Particular Sensor Structure Patents (Class 235/439)
  • Patent number: 8985452
    Abstract: The invention relates to a security device with sensors for checking whether the security device (1) is in an undamaged state and checking for the presence of a specified support (9) of the security device (1), said support (9) being an object, in particular a mechanical or electronic component, characterized in that the sensors detect movements and/or accelerations of the security device (1) relative to the support (9) and/or material properties of the support (9) and/or of the security device (1) and are connected to an electronic system (3) for signal evaluation. In a method for using such a security device (1) the state of the security device (1) and the presence of a specified support (9) are ascertained multiple times and in different ways, wherein signals are used which are obtained as actual values and which are compared with specified target values in an electronic system (3). An action is triggered upon a deviation of at least one of the actual values from the target values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerhard Schultes, Christoph Tomschitz
  • Patent number: 8985459
    Abstract: A decodable indicia reading terminal can comprise a laser-based scanner, an imager-based scanner, a central processing unit (CPU), and an illumination assembly. The laser-based scanner can include a laser source, a photo-detector, and an analog-to-digital (A/D) converter. The laser source can be configured to emit a laser beam onto a substrate bearing decodable indicia. The photo-detector can be configured to receive a beam of a variable intensity reflected by the decodable indicia, and to output a first analog signal representative of the variable intensity. The A/D converter can be configured to convert the first analog signal into a first digital signal. The imager-based scanner can include a multiple pixel image sensor, an imaging lens, and an A/D converter. The imaging lens can be configured to focus an image of the decodable indicia on the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Philip Kearney, Patrick Anthony Giordano, Charles Joseph Cunningham, Desmond Bond, Thomas Amundsen
  • Patent number: 8985462
    Abstract: A method includes the following: (1) detecting light from a target object to capture multiple images of the target object while substantially maintaining the distance between the target object and the imaging lens arrangement that is configured to have a focus position thereof changed with a lens-driving-parameter; (2) processing the at least one of the multiple images to determine a feature-size in an aiming pattern; (3) processing at least two of the multiple images to find an optimal lens-driving-parameter that results in the maximum image sharpness; and (4) storing both the feature-size and the optimal lens-driving-parameter into a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: David P. Goren
  • Publication number: 20150076231
    Abstract: The proximity readers for opening a door are typically located on a lock, a metal prison wall, on a metal fire door, on a metal door frame. Traditionally, a proximity reader had to be made thick so that the pickup coil/antenna was not close to the metallic mounting surface otherwise the reader's read range would be drastically reduced. The present invention eliminates the problem of these metal surfaces reducing the read range of the proximity reader when mounted on these types of metallic surfaces. The present invention allows the pickup coil/antenna to be mounted close to the metallic mounting surface, be low profile without reducing the read range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Charles Buccola
  • Publication number: 20150069122
    Abstract: A system and method of determining an initial point for a scan path may include acquiring, using a mobile device, an image of an object, the image comprising decodable indicia. Using the mobile device, data is decoded from the decodable indicia. Indicia dimensions of the decodable indicia are determined based on the data, and image dimensions of the decodable indicia in the image are determined. An initial location of the mobile device is calculated relative to the decodable indicia based on a geometric relationship between the indicia dimensions of the decodable indicia and the image dimensions of the decodable indicia in the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Philip ZUMSTEG
  • Publication number: 20150069125
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an active contact and near-field card reading device and a method thereof, which are a device and a method for being attached to a mobile information device to carry out mobile payment and of which the structure includes a transmission cable. The transmission cable has two ends respectively provided with an audio connector and a reading head. The reading head includes an ISO 7816 reading module and an ISO 14443 reading module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: COATMEN TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION LIMITED
    Inventor: CHIN-TING HO
  • Patent number: 8977319
    Abstract: Disclosed are a portable electronic device and a method for controlling the portable electronic device wherein it is possible to use an application enabling an easy input of characters. The portable electronic device is provided with a starting unit, a display unit, a detection unit, and a control unit. The starting unit starts the application enabling the input of characters. The display unit displays a screen based on the application. The detection unit detects a contact to the display unit. The control unit causes the starting unit to start the application when identifying, while a standard screen is displayed on the display unit, the track of the contact to the display unit according to the contact to the display unit detected by the detection unit and determining from the detected track of the contact that characters are being inputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventor: Junichi Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20150060545
    Abstract: A card reader (data read-out device) causes an image display section to display an image that indicates a predetermined portion on a display surface of a display panel, as a portion where a non-contact IC card (recording medium) is to be close. An antenna for making communications with a non-contact IC card is arranged at a portion located at the rear side of the predetermined portion on a rear surface of the display panel. In a case where a user brings a non-contact IC card close to the predetermined portion on the display surface presented as an image, the card reader reads out data from a non-contact IC card wirelessly by using an antenna. A user can identify a portion where a recording medium is to be brought close without turning his/her gaze away from the display surface of the card reader. Therefore, it is possible to bring a recording medium close to a proper position so as to enable reading out data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Takashi Nishimachi
  • Publication number: 20150060539
    Abstract: Management elements (e.g., an RFID tag, an RFID reader, a barcode, a QR code, etc.) can be retro-fitted to cables, connectors, and/or equipment to store PLI for the cables, connectors, and/or equipment after deployment and/or connection of the equipment. The management elements can be added in the field without replacing the telecommunication components or disconnecting cables from the telecommunication components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8970376
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and articles of manufacture for assigning priority to antennae are disclosed. In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention, reader antennae identify the location of an object by detecting a tag or other identifier associated with each object. Sensors can be provided to provide additional information regarding the environment of the objects or their surroundings. A priority order is assigned to the reader antennae based on the location and other characteristics of the objects and/or their environment. A polling sequence for reading the reader antennae is determined according to the priority order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Paul B. Rasband, Donald G. Bauer, Richard J. Campero
  • Patent number: 8971802
    Abstract: A system for use in a near field communications (NFC) reader, for detecting the presence of an NFC tag, is disclosed. The NFC reader has an antenna tuned to a resonant frequency. The system comprises: a first signal generator for generating a carrier signal whose frequency varies about the resonant frequency; a second signal generator for generating a modulating signal for modulating the carrier signal; a modulator for modulating the carrier signal with the modulating signal; a driver for driving the antenna with the modulated signal; and a detection system for detecting harmonics of the modulating signal in a signal present in the antenna as a result of the modulated signal. The detector is configured to generate an output when a third or higher order harmonic is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited
    Inventor: Steve Jones
  • Patent number: 8967472
    Abstract: An RFID reader includes an HF antenna formed on a compound, or three-dimensional, surface. With an HF antenna so configured, the RFID reader operates with an expanded region in which a short-range RFID device can be effectively read, while still requiring close proximity between the RFID device and the RFID reader for successful communication. Consequently, the physical security of information associated with the RFID device can be maintained while simultaneously enhancing the reliability of communications between the RFID device and an RFID reader. In addition, the HF antenna can be reliably and repeatably formed into a desired three-dimensional shape with a relatively simple two-step process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Brasher, David Worral, William G. Wiedefeld
  • Patent number: 8967475
    Abstract: A magnetic head device which suppresses output fluctuation even though the output changes in part of an output waveform from the magnetic head. The magnetic head device includes a magnetic head for reproducing information recorded in a magnetic information recording medium; an amplifier section for amplifying a reproduced signal that the magnetic head has reproduced, by using a gain; an A/D converter section for converting the reproduced signal that has been amplified, to a digital signal, by sampling the signal at predetermined intervals, in order to output the converted digital signal; a signal comparator section for comparing a digital signal output value with a predetermined output criterion value; and a gain control section for adjusting the gain in such a way as to make the output value closer to the output criterion value, in the case where the output value is either greater or smaller than the output criterion value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeo Nakajima, Katsuhisa Higashi
  • Patent number: 8967468
    Abstract: A terminal includes a housing, a touch screen, and an imaging assembly. The imaging assembly in one embodiment is disposed in the housing so that an imaging axis extends externally from the housing. The imaging assembly can be utilized for capture of images disposed externally to the housing. In one embodiment a frame of image data captured utilizing an imaging assembly can be processed for attempting to decode a decodable indicia. In one embodiment a frame of image data captured utilizing an imaging assembly can be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Garrison Gomez, Timothy R. Fitch, Melvin D. McCall, James F. O'Donnell, George S. Smith, II, David Sperduti
  • Publication number: 20150053764
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a Radio Frequency Identification apparatus includes a coupling body having a metal material and a transponder chip configured to contactlessly transmit data. The transponder chip is physically coupled to the coupling body, has a storage element which stores the data, and has a first electrode which is at a distance from the coupling body. The coupling body is in the form of a second electrode for the transponder chip configured to couple the transponder chip to an external Radio Frequency Identification reader for reading the data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Walther PACHLER, Gerald HOLWEG, Guenter HOFER
  • Publication number: 20150053763
    Abstract: A reader for reading radio frequency identification (RFID) tags of a fiber router. The reader includes a main body and a scanner portion. The main body includes a circuit board and at least one indicating lamp electrically connected to the circuit board. The scanner portion is coupled to the main body and includes at least one scanning protrusion. Each scanning protrusion corresponds to one of the at least one indicating lamps, each scanning protrusion includes an antenna electrically connected to the circuit board, and each antenna corresponds to the indicating lamp. Each antenna receives information from a RFID tag and transmits the information to the circuit board, and the circuit board controls the corresponding indicating lamp to emit indicating colors according to the information received by each of the antennas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: ZONG-YUAN SUN, DA-HUA XIAO
  • Patent number: 8960543
    Abstract: An RFID reader that is situated in a recess of an apparatus housing, such that the apparatus housing is constituted of an electrically conductive material, and such that the RFID reader is configured as an RFID reader operating according to the “EMV Contactless Protocol Specification, Version 2.1, March 2011,” such that the RFID antenna is situated in or on a plane constituted by the apparatus housing or inside the apparatus housing, such that the RFID reader has a transmitting power of more than 400 milliwatts, and that a quality factor (Q) of the RFID antenna is in a range between Q=12 and Q=20. In addition, the invention relates to an apparatus with an RFID reader of this type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Feig Electronic GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Roedig, Torsten Gratzki, Andreas Wennrich
  • Patent number: 8960546
    Abstract: An antenna for use in an asset-identification system. The antenna includes a plurality of electrically conductive coils electrically connected in parallel. The coils are physically aligned along a common axis. The coils are offset along the common axis by a distance selected to reduce the mutual inductance between the electrically conductive coils, while allowing the signals from the electrically conductive coils to add together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Jessie Darrell Streater
  • Publication number: 20150048163
    Abstract: An antenna circuit has a substrate, an antenna coil on only one side of the substrate, and a low-profile crossover element on the same side of the substrate and which bridges at least one turn of the antenna coil to electrically interconnect an inner end portion and an outer end portion of the antenna coil. The crossover element includes an electrically insulative layer on or adjacent to the turn of the antenna coil, a first electrically conductive layer above the electrically insulative layer, and a second electrically conductive layer which is above the first electrically conductive layer and which is of a different electrically conductive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth Arthur SENIOR
  • Patent number: 8955750
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and apparatus for providing isolated actuations in a plurality of animated points of an object. A base portion and an object portion are provided with an apparatus, and a plurality of light receiving elements are configured with the base portion that are operable to detect light emanating from pixels that flash on a computing device display screen. A plurality of actuators are provided with the base portion and each is configured to independently actuate in response to the light detected by the light receiving elements. A plurality of passive mechanical components is provided with the object portion. The mechanical portions are operatively coupled to respective ones of the plurality of actuators, wherein independent movement of respective parts of the object portion is provided by the respective actuators in response to the light detected from the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Retoy, LLC
    Inventor: Edo Segal
  • Publication number: 20150041542
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for modulating card information between a card reader and a user device. One of the methods includes receiving, from a read head of the card reader, card information associated with a card. The card information is encoded in a first format to be sent to the user device at a first data rate. The card information is encoded in a second format to be sent to the user device at a second data rate lower than the first data rate. The card information is sent to the user device encoded in the first format and the second format.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Templeton, Daniel Jeffrey Post, Dominique Gilbert Toppani, Alex Sutton
  • Publication number: 20150041540
    Abstract: A system for reading transponders may include a printed circuit board and an electrotextile antenna. The printed circuit board may include an RFID reading circuit, and the electrotextile antenna may be electrically connected to the printed circuit board via a connection. The electrotextile antenna may be composed of a material made by blending or coating textiles with a metal, and the electrotextile antenna may be configured to transmit and receive signals between the RFID reading circuit and RFID tags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Huyu QU, Fouad NUSSEIBEH
  • Publication number: 20150042458
    Abstract: An RFID reader includes an antenna, a conversion unit, a lookup table, a storage unit, an identification unit and a processing unit. The antenna receives a first signal from an RFID tag. The conversion unit converts the first signal to a first serial number. The lookup table records a plurality of specific serial numbers and a plurality of storage locations of a plurality of application programs, each of the specific serial numbers corresponds to the storage location of one of the application programs. The identification unit determines whether the first serial number is one of the specific numbers. The processing unit enables the RFID reader to provide a first function if the first serial number is one of the specific serial numbers. If not, the processing unit enables the RFID reader to provide a second function different from the first function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Wistron NeWeb Corp.
    Inventor: Yi-Ting TING
  • Publication number: 20150041536
    Abstract: An induction vehicle detection and identification system comprising electronic identification devices with electronic memory, mounted on vehicles, and a reader capable of reading and/or writing data obtained from devices in HF-band. Devices have a non-volatile memory and are integrated into the vehicle's license plate. The reader combined with a magnetic frame is in a dielectric casing, which is mounted under the roadway. It generates an alternating magnetic field, which determines the detection and identification range. Minimum time the reader requires to read discrete responses generated by electronic identification devices and to identify the vehicle is less than 25 ms. The identification devices and the reader exchange data at the rate of 1 Kbit/sec or higher, and provide data encoding and decoding, as well as data access restriction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Parallels IP Holdings GmbH
  • Publication number: 20150041541
    Abstract: An antenna system may include a first metamaterial antenna having a first resonant frequency and a second metamaterial antenna having a second resonant frequency. The first resonant frequency may be different from the second resonant frequency. A first feed point may be connected to the first metamaterial antenna, and a second feed point may be connected to the second metamaterial antenna. A signal may be applied to the first and second feed points so that the first and second metamaterial antennas radiates electromagnetic energy while the signal is being applied and so that the antenna system is configured to send or receive signals over both the first and second resonant frequency bands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Huyu QU, Fouad NUSSEIBEH, Ynjiun Paul WANG
  • Patent number: 8948602
    Abstract: An information system comprises a card and a card reader. The card and the card reader can be coupled by an optical communication module and an optical power transfer module. Operations of the card can be powered by the power transferred from the card reader through the optical power transfer module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Yang Pan
  • Publication number: 20150028101
    Abstract: A drive over stand for a TAG reader has a lead-on ramped surface and an exit-off ramped surface aligned and operative to intercept and engage the vehicle tire as the vehicle tire traverses over the upper surface of the stand. One or more pockets are disposed within the stand base, each receiving an antenna assembly. The antenna assembly is positioned within the pocket of the base, seated at a tilt angle operative to direct a read field toward a vehicle approach path to the stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Joseph Paul Batcho, SR., John Michael Fenkanyn, Amrita Patel, Mario Vincent Orosa
  • Publication number: 20150028999
    Abstract: In an apparatus and by a method for detecting a tag having a transponder for identification by electromagnetic waves (RFID), a synchronization unit is electromagnetically coupled to the transponder and outputs a trigger signal for activating a supplementary system based on the occurrence of data interchange with the transponder. Any desired devices can therefore be easily activated and uniquely identified using an identification number of the transponder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Richard Roskosch, Claus Seisenberger
  • Patent number: 8939370
    Abstract: A programmable camera includes a camera control device, an optical sensor, a volatile data memory, a flash memory, and an interface to a data bus, e.g., a CAN bus. The camera is configured to optically receive and read in program data in a programming mode with the aid of an optical code, e.g., a barcode, and to program the flash memory using the received program data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Karsten Muehlmann
  • Patent number: 8939364
    Abstract: A structure (10) for holding sample-containing receptacles includes a cover (40) with holes formed therein through which the receptacles can be accessed with a substance transfer mechanism, such as a robotic pipettor. When the transfer mechanism is inserted into and then withdrawn from a receptacle, a string of viscous material may be suspended from the mechanism. A viscous string removal element (44) adjacent each opening (42) engages the string of viscous material and dislodges the string from the mechanism when the mechanism moves in a prescribed path with respect to the removal element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignees: Gen-Probe Incorporated, Stratec Biomedical AG
    Inventors: Craig B. Clark, John M. Gilker, Norbert D. Hagen, Tom R. Horn, Byron J. Knight, David Opalsky, Jason F. Rhubottom, Waldemar Lukhaub, Olaf Hörger
  • Publication number: 20150021395
    Abstract: Present embodiments of the disclosure are directed to a tag, such as an RFID tag, a system including the RFID tag and techniques for installing the RFID tag onto the surface of a tool. The RFID tag is coupled to an outer surface of a tool via an adhesive and/or coating that acts to retain the tag. The RFID tag is coated with a thin protective coating or casing material that may be disposed about a circumference of the RFID tag. The tool upon which the RFID tag is coupled may include oilfield casing, drilling tubulars, production tubing, liners, flow irons, transportation pipeline, and other equipment where tags are advantageously installed onto the surface of materials and still survive severe use environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Ian Rex Binmore, Cain Perez Pacheco
  • Patent number: 8936194
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating and using 2-dimensional matrix code on tags or labels to identify panel components and associated information stored in and accessible from a data storage device or server or computer with a document management system (DMS). Related information can be encoded into an identifier using a URL with hyperlink onto a 2D matrix tag or label attached to specific panel component or wire. The information encoded in the 2D matrix code can be decoded using an interactive reader and data capture device such as a smart-phone or tablet computing device. Use the capture device's decoded information to provide interactive access and visual display to the interactive URL and hyperlink related information in the DMS. The capture device can be configured to provide immediate intelligence and functions with comparison and confirmation of quality, functionality, maintenance, status, and conformity with respect to panel components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Wunderlich-Malec Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Welch, Alan Libby, Eugene L. Lambert, Joel Gil, Dennis Euers
  • Patent number: 8931700
    Abstract: A method and program for encoding and decoding color barcodes to increase their data capacity. The encoding steps include determining a shape and a color for each data cell to encode digital data, wherein a combination of the shape and the color for the data cell is chosen from a plurality of combinations of shapes and colors in accordance with a value of the digital data to be encoded, and coloring a subset of the plurality of pixels in each data cell in accordance with the shape and the color for the data cell determined above. The decoding steps include segmenting the data cells in a color barcode, recognizing a shape formed by a subset of pixels in each data cell and the color of the shape, and obtaining digital data from a combination of the recognized shape and color in each data cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Yibin Tian, Wei Ming
  • Patent number: 8931698
    Abstract: A card reader that can prevent phishing and causes no damage on a card in the case where no phishing comes up. A card reader equipped with a card transfer mechanism for taking in and ejecting a card includes a gate mechanism, in which formed is an insertion & ejection slot for inserting and ejecting the card. A protrusion protruding toward an ejecting direction of the card is formed in the gate mechanism. Furthermore, the gate mechanism includes: a card detection mechanism for detecting the card having been ejected by the card transfer mechanism to a pullout-enabled position where a user of the card reader can pull out the card; and a card pullout prevention mechanism for protecting the card from being pulled out when the card is not ejected to the pullout-enabled position at the time of ejecting the card. The card detection mechanism is placed inside the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Ishikawa, Naohito Nakayama
  • Patent number: 8931699
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure provide a card reader for receiving payment card information at a mobile point-of-sale terminal. In some implementations, a reader of the subject technology can include a memory, a conditioning module and a 3.5 mm audio plug including an audio bus that is configured for insertion into a headphone port of a host device, such as a smart phone or tablet computer. Implementations of the subject technology also include a microprocessor configured to perform operations for receiving a training sequence for use in determining communication parameters associated with a mobile device, and in response to the training sequence, transmitting an acknowledgement signal to the mobile device, via the audio bus, to indicate that a communicative coupling with the mobile device has been successfully established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Wade, Thomas Templeton
  • Patent number: 8931702
    Abstract: A portable health data tool permits a health care provider to assimilate and display a plurality of health care data from a patient and to associate the data with patient identifying information all stored in a memory contained in the tool. The tool includes a code reader for reading patient information into the tool from a bar code or other coded tag. The tool is associated with a plurality of different data assimilation devices stored with the tool's housing, including but not limited to, instruments for measuring, temperature, blood pressure, two-finger or lead wire ECG data, pulse oximetry data, sound data and picture data obtained from an optional digital camera integrated within the housing. The tool further includes data receiver and/or transmitter ports, which may be wireless or cable ports, for transferring data between the health data tool and a separate computer system that stores patient records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Spacelabs Healthcare, LLC
    Inventors: William Oren Wekell, Robert Boyer Koenig, Joseph Charles Basta
  • Publication number: 20150009017
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with radio frequency identification (RFID) circuits are described. According to one embodiment, a radio frequency identification circuit includes an antenna network and an integrated circuit configured to operate as a reader and a tag in combination with the antenna network. The integrated circuit is configured to provide an output admittance determined by a ratio of current and voltage negative feedback signals such that a frequency response of the combined integrated circuit and antenna network is adjustable when operating as a reader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Michael J. GAY, Francois Louis DOREL, Frederic DECLERCQ
  • Patent number: 8925820
    Abstract: A stored-value container has a body and a stored-value chip mounted on the body. The stored-value chip stores payment information for transaction deduction after being read by an external device. When using the stored-value container to buy beverage, instead of paying with cash or a stored-value card, a consumer can hand the stored-value container to a store clerk to finish payment directly through the stored-value chip. Accordingly, with the stored-value container, consumers can finish the purchasing procedure quickly without carrying cash or a stored-value card and also take environmental protection into account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Po-Hung Yao, Wei-Chung Chao
  • Patent number: 8928929
    Abstract: Generating a tag layout from a set of tags and an ordering of the set of tags, wherein each tag includes a text label and a size for the text label, is disclosed. The system includes a processor accessible memory for receiving an ordered set of tags, each tag including a text label and a size for the text label, and at least one closed shape corresponding to a space for the tag layout. The system further includes a processor for generating the tag layout by computing a scale factor for either the closed shape or the size of the text labels in the set of tags such that all the tags in the set of tags fit within the closed shape, and the processor stores the generated tag layout in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Minwoo Park, Dhiraj Joshi, Alexander C. Loui, Amit Singhal
  • Patent number: 8925813
    Abstract: A method for automatically sorting undeliverable as addressed (UAA) mail includes capturing an image of a first UAA mail piece with a camera connected to an automated mail sorter to create first image data, printing an id-tag on the mail piece, and classifying the first UAA mail piece as one of finalized or non-finalized. The method includes outputting a first label result to a label printer and printing a new label on the first UAA mail piece if the first UAA mail piece is classified as finalized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Asif Bilal Ahmed, Hongjian Li, Peter Parker
  • Publication number: 20150001297
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag includes a power supply, a RFID microchip, an enable unit, an adhesive unit, and a conducting unit. The adhesive unit is positioned on a bottom surface of the RFID tag. The conducting unit is secured to the bottom surface of the RFID tag through the adhesive unit. An end of the conducting unit is electronically connected to the power supply or the enable unit. Another end of the conducting unit is connected to the RFID microchip. The power supply or the enable unit switches on/off the RFID microchip through the conducting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD
    Inventors: ZONG-YUAN SUN, DA-HUA XIAO
  • Publication number: 20150001298
    Abstract: An RFID system includes an RFID tag, an RFID reader, and a server. The RFID tag communicates to the server via encrypted information. The information may be encrypted with synchronized encryption keys. In this manner, the reader need not decrypt the information from the RFID tag. The effectiveness of malicious readers is thereby reduced, resulting in improved RFID tag security.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Radiofy LLC
    Inventors: Kambiz Shoarinejad, Maryam Soltan
  • Patent number: 8919649
    Abstract: A method for the detection of a marker affixed to the surface of an object, includes: acquiring a photographic image of a zone containing at least one marker; extracting contours from the photographic image; detecting a marker-positioning contour from among the aforementioned contours, which corresponds to a set of confocal conics having a predetermined form; modelling an image of the confocal conics in the form of a matrix having at least two symmetric matrices of order 3; analyzing the matrices in order to determine a perspective correction for the photographic image; detecting, in the perspective-corrected photographic image, an indexing element associated graphically with the positioning contour of the marker, and rotation-correcting the photographic image; detecting, in the perspective and rotation-corrected photographic image, encoded data graphically associated with the positioning contour of the marker, and decoding the encoded data. A marker-detection system using the method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ubleam
    Inventors: Samuel Boury, Olivier Mezzarobba, Pierre Gurdjos, Vincent Charvillat
  • Patent number: 8919648
    Abstract: A barcode and RFID reading apparatus includes: a micro-controller; at least a RFID antenna configured to detect a RFID tag in a first area proximate to the reading apparatus; a RFID reader connected to the at least one antenna and controlled by the micro-controller, the RFID reader being configured to receive a RFID tag data from the at least one antenna and send the RFID tag data to the micro-controller; and a barcode reader controlled by the micro-controller, the barcode reader being configured to detect a barcode in a second area proximate to the reading apparatus and send a barcode data from the barcode to the micro-controller; the micro-controller is configured to check whether the barcode reader or the RFID reader ends a data-reading process; if one reader ends the data-reading process, the micro-controller switches off the one and switches on the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Megabyte Limited
    Inventor: Chun Sing Matthew Man
  • Patent number: 8922333
    Abstract: An embodiment of an electronic access control system includes an electronic access apparatus, an electronic lock, and an access control administration program. The electronic access apparatus provides a wireless power signal and a wireless digital data signal to the electronic lock. The wireless power signal can be the only source of power used by the electronic lock to actuate an electronic lock mechanism. In some embodiments, the lock mechanism includes a piezoelectric latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory Paul Kirkjan
  • Publication number: 20140374483
    Abstract: An encoded information reading (EIR) terminal can comprise a microprocessor, a memory, a communication interface, and an EIR device, all communicatively coupled to a system bus. The EIR device can be provided by a bar code reading device, an RFID reading device, and/or a card reading device. The EIR terminal can be configured to execute an HTTP server software module. The EIR terminal can be further configured, responsive to receiving an HTTP request, to transmit to the originating HTTP client an HTTP response comprising at least one HTML page including one or more input fields configured to receive one or more terminal configuration parameters. The EIR terminal can be further configured, responsive to receiving an HTTP request comprising one or more values of the terminal configuration parameters, to perform at least one terminal configuration operation based on the values of the terminal configuration parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Chunhua Lu
  • Patent number: 8915430
    Abstract: A system for identifying different types of products on a display hanger and determining a quantity of each of the different types of products includes a plurality of electrically conductive segments coupled to the display hanger, an electrically conductive rail coupled to the display hanger, and a sensor device electrically coupled to each of the plurality of electrically conductive segments and to the electrically conductive rail. The sensor device is configured to identify the different types of products on the display hanger and to determine the quantity of each of the different types of products based on a unique electrical signature associated with each of the different types of products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Satyan P. Shah, Harry F. Tsai
  • Patent number: 8915434
    Abstract: A card reader guide for use in a fascia of a self-service terminal is described. The card reader guide defines a card reader aperture extending in a first direction through which a customer may insert a data card. The card reader guide also comprises: a first protrusion extending (i) along part of the card reader aperture through which a magnetic stripe of the card passes, and (ii) towards the customer, wherein the first protrusion defines a stripe path in registration with the magnetic stripe of the card as the card is inserted by the customer; a second protrusion, opposite to, and aligned with, the first protrusion, and extending (i) along the part of the card reader aperture through which the magnetic stripe of the card passes, and (ii) towards the customer; and a magnetic reader detector located in the first protrusion at the stripe path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Graeme Mitchell, Steven Ritchie
  • Patent number: 8915438
    Abstract: Differences in the output of the printed barcode caused by differences interpreting the barcode generating code of an application program are absorbed so that the barcode desired by the user can be printed. The printer driver 32 of the host computer 11 extracts the character data contained in plural blocks of input barcode generation data, combines the extracted character data to generate a character data array, and based on the generated character data array generates and outputs a single barcode generation command CMB to the printer 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Sugimoto, Tadashi Adachi
  • Patent number: 8917160
    Abstract: An RFID module including an antenna element forming an RFID antenna; an RFID circuit block to which the antenna element is connected; and a first resonance frequency adjustment circuit having an element that includes a drain terminal connected to the antenna element, a gate terminal that is grounded, and a source terminal that is grounded, wherein a pull-up resistor is connected between the drain terminal and a power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Takaaki Tsushima, Toshiyuki Takahashi, Toshihiko Takeda, Zenkichi Mihara