Magnetic Patents (Class 235/449)
  • Patent number: 8960546
    Abstract: An antenna for use in an asset-identification system. The antenna includes a plurality of electrically conductive coils electrically connected in parallel. The coils are physically aligned along a common axis. The coils are offset along the common axis by a distance selected to reduce the mutual inductance between the electrically conductive coils, while allowing the signals from the electrically conductive coils to add together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Jessie Darrell Streater
  • Patent number: 8960544
    Abstract: A reading sensor adapted to read a security element having magnetic areas with different coercivity, comprising at least one first reading head and at least one second reading head, which are arranged parallel to each other and are capable of detecting two distinct signal sequences, and a permanent magnet which is arranged between the reading heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Fedrigoni S.p.A.
    Inventor: Maurizio Lazzerini
  • Patent number: 8955753
    Abstract: A media processing device enables reading second media that do not bend easily from the device front with the same ease of use as processing first media that bend easily. The media processing device has a media conveyance path that guides first media inserted from a media insertion opening toward the back and then again toward the front on the front-back axis to the media exit. A straight conveyance path that angles to the inside on the device width axis is formed at a part connected to the media exit, and a second media insertion path that extends straight to the front from the straight conveyance path is connected to the media exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Sasaki, Shogo Mizuyama
  • Patent number: 8939375
    Abstract: A magnetic stripe reader apparatus comprises a first casing, a second casing, a magnetic stripe reader unit, and at least a connecting element. The first casing has an opening, a first positioning portion, and an adjustable fixing portion. The second casing has a second positioning portion disposed corresponding to the first positioning portion, and a through hole disposed corresponding to the adjustable fixing portion. The magnetic stripe reader unit is disposed between the first and second casings, and has a magnetic stripe reader head and a fixing element disposed on a side of the magnetic stripe reader head. In assembly, the connecting element passes through the through hole and connects to the adjustable fixing portion to fix the first and second casings. The second positioning portion and the first positioning portions hold the fixing element, and the magnetic stripe reader head is exposed from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Askey Computer Corp.
    Inventor: Chao-Ching Huang
  • Patent number: 8931699
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure provide a card reader for receiving payment card information at a mobile point-of-sale terminal. In some implementations, a reader of the subject technology can include a memory, a conditioning module and a 3.5 mm audio plug including an audio bus that is configured for insertion into a headphone port of a host device, such as a smart phone or tablet computer. Implementations of the subject technology also include a microprocessor configured to perform operations for receiving a training sequence for use in determining communication parameters associated with a mobile device, and in response to the training sequence, transmitting an acknowledgement signal to the mobile device, via the audio bus, to indicate that a communicative coupling with the mobile device has been successfully established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Wade, Thomas Templeton
  • Patent number: 8931698
    Abstract: A card reader that can prevent phishing and causes no damage on a card in the case where no phishing comes up. A card reader equipped with a card transfer mechanism for taking in and ejecting a card includes a gate mechanism, in which formed is an insertion & ejection slot for inserting and ejecting the card. A protrusion protruding toward an ejecting direction of the card is formed in the gate mechanism. Furthermore, the gate mechanism includes: a card detection mechanism for detecting the card having been ejected by the card transfer mechanism to a pullout-enabled position where a user of the card reader can pull out the card; and a card pullout prevention mechanism for protecting the card from being pulled out when the card is not ejected to the pullout-enabled position at the time of ejecting the card. The card detection mechanism is placed inside the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Ishikawa, Naohito Nakayama
  • Patent number: 8925817
    Abstract: An integrated circuit that communicates with a host device via audio channels includes an interfacing circuit that receives and transmits analog signals on the audio channels. Such audio channels are designed for audio speakers and microphones and the interfacing circuit transmits digital data based on the received analog signals. The integrated circuit includes a processing device that is electrically coupled to the interfacing circuit. The processing device receives the digital data from the interfacing circuit and adjusts at least one parameter of the interfacing circuit based on the received digital data. The interfacing circuit receives the digital data from the processing device and transmits analog signals on at least one of the audio channels based on the at least one adjusted parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: ID Tech
    Inventors: Zheng Zhou, Guo Qiang Mu, Zheng Dai, Ge Jiang
  • Patent number: 8925809
    Abstract: An access system for controlling access of a user to one of several unique operative modes of an electronic device used to communicate with an implantable medical device. The access system includes a portable keycard, which is held by a user. The keycard has embedded magnets arranged in a unique predetermined pattern. The electronic device has a housing that provides a slot and a channel for receiving the keycard by the user. A sensing circuit and a processing circuit are both provided. The sensing circuit includes Hall-effect transducers positioned next to the channel so that upon inserted of the keycard, certain ones of these Hall-effect transducers will reside adjacent a magnet, depending on the particular unique pattern. A magnet positioned adjacent a Hall-effect transducer will cause the transducer to send an output signal to the processor indicating the presence of a magnet at the location of the Hall-effect transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Codman Neuro Sciences SARL
    Inventors: Luc Bossoney, Benito Valencia Avila, Blaise Paratte
  • Patent number: 8928310
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a reluctance resolver (100) with an at least partially soft magnetic stator (104) and an at least partially soft magnetic rotor (102) which oppose each other by forming an air gap. The magnetic resistance in the air gap changes periodically on account of a configuration of the rotor that varies over the circumference. The angle sensor has a magnetic flux transmitter which is arranged on the stator and generates a predefined magnetic flux distribution in the air gap via at least one pair of poles. Furthermore, a magnetic flux receiver, which measures the intensity of the magnetic field via at least two pairs of signal poles arranged offset from one another at an angle, is arranged on the stator, wherein an angle value for a position of the rotor in relation to the stator can be derived from the two receiver signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Belgium EC BVBA
    Inventors: Tom Ocket, Jan Van Cauwenberge, Jurgen Verstraete
  • Patent number: 8925818
    Abstract: A network accessible node that facilitates management of a fleet of portable communication devices (EIR terminal), including portable data terminals and/or barcode readers, by directing performance of software upgrade and/or configuration update actions by one or more members of the fleet of EIR terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James Kosecki, Aldo Mario Caballero
  • Patent number: 8915434
    Abstract: A card reader guide for use in a fascia of a self-service terminal is described. The card reader guide defines a card reader aperture extending in a first direction through which a customer may insert a data card. The card reader guide also comprises: a first protrusion extending (i) along part of the card reader aperture through which a magnetic stripe of the card passes, and (ii) towards the customer, wherein the first protrusion defines a stripe path in registration with the magnetic stripe of the card as the card is inserted by the customer; a second protrusion, opposite to, and aligned with, the first protrusion, and extending (i) along the part of the card reader aperture through which the magnetic stripe of the card passes, and (ii) towards the customer; and a magnetic reader detector located in the first protrusion at the stripe path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Graeme Mitchell, Steven Ritchie
  • Patent number: 8910869
    Abstract: A method of checking value documents having a security element with a plurality of magnetic areas, including a high-coercivity magnetic area, a low-coercivity magnetic area and a combined magnetic area, which contains both the high-coercivity and the low-coercivity magnetic material. When all magnetic areas have been magnetized in a first direction, second magnetization is performed, which involves only the low-coercivity magnetic material being remagnetized parallel to the first magnetization in the opposite direction, but the high-coercivity magnetic material remaining oriented in the first direction of magnetization. Next, first magnetic signals from the security element are detected using a first magnetic detector, and second magnetic signals are detected using a second magnetic detector. The magnetic signals are used to identify each magnetic area of the security element as a high-coercivity, a low-coercivity or a combined magnetic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Schützmann, Elisabeth Paul
  • Patent number: 8910868
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure provide a card reader for receiving payment card information at a mobile point-of-sale terminal. In some implementations, a reader of the subject technology can include a memory, a conditioning module and a 3.5 mm audio plug including an audio bus that is configured for insertion into a headphone port of a host device, such as a smart phone or tablet computer. Implementations of the subject technology also include a microprocessor configured to perform operations for determining whether a newer firmware version is available for the card reader or whether a download of such a firmware needs to be completed, and in response to determining such a download is needed, performing a download of the firmware via the audio plug during periods of inactivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Wade, Dan Post
  • Patent number: 8910877
    Abstract: An inductive identification card on which a card holder's identifying information is recorded in order to recognize the holder's identity via a visual inspection. The identification card is provided with a sensor film on the surface having sensor points which are distributed on its exterior, blocking points corresponding to the identifying information on the identification card, and locally changing electrical responses of sensor points in advance so that different response signals corresponding to detective signals which are applied to the sensor film are generated by the blocking points and peripheral regions, respectively. Authenticity of the identification card and the card holder's identity are recognized by determining locations of response signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Chih Hao Shen
  • Publication number: 20140361081
    Abstract: A case for an electronic device is provided. The case can include a front shell attachable to a back shell, the front shell and the back shell at least partially surrounding an electronic device installed in the case. The case can include an attached payment device reader that is electrically connected to the electronic device, an attached product information input device electrically connected to the electronic device, and a battery electrically connected to the electronic device. The case can also include an electromechanical button and a trigger member that can actuate the electromechanical button. 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: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew M. Glanzer, Lucas B. Weller
  • Patent number: 8905308
    Abstract: A card medium processing device is controlled by means of the control method including: a first judgment step for judging whether or not a card medium having been inserted is detected by a first detection means for detecting the card medium having been inserted; a second judgment step for judging whether or not the card medium having been inserted is detected by a second detection means for detecting the card medium having been inserted, the second detection means being placed at a position behind the first detection means further away toward a rear side in an inserting direction for the card medium; and a processing step for carrying out a predetermined process, supposing that the first detection means has an error, under a situation where the first judgment step does not detect the card medium having been inserted while the second judgment step detects the card medium having been inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventor: Tsutomu Orii
  • Patent number: 8905309
    Abstract: A communication system including a reader application device having a reader application, and a reader configured to operate under control of the reader application to allow data to be transmitted between the reader application device and a user device via the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Thomas Leutgeb, Josef Haid
  • Publication number: 20140353379
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a card reader that can prevent the illegal acquisition of magnetic information recorded on a magnetic stripe, based on an output signal from a pre-head. More specifically described, in a card reader having a card insertion slot for guiding a magnetic card having a magnetic stripe to a transport passage and a pre-head arranged in the vicinity of the card insertion slot for detecting the presence of the magnetic stripe, the pre-head is equipped with a head portion having at least one pair of magnetic cores arranged to be opposite from each other having a magnetic gap between them and coils wound around a pair of the magnetic cores; and a signal different from that of the magnetic information recorded on the magnetic stripe is output from the pre-head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Takaaki MIYABE, Yoshihito KOMATSU, Kazutoshi ISHIKAWA, Katsuhisa HIGASHI
  • Patent number: 8899483
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus designed to activate and trigger a mobile commerce related application, interface and or menu of option and or to affect a process related to mobile commerce by using an activation device located at the Point of Sale (POS) which contains a magnetic or electromagnetic activator and a mobile device with one or more magnetic reed switches, reed relay switches or a Resonant Inductive Coupling Sensor (electrodynamic induction receiver coils).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Barry Shisgal
  • Patent number: 8899482
    Abstract: A digital measurement system and method for optical applications including a mobile client device having a digital camera and an audio port, and a laser measurement device having a laser and a magnetic card reader. The laser measurement device and the magnetic card reader are electrically connected to the audio port of the mobile client device. The mobile client device is configured to activate the laser at the same time as the digital camera is activated, capture an image of a patient, and calculate position of wear measurements based on a location of a laser mark in the captured image. The mobile client device also allows an order for a frame and lenses to be submitted to a ophthalmic laboratory, and payment transactions to be processed using the magnetic card reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: VSP Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Mai Ngoc Pham, Hoa Dang Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20140346228
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card conveying mechanism structured to convey the card; a magnetic head which is structured to abut with the card and performs at least one of reading of magnetic data recorded on the card and recording of magnetic data on the card; a head moving mechanism structured to move the magnetic head in a longitudinal direction of the card; and an abutting part structured to abut with one end of the card in the short-side direction of the card. The head moving mechanism may be configured such that, while the card conveying mechanism holds the card in a state that the one end of the card in the short-side direction of the card is pressed against the abutting part, the magnetic head is moved in the longitudinal direction of the card to perform at least one of reading and recording of magnetic data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Ishikawa, Kazunori Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8890693
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and apparatus for deactivating EAS markers. The device utilizes deactivating magnetic fields created by energizing electrical coils to deactivate electronic article surveillance markers. It consists of housing having an internal structure holding an electrical coil arrangement. The coil arrangement comprises two electrical coils that are arranged essentially coplanar, arranged side-by-side. A third electrical coil is arranged such that each of its windings wraps around both the first and said second electrical coils. Current flowing through the coils generates a composite deactivating magnetic field above the housing. This deactivating magnetic field allows deactivation of a tag swept in any orientation, and does not require the tag to come into physical contact with the deactivating device. Flush mounting conserves space, allowing for ease of merchandise movement over the counter. A distinctive sound indicates the presence and deactivation of the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: W G Security Products
    Inventor: Xiao Hui Yang
  • Patent number: 8888009
    Abstract: A card may utilize an extended dynamic magnetic stripe communications device that may extend to approximately the full length of a card. A processor of a card may detect movement (e.g., position, velocity, acceleration and movement direction) of a read head in relation to movement of the card while the card is being swiped or otherwise moved across a read head of a magnetic card reader. Based on certain parameters (e.g., length characteristics of an extended dynamic magnetic stripe communications device as may be received from a memory of the card, initially detected read head position, and read head velocity) a processor of 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 extended dynamic magnetic stripe communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Dynamics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Mullen
  • Publication number: 20140332591
    Abstract: Provided is a card insertion unit for a card reader which, without weakening a magnetic field generated by a magnetic field generating device in order to prevent reading of magnetic data by a magnetic head for skimming, is capable of reducing the effect of the magnetic field upon the reading of the magnetic data by way of the magnetic head for data reading. This card insertion unit (4) is provided with a notch (4c) formed at a point at which a magnetic stripe (2a) passes at insertion time of the card (2), a projecting portion (4b) which projects toward the upstream side of the insertion direction of the card (2), and a magnetic field generating device (14) disposed in the interior of the projecting portion (4b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Ishikawa, Yukihiko Takita, Shinya Miyazawa
  • Publication number: 20140332588
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a card reader device includes: circuitry having exactly three non-wire elements of (a) one two-terminal inductive read head having a first read head terminal and a second read head terminal, (b) one two-terminal resistor having a first resistor terminal and a second resistor terminal, and (c) one TRS (tip, ring, sleeve) connector including a microphone contact and a circuit completion contact, with said TRS connector adapted to be inserted into a socket of a cell phone to connect the microphone contact and circuit completion contact to corresponding cell phone circuitry including connecting to a microphone input of the cell phone; wherein said three non-wire elements are connected together using one or more direct connections, one or more wires, or both; and a housing enclosing said read head and said resistor, with said TRS connector extending out of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: REM Holdings 3, LLC, a Missouri Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Robert E. Morley, JR.
  • Patent number: 8881254
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing virtual objects in a network is provided. The method includes creating a unique link between at least one virtual object and a physical token. The at least one virtual object is represented by a first set of distinct predefined properties and is associated with a data set. Further, the method includes maintaining information about the unique link between the at least one virtual object and the physical token and information about the first set of distinct predefined properties. Furthermore, the method includes regulating access to the at least one virtual object based on a second set of predefined properties and verification of the physical token.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: MagTek, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Warren Applewhite, Dean Adam Gittleson
  • Patent number: 8876003
    Abstract: A read head is configured to be coupled to the mobile device. The read head is positioned in a housing. The read head has a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a financial transaction card to enable a financial transaction between a buyer and seller. The read head reads data from the magnetic stripe and produces a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. The read head includes an output jack adapted to be inserted at least one of the audio jack or microphone input port of the mobile appliance to provide a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe to, the mobile device. The output jack extends at least 2 mm from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Jim McKelvey
  • Patent number: 8870071
    Abstract: A read head is provided that is configured to be coupled to a mobile device. The read head has a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a financial transaction card. The slot is utilized for a financial transaction between a buyer and seller and reads data on the magnetic stripe. A signal is produced indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe, An output jack of the read head is adapted to be inserted at least one of the audio input port or microphone input port of the mobile device. The output jack delivers the signal to the mobile device. A sampling rate of the signal at the audio input port or a line input port of the mobile device is at least 15 kHZ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Jim McKelvey
  • Patent number: 8870070
    Abstract: A card reader device is provided that includes a housing having a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a financial transaction card to complete a financial transaction between a buyer and seller. A read head is positioned in the housing. The read head reads data stored on the magnetic stripe and produces a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. The read head has sufficient impedance to set amplitude of a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. An output jack is adapted to be inserted into a microphone input associated with a mobile device for providing the signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim McKelvey, Xuancong Wen, Jack Dorsey
  • Patent number: 8870072
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a card feed unit for transferring a data carrier of card information of a multi-services cards, such as a bank card or credit card, to a reading head of a reading unit for at least reading out of card information, the card feed unit comprising: attachment means for attaching the card feed unit in an arrangement respective of the reading head that is suitable for transporting the data carrier of the card in the direction of the meeting head, a receipt position for receipt of the card, a transfer assembly for transferring the card by means of the transfer assembly in the direction of the reading head, in which: the card feed unit is suitable for, during insertion of the card in the receipt position, receiving the card in the receipt position by means of an insertion operation with a direction of movement that, at least as seen in one direction, is substantially perpendicular to the readout direction of the card for preventing that the card is readable during the insertion operat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Card Swipe Protection Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Leonardus Antonius Maria Van Den Bogart, Cornelis Johannes Goedee, Marina Helena De Jongh
  • Publication number: 20140312117
    Abstract: A device (10) for reading a magnetic stripe card and/or smart card (22) comprising a slot (12) for feeding the magnetic stripe card and/or smart card (22). A rotary unit (18) for rotating a fed magnetic stripe card and/or smart card (22) from the feeding plane (24) into a reading plane (32) extending at a predetermined angle (W1) relative to the feeding plane (24) is arranged behind the slot (12) as viewed in feed direction (P1). Further, the invention relates to a method for preventing skimming attacks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventor: Lutz NEUBAUER
  • Publication number: 20140312118
    Abstract: A card reader for use with a mobile device includes a foot and/or a housing for a jack on the bottom of the card reader prevents the card reader from accidently turning off the mobile device during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: David A. Marcus, Hill Ferguson, Max E. Metral, Egan Schulz
  • Patent number: 8864029
    Abstract: MICR documents are read and sorted to a destination pocket for processing subject to a determination that an exception does not prevent the routing of the document. In example embodiments, for example, an error does not prevent the routing of the document if it is not related to the routing/transit field. In the case of digit errors, an optical character recognition (OCR) process is performed on the stored, electronic image of the document to correct digit errors in the stored data read from the documents. If a determination is made that correction or other exception processing cannot be handled through the OCR process, the image and corresponding MICR data is displayed on a user terminal, for manual verification or correction by reference to an image of the document, rather than the document itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: David Craig McGlamery, Kathryn G. Harrington, Russell M. Parsons, Raymond Glenn Beichler
  • Patent number: 8851372
    Abstract: Provided is a wearable personal digital device and methods for enlarging display space using the wearable personal digital device. The wearable personal digital device may comprise a processor, a memory unit, an expandable display, a camera, a projector, a communication circuit, a swipe card reader, one or more biometric sensors, one or more accelerometers, a housing, and a band. The expandable display is be communicatively coupled to the processor and configured to expand to enlarge display space using a flip up portion, detachable portion, or bending the expandable display. The band may include one or more rechargeable batteries configured to power the wearable personal digital device. Biometric sensors and accelerometers provide data for monitoring health and activity of the user. The swipe card reader is configured to read payment card data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Tiger T G Zhou, Dylan T X Zhou, Andrew H B Zhou
  • Patent number: 8844818
    Abstract: A magnetic stripe reader including a magnetic reader head providing at least one data output, an F2F decoder receiving the at least one data output and providing a decoded data output, a microprocessor receiving and processing the decoded data output and power saving circuitry operative to control the operation of the F2F decoder and the microprocessor thereby to maintain the F2F decoder and the microprocessor in a power-saving sleep mode other than during magnetic stripe reading by the magnetic reader head and a selected time duration thereafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Verifone, Inc.
    Inventors: John Liu, Kyle Chang, TeeHuang Chou
  • Patent number: 8844817
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew M. Glanzer, Lucas Weller
  • Patent number: 8844825
    Abstract: A system and a method for testing a magnetic stripe decoding chip are provided. The system includes a host, a digital-to-analog converter, and a testing device. The host outputs simulation signal data. The digital-to-analog converter receives the simulation signal data and generates a test waveform signal representing a test string. The testing device includes a signal input terminal, a signal conversion circuit, a chip slot, and a processor. The terminal receives the test waveform signal. The chip slot is configured to receive a decoding chip. The circuit includes a transformer connected between the terminal and the chip slot, and is configured to couple the test waveform signal into a pseudo track signal. The processor receives a decoded string generated after decoding the pseudo track signal by the decoding chip. Through comparing the decoded string with the test string, a decoding function of the decoding chip can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Uniform Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Tung-Jung Hsu
  • Patent number: 8840024
    Abstract: A financial transaction card reader device includes a housing having a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a financial transaction card to complete a financial transaction between a buyer and seller. A read head is in the housing, reads data stored on the magnetic stripe and for produces a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. An output jack is adapted to be inserted into a microphone input associated with a seller's mobile device for providing the signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe to the mobile device. The signal is decoded in the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. McKelvey, Xuancong Wen
  • Publication number: 20140263647
    Abstract: One example of a magnetic card reader mounting system includes a card reader mounting system for attaching to a kiosk in which a tablet computer is housed. The card reader mounting system includes a swipe path accessory panel, a swipe path plate, and a reader head subassembly. The swipe path plate and the reader head subassembly are secured to the swipe accessory panel. The system also includes a swipe cap secured to the reader head subassembly, wherein the swipe path plate and the reader head subassembly are configurable to support a plurality of reader head geometries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Bryan Rudolf Grziwok, Adam Scott Aronson
  • Publication number: 20140263646
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing and utilizing a tamper resistant 3D magnetic stripe reader integrated circuit in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment, a three-dimensional magnetic stripe reader integrated circuit (IC) includes at least one magnetic read sensor configured to generate a signal representative of information on a magnetic stripe, a decoding circuit configured to receive the signal from the at least one magnetic read sensor and generate a data signal, an encryption circuit configured to receive the data signal from the decoding circuit and generate an encrypted signal, a substrate layer, where the at least one magnetic read sensor, decoding circuit, and encryption circuit are mounted to the substrate layer, and IC packaging at least partially enclosing the at least one magnetic read sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MagTek, Inc.
    Inventor: Hamid Manesh
  • Patent number: 8833658
    Abstract: An improved document or ID card scanner for imaging documents and decoding coded indicia such as bar codes and magnetic strips is disclosed. The scanner incorporates an internal motor and automatic multi-pass scanning function to quickly and accurately capture all data on a document. During these passes the document is imaged under a number of different lighting conditions and a magnetic strip is read multiple times. The document scanner can perform scans as the document moves in forward and reverse directions; and each scan occurs at a speed optimized to the particular scanning method and direction of the current pass. During the multiple passes, the document is scanned and or read at varying speeds for reliability and for different purposes as detailed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: E-Seek, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Lebaschi, Haksoo Kim, Chung Yong Suh
  • Patent number: 8833648
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer readable media are disclosed for prioritizing tasks associated with a group of first users based on number of times the first users have monitored the status of a task. In addition to the general system, systems, methods and computer readable media for task prioritizing, the tasks may be prioritized based on the number of first users associated with a task, the importance of each first user associated with a task, and the way the task was identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Reynaldo Medina, III, Bradly J. Billman
  • Patent number: 8832323
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method offering a specialized modular sled systems for combination, both in a physically proximate sense, and electronically peripheral devices such as a compact bar code scanner, magnetic strip reader, IC card reader, RF tag reader, charging base, multi-threat monitors, biometric verification modules, etc., without the need for cables, and with structural capabilities that offer the ability for a user to employ the same in substantially simultaneous fashion through a consolidated physical integration that eliminates awkward manual manipulation of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: KoamTac, Inc.
    Inventor: Hanjin Lee
  • Patent number: 8827153
    Abstract: Dynamic magnetic stripe communications devices are provided as magnetic stripe emulators. A device, such as an application specific integrated circuit, may include a waveform generator that retrieves data from memory and may generate waveforms from the retrieved data to be communicated by the magnetic stripe emulator and received by a magnetic stripe reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Dynamics Inc.
    Inventors: Randy L. Rhoades, David J. Hartwick
  • Publication number: 20140246490
    Abstract: A system and method for a payment card capture, storage and transmission device with magnetic stripe transmission capabilities without contact with the magnetic reader head including a magnetic field transmitter including a driver and inductor, a microprocessor, a memory storage or secure element, a battery, a magnetic stripe reader (MSR), an audio jack interface working in conjunction with a consumer mobile communication device and wallet application for capturing magnetic stripe card data, storing the data securely, and transmitting such data to a merchant's point of sale (POS) terminal, checkout system, or other MSR device. The system provides a convenient buying experience for buyers, and secure and informative transactions for sellers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: William W. Graylin
  • Patent number: 8820641
    Abstract: A magnetic read device including: a magnetic read head including a first conductive winding; and a second conductive winding connected in phase opposition to the first winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Compagnie Industrielle et Financiere d'Ingenierie “Ingenico”
    Inventor: Olivier Berthiaud
  • Patent number: 8820650
    Abstract: A card reader includes a read head in a housing. A jack is coupled to the housing and adapted to be inserted into a microphone input associated with a mobile device. An electronic system includes a card reader circuit, a communication system, a monitor system to manage card reader behavior between power cycles, a pathway system and a power subsystem that in operation receives a bias voltage from a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Wilson, Xuancong Wen
  • Patent number: 8820640
    Abstract: The present invention improves the environment resistance performance of a magnetic card reader, and also improves the operation stability of a system including a higher-level device. Specifically to describe, the magnetic card reader 1, for reading magnetic data recorded in a card 4 by using a magnetic head 5, includes: a storage section (a part of a RAM 104) for storing the magnetic data read and acquired by using the magnetic head 5; a first comparing section for comparing the total number of data in the magnetic data with a prescribed first threshold; and a first judgment section for judging that the magnetic data is effective data when the total number of data in the magnetic data is less than or equal to the prescribed first threshold in the first comparing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventor: Kohei Okui
  • Publication number: 20140239068
    Abstract: This invention relates to a card with alterable security features are displayed and method of enhancing security of a financial transaction card. The present invention provides a financial transaction card with alterable ID/Security features including an E-paper display unit on one or both surfaces of the card that displays alterable ID/Security features. The alterable ID/Security features include account numbers, names, security codes, dates, phone numbers, addresses, photos, and computer-readable codes. The alterable ID/Security features can be edited, changed, erased, or replaced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: John Chowhan Park
  • Patent number: 8814046
    Abstract: A system for a baseband near field magnetic stripe data transmitter includes a mobile phone and a magnetic stripe transmission (MST) device. The mobile phone transmits a stream of pulses including magnetic stripe data of a payment card. The magnetic stripe transmission (MST) device includes a wave shaper, a driver and an induction device. The MST device receives the stream of pulses from the mobile phone, shapes and amplifies the received stream of pulses and generates and emits high energy magnetic pulses including the magnetic stripe data. The emitted high energy magnetic pulses are picked up remotely by a magnetic read head. The MST device shapes the stream of pulses to compensate for shielding, eddy current losses and limited inductance value of the magnetic read head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Looppay Inc
    Inventor: George Wallner