Perforated Patents (Class 235/442)
  • Patent number: 10242393
    Abstract: Described is a system and method for presenting event information to a user and, if necessary, obtaining confirmation of different aspects (user, item, action) of the event. In some implementations, an event includes a user, an action, and an item. For example, an event may include a user picking an item from an inventory location, a user placing an item into a tote associated with the user, etc. if the aspects of the event cannot be determined with a high enough degree of confidence, a user interface may be generated and sent to the user requesting confirmation of one or more of the aspects of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dilip Kumar, Gianna Lise Puerini, Jason Michael Famularo, Amber Autrey Taylor, Thomas Meilandt Mathiesen, Jared Joseph Frank
  • Patent number: 9327912
    Abstract: An end point spring separator is positioned adjacent a dispensing area of a pneumatic tube having a plurality of coil springs in serial order therethrough. The separator rotates a downstream positioned coil spring while holding stationary an adjacent upstream positioned coil spring to separate potentially entangled ends of each spring passing thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Lucien J Wroblewski
  • Patent number: 8628011
    Abstract: A card personalization device for producing a portable USB object having a device that is capable of recognizing cards that are operating according to the ISO standard and cards operating according to the USB standard. The recognition device being coupled to a device for switching the power supply terminals on the contact pads corresponding to the USB or ISO power supply contacts of the card in accordance with the type of the detected card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Emmanuel Thibaudeau
  • Publication number: 20120193414
    Abstract: A card personalization device for producing a portable USB object having a device that is capable of recognizing cards that are operating according to the ISO standard and cards operating according to the USB standard. The recognition device being coupled to a device for switching the power supply terminals on the contact pads corresponding to the USB or ISO power supply contacts of the card in accordance with the type of the detected card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: CABINET DEBAY
    Inventor: Emmanuel Thibaudeau
  • Patent number: 8196830
    Abstract: A hand-operated document processor includes a base for receiving a document containing magnetic ink character data to be read and recognized. A manually operated moving magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) subsystem includes a MICR read head and is attached to the base such that movement of the subsystem causes the MICR read head to pass over the magnetic ink character data on the document. MICR reading and recognition logic receives the signal from the MICR read head. A speed limiting device includes a viscous damper, and is connected to the MICR subsystem. The viscous damper provides a resistance load when the MICR subsystem is moved across the document being processed. The resistance load increases as the operator increases the speed of the MICR subsystem to encourage the operator to maintain a constant scanning rate over the length of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Burroughs Payment Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Sammy C. Hutson, John C. Gudenburr, Michael J. Moore
  • Patent number: 8104683
    Abstract: A hand-operated document processor includes a base including a perforated bed for receiving a document containing magnetic ink character data to be read and recognized. The base defines a chamber under the perforated bed. A manually operated moving magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) subsystem includes a MICR read head and is attached to the base such that movement of the subsystem causes the MICR read head to pass over the magnetic ink character data on the document. MICR reading and recognition logic receives the signal from the MICR read head. A document positioning and retentioning device connected to the base includes a manually-powered anti-skew device for creating a vacuum. The created vacuum is provided to the chamber under the perforated bed such that the vacuum, acting through the perforations, securely holds the document during the scanning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Burroughs Payment Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Sammy C. Hutson, John C Gudenburr, Michael J. Moore
  • Patent number: 7953671
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating electronic transactions using an intelligent instrument is disclosed. An authorization server enables users to obtain authorization credentials through the use of the intelligent instrument by issuing a challenge to an intelligent token of the intelligent instrument. The intelligent token generates a challenge response and transmits the challenge response to the authorization server, which assembles credentials including a key for the electronic transaction upon validating the response. The authorization server sends the assembled credentials to the intelligent instrument and the intelligent instrument transmits the assembled credentials to the authorization server during a subsequent transaction. The authorization server validates the assembled credentials and provides authorization for the transaction in response to the validating the assembled credentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred A. Bishop, Peter D. Saunders
  • Patent number: 7740178
    Abstract: Set of tickets in the form of a continuous strip (35, 85) of multilayer detachable tickets featuring, between two adjacent tickets (30 and 31, 80 and 81), cross precuts (32, 82) alternating with ticket linking bridges (33, 83), the transversal precuts being used to guide the separation of adjacent tickets when a pulling force is applied on one of the tickets. The cross precuts (32, 82) feature at their end longitudinal precuts (34, 84) that are perpendicular or oblique to cross precuts so that the linking bridges (33, 83) between two adjacent tickets play the role of hinges when the adjacent tickets are folded or are not in the same plane, thus preventing the outer layer from being subjected to more stresses than the inner layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: ASK S.A.
    Inventor: Guy Mausy
  • Patent number: 7505941
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating electronic transactions using a biometric are disclosed. The system for facilitating electronic transactions using a biometric comprises a smartcard-reader transaction system. The method comprises determining if a transaction violates an established rule, such as a preset spending limit. The method also comprises notifying a user to proffer a biometric sample in order to verify the identity of said user, and detecting a proffered biometric at a sensor to obtain a proffered biometric sample. The method additionally comprises verifying the proffered biometric sample and authorizing a transaction to continue upon verification of the proffered biometric sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Bishop, David S Bonalle, Glen Salow
  • Patent number: 7380713
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a positive evidence-of-use feature for portable storage devices. A system in accordance with an embodiment includes: a movable outer sleeve for surrounding a portion of the portable storage device, wherein the movable outer sleeve is configured for movement in one direction only; and a ratcheting system for retracting and permanently locking the movable outer sleeve into a housing of the portable storage device to expose a contact area of the portable storage device, the ratcheting system limiting the movable outer sleeve to a single retraction into the housing of the portable storage device, such that the ratcheting system is configured to be broken upon any attempt to extend the movable outer sleeve after the movable outer sleeve has been retracted and permanently locked into the housing of the portable storage device. Retraction of the movable outer sleeve provides positive evidence-of-use for the portable storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: James G. McLean
  • Patent number: 7334731
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a positive evidence-of-use feature for portable storage devices. A method for providing positive evidence-of-use for a portable storage device, includes: surrounding a portion of the portable storage device with a movable outer sleeve, wherein the movable outer sleeve is configured for movement in one direction only; and retracting and locking the movable outer sleeve into a housing of the portable storage device to expose a contact area of the portable storage device; wherein the retraction of the movable outer sleeve into the housing of the portable storage device provides positive evidence-of-use for the portable storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: James G. McLean
  • Patent number: 7306155
    Abstract: According to the invention, a multilayered image sensor is back mounted to a plate. In that the scheme takes advantage of a high controllability of a mounting plate's thickness, the mounting scheme provides a tight control of holding forces with which an image sensor is secured in an imaging device. In that the scheme provides for back mounting of image sensor on a planar surface, the mounting system provides tight control of an imaging assembly's pixel plane to fixed point in space distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Hennick, Michael P. Lacey, Robert C. Hinkley, Melvin D. McCall
  • Patent number: 7195160
    Abstract: A card reader system includes a sensor to sense the presence of a scoring of a card at a specified card location. A read head is employed to read a magnetic stripe disposed on the card. Also, a circuit is coupled to both a sensor and the read head. The circuit is configured to receive input from the sensor, to determine whether the card is a first size or a second size based on the received input, and to enable the read head to read the entire magstripe when the card is the first size and to read a portion of the magstripe when the card is the second size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Ison, Robert L. Caillier
  • Patent number: 6959864
    Abstract: The invention relates to the design of card readers for cards equipped with memory. Such cards, and also the data stored in the memory of such cards, are generally utilized to produce and/or maintain operating states of technical devices. It is also known that the user personally can store data in certain areas of the memory. However, as the memory design and usage has been standardized for the most part and the memory capacity reserved for use by the user is relatively small, the memory capacity reserved for the user can only be increased by providing the device with additional cards equipped with memory. However, as all cards used in a device to supply the full functionality must operate together in a prescribed manner, it is the task of the invention to specify a card reader that organizes this operation. To accomplish this, it is specified that a monitoring device 17 or a closing device 24 is present that prevents the insertion of a second card 11.1 when there is a first card 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Nokia Mobile Phones Ltd.
    Inventor: Ulrich Buschmann
  • Patent number: 6536674
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a contactless smart card manufacturing process and more specifically to a manufacturing process for a contactless smart card for which the antenna is on a fibrous material such as paper. This process includes a manufacturing step to screen print the antenna onto the support, a step to bond the contacts of the chip onto the antenna support using conductive glue, and a step designed to laminate the card body onto the antenna support by hot press molding. Cutouts made in the corners of the antenna support prior to the lamination step enable the card bodies to be bonded together. The card thus obtained allows a posteriori viewing of any mechanical misuse to which it may have been subjected (extreme bending).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: ASK S.A.
    Inventors: Georges Kayanakis, Christophe Mathieu, S├ębastien Delenne
  • Patent number: 6478228
    Abstract: A highly rigid ceramic frame (38) is embedded in a layer of a core member (34). An IC chip (42) is held inside (38a) via an elastic member (40). IC chip 42 arranged inside (38a) will not be greatly deformed even when a strong bending, torsional, or pressing force is applied to the IC card (30). An impact, when exerted on the IC card (30), will not be directly conveyed to the IC chip (42). A coil (44) formed by printing and the like is provided at an upper end face (38b) of the ceramic frame (38). The coil (44) is connected to the IC chip (42) by a wire (46). By forming the IC chip (42), the ceramic frame (38) and the coil (44) integrally in advance, the workability in fabrication is improved. Therefore, a circuit chip mounted card of high reliability and low fabrication cost can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Rohm Co., LTD
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ikefuji, Shigemi Chimura, Toyokazu Komuro
  • Publication number: 20010053981
    Abstract: Downloadable identification labels which are downloaded from a world wide computer network to a remote computer and printed on paper using a printer. Each label is printed with the contact information of a central lost and found registry and attached to one or more personal possessions. The labels can also be printed with an identification code, notification that a reward will be paid for a possession which is returned to the owner, sponsor advertising and a warning that the possession has been indelibly marked with identification indicia such as the internet address of the lost and found registry. The central lost and found registry stores, on a database, information about lost possessions and owner contact information as well as information about found possessions and finder's contact information. If a match is found between a lost possession and found possession the registry communicates the contact information of the finder to the owner so that the possession may be recovered by the owner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Publication date: December 20, 2001
    Inventor: Hans Wyssen
  • Patent number: 6253996
    Abstract: A medium handling apparatus for conveying a continuous elongated ticket sheet formed of a plurality of tickets extending along a length of the ticket sheet. Each of the tickets has a given width extending transverse to the length of the ticket sheet and is connected to a contiguous ticket by a line of perforations. The apparatus includes a hopper accommodating the ticket sheet folded along the lines of perforations separating the tickets, feed rollers for conveying the ticket sheet, a feed guide interposed between the hopper and the feed rollers, and a load member attached to the feed guide facing a surface of the ticket sheet. The load member introduces a frictional resistance between the ticket sheet and the load member as the ticket sheet is conveyed to the feed rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuuiti Hiratuka, Ryuji Ishii, Sadao Sone
  • Patent number: 5883372
    Abstract: A card system prevents contacts of a smart card from being scratched by contact members of a card reader to prevent the smart card from malfunctioning. The smart card system includes a smart card having contacts and a perforation hole therein, a card reader body formed at an upper surface thereof with an aperture, a contact frame disposed within the aperture and having a plurality of contact members attached thereto so as to contact the contacts, a slide protrusion inserted into the perforation hole of the smart card when the smart card reaches a reading position in the card reader, and a detect switch for detecting the insertion of the smart card. The smart card system prevents the contacts of the smart card from being damaged, so that a malfunction of the smart card can be prevented. The smart card system has a simple construction, so it can be easily manufactured at a low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Daewoo Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeong-Geun Kim
  • Patent number: 5675135
    Abstract: An electronic franking machine has a data reader for reading data stored in a microcircuit fitted in a chip card and includes a receptacle with respect to which are disposed a predetermined location and a punching mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: SECAP
    Inventor: Claude Martin
  • Patent number: 5625593
    Abstract: A conventional memory card circuit has a construction where an input terminal and an output terminal of storage means are directly connected with a terminal unit. In consequence, the conventional memory card circuit has a disadvantage that the stored content of the storage means might be damaged when a signal applied from the terminal unit is unstable at the time of inserting or detaching a memory card into or from the terminal unit. Therefore, according to the present invention, a buffer is provided in each of input and output terminals of storage means and the storage means is cut off from outside by the buffer at the time of inserting or detaching a memory card into or from a terminal unit, whereby the stored content of the storage means can be prevented from being damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masatoshi Kimura
  • Patent number: 5058188
    Abstract: Thers is disclosed a manual scan type image reader for reading a document image by manually moving an image sensor for optically reading the image in a predetermined manual scan direction, converting the read document image into document image data, and outputting the converted document image data to an external unit. In the image reader, there is provided a ruler body including an image reading window for seeing the image therethrough formed on a bottom surface thereof so as to be opened to a top surface thereof, and plural scale lines printed with predetermined equal pitches in the manual scan direction on a bottom surface thereof. A scanner is mounted on the ruler body for movement in the manual scan direction, and the scanner includes the image sensor for reading the document image and the plural scale lines and converting them into document image data and scale image data, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeo Yoneda
  • Patent number: 4845347
    Abstract: A transaction system enables a portable token to co-operate with a fixed terminal. The token is inductively coupled to the terminal, and receives data from the terminal via a frequency modulated carrier signal. Data is sent from the token to the terminal by amplitude modulation of the carrier signal from the terminal, i.e. by modulating the power driven by the token from the terminal. The power needed to energize the on-board processing capability of the token is also obtained from the terminal via the inductive coupling. The token includes an arrangement for commencing processor operation in an orderly manner when it is brought into the proximity of the terminal, and for providing an orderly shut down when the token is withdrawn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: The General Electric Company p.l.c.
    Inventors: John A. McCrindle, Antony F. Steiner, Andrew M. Jackson
  • Patent number: 4692601
    Abstract: An identification card such as an IC card includes a built-in type battery, a central processing unit, a RAM, an FET switch and a latch circuit. An IC card production, the RAM is not energized by the battery when the FET switch is turned off in conjunction with the latch circuit. When the IC card is first used by an card issuer, the RAM is energized by turning on the FET switch in conjunction with the latch circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Harumi Nakano
  • Patent number: 4525713
    Abstract: A plurality of differently coded component tags are attached to a plurality of components maintained in a storage location. The component tag codes are stored in a master tag which can be interrogated by a coded interrogation signal to identify the tagged components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Assignee: Lockheed Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Barletta, John P. Yang
  • Patent number: 4413176
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable tape reader characterized in that a lid provided with a handle is integrally formed on the upper portion of a body provided with a reading head, the body is contained in a container box so that the body can be drawn out upwardly, and when the body is drawn out, the container box is held in the lower portion of the body and an opening of the container box is located below the reading head. In the portable tape reader having the above-mentioned structure, a tape which has been read is securely received and stored in the container box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1983
    Assignee: Fujitsu Fanuc Limited
    Inventor: Tadayoshi Onuki
  • Patent number: 4393302
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and a method for reading punched cards and, more particularly, to such apparatus, and method for reading gravity-fed punched cards.This apparatus comprises a reference perforation sensor located upstream of the hole sensors so as to sense the duration of the passage of a reference perofaration cut out in a card, before any hole position faces the set of hole sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1983
    Assignee: Advanced Card Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Rolf L. Hofmann
  • Patent number: 4304991
    Abstract: Indicia sensor apparatus which provides for a ready, low cost, electrical sensing of an indicia, supported on a readily interchangeable membrane, and provided as a coded pattern of aperture through the membrane. An elastomer electrode element, such as a conductive foam rubber, is pressed against the face of the membrane with sufficient pressure so as to induce a protuberance of some part of the relatively adaptive elastomer through each membrane aperture. This protuberance brings about contactual intercourse with a correspondent receptor electrode for each aperture position. The result is an electrical circuit change which may be utilized in a current seeking path to produce different binary logic values in accord with the coded aperture pattern carried by the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1981
    Inventor: Harold J. Weber
  • Patent number: RE41825
    Abstract: The invention relates to the design of card readers for cards equipped with memory. Such cards, and also the data stored in the memory of such cards, are generally utilized to produce and/or maintain operating states of technical devices. It is also known that the user personally can store data in certain areas of the memory. However, as the memory design and usage has been standardized for the most part and the memory capacity reserved for use by the user is relatively small, the memory capacity reserved for the user can only be increased by providing the device with additional cards equipped with memory. However, as all cards used in a device to supply the full functionality mast operate together in a prescribed manner, it is the task of the invention to specify a card reader that organizes this operation. To accomplish this, it is specified that a monitoring device 17 or a closing device 24 is present that prevents the insertion of a second card 11.1 when there is a first card 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventor: Ulrich Buschmann