Inventory Patents (Class 235/385)
  • Patent number: 11481749
    Abstract: Techniques for recommending actions for a merchant to perform to encourage or discourage a sale of an item based on a threshold condition associated with the item. A service provider may obtain data from a plurality of merchants related to inventory, transactions, and actions taken by the merchants to change sales of an item offered for sale by the merchant. Based on determining a current inventory of the item in the merchant's inventory, determining that a condition is within a threshold condition, and via application of a data model that is trained on actions of similar merchants, the service provider may send a recommendation to the merchant to perform an action to encourage or discourage the sale of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Block, Inc.
    Inventors: Niels Gjertson, Matthew Capers
  • Patent number: 11475399
    Abstract: A storage cabinet according to an embodiment stores a plurality of items, each item including a first tag attached thereto. The first tag records item information. The storage cabinet includes: a first reader for reading item information recorded in first tags of items stored in a housing; and a second reader for reading information relating to an item condition of an item to be retrieved from the storage cabinet, when an item to which a second tag is attached is made proximate from the outside to a predetermined area on the housing. The second tag records the information relating to the item condition item information that meets the item condition related to the information read by the second reader, is identified among the item information read by the first reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Uno, Yusita Kasdani
  • Patent number: 11468392
    Abstract: A managing wireless device includes a local area communication device, a wide area communication device, a global position determination device, and a battery. The managing wireless device is attached to a first shipment component of a consolidated shipment. The managing wireless device is in communication with a server computing system. The managing wireless device has a unique identifier. Each of one or more additional wireless device(s) includes a local area communication device and a battery. Each of the additional wireless device(s) is attached to a respective shipment component of the consolidated shipment, other than the first shipment component. Each of the additional wireless device(s) is in bi-directional communication with the managing wireless device. Each of the additional wireless device(s) has a unique identifier. The managing wireless device and each of the additional wireless device(s) are associated with a same broadcast address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: ICONTROL, INC.
    Inventor: Earl Fred Tubb
  • Patent number: 11470456
    Abstract: An information processing device relates to a delivery service in which a vehicle cabin including a trunk of a vehicle used by a user is designated as a delivery destination of a package. The information processing device includes a processing device configured to remind the user to receive the package from the vehicle cabin of the vehicle designated by the user as the delivery destination of the package, in a case where the package is not received from the vehicle cabin of the vehicle after a predetermined time has elapsed since the package was delivered to the vehicle cabin of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masato Endo, Yuichiro Haruna
  • Patent number: 11461830
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for smart recurrent orders are presented. An inventory indicator corresponding to an inventory level of a first item may be received. An order schedule for the first item may be identified. An adjustment to the order schedule based on the inventory indicator may be determined. The adjustment to the order schedule for the first item may be facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Sandra Lynn Godsey, David Beach
  • Patent number: 11461834
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for assisting a customer with purchasing a merchandise item in a store. Assisting the customer may include determining a location of a customer (i.e., customer device) in the store, identifying merchandise items located adjacent to the customer, receiving selection of a merchandise item for purchase from the identified merchandise items, receiving payment authorization information for the purchase, and initiating delivery of the merchandise item to the customer. Additionally, systems and methods are provided for inventory management in a store. Consistent with certain embodiments, computer-implemented systems and methods are provided for selecting a sensor, receiving a sensor identifier and a position of the sensor, receiving merchandise identifiers for merchandise items located near the sensor, and storing the merchandise identifiers in association with the sensor identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Capital One Services. LLC
    Inventors: Thomas S. Poole, Kaleen Love
  • Patent number: 11447297
    Abstract: A product with packaging includes an envelope having a cavity. An NFC chip may be embedded in the packaging. The NFC chip may be passive, and may connect to the electronic device of the specific user, and once connected may initiate or carry out an authentication process or activation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mark T. Uyeda, Katherine O. Krajewski
  • Patent number: 11436559
    Abstract: A method of managing inventory comprising generating a list of inventory items, identifying removal of one of the inventory items from inventory, updating the list of inventory items as inventory items are removed, predicting a future rate of removal of inventory items, and developing purchasing plan for inventory items based on predicted rate of removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Taco Marketing LLC
    Inventors: Todd B. Ferguson, Andrew M. Czachowski
  • Patent number: 11423421
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide methods, systems, apparatuses, and computer program products for predicting system resource volumes for future network time intervals based upon predicted likelihoods of termination transactions for the future network time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Addhyan Pandey, Kai-Chen Cheng
  • Patent number: 11408969
    Abstract: Object tracking anti-jitter filtering systems and methods. A plurality of raw location points for a tracking tag attached to a tracked object is received. The raw location points are stored within a raw location points buffer. Raw location points within an averaging window are averaged to generate an averaged location point. The averaged location point is stored within an averaged location points buffer for use within the object tracking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: ISOLYNX, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas J. DeAngelis, Gerard M. Reilly, Kirk M. Sigel, Edward G. Evansen
  • Patent number: 11403691
    Abstract: A control method for an information processing apparatus including a processor includes: obtaining information about an amount of an item stored in a storage structure; determining whether the information about the amount of the item satisfies a first condition or not, the first condition indicating that the amount of the item is less than or equal to a given amount; and, when the first condition is satisfied, displaying, on a display, a screen including: information about the item; information related to the amount of the item, indicating that the amount of the item is less than or equal to the given amount; and a purchase suggestion for a product corresponding to the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Masaki Yamauchi, Nanami Fujiwara, Mitsuru Endo, Ryota Uchida, Motoji Ohmori, Koji Honda, Masato Murayama, Hiroki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 11390212
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application provide a method and an apparatus for an unmanned vehicle passing through an intersection, a device and a storage medium. The method includes: detecting whether the unmanned vehicle is at an intersection without a traffic light sign; identifying a moving direction and a distance of outside personnel and/or identifying voice and limb reaction of the outside personnel when determining that the unmanned vehicle is at the intersection without the traffic light sign; determining whether to pass according to the moving direction and the distance of the outside personnel, and/or the voice and limb reaction of the outside personnel; and making a corresponding voice prompt and/or a corresponding visual prompt to the outside personnel according to a result of the determination on whether to pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: APOLLO INTELLIGENT DRIVING (BEIJING) TECHNOLOGY CO
    Inventors: Youhan Chen, Ya Wang
  • Patent number: 11381447
    Abstract: A method of dynamic staging in a client device includes: receiving, at the client device, a staging profile identifier definition; generating a staging profile identifier corresponding to one of a plurality of staging data files stored at a server, by: detecting a dynamic field in the staging profile identifier definition; retrieving a set of prompt definitions according to the dynamic field; presenting prompts via an output assembly of the client device according to the prompt definitions; receiving input data corresponding to the prompts via an input assembly of the client device; retrieving a selected parameter corresponding to the input data; and replacing the dynamic field with the selected parameter to generate the staging profile identifier; and retrieving the one of the plurality of staging data files by transmitting a request to the server including the staging profile identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Deepak Ayyagari, Allan Perry Herrod
  • Patent number: 11374301
    Abstract: A cable type antenna is provided having a small-sized lightweight configuration and enabling specifying of a radiation region having a desired antenna length. The cable type antenna may be sectionalized into a first region on the power feeding circuit side and a second region on the leading end side. The cable type antenna of the present disclosure further comprises a balanced-to-unbalanced transformer element disposed between the first region and the second region, wherein the balanced-to-unbalanced transformer element includes an unbalanced-side terminal connected to the first region and a balanced-side terminal connected to the second region configured to allow the first region to serve as a non-radiation part and the second region to serve as a radiation part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Noboru Kato
  • Patent number: 11364885
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a head vehicle and a tail vehicle that is towed by the head vehicle. Together the head vehicle and tail vehicle have a control subsystem for controlling among other things braking of the tail vehicle. The control subsystem includes a head unit in the head vehicle and a tail unit in the tail vehicle. The head unit further includes a head Inertial Measurement Unit (“IMU”) for measuring orientation and acceleration of the head vehicle, and the tail unit includes a tail IMU for measuring orientation and acceleration of the tail vehicle. With the IMUs, the control subsystem is able to determine relative pitch and orientation of the head vehicle and tail vehicle to control braking and reduce the risk of jackknifing. The tail unit further has wheel speed sensors and a Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (“TPMS”) for sensing wheel speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Vieletech Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Viele
  • Patent number: 11366976
    Abstract: A method includes: storing, in a first database, first data regarding a life cycle of a product made using a manufacturing process; scanning an encoded image on a physical object to obtain at least one parameter associated with the product; querying, using the obtained at least one parameter, the first database to obtain the first data; generating a communication that includes the first data; and sending, to a server over a network, the communication, wherein the server is configured to update a second database based on the first data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Principato
  • Patent number: 11354719
    Abstract: Systems and methods including one or more processors and one or more non-transitory storage devices storing computing instructions configured to run on the one or more processors and perform: determining a list of substitutes for an item; determining qualities for each substitute; determining a similarity score for each substitute; determining a historical substitution score for each substitute; determining a final score for each substitute using the similarity score for each substitute and the historical substitution score for each substitute; ranking each substitute based upon the final score for each substitute; facilitating a display, on a user interface of a user device, of a highest ranked substitute; receiving, from the user interface of the user device, a selection of the highest ranked substitute; and after receiving the selection of the highest ranked substitute, substituting the highest ranked substitute for the item of the list of items. Other embodiments are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Kamiya Motwani, Sushant Kumar, Kannan Achan, Vidya Sagar Kalidindi, Rahul Ramkumar, Derrick Lagomarsino
  • Patent number: 11355249
    Abstract: A system is provided to provide triage recommendations for animals. The system accesses a syndrome mapping of syndromes to complaints, each syndrome having a triage category. The system accesses a complaint mapping of complaints to symptoms. Each symptom for a complaint has a weight. The system receives indications of a current complaint and current symptoms of an animal. Each current symptom has a score. The system identifies the triage category based on a syndrome to which the current complaint and the current symptoms apply, factoring in the weights and the scores. The system provides a recommendation for the animal based on the identified triage category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Petriage, Inc.
    Inventors: Casey Stevens Olives, Shlomo Eliyahu Freiman, Allon Stern Freiman, Matthew Anthony Fordham, Matthew Lee Staroscik
  • Patent number: 11348406
    Abstract: An inspection system of a chip includes a reading device and a determining unit. The reading device is configured to count a number of chips stored in a storage case, the chips associated with a table game and including a chip having a radio tag, read the radio tag while the chips are stored in the storage case, and acquire chip information. The determining unit is configured to compare the chip information of the chips in the storage case with a physical number of the chips in the storage case, determine that there is an abnormal chips among the chips stored in the storage case based on a determination that the counted number of the chips does not match a physical number of the chips in the storage case, and output a result associated with an indication of the abnormal chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: ANGEL GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 11345577
    Abstract: A mobile automated guided vehicle pallet stacker and destacker system including an automated guided vehicle having a pallet pick that moves to pick a pallet and stably hold the picked pallet on the pick. A sensor is connected to the vehicle and configured to detect a predetermined characteristic of at least one pallet located in a stack of one or more pallets. A sensing element of the sensor is mounted to the vehicle so as to define a predetermined relation between the sensing element and a pallet pick interface. Actuation of the pick effects scanning of the stack and detection, with the sensing element, of the predetermined characteristic. A controller determines from the predetermined characteristic the at least one pallet is in a topmost pallet position of the stack, and positions the pallet pick interface of the pick to interface the stack based on the determined topmost pallet position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Teradyne, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Holwell, David Levasseur, Tyler Barron
  • Patent number: 11341387
    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: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Ephraim Brand
  • Patent number: 11328137
    Abstract: A system is provided that includes a rack including mount positions to accept electronic equipment modules that are rack mountable and equipped with respective RFID tags, and a RFID reader array including RFID readers each of which is associated with a respective mount position, and has a read field that among the mount positions extends into only the respective mount position. Processing circuitry causes an RFID reader to radiate an interrogation signal within its read field, and in response, receive module identifiable information from an RFID tag of an electronic equipment module mounted at the mount position. A signal including the module identifiable information and mount position identifiable information is transmitted to the processing circuitry, and a second signal to a computer configured to identify the electronic equipment module from the module identifiable information, and locate the electronic equipment module at the mount position from the mount position identifiable information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roland N. Freeman, Brandon E. Wickline, Rahul C. Thakkar, Mark J. Boyer
  • Patent number: 11312576
    Abstract: Provided are a goods picking system and a goods picking system method, the system includes: a plurality of carrying robots; a plurality of racks used for storing goods and being carried by the plurality of carrying robots, where in a rack area, the plurality of racks are arranged in a rack array with a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, and empty rows or columns constitute channels for the plurality of carrying robots to pass; and at least some of the plurality of racks are blocked racks which are not adjacent to any channel instead of being surrounded by other racks and racks except the blocked racks are referred to as unblocked racks; rack-moving robots, which are operable based on instructions of a control system to move racks in the rack area so as to change a certain blocked rack into an unblocked rack; operating positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING GEEKPLUS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hongbo Li, Kai Liu, Yong Zheng
  • Patent number: 11307211
    Abstract: Provided are a PCR tube that can reliably perform management of a sample, and an RFID sample management system and an RFID sample management method using the PCR tube. The PCR tube 40 includes a tube body 42 that has an opening at one end and has a collar part 46 around the opening, and a lid part 44 that is attachably and detachably mounted on the tube body 42 and seals the opening of the tube body 42 at the time of the mounting. An RFID tag 48 having a passive antenna built therein is provided at the collar part 46 or the lid part 44, and the antenna has directivity in a direction opposite to a bottom face 42a of the tube body 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Kaneko
  • Patent number: 11308442
    Abstract: Sensor data from load cells at a shelf is processed using a first time window to produce first event data describing coarse and sub-events. Location data is determined that indicates where on the shelf weight changes occurred at particular times. Hypotheses are generated using information about where items are stowed, weights of those of items, type of event, and the location data. If confidence values of these hypotheses are below a threshold value, second event data is determined by merging adjacent sub-events. This second event data is then used to determine second hypotheses which are then assessed. A hypothesis with a high confidence value is used to generate interaction data indicative of picks or places of particular quantities of particular types of items from the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Dilip Kumar, Liefeng Bo, Nikhil Chacko, Robert Crandall, Nishitkumar Ashokkumar Desai, Jayakrishnan Kumar Eledath, Gopi Prashanth Gopal, Gerard Guy Medioni, Paul Eugene Munger, Kushagra Srivastava
  • Patent number: 11308298
    Abstract: A tooling system may comprise a device configured to communicate with an identifier of a machine tool and a tool database having tool information including a predefined proximity associated with the identifier. The device may be configured to automatically activate, without a user-initiated scan, communication with at least one of the machine tool and the tool database in response to the identifier being within the predefined proximity. The device may also be configured to transfer tool information of the machine tool with respect to the tool database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Difr-Tek Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey C. O'Brien, Sean M. Brolley
  • Patent number: 11302143
    Abstract: An inspection system of a chip includes a reading device and a determining unit. The reading device is configured to count a number of chips stored in a storage case, the chips associated with a table game and including a chip having a radio tag, read the radio tag while the chips are stored in the storage case, and acquire chip information. The determining unit is configured to compare the chip information of the chips in the storage case with a physical number of the chips in the storage case, determine that there is an abnormal chips among the chips stored in the storage case based on a determination that the counted number of the chips does not match a physical number of the chips in the storage case, and output a result associated with an indication of the abnormal chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: ANGEL GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 11297802
    Abstract: The systems and methods of flexible and customizable wellness program plan for pets through a distribution network connecting pet-owners, manufacturers, clinics and veterinarians, comprising: customizing a wellness plan to include one or more of the following parameters: frequency of services including exams or bloodwork, frequency of products used including vaccinations or preventatives and frequency of payments; customizing payment frequency for veterinarians for services rendered; tracking commissions to manufacturers for products used; tracking profitability for clinics implementing the wellness program; tracking wellness program plan usage by a pet; tracking enrollment and expiry status of a wellness program plan for a pet; dynamically reporting to one or more of the following: manufacturer, clinic, veterinarian or pet-owner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: GREENLINE, LLC
    Inventors: Phillip G. Shackelford, Nick Meurrier
  • Patent number: 11300662
    Abstract: LIDAR devices may be mounted in inventory areas and configured to transmit pulses or beams of laser light, to receive reflections of the laser light from one or more objects, and to detect and locate interactions with items maintained at the inventory areas. LIDAR devices may transmit laser light in fields that are substantially parallel to a frontal area of a storage unit, such that interactions with the storage unit via the frontal area are detected and located accordingly based on angles and times of flight of the reflected laser light. Other sensors, such as digital cameras or electronic scales, may be mounted within storage units, and information captured by such sensors may augment information captured by LIDAR devices to detect and locate interactions with the storage units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John Milton
  • Patent number: 11301919
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving the efficiency of order fulfillment are disclosed. When fulfilling an order in which substitutions are required, due to unavailability of particular products, the process of contacting the customer and receiving a selection from the customer can be separated from the picking process. The picker can continue to fulfill the order, while an automated system offers alternatives and receives selections from the customer. If appropriate, the substitution can be appended to the picker's list. If the picker has completed the remainder of the order, on the other hand, a new order with the substitution can be created, which can later be aggregated with the original order. A variety of methods can be used to efficiently present substitutions to the customer and receive choices from the customer, including use of imagery of substitute items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley Scott Lauka, Julia Hannah Blum, Taylor Wayne Andrus, Trevor Joseph Allred
  • Patent number: 11291189
    Abstract: An electronic monitoring device for attaching to an animal includes an NFC module facilitating wireless communication between a smart phone and the monitoring device, an accelerometer for monitoring acceleration of the head of the animal, and a microprocessor which determines various states of the animal from signals received from the accelerometer. The smart phone is programmed by a software application which allows an identifying code of the monitoring device to be read from the memory chip and cross-referenced in the smart phone with the identity of an animal, which can be inputted into the smart phone. Data relating to the states(s) of the animal can be read from the microprocessor through the NFC module into the smart phone. Additionally, data relating to the animal stored in a cloud server corresponding to the state or states of the animal is downloaded from the cloud server by the smart phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: DAIRYMASTER
    Inventors: Edmond Patrick Harty, Liam Eoghan Mullane, John Gerard Daly
  • Patent number: 11295352
    Abstract: A method for displaying product information for an electronic price tag includes: displaying a piece of first product information of at least one first product in an area where the electronic price tag is located, the first product information comprising at least one of name information and price information of the first product; and receiving a trigger instruction and displaying at least one piece of second product information of a second product, the second product being (i) at least one product each associated with the first product and having a discounted price, or (ii) at least one product each associated with the first product and having a discounted total price incurred when purchased together with the first product, the second product information comprising at least one of name information, price information, and location information of the second product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xin Li
  • Patent number: 11289190
    Abstract: Medical procedure related objects (e.g., instruments, supplies) tagged with transponders (e.g., RFID transponders, dumb transponders) are accounted for in a medical or clinical environment via an accounting system using a number of antennas and interrogators/readers. A first set of antennas and RFID interrogator(s) interrogate portions of the environment for RFID tagged objects, for example proximate a start and an end of a procedure. Shielded packaging and/or shielded receptacles shield tagged objects, preventing interrogation except for those objects in unshielded portions of the environment. A shielded receptacle may include an antenna to interrogate the contents thereof in a relatively noise-free environment. A data store may maintain information including a current status or count of each instrument or supply, for instance as checked in or checked out. A handheld antenna and/or second set of antennas interrogates a body of a patient for retained instruments or supplies tagged with dumb transponders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Bryan Hansen, Jeffrey L. Jensen
  • Patent number: 11272552
    Abstract: A network connection method and apparatus are provided. The network connection method includes obtaining information about at least one network to be accessed by the terminal, obtaining information about a network slice allowed for the terminal from among network slices included in the at least one network, and based on a network corresponding to the information about the at least one network being detected, accessing the allowed network slice of the detected network based on the information about the allowed network slice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jihun Ha, Soohyun Baek, Sangjin Kim
  • Patent number: 11263498
    Abstract: A method of providing information related to a state of an object in a refrigerator includes obtaining a first camera image including at least one object kept in the refrigerator through a camera arranged in the refrigerator, obtaining environmental information in the refrigerator through an environmental sensor arranged in the refrigerator, predicting information related to a current state of the at least one object by applying the first camera image including the at least one object and the environmental information in the refrigerator to an artificial intelligence (AI) model; and providing the information related to the current state of the at least one object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jaehwan Kim, Oleksandr Baiev
  • Patent number: 11263599
    Abstract: The present application overcomes the disadvantages of the prior art by providing a system for proper life-cycle management of plastic products and the plastic waste that plastic products produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Yankee Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Guyer, Carl W. Hustad, Thomas Mikus
  • Patent number: 11253269
    Abstract: A method for preparing a backup kit for a plurality of patient-specific arthroplasty procedures scheduled at the same medical facility includes providing a database with data from completed arthroplasty procedures using patient-specific arthroplasty kits. The database includes comparisons between preoperatively planned implant size and intraoperatively implanted implant size. The method includes determining a statistically expected implant size deviation from a planned implant size for each implant included in a plurality of patient-specific arthroplasty kits prepared for a shipment to the medical facility using the database. A backup kit of backup implants is assembled for the shipment. The number and size of the backup implants is determined from the statistically expected implant size deviations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Metzger
  • Patent number: 11257095
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and system are disclosed for managing a return transaction within an environment having a plurality of purchasable item. The method acquires, using at least one visual sensor disposed within the environment, first image information including a first person and including a first item associated with the first person. The method identifies the first person using image analysis performed on the first image information. Further, the method determines, using image analysis performed on the first image information and based on one or more predetermined criteria, that the first item is eligible to be returned by the first person within the return transaction. Upon completion of one or more predefined return tasks specified for the first item within the return transaction, the method updates a first data structure representing an inventory of the environment to reflect the returned first item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Ankit Singh, Dean Frederick Herring, Brad Matthew Johnson, Jeffrey John Smith
  • Patent number: 11237262
    Abstract: Systems and methods to use radar systems for radio frequency identification (RFID) applications. The radar systems can be adapted to use RFID communications protocols and methods to enhance the usefulness of radar systems beyond the determination of the presence, distance, direction and/or speed of a vehicle or object, to additionally include the transmission of data such as object identification and additional messages or data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Tuttle
  • Patent number: 11233975
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing technology that makes it possible to perform verification for the purposes of distribution management, authenticity assessment, and the like of merchandise without building an RFID chip into each of a plurality of fasteners. The present invention is characterized in that image characteristics of a component of a product to be verified are acquired and the product to be verified is verified on the basis of the acquired image characteristics of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rui Ishiyama, Toru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11230390
    Abstract: An airport baggage recording system. The airport baggage recording system comprises a telescopic robotic arm that loads airport baggage. The robotic arm has one end connected to an upright by a pivot and a second end connected to a disc. A radio frequency identification (RFID) reader is located in the disc that reads RFID tags on the airport baggage when the airport baggage is placed on the disc during loading. Another RFID reader is located on the pivot that reads the RFID tags on the airport baggage when the airport baggage is placed on the disc during loading. The RFID reader in the disc and the RFID reader on the pivot both read the RFID tags on the airport baggage to prevent errors in reading the RFID tags on the airport baggage during loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: E-Business Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Ngok Hon Yim, Kam Hing Lee, Man Chung Chan
  • Patent number: 11232343
    Abstract: RFID devices are provided for use in combination with a food item or other temperature-sensitive item. The RFID devices include an RFID chip and an antenna electrically coupled to the RFID chip, along with a temperature-sensitive member. The temperature-sensitive member is configured to be in a first condition below a selected temperature and a second condition above the selected temperature to signify that the RFID device and associated food item or other temperature-sensitive item have been exposed to a temperature above the selected temperature. The temperature-sensitive member may be incorporated into the antenna to render the antenna at least partially inoperative above the selected temperature. The temperature-sensitive member may instead be configured to exhibit different colors below and above the selected temperature, or a single RFID device may include both types of temperature-sensitive members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Retail Information Services, LLC
    Inventor: Mark W. Roth
  • Patent number: 11232861
    Abstract: Systems and methods for display of information for clinical use. The method is executable by a processor of a computer system and comprises: (i) receiving data, by the processor, from a communication network comprising: a first reader, a second reader and a wireless sensor network (WSN) router, (ii) based on the received data, determining at least one of a position and an orientation of a given element of the plurality of elements, (iii) in response to the determined at least one of the position and the orientation, causing to be displayed, on a display communicatively coupled to the computer system, predetermined information associated with the determined at least one of a position and an orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: ARGOS HEALTH INC.
    Inventors: Bardia Barimani, Vic Caruso, Adam Hart, Carl Laverdiere, Michael Tanzer, Robert Young
  • Patent number: 11225349
    Abstract: A recycling device includes a main body, an input module, an identification module, a detection module, a packaging module, and a storage module. The input module includes at least one input port for depositing a waste product of one type. The identification module identifies the deposited waste product and determines whether the type of the deposited waste product matches the corresponding input port. The detection module detects a purity of the deposited waste product when the type of the deposited waste product matches the corresponding input port. The packaging module packages the deposited waste product when the purity of the deposited waste product is qualified. The storage module stores the deposited waste product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Shenzhen Jingjiang Yunchuang Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xue-Qin Zhang
  • Patent number: 11216624
    Abstract: The invention relates to local positioning and more particularly to methods of searching and registering tags in a local positioning system. A method of registering tags in a local positioning system is provided. Registering is performed in near-field mode. Tag stores identifying data of the local positioning system. Positioning unit stores identifying data of the tag. Furthermore, a method of searching a tag registered in a local positioning system is provided. Positioning units send address search packets into the space of the local positioning system. Desired tag responds with a positioning pulse. There is also provided a method of searching identifying data of a tag not registered in a local positioning system. Positioning units send broadcast search packets into the space of the local positioning system. Bisection method is used to detect identifying data of the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dmitry Sergeevich Zarshchikov, Andrey Vladimirovich Kletsov, Alexander Gennadevich Chernokalov, Vyacheslav Vasilevich Tyrtov
  • Patent number: 11216776
    Abstract: System (10), method and device (12) for processing a transaction, particularly for supply chain management, more particularly for managing the supply chain of goods, for example, pharmaceutical products. The method for processing a supply chain transaction via a transaction device (12) includes the steps of: obtaining an identifier of an operator handling a product; authenticating at least the operator; obtaining an identifier of the product using a product identifying component associated with the transaction device (12); and updating a record to associate the identifier of the operator with the identifier of the product and optionally additional information. The method further requires that i) the product identifying component (26) is activated post operator authentication; and/or ii) at least the identifier of the operator and the identifier of the product are obtainable within a predefined transaction time interval, outside of which the transaction is operably cancelled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventor: Charles Christian Bedford
  • Patent number: 11210644
    Abstract: A self-service POS terminal device comprises a first antenna and a second antenna, and reads, via each of the first antenna and the second antenna, commodity-related information stored in IC tags of commodities. The first antenna is positioned at a position for reading the IC tags of the commodities loaded in a shopping basket at a prescribed position, and forms a first reading area. The second antenna is positioned at a position for reading the IC tags of the commodities taken out from the shopping basket at the prescribed position and put into a shopping bag, and forms a second reading area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hayato Mikami, Satoru Sugiyama, Akihisa Iwata, Motohisa Watanabe, Misako Motohashi, Takuro Nagano
  • Patent number: 11210646
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a product management apparatus specifies a to-be-purchased product. The product management apparatus measures, where the specified product is a time-sensitive product, an elapsed time since the to-be-purchased product has been specified. The product management apparatus issues a notification in accordance with the measured elapsed time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Marumo
  • Patent number: 11202456
    Abstract: A food item freshness notification system may include a remote device and a gas sensor configured to sense gas adjacent the food item and generate food item freshness data related thereto. The food item freshness notification system may also include a food item freshness server configured to obtain the food item freshness data from the gas sensor and determine a freshness level for the food item based upon the food item freshness data. The food item freshness server may also be configured to communicate a notification to the remote device based upon the freshness level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: INMAR CLEARING, INC.
    Inventor: Alise Raak
  • Patent number: 11196458
    Abstract: A reading device includes an antenna, a data storage unit, and a controller. The antenna is configured to receive tag information from RFID tags attached to objects in a receiving range. The data storage unit stores an object ID in association with a predetermined total number of RFID tags on an object corresponding to the object ID. The controller is configured to start a reading operation in which the antenna emits radio waves and receives tag information from the RFID tags. The controller counts the number of RFID tags associated with the object ID according to the tag information received during the reading operation. The counted number is compared to the predetermined total number associated with the object ID, and the controller controls a timing for terminating the reading operation based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Wataru Sakurai