Mechanized Store Patents (Class 235/383)
  • Patent number: 9699164
    Abstract: A system and method for providing, as a service over a computer network (especially a packet-switched computer network) to a body of merchants connected to the computer network, verification of consumer identification based on data provided over the computer network by scanning devices attached to the computers operated by consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Kount Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy P. Barber
  • Patent number: 9697447
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the automated generation of QR codes with embedded images therein are provided. The QR code has an active, machine-readable portion and a background portion. An example system comprises an image identification module to identify a human-readable image. A primitive creation module generates a primitive QR code. The primitive QR code comprises a machine-readable QR code having the image embedded in the QR code. An overlay interface module generates an intermediate QR code by modifying the active portion of the QR code using a first modification and modifying the background portion using a second modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Schory, Robert Dean Veres
  • Patent number: 9690865
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing access to a collection of related binary files via a collection of machine-recognizable codes provided on a device or consumer item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Smart PJ'S LLC
    Inventor: Juan Murdoch
  • Patent number: 9685049
    Abstract: A barcode scanner should output one scanned result per scanned item at checkout. Scanners with large scan areas and multiple scan lines may scan an item more than once as it is dragged through the scan area during the checkout process. A timeout period, during which duplicate scans are ignored, may prevent duplicate scans from being transmitted. Scanners with integrated weight scales may require the use of the scan area for a weight measurement. As a result, weighed items may linger in the scan area longer than the regular timeout period and may be re-scanned. The invention embraces a method and system for mitigating this problem by using information from the scanned barcode and information from the scale to affect how duplicate barcode scans are handled for items requiring a weight measurement and not adversely affected with speed of input as may result with gating and virtual gating with disable/enable scanning commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ka Man Au, John A. Furlong, Thomas Haggerty
  • Patent number: 9684730
    Abstract: Food miles for a product can be determined by comparing a present location for the product to an origin location. A traceability code associated with the product is linked to the origin location, while the present location can be determined in a variety of ways such as with the GPS capabilities of a mobile device. The food miles can be provided on an electronic signage in a retail store, or displayed on a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventor: Elliott Grant
  • Patent number: 9681302
    Abstract: A trusted authority, validation system and method are provided. The system and method may employ Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies to prepare and write signed validation signatures to tags as well as read and analyze validation signatures from tags. An NFC-enabled phone is also provided as a mechanism for facilitating the trusted authority and validation services described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventors: Mark Robinton, Tam Hulusi
  • Patent number: 9659286
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for executing a first transaction at a checkout system at substantially the same time that a second transaction is started at the checkout system. For example, a cashier can scan one or more items, adding the items to a first transaction. When all items have been added to the first transaction and a first customer is making a payment in the first transaction, the cashier can begin to add items to a second transaction, such that execution of the first transaction occurs at substantially the same time that items are added to the second transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Rose, Mike Cooley, John Deters, Kevin Jansen, Joseph Brenny, Julie Wegmiller
  • Patent number: 9648285
    Abstract: A scene is monitored by receiving image data representing a thermal image captured by a thermal image sensor (13) and a visual image captured by a visual image sensor (15), the thermal image and the visual image depicting a same view of the scene. Objects (9) are detected in the visual image and in the thermal image. A mask (17a) is defined in the view of the scene, and it is determined if an object (9) or an object part, inside the mask (17a), is present in both the thermal image and the visual image. If so, a modified mask (17b) is provided by excluding an area occupied by the object (9) or the object part from the mask (17a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AXIS AB
    Inventors: Gustav Traff, Anis Ben Hamida, Mikael Pendse
  • Patent number: 9646450
    Abstract: A credit card Emergency Fund system, comprising the steps of a credit card provider opening one or two accounts with two different card numbers, with a first “main credit card” and a second credit card for a spare. Alternatively, one credit card is provided with one or two accounts. Upon the customer's request, when the credit limit of the main credit card is fully expended, the spare credit card, with the Emergency credit line, or the Emergency credit line with a single card, is activated for a limited time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Stefan Melik-Aslanian, Linda Malek-Aslanian
  • Patent number: 9639720
    Abstract: Signal interference is automatically avoided between product proximity subsystems that emit signals through mutually facing presentation windows of different workstations. A magnetometer in each workstation determines a direction faced by a respective presentation window. A controller in each workstation controls a respective product proximity subsystem to emit and receive a signal with a first signal characteristic when the respective magnetometer determines that the respective presentation window faces a first direction, and controls a respective product proximity subsystem to emit and receive a signal with a different second signal characteristic when the respective magnetometer determines that the respective presentation window faces a different second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Robert W Digiovanna
  • Patent number: 9639875
    Abstract: A virtual computing resource provider may implement reconfiguration of reserved compute instance marketplace offerings for requested reserved compute instance configurations. A request for listings of reserved compute instances available for resale according to a specified instance configuration may be received. Reserved compute instances may be identified that are reconfigurable to satisfy the specified configuration (e.g., a particular type, location, or reservation term length). Listing may be provided for reservation by a client that include modified listings that describe a configuration for the reconfigurable reserved compute instances that satisfies the specified configuration. In some embodiments, a reservation request for a modified listing may be received, and in response the reserved compute instance associated with the modified listing may be reconfigured (e.g., modified, upgraded, downgraded, or term adjusted) as described in the modified listing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Alden Elliott, David John Ward, Jr., Fran McClellan Shigley, III, Mohammed Samir Alabsi
  • Patent number: 9636825
    Abstract: A robotic logistics system is disclosed. The system includes multiple robots each having an image capture unit and a server communicatively coupled to the multiple robots. The server is configured to transmit a location of a first item to a first robot and the location of a second item to a second robot; track the positions of the first robot and the second robot; transmit a first image of the first item captured by the first robot to an operator device; receive a first verification signal from the operator device in response to the first image; transmit a second image of the second item captured by the second robot to the operator device; and receive a second verification signal from the operator device in response to the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: RoboteX Inc.
    Inventors: Taylor J. Penn, Andrew G. Stevens, Gabriella L. Seal, Eric D. Ivers
  • Patent number: 9633390
    Abstract: Embodiments for determining a completing a purchase transaction at a waypoint where a customer is located within a retail store are disclosed. The embodiments include determining waypoint of the customer, receiving waypoint data including the location of the customer positions within the retail store and a shopping list identifying items that the customer desires to purchase, and completing the purchase transaction for the items at the waypoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Joel Bennett Acker, Jr., Richard Neil Cancro, Douglas James Pedley
  • Patent number: 9635414
    Abstract: In one embodiment, first data, indicative of a first selected application to be accessed via a remoting application, is received at a computer system from a first mobile device. Second data, indicative of a second selected application to be accessed via a remoting application, is received at the computer system from a second mobile device. A first view of the first selected application, as executing at the computer system, is displayed at a first display sector of a display device that is part of the computer system. A second view of the second selected application, as executing at the computer system, is displayed at a second display sector of the display device. At least a portion of the first view is sent to the first mobile device for display, and at least a portion of the second view is sent to the second mobile device for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Karen E Thayer, Jeffrey J Walls, Derek Lukasik, Mark E Nylund
  • Patent number: 9626545
    Abstract: A semantic note taking system and method for collecting information, enriching the information, and/or binding the information to services is provided. User-created notes are enriched with labels, context traits, and relevant data to minimize friction in the note-taking process. In other words, the present invention is directed to collecting unscripted data, adding more meaning and use out of the data, and binding the data to services. Mutable and late-binding to services is also provided to allow private thoughts to be published to a myriad of different applications and services in a manner compatible with how thoughts are processed in the brain. User interfaces and semantic skins are also provided to derive meaning out of notes without requiring a great deal of user input. Linking physical objects to notes are also provided, such as through QR codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Brown, Andreas Schobel
  • Patent number: 9626542
    Abstract: A multi-mode ring scanner (MMRS) has a ring unit for wearing on a finger. The MMRS optionally has a wrist unit coupled to the ring unit, such as via a cable. The MMRS optionally communicates wirelessly with a computing device. The ring unit has one or more scanners (such as an optical scanner or an RFID tag reader). The ring unit optionally has two paddle switches for activation by inward pressure from fingers adjacent to the finger. The two switches enable specifying operation of the MMRS in a plurality of modes and/or to communicate a plurality of information codes to the computing device. The computing device is optionally enabled to assign a function to each combination of activation of the two switches. A scanning system including the MMRS optionally provides feedback to a user based on feedback from a host processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Socket Mobile, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert John Miller, Allan Leafblad, Thomas J. Newman, Leonard Ott, John E. Brandon, Charles E. Ader, Timothy Miller
  • Patent number: 9626541
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus to scan visual codes are described. An image of a first visual code marked on an item is captured and the image of the first visual code is displayed on an electronic screen of the apparatus for a point-of-sale terminal that is enabled to scan the image of the first visual code. A scan signal emitted by the point-of-sale terminal is detected, the scan signal indicating that the image of the first visual code was scanned. A second image of a second visual code is displayed on the electronic screen of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Roy Leon Camp
  • Patent number: 9617074
    Abstract: Methods and picking devices for storing a plurality of identical piece goods in the picking device in which the number of identical piece goods is automatically detected are provided. Multiple piece goods are placed in a support area of a storage device and a determination that a last piece good has been placed is made. Upon detection, the piece goods are moved into a removal area of the storage device and a gripping apparatus of an operating unit moves into the removal area, grasps the piece goods, and moves them from the removal area onto a support table of the operating unit. The number of piece goods situated in the support area is determined based on piece goods data and size data of the piece goods that are detected with a sensor system, after it has been detected that a last piece good has been placed in the support area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: CareFusion Germany 326 GmbH
    Inventor: Christoph Hellenbrand
  • Patent number: 9619843
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to systems, methods, and computer program products for providing e-receipts to customers. Embodiments receive authorization from a customer for the customer to be enrolled in a point of transaction e-receipt communication program; receive transaction data corresponding to at least one transaction performed by the customer at a point of transaction of a merchant; and initiate communication, to the customer, of an e-receipt based at least in part on the received transaction data. Some embodiments receive authorization from a plurality of enrolling merchants for enrollment in the point of transaction e-receipt communication program; and build a cooperating merchant list comprising information corresponding to a plurality of cooperating merchants cooperating with a financial institution implementing the point of transaction e-receipt communication program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph Neil Johansen, Farhan Ahmed Siddiqi, David Reed Godsman, David M. Grigg
  • Patent number: 9618327
    Abstract: In an illustrative embodiment, the free space attenuation of illumination with distance, according to a square law relationship, is used to estimate the distance between a light source and two or more different areas on the surface of a product package. By reference to these distance estimates, the angular pose of the product package is determined. Plural frames of imagery, captured both with and without illumination from the light source, can be processed to mitigate the effects of ambient lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: John D. Lord, Alastair M. Reed
  • Patent number: 9613335
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatic reorganization of pick slot assignments in a warehouse are described. Replenishments of products from storage slots to pick slots are used to perform product relocation to new pick slots for active items, along with traditional relocation moves for inactive items to establish open pick slots. By use of replenishments, the blocking of product relocations to new pick slots due to order picking activity is reduced or eliminated, enabling product relocation for improved slotting to be performed during normal warehouse operations. A dynamic slotting method is described where each item is assigned to a zone having a designated set of slots and each item is replenished to any new slot, as compared to an originally assigned slot, in the zone as stock is depleted by picking. Inactive items may be proactively relocated to temporary slots to reduce or eliminate the blocking of relocations of active items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: OPTRICITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Charles Ray Grissom, Daniel Basmajian
  • Patent number: 9607296
    Abstract: Method for managing mobile point of sale (mPOS) operations using a wireless network to detect location data includes capturing video data of one or more customers within a retail store premises. The video data is analyzed to determine one or more customer behavior indicators potentially indicating a need for mPOS services. The location data is used to correlate the customer behavior indicators with the one or more customers. The method also involves determining a probability that at least one of the customers will be requesting mPOS services within a predetermined interval of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Paul B. Rasband, Manjuprakash R. Rao, Sreenath K. Ramanna, Surajit Borah, Stewart E. Hall
  • Patent number: 9600815
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method includes receiving a request to perform a transaction between a merchant and a user having a mobile device and an account at a financial institution, determining a first location of the user based on a location of the mobile device, determining a second location of the user based on a location of the merchant, comparing the first and second location to ensure a match, receiving an identifier, the identifier being embedded in a code displayable on the mobile device, and transmitting an indication that the transaction has been completed, the transaction being completed based on the identifier and based on the match of the first and second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Ellis, Michael J. Kennedy, Ashish Bhoopen Kurani, Melissa Lowry, Uma Meyyappan, Bipin Sahni, Nikolai Stroke
  • Patent number: 9594843
    Abstract: A store can stock items that have the same appearance but have different prices. For instance, organic bananas can look like conventional bananas, but can be priced higher than conventional bananas. In some examples, a higher-priced item can be tagged with an identifier, which can include a visual cue that indicates, to the naked eye, that the item is higher-priced. For instance, organic bananas can include tape that visually indicates that the bananas are organic. In some examples, the problem of a person purchasing a higher-priced item at an imaging checkout terminal, but selecting a price of a corresponding lower-priced but visually similar item, can be overcome by capturing an image of the purchased item, determining from the image that an identifier is attached to the item, determining that a lower-priced item is selected at the terminal, and producing an alert for an attendant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Peter R. Charpentier, Jason Rambler
  • Patent number: 9595029
    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: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Terry Catoe, Mark Noble, John L. White, Burt Aycock, Claire McRoberts
  • Patent number: 9575705
    Abstract: Systems and methods relating to preparing data for use in a printing operation are provided. One method includes receiving selected records from a first data source. The selected records have been subjected to a first record characteristic updating step and the selected records comprise mail information useful for delivery of printed materials. The method further includes updating the selected records with a second record characteristic updating step. A time at which the second record characteristic updating step is performed is determined in relation to a print production schedule for the printed materials. The method further includes creating a postal pre-sort file based upon the updated selected records for use in the printing operation. The printing operation is performed on a printing device based on the pre-sorted records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: QUAD/GRAPHICS, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Blohm, Jeffrey S. Henke
  • Patent number: 9569764
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for point-of-sale customization service. A processor executing a point-of-sale customization service can receive a unique identifier associated with a user device detected in a proximity of a computing device. The processor can query preferences stored in a data store using the unique identifier and identify point-of-sale preferences associated with the user device based upon the querying. The processor can transmit the point-of-sale preferences to the computing device to apply to a transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ari Craine, James H. Pratt
  • Patent number: 9569800
    Abstract: A process and apparatus provide a paperless electronic receipt. A storage device stores a communication identifier prior to a transaction at a point of transaction. Further, a transmitter sends the communication identifier to a point of transaction receipt transmission device at a point of transaction so that the point of transaction receipt transmission device sends an electronic receipt of a transaction at the point of transaction to the communication identifier based upon a selection being received at the point of transaction receipt transmission device to send the electronic receipt to the communication identifier. In addition, the electronic receipt is received and stored at the storage device based upon a selection being received at the point of transaction receipt transmission device to store the electronic receipt at the storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Samuel K. Simpson
  • Patent number: 9569692
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus, systems to perform context-based image recognition for consumer market research are disclosed. Disclosed example methods include comparing a first subset of feature points in a first region of interest of a reference image with a first subset of feature points of a first image residing within a first region corresponding spatially to the first region of interest and located at a first location in the first image to determine a first match value. Disclosed example methods also include, in response to determining the first match value satisfies a first threshold, comparing a second subset of feature points in a second region of interest of the reference image with a second subset of the feature points of the first image residing within a second region of the first image corresponding spatially to the second region of interest to determine a second match value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Wei Xie, Michael Allen Bivins, Steve Jones, Kevin Keqiang Deng, Brian Schiller, Jonathan Sullivan, Alejandro Terrazas, Michael Sheppard
  • Patent number: 9568949
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus of the present invention has a bottom surface on which a first connection terminal is disposed, and a rear surface on which a second connection terminal is disposed. The first connection terminal and the second connection terminal are formed on a common substrate. An edge formed by the bottom surface and the rear surface is formed by the substrate. The electronic apparatus is to be connected to an expansion unit including a first connection-target terminal to which the first connection terminal is to be connected and a second connection-target terminal to which the second connection terminal is to be connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenichi Shindo, Jun Sato
  • Patent number: 9569665
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a commodity recognition apparatus detects, from a captured image, an object imaged in the captured image and extracts an appearance feature amount of the object from the image of the object; compares the extracted appearance feature amount with feature amount data of a dictionary file in which feature amount data indicating the surface information of a commodity is stored for each recognition target commodity to calculate a similarity degree indicating how similar the appearance feature amount is to the feature amount data for each recognition target commodity; recognizes whether or not the object is a commodity based on the calculated similarity degree; and specifies and notifies the reason in a case in which the object is not recognized as a commodity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuishi Takeno
  • Patent number: 9560932
    Abstract: The present invention relates to beverage preparation machine (1) with a virtual shopping functionality. The machine comprises a touch screen (10) and a control unit (21). The touch screen (10) is adapted to display an image (80) of the interior of a shop offering goods (81) related to the machine (1) on the touch screen (10), to display an image of a container (82) on said touch screen (10), and to submit information on a touch operation to the control unit (21). The displayed interior corresponds to the interior of a physical shop offering said goods (81), in particular to the interior of a shop of a chain of physical shops having a standardized presentation of said goods (81). The control unit (21) is adapted to accept selection of a good (81) for purchase upon detecting a touch operation on a good (81) on the touch screen (10) and on the container (82) on the touch screen (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Fabien Ludovic Agon
  • Patent number: 9563197
    Abstract: The present invention is a robotic system for maintaining product inventory and dispensing products upon request from a customer or other user. Product items are stored in an inventory storage unit (ISU), one item per bin. Controller logic allows items to be stored in, and retrieved from, arbitrarily-assigned storage locations. The bins hang on rails within drawers. Upon a request from a consumer (or other user) for a plurality of product items, the robot retrieves a bin holding the first item from the ISU, and places the bin onto a shelf that moves with the robot. The additional items are handled similarly. Once all the items are on the shelf, the robot transfers them to a dispensing chute to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: BBY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Chad Stiernagle, Glendon T. Kraetsch, Dean R. LaValle, Cameron P. Sheikholeslami
  • Patent number: 9560198
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for filtering a telephone call is provided. The method may comprise: receiving from a caller the telephone call directed to a communication device associated with an intended call recipient, the Internet being disposed between a computer implementing the method and the communication device, the intended call recipient being in a structure; determining a state of the intended call recipient using telemetry received from at least one of a sensor and an appliance disposed in the structure; scoring the telephone call based on predetermined scoring criteria to create a score indicative of a desirability of the telephone call, the predetermined scoring criteria being provided by the intended call recipient, the predetermined scoring criteria including the state of the intended call recipient; comparing the score to a predetermined threshold score; classifying the telephone call as an unwanted telephone call using the comparison; and selectively rejecting the unwanted telephone call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Ooma, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobin E. Farrand, Kevin Snow, Dennis Peng, David A. Bryan
  • Patent number: 9558381
    Abstract: A wireless scanner is described that performs a pairing operation with a wireless scanner base before commencing scanning operations in a wireless scanner network. Radio frequency identification (RFID) is used to achieve the pairing operation of the wireless scanner with the wireless scanner base by using an RFID tag associated with the wireless scanner base. The RFID tag in the wireless scanner base may contain pairing information such as a network address of the wireless scanner base for use in automatically establishing a wireless communication session with the wireless scanner base in accordance with another wireless protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Jerry Wu, Jianfeng Gao, Hong Jian Jin
  • Patent number: 9557404
    Abstract: A mobile device is described for tracking an object and sensing an environment of the object. The mobile device includes a circuit board that is loaded with radio frequency (RF) transmitters and receivers for finding the device position and communicating data about the device, the ambient environment of the device, and/or the position of the device. Sensor on the device may measure data about the device and about the ambient environment of the device. Flexible antennas increases the effective volume for a plurality of antennas for increased range and/or reduced power. An adjustable impedance circuit provides for real-time tuning and impedance matching of the antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventors: Ben Wild, Robert A. Barton, Ravneet Bajwa
  • Patent number: 9552710
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods (1100) for activating an Electronic Article Surveillance (“EAS”) element deactivator. The methods involve: obtaining customer-related data from a customer of a business organization who is attempting to deactivate an EAS element of at least one item; obtaining transaction data contained in a receipt issued upon completion of a checkout transaction for the customer; communicating the customer-related data, transaction data and a unique identifier for an EAS element deactivation system to a remote computing device; processing the customer-related data and transaction data to obtain confirmation that the customer has recently successfully completed the checkout transaction for the item and the EAS element of the item has not yet been deactivated; and activating the EAS element deactivator of the EAS element deactivation system subsequent to when the confirmation is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Paul B. Rasband, Hubert A. Patterson, Stewart E. Hall, Nancy L. Van Nest, Douglas A. Drew
  • Patent number: 9544551
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods (400-1000) for providing store intelligence. The methods involve: communicating a First Unique IDentifier (“FUID”) between a beacon of a Proximity System (“PS”) disposed adjacent to an EAS system of a facility and a Mobile Communication Device (“MCD”) possessed by a person; communicating FUID and a Second UID (“SUID”) to an Intelligence System (“IS”), where FUID and SUID collectively comprise a UID of the beacon and a UID of the MCD; capturing a Time Stamped Image (“TSI”) of the person using a camera of the proximity system; communicating TSI to IS for storage; and performing operations at IS to enhance the security/safety of the facility by using FUID to detect an entrance/exit of the person to/from the facility and at least one of SUID and TSI to make a first determination as to an identification of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Robert B. Locke, Hubert A. Patterson
  • Patent number: 9530038
    Abstract: Indicia-reading systems include an auxiliary reading apparatus with wireless charging capability. The systems are configured to couple, transfer, and receive energy wirelessly between a base charging station and auxiliary indicia reader via resonating coils that include an impedance matching network. Wireless charging capability can save space at the point-of-sale and add convenience for the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Xian, Haiyang Liu, Edward C. Bremer, Taylor Smith
  • Patent number: 9524508
    Abstract: A method and processes for a secure real-time processing of purchase validation award requests is described. The method includes processes to submit purchase information on a real-time basis and to check on the status of the processing of the submitted purchase validation award system request also on a real-time basis. The method uses a computer information network to perform the required processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Young America, LLC
    Inventors: David Andrew McIntyre, Grant Lee Stewart, Donovan Keith Loucks
  • Patent number: 9516857
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems for convenient management of animals within a rodent containment cage system that includes labeling components, receiving data, associating the data, reporting the data and/or associations and locating components within the cage system. The management of the system may be self-contained, networked through a controller, local server and/or main server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: INNOVIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Dee L. Conger, Cory Spivey, Michael A. Roes, Francesca McGuffie, Leroy Jenson
  • Patent number: 9519897
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a reading apparatus which reads information from a RFID tag attached to a commodity comprises a housing which includes an opening serving as an entrance/exit of the commodity and space for housing the commodity inside; an antenna arranged in the space; an opening and closing lid for opening and closing the opening; a reading module which reads information relating to the commodity from the RFID tag attached to each commodity housed in the housing through the antenna; and an output module which outputs the information read by the reading module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiyasu Terahara
  • Patent number: 9516858
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems for convenient management of animals within a rodent containment cage system that includes labeling components, receiving data, associating the data, reporting the data and/or associations and locating components within the cage system. The management of the system may be self-contained, networked through a controller, local server and/or main server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: INNOVIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Dee L. Conger, Cory Spivey, Michael A. Roes, Francesca McGuffie, Leroy Jenson
  • Patent number: 9503845
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments enhance a user's transaction experience. In an embodiment, a system includes a computer memory storing a user profile. The system also includes a computer processor operatively coupled to the computer memory. The computer processor is configured to perform the following operations: determining a location of a user associated with a user device; and automatically changing an image displayed on the user device based on the location of the user associated with the user device and data determined or inferred based on, at least in part, data comprising the user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Sundar Amalan Vincent
  • Patent number: 9495680
    Abstract: Identification cards at a processing server may be secured in certain embodiments by intercepting data associated with the identification card. The data may be prevented from being accessed by an application that is of a particular priority level. The data may be encrypted and provided to a server, which may provide replacement data that is formatted to be processed as a substitute for the data. This substitute data may then be provided to the application that was prevented from accessing the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Shift4 Corporation
    Inventors: John David Oder, II, John David Oder, Kevin James Cronic, Steven Mark Sommers, Dennis William Warner
  • Patent number: 9495674
    Abstract: In a system and method for enabling secure monetary transactions with an unpowered and/or underpowered user device, embodiments include a payment device including a battery, a display, and a processor. The processor is configured to generate an optical machine-readable representation of data, the data including an identifier for a payment account, and display the optical machine-readable representation of data on the display in response to a charge level of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Venkata Kalyan Sanaboyina, Yifan Li, Aalok Johar
  • Patent number: 9489553
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a packaging supporter including a base having a top surface, an imaging device that is oriented and adapted to capture an image of a shipping carrier disposed on the top surface, and an image processing unit operable to extract identification data from the image, create an output file including the image, and index the output file using the extracted identification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastian Uebe, Tony Genenncher, Wolf-Peter Karst
  • Patent number: 9489558
    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: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchel P. Sevier, Michael Doren, Garrison Gomez, James Kosecki, Daniel D. Yeakley, Sven M. A. Powilleit
  • Patent number: 9483691
    Abstract: A system and method for computer vision based tracking of a human form may include detecting a shape of an object in an image of a space and determining the probability of object having a human form shape based on movement of the object. If the probability of the object of being of a human form is above a predetermined threshold the object is tracked and if the probability is below the threshold then the tracking is terminated. Occupancy in the space may be determined based on the tracking of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: POINTGRAB LTD.
    Inventors: Haim Perski, David Bitton
  • Patent number: 9483222
    Abstract: A POS system comprises a printer and a network-connected data processor. The printer stores identification information and prints a receipt based on print data including transaction information. A transmission unit of the printer transmits over the network the print data and identification information to the data processor. The data processor stores relation information linking layout information for the printed receipt to the received identification information, and acquires the layout information related to the identification information based on the stored relation information, and based on the acquired layout information, analyze the print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Ito, Shigeru Hirai