Mechanized Store Patents (Class 235/383)
  • Patent number: 9485381
    Abstract: An example of an apparatus for transferring data over a Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) includes a scan bar for scanning an image, an analog front end (AFE) module in communication with the scan bar for receiving a plurality of video images of the image that is scanned by the scan bar, a translation logic module in communication with the AFE module to convert the plurality of video images into a scanlink frame using a MIPI communication protocol, wherein the scanlink frame comprises a frame start packet, a scanlink header packet, the plurality of video images and a frame end packet, a MIPI input interface in communication with the translation logic module to receive the scanlink frame and a processor in communication with the MIPI input interface to process the scanlink frame to generate a scanned image file using the scanlink frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy M. Hunter
  • Patent number: 9483632
    Abstract: A storage device contains a smart-card device and a memory device, both of which are accessed though a controller. The storage device may be used in the same manner as a conventional smart-card device, or it may be used to store a relatively large amount of data in various partitions corresponding to the protection level of the data stored therein. The smart-card device stores critical security parameters that are provided to the controller to protect access to some or all of the partitions of the memory device. A host connected to the controller issues commands, and the controller analyzes the commands and responds to them in various ways depending upon the nature of the command. In particular, depending upon the nature of the command, the controller may either pass the command to the smart-card device, or ignore the command either indefinitely or until a predetermined event has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehdi Asnaashari, Ruchirkumar D. Shah, Sylvain Prevost, Ksheerabdhi Krishna
  • Patent number: 9477938
    Abstract: In some examples, an autonomous mobile reading device is provided. The autonomous mobile reading device may include an autonomous movement device and a radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader. The RFID reader may be configured to read, via one or more antennas, RFID tags associated with inventory items. The one or more antennas may be included as part of the autonomous mobile reading device, within an inventory holder, or in some other structure or device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    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: 9477976
    Abstract: A system for transmitting product information of a product is described. The system contains a product with an electronic controller for acquiring and/or storing product information, wherein the product information comprises standard information about the product and current product information, a barcode generating component for generating a barcode for representing the product information, wherein the barcode generating means is connected to the product for data transfer or is integrated into the product, and a barcode updating device for updating the barcode on the basis of the standard information about the product and current product information. There is furthermore an acquisition module for the information acquisition of the product information from the barcode by means of an image recording device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Bernhard Deck, Werner Vogt, Lorenzo Gulli, Kornel Scherrer
  • Patent number: 9473747
    Abstract: Video monitoring and tracking techniques are addressed to allow consumers to purchase items in a store with no need to checkout at a traditional checkout lane. A large number of cart check and shelf check cameras monitor additions to carts and removals from shelves along with knowledge of location and what is on a particular shelf are employed to analyze which products are selected for purchase. Customer analytic data, as well as, store inventory data are preferably also developed from the camera image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Erick Christian Kobres, Lyle Sandler
  • Patent number: 9460597
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods (200) for security tag detachment or deactivation authorization. The methods involve: communicating at least one first product code for each article of a plurality of purchased articles from a Point-Of-Sale (“POS”) to a remote authorization system; generating by the remote authorization system an authorization code to facilitate authorization of detachment or deactivation of security tags attached only to said plurality of purchased articles, in response to the first product code; using the authorization code to obtain a list of articles identifying first articles of the plurality of purchased articles which have security tags attached thereto; and authorizing the detachment or deactivation of only the security tags that are attached to the articles identified in the list of articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: John J. Clark, Pierre-Michel G. Simon
  • Patent number: 9460590
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for providing notifications and other communications to a customer based on the customer's proximity to a checkout register at a store. A mobile electronic device with mobile self checkout software thereon may record and analyze ambient noise to determine when a customer is in a checkout line as well as to track the customer's progress through the checkout line. The mobile self checkout software may present information to the customer according to the customer's position in the checkout line. The type and nature of the information presented to the customer may be changed according to the customer's distance from the checkout terminal as well as how quickly the customer is approaching the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9460369
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for use in a retail store. An example system includes a mobile base, a printer, an image capture subsystem on the mobile base and coupled to the printer, the image capture system including at least one image capture device and at least one image processor, the image capture device configured to obtain images of items in the retail store, the image processor configured to derive item identification data from the images of items, and a control subsystem coupled to the printer and to the image capture subsystem, where the control subsystem is configured to receive information identifying items requiring signage, acquire item identification data from the image capture subsystem, determine, based on the information identifying items requiring signage and on the item identification data, items requiring signage, and to direct the printer to print signage for the items requiring signage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven R. Moore, Wencheng Wu, Dennis L. Venable, Thomas F. Wade, Peter Paul
  • Patent number: 9454772
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for receiving interaction information relating to a first mobile communication facility, weighting content based at least in part on the interaction information, and ordering the content for presentation on a second mobile communication facility based at least in part on the weighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Millennial Media Inc.
    Inventors: Jorey Ramer, Adam Soroca, Dennis Doughty
  • Patent number: 9443264
    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: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: M. Todd Mitchem
  • Patent number: 9436926
    Abstract: A system can include at least one robot configured to autonomously navigate from a first location to a destination zone, the at least one robot having a generally cylindrical shape and including a storage container for storing at least one item for delivery, a plurality of image based depth sensor mounted proximate a top end of the robot, and a controller configured to navigate to the destination zone and to authenticate a delivery target for the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Savioke, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Cousins, Jonathan Binney, Chad Rockey, Adrian Canoso
  • Patent number: 9436920
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure include methods and apparatus for tracking and reporting the social impact of food products. In an example embodiment, an apparatus comprises a hand-held device including a display and one or more input devices to sense product identification indicia associated with a food product that is grown or raised in an agricultural operation. The hand-held device includes at least one processor to determine a machine-readable identification code from the product identification indicia; send the identification code to at least one remote server; receive, from the at least one remote server, information that is associated with the product, the information including social impact information that is associated with the production of the food product; and display at least some of the received social impact information on the display in human readable form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: SureHarvest, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Dlott, Harry W. Rosenberg, Clifford P. Ohmart, Rebecca Connolly
  • Patent number: 9436851
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program for defining a geometric code is provided. The method for generating a geometric code includes the steps of defining a first geometric shape, defining a size of a second geometric shape as a change in size from the first geometric shape, defining a position of the second geometric shape as a change in position from the first geometric shape, and displaying the first geometric shape and the second geometric shape. A system for imaging the defined geometric code includes a processor performing the steps of segmenting the imaged code, partitioning the segmented imaged code, determining a gray level of each portion of the partitioned segmented imaged code, and determining a code represented by each segmented portion of the partitioned segmented imaged code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: AIC Innovations Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaniv Ganor, Maurice Lepouttre
  • Patent number: 9424601
    Abstract: Method, computer program product, and system to facilitate a checkout transaction for a person within an environment having a plurality of items. The method includes determining, using a visual sensor disposed within the environment, image information associated with the person. The method further includes analyzing the image information to identify one or more of the plurality of items that are selected by the person to be presented during the checkout transaction. In some cases, the method also includes determining whether the identified items belong to a predetermined class of items deemed to be “difficult.” The method further includes determining, based on the one or more identified items, a level of assistance to provide to the person during the checkout transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: TOSHIBA GLOBAL COMMERCE SOLUTIONS HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Susan Winter Brosnan, Daniel Robert Goins, Patricia Stephany Hogan, David Christopher Klages, Jessica Suzanne King Snead
  • Patent number: 9420086
    Abstract: A control device of an information terminal of the present invention determines whether one specified operation among multiple specified operations to an input device 11 is done. On condition that the one specified operation is determined to be done, the control device causes the input device 11 to function as an input interface used to input information in order to use a function related to one category among the multiple categories corresponding to the one specified operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keiichi Takikawa
  • Patent number: 9412045
    Abstract: A commodity is learnt and stored in an HDD on the basis of a commodity image captured by an image capturing section. Commodity registration is carried out through a key input. The commodity which is not stored in the HDD yet is stored in the HDD as commodity data when the commodity registration is carried out through a key input, in this way, the registration as a learnt commodity is realized. Then the target commodity captured by the image capturing section is read from the commodity data stored in the HDD. In this way, the commodity image can be added and learnt based on that the unregistered commodity is input through a key operation by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomonari Kakino
  • Patent number: 9412081
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure include methods and apparatus for recording and reporting agricultural information using a combination of a universal product code and a lot code. In an example embodiment, apparatus comprises a hand-held device including a display and one or more input devices to sense product identification indicia associated with or affixed to a food product that is grown or raised in an agricultural operation. The product identification indicia comprise a combination of a universal product code and a lot code for the food product. The hand-held device includes at least one processor to determine a machine-readable identification code from the product identification indicia; send the identification code to at least one remote server; receive, from the at least one remote server, agricultural certification information that is associated with the product; and display the certification information on the display in human readable form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: SureHarvest, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Dlott, Harry W. Rosenberg, Clifford P. Ohmart, Rebecca Connolly
  • Patent number: 9408243
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for systems, devices and methods effective to implement a line of sight initiated handshake. In some examples, a processor in a first communication device may detect a line of sight directed from the first communication device to a second communication device. The first communication device may send a handshake request to the second communication device. The first communication device may receive a handshake acknowledgement from the second communication device. The handshake request and handshake acknowledgement may be effective to create the handshake. The first and second communication devices can thereafter share data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventors: Shmuel Ur, Vlad Grigore Dabija, David Ash
  • Patent number: 9406187
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention described herein provide an apparatus and method for networked vending. According to embodiments described herein, a vending machine is provided that may be installed and managed by the venue in which it is installed. Consumers may purchase vending products from the vending machine using cashless accounts managed by an external device in communication with the vendor. The venue may manage the inventory for the vending machine by placing orders for single product inserts to be loaded in the vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus Hammonds, Marco Perry
  • Patent number: 9407878
    Abstract: An integrated surveillance system combining video surveillance and data from other sensor-based security networks is used to identify activities that may require attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher J. Buehler
  • Patent number: 9396622
    Abstract: A method and system for activating an EAS element deactivator is provided. At a computer, item data including a physical attribute of an item is received. A determination is made as to whether the item data corresponds to a purchased item in a purchase receipt. When it is determined that the item data corresponds to the purchased item, EAS element deactivator is activated for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Nancy Lee Van Nest, Stewart E. Hall, Hubert A. Patterson, William M. Farrell, Paul Brent Rasband
  • Patent number: 9390314
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for determining the dimensions of an unknown item using multiple images captured by different cameras. The dimensions include the height, length and width of the item. The dimensions are used to reduce the universe of possible candidates that would identify the unknown item. The methods use multiple reference planes and projects elements of the item onto the one or more of the reference planes to determine the coordinates of the elements of the item. Once the coordinates are determined, the dimensions of the items are determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Utsumi
  • Patent number: 9378513
    Abstract: An electronic shelf label controlling system, an electronic shelf label installing method and an electronic shelf label updating method are provided. The electronic shelf label controlling system of the electronic shelf label includes at least an electronic shelf label, a controlling device, a deploying device, and a communication gateway device. The electronic shelf label is disposed on a shelf. The controlling device stores a label location table. The label location table records a relationship between a label identifying information and a label location information of the electronic shelf label. The deploying device is used for obtaining the label identifying information. The communication gateway device is used for communicating the controlling device, the deploying device and the electronic shelf label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Chun-Hsien Wu, Ching-Ying Lai, Chun-Hao Peng, Yueh-Feng Lee
  • Patent number: 9361549
    Abstract: A method including providing a first image on a label printer user interface, wherein said first image is representative of at least one of at least one label to be printed and at least one object to which a label is to be applied; and providing a second image on said user interface associated with the first image, the second image representative of a dimension of the first image; enabling a user to modify a dimension of the second image; wherein as the dimension of the second image is modified, the dimension of the first image is correspondingly updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: SANFORD, L.P.
    Inventors: Ron Jacobs, Stephen Charles Gohde, Stephen Spencer, Bram Boot, Latha Airodi, Nancy Elaine Taylor, David G. Nesfeder, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9356710
    Abstract: Near-field communication (NFC) test apparatus and methods for use by a consumer to confirm the functionality of the NFC circuitry of his or her NFC-enabled mobile device, and/or to troubleshoot wireless (NFC) communications problems of the mobile device. In an embodiment, a method includes initializing, by a mobile device processor, a NFC test application, displaying on a mobile device display screen a prompt for the consumer to position the mobile device onto a test platform that includes at least one NFC tag, initializing the NFC circuitry of the mobile device to power and communicate with the at least one NFC tag, and displaying an indication on the mobile device display screen concerning functionality of the NFC circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Colin Tanner, Aaron Concannon, Kuljot Singh Anand, Anthony Lopreiato
  • Patent number: 9355308
    Abstract: Video analytics data is audited through review of selective subsets of visual images from a visual image stream as a function of a temporal relationship of the images to a triggering alert event. The subset comprehends an image contemporaneous with the triggering alert event and one or more other images occurring before or after the contemporaneous image. The generated subset may be presented for review to determine whether the triggering alert event is a true or false alert, or whether additional data from the visual image stream is required to make such a determination. If determined from the presented visual essence that the additional data is required to make the true or false determination, then additional data is presented from the visual image stream for review.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: GlobalFoundries, Inc.
    Inventors: Quanfu Fan, Zuoxuan Lu, Sachiko Miyazawa, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti, I
  • Patent number: 9349086
    Abstract: A quality management system for products including a multiplicity of product unit specific indicators, each operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedence of at least one threshold by at least one product quality determining parameter, an indicator reader operative to read the product unit specific indicators and to provide output indications and a product type specific indication interpreter operative to receive the output indications and to provide human sensible, product unit specific, product quality status outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Ephraim Brand
  • Patent number: 9346235
    Abstract: A method of half-cut cutout processing of label paper 1 is disclosed that allows laser beam 11 to cut a label sheet 3 of the label paper 1 into a given cutout shape without damaging a supporting sheet 2. In the method, a cutting locus 30 along contours of the cutout shape is printed on a surface of the label sheet 3 in a single color which is darker than or equal in darkness to a color that is the darkest of colors in portions to be cut, and then the cutting locus 30 printed is irradiated with the laser beam, thereby cutting the label sheet 3 selectively into the cutout shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: MIYAKOSHI PRINTING MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideo Izawa, Reishi Fujiwara, Akira Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9342104
    Abstract: An embodiment a device, including: a device sleeve comprising a plurality of ends, each of the plurality of ends terminating in a lip portion configured to fit a screen bezel of an information handling device; the device sleeve including an accessory bay having one or more attachment mechanisms disposed therein, the one or more attachment mechanisms acting to reversibly secure an attachment portion of an accessory; and an element disposed in the device sleeve and positioned to communicate one or more of power and data with the information handling device. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Sharon Love, Vincent A. Steffano, Dennis Jacobus Mos
  • Patent number: 9339931
    Abstract: A method ascertains a tolerance location which differs from a target location for a pickup point for an object which is at rest in an installation and which is intended to be picked up by a means of transport. An identification mark is put onto the object in a known relative position in relation to the pickup point. A computation device uses a locating apparatus arranged in the installation to ascertain a physical location of the identification mark in the installation. The computation device ascertains the tolerance location from the physical location and the relative position. A corresponding apparatus contains a corresponding identification mark and a corresponding computation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRIA GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Brett, Eric Bürkle
  • Patent number: 9334150
    Abstract: Beverage containers with attached or connected RFID tag. The RFID tag exciter is placed in or near the beverage dispenser for energizing the RFID tag and for discerning information therefrom. The information stored in the beverage containers is used to track it, record the consumable beverage types with which the containers are filled, the number of times the containers are filled, and the records of the types of beverages with which the containers are filled. The combination of different RFID tags is read and translated to identify a particular beverage container. The identity of the beverage container is entered into a smart mobile device application to track, record, and create customized drink selections associated with the identity of the beverage container. The records of the customized beverages are sent to the user's smart mobile device from a computer system connected via wired or wireless communication with the beverage dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventors: Stephen D. Ost, Maher Pedersoli
  • Patent number: 9330314
    Abstract: Alerts to object behaviors are prioritized for adjudication as a function of relative values of abandonment, foregroundness and staticness attributes. The attributes are determined from feature data extracted from video frame image data. The abandonment attribute indicates a level of likelihood of abandonment of an object. The foregroundness attribute quantifies a level of separation of foreground image data of the object from a background model of the image scene. The staticness attribute quantifies a level of stability of dimensions of a bounding box of the object over time. Alerts are also prioritized according to an importance or relevance value that is learned and generated from the relative abandonment, foregroundness and staticness attribute strengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Quanfu Fan, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti
  • Patent number: 9330383
    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: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Kshitiz Vadera
  • Patent number: 9330511
    Abstract: An identity verification device comprises a cellular telecommunications modem and a fingerprint scanner coupled to the modem, the verification device being configured for storing first fingerprint data in an enrollment process and being operable, in response to the modem receiving a verification command via a cellular telecommunications network, to perform a verification process in which the fingerprint scanner scans a fingerprint to obtain second fingerprint data, the first and second fingerprint data are compared with each other, and in the event of a match between the first and second fingerprint data, the modem transmits a response signal to a predetermined destination via the telecommunications network. The device may be used in a networked telecommunications system in which the electronic transactions may be initiated by smart cards and other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: CYLON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Glenn Webber, Eamonn Courtney, Jacqueline Cole-Courtney
  • Patent number: 9330584
    Abstract: The described embodiments relate to methods and systems for developing an electroluminescent sign. In particular, described embodiments relate to methods and systems that process an image file to generate data for use in developing the electroluminescent sign. Further embodiments relate to an electroluminescent sign developed and/or produced in accordance with the described methods and/or systems. Certain embodiments relate to a method of developing an electroluminescent sign based on an image file. The method comprises processing the image file to generate image data representing at least one illuminating image layer and electrical configuration data, transferring the at least one illuminating image layer onto a substrate and configuring a luminescence controller of the electroluminescent sign based on the electrical configuration data. The configured luminescence controller cooperates with the substrate to provide a luminescent image based on the image file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Scobil Industries Corp.
    Inventors: William Joseph Pietro, Scott Stephen Fielder
  • Patent number: 9311685
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to systems, methods and computer program products for providing a geolocation check-in system. An exemplary apparatus is configured to collect positioning data related to a user. After collecting position data the apparatus may be configure to determine, based at least partially on the positioning data that the user has crossed a threshold of a geofence associated with a merchant's location. Based at least partially on this determination the apparatus may be configured to initiate a merchant check-in associated with the user and transmit user information to the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott Lee Harkey, David M. Grigg, Laura Corinne Bondesen, Matthew A. Calman
  • Patent number: 9311645
    Abstract: Techniques for checkout security using video surveillance are provided. A customer is video tracked while in a store, the pauses made in aisles and the arm movements are recorded. Expected purchased items, based on movements and pauses by the customer within the store, are then compared to actual purchased items and a determination is made whether a checkout audit is needed for the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas V. Edwards, Ganesh Bandaru
  • Patent number: 9298962
    Abstract: A pair of overhead mirror portions splits a field of view of an imager into first and second subfields of view. An illuminating assembly is energized to illuminate a target. A first part of the imager is exposed to capture return illumination light from the target passing through a horizontal window of a workstation over the first subfield of view, and a second part of the imager is alternately and subsequently exposed to capture return illumination light from the target passing through the horizontal window over the second subfield of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Edward D. Barkan, Mark E. Drzymala
  • Patent number: 9292853
    Abstract: A weighing scale, digital control panel and a laser scanner are mounted on each “Automated Market Cart”, and the operation of purchasing items is based in coordinating a store's main Computer data with the weight of any item by means of the use of a weighing scale, digital control panel and a barcode on each item, scanned by the customer. The “Automated Market Cart” gives the customers the ability to purchase anything with minimal human assistance. The unique weight and the barcode for each item will be transmitted to the stores main computer. The main store's computer function is that once an item is weighted and the barcode is received from the digital control panel microprocessor, it will check against the database of that unique item and calculate the total price and it will also control all auditing, purchasing, receiving, inventory controls, transferring of products to and from other locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Ascarrunz, Anita Giani Ascarrunz
  • Patent number: 9292993
    Abstract: Automatic planogram programming for a glass front snack or cold drink vending machine is accomplished using tray, product and price barcodes, each preferably a different type of barcode. Trays within the vending machine are labeled with unique barcodes, and a set of price barcodes for predetermined prices is provided together with a USB-connected scanner. The barcode label affixed to any tray is scanned by the route driver. The UPC/EAN barcodes on products are then scanned for each selection progressing across the tray, together with a price barcode for the first selection and each subsequent selection having a different price from the prior selection on the tray. Planogram data for the tray may be reviewed and corrected on a customer interface display for the vending machine before moving on to another tray, with the trays programmed in any order. The planogram for the entire vending machine is quickly and accurately programmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: CRANE MERCHANDISING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: James M. Canter, William C. Royal, Jr., Victor Partyshev, Troy Doom, Bryan W. Godwin
  • Patent number: 9293035
    Abstract: An information device is disclosed that makes it possible to simplify the operation of a user in selecting a device to be operated from among a plurality of controlled devices without any cost increase. In this device, a reception frequency indicating section instructs a frequency synthesizer to perform demodulation at a first frequency (5 GHz) first. The reception frequency indicating section instructs the frequency synthesizer to perform demodulation at a second frequency (920 MHz) when instructed from a user to select another controlled device while a menu button indicating all the controlled devices whose ID information has been detected is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takaaki Adachi
  • Patent number: 9292496
    Abstract: A user input pertaining to a question of whether a first electronic product is interoperable with a second electronic product is received. Based on the question a new message is generated and posted in at least one web based forum. The new message asks whether the first electronic product is interoperable with the second electronic product. Responses to the new message are monitored and analyzed to determine whether, for each response, the response pertains to the interoperability of the first electronic product with the second electronic product. Responsive to determining that at least one response pertains to the interoperability of the first electronic product with the second electronic product, information indicating whether the first electronic product is interoperable with a second electronic product, based on the response to the new message posted in the web based forum, is presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lee A. Carbonell, Tsz S. Cheng, Jeffrey L. Edgington, Pandian Mariadoss
  • Patent number: 9288300
    Abstract: The present invention provides a communication apparatus and a communication method that can easily indicate the position of the antenna incorporated in the communication apparatus to a user and can align the antenna of the communication apparatus with the antenna of an external device. A portable device (1) includes a loop antenna (11) for performing near-field communication, a display unit (12) provided on a side of the portable device (1) opposite the orientation of the loop antenna (11), and an antenna position information storing unit (142) that stores antenna position information representing the position of the loop antenna (11) in the portable device (1). The display device (12) displays the position of the loop antenna (11) on the basis of the antenna position information stored in the antenna position information storing unit (142).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Masaru Yamaoka, Michihiro Matsumoto, Tomoaki Ohira, Toshiaki Ohnishi, Tsuyoshi Sakata
  • Patent number: 9288448
    Abstract: Disclosed are an image monitoring device capable of detecting a meaningful event on the basis of a scenario by providing a function of setting various combinations of monitoring events in a monitored image in which a plurality of monitoring events are set, and an event detecting method thereof. The event detecting method of an image monitoring device includes: obtaining a monitored image; detecting an occurrence of a first monitoring event with respect to an object from the obtained monitored image; detecting an occurrence of a second monitoring event with respect to the object from the obtained monitored image; and storing information regarding the detected occurrence of the second monitoring event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Youngkyung Park, Hyounghwa Yoon, Jaeshin Yu, Sungjin Kim
  • Patent number: 9286494
    Abstract: A card reader for a point-of-sale system that is configured to accept both magnetic strip-type and integrated circuit (IC) chip-type payment cards. The card reader is a component of a point-of-sale system including a portable computing device in communication with the card reader that is configured to present a first graphical user interface (GUI) when a magnetic stripe-type card is detected and a second GUI when an IC chip-type card is detected in the card reader. The card reader comprises a slot configured to receive the payment card, a magnetic reading device and an IC chip reading device. The card reader also includes a discriminator contact disposed within the slot that is configured to conduct across a surface of a metal pad of the IC chip-type card prior to the CI chip reading device making contact with the IC chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lamfalusi, Kartik Lamba
  • Patent number: 9275418
    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: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Neil Johansen, Farhan Ahmed Siddiqi, David Reed Godsman, David M. Grigg
  • Patent number: 9262469
    Abstract: Data objects stored in a data store include data attribute(s) and associated value(s) for the attributes. Data analysis tools (DATs) stored in a data store are associated with reference data attribute(s). The data objects are identified by one or more DATs based on each reference data attribute(s) of a corresponding DAT matching one of the data attribute(s) of the corresponding data object(s) and independent of the value for the data attribute(s). The DATs generate an additional data object as a function of the identified data object, and the additional data object is stored in the data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Allen Taylor, Ryan Jerry Richt
  • Patent number: 9256865
    Abstract: A mobile point-of-sale system includes a cart frame and a battery housed in the cart frame. The cart frame includes a front having a bottom, a back having a bottom edge and a bottom. The bottom includes a pair of upper flanges and a lower housing. The pair of upper flanges have components for receiving wheels for supporting the cart frame and the lower housing includes at least one aperture for venting heat from the battery that is supported by the lower housing. At least a portion of the lower housing and the battery are located below the pair of upper flanges and are located below the bottom edges of the front and the back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell Knoll, Robert D. Peota, David J. Floersch, Steve Nistler, Peter J. Floersch, Cory Benson, Charles Jondal
  • Patent number: 9245124
    Abstract: Selecting one or more applications from the plurality of similar or near redundant applications to activate. A method includes retrieving information about current characteristics of one or more applications. The method further includes retrieving information about a current computing operational landscape. Based on the information about current characteristics of one or more applications and the information about a current computing operational landscape, the method further includes creating a ranking of applications. The rankings are made available to a system with a plurality of applications with similar or near redundant functionality. At the system, one or more of the applications in the plurality of applications are selected to activate based on the ranking of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Peter Bisso, Edward William Schaefer
  • Patent number: 9235837
    Abstract: A log information management apparatus acquires a card ID from an IC card to set a remaining processing flag to the IC card. The log information management apparatus determines whether the remaining processing flag is set to the IC card before the remaining processing flag is set after the card ID is acquired. The log information management apparatus cause an image forming apparatus to perform a job, and causes a storage device to store a job history based on completion of the performance of the job. The log information management apparatus writes a job history relating to the card ID in the IC card in which the remaining processing flag is determined to be set. The log information management apparatus releases the remaining processing flag after writing the job history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Ueda