Optical Patents (Class 235/454)
  • Patent number: 11182573
    Abstract: Imaging arrangements and barcode readers including such imaging arrangements. An imaging arrangement for use in a barcode reader includes a housing. The imaging arrangement also includes a light source configured to emit light along a central light axis. The light source is disposed in the housing. The imaging arrangement also includes a lens having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The lens is disposed in the housing. The first surface is configured to face the light source and is structured to substantially collimate light received from the light source into a collimated beam. The second surface includes surface structures structured to generate a patterned beam in response to receiving the collimated beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Barkan, Darran Michael Handshaw, Matthew D. Blasczak
  • Patent number: 11164058
    Abstract: Provided is an information recording object designed such that a read angle of embedded information is easily assessed. An information recording object, which comprises a combined image including an image C1 and an image C2 formed on the image C1, is configured so that the image C1 and the image C2 are different patterns generated according to specific rules and so that the reflected light quantities differ due to respective viewing angles, and the image C1 and/or the image C2 can be recognized in the combined image in accordance with the viewing angle, and the combined image has an angle-specifying area formed using a material having the same reflected light quantity as the image C2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuko Aoyama, Jun Sato, Toshihisa Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 11153483
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a shelf includes the steps of moving a camera with multiple focus capability alongside a shelf. A series of shelf images are captured by the camera, with images of at least two different focal lengths being captured. Images having the same focal length can be merged to form at least two panoramic images suitable for further evaluation or review.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Bossa Nova Robotics IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Fink, Garrick Kremesec, Matthew Brekken, Sarjoun Skaff
  • Patent number: 11138401
    Abstract: A handheld barcode reader includes a reader enclosure constructed from a dielectric material and a screen engaging member operatively coupled with the reader enclosure. The reader enclosure includes a nose portion and a handle portion coupled with the nose portion and is adapted to accommodate a user's hand. The screen engaging member is constructed from a conductive material and includes an extension member coupled with the nose portion of the reader enclosure and at least one arm member extending from the nose portion of the reader enclosure to the handle portion of the reader enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Dino Ottavio Gregorich, Samuel A. I. Lippert, Garrett R. Woodford
  • Patent number: 11132540
    Abstract: An ink file output method is provided, which includes: generating M (M is an integer of 1 or more) pieces of stroke data SD on the basis of event data generated as M input devices move, respectively; generating N (N is an integer of 1 or more and M or less) kinds of logical names LN (metadata) identifying the M number of input devices; generating a metadata block associating the M pieces of stroke data SD with the N kinds of logical names LN; and writing the M pieces of stroke data SD and the metadata block to an ink file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Wacom Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Branimir Angelov, Yoichi Miura
  • Patent number: 11132520
    Abstract: A convertible slot scanner assembly for capturing at least one object appearing in a field of view (FOV) is provided that includes a chassis body, a circuit board, an imaging sensor, a controller, an image decoder, and a first window. The chassis body includes an upper side, a front side forming an opening, a rear side, and an optical cavity. The circuit board is positioned at or near the upper side of the chassis. The imaging sensor, controller, and image decoder are all operably coupled with the circuit board, with the imaging sensor being directed toward the optical cavity to capture an image frame, the controller being in communication with the imaging sensor, and the image decoder configured to receive the image frame. The first window is configured to at least partially cover the opening of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Darran Michael Handshaw, Edward Barkan, Mark Drzymala
  • Patent number: 11129319
    Abstract: A coordinate data generation device is used in a component mounter configured to perform processing for mounting electronic components on boards of different dimensions by imaging the board that is controlled to be conveyed and stopped at a target position and performing the mounting of the electronic components after correcting for a deviation between a stopping position of the board identified from an image captured by the imaging and a target position, and specifies an imaging region for imaging the board stopped at the stopping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keiichi Ono, Takahiro Kobayashi, Hiroshi Oike, Yuta Yokoi
  • Patent number: 11129015
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for establishing a bidirectional communication channel between a server and a secure element cooperating with a terminal in a cellular telecommunication network for exchanging data and commands, the method comprising: a—Sending a first attachment request signaling message from the terminal to the server, the first message comprising a MCC and a MNC of the server, and at least a part of a unique identifier of the secure element, the server being provisioned with the unique identifier; b—Sending from the server to the secure element, in at least a first signaling message: At least a command; A correlation identifier if further messages have to be sent from the secure element to the server; A first payload comprising data; c—Executing at the secure element the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: THALES DIS FRANCE SA
    Inventors: Michel Anslot, Marc Lamberton
  • Patent number: 11112312
    Abstract: A method includes determining a fielded color measurement instrument is not calibrated to measure light emitted by a fielded light emitting device, assembling a calibration matrix, such that a product of the calibration matrix multiplied by a response of the fielded color measurement instrument to the light emitted by the fielded light emitting device is a triplet that corresponds to a Commission Internationale de L'éclairage XYZ color space, wherein the calibration matrix contains measurements made by the fielded color measurement instrument of a first plurality of lights emitted by the fielded light emitting device and measurements made by a spectroradiometer of a second plurality of lights emitted by a reference light emitting device of a same make and model as the fielded light emitting device, wherein the spectroradiometer is located remotely from the fielded color measurement instrument, and storing the calibration matrix on the fielded color measurement instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: DATACOLOR, INC.
    Inventors: Nilesh B. Dhote, Taeyoung Park
  • Patent number: 11112541
    Abstract: A tunable acoustic gradient (TAG) lens includes a lens casing in which a controllable acoustic wave generating element is arranged and that surrounds a casing cavity in which an operational volume of a refractive fluid is contained. The lens casing includes a first case end portion comprising a window mounted along an optical path, and a second case end portion comprising a mirror mounted along the optical path. The TAG lens is configured to enable light to pass through the window of the TAG lens to enter the TAG lens and make a first pass through the operational volume of the refractive fluid and be reflected by the mirror of the TAG lens and make a second pass back through the operational volume of the refractive fluid and pass back out through the window of the TAG lens to exit the TAG lens and continue along the optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Daniel Tobiason
  • Patent number: 11105734
    Abstract: A method and measurement system for calibrated measurement of at least one variable of a sample are based on an optical behaviour of at least one sensor substance which depends on the at least one variable. The at least one sensor substance is brought into contact with the sample. At least one calibration area, associated with the at least one sensor substance, is defined. At least one image is recorded which captures at least one of the at least one sensor substance and at least one of the at least one calibration area. The value of the at least one variable of the sample is derived from the at least one image, based on image data associated with the at least one of the at least one sensor substance and on image data associated with the at least one of the at least one calibration area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: PreSens Precision Sensing GmbH
    Inventors: Achim Stangelmayer, Gregor Liebsch, Robert J. Meier
  • Patent number: 11093918
    Abstract: Casino monetary systems and methods of processing casino monetary transactions are configured to read or scan an ID of a customer associated with a monetary value transaction, to transmit that ID information to a remote authentication vendor for authentication, to then use that authentication information as part of a transaction approval process and to create a transaction record, such as relative to an anti-money laundering (AML) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Everi Payments Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Fong, Suresh Narayanan, Marc Gurney, Vinothkumar Subramanian
  • Patent number: 11086651
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to a system capable of processing instances of different versions of a workflow. The system may store workflow information indicating different versions of a workflow. The system may receive requests to create instances of the workflow. The requests may include a first request associated with a first, non-current version of the workflow and a second request associated with a second, different version of the workflow. The computer system may create a set of instances of the workflow, including a particular instance corresponding to the first request. The computer system may receive a request to migrate the particular instance to a particular version different from the non-current version associated with the first request. The computer system may migrate the particular instance to the particular version of the workflow, such that subsequently received instance data for the migrated particular instance is processed according to the particular version.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: James Leslie Ward, IV
  • Patent number: 11080498
    Abstract: A bioptic reader assembly includes a scale assembly, bioptic barcode reader, and video upgrade module. The scale assembly includes a support frame and a platter and has a width that is less than or equal to 11½ inches. The bioptic barcode reader is mounted to the support frame and includes a lower housing portion positioned below the platter, an upper housing portion extending above the lower housing portion and the platter, and a camera. The video upgrade module is operatively connected to the bioptic barcode reader, is in communication with the camera, and is configured to process and interpret images received from the camera. The video upgrade module is positioned within the width of the scale assembly and within a height defined from a top surface of the platter to a bottom of the lower housing portion, which is preferably less than or equal to 4 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Drzymala, Edward Barkan, Darran Michael Handshaw
  • Patent number: 11080500
    Abstract: A two-dimensional code error correction decoding method is provided. In an embodiment, a two-dimensional code image is preprocessed to obtain a data codeword for decoding; optimal parameter matching is performed based on the data codeword to obtain a corresponding interpolation severity, and interpolation is performed based on the interpolation severity to construct a binary polynomial; an optimal information polynomial is obtained based on the binary polynomial, and the optimal information polynomial is used as an information codeword; and data decoding is performed based on the information codeword to obtain original information corresponding to the two-dimensional code image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING SANKUAI ONLINE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Chongling Yang
  • Patent number: 11079576
    Abstract: There are provided a lens, a zoom lens, and an imaging lens capable of eliminating blurriness of a ring zone without reducing resolution and increasing the number of steps of processing. A lens 1 has random unevenness within an optical effective diameter D of an optical surface 2, an arithmetic mean roughness Ra within the optical effective diameter D of the optical surface 2 is 20 nm or more and 50 nm or less, and an average value of widths W of protrusion portions 3 of the unevenness on an average line C2 of a roughness curve C1 of the optical surface 2 is 1/200 or more and 1/50 or less of the optical effective diameter D of the optical surface 2. The lens 1 is suitably used as a lens that composes a zoom lens or an imaging lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Ito, Toshio Sasaki, Masayasu Konishi, Michio Cho
  • Patent number: 11076759
    Abstract: A wearable device according to an embodiment comprises: a substrate; a light-emitting unit disposed on the substrate; a light-receiving unit disposed on the substrate and spaced apart at a predetermined distance from the light-emitting unit; and a first reflection part disposed on the substrate adjacent to the light-emitting unit so as to reflect light emitted from the light-emitting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chul Kim, Sang Hun Lee, Jin Ho Gwon
  • Patent number: 11073676
    Abstract: A lens unit may include a plurality of lenses, and a mirror cylinder that holds the plurality of lenses. At least one of the plurality of lenses may include a glass lens held in a lens holder having a cylinder part. The lens holder may include an annular projection part that protrudes radially inward from the cylinder part, on the opposite side of the cylinder part from an installation opening for the glass lens. The glass lens may be press-fitted and fixed in the cylinder part with a gap between the glass lens and the annular projection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshio Shirotori
  • Patent number: 11062548
    Abstract: A card reader tampering detector includes at least one sensor and a detector circuit coupled to the sensor(s). The detector circuit is configured to receive a sensor output from the sensor(s) when the sensor is inserted into a smartcard reader. The detector circuit is further configured to detect, from the sensor output, the presence of an unauthorized device within the smartcard reader, and provide an output signal indicative of the presence of the unauthorized device within the smartcard reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Toronto-Dominion Bank
    Inventors: Robert Bruce MacKinnon, Dmitri Rabinovich
  • Patent number: 11064112
    Abstract: An end-user device displays an image at a first size. The end-user device obtains a distance between the end-user device and an object. The end-user device includes a predetermined mapping relationship between distance and size. The end-user device determines a second size based on the distance and the predetermined mapping relationship. The end-user device displays the image at the second size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingnan Shen, Jie Qi, Fen Zhai, Zhixiang Tang, Huifeng Jin
  • Patent number: 11062103
    Abstract: A barcode reader assembly for capturing at least one object appearing in a field of view (FOV) is provided that includes a reader, a gear member, and a stand. The reader includes a reader enclosure having a top portion and a bottom portion which forms a base. The gear member includes a gear member coupling portion, and is mechanically coupled to the bottom portion of the reader enclosure. The stand includes a platform and a platform coupling portion. The gear member coupling portion is mechanically coupled to the platform coupling portion such that the reader is rotatable relative to the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Wancheng Zhao, Steven D. Sieckowski
  • Patent number: 11057541
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a code detector configured to detect a code included in image data, and a number-of-pixels converting unit configured to increase the number of pixels of the image data by converting the number of pixels of the image data by a factor of N, wherein, when N is a non-integer, the number-of-pixels converting unit converts the number of pixels in a first region including the code in the image data by an integer factor and converts the number of pixels in a second region different from the first region in the image data by a factor of N.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Kobayashi, Yasutoshi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 11047801
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a vibration optical path assembly and a laser induced breakdown spectrograph have the same. The vibration optical path assembly includes an optical platform, a cantilever and an optical lens; the cantilever at least includes a vertical arm disposed at the optical platform and a cross arm disposed at the vertical arm, wherein at least one of the vertical arm and the cross arm is made of an elastic material; the vibration generating device, provided on the cantilever and configured to adjustably generate a first vibration; the optical lens, provided on the cantilever and configured for the light to pass through to form a light spot. The first vibration is transmitted to the optical lens through the cantilever to generate a second vibration, and the light is passed through the optical lens with vibrating to generate a light spot movement phenomenon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Rong Sun, Wei Guo
  • Patent number: 11044394
    Abstract: An end-user device displays an image at a first size. The end-user device obtains a distance between the end-user device and an object. The end-user device includes a predetermined mapping relationship between distance and size. The end-user device determines a second size based on the distance and the predetermined mapping relationship. The end-user device displays the image at the second size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingnan Shen, Jie Qi, Fen Zhai, Zhixiang Tang, Huifeng Jin
  • Patent number: 11043622
    Abstract: A semiconductor chip includes: a semiconductor substrate having driver circuitry configured to drive an array of electronic devices; a metal layer above the semiconductor substrate, the metal layer having an array of contacts electrically connected to the driver circuitry and configured to provide an electrical connection between the semiconductor chip and the array of electronic devices; and a plurality of structures formed in the metal layer and/or in a layer between the metal layer and the semiconductor substrate, the plurality of structures being visually unobstructed at a side of the metal layer which faces away from the semiconductor substrate. Each structure of the plurality of structures is physically encoded with a pattern that corresponds to a location of an individual pair of contacts within the array of contacts or a location of a group of adjacent pairs of contacts within the array of contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Dietrich Bonart
  • Patent number: 11029083
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser has an actuation lever which is mounted in a dispenser recess in such a way as to be able to pivot about an axis, at least one lighting device, and at least one optical waveguide, which extends from the lighting device, for illuminating the dispenser recess. A light exit is provided on the actuation lever, and the optical waveguide connects the lighting device to the light exit on the actuation lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Denis Lux, Tobias Mayr, Elena Claass, Andrea Fink, Jessica Dittmann, Armin Weber
  • Patent number: 11023723
    Abstract: According to a first aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method of determining a unique identifier for a security element, the method comprising: optically reading the security element via a configurable optical filter system, a readable optical transmission property of the filter system varying with respect to a configuration of the filter system; the reading comprising determining data indicative of an optical property of the security element at a first configuration of the filter system, and determining data indicative of an optical property of the security element at a second, different, configuration of the filter system; and the unique identifier being determined from a map of the variation in determined data indicative of an optical property with respect to the configuration of the filter system, wherein the reading is undertaken for multiple locations across the security element at the or each configuration of the filter system, such that the map is a map of the variation in determine
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: QUANTUM BASE LIMITED
    Inventors: Jonathan David Roberts, Robert James Young
  • Patent number: 11017191
    Abstract: An accessory for a mobile device may include a target generating structure. The target generating structure may emit a targeting pattern of illumination into a field of view of a camera of the mobile device. The targeting pattern may facilitate proper positioning of the mobile device for capturing an image of a barcode. The accessory may secure to a corner of the mobile device. The accessory may send a request to the mobile device to establish a focus setting of the camera. The target generating structure may emit the targeting pattern after the accessory sends the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: Garrett Russell, Ryan Hoobler, Philip Utykanski
  • Patent number: 11012646
    Abstract: According to the present invention there is provided a vision sensor comprising, an array of pixels comprising rows and columns of pixels, wherein each pixel in the array comprises, a photosensor which is configured to output a current proportional to the intensity of light which is incident on the photosensor; a current source which is configured such that it can output a current which has a constant current level which is equal to the current level of the current output by the photosensor at a selected first instant in time, and can maintain that constant current level even if the level of the current output from the photosensor changes after said selected first instant in time; an integrator which is configured to integrate the difference between the level of current output by the current source and the level of current output by the photosensor, after the selected first instant in time; wherein the vision sensor further comprises a counter which can measure time, wherein the counter is configured such tha
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Advanced Visual Sensing AG
    Inventors: Raphaël Berner, Marc Osswald
  • Patent number: 11010575
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein relate to a scanning system for scanning and decoding direct part markings (DPM) type indicia. The scanning system includes an arrangement of an illumination module, a beam splitter module, and a telecentric lens assembly. The telecentric lens assembly is adapted to direct an in-line illumination received from the illumination module as collimated light to illuminate the DPM indicia. Upon illumination, a first portion of light reflected from embossments of the DPM indicia that are incident on the telecentric lens assembly at a defined angle is decoupled from an optical path between the telecentric lens assembly and the target. An imager is exposed to a second portion of reflected light, excluding the decoupled reflected light that is reflected from a substrate on the DPM indicia, in order to capture an image of the DPM indicia for decoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Alain Gillet
  • Patent number: 11004572
    Abstract: A charged particle detection material which can detect charged particles due to a discharge phenomenon or the like caused even in a very low voltage which cannot be observed by a prior art, as well as a charged particle detection film and a charged particle detection liquid using the material. The charged particle detection material and the charged particle detection film contain at least one of a fluorescent substance, a luminescent substance, an electroluminescent substance, a fractoluminescent substance, a photochromic substance, an afterglow substance, a photostimulated luminescent substance and a mechanoluminescent substance and can easily detect emission or incidence of charged particles in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Nao Terasaki, Kazuya Kikunaga
  • Patent number: 10976553
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide an optical scanning apparatus and a retinal scanning head-mounted display that prevent an overcurrent from being supplied to a light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Riichiro Hibiya
  • Patent number: 10970507
    Abstract: Methods and systems for disabling barcode reader illumination and aiming operation based on barcode reader position are disclosed herein. An example method includes a barcode reader determining its angular position, for example, from an accelerometer mounted in the barcode reader. That angular position is compared against a reference angular position and a determination is made whether barcode reader is in a disable angular region. When in the disable angular region, the barcode reader automatically disables illumination and/or aiming operation until the angular position enters an enable angular region. That enable angular region may be different than the disable angular region, and both may be adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Cornell, Andrew M. Doorty
  • Patent number: 10970502
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing additional processing capabilities related to machine-readable symbols. A data collection system (100) may include a scan engine (102), auxiliary image processor (104), auxiliary visualizer (106), and host system (108). The scan engine may output decoded information obtained from a representation of a machine-readable symbol captured by a two-dimensional image processor. The scan engine may also output a set of images related to the machine-readable symbol and an object associated with the machine-readable symbol, in which the set of images may form a streaming set of images or streaming video. The set of images may be used by the auxiliary image processor to obtain further information about the machine-readable symbol and/or associated object, such as OCR or DWM information. The set of images may be stored and made accessible by the auxiliary visualizer. The host system may synchronize a display of the images and decoded data output by the scan engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Datalogic IP Tech, S.r.l.
    Inventors: Federico Canini, Simone Spolzino, Marco Bozzoli, Luca Perugini
  • Patent number: 10972682
    Abstract: Systems and methods for adding virtual audio stickers to videos are disclosed. In general, one aspect disclosed features a method, comprising: editing a video to create an edited video, the editing comprising: playing a video in a video panel of a display screen of an electronic device, while the video is playing in the video panel, receiving user input at a particular time in the video, wherein the user input includes a touch at a particular location in the video panel, and responsive to the user input, adding a virtual audio sticker to the video, wherein the virtual audio sticker comprises: an image, and an audio clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Natalie Muenster, Jason Stirman, Vicki Chang, Jason Toff
  • Patent number: 10963658
    Abstract: Image analysis is used to track multiple optical patterns, such as barcodes. Many applications are becoming web-based. However, web-based applications can have less computational resources than a native application. For example, a native application can be used to track barcodes based on decoding barcodes from a plurality of images. However, decoding barcodes can be computationally intense and cause lag when moved to a web-based platform. To reduce computational resources used for decoding barcodes, barcodes are tracked in several frames and decoded only periodically for a web-based application used to decode barcodes. Positions of barcodes can be tracked relative to each other to form a digital shelf. The digital shelf can be used to visualize a state of a shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SCANDIT AG
    Inventors: Matthias Bloch, Christian Floerkemeier, Fabian Nater, Bernd Schoner
  • Patent number: 10963726
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an article recognition device includes an image interface, a distance information interface, and a processor. The image interface acquires a captured image of an article placed on an installation base. The distance information interface acquires distance information indicating a distance from the installation base and the article. The processor extracts image information for recognizing the article from the image, generates a list including the image information, deletes image information having the same height as the height of the installation base from the list based on the distance information, and recognizes the article based on the image information of the list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nobuoka, Masaaki Yasunaga
  • Patent number: 10956694
    Abstract: A data capture device includes: a display, a primary image sensor having a primary field of view centered on a primary optical axis; an auxiliary image sensor having an auxiliary field of view centered on an auxiliary optical axis, wherein the auxiliary field of view is larger than the primary field of view; a memory storing offset data defining an offset between the primary field of view and the auxiliary field of view; a data capture controller connected to the primary image sensor, the auxiliary image sensor and the memory; wherein the data capture controller is configured to: responsive to activation of an aiming mode, control the auxiliary image sensor to capture a video stream; select, according to the offset data, a portion of the video stream corresponding to the primary field of view; and present the selected portion of the video stream on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Adrian J. Stagg, Gregory John Evans, Steven William Maddigan, John Louis Ingold, Michael Wong
  • Patent number: 10956745
    Abstract: A computer is configured to obtain a digital image (e.g., a video) of a customer in a retail store setting, and analyze the digital image to determine whether the customer was assisted with a particular sales transaction by one or more sales associates. If so, the computer identifies which particular sales associates assisted the customer based on the analysis, and links those sales associates to the customer's sales transaction. Such linking provides a basis for training tools, as well as for the accurate apportionment of a sales commission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions
    Inventors: Dean Frederick Herring, Susan W. Brosnan, Adrian X. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10929623
    Abstract: Near and far imagers image close-in and far-out targets over relatively wider and relatively narrower imaging fields of view, respectively. An aiming assembly directs to a target a visible aiming light pattern having an aiming light spot and a pair of collinear aiming light lines. The aiming light spot is substantially centered between the aiming light lines. A controller determines a distance to the target based on a position of the aiming light spot in the imaging field of view of a default one of the imagers, selects at least one of the imagers based on the determined distance, and enables both the close-in and the far-out targets to be positioned substantially entirely within the respective imaging field of view of the selected imager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Carl D. Wittenberg, Chinh Tan, Ronald A. Petrozzo, Paul F. Denimarck, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10923606
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion element includes a plurality of finger electrodes, which extend in a first direction, and are aligned with a first interval in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and an identification mark arranged so that a second interval, which is greater than the first interval, separates the identification mark from the plurality of finger electrodes in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masanori Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10924638
    Abstract: A VCSEL projector and method for using the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) array comprising a plurality of VCSELs; a micro-lens array coupled to the VCSEL array and having a plurality of lenses, and each of the plurality of lenses is positioned over a VCSEL in the VCSEL array; and a projection lens coupled to the micro-lens array (MLA), where light emitted by the VCSEL array is projected as a sequence of patterns onto an object by the projection lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Krishna Swaminathan, Anders Grunnet-Jepsen, Leonid Keselman
  • Patent number: 10915719
    Abstract: A scanning device includes: a housing portion defining a scanner head axis and a nose end; an image sensor to capture an indicia; an optics component between the image sensor and the nose end to cooperate with the image sensor to define a scanning device FOV extending along a scanning device optical axis through the nose end and toward an object surface, and to convey light reflected from the object surface within the scanning device FOV to the image sensor; and a light source to illuminate the object surface, wherein the scanning device optical axis is tilted relative to the scanner head axis to cause the scanning device FOV to extend along the scanning device optical axis in a direction tilted away from in parallel with the scanner head axis to prevent including a direct reflection of the light source from the object surface in the scanning device FOV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Datalogic IP Tech S.R.L
    Inventors: Michele Suman, Paolo Quattrini
  • Patent number: 10906247
    Abstract: A three-dimensional barcode comprising a three-dimensional barcode structure, at least a part of which is printed on a surface of an object. The barcode structure includes encoded information, and at least part of the encoded information is embedded in a z-dimension perpendicular to the surface of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Eliud Robles Flores, Robert Bruce Anderson, Jr., Timothy P. Foley
  • Patent number: 10909342
    Abstract: A barcode reader having lower and upper housings, a weigh platter in the lower housing, and an off-platter detection assembly. The weigh platter has a proximal edge adjacent the upper housing, a first lateral edge, and a distal edge. The off-platter detection assembly comprises an off-platter indication system having a plurality of linearly aligned light sources, each light source representing a location along the first lateral edge, and controller operatively coupled to the plurality of light sources. The controller is configured to: determine if an object extends over the first lateral edge; determine a location of the object along the first lateral edge; and illuminate a first portion of the light sources representing a distance between the proximal edge of the weigh platter and the object and de-illuminate a second portion of the light sources representing a distance between the object and the distal edge of the weigh platter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Barkan, Darran Michael Handshaw, Mark Drzymala
  • Patent number: 10891800
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to providing a software feature of an electronic product in an augmented reality (AR) environment. In some embodiments, images are obtained using one or more image sensors, a determination is made whether the obtained images include printed media depicting the electronic product, when the obtained images include the printed media depicting the electronic product, a virtual object corresponding to the electronic product is displayed in the AR environment, and the software feature of the electronic product is provided with the virtual object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Justin D. Stoyles, Michael Kuhn
  • Patent number: 10888257
    Abstract: Analyte sensor connectors that connect analyte sensors, e.g., conductive members of analyte sensors, to other devices such as sensor electronics units, e.g., sensor control units, are provided. Also provided are systems that include analyte sensors, analyte sensor connectors, and analyte sensor electronics units, as well as methods of establishing and maintaining connections between analyte sensors and analyte sensor electronics units, and methods of analyte monitoring/detection. Also provided are methods of making analyte sensor connectors and systems that include analyte sensor connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad E. Moein, Louis G. Pace, Udo Hoss, Phu X. Le, Samuel M. Curry
  • Patent number: 10882543
    Abstract: A profile detection method is provided. A Global Positioning System unit and a laser sensor are provided to be disposed adjacent an article wherein the Global Positioning System unit, the laser sensor, and the article are relatively movable. Outputs of the Global Positioning System unit and the laser sensor are sensed. The steps of sensing an article identification tag and developing an indication of article location based on sensing the article identification tag are performed. An indication device develops an indication of a profile of the article responsive to the sensed outputs of the Global Positioning System unit and the laser sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Mi-Jack Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Harvey E. Schmidt, Daniel B. Zakula, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10887932
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method of registering a personal cloud apparatus in a user portal server thereof are provided. The method includes receiving download information of a preset application and pairing information of the personal cloud apparatus from the personal cloud apparatus via Near Field Communication (NFC), downloading and executing the preset application based on the download information of the preset application, when the preset application is executed, performing a pairing operation with the personal cloud apparatus based on the pairing information of the personal cloud apparatus, acquiring information of an Access Point (AP) and transmitting the information of the AP to the personal cloud apparatus to connect the personal cloud apparatus to a network, and, when the personal cloud apparatus is connected to the network through the AP, registering the personal cloud apparatus in the registration server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bon-hyun Koo, Kyoung-lae Noh, Su-byeong Oh
  • Patent number: RE48808
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an assembling method for a base plate of a concentrated photovoltaic module comprising the steps of: assembling a heat sink on the base plate; and assembling a photovoltaic cell assembly on the heat sink after the heat sink has been assembled on the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Saint-Augustin Canada Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Rainer Krause, Eric Mazaleyrat