Stationary Bar Code Reader Patents (Class 235/462.14)
  • Patent number: 10185859
    Abstract: A reading system including: a primary reader for reading an information bearing device (IBD) having encoded IBD data provided therein for packetizing the encoded data and processing a first data packet of the packetized encoded data and transmitting a second data packet of the packetized encoded data; at least one auxiliary reader for receiving and processing the second data packet and the transmitting the processed second data packet; and wherein the processed first and second data packets are combined to produce decoded IBD data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: METROLOGIC INSTRUMENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Cunningham, IV
  • Patent number: 10007858
    Abstract: A terminal for measuring at least one dimension of an object includes at least one imaging subsystem and an actuator. The at least one imaging subsystem includes an imaging optics assembly operable to focus an image onto an image sensor array. The imaging optics assembly has an optical axis. The actuator is operably connected to the at least one imaging subsystem for moving an angle of the optical axis relative to the terminal. The terminal is adapted to obtain first image data of the object and is operable to determine at least one of a height, a width, and a depth dimension of the object based on effecting the actuator to change the angle of the optical axis relative to the terminal to align the object in second image data with the object in the first image data, the second image data being different from the first image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Edward C. Bremer, Matthew Pankow
  • Patent number: 9965694
    Abstract: A terminal for measuring at least one dimension of an object includes at least one imaging subsystem and an actuator. The at least one imaging subsystem includes an imaging optics assembly operable to focus an image onto an image sensor array. The imaging optics assembly has an optical axis. The actuator is operably connected to the at least one imaging subsystem for moving an angle of the optical axis relative to the terminal. The terminal is adapted to obtain first image data of the object and is operable to determine at least one of a height, a width, and a depth dimension of the object based on effecting the actuator to change the angle of the optical axis relative to the terminal to align the object in second image data with the object in the first image data, the second image data being different from the first image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Edward C. Bremer, Matthew Pankow
  • Patent number: 9939528
    Abstract: Provided is a safety scanner capable of facilitating an analysis of a sensing factor at the time of sensing an intruder. The safety scanner includes a monitoring image generation section that generates a monitoring image for monitoring a protection area, a sensing history storage section that stores a position and a sensing time of a sensed intruder and the monitoring image corresponding to the sensing time or a plurality of distance measurement information items obtained within a scanning period corresponding to the sensing time in association with each other as a sensing history, and a sensing history transmission section that transmits the sensing history in accordance with a history request from an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventors: Kentaro Yamazaki, Tsuyoshi Tagashira
  • Patent number: 9939518
    Abstract: Provided is a safety scanner that enables simplification of an operation of checking an operating state. The safety scanner includes a scan image generation section that generates a scan image that includes a plurality of sets of distance measurement information obtained by performing scanning with a detection light emitted by an emitter, the plurality of sets of distance measurement information being represented as a plurality of distance measurement positions on a scanning plane of the detection light, and a monitoring image display that displays the scan image on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Tagashira, Kentaro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9933511
    Abstract: Provided is a safety scanner capable of obtaining uniform optical performance for a view angle of 180° or more. The safety scanner includes an optical rotator that emits detection light from a light source to a detection area and causes the detection light to perform scanning in a circumferential direction, a light receiving element that receives reflected light from an object within the detection area through the optical rotator, a casing that houses the light receiving element. The casing includes a canopy part, a bottom part facing the canopy part, and a coupling part that couples a rear end of the canopy part to a rear end of the bottom part. The protective cover includes a window formed in a circular arc shape, corresponding to an optical path of the detection light and the reflected light, having a central angle larger than 180° with respect to the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventor: Choryon Oh
  • Patent number: 9933510
    Abstract: Provided is a safety scanner capable of easily grasping the correspondence relationship between a distance measurement position on a scanning plane and a real space. The safety scanner includes a distance measurement section that obtains distance measurement information corresponding to a distance optically sensed and a scanning angle of a detection light, an intrusion sensing section that senses an intruder within the protection area on the basis of the distance measurement information and a area designation information, a marker identification section that identifies a marker movably disposed within the detection area, and the distance measurement information of the marker as an area generation information for determining the protection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventor: Kentaro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9892399
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a reading apparatus is arranged between an operator and a customer who stand in a face-to-face manner. The reading apparatus includes a main body, a first image capturing section for the operator, a second image capturing section for the customer, and a first display section for the operator. The main body has an opening on a surface thereof facing the operator. The first image capturing section is housed in the main body and photographs a commodity through the opening of the main body. The second image capturing section is arranged at the main body and photographs an object held by the customer. The first display section is arranged above the opening of the main body and displays information relating to sales registration processing. The main body has an upper surface inclined downwards from the operator side to the customer side, and the second image capturing section is arranged at the inclined upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshimi Urushibata, Toshihiro Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9727657
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating and resolving multi-mode barcodes include a device scanning and translating graphical data representing a barcode pattern into barcode information. The device detects distinct data items in the barcode information that each specifies an action to be taken by the device, and then transmits a request for a preference order to a remote server. Next, the device receives the preference order indicating a ranking of the distinct data items and determines, based on the ranking, an order in which actions specified by the data items are to be taken by the device. The device identifies a data item that the device is capable of taking the action specified by the data item and has a higher ranking in the preference order than the actions specified by all other data items that the device is capable of taking, and performs the action specified by the data item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: Neel Goyal, Patricia Kelly, Pranab Kumar Dash, Daniel Schonfeld
  • Patent number: 9679320
    Abstract: A user-personalized product sampling, recommendation and purchasing system uses customer identification numbers and associated customer profile data to tailor specific product recommendations to a customer at a content sampling station of a retail location. The customer also can use her customer profile to receive the same information from an Internet website of the merchant. In-store sampling stations also may have the capability of checking store inventory and central warehouse inventory and providing recommendations to the customer in accordance with product availability, and optionally may provide the customer with the ability to place product orders directly through the sampling station. The recommendation system also can be used to tailor product recommendations in accordance with a rule-based model and real-time inventory data from a POS database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Trans World New York, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory W. Harper, Steven E. Skiba
  • Patent number: 9679282
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a reading apparatus, arranged at a position between an operator and a customer who stand in face to face manner, comprises a main body having an opening on a surface thereof facing the operator, a first image capturing section for operator, housed in the main body, configured to photograph a commodity through the opening of the main body to capture an image of the commodity, and a second image capturing section for customer, arranged on the main body, configured to photograph an object held by the customer to capture an image of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshimi Urushibata, Toshihiro Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9607201
    Abstract: Systems and methods for non-permanently customizing scanning device operations for an operator are provided. In embodiments, an operator of a scanning device may scan a data carrier in order to automatically implement one or more customized configuration settings that are preferred by the operator. The scanning device implements the customized configuration settings using instructions and information within the data carrier. The customized configuration settings are held in the volatile memory of the scanning device so that, in response to some operations or indications, the customized configuration settings may be automatically changed back to default configuration settings held in nonvolatile memory of the scanning device. Additional embodiments are directed to a distributed environment that uses a centralized server to retrieve and communicate customized configuration settings and the operator's work shift to the scanning device for implementation thereon, for the duration of the work shift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Datalogic ADC, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Schafer, Scott Horn
  • Patent number: 9589169
    Abstract: A reading system including: a primary reader for reading an information bearing device (IBD) having encoded IBD data provided therein for packetizing the encoded data and processing a first data packet of the packetized encoded data and transmitting a second data packet of the packetized encoded data; at least one auxiliary reader for receiving and processing the second data packet and the transmitting the processed second data packet; and wherein the processed first and second data packets are combined to produce decoded IBD data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Cunningham, IV
  • Patent number: 9423499
    Abstract: A laser scanner (10) is provided which has a light transmitter (12) for transmitting a light signal (16) into a monitored zone (20), a light receiver (26) for generating a received signal from the light signal (22) remitted by objects in the monitored zone (20), a movable deflection unit (18) for the periodic deflection of the light signal (16, 22) to scan the monitored zone (20) in the course of the movement, and an evaluation unit (34) for detecting the objects with reference to the received signal and for testing the signal path from the transmission of the light signal (16) up to the detection of the objects. In this respect, the evaluation unit (34) is configured also to detect objects in angular positions of the deflection unit (18) in which the signal path is tested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventor: Markus Hammes
  • Patent number: 9299067
    Abstract: A method of obtaining payment information using an imaging barcode scanner. An example method includes activating, by a processor, an imaging barcode scanner to scan a payment medium, such as a payment card, to obtain payment information from the payment medium. The processor may activate the imaging barcode scanner after failing to receive the payment information from a default payment peripheral, such as a card reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Ritesh Kumar Sahai
  • Patent number: 9245264
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a reading apparatus, arranged at a position between an operator and a customer who stand in a face to face manner, comprises a main body having an opening on a surface thereof facing the operator, an image capturing section for operator, housed in the main body, configured to photograph a commodity through the opening of the main body to capture an image of the commodity, and a reading section for customer, arranged on the main body, configured to communicate with an object, which is held by the customer and is capable of realizing near field communication, to read specified additional information stored in the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshimi Urushibata, Toshihiro Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9224256
    Abstract: The invention relates to a walk-through security gate (1), in particular for the use at airports for demarcation between a secured zone and an unsecured zone, wherein the gate can be opened in accordance with the checking of access data such as a flight ticket and a blocking element (6) that blocks the gate is pivoted from a blocked position into a walk-through position in the context. Corresponding fully automatic solutions are part of the prior art in the context. For various reasons, however, there is a need for being able to also operate such “self-boarding gates” semi-automatically, i.e. in conjunction with support staff, wherein in the context the problem of the operating personnel obstructing the gate delimited by guide elements (4) arises. According to the invention, the problems is solved in that a console (5) is associated with at least one of the guide elements (4) that delimit the gate, by means of which console (5) the access data can be automatically retrieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Kaba Gallenschuetz GmbH
    Inventors: Lars Rosenberger, Roland Ebert
  • Patent number: 9218607
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for identifying product categories to which products are assigned. At least one attribute associated with a product is received. A determination regarding whether the attribute is associated with a product category is made. An assignment to the product category is made if the attribute is associated with the product category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea C. Steves, Sebastian Lehmann
  • Patent number: 9128259
    Abstract: Laser apparatus includes a laser the output of which is formed into a collimated beam then focused into a transport fiber at a particular effective numerical aperture. A parallel plate is located in the collimated beam and can be variably inclined with respect to the collimated beam for varying the effective numerical aperture of the radiation focused into the fiber. In one embodiment, a second parallel plate is located in the focused beam, and can be variably inclined with respect to the focused beam for aligning the focused beam with the optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Coherent, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Grasso, Douglas W. Anthon
  • Patent number: 9111160
    Abstract: The present disclosure envisages a computer implemented non-intrusive remote monitoring and capturing system for remotely monitoring operations on a plurality of workstations from an administrator. The system includes a first application installed on the workstations and a second application on the administrator. The first application executed on the workstations and the second executed on the administrator communicates with each other via a network. The first application of the workstation receives an electronic signal from a supervisor administering the administrator. The first application includes a first receiver having an extractor which is capable of extracting a first operation and a second operation command from the received electronic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Manikandan Baskaran, Suresh Babu Ponnan, Madhava Raj Warrier, Ohm Kumar Balasubramanian
  • Patent number: 9057641
    Abstract: A POS-based checkout/scale system having (i) a bar code symbol reading subsystem for reading bar code symbols on products being purchased at a retail POS station, and (ii) a produce weigh scale having a weigh scale assembly for weighing one or more produce items on a weigh platter during produce weighing operations carried out at the time of checkout at said retail POS station. The system also includes an automatic produce weighing interference detection subsystem, supporting an IR-based light curtain about the weigh platter, automatically detects when any object is overhanging the weigh platter during produce weighing operations, and generates an alert signal when such conditions are automatically detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Amundsen, Sean Philip Kearney, Shane Michael Edmonds, Ynjiun Paul Wang, Timothy Good, Michael Miraglia, Charles Joseph Cunningham, IV, Xiaoxun Zhu, Patrick Anthony Giordano
  • Patent number: 9053379
    Abstract: A scanning system for data reading, and related methods of use, the scanning system including a portal scanner and a conveyor for transporting items. The scanner includes a generally U-shaped scanner housing and a plurality of data readers arranged within the scanner housing for reading data on various surfaces of an item being transported through the portal scanner. The scanning system may also include a bottom scanner positioned beneath the conveyor, the bottom scanner having a view volume directed through a gap in the conveyor for reading a bottom surface of the item through the gap as the item passes over the gap. In some embodiments, the scanning system may further include one or more light curtains configured for determining a height dimension of the item and/or a position of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Datalogic ADC, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan L. Olmstead, Alan Shearin
  • Patent number: 9047280
    Abstract: An apparatus for position determination has an optical scanning unit which is to be moved relative to a surface and which includes an image sensor for detecting light intensity patterns of light which is reflected by the surface. The apparatus furthermore has an electronic processing unit which is associated with the image sensor and configured to determine a traveled movement path and/or a movement speed of the optical scanning unit relative to the surface from a difference between light intensity patterns detected after one another in time. A further processing unit is configured to produce an intensity correlated signal which correlates with the intensity of the light reflected by the surface. An evaluation device is associated with the image sensor and is configured to recognize a graphical code pattern located on the surface with reference to the intensity correlated signal and to read out information from the code pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignees: SICK STEGMANN GMBH, ATLANTIC ZEISER GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Basler, Trevor Stewart, Karl-Heinz Wohlfahrt
  • Patent number: 9038896
    Abstract: A ticket reading system comprising a portable head section with an aperture and means for removably affixing the head section to a stationary fixture; in the head section, a camera with a field of view over the aperture to read visible code elements of a ticket; an RFID antenna and module adjacent to the aperture to read RFID/NFC code elements from a device or tag; a wireless network communication module to communicate data packets among a processor and a wireless network access point; means for ticket validation feedback; instructions which cause: receiving a ticket identifier value from the camera or RFID module; sending a request via the wireless network for a server computer to validate the ticket identifier value; receiving a ticket validation response from the server computer; based upon the response, driving the means for providing ticket validation feedback to generate either valid response feedback or invalid response feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: VENUENEXT, INC.
    Inventors: Dan Williams, Brandon Stout, Renaud Casanova
  • Patent number: 9033236
    Abstract: A bi-optical, dual window, point-of-transaction workstation images indicia associated with multi-sided products over a full coverage scan zone by splitting each field of view of only two imagers into three subfields that pass through each window and fill the scan zone and minimize dead areas therein. Twisting of the subfields relative to the windows is minimized so that the subfields fit fully with minimal clipping through each window. Splitting of each field of view is remotely performed well away from each imager. The imagers have lens assemblies of substantially the same optical power and are spaced from their respective windows by substantially the same distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Drzymala, Edward Barkan
  • Publication number: 20150122890
    Abstract: An automated checkout system for data reading, and related methods of use, the checkout system including a portal scanner and a conveyor for transporting items, the portal scanner housing a data reader with a view volume directed at a steerable mirror. In one example, the steerable mirror moves between various positions to augment the effective view volume of the data reader for capturing data from various surfaces of the item being transported on the conveyor. The portal scanner may include one or more mirrors arranged in an angular configuration to redirect the view volume of the data reader to capture data from the various surfaces of the item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Bryan L. Olmstead, Alan Shearin
  • Publication number: 20150102109
    Abstract: An illuminating, indicia-reading device includes a hand-held indicia reader and a charging-and-communication base. The charging-and-communication base's communication button places the hand-held indicia reader in presentation mode when the hand-held indicia reader is seated in the charging-and-communication base, thereby facilitating hands-free scanning and providing work lamp functionality via activation of the hand-held indicia reader's light source. When the hand-held indicia reader is not seated, the communication button pages the hand-held-indicia reader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Huck
  • Patent number: 9004359
    Abstract: A data reading system including one or more imagers, the data reading system having a lower main housing structure with a horizontal surface, across which items to be read are passed, and an upper reader module, such as pole-mounted top down reader (TDR) including an imager configured to provide a top down viewing angle from above the horizontal surface of the item in a read region. In one configuration, the pole-mounted upper reader module includes a one-piece post housing section mounted to the main housing structure and extending therefrom and containing imaging electronics and optics of the upper reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Datalogic ADC, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Shearin, Ryan B. Thompson, Jeffrey J. Hoskinson, Jon P. C. Williams, David J. Newman, Alexander M. McQueen, Bryan L. Olmstead
  • Patent number: 8991700
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for calibrating a barcode scanning tunnel has a conveyor structure and a scanning system. The scanning system has a laser light source, an optics system, and a processor. In a calibration mode, the processor locates a central area of the conveyor structure and identifies a first location at which there is a height above the level of the central area according to a predetermined criteria. The processor identifies a second location that is offset, by a predetermined distance in a direction transverse to the direction of travel of the conveyor structure, from the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Datalogic Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew F Harbison, Bryan C Glaudel, Craig F Wertz
  • Patent number: 8991705
    Abstract: A checkout system includes a clerk-operated, bi-optical workstation through which products associated with targets having target data to be electro-optically captured are passed, and a customer-operated, accessory reader having an accessory window and a data capture assembly for capturing additional target data of additional targets associated with transaction-related items. The accessory reader is supported by the workstation for movement relative to the workstation to enable the customer to readily position and aim the accessory window at the additional targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darran M. Handshaw, Mark E. Drzymala, Joseph D. Giordano, Sean D. Marvel
  • Patent number: 8985444
    Abstract: A checkout stand with a barcode reader on a bagging end which reduces transaction times over conventional checkout stand designs. An example checkout stand includes a housing including a first and a second end, a conveyor for transporting items from the first end to the second end, a bagging station at the second end, a base portion between the conveyor and the bagging station, a first tower portion on the base portion, and a second tower portion on the base station separated from the first tower portion by a gap. The base portion and the first and second tower portions are for mounting a barcode reader for scanning the items before the items reach the bagging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Hammer
  • Patent number: 8985457
    Abstract: A system and method is provided wherein a device can be reprogrammed utilizing one or more programming symbols. A device subject to reprogramming can be a portable device. In one embodiment a device subject to reprogramming can be a portable symbol reading device capable of reading programming symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Soule, III, Guy H. Berthiaume, Aldo Mario Caballero, Brian V. Conti, Jeffrey Dean Harper, Larry K. Hooks, Adam Edward Meggitt, James T. Sauerwein, Daniel D. Yeakley
  • Patent number: 8960549
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system are presented for improving a point of sale terminal by reducing the number of items a cashier must pick up and move for scanning during a purchase transaction. The point of sale terminal includes an optical code scanner that identifies an item by reading an optical code (barcode) affixed to or printed on the item. The scanner further includes a weigh scale that weighs items being scanned and a conveyor belt that moves the items across the scanner during the weighing and scanning operations. Moving the items using the conveyor belt reduces the number of items the cashier must pick up and move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Donald A. Collins, Jr., David L. Gregerson
  • Patent number: 8944325
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes an acquirement unit configured to acquire a captured image obtained by capturing a commodity by an image capturing unit in sequence; a plurality of reading units configured to read the information relating to the commodity respectively from the captured image acquired by the acquirement unit; a control unit configured to enable each reading unit to act according to a specified order based on setting information in which the operation timing of the reading unit is set; and an output unit configured to output the information read by the reading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidehiro Naito
  • Patent number: 8944329
    Abstract: A personal identification card scanning tool comprises a first holding portion and a second holding portion. The first holding portion is configured and adapted to hold a portable computing device. The second holding portion is configured and adapted to hold a personal identification card in an orientation and position relative to the portable computing device such that a line-of-sight exists between at least a portion of the portable computing device and at least a portion of the personal identification card. The first holding portion and second holding portion are structurally connected by a connecting wall comprising an opening that extends through the connecting wall. The opening is configured and adapted to permit a portion of the personal identification card to extend therethrough when the personal identification card is at least partially held by the second holding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Election Administrators, LLC
    Inventor: Martin White
  • Patent number: 8925818
    Abstract: A network accessible node that facilitates management of a fleet of portable communication devices (EIR terminal), including portable data terminals and/or barcode readers, by directing performance of software upgrade and/or configuration update actions by one or more members of the fleet of EIR terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James Kosecki, Aldo Mario Caballero
  • Patent number: 8876004
    Abstract: A bi-optical, dual window, point-of-transaction workstation images indicia associated with multi-sided products over a full coverage scan zone by asymmetrically splitting the field of view of at least one imager into light collection regions of different spatial volumes. The light collection regions fill the scan zone and minimize dead areas therein. A smaller light collection region images one side of the product, while a larger light collection region images more than one side of the product. All sides of the product are imaged in the light collection regions. Twisting of the light collection regions relative to at least one of the windows is minimized so that the light collection regions fit fully with minimal clipping through each window. Illumination light is directed away from a user's eyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Barkan, Mark Drzymala
  • Patent number: 8857712
    Abstract: An arrangement for a tunnel scanner includes a chassis with a first data reader structure and a second data reader structure attached thereto. The first and second data reader structures include data readers that are pre-positioned before the first and second data reader structures are attached to the chassis. Indexing features of the first and second data reader structures cooperate with corresponding indexing features of the chassis to properly position the data readers relative to the chassis. In one assembly method, one or more data reader structures having pre-positioned data readers are shipped to an assembly location for a tunnel data reader. A chassis is either provided at or shipped to the assembly location. In one configuration, the data reader structures are indexed and attached to the chassis such that each data reader is placed at a desired location and orientation with respect to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Datalogic ADC, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Hoskinson, Paul R. Huss, Stepan Ryabinin, Michael P. Svetal, Bryan L. Olmstead
  • Publication number: 20140284380
    Abstract: A readout device for reading out machine-readable markings on at least one lateral surface of receptacles is proposed. The readout device has at least one optical detector with at least one viewing region. The optical detector is designed to detect the machine-readable markings in the viewing region. The readout device further has at least one roll area and at least one transport device. The readout device is designed to roll the receptacles in succession over the roll area by means of the transport device and, in so doing, to roll at least part of the lateral surface within the viewing region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Sergej Toedtli
  • Patent number: 8794525
    Abstract: A POS-based checkout/scale system having (i) a bar code symbol reading subsystem for reading bar code symbols on products being purchased at a retail POS station, and (ii) a produce weigh scale having a weigh scale assembly for weighing one or more produce items on a weigh platter during produce weighing operations carried out at the time of checkout at said retail POS station. The system also includes an automatic produce weighing interference detection subsystem, supporting an IR-based light curtain about the weigh platter, automatically detects when any object is overhanging the weigh platter during produce weighing operations, and generates an alert signal when such conditions are automatically detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Metologic Insturments, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Amundsen, Sean Philip Kearney, Shane Michael Edmonds, Ynjiun Paul Wang, Timothy Good, Michael Miraglia, Charles Joseph Cunningham, IV, Xiaoxun Zhu, Patrick Anthony Giordano
  • Patent number: 8794524
    Abstract: The present invention provides a smart scanning system comprising an integrated scanning and image capture system in which one or more image capture device(s) (e.g., still camera, video camera, etc.) and a barcode scanner are positioned within a common enclosure that is a component of a checkout station. The barcode of item is scanned and an image of the item is recorded. The identity of the item as determined based on the barcode is compared to its appearance as determined based on its image. If the identity is inconsistent with its appearance, a discrepancy is registered. It is then determined whether the discrepancy is due to fraud (e.g., theft) or device error. In the case of the latter, the system can be updated to prevent a repeat of the error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan H. Connell, II, Myron D. Flickner, Norman Haas, Thomas J. Hammershoy, Arun Hampapur, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti
  • Publication number: 20140175174
    Abstract: There is described an imaging apparatus having an imaging assembly that includes an image sensor. The imaging apparatus can capture a frame of image data having image data corresponding to a first set of pixels of the image sensor. The imaging apparatus can capture a frame or image data having image data corresponding to a second set of pixels of the image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Charles P. Barber, Carl W. Gerst, George S. Smith, Robert M. Hussey, Robert C. Gardiner, Matthew W. Pankow
  • Patent number: 8757494
    Abstract: A barcode imaging reader includes a housing, a window in the housing, and an imaging sensor having an array of photosensitive elements for capturing light passing through the window. The barcode imaging reader further includes an illumination arrangement for emitting an illumination light from the housing interior to illuminate a barcode target object spaced from the housing. The illumination arrangement includes (i) an illumination source within the housing operative to generate the illumination light during imaging capture, (ii) a first mirror having a shape of a toroidal surface with predominantly concave surface, and (iii) a second mirror having a shape of a toroidal surface with predominantly convex surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Igor Vinogradov
  • Patent number: 8757479
    Abstract: A personalized package creation system uses an imaging device to capture an image of a barcode. An image capture module decodes the barcode to retrieve data, such as package dimension data and one or more package structural parameters. Based on the package dimensions and the structural parameter, a processing device defines a set of cutting instructions. An automated package generation device applies the cutting instructions and uses a cutting device to creating a package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Alan Clark, Jess Robert Gentner, William J. Nowak, Reiner Eschbach
  • Patent number: 8740086
    Abstract: Infrared light, which is non-readily visible, illuminates at least part of a field of view containing indicia to be electro-optically read. Visible light illuminates another field of view containing the same indicia. The indicia is read by image capture by the illumination light from one of the illuminated fields of view. The use of IR light minimizes an adverse reaction due to only using bright visible light. The use of visible light enables thermally printed indicia, which is not readily readable by IR light, to be read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darran M. Handshaw, Mark E. Drzymala, Eric S. Trongone
  • Patent number: 8714453
    Abstract: A multi-functional cable apparatus for a barcode reader supplies electrical power to the barcode reader, provides data communication capability for the barcode reader, and performs at least one additional function that is relevant to the operation of the barcode reader. The at least one additional function may include supporting the barcode reader in a fixed position without a user having to hold the barcode reader in place. Alternatively, the at least one additional function may include facilitating efficient cable management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: George Powell, Garrett Russell, Frank Clegg
  • Patent number: 8708224
    Abstract: An electronic screen shows video that has a barcode wrapping an URL. A user images the barcode with a mobile device and decodes it into a web page with an audio feed corresponding to the video. Or the barcode wraps a phone number which the user's device contacts to get an audio feed. The web page lets the user pick between several audio feeds, where the feeds might be in different languages. Several users get audio feeds for the same screen. An electronic screen controlled by a user with a mobile device shows a barcode. Another user with a mobile device images the barcode and causes the screen to be 2 split screens, where the original user has one and the new user has the other. Each split screen can offer via barcode a separate audio track that can be heard by a user with a cellphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Wesley John Boudville
  • Patent number: 8702002
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system are presented for improving an optical code scanner used in an assisted service point of sale terminal by automatically detecting the placement of an item for scanning on the customer side of the optical code scanner and configuring the scanner to scan the item. Once the item is scanned, the optical code scanner reconfigures to scan items presented on the cashier side of the scanner. When the scanner automatically detects, configures and scans an item presented on the customer side of the scanner, it reduces the checkout time and reduces the number of operations a cashier must perform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: David L. Gregerson
  • Patent number: 8662397
    Abstract: A multicamera imaging-based bar code reader for imaging a target bar code on a target object features: a housing supporting a plurality of transparent windows and defining an interior region, a target object being presented to the plurality of windows for imaging a target bar code; an imaging system including a plurality of camera assemblies coupled to an image processing system, each camera assembly of the plurality of camera assemblies being positioned within the housing interior position. Each camera assembly includes a sensor array and an imaging lens assembly for focusing a field of view of the camera assembly onto the sensor array and wherein the sensor array is read out at a predetermined frame rate. The predetermined frame rate of at least one camera assembly is less than the predetermined frame rates of the other camera assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley S. Carlson, Eugene Joseph
  • Patent number: 8646689
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for use with a camera that includes a field of view (FOV), the apparatus for indicating at least a first portion of a field of view for analysis and comprising a light source for generating a first light pattern that is directed onto an object surface within the FOV while the light source remains stationary with respect to the object, an adjuster for, while the first light pattern subtends a surface of the object and without moving the light source with respect to the object, modifying the first light pattern to generate a first deformed light pattern that is directed onto the object surface in the FOV and a manual input device for controlling the adjuster to indicate how the first light pattern is to be modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Michael C Moed, Robert T Tremblay, Carl W Gerst, III, William Equitz