Coded Record Sensors Patents (Class 235/435)
  • Patent number: 10700098
    Abstract: A display device including a display portion with an extremely high resolution is provided. The display device includes a pixel circuit and a light-emitting element. The pixel circuit includes a first element layer including a first transistor and a second element layer including a second transistor. A channel formation region of the first transistor includes silicon. The first transistor has a function of driving the light-emitting element. The second transistor functions as a switch. A channel formation region of the second transistor includes a metal oxide. The metal oxide functions as a semiconductor. The second element layer is provided over the first element layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kei Takahashi, Hiroyuki Miyake
  • Patent number: 10679203
    Abstract: An electronic tag reading device includes an antenna for transmitting wireless signals to an electronic tag for reading information stored in the electronic tag, an electronic tag reader electrically coupled to the antenna, the electronic tag reader supplying signals to the antenna and receiving signals from the antenna for reading information stored in the electronic tag, and a movable stage connected to the antenna and configured to move the antenna when the antenna is transmitting wireless signals during a tag reading process of the electronic tag reader and stop moving the antenna when the antenna is not transmitting wireless signals during the tag reading process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuo Murofushi
  • Patent number: 10645446
    Abstract: A system for generating, providing and/or receiving an encapsulated service guide data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sachin G. Deshpande
  • Patent number: 10582078
    Abstract: A first pattern and the second pattern in an original include relatively lighter markings within a relatively darker background. The first pattern differs from the second pattern by including non-printing patches between the relatively lighter markings. When the original is exposed to ultraviolet light, the underlying print media fluoresces in response to the ultraviolet light at the non-printing patches, revealing hidden security printing features. When a scanned image is printed on a second sheet of print media to produce a copy of the original, the copy lacks distinct markings at locations where the relatively lighter markings and the non-printing patches appear in the original because the spacing interval of the relatively lighter markings and the non-printing patches is below the minimum resolution of the scanner. Thus, when the copy is exposed to ultraviolet light, the copy does not fluoresce the ultraviolet light where the non-printing patches appear in the original.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Edward N. Chapman
  • Patent number: 10572075
    Abstract: A smart electronic audio book with page number detection is disclosed, including at least a capacitive sensor, a touch control chip, a microprocessor, a player and a power supply unit, wherein a page number sensing strips is connected to the power supply unit to increase the amount of carried charge to facilitate the capacitive sensor to detect whether the page number sensing strip is within the detection range. A smart electronic audio book using a page number detection unit is also disclosed. The page number detection unit has a magnetic field detection element, and book pages are disposed with magnets. When the book page is turned, the magnetic flux change is detected by the magnetic field detection element to notify the microprocessor and the smart electronic audio book is able to detect page number with enhanced sensitivity and reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Hung-Wang Hsu, Chun-Hsiang Yang
  • Patent number: 10515353
    Abstract: A system includes a service provider device and a point of sale (POS) device. A session between a user device and the POS device is established. An authentication request associated with the user device is provided via a user interface of the POS device. Subsequent to an authentication of information, responsive to the authentication request, the POS device receives funding instrument (FI) proxy information corresponding to FIs, which is unusable to identify the FIs by a merchant. A selectable representation corresponding to the FI proxy information is provided via the user interface. Responsive to receiving an indication of a selected member from the selectable representation, information for the selected member is sent. The service provider device determines that the session corresponds to an account associated with the user device and the merchant, and performs a transaction for the session using a first FI that corresponds to the selected member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventors: Srivathsan Narasimhan, Eric Byungho Min, Michael Charles Todasco, Cheng Tian, Satish Narayan Govindarajan
  • Patent number: 10501027
    Abstract: A proximity switch assembly and method are provided having wrong touch feedback and adaptive learning. The method includes the steps of detecting multiple attempted activations of a proximity switch that is not allowed, and adjusting one or more settings based on the detected multiple attempted activations to provide adaptive learning. The method also includes the steps of detecting an allowed activation of the proximity switch based on the adjusted one or more settings, and performing an action in response to the detected allowed activation. The proximity switch assembly includes one or more user perceived feedback devices for generating user perceived feedback when an attempted activation that is not allowed is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C. Salter
  • Patent number: 10490748
    Abstract: There is provided a rectifying element which is provided with an insulating base, (a) a pair of electrodes composed of a first electrode and a second electrode and (b) a semiconductor layer arranged between the pair of electrodes, wherein the components (a) and (b) are provided on a first surface of the insulating base. The rectifying element is configured such that the semiconductor layer (b) contains carbon nanotube composites each of which comprises a carbon nanotube and a conjugated polymer adhered onto at least a part of the surface of the carbon nanotube. The present invention provides a rectifying element having excellent rectifying properties by a simple process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hiroji Shimizu, Seiichiro Murase
  • Patent number: 10491407
    Abstract: Apparatus, electronic device, system and method comprising a first element (102) configured to receive a first signal and convert the first signal to a second signal, a second element (104) configured to relay the second signal to a third element (106, 108), the third element (106, 108) being configured to convert the second signal to a third signal and to send the third signal; wherein the first element (102) is configured to convert the first signal to the second signal in such a way that the conversion is dependent on the physio-chemical structure of at least part of the first element (102). In some embodiments the first element comprises a photoacoustic sensor comprising at least one graphene layer, the second element comprises a mechanical wave transmission line, and the third element comprises carbon nanotube antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Martti Voutilainen
  • Patent number: 10491945
    Abstract: A system for generating, providing and/or receiving an encapsulated service guide data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sachin G. Deshpande
  • Patent number: 10431535
    Abstract: An electronic package and a method for fabricating the same are provided. The method includes forming an antenna structure in contact with one side of a circuit structure of a packaging substrate, and disposing an electronic component on the other side of the circuit structure. As such, the antenna structure is integrated with the packaging substrate, thereby reducing the thickness of the electronic package and improving the efficiency of the antenna structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jui-Feng Chen, Chia-Cheng Hsu, Wen-Jung Tsai, Chia-Cheng Chen, Cheng Kai Chang
  • Patent number: 10387870
    Abstract: A handheld and/or optical and/or audio device for electronic and/or wireless transactions providing dedicated communication and dedicated function activatable components to extend or expand the operation of the device to permit the user to perform additional actions and/or transactions facilitated by the RFID/NFC-operability. Methods of using the device for conducting business or social transactions are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SMART CELLCO, INC.
    Inventor: Carroll Alexis Spencer, II
  • Patent number: 10380562
    Abstract: An image of a negotiable instrument may be taken by a camera associated with a mobile device and provided from a user to a financial institution via the mobile device. The negotiable instrument may be deposited in a user's bank account based on the image. Any technique for sending the image to the financial institution may be used. The mobile device may process the image prior to sending the image to the financial institution. Additionally or alternatively, the financial institution may process the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA)
    Inventors: Bharat Prasad, Michael Frank Morris
  • Patent number: 10306466
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to securely transmitting, directly between two mobile devices, AES-256 encrypted file attachments which are decrypted within an application program (APP) using a decryption key that is available only to the APP. In an illustrative embodiment, the encrypted file may be attached to an e-mail. The e-mail may be transmitted directly to another mobile device via direct Wi-Fi, for example. The e-mail may be transmitted directly to another mobile device using Bluetooth, for example. In encrypted attachment may be deciphered only within the APP running on the receiving mobile device using a private key accessible to only the APP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SecureWiFi Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas Denny
  • Patent number: 10285906
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to arrangements for attaching an RFID tag to a liquid container, and particularly to a blood components container. The RFID tag may be inserted in an enclosure, such as peel tab, or in a sealed cup attached to a container port. The tag could alternately be embedded in a molded plug or component attached to a port. The RFID antenna could be painted or stamped on the surface of the container. Or the tag could be inserted into the container to float freely in the liquid components. The RFID source may be secured around the neck of a rigid or semi-rigid container, attached with a tether or attached to a connector assembled in association with a blood component or other fluid flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Christine Larson, Bryan Blickhan, Carlos Calderon, Daniel Lynn, Senan Ozbag, W. Timothy Watts, Daryl R. Calhoun
  • Patent number: 10276006
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wireless tamper device (“WTD”). The WTD includes a transmitter, multi-layer probe, processing device, and power supply. The processing device is in signal communication with the multi-layer probe and the power supply is in signal communication with the transmitter and processing device. The processing device includes a processor and a computer-readable medium (“CRM”). The CRM has encoded thereon computer-executable instructions to cause the processor to initiating a tamper state to untampered, detect a physical trigger on the multi-layer probe, and set the tamper state to tampered in response to detecting the physical trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Wade T. Price, Bruce R. Olsen, Raymond Roeder
  • Patent number: 10264157
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: an extraction unit configured to extract a written image additionally written on printed matter on which a document is written from a read image read from the printed matter; and a generation unit configured to generate additionally written document data by writing written image information about the written image into document data that is the document described in a mark-up language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Oka
  • Patent number: 10248819
    Abstract: An integrated circuit that communicates with a host device via audio channels includes an interfacing circuit that receives and transmits analog signals on the audio channels. Such audio channels are designed for audio speakers and microphones and the interfacing circuit transmits digital data based on the received analog signals. The integrated circuit includes a processing device that is electrically coupled to the interfacing circuit. The processing device receives the digital data from the interfacing circuit and adjusts at least one parameter of the interfacing circuit based on the received digital data. The interfacing circuit receives the digital data from the processing device and transmits analog signals on at least one of the audio channels based on the at least one adjusted parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ID TECH
    Inventors: Zheng Zhou, Guo Qiang Mu, Zheng Dai, Ge Jiang
  • Patent number: 10239264
    Abstract: A method and system of producing a three-dimensional object with an anti-counterfeiting measure uses a processor to access a data file including a plurality of parameters for producing a three-dimensional object, wherein the parameters comprise a plurality of structural parameters. The processor may also cause a three dimensional printing device to form the three dimensional object that exhibits the structural parameters by identifying a build material, identifying a concealment material, causing the three dimensional printing device to deposit a mixture of the build material and the concealment material in a plurality of layers, and causing the three dimensional printing device to cure the build material and concealment material to form the three-dimensional object with the anti-counterfeiting measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Levine, Donald M. Pangrazio, III, David R. Vandervort, Reiner Eschbach, Jason C. Tsongas
  • Patent number: 10195109
    Abstract: A system for packaging an item with an identifier comprises an identifier adder, a labeler, and a packager. The identifier adder adds one or more types of silica-based tags to an item, wherein each type of silica-based tag has a first signature readable using an optical spectroscopic reader. A label is generated based at least in part on reading the one or more types of silica-based tags of the item using the optical spectroscopic reader. The label includes goods info. The packager includes the label on a package, and wherein the packager includes the item in the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TruTag Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Pearson, Ting Zhou, Timothy Learmonth, Michael P. O'Neill
  • Patent number: 10200879
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and techniques described herein are directed to a tactical wireless base station, and applications thereof. A tactical wireless base station may include a plurality of hardware or software radios configured to facilitate communication over any wireless protocol. The tactical wireless base station may be deployed on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to search for a wireless signal of a target user equipment (UE) corresponding to a lost hiker, for example, in an area out of range of traditional base stations, and/or to locate the target UE to convey the location to rescuers. In some instances, a tactical wireless base station can be deployed in a handheld device and may coordinate with other tactical wireless base stations in order to triangulate a location of user equipment. Further, the tactical wireless base stations may be deployed during network outages to provide indications of events, such as during emergencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Cameron Byrne
  • Patent number: 10171867
    Abstract: A system for generating, providing and/or receiving an encapsulated service guide data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sachin G. Deshpande
  • Patent number: 10112556
    Abstract: A proximity switch assembly and method are provided having wrong touch feedback and adaptive learning. The method includes the steps of detecting multiple attempted activations of a proximity switch that is not allowed, and adjusting one or more settings based on the detected multiple attempted activations to provide adaptive learning. The method also includes the steps of detecting an allowed activation of the proximity switch based on the adjusted one or more settings, and performing an action in response to the detected allowed activation. The proximity switch assembly includes one or more user perceived feedback devices for generating user perceived feedback when an attempted activation that is not allowed is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C. Salter
  • Patent number: 10114997
    Abstract: The present invention embraces an optical indicia reader, e.g., barcode scanner, that captures images of optical indicia under multiple imaging conditions within the span of a single frame. The reader includes an image sensor having selectively-addressable pixels that can be divided into groups having regions of interest (ROIs) within the reader field of view. Each pixel group is shuttered separately to obtain independent partial frame images under separate imaging conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Giordano, Timothy Good, Erik Van Horn, Sean P. Kearney, Stephen J. Colavito, Tao Xian, Chen Feng, Edward C. Bremer
  • Patent number: 10095969
    Abstract: A transaction card construction and a method for making a transaction card are described. The transaction card construction comprises an inlay component and a housing component. The inlay component may comprise a light-penetrable layer and a backer layer. A light source may be disposed on or in the housing component, and the housing component and the inlay component may be joined such that light emitted by the light source passes through the inlay component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Om J. Suthar
  • Patent number: 10068112
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card passage; a shutter member to close the card passage; a magnetic head on a rear side of the shutter member reads or records data in a magnetic strip of a card; an electrostatic capacitance sensor on the rear side or the shutter member; a first guide member which structures at least a part of a face on a first direction side of the card passage when one side in a thickness direction of the card passing the card passage is referred to as a first direction; and a second guide member which structures at least a part of a face on a second direction side of the card passage. The first guide member may include insulating material and the second guide member may include conductive material. The electrostatic capacitance sensor may be attached to the first guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeki Ozawa, Fumiya Akasu, Hirofumi Kuwaki, Hiroshige Takeda
  • Patent number: 10002274
    Abstract: An indicia-reading device including an indicia-capturing subsystem for acquiring information about indicia within the indicia-capturing subsystem's field of view and an indicia-decoding module configured for decoding indicia information within the indicia-capturing subsystem's field of view. The device also includes a hand-supportable housing, a battery compartment, an end cap for holding the battery compartment in place, and a locking mechanism for securing the end cap to the battery compartment during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Colleen P. Gannon
  • Patent number: 9996713
    Abstract: A secure smartcard reader including a smartcard connector and a flexible printed circuit board wrapped around and at least partially surrounding the smartcard connector and at least partially defining a security volume enclosing the smartcard connector, the wrapped flexible printed circuit board defining on an outer-facing surface thereof a plurality of keypad contacts, the wrapped flexible printed circuit board defining electrical conductors connecting the plurality of keypad contacts to connector pads and the wrapped flexible printed circuit board defining a protective anti-tamper mesh protecting the electrical conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: VeriFone, Inc.
    Inventors: Igal Yosef Yanko, Scott William McKibben, John Henry Barrowman
  • Patent number: 9996180
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus (2000) includes a plurality of surfaces. A vibration detection unit (2020) detects a vibration applied to the information processing apparatus (2000). An operation surface detection unit (2040) detects an operation surface, which is a surface to which a vibration is applied, based on the vibration detected by the vibration detection unit (2020). An apparatus state detection unit (2060) detects a state of the information processing apparatus (2000). An application state detection unit (2080) detects a state of an application. A process determination unit (2100) determines a predetermined process to be executed, based on the operation surface detected by the operation surface detection unit (2040), the state of the information processing apparatus (2000) detected by the apparatus state detection unit (2060), and the state of the application detected by the application state detection unit (2080).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masayuki Uno
  • Patent number: 9990527
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to document processing, and more particularly to systems and methods that can utilize relative positions between the content of the document and a decodable indicia affixed to the document. In one embodiment, indicia reading terminals are provided that include an imaging module for capturing a frame of image data of a document. The document can include one or more decodable indicia such as a form barcode and various content fields, which delineate particular content of the document. The form barcode can include information respecting the form design and form design data. This information can be used to process the content of the document such as by providing coordinates or similar location and positioning metrics for use in processing the content of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jingquan Li, Justin Hnatow, Timothy Meier, Stephen Deloge
  • Patent number: 9978012
    Abstract: A Non-transferable Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) assembly for attachment to an article comprises a RFID module; and a antenna module coupled with the RFID module, the antenna module comprising a conductive layer, a substrate, and an adhesive modification layer between the conductive layer and the substrate, the adhesive modification layer configured such that when the assembly is attached to the article and attempt to remove the assembly will cause the substrate to release and leave the conductive layer intact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: NEOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Joe Mullis, Steve Gonzalez, Emily Olanoff
  • Patent number: 9928457
    Abstract: A method for securing an RFID tag to an object includes providing an RFID tag and placing the RFID tag on the object. The RFID tag has an RFID chip and an antenna electrically connected to the RFID chip. The RFID tag also has a first and second opening extending through the RFID tag. The object has a first and second protrusion extending from a surface of the object. The first and second protrusions extend through the first and second openings when the RFID tag is placed on the object. The method also includes melting the first and second protrusions to create a single integral boss that covers at least a portion of the RFID tag and secures the RFID tag to the object. The chip may be nonfunctional prior to the securement process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Haemonetics Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher S. McDowell
  • Patent number: 9915128
    Abstract: Embodiments of machines, systems, computer-implemented methods, and computer program products certify oil and gas well equipment. Embodiments identify a selected well equipment device, a device test specification, and testing sequences to be performed by a corresponding testing apparatus. Embodiments select a testing sequence responsive to the selected device. Embodiments control the testing apparatus for the selected testing sequence so that the corresponding testing apparatus performs the sequence responsive to the device test specification. Embodiments generate testing data for the selected testing sequence and link the testing data for the selected testing sequence to the device identifier for the device so that a certificate can be generated. Embodiments generate a certificate for the selected device responsive to the testing sequences having been performed upon the selected device and link the certificate for the selected device to the device identifier so that the certificate can be readily recalled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: S.P.M. FLOW CONTROL, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Hunter
  • Patent number: 9909928
    Abstract: A wireless thermometer is provided, which measures a deep temperature with high accuracy and has an improved communication distance. A wireless thermometer includes a flat film-like substrate. A quartz crystal vibrator and an antenna are disposed on a principal surface of the substrate. A quartz crystal vibrator and an antenna are disposed on the other principal surface of the substrate. A winding conductor of the antenna is substantially symmetrical with a winding conductor of the antenna with respect to the substrate. A lead conductor of the antenna is connected to the winding conductor at one end and is connected to the quartz crystal vibrator at the other end. A central portion of the lead conductor is bent. By folding the central portion, the quartz crystal vibrator can be positioned opposite the quartz crystal vibrator with a heat insulator interposed there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ito, Yuri Hoshino
  • Patent number: 9858225
    Abstract: A method for reading/writing a chip in a USB type-C cable comprises converting a read/write command into unstructured vendor defined message (UVDM) that is conforming to a USB power delivery specification. Such UVDM will be delivered to the chip via a type-C configuration channel interface. The chip analyzes the UVDM to acquire the read/write command and reads or modifies the content of a non-volatile memory in the chip according to the read/write command. Due to use of the type-C configuration channel interface, which is inherent in the USB type-C cable, to read/write the chip, it needs no extra interface which otherwise increases costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Richtek Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Chien-Chih Huang, Chia-Hwa Chan, Tsung-Nan Wu
  • Patent number: 9858794
    Abstract: A method for detecting and notifying of various potential hazards may include receiving a plurality of biometric data values by a first set of sensors of a sensing device. The biometric data values may correspond to a health state of a person. A plurality of environmental data values may be received by a second set of sensors of the sensing device. The environmental data values may correspond to a safety state of an environment that the person is in. The sensing device may compare the plurality of biometric data and environmental data values against respective models of biometric and environmental threshold data values that indicate a likelihood of a person or environment in an unhealthy or unsafe state. The sensing device may notify one or more communication devices if at least one of the biometric or environmental data values exceeds at least one of the threshold data values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donald W. McCleary, Sal M. Rosato, Judith O. Uchidiuno, Xiying Wang, Justin D. Weisz
  • Patent number: 9847677
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides wireless charging and powering methods for healthcare gadgets and wireless sensors. The method may include wireless power transmission through suitable techniques such as pocket-forming. The methods may include one or more transmitters and one or more receivers. In some embodiments the transmitters and receivers may be embedded to medical devices and wireless sensors, respectively. In other embodiments, the receiver may be integrated into wireless sensors. In yet another embodiment, the transmitters may be positioned on strategic places so as to have a wider range for wireless power transmission to portable electronic medical devices and wireless sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Leabman, Gregory Scott Brewer
  • Patent number: 9843229
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides wireless charging and powering methods for healthcare gadgets and wireless sensors. The method may include wireless power transmission through suitable techniques such as pocket-forming. The methods may include one or more transmitters and one or more receivers. In some embodiments the transmitters and receivers may be embedded to medical devices and wireless sensors, respectively. In other embodiments, the receiver may be integrated into wireless sensors. In yet another embodiment, the transmitters may be positioned on strategic places so as to have a wider range for wireless power transmission to portable electronic medical devices and wireless sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventor: Michael A. Leabman
  • Patent number: 9830550
    Abstract: A portable card includes a resonance circuit of the portable card that wirelessly receives power from an external source, a processor of the portable card that wirelessly transmits a predetermined data sequence in response to the resonance circuit receiving power from the external source, and a set of at least three contacts on an exterior of the portable card, wherein a user bridges the contacts with the user's fingers in a predetermined combination to create a circuit and activate the processor for transmission of the predetermined data sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Paul M. Popowski
  • Patent number: 9824815
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides wireless charging and powering methods for healthcare gadgets and wireless sensors. The method may include wireless power transmission through suitable techniques such as pocket-forming. The methods may include one or more transmitters and one or more receivers. In some embodiments the transmitters and receivers may be embedded to medical devices and wireless sensors, respectively. In other embodiments, the receiver may be integrated into wireless sensors. In yet another embodiment, the transmitters may be positioned on strategic places so as to have a wider range for wireless power transmission to portable electronic medical devices and wireless sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Leabman, Gregory Scott Brewer
  • Patent number: 9824336
    Abstract: A method to identify and manage recyclable materials. The method includes the steps of: (i) identifying, using a mobile device, a recyclable material based on a detected oscillation frequency of an oscillator associated with the recyclable material; (ii) communicating, using the mobile device, information about the recyclable material to a controller, the information comprising an identification of the recyclable material and a location of the recyclable material; and (iii) creating, by the controller, scheduling instructions for the identified recyclable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gabriel P. Borges, Claude Falbriard, Grant D. Miller, Nader M. Nassar
  • Patent number: 9811695
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a chip card arrangement for carrying out contactless interaction with an external apparatus is provided. The chip card arrangement may include: a chip card, which has an electronic circuit, and having an optical coding element, which can be used to present an optically capturable code, wherein the electronic circuit is designed such that the interaction requires at least the code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Peter Laackmann
  • Patent number: 9768896
    Abstract: A method self-adapts signal quality of non-audio data exchanged via an audio channel between a mobile terminal and a payment accessory. The method includes at least one iteration of the following acts: reception, by the mobile terminal, of a reference signal transmitted by the payment accessory; analysis, in the mobile terminal, of the received reference signal, the analysis delivering at least one item of information representative of the quality of the reference signal, referred to as quality information; transmission, by the mobile terminal to the payment accessory, of the quality information. In the above iteration, the roles of the mobile terminal and the payment accessory can be switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: INGENICO GROUP
    Inventor: Christopher Rotsaert
  • Patent number: 9727815
    Abstract: Embodiments are discussed herein related to radio frequency identification (“RFID”) and, more particularly, to systems, methods, apparatuses, computer readable media products and other means for integrating two transponders into a tag, where each transponder functions independent from and does not couple with the other transponder. In some embodiments, one of the transponders can be a near field RFID transponder and the other a far field transponder. The near field RFID transponder can be used to, among other things, authenticate the far field RFID transponder. In some embodiments, the far field RFID transponder can be encoded to transmit generic information, while the near field RFID transmits more detailed or user-specific information. Additionally, in some embodiments, the near field and far field RFID transponders can operate in accordance with the same wireless protocol and include their own circuitry and antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventor: Michael Fein
  • Patent number: 9722293
    Abstract: A communication device includes a communication board; an antenna; a light-emitting element; and a connecting wire. The antenna is for near field wireless communication, and is provided on the communication board. The light-emitting element is provided on the communication board at a position away from the antenna. The connecting wire is provided on the communication board at a position away from the antenna and is connected to the light-emitting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Asai
  • Patent number: 9712725
    Abstract: [Object] To quickly and correctly reproduce an image intended by a photographer, a cinematographer, and the like on the occasion of post-production. [Solving Means] The development apparatus includes: an imaging unit that performs shooting and generates RAW data; a first conversion unit that converts the generated RAW data into image data by interpolation; an acquisition unit that acquires an exposure index value corresponding to an illuminance of a shooting environment; a first correction unit that corrects a value of the image data based on the exposure index value; and an output unit that associates the RAW data and the acquired exposure index value with each other and outputs the associated RAW data and exposure index value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junichi Ogikubo
  • Patent number: 9704008
    Abstract: A computer includes an application that expects to receive data via a unidirectional communication interface. The computer also includes a background service having a first thread and a second thread. The computer additionally includes device management client software. A barcode reader scans one or more barcodes to generate scanned data. The scanned data is sent to the computer via the unidirectional interface. The first thread of the background service reads the scanned data from the unidirectional interface and sends the scanned data to the application. The second thread of the background service enables the device management client software to perform management operations on the barcode reader via a bidirectional communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: George Powell, Ryan Hoobler, Mark Ashby
  • Patent number: 9681229
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a microphone arrangement (M) which has a charge pump (LP), which produces a DC voltage, a transducer (WA), which converts acoustic signals into electrical signals and which is connected to the charge pump (LP), and a control unit (VCLFS), which controls the charge pump (LP) and which adjusts the DC voltage produced by the charge pump (LP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Pirmin Hermann Otto Rombach, Daifi Haoues Sassene
  • Patent number: 9646181
    Abstract: A card reader may include a recording and reproducing means to perform reading of data or writing of data, a first cable configured to transmit a data signal outputted from the recording and reproducing means or a data signal inputted into the recording and reproducing means, a circuit board in a flat plate shape for controlling the card reader, a connector mounted on the circuit board and connected with one end side of the first cable, and a second cable connected with the circuit board and configured to transmit a control signal for controlling the card reader. A width of the second cable is wider than a width of the first cable, and the second cable is connected with the circuit board so as to cover a connected portion of the first cable with the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeo Nakajima, Mamoru Mizawa
  • Patent number: 9626620
    Abstract: A frangible RFID tag includes a substrate having at least one weakened area, an RFID chip and an antenna. The RFID chip and the antenna are located on the substrate and the antenna is electrically connected to the RFID chip. The RFID tag also includes a plurality of adhesive areas applied to the underside of the substrate. The adhesive areas allow the RFID tag to be secured to an object. The adhesive areas may be spaced from one another to form at least one gap between the adhesive areas. The gap(s) may be located under the at least one weakened area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Haemonetics Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher S. McDowell