Particular Sensor Structure Patents (Class 235/439)
  • Publication number: 20140231520
    Abstract: Described embodiments include a system. A described system includes a set of at least two biocompatible and ultrasound-differentiable micro-objects suitable for implantation in a vertebrate subject. Each micro-object of the set of micro-objects while implanted respectively returning an echo response to an applied ultrasound energy having a machine recognizable feature differentiating the micro-object over each other micro-object of the set of micro-objects (hereafter “set of micro-objects”). The system includes a conversion table correlating each digit of the conversion table base system with a respective machine recognizable feature in an echo response to an ultrasound energy applied to a micro-object of the set of micro-objects. In an embodiment, the system includes a packaging material carrying the set of micro-objects and the conversion table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt
  • Publication number: 20140231517
    Abstract: A wireless radio frequency identification receiving facility having antenna net includes a receiving apparatus with receiving spaces for receiving objects, a leaking-waved antenna net unit, and a first antenna. The leaking-waved antenna net unit includes an inner main antenna and extension antennas extended to the regions adjacent to the receiving spaces. The first antenna receives the detecting signal from a reader unit and generates a current. The EM wave is generated while the current flows through the leaking-waved antenna net unit, and is transmitted along extension antennas. The radio frequency identification electronic tags on the objects are triggered by the electromagnetic field built up by the EM wave, and information of all objects in the receiving apparatus is read at one time, so that the checking time is greatly reduced and the possibility of lost and position mistake of object can be excluded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Tai-Hwa Liu, Yi-Chun Sung
  • Publication number: 20140231519
    Abstract: Methods and systems for efficiently communicating information to/from an RFID reader are provided. According to one embodiment, a command is received by a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) reader from a handheld computer via an audio connection of the handheld computer. Responsive to the command, a tag scanning process is initiated by the RFID reader to cause all RFID tags within range of the RFID reader to communicate their unique IDs to the RFID reader. A unique ID of an RFID tag is received by an RFID transceiver of the RFID reader. Responsive to receipt of the unique ID, the RFID reader: (i) assigns a short tag ID to the RFID tag and creates an entry in a table having stored therein the short tag ID and the unique ID; and (ii) reports detection of the RFID tag by transmitting to the handheld computer the short tag ID and the unique ID.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: U Grok It, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony M. Requist
  • Publication number: 20140231516
    Abstract: A system obtains and transmits and stores information, including location information of an article associated with a chip. The system may contain at least: an article intimately associated with an electromagnetically interrogatable chip; a hand-held information receiving and transmitting device that can interrogate the chip, the hand-held information receiving and transmitting device comprising an RFID and/or NFC reader to electromagnetically interrogate the chip; the chip containing communicable information relating to the article; a distal server in wireless two-way communication with the hand-held information receiving and transmitting device, the distal server capable of receiving, storing and transmitting information from the chip transmitted through the hand-held device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Lawrence D. Simmons, JR.
  • Patent number: 8811897
    Abstract: An NFC device according to the present invention includes the following units. An antenna unit receives radio waves from a reader/writer by NFC. A first power source unit generates power from the radio waves. A second power source unit is a drive power source. A power-supply state holding unit holds information indicating a power-supply state of the second power source unit. An NFC unit performs NFC via the antenna unit to transmit the information indicating the power-supply state of the second power source unit. A power source switch unit switches the second power source unit to the first power source unit according to the power-supply state of the second power source unit, in order to supply power to activate at least the NFC unit and the power-supply state holding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Michihiro Matsumoto, Mitsuaki Oshima, Masaru Yamaoka, Shohji Ohtsubo, Masao Nonaka
  • Patent number: 8807431
    Abstract: A portable encoded information reading (EIR) terminal for incorporation in a data collection system can comprise a terminal module communicatively coupled to a wireless interface module via a wired interface. The terminal module can include a central processing unit (CPU), a memory, and an encoded information reading (EIR) device. The wireless interface module can include a microcontroller, a memory, and at least one wireless communication interface. The wireless interface module can establish one or more wireless links with one or more peer EIR terminals, to join a wireless network which is collectively formed by the peer EIR terminals. The wireless interface module can receive or transmit beacons containing at least an identifier of a path selection protocol which is used for unicast, multicast and broadcast frame transmission within the wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ynjiun P. Wang, Huyu Qu
  • Publication number: 20140225793
    Abstract: A high-frequency device includes an antenna coil, a variable capacitance element, and an RFIC. The variable capacitance element is configured by capacitor units in each of which a ferroelectric film is sandwiched between capacitor electrodes, and a capacitance value changes according to a control voltage applied between the capacitor electrodes. A control voltage application circuit configured by a plurality of resistance elements of different resistance values, and a resistance element of the variable capacitance element unit configured to apply a control voltage to the variable capacitance element are arranged in a layered manner above the capacitor unit. Thus, a variable capacitance element and a high-frequency device that includes a control voltage application circuit eliminating problems such as distortion due to active elements and growing IC size along with complication of circuit architecture, and ensuring reliability on impact due to falling or the like, are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuo IKEMOTO, Toshiyuki NAKAISO, Katsumi TANIGUCHI, Naoki GOUCHI, Naoto IKEDA
  • Patent number: 8800871
    Abstract: A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) assembly includes an RFID reader/writer having a first micro-USB (Universal-Serial-Bus) connector and a mobile phone having a second micro-USB connector configured to electrically connect to the first micro-USB connector. In one embodiment of the present disclosure, the RFID reader/writer includes a circuit board having a first processor and a first USB controller, and an antenna board stacked on the circuit board, wherein the first USB controller electrically connects the first processor and the first micro-USB connector, and the antenna board includes a reverse F-shaped antenna. In one embodiment of the present disclosure, the mobile phone includes a second processor, and a second USB controller electrically connecting the second processor and the second micro-USB connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Microelectronics Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Yao Cheng Yeh, Tung Yeh Chiang, Tsung Cheng Chen, Wei Hsuan Chen, Ming Tsang Chen, Chao Min Tsai, Chung Chieh Chao, Ya Chi Lee, Yen Ning Cheng, Ming Hsun Tu, Darryn Wayne Prince
  • Publication number: 20140217175
    Abstract: A RFID tag or label comprises a RFID tag module (comprising an electronic identification circuit and a coupling means) and an antenna structure coupled to the coupling means. The RFID tag module is separate from, separable or arranged to be severable from, the antenna structure. The tag module can be placed in or on an object and the antenna structure in or on packaging material for use with the object. A patch antenna type RFID tag antenna structure has a ground plane spaced from the patch antenna so as to increase the range of the tag. The ground plane is not substantially larger than, and electrically insulated from, the patch antenna. The ground plane is flexible, so the RFID tag structure can be worn by a human, and can be incorporated into a piece of clothing. A RFID antenna structure for use with a tag reader is made flat and robust so that it can be mounted on the ground to be walked upon or driven over.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Martin Fogg, Christopher Gordon Gervase Turner
  • Patent number: 8794525
    Abstract: A POS-based checkout/scale system having (i) a bar code symbol reading subsystem for reading bar code symbols on products being purchased at a retail POS station, and (ii) a produce weigh scale having a weigh scale assembly for weighing one or more produce items on a weigh platter during produce weighing operations carried out at the time of checkout at said retail POS station. The system also includes an automatic produce weighing interference detection subsystem, supporting an IR-based light curtain about the weigh platter, automatically detects when any object is overhanging the weigh platter during produce weighing operations, and generates an alert signal when such conditions are automatically detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Metologic Insturments, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Amundsen, Sean Philip Kearney, Shane Michael Edmonds, Ynjiun Paul Wang, Timothy Good, Michael Miraglia, Charles Joseph Cunningham, IV, Xiaoxun Zhu, Patrick Anthony Giordano
  • Publication number: 20140212056
    Abstract: A code that stores a history of what has been done to it and where it has been. The history can be stored in a local memory. The code can be changed based on that history.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: HARRIS TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventor: Scott C. Harris
  • Publication number: 20140209680
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) transmission circuit includes an antenna connection terminal, a plurality of amplifiers connected to the antenna connection terminal in parallel, a plurality of drivers for driving the plurality of amplifiers, and a control circuit configured to control operation of the plurality of drivers based on information indicating a characteristic of a RF signal to be transmitted through the antenna connection terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chol Su Yoon, Hyoung Hwan Roh, IL Jong Song
  • Patent number: 8789754
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a protection mechanism, a first circuit board having a first electronic loop, and a second circuit board having a second electronic loop. The protection mechanism is disposed between the first circuit board and the second circuit board, and includes a frame and a first flexible board. The first flexible board includes a first connector, and a first wire mesh used for forming a third electronic loop. When trace breaking occurs to any one, any two, or all of the electronic loops, the first, the second, and the third electronic loops are forced to break, thereby protecting data saved in the electronic device from being read inappropriately, so as to avoid data to be stolen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Uniform Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Yi-Yuan Chiu, Yu-Tsung Chen, Shu-Hua Chiang, Chien-Hung Liu
  • Publication number: 20140203082
    Abstract: A card reader device using a mobile and the method thereof is introduced. The mobile is adopted to supply electric power through audio output jack, and to transmit card data applied from the card reader device via microphone input jack. The card reader unit is connected to the audio jack of the mobile, and offers card data read by the card reader units via microphone input of the mobile. The card reader device comprises a contact type card reader unit to read cards with magnetic strips, and a contactless type card reader unit for contactless smart cards. The card reader device of the present invention enables and simplifies card transaction through mobile devices, and the reader is combinable with any mobiles with audio jack only.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: DAURI SOLUTION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Inghoo Huh
  • Patent number: 8783575
    Abstract: A wireless laser detection system for use in a military training environment and method of implementing the same are described. The wireless laser detection system includes at least one laser detector module characterized by a sensor, a decoder, and a network adapter. The laser detection system also includes a control module and a status indicator. The sensor detects an information bearing laser signal and communicates it to the decoder. The decoder extracts event data from the laser signal and sends it to the network adapter. The network adapter wirelessly transmits the event data over a personal area network to the control module. The control module processes the event data and stores it in a memory. The control module also optionally downloads the stored event data to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: James B. Finlayson, Nicholas D. Schlarbaum
  • Patent number: 8779898
    Abstract: An encoded information reading (EIR) terminal can comprise a microprocessor electrically coupled to a system/data bus, a memory communicatively coupled to the microprocessor, an EIR device, a multi-band antenna, and a wireless communication interface. The EIR device can be provided by a bar code reading device, an RFID reading device, or a card reading device. The EIR device can be configured to output raw message data containing an encoded message and/or output decoded message data corresponding to an encoded message. The wireless communication interface can comprise a radio frequency (RF) front end electrically coupled to the multi-band antenna. The RF front end can comprise a micro-electromechanical (MEMS) filter array including one or more band-pass filter. Each band-pass filter of the MEMS filter array can be electrically coupled to a bias voltage source or an oscillating signal source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Havens, Huyu Qu
  • Publication number: 20140191034
    Abstract: A case for an electronic device is provided. The case can include a front shell attachable to a back shell, a flexible insert disposed between the front shell and the back shell and configured to at least partially surround an electronic device when installed in the case, a payment device reader attached to the case and configured to be electrically connected to the electronic device, a product information input device attached to the case and configured to be electrically connected to the electronic device, and a battery configured to be electrically connected to the electronic device. The case can also include a rotatable mount that is removably attachable to an outer surface of the case and a hand strap attached to the rotatable mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: 1 OAK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew M. Glanzer, Lucas Weller
  • Publication number: 20140191033
    Abstract: A case for an electronic device is provided. The case includes a battery, an interface to receive electrical power from an external power source, a payment device reader, a product information input device, and a computer processor configured to execute computer-readable instructions. The computer processor executes the instructions to conduct communications with the electronic device, limit an amount of current of the received electrical power consumed by the case, allocate the amount of current among the battery and the electronic device based on the communications, read product information from a product using the product information input device, and read a payment device using the payment device reader, where the payment device is used to pay for the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: James J. Wojcik, Adam Benzion, Adam D. Center, Matthew M. Glanzer, Lucas Weller, Abhishek Joshi
  • Patent number: 8770482
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods thereof to administer and manage a base unit for a handheld medical device are disclosed. In one embodiment, a base unit of the invention is in communication with a handheld medical device. The base unit is configured to provide an electrical connection to a power source to charge a battery of the handheld medical device. The base unit is also configured to perform an update to the operation of the base unit, wherein the update is initiated by the base unit upon receiving from the handheld medical device a data stream with information indicating that an update is contained in the data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Friedrich Ackermann, Blaine Edward Ramey, Robert P. Sabo, Manfred Augstein
  • Publication number: 20140183261
    Abstract: A radiofrequency identification (RFID) device includes an active RFID tag that includes a power source and a passive RFID tag reader, the passive RFID tag reader electrically coupled to the power source of the active RFID tag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: THE BOEING COMPANY
  • Patent number: 8757490
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for data encoding and optical recognition of encoded data includes generating symbols that represent data using angles (rather than linear dimensions as used for conventional bar codes). One embodiment uses spirals isocurves. Another uses parabolas isocurves. Methods for visually depicting such symbols, including symbols having gray values are disclosed. Methods for machine-based detection and decoding of such symbols regardless of their orientation relative to the machine is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Dereje Teferi Lemma, Josef Bigun
  • Patent number: 8757491
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: a memory that stores a program including a procedure; and a processor that executes the program, the procedure including: acquiring an image including a plurality of pixels, and changing luminance of the pixel that is included in either a high luminance part of a barcode region or a low luminance part the barcode region, the barcode region being set on the image, based on a luminance difference between the high luminance part and the low luminance part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Nobuyasu Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8757488
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for detecting skimming devices are provided. The present disclosure provides for a card reader assembly including a face plate having a slot for receiving a card in a direction of entry into the slot; an array of infrared proximity detectors disposed on the face plate; and a controller configured to selectively activate the array of infrared proximity detectors to determine if an object, for example, a skimming device, is placed over the slot of the face plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Parabit Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph P. Randolph
  • Publication number: 20140166754
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a specific RFID tag includes RFID reader circuitry, such as within an RFID reader, configured for sending and receiving RF signals to detect RFID tags and for obtaining signal parameter information associated with the RFID tags. Processing circuitry is configured for using the signal parameter information for one or more tags of the RFID tags and calculating a tag score for the one or more RFID tags. The processing circuitry is further configured for determining a specific RFID tag using the tag scores for the one or more RFID tags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: VOCOLLECT, INC.
    Inventors: Rob VARGO, Ryan ZOSCHG, Edward Charles BORGOYN, Mike NAUGHTON
  • Publication number: 20140166752
    Abstract: A method of tagging an article is disclosed. Data that identifies the article is encoded into at least one stress value. A stress region having a stress that corresponds to the at least one stress value is created in a surface of the article to the tag the article. The at least one stress value is read by a measurement device to read the data and identify the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Supratik Guha, Yves C. Martin, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Publication number: 20140166753
    Abstract: A method of tagging an article is disclosed. Data that identifies the article is encoded into at least one stress value. A stress region having a stress that corresponds to the at least one stress value is created in a surface of the article to the tag the article. The at least one stress value is read by a measurement device to read the data and identify the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Supratik Guha, Yves C. Martin, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Patent number: 8752762
    Abstract: A display unit comprising a plurality of display modules arranged in a row and having an upper display section and a lower display section. One of the display modules includes an interactive Kiosk, and a second of the display modules includes at least one computer controlled card reading video station. A consumer may pass a coded paint color sample card past a code reader in the video station and is thereafter presented with a display of a color present on the sample card followed by a selectable sequence of video display screens, which may comprise part of a color selection application program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Behr Process Corporation
    Inventors: Erika Woelfel, Damien Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8752761
    Abstract: A method and system for locationing of a mobile device (100) within an environment includes light sources (116) disposed within the environment and modified to provide a plurality of unique identity patterns (202) associated with particular locations within the environment. A camera (106) and image processor (102) of the mobile device can obtain images of a modified light source (200) and recognize the unique identity patterns in the image and a horizontal and vertical angle of a position of the light source in the image from a center position. An accelerometer (300) can capture the gravity vectors of the camera. A locationing engine (102, 130) can determine a location of the mobile device using the unique optical pattern, gravity vectors, and the horizontal and vertical angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell E. Calvaresse, Timothy B. Austin, Michael O'Haire
  • Publication number: 20140159872
    Abstract: A controlled area containing items associated with radio frequency identification (RFID) tags is monitored with an RFID tag reader having a phased antenna array for generating a multitude of beams to interrogate the tags in the controlled area, and with a controller for collecting data from the interrogated tags, for automatically configuring the beams based on the collected data, and for processing the configured beams to optimize the monitoring of the controlled area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: BENJAMIN J. BEKRITSKY, NEERAJ SESHADRI
  • Publication number: 20140158766
    Abstract: The invention relates to an RFID reading tunnel for identifying objects by means of RFID having a screen for electromagnetic radiation which forms the tunnel and has side walls and a cover part, a cover device or conveying device for the object in or through the tunnel and at least one RFID reader having at least one RFID antenna. To provide an improved RFID reading tunnel which is less expensive and can be installed more easily, it is proposed that the screen is formed by modules which can be variably and releasably connected to one another and that the modules are selected from a kit of predefined modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: SICK AG
    Inventors: Ralf PASKE, Klemens WEHRLE
  • Publication number: 20140158765
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification automatic detecting system with an antenna net includes a radio frequency identification module, an enhancing surface wave-guide coaxial cable structure including a coaxial cable having at least one aperture region without an outer conducting layer, a receiving apparatus having a plurality of receiving spaces and a plurality of extension wires disposed adjacent to the receiving spaces and coupled or connected to the outer conducting layer of the coaxial cable. The electromagnetic field is formed in nearby regions adjacent to the receiving spaces because the electromagnetic wave caused by the current generated from the radio frequency identification module is transmitted by the outer conducting layer and extension wires. The radio frequency identification electronic tag on the object is triggered automatically when the object is moved toward or moved out from the respective receiving space such that the automatic detecting effect is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Li-Chih Chang, Tai-Hwa Liu, Yi-Chun Sung, Cheng-Lun Yin
  • Patent number: 8746563
    Abstract: A laser scanning module employing a laser scanning assembly mounted within a module housing using a mechanism that allows the laser scanning assembly to be rotated to an angular position within the engine housing so that light collection, beam folding and light collection mirrors in the module housing are optically aligned. A PC board is mounted on a side of the housing and has a configuration of elongated apertures of open-ended and/or closed geometry, arranged in a non-parallel manner. An electromagnetic coil structure, associated with the laser scanning assembly, has a linear array of electrically-conductive pins that project through the configuration of elongated holes, at locations along the elongated holes that are determined by the angular rotation of the laser scanning assembly attained during optical alignment conditions during manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert John Hennick, Roberto Spuches
  • Patent number: 8740074
    Abstract: A liquid crystal panel includes an iris unit for limiting the incident range of light from an object to be shot, and a filter unit for assigning a exposure energy distribution varying with the position to incident light whose incident range is limited by the iris unit. The control unit controls the ON time and the OFF time of each pixel of the liquid crystal panel, and then a low pass filter operation on the captured image as an image processing can be optically replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Frontech Limited
    Inventors: Kozo Yamazaki, Isao Iwaguchi
  • Patent number: 8740085
    Abstract: A system in one embodiment is operative to attempt to decode decodable indicia. The system can include an imaging assembly and a display. The display can be operative to display image data output utilizing the imaging assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Furlong, Mark Jose Antonio Hernandez, Craig Koch, James Nahill, Charles Joseph Cunningham, IV, Sean Philip Kearney, Taylor Smith
  • Publication number: 20140144988
    Abstract: A point-of-service device includes a point-of-service display, a first reading sensor, and a second reading sensor. The point-of-service display includes a modular slot. The first reading sensor includes a first modular plug matching the modular slot. The second reading sensor includes a second modular plug matching the modular slot. Moreover, either the first modular plug or the second modular plug is allowed to be inserted into the modular slot at the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: FLYTECH TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: CHIH KUANG CHIANG
  • Patent number: 8733653
    Abstract: A card reader device has a card entrance for receiving a card, such as an ATM card, a card enclosure in registration with the card entrance and defining an area in which the card is read, and a shutter for controlling access to the card enclosure from the card entrance. The card reader device also has a read head located in the card entrance for reading data from the card, and a controller for controlling the operation of the card reader device. The controller is operable to: (i) open the shutter in response to reading data from the card, and (ii) disable the read head when the shutter is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Taylor
  • Patent number: 8733664
    Abstract: An apparatus for supplying an RFID component with energy includes an antenna and an energy store. The energy store stores energy induced into the antenna by an alternating electromagnetic field during a first time interval. In addition, the energy store supplies the RFID component with stored energy in order to maintain its functionality during a later, second time interval if an energy induced by an alternating electromagnetic field during the later, second time interval is not sufficient for supplying the RFID component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignees: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Friedrich-Alexander Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg
    Inventors: Andreas Loeffler, Uwe Wissendheit, Dina Kuznetsova, Heinz Gerhaeuser
  • Publication number: 20140139323
    Abstract: An NFC tag includes a storage unit that stores instructions including two or more functions received from an NFC writer or an input device, and a data exchange unit that transfers the instructions to an NFC reader. A smart device includes an NFC writer configured to input instructions including two or more functions into an NFC tag and an NFC reader configured to receive the instructions from the NFC tag. A method for inputting instructions into an NFC tag using a smart device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: RESEARCH & BUSINESS FOUNDATION SUNGKYUNKWAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hyun Seung Choo, Sung Ho Myoung, Tae Woo Lee, Myoung Beom Chung, Van Phuc Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8727217
    Abstract: A method of detecting a signal in radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder (FIG. 1) is disclosed. The method includes receiving a signal (FIG. 7) having a first time in a first logic state (high) and having a second time in a second logic state (low). A weight (700, 702) is determined in response to the first time and the second time. An output signal (from A2D) is produced in response to the weight and one of the first and second logic states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Ganesh K. Balachandran, Raymond E. Barnett
  • Patent number: 8727219
    Abstract: An electronic card (e.g., an electronic payment card) or another device (e.g., a wireless telephonic device) is provided that may communicate dynamic magnetic stripe data to a magnetic stripe reader. Information may be embedded into a magnetic track of data representative of additional information such as, for example, a unique identification number or an additional track of magnetic stripe data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Dynamics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Mullen
  • Patent number: 8727216
    Abstract: A portable memory module, which comprises an interface allowing the module to be connected to and disconnected from an electronic device by a user of the module such that the electronic device is in close physical proximity to the module when connected thereto; memory storing an identifier of the module; an emitter; and a processing entity configured to encode the identifier of the module into a signal that is transmitted via the emitter as a wireless beacon. The memory contains information that allows the module to be identified by an entity connected to the electronic device. The wireless beacon is configured to enable a location of the module to be determined by a detection sub-system. When the module is connected to the electronic device and the identity of the module is transmitted to a network entity via the electronic device, the location of the module can be used by the network entity to establish the location of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Graves, Jeffrey Fitchett, Brian Vezza
  • Patent number: 8727215
    Abstract: A test device for a magnetic stripe decoder chip includes a signal generator, a chip slot, a signal conversion circuit and a control unit. The signal generator sequentially outputs a plurality of test waveform signals. The signal conversion circuit includes at least one transformer, the transformer is used for converting the test waveform signals into a plurality of false track signals, and correspondingly outputting the false track signals to one of track signal receiving ends of the magnetic stripe decoder chip. The control unit receives at least one decoding string generated respectively by decoding the false track signals through the magnetic stripe decoder chip, and compares the at least one decoding string with a test string represented by the basic track signal, thereby determining a decoding function of the magnetic stripe decoder chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Uniform Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Tung-Jung Hsu
  • Patent number: 8727218
    Abstract: A checkout system includes a workstation having a first workstation window located in a generally horizontal plane and a second workstation window located in a generally upright plane. The workstation includes a data capture arrangement for capturing through at least one of the workstation windows target data of targets associated with the products. The workstation also includes a rear cover having a first opening and a second opening. The first opening and the second opening are located on opposite side-walls of the rear cover and substantially identical in size. The first opening allows light from additional targets entering an accessory reader from an accessory window facing the bagging area, but the second opening is covered by a side cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darran M. Handshaw, Mark E. Drzymala, Joseph D. Giordano
  • Publication number: 20140131442
    Abstract: A card reader for use with a mobile device includes a card reader body having an information reading area configured to receive a card, an information reader configured to read information stored on the card and a connection device disposed on the card reader body and configured to be removably connected to the mobile device. The card reader also includes a first arm extending in the first direction away from the card reader body and spaced apart from the connection device and an opposing second arm extending in the first direction away from the card reader body and spaced apart from the connection device. The first arm and the second arm are configured to contact the mobile device and limit movement of the card reader body with respect to the mobile device when the card reader body is connected to the mobile device via the connection device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Banc of America Merchant Services, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Morrow, Keith Alan Newbrough, Cormac Eubanks, Adam Christopher Wrigley, Francois Duc Nguyen, Quinn Slater Huffstetler
  • Patent number: 8720776
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to security systems that utilize electromagnetic radiation. The security system includes an authentication security document, an authentication system, and a process for authenticating security documents. The security document includes a document body with an RFID and body information pertinent to the security document. The RFID inlay includes a radiopaque material or other material that is opaque to ranges of electromagnetic radiation. The authentication system for secured documents includes an electromagnetic scanning device, a document with a document body, and the RFID device. The scanning device includes a secured device inlet suitable to accept the document body and a display that shows the results of the electromagnetic bombardment of the document body. The process for authenticating security documents includes positioning within the scanning device the security document to create a radiated image thereof that displays the inlay information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Llewellyn Greene
  • Publication number: 20140117091
    Abstract: A method of preventing fraud, and a fraud prevention terminal, are described. The method comprises: detecting an unauthorized reader in the vicinity of a dip card reader, and closing a pin to prevent a card being inserted into the dip card reader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Alexander William Whytock
  • Publication number: 20140118116
    Abstract: A system for protecting radio frequency (RF) communications and related techniques includes generating masking signals at an RF device such as a radio frequency identification (RFID) card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventor: Thomas G. Lavedas
  • Patent number: 8708234
    Abstract: An IC (Integrated Circuit) tag communication apparatus is capable of transporting a medium with an IC tag along a transportation path and communicating with the IC tag. The IC tag communication apparatus includes an antenna portion for communicating with the IC tag. Further, the transportation path includes a low dielectric region arranged to face the antenna portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kanno
  • Publication number: 20140110484
    Abstract: A method of detecting a signal in radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder (FIG. 1) is disclosed. The method includes receiving a signal (FIG. 7) having a first time in a first logic state (high) and having a second time in a second logic state (low). A weight (700, 702) is determined in response to the first time and the second time. An output signal (from A2D) is produced in response to the weight and one of the first and second logic states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Ganesh K. Balachandran, Raymond E. Barnett
  • Patent number: 8701992
    Abstract: Pursuant to some embodiments, systems, methods, apparatus and means for operating two-part contactless card readers are disclosed. In some embodiments, the two-part contactless card reader is installed in association with a transaction counter, where the transaction counter has a first surface and a second surface. Pursuant to some embodiments, the device includes a customer-facing unit installed on a first surface of the transaction counter, a base unit installed on a second surface of the transaction counter, the second surface apart from the first surface, where the first surface and the second surface are separated by a substantially solid material with no aperture formed therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventor: Simon Phillips