Readout Control Patents (Class 235/436)
  • Patent number: 10311596
    Abstract: An image processing device that detects a marker, in which the marker includes a first figure in which three or more figure centers are overlapped with each other and a data area provided on an internal or external portion of the first figure, and the image processing device detects the first figure and detects the data area based on the figure centers of the first figure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Inazumi, Seiji Aiso
  • Patent number: 10296909
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing checks using 2D barcodes are provided. A user submits a digital image of a check that includes a 2D barcode. The 2D barcode has embedded positional information of one or more check features which can be decoded and compared to the check features optically identified on the digital image of the check. From this, a set of rotational and scaling adjustments can be computed by comparing estimated positional information with the positional information of the one or more check features retrieved from the barcode. A more accurate representation of the check is then produced by applying the set of rotational and scaling adjustments to the digital image of the check. Once a more accurate representation of the check has been produced, the check can be electronically processed using a routing transit number found on the check.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Andre Rene Buentello, Sharon Kay Haverlah
  • Patent number: 10124734
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror assembly includes a mirror casing, a mirror, a prism member, and a light emitting member. The prism member is disposed forwardly of a light emitting region of the mirror, and has a front major surface formed with a plurality of parallel prism grooves. The light emitting member is configured to permit a light beam to emit therefrom along a beam axis in response to the detection of another vehicle's approach, and is disposed to permit the beam axis to be oriented substantially perpendicular to groove axes of the prism grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TKS INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chung-Hsu Kao
  • Patent number: 10118222
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the bonding of material for the production of three-dimensional objects by selective heating via a laser of wavelength from 100 to 3000 nm. The beam spot may be a focused or unfocused beam spot, or may indeed be spread, as is the case with the diode laser, where the bars may have a stacked arrangement. The selectivity of the melting process is achieved via the application of an absorber to certain subregions of a layer composed of a pulverulent substrate, and then heating of the absorber by laser radiation of wavelength from 100 to 3000 nm. The heated absorber transfers the energy present therein to its surrounding pulverulent substrate, which is melted thereby and, after cooling, has firm cohesive bonding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Evonik Degussa GmbH
    Inventors: Sylvia Monsheimer, Maik Grebe, Rainer Goering, Franz-Erich Baumann
  • Patent number: 9875437
    Abstract: Dynamic magnetic stripe communications devices are provided as magnetic stripe emulators. A magnetic stripe emulator may include a coil. Drive circuits may be coupled to this coil in order to produce electromagnetic fields from the coil operable to communicate with a magnetic stripe reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventors: Bruce S. Cloutier, David Lambeth, James H. Workley
  • Patent number: 9875594
    Abstract: A sensing system is described herein. The sensing system includes a sampling module configured to define a sampling interval. The sensing system also includes a plurality of sensors to sample an inserted item based at least on the sampling interval. The sensing system includes a tracking module configured to obtain start sensor data from the sensors, determine if start sensor data is absent, increment an absence count based at least on the determination, compare the absence count with a threshold absence count, and reject the inserted item based at least on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Crane Payment Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Garry M. Knudson
  • Patent number: 9845574
    Abstract: A paper web and a method of marking a paper web. The paper web includes a surface having a plurality of sections. At least one section of the plurality of sections has a plurality of positions. The plurality of positions each have an equal length and are obtained by subdividing the at least one section. The paper web also includes ink applied to the surface of the paper web at some of the plurality of positions. The method includes applying a first mark and a second mark to a paper web. The first mark has a start position and is coded to convey an identifier for the paper web. The second mark includes a start position and is coded to indicate a position on the paper web. The start position of the second mark is a predetermined distance after the start position of the first mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Andrew G. Bomstad, Thomas J. Petersen, Joseph A. Schulz, Gregory T. Johnson, Mark F. Gerrits
  • Patent number: 9699004
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a relay application configured to send decoded barcode image data to an intermediary device as text via a TCP/IP connection. The relay application is executed by a processor of a mobile device that is in communication with the barcode sled reader. The barcode sled reader includes a barcode reader that generates image data of a barcode and a decoding processor that decodes the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: Steve Pierce, Jonathan Bosley
  • Patent number: 9608768
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for staggercasting are described including encoding and compressing a first data sequence, packetizing the compressed encoded data sequence to form a data packet, performing forward error correction (FEC) encoding on the data packet in order to generate a second data sequence related to the first data sequence, appending FEC control information as padding to the end of payload data of the data packet, packetizing the second data sequence to form a packet, multicasting the data packet to a first multicast group, multicasting the packet formed using the second data sequence delayed by an offset time to a second multicast group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Hang Liu, Liqiao Han, Mingquan Wu, Dekai Li, Kumar Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 9608767
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for staggercasting are described including encoding and compressing a first data sequence, packetizing the compressed encoded data sequence to form a data packet, performing forward error correction (FEC) encoding on the data packet in order to generate a second data sequence related to the first data sequence, appending FEC control information as padding to the end of payload data of the data packet, packetizing the second data sequence to form a packet, multicasting the data packet to a first multicast group, multicasting the packet formed using the second data sequence delayed by an offset time to a second multicast group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Hang Liu, Liqiao Han, Mingquan Wu, Dekai Li, Kumar Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 9495571
    Abstract: Disclosed is a linear barcode scanning system and associated methods for reading a linear barcode borne by an item during transport of the item along a direction of transport by a transport system. A displacement between consecutive scanline samples is determined based on movement imparted to the item from an item-transport system. Image data representing an area of the linear barcode located between positions of the linear barcode corresponding to the consecutive scanline samples is synthesized by quantizing a portion of a first one of the consecutive scanline samples and extending the quantized portion along a direction of the displacement to provide for a depiction of the area of the linear barcode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Datalogic Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaowei Xiao, Kenneth Segal
  • Patent number: 9424574
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a financial institution system maintained by a financial institution and for tokenization of user accounts for using a direct payment authorization channel, whereby a third party payment authorization network is avoided. Embodiments establish a direct channel of communication between the system and a merchant or a merchant network in communication with the merchant; wherein the direct channel of communication comprises a network communication channel without a third party payment authorization system; receive a token issued by the financial institution and associated with a user account associated with a customer of the financial institution; receive transaction data comprising an amount associated with a transaction between the customer of the financial institution and the merchant; and determine whether to authorize the transaction based on the received token and the received transaction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Laura Corinne Bondesen, Scott Lee Harkey
  • Patent number: 9349064
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention relates to a machine-readable form configuration (and associated method). Another embodiment of the present invention relates to a system for interpreting at least one user mark (and associated methods). In one example, a plurality of user marks may be interpreted. In another example, the machine-readable form may be a lottery play slip, survey, test, or the like. In another example, the system may interpret user mark(s) made on a lottery play slip, survey, test or the like. In another example, the system may interpret user mark(s) made on a paper or the like having non-planar distortion(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Intralot S.A.—Integrated Lottery Systems and Services
    Inventors: Argiris Diamandis, Aristodemos Pnevmatikakis
  • Patent number: 9209938
    Abstract: A method and system for transmitting data are described including packetizing the data, performing forward error correction (FEC) encoding on the packetized data in order to generate at least one parity packet, appending FEC information as padding to the end of payload data of the packetized data and transmitting the packetized data and the at least one parity packet. Also described are a method and system for recovering from loss of a packet including receiving a data packet, receiving at least one parity packet, buffering the received data packet, detecting packet loss, forward error correction decoding the at least one parity packet to recover from packet loss using forward error correction information extracted from the data packet and from the at least one parity packet and forwarding the recovered packet via an internal socket. Also described is a method for staggercasting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Hang Liu, Liqiao Han, Mingquan Wu, Dekai Li, Kumar Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 9208423
    Abstract: An electronic transaction card communicates with an add-on slot of an intelligent electronic device. The add-on slot may be a memory card slot. The intelligent electronic device may be a mobile phone or other device with or without network connectivity. The electronic transaction card may have magnetic field producing circuitry compatible with magnetic card readers, smartcard circuitry, other point-of-sale interfaces, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Tyfone, Inc.
    Inventors: Siva G. Narendra, Thomas N. Spitzer, Prabhakar Tadepalli
  • Patent number: 9038902
    Abstract: An electronic device comprises a socket having a plurality of connection terminals that accommodates a card-type external device having a corner cut-out portion, a plurality of contact pads exposed on a surface of the card-type external device that are correspondingly connected to the connection terminals in response to insertion of the card-type external device into the socket. A detection unit detects erroneous insertion of the card-type external device into the socket in response to incorrect location of the cut-out portion during the erroneous insertion. A processor outputs a control signal in response to the detected erroneous insertion of the card-type external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yong-Sang Yun
  • Patent number: 8988186
    Abstract: A method for operating an electronic self-service device is provided. A central computing system according to the invention may include a receiver module configured to receive an input from a self-service device. The input may include information corresponding to a user account authorization notification. The central computing system may also include a processor module configured to determine whether a predetermined asset alert condition exists that corresponds to the account. The central computing system may also include a transmitter module. When the predetermined asset alert condition is determined to exist, the transmitter module may be configured to transmit an alert notification to the self-service device. When the predetermined asset alert condition does not exist, the transmitter module may be configured to authorize use of an account in response to the authorization notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: Nathan Dent
  • Patent number: 8931697
    Abstract: A system for detecting reproduction of barcodes (12) includes providing a barcode which contains data; providing a copy-evident background (14); capturing an image of the barcode and the copy-evident background; locating and decoding the barcode; detecting copy introduced changes in the copy-evident background; and authenticating the barcode if the copy-evident background has not been copied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Thomas D. Pawlik, Myra T. Olm
  • Patent number: 8878652
    Abstract: An encoding module and related systems and components are provided. The encoding module includes a plurality of encoding elements arranged in an array of columns and rows and one or more switching elements configured to selectively connect the encoding elements to a reader. The connection of the encoding elements may be based on the location of a targeted transponder disposed among multiple adjacent transponders to ensure the selective communication with the targeted transponder only. The module is configured for various types and locations transponders to be used within a system, such as a printer-encoder. Each encoding element may include a loaded conductive strip comprising a loop shape portion and a shield that corresponds to the loop shape portion. In another embodiment, an access control system having an encoding module with the plurality of couplers and an access card having a plurality of transponders corresponding to the couplers is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Boris Y. Tsirline, Robert S. Gawelczyk, Steven R. Kovanko, Anthony Brown, Mao Tian, Karl Torchalski, Michael Fein, Christopher Aiello
  • Publication number: 20140203081
    Abstract: An electronic device comprises a socket having a plurality of connection terminals that accommodates a card-type external device having a corner cut-out portion, a plurality of contact pads exposed on a surface of the card-type external device that are correspondingly connected to the connection terminals in response to insertion of the card-type external device into the socket. A detection unit detects erroneous insertion of the card-type external device into the socket in response to incorrect location of the cut-out portion during the erroneous insertion. A processor outputs a control signal in response to the detected erroneous insertion of the card-type external device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yong-Sang YUN
  • Patent number: 8733650
    Abstract: Various algorithms are presented that enable an image of a barcode, captured by a camera of an electronic device, to be analyzed and decoded for use in obtaining information about an object or item associated with the barcode. The algorithms can account for variations in focus of the image, as may result in blur due to movement or a lack of auto-focus features. An offline training phase can be used to generate a set of possible symbol appearance templates, where at least some of the templates reflect simulations for varying levels and types of noise in an image. A decoding phase compares these templates to a captured image and performs a sequence-wide optimization to determine the overall most likely sequence of digits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Aleksandr V. Segal, Arnab S. Dhua, Max Delgadillo
  • Patent number: 8698600
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag access method and a circuit applied to an RFID tag to determine whether to respond to a command sent by a reader are provided. According to the access method, an extra reference value is used for adjusting a parameter or a count value, so as to increase or decrease the probability of generating a condition matching with a command sent by the reader. Therefore, the probability of the tag being accessed is adjusted, and the tag carrying urgent information shall be accessed prior to the tag without urgent information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Chih Hua Huang
  • Patent number: 8684268
    Abstract: A product display system has a product carrier and a lighting device including a plurality of light sources, each having two or more LEDs of different light color, and a control device. The control device can control the various light sources, and even the various LEDs in the light sources, in order, in this way, to achieve a different luminosity and/or light color per light source. The control device reads an information carrier having information associated with the product, and adjusts a light source which illuminates a place of the product carrier designed for the product on the basis of information read from the information carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Hussmann Corporation
    Inventor: Ireneus Johannes Theodorus Maria Pas
  • Patent number: 8596532
    Abstract: A system having a UHF RFID transceiver is adapted to communicate exclusively with a single electro-magnetically coupled transponder located in a predetermined confined transponder operating region. The system includes a near field coupling device comprising a plurality of lines connected in parallel with an unmatched load. The near field coupling device may be formed, for example on a printed circuit board with a plurality of electrically interconnected traces and a ground plane. The system establishes, at predetermined transceiver power levels, a mutual electromagnetic coupling which is selective exclusively for a single transponder located in a defined transponder operating region. Also included are methods for selective communication with the transponder in an apparatus such as a printer-encoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Karl Torchalski, Daniel F. Donato
  • Patent number: 8544740
    Abstract: A system having a UHF RFID transceiver is adapted to communicate exclusively with a single electro-magnetically coupled transponder located in a predetermined confined transponder operating region. The system includes a near field coupling device comprising a plurality of lines connected in parallel with an unmatched load. The near field coupling device may be formed, for example on a printed circuit board with a plurality of electrically interconnected traces and a ground plane. The system establishes, at predetermined transceiver power levels, a mutual electro-magnetic coupling which is selective exclusively for a single transponder located in a defined transponder operating region. Also included are methods for selective communication with the transponder in an apparatus such as a printer-encoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Karl Torchalski, Daniel F. Donato
  • Publication number: 20130221090
    Abstract: A barcode reader for capturing a barcode connected to a moving carrier is proposed having at least one optical barcode detector for at least one-dimensional capture of information modules of the barcode. The barcode reader furthermore comprises at least one optical clock track detector for capturing clock track modules of a clock track of the barcode and at least one optical reference detector for capturing at least one item of reference information of the barcode. The barcode reader is configured to determine a direction of movement of the carrier from at least one signal from the clock track detector and at least one signal from the reference detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Uwe Hensel, Guenther Schmelzeisen-Redeker
  • Patent number: 8517268
    Abstract: A card reading machine includes a card reader for reading data on a magnetic card and a device for preventing reading of the data on the magnetic card by illegal card reading devices operatively associated with the card reading machine. The device for preventing may include an oscillator, a driver circuit and a coil for generating electromagnetic signals similar to data on a card. A method for preventing reading of data on a magnetic card by in illegal card reader in operative association with an apparatus having a card reader intended to read the data on the magnetic card includes producing a signal ruining the data collected by the illegal card reader. The apparatus having a card reader may include an insertion slot in which case the method may further include producing the signal near the insertion slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignees: Kronik Elektrik Elektronik Ve Bilgisayar Sistemleri Sanayi Ticaret Sirketi, TMD Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Cihat Celik Basar, Hakan Askeroglu, Ismet Yesil
  • Patent number: 8490875
    Abstract: The apparatus and method described herein provides for creating multiple spatial patterns, such as magnetic patterns on credit cards. The invention includes storage of information from which patterns may be created, a pattern creation device for creating the spatial patterns, and control whereby the information which is stored is selectively utilized to cause the pattern creation. This allows multiple desired patterns to be simulated, allowing convenient replacement of a number of separate pattern carrying devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Technology Licensing Corp
    Inventor: J. Carl Cooper
  • Publication number: 20130161388
    Abstract: A method of detecting interference with a fraud prevention transmitter on a self-service terminal is described. The method comprises: detecting presentation of a card at a card reader; attempting to detect a customer while the card is presented; and triggering an alarm event if the customer is not detected while the card is presented on a predetermined number of occasions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Graeme Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8464950
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing a vision process using a camera having a multi-focus lens having a lens field of view where the lens can be set at different focus positions the method comprising the steps of positioning at least one of the camera and an item to be imaged so the lens field of view is directed at the item to be imaged, obtaining a plurality of images where each image is obtained with the lens focus at a different position and after each image is obtained, attempting to perform the machine vision process using the image irrespective of whether or not the lens was focused when the image was obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Sateesha Nadabar, William Equitz
  • Patent number: 8448863
    Abstract: A POS-based bar code symbol reading system that reads bar code symbols on objects being passed through the 3D imaging or scanning volume supported by the system, and employs one or more object motion sensors (e.g. imaging based, IR Pulse-Doppler LIDAR-based, ultra-sonic energy based, etc.) to (i) measure or estimate the speed of objects being manually passed through the 3D imaging or scanning volume by the system operator, and (ii) visually and/or audibly display object scanning speed measures or estimates to provide the system operator with feedback for optimizing system throughput. The POS-based bar code symbol reading system has a performance advantage that leads to quicker customer checkout times and productivity gain that cannot be matched by the conventional bar code symbol scanning technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Xian, Duane Ellis, Timothy Good, Xiaoxun Zhu
  • Patent number: 8360316
    Abstract: An apparatus (10), in particular a code reader, for the taking of undistorted images of a surface of objects (14) moved on a conveying device (12) is set forth, wherein the apparatus (10) has a geometry detection sensor (18) which is made for the detection of the geometry of the objects (14) with reference to spacing data and/or to the remission behavior of the objects (14) as well as a line sensor (20), in particular a line camera, which can scan the objects (14) linewise for the generation of image data of the surface in a linear reading window (22) which forms an angle with the conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Sick AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Reichenbach, Roland Gehring, Michael Wiegers, Jan Reich
  • Patent number: 8308064
    Abstract: A barcode evaluation method for receiving an input image, performing an evaluation along a scanning direction upon the input image, and generating a barcode evaluation data includes: deriving at least one first luminance group in the input image according to a luminance threshold; documenting a plurality of characteristic values corresponding to the at least one luminance group, respectively; referring to a plurality of characteristic values of at least one specific first luminance group within the first luminance group to determine a distribution direction, and determining whether the specific first luminance group belongs to a barcode; and utilizing a processing element to generate the barcode evaluation data according to the input image, the distribution direction and the scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventor: Ting-Yuan Cheng
  • Patent number: 8274380
    Abstract: Responsive to intercepting an outbound command, a command interceptor may, upon determining that the command is associated with a particular category of commands, transmit an anticipatory response to the source of the command, for example, to prematurely indicate that the command has met with success. Accordingly, a given application whose further execution is dependent upon the successful completion of the command may further execute earlier than would be the case if the given application was to await the transmission of the command, the generation of a response indicating success and the receipt of the response indicating success.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Ravi Singh, Michael K. Brown, Dinah Lea Marie Davis, Neil Patrick Adams
  • Patent number: 8254833
    Abstract: A near-field coupling device that may facilitate communications with a transponder is provided. The near-field coupling device may include a ground plane, a dielectric substrate, one or more conductive strips and a terminating load. The conductive strips together with the ground planes form coupling elements. The near-field coupling device further includes one or more switching elements for selectively connecting and disconnecting the coupling elements with a transceiver. The connected coupling elements define a total characteristic impedance. Using the switching element, the ratio between the total characteristic impedance of the connected coupling elements and the terminating load may be changed in order to adjust the distribution of an electromagnetic field along the coupling elements according to the type and position of the transponder to be processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Mao Tian, Karl Torchalski, Boris Y. Tsirline
  • Patent number: 8231047
    Abstract: There is provided a device and a method for collecting information from a customer concerning a point of interest. The device comprises a memory including a unique location identifier associated with a point of interest and a processor, the processor configured to store in the memory a received unique customer identifier and received information concerning the point of interest from a customer. The device can transmit this stored data to a center via a network, where the center can aggregate the data. There is also provided a system for distributed collection of information from customers concerning points of interest, utilizing a plurality of devices and a center for aggregating data. The center can apply data analysis and mining to the aggregate data, allowing rapid and real-time reaction to feedback from customers, efficient turnaround for resolving customer service issues, and enabling efficient research of customer preferences and trends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: David Canora
  • Publication number: 20120187189
    Abstract: A multiple scanning light source for scanner includes a scanning pattern generating unit and a scanning pattern multiplying unit. The scanning pattern generating unit is for projecting a scanning pattern. The scanning pattern multiplying unit has a beamsplitter oblique to the projecting direction of the scanning pattern and a reflector substantially parallel to the beamsplitter. The scanning pattern is multiplied and projected toward a predetermined direction at intervals to form a scanning pattern array. In addition, a multiple directional barcode scanner having the above multiple scanning light source is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Kai-Yuan TIEN
  • Patent number: 8205798
    Abstract: A card holding apparatus of the present invention includes a seal member 12 that is provided so as to surround the periphery of a contact terminal portion 11. When a lid 3 is positioned in a closed position with a smart card 100 retained by the lid 3, the seal member 12 comes into close contact with the periphery of a terminal 101. Thus, even when foreign matter such as water or dust intrudes into a space between the lid 3 and a housing 1, adhesion of such foreign matter to contact terminals 11a or the terminal 101 can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Fujita, Syuji Yasuoka, Isao Shimada
  • Patent number: 8201745
    Abstract: A reader device for detecting the presence of a transponder within an operating distance of the reader device, the reader device comprising a resonant circuit adapted for generating an electromagnetic field having a frequency distribution around a resonance frequency, and a transponder detection unit adapted for detecting the presence of the transponder within the operating distance of the reader device by a shift of the resonance frequency of the resonant circuit in the presence of the transponder within the operating distance of the reader device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Richard Mair
  • Patent number: 8181870
    Abstract: A magnetic character recognition (MICR) encoding device has a treatment station that applies a chemical treatment to the blank region as the sheets pass along the sheet path that compensates for a fuser release agent that a marking station uses. If blank region was not treated, the fuser release agent might detrimentally affect the printing of the additional magnetic ink markings. In order to properly align the blank region with the treatment station, the embodiments herein include at least one read head that is positioned before the treatment station along the sheet path. A controller analyzes the signals from the read head to determine whether the magnetic ink markings are aligned with the treatment station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Raphael F. Bov, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120085821
    Abstract: A barcode evaluation method for receiving an input image, performing an evaluation along a scanning direction upon the input image, and generating a barcode evaluation data includes: deriving at least one first luminance group in the input image according to a luminance threshold; documenting a plurality of characteristic values corresponding to the at least one luminance group, respectively; referring to a plurality of characteristic values of at least one specific first luminance group within the first luminance group to determine a distribution direction, and determining whether the specific first luminance group belongs to a barcode; and utilizing a processing element to generate the barcode evaluation data according to the input image, the distribution direction and the scanning direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Ting-Yuan Cheng
  • Patent number: 8154387
    Abstract: An electronic tag is configured to be responsive to a TTO or TTF protocol energizing signal from a reader, but to suspend transmission when receiving an RTF protocol communication signal from a reader. The tag typically includes a protocol detector 120 which is operable to detect receipt of an RTF protocol communication signal and to suspend transmission when the electronic tag receives an RTF protocol communication signal from a reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignees: EM Microelectronic-Marin SA, Ipico South Africa (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventors: Hendrik Lodewyk Van Eeden, Albertus Jacobus Pretorius, Josef Preishuber-Pfluegl, Andreas Schuhai, Thierry Roz, Christopher Turner
  • Publication number: 20110290877
    Abstract: An exemplary barcode decoding chip includes a scan module, a boundary identification module, a direction identification module, a bar space boundary processing module, a symbol parameter identification module, a symbol character acquisition module, and a decoding module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: FUJIAN NEWLAND COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yali Sun, Dong Guo, Rongsheng Liu, Xianfu Wang, Lunyu Hu, Wenchuan Chen, Qiang Cai, Xiaodan Cai, Qingcai Zhang, Chunguang Zheng, Yousen Qiu, Zhilong Lin, Guoliang Zhuang, Zhiyu Wu
  • Patent number: 8016195
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method and an arrangement for the verification of individually presented items of mail provided with individually unique machine-readable identification codes, where the identification code of a presented item of mail is read and the identification code that has been read is checked against machine-readable information about intended items of mail and their status, whereby the current item of mail is a) removed if the identification code is not present in the intended items of mail or if it is illegible, and b) the status of the current item of mail is checked against the machine-readable information about intended items of mail and their status in order to determine whether the current item of mail has previously been delivered. If the current item of mail has previously been delivered, the current item of mail is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Stralfors AB
    Inventor: Jan Persson
  • Patent number: 7986241
    Abstract: A security tag and system for securing objects, the system and security tag includes an acousto magnetic (“AM”) electronic article surveillance (“EAS”) component that has a housing with a defined surface area. The housing of the EAS component includes a perimeter boundary that defines an EAS component plane. The system and security tag further include a radio frequency identification (“RFID”) component that includes an integrated circuit and a dipole antenna defining an RFID component plane that is substantially coplanar with the EAS component plane. The integrated circuit and the dipole antenna are positioned externally along the perimeter boundary of the EAS component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Sensomatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Richard L. Copeland, Wing Kei Ho
  • Publication number: 20110139873
    Abstract: To determine the positions of a code on a movable support, said support can be moved in a displacement direction relative to a sensor element comprising at least one sensor array in the vicinity of said array. The sensor array or arrays determine(s) the position of imaged code elements that can be differentiated from radiation in the vicinity of the sensor elements, the recorded values being read out in at least one read-out direction and positional values being determined from said values. The array or arrays is or are read out twice from opposite read-out directions, or one sensor pair consisting of two sensor arrays, is read out as a pair from opposite directions. Positional values are derived from the positions of the differentiated code elements and said values are averaged to provide a position with an improved accuracy. The accuracy can thus be increased by simple means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventor: Bernhard Sprenger
  • Patent number: 7938327
    Abstract: A data capturing apparatus includes a start/stop detecting unit, a data capturing unit, and a data converting unit. The start/stop detecting unit is used for detecting a start and an end of a data transfer from an information storage apparatus to the data capturing apparatus. The data capturing unit for receiving data from the information storage apparatus. The data converting unit is used for transforming the received data into differential USB transferable data. A related data capturing method and a storage medium recorded with an application program to accomplish the data capturing method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Liang Liu
  • Patent number: 7926718
    Abstract: An operation support system, method and apparatus that transmit operation information indicating an operation to an operator and supports the operation. The system includes a reading unit that reads, from a plurality of codes affixed to parts, position information of the codes. The system also includes a calculation unit that calculates a positional relationship between the codes. The system also includes a transmission unit that transmits the operation information, based on the position information read by the reading unit, and on the positional relationship calculated by the calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Takashi Miyashita, Taki Kono
  • Patent number: 7866566
    Abstract: In a method for transferring data from a tachograph (1) onto a smartcard (3), the smartcard (3) is moved out of and back into the tachograph (1) by an electromotive drive (8) as a function of stipulated conditions. In the process, spring contacts (6) of the tachograph (1) rub over contact areas (5) of the smartcard (3) and remove any dirt which may be present. The conditions for starting the electromotive drive (8) and the intended operation of the electromotive drive (8) are stored in a memory (10) of an electronic control device (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Klostermeier, Horst Näther, Thomas Riester, Peter Wolf
  • Publication number: 20100308112
    Abstract: A storage device includes a storage module, a processor, an enclosure and a display module. The processor is capable of acquiring a storage status of the storage module. The display module is capable of displaying the storage status.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chun-Keong Chew