Inventory Patents (Class 235/385)
  • Patent number: 10997840
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to systems, methods, and computer readable media containing instructions for causing simultaneous triggering and sequential reading of a plurality of tags. In one implementation, the instructions may include displaying an activatable element on a graphical user interface for activating a 2.4 GHz transmitter. The instructions may also include activating the transmitter to cause each of a plurality of tags to send a unique tag ID to a receiver. The instructions may also include reading a first group of tag IDs during a first time interval; recording first information associated with the first group; maintaining activation of the transmitter to cause transmission of at least some of the tag IDs of the first group along with the unique tag IDs of a second group of tag IDs to the receiver; and recording second information associated with the second group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: NEXITE LTD.
    Inventors: Anat Shakedd, Lior Shakedd
  • Patent number: 10987276
    Abstract: A device is provided for storing elements, each element including a first wireless communication unit. The device includes at least two drawer units each including: a drawer including a bottom defining at least one location for receiving an element; for each location, at least one second wireless communication unit including an antenna having a radiation-zone field, each antenna having a first state in which the antenna is activated and a second state in which the antenna is deactivated; and a data-processing unit able to control the activation and deactivation of the antenna of each second communication unit according to a control law.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: BIOLOG-ID
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Mongrenier
  • Patent number: 10990772
    Abstract: An inventory management system provides automated management of medical item inventory and maintenance of a digital chain of custody for medical items. Medical items are labeled with an RFID-encoded tag that also displays a 2D barcode. The RFID tag and the 2D barcode both encode the same serialized Electronic Product Code (EPC) data for each specific item. Reading of the RFID tag is performed using a fixed or handheld RFID reader. Reading of the 2D barcode is performed using a handheld mobile device, such as a tablet or smart phone. The two-technology label allows for the digital chain of custody to be updated by means of RFID scanning in locations where RFID readers are available and by using a smart phone or tablet to read the 2D barcode in locations where RFID readers are unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: DeRoyal Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. DeBusk, Joe L. Smith, Mary E. Kaylor
  • Patent number: 10977459
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for tracking of one or more discrete objects at one or more discrete positions, the system including: a discrete position reading system, the discrete position reading system including one or more discrete position detectors (DPDs), each DPD comprising a tag reader, the tag reader operative to read an identity tag associated with the one discrete object to placement of any one discrete object at any one discrete position; a discrete object tracking system, the discrete object tracking system including one or more discrete object detectors (DODs), each DOD in communication with one or more DPDs to record discrete object information for each discrete object, the discrete object information including the identity tag in combination with a timestamp from when the identity tag was last read and a location identifier associated with the DPD where the identity tag was read; and a data store, the data store in communication with the DODs and operative to store disc
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Crean Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Cristian Frusina
  • Patent number: 10977458
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods automatically track the physical connection configuration of fiber optic cables using high spatial resolution RFID tag readout and high-resolution optical scanning. In further embodiments, the acquisition of RFID and/or optical scans are performed by a robotic scanning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Telescent Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Stephen Kewitsch
  • Patent number: 10969770
    Abstract: An inspection information prediction apparatus includes an environment-information acquisition unit that acquires environment information of a routing step through which an inspection target has been routed before an inspection step of inspecting the inspection target, a manufacturing-information acquisition unit that acquires manufacturing information of the inspection target, and a prediction unit that predicts inspection information which indicates an inspection result of an inspection portion of the inspection target determined by the manufacturing information and is obtained by applying the environment information, based on the manufacturing information of the inspection target and the environment information of the routing step through which the inspection target has been routed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Hatakeyama, Nobuhide Inaba, Shuhei Kobayakawa, Masafumi Kudo
  • Patent number: 10958765
    Abstract: A method and system for presenting a data-enriched visualization of an end-to-end network topology of components in an information technology (IT) infrastructure, wherein a first asset to be deployed is selected from among a plurality of components, and the set of connections between the first asset and one or more of the plurality of components in the IT infrastructure is identified. A unique code is generated and associated with the first asset, wherein the code embodies operational data, position data, and connection data related to the first asset. Labels bearing the code are generated for application to the first asset and each identified connection of the first asset. When the code is read with a programmed device, the position data and the connection data of the first asset are visualized within the IT infrastructure on a display device using a visualization tool provided by code executing in a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Ibraheem Ahmed Sheikh
  • Patent number: 10956856
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for detecting an object and/or managing an inventory will be described. A motion of an object is detected at a storage structure. One or more images are acquired of at least a part of the object. A direction of the motion of the object is determined. An object is identified based on the one or more images. In various embodiments, an inventory for the storage structure is updated based on the motion direction determination and the object identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tao Ma, Moe Tanabian, Chunkwok Lee, Suranjit Adhikari
  • Patent number: 10946668
    Abstract: A production system acquires a plan of production of plural types of products to be produced through sequential attachment of prints, determines an order of production of the prints to be attached to the plural types of products, respectively, and produces the prints in the determined production order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Kiuchi, Hajime Aikyo, Mitsuhiro Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10946521
    Abstract: A movement planning apparatus includes: an acquiring unit configured to acquire an environmental map in which a no-entry area is indicated for each of turning angles that a moving robot may have; and a planning unit configured to search for a moving path that allows at least one search branch to be extended from a departure point to a destination point based on the environmental map without making a change in the turning angle become discontinuous and without passing the no-entry area, and determine the turning angle on the moving path to the destination point based on a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidenori Yabushita, Nobuyuki Matsuno
  • Patent number: 10943112
    Abstract: An asset management system automatically generates and updates tool data stored in and used by the system for determining the presence or absence of tools or other inventory objects in the systems. The tool data can be automatically generated when a tool is newly added to the automated asset management system, and can be updated if and when characteristics of the tool and/or automated asset management system change. The automatic generation and updating includes automatically recognizing unique identifiers of tags located on inventory objects, automatically identifying an inventory object to associate with each unique identifier, and automatically populating a database to store each unique identifier in association with stored data for the corresponding inventory object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SNAP-ON INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Matthew J. Lipsey, David C. Fly, Preston C. Phillips, Jason Newport, Andrew R. Lobo, Joseph Chwan, Frederick J. Rogers, Sean W. Ryan, Thomas L. Kassouf
  • Patent number: 10943685
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device for handling medicament delivery devices and is to be used with a safety container, where the medicament delivery devices have information retaining elements having information that is unique to specific medicament delivery devices, and which medicament delivery devices are to be put in a safety container after use. The disclosed device has an information obtaining mechanism operably arranged to obtain information from the medicament delivery devices placed into the safety container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SHL MEDICAL AG
    Inventors: Stefan Gylleby, Nikolaj Hautaviita, Daniel Säll, Rasmus Renstad
  • Patent number: 10929806
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating pick up of items delivered to attended delivery/pickup locations. In various embodiments, the system is configured for confirming an identity of a person attempting to pick up a parcel from an attended delivery/pickup location before releasing the parcel to the person. The system may confirm the identity by receiving identifying information, by confirming a geographic location of a person attempting to retrieve the parcel, etc. In some embodiments, the system may be configure to enable parcel recipients to provide other persons the authorization to retrieve parcels and may be further configured to confirm this authorization before releasing parcels to a person other than the intended parcel recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel Lievens, Vincent Dethier, Luc Pirenne
  • Patent number: 10929834
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a smart box and method of use thereof. The smart box can comprise a box, a radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader, an access control system, and a smart box control system. The box can be capable of housing a plurality of purchasable products. The RFID reader can be capable of reading a plurality of RFID tags. The smart box control system can comprise a smart box memory and a smart box processor. The smart box memory can comprise a smart box application. The smart box processor can, according to instructions from the smart box application, grant access to a buyer upon the buyer supplying an access key to the access control system, can maintain contact with each of the plurality of RFID tags within the box and can direct a purchasable product of the plurality of purchasable products to be billed to a user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Rebound International, LLC
    Inventors: David Jung, Yongbo Zhang
  • Patent number: 10922648
    Abstract: An automated asset management system includes a plurality of storage locations for storing objects, and first and second sensing subsystems each configured to sense presence or absence of the objects in the plurality of storage locations. The first and second sensing subsystems are used to sense the presence or absence of a same particular object using different respective sensing modalities. In operation, a first scan of the storage locations is performed using the first sensing subsystem, and the presence or absence of the particular object is determined using the first sensing modality. In turn, a second scan of the storage locations is performed using the second sensing subsystem, and the presence or absence of the particular object is confirmed using both the result of the determination made using the first sensing modality and a determination of the presence or absence of the particular object using the second sensing modality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SNAP-ON INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Frederick J. Rogers, David C. Fly, Preston C. Phillips, Matthew J. Lipsey, Joseph Chwan, Jason Newport, Andrew R. Lobo
  • Patent number: 10919478
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a stowage bin defining a compartment and an airbag mounted to the stowage bin. The airbag is deployable to an inflated position. When the airbag is in the inflated position, the airbag at least partially encloses the compartment. When in the inflated position, the airbag retains items, if any, that are stored in the compartment by an occupant of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chris O'Connor, Michael James Andrus, Amanda Villerot, Sue Muscat, Jim Carene
  • Patent number: 10922504
    Abstract: A device is provided for storing elements, each element including a first wireless communication unit. The device includes at least two drawer units each including: a drawer including a bottom defining at least one location for receiving an element; for each location, at least one second wireless communication unit including an antenna having a radiation-zone field, each antenna having a first state in which the antenna is activated and a second state in which the antenna is deactivated; and a data-processing unit able to control the activation and deactivation of the antenna of each second communication unit according to a control law.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: BIOLOG-ID
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Mongrenier
  • Patent number: 10915857
    Abstract: A method for supply chain management using mobile devices with a server on an electronic data network includes receiving identifying information for a product transmitted from a mobile device via the network, the server being periodically updated with product recall data. The server queries a traceability server via the network for master data and event data related to the product using the identifying information. The server processes the recall data, master data, and event data to produce product data which is output to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steve Beier, Varun Bhagwan, James Funk, Arthur F. Kaufmann, Suzanna Khatchatrian, Timothy T. Liu, Justin Ormont, Heather M. Underwood
  • Patent number: 10913606
    Abstract: An automated warehouse system can include automated pallet movers, a physical space in which the automated pallet movers operate, and a control system to provide commands to each of the automated pallet movers for operating in the physical space. The commands can include a pallet transportation command including a pallet identifier of a pallet to be transported by the automated pallet mover in the physical space, and a destination location to which the pallet is to be transported by the automated pallet mover. The commands can also include a control algorithm command that specifies a control algorithm for moving through the physical space. The automated pallet mover can be configured to transport the pallet to the destination location according to a route resulting from performance of the control algorithm, while other automated pallet movers concurrently transport other pallets to other destination locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Lineage Logistics, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Frank Eckman, Daniël Walet, Frank Baijens
  • Patent number: 10915860
    Abstract: A food and beverage item identification and tracking device, and system for improving supply chain logistical operations and inventory management are disclosed. Multiple food and beverage item identification and tracking devices may be attached to corresponding beverage containers or food containers. Each of the food and beverage item identification and tracking devices includes a wireless communication device and a user interface. The user interface includes an LED to emit light responsive to an instruction received wirelessly, so that the food or beverage container is visually identifiable. The user interface may also include a speaker or buzzer so that the food or beverage container is audibly identifiable. A remote computing device may control the food and beverage item identification and tracking devices so that a subset of the tracking devices can be identified, and packaged for shipment. The system is designed to operate within either a distributor location or a reseller location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Bitcork Inc.
    Inventors: Justin D. Bloom, Todd S. Edman, Jesse N. Ralston
  • Patent number: 10906612
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking marine equipment is provided. Generally, the system and method of the present disclosure are designed to generate indicia corresponding to the inventory level of marine equipment used for a particular marine activity. To facilitate the assignment of indicia reflecting the inventory level of marine equipment used for a marine activity, the system and method of the present disclosure uses a plurality of equipment profiles having a defined lower limit and quantity associated with each piece of marine equipment. The lower limit may be manually input or automatically generated. The quantity may be tracked by the system using equipment transmitters and equipment sensors. In a preferred embodiment, the indicia indicate whether the quantity of a piece of marine equipment has fallen below a certain specified level as defined by the user. Users may purchase new marine equipment from third-party retailers via the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Fishing Chaos, LLC
    Inventor: John Calagaz
  • Patent number: 10909498
    Abstract: Described is an RFID-enabled medical item storage, organization, and/or tracking device, such as a cabinet or shelf, that includes a limited-range wireless network communication capability, such as low-energy Bluetooth or Zigbee, to communicate with nearby cabinets, shelves or mobile devices, any of which may serve as a communication aggregator to coordinate the communication of multiple cabinets, shelves and other devices with an inventory management system or other back-end computer system or other device via back haul wireless or wired networks (e.g., the Internet).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: WAVEMARK, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan John Wicks, Richard Eugene Leitermann, Jean-claude Jacques Saghbini, Lars Rohrberg
  • Patent number: 10899537
    Abstract: Waste chute devices and methods for using the same are provided. In some embodiments, a method for operating waste chutes comprises: receiving, using a hardware processor of a waste chute device, an identity associated with a user of the waste chute device; in response to receiving the identity associated with the user, allowing, using the hardware processor, a door of the waste chute device to be opened; determining, using the hardware processor, a number of items and at least one type associated with the items that have been placed in an opening of the waste chute device; determining, using the hardware processor, that the door of the waste chute device has been closed; updating, using the hardware processor, information associated with the user based on the number of items and the at least one type of items that have been placed in the opening of the waste chute device; and providing, using the hardware processor, the user with the updated information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Sidewalk Labs LLC
    Inventors: Rohit Thomas Aggarwala, Anand Naga Babu, Jesse Shapins, Matthew Eli Breuer, Violet Whitney, Daniel Henry Vanderkam, Michael Constantine Mattheakis, Thomas Joseph Kennedy, Amanda Meurer
  • Patent number: 10891451
    Abstract: An asset management system comprises a memory storing software instructions enabling control of a set of network devices having a corresponding allocated rack space, the set being sparsely distributed over multiple cabinets, wherein an aggregate rack space occupied by the set of network devices does not exceed the allocated rack space. A processor coupled with the memory and that executes, based on the software instructions stored in the memory, operations comprising generating a virtual representation representing the set of network devices residing in at least one virtual cabinet corresponding to the allocated rack space. The virtual representation is used to enable configuration of a functionality of at least one network device in the set of network devices residing in the virtual cabinet based on asset data of the at least one network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: MOX NETWORKS, LLC
    Inventors: David Hochhalter, David Bigelow, Nicholas J Witchey, Chad Milam
  • Patent number: 10885414
    Abstract: A barcoded indicator operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedance of at least one threshold by at least one product quality affecting parameter, the barcoded indicator including at least a first barcode and at least a second barcode, the at least a second barcode being in a second barcode unreadable state prior to exceedance of the at least one threshold and upon exceedance of the at least one threshold the at least a first barcode becoming unreadable and generally simultaneously the at least a second barcode becoming readable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Ephraim Brand
  • Patent number: 10885374
    Abstract: An apparatus of this invention is directed to an information processing apparatus that effectively counts, on a type basis, articles of a plurality of types displayed in a depth direction on a display shelf. The information processing apparatus includes a display count acquirer that acquires display count information of articles using article presence/absence sensors provided on the display shelf on which the articles are placed, an article identifier that acquires article identification information capable of identifying the types of articles based on an image acquired by capturing the display shelf, and a display recognizer that recognizes, based on the display count information and the article identification information, display count of each type of the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: NEC Coporation
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Nomura, Kota Iwamoto, Kyota Higa, Keishi Ohashi, Wataru Hattori
  • Patent number: 10872307
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing inventories of blood components are disclosed. Such systems and methods are configured to improve the predictability, efficiency, and/or automation of blood component supply chains. Tools are provided for tracking blood component inventories, forecasting blood component demand, and coordinating donations to meet current and anticipated demand. Some embodiments of the systems and methods identify when blood component units at a health care facility are beginning to run low or are approaching expiration, before the need for additional units becomes critical. Some embodiments of the systems and methods coordinate new donations and modify existing scheduled donations to meet real-time and forecasted demand for blood components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Kathleen Mickles, Dale H. Meixelsperger, Brent Paul, Todd Lewis, Christopher Trussell, Adam Bryan, Dean Gregory, Bill Cork
  • Patent number: 10873849
    Abstract: A method for activating an electronic device includes receiving a request to activate the electronic device. The method also includes determining whether activation of the electronic device is permitted according to a device status record associated with the electronic device in a blockchain. In addition, the method includes one of: proceeding with the activation of the electronic device in response to determining that the activation of the electronic device is permitted according to the device status record in the blockchain and blocking the activation of the electronic device in response to determining that the activation of the electronic device is not permitted according to the device status record in the blockchain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sheng Qiang, Kantha Kumar Kanchiraju
  • Patent number: 10872210
    Abstract: A reading apparatus is configured to communicate with a wireless tag attached to an object. The reading apparatus includes a container having a plurality of side walls and an opening such that the object can be placed through the opening, an antenna at a bottom of the container, configured to transmit and receive radio waves to and from the wireless tag, and a plurality of reflective elements arranged in the side walls so that the radio waves radiated from the antenna and reflected by the reflective elements do not leak through the opening to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiya Kishimoto, Sadatoshi Oishi
  • Patent number: 10867229
    Abstract: A tank data storing and monitoring system and method have an RFID tag coupled to and associated with a tank. The RFID tag has a unique identity specified by a unique identifier stored electronically on the RFID tag. Also included are an internet-accessing computer and database. The database stores data unique to the tank having the RFID tag coupled thereto. An RFID reader coupled to the computer is used to read only the unique identifier of the RFID tag. The computer accesses the data unique to the tank stored on the database using the unique identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: BAUER COMPRESSORS, INC.
    Inventors: Tahsin Durak, Anthony B. Bayat, Michael R. Sayre, Vincent P. Adams
  • Patent number: 10860908
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present provide a method, system and computer program product for garment labeling by way of digitally engineered pattern garment assembly. In particular, a garment labeling method includes loading into memory a digitally engineered specification of patterns forming a garment and retrieving from memory, at least one data record pertaining to the garment. For example, the data may be a serial number of the garment so as to indicate an authenticity of the garment. Thereafter the data is transformed from the at least one data record into a symbol such as a bar code and more specifically a two-dimensional bar code such as a quick response (QR) code. Then, the symbol may be embedded onto one of the patterns of the template and the digitally engineered specification may printed with the symbol onto fabric selected as a basis for the garment so as to form the unassembled set of patterns forming the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: RESONANCE COMPANIES LLC
    Inventor: Christian Georghe
  • Patent number: 10860977
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for shifting inventory within an inventory network. In a traditional push fulfillment model, items are delivered to customers after orders are placed by customers from a warehouse or fulfillment center through a traditional shipping carrier. Using a pull model as described herein, inventory is shifted throughout an inventory network based upon pull signals generated by sensor networks associated with customers that represent predictions for future orders by customers and the inventory is retrieved by the network node that issues the pull signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Pragyana K. Mishra
  • Patent number: 10863108
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the invention relate to managing an inventory of items within a storage container. A storage container can house one or more items for distribution among one or more users such as, for instance, employees. The storage container discussed herein provides authentication of a user, tracking of the inventory each user removes or returns, video/image capture of user during access of the storage container, wireless tracking of items housed within the storage container, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: 3 Strike, LLC
    Inventor: Leonard M. Bashkin
  • Patent number: 10853764
    Abstract: Examples provide an item storage cart for verifying correct item placement into containers on the item storage cart. A cart manager component outputs planogram data identifying a location of a selected item. Weight data generated by one or more weight sensors associated with the set of item storage containers is analyzed to verify whether a correct item is placed in a given storage container on the cart and/or verify a selected item is placed into a correct storage container. The cart manager component determines if an unselected item is removed from a storage container and/or if an unselected item is added to a storage container. A notification is output if an incorrect item is added to a cart, an incorrect item is removed from the cart, an item is added to the wrong container or removed from the wrong container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Durkee, Ragen Turner, James Benjamin Edwards, Nicole Morales, Stuart Clark
  • Patent number: 10846436
    Abstract: Techniques to enhance the security of matrix codes. An aggregated matrix code may be scanned to obtain a certain level of access with respect to at least one feature of an application executed on a computer device. The aggregated matrix code may include a user-specific matrix code uniquely assignable to at least one user of a group of users and a base matrix code associated with the group of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Vincent Pham, Austin Grant Walters, Jeremy Edward Goodsitt, Fardin Abdi Taghi Abad
  • Patent number: 10846996
    Abstract: Registry verification is used in a mechanized store. A camera is used to count a first number of items taken by a user. Radio frequency tags are used to determine a second number of items. The first number of items is compared to the second number of items to reduce a likelihood of errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Standard Cognition Corp.
    Inventor: Bernd Schoner
  • Patent number: 10846027
    Abstract: A printing system includes a first printing apparatus and a second printing apparatus. A first controller of the first printing apparatus is configured to: accept designation of first-user-identification information; transmit first numeric information to the second printing apparatus; update the first printable number based on the first numeric information; and control a first conveyor and a first printing device to perform printing so as to limit the number of printed materials to be produced, to the first printable number. A second controller of the second printing apparatus is configured to: receive the first numeric information from the first printing apparatus; update second numeric information indicating a second printable number, based on the received first numeric information; and control the second conveyor and the second printing device to perform printing so as to limit the number of printed materials to be produced, to the second printable number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomoki Miyashita
  • Patent number: 10839389
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for updating and managing hosted catalogs in a procurement system. A procurement system is provided comprising at least one live hosted catalog and at least one staged hosted catalog. Catalog update files are received into the system, and a data integration component validates and imports the catalog updates to the staged catalog, and an authorized buyer user is presented a summary of the update information and, upon an acceptance of the updates by the buyer user, the catalog update information is promoted to the live hosted catalog. In one embodiment a central catalog service maintains status information of the updates and coordinates workflow. In another embodiment, the system evaluates the update information and determines whether an approval is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: BuyerQuest, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J Cron, Jr., Salman Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 10839345
    Abstract: According to some embodiments of the invention, smart contracts may be recorded to a block chain. Data may be collected from pallets tagged with beacons and may be saved to the block chain. This data may be indicative of the partial or complete fulfillment of one or more conditions of smart contracts recorded to the block chain. Upon fulfillment of particular conditions as indicated by the block chain, the smart contracts may be automatically executed (e.g., payment may be initiated).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: BXB DIGITAL PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Cornelius Antor, Thomas Heinzel, Sara Barnhart Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10839349
    Abstract: A method identifies a plurality of product categories by applying a categorization model to product data that includes product names and product descriptions. The product data is obtained from internal sources and external sources. The method creates a knowledge graph for a plurality of business entities from inputs that include the plurality of product categories, published data that includes merchant categorizations, and geographical data. The method generates cohort clusters of similar business entities by applying a clustering algorithm to the knowledge graph. The method uses the cohort clusters to learn an extrapolation model for predicting inventory. The method makes a prediction as to the inventory level using the extrapolation model for a user of the merchant application. The method determines a confidence level for the user and orders additional inventory for the user without further input, if the confidence level is above a specified threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Steve George Goyette, Yogish Pai, Robert Bruce MacMartin, Yi Ng
  • Patent number: 10817686
    Abstract: A system controlled responsive at least in part to data read from data bearing records is operative to cause vehicle parts usable to repair or upgrade vehicles to be determined and furnished. Data from the vehicle such as data read by a reader from a tag associated with a vehicle is used to determine vehicle identifying data. A repair estimate calculation circuit (RECC) operates responsive to the read data to produce a needed parts record (NPR). The records produced by the RECC are operative to cause a vehicle repair entity (VRE) to be furnished the vehicle repair or upgrade parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: OECONNECTION LLC
    Inventors: Igor Bondarenko, Scott Morman, Mike Folk, Guillermo Lopez, Sarah Truman, Katherine Golden
  • Patent number: 10818103
    Abstract: An engine-mounted component life cycle data tracking system is provided. The system includes a plurality of RFID tags associated with, positioned proximate to, and configured to transmit and store identification, repair history, and dynamic data regarding a different engine component of a plurality of engine components, wherein the dynamic data includes engine usage, component usage, and/or component fault information. The system further includes an aircraft-mounted controller that includes non-transient computer readable storage media. The controller is configured to: store identification and repair history data retrieved from the RFID tags in the storage media; store dynamic data for the plurality of engine components in the storage media after each engine cycle; and transmit dynamic data to the RFID tags after each engine cycle for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Tim Griffith, Richard Cotter, Richard Douglas
  • Patent number: 10810238
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for receiving a plurality of queries from plurality of channels via a plurality of computing devices. For each query of the plurality of queries systems and methods are provided for determining a use case associated with the query from a plurality of predetermined use cases, determining transformation rules for data associated with the use case, accessing data from at least one data source of a plurality of data sources to generate response data for a response to the query, the plurality of data sources comprising the data in a plurality of different data formats, transforming the data associated with the use case from at least a first format into a uniform data structure comprising the response data using the transformation rules for the response data, and providing the response data in the uniform data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Priyanka Khaitan, Haichao Wei, Kevin Hsu, Mitchell Clark
  • Patent number: 10813072
    Abstract: Method, systems, and computer-readable media for receiving, from an application instance operating on a client device, information that indicates a client device identifier, a wireless proximity beacon identifier, and a proximity of the identified client device to the identified wireless proximity beacon. From the received information, a determination is made whether the proximity of the identified client device to the identified wireless proximity beacon satisfies a threshold proximity. Based at least on the determination, an action is determined that the application instance operating on the identified client device is permitted to perform while the proximity of the identified client device to the identified wireless proximity beacon satisfies the threshold proximity. Information is transmitted to the identified client device that enables the application instance operating on the identified client device to perform the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: MicroStrategy Incorporated
    Inventors: Benjamin Reyes, Hugh Owen, Jose Nocedal de la Garza
  • Patent number: 10803139
    Abstract: Embodiments presented herein provide systems and methods for disambiguating the identity of a record to which information imported from a third-party data source pertains. For example, in one embodiment, a record-storage service creates a record of a transaction between a first entity and a second entity. Upon receiving an indication that an instrument will be used to transfer a value for the transaction, the record-storage service associates a code to be printed on the instrument with the record and sends the code to an application that will be used to generate the instrument. Subsequently, the record-storage service receives information imported from electronic records provided by a third-party institution. The information also includes a code provided on the instrument and a status. Upon determining that the code provided on the instrument matches the code associated with the record, the record-storage service updates the record to reflect the status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Michael R. Gabriel, Rachel Jack, Roger Meike, Ian Maya Panchevre, Glenn Scott
  • Patent number: 10796268
    Abstract: An apparatus, including: a shipment conveyance device which is a shipping container, a pallet, or a piece of luggage; a global positioning device, located in, on, or at, the shipment conveyance device, which determines a position or location of the shipment conveyance device; a processor which generates a message in response to an occurrence of an event or in response to a request for information regarding the shipment conveyance device which request is automatically received by a receiver, and which message contains information regarding a shipment of the shipment conveyance device; and a transmitter, located in, on, or at, the shipment conveyance device, which transmits the message to a communication device associated with an owner of the shipment conveyance device or an individual authorized to receive the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: GTJ VENTURES, LLC
    Inventor: Raymond Anthony Joao
  • Patent number: 10796108
    Abstract: A computer implemented method of lab management, including providing machine information on a service tag for a machine, the machine information suitable for uniquely identifying the machine, and storing auxiliary information about the machine on at least one of one or more remote devices, the at least one of the one or more remote devices configured to scan the service tag to retrieve machine information therefrom, and to integrate the auxiliary information with the machine information on the service tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Frenz, Nicholas M. Kreidberg, Andrew Stephen Welters, Paul Christopher Norton, Jeffrey Michael Crane
  • Patent number: 10796273
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed towards managing personal inventory over a network. If item information associated with one or more items is provided to an inventory platform, such that the item information includes at least a location and a label identifier. If a request to transfer the one or more items to an off-premises storage station is provided, one or more scheduling options may be provided to an owner of the one or more items; collection instructions may be provided to a distribution organization, such that the collection instructions may be based on a scheduling option selected by the owner, the location of the one or more items, or the like; and if the one or more items may be transferred to the off-premises storage station, the location of the one or more items may be updated to indicate that they are stored at the off-premises storage station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Livible, Inc.
    Inventors: John Terrence Drayton, Rodney Joe Hatfield, Robert Allen Jones, Jr., Michael Laverne Smith
  • Patent number: 10793353
    Abstract: An article conveyance system includes a controller and a conveyance device. The controller includes: a storage section storing information concerning a position of a housing section stored in a shelf; a housing-section retrieving section retrieving, based on the information concerning the position of the housing section, housing positions of a plurality of the housing sections, which are picking targets, in the shelf; a route generating section generating a route that makes rounds of positions of the housing sections retrieved by the housing-section retrieving section; and a transmitting section transmitting information concerning the generated route and the housing positions of the housing sections to the conveyance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Industrial Products, Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Nakano, Yoriko Kazama, Junichi Kimura, Hiroshi Yoshitake
  • Patent number: 10796518
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a feedback and authentication system and method for vending machines. In one example system, the system includes a vending machine configured to dispense an item purchased by a user. The item contains identifying tag which, when scanned, allows the user access to information about the item. Such information may include the creation date of the item, the expiration date of the item, and/or tracking information. The user can thus make an informed decision as to the freshness of the item, which is particularly useful when the item is a perishable item, such as a salad. By offering access to this sort of information, food distributors gain credibility with their customer base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Ria Dubey