Magnetic Patents (Class 235/449)
  • Patent number: 11213142
    Abstract: A stand for positioning a mobile device comprises a quick attach mount configured to receive a mobile device and a height-adjustable upright member connected to support the quick attach mount and adjustable to position the quick attach mount within a desired height range for users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Alaska Airlines, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Kemery, Kyle Allen Fuhrer, Naomi-Hannah Onajite Agbro, Jeffrey Ladwig, Zebrick B. Roach, John Dan Mabry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11176530
    Abstract: A payment terminal includes a magnetic card reader slot having a magnetic head, an IC card reader slot configured to be front of a user, and a first board with a touch area for a contactless payment arranged diagonally upward toward the user. The magnetic card reader slot is arranged toward the user obliquely upward with respect to a direction parallel to the plane. The magnetic card reader slot and the IC card reader slot are arranged, so that a swipe direction of the magnetic card into the magnetic card reader slot and an insertion direction of an IC card into the IC card reader slot are substantially perpendicular to each other. The magnetic card reader slot, the IC card reader slot, and the first board are arranged in this order from the plane in a height direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenya Yasutomi, Bunzo Goto, Takeshi Goto, Tadayuki Takanashi, Akihito Shimode, Ryota Minami
  • Patent number: 11157893
    Abstract: An electronic device comprising: a near field communication (NFC) module; a magnetic stripe data transmission (MST) module; and at least one processor functionally coupled to the NFC module and the MST module, wherein the processor is configured to: select at least one of the NFC module or the MST module; and transmit payment information to an external device by using the selected module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su Young Park, Da Som Lee, Yang Soo Lee, Moon Soo Chang
  • Patent number: 11144900
    Abstract: The invention relates to an enabling card as well as a system and method for completing a financial transaction in a P.O.S. terminal comprising: a processor carried by the enabling card for: establishing a connection with a mobile device; receiving secure information from a mobile device and generating a digital signal; a coil carried by the enabling card for generating a magnetic field in response to the digital signal to simulate the swipe of card in the P.O.S. terminal and complete the financial transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: DASHPASS INC.
    Inventors: Alessandro Andriani, Leonardo Covello, Mario Crudo, Bruce Silcoff, Jonathan Silver
  • Patent number: 11116601
    Abstract: A method includes sensing magnet information at a plurality of magnet positions on a cannula and determining identification information for the cannula based on the magnet information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Brandon R. Garbus, Allen C. Thompson, Justin Krom
  • Patent number: 11113489
    Abstract: Methods and devices for coding and identifying plate-type workpieces are provided. The methods include: coding a workpiece by producing a code with a local modification in a material structure of a base material of the workpiece within a coding region, reading out the code by performing an eddy-current measurement of a local distribution of an electrical conductivity and/or a permeability of the base material by an eddy-current sensor along a reading-out section in a reading region at least partially including the coding region, a signal calibrated to a distance of the eddy-current sensor from a surface of the reading region being determined for reading out the code, storing the read-out code in a storage device, repeating the reading out of the code by repeatedly performing the eddy-current measurement, and identifying the workpiece by comparing the stored read-out code in the storage device and the repeated read-out code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Daniel Bossert, Klaus Bauer, Andreas Popp, Eberhard Wahl
  • Patent number: 11112885
    Abstract: A rotary input device includes a base, a cover, a column, one or more first magnets, one or more second magnets, a plurality of magnetic sensors, and a signal processing circuit. The cover includes a cap portion and a side wall vertically extending from the cap portion. The column surrounded by the side wall includes a first end for connecting to the base and a second end for connecting to the cover. The first magnet surrounds the column and is configured on the cover. The second magnet surrounds the first magnet and is configured on the base. The magnetic sensors are configured on a lateral surface of the column and coupled to the signal processing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: ACER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Tai Ju, Chueh-Pin Ko, Chih-Chiang Chen
  • Patent number: 11100298
    Abstract: A card reader includes a digital connector such as a Universal Serial Bus (USB) plug or an Apple® Lightning® plug. The digital connector includes a corresponding connector interface, which provides voltage to at least a card reader interface and an integrated circuit (IC) of the card reader. The card reader interface outputs an analog transaction information signal upon reading the card. The IC generates a digital version of the analog transaction information signal, encrypts the digital version, converts that into an analog audio signal. The audio signal can then be sent to the connector interface, which converts it into a digital signal such as a USB or Apple® Lightning® signal that is sent by the digital connector to a mobile device. Alternately, the audio signal can be sent to a microcontroller that converts the audio signal to a digital format such as USB, and then to the digital connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Mani Razaghi, Joseph Laucks, Jeremy Martin
  • Patent number: 11062285
    Abstract: Systems, methods and tools for securely scheduling appointments, maintenance and repairs of vehicles. The system may be an automated service kiosk available 24 hours a day. A customer can schedule services, drop off and pick up keys for receiving service at any time that may be convenient for the customer, without regard for the normal operating hours of the service provider and may do so without having to interact with an employee of the service provider. Automated customer recognition may be performed using license scanning or biometric scanning. The user may select a service from a menu of services and deposit keys (or key fobs) within the kiosk system or receive keys therefrom. Upon returning to complete the service transaction customers may scan a paper or digital receipt provided during the initial scheduling of the service and tender payment via the kiosk or using digital currency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignees: GO MOTO, INC., MERIDIAN ZERO, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Marcelle, Christopher Gilder, Robert Florig, Lynwood A. Williams, Jr., Philip Aubrey White
  • Patent number: 11055500
    Abstract: A card reader is provided which is capable of detecting a skimming magnetic head attached to a front side of a card insertion member formed with a card insertion port and a skimming magnetic head attached to an inclined face of the card insertion port with a simple structure. The card reader includes a card insertion member 8 formed with a card insertion port 3 and a light emitting element 9 and a light receiving element for detecting that a foreign matter has been attached to the card insertion member 8. A lower face of the card insertion port 3 is formed to be an inclined face 3a which is inclined toward a lower side as going to the front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazunori Takahashi, Kazutoshi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11018881
    Abstract: A device may include one or more sources such as circuit elements and electrical components that function as sources for physically unclonable function (PUF) data. PUF data may be acquired from the PUF sources and one or more error correction codes may be applied to the PUF data. The resulting PUF values may be used to generate information that may be used for device security operations such as encryption and tamper detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Kamran Sharifi, Afshin Rezayee, Jeremy Wade, Yue Yang, Max Joseph Guise, Bertram Leesti
  • Patent number: 10997489
    Abstract: A payment card (e.g., credit and/or debit card) is provided with a magnetic emulator operable of communicating information to a magnetic stripe reader. Information used in validating a financial transaction is encrypted based on time such that a validating server requires receipt of the appropriate encrypted information for a period of time to validate a transaction for that period of time. Such dynamic information may be communicated using such an emulator such that a card may be swiped through a magnetic stripe reader—yet communicate different information based on time. An emulator may receive information as well as communicate information to a variety of receivers (e.g., an RFID receiver).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Mullen, David Lambeth, Bruce Cloutier
  • Patent number: 10990868
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) device programming apparatus includes a transport system (102) to transport media (104) in a transport direction (106), and an RFID device reader (112) to obtain first device identification data from a first RFID device (108) on the media and second device identification data from a second RFID device (110) on the media that is offset from the first RFID device in the transport direction. A first RFID device programmer (114) may program the first RFID device associated with the first device identification data, and a second RFID device programmer (116) may program the second RFID device associated with the second device identification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Lior Kaykov, Gideon Amir
  • Patent number: 10990867
    Abstract: A card may detect variations (e.g., position, velocity, acceleration and direction) of a read head in relation to the card. Based on certain parameters (e.g., card length, initially detected read head position, and read head velocity) the card may change communicated bit parameters (e.g., bit period) so that a total number of data bits may be communicated by the card to the read head while the read head remains within a communication distance of the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventor: Bruce S. Cloutier
  • Patent number: 10970940
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of ticket checking technologies, and provides a ticket checking device including an identifier and a control unit; the identifier is configured to identify ticket surface information of a ticket presented by a user; and the control unit is configured to compare the ticket surface information identified by the identifier with preset ticket surface information corresponding to the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Jianhua Du, Fan Yang
  • Patent number: 10972100
    Abstract: A dial device includes a base, a cover, a column, a magnet, a magnetic sensor and a signal processing circuit. The cover includes a cap portion and a side wall vertically extending from the cap portion. The column surrounded by the wall includes a first end for connecting to the base and a second end for connecting to the cover. The magnet surrounds the column and is disposed on the base or the cover. The magnetic sensor is disposed on a side surface of the column and coupled to the signal processing circuit. When the cover rotates relative to the base, the magnet rotates around the magnetic sensor, and the magnetic field strengths sensed by the magnetic sensor vary. The signal processing circuit determines the relative rotation direction between the cover and the base according to the difference of the magnetic field strengths sensed by the magnetic sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ACER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Tai Ju, Chueh-Pin Ko, Chih-Chiang Chen
  • Patent number: 10967653
    Abstract: A thermal printer includes a frame including sidewalls; a platen roller supported by the frame, through bearings, the platen roller being configured to rotate with a rotational shaft; a thermal head disposed opposite the platen roller; a support member for supporting the thermal head, the support member being configured to be pivoted with respect to the frame; and an adjustment mechanism disposed between the rotational shaft of the platen roller and the thermal head, the adjustment mechanism allowing a distance between the rotational shaft of the platen roller and the thermal head to be adjusted, while contacting at least one from among components of the platen roller and components of the thermal head, so that a gap between the thermal head and the platen roller is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshibumi Abe, Zenko Motoki, Akira Kabamoto
  • Patent number: 10949627
    Abstract: A detection activity of a card may be sensitive to capacitance changes in one or more pads on the card, where a capacitance change detected in a pad during a first time period does not affect a capacitance change detected in the pad during subsequent time period(s). Accordingly, the detection activity may remain sensitive to a faster-moving device with greater accuracy in a determination of position, velocity and/or acceleration of the faster-moving device in relation to the card. A second detection activity may follow a first detection activity, which may increase a probability of a successful communication sequence subsequent to the first detection activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventor: Allen D. Bowers
  • Patent number: 10949826
    Abstract: Systems and methods for handling tokens. In one aspect, a token is intercepted by a data processor and a contact is made with a detokenization provider by the data processor. In another aspect, token service is aggregated. In another aspect, tokenization is extended to physical cards, to deter certain kinds of fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin Rewis, Vijay K. Royyuru, Christopher T. Cox
  • Patent number: 10936928
    Abstract: Devices and methods for detecting credit card skimmers are provided herein. A device can include a printed circuit board having a pattern of electrical traces on its surface, and a computer readable medium comprising instructions that cause a processor to direct an electrical voltage to a trace and detect an electrical current between two points of the trace. A gap can be disposed between the two points across which a voltage is applied in order to detect a magnetic reader. A count of the detected magnetic readers within a credit card reading device may be indicative of the presence of a credit card skimmer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Walter N. Scaife, Patrick G. Traynor, Christian Peeters
  • Patent number: 10936926
    Abstract: A card exhibiting multiple linear arrays of sensors are provided to detect a presence and movement of an external object (e.g., a read-head of a magnetic stripe reader). Each sensor of each array of sensors may be independently connected to a dual port of a processor so that the processor may determine a direction in which the card is swiped through a magnetic stripe reader. A portion of sensors of each array of sensors may be shared by a portion of inputs and/or outputs of a single port of a processor. Sensors may be cross-coupled to a single processor port so that forward and reverse directions of a card swipe may nevertheless be detected by a single-port processor of a card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventors: Randy L. Rhoades, James H. Workley, Jeffrey D. Mullen
  • Patent number: 10922601
    Abstract: Cards made in accordance with the invention include a specially treated thin decorative layer attached to a thick core layer of metal or ceramic material, where the thin decorative layer is designed to provide selected color(s) and/or selected texture(s) to a surface of the metal cards. Decorative layers for use in practicing the invention include: (a) an anodized metal layer; or (b) a layer of material derived from plant or animal matter (e.g., wood, leather); or (c) an assortment of aggregate binder material (e.g., cement, mortar, epoxies) mixed with laser reactive materials (e.g., finely divided carbon); or (d) a ceramic layer; and (e) a layer of crystal fabric material. The cards may be dual interface smart cards which can be read in a contactless manner and/or via contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: CompoSecure, LLC
    Inventors: John Herslow, Adam Lowe, Luis Dasilva
  • Patent number: 10902225
    Abstract: A card reader may include a transport path; a housing; a magnetic head to read the magnetic information at a reading position of the transport; and a first inductive proximity sensor. The first inductive proximity sensor may include a first oscillation circuit; and first and second detection coils connected in parallel to the first oscillation circuit. The magnetic head may be accessible to the magnetic card from a first side of the transport path in a first direction perpendicular to a transport face of the magnetic card. Coil center lines of the first and second detection coils may extend in the first direction on the first side of the transport path. The first and second detection coils may be disposed adjacent to each other in the transport direction and structured to generate magnetic fields in opposite directions in the first direction when the first inductive proximity sensor is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuo Mochida
  • Patent number: 10879318
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a display. The display may have an active region in which display pixels are used to display images. The display may have one or more openings and may be mounted in a housing associated with the electronic device. An electronic component may be mounted in alignment with the openings in the display. The electronic component may include a camera, a light sensor, a light-based proximity sensor, status indicator lights, a light-based touch sensor array, a secondary display that has display pixels that may be viewed through the openings, antenna structures, a speaker, a microphone, or other acoustic, electromagnetic, or light-based component. One or more openings in the display may form a window through which a user of the device may view an external object. Display pixels in the window region may be used in forming a heads-up display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Rappoport, Jeremy C. Franklin, Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Scott A. Myers, Richard P. Howarth, Julian Hoenig, Christopher Stringer, John P. Ternus, Stephen Brian Lynch
  • Patent number: 10854034
    Abstract: A method and system for encouraging the selection of healthy products with a vending machine are provided. The method includes providing a vending machine that displays an inventory of products. Each product of the inventory of products includes a dispensing countdown time displayed on the vending machine. The method also includes receiving a first customer selection of a first product from the inventory of products, where the first product has a first dispensing countdown time. Additionally, the method includes actuating a countdown timer to count down to zero seconds from the first dispensing countdown time. The method also includes dispensing the first product once the countdown timer reaches zero seconds. The first product is only dispensed if a customer does not select a second product having a second dispensing countdown time before the first dispensing countdown time counts down to zero seconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Rush University Medical Center
    Inventor: Bradley M. Appelhans
  • Patent number: 10846579
    Abstract: An electronic device according to one embodiment may include a memory, a coil, a waveform-generating circuit, and a processor configured to: obtain card information stored in the memory; when a first part of the card information is a first value, apply a first voltage or a first current having a first waveform to the coil, where a first tangential slope of a first amplitude of the first waveform for time changes in at least a part of a first interval corresponding to the first part; and when a second part of the card information is a second value, apply a second voltage or a second current having current second waveform to the coil, where a second tangential slope of a second amplitude of the second waveform for time changes in at least a part of a second interval corresponding to the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeong-Hoon Park
  • Patent number: 10830613
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to decoding the output of a multi-turn magnetic sensor using a successive approximation technique to detect a number of turns of a magnetic target. A decoder circuit can decode a turn count of the multi-turn magnetic sensor by obtaining measurements at nodes that are determined from values of previous measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Analog Devices Global Unlimited Company
    Inventors: Peter James Tonge, Monsoon Dutt
  • Patent number: 10832245
    Abstract: According to some aspects of the disclosure, an electronic ID device is configured to allow a user to select an account associated with the user to employ in a transaction. The electronic ID device comprises a biometric sensor configured to receive a biometric input provided by the user, a user interface configured to receive a user input, a communication interface configured to communicate with a secure registry, and a processor coupled to the biometric sensor to receive information concerning the biometric input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVSERSAL SECURE REGISTRY, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Weiss
  • Patent number: 10810386
    Abstract: An example method may include transmitting a noise signal through a reader connection of a magnetic reader element. The control component and the magnetic reader element may be associated with a card reader device of a transaction device, and the magnetic reader element may be configured to read a magnetic strip of a transaction card. The method may include receiving, from the magnetic reader element, a reader connection signal from the reader connection. The reader connection signal may include the noise signal. The method may include extracting, from the reader connection signal, a card information signal associated with the transaction card from the magnetic strip. The card information signal may be extracted based on the noise signal. The method may include performing an action associated with the card information signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Post, Nathaniel McKinnon
  • Patent number: 10803461
    Abstract: A payment reader and a POS terminal may communicate over a wireless connection. An original state of the payment reader can be used to determine a behavioral model, wherein the behavioral model defines an expected behavior of the payment entity. The system and method include detecting a change in the original state of the payment entity, wherein the change in the original state is triggered by another payment entity not authorized by the merchant; comparing the change of the original state with a threshold deviation defined by the behavioral model; and if the change of state is not within the threshold deviation, performing one or more actions to revert the payment entity to the original state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane Hamilton, Todd Aument, Andrew Leiserson
  • Patent number: 10803691
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting a magnetic security feature of a valuable document including a transport apparatus configured to transport the valuable document through the apparatus, sensors configured as magnetic sensors and having at least two security feature sensors and at least one compensation sensor, and an evaluation unit configured to receive the signals output by the sensors, wherein the sensors are arranged and configured in a line parallel to the transport plane and transversely with respect to the direction of transport. The sensors are arranged at a distance from the transport plane such that the distance of the security feature sensors is configured to capture a security feature by means of at least one of the security feature sensors, and that the distance of the compensation sensor is configured not to capture a security feature by means of the compensation sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: CI Tech Sensors AG
    Inventors: Reto Schletti, Elisabeth Paul
  • Patent number: 10783333
    Abstract: A magnetic jammer for a card reader and structured to generate a magnetic field for jamming illegal reading of magnetic data stored on a card may include a core including magnetic material; a coil wound around the core and structured to generate a jamming magnetic field; a case accommodating the core and the coil; and a resin sealant filling the inside of the case and covering the core and the coil. The core and the coil may be disposed apart from an inner face of the case such that the core and the coil do not come into contact with the inner face of the case. A portion of the resin sealant may be disposed between the core and the inner face of the case and between the coil and the inner face of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirotaka Sakamaki
  • Patent number: 10746572
    Abstract: A rotation detection device includes a detection unit and a determination circuit unit. A first magnetoresistive element pair, a second magnetoresistive element pair and a third magnetoresistive element pair are located to be farther from the end part than a fourth magnetoresistive element pair and a fifth magnetoresistive element pair are. The second magnetoresistive element pair is located in a region surrounded by the first magnetoresistive element pair, the third magnetoresistive element pair, the fourth magnetoresistive element pair and the fifth magnetoresistive element pair. The detection unit is to generate a main signal based on outputs of the first magnetoresistive element pair, the second magnetoresistive element pair and the third magnetoresistive element pair and to generate a sub signal based on outputs of the fourth magnetoresistive element pair and the fifth magnetoresistive element pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Kobayashi, Michihiro Makita
  • Patent number: 10748558
    Abstract: The presently disclosed technology teaches integrating disc drive electronics into a transducer head. Decreased electrical transit times and data processing times can be achieved by placing the electronics on or within the transducer head because electrical connections may be made physically shorter than in conventional systems. The electronics may include one or more of a control system circuit, a write driver, and/or a data buffer. The control system circuit generates a modified clock signal that has a fixed relation to phase and frequency of a bit-detected reference signal that corresponds to positions of patterned bits on the disc. The write driver writes outgoing data bits received from an external connection to off-head electronics directly to the writer synchronized with the modified clock signal. The data buffer stores and converts digital data bits sent from the off-head electronics to an analog signal that is synchronized with the modified clock signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Gubbins, Robert William Lamberton, Robert Edward Weinstein, James Joseph Touchton
  • Patent number: 10746769
    Abstract: A wireless sensor includes at least one undulating electrical conductor. The undulating electrical conductor(s) extends along a spiral path between its first end and second end that remain electrically unconnected. Each undulating electrical conductor has inductance and capacitance wherein, in the presence of a time-varying magnetic field, the undulating electrical conductor(s) resonates to generate a harmonic response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TEXTILE INSTRUMENTS, LLC
    Inventors: Susan P. Bernard, Robert P. Donley
  • Patent number: 10740581
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods of reading DPM codes on objects therewith are provided. An apparatus includes a housing and a first imaging assembly housed within the housing and includes a first image sensor. The apparatus also has a second imaging assembly housed within the housing and includes a second image sensor. The apparatus also includes an illumination assembly configured to provide an illumination light having a central illumination axis. At least two of a FOV central axis of the first imaging assembly, a second FOV central axis of the second imaging assembly, and the central illumination axis pass through a plane within a first distance of no greater than about 40 mm of each other. The plane being (i) normal to the first FOV central axis and (ii) a second distance between about 0 to about 5 inches from a nose of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Barkan, Darran Michael Handshaw, Mark Drzymala
  • Patent number: 10734843
    Abstract: A wireless power transfer system includes a power transmitter configured to provide a power transfer to a power receiver via a power transfer signal. The power receiver includes a first mode controller configured to transmit a standby mode exit request to the power transmitter by changing a loading of a communication inductor of the power transmitter. The power transmitter includes a mode controller configured to control the power transmitter to operate in a standby mode where a presence of the power receiver is detected but no power transfer signal is generated. A detector is configured to detect an impedance change of the communication inductor. The mode controller is configured to initiate a transition from the standby mode to a power transfer mode in response to the detector detecting the impedance change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Neil Francis Joye, Andries Van Wageningen, Simon George Abernethy, Klaas Jacob Lulofs
  • Patent number: 10733607
    Abstract: According to some aspects of the disclosure, an electronic ID device is configured to allow a user to select an account associated with the user to employ in a transaction. The electronic ID device comprises a biometric sensor configured to receive a biometric input provided by the user, a user interface configured to receive a user input, a communication interface configured to communicate with a secure registry, wherein the communication interface includes a near field communication transceiver, and a processor coupled to the biometric sensor to receive information concerning the biometric input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL SECURE REGISTRY, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Weiss
  • Patent number: 10700872
    Abstract: A method for authenticating an additively manufactured (AM) object is disclosed herein. A computing device obtains a measurement that is indicative of a stochastic distribution of dopant incorporated into the AM object. The computing device generates authentication data for the AM object based upon the measurement, and authenticates the AM object based upon the authentication data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Hamlet, Todd Bauer
  • Patent number: 10693263
    Abstract: Audio connectors are provided within a card. The audio connectors may be provided having a height that is compatible with a card (e.g., less than 1 mm or less than 0.5 mm). Communications to and from the card may be provided using the audio connectors within the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Mullen, Christopher J. Rigatti
  • Patent number: 10645251
    Abstract: An image scanning apparatus includes a converter to convert a signal generated by an image sensor scanning an image, into a digital signal, a processor to control the converter to convert the signal into the digital signal using a plurality of control signals communicable between the converter and the processor, and a reset circuit to generate a reset signal to reset the converter based on at least one control signal of the plurality of control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Jung-han Kim, Dong-yeol Jung
  • Patent number: 10641797
    Abstract: In an electric power device and a method of producing the electric power device, in an axial direction of a reactor, a distance between a detection element of a second electric current sensor and a central position of a winding part is shorter than a distance between a detection element of a first electric current sensor and a central position of a winding part. Further, a gap length of a core of the second electric current sensor is smaller than a gap length of a core of the first electric current sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noriaki Okamoto, Masahiro Shimada, Naoto Kochi, Satoshi Hashino, Satoru Fujita
  • Patent number: 10643200
    Abstract: The present technology includes a point of sale system for facilitating interactions between a customer and a merchant in a payment transaction, and for communicating with a payment server to complete the transaction. The point of sale system includes a central processor, a payment object processor, a payment object reader interface, and a touch screen. The central processor is configured to execute an operating system and to execute a transaction engine configured to manage payment transaction specific functions of the point of sale system such as to control the touch screen to display payment transaction information on the touch screen, and to control the payment object processor to control the payment object reader to receive payment object information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventors: Jack Dorsey, William Henderson, Brian Grassadonia, James M. McKelvey, Xuancong Wen
  • Patent number: 10635608
    Abstract: The embodiments of the disclosure disclose a communication method between peripheral devices of a mobile terminal and a mobile terminal. The mobile terminal includes at least two peripheral device and a bus, wherein each of the at least two peripheral devices is directly connected to the bus, and the at least two peripheral devices communicate with each other via the bus. A first peripheral device of the at least two peripheral devices is configured to send, when the first peripheral device needs to access a second peripheral device of the at least two peripheral devices, an access instruction to the second peripheral device via the bus; and the second peripheral device is configured to receive the access instruction, and execute an operation corresponding to the access instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Jian Bai
  • Patent number: 10600058
    Abstract: A method for applying an anti-counterfeit signature on a product, and an anti-counterfeit signature. The method includes selecting a substrate and a type of signature and forming a signature of the selected type on the substrate with atomic layer deposition, ALD, wherein forming the signature includes applying at least one layer having a predetermined property configured to be detected with an analysis method on the substrate by atomic layer deposition, ALD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: PICOSUN OY
    Inventor: Marko Pudas
  • Patent number: 10592894
    Abstract: An apparatus for effecting commercial transactions with a server using a transaction card via a communication device is provided. The apparatus includes a transaction device coupled with the communication device for capturing information from the transaction card and a controller for converting the captured card information into an encrypted audio signal and for transmitting the audio signal to the communication device. The communication device delivers the audio signal to the server for processing the commercial transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: 4361423 Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Tai Kwan Jimmy Tang, Chi Wah Lo, Kenneth G. Mages
  • Patent number: 10580102
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for identification of a coded pattern visible to a computerized imaging apparatus while invisible or inconspicuous to human eyes. A pattern and/or marking may serve to indicate identity of an object, and/or the relative position of the pattern to a viewer. While some solutions exist for identifying patterns (for example, QR codes), they may be visually obtrusive to a human observer due to visual clutter. In exemplary implementations, apparatus and methods are capable of generating patterns with sufficient structure to be used for either discrimination or some aspect of localization, while incorporating spectral properties that are more aesthetically acceptable such as being: a) imperceptible or subtle to the human observer and/or b) aligned to an existing acceptable visual form, such as a logo. In one variant, a viewer comprises an imaging system comprised as a processor and laser scanner, or camera, or moving photodiode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Meier, Dimitry Fisher, Chance Roth, Steven Hypnarowski
  • Patent number: 10515367
    Abstract: A method includes monitoring patterns of commands provided by a self-service terminal controller, identifying potential fraud in the monitored patterns of commands, and suspending operation of a dispenser of the self-service terminal responsive to the identification of potential fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Horgan, Gordon D. Chisholm, Campbell Benn
  • Patent number: 10490038
    Abstract: A security device for an item of merchandise is provided. The security device includes a non-programmable locking mechanism comprising a mechanical lock and a programmable locking mechanism comprising a monitoring circuit operatively coupled to an alarm. The security device is configured to secure an item of merchandise from theft or removal when the mechanical lock is locked and to be separated from the item of merchandise when the mechanical lock is unlocked. The alarm is configured to provide an alarm signal if the security device is separated from the item of merchandise while the monitoring circuit is armed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventor: James K. Sankey
  • Patent number: RE48167
    Abstract: A magnetic card reader module includes a magnetic sensor and an adjacent groove, a micro controller microcontroller and an application. The magnetic sensor is configured to pickup an analog magnetic signal generated by swiping a magnetic stripe through the groove. The magnetic stripe is attached to a card and comprises tracks with magnetically encoded data. The microcontroller is configured to convert the analog magnetic signal into a digital signal. The application is configured to analyze the digital signal, and to perform soft-decision decode of the digital signal and to generate an output comprising the magnetically encoded data and side information providing card swipe information feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: BBPOS LIMITED
    Inventors: Chi Wah Lo, Hwai Sian Tsai