Particular Sensor Structure Patents (Class 235/439)
  • Patent number: 11569695
    Abstract: A device operative to transfer power and communicate wirelessly includes a drive-sense circuit (DSC), memory that stores operational instructions, and processing module(s). The DSC generates a drive signal based on a reference signal and provides the drive signal to a first coil via a single line and via a resonating capacitor, and simultaneously senses the drive signal via the single line, to facilitate electromagnetic coupling to a second coil to transfer power wirelessly to another device. The DSC also detects electrical characteristic(s) of the drive signal including whether a communication signal is transmitted from another device and generates a digital signal representative thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: SIGMASENSE, LLC.
    Inventors: John Christopher Price, Daniel Keith Van Ostrand, Phuong Huynh
  • Patent number: 11494606
    Abstract: A payment card (e.g., credit and/or debit card) is provided with a magnetic emulator operable to act as a magnetic stripe read-head detector and a data transmitter. A multiple layer flexible PCB may be fabricated to include multiple magnetic emulators. An emulator may include a coil that includes magnetic, ferromagnetic, or ferromagnetic, material in the coil's interior. Coils may be associated with zones. As a read-head is detected to move from zone-to-zone, coils may be activated to transmit information in those zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Mullen, David Lambeth, Bruce Cloutier
  • Patent number: 11455824
    Abstract: A cover plate and a manufacturing method thereof, an electronic device are disclosed. The cover plate includes an operation area, the operation area includes an identification area and a non-identification area, the cover plate includes a contact surface, the contact surface includes a first contact surface and a second contact surface, the first contact surface is in the identification area, the second contact surface is in the non-identification area, and the first contact surface and the second contact surface have different contact properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Beijing BOE Technology Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dejun Bu, Paoming Tsai, Jianwei Li
  • Patent number: 11373167
    Abstract: In a method for establishing communication between a transaction terminal (1) and a mobile device (2; 6) located within communication range (5), wherein the transaction terminal (1) is able to communicate in an active and in a passive communication mode and wherein the following process steps are performed: activating the passive communication mode in the transaction terminal (1) for a first time range (t3-t4; t7-t8) in order to establish a passive communication of the transaction terminal (1) with a mobile active device (6) possibly located within communication range (5); activating the active communication mode in the transaction terminal (1) for a second time range (t5-t6) in order to establish an active communication of the transaction terminal (1) with a passive mobile device (2) possibly located within communication range (5), if communication with a mobile active device (6) was not established in the first time range (t3-t4; t7-t8); detecting a carrier signal (7) of a mobile active device (6) possib
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Stephan Lukas Podlipnig, Johannes Seiter, Stefan Bachl, Florian Strohmayer
  • Patent number: 11263354
    Abstract: Provided herein are compositions, devices, systems and methods for the generation and use of biomolecule-based information for storage. Additionally, devices described herein for de novo synthesis of nucleic acids encoding information related to the original source information may be rigid or flexible material. Further described herein are highly efficient methods for long term data storage with 100% accuracy in the retention of information. Also provided herein are methods and systems for efficient transfer of preselected polynucleotides from a storage structure for reading stored information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Twist Bioscience Corporation
    Inventor: Bill James Peck
  • Patent number: 11256885
    Abstract: A reader device for attachment to a smart device comprising a display, the reader comprising an antenna, processing and reading circuitry, and a communications module, wherein the antenna, the processing and reading circuitry, the processor and the communications module are coupled to each other, and whereby the antenna encloses said display. When a card is tapped on the display, the antenna receives a signal and transmits the signal to the processing and reading circuitry. The processing and reading circuitry processes the signal to produce data, and the produced data is transmitted to a device external to the reader device by the communications module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: BBPOS LIMITED
    Inventors: Hwai Sian Tsai, Chi Wah Lo
  • Patent number: 11215678
    Abstract: An electrical continuity detection system may comprise a plurality of identification tags placed on an electrically conductive object, and configured to respond to an injection signal on the electrically conductive object with a response, and a monitoring device coupled to the electrically conductive object and configured to generate the injection signal and an injection signal on the electrically conductive object, receive the response from one or more of the plurality of tags, receive a return signal from the electrically conductive object, determine a characteristic of the electrically conductive object based on the received responses and return signals, and generate a notification based on the characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Avista Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory Ryan Johnson
  • Patent number: 11138553
    Abstract: A system that utilizes two different types of RFID data capture devices; at least one standard fixed RFID portal (e.g., one reader and two antennas) and at least one handheld or mobile RFID device in combination with passive RFID tags (i.e., transmitters). The system acquires, tracks, and reports asset location specific to a manufacturing plant and storage yard (i.e., the inventory), as well as production milestone events. GPS asset location data is tracked almost continuously and reported on demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Surgere, Inc.
    Inventors: William Wappler, David Hampton, Robert Fink, Michael Curran
  • Patent number: 11120325
    Abstract: A data reading device including a hangtag and a reader is provided. The hangtag includes a hangtag main body and a connection element including an RFID component, wherein the connection element passes through the hangtag main body, and two opposite ends with a first expansion and a second expansion abut against the surfaces of the hangtag main body. The reader includes a case, a reading head, and a circuit board. The case has a containing groove which has a groove shape corresponding to at least partial outer shape of the hangtag main body, the first expansion, and the second expansion. The reading head and the circuit board are set in the case, and electrically connected. When the hangtag with partial outer shape corresponding to the groove shape of the containing groove inserts in the containing groove, the RFID component corresponds to the reading head accurately to be connected rapidly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Rong-Der Hong
  • Patent number: 11094157
    Abstract: In a card reader (1), if a shutter member (10), being located at a block position for blocking a card transfer path (3), rotates toward a deep side of the card reader, the shutter member moves to an open position. In a part within a surface of a side of the card transfer path in a thickness direction of the card (2), at a side deeper than the shutter member, there are formed only an open part (31) and an open part (32); the open part being for preventing an interference of the shutter member, rotating toward the open position, with the main body frame (4), as well as ejecting a foreign object out of the card transfer path; the open part being for preventing an interference of a movable component (21), placed so as to face the card transfer path, with the main body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Kazunori Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11093724
    Abstract: Unique physical unclonable function objects are created by molding pre-magnetized or post-magnetized particles into a resin. The particles form a unique physical “fingerprint” based on the random particle size, position, polar rotation, magnetization level, particle density, etc. This invention addresses devices for accurately measuring the physical fingerprint of a PUF, specifically including the X, Y, & Z components of the magnetic field at enough discrete points on the PUF to allow a confident recognition of the identification. A structural element to which a PUF tag is affixed is described that may be used to scan the PUF tag with a smartphone magnetometer by swiping the structural element along the side of the phone and controlling the position of the PUF tag with guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Scott Richard Castle, Tristan Santos Dalay, Robert Henry Muyskens, Neilson Gutay Navarrete, Brant Dennis Nystrom, Thomas Eugene Pangburn, Samuel Leo Rhodus
  • Patent number: 11082571
    Abstract: Provided is an input device comprising: a touch panel which receives an operation from a user; an external member having an external surface substantially the same as a surface of the touch panel; and a near field communication unit which is provided near the surrounding of the touch panel and inside of the external member and performs communication with an object to be detected which is brought close to a detection range, wherein a position corresponding to the near field communication unit of the external member projects from the touch panel and is inclined such that the side close to the touch panel is higher than the side distant from the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Nakayama, Ryoichi Kawasumi
  • Patent number: 11069133
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and a device for generating a 3D scene map, a related apparatus and a storage medium. The method includes the following. At least two frames of point cloud data collected by a collection device is obtained. Data registration is performed on the at least two frames of point cloud data. First type of point cloud data corresponding to a movable obstacle is deleted from each frame of point cloud data and each frame of point cloud data is merged to obtain an initial scene map. Second type of point cloud data corresponding to a regularly shaped object is replaced with model data of a geometry model matching with the regularly object for the initial scene map to obtain the 3D scene map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Feilong Yan, Tongtong Zhao, Jin Fang, Liang Wang, Yu Ma, Ruigang Yang
  • Patent number: 11068670
    Abstract: A battery-powered device with an opening for receiving a smartcard; inside the opening there being at least one electrical contact which can be used to receive power from a power supply. There is also provided a power supply for one or more of the battery-powered devices, the power supply having one or more paddles each of which is configured to enter the smartcard opening of the battery powered device and supply power from a power input, to the electrical contact(s) located inside the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Miura Systems Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Graham Hodges, Enrique Garrido, Darren Leigh Shaw, Matthew Michael James Watts
  • Patent number: 11044073
    Abstract: In a general aspect, a countermeasure method implemented in a microcircuit can include selecting, at each cycle of a clock signal, a supply mode of a component internal to the microcircuit, the supply mode can be selected from among a first supply mode in which the component is fully supplied by a first supply circuit connected to a supply input of the microcircuit, and at least one second supply mode in which the component is at least partially supplied by a second supply circuit internal to the microcircuit. The second supply circuit can be isolated from the exterior of the microcircuit while it is supplying the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Rambus, Inc.
    Inventor: Michel Martin
  • Patent number: 10949733
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a semiconductor device includes a storage device in which a substrate is embedded and sealed in a mold, and an antenna label attached to the storage device. The antenna label is configured to provide a wireless communication function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Megumi Higuchi
  • Patent number: 10949726
    Abstract: A mobile phone includes a smartcard controller that does not rely on power received from an interrogating RF field. The mobile phone also includes a small inductive device capable of inductive coupling with an RFID reader. The smartcard controller includes circuitry to modulate an impedance of a port coupled to the inductive element when in the presence of an interrogating RF field at substantially 13.56 MHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: iCashe, Inc.
    Inventors: Siva G. Narendra, Saurav Chakraborty, Prabhakar Tadepalli
  • Patent number: 10942640
    Abstract: Disclosed by the present invention are a fingerprint recognition module and a mobile phone, the mobile phone comprising a fingerprint recognition module, a display screen, a touch screen chip disposed on the display screen and a touch screen panel disposed on the touch screen chip, a display touch integrated circuit (IC) and a display screen touch circuit board being disposed at one end of the display screen. The present invention reduces the length of a bottom frame of a mobile phone as well as the entire mobile phone by means of silk printing, transfer printing or electroplating a decorative ring on the touch screen panel to take the place of the fingerprint recognition metal decorative ring of an ordinary mobile phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: HuiZhou TCL Mobile Communication Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhiguo Hu, Hongbin Zhan, Weihui Fan, Yun Ye, Rui Shi, Yun Lin
  • Patent number: 10935873
    Abstract: An imaging device, having a substrate for mounting an imaging portion; a lens barrel for holding a lens group; a shield plate covering the vicinity of the substrate; a case disposed so as to cover the lens barrel, the substrate, and the shield plate; and a coupling, for connecting the substrate and another member, connected electrically to the ground electropotential, and a biasing portion that contacts the coupling so as to receive a biasing force in the optical axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Yuta Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10938109
    Abstract: Foldable antenna devices formed on rigid substrates are provided. The substrate can be planar in an unfolded state, and a metal layer can be formed on the rigid substrate to act as an antenna element. The rigid substrate(s) can include mountain folds and valley folds, or hinges, such that the antenna device is foldable from an unfolded state to a fully folded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Florida International University Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Stavros Georgakopoulos, Shun Yao
  • Patent number: 10922349
    Abstract: Features are disclosed for filtering and presenting specific portions of monitoring data associated with specific events. The features may include: (1) receiving time stamp information from delivery partner; (2) filtering or receiving filtered feed of monitoring data such as audio or video data; and (3) providing notification to a user including the specific portion of the monitoring data. Where the monitoring data is ambiguous or disrupted, the analysis may be offloaded to a manual review process to avoid false-positives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wendy M. Harris, Muhammad Tanvir Anwar, Michael Ellsworth Bundy, Stephen Weber Crow, Ariel Grob Dos Santos, Brian A. Michalowski, Joshua Roth, Jamie Siminoff
  • Patent number: 10846673
    Abstract: Techniques to custom define transaction sessions are provided. A plugin-based architecture is provided having tasks as units of atomic work that are bound to orchestrators. The orchestrators form plug-in transaction sessions. Specific instances of plugin transaction sessions are deployed and processed from network-based machines, such as but not limited to kiosks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Raymond Cooke, Mark Thomas Alston
  • Patent number: 10825280
    Abstract: A system of conversion of a mobile electronic payment terminal into a fixed electronic payment terminal. The system includes: first and second support elements having first hooking elements and a first reversible locking element. The support elements are configured to receive the electronic payment terminal or a charging base for charging the electronic payment terminal and to be fixedly attached to the charging base or to a fixed pedestal. The system also includes a lower hatch to be fixed beneath the electronic payment terminal and having second hooking elements configured to cooperate with the first hooking elements of the first and second support elements, and further having a second reversible locking element configured to cooperate the first the reversible locking element the support elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: INGENICO GROUP
    Inventor: Jerome Andre
  • Patent number: 10799706
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods to facilitate wireless interaction between an implantable therapy delivery device and an external transmitter device are provided. In an example, the systems, devices, and methods discussed herein include or use a garment for receiving and positioning an external transmitter device proximal to an implanted device, and the external transmitter device includes a midfield device configured to provide one or more signals to manipulate evanescent fields outside of tissue to generate a propagating and focused field in the tissue. In an example, the garment includes a receptacle configured to receive and retain the external transmitter device near a tissue interface, and the garment further includes a dielectric portion provided between the receptacle and the tissue interface. In an example, the dielectric portion has a relative permittivity that is approximately the same as the relative permittivity of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Brad Holinski, Alexander Yeh, Elia Junco, Timothy Edward Ciciarelli
  • Patent number: 10755975
    Abstract: A method of constructing an electrical contact including a contact element positioned between a first contact member and a second contact member. The method includes defining a transmission line model to represent operation of the electrical contact. The transmission line model indicates a contact resistance and a specific contact resistivity along a length of the contact element. The method includes determining a current flow profile of the contact element. The current flow profile is determined based on a current distribution using the transmission line model. The method includes determining one of: (i) a material, (ii) a thickness, and (iii) a geometry of the contact element based on the contact resistance and the current flow profile of the transmission line model. The method includes constructing the contact element positioned between the first contact member and the second contact member with the at least one of (i) the material, (ii) the thickness, and (iii) the geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Peng Zhang, Sneha Banerjee, John Luginsland
  • Patent number: 10740575
    Abstract: A reception circuit of an NFC card, includes, an input circuit, a reference voltage generator, a comparison circuit and a reference voltage controller. The input circuit receives a wireless signal including pauses and generates an envelope voltage signal. The reference voltage generator generates a detection reference voltage and a selection reference voltage based on the envelope voltage signal and a voltage selection signal. The selection reference voltage varies depending on a minimum voltage level of the pauses. The comparison circuit generates a pause detection signal and a synchronization signal by comparing the envelope voltage signal with the detection reference voltage the selection reference voltage, respectively. The reference voltage controller adjusts a control value of the voltage selection signal based on the pause detection signal and the synchronization signal such that the selection reference voltage is changed depending on the control value of the voltage selection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyeong-Do Kim, Jun-Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10730322
    Abstract: A medium transport apparatus includes a transport roller configured to transport a medium and a roller support portion configured to support the transport roller. The roller support portion includes a support member contacting an outer circumferential surface of the transport roller at two positions thereof in a circumferential direction to support the transport roller, a base member defining a position of the support member, and an intermediary member mediating the support member and the base member. The intermediary member is configured to cause separation between the support member and the base member without moving the support member and the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yuki Moriya
  • Patent number: 10715609
    Abstract: The embodiments set forth a technique for dynamically adjusting a manner in which notifications are output on a computing device. According to some embodiments, a technique can include (1) identifying that at least one different computing device satisfies a physical proximity threshold relative to the computing device, (2) determining that the at least one different computing device is included in a list of known computing devices associated with the computing device, (3) determining, based on a configuration associated with the at least one computing device, that the at least one different computing device is associated with a respective notification profile maintained by the computing device, and (4) activating the respective notification profile at the computing device to adjust the manner in which notifications are output by the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew E. Shepherd, Benjamin T. Sherratt, Marc J. Krochmal, Bob Bradley, Kritarth Jain, Michele Campeotto
  • Patent number: 10715747
    Abstract: A sensor support system includes a sensor and a terminal device configured to display form information of the sensor. The sensor includes a two-dimensional code (storage tag) which can be read from the terminal device and which is configured to store the form information of the sensor. The terminal device is configured to calculate position information of the sensor from an image of the sensor, configured to generate a virtual image of the form information of the sensor, and configured to display on a display an image in which the virtual image is superimposed on an image of the sensor taken by a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Kamimura, Kenji Sato, Hirohito Mizumoto, Ziqiang Xu, Hajime Ujiie
  • Patent number: 10706241
    Abstract: A method and a device for keeping an active state of a smart card until re-entering a field, and a smart card are provided. The method includes: sending a waiting time extension instruction by a smart card to an electronic device when the smart card is in an electromagnetic field of the electronic device and in an active state; starting a timer after the smart card receives a reply in response to the waiting time extension instruction; detecting that the smart card leaves the field, determining whether the timer times out, and keeping a current state of the smart card as the active state when the timer does not time out and detecting that the smart card re-enters the field, determining whether the timer times out, and keeping the current state of the smart card as the active state when the timer does not time out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Dongsheng Li
  • Patent number: 10691905
    Abstract: Field-upgradable barcode readers. An example field-upgradeable barcode reader is configured to be supported by a workstation and includes a first housing portion supporting a generally horizontal platter having a generally horizontal window and a second housing portion supporting a generally vertical window. The second housing includes a receptacle configured to alternatively receive one of a cover and a field-installable imaging assembly insert. The field-installable imaging assembly insert is configured to receive an image acquisition assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Drzymala, Edward Barkan, Darran Michael Handshaw
  • Patent number: 10671900
    Abstract: A transaction instrument and a method of making a transaction instrument by continuous liquid interface production. The transaction instrument such as a transaction card may have many features or components made by or using continuous liquid interface production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Paul Vittimberga, Kristine Ing, John T. Wright
  • Patent number: 10666073
    Abstract: The disclosure enclosed herein discloses a gamepad, the gamepad comprising: a thimble contact rechargeable battery package, a battery cover, and a charging dock, wherein the dock comprises an upper cover, a bottom shell, and a charging PCB arranged between them. The disclosure has a dual-charge dock charging for two gamepads simultaneously, with two thimbles. A battery groove is at a back of the gamepad, and a battery cover matching the battery groove is provided therein, and also has a charging window. The rechargeable battery package has a charging interface and a discharging interface. When in use, the rechargeable battery package is placed into the battery groove and covered. The discharging interface is electrically connected to the gamepad, supplying power thereto. When being charged, the gamepad is placed on the charging dock; the thimble arranged at the charging dock contacts with the charging interface through the charging window to realize charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Mingzhi Manufacturing (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Linwei Yang
  • Patent number: 10635871
    Abstract: An indicia reader can include an indicia-capturing system, an indicia-decoding module, and an audio indicator system having a sound source. An indicia-reader housing can support these components, and the housing includes two adjacent mounting surfaces and a sound port opening formed within a portion of the common edge of the two adjacent surfaces. The indicia reader can be operatively mounted in at least two different positions by attaching one of the two adjacent surfaces to a support structure. The reader's sound port opening is in acoustic communication with the sound source of the audio indicator for transmitting audible indications emitted via the audio indicator system when the indicia reader is mounted in either of the at least two different mounting positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Stang, Wenkang Lu
  • Patent number: 10607126
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a piece of equipment during transport comprises a) applying a reporting device to the equipment, b) transporting the piece of equipment, c) transmitting sensed or location data using the transmitter, d) storing sensed or location in a memory device, e) retrieving the stored data from the memory device and d) using the retrieved data to assess the usability of the piece of equipment for an intended purpose. The reporting device may comprise a body adapted to mechanically couple to the end of the piece of equipment and a sensor package. The sensor package may comprise at least one dynamic sensor, the sensor generating sensed data corresponding to a sensed value, a satellite sensor generating location data, an optional ID reader, a cellular network transmitter, and a memory device adapted to receive, store, and report the sensed or location data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen Jones, Junichi Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10585161
    Abstract: The invention further relates to a radio tag with a communication stage and a logic stage that interacts therewith The invention relates to a method for locating a radio tag whose position is unknown, wherein in a group of radio tags, in particular designed as electronic price-indicating devices, a locating signal is either a) emitted by one or more radio tags whose position is known and received by the radio tag whose position is unknown or b) emitted by the radio tag whose position is unknown and received by one or more radio tags whose position is known, and, in both cases a) and b), the reception quality for the locating signal is determined and provided, for the radio tag receiving the locating signal, as a basis for narrowing down the position of the radio tag whose position is unknown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SES-Imagotag GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Rößl
  • Patent number: 10572698
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting the presence of a skimmer in the credit card reader of a kiosk such as a gas pump, ATM or other self-service vending machine which conducts the transaction directly with the consumer without interaction of an attendant or clerk. A light source and a light sensor are located on either side of a card slot on the credit card reader. When the light source is blocked from the light sensor for a predetermined length of time, an alarm is triggered. The alarm may notify an attendant or security to investigate any issues with the credit card reader. The light source is pulsed on and off at a predetermined frequency to differentiate it from ambient light and other light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Zephyrus Electronics, Ltd.
    Inventor: David James Keener
  • Patent number: 10546288
    Abstract: A system and method configured for conducting a transaction between two parties using a mobile device, or a plurality of mobile devices. In various embodiments, a system for conducting a transaction can comprise an accessory device having an accessory device module and a hardware component, where the accessory device can have various accessory device capabilities. The system can further comprise a mobile device SDK incorporated into the client application and in communication with the accessory device, where the mobile device SDK includes an accessory conversion module in communication with the accessory device module and where the mobile device SDK provides data to the client application. The client application can request accessory device information and receive accessory device capabilities, and the transaction data for the transaction can be provided in a defined structure between the accessory device and the client application via the mobile device SDK.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Worldpay, LLC
    Inventors: Chance Ulrich, Scot Bryant
  • Patent number: 10511347
    Abstract: A near field communication (NFC) reader is disclosed. The NFC reader includes an antenna front-end that includes a low pass filter, a matching circuit and an antenna coil. The NFC reader also includes a NFC controller. The NFC controller includes an oscillator coupled to the antenna front-end and the NFC controller is configured to detect a presence of an object in proximity of the antenna front-end using one or more changes in an output of the oscillator. The antenna front-end creates a tank circuit for the oscillator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Gernot Hueber, Ian Thomas Macnamara
  • Patent number: 10500981
    Abstract: The child car seat safety system comprises a master system, a pressure sensor, and a cable. The cable electrically connects the pressure sensor to the master system. The pressure sensor is monitored by the master system. The pressure sensor detects when a passenger is in the child safety seat. The master system communicates with the personal data device. If the master system determines that the span of the distance between the master system and the personal data device is too greater the master system sends a first message to the personal data device. The master system further monitors the temperature in the air around the child safety seat. If the measured temperature exceeds a previously determined maximum temperature, the master system sends a second message to an appropriate authority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Ibrahim Mahmoud
  • Patent number: 10503949
    Abstract: A touch screen includes a touch panel and an ultrasonic probe. A touch panel includes a cover plate, a first sensing structure including a plurality of receiving electrode lines, a glass sheet, and a second sensing structure including a plurality of transmitting electrode lines. The ultrasonic probe includes a first piezoelectric film and a second piezoelectric film. The first piezoelectric film is attached to the touch panel and electrically coupled to the receiving electrode line, and the second piezoelectric film is attached to the touch panel and electrically coupled to the transmitting electrode line. An electronic device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Zhen Chen
  • Patent number: 10460278
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for registration of destination identifiers to be used in lieu of geographic addresses. In one embodiment, a user specification of a destination identifier is received. It is determined that the destination identifier is available for registration. A user request is received to register the destination identifier as associated with a geographic address. The destination identifier is registered in response to the user request by creating a stored mapping between the destination identifier and the geographic address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: Amazon Technologies, Inc., IMDB.COM, Inc.
    Inventors: Hilliard Bruce Siegel, Kenneth Thomas Burford
  • Patent number: 10453956
    Abstract: A semiconductor packaging structure includes a chip, a first pin, a second pin, and a third pin. The chip includes a first surface, a second surface, a first power switch, and a second switch, and both the first power switch and the second switch include a first terminal and a second terminal. The second surface of the chip is opposite to the first surface of the chip. The first pin does not contact to the second pin. The first terminal of the first power switch of the chip is coupled to the first pin, and the second terminal of the first power switch of the chip is coupled to the third pin. The first terminal of the second power switch of the chip is coupled to the third pin, and the second terminal of the second power switch of the chip is coupled to the second pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Chao-Feng Cai, Jian-Hong Zeng, Zeng Li, Xiao-Ni Xin
  • Patent number: 10445627
    Abstract: A portable dual-interface data carrier contains a metal sheet which can be provided with low technical effort and especially no ferrite material is required. The resulting portable dual-interface data carrier is more heavy than a state of the art PVC smart card and provides contact based interface on one side, whereas contactless interfaces is working from both sides of the card. One application domain of the data carrier is to provide a so-called smartcard. The present invention is furthermore directed towards a dual-interface module as well as towards a method for providing a portable dual-interface data carrier. Moreover, a data carrier is suggested comprising instructions for performing the suggested method and for manufacturing the portable dual-interface data carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Markus Sexl, Thomas Tarantino, Eric Virostek
  • Patent number: 10395020
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a smart wallet and a mobile device. The smart wallet includes a first body defining an enclosure, a first biometric sensor, and a first processor to unlock a portion of the first body to allow access to the enclosure responsive to validating a biometric input from the first biometric sensor. The mobile device includes a second body having an attachment interface for removably coupling to the first body and a second processor. The second processor is to send a signal to unlock the portion of the first body based on a user input on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Sudhir C. Vissa, Vivek K. Tyagi, Nikhil Ambha Madhusudhana
  • Patent number: 10387697
    Abstract: A wireless scanner is described that performs a pairing operation with a wireless scanner base before commencing scanning operations in a wireless scanner network. Radio frequency identification (RFID) is used to achieve the pairing operation of the wireless scanner with the wireless scanner base by using an RFID tag associated with the wireless scanner base. The RFID tag in the wireless scanner base may contain pairing information such as a network address of the wireless scanner base for use in automatically establishing a wireless communication session with the wireless scanner base in accordance with another wireless protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Jerry Wu, Jianfeng Gao, HongJian Jin
  • Patent number: 10366258
    Abstract: In aspects of determining blocked wireless communication between devices, a mobile device wirelessly communicates with a wireless device. The mobile device can receive partial data or no data from the wireless device responsive to the wireless communication. The mobile device activates sensors to obtain sensor data based on receiving the partial or no data from the wireless device. The mobile device can then determine whether an object is positioned or located between the mobile device and the wireless device based on the sensor data, and determine that the object is likely blocking the wireless communication based on the object being positioned or located between the devices. The mobile device can then display a notification that the wireless communication is being blocked based on the determination that the object is likely blocking the wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Scott Patrick DeBates, Douglas Alfred Lautner, Jagatkumar V. Shah
  • Patent number: 10346339
    Abstract: A device can be configured to provide isolation between conductive circuit paths and to selectively connect one of the conductive circuit paths to a shared interface. Each conductive circuit path can include driver circuitry designed to transmit signals according to a particular protocol and a corresponding signal speed. The shared interface can be, in one instance, a connector designed for connection to other devices. The other devices can be configured to communicate over the shared interface using one or more of the particular protocols provided using the different circuit paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: James Spehar, Jingsong Zhou, Madan Vemula
  • Patent number: 10337888
    Abstract: A sensor circuit includes a plurality of half-bridge sensor circuits. The sensor circuit includes a sensor output value determination circuit configured to determine a sensor output value. The sensor circuit further includes an error determination circuit configured to generate an error signal based on a first half-bridge sensor signal and a second half-bridge sensor signal. The sensor circuit further includes a control circuit configured to control a selection of one of the first half-bridge sensor circuit and the second half-bridge sensor circuit for providing one of the first half-bridge sensor signal and the second half-bridge sensor signal to the sensor output value determination circuit to determine the sensor output value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Franz Jost, Harald Witschnig, Juergen Zimmer
  • Patent number: 10318953
    Abstract: A payment terminal can have a near field communication (NFC) circuit to permit the payment terminal to accept an NFC payment transaction from a payment device of a customer. The NFC circuit can have a first set of components that are located on a printed circuit board in the base of the payment terminal and a second set of components that are mounted on a flex circuit in another region of the payment terminal. The flex circuit can be coupled to the printed circuit board and have an extended portion with a plurality of traces to communicate transmit and receive data between the first set of components and the second set of components. The plurality of traces on the extended portion can have a predetermined length that is greater than or equal to 2.5% of the propagation-medium-specific wavelength of the carrier signal communicated over the traces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Binder, Jeremy Wade