Capacitive Patents (Class 235/451)
  • Patent number: 10846496
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described herein for reading at least one dice. In one aspect, a method may include transmitting an RFID signal proximate to at least one dice, for example, which is contained within a dice gaming system. The method may also include receiving at least two RFID responses, with each of the RFID responses associated with different faces of at least one dice. A first RFID response may be associated with a first signal strength and the second RFID response associated with a second signal strength. The method may further include determining which side of the dice is facing upwards based on the first signal strength and the second signal strength using machine learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: INTERBLOCK D.D.
    Inventors: Urban Bergant, Ivo Zavbi, Peter Kroselj
  • Patent number: 10839170
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) tray for use with a cloud application platform is described. A cloud application, operatively coupled to the RFID tray via the cloud application platform, issues a command to the RFID tray. The issued command is received by an embedded agent of the RFID tray. Based on the received command, the RFID tray performs an RFID scan of one or more RFID-tagged items placed on or in the RFID tray, and the embedded agent sends the tag information from the one or more RFID-tagged items to a cloud application of the cloud network that tracks an inventory of the RFID-tagged items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: PROMEGA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Sehmer, John Kuehl
  • Patent number: 10834547
    Abstract: A facility is equipped with floor tiles, each tile having several segments, each segment with an antenna. Each segment on a tile is associated with a particular timeslot. A transmitter at the tile transmits on a specific frequency. During the particular timeslot for that segment, a signal at the specific frequency is transmitted and radiated from the antenna for that segment. A user electromagnetically couples to one or more antennas of the tile, acting as a signal path for the signal. A receiver in a second tile detects the signal, and information about the frequency detected, timeslot for the signal, and relative signal strength is generated. Where the user has stepped from is determined using the information. By concatenating these steps, a path of the user may be determined. Receivers in shelves facilitate disambiguation of one user from another when interacting with items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Ian McCleary, Jeremy Samuel De Bonet, James Stephanick, Somasundaram Niranjayan, Nikolai Orlov, Nathan Pius O'Neill, Camerin Cole Hahn
  • Patent number: 10832021
    Abstract: A card may store data on an integrated circuit housed within the card. The card includes at least two antennas that are configured to transmit the data. The card may include a switch to electrically couple only one of the first antenna or the second antenna to the integrated circuit at a time. The card may be configured to send a first set of data through a first antenna and a second set of data through a second antenna, where together the two sets of data can be used to execute a transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventor: Raziq Yaqub
  • Patent number: 10832022
    Abstract: A card may store data on an integrated circuit housed within the card. The card includes at least two antennas that are configured to transmit the data. The card may be configured to send a first set of data through a first antenna and a second set of data through a second antenna, where together the two sets of data can be used to execute a transaction. The integrated circuit may be configured to create an authentication factor based on a variable received by an antenna and transmit the second set of data along with the authentication factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventor: Raziq Yaqub
  • Patent number: 10832019
    Abstract: A reader device for attachment to a smart device comprising a display, the reader comprising an antenna, processing and reading circuitry, and a communications module, wherein the antenna, the processing and reading circuitry, the processor and the communications module are coupled to each other, and whereby the antenna encloses said display. When a card is tapped on the display, the antenna receives a signal and transmits the signal to the processing and reading circuitry. The processing and reading circuitry processes the signal to produce data, and the produced data is transmitted to a device external to the reader device by the communications module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: BBPOS LIMITED
    Inventors: Hwai Sian Tsai, Chi Wah Lo
  • Patent number: 10821772
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes determining an ornamental pattern to be transferred to a substrate. The ornamental pattern is specific to a particular user, and one or more parameters of the ornamental pattern are based at least in part on social-graph information of the user. The method also includes generating one or more instructions for controlling a laser-treatment system to transfer the ornamental pattern to the substrate; sending the instructions to the laser-treatment system to transfer the ornamental pattern to the substrate; and transferring the ornamental pattern to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajesh Prasannavenkatesan, Richard Heley
  • Patent number: 10803370
    Abstract: An electronic transaction card communicates with an add-on slot of an intelligent electronic device. The add-on slot may be a memory card slot. The intelligent electronic device may be a mobile phone or other device with or without network connectivity. The electronic transaction card may have magnetic field producing circuitry compatible with magnetic card readers, smartcard circuitry, other point-of-sale interfaces, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Tyfone, Inc.
    Inventors: Siva G. Narendra, Thomas N. Spitzer, Prabhakar Tadepalli
  • Patent number: 10802853
    Abstract: A data storage drive that includes a data storage medium and drive control circuit communicatively coupled to the data storage medium. The data storage drive also includes embedded applet management circuitry that executes an application, installed in the data storage drive as one or more key-value objects, within a controlled environment of the data storage drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Jon D. Trantham, Robert John Warmka, Chiaming Yang, David B. Anderson, Bryan David Wyatt
  • Patent number: 10785616
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to monitoring RFID tags in a retail facility. In some embodiments, a system comprises an RFID tag, a first RFID reader monitoring a first zone and configured to determine, based on a signal received from the RFID tag, that the RFID tag is moving toward the second zone, transmit, to a second RFID reader monitoring the second zone, a notification indicating that the RFID tag is moving toward the second zone, and in response to receipt of a confirmation message from the second RFID reader, instruct the RFID tag to remain in its current state, and cease communication with the RFID tag, the second RFID reader configured to receive, from the first RFID reader, the notification, transmit, to the first RFID reader, the confirmation message, and transmit, to the RFID tag, a signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Lewis, Jeremy R. Tingler, Alvin S. Taulbee
  • Patent number: 10740669
    Abstract: A film assembly or a multilayer stack can include an antenna having a spiral form disposed on a stretchable layer. The film assembly includes a stretchable substrate having opposite major top and bottom surfaces, and a first material disposed on the major top surface of the stretchable substrate in the form of a plurality of intersecting rows and columns making the film assembly less stretchable than the stretchable substrate. The rows and columns define a plurality of closed cells. An antenna for use in a radio frequency identification tag is disposed on the stretchable substrate in each closed cell and is isolated from the first material. The antenna includes an elongated electrically conductive electrode having a spiral form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John D. Geissinger, Donald G. Peterson, Robin E. Gorrell, Howard M. Kaplan
  • Patent number: 10720966
    Abstract: Implementations of this specification provide a near field communication device and an information processing method performed by the near field communication device. An example device includes: an antenna; a radio frequency module connected to the antenna; a CPU circuit connected to the radio frequency module; and a power control module connected to the radio frequency module and the CPU circuit. The radio frequency module outputs, based on a radio frequency signal from the antenna, information conforming to a near field communication protocol of the radio frequency signal. The power control module controls the CPU circuit based on an indication included in the information, such that the CPU circuit is suppressed when a communication distance of the near field communication protocol of the radio frequency signal is greater than a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Hong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10692070
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for configuring a contactless application on a chip within a portable device comprising input/output means arranged to communicate with other devices via a contact connection and via a contactless connection. One such method comprises a first process and a second process. The first process comprises receiving, at the chip and from a first other device, a set of computer instructions, to be executed by the chip, to create a contactless application in a data store of the chip and initialise at least one file associated with the contactless application. The first process further comprises configuring the contactless application in accordance with the set of computer instructions. The second process comprises executing, by the chip of the portable device, the contactless application, whereby to transmit data to a second other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Visa Europe Limited
    Inventors: Nicolas David Mackie, Stuart Fiske
  • Patent number: 10691993
    Abstract: A submersible tag device configured to operate within a liquid medium, including a liquid-tight housing defining a chamber that remains isolated from the liquid medium when the housing is immersed in the liquid medium, and an attachment mechanism configured to attach to a target selected by a user. A communication module is disposed in the chamber, the module including a receiver, a controller configured to receive input from the receiver, a power source operatively connected to at least the controller, and data storage. When the tag device is immersed in the liquid medium, the receiver is configured to receive a command signal through the liquid medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION
    Inventors: Amy L. Kukulya, Thomas Austin, Frederic Jaffre, Robin Hunter Littlefield
  • Patent number: 10693320
    Abstract: Examples of wireless charging of a computing system are described herein. In an example, a charging notification from a power transmit unit (PTU) in a power transfer field of the computing system may be received. In response to receiving the charging notification, it may be ascertained whether a near field communication (NFC) component of the computing system is in an active state for data communication. When the NFC component is in the active state, an input may be provided to switch the active state of the NFC component to an inactive state for disabling data communication through the NFC component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Han-Kuang Chang, YK Hsieh, Chung-Chun Chen, Mark Feng, David Hsieh, Ming-Shien Tsai
  • Patent number: 10679478
    Abstract: A combined EAS and RFID circuit includes an HF coil antenna, a UHF tuning loop, and an RFID chip coupled to a strap that includes a first coupling area and a second coupling area. The coil ends of the HF coil antenna are configured to capacitively and/or conductively couple to one or both of the first coupling area or second coupling area of the strap. The HF coil antenna can include a gap between turns for non-interfering placement of the UHF tuning loop. The EAS circuit can be deactivating upon application of a field at the resonant frequency of sufficient intensity to cause the breakdown voltage to be exceeded between a coil end and coupling area. The threshold breakdown voltage between a coil end and a coupling area can be reduced by laser ablation treatment of a conductive surface of one or both of the coil end or coupling area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: AVERY DENNISON RETAIL INFORMATION SERVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Ian J. Forster
  • Patent number: 10658748
    Abstract: What is provided is a shield housing for shielding interconnect structures and/or components disposed on a circuit board, wherein at least two antenna radiators can be disposed on the shield housing, and wherein the shield housing is configured in such a manner that it can cover the interconnect structures and/or components disposed on the circuit board, at least in part, can be connected with a ground surface of the circuit board, and has a region between the antenna radiators, which region is configured in such a manner that it provides electrical decoupling of the feed of the antenna radiators from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: KATHREIN SE
    Inventors: Jörg Langenberg, Torsten Richter, Josef Mayer
  • Patent number: 10621396
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a reading apparatus for reading a wireless tag includes a housing having a chamber and an opening providing an entrance to the chamber, a door attached to the housing and covering the opening when closed and permitting access to the chamber when opened, and an antenna within the housing and configured to emit a radio wave to read information from a wireless tag inside the chamber, a radiation surface of the antenna being parallel to a first inner wall surface and a second inner wall surface of the housing facing each other. The distance between the first and second inner wall surfaces is at least one half of a wavelength of a radio wave emitted from the antenna, and is a length based on an odd number multiple of a quarter of the wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Wataru Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10614271
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes a radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader configured to read data stored on an RFID tag associated with a user and to generate a first signal indicative of the data and indicative of a location of the RFID tag, a sensor system configured to detect a user interaction with an interactive element and to generate a second signal indicative of the user interaction, and a processor configured to match the user to the user interaction based on the first signal and the second signal and to update a user database to reflect that the user is matched to the user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Travis Jon Cossairt, Wei Cheng Yeh
  • Patent number: 10586412
    Abstract: A system for limiting access to confidential information including storage circuitry for storing the confidential information. An access enabling circuit allows access to the storage circuitry in response to a first level of an enabling signal. A processor generates the enabling signal for a predetermined amount of time in response to sensing of a change of a predetermined value that is produced in response to an act by a person responsible for the confidentiality of the confidential information. The enabling signal assumes a second level after the predetermined amount of time to block access to the storage circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Prasanna Parthasarathy, Michael L Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10546221
    Abstract: A method and system for extracting information from a surface coated with a coating containing quantum dots are disclosed. In embodiments, the method comprises charging the quantum dots in the surface coating, scanning the surface to retrieve information from the quantum dots, and processing the retrieved information to identify data encoded in the quantum dots. In embodiments of the invention, the processing includes filtering the retrieved information to adjust the received information based on defined effects of the coating. In embodiments of the invention, the filtering includes filtering the retrieved information to account for chromatic deviation due to the color of the coated surface. In embodiments of the invention, the quantum dots include a plurality of different types of quantum dots, and the processing the retrieved information includes processing the retrieved information to distinguish between the information retrieved from the different types of quantum dots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Esteban Arias Navarro, Franz Friedrich Liebinger Portela, Edgar Adolfo Zamora Duran
  • Patent number: 10546161
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) tray for use with a cloud application platform is described. A cloud application, operatively coupled to the RFID tray via the cloud application platform, issues a command to the RFID tray. The issued command is received by an embedded agent of the RFID tray. Based on the received command, the RFID tray performs an RFID scan of one or more RFID-tagged items placed on or in the RFID tray, and the embedded agent sends the tag information from the one or more RFID-tagged items to a cloud application of the cloud network that tracks an inventory of the RFID-tagged items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: PROMEGA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Sehmer, John Kuehl
  • Patent number: 10540528
    Abstract: A system for identifying which electromagnetic energy cable outlets are connected to a particular source of electromagnetic energy, including an electromagnetic energy cable outlet faceplate cover having at least one electromagnetic energy cable outlet opening such that the electromagnetic energy cable outlet faceplate cover is located over an electromagnetic energy cable outlet connector, an electromagnetic energy cable operatively connected to at least one source of electromagnetic energy and the electromagnetic energy cable outlet connector; and a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag attached to, embedded within, or located adjacent to the back side of the electromagnetic energy cable outlet faceplate cover, such that the radio frequency identification tag contains information related to which of the at least one source of electromagnetic energy is connected to the electromagnetic energy cable outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Trexler Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur T. Schmidt, Jr., Hayden T. Schmidt, Arthur T. Schmidt, III
  • Patent number: 10503939
    Abstract: The disclosure generally relates to a method and apparatus for energy harvest from a proximity coupling device (PCD) by a proximity integrated circuit card. In one embodiment, the PICC includes an integrated BLE. The BLE may be exclusively charged by the external magnetic field received from the PCD. The PCD may be configured to detect when the PICC is nearby and increase its duty cycle to thereby increase the magnetic field imposed on the PICC. The PICC may include circuitry to receive and convert the magnetic field to electric potential or voltage. The voltage may be store at a capacitor for BLE's usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jie Gao, Xintian E. Lin, Anand S. Konanur, Ulun Karacaoglu
  • Patent number: 10505592
    Abstract: A method of detection of the presence, by a first NFC device, of a second NFC device, during periodic field emission bursts, where detection thresholds are adjusted according to results obtained during one or a plurality of previous bursts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS (ROUSSET) SAS
    Inventors: Alexandre Tramoni, Nicolas Cordier, Anthony Tornambe
  • Patent number: 10505587
    Abstract: A communication device includes a first processing unit that detects a target and receives a first command for activating an interface upon a detection of the target. The communication device also includes a second processing unit that exchanges data with the target through the first processing unit. Further, the communication device includes an interface between the first processing unit and the second processing unit. The first processing unit selects a predetermined interface level from among a plurality of interface levels based on the first command and exchanges data with the second processing unit based on the predetermined interface level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Teruyama
  • Patent number: 10474938
    Abstract: A system for cataloguing items disposed within a predefined volume; each item of the items having associated therewith a tag; each tag having a unique identifier; each tag including: a tag radio transmitter having a predefined tag transmission range a tag radio receiver having a predefined tag reception range a response logic device; the system further including a tag interrogator; the tag interrogator including: a database an interrogation logic device a tag interrogator transmitter having a predefined tag interrogator transmission range a tag interrogator radio receiver having a predefined tag interrogator reception range; the tag radio receiver of a first tag receiving communication from the tag radio transmitter of a second tag when the tag radio receiver of the first tag is within the predefined tag transmission range of the second tag and when the second tag is within the predefined tag reception range of the first tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FLOCKSTOCK PTY LTD
    Inventors: Diarmuid Pigott, Richard Poulson, Steve Poulson
  • Patent number: 10467830
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments provide a configurable electronic credential reader. The electronic credential reader defaults to a first communication mode utilizing a unidirectional communication interface. A bidirectional communication interface is monitored. If data is detected on the bidirectional communication interface, the electronic credential reader switches to a bidirectional communication mode. Circuitry within the electronic credential reader switches between the unidirectional communication interface and bidirectional communication interface such that the same external communication lines are used for both the unidirectional mode and the bidirectional mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Jean Hugues Wendling, Daniel William Field
  • Patent number: 10417464
    Abstract: The invention relates to closable containers and a method for retrieving a shut state and/or a location of a closable container, wherein the container has at least one RFID chip having a connected near field antenna and a far field antenna. The RFID chip is arranged at the first or at the second container part and the far field antenna is arranged at the other one of the first and second container part, respectively. In the closed position of the container, a noncontact electromagnetic coupling takes place between the near field antenna and the far field antenna. Due to the interaction of a sending unit and a receiving unit, a response signal can by generated by RFID chip and transmitted. The range of said response signal depending on the shut position of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SMARTRAC INVESTMENT B.V.
    Inventors: Lauri Johannes Huhtasalo, Joerg Stefan Wittkowski
  • Patent number: 10373045
    Abstract: An RFID device includes an antenna and an RFID strap. The RFID strap is coupled to the antenna by a combination of magnetic and electric fields. The RFID strap includes an RFID chip and a strap conductor coupling the RFID chip to the antenna. The strap conductor has a loop section positioned generally adjacent to the antenna to magnetically couple the RFID strap to the antenna. The strap conductor also has an extension section overlapping and crossing the antenna to electrically couple the RFID strap to the antenna. By adjusting the size of the RFID strap, the configuration of the RFID strap, the degree of overlap between the extension section and the antenna, and/or the angular orientation of the RFID strap with respect to the antenna, the impedance transformation between the RFID chip and the antenna may be varied to better match the RFID chip and the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: AVERY DENNISON RETAIL INFORMATION SERVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Ian J. Forster
  • Patent number: 10365840
    Abstract: A network-attached storage system and method includes a network-attached storage apparatus and removable storage medium installed in sockets in that apparatus. The storage medium includes an RF receiver and circuitry for erasing or disabling access to memory thereon. A host controller determines when a removable storage medium has been installed in or removed from a socket. A network interface controller is provided for coupling to an external network. An RF transmitter is coupled to a controller. The controller is coupled to each socket via the host controller and to the network interface controller. The controller determines, based on signals from the host controller, when the removal of a removable storage medium from the socket is unauthorized and sends a signal to the RF transmitter for transmission to the RF receiver in the removed removable storage medium to cause the memory therein to be erased or access thereto to be disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Aaron N. Voigt, John M. Hood
  • Patent number: 10361754
    Abstract: Techniques for enabling a use of one or more signals in a Near Field Communication (NFC) device for NFC communication are described. In an aspect, the methods and apparatus include receiving, at a NFC controller, a stay quiet command from a device host, wherein the stay quiet command includes one or more unique identifiers (UIDs) corresponding to one or more remote NFC endpoints. Further, in an aspect, the methods and apparatus include transmitting, by the NFC controller, a stay quiet response to the device host based at least in part on the stay quiet command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: John Hillan
  • Patent number: 10325126
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting a bulk quantity of RFID tags in a presentation area such as a point-of-sale device. Bulk quantity of RFID tags may be detected according to input to the point-of-sale device including through input from a symbolic barcode scanner, a conveyor belt, a weight scale, and/or via an RF antenna driven at a first power level. After the bulk quantity of RFID tags is detected, the RF antenna is driven at a second, higher power level temporarily to increase bulk RFID tag detection accuracy. “Fringe” tags may be detected by the RF antenna when it is driven at the higher power level that are in the environment but not presented at the point-of-sale device. Fringe tags may be filtered based on RF characterization of the presentation area including driving the RF antenna outside of presentation sessions and/or filtering RFID tags detected across multiple presentation sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Russell Calvarese, Richard J. Lavery, Rehan K. Jaffri, Charles G. Lauria
  • Patent number: 10318769
    Abstract: An asset tag apparatus and methods of monitoring assets with an asset tag are provided. The asset tag apparatus includes a housing and a wireless transmitter located within the housing. A processor is located within the housing, wherein the processor is in communication with the wireless transmitter. An accelerometer is positioned within the housing, wherein the accelerometer is in communication with the processor, wherein a wake-up signal is transmitted from the accelerometer to the processor in response to an activation of the accelerometer, and wherein the wireless transmitter transmits a signal externally from the housing in response to the wake-up signal received by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: VYPIN, LLC
    Inventor: Robert W. Sengstaken, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10305544
    Abstract: A system for tracking a product from origin to destination is disclosed. The system includes a probe that comprises two plates, a power source and a processor. The power source is controlled by the processor to produce an oscillating output at the plates. Using the oscillating voltage, the probe interrogates a device through capacitive coupling. The device includes a control unit, a memory unit, and first and second materials physically associated with the device for communication using capacitive coupling. Information associated with the device is transferred from the device to the probe through capacitive coupling between the first and second materials and the first and second plates, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: PROTEUS DIGITAL HEALTH, INC.
    Inventor: Mark J. Zdeblick
  • Patent number: 10282570
    Abstract: The invention relates to a card-reading device (1), comprising a housing (2) of a card retainer (4), into which a card (5) can be inserted, and locking means (6) which prevent the card (5) from moving out of the card retainer (4) when the card (5) is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: HIRSCHMANN CAR COMMUNICATION GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Gelman, David Silva
  • Patent number: 10250083
    Abstract: The present invention relates to wireless power supplies adapted to supply power and communicate with one or more remote devices. The systems and methods of the present invention generally relate to a communication timing system that may ensure information being communicated does not overlap with that of another device, preventing data collisions and information from going undetected. With information being communicated in a way that addresses or avoids potential communication issues in multiple device systems, the wireless power supply may control operation to effectively supply wireless power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventors: Joshua B. Taylor, Matthew J. Norconk, Colin J. Moore, Benjamin C. Moes, Merdad Veiseh, Dale R. Liff, Mark A. Blaha, Jason L. Amistadi
  • Patent number: 10243767
    Abstract: A communication device according to the disclosure includes: a signal generator that generates, on the basis of the first signal received from a communication partner through a coil, a second signal that synchronizes with the first signal; a first modulator configured to be able to modulate the first signal on the basis of the second signal; a second modulator configured to be able to modulate the first signal; and a communication controller that selects, on the basis of the first signal, whichever modulator is to be operated, from the first modulator and the second modulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Nakano, Uichiro Omae, Hiroaki Fujita, Masayoshi Abe
  • Patent number: 10243768
    Abstract: A first near-field communication device is configured according to a modulation type transmitted by a second device. A decoder of the first device decodes a received signal using type-A modulation during a first time slot corresponding to the duration of a first type-A symbol. The first device determines the modulation type transmitted by the second device according to the value of the decoded symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: PROTON WORLD INTERNATIONAL N.V.
    Inventors: Guy Restiau, Youssef Ahssini
  • Patent number: 10223627
    Abstract: A method and system for extracting information from a surface coated with a coating containing quantum dots are disclosed. In embodiments, the method comprises charging the quantum dots in the surface coating, scanning the surface to retrieve information from the quantum dots, and processing the retrieved information to identify data encoded in the quantum dots. In embodiments of the invention, the processing includes filtering the retrieved information to adjust the received information based on defined effects of the coating. In embodiments of the invention, the filtering includes filtering the retrieved information to account for chromatic deviation due to the color of the coated surface. In embodiments of the invention, the quantum dots include a plurality of different types of quantum dots, and the processing the retrieved information includes processing the retrieved information to distinguish between the information retrieved from the different types of quantum dots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Esteban Arias Navarro, Franz Friedrich Liebinger Portela, Edgar Adolfo Zamora Duran
  • Patent number: 10210359
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a reading apparatus for reading a wireless tag includes a housing having a chamber and an opening providing an entrance to the chamber, a door attached to the housing and covering the opening when closed and permitting access to the chamber when opened, and an antenna within the housing and configured to emit a radio wave to read information from a wireless tag inside the chamber, a radiation surface of the antenna being parallel to a first inner wall surface and a second inner wall surface of the housing facing each other. The distance between the first and second inner wall surfaces is at least one half of a wavelength of a radio wave emitted from the antenna, and is a length based on an odd number multiple of a quarter of the wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Wataru Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10200440
    Abstract: A method comprising interposing an interface device in communication with both a terminal and a meter; and using the interface device for, exchanging data with the terminal and the meter using a first protocol and a second protocol, respectively, at least one of which utilizes an RF field; identifying an originating device using the data from each of the terminal and the meter; and generating an output for use over the first protocol or the second protocol in response to the originating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Natural Gas Solutions North America, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Lee Mamaloukas, Jeff Thomas Martin, Andrew Logan Perkins
  • Patent number: 10176350
    Abstract: Assemblies and related methods for maximizing scanning accuracy of a RFID desktop card reader utilize a housing to which the RFID desktop card reader is mounted to control the position and orientation of an identification device read by the card reader relative to the card reader. An identification assembly for reading an identification device includes a desktop card reader and a housing. The desktop card reader is configured to read an RFID tag included in the identification device and communicate data read from the RFID tag to a computer. The desktop card reader is detachably mounted to the housing. The housing includes a slot into which the identification device is inserted to restrain the identification device spaced apart from the desktop card reader by a gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jorge Juan Schwalbe
  • Patent number: 10152616
    Abstract: A card that includes an electrically non-conductive substrate and a plurality of conductive points disposed on a bottom surface of the non-conductive substrate. The conductive points are connected with a coupling point disposed on a top surface of the substrate through vias that extend through the substrate. The conductive points form a pattern that represents an identification of the card and activate locations on a touchscreen of an electronic device. At least three of the conductive points form a predetermined shape such that the electronic device determines a location and an orientation of the card when the card is placed on the touchscreen of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: KAZOO TECHNOLOGY (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventors: Kin Chung Kendall Lo, Pak Tao Alan Lau
  • Patent number: 10140612
    Abstract: Systems, and associated methods, involving both a trusted and an untrusted device where sensitive data or keys are shared between those devices are disclosed. A disclosed method includes storing a key in a secure memory on a first device, receiving sensitive data via a user interface on a second device, generating a set of white box encryption instructions based on the key using a white box encryption generator on the first device, generating a complete data representation of the set of white box encryption instructions using a secure processor on the first device, transmitting the complete data representation from the first device to the second device, and encrypting the sensitive data using the complete data representation on the second device. The complete data representation is not Turing complete and is not executable with respect to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Clover Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Jeremiah Murray
  • Patent number: 10089570
    Abstract: In a smart card having an antenna structure and a metal layer, an insulator layer is formed between the antenna structure and the metal layer to compensate for the attenuation due to the metal layer. The thickness of the insulator layer affects the capacitive coupling between the antenna structure and the metal layer and is selected to have a value which optimizes the transmission/reception of signals between the card and a card reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: COMPOSECURE, LLC
    Inventors: John Herslow, Michele Logan, David Finn
  • Patent number: 10033101
    Abstract: A near field communication (NFC) antenna includes a first antenna electrode and a second antenna electrode, and a loop coil. The first and second antenna electrodes are formed on a first surface of a substrate. The loop coil is formed on the first surface of the substrate, is directly coupled between the first antenna electrode and the second antenna electrode, and includes a first plurality of turns. The first antenna electrode is located inside each of the plurality of turns of the loop coil, and the second antenna electrode is located outside each of the plurality of turns of the loop coil. An imaginary line passing through the first antenna electrode and the second antenna electrode is parallel to one of edges of the substrate. Each of the first plurality of turns of the loop coil does not overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yo-Han Jang, Il-jong Song, Young-Ki Lee, Young-Joo Lee, Hyeon-Hee Choi
  • Patent number: 10020846
    Abstract: A data medium stores a group of data and comprises i) at least a first element suitable for interacting magnetically with a second element, located in the vicinity of a contactless reader comprising a second near field communicator and coupled to an electronic device having at least two predefined configurations, for coupling to this contactless reader, and ii) a first near field communicator arranged for cooperating with the second near field communicator to transfer some data of this group into the contactless reader, so that the electronic device uses the transferred data to configure itself in a predefined configuration corresponding to these transferred data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: GEMALTO SA
    Inventor: David Riseborough
  • Patent number: 10014857
    Abstract: A signal output circuit includes a signal conversion element, a signal output transistor, a first resistor element, a second resistor element, a diode, a malfunction-prevention transistor, and a capacitance-compensating capacitor. The signal output transistor establishes electrical conduction between two conductive terminals when an on signal is supplied to a conduction control terminal via the signal conversion element. The diode is connected in parallel to the second resistor element in a direction in which current flows between a signal output terminal of the signal conversion element and the conduction control terminal of the signal output transistor when an on signal is outputted to the signal output terminal. The malfunction-prevention transistor establishes electrical conduction between two conductive terminals when a current flows through the second resistor element in a direction opposite the direction of the diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Yuji Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 9992743
    Abstract: A wireless device that performs an operation based on setting information includes a wireless communicator configured to perform wireless communication over a wireless network, a near field communicator comprising a memory storing the setting information and configured to perform transmission and reception of the setting information stored in the memory by near field communication, and a controller configured to control at least the wireless communicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Yamaji, Kenichi Takeda, Masaki Shioya, Naoyuki Fujimoto, Minoru Midorikawa