Inventory Patents (Class 235/385)
  • Patent number: 10254847
    Abstract: Described is a system and technique for providing the ability for a user to interact with one or more devices by performing gestures that mimic real-world physical analogies. More specifically, the techniques described herein provide the ability for a user to interact with a device by limiting the conscious gesturing for a computer component by camouflaging computer-recognizable gestures within manipulations of a physical objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Alejandro Jose Kauffmann, Christian Plagemann
  • Patent number: 10248948
    Abstract: A method for providing interaction information, such as, for example, settlement information, by which a device provides the settlement information to a counterpart device, includes displaying an image which relates to an item to be used for performing the interaction, such as, for example, a credit card image of a credit card of a user of the device, on a lock screen of the device, and receiving a touch input from the user with respect to the credit card image. In the method, settlement information which corresponds to the touched credit card image is used for performing a settlement via the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bo-seok Moon, Hee-won Jung
  • Patent number: 10251170
    Abstract: There is provided a management server including a holding unit for holding a location/frequency list in which location information and frequency information are associated, a list creation unit for creating an available frequency list by extracting, from the location/frequency list, frequency information corresponding to location information received from a base station, and a list transmission unit for transmitting the available frequency list created by the list creation unit to the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichiro Tsuda
  • Patent number: 10248112
    Abstract: A system includes an article supply location, wherein the article supply location includes a plurality of articles to be sorted, first and second transport vehicles, each having a first position in which an article is stowed about the vehicle and a second position in which the article is deposited into a proximal container. And a control system. The control system is configured to receive an order for a plurality of disparate articles, determine one destination container of a plurality of destination containers to direct the transport vehicle to deposit a selected article, direct the first transport vehicle to transport a selected article to the destination container and deposit the article by manipulation of the first transport vehicle from the first position to the second position for deposit of the selected article in the destination container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Tompkins International
    Inventors: Jianqiang Zhu, Juejing Xu, John C. Spain, Michael C. Futch, James M. Serstad, Richard C. Kaminska, III, Selden W. McKnight, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10242304
    Abstract: A contactless data carrier which is adapted to be disposed in a receiving portion of an object connection device includes a base and a tag member. The base is adapted to be tucked into the receiving portion, and has a top and a bottom, which are opposite to each other. An outer peripheral surface of the base forms a plurality of annular projections arranged at regular intervals in a direction from the top toward the bottom. An outer peripheral surface of each of the annular projections is adapted to abut against an inner surface of the receiving portion. The tag member disposed at the base is stored with data relative to the object connection device to be read in a contactless manner by a reading device and the outer peripheral surface of the base could allow the contactless data carrier to be firmly tucked into the receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: YOKE INDUSTRIAL CORP.
    Inventor: Rong-Der Hong
  • Patent number: 10235116
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a code information acquisition unit that acquires code information indicated by a code image, and a print data generation unit that generates print data based on related information extracted based on the code information acquired by the code information acquisition unit from a database in which the code information and the related information are stored in association with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10228458
    Abstract: A code reading method and a radar system using a short-range millimeter wave (mmWave) radar are provided. The method includes transmitting a mmWave radar signal to a target object from a radar system and receiving a reflection wave signal reflected on the target object, extracting reflection signal strengths for a plurality of line codes constituting the target object from the reflection wave signal, compensating for the reflection signal strengths considering a difference in antenna gain between the plurality of line codes as per an antenna radiation pattern of the radar system, forming a radar image using the compensated reflection signal strengths, and reading a binary code from the radar image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joo-Sung Park, Ki-Taek Bae, Dae-Hyun Kim, Seung-Ku Han, Tae-Sik Yang, Sang-Hyun Chang
  • Patent number: 10219111
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system to facilitate the identification of geo-cells, and the distribution of media content. A visitation tracking system is configured to retrieve location data from a client device, identify a geo-cell from among a set of geo-cells based on the location data, access a database that comprises media content associated with one or more physical location within the geo-cell, ranking a first media content among the media content, and loading the first media content at the client device based on the ranking, according to certain example embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Xueyin Chen, Mehrdad Jahangiri
  • Patent number: 10217307
    Abstract: The instant application describes an inventory control system including an object storage device including a drawer or a tray for housing objects; a sensing device configured to acquire an image including information about the objects stored in the object storage device; an interface circuitry in communication with the sensing device and configured to generate object data based on the image acquired by the sensing device; and a processor configured to provide an integrated network access and transmit the object data across a network using a Web Service as defined by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Web Service being a data link interface between the inventory control system and a remote system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SNAP-ON INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Preston Phillips, David C. Fly, Matthew J. Lipsey, Joseph Chwan, Jr., Frederick J. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10207869
    Abstract: A warehouse management system (102), an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) (106), and a handheld device (HHD) (108) consolidate orders at a warehouse received from users. A first percentage of orders may be consolidated from at least one regular zone of the warehouse within a predetermined time period. A second percentage of the orders may be consolidated from a manual zone of the warehouse when the first percentage of the orders cannot be consolidated within the predetermined time period Further, a remaining or a third percentage of the orders may be consolidated from the at least one regular zone or the manual zone in a next iteration of the AMR (106) when at least one item of the plurality of orders is not available in the warehouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: THE HI-TECH ROBOTIC SYSTEMZ LTD
    Inventors: Anuj Kapuria, Ritukar Vijay, Fahad Munawar Azad, Kvn Pradyot
  • Patent number: 10210474
    Abstract: Systems, according to various embodiments, are adapted to use any of a variety of different techniques to identify an individual. In particular embodiments, the system is adapted to, at least partially in response to confirming the identity of a consignee of a parcel, provide the consignee with access to a parcel stored within a secured locker. In particular embodiments, the system may use the current or past location of the consignee, or information from one or more objects physically associated with the consignee (e.g., a portable computing device or an electronic or paper info notice) to verify the consignee's identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kalin Robinson, David Carder, Robert J. Gillen
  • Patent number: 10204252
    Abstract: An indicia reader system includes: an indicia reader for reading symbol indicia and producing a symbol signal representative of the symbol indicia, the indicia reader capable of transferring and receiving data formatted in a plurality of protocols; a controller capable of transferring and receiving data formatted in a plurality of protocols; and, a translation interface for translating data from the controller which is in a first protocol to a second protocol for receipt by the indicia reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Pasik, James S. Ledwith, Joseph Walczyk, Barry H. Keys, Dennis H. Cudzillo
  • Patent number: 10198676
    Abstract: What is provided is a system and methods for more quickly, accurately, and efficiently collecting, tracking, and transmitting sample collection data and information. Specifically, this involves the generation of printed labels in the field comprising labels with barcodes corresponding to specific sample collection data and information. The labels are printed at the location of the sampling and applied on the outside of sample collection devices, such as bottles and coolers, for transport to desired environmental facilities. Each bar code is associated with a unique record number in the Electronic Chain of Custody (ECOC), corresponding to a specific sample. The collection information and data corresponding to the samples are automatically populated to databases in sample testing facilities upon scanning the barcodes. The ECOC is electronically transmitted to sample testing facilities prior to the arrival of the samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SampleServe, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Russell Schindler, III
  • Patent number: 10192198
    Abstract: Use of a blockchain distributed ledger to manage tracking code and physical article lifecycle. A first peer generates a cryptographic key for each of a plurality of peers, each key enabling a peer to access the distributed ledger. The first peer also generates a plurality of tracking codes and inserts first block(s) onto the distributed ledger that initiate a lifecycle for each code and make each code visible to the peers. A second peer imprints each code onto a corresponding physical article, inserts second block(s) onto the distributed ledger recording this imprinting, and inserts third block(s) onto the distributed ledger indicating that custody of the tracking codes has been transferred to a third peer. The third peer inserts fourth block(s) onto the distributed ledger indicating that receipt of custody of the tracking codes and their corresponding physical articles from the second peer has been confirmed by the third peer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HURU SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Ian A. Nazzari, Paul Eipper
  • Patent number: 10192082
    Abstract: Provided is a tag system for providing status data of a device, which provides status data of a device using a uniform resource locator (URL) through a tag to a terminal and allows the terminal to provide the status data of a device in the form of a web browser in conjunction with a web server. According to the present invention, data of a device can be immediately checked through a mobile terminal without installing a dedicated application. Particularly, in the case of a device lacking a network or monitoring function, such a device can operate as an Internet of things (IoT) device via a terminal by applying a tag according to the present invention. Through application of the present invention, the remaining amount of a replaceable battery used for a drone, a camera, or the like or an auxiliary battery used for a smartphone can be measured, and a status of a control device installed in a production facility lacking a monitoring system can be checked on the spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: palmCLOUD Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young Suck Park
  • Patent number: 10191139
    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: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ISOLYNX, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas J. DeAngelis, Gerard M. Reilly, Kirk M. Sigel, Edward G. Evansen
  • Patent number: 10192586
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an information entry method and a corresponding device. The method comprises: step a): acquiring in real-time motion data from a user companion device; step b): determining whether the device changes from a first motion status to a second motion status based on the motion data; if so, activating a recording module of the device; step c): recording in real-time the user's voice input through the recording module; step d): stopping recording according to a preset voice instruction of stopping recording. The method and device can address a need of information entry in the following scenario: when a user incidentally wants to record some audios during running or trotting, the device may quickly activate its own recording module based on the acquired motion data so as to enter information in an audio manner, without performing a touch operation on the companion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HUIZHOU UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Zhaoquan Cai, Song Hu, Hui Hu, Yingxue Cai, Jia Chen
  • Patent number: 10181109
    Abstract: An apparatus, including a shipment conveyance device, wherein the shipment conveyance device is a shipping container, pallet, or piece of luggage; a receiver; a global positioning device which is located in, on, or at, the shipment conveyance device and 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, wherein the request for information is automatically received by the receiver, wherein the message contains information regarding a position or location of the shipment conveyance device; and a transmitter which is located in, on, or at, the shipment conveyance device and 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: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: GTJ VENTURES, LLC
    Inventor: Raymond Anthony Joao
  • Patent number: 10176677
    Abstract: Method, computer program product, and system to facilitate an audit of a checkout transaction, where the checkout transaction is associated with a virtual transaction record reflecting interactions of a person with a first set of one or more items of a plurality of items within an environment. The method includes acquiring image information including a shopping receptacle associated with the checkout transaction, and identifying a second set of one or more items of the plurality of items that are included in the shopping receptacle using the acquired image information. The method further includes comparing the first and second sets of items, and determining, based on the comparison, whether to perform an audit of the checkout transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Dean Frederick Herring, Brad Matthew Johnson, Adrian Xavier Rodriguez, Ankit Singh, Jeffrey John Smith
  • Patent number: 10176449
    Abstract: This disclosure describes the establishment, use and adjustment of timeout durations for individual RFID tags. Each RFID tag within an inventory system has a timeout duration that is based at least in part on a time duration between receipts of a RFID tag identifier associated with the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Joel Krohn, Steven Augustine Wilson, Kun Qian, Wyatt David Camp, Sridhar Boyapati, Dilip Kumar
  • Patent number: 10163318
    Abstract: A system for detecting placement or misplacement of an object, comprising: a wireless tag; a first set of instructions which cause a first electronic device (“FED”) associated with the tag to automatically detect signals from the tag, determine a position of the FED, transmit the position and status to an external electronic device (“EED”) in response to the status indicating that the tag and the FED are within a predetermined range, and transmit the position and status to the EED in response to the status indicating that the tag and the FED are outside of the predetermined range; a second set of instructions which cause a second electronic device (“SED”) that is unassociated with the tag to automatically detect signals from the tag, determine a position of the SED, determine an identifier for the tag using the signals, and transmit the position and the identifier to the EED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Linquet Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Pooya H. Kazerouni
  • Patent number: 10157303
    Abstract: Systems and methods for product reader control are described. In various aspects, the product reader control is enhanced with image sensor(s) for steering product reader(s) to determine product attributes associated with scanned products. The product reader control system and methods may capture, with the image sensor(s), one or more images associated with a product. The product may have a product identifier and the product may be located within an onsite venue. Based on the detection of the product identifier in the image(s), a first product reader may be steered in a direction of the product, where the first product reader is located within the onsite venue with the product. The first product reader may scan the product such that the scanning determines at least one attribute associated with the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard J. Lavery, Thomas E. Wulff, Rehan K. Jaffri, Sean Connolly, David Bellows, Sean D. Marvel, Russell Calvarese, Marco P. Orlassino
  • Patent number: 10157337
    Abstract: Embodiments presented herein describe an RFID system for detecting RFID tags in order to track inventory such as a pallet or individual packages. The RFID system includes at least one portal located in an inventory transport area. For example, the portal may be disposed at or near a dock door in a warehouse in order to detect when an RFID tag (and the corresponding inventory) passes through the door—e.g., when the inventory is loaded onto a truck. In one embodiment, the portal defines at least two RFID detection regions. For example, the portal may generate a RFID sensing region and a RFID read region. In one embodiment, a wide beam antenna generates the RFID sensing region while a narrow beam antenna generates the RFID read region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Oleg Kantor, David Bruce McCalib, Jr., Tak Keung Joseph Lui
  • Patent number: 10152688
    Abstract: An apparatus tracks medical items through various transition points in a medical facility and maintains a chain of custody for each item through each transition point, indicating who is responsible for each item at any particular time. The apparatus also generates messages directed to various medical facility personnel who are responsible for the medical items at the various transition points, which messages prompt the personnel to take appropriate action with regard to the medical items depending on the particular transition point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: DeRoyal Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. DeBusk, Mary E. Kaylor, Gerald T. Griffith, Timothy J. Waggoner, Jeffrey D. Griffith, Angela M. Sewell, John G. Jacobs, Rex A. Hurd
  • Patent number: 10146968
    Abstract: A reading apparatus includes a control unit and an interface through which the control unit transmits an output request to an electronic tag and receives tag information output from the electronic tag in response to the output request. The control unit is configured to read the tag information received by the reception unit and extract an identifying code from the tag information, store the identifying code in association with a number corresponding to a total number of times tag information including the identifying code has been read by the controller in response to the output request, and output a stored identifying code or information associated with the stored identifying code if the number associated with the stored identifying code meets or exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shigeaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10138060
    Abstract: A system to select and reposition inventory items on one or more shelving units is disclosed. The system can include a robotic positioning system (RPS) to move inventory items on a shelf to the front of the shelf, or off the shelf, to facilitate selection, delivery, and restocking of the inventory item. The RPS can include a movement system to enable it to position itself behind a particular inventory item on a shelf. The RPS can also include a positioner to enable the RPS to move the inventory item backward and forward on the shelf. The RPS can be mounted on a free-standing frame to enable movement in two axes and repositioning of inventory items in a third axis. The RPS can also be centrally mounted in a shelving unit and can move vertically and rotate about a single axis to reposition inventory items radially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Srikanth Mantha, John Elias Darrow, Darren Ernest Canavor
  • Patent number: 10138023
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for incorporating a wireless device into a plastic container as part of the steps of manufacturing the container. The plastic container can be a flexible plastic bag and are formed of one or more sheets, generally two or more sheets of plastic film or a rigid plastic container such as a tub or tote. The bags are formed by sealing together adjacent edge portions of each film layer. One embodiment of the present invention is to incorporate a wireless device between the edge portions of the film(s) before or during sealing so that the wireless device becomes permanently sealed into the film material but is isolated from both the bag interior and the outside environment. Another embodiment is to incorporate the wireless device onto or into a plastic component that is sealed to the container, such as a nipple or port, so that the wireless device becomes permanently sealed to the container but is isolated from both the container interior and the outside environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Burke, David DeCoste
  • Patent number: 10140589
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of sorting products at a retail sales facility include receiving identifying information associated with a product at the retail sales facility using an inventory management electronic device, obtaining a demand for the product from a time products identical to the product were delivered to the retail sales facility, calculating whether the demand for the product supports moving the product onto a sales floor of the retail sales facility or storing the product in a stock room of the retail sales facility, determining a characteristic for the product, and outputting, when the demand supports storing the product in the stock room, an indication to a worker at the retail sales facility that the product is to be stored in the stock room at a location selected based on the determined characteristic for the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew A. Jones, Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor, Marc A. Fletter, Daniel R. Shields
  • Patent number: 10132547
    Abstract: A refrigerating device includes a camera module for capturing a first digital image with markings in the interior of the refrigerating device. The refrigerating device includes a processing device which is configured to convert the first digital image into a second digital image on the basis of the captured markings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen Grimminger, Stephan Kempfle, Hans Peter Werner, Gerhard Wetzel
  • Patent number: 10132917
    Abstract: A position location system is described for determining position of mobile tags attached to assets or people. Zone tags are installed in the venue to assist in position location estimation of mobile Tags. One embodiment describes systems and methods for the zone tags to automatically determine their position location. Another embodiment describes systems and methods to detect that a zone tag has been moved and to determine the new position of the moved zone tags. Another embodiment describes systems and methods whereby mobile tags determine a list of zone tags with which to make range measurement for determining the mobile tag's position location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Bridgewest Finance LLC
    Inventors: Ahmad Jalali, Dhinakar Randakrishnan, Mehran Baghaei
  • Patent number: 10123734
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are devices, methods and systems for monitoring and detection of pressure on a part of a body of a user. In an embodiment, a device includes a substrate having a contact surface for contacting a user, one or more sacs associated with the contact surface of the substrate, and one or more sensors in communication with the one or more sacs, the one or more sensors adapted to measure changes in pressure in the one or more sacs. The sacs contain a fluidic material configured to transmit pressure. The fluidic material is further configured to be shock-absorbing and pressure-relieving such that the fluidic material is displaceable by an action of the user contacting the contact surface causing the pressure in the fluidic material to be redistributed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: REQBO APS
    Inventors: Jesper Fleischer, Anders Geert Jensen
  • Patent number: 10128912
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to efficient near field communication (NFC) tag detection and related methods. In accordance with one example, there is provided a method of communication between a mobile wireless communications device and near field communication (NFC) tags, comprising: polling for NFC devices at a default rate; detecting an NFC tag in response to the polling at the default rate; when the detected NFC tag was previously detected a first threshold number of times within a first threshold duration, polling for NFC devices at a reduced polling rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: J. David Hagedorn
  • Patent number: 10121037
    Abstract: A system controlled responsive at least in part to data read from data bearing records is operative to cause vehicle repair parts to be determined and furnished. Data read by a reader from a tag associated with a damaged 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 parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: OEConnection LLC
    Inventors: Igor Bondarenko, Scott Morman, Mike Folk, Guillermo Lopez, Sarah Truman, Katherine Golden
  • Patent number: 10122736
    Abstract: Systems and methods can support identifying radio transmissions associated with autonomous or remote-controlled vehicles. Radio frequency signals may be received using one or more sensors, wherein the sensors comprise radio receivers. Radio frequency fingerprints may be identified within one or more of the radio frequency signals, wherein the radio frequency fingerprints comprise radio signal characteristics or radio hardware identifiers. A stored radio frequency fingerprint may be determined as matching the received radio frequency fingerprint. A motion characteristic may be computed. The received radio frequency fingerprint may be associated with an autonomous or remote-controlled vehicle based upon the stored radio frequency fingerprint or the motion characteristic. Information regarding the identified autonomous or remote-controlled vehicle may be presenting to one or more operator interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Bastille Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert John Baxley, Christopher Jay Rouland
  • Patent number: 10121164
    Abstract: If a customer has picked up a product from a display shelf, a display device displays first sales promotion information. In an information providing system, if the customer has not been attracted to the product and has returned the product to the display shelf, the display device displays second sales promotion information, which is different from the first sales promotion information. By displaying the different pieces of sales promotion information using the display device provided near the product, it is possible to promote the product to the customer in two different ways, thereby stimulating the customer's desire to buy the product and reducing loss in opportunities to sell the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideshi Aoki, Yoshito Nakanishi, Yuichi Aoki
  • Patent number: 10114989
    Abstract: An RFID reading apparatus (18) for bin occupancy recognition in a shelf (10) is provided having at least one antenna (16), an RF transceiver (20) connected to the antenna (16), a control and evaluation unit (22) that is configured to communicate with an RFID transponder (24) by means of RFID signals via the RF transceiver (20) and the antenna (16), and having at least one additional sensor (24) for detecting objects at or in the shelf (10). In this respect, the control and evaluation unit (22) is configured to recognize and locally associate changes of the bin occupancy from a combination of information of the antenna (16) and information of the additional sensor (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventors: Michael Fislage, Alexander Guenther
  • Patent number: 10095495
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatic generation of software for controller-based devices in a group is provided. The method comprises receiving, for a controller-based device from a plurality of controller-based devices displayed on a graphical user interface (GUI) on a user device, a selection of a controller type, a communication protocol to be used for communicating with another controller-based device in a group of controller-based devices, the group comprising the plurality of controller-based devices, and a function to be performed based on a remote call from the controller-based device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ciambella Ltd.
    Inventors: Jean-Baptiste Leonelli, Trisala Chandaria
  • Patent number: 10089803
    Abstract: An integrated security system which seamlessly assimilates with current generation logical security systems. The integrated security system incorporates a security controller having standard network interface capabilities including IEEE 802.x and takes advantage of the convenience and security offered by smart cards and related devices for both physical and logical security purposes. The invention is based on standard remote authentication dial-in service (RADIUS) protocols or TCP/IP using SSL, TLS, PCT or IPsec and stores a shared secret required by the secure communication protocols in a secure access module coupled to the security controller. The security controller is intended to be a networked client or embedded intelligent device controlled remotely by to an authentication server. In another embodiment of the invention one or more life cycle management transactions are performed with the secure access module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Dominique Louis Joseph Fedronic, Wu Wen
  • Patent number: 10078926
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining, from a first device, first device identification information for identifying the first device; storing, in a memory, operation instruction information including second device identification information for identifying a second device to be inspected and operation record information including a result of inspection of the second device, the operation record information being created at a time of inspection of the second device; and making the operation record information stored in the memory editable in a case where the obtained first device identification information and the second device identification information included in the operation instruction information match each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Sugishita, Akihiro Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10078815
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of locating overstock items at a retail sales facility include receiving data when a worker of the retail sales facility scans a product case containing a product using an inventory management electronic device including a processor; obtaining at least one inventory management factor associated with the product; estimating whether the product is to be picked by the worker from a storage bin at a stock room location while packed in the product case or after being removed from the product case; and outputting, based on the estimating step, an indication to the worker either that the product is to be picked from the storage bin without being removed from the product case, or that the product is to be picked from the storage bin after being removed from the product case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew A. Jones, Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor, Marc A. Fletter, Daniel R. Shields
  • Patent number: 10073992
    Abstract: These teachings generally comprise interrogating RFID tags and receiving corresponding responses from various ones of these RFID tags while also receiving, from a remote source, surrogate response corresponding to at least some of the plurality of RFID tags that are not responding to the current interrogation. A corresponding plurality of end user-perceivable indications as correspond to both the responses from various ones of the plurality of RFID tags and the aforementioned surrogate responses are then provided to thereby ultimately inform an end user of the RFID tag reader with respect to a corresponding reading state as regards the plurality of RFID tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Jarrod Lee Bourlon, Alvin Scott Taulbee, Bruce W. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10074072
    Abstract: Apparatus and method to facilitate determination of item locations are disclosed herein. One or more storage medium to store a plurality of initial tag to item holder mappings that define associations between select ones of a plurality of tags associated with items to select ones of a plurality of item holders that hold the items; one or more processors; and read rate and match modules to be executed by the one or more processors may be provided. The read rate module is to generate a current detection rate by one or more antennas for each tag identified in a plurality of filtered current tag to antenna mappings. The match module is to determine at least one item holder at which each respective tag identified in the plurality of filtered current tag to antenna mappings is most likely to be currently located to provide a location of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Wu, Addicam V. Sanjay, Daniel Gutwein
  • Patent number: 10074121
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes monitoring an action of an individual or a certain consumer and maintaining a database stored in a memory personal to the consumer. The database can have an indication of preferences of the consumer and a purchase history of the individual consumer. The database can be based on the monitored action of the consumer. The method can further include providing a suggested product to the consumer based on the maintained database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: DASSAULT SYSTEMES
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Grimaud, William Martin
  • Patent number: 10071916
    Abstract: A bottle cap having an integrated circuit wherein a frequency can be transmitted to structure water. When the bottle cap is twisted open, a current is created in the circuit strip and the RF chip transmits a predetermined frequency. Particular predetermined frequencies are known to affect the structure of water contained in the bottle, specifically to a healthy hexagonal structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Salman Sajid, Gualberto Lozano
  • Patent number: 10073997
    Abstract: A method for filtering scanned objects displayed on a reader is provided. The reader may scan one or more transponders, and obtain, from a database, an image for each scanned transponder. Each transponder may be associated with an object (e.g., an item of retail inventory). The obtained image for each object may be presented on an interface, and a selection of an object category may be received using the obtained images. A determination may be made as to which objects are associated with the selected object category. A display screen may display data associated with only the objects associated with the selected object category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Vargas, Tom Plocher, Sriharsha Putrevu, Ynjiun Wang
  • Patent number: 10074075
    Abstract: Embodiments include a computer-implemented management platform for securely generating tracking codes, and for verifiably imprinting those tracking codes onto physical articles. In an embodiment, one or more hardware processors generate tracking code(s) and send the tracking code(s) towards an automated computer-controlled production line, and which physically imprint each tracking codes onto a corresponding article, and physically verify the physical imprinting. If a tracking code was correctly imprinted on its corresponding article, one or more records are recorded in a durable storage medium, which indicate that the tracking code imprinted on an article. If a tracking code was incorrectly imprinted on its corresponding article, the factory line physically rejects the corresponding article. Embodiments also include the computer-implemented management platform securely managing those physical articles throughout their lifecycle, based on the securely-generated and verifiably-imprinted tracking codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HURU SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Ian A. Nazzari, Paul Eipper
  • Patent number: 10070248
    Abstract: A motion sensing device includes an attachment mechanism configured to quickly and easily attach to an object, a motion detector configured to detect motion of the object, a short-range wireless communication component configured to communicate motion information related to the detected motion, and an indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: STILLA, INC.
    Inventor: Elin Elkehag
  • Patent number: 10068197
    Abstract: A method is described that involves providing a persisted quantity for a time series time interval to a first transaction, then, providing the same persisted quantity to a second transaction that operates in parallel with the first transaction. The second transaction is not permitted to change the persisted quantity. The method also involves replacing the persisted quantity with a second persisted quantity within the time series. The second persisted quantity is determined by the first transaction. The method also involves writing a persisted quantity change for the time series time interval. The persisted quantity change is determined by the second transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Andrei Suvernev, Thorsten Glebe, Volkmar Soehner, Daniel Booss
  • Patent number: 10062257
    Abstract: An intelligent display system and method is disclosed. The intelligent display system at least includes an intelligent display cabinet and a server connected with the intelligent display cabinet; the intelligent display cabinet including a plurality of shelf units for placing therein display products, each of the shelf units including: a control module connected with the server; a product-sensing module connected with the control module for sensing the putting in and taking out of the display products and obtaining information on the display products; an electronic lock connected with the control module for opening or closing of a cabinet door of each shelf unit according to a command of the control module; and a display screen provided on the cabinet door of each shelf unit and connected with the control module. The intelligent display cabinet can realize unattended store, satisfy user's experience, and lower running cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Shenzhen Wale Intelligent System Limited
    Inventor: Ching Ho Chau
  • Patent number: 10049236
    Abstract: A food item container that contains a food item may include one or more sensors that collect sensor data indicating a characteristic (e.g., temperature, humidity, pressure, orientation, etc.) associated with the food item. A delivery container that transports the food items within the food item container may also include one or more sensors that collect the sensor data. Based on the sensor data, a component of the food item container and/or the delivery container may maintain or adjust the characteristic. The one or more sensors of the delivery container may also detect an identifier associated with the food item container, which may indicate which food item containers (and corresponding food items) are included within each delivery container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashraf Alkarmi, Yenchao Chua, Edward Hon, Praveen Krishnan, Gustavo Eduardo Lopez, Scott Pardy, Ruslan Anatolyevich Polyanskiy, Pawan Lata Uppuluri, Evan Weiss, Gregory Forrest Wright