Stationary Bar Code Reader Patents (Class 235/462.14)
  • Patent number: 11042817
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a processing station (10) for registering a passenger's luggage for a trip. The processing station (10) comprises an injector (14) for receiving a piece of luggage associated with the passenger. A plurality of sensors (16a-16i) are associated with the injector. A weighing machine (18) is also associated with the injector (14) for weighing the piece of luggage whilst in the injector (14). The luggage processing (station 10) also comprises a user interface (20) for receiving various inputs for confirming that a passenger has checked-in and to display information to the passenger during processing of the piece of luggage. A controller (28) is associated with the sensors (16a-16i) and weighing machine (18) and the user interface (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: ICM AIRPORT TECHNICS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
    Inventors: Michael Dupre Sanderson, Rainer Rudolf Dinkelmann, Paul Craig Bellamy, Christian Riegman, Kenneth Scott Ifield
  • Patent number: 10824832
    Abstract: Barcode tag conditions on sample tubes are detected utilizing side view images of sample tubes for streamlining handling in clinical laboratory automation systems. The condition of the tags may be classified into classes, each divided into a list of additional subcategories that cover individual characteristics of the tag quality. According to an embodiment, a tube characterization station (TCS) is utilized to obtain the side view images. The TCS enables the simultaneous or near-simultaneous collection of three images for each tube, resulting in a 360 degree side view for each tube. The method is based on a supervised scene understanding concept, resulting in an explanation of each pixel into its semantic meaning. Two parallel low-level cues for condition recognition, in combination with a tube model extraction cue, may be utilized. The semantic scene information is then integrated into a mid-level representation for final decision making into one of the condition classes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Kluckner, Yao-Jen Chang, Wen Wu, Benjamin Pollack, Terrence Chen
  • Patent number: 10776597
    Abstract: An analysis and decode module is described. A barcode reading system may include an image sensor system package and a separate image decoding system. The image sensor system package may provide input to the image decoding system through an interface. The input may include a captured image, image capture settings, and an operation list. The image decoding system, using the analysis and decode module, may perform one or more operations identified in the operation list on the capture image. The image decoding system may then output information to the image sensor system package using the interface. The output may indicate whether the image decoding system was able to decode a barcode and how the image sensor system package may modify the image capture settings to produce an image more suitable for decoding. The image sensor system package may then determine new image capture settings for capturing a new image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Lee, Ming Lei
  • Patent number: 10733851
    Abstract: A sales registration apparatus includes a commodity reader and a main body housing the reader. First attachment sections are distributed along a side surface of the main body at a fixed interval in the height direction. Each first attachment section is configured to permit the attachment of an additional component to the side surface. Each first attachment section is within a sub-portion of the side surface having a height that is a fixed unit height or an integer multiple of the fixed unit height. Cover sections are provided with each having a width equal to a width of the side surface and a height that is equal to the fixed unit height or an integer multiple of the fixed unit height. The cover section are attached to the side surface and cover any first attachment section not occupied by an additional component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinsuke Yajima
  • Patent number: 10635875
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to systems and methods for securely communicating data via encoded scannable codes. Techniques include identifying data to be communicated, identifying fictive data, accessing a manipulation factor, generating a scannable code comprising codes corresponding to the data and fictive data manipulated according to the manipulation factor, and making the code available for decoding by a scanning device. Further techniques include scanning a scannable code via a scanning device, separating the scannable code into multiple codes according to a manipulation factor, decoding the code(s) corresponding to the data to obtain the data, and refraining from decoding the code(s) corresponding to the fictive data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CyberArk Software Ltd.
    Inventors: Tal Zigman, Arthur Bendersky, Hadas Elkabir
  • Patent number: 10576768
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to a device including a frame with a transparent panel. In examples, the device includes a frame defining an opening of a scanner sub-assembly, the frame including a first side and a second side in contact with the first side; and a transparent panel coupled to the frame to cover the opening, a first side of the transparent panel disposed to be substantially planar with a first side of the frame, and a second side of the transparent panel disposed to be substantially planar with the second side of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Rene Valenzuela-Rivas, Ryan M Smith, Christopher J Quijano, Craig L Hopper
  • Patent number: 10431053
    Abstract: A checkout terminal, and method of using, having a goods receiving area for receiving goods, a goods recording area for recording the data of the goods, and a goods dispensing area for dispensing the goods. The checkout terminal further has a control unit configured for controlling the operation of the checkout terminal. The goods dispensing area has a first packing trough which is configured for temporarily collecting the goods. A goods transport means is configured for transporting the goods along a direction of transport form the goods receiving area via the goods recording area toward the first packing trough of the goods dispensing area. The goods recording area having a goods recording device having a scanner, which is configured for scanning a respective scannable identifier of the goods, located within a goods recording volume of the goods recording area and for providing a scanning result signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: WINCOR NIXDORF INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventor: Oliver Schaefer
  • Patent number: 10371932
    Abstract: An optical device comprises a light source and a detector, and also a sample holder, which is configured to fix an object in the optical path of light. A scanning optical unit is configured, for a multiplicity of scanning positions, in each case selectively to direct light incident from different angular ranges from the object onto the detector. On the basis of a three-dimensional light field represented by corresponding measurement data of the multiplicity of scanning positions, a spatially resolved imaging of the object is generated, said imaging comprising at least two images from different object planes of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Singer, Ralf Wolleschensky, Ingo Kleppe, Toufic Jabbour, Michael Gölles, Kai Wicker
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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