Error Checking Patents (Class 235/437)
  • Patent number: 8452702
    Abstract: A method, system and program product, the method comprising: accessing databases, comprising (i) aggregated account information for a plurality of government-backed insured interest-bearing aggregated deposit accounts held in a plurality of recipient depository institutions, and (ii) client account information; obtaining client account transaction information of client accounts of a first financial institution; obtaining a first amount of funds for the first financial institution; allocating the first amount of funds to other of the recipient depository institutions; allocating a second amount of funds sourced from other of the financial institutions to the first financial institution, based on criteria; netting the first amount and the second amount to obtain a net amount; if the net amount is different from zero, allocating a positive or a negative third amount, to make the second amount equal to the first amount, so no transfer is necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Island Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. O'Donnell, David Edgar Gareis
  • Publication number: 20130119131
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a printer and a control method thereof. The control method of the printer comprises: detecting the state of the printer; and when the printer is in error state, saving printing data and error information of the printer. The disclosure is hereby able to provide a basis for judging whether the printing is normal when printing fails due to a printing error during the printing process. The printer comprises a printing mechanism, a controller, a detection mechanism, a first memory and a second memory, wherein the detection mechanism is configured to detect the state of the printer and to obtain error information when the printer is in error state; the first memory is configured to temporarily store the printing data of the printer; and the second memory is configured to store the error information and the printing data when the printer is in error state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: Qiangzi Cong, Chuntao Wang, Tianxin Jiang, Jiabo Xu, Zhuanlong Yu
  • Patent number: 8439260
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for decoding and recognizing barcode information by using a general camera such as one in a mobile device is disclosed. The invention uses a set of compact point spread functions (PSF) with a squared-shape distribution to restore blurred barcode image for quick and efficient decoding and recognition. Image pre-processing methods are applied to reduce noise and normalize pixel grayscale. On each normalized image, the invention checks if the image contains barcode lines. If there is a barcode, the invention tries to identify the beginning and ending positions of the barcode. The invention selectively decodes multiple scan lines across the barcode and match against predefined barcode models. The best matched barcodes are saved in the history buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Jiazheng Shi
  • Patent number: 8441679
    Abstract: There is provided an image forming device that includes a conveyor section, an image forming section, an accessing section and a control unit. The conveyor section conveys recording media in a conveying path, the recording media including a recording medium having a data storage unit attached thereto and a recording medium with no data storage unit attached thereto, the data storage unit storing data or being capable of storing data. The image forming section forms an image on the recording medium. The accessing section is disposed at an access position along the conveying path and accesses the data storage unit to execute an access operation to write data into or read data from the data storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toru Tsuzuki
  • Patent number: 8439259
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a code reading apparatus includes an image capturing unit, a determining unit, and a notifying unit. The image capturing unit captures an image picked up by an image pickup unit. The determining unit determines whether the image captured by the image capturing unit satisfies a condition for extracting code data from a code symbol. The notifying unit notifies, if the determining unit determines that the image does not satisfy the condition, a cause that prevents satisfaction of the condition or a method of improving the image pickup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidehiro Naito, Hitoshi Iizaka, Hidemi Mihara, Yoshiya Yamada, Osamu Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 8418922
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide time-varying barcodes for information exchange. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for communicating information between electronic devices via a time-varying barcode image sequence. In a typical embodiment, information to be transmitted is divided into packets. A barcode image is generated from each packet. Each barcode image is displayed sequentially with varying display times based on the complexity of the barcode image. A second electronic device reads and decodes the barcode image sequence until the entire information is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Moon J. Kim
  • Patent number: 8408461
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a system and a method for light beam interrogation of an optical biosensor and for monitoring a biological event on the biosensor for use, for example, in microplate image analysis. The system and method correct pointing-errors that can be encountered, for example, in scanning label-independent-detection biosensor applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert A. Modavis, Garrett A. Piech
  • Patent number: 8408462
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide time-varying barcodes in an active display for information exchange. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for communicating information between electronic devices via a barcode image sequence. In a typical embodiment, a barcode image sequence is displayed on the display screen of a first electronic device. A second electronic device reads and decodes the barcode image sequence. The second electronic device displays an acknowledgement on the display screen of the second electronic device. The acknowledgement is read by the first electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Moon J. Kim
  • Publication number: 20130048706
    Abstract: A decodable indicia reading terminal can comprise a multiple pixel image sensor, an imaging lens configured to focus an image of decodable indicia on the image sensor, an analog-to-digital (A/D) converter configured to convert an analog signal read out of the image sensor into a digital signal, a communication interface, and a microprocessor configured to output decoded message data corresponding to the decodable indicia by processing the digital signal. The decodable indicia reading terminal can be configured, responsive to a triggering event, to transmit via the communication interface a decoding result and an indicia readability rating. The triggering event can be provided by a failure to detect decodable indicia, the indicia readability rating being less than a pre-defined threshold, exceeding a pre-defined time period to decode decodable indicia, a user interface action, and a command received via said communication interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: METROLOGIC INSTRUMENTS, INC.
    Inventors: James Nahill, Mark Hernandez, Sergio DiVentura
  • Patent number: 8386383
    Abstract: A method, system and program product for managing a plurality of individual client deposits for multiple clients, the method comprising: accessing, an electronic database, comprising: aggregated account information for a plurality of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)-insured and interest-bearing aggregated deposit accounts held in a plurality of banking institutions, and client information for each of a plurality of the respective clients, i, comprising (i) a total of a respective client's funds deposited across a plurality of the FDIC-insured interest-bearing aggregated accounts held in a plurality of the banking institutions; and (ii) a maximum deposit percentage of the respective client funds to be held in at least one of the banking institutions; maintaining funds for said individual clients in a plurality of the FDIC-insured, interest-bearing aggregated deposit accounts at a plurality of banking institutions, wherein each of the banking institutions has at least one of the aggregated deposit a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Island Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Bent, Bruce Bent, II
  • Publication number: 20130015242
    Abstract: A tri-optic scanner for checking out merchandise at stores includes first and second barcode scanners, and a third barcode scanner placed back-to-back to the second barcode scanner to face an opposite direction of the second barcode scanner. The tri-optic scanner is designed to allow the third barcode scanner to conveniently capture barcodes presented by a customer without a cashier touching barcode carriers that belong to the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: K. Lee White
  • Patent number: 8348162
    Abstract: A foreign substance detection device for a card reader includes an emitting module (1), a receiving module (2) and a control processing module (3). The emitting module (1) is embedded on a wall surface of a card reader insertion opening (101) for emitting detection waves to a detection area (103) in front of the card reader insertion opening (101). The receiving module (2) is embedded on the wall surface of the card reader insertion opening (101) for receiving the detection waves emitted by the emitted the emitting module (1). The control processing module (3) identifies whether the receiving module (2) receives the detection wave reflected by the foreign substance in the detection area (103), and determines whether the foreign substance exists in the detection area (103) according to the determination result. A card reader socket which includes a case (100) and the foreign substance detection device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dahai Xiao
  • Publication number: 20130001307
    Abstract: A light guiding device used for a reader/writer device for a noncontact communication medium is provided with a light guide plate having a transparent main body part which can transmit light inputted from an LED and a protruding part protruding from a part of an end surface of the transparent main body part. A diffusely reflecting part is provided on a lower surface side of the transparent main body part, and a first light emitting part is provided on an upper surface side of the transparent main body part. Reflecting parts are provided on an upper surface side and a lower surface side of the protruding part, and second light emitting part is provided at a leading end. of the protruding part. When the first light emitting part is covered by the noncontact communication medium, the second light emitting part can check a light emitting state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Takahashi, Ryota Minami, Kenya Yasutomi, Takayuki Konishi
  • Patent number: 8342401
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a code reading apparatus includes an image capturing section configured to capture an image picked up by an image pickup section; a code reading section configured to detect a code symbol included in the captured image and read code information corresponding to the code symbol; an image comparing section configured to compare, if the code information read this time and code information read before this time and most recently are the same, images related to the reading of the pieces of code information; and an output section configured to output the read code information and, if the images are similar as a result of the comparison of the images, regard the code information read this time as code information read twice and suppress output of the code information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keiichi Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20120298752
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide time-varying barcodes for information exchange. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for communicating information between electronic devices via a time-varying barcode image sequence. In a typical embodiment, information to be transmitted is divided into packets. A barcode image is generated from each packet. Each barcode image is displayed sequentially with varying display times based on the complexity of the barcode image. A second electronic device reads and decodes the barcode image sequence until the entire information is received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Moon J. Kim
  • Publication number: 20120292392
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide time-varying barcodes in an active display for information exchange. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for communicating information between electronic devices via a barcode image sequence. In a typical embodiment, a barcode image sequence is displayed on the display screen of a first electronic device. A second electronic device reads and decodes the barcode image sequence. The second electronic device displays an acknowledgement on the display screen of the second electronic device. The acknowledgement is read by the first electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Moon J. Kim
  • Publication number: 20120286042
    Abstract: A checking system includes a checking unit that reads a print product printed by a printing unit and checks the print product, and an adding unit that adds a predetermined sheet indicating that the print product is not normal between the print products generated by the printing unit. The checking unit is provided between the printing unit and the adding unit, and the adding unit is configured, according to a result of the check of the print product generated by the printing unit performed by using the checking unit, to add the predetermined sheet indicating that the print product is not normal between the print products generated by the printing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuaki Sawano
  • Publication number: 20120280036
    Abstract: A read head system has a housing and a read positioned in the housing with a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a financial transaction card with the slot utilized to enable a financial transaction between a buyer and seller. The read head reads data on the magnetic stripe and produces a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. The read head includes an output jack configured to be coupled to at least one of a audio jack or microphone port of a mobile device. The read head provides the signal to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Jim McKelvey
  • Publication number: 20120273563
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus of the present disclosure includes: (a) a two-dimensional matrix barcode detecting unit configured to detect a two-dimensional matrix barcode if an image of image data includes the two-dimensional matrix barcode; and (b) a broken matrix barcode detecting unit configured to determine whether a broken two-dimensional matrix barcode exists in the image or not when the two-dimensional matrix barcode detecting unit does not detect the two-dimensional matrix barcode but detects at least one position detection pattern. The broken matrix barcode detecting unit determines whether the broken two-dimensional matrix barcode exists in the image or not on the basis of a pattern in a predetermined position adjacent to the detected position detection pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Kunihiko Shimamoto, Yuya Tagami
  • Publication number: 20120234916
    Abstract: A card medium processing device is controlled by means of the control method including: a first judgment step for judging whether or not a card medium having been inserted is detected by a first detection means for detecting the card medium having been inserted; a second judgment step for judging whether or not the card medium having been inserted is detected by a second detection means for detecting the card medium having been inserted, the second detection means being placed at a position behind the first detection means further away toward a rear side in an inserting direction for the card medium; and a processing step for carrying out a predetermined process, supposing that the first detection means has an error, under a situation where the first judgment step does not detect the card medium having been inserted while the second judgment step detects the card medium having been inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsutomu Orii
  • Patent number: 8256673
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide time-varying barcodes in an active display for information exchange. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for communicating information between electronic devices via a barcode image sequence. In a typical embodiment, a barcode image sequence is displayed on the display screen of a first electronic device. A second electronic device reads and decodes the barcode image sequence. The second electronic device displays an acknowledgement on the display screen of the second electronic device. The acknowledgement is read by the first electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Moon J. Kim
  • Publication number: 20120211563
    Abstract: An indicia reader system including: an indicia reader to read information bearing indicia (IBI); an actuator for activating the indicia reader; a first device for wirelessly sending audio data; a headphone for wear by the operator, the headphone having a second device for accepting the audio data and at least one audio feedback device provided therein for utilizing the audio data to provide audio feedback to the operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Colleen P. Gannon, Eric Trelease
  • Patent number: 8245933
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and an article of manufacture for printing a new postal authority code on a mail piece prepared by and received from an inserter or wrapper. A barcode post-processing system receives a mail piece from an inserter and communicates with the image capture equipment. The barcode post-processing system during performs various functions. The functions can include receiving legacy address block information from the mail piece from the image capture equipment, processing the captured legacy address block information to determine one or more missing parameters of the new postal authority code to create processed data, and supplementing the captured legacy address block information data with the one or more missing parameters of the new postal authority code received from one or more data source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Bell and Howell, LLC
    Inventors: Marvin L. Isles, Mark Gerard Paul, Walter S. Conard, Leondo R. Phifer, Michael J. McIntee, Michael Boston, Roger Spitzig, Robert Richards
  • Patent number: 8231054
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide time-varying barcodes for information exchange. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for communicating information between electronic devices via a time-varying barcode image sequence. In a typical embodiment, information to be transmitted is divided into packets. A barcode image is generated from each packet. Each barcode image is displayed sequentially with varying display times based on the complexity of the barcode image. A second electronic device reads and decodes the barcode image sequence until the entire information is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Moon J. Kim
  • Publication number: 20120181336
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for mobile code decoding fault recovery are provided. The method includes scanning a mobile code, decoding the mobile code, when the mobile code is not decoded successfully, storing a decoded portion of the mobile code as a partially decoded mobile code, and decoding the mobile code based on a sequence alignment algorithm and a predetermined number of partially decoded mobile codes, and providing the decoded mobile code to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Shu WANG
  • Publication number: 20120175419
    Abstract: A barcode includes a plurality of blocks arranged to define a coordinate system across the barcode. A method determines sizes of at least first and second blocks into which arbitrary information is to be encoded such that the blocks have a pair-wise anharmonic relationship with each other. A first portion of the arbitrary information to be encoded in the first block and a second portion of the arbitrary information to be encoded in the second block are then selected. The method encodes the first portion and the second portion, and provides a decode verification mechanism in each of the first and second blocks. A plurality of the encoded first blocks and a plurality of the encoded second blocks are arranged to form a barcode and to define a coordinate system therein, whereupon the barcode may be stored to a memory device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: SHAUN PETER O'KEEFE
  • Publication number: 20120126007
    Abstract: A card reader has a read head positioned in the housing. The read head is configured to be coupled to a mobile device. The read head has a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a card. The read head reads data on the magnetic stripe and produces a raw magnetic signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. Device electronics are provided that include a microcontroller. The device electronics receives a raw magnetic head signal and converts it into a processed digital signal that the microcontroller can interpret. The microcontroller produces a synchronous Manchester encoded stream that makes a greater number of 0 crossings. An output jack is adapted to be inserted in a port of the mobile device and deliver a Manchester encoded stream output jack signal to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Kartik Lamba, Amish Babu, Michael Shyh-yen Ho, Adam David Peter Rothschild, Gerlad Thomas Ryle, Jack Dorsey, James M. Mckelvey
  • Publication number: 20120126005
    Abstract: A method of transmitting encrypted information to a mobile device and a payment service uses a card reader. The card reader has device electronics that include a microcontroller with logic resources with code and an output jack. A raw magnetic head signal is received from a reading of the card in the slot. The raw magnetic head signal is converted into a processed digital signal that the microcontroller can interpret. The logic resources and the code create both an encryption and signed signal. An encrypted and signed output jack message is delivered to the mobile device through the output jack based on the contents of the signal, with at least a portion of the output jack signal being encrypted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Jack Dorsey, Nathan P. McCauley, Justin Philip Cummins, Diego Monica, Oliver Samuel Curran Quigley, James M. McKelvey
  • Publication number: 20120126006
    Abstract: A card reader has a housing, read head and device electronics that receive a raw signal from the read head and converts it into a processed digital signal that the microcontroller can interpret. A microcontroller with associated logic resources and code receives a digital signal from the device electronics and creates an encrypted and signed message based on the contents of the signal. An output jack is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Jack Dorsey, Nathan P. McCauley, Justin Philip Cummins, Diego Monica, Oliver Samuel Curran Quigley, James M. McKelvey
  • Publication number: 20120118956
    Abstract: A method is provided of transmitting information with a communication protocol to a mobile device. A card reader is provided with a read head that has a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a card, an output jack and device electronics that includes a microcontroller. The read head is used to read data on a magnetic stripe of a card. A raw magnetic signal is produced indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. The raw magnetic head signal is converted into a processed digital signal that the microcontroller can interpret. A synchronous Manchester encoded stream is produced that makes a greater number of 0 crossings. A Manchester encoded stream output jack signal is delivered to the mobile device through the output jack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Kartik Lamba, Amish Babu, Michael Shyh-yen Ho, Adam David Peter Rothschild, Gerald Thomas Ryle, Jack Dorsey, James M. McKelvey
  • Publication number: 20120111942
    Abstract: A digital-imaging based code symbol reading system which automatically detects hand-induced vibration when the user attempts to read one or more 1D and/or 2D code symbols on an object, and controls system operation in order to reduce motion blur in digital images captured by the hand-supportable system, whether operated in a snap-shot or video image capture mode. An accelerometer sensor is used to automatically detect hand/system acceleration in a vector space during system operation. In a first embodiment, digital image capture is initiated when the user manually depresses a trigger switch, and decode processed only when the measured acceleration of the hand-supportable housing is below predetermined acceleration threshold levels. In another embodiment, digital image capture is initiated when an object is automatically detected in the field of view of the system, and decode processed only when the measured acceleration of the hand-supportable housing is below predetermined acceleration threshold levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Yong Liu
  • Publication number: 20120104096
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a biological measuring device with auto coding capabilities. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, the biological measuring device with auto coding capabilities includes a test strip having a substrate and at least a first contact pad and a second contact pad provided on the substrate; and a code reader having at least a first metal pin and a second metal pin to couple to the first contact pad and the second contact pad to obtain coding information associated with the test strip, wherein the code reader is capable of reading the coding information based on a movement of the test strip before the test strip is placed still in relation to the code reader for a proper reading of a sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Cheng-Che Lee, Wen-Hai Tsai, Keng-Hao Chang, Chiu-Chin Yang, Waken Chen, Jih-Hsin Yeh
  • Publication number: 20120095869
    Abstract: A read head is positioned in a housing and configured to be coupled to a mobile device. The read head has a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a financial transaction card. The slot is utilized to complete a financial transaction between a buyer and seller. The read head reads data on the magnetic stripe and produces a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. The read head device includes an output jack adapted to be inserted at least one of the audio jack or microphone input port of a mobile appliance for providing a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe to the mobile device. The slot is configured to maintain contact between the read head and the magnetic stripe of the financial transaction card during a swipe and decoding of the signal is performed in the mobile device. The decoding includes determining pulses in the signal and converting at least some of the pulses to characters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Jim McKelvey
  • Publication number: 20120095867
    Abstract: An integrated read head system includes a mobile device with an audio jack and at least one microphone input port. A read head is physically coupled to the mobile device. The read head has a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a financial transaction card to enable a financial transaction between a buyer and seller. The read head reads data on the magnetic stripe and produces a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. The read head has an output jack that physically connects the read head to at least one of the audio jack or microphone port of the mobile device. The read head provides the signal to the mobile device. The signal is decoded at the mobile device. The decoding includes determining pulses in the signal and converting at least some of the pulses to characters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Jim McKelvey
  • Publication number: 20120091204
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for decoding and recognizing barcode information by using a general camera such as one in a mobile device is disclosed. The invention uses a set of compact point spread functions (PSF) with a squared-shape distribution to restore blurred barcode image for quick and efficient decoding and recognition. Image pre-processing methods are applied to reduce noise and normalize pixel grayscale. On each normalized image, the invention checks if the image contains barcode lines. If there is a barcode, the invention tries to identify the beginning and ending positions of the barcode. The invention selectively decodes multiple scan lines across the barcode and match against predefined barcode models. The best matched barcodes are saved in the history buffer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Jiazheng Shi
  • Publication number: 20120095870
    Abstract: A read head system has a housing and a read positioned in the housing with a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a financial transaction card with the slot utilized to enable a financial transaction between a buyer and seller. The read head reads data on the magnetic stripe and produces a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. The read head includes an output jack configured to be coupled to at least one of a audio jack or microphone port of a mobile device. The read head provides the signal to the mobile device. The slot is oriented and sized to reduce torque applied on the read head as the financial transaction card is swiped through slot in order to maintain accuracy and reliability of the data read by the read head. Decoding of the signal is performed in the mobile device. The decoding includes determining pulses in the signal and converting at least some of the pulses to characters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Jim McKelvey
  • Publication number: 20120067952
    Abstract: Quality of a code provided in a test piece of a work is evaluated, using a sample processing function of a marker that gives the code to the work to present suggestion for setting of a processing condition to a user. Images picked up by a bar code reader are taken in to create a list of readable codes from these picked-up images, and images of these readable codes are displayed in a list. Tuning processing is performed to all the listed-up codes. In this tuning processing, the reading is tried while changing brightness, and a barometer of readability (easiness of decoding) in each of the reading trials is found to calculate a score indicating a level of reading stability based on a value of integral of this barometer, and this score is displayed as a numeric value and in a graph.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: KEYENCE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hajime Matsuda
  • Publication number: 20120055991
    Abstract: Reliability of a decoded result on a barcode is improved without increasing a processing load and a processing time. While a medium transfer mechanism transfers a recording medium, an image capture section captures an image of a surface of the recording medium, and the image data captured is saved in an image memory. Next, a scanning line setup section sets a plurality of scanning lines for image data of a barcode, and meanwhile a decoding section decodes the barcode by making use of image data corresponding to the scanning lines. Subsequently, a judgment section calculates reading reliability according to the image data corresponding to the scanning lines, and makes a judgment on a scanning line having a highest reliability among the reading reliability values. Then, a decoded result for the scanning line corresponding to the judgment result is defined as decoded information for the barcode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Hiroshi Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20120048925
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a code reading apparatus includes an image pickup section, a detecting section, a size recognizing section, and a reading section. The image pickup section picks up an image. The detecting section detects, from the picked-up image, a two-dimensional code obtained by converting information concerning a transaction of a commodity. The size recognizing section recognizes the size of the detected two-dimensional code. The reading section reads the information from the detected two-dimensional code if the recognized size of the two-dimensional code is different from the size of a two-dimensional code recognized immediately before the recognition of the size of the two-dimensional code in the same transaction processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazufumi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8091791
    Abstract: The invention is about a marking method and a corresponding coding center device for the marking of individual items (1), such as security documents, currency, tax excise stamps, labels, pieces of packaging, articles, or transportation means, with pertinent information indicating their nature and/or content, origin and/or destination, etc., and their registration in a remote, centralized data base, enabling the tracking & tracing of said items (1) and of the goods they may be applied to. The method of the invention is based on a three-step printreadcancel (PRC) sequence, embodied in a device comprising a printing unit (P), a reading unit (R) and a canceling unit (C), arranged in-line on an integrated equipment and operating under the control of information processing means (IP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: SICPA Holding SA
    Inventors: Olivier Brémond, Thomas Tiller, Myron Seto
  • Publication number: 20110290880
    Abstract: An exemplary Data Matrix barcode decoding chip, comprising: a characteristic searching unit configured for searching for a characteristic pattern in the barcode image to determine pixel coordinates of the characteristic pattern; a barcode parameter acquiring unit configured for acquiring a barcode parameter according to the pixel coordinates of the characteristic pattern; a correction characteristic acquiring unit configured for searching for a characteristic position in the barcode image and acquiring a correction characteristic according to the characteristic position; a module information processing unit configured for calculating a grayscale value corresponding to a module according to the barcode parameter and the correction characteristic; a binarizing unit configured for binarizing the module; a codeword extracting unit configured for extracting a codeword according to the binarized module; and an error correction and decoding unit configured for decoding the codeword.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: FUJIAN NEWLAND COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qiang Cai, Wenchuan Chen, Yousen Qiu, Tao Yang
  • Publication number: 20110290879
    Abstract: An exemplary QR barcode decoding chip includes a characteristic searching unit configured for searching for a characteristic pattern in the barcode image to determine pixel coordinates of the characteristic pattern; a barcode parameter acquiring unit configured for acquiring a barcode parameter according to the pixel coordinates of the characteristic pattern; a version/format parameter acquiring unit configured for acquiring a version/format parameter; a correction characteristic acquiring unit configured for searching for a characteristic position in the barcode image and acquiring a correction characteristic according to the characteristic position; a module information processing unit configured for calculating a grayscale value corresponding to a module according to the version/format parameter, the barcode parameter and the correction characteristic; a binarizing unit configured for binarizing the module; a codeword extracting unit configured for extracting a codeword according to the binarized module; a
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: FUJIAN NEWLAND COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Guo, Rongsheng Liu, Xianfu Wang, Fusheng Lan
  • Publication number: 20110290878
    Abstract: An exemplary matrix-type two-dimensional (2D) barcode decoding chip includes a data storage, a matrix-type 2D barcode identifying modules, and a master-control logic module. The data storage is configured for storing a barcode image. The matrix-type 2D barcode identifying modules are configured for processing the barcode image in parallel. The master-control logic module is configured for controlling operational statuses of the matrix-type 2D barcode identifying modules so that the matrix-type 2D barcode identifying modules calling the barcode image stored in the data storage in sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: FUJIAN NEWLAND COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yali Sun, Wenchuan Chen, Dong Guo, Tao Yang
  • Publication number: 20110259962
    Abstract: The method for authenticating a code with geometric areas whose shapes and/or colors vary according to a message includes: a step (115) in which the code with variable geometric areas is generated, according to a message, to provide geometric areas; a step (120 to 130) in which a digital authentication code is generated to provide numeric values and a step (135) in which an image of the geometric code areas is formed, including a part of the digital authentication code in at least some of its geometric areas and/or in at least one space between geometric areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: ADVANCED TRACK AND TRACE
    Inventors: Justin Picard, Zbigniew Sagan, Alain Foucou, Jean-Pierre Massicot
  • Publication number: 20110220719
    Abstract: Disclosed is a barcode reading apparatus including: a variable focus lens in which a focus position can be adjusted at a high speed according to applied voltage; an imaging section to generate image data by imaging a barcode through the variable focus lens; a control section to change a focus position of the variable focus lens and to obtain image data of a plurality of image areas with different focus positions in one frame from the imaging section when image data of one frame is obtained from the imaging section; and a decoding section to decode a barcode image included in the image data of the plurality of image areas obtained by the control section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Ogawa, Keiichi Tanioka
  • Publication number: 20110215149
    Abstract: A sample analyzer comprising: a measurement unit for measuring a sample contained in a sample container; a barcode reader; a rotating section; and a controller is disclosed. The controller controls the rotating section and the barcode reader so that the barcode reader repeatedly reads the barcode over the range of a predetermined rotation angle; and obtains identification information of the sample contained in the sample container on the basis of reading results obtained as a result of the repeated reading of the barcode by the barcode reader. Method of obtaining sample identification information and a sample identification information obtaining apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Yuichiro Ohmae
  • Publication number: 20110186632
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a bar code encoding system and a bar code decoding system. The bar code encoding system includes a method for compressing the original data and adding data for error detection and correction to the compressed data to generate a large capacity 2-dimensional color bar code so as to be used as prints in an off-line environment and a large capacity 2-dimensional bar code pattern. The decoding system includes a method for receiving the prints including the 2-dimensional bar code generated by the encoding system through an input device such as a scanner and a camera, searching the 2-dimensional bar code to recognize it, performing color correction and error detection and correction, decompressing the compressed data to decode the original data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventors: Dong-In Yi, Seong-Won Yuk, Chae-Wook Lee
  • Patent number: 7984853
    Abstract: A method, procedure and operational function of the business for inhibiting internal theft of items without inventory identifiers are provided. In one aspect, the method comprises receiving an item for sale at a POS terminal, wherein the item is missing an inventory identifier. After the item is received, a determination is made as to whether a description of the item is stored in an inventory system. If the item is not stored in the inventory system, the sale of the item is inhibited. Thereafter, the entry of identifying information in the POS terminal is requested such that the identifying information identifies the item such that the description of the item can be stored in the inventory system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventor: Muhammad Safder Ali
  • Publication number: 20110172805
    Abstract: A RFID printer for printing and determining the quality of RFID record members having transponders is provided. The RFID printer may be used to print RFID record members utilizing a continuous moving web. In particular, a RFID printer includes an integrated RFID data collector such that identifying RFID transponder information may be recorded and associated with a barcode for inventory tracking purposes. An association file created by the RFID printer may be transferred to a manufacturer or retailer brand owner. The association file may be deleted from the RFID printer upon acknowledgment of receipt of the transmitted association file to the manufacturer or retail brand owner. The RFID printer provides methods for determining quality of RFID printed record members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Raymond A. BLANCHARD, JR., Michael R. BROWN, Regina A. DAVIS, Timothy J. ENTINGH, Clive G. JONES, Richard E. ROBERTS
  • Publication number: 20110147456
    Abstract: A system for encoding energy peaks of an identifier comprises an encoder. The encoder is configured to define a readable spectral range of an identifier. The identifier comprises a rugate microtag. The encoder is configured to divide the readable spectral range into a plurality of bins. The encoder is configured to encode in a center of a bin near one end of the readable spectral range a reference peak. The encoder is configured to encode in a center of each of a set of bins a set of peaks of a data pattern within the readable spectral range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: SKAI TECHNOLOGIES, LLC.
    Inventors: Timothy Learmonth, Ting Zhou