Inventory Patents (Class 235/385)
  • Patent number: 10657334
    Abstract: An RFID tag is provided with an RFID chip and an antenna and interactive switch electrically coupled to the RFID chip. When a user physically interacts with the switch (such as by pressing the switch with a finger), the antenna transmits an input signal to an RFID reader of an RFID-based control system. The RFID reader, in turn, transmits a control signal to an electronic device for controlling the device. The RFID tag may be incorporated into any of a number of devices, such as a keyboard or article of clothing, and can function to operate a variety of electronic devices, including audio-visual devices and gaming systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ian James Forster
  • Patent number: 10655967
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for hygiene device marker placement on a map interface, indoor locator system installation, and/or hygiene installation plan creation for hygiene devices. In an example, a map interface may be displayed on a client device of a user. The user may place and/or reposition hygiene device markers (e.g., a representation of a sanitizer dispenser within a department store building), locator beacon markers (e.g., a representation of a Bluetooth locator beacon marker of an indoor locator system installation for the department store building), and/or hygiene installation markers (e.g., a representation of a soap dispenser that is to be installed within the department store building) within the map interface (e.g., a depiction of the department store building). A marker may be repositioned within the map interface to an adjusted position that may be used to update GPS coordinates used to initially position the marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson William Wegelin, Patrick O'Keefe, Jr., Andrew Moore
  • Patent number: 10654323
    Abstract: A method and associated apparatus for uniquely identifying tyres for wheels of vehicles as part of wheel maintenance processes. The method envisages that a vehicle wheel is mounted on a support of a wheel maintenance apparatus, said wheel comprising a rim and a tyre. Moreover, a digital code is created to uniquely identify the tyre. Finally, via a marking system, preferably of the optical type, at least one marking is created on the surface of one side wall of the tyre of said wheel, corresponding to the previously created digital code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SNAP-ON EQUIPMENT S.R.L.
    Inventors: Pietro Azzari, Lillo Gucciardino, Paolo Sotgiu, Marco Tralli
  • Patent number: 10646304
    Abstract: An implant containing a structurally encoded region, the implant comprising an implant body defining adjacent first and second encoded regions, the first encoded region comprising a first series of shaped inclusions in a first pattern of relatively differing opacity figures, and the second encoded region comprising a second series of shaped inclusions in a second pattern of relatively differing opacity figures, the first and second encoded regions being disposed such that, when the first encoded region and second encoded regions are viewed by reading illumination from a position wherein the first pattern and second pattern overlap, a third pattern is revealed by the reading illumination, the third pattern being different than the first and second patterns, and comprising shape or surface characteristics representing structurally encoded data. The invention further comprises systems and methods of manufacturing, using and reading the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Brian Kieser, Thomas Zink, Nicholas M. Cordaro, Christopher Elkins
  • Patent number: 10647484
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device to measure the material level inside the container. The device includes a printed circuit board attached to the top of the cap of the container; a first sensor placed in between the printed circuit board and the cap for measuring the material level inside the container, further the first sensor generates sensing signal based on the material level; a battery placed on the printed circuit board; a battery holder for holding the battery on the printed circuit board; a controller connected to the printed circuit board for releasing reminding signals based on the analysis of the sensed signals, further the controller wirelessly communicates with the computing device; an output unit connected to the printed circuit board for releasing output signals on receiving reminding signals from the controller; and a housing unit connected to the cap of the container for housing the printed circuit board, the first sensor, the battery, the battery holder, the controller, and the output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: WaterIO Ltd.
    Inventor: Yakov Bentkovski
  • Patent number: 10641754
    Abstract: A credibility weight for each of a plurality of users is stored and is associated with a reliability of the user in accurately indicating whether the products have become spoiled. Images of a plurality of products at a retail store are received and electronically arranged in an organized pattern. The organized pattern is rendered onto selected ones of a plurality of display devices. Electronic choices from selected ones of the plurality of the users are received. Each of the electronic choices indicates for a selected one of the plurality of products whether the selected user believes the selected product has spoiled or has become unusable. A spoilage score for each product of the products is determined. A control signal is transmitted to a receiver circuit at the retail store instructing a human or robot to perform an investigation when the spoilage score exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Lewis, Nicholaus A. Jones, Matthew D. Biermann
  • Patent number: 10643176
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of updating perpetual inventory at a retail sales facility are described. After products are delivered to a retail sales facility, an electronic inventory management device receives electronic data indicating that a product has been delivered and calculates, based on at least one factor associated with the product, a delay period from a time of delivery of the product to the retail sales facility to a time for updating the perpetual inventory of products at the retail sales facility. After the calculated delay period elapses, the electronic inventory management device updates the perpetual inventory of the products at the retail sales facility in a product inventory database associated with the retail sales facility with information associated with the product delivered to the retail sales facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew A. Jones, Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10636265
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preventing the unauthorized removal of mobile processor-based devices from designated areas (e.g., inside of a shopping area). The system may utilize a beacon technology based on a low energy protocol to prevent unauthorized removal of the devices. An anti-theft beacon system which includes an RF beacon transmitter may be positioned proximate an exit of a designated area. Mobile processor-based devices detect beacon signals from the anti-theft beacon system. Responsive to such detection, a device determines that it has been removed from the designated area. The device may then perform one or more anti-theft actions, including operating as a beacon once removed from the designated area. An auxiliary power source may power a beacon of the mobile processor-based device when the mobile processor-based device has been removed from the designated area so that the beacon may still broadcast signals even when a primary power source is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Datalogic IP Tech, S.r.l.
    Inventor: Marco Bottazzi
  • Patent number: 10635869
    Abstract: There is provided a projection instruction device which generates a projection image to be projected on a parcel based on sensing information of the parcel, the device including: a processor; and a memory, in which by cooperating with the memory, the processor calculates a position at which the projection image is projected based on first time information corresponding to a time of sensing the parcel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takaaki Moriyama, Shohji Ohtsubo, Akihiro Suzuki, Takaaki Idera, Takeshi Ishihara
  • Patent number: 10635629
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a network interoperability device is provided, comprising a first interface configured to electrically couple to one or more inter-integrated circuit (I2C) devices via an I2C bus, a second interface configured to electrically couple to a data input port and a distinct data output port of a non-I2C transceiver, and a control circuit electrically coupled to the first and second interfaces and configured to control communication of an I2C frame between the I2C bus and the non-I2C transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Boris Yost
  • Patent number: 10628642
    Abstract: A wireless communicator-indicator for communicating with a management apparatus that manages progress in a picking operation includes: an indication unit that provides an indication for mating an operator recognize a position of a picking target item; a first wireless communication circuit that receives indication instruction information transmitted from the management apparatus by a radio wave, and records or outputs electronic information reflecting the indication instruction information with energy of the received radio wave; an operation accepting unit that accepts an operation relating to picking operation completion; a power supply circuit; a second wireless communication circuit that transmits picking operation completion information with power of the power supply circuit; and a controller that controls the indication unit to provide an indication on the basis of the electronic information, and controls the second wireless communication circuit to transmit the picking operation completion information o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takehide Matsumoto, Ryohei Takata, Kenta Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10621546
    Abstract: Described is an RFID-enabled medical item storage, organization, and/or tracking device, such as a cabinet or shelf, that includes a limited-range wireless network communication capability, such as low-energy Bluetooth or Zigbee, to communicate with nearby cabinets, shelves or mobile devices, any of which may serve as a communication aggregator to coordinate the communication of multiple cabinets, shelves and other devices with an inventory management system or other back-end computer system or other device via back haul wireless or wired networks (e.g., the Internet).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: WAVEMARK, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan John Wicks, Richard Eugene Leitermann, Jean-Claude Jacques Saghbini, Lars Rohrberg
  • Patent number: 10614274
    Abstract: Described in detail herein is an autonomous fulfillment system using RFID devices. One or more RFID readers can be disposed throughout a facility can detect RFID tags disposed on or about physical objects picked up by the autonomous robotic devices. The computing system can determine whether there is an error in the physical objects picked up by the autonomous robotic device based on the identifiers. The computing system can instruct the autonomous robotic device to resolve the error. RFID readers can be disposed with respect to storage containers can detect the RFID tags disposed on or about the storage containers and the RFID tags disposed on the physical objects deposited in the storage containers. The computing system determine whether there is an error with the physical objects deposited in the storage containers. The computing system can instruct the autonomous robotic devices to resolve the error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald High, David Winkle, Brian Gerard McHale, Todd Davenport Mattingly
  • Patent number: 10614415
    Abstract: Interposer assemblies may be inserted between a traditional shelf and traditional supports for the shelf. Each of the interposer assemblies may be configured to generate signals corresponding to changes in loading on the traditional shelf, and information regarding the changes may be determined to identify items placed onto or removed from the traditional shelf, and locations at which the items were placed or from which the items were removed. The interposer assemblies may include one or more load cells, such as strain-gage load cells, and analog signals generated by the load cells may be processed to determine a mass of an item placed on the shelf or removed therefrom. The item, and a location corresponding to the item, may be determined based on the mass and according to standard equilibrium procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Samuel De Bonet, Nicholas Charles McMahon, Jacob Alex Siegel
  • Patent number: 10607181
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for the generation and storage of data for manufactured items in a batch of manufactured items that reduces data storage requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: INEXTO SA
    Inventors: Steve Niquille, Patrick Chanez
  • Patent number: 10607292
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a process for a passenger to receive remuneration for baggage or luggage that is lost by an airline notwithstanding the contents of the baggage. The process charges a predetermined amount of coverage on a leg of an airline flight for the baggage notwithstanding the contents of the baggage, obtains information via any type of electronic medium from the airline and creates a physical receipt so that the amount of coverage can be obtained by the person covered after a certain period of time easily and without any further proof. The method includes waiting for a first fixed period of time for the airline to declare that the baggage is lost, and waiting for a second, fixed period of time that is longer in duration than the first, fixed period of time, to file a claim for the declared lost baggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Blue Ribbon Bags, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Levine, Gabriel Menkin, Don Yahalom
  • Patent number: 10600093
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enabling third parties, such as authorized vendors, to reconcile short-paid adjustment requests initiated by service providers such as, for example, the United States Postal Service, in response to customer non- or underpayment for services rendered. In an embodiment, a method includes the steps of storing a short-paid adjustment request from an initiator, identifying a source for the short-paid adjustment request, generating a request to a VBI meter system for a short-paid adjustment request based on the source identified, storing the VBI meter system response to the short-paid adjustment request, and generating a file to the initiator based on the VBI meter system response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Kirk Lane Wilson
  • Patent number: 10600311
    Abstract: There is provided an eyeglasses-type wearable terminal that causes a user to more reliably recognize the position of a predetermined object, which includes an image capturing unit that captures the periphery of the user. The eyeglasses-type wearable terminal also includes a determiner that determines whether a predetermined target object is included in a video acquired by image capturing using the image capturing unit. The eyeglasses-type wearable terminal further includes a display unit that displays the position of the predetermined target object in a case in which the determiner determines that the predetermined target object is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Kitada, Akira Kamei
  • Patent number: 10592309
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to using smart data to forecast and track dual stage events. A computing platform may receive, via the communication interface and from a user device, information indicating a dual stage event corresponding to an item. Thereafter, the computing platform may retrieve, from an external event data source and based on the information indicating the dual stage event, metadata corresponding to the dual stage event. Then, the computing platform may determine, based on the metadata corresponding to the dual stage event, a first value corresponding to the dual stage event. Subsequently, the computing platform may generate, based on the information indicating the dual stage event corresponding to the item, one or more commands directing a smart data server to determine a second value corresponding to the dual stage event. Next, the computing platform may transmit, to the smart data server, the one or more commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Manu Kurian, Sarah L. Hession-Krueger
  • Patent number: 10595272
    Abstract: The present invention provides an activation system information transmission method, apparatus, and device. The method includes: receiving, by UE, a first system message sent by a base station, where the first system message includes activation indication information and a change indication tag, the activation indication information is used to indicate whether a function indicated in an activation system message is activated, and the change indication tag is used to indicate whether scheduling information of the activation system message changes; obtaining, by the UE, first scheduling information of the activation system message according to the activation indication information and the change indication tag; and reading the activation system message according to the first scheduling information, and selecting, according to the activation indication information and the change indication tag, different manners to obtain the first scheduling information of the activation system message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yinghui Yu, Lei Liu, Nathan Edward Tenny
  • Patent number: 10571558
    Abstract: Systems and methods to use radar systems for radio frequency identification (RFID) applications. In one embodiment, radar systems are 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: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Tuttle
  • Patent number: 10565854
    Abstract: There is provided an eyeglasses-type wearable terminal that causes a user to more reliably recognize the position of a predetermined object, which includes an image capturing unit that captures the periphery of the user. The eyeglasses-type wearable terminal also includes a determiner that determines whether a predetermined target object is included in a video acquired by image capturing using the image capturing unit. The eyeglasses-type wearable terminal further includes a display unit that displays the position of the predetermined target object in a case in which the determiner determines that the predetermined target object is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Kitada, Akira Kamei
  • Patent number: 10551809
    Abstract: Techniques to facilitate identification of industrial equipment using micro-location services in an industrial automation environment are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, an identification signal is detected transmitted from a wireless transceiver associated with an asset of the industrial automation environment. The identification signal is processed to determine an identity of the asset. A level of proximity of the portable computing system to the wireless transceiver is detected. Information associated with the asset is retrieved based on the identity of the asset. The information associated with the asset is displayed on a display system of a computing system based on the level of proximity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel S. DeYoung, Matthew R. Ericsson, Douglas Reichard, Michael Ohlsen, Kenneth S. Plache
  • Patent number: 10552927
    Abstract: Luggage is scanned when placed on a luggage conveyor belt. The scanned information reported to a luggage manager. The luggage manager pushes individual customer luggage information directly to one or more of a digital signage or a mobile application of a mobile device operated by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Afrin Abdulkayyum Dange
  • Patent number: 10552880
    Abstract: A queue management method, system, and non-transitory computer readable medium, include a queue management system including a device recognition circuit configured to recognize when a user device enters a queuing zone, and place a user having the user device into a queue with a plurality of users, a user data retrieving circuit configured to retrieve at least one of cognitive data and contextual data of the user, and a queue managing circuit configured to analyze the contextual data and the cognitive data to create a queue property for each user of the plurality of users in the queue based on the analyzed contextual data and the analyzed cognitive data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Jeremy Adam Greenberger, James Robert Kozloski
  • Patent number: 10552794
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for monitoring status of goods in logistics process, including a power module, a main control module, a communication module, a status sensor, a terminal electronic device and a data center. The power module supplies power to the main control module, the communication module, and the status sensor, respectively. The status sensor detects the goods status information and transmits the goods status information to the main control module, the main control module then transmits the goods status information to the data center directly or indirectly via the communication module, and then the monitoring information is transmitted from the data center to the terminal electronic device. Finally, the monitoring information is displayed by the terminal electronic device, and the monitoring information is analyzed and processed by the data center. The status monitoring device can be repeatedly used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Ruoran Jia
  • Patent number: 10546271
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of estimating whether additional space for a product being binned is available on a sales floor include an electronic inventory management device configured to: receive an indication that a product is being placed into a storage bin after a determination that no space for the product is available in a primary display location of the product on the sales floor; obtain a demand for the product on the sales floor during a predetermined interval of time; retrieve at least one inventory position estimation factor associated with the product when the demand for the product during the predetermined interval of time is greater than zero; estimate whether the inventory position estimation factor supports a likelihood that the product is in a feature display location on the sales floor; and output an indication of possible space availability for the product on the feature display location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Aaron J. Vasgaard, Robert J. Taylor, Matthew A. Jones
  • Patent number: 10540728
    Abstract: A construction site status monitoring device comprising processing circuitry configured to generate a construction device availability request including an indicator of a device type, in response to an initiating event including an indicator of a device type, and receive a construction device availability response including location data and status information of at least one available construction device of the device type based on the construction device availability request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventor: Anders Erestam
  • Patent number: 10521554
    Abstract: A data harmonization system including a data harmonization server; and one or more client devices configured to communicate with the data harmonization server. The one or more client devices may have a processor configured to transform, using a template, medical data having a first format to transformed medical data having a second format, determine whether the transformed medical data is harmonized medical data or un-harmonized medical data based on the transformed medical data and a medical imaging standard, and send the transformed medical data to a data harmonization server, if the processor determines that the medical data is un-harmonized medical data. The medical data may have a vendor specific dialect of the medical imaging standard and the harmonized medical data may have a generic version of the medical imaging standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Lutz Dominick, Vladyslav Ukis
  • Patent number: 10510028
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided in order to utilize task value units for imaging interpretation and other tasks, such as in the assignment of imaging interpretation and other tasks to a plurality of users. In the context of a method, the method associates, for each of a plurality of different types of imaging interpretation tasks and for each of a plurality of other tasks, a first task value unit therewith. The method also associates, for at least some of the plurality of different types of imaging interpretation or other tasks, a second task value unit, different than the first task value unit, therewith. Further, the method assigns imaging interpretation and other tasks to a plurality of users based at least partially upon the first and second task value units associated with the respective imaging interpretation tasks and the other tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: CHANGE HEALTHCARE HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Eldon Wong, Albert Lai, Alexander Kouzin, Faisal Muslih, Gavin Wong, Laurie Bergeron, Raymond Chau
  • Patent number: 10503942
    Abstract: A system is provided for monitoring a data center that includes at least one rack cabinet configured to store at least one computing asset. The system includes a radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag attached to the computing asset, where the RFID tag stores inventory data related to the computing asset. The system also includes a plurality of tracking modules disposed inside of the rack cabinet without being physically attached to the computing asset. Each tracking module is adapted to monitor a condition inside of the rack cabinet. At least one of the plurality of tracking modules includes an RFID reader configured to communicate with the RFID tag to obtain the inventory data of the computing asset. The RFID tag and reader maintain a line of sight relative to each other inside of the rack cabinet to minimize metallic interference during communication therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FMR LLC
    Inventors: Bob Thurston, Michael Bailey, David Wyman, Stephen Singer, Marc Slater, Iosif Grigoryev, Cesar Arriaga, Luis Diaz, Nathan Barnfield
  • Patent number: 10504623
    Abstract: An orthopaedic surgical instrument system includes an orthopaedic surgical instrument tray and an orthopaedic surgical instrument that is configured to be positioned in the instrument tray. The orthopaedic surgical instrument system also includes a machine-readable optical label that is associated with the instrument. The system is configured to determine a duration of use of the instrument based on whether the machine-readable optical label is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Sherrod A. Woods, Cassidy A. Topel, Omari Gardner
  • Patent number: 10496954
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for dynamic, self-swarming smart tags. In one example, a system includes a plurality of smart tags each configured to be coupled to a respective component of a medical imaging system. Each smart tag of the plurality of smart tags is configured to broadcast identification information usable by other smart tags in order to dynamically form a family, the family formed based on the broadcast identification information matching stored identification information and further based on a proximity of each smart tag of the plurality of smart tags to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Sridhar Nuthi
  • Patent number: 10492798
    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: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Metzger
  • Patent number: 10489991
    Abstract: An engine-mounted component life cycle data tracking system is provided. The system includes a plurality of RFID tags positioned proximate to a different engine component, a communication module configured to read data from and write data to each RFID tag and a controller. The controller is configured to retrieve static data and repair data from each RFID tag wherein the static data includes identification information regarding the engine components and the repair data includes repair history information regarding the engine components. The aircraft-mounted controller is further configured to store the static data and the repair data in a database and provide dynamic data to the database wherein the dynamic data includes engine usage information, component usage information, and component fault information regarding the engine component. The controller is further configured to transmit the dynamic data regarding the engine component to each RFID tag for storage in the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Tim Griffith, Richard Cotter, Richard Douglas
  • Patent number: 10482413
    Abstract: A client-side data transfer tool may be used to encrypt customer data and store the encrypted data onto a shippable data storage device. The shippable storage device is provided to the client by a remote storage service provider for importing the customer data into the service provider. The data transfer tool receives client-keys from the service provider, separate from the shippable storage device. The data transfer tool generates keys to encrypt the customer data. The data transfer tool then uses the client-keys received from the service provider to encrypt the tool-generated keys. The encrypted data and the encrypted tool-generated keys are transferred onto the shippable storage device. Data transfer techniques may take into account characteristics of the data source and the data destination. For multiple shippable storage devices, data transfer may occur in parallel. The shippable storage device is then shipped back to the service provider, which imports the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Paterra, Firat Basarir
  • Patent number: 10482511
    Abstract: Systems and related methods facilitating interactions between a merchant device, a central system and a consumer device are discussed herein. Wallet identifying data may be used to secure messages between the consumer device and the merchant device over a wireless link. For example, the merchant device may include circuitry configured to wirelessly receive the wallet identifying data from a consumer device and to transmit the wallet identifying data to the central system. In response, consumer identifying data associated with the wallet identifying data may be received by the merchant device from the central system. In some embodiments, employee identifying data that identifies an employee may be associated with the consumer identifying data to facilitate consumer assistance and employee payment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Tuomas Artman, Jyri Engestrom, Ulf Schwekendiek
  • Patent number: 10475326
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting interaction between monitored individuals and unmonitored individuals is provided. The method includes at each monitored individual: identifying a short range wireless access point that is proximate to the monitored individual; first determining the location of the monitored individual when the identified short range wireless access point was detected; and uploading, from the monitored individual to a central monitoring location, data corresponding to the identified short range wireless access point and the location of the monitored individual when the short range wireless access point was detected. The method include at the central monitoring location: second determining whether: (a) the identified short range wireless access point is a mobile wireless access point; and (b) two or more of the monitored individuals encountered the identified short range wireless access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SATELLITE TRACKING OF PEOPLE LLC
    Inventor: David W. LeJeune, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10469989
    Abstract: A tracking system can provide intervention notifications to a user to notify the user that a tracking device is potentially lost or is in a predicted state. The tracking system may notify the user that a tracking device is potentially lost or in a predicted state based on a number of factors, including: a proximity of a tracking device to other tracking devices or a user's mobile device, a movement of a tracking device to more than a threshold distance away from a mobile device or other tracking devices, a location of a tracking device relative to a geographic location or to geographic boundaries, a usage or movement behavior of the tracking device, a usage or movement behavior of a user or owner of a tracking device, information received from an external source, or information received from sensors within the tracking device or a user's mobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Tile, Inc.
    Inventors: Guilherme de Barros Chapiewski, Melody Quintana, Mayank Kumar, Tyler Lettau, Wayne Patterson
  • Patent number: 10466713
    Abstract: Some embodiments efficiently locate and map item locations in a distribution site using robots and a set of markers that the robots can scan without cessation of movement. Some embodiments optimally position a robot for item retrieval or placement. The optimal position is determined by affine transform computation or feature mapping. The robot first aligns itself according to the expected item position as indicated by one or more of the markers. The alignment is determined based on size and orientation of the markers in images obtained using the robot's camera. The robot then aligns itself according to the actual item position. Here, the repositioning is determined based on size and orientation of the actual item in images obtained using the robot's camera. Using the robot cameras and feature mapping, robots can traverse the shelves to identify and map item location therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: inVia Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Lior Elazary, Randolph Charles Voorhies, Daniel Frank Parks, II
  • Patent number: 10452959
    Abstract: Various systems, methods and non-transitory computer-readable media are described, which may involve performing operations comprising: receiving, with an object detector, a first image from a first positional angle comprising a first perspective of a scene, receiving, with the object detector, a second image from a second, different positional angle comprising a second perspective of the scene, and performing, with the object detector, object detection on the first image from the first perspective and on the second image from the second perspective by cross-referencing data related to the first image and the second image within the object detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Synapse Tehnology Corporation
    Inventors: Simanta Gautam, Brian Shimanuki, Bruno Brasil Ferrari Faviero, Brian Xie
  • Patent number: 10449907
    Abstract: A vehicle storage compartment includes a support structure, power contacts, and a hanging storage module such as a file folder supported on the support structure and electrically coupled to the power contacts. The module includes a storage pocket, support arms supporting the pocket and configured to be supported on the support structure, and electrical conductors coupled to the contacts. The module further includes a tab comprising a light source and a user input sensor, wherein the light source illuminates storage the module when the user input sensor detects a user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Holmes Dunham, Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 10452875
    Abstract: A system and method for linking a medical device with a smart device is provided. The system includes a medical device, a smart device, a package encasing the medical device and an RFID device integrated into the packaging and associated with the medical device. The method for linking the medical device to a smart device includes removing the medical device from the packaging and applying it to a person, presenting the RFID device to the smart device, reading the RFID device with the smart device and using information obtained from the RFID device to establish communications between the smart device and the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: AVERY DENNISON RETAIL INFORMATION SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Ian J. Forster, Michael G. Ginn
  • Patent number: 10445690
    Abstract: Techniques related to presentation of re-stocking maps are disclosed. The techniques involve accessing using a search engine module, from at least one database, map data relating to a layout of a retail facility, product data identifying products for sale at the retail facility, location data defining a location of products for sale at the retail facility, and inventory data providing an inventory level of the products for sale at the retail facility. A processor makes a determination about which products require re-stocking based on the inventory level. A map of the layout of the retail facility is then generated for presentation on a display of a computing device. The map indicates the location of the products requiring re-stocking with respect to the layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Pellow, Emily Poplawski, Stephen Aase
  • Patent number: 10438034
    Abstract: A space efficient automated processing system for processing objects is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, John Richard Amend, Jr., Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, William Hartman Fort, Christopher Geyer, Victoria Hinchey, Jennifer Eileen King, Thomas Koletschka, Michael Cap Koval, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, William Chu-Hyon McMahan, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 10438084
    Abstract: An apparatus of this invention is directed to an information processing apparatus that effectively counts, on a type basis, articles of a plurality of types displayed in a depth direction on a display shelf. The information processing apparatus includes a display count acquirer that acquires display count information of articles using article presence/absence sensors provided on the display shelf on which the articles are placed, an article identifier that acquires article identification information capable of identifying the types of articles based on an image acquired by capturing the display shelf, and a display recognizer that recognizes, based on the display count information and the article identification information, display count of each type of the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Nomura, Kota Iwamoto, Kyota Higa, Keishi Ohashi, Wataru Hattori
  • Patent number: 10430754
    Abstract: Parts in a manufacturing or service facility are electronically tracked using wireless beacons and location tags, strategically positioned receiver devices in the facility, and a monitoring server. The wireless beacons and location tags are individually coupled to parts in the facility to be tracked and store beacon-, tag-, and part-specific identifiers that can be wirelessly communicated to the monitoring server through receiver devices or mobile devices of workers in the facility. In particular, the location tags transmit various identifiers when the mobile devices or wireless beacons are brought into close proximity to the location tags. The mobile devices allow workers to request on-demand and up-to-date work orders for the parts with location tags, and the wireless beacons communicate the location tags' identifiers to the monitoring server. The monitoring server uses the identifiers to track the locations of the parts and manage electronic work orders for the parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: WEIR GROUP IP LIMITED
    Inventor: Andrew Amann
  • Patent number: 10423866
    Abstract: A method for managing a data center that includes racks arranged in aisles, includes guiding an operator, by a mobile terminal, to a desired device of a rack. The guiding step includes: indicating, on a screen of the mobile terminal, a route to follow to arrive near the device; once the operator is near the device, reading, by a reading application of the mobile terminal, an electronic marker pattern placed on a first rack facing the operator to determine if the operator is facing the rack including the desired device; if not, repeating the reading operation on the rack directly adjacent to the first rack; once the rack is identified, reading, by the reading application of the mobile terminal, an optical marker pattern placed on the rack so as to obtain a height reference and thus locate the desired device; and acting upon the desired device using the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: BULL SAS
    Inventors: Christophe Guionneau, Matthieu Isoard, Xavier Plattard
  • Patent number: 10417854
    Abstract: The system and method providing enhanced security ballot image records of the present invention includes an enhanced security ballot image tabulator and an enhanced security ballot image audit station. The tabulator processes each ballot of a plurality of ballots to be tabulated to provide an enhanced security ballot image record having diachronically and synchronically coordinated enhanced security ballot image files. The enhanced security ballot image record may be broadcast upon completion of tabulation and/or simulcast real time during tabulation or otherwise provided to the public or other parties interested in the tabulation of cast votes. The enhanced security audit station receives the enhanced security ballot image record and analyzes it to selectively identify out-of-bounds diachronic and/or synchronic security parameters. Any identified ballots may then be reviewed by election officials or other interested parties for validity and authentication purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: James McNeel Keller
  • Patent number: 10417849
    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: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventors: Dominique Louis Joseph Fedronic, Wu Wen