Bar Code Patents (Class 235/462.01)
  • Patent number: 11120241
    Abstract: A sensor-augmented two-dimensional barcode includes a layer provided on a substrate comprising a two-dimensional error-correcting barcode symbol. The bar code symbol further includes a barcode region, an empty region, and a dynamic region. The barcode region includes a plurality of modules in a static color state and the empty region has an area. Additionally, the dynamic region is provided on the substrate and positioned within the area of the empty region. The dynamic region includes a dynamic indicator having a chemistry that is configured, responsive to the occurrence of an environmental condition, to undergo a chemical or physical state change between an initial state and an end state, causing a change in the color state of the dynamic indicator. Additionally, the color state indicates exposure to the environmental condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: TEMPTIME CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mohannad Abdo, Clive Hohberger
  • Patent number: 11104079
    Abstract: A method manufacturing a three-dimensional article having readable indicia includes three-dimensionally printing the article and post-processing that following the printing. The three-dimensional printing forms the three-dimensional article in a layer-by-layer manner. The resultant three-dimensional article includes an outer portion of build material defining a plurality of enclosed internal channels, an encapsulated support material containing a phosphor component defining the indicia disposed within the channels, and unencapsulated support material that provides structural support to otherwise unsupported portions of the build material during the three-dimensional printing. The post-processing removes the unencapsulated support material form the build material but leaves the encapsulated build material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Raymond Parker, Jule W. Thomas, Jr., Bo Wu
  • Patent number: 11089232
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a mount body by which the apparatus is secured to a structure. A camera assembly includes an image sensor adapted to capture images within its field of view. A lighting assembly houses one or more light sources including a directional light source. A control-board assembly fixed to the mount body, houses control boards including one or more processors configured to acquire information about an object, to associate a location within the field of view of the image sensor with the object, to point light emitted by the directional light source at the location associated with the obj ect by rotating the lighting assembly and turning the laser assembly, and, based on an image acquired from the camera assembly, to detect change within the field of view of the image sensor corresponding to placement or removal of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: POSITION IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Martel, YiFeng Xiong, Drew Anthony Schena, Narasimhachary Nallana Chakravarty, Rafal Piotrowski
  • Patent number: 11076021
    Abstract: A barcode reader may include barcode reading hardware, which may include an image sensor. The image sensor may capture an image of a barcode within a field of view. The barcode reading hardware may also include a communication interface for output of decoded data to a remote computing system. The barcode reader may also include volatile memory and non-volatile memory. The non-volatile memory may include start-up instructions. The barcode reader may also include a processor. The processor may be configured to, upon power-up of the barcode reader, execute the start-up instructions to obtain firmware for operating the barcode reader from a remote configuration server, load the firmware to the volatile memory, and commence execution of the firmware to commence barcode reading functions of the barcode reader without performing a re-boot operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Ashby, George Powell, Ryan Hoobler, Ming Lei, Steve Pierce
  • Patent number: 11074365
    Abstract: Data sharing between a first user and a second user includes receiving a scan code from the first user; associating the scan code with a first profile of the first user; receiving, from a second user, an indication that the second user scanned the scan code; identifying, for the first user, the second user as a potential contact; sending, to the first user, a first request to share first user data with the second user; and receiving, from the first user, a response to the first request to share the first user data with the second user. Managing a directory of contacts includes creating the directory of contacts; receiving an event-based joining tag for the directory; adding a contact; and responsive to an event-based joining tag being active, adding the contact to the directory of contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ginko LLC
    Inventors: Ronald J. Czajka, Sam B. Attisha
  • Patent number: 11068679
    Abstract: In some arrangements, product packaging is digitally watermarked over most of its extent to facilitate high-throughput item identification at retail checkouts. Imagery captured by conventional or plenoptic cameras can be processed (e.g., by GPUs) to derive several different perspective-transformed views—further minimizing the need to manually reposition items for identification. Crinkles and other deformations in product packaging can be optically sensed, allowing such surfaces to be virtually flattened to aid identification. Piles of items can be 3D-modelled and virtually segmented into geometric primitives to aid identification, and to discover locations of obscured items. Other data (e.g., including data from sensors in aisles, shelves and carts, and gaze tracking for clues about visual saliency) can be used in assessing identification hypotheses about an item. Logos may be identified and used—or ignored—in product identification. A great variety of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Tony F. Rodriguez, John F. Stach, Sean Calhoon
  • Patent number: 11060924
    Abstract: An activatable quality label operative to provide an indication of exceedance of a temperature threshold following activation thereof at a temperature less than or equal to an activation temperature, including a readable indicator located on the quality label and operative, following activation of the quality label at or below the activation temperature, to readably indicate exceedance of the temperature threshold, an actuator element operative to activate the quality label and indicia at least partially formed by thermochromic ink, the thermochromic ink having a first visual appearance at temperatures less than or equal to the activation temperature and a second visual appearance at temperatures above the activation temperature, such that a visual appearance of the indicia is indicative of whether the quality label is at a temperature less than or equal to the activation temperature and hence may be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventor: Yaron Nemet
  • Patent number: 11048900
    Abstract: Proposed are an image reading device and method of a simple configuration which can be easily operated intuitively by the operator, and which enables the accurate reading of a 2D code. With the image reading device which optically reads an image and the image reading method to be executed by the image reading device of the present invention, a first aerial image, which indicates a position over which the image is to be placed, is aerially formed at a focal position of the camera, the image placed in conformity with the first aerial image is read with a camera, and the first aerial image is aerially formed at a focal position of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI-OMRON TERMINAL SOLUTIONS, CORP.
    Inventors: Makoto Iida, Shoko Isono, Takaaki Fujii
  • Patent number: 11048228
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a lossless protection procedure may be applied to control distribution of a print geometry of an industrial asset item. For example, an item definition data store may contain electronic records defining a geometry of the industrial asset item. A signature identifier encoder platform may determine a unique signature identifier associated with the industrial asset item and modify the geometry of the industrial asset item to encode therein information about the unique signature identifier. In some cases, for example, this may be done by adjusting a scanning pattern of a fill region (e.g., stripe, checkerboard, etc.) or a support structure of the industrial asset item. An authentication platform may then receive, from a sensor (e.g., an X-ray), a measured characteristic parameter of an item to be authenticated and determine a signature identifier of the item (which can be used to authenticate the item).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John William Carbone, Benjamin Edward Beckmann, Michael Solomon Idelchik
  • Patent number: 11037666
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting suspicious activities surrounding the management of controlled substances in a medical facility is described herein, where the activities that may indicate the diversion of controlled drugs are flagged for further review. The activities are detected by invigilating application layer network packets, related to controlled substances, on the medical facility network, and processing these packets with a rules engine and machine learning generated rules to make a determination if the circumstances surrounding the packets indicate the diversion of controlled substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Bottomline Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Benoit, Benjamin Smith, Shawn Curtiss
  • Patent number: 11024198
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method for acquiring information designating a plurality of menu items provided in a meal; reading a characteristic of each of the plurality of menu items provided in the meal, from a menu item database that stores a characteristic for each menu item; generating an classification model for classifying a specified menu item from among the plurality of menu items, based on characteristics of the menu items; acquiring measurement data measured by a sensor attached to a utensil during the meal; and classifying a menu item corresponding to the measurement data, from a characteristic corresponding to the measurement data, using the classification model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Hara, Hiroki Nakano, Hiroki Nishiyama, Ai Okada, Tadayuki Yoshida, Mayumi Yoshitake
  • Patent number: 11025797
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to image signal processing, including encoding signals for image data or artwork. A color blend/print model is used to predict signal detectability and visibility as is printed on a particular substrate, which facilitates object grading prior to print runs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Yang Bai, Dean H. Chadwick, Jackson B. Bennett, Daniel T. Pinard
  • Patent number: 11017893
    Abstract: A medication container for validating self-administration of prescription medication by a patient wherein the prescription medication is administered over a series of timed dosages. A machine-readable optical code label such as a QR Code is affixed to an interior surface of a medication container containing the medication such as the interior of the bottle cap. The container must be open to electronically read the optical code label. The label contains data associated with the medication and is read by a software application installed on a smartphone. The software receives the label-embedded data and a timestamp to validate the patient is self-administering the medication consistent with the series of timed dosages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: GUARDIANMEDTECH, LLC
    Inventor: Anna Noel Hopen
  • Patent number: 11003881
    Abstract: A decoding device includes a processor configured to: analyze a captured image having a 2D captured image coordinate system to identify an instance of a type of anchor marking therein; derive an orientation thereof relative to the captured image coordinate system; correlate the type of anchor marking to a relative location of a corresponding type of target marking within a 2D normalized coordinate system; employ the location and orientation of the instance of the type of anchor marking within the captured image coordinate system, and the relative location of the type of target marking within the normalized coordinate system to derive a location of an instance of the type of target marking within the captured image coordinate system; attempt interpretation of the instance of the type of target marking at the derived location to decode data thereat; and in response to a successful decode, transmit the data to another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Datalogic IP Tech S.R.L.
    Inventors: Stefano Santi, Christian Gabor, Lorenzo Vorabbi
  • Patent number: 10992888
    Abstract: An image capture system has an electronic rolling shutter (ERS) imager in area mode with high illumination to perform image acquisition (i.e. barcode reading) for fast moving items. Shearing distortion may occur but image blur is reduced and the image can be decoded. The ERS imager replaces global shutter imagers at a much lower cost and wider availability. The image capture system separates illumination into multiple bands in space and then synchronize the illumination bands with the exposure of the ERS imager in time. Much less illumination is required for the same image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: DATALOGIC USA, INC.
    Inventor: WenLiang Gao
  • Patent number: 10948406
    Abstract: A moisture amount detection device includes: a light source that projects light that flickers at a predetermined frequency toward an object; a light receiver that receives the light reflected by the object and outputs a detection signal; an amplifier that outputs an amplified signal obtained by amplifying the detection signal by a predetermined amplification factor; a lock-in amplifier that outputs an extracted signal obtained by extracting a signal of a predetermined frequency from the amplified signal; an A/D converter that performs A/D conversion on the extracted signal, and outputs a digital signal; a second low-pass filter whose passband is changeable, and that allows a signal of a frequency in the passband in the digital signal to pass therethrough; and a controller that performs first control to change the passband according to a signal intensity indicated by the digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Hayashi, Yoshifumi Watabe, Hirotaka Matsunami
  • Patent number: 10942964
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses generate and render data embedded with associated meta-data in a human or machine recognizable format. The apparatus includes an obtaining device to acquire first data in a predetermined format and associated second data comprising information of the first data, and to output the first data and the associated second data; a processing device to receive the first data and the associated second data from the obtaining device, to process the first data and the associated second data to thereby generate meta-data based on the first data and/or the associated second data, to convert the meta-data into the predetermined format of the first data, and to embed the converted meta-data into the first data as a combined data in the predetermined format; and a rendering device to receive the combined data from the processing device, and to render the combined data in the human or machine recognizable format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Slavomir Estok
  • Patent number: 10943425
    Abstract: An improvement is made to a funnel used in connection with a conveyor belt to increase the scanning speed of barcodes on items moving through the funnel and onto the conveyor belt. The funnel includes a funnel protrusion that provides mechanical support and optical access to a bottom-facing barcode on the container. The increased field of view for the barcode created by the funnel protrusion allows for increased scanning speed. Further, a camera system may be used with the funnel to increase scanning speed. The camera system may include a plurality of cameras and a plurality of mirrors to obtain multiple perspectives of the container and provide different images for faster processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: DATALOGIC USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan L. Olmstead, Mark Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10931664
    Abstract: In various aspects, code-based indicia contain secured network access credentials. In some aspects, a computer processor receives user input that specifies secured network access credentials, and the computer processor creates or modifies credentials for establishing a secured network connection. In these aspects, the computer processor generates code-based indicia that contain at least part of the secured network access credentials. In other aspects, a computer processor scans the code-based indicia and extracts the network access credentials. In these aspects, the computer processor employs the network access credentials to establish the secured network connection. In additional aspects, a network router apparatus renders the code-based indicia to an active display. In further aspects, a network router apparatus conditions grant of network access to a device on receipt from the device of an answer to a security question included in the secured network access credentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: NETGEAR, Inc.
    Inventor: Ye Zhang
  • Patent number: 10922699
    Abstract: A method for determining whether a candidate barcode is genuine involves acquiring an image of an original barcode; determining, from the image of the original barcode, a deviation of a continuous edge of the original barcode from a nominal shape; encoding the deviation as signature data for the original barcode; storing the signature data for the original barcode on a storage device; acquiring an image of the candidate barcode; determining, from the image of the candidate barcode, a deviation of a continuous edge of the candidate barcode from the nominal shape; retrieving the signature data for the original barcode from the storage device; comparing the signature data for the original barcode with the signature data for the candidate barcode; and making a determination that the candidate barcode is genuine or not genuine based on a result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SYS-TECH SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael L. Soborski
  • Patent number: 10922880
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems may provide for the detection of an object at a rotating intersecting plane of light created by synchronously rotating a first plane of light and a second plane of light. A first laser beam of a first color may be projected with a first laser line projector and a second laser beam of a second laser beam of a second color may be projected with a second line projector. Laser planes of the first and second laser beams may be adjusted to create a beam intersection line plane of a third color on an object located at a predetermined intersection range from the first and second laser line projectors. The first and second laser line projectors may be rotated to create a rotating plane of light of the third color on the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Michael V. Scanlon
  • Patent number: 10915861
    Abstract: A method for supply chain management using mobile devices with a server on an electronic data network includes receiving identifying information for a product transmitted from a mobile device via the network, the server being periodically updated with product recall data. The server queries a traceability server via the network for master data and event data related to the product using the identifying information. The server processes the recall data, master data, and event data to produce product data which is output to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steve Beier, Varun Bhagwan, James Funk, Arthur F. Kaufmann, Suzanna Khatchatrian, Timothy T. Liu, Justin Ormont, Heather M. Underwood
  • Patent number: 10915476
    Abstract: Data transfer devices as well as methods of interfacing, configuring, and using the same are disclosed. Data transfer devices described herein allow a proper communication interface to be mounted on an input device, e.g., a scanner, connected to the data transfer device, enabling communication between the input device and a host device. The data transfer devices allow the input device to be configured for communication with the host device based on a particular type of connection, e.g., a particular hardware attachment that utilizes a particular communication interface. The data transfer device therefore enables “plug-and-play” connectivity between an input device and a host device that removes the amount of user-configuration or user-modification that is required to establish a connection or have the input device, e.g., scanner, mount a proper interface that is compatible with the data transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: DATALOGIC IP TECH S.R.L.
    Inventors: Stefano De Santis, Luca Stanzani, Alessandro Del Prete, Riccardo Rosso
  • Patent number: 10900889
    Abstract: Method and systems for assessing the authenticity of a candidate product compare molecular sensor generated spectrum data for the candidate product with spectrum data for the identified product. A method includes receiving data identifying a product and spectrum data generated by scanning the one or more locations of the candidate product with a molecular sensor that emits electromagnetic radiation onto the candidate product and includes a spectrometer to generate the received spectrum data for resulting electromagnetic radiation reflections from the candidate product. The received spectrum data is compared with spectrum data for the identified product. The candidate product is classified as authenticated or non-authenticated based on the results of the comparison between the received spectrum data for the candidate product and the spectrum data for the identified product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Vaughan Williams, Cynthia Wilson Williams, Abhishek Ojha, Neil Scott Ackerman, Rotem Hershko
  • Patent number: 10882201
    Abstract: A method and device for cutting materials for manufacturing parts according to which an image of a cutting line is made recurrently downstream from a cutting head. The images produced are analyzed in real time to calculate amplitudes of deviations in the quality of the surface profiles of the cutting line as the part is being cut and comparing the calculated amplitudes to at least one predefined threshold value. The cutting is stopped in the event of the at least one threshold value being exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: AIRBUS SAS
    Inventors: Benjamin Campagne, Gwenole Le Moal
  • Patent number: 10885290
    Abstract: A POS terminal (code reading device) according to one example embodiment of the present invention includes: a code reading unit that reads information of a code based on a reflected light from the code attached to an item; and a discount processing unit that, when the information of the code is not read by using a first light being irradiated on the code and the information of the code is read by using a second light being irradiated on the code, makes a discount associated with the second light for the item, wherein the second light is different from the first light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kotaro Miyata, Hideo Yokoi, Motoko Umeta, Takuro Nagano
  • Patent number: 10872216
    Abstract: An image output device includes an acquisition unit that acquires original image data indicating an original image, a storage unit that certifies, for each of blocks, whether the original image is a barcode area and that stores output image data for outputting the original image, and an output unit that performs output based on the output image data using methods that are different between an area indicated to be the barcode area and an area indicated not to be the barcode area, wherein the output image data is JPEG data compressed for the each block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyoharu Momose
  • Patent number: 10867700
    Abstract: A device-implemented method according to one embodiment includes connecting a device to a medical record library system; receiving a valid user access credential; in response to receiving the valid user credential, granting selective user access to the device; receiving a selection of a patient profile corresponding to a patient; receiving location data of the patient corresponding to the selected patient profile; outputting, to a display of the device, a graphical representation of the location of the patient based on the location data; determining whether the device is within a predetermined proximity of the patient; allowing receipt of wellness data of the patient in response to a determination that the device is within the predetermined proximity of the patient; denying receipt of the wellness data in response to a determination that the device is not within the predetermined proximity; and updating the selected patient profile with the location and wellness data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Theresa R. Marshall
  • Patent number: 10867291
    Abstract: Systems and processes for remote provisioning of manager approval are described. A point-of-sale application on a worker mobile device can send a request for manager approval to perform a transaction-related action for which a worker lacks sufficient permissions. A manager application on a remote manager device can display a notification of the request and can also present additional information regarding the request (and historical requests), including a queue of pending requests that can be generated and updated according to priority rules and transaction conditions. The manager application receives an indication of the manager's approval to the worker mobile device. In response, the worker mobile device can automatically perform the action. In some configurations, an intermediate device (e.g., a local or remote server device) can execute the manager application and can add data and capabilities to the system and processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Yien, Amar Dhingra, David Arvelo, Matthew T. Kursmark
  • Patent number: 10853610
    Abstract: There is provided a combined two-dimensional code generating apparatus, comprising: a two-dimensional code information generating module (1), a key information generating module (3), an abstract computing module (4), a two-dimensional code coding module (5), a two-dimensional code image generating module (6), and a dot matrix image generating module (7), wherein: the two-dimensional code information generating module is configured for generating data information to be coded into the two-dimensional code; the key information generating module is configured for generating a key for computing an abstract; the abstract computing module is configured for computing, using a Hash algorithm, the data information of the two-dimensional code and the abstract of the key; the two-dimensional code coding module is configured for combining the abstract information and the data information of the two-dimensional code into coding data of the two-dimensional code; the two-dimensional code image generating module is configured
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignees: Beijing Bigcode Technology Co., Ltd, Beijing Sigone Investment Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Wei Shen, Siping Wang
  • Patent number: 10846495
    Abstract: A measurement system includes a plurality of RFID tags, each RFID tag configured to output tag information, each RFID tag having a width and spaced from an adjacent RFID tag by a pitch, a single RFID reader configured to read the tag information from at least one RFID tag of the plurality of RFID tags and a plate having a window disposed between the RFID reader and the plurality of RFID tags, wherein the window is dimensioned to control a transmission range between the RFID tags and the RFID reader. The system further includes a carrier to which the plurality of RFID tags are mounted and a control system configured to determine a position of the at least one RFID tag based on the tag information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Manitowoc Crane Companies, LLC
    Inventor: John R. Rudy
  • Patent number: 10839384
    Abstract: An application on user's mobile device (having a display screen) generates a one-time use and time-limited barcode on the display when the user enters a PIN. The barcode can be scanned to make purchases at a point of sale (POS).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Paypal, Inc.
    Inventors: Catherine A Wong, Edward I Shie, Jeffrey M Aronoff, Richard Chi-Peng Lin, Sireesh Potireddy, Seth Shih Yueh Wang
  • Patent number: 10839560
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a digital image captured by a camera that is connected to a machine-detectable object, detecting a reflection of the machine-detectable object in the digital image, computing, in response to the detection, a plane that is coincident with a reflective surface associated with the reflection, determining a boundary of the reflective surface in the plane based on at least one of a plurality of cues, and storing information associated with the reflective surface, where the information includes a pose of the reflective surface and the boundary of the reflective surface in a 3D model of a physical environment, and where the information associated with the reflective surface and the 3D model are configured to be used to render a reconstruction of the physical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Goesele, Julian Straub, Thomas John Whelan, Richard Andrew Newcombe, Steven John Lovegrove
  • Patent number: 10832256
    Abstract: A system and method that uses geo-location and a rules engine to facilitate compliance to federal, state, and local regulations as well as company policies across different jurisdictions that may have different compliance regulations. A mobile workforce may use the techniques herein to manage work assignments, report activities, and to manage and track time. This technology may be used, e.g., in the transportation industry, but is not limited to this industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Schneider Enterprise Resources, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Degeneffe, Shaleen Devgun, Stephen John Pauls, Daniel G. Schmidt, Christopher B. Lofgren
  • Patent number: 10831515
    Abstract: A user's proficiency level of operation of a user apparatus is determined with higher accuracy. Acquisition unit acquires service contract information of a user using the apparatus. Determination unit determines the user's proficiency level of operation of the user apparatus based on service contract information acquired by acquisition unit. Trigger determination unit determines whether or not there has been an event (called a “trigger”) that triggers display of a hint to the user using the apparatus. If it is determined by trigger determination unit that a trigger has occurred, display control unit displays, on a display means, a hint corresponding to the trigger and the proficiency level determined by determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: NIT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Nozomi Matsumoto, Motoya Takahashi, Sumin Kwak, Tomoya Okumura, Yuuki Fukuyoshi
  • Patent number: 10825559
    Abstract: A system of validating self-administration of prescription medication by a patient wherein the prescription medication is administered over a series of timed dosages. A machine-readable optical code label such as a QR Code is affixed to an interior surface of a prescription medication container containing the prescribed medication such as the interior of the bottle cap. The container must be open to electronically read the optical code label. The label contains data associated with the prescription medication and is read by a software application installed on a smartphone. The software receives the label-embedded data and a timestamp to validate the patient is self-administering the prescription medication consistent with the series of timed dosages. An alert notification is automatically generated to a healthcare administrator responsive to a deviation in the series of timed dosages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Anna Noel Hopen
  • Patent number: 10810393
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, acquiring under ambient illumination an image of a label having an encoded region and an authentication region having a random distribution of reflective particles overlaying the encoded region. The encoded message is decoded from the image. An authentication image of the label is obtained according to an image capture configuration. The authentication image includes a reflection pattern of the random distribution of reflective particles. The reflection pattern is associated with the decoded message and an authenticity of the label is determined according to the association and based on a comparison of the reflection pattern to an authenticated reference reflection pattern. Authenticity of the label is determined responsive to the comparison indicating substantial match between the reflection pattern and the authenticated reference reflection pattern. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: William C. Cottrill, Sheldon Kent Meredith, Yevgeniy Puzyrev
  • Patent number: 10803265
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the present invention is an imaging engine including: a first imaging assembly having a first FOV; a second imaging assembly having a second FOV; and an aiming assembly configured to emit an aiming light pattern, the aiming light pattern including a first portion and a second portion, the first portion configured to correlate with the first FOV, the second portion configured to correlate with the second FOV, wherein the aiming light pattern is configured such that a combined power of any part of the aiming light pattern encompassed by a 7 mrad cone, as measured from the aiming assembly, is less than or equal to 1 mW, and the total combined power of the entire aiming light pattern is greater than 1 mW.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chinh Tan, Caihua Chen, Mark Drzymala, Edward Barkan, Carl D. Wittenberg
  • Patent number: 10803269
    Abstract: First and second photodetectors having first and second collection areas receive return laser light that is reflected and scattered from a target, and generate first and second analog electrical output signals having first and second magnitudes. The second collection area is in close proximity to the first collection area. The first output signal is processed to obtain information related to the target. The first and the second output signals are processed, preferably by determining a ratio of the second magnitude to the first magnitude. A working distance to the target is determined based on the determined ratio. One or more reading parameters by which the target is electro-optically read are adjusted based on the determined working distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gary G. Schneider, James R. Giebel, Peter Fazekas
  • Patent number: 10789676
    Abstract: [Object] To make it possible to generate a panoramic image that offers a stronger sense of presence and immersion to a user without imposing too heavy a load on a user. [Solution] Alignment determination processing (2) of determining whether or not other captured image data than captured panoramic image data is capable of aligning with the captured panoramic image data in a manner that a captured object remains consistent between the captured panoramic image data and the other captured image data, and image link processing (3) of linking, to the captured panoramic image data, the other captured image data determined to be capable of aligning with the captured panoramic image data are performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10776678
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to authenticate a tamper resistant seal that includes a population of particles embedded in an adhesive, the population including at least one micromachine artifact of a predetermined physical shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventor: Peter B. Merkle
  • Patent number: 10769397
    Abstract: An optical code is readable by a generally used reading device, and optically readable as an information code that can appropriately prevent abuse due to duplication. In this optical code, data is recorded with a pattern of a plurality of light-color modules having high visible light reflectance and a plurality of dark-color modules having visible light reflectance lower than light-color modules. At least either the light-color modules or the dark-color modules are configured to include a first module and a second module having reflectances different from each other for invisible light of a predetermined wavelength. Thus, data is recorded as a readable pattern of modules, the pattern being differently observed between when irradiated with visible light and when irradiated with the invisible light of a predetermined length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED, TERRARA CODE RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Teraura
  • Patent number: 10768191
    Abstract: The apparatus contains a driving unit having a driving source device and a driving shaft, and the driving shaft has a drive-side roller for rotating the object (specimen container). The driving shaft is provided with a one-directional transmission device containing a mechanism for transmitting only rotational driving force in the first direction of the driving shaft to a driven-side part. The apparatus has a mechanism for converting a rotational driving force in the first direction to move a driving unit in a direction away from the object or a mechanism for converting a rotational driving force in the first direction to move a driven unit in a direction away from the object, and the rotational driving force in the second direction of the driving shaft rotates the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: HORIBA, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuki Ishii
  • Patent number: 10762318
    Abstract: A hand-held barcode reader has a decoding module that analyzes barcodes on a surface. The decoding module determines a displacement based on a current position of the hand-held barcode reader and a desired new position of the hand-held barcode reader with respect to a barcode on the surface. An LED of the hand-held barcode reader produces a first-colored light-spot at a position on the surface to direct a desired movement of the hand-held barcode reader to move from the current position to the desired new position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Datalogic IP Tech S.r.l.
    Inventors: Francesco D'Ercoli, Vittorio Rago, Mattia Mantovani
  • Patent number: 10755260
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are provided for mailing items in the field of network technology. The method includes: generating an access request by a mobile terminal after scanning a mailing label; sending the access request of accessing a mailing page to a server; displaying the mailing page; acquiring mailing information inputted on the mailing page, and sending the mailing information to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Weiguang Jia, Na Ma, Enxing Hou
  • Patent number: 10756943
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming system including an image forming apparatus and a server. The server stores management data. The image forming apparatus accepts an instruction to print in a confidential mode. The image forming apparatus obtains a name of candidate receiver from the server. The image forming apparatus generates a code. The image forming apparatus prints a distribution material including the generated code and the name of candidate receiver corresponding to the generated code. The code is obtained by converting a URL of a site for receipt notification of the distribution material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Koichi Morita
  • Patent number: 10749707
    Abstract: A method for operating a first communication node connected to an in-vehicle network is provided. The method comprises generating a header including a count field indicating a wraparound count for a presentation time of contents and a timestamp field indicating the presentation time, generating a payload field including the contents, and transmitting a frame including the header and the payload field to a second communication node connected to the in-vehicle network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Kang Woon Seo, Dong Ok Kim, Jin Hwa Yun
  • Patent number: 10740735
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for use in facilitating fund transfers between source accounts and destination accounts, based on source account identifiers included in computer-readable indicia. One exemplary method includes capturing, by a computing device, at least one symbol representative of a destination account identifier associated with the destination account and identifying, by the computing device, a source account. The method further includes receiving, by the computing device, at least one payment parameter and causing, by the computing device, a fund transfer transaction based on the destination account identifier, the source account identifier, and the at least one payment parameter, whereby a payment from the source account to the destination account is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sandeep Malhotra, Ian David Alan Maddocks
  • Patent number: 10735408
    Abstract: A method for application connection comprises discovering information for communicating with a first electronic device. The first electronic device includes an application launched thereon. A symbolic code representing the discovered information is generated. The symbolic code is displayed on a display device. The symbolic code is used to gain access to the first electronic device via a second electronic device. The application is connected via the second electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ashish Singhal
  • Patent number: 10735684
    Abstract: The invention features an image reader and a corresponding method for capturing a sharp distortion free image of a target, such as a one or two-dimensional bar code. In one embodiment, the image reader comprises a two-dimensional CMOS based image sensor array, a timing module, an illumination module, and a control module. The time during which the target is illuminated is referred to as the illumination period. The capture of the image by the image sensor array is driven by the timing module that, in one embodiment, is able to simultaneously expose substantially all of the pixels in the array. The time during which the pixels are collectively activated to photo-convert incident light into charge defines the exposure period for the sensor array. In one embodiment, at least a portion of the exposure period occurs during the illumination period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ynjiun P. Wang, William H. Havens