second partial payment codes, the payment code being payable by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: LG CNS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tae Hoon Ahn
  • Patent number: 9864970
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed at systems, methods, and apparatus for precisely inventorying items placed within a user-portable container. The system may comprise one or more interrogators configured to repeatedly send interrogation signals to detect tagged items placed within the portable container by a user. The system may also comprise one or more readers configured to detect response signals produced by the tagged items in response to the repeated interrogation signals. The system may also comprise a communication interface configured to provide information regarding the detected response signals to an adjunct processor configured to analyze the signals and determine whether they originate from items within the user-portable container, as well as to maintain an inventory of items within the portable container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Twyst LLC
    Inventors: Charles Cooper Rinzler, Kevin Eugene Schaff, Ryan Patrick McKay, Hayden Elizabeth Collins
  • Patent number: 9858563
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus for identifying an item to be purchased during a checkout process includes an operation unit configured to receive user inputs, a display unit configured to display a series of user interfaces generated during the checkout process, an imaging unit configured to capture an image of the item to be purchased and generate image data thereof, and a control unit. The control unit is configured to select an operational mode from a plurality of operational modes including a first mode and a second mode and to control the display unit to display a first screen including one or more user-selectable candidates according to a first layout when the selected mode is the first mode, and a second screen including one or more user-selectable candidates according to a second layout that is the same as the first layout when the selected mode is the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sunao Tabata
  • Patent number: 9858769
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a self-checkout apparatus comprises a reading module configured to read information of a wireless tag from a commodity attached with the wireless tag and housed in a storage room, and a data processing module configured to carry out sales registration and checkout processing of the commodity of which the wireless tag information is read by the reading module; wherein the reading module includes, inside the storage room, an antenna section for reading the information of the wireless tag from the commodity housed in the storage room, and a moving section for changing communication range of the antenna section with the wireless tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Daisuke Hattori
  • Patent number: 9852454
    Abstract: Multiplexing techniques are addressed to allow multiple in store devices to share point of sale instances thereby reducing the overall number of point of sale instances employed. Customer scanning applications, such as price checking and phone based in aisle scanning are addressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas V. Edwards
  • Patent number: 9852596
    Abstract: Security tag and method of using same facilitates authorized removal of items from a controlled area where the items have been marked with an item identification code. The method involves providing a transaction software application to facilitate use of a PMCD to obtain the item identification code and participate in a wireless communication session with a transaction server to receive an authorization for release of the item from the controlled area. The application uses the PMCD to access from the security tag certain security tag information available from the security tag. The security tag information is used at the PMCD to determine an unlock code for the security tag. The PMCD is then used to wirelessly communicate the unlock code to the security tag after the authorization for release has been received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: Mark D. Alexis
  • Patent number: 9852396
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of locating overstock items at a retail sales facility include receiving data when a worker of the retail sales facility scans a product case containing a product using an inventory management electronic device including a processor; obtaining at least one inventory management factor associated with the product; estimating whether the product is to be picked by the worker from a storage bin at a stock room location while packed in the product case or after being removed from the product case; and outputting, based on the estimating step, an indication to the worker either that the product is to be picked from the storage bin without being removed from the product case, or that that the product is to be picked from the storage bin after being removed from the product case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Jones, Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor, Marc A. Fletter, Daniel R. Shields
  • Patent number: 9846870
    Abstract: A point-of-sale (POS) system is provided. The POS system may include an adjustable housing configured to receive a computing device. The POS system housing may be adjustable so that a screen of the computing device can be viewed by a merchant and a customer. The computing device may be removable from the housing for use as a mobile POS system. The POS system may also include electronics for accepting various forms of payment and for connecting the computing device to a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventors: Satish Govindarajan, Michael Voege, Murthy Bobba, Khiem Pham, Gunabalan Babu, Uris Dacosta, Richard Tilghman, Daniel Potter
  • Patent number: 9842327
    Abstract: A retail store communications network, a point of transaction (POT) terminal and methods of using the same according to embodiments of the application can include a hand held and/or stationary optical reader for reading a bar code symbol of an item and generating a decoded out bar code data message. The network is configured so that the POT terminal can use linked or identified mobile devices by way of wireless communication, to provide a sequenced order of identified customers at the POT terminal among a plurality of discoverable wireless devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Xiaoxun Zhu, HongJian Jin, Guoxiang Lv, Junchi Yu
  • Patent number: 9836745
    Abstract: Payment card transactions at a point of sale (POS) are secured in certain embodiments by intercepting, with a POS security layer installed on a POS terminal, payment data from the POS terminal, transmitting the payment data from the POS security layer to a server security application installed on a POS server, and providing false payment data from the POS security layer to a POS terminal application installed on the POS terminal. The false payment data in various embodiments is processed as if it were the payment data, such that the POS terminal transmits an authorization request to the POS server using the false payment data. In addition, the authorization request may be transmitted from the POS server to a payment gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Shift4 Corporation
    Inventors: John David Oder, II, John David Oder, Kevin James Cronic, Steven Mark Sommers, Dennis William Warner
  • Patent number: 9836632
    Abstract: Disclosed is a barcode scanner. The barcode scanner can include a top plate and a first illumination source. The top plate can include a surface. The surface can define a scanning window and a first edge of the top plate. The first illumination source can be located proximate the first edge of the top plate. The first illumination source can be arranged to direct light in a direction of the scanning window. The light can have a strobe sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Joel Hammer, John Paul Bacalso Aliganga
  • Patent number: 9836635
    Abstract: Computerized methods and systems for locating barcodes applied to objects are provided. A method can receive a first image of a first barcode fragment applied to a first object captured at a first time and identify a first position of the first barcode fragment. The method can also receive a second image of a second barcode fragment captured at a second time and identify a second position of the second barcode fragment. The method can also predict a range of possible positions of the first barcode fragment at the second time based on a tracking model that tracks the first barcode fragment based on the first position, and determine that the first barcode fragment and the second barcode fragment correspond to the same barcode, if the second position is within the range of possible positions of the first barcode fragment at the second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Negro, Ivan Bachelder
  • Patent number: 9824349
    Abstract: Provided are computer implemented methods and systems for facilitating mobile device payments using barcodes displayed on mobile devices and scanned by merchants at checkout counters. When a customer is ready to tender a payment to a merchant, instead of using a credit card, cash, or check, the customer activates an application on his mobile device. The mobile device includes or obtains information about the payment system of this merchant. Furthermore, the mobile device includes or obtains information about the customer/mobile device user and then uses these two pieces of information to generate and display a barcode that encodes customer payment information specific to this merchant. The barcode is scanned at the checkout counter and processed to retrieve customer records from a database of the payment processing system. These records are then used to transfer funds between the merchant and customer, obtain discounts, and/or perform other retail transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignees: WORLD AWARD ACADEMY, WORLD AWARD FOUNDATION, AMOBILEPAY, INC.
    Inventors: Zhou Tian Xing, Dylan T X Zhou, Tiger T G Zhou, Andrew H B Zhou, Mary M Z Xi
  • Patent number: 9819769
    Abstract: A scheme for providing access to 6LoWPAN data in a wireless access network comprising a Digital Unit (DU) coupled to one or more Radio Units (RU) via CPRI links, each RU in turn coupled to one or more radio dot (RD) elements via Ethernet cable links. In one embodiment, an RD element includes a cable front-end interfaced with the Ethernet cable link, a radio front-end interfaced between the cable front-end and an antenna or a suitable access point. A sensor component may be included that is configured to generate sensor data with respect to a measurement variable, which sensor data may be packaged in a 6LoWPAN data format for transmission to the RU element coupled to the RD element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Samita Chakrabarti, John Larkins, Jaume Rius I Riu, John Fornehed, Chenguang Lu
  • Patent number: 9817963
    Abstract: A user participating in an e-commerce session can be authenticated based on user-touchscreen interaction analysis. That is, a user requested action can be determined that requires additional authentication. Such authentication can further include, requesting analysis of user-touchscreen interaction for the e-commerce session and receiving a pattern matching score for the session from a computer. The pattern matching score can provide an indication of a comparison between the user's interaction with a touchscreen during the session and a pre-established user-touchscreen interaction profile for the user. A computer can perform a verification action to verify an identity of the user based on the received pattern matching score. Responsive to a successful verification of the identity, the computer can perform the requested action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian M. O'Connell, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 9811694
    Abstract: Magnetic readers that read magnetic data which is recorded on a magnetic card and a flexible cable that transfers each of the signals from the magnetic readers to a signal processing circuit side are included, branch portions that are branched off from a main body of the flexible cable and are connected to the magnetic readers, respectively, are provided in the flexible cable, the branch portions have first and second main-body portion side end portions, respectively, that extend in parallel to each other along a card sliding passage, and the main-body portion has a branch portion side end portion that intersects the card sliding passage and extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Yamamoto, Shunjiro Takemori, Kyohei Kida, Ryota Minami, Nobuyuki Gotou
  • Patent number: 9811254
    Abstract: A transaction terminal device includes an orientation detecting unit that detects the orientation of an information processing device with respect to the orientation of gravity, and an information processing unit that displays a work screen of work categories on a display unit based on display attributes for changing of the orientation of the information processing device configured for each of the work categories. When the display attributes are permitted for rotating the work screen based on the changing of the orientation of the information processing device, the information processing unit displays the respective elements constituting the work screen in the position/orientation based on the detected result by the orientation detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Ninomiya, Yoshihide Nakashima
  • Patent number: 9805343
    Abstract: A guided barcode printer diagnostic and servicing system and method includes a software application for a smart phone that simplifies the process of detecting problems with and servicing a malfunctioning barcode printer. Illustrated, audible, and/or written instructions prompt the user to obtain photographs, video recordings, and/or audio samples of the malfunctioning printer. Data processing algorithms extract diagnostic data from the photographs, video recordings, and/or audio samples. The diagnostic data is compared to known printer problem data stored in a database. If a potential problem is identified, a likely repair solution is presented with easy-to-follow servicing instructions. If a potential problem is not identified, additional troubleshooting steps are performed by the user, if needed, until the barcode printer is fixed or it is determined that a skilled service technician is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Intermec Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Axel Jonas Celinder, Torben Kristofer Berggren
  • Patent number: 9799173
    Abstract: A computer-implemented process is useful for inspecting a shopping cart in preparation for a rapid checkout from a retail store, the shopping cart including items scanned for purchase by the customer during a shopping trip in the retail store. The process includes monitoring, within a computerized server, an initiation of a rapid checkout by the customer and generating, within a computerized processor, an inspection list for a store employee based upon the initiation. The inspection list includes a summary of items scanned by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas James Pedley, Richard Neil Cancro, Joel Bennett Acker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9798990
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention discloses a material management and control system, which comprises: a code scanner, which performs code scanning operation on any material to be warehoused with respect to the material to be warehoused to obtain code scanning parameter information of the material to be warehoused, wherein the code scanning parameter information comprises at least a date when a life of the material to be warehoused is exhausted; and a processor, which determines whether a remaining life of the material to be warehoused is not less than a set life value or not according to the code scanning parameter information obtained by the code scanner, and if a result is yes, then perform warehousing operation on the material to be warehoused, and monitor whether the warehoused material arrives at its corresponding life exhausting date or not, and if the result is not, then perform subsequent material processing operation on the warehoused material according to a set operation procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignees: Hefei Xinsheng Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd., BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingting Weng, Zhiguang Guo, Sixiang Wu, Dafu Cheng
  • Patent number: 9792480
    Abstract: An image recognition apparatus includes an acquisition unit and a controller. The acquisition unit acquires an image which captures by photography a pattern indicative of an object. The controller is configured to specify a pattern area from a first image which the acquisition unit acquires, to recognize a pattern which the specified pattern area includes, to acquire a second image from the acquisition unit, to determine whether a disposition of the object of the first image and a disposition of the object of the second image coincide, and to specify a pattern area from the second image, if determining that the disposition of the object of the first image and the disposition of the object of the second image are non-coincident, and to recognize a pattern which the specified pattern area includes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nobuoka, Masaaki Yasunaga
  • Patent number: 9785813
    Abstract: A portable optical reader is provided with: a reading part 41 optically reading a symbol as a reading object; a head part 3 storing the reading part 41 and having a reading port 4 for the reading part 41; a holding part 2 continuously connected to the head part 3 and extending in a connecting direction; and a display part 22 provided in the head part 3 and displaying at least a reading result. The head part 3 is formed by side surfaces, and the display part 22 is provided in at least two side surfaces which are a side surface facing to a surface providing the holding part 2, and a side surface in which a reading direction by the reading part 41 and an extending direction of the holding part 2 are substantially orthogonal to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventors: Tomomi Izaki, Yusuke Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 9781110
    Abstract: Computerized methods useful for causing provision of user-specific services via one or more data network apparatus and user mobile device. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving user-specific location data (e.g., relating to a destination of travel or shipping desired by the user) from the user's mobile device via an electronic network proxy agent that acts as a proxy for multiple different users simultaneously, and automatically forwarding that received data to another computerized device to enable provision of the service relating to that user and location. In one variant, the user mobile device and the network proxy agent establish a secure session to facilitate transfer of the data to a network address or device specified in a secure user-specific account accessible to the proxy agent. In another variant, the mobile device interfaces with a kiosk at a point of departure to transfer the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: WEST VIEW RESEARCH, LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. Gazdzinski, Robert F. Gazdzinski
  • Patent number: 9778093
    Abstract: A vertical sensor array is placed along a weighing conveyer in a self-checkout system. Successive products are scanned and then placed on the weighing conveyer. As a product traverses the sensor array, a firmware control sends a measured height of the product to processor software, and also indicates the time taken by the product to pass the array. From the time, conveyer speed, and distance from the array to the end of the weighing conveyer, the software determines the time when the product will be transferred from the weighing conveyer to a location adjacent to the weighing conveyer. Since this transfer time is variable, depending on the product and the particular orientation of the product when it is placed on the weighing conveyer, the software can dynamically enable the scanner input device for the associated system to accept the next following product or item. The software can accurately determine the correct weight of a product, even when multiple products are present on the conveyer simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: John Joseph Gatto, Terry J. Nisbet
  • Patent number: 9764325
    Abstract: A storage system for storing samples, such as frozen biological samples in RFID-tagged vials. The storage system has a plurality of lowest-level containers, such as sample boxes; a plurality of mid-level containers, such as shelves and racks; and a highest-level container, such as a mechanical freezer. Each lowest-level container receives a plurality of samples in a corresponding plurality of storage locations, each mid-level container receives two or more lowest-level containers, and the highest-level container receives the two or more mid-level containers. Each mid-level container and each lowest-level container has a corresponding indicator device. A controller sub-system tracks the locations of samples stored in the storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: BioTillion, LLC
    Inventor: Hananel Davidowitz
  • Patent number: 9767508
    Abstract: A shopper selects from gifts that are compatible with a recipient's devices. When the shopper wishes to purchase a gift, descriptions of gifts are compared to the recipient's devices. Compatible gifts may be recommended, while incompatible gifts may be rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: M. Todd Mitchem
  • Patent number: 9767680
    Abstract: In some implementations, techniques are described for detecting abnormal installations in a property monitored by a monitoring (e.g., security) system. For instance, an aberration engine may be used to detect an abnormal sensor or system installation within a property based on comparing detected installation data against local installation patterns of local providers within a certain proximity to the property. In some examples, the attributes (e.g., installation time, components used, number of tests performed, etc.) of a monitoring system installation, including installation of components of the monitoring system, may be compared to average installation times of other nearby installations to detect abnormalities in the installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 9760919
    Abstract: A system and method to prevent merchandise from being left at a checkout counter includes a first step of entering a checkout area with a group of items having identification tags. A next step includes reading the tags of the items in the group. A next step includes associating the tagged items as a group. A next step includes detecting whether any tagged item is separated from the group. A next step includes generating an alert if any tagged item is separated from the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David E. Bellows
  • Patent number: 9762291
    Abstract: Near-field communication (NFC) test apparatus and methods for use by a consumer to confirm the functionality of the NFC circuitry the consumer's NFC-enabled mobile device, and/or to troubleshoot NFC communications problems of the mobile device. In an embodiment, a NFC test apparatus includes a mobile device package, at least one NFC tag configured for communications with NFC circuitry of a mobile device, and a support substrate that has an indicator to ensure correct positioning of the mobile device during a self-testing procedure. In some embodiments, the NFC tag is located on the mobile device package so that an orientation of the mobile device is known during a portion of the mobile device self-testing procedure, and the support substrate is configure for supporting the mobile device during the self-testing procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Colin Tanner, Aaron Concannon, Kuljot Singh Anand, Anthony Lopreiato
  • Patent number: 9749685
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to control operation of a portable media device based on machine readable information of a graphical artifact shown on a display concurrently with presentation of a video portion of a media content event. A portable media device, using a portable media device provisioned with an image capture device, captures at least one image that includes the display that is presenting the graphical artifact and the video portion of the media content event, identifies the graphical artifact in the captured at least one image, determines the machine readable data based on the identified graphical artifact, and operates the portable media device to perform at least one operation based on the determined machine readable data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Swapnil Tilaye, Carlos Garcia Navarro
  • Patent number: 9743217
    Abstract: A tag store system and method for making contactless tags available to end users of tag-related software applications is described. The system and method employs an identifier for a tag ordering interface, which is generated using tag framework data for a contactless tag associated with a tag-related software application. The tag ordering interface allows the contactless tag to be ordered using the tag ordering interface. The identifier is included in the tag-related software application and is used to request for the tag ordering interface from an end user device running the tag-related software application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Francesco Gallo
  • Patent number: 9734377
    Abstract: A bar code reading terminal can, in one embodiment, include a two-dimensional image sensor and an imaging assembly. The terminal can be configured, in response to receipt of a trigger signal, to buffer a set of frames and subject each frame of the set of frames to a decode attempt. The terminal can also be configured to convert the convert the captured set of video frames into a compressed video format, and transfer the resulting video file to a file server or to one or more playback devices, in response to a user interface action, or in response to difficult read condition having been detected. The terminal can also be configured to establish two-way video- and audio-communication with a remote video- and audio-streaming device. The video capturing and streaming operation of the terminal can be controlled remotely from a playback device via web interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchel P. Sevier, Michael J. Doren, Garrison Gomez, James Kosecki, Daniel D. Yeakley, Sven M. A. Powilleit
  • Patent number: 9734484
    Abstract: A system and method for dynamically creating and presenting a network based application for any number of a plurality of products. The method and system upon receiving a request to apply for one or more of a plurality of products, dynamically creates an application pages that includes fields to input the specific information required to apply for the selected products. The application page is provided to the applicant through the network and the application data is received by the system. The method and system causes the application data to be processed and provides the results to the applicant. The applicant is provided the results of multiple specific applications in with minimal data input and in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
    Inventor: Robert J. Rosko
  • Patent number: 9721224
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for managing transportation and storage of goods, including a personal computer device; and a package control device associated with a package. The personal computer device is configured to store transport and storage operations information regarding the package in the package control device. The package control device is configured for identifying an operator responsible for at least one of transport and storage of the package based on the transport and storage operations information. The package control device is configured to allow the operator to have access to the package for at least one of transport and storage of the package based on the transport and storage operations information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: COREORIENT OY
    Inventors: Heikki Pekka Waris, Harri Lauri Paloheimo
  • Patent number: 9721247
    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 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Poynt Co.
    Inventors: Osama Bedier, Ray Tanaka, Robert Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9715800
    Abstract: Lighting control for location finding is disclosed. According to embodiments, lighting control can include determining, using a group of location detectors, a first location of a computing device of a user, and obtaining, from the computing device, a target location for the user. Lighting control can include determining a path from the first location to the target location, the path determined at least based on a lighting system including a group of light emitting diode (LED) arrays, and indicating, using a first LED array of the group of LED arrays, a first portion of the path to the target location. The first portion of the path can be indicated by determining, for the plurality of LEDs of the first LED array, at least one LED that is visible at the first location, and outputting light from the at least one LED that is visible at the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Didier Boullery, Marc P. Yvon
  • Patent number: 9715643
    Abstract: A label creation apparatus includes a drawing processing section that draws a label image of a label, a first object specifying section that arranges a first object in the label image, a second object specifying section that specifies whether or not a second object having a window area transparent to the first object and having a drawing area along the outermost contour of the label image is arranged in the label image, and the drawing processing section arranges the first object in the label image in such a way that the first object falls within the window area of the second object when the second object is arranged, whereas arranging the first object in the label image in such a way that the first object extends to an area containing the outermost contour of the label image when the second object is not arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9715684
    Abstract: A point of sale terminal that performs purchase transactions is presented. The point of sale terminal includes an optical code scanner and weigh scale device. The optical code scanner portion of the optical code scanner and weigh scale device continuously scans for an optical code while the weigh scale portion of the optical code scanner and weigh scale device weighs an item placed on the scale. When the point of sale terminal receives data for an optical code that is read during the time an item is being weighed, the point of sale terminal compares information from the optical code data to the identification data entered by an operator for the item being weighed. If the item information does not match, the point of sale terminal halts the current purchase transaction until a supervisor intervenes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Erick Christian Kobres
  • Patent number: 9710910
    Abstract: There is provided an image registration device and an image registration method. The device includes: a feature extractor configured to extract, from a first image, a first feature group and to extract, from a second image, a second feature group; a feature converter configured to convert, using a converted neural network in which a correlation between features is learned, the extracted second feature group to correspond to the extracted first feature group, to obtain a converted group; and a register configured to register the first image and the second image based on the converted group and the extracted first feature group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sunkwon Kim, Jungwoo Chang, Won-chul Bang
  • Patent number: 9711308
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods (600) for controlling operations of a Handheld Scanning and Deactivation (“HSD”) device. The methods comprise: determining whether a human is located within a defined distance range of the HSD device; preventing first operations from being performed by the HSD device which cause a magnetic field to be generated, if it is determined that said human is located within the defined distance range of said HSD device; and initiating the first operations if it is determined that the human is not located within the defined distance range of the HSD device. The first operations comprise (1) interrogation operations for detecting a presence of an electronic article surveillance security tag and/or (2) deactivation operations for deactivating an electronic article surveillance security tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Ronald B. Easter, Adam S. Bergman
  • Patent number: 9710802
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a system and method for determining the products involved in a transaction, and transmitting messages containing product specific data. Systems may be implemented to product identifiers during payment processing. The messages may be sent including product identifiers, and further information regarding the products associated with the product identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Mark Carlson, Patrick Stan, Patrick Faith, Ayman Hammad, Ben Rewis
  • Patent number: 9710743
    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: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Rotem Eshedkaner, Ephraim Brand
  • Patent number: 9709661
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a method and system for determining a location of an identification tag (100) in a monitored area. The method comprises using a plurality of beacons (200) to broadcast (2010) beacon messages comprising an identification element relating to the originating beacon; receiving (2020) at a first set of beacons a localization message from an identification tag (100), the tag having received (1010) a beacon message, extracted (1020) the identification element from the received beacon message, and transmitted (1030) information related to the identification element as part of the localization message; performing (3010) a first level of localization of the tag on the basis of characteristics of the respective copies of the localization message received at the first set of beacons; and performing (3020) a second level of localization of the tag on the basis of the information related to the identification element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Televic Healthcare NV
    Inventors: Pieter Crombez, John Gesquiere
  • Patent number: 9704359
    Abstract: Lighting control for location finding is disclosed. According to embodiments, lighting control can include determining, using a group of location detectors, a first location of a computing device of a user, and obtaining, from the computing device, a target location for the user. Lighting control can include determining a path from the first location to the target location, the path determined at least based on a lighting system including a group of light emitting diode (LED) arrays, and indicating, using a first LED array of the group of LED arrays, a first portion of the path to the target location. The first portion of the path can be indicated by determining, for the plurality of LEDs of the first LED array, at least one LED that is visible at the first location, and outputting light from the at least one LED that is visible at the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Didier Boullery, Marc P. Yvon
  • Patent number: 9697510
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to facilitate retail transactions via mobile communications. In one aspect, a retail terminal includes: a user interface to receive a phone number of a customer; a memory; a data communication interface; and a processor coupled with the memory and the data communication interface to transmit the phone number to a server computer to cause the server computer to communicate with a mobile phone at the phone number to confirm a transaction at the retail terminal and to transmit one or more premium messages to the mobile phone to collect funds for the transaction, and to receive from the server computer a message indicating that the funds are available for the transaction. The retail terminal is to perform the transaction in response to the message from the server computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Boku, Inc.
    Inventors: Glyn Barry Smith, Rachel Jane Gillam, Michael Cahill
  • Patent number: 9697547
    Abstract: A technique for effecting electronic commerce using a data network is described. The data network includes a plurality of subsystems which, together, form an integrated system for receiving customer orders for selected items via a data network, fulfilling the customer orders, and delivering the ordered products to the customers. Moreover, according to a specific embodiment, the integrated nature of the system architecture of the present invention allows the on-line merchant to provide a guarantee to the customer that the ordered items will be available to be delivered to the customer at the specified delivery date, time, and location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: June Ray Limited
    Inventors: Louis H. Borders, Avrind Peter Relan, Margaret Sue Lloyd, Sunil Bhargava, Joyo Wijaya, Peter Ham, Gray Andrew Clossman, Ajit Ramachandra Mayya