Mechanized Store Patents (Class 235/383)
  • Patent number: 8844810
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for managing transaction card accounts involves enabling a transaction card account by a card issuer for use with pre-defined categories of providers of goods/services and goods/services sold and issuing a transaction card and establishing an associated pre-qualified category card account. Upon receiving data for a transaction with the transaction card at a transaction terminal by a processing platform of the card issuer via a card association processing network, the category of the provider and goods/services is interrogated to determine whether or not the transaction can be posted on the pre-qualified category card account of the cardholder, and the transaction is approved and posted to the pre-qualified category card account if the transaction falls within the pre-qualified category of the cardholder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Citicorp Credit Services, Inc.
    Inventor: William Johnson
  • Patent number: 8843404
    Abstract: Joint pricing and replenishment of freshness inventory or products having different qualities determines the joint pricing and inventory strategies to optimize the retailer's benefits from product freshness, employing a dynamic programming formulation that incorporates a demand model that captures consumer choice based on both the freshness and price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel P. Connors, Markus R. Ettl, David D. Yao, Zhengliang Xue
  • Publication number: 20140279191
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed provide various enhancements and/or improvements to the conventional shopping process used by brick-and-mortar stores. In some embodiments, a customer may use a mobile computing device, such as a smart phone, to select and pay for items in a brick-and-mortar store. Such shopping process may permit the customer to purchase numerous items without the using of shopping basket or a wheeled shopping cart. The shopping process may further permit the customer to pay for items and leave the store with such items without waiting in a checkout line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Sears Brands, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Shubham Agarwal, Abhishek Ramani, Kartik Subramanian, Vijan Bhaumik, Robert C. Hudson, G. Mercedes DeLuca, Giuseppe Mario Prizio, Richard Kevin Lyons
  • Publication number: 20140263631
    Abstract: A method is provided of operating a produce weighing scale having a weighing platform. The method comprises prompting a customer to scan a barcode containing barcode data which identifies the produce weighing scale, receiving the barcode data which identifies the produce weighing scale, and after the barcode data has been received, prompting the customer to place produce items one-by-one onto the weighing platform of the produce weighing scale. Another method is provided of operating a mobile device of a customer shopping for produce items in aisles of a produce section of a retail grocery store. Still another method is provided of operating a self-checkout station to enable a customer in a retail grocery store to check out grocery items including produce items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Javier Artime Muniz
  • Publication number: 20140263632
    Abstract: In accordance with the present disclosure a portable computing device may scan a physical bar code, which may exist on some physical medium, such as paper, plastic, glass, etc. The physical bar code may be decoded to obtain decoded data, and the decoded data may subsequently be re-encoded to generate a virtual bar code. The virtual bar code may be rendered (e.g., on a display of a computing device, and/or on some type of physical medium) and scanned by a bar code scanner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: THE CODE CORPORATION
    Inventors: George Powell, Ryan Hoobler, Ming Lei, Garrett Russell, Mark Ashby
  • Publication number: 20140279119
    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: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TARGET BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Mitchell Knoll, Robert D. Peota, David J. Floersch, Steve Nistler, Peter J. Floersch, Cory Benson, Charles Jondal
  • Patent number: 8833654
    Abstract: A shelf code in a machine readable format, such as on a QR code on a printed card, is provided where bulk merchandise displayed in a bin. When the bin is stocked from a case bearing a case code, the case code is associated with the shelf code. Lot-specific and lot-independent information previously associated with the case code is then linked to the shelf code. Consumers scan the shelf code with a mobile device to establish a communication channel to access the linked information. Retailers and producers use the channel to reach the consumer, and to solicit feedback from the consumer at a known time and location. A mobile device can also be used to associate quality assessments of merchandise to the shelf code. Analysis of consumer ratings and quality inspection assessments that are tied to time and location can provide valuable insights to both producers and retailers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: YottaMark, Inc.
    Inventor: Elliott Grant
  • Patent number: 8833659
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing erroneous weighing of items such as by detecting items extending beyond a periphery of a weigh platter whereby in one configuration, the system employs a light guide for routing a light beam to a detector operative to detect interruption of the beam due to an item encroaching upon or overhanging an edge of the platter. In another configuration, the scale includes a perimeter gap between the platter outer edge and scanner housing frame or checkout counter, a light beam directed angularly upward through the gap is partially obstructed by the frame and platter whereby light exits the gap forming a light plane, wherein an object placed on the platter extending across the gap intersects the light plane thus scattering light rays, some of which are sensed by a detector. Various indicators for alerting the operator of off-scale detection are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Datalogic ADC, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander M. McQueen, Patrick M. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 8833652
    Abstract: A product information system including a server having an item database that stores at least one item identifier and corresponding item data for at least one item. Also, the item database is associated with a predetermined vendor. The server also includes a receiver that receives a message including tag data captured from a tag by a portable wireless device. The tag data includes an item identifier. Also, the server includes a processor that operates, in response to the received message, to select item data from the item database that corresponds to the received item identifier. The server also includes a transmitter that transmits the selected item data to the portable wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Paul Brent Rasband, Stewart E. Hall, Wing Kei Ho, Mohammad Mohiuddin, Nancy Lee Van Nest, Manjuprakash Rama Rao, Timothy J. Relihan, Richard L. Copeland
  • Patent number: 8836475
    Abstract: A monitoring device in accordance with the disclosure stores a serial number list in non-volatile memory, the serial number list including data indicative of at least one valid serial number associated with one or more key fobs permitted to interact with the monitoring device. The monitoring device is configured to receive a wakeup signal via a key fob interface configured to communicate with a key fob. The monitoring device reads a serial number from a key fob via the key fob interface and searches the stored serial number list for data indicative of a valid serial number matching the serial number read via the key fob interface. The monitoring device reads action data from the key fob via the key fob interface, the action data being indicative of an action to be taken by the monitoring device. The monitoring device, in response to the read serial number matching a valid serial number of the stored serial number list, takes an action based on the action data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Donlan, Michael Baumgartner, Norayr Minassian, Timothy Hester
  • Patent number: 8833643
    Abstract: Disclosed is encoding of probiotic formulations, in order to alert both consumer and producer to counterfeiting and to allow purchasers of authentic product to gain access to quality and quantity testing regarding the product. The purchaser would preferably also provide, along with its identifying information, any product complaints, adverse reaction and positive responses, and consumer interest in and reaction to different formulations and products, as well as demographic, general health and education information, and other information about the purchaser (including any information useful for marketing and future product development and selection).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Master Supplements, Inc.
    Inventors: Randolph S. Porubcan, Jeff Thurston
  • Patent number: 8833653
    Abstract: A system detects a transaction outcome by obtaining video data associated with a transaction area and analyzing the video data to obtain at least one video transaction parameter concerning transactions associated with the transaction area. The transaction area can be a video count of items indicated in the video data as detected by an automated item detection algorithm applied to the video data. The system obtains at least one expected transaction parameter concerning an expected transaction that occurs in the transaction area, such as a scan count of items scanned at a point of sale terminal. The system automatically compares the video transaction parameter(s) to the expected transaction parameter(s) to identify a transaction outcome that may indicate fraudulent activity such as sweethearting in a retail environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal, Xiaowei Chen
  • Publication number: 20140252089
    Abstract: A point-of-sale system includes: a check-out terminal having a cash drawer; and a video terminal coupled to a rotating base. In an attended check-out terminal mode the video terminal is configured to be rotated on the rotating base to a first position such that a display screen of the video terminal is approximately parallel with a front surface of the cash drawer, and in a self-service check-out terminal mode the video terminal is configured to be rotated on the rotating base to second position such that the display screen of the video terminal is approximately perpendicular to the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Peter John Bostwick
  • Publication number: 20140252090
    Abstract: A method for conducting a purchase transaction using a wireless communication device, includes: receiving from a mobile application module executing on a wireless communication device instructions to initiate a purchase transaction by a server application; verifying and authorizing the mobile application module by the server application; receiving from the mobile application module identification information about an item to be purchased to the server application; retrieving via the server application at least one of price and product information based on the identification information; and completing the purchase transaction by automatically electronically debiting a user account.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Peter John Bostwick
  • Publication number: 20140249944
    Abstract: A wearable mobile scanner system processes a retail store purchase in a convenient, time efficient and reliable manner. The wearable mobile scanner system includes a forearm portion and a hand portion. The forearm portion comprises a main body member and at least one strap member and is adapted to secure the forearm portion upon a user's forearm. The hand portion comprises a central forehand member, a palm member, and a forefinger aperture, wherein the hand portion is aligned with the forearm portion and wherein the hand portion is adapted to receive a hand of the user. A trigger member is located on the forefinger aperture in communication with a USB scanner input device mounted on the central forehand member of the hand portion. A system integrated therein enables store level real-time inventory management and a fully functioning mobile POS for selling merchandise throughout the store and beyond its walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Bruce J. Hicks, Brian K. McWhirter, DeVan McArthur, Bromley Williams
  • Patent number: 8820630
    Abstract: A data decoding system that includes a server-side proxy component and at least two back-end computers, where the server-side proxy component is configured, when it receives a decoding request from a client, to select a back-end computer to forward the decoding request to, based on either a pre-defined rule, load estimates for said at least two computers, estimated network throughputs across network paths to the two computers. In response to receiving this request, the back-end computer that is selected is configured to decode the request, which is an image of decodable indicia, by locating the decodable indicia within the image and decoding it into a decoded message. The decodable indicia was provided by a raw image byte stream, a compressed image byte stream, or a partial compressed image byte stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Huyu Qu, Ynjiun P. Wang
  • Patent number: 8825531
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and method for an automated self-checkout system. The system includes a self-checkout housing, a means for inputting information, a means for receiving payment, a means for providing information to a customer, and a controller operatively connected to the means for inputting, means for receiving and the means for providing information to the customer. Additionally, the controller includes a reset module that responds to input inactivity prior to completion of the purchaser transaction by voiding the transaction and resetting the display to start a new transaction. The invention may also include a security verification mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Terry Catoe
  • Patent number: 8820634
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for redeeming a closed loop card/code funded with an amount of money. The system receives from a merchant point of sale an indication of use of a closed loop card/code not issued by the merchant and presented by a consumer, queries and receives a confirmation of an amount of money in an account associated with the closed loop card/code, presents the consumer with an offer to buy the closed loop card/code at a discount price, and upon accepting the offer, closes out the closed loop card/code and pays the discount price to the consumer. Paying the discount price can include applying the discount price to a purchase by the consumer at the merchant. The merchant can provide cash back to the consumer for excess value of the discount price over the consumer's purchase. Merchants can apply more than the discount price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: GiftCodes.com, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Wolfe, Mark Romanelli, Sanjay Akut, Mike Kelly, Mary Jane Kelly
  • Publication number: 20140239066
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a personalized shopping experience with a portable computing device (“PCD”) are described. The system and method may include checking-in PCD consumers upon entering an establishment of a merchant. The checking-in of the PCD consumer may include verifying credentials for gaining access to a central mobile payment controller and receiving a merchant identifier corresponding to a merchant from a computer communication's network. Next, a scan of a machine-readable code associated with at least one of a good and a service may be received. Information associated with the machine-readable code may be retrieved from a database. Subsequently, a personalized price for the at least one good or service may be determined by applying one or more rules. The personalized price may be transmitted over a computer communications network to the portable computing device for display to the PCD consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert L. DESSERT, Robert CANTERBURY, Scott MONAHAN
  • Patent number: 8814046
    Abstract: A system for a baseband near field magnetic stripe data transmitter includes a mobile phone and a magnetic stripe transmission (MST) device. The mobile phone transmits a stream of pulses including magnetic stripe data of a payment card. The magnetic stripe transmission (MST) device includes a wave shaper, a driver and an induction device. The MST device receives the stream of pulses from the mobile phone, shapes and amplifies the received stream of pulses and generates and emits high energy magnetic pulses including the magnetic stripe data. The emitted high energy magnetic pulses are picked up remotely by a magnetic read head. The MST device shapes the stream of pulses to compensate for shielding, eddy current losses and limited inductance value of the magnetic read head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Looppay Inc
    Inventor: George Wallner
  • Patent number: 8814041
    Abstract: An automatic teller machine (ATM) and a control method for the same are provided. According to the ATM and the control method, stacking of paper mediums being transferred to a stacking space of a carriage may be guided by a medium guide provided to the carriage. Position of the medium guide may be adjusted by a guide adjustment device corresponding to various types of the paper mediums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Nautilus Hyosung Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Hwan Cha, Won Joon Lee, Dong-Sik Lee
  • Patent number: 8816854
    Abstract: A system for detecting electronic article surveillance (“EAS”) marker shielding includes an EAS subsystem a metal detector, a cart detection subsystem and a processor. The EAS subsystem is operable to detect an EAS marker in an interrogation zone. The metal detector is operable to detect a metal object in the interrogation zone. The cart detection subsystem includes a sensor array. The cart detection subsystem is operable to differentiate between a wheeled device and a human passing through the interrogation zone based on the sensor array. The processor is electrically coupled to the EAS subsystem, the metal detector and the cart detection subsystem. The processor is programmed to receive information outputted from the cart detection system and information outputted from the metal detector to determine whether to generate an alarm signal based on the presence of EAS marker shielding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Adam S. Bergman, John A. Allen, Robert Kevin Lynch
  • Patent number: 8818870
    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 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Michelle Fisher
  • Patent number: 8818885
    Abstract: A self-checkout kiosk enables a patron to purchase product displayed in a vending area and carrying a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. The customer exits the vending area through a security portal. The kiosk, a bill acceptor, and a computer monitor, either adjacent the portal or separated there from, enables the patron to complete a purchase transaction prior to exiting the vending area through the portal. The portal includes RFID reading antennas for detecting product being transferred through the portal. A security system responds to transfer of product through the portal without a patron completing a purchase transaction using the self-checkout station. The security system itself is also usable in conventional retail environments when an attendant is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Freedom Shopping, Inc.
    Inventor: Mike A. Daily
  • Patent number: 8812368
    Abstract: Computerized information acquisition and processing apparatus. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a video apparatus with image capture and digitization capability, and multiple wireless interfaces for accomplishing various purposes, including e.g., streaming the digitized video data to another device for viewing and/or storage thereon. In one variant, one of the wireless interfaces is a short range passive RFID-based interface which generates replies to interrogation signals, the replies including user-specific information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: West View Research, LLC
    Inventor: Robert F. Gazdzinski
  • Patent number: 8807423
    Abstract: An automatic teller machine (ATM) may temporarily stack paper mediums in a carriage, adjust an advancing direction of the carriage by rotating the carriage by a rotor, and dispense the paper mediums to one of a plurality of dispenser portions by the carriage moving along movement paths. In addition, since a discharge path for paper medium being discharged from a rejected medium transfer portion to a collected medium storage portion and a discharge path for paper medium being discharged from the carriage to the collected medium storage portion are formed in a common discharge space, paper mediums detected to be abnormal and rejected and paper mediums not received by the dispenser portions but retracted may be stored in one place. Consequently, the structure may be simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Nautilus Hyosung Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Hwan Cha, Won Joon Lee, Dong Sik Lee
  • Publication number: 20140224874
    Abstract: An image pick-up device, which photographs an object to generate an image signal, including: an opening formed to pass light therethrough; a transparent plate which covers the opening; an image detector arranged to generate the image signal; an optical lens forming an image of the object on the image detector through the transparent plate when the object is positioned in an imaging area; a lighting device arranged to illuminate the object and is placed both in an inner area in which the imaging area outside the housing is folded into the housing with reference to the transparent plate, and in an outer area of the imaging area in the housing; and an optical-path modifying element which modifies an optical path of a potential stray light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Shiraishi, Shinsuke Yajima, Hidehiro Naito, Tomonari Kakino
  • Publication number: 20140217172
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method of stimulating a retail transaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Edward McCauley, Tony Donofrio
  • Patent number: 8797162
    Abstract: A detection unit positioned on a package includes a magnet, a first magnetic switch, a second magnetic switch, a processor, and a clock. The first magnetic switch outputs a first control signal or a second control signal according to magnetic flux density of the magnet. The second magnetic switch outputs a third control signal or a fourth control signal according to the magnetic flux density of the magnet. The first control signal is the same as the third control signal; the second control signal is the same as the fourth control signal. When the processor receives the first control signal and the third control signal at the same time, the processor reads a first real-time clock (RTC) signal from the clock. When the processor receives the second control signal and the fourth control signal at the same time, the processor reads a second RTC signal from the clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsin-Pei Chang, Zong-Yuan Sun, Da-Hua Xiao
  • Patent number: 8796564
    Abstract: A produce transaction system and method which is located in a produce section of a store. The produce transaction system includes a scale below a container in a produce section of a store, the container storing a single type of produce item, and a computer coupled to the scale for receiving a weight decrease signal from the scale when a customer removes an amount of the single type of produce item from the scale and for storing produce purchase information associated with the single type of produce item for later retrieval by a checkout computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Orson Ting
  • Patent number: 8794519
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for online ordering of items. An online order is received from a first user requesting to purchase an item. The first user is associated to a profile of a second user. A favorite item is retrieved from the second user's profile and automatically added to the first user's order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Dale W. Malik
  • Patent number: 8799085
    Abstract: The invention describes how a consumer can hold their NFC enabled device in proximity to an NFC enabled point-of-sale terminal and with a single “wave” or “tap” to automatically redeem coupons, pay for a purchase using a default payment card or a selected card, view receipts view reward point balances, and receive relevant coupons and other digital artifacts both before and after the purchase. The NFC enabled device includes a secure element with a payment application, payment credentials, and other digital artifacts such as coupons. The secure element can be internal to the mobile device, externally affixed to the mobile device, or inserted into a slot within the body of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Michelle Fisher
  • Publication number: 20140209675
    Abstract: A checkout system including a rotating barcode reader. In an example embodiment, the checkout system includes a base, a platform rotatable with respect to the base, a substantially circular top plate mounted to the platform including a window; and a barcode reader on the platform adjacent the window. The substantially circular top plate and the barcode reader are rotatable with the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Donald A. Collins, JR., Janry Amada
  • Patent number: 8789750
    Abstract: A mobile device, such as a cellular telephone, is used to obtain information that is indicative of an item, such as a photograph of the item or a scan of an information carrying indicia associated with the item. The information obtained is then used to present on the mobile device a page by which a user can establish parameters for following the price of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Sears Brands, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Dana L. Schueller, Marisa Lynne Brillhart, Dan S. Grimm
  • Patent number: 8791794
    Abstract: Methods and devices for enabling a user to obtain item information relating to an item (10), the item having associated therewith an item identification means (12) and an RFID response means (14) arranged to provide a predetermined response on being subjected to a currently applicable trigger signal; the method comprising steps of: establishing from the item identification means (12) item identification information; using the item identification information to determine from an item information source (30) a currently applicable trigger signal for the RFID response means (14); subjecting the RFID response means (14) to the currently applicable trigger signal; receiving a predetermined response from the RFID response means (14); and using the predetermined response to obtain item information from the item information source (30); wherein the RFID response means (14) is arranged to generate a new currently applicable trigger signal and a new predetermined response associated therewith following subjecting of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: British Telecommunications PLC
    Inventors: Andrea Soppera, Trevor Burbridge
  • Patent number: 8783556
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an information encoding, marking, tracking, and transmission system for information related to nutritional substances, including nutritional content. Upon the creation of a nutritional substance, whether grown, raised, caught, collected or synthesized, information regarding the nutritional substance is accumulated, encoded and referenced to the particular nutritional substance. This information can be marked directly on the nutritional substance, but can instead be stored elsewhere, and referenced to the nutritional substance by means of a marking, unique identifier, a unique inherent property, unique genetic attribute, or an induced genetic attribute. A consumer of the nutritional substance can use this reference to retrieve the information regarding the creation of the particular nutritional substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Eugenio Minvielle
  • Patent number: 8783572
    Abstract: A signal is transmitted into a computer in response to an image on a display screen of the computer such that the computer operates in response to the signal; this includes moving a scanner in optical communication with the display screen such that the scanner detects an image (for example, a bar code) displayed on the screen and generates the signal in response. One or more computers may be used, and this may be used for vending a product or other purposes. With or without such scanning, a portion of a store environment may be displayed on a screen of a computer, including showing images of actual products for sale at the store, in which images of actual products are accessed via the computer from a database containing in-store images recorded in the store during a period of non-existent or minimal customer presence in the store. A vending system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Xoranno Group Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: John A Kenney
  • Patent number: 8777103
    Abstract: A dispensing machine, and related operating method, includes a device for dispensing packaged and/or unpackaged edible goods or beverages, a control unit connected to one or more electrically-activated parts of the machine, a user interface to show information to the user and retrieve input commands from the user to be sent to the control unit. The user interface is a graphic user interface GUI comprising a touch-panel integrated in a graphic screen to display multimedia content. The content or form of the information shown on the screen is changed by the control unit based on at least one parameter related to any of the operative status of the machine, the location wherein the machine is running, the calendar date and/or the daily time, statistics indicative of previous selections made by user(s), or the signal provided by at least one sensor of the machine detecting proximity of the user(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Tuttoespresso S.R.L.
    Inventor: Luca Doglioni Majer
  • Patent number: 8775261
    Abstract: In a network advertisement system, an information processing section includes a module to store, when sales or service operation is conducted for a first terminal, purchase history of articles or services of the first terminal; and a Social Network Service includes an extraction module to extract, on receiving from the module a notification of the reception of the article or service by the first terminal, registered users related to the user of the first terminal. The SNS notifies the reception of the article or service by the first terminal to terminals of the registered users thus extracted. When a second terminal receives purchase of an article or provision of a service on the basis of the notification of purchase information of plural users, a degree of contribution to the sales promotion is expressed by a numeric value for each of the plural users by referring to the shop server and the SNS to reflect the degree of contribution to the affiliate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Shiraki, Junichi Kokudo, Yoshihiro Ono, Takehiko Kashiwagi
  • Patent number: 8775266
    Abstract: The present invention is a method of selling replacement parts for a product over a computer network including providing a plurality of product manufacturer selection options for a customer to select from, receiving a manufacturer selection of one of the product manufacturers, providing a plurality of product selections for the customer to select from, receiving a product selection of one of the products, providing a schematic illustrating a plurality of component parts of the product with associated reference identifiers, receiving a selection of at least one of the component parts, providing a description of the component part selected, including at least one name for the component part and at least one part number for the component part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Brownell's, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter R. Brownell
  • Patent number: 8770478
    Abstract: A “no-touch” mobile checkout experience frees consumers from the need to manually locate and activate a mobile payment application in order to complete a transaction. The consumer simply brings his mobile device within close range of an interface console, which in various embodiments prompts the device to launch an application that causes display of a payment token without user action. If the consumer's device is not NFC-capable, the interface console can read a displayed token optically in the usual fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: SCVNGR, Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Priebatsch
  • Publication number: 20140183260
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device design used in commercial premises, in which a physically independent plurality of units (Electronic Funds Transfer, Point-of-Sale (“EFT POS”) device, Pinpad, financial electronic cash register, Barcode reader and GPS based positioning device) are integrated in one single compact frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Murat Sancak
  • Patent number: 8763896
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein provide in one aspect, a method of loading a transaction card account onto a mobile device, the mobile device comprising a memory and a contactless reader, the method comprising: reading, via the contactless reader, transaction card information from a physical contactless transaction card corresponding to the transaction card account; sending a retrieval message, to an issuer server, to retrieve a card security credential for the transaction card account, the retrieval message comprising the transaction card information for identifying the transaction card account at the issuer server; receiving, from the issuer server, a card security credential for the transaction card account; and storing, the transaction card information and the card security credential as a transaction card corresponding to the transaction account, on the memory of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Xromb Inc.
    Inventors: Mikhail Kushevsky, Michael Fainshtein, Valdis Andris Martinsons
  • Patent number: 8768775
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles for automating the process of registering a product purchased by a consumer from a merchant in a purchase transaction. Product data including product identification data is obtained from a merchant electronic point of sale system as the consumer checks out. The product data is then automatically transmitted to a product registration system, such as via a consumer's mobile communication device having a product registration app. An auto-registration database is accessed to see if auto-registration is available for the product. If auto-registration is available for the product, then a request is made to the consumer to authorize auto-registration for the product. If the consumer accepts the auto-registration, then consumer data, such as the consumer name and contact information, is sent to the product registration system. The product registration system then creates a product registration record using the product data and the consumer data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Colin John Roper, Christian Gregory Dalit
  • Publication number: 20140175167
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for allowing a customer to create a digital shopping cart on a mobile electronic device while shopping at a brick and mortar store. The customer may scan barcodes, e.g. UPC variants, from a product with the camera of the mobile electronic device and record these product barcodes into the mobile electronic device. The shopping cart contents may be transferred to a checkout register without a data connection between the register and the device. The mobile electronic device may create one or more 2D barcodes with the item information embedded into the 2D barcode and may display the barcode on the device screen. Multiple 2D barcodes may be displayed in sequence. The 2D barcode may be scanned at the checkout register to read the barcode and thereby transmit the shopping cart information to the checkout register.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 8757479
    Abstract: A personalized package creation system uses an imaging device to capture an image of a barcode. An image capture module decodes the barcode to retrieve data, such as package dimension data and one or more package structural parameters. Based on the package dimensions and the structural parameter, a processing device defines a set of cutting instructions. An automated package generation device applies the cutting instructions and uses a cutting device to creating a package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Alan Clark, Jess Robert Gentner, William J. Nowak, Reiner Eschbach
  • Patent number: 8762208
    Abstract: Systems and methods related to an individualized menu system for use by customers in a retail environment. Multiple mobile computing devices are in communication with a database server from which the mobile computing devices retrieve menu related data items. The menu related data items are then used to present a menu to the customer by way of the mobile computing devices. The mobile computing devices are authenticated by the database server and communicate with the database server using a secure communications protocol. Each menu related data item in the database server is individually editable by an administrative user and edits are not propagated to the mobile computing devices until they are committed as such by the administrative user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Binnj, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Clay Hutcherson
  • Patent number: 8762209
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the invention, products and processes are disclosed for receiving, via a point-of-sale terminal that is not a vending machine, an indication of a set of products which a customer desires to purchase. At least one product is offered to the customer via the point-of-sale terminal, and an acceptance of the offer is received. Thereafter a request to receive the product is received. A unit of the product is dispensed via the vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Jonathan Otto, Daniel E. Tedesco
  • Patent number: 8762212
    Abstract: The invention discloses a printed label and a display shelf for a business establishment, including a display shelf having a length and at least one area on which at least one product is to be placed. The area has a length and a depth. The label includes product information printed thereon for identifying the at least one product for display on the shelf, and first and second space indicators for indicating a position, corresponding to a portion of the length of the shelf, at which the at least one product is to be placed. The label is constructed and arranged to have a predetermined length that is coextensive with the portion of the length of the area of the shelf on which the at least one product is to be placed. The first and second space indicators define the predetermined length. The first space indicator indicates where the portion of the length of the area of the shelf begins and the second space indicator indicates where the portion of the length of the area of the shelf ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Information Planning & Management Service, Inc.
    Inventors: S. Douglas Falls, Ernest J. Dale, Rod Matheson, A. Scott McPhillips
  • Patent number: 8752758
    Abstract: Systems and methods of using 2-D barcodes to provide information responsive to a particular error condition/event of, or need for operational or configuration assistance with respect to, a weighing device that is adapted to generate and display such 2-D barcode. The 2-D barcode contains a hyperlink to a context-sensitive web page that contains information relevant to the 2-D barcode. An image of the 2-D barcode is captured with a scanning device and the 2-D barcode is decoded by an appropriate scanning application of the scanning device. The scanning device is subsequently caused to request the web page as directed by the hyperlink in the 2-D barcode. The web page request is received at a server or similar location, and the requested web page is sent to the scanning device for viewing and use by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo, LLC
    Inventor: Felix Klebe