Mechanized Store Patents (Class 235/383)
  • Patent number: 9082142
    Abstract: Self checkout and automated checkout systems and methods for multiple lane checkout stations, the automated checkout lane having a conveyor system that automatically transport objects through a portal data reader, wherein an operator (such as a checkout clerk) is provided with a portable/handheld data input and display device that allows the operator to move between multiple checkout stations for handling reading exceptions at the checkout station by employing the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Datalogic ADC, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P. Svetal
  • Patent number: 9082120
    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: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Shift4 Corporation
    Inventors: John David Oder, II, John David Oder, Kevin James Cronic, Steven Mark Sommers, Dennis William Warner
  • Patent number: 9076159
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for collecting data at a merchant's point of return for use in processing a merchandise return transaction that is being requested by a customer. In various embodiments, the data may be collected using a wide variety of data collection technologies and may be used in conjunction with stored data, including data collected from other merchants, by a return authorization system to make a determination whether to accept or deny the requested merchandise return and whether to provide a coupon to the customer. The data may additionally or alternatively be used to determine whether to issue a warning to the customer about limitations on future return transactions presented by the customer. Examples of data categories that may be collected include, but are not limited to, information about: the merchant, the customer, the requested transaction, the merchandise being returned, one or more receipts, a clerk processing the transaction, and other general applicable information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Retail Equation, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Hammond, Mark R. Hilinski, David B. Speights, Kenny C. Vu, James D. Holland, Peter L. Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 9076161
    Abstract: Systems and methods for printing tickets are provided. In some embodiments, the printed ticket is a lottery ticket. According to a particular system provided in the present disclosure, the system comprises a server configured to manage the printing of tickets and advertisements. The system also comprises a ticket printing device operating in a predetermined location, the ticket printing device configured to print an advertisement on a ticket. A network is configured to enable communication between the server and the ticket printing device. The ticket printing device is configured to print the advertisement based at least on time parameters, the time parameters including at least a time period when an advertiser intends for the advertisement to be printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: LottoAds, Inc.
    Inventor: Neal Harley Landers
  • Patent number: 9076170
    Abstract: A self-service checkout pay station is located at a store exit section of a retail grocery store and is located remote from a produce weighing scale located in a produce section of the retail grocery store. The self-service checkout pay station comprises a communications circuit arranged to (i) communicate with a communications circuit associated with the produce weighing scale, and (ii) communicate with a communications circuit associated with a barcode gun server which is located remote from the produce weighing scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Rollyson, Dale Ehrhardt
  • Patent number: 9076177
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, A system for providing commodity information includes a storage module configured to store a plurality of data files, each data file corresponding to a commodity and including a plurality of data fields, each of the data fields comprising: commodity identification information data, symbol identification data, detailed commodity information data, and producer information data, a first recognition module configured to identify the commodity by comparing an input commodity image to the commodity identification information data, a second recognition module configured to identify a symbol on the commodity by comparing an input symbol image to the symbol identification data, and an output module. The output module outputs the detailed commodity information data based on the identified commodity, and outputs the producer information data based on the identified symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Gotanda
  • Patent number: 9064251
    Abstract: A chip card payment processor interface component exposes a plurality of different interfaces for a plurality of different chip card payment processors. A chip card peripheral device interface component exposes a plurality of different chip card peripheral device interfaces for a plurality of different chip card peripheral devices. A payment services component can thus interact with the plurality of different chip card peripheral devices in conducting a transaction, and can also interact with a plurality of different chip card payment processors to authenticate and validate the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Himanshu Lal, Ruben Delgado
  • Patent number: 9058435
    Abstract: Provided is a labeling apparatus that generates a label for labeling a drug container. The labeling apparatus includes a code reader that interrogates a computer-readable code, and a local computer-readable memory that stores a drug formulary with a plurality of drug entries. A processing component identifies, from the formulary, a specific drug that corresponds to the computer-readable code read by the code reader and creates log entries in response to triggering events. The log entries include at least one of system information, user information, drug information, and patient information. And a printer is provided to print label content identifying the specific drug onto a label that is to be applied to the drug container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventors: Gary Keefe, Alan Gilbert
  • Patent number: 9053508
    Abstract: A system and method that improves and enhances the customer's in-store shopping experience. The consumer product of purchase interest or intent to buy expresses (or self-announces via technology) it's match (or fit based on known or understood buying habits, customer taste, tendencies, etc) against the customer preferences during an in-store shopping experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Siddique M. Adoni, Scott Duby, Robyn R. Schwartz, Dhandapani Shanmugam
  • Patent number: 9038897
    Abstract: A system and approach for conveying engineering and license data with a handheld or mobile device via a multi-dimensional code. Engineering data from a page such as a schematic may be generated, formatted, and encoded with a multi-dimensional code. The code in a visual presentation may be embedded in the schematic. A mobile device may scan the code. The device with an appropriate application may decode and un-format the engineering data from the code for a consumer or user. License data may be generated, encrypted, and encoded in a multi-dimensional code. The code in a visual presentation may be scanned and decrypted by the mobile device with an appropriate application, for a consumer or user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Meruva Jayaprakash, Deenadayalan Karunakaran
  • Patent number: 9038898
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a security device for improving the marketing impact of an article of commerce. The device generally includes a housing having a base and a cover with the cover having at least one opening to allow for the insertion of an attachment mechanism. The housing element of the present invention in one embodiment is in a shape representing a particular theme such as a particular trademark, trade dress, special events, commemorative events, historical events and combinations thereof. The housing may contain an RFID device and/or an electronic article security device. The present invention also provides a method of attaching a security device described herein to an article of commerce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Cooper
  • Patent number: 9033229
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a self-checkout terminal includes a reading unit and a light emitting unit. The reading unit reads commodity information from a commodity held over a reading position. The light emitting unit emits light in a first color to illuminate the reading position and emits light in a second color in response to the reading of the commodity information by the reading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kaoru Matsuhisa, Toshiyasu Terahara, Yuuki Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 9033226
    Abstract: A mobile user apparatus useful for conducting payment transactions wirelessly, such as at point-of-sale locations. In one embodiment, the mobile user apparatus is a cellular-enabled mobile device that includes a short-range radio frequency device, that produces a transmission to a point of sale apparatus, including information relating to an account of the user of the mobile apparatus that is to be charged for the payment. In one variant, the mobile apparatus includes a GPS-based apparatus configured to generate location-related data and use this data as part of the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: WEST VIEW RESEARCH, LLC
    Inventor: Robert F. Gazdzinski
  • Patent number: 9033239
    Abstract: An automated projected image display planning and implementation system used in planogramming. Embodiments include a camera, projector, bar code reader, and software to store planograms as designed, communicate these planograms to retail locations, and provide an easy-to-use system insuring that the planograms are recreated as originally conceived. Embodiments create a unique QR code for storing and communicating fixture and merchandise data information as well as the relative placement location within the planogram. Embodiments are configured to project the image of the finished planogram on the display, and further, to illuminating the exact location within the planogram of merchandise and fixtures displayed on the planogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: James T. Winkel
  • Patent number: 9035773
    Abstract: A tag includes an integrated circuit thereon, including memory, antenna means for RF transmission of data acquired by the integrated circuit, a sensor sensing environmental conditions to which the sensor is subjected, the sensor providing signals based on the environmental conditions to the integrated circuit, a thermistor device of increasing the accuracy of the tag by confining on-board calculation data to a resistance domain and leaving conversion of the data to a temperature domain for an external device once the data is retrieved from the tag's memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ADVANCED ELECTRONIC TRACKING
    Inventors: Michael Petersen, Alan Wilson, Dean Brotzel
  • Patent number: 9033228
    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: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Satish Govindarajan, Michael Voege, Murthy Bobba, Khiem Pham, Gunabalan Babu, Uris Dacosta, Richard Tilghman, Daniel Potter
  • Patent number: 9033227
    Abstract: Checkout techniques are described to address fraud reduction and prevention. As an example, a bypass fraud detection process determines when a customer may have attempted to bypass self-checkout security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Erick Christian Kobres
  • Patent number: 9030299
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of operating a RFID system comprising at least one reader (1) and a plurality of wireless data carriers (2), each of which comprise at least one data processing element with slow response (5), wherein the method controls the at least one reader (1) to continuously communicate with one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2), while at least another one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2) is processing data with its at least one slow response element (5). The invention further relates to a RFID system comprising at least one reader (1) and a plurality of wireless data carriers (2), each of which comprises at least one slow response element (5), wherein the system is capable to continuously communicate with at least one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2), while at least another one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2) is processing data with its at least one slow response element (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Christian Scherabon, Bernhard Gruber
  • Patent number: 9027833
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a commodity information display apparatus comprises an acquisition module and a display control module. The acquisition module acquires a commodity information relating to a commodity recognized through a first method in which a code symbol attached to the commodity is read and commodity information relating to a commodity recognized through a second method in which the commodity is recognized based on an appearance feature of the commodity contained in an image data captured by a camera. The display control module displays the commodity information acquired by the acquisition module on a display in such a manner that a display form of the commodity information of the commodity recognized through the first method is made different from a display form of the commodity information of the commodity recognized through the second method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9022287
    Abstract: A shopping system for tracking and tabulating costs during a shopping experience features a shopping cart with a handle having a handle diameter and a horizontal support bar having a horizontal support bar diameter. The system features a computing unit with a power supply and a microprocessor located inside. The computing unit features input keys located on a computing unit top that are in communication with the microprocessor for data input. The computing unit features a first display and a second display located on the computing unit top. Data input from the input keys is displayed on the first display. The computing unit features a scanner located on a computing unit front. Data read by the scanner is displayed on the second display. The system features a first clip and a second clip located on a computing unit bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Mercedes M. George, Silver George
  • Patent number: 9022292
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method and system for sharing information between a first computing device and a second computing device. In the described embodiments, an optical label, such as, for example a QR code, is generated on the first computing device. In embodiments, the optical label is color encoded and displayed in such a way that the optical label is not perceptible to a user. The second computing device may capture the encoded optical label and subject the captured images to a processing technique that decodes the encoded optical label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rudolph van der Merwe, Samuel G. Noble
  • Patent number: 9022281
    Abstract: A commodity sales data processing apparatus determines, based on the imaged image of the commodity, whether or not the commodity is provided with an image display element for displaying a specific image representing that the commodity is a commodity adhered with a security tag, if it determines that the commodity is a commodity adhered with a security tag, the processing that the first resonant circuit become unusable for the security tag using the first communication device is carried out, in this state, if the first communication device carries out no communication and the second communication device carries out communication, carries out for shifting the processing of next commodity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keiichi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9026459
    Abstract: A method and system for conducting an online payment transaction through a point of sale device. The method includes receiving input from a user selecting an item for purchase through the point of sale device; calculating a total purchase amount for the item in response to a request from the user to purchase the item; and sending payment authorization for the total purchase amount from the point of sale device to a payment entity, in which the payment authorization is sent to the payment entity via a mobile communication device of the user. The method further includes receiving a result of the payment authorization from the payment entity through the mobile communication device; and completing the payment transaction based on the result of the payment authorization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Michelle Fisher
  • Patent number: 9019066
    Abstract: A terminal, such as an automated teller machine, comprises: a customer identification device; a sensor for detecting presence of a customer at the terminal; and a controller coupled to the customer identification device and the sensor. The controller is programmed to (i) track the customer's location, (ii) create a session on identification of a customer, and (iii) close the created session when a customer absence criterion is fulfilled. The functions of the customer identification device and the sensor may be performed by a single unit. The customer absence criterion may comprise a time period during which the customer is not detected at the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan S. Black, Michael R. McNamara
  • Patent number: 9016580
    Abstract: A method of reading multiple two dimensional barcodes includes the steps of obtaining an image including a plurality of positioning patterns and the two dimensional barcodes, defining a reading area within the image according the positioning patterns, dividing the reading area into a plurality of reading blocks, which contain the two dimensional barcodes, respectively, and reading the two dimensional barcodes in the reading blocks individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: National Cheng Kung University
    Inventors: Pei-Hsuan Tsai, Chun-Pin Yeh
  • Publication number: 20150108213
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a shopping support device has a controller which acquires identification information of a commodity from an electronic shelf tag using a communication unit. The controller acquires commodity information corresponding to the identification information, makes a storage unit store the commodity information, and makes a display display the commodity information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Yasutsugu SASAKI, Kanya HIROI, Mahina NAKAMURA, Maki SATO, Yumiko OKUMA, Masayuki NAKAEDA
  • Patent number: 9010635
    Abstract: A method for associating a computing device of a customer with a layaway transaction corresponding to the customer is disclosed. The method may begin with a computer system initiating a layaway transaction with a customer. The computer system may then issue a receipt documenting the layaway transaction and comprising a machine readable code. The customer may use a computing device (e.g., mobile telephone) in his or her possession to scan the machine readable code. Accordingly, the computer system may receive, from the computing device, data extracted by the computing device from the machine readable code. The computer system, in response to the receiving, may link the computing device with the layaway transaction. The computer system may then serve an electronic receipt to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9015064
    Abstract: A method and system for conducting an online payment transaction through a point of sale device. The method includes receiving input from a user selecting an item for purchase through the point of sale device; calculating a total purchase amount for the item in response to a request from the user to purchase the item; and sending payment authorization for the total purchase amount from the point of sale device to a payment entity, in which the payment authorization is sent to the payment entity via a mobile communication device of the user. The method further includes receiving a result of the payment authorization from the payment entity through the mobile communication device; and completing the payment transaction based on the result of the payment authorization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Michelle Fisher
  • Patent number: 9010636
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of providing targeted video promotional material includes providing a first video advertisement for presentation by a video display system, receiving an indication that a user chose to skip at least part of the presentation of the first video advertisement, identifying for the user a characteristic associated with the first video advertisement, selecting a second video advertisement based at least in part on the identified characteristic for the user, and providing the second video advertisement for presentation to the user with the video display system, wherein an advertiser is caused to charge for display of video advertisements that are determined to have not been skipped, and not charged for display for video advertisements that are determined to have been skipped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mikhail Dmitriev, Nicholas Lee, Rajas Moonka, Manish Gupta
  • Patent number: 9007183
    Abstract: Provided are a terminal having a radio frequency identification (RFID) function and a method of processing information of the terminal for allowing intuitive interaction between a screen manipulation and an RFID manipulation with respect to using an RFID related service. The method of processing the information of the terminal including a screen and an RFID recognition unit, includes detecting a screen area corresponding to a position of the RFID recognition unit disposed at a predetermined position of the screen; displaying an RFID icon at a position of the detected screen area; recording information in an RFID tag based on the RFID tag contacting the RFID icon, and recognizing the information from the RFID tag the RFID tag contacting the RFID icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-jun Han, Dae-Hyun Kim, Bo-mi Kim, Bo-hyun Kyung, Myoung-soon Choi, Kuk-hyun Han, Pil-seung Yang, Hark-joon Kim
  • Patent number: 9004357
    Abstract: The present invention is a headset holder coupled with indicia of stored value. The indicia of stored value may be printed or painted on, or otherwise permanently coupled to, the holder itself, or may be included in a stored value or gift card that is attached to the holder. The headset holder and the stored value card may be constructed from a single sheet of plastic; in such embodiments, separation of the stored value card from the headset holder may be supported by a scoreline in the plastic material. The headset holder may have a spool and two grips. One grip may be configured to secure earphones and the other grip may be configured to secure a jack of the headset. The spool may be configured for winding headset wire. The holder may be configured to hold primarily an earbud headset. The grips may extend or protrude from a central portion, or body of the holder. The spool may also extend from the body. The holder may display an image, such as the image of a creature or plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: BBY Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jim Jackson
  • Publication number: 20150097028
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for promotions processing, including a point-of-sale (POS) device having a barcode scanner interface device; a user device having a wireless communications interface device; and a barcode inserter device having a wireless communications interface device. The barcode inserter device is configured to receive via the communications interface device of the barcode inserter device a barcode transmitted from the user device via the communications interface of the user device. The barcode inserter device is configured insert the received barcode into a transaction at the POS device via the barcode scanner interface device of the POS device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Outsite Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton Bakker, Marc L. Allen
  • Patent number: 8991700
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for calibrating a barcode scanning tunnel has a conveyor structure and a scanning system. The scanning system has a laser light source, an optics system, and a processor. In a calibration mode, the processor locates a central area of the conveyor structure and identifies a first location at which there is a height above the level of the central area according to a predetermined criteria. The processor identifies a second location that is offset, by a predetermined distance in a direction transverse to the direction of travel of the conveyor structure, from the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Datalogic Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew F Harbison, Bryan C Glaudel, Craig F Wertz
  • Publication number: 20150088677
    Abstract: A transaction system and method in which a customer operates a mobile device, such as a smart phone, to interact with a transaction server during a transaction at a checkout station while scanning items. An example method includes establishing by the server a connection with a mobile communication device, receiving by the server item descriptions associated with items purchased from a code reader, sending by the server prices of the items and the item descriptions to the mobile communication device for display by the mobile communication device, and receiving payment by the server from the customer for the items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Michael K. Reed, John F. Crooks
  • Publication number: 20150083805
    Abstract: The present invention provides an item registration apparatus and a measuring device cooperating with a mobile terminal to allow smooth registration of sold-by-weight items being purchased by a customer. The item registration apparatus comprises: a measuring device having a weighing tray on which an item is put; and a mobile terminal which can be connected to the measuring device via communication channel (access point or the like). When the item is put on said weighing tray of the measuring device and the measurement of the item is thus completed, the measuring device transmits transaction information of the measured item to the mobile terminal via the communication channel so that the transaction information is stored. This eliminates printing of code information on a label issued from the measuring device and operation of scanning the printed code information by using the mobile terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: TERAOKA SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naokazu Sato, Fumikatu Saitoh, Kenichi Nishino
  • Patent number: 8985445
    Abstract: A system and method of providing receipt data for a payment transaction through a transaction receipt portal system are described, in which receipt data is stored for a completed payment transaction received from a remote merchant system, the receipt data being associated with a customer and a merchant registered with the system, and stored receipt data is provided to the associated registered customer or merchant. A card payment transaction involves receiving, by a computing device, an electronic receipt from the merchant system, the electronic receipt including data for retrieving stored receipt data from the transaction receipt portal system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Pratik Patel, James Gardiner
  • Patent number: 8988199
    Abstract: A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system uses read difficulty factors (RDFs) to improve tag-parameter estimation. During inventory, a reader can obtain a tag's item identifier (II), determine a read metric such as a received signal strength indicator (RSSI), retrieve an RDF associated with the II, and adjust the RSSI using the RDF to more accurately estimate a tag parameter such as distance from the reader antenna. The system can then use the estimated distance to categorize the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Impinj, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent C. Moretti, Robert C. Collins
  • Patent number: 8985464
    Abstract: A system for managing bar or restaurant tabs includes a payment card storage apparatus, such as a carousel, to receive and store payment cards under computer control, and a payment card reader to read identifying information from the payment cards that are to be stored in the payment card storage apparatus. The system permits a server to conveniently receive and store a payment card to secure a patron's tab, and then return it to the patron at the time the tab is closed and paid out. An associated point-of-sale system displays tab information and a list of names of those patrons having open tabs. A particular patron's card can be returned from the payment card storage apparatus by selecting the patron's tab from the list. The system may further be applied in any situation in which a debt or obligation can be secured by the possession of a personally-identifiable token that has, holds or permits access to value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Carlos Tovar, Francois Pierre deVilliers, George Newman Alexy
  • Patent number: 8985452
    Abstract: The invention relates to a security device with sensors for checking whether the security device (1) is in an undamaged state and checking for the presence of a specified support (9) of the security device (1), said support (9) being an object, in particular a mechanical or electronic component, characterized in that the sensors detect movements and/or accelerations of the security device (1) relative to the support (9) and/or material properties of the support (9) and/or of the security device (1) and are connected to an electronic system (3) for signal evaluation. In a method for using such a security device (1) the state of the security device (1) and the presence of a specified support (9) are ascertained multiple times and in different ways, wherein signals are used which are obtained as actual values and which are compared with specified target values in an electronic system (3). An action is triggered upon a deviation of at least one of the actual values from the target values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerhard Schultes, Christoph Tomschitz
  • Patent number: 8985444
    Abstract: A checkout stand with a barcode reader on a bagging end which reduces transaction times over conventional checkout stand designs. An example checkout stand includes a housing including a first and a second end, a conveyor for transporting items from the first end to the second end, a bagging station at the second end, a base portion between the conveyor and the bagging station, a first tower portion on the base portion, and a second tower portion on the base station separated from the first tower portion by a gap. The base portion and the first and second tower portions are for mounting a barcode reader for scanning the items before the items reach the bagging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Hammer
  • Patent number: 8981907
    Abstract: A system to multiplex antennas for radio-frequency communication uses one or more antenna shorting circuits to selectively enable RF communication via one of a plurality of antenna matching networks. The system is cost-efficient compared to alternatives. The RF communication includes read and/or read/write communication with, e.g., radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven David Lavache
  • Patent number: 8978978
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention, a method for facilitating online gift shopping includes: receiving an order for a gift for a recipient from an online shopper via a computer network; providing a gift notice for the recipient to inform the recipient that the gift has been ordered for the recipient; receiving a reply to the gift notice from the recipient via the computer network, wherein the reply includes gift feedback information; and updating a recipient profile responsive to the reply and based on the gift feedback information from the recipient, wherein the recipient profile is associated with the recipient. Computer program products and systems for facilitating online gift shopping are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: M. Todd Mitchem
  • Patent number: 8978980
    Abstract: Intelligent first-aid kit (1) includes of a fixed first-aid kit of the conventional first-aid kits for storing the most important drugs which it is important to have for emergencies or chronic illnesses. A parallelepipedal is container divided into several elongated compartments (2), preferably with a rectangular cross section and a vertical orientation, which includes a drawer (3), an input reader (5.1), an output reader (5.2), a slot (4) for the insertion of an electronic health card, a keypad (6), a screen (7) and a control module (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Jose Maria Santiago Fontaina
  • Patent number: 8973822
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for vending a containerized fluid includes placing a machine-readable indicia on the container identifying the base fluid. The container may be filled and then distributed or distributed prior to filling through various distribution channels to consumers. When a consumer wishes to fill or re-fill the container, the consumer places the container adjacent a reader that interprets the indicia to identify the base fluid to be dispensed. A dispenser then fills the container through a movable fill probe that elevates as the liquid within the container rises. In some embodiments, and prior to filling, the dispenser apparatus may also query the consumer about options are provided at the time of dispensing for further dispensing various optional ingredients, including scents, flavors, colors, nutritional supplements or other additives together with the base product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Laurie J. Brown
  • Patent number: 8976027
    Abstract: An information processing system is for determining information about consumers at a store where at least some of the consumers may carry personal mobile wireless devices, and each personal wireless mobile device may transmit signals for identifying the respective consumer. The system may include at least one RF receiver device arranged about the store for receiving communications from the personal mobile wireless devices, and a processor coupled to the at least one RF receiver device. The processor may be for generating consumer position data of the consumers during movement about the store based upon communications from the respective personal mobile wireless devices to the at least one RE receiver device, and associating the consumer position data with respective identities of the consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventor: Richard David Lilley
  • Patent number: 8976029
    Abstract: A system of managing product at a location in which a weight-sensing RFID tag is utilized to determine the weight or pressure applied to a substrate and then this information is read by an RFID reader and then transmitted to a data storage repository and processing program for further handling of the data. The data storage repository and processing program may be near the RFID reader or may be remotely located with respect to the RFID reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Annette Cote McTigue
  • Patent number: 8967457
    Abstract: A total history management system using a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag and a barcode. The system includes an RFID tag, a barcode recorder and a barcode reader. The RFID tag is attached to a box containing a plurality of individual products to store an environmental history of a distribution. The barcode recorder is configured to provide, to each of the plurality of individual products, a barcode in which identification (ID) information of the RFID tag is recorded. The barcode reader is configured to recognize the barcode attached to each of the plurality of individual products, and to output the environmental history of the distribution, corresponding to the ID information of the RFID tag that is received in response to a query with respect to the RFID tag, using the recognized barcode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Dong Beom Shin, Heyung Sub Lee, Sang Hyun Mo, Kang Bok Lee, Jae Heum Lee, Cheol Sig Pyo
  • Patent number: 8967480
    Abstract: A system and method for coordinating processing of a funds transfer transaction between a transaction requestor and a transaction responder over a communications network. The transaction system comprises receiving a funds amount, requestor identification information, and responder identification information, such that at least one of the funds amount, the requestor identification information, or the responder identification information is encoded in symbology information embodied in a barcode. The system also decodes the symbology information into unencoded information using a coding scheme of the barcode and generates a funds transfer request for the funds transfer transaction, such that the funds transfer request has content including the unencoded information decoded from the symbology information. The system also sends the funds transfer request to a transaction processing system for subsequent settlement, as well as receives transaction confirmation messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Riarera Corp.
    Inventor: Mark Itwaru
  • Patent number: 8967468
    Abstract: A terminal includes a housing, a touch screen, and an imaging assembly. The imaging assembly in one embodiment is disposed in the housing so that an imaging axis extends externally from the housing. The imaging assembly can be utilized for capture of images disposed externally to the housing. In one embodiment a frame of image data captured utilizing an imaging assembly can be processed for attempting to decode a decodable indicia. In one embodiment a frame of image data captured utilizing an imaging assembly can be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Garrison Gomez, Timothy R. Fitch, Melvin D. McCall, James F. O'Donnell, George S. Smith, II, David Sperduti
  • Patent number: 8967467
    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: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Ephraim Brand