Specified Housing Or Mounting Detail Patents (Class 235/462.43)
  • Patent number: 10139864
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing merchant/customer interaction include determining that a tablet computer is in a merchant orientation, retrieving merchant product information according to a received instruction and merchant orientation information, and displaying a merchant screen on the tablet computer that includes the merchant product information according to the merchant orientation information. A change in the orientation of the tablet computer enclosure/stand is then detected from the merchant orientation to a customer orientation. In response, the merchant screen is transitioned on the tablet computer display to a customer screen as the tablet computer enclosure/stand changes orientations by moving the merchant screen and the customer screen linearly while in a stacked orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Voege, Faran Najafi, Egan Schultz, Satish Govindarajan
  • Patent number: 9876372
    Abstract: A barcode reader and a docking station for charging the barcode reader are disclosed. The barcode reader may be an elongated pen-shaped device that includes a capacitive tip for use as a stylus against a capacitive touch screen and a barcode reader for reading a barcode. The barcode reader may be docked in the docking station for charging. The docking station may include a magnetic structure for holding the barcode reader to the docking station, and a positioning structure for aligning the charging contacts of the barcode reader and the docking station. The docking station may include a battery such that the barcode reader may be charged from the battery while being docked in the docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: Phil Utykanski, Ryan Hoobler
  • Patent number: 9415616
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a medium support unit which supports a medium in an inclined state, a medium feeding unit which sends out the medium which is supported by the medium support unit, a substrate which configures a control unit of the apparatus, and a battery accommodation unit which accommodates a battery which is a power source of the medium feeding unit and the control unit, in which the battery accommodation unit and the substrate are arranged on the lower side of the medium support unit, and the battery accommodation unit is arranged at a location which is separated from a place facing the substrate. At least a part of an arranging region of the battery accommodation unit, and at least a part of an arranging region of the substrate are in the same range in the height direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Tsuyama
  • Patent number: 9292043
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides flat panel monitor stands and related systems and methods. The flat panel monitor stands can comprise a base including a pedestal and a support arm extending upwardly from the pedestal, the top portion being distally positioned with respect to the pedestal. The stand can also include a tilt mechanism connected to the top portion of the support arm. A bracket can be pivotally attached to the tilt mechanism at an off-center location on the bracket so that the bracket has a low position and a high position when pivoted about the tilt mechanism. The bracket can also be attachable to a flat panel monitor in both the low position and the high position without reorienting the flat panel monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Paul L. Drew
  • Patent number: 9275263
    Abstract: A plurality of imaging modules, each including a solid-state imager mounted on an individual printed circuit board (PCB), is mounted in a reader, such as a bi-optical, dual window, point-of-transaction workstation, for capturing images along different fields of view of diverse targets useful for customer identification, customer payment validation, operator surveillance, and coded indicia. The imaging modules are individually mounted on a motherboard for individual installation at, and individual removal from, the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Drzymala
  • Patent number: 9111166
    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 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Cunningham, IV
  • Patent number: 9063176
    Abstract: A signal level crossing detector circuit includes a DC isolator and a detector circuit. The DC isolator has at least a first input, which is operable to receive a high voltage AC signal, and at least a first capacitor, a first plate of the first capacitor being electrically connected to the first input. The detector circuit is operable at a low voltage and has at least a first detector input, the first detector input being electrically connected to a second plate of the first capacitor, the low voltage detector circuit being operable to provide a change in output signal in dependence on a high voltage AC signal on the first input crossing a predetermined signal level. The signal level crossing detector may be single ended or differential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Iain Barnett, William Michael James Holland, Jonathan Ephraim David Hurwitz
  • 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: 9018545
    Abstract: A checkout system includes a workstation having a data capture arrangement for capturing through a horizontal window a target associated with a product to identify the product being checked out at the workstation, and a scale for weighing the product at the workstation. The scale has a scale mechanism, and a weighing platter on which the product is placed for weighing. The weighing platter is integrated with the horizontal window and overlies the scale mechanism. The weighing platter projects past the scale mechanism and has a front end that overhangs the scale mechanism. Non-threaded, interlocking connectors, which are provided on the weighing platter and the scale mechanism, prevent the weighing platter from tipping if a force is exerted on the front end of the weighing platter. The weighing platter is mounted on, and removed from, the scale mechanism without the aid of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl D. Wittenberg, John E. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9016565
    Abstract: Provided is a device and methods for facilitating mobile device payments using a wearable personal digital device. The device may comprise a processor, a memory unit, a timepiece module, a communication circuit, a display, a camera, control elements, a connection port, and a band adapted to secure the device on a human body or clothes. The processor may be configured to retrieve information encoded in a barcode, generate barcodes, display retrieved information and barcodes on the display. Additionally, the device may comprise a swipe card reader to make payments using the wearable personal digital device by swiping a payment card through the device. In addition to that, the device may comprise one or more sensors and one or more accelerometers to measure biometric parameters of the user, display measured parameters on the display, and store the parameters to the memory of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: Dylan T X Zhou, Tiger T G Zhou, Andrew H B Zhou
  • Patent number: 9010642
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display device that is at least semi-transparent. The electronic device includes a housing with a first coupling component, a data acquisition device configured to capture first data within a first field of view (FOV), and the display device. The display device includes a viewable portion that is semi-transparent and configured to display second data. The display device includes a second coupling component disposed at least partially on the viewable portion and coupling with the first coupling component to couple the display device to the housing. When the first and second coupling components are coupled, the display device is positioned in such a manner that a second FOV viewed through the viewable portion is viewable by a user. The first FOV of the data acquisition device is within at least a portion of the second FOV of the viewable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Willins
  • 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: 9004361
    Abstract: An electronic transaction card communicates with an add-on slot of an intelligent electronic device. The add-on slot may be a memory card slot. The intelligent electronic device may be a mobile phone or other device with or without network connectivity. The electronic transaction card may have magnetic field producing circuitry compatible with magnetic card readers, smartcard circuitry, other point-of-sale interfaces, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Tyfone, Inc.
    Inventors: Siva G. Narendra, Thomas N. Spitzer, Prabhakar Tadepalli
  • Patent number: 8997972
    Abstract: An automated checkout system for reading optical data, such as barcode labels, on a bottom surface of an item using a data reader. The automated checkout system includes a housing supporting a leading conveyor section and a trailing conveyor section separated by a gap. The housing movably supports a transition element positioned across the gap for helping items transition between the conveyor sections. The transition element is movable between a first position and a second position. A sensor is in communication with the transition element and is configured to sense the position of the transition element, where movement of the transition element from the first position to the second position activates the sensor. When activated, the sensor may send a signal to a terminal to display a warning message to a user. Alternatively, the sensor may send a signal to an automatic shut-off mechanism to stop operation of the conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Datalogic ADC, Inc.
    Inventors: Stepan Ryabinin, Jeffrey J. Hoskinson, Paul R. Huss, Michael P. Svetal
  • Patent number: 8991707
    Abstract: An optical slot scanner (10) and method includes a housing (12) supporting a scanning arrangement (22) within an interior region (14) of the housing. The scanning arrangement (22) includes an imaging camera (26) and light source (24) disposed within a recess compartment (80) located in the interior region of the housing. The imaging camera defines an imaging field (40) of view for reading indicia located on a target object. The light source defines an illumination field (42) for illuminating indicia located on a target object, such that the illumination field is substantially coaxial with the imaging field during a reading of indicia located on a target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Igor Vinogradov, Edward D. Barkan, Mark E. Drzymala, Yuly Mitelman, Eric S. Trongone
  • 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: 8967468
    Abstract: A terminal includes a housing, a touch screen, and an imaging assembly. The imaging assembly in one embodiment is disposed in the housing so that an imaging axis extends externally from the housing. The imaging assembly can be utilized for capture of images disposed externally to the housing. In one embodiment a frame of image data captured utilizing an imaging assembly can be processed for attempting to decode a decodable indicia. In one embodiment a frame of image data captured utilizing an imaging assembly can be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Garrison Gomez, Timothy R. Fitch, Melvin D. McCall, James F. O'Donnell, George S. Smith, II, David Sperduti
  • 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: 8933883
    Abstract: A light-pointing device generates a light beam, and converts the light beam into a flicker mode with the function selection keys. Different function selection keys trigger different flicker frequencies. The dotted image of the light beam is formed in a plurality of frames detected by the tracking receiver. The tracking receiver determines the start of a specific function according to the frequency of occurrence or the interval mode of the dotted image in the plurality of successive frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Pixart Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Meng-Tsung Wu
  • Patent number: 8928455
    Abstract: A key fob includes a biometric sensor including a fingerprint area sensor having a surface for receiving a finger, and a controller includes at least one processor configured to authenticate a user of the key fob based on biometric information obtained with the biometric sensor and stored biometric information for an individual. The key fob includes a RF transmitter for communicating stored transaction information to a reader upon authentication of the user and a housing. The housing includes a base for supporting the biometric sensor and a cover sleeve slidably engaged with the base to allow for extension from and retraction into the sleeve by the base, thereby permitting selective exposure of the fingerprint area sensor under user actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Tore Etholm Idsøe
  • Patent number: 8915444
    Abstract: An imaging module for data collection devices, such as bar code scanners. The module includes an aiming or illumination light source or sources, seated on a support is mounted in a housing. The support is fixed in the housing to provide for its precise placement therein, in a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Havens, David Stewart Pitou, Laurence Ray McColloch, Charles Paul Barber, Colleen Patricia Gannon
  • Patent number: 8910873
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for defining the illumination field of view of a barcode reader. The method includes (1) generating an illumination with an illumination source; (2) directing the illumination with an illumination lens to pass through an aperture to generate an illumination pattern directed toward a target object and to define an illumination field of view with the aperture; and (3) focusing light reflected from the target object onto a photosensor array with an imaging lens in an imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Drzymala, Joseph Giordano
  • Patent number: 8910872
    Abstract: An imaging reader for, and a method of, imaging targets, include a solid-state imager supported by a housing for capturing return light from a target over a field of view. An illumination light assembly performs both illumination and aiming functions. Illumination light is projected along an optical path through a passage in the housing to illuminate the target. The housing has boundary walls spaced along the optical path away from the imager and the illumination light assembly for clipping the illumination light projected through the passage to form on the target an aiming light distribution that visually indicates a periphery of the field of view to assist in positioning the target entirely within the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Barkan, Mark Drzymala
  • 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: 8876005
    Abstract: A wireless Bluetooth® paired connection is established between a Bluetooth® module in an electro-optical, handheld reader and a Bluetooth® module in a mobile terminal via a human interface device (HID) profile. Data capture from a target is initiated upon one type of manual actuation, e.g., a single pull, of a trigger on the reader. A soft keyboard is caused to appear on a display on the terminal, either immediately, or after a predetermined event, after the establishment of the Bluetooth® paired connection. The soft keyboard is caused to disappear upon manual actuation of the trigger with a different type of manual actuation, e.g., a double pull, of the trigger. Another double pull of the trigger will cause the soft keyboard to reappear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Evans, Mariya Wright
  • Patent number: 8840027
    Abstract: Visibility of a scan laser light pattern or an aiming laser light pattern on a symbol to be read by a hand-held, electro-optical reader is enhanced by directing laser light having a laser wavelength in the laser light pattern to the symbol, configuring an optical element to be transmissive to the laser light of the same laser wavelength, supporting the optical element by the reader, moving the optical element from a stored position to a deployed position, and viewing the laser light pattern on the symbol through the optical element in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Chaumont, Christopher Warren Brock, Ian Jenkins, Jaime Weidler, Sunghun Lim
  • Patent number: 8833659
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing erroneous weighing of items such as by detecting items extending beyond a periphery of a weigh platter whereby in one configuration, the system employs a light guide for routing a light beam to a detector operative to detect interruption of the beam due to an item encroaching upon or overhanging an edge of the platter. In another configuration, the scale includes a perimeter gap between the platter outer edge and scanner housing frame or checkout counter, a light beam directed angularly upward through the gap is partially obstructed by the frame and platter whereby light exits the gap forming a light plane, wherein an object placed on the platter extending across the gap intersects the light plane thus scattering light rays, some of which are sensed by a detector. Various indicators for alerting the operator of off-scale detection are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Datalogic ADC, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander M. McQueen, Patrick M. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 8827161
    Abstract: An imaging device preferably for use in a 2-D CCD or CMOS sensor is disclosed. The illumination means uses a plurality of illumination sources, some of which are coupled to lenses in an offset manner to promote far field illumination, and some of which are not so coupled and are arranged to provide near field illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignees: Opticon, Inc., Optoelectronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken Fukuba, Tohru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8814049
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile terminal having an information recognition module. The mobile terminal having an information recognition module of the present invention comprises: a terminal casing with a front casing and a rear casing coupled with each other; an information recognition module coupled to the terminal casing; and an information recognition module drive unit, which has a trigger provided at the terminal casing in such a manner that the trigger is exposed outside of the terminal casing, and an operation switch, which generates an electrical signal for operating the information recognition module by a trigger pull motion. According to the present invention, procedures for operating the information recognition module can be improved in convenience and stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Bluebird Soft Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jang Won Lee, Woong Ki Min
  • Patent number: 8789755
    Abstract: A bar code scanner is configured for placement in a retail checkout counter. The barcode scanner includes a box-shaped scanner housing to be received by the checkout counter. The box-shaped scanner housing includes a front portion and a rear portion with a recess formed in the rear portion. The recess includes two opposing walls oriented substantially perpendicular to the scanner window plane. A first socket is positioned in a first of the two opposing walls of the recess. A second socket is positioned in a second of the two opposing walls of the recess. The first socket is oriented to receive a first connector in a direction that is different from a direction perpendicular to the window plane. The second socket is oriented to receive a second connector in a direction that is opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Ferdinand U. Calderon
  • Patent number: 8783574
    Abstract: The invention relates to a peripheral unit system that provides a universally usable system for adding peripheral functions to off-the-shelf handheld host devices of variable size and configuration. The system and methods according to the invention allow adaptation to variably sized handheld host devices without the need to customize the peripheral unit to the host device. The invention provides added functionality such as increased ruggedness and durability, while providing an integrated system in association with a handheld host device, to provide the convenience of a one-piece form-factor, without sacrificing universality of the solution. The peripheral unit comprises a housing having a portion configured to engage with a handheld host device of various sizes and electrical configurations. An attachment mechanism is associated with the housing, being used to selectively secure the housing to the handheld host device to form a one-piece apparatus suitable for handheld use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Khyber Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Rajendra Kumar
  • Patent number: 8777105
    Abstract: A solid-state imager is mounted in a reader, such as a bi-optical, dual window, point-of-transaction workstation, for capturing light along an optical axis over a field of view from coded indicia. An optical assembly including non-rotationally symmetrical optics is operative for optically modifying and asymmetrically magnifying an image of the indicia and the field of view of the imager along mutually orthogonal directions generally perpendicular to the optical axis, and for increasing resolution of the imager along one of the directions. Preferably, the non-rotationally symmetrical optics includes a cylindrical lens having an aspherical profile along the one direction, and a planar profile along the other of the directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Igor Vinogradov, Michael Veksland, Heng Zhang
  • Patent number: 8777109
    Abstract: An imaging system for obtaining an image of a display of an electronic device presented by a presenter holding the electronic device includes a housing having an imaging subsystem disposed in the housing. The imaging subsystem comprising an image sensor array and an imaging assembly operative for focusing an image of the display on the electronic device onto the image sensor array. A support comprising a support surface is operable for allowing the presenter to hold the electronic device against the support surface so that the display on the electronic device is positioned towards the imaging system while the image of the display is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Oberpriller, Timothy R. Fitch, Donna M. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 8763909
    Abstract: There is set forth herein a terminal having a mount for supporting a mechanical component. The terminal in one embodiment can be hand held and in one embodiment the mechanical component can comprise a hand strap. In one embodiment a terminal can include a pocket for receiving a mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Sherri Reed, Eric Linn
  • 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: 8740083
    Abstract: A focus adjustment apparatus (10) for a code reader (100) is provided which has an objective (12) having at least one lens and a drive (18) with a cam plate (16) for the positional adjustment of the objective (12). The objective (12) is supported in a parallel guide (14) having a coupling unit (32, 34) for the coupling of the cam plate (16) so that a rotational movement of the cam plate (16) adjusts the position of the objective (12) in the parallel guide (14) with a parallel shift of the objective plane. The coupling unit (32, 34) has a press-on element (32) for the play-free coupling of the parallel guide (14) to the cam plate (16) and a counter-bearing element (34) between the press-on element (32) and the drive (18) for relieving the drive (18) from the press-on element (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Sick AG
    Inventors: Christoph Anselment, Roland Gehring, Ulrich Nubling, Richard Nopper
  • Patent number: 8657194
    Abstract: A compact hybrid imaging lens assembly captures return light from a target over a field of view of a linear array of image sensors of a solid-state imager, and projects the captured return light onto the array during electro-optical reading of the target. The assembly includes a plastic lens for optical aberration correction, a glass lens spaced away from the plastic lens along an optical axis, and an aperture stop between the lenses and having an asymmetrical aperture through which the optical axis extends. The glass lens has substantially all the optical power of the imaging lens assembly for thermal stability, and the plastic lens has substantially no optical power. A holder holds the lenses and the aperture stop away from the array. Alignment elements on the plastic lens align the asymmetrical aperture relative to the linear array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rong Liu, David Tsi-Shi
  • Patent number: 8657199
    Abstract: A compact, low-cost, high-performance, imaging engine for an imaging reader for, and a method of, imaging targets, include a single printed circuit board (PCB), an illumination light assembly supported by the PCB for illuminating a target, a single chassis mounted on the PCB, an imaging lens assembly supported by the chassis for capturing return light from the illuminated target, and a solid-state imager supported by the PCB for detecting the captured return light over a field of view, and for generating an electrical signal indicative of the captured light. A controller is mounted on or off the imaging engine, and is operatively connected to, and controls the operation of, the imager and the illumination light assembly, for processing the electrical signal into data indicative of the target being imaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Barkan, Mark Drzymala
  • Patent number: 8627946
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for detecting items with a transport device having two belt conveyors arranged one behind the other for transporting items in a transport direction, wherein a slot is configured between the belt conveyors perpendicular to the transport direction, and with a scanning unit for the contactless optical scanning through the slot of a contact surface of the items being transported on the transport device, where the slot is covered at least partially by a protective rail and is arranged spaced apart from the belt conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Guenter Baitz, Juergen Doell
  • Patent number: 8613393
    Abstract: An optical scanner (600) and method of operating same includes a housing (16) supporting first (34) and second scanning systems (202), the first scanning system for scanning indicia on a target object, the housing defining an interior region of the scanner. The first scanning system comprises one of an imaging camera (208/209) and a laser light source (38) disposed within the housing interior region defining a first field of view for reading indicia located on a target object. The second scanning system (202) comprises a separate imaging camera (602) disposed in the housing interior region for reading auxiliary data from an auxiliary object relating to one or more target objects being scanned, the second scanning system defining a second field of view (604). A locator platform (620) is recessed within the housing for positioning an auxiliary object within the second field of view during use of the scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Drzymala, Edward D. Barkan
  • Publication number: 20130328682
    Abstract: A checkout station includes an optional scale for weighing items; a composite cover or weigh platter supported by the scale, wherein the cover has a lower surface with a lower window having a horizontal perimeter, an upper surface including an upper window positioned transversely to the lower surface, a metallic plate surrounding a portion of the horizontal perimeter of the lower window, the metallic plate spaced apart proximal end sections, and a nonmetallic bezel positioned between the lower window and the upper surface and positioned between the spaced apart proximal end sections of the metallic plate; one or more imagers for obtaining views of an item within a viewing volume bounded by the lower and upper surfaces; and a surveillance tag deactivation system for deactivating an electronic surveillance tag in proximity to the viewing volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Alan Shearin, Ryan B. Thompson, David Newman, Jeff T. Robson
  • Publication number: 20130320083
    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: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Steven J. Hammer
  • Publication number: 20130292475
    Abstract: An optical code symbol reading system includes a housing having a light transmission aperture, and at least one sound port formed in the housing. The system includes an optical code symbol reading subsystem for optically reading a code symbol in the field external to the light transmission aperture, and generating symbol character data representative of the read code symbol. An electro-acoustic transducer is disposed in the housing for producing sonic energy. Also, an acoustic-waveguide structure is disposed in the housing, for coupling the sonic energy produced from the electro-acoustic transducer, to the at least sound wave port formed the housing, to audibly signal the reading of a code symbol to the operator of the optical code symbol reading system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Anatoly Kotlarsky, Xiaoxun Zhu, Mikhail Veksland, Ka Man Au, Patrick Giordano, Weizhen Yan, Jie Ren, Taylor Smith, Michael Miraglia, C. Harry Knowles, Sudhin Mandal, Shawn De Foney, Christopher Allen, David M. Wilz, SR.
  • Patent number: 8567678
    Abstract: An imaging device, a manufacturing method of an imaging device, and an information code reading device configurable not only to simplify their optical system and to reduce their costs, but also to suppress fluctuations of resin lenses and deterioration of lens performances due to its expansion. An optical system has a second lens made of resin and the other lenses made of glass. The power of the resin lens is small in comparison with that of the glass lens, wherein each power is set to be small in comparison with that of the optical system. In the lens frame structures, the lens holding part and the imaging element holding part are separately constituted, the lens holding part and imaging element holding part are fastened through the intermediate member, expansion coefficients of the lens holding unit and the imaging element holding unit are different so as to control the coefficients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Naoto Ohara, Yusuke Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8561895
    Abstract: A terminal includes a housing, a touch screen, and an imaging assembly. The imaging assembly in one embodiment is disposed in the housing so that an imaging axis extends externally from the housing. The imaging assembly can be utilized for capture of images disposed externally to the housing. In one embodiment a frame of image data captured utilizing an imaging assembly can be processed for attempting to decode a decodable indicia. In one embodiment a frame of image data captured utilizing an imaging assembly can be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Garrison Gomez, Timothy R. Fitch, Melvin D. McCall, James F. O'Donnell, George S. Smith, David Sperduti
  • Patent number: 8561902
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing erroneous weighing of items such as by detecting items extending beyond a periphery of a weigh platter whereby in one configuration, the system employs a light guide for routing a light beam to a detector operative to detect interruption of the beam due to an item encroaching upon or overhanging an edge of the platter. In another configuration, the scale includes a perimeter gap between the platter outer edge and scanner housing frame or checkout counter, a light beam directed angularly upward through the gap is partially obstructed by the frame and platter whereby light exits the gap forming a light plane, wherein an object placed on the platter extending across the gap intersects the light plane thus scattering light rays, some of which are sensed by a detector. Various indicators for alerting the operator of off-scale detection are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Datalogic ADC, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander M. McQueen, Patrick M. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 8556175
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing erroneous weighing of items such as by detecting items extending beyond a periphery of a weigh platter whereby in one configuration, the system employs a light guide for routing a light beam to a detector operative to detect interruption of the beam due to an item encroaching upon or overhanging an edge of the platter. In another configuration, the scale includes a perimeter gap between the platter outer edge and scanner housing frame or checkout counter, a light beam directed angularly upward through the gap is partially obstructed by the frame and platter whereby light exits the gap forming a light plane, wherein an object placed on the platter extending across the gap intersects the light plane thus scattering light rays, some of which are sensed by a detector. Various indicators for alerting the operator of off-scale detection are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Datalogic ADC, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander M. McQueen, Patrick M. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 8534559
    Abstract: An apparatus for capturing images of a target object having a barcode. The apparatus includes a portable housing configured for standing on top of a flat surface and a window on the portable housing. The apparatus also includes an imaging system configured to capture a first image of the target object within a first field of view through the window and to capture a second image of the target object within a second field of view through the window. The first field of view and the second field of view overlap with each other at a reference plane that is substantially parallel to the front face and located within a working distance of the imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Drzymala, Edward Barkan
  • Patent number: 8534558
    Abstract: In an optical information reader, an entire size is reduced while a space for accommodating an imaging unit, a space for accommodating a cable of an external interface, and a space for accommodating plural boards in which circuits of a signal processing unit are accommodated are secured. An entire size of a housing is determined based on sizes of a main board and an imaging unit to realize an optical information reader having a minimum shape. The main board has the largest area as a board, and a CPU and a memory are mounted thereon. The imaging unit includes a camera module, a lighting LED unit, and a marker. The main board is disposed near an internal wall of a housing. Other functions are functionally divided into sub-boards and disposed around a frame body, and a connection portion to the cable is accommodated in the frame body to achieve miniaturization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Miyoshi, Minoru Taneda, Yusuke Otsubo
  • Patent number: 8511561
    Abstract: Scanning apparatuses for scanning bar codes applied to documents have a reflector arrangement having either a variable reflection element or a light guide system. The reflection element or light guide system serves to deflect the beam path of the electromagnetic radiation emitted by a radiation source or an illumination device in the document plane along a line substantially perpendicular to the feed direction of the document, or to capture it, and to relay it to a detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Karlheinz Mayer, Jürgen Schützmann, Bernd Wunderer, Thomas Giering