Hand-held (e.g., Portable) Patents (Class 235/462.45)
  • Patent number: 10797505
    Abstract: A wireless charging guide system includes a wireless charging cradle, an electronic device and a visual guide medium. The electronic device includes a power storage unit and a charging unit. When the visual guide medium guides the electronic device to be placed at a first position on the top surface of the wireless charging cradle, the charging unit, with respect to the wireless charging cradle, has a charging rate larger than a first default value and starts to charge the power storage unit, wherein the visual guide medium is accessed from a remote server according to the model of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignees: Qisda (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., Qisda Corporation
    Inventors: Min-Jye Chen, Min-An Kuo
  • Patent number: 10789437
    Abstract: The present specification provides a two-part code reading apparatus, including: a supporting base with a reading window that comprises: a cavity formed in the supporting base; a reflector disposed on one side of the cavity, wherein the reflector is parallel to a flat surface when the supporting base is placed on the flat surface; a translucent plate that covers an opening of the cavity and forms an acute angle with the reflector; and a hole disposed on a side of the cavity opposite to the reflector, the hole allows light to pass through; and a handheld code scanner with a camera, wherein the camera is aligned with the hole when the handheld code scanner is detachably placed on the supporting base, so that incoming light reflected by the reflector is capable of being directed to the camera through the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventors: Mingwei Zhang, Fenghuan Gu
  • Patent number: 10769393
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in decoding a bar code symbol may include an image sensor integrated circuit having a plurality of pixels, timing, and control circuitry for controlling an image sensor, gain circuitry for controlling gain, and analog to digital conversion circuitry for conversion of an analog signal to a digital signal. The apparatus may also include a PCB for mounting the image sensor integrated circuit and light source bank. The connection between the image sensor integrated circuit and/or light source bank and the PCB characterized by a plurality of wires connecting a plurality of bond pads and a plurality of contact pads, where the wires, bond pads, and contact pads provide electrical input/output and mechanical connections between the image sensor integrated circuit and the PCB. The apparatus may be operative for processing image signals generated by the image sensor integrated circuit for attempting to decode the bar code symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Xi Tao, Yong Liu, Taylor Smith, Ynjiun Paul Wang
  • Patent number: 10747969
    Abstract: An antenna device of a reading apparatus configured to read a wireless tag includes a housing, an antenna element bent and extending in first and second directions within the housing, a first conductor that covers a bottom surface of the antenna element, and a second conductor that covers one or more of side surfaces of the antenna element on a major angle side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuo Murofushi
  • Patent number: 10706626
    Abstract: An augmented reality device is provided to assist users in performing new or unfamiliar experimental techniques, identify materials and products utilized in a documented action set and within a work environment, identify equipment and instruments needed in the documented action set and within the work environment, assist in performing single person (autonomous) work, collaborate with other workers, and record data and observations in an electronic laboratory notebook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Roger Brent
  • Patent number: 10679273
    Abstract: A system provides consumers more product information to make informed buying decisions as well as recommendations, promotional messages, or couponing associated with a selected or related product. When used in a retail environment, radio or visual tagging of the products, displays, or retail shelf allows a mobile or other computing device to read a unique identifier and use it to retrieve the product information from a remote server. In some embodiments, structured identifiers indicate particular sources, product lines, production batches, marketing channels, retail destinations, and the like. In others, the information is retrieved as a function of one or a combination of products that the consumer has considered during a single in-store shopping trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: CLYR, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Goens, Brenda Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10671819
    Abstract: A device (1, 33) for readout of and/or communication with a consumer carried token is proposed comprising a first area (5) for wireless radiofrequency detection and/or communication; and a second area (6) spatially separated from said first area for a wireless optical detection and/or communication; wherein said first area (5) is located above said second area (6). Said second area (6) comprises a cavity with at least a front opening (53) for inserting said token by a user, bordered by at least a bottom surface (7), a backside wall (41), and a top illumination unit (54), wherein said top illumination unit (54) comprises at least one essentially vertical translucent skirt (8) with its free edge (55) pointing towards the second area (6); as well as an opening (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Qibixx AG
    Inventor: Johannes Rietschel
  • Patent number: 10664826
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to ordering food using RFID. Tag information is read from at least one of tags matched to each of multiple products of a menu by using a mobile terminal having a built-in RFID module or an RFID external module. A main server is accessed through a URL corresponding to the tag information. Product information corresponding to the tag information is received by the mobile terminal from the main server. The number of the products are filled out and an order request message is transmitted to the main server by the mobile terminal. The order request message is received and a payment is performed according to the order. An order item is transmitted to a kitchen server by a Point of Sales (POS) server connected to the main server if the payment is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eun-Soon Hong
  • Patent number: 10636063
    Abstract: A method for determining a value of an item includes receiving an image of a first item captured as a result of focusing an augmented reality (AR) device on the first item. The image of the first item is compared with images of one or more second items from a database. An image of one of the second items is identified that closely corresponds to the image of the first item. Metadata is obtained for the one of the second items. Using the metadata, value information is obtained for the first item. The value information is permitted to be displayed on the AR device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventor: Chris Kalaboukis
  • Patent number: 10591954
    Abstract: A mobile device cradle for interlacing two different mobile devices, comprising: a front surface; a first opening in the front surface for access to a display of the mobile devices; a second opening in the front surface for access to a keypad of the mobile devices; a third opening between the first and second openings in the front surface for access to a set of function keys of the mobile devices; a rear surface; a side surface extending between the front surface and the rear surface; an interior region formed between the front surface, the rear surface, and the side surface; a region of separation opposite the side surface for receiving one of the mobile devices into the interior region; and a coupling assembly at the rear region for coupling the cradle to the other of the mobile devices to an exterior of the rear region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventor: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao
  • Patent number: 10586261
    Abstract: A method for improving the delivery of items based on the likelihood of shoplifting, theft history, security threat level, and identifying information is presented. The information is stored an online order system that receives data, reads data, and performs computations from a data storage system. The online order system assigns a level of security to the items in order to implement delivery of the items at a specific conveyor belt within a store that is equipped with a pre-delivery alert system that cooperates with the online order system. The pre-delivery alert system produces a specific alert based on the contents of the customer's order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Minerva P. Baig
  • Patent number: 10567907
    Abstract: Messaging communications systems and methods are disclosed herein. An example system includes a beacon architecture including a server; and a plurality of beacons arranged around an environment, the server being configured to sense a real-time center of gravity of a communication device from any of the plurality of beacons receiving communications from the communication device, the real-time center of gravity being a location of the communication device within the environment, transmit a notification to the communication device, the notification including a link to content based on the real-time center of gravity, and transmit the content to the communication device based on a selection of the link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Best Network Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Jules Best
  • Patent number: 10515349
    Abstract: A first system for maintaining an inventory of goods available for purchase and providing images relating thereto; a second system for wirelessly communicating the images to a mobile communications and computing platform; a third system operationally coupled the mobile communications and computing platform for displaying on the mobile platform at least one of the images of one of the goods on the platform in response to a user's navigation; and a fourth system for effecting a purchase transaction with respect to at least one of the goods correlated with the displayed image. In the augmented reality embodiment, navigation is effected by physically moving the mobile platform relative to the inventive vending machine whereby the products displayed, and the views thereof, change and vary as a function of the relative position of the mobile platform and the vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Carolyn Bryant
  • Patent number: 10496858
    Abstract: A reader includes a scanning head that comprises an optical sensor to capture an indicia that encodes data and a processor to interpret the indicia to decode the data, and an elongate handle connected at a first end to the scanning head and graspable to orient the optical sensor toward the indicia. A selected one of the scanning head and the elongate handle includes: a first receiving coil; a second receiving coil; a battery to provide electric power to the processor and the optical sensor; and a power receiving circuit coupled to the first and second receiving coils in series, and configured to operate the first and second receiving coils together to wirelessly receive electric power to charge the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Datalogic IP Tech S.R.L.
    Inventors: Valentina Volta, Claudio Mazzone, Marco Pifferi
  • Patent number: 10461811
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems for automatic power control (APC) in a communications device that communicates via inductive coupling are described. In an embodiment, a method for APC in a communications device that communicates via inductive coupling involves obtaining multiple system parameters, determining an APC configuration of the communications device from the system parameters, and controlling a transmission configuration of the communications device based on the APC configuration. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Gernot Hueber, Ian Thomas Macnamara
  • Patent number: 10452881
    Abstract: A machine readable symbol reader can provide illumination form portions other than or in addition to the head of the reader, to enhance the ability to successfully read machine-readable symbols, for example symbols on curved surfaces and/or DPM symbols. A machine readable symbol reader include a first set of receiving optics in a head of the reader and a second set of receiving optics in a portion of the reader other than the head, to provide an alternative line of sight or field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Datalogic IP Tech, S.r.l.
    Inventors: Marco Gnan, Michele Suman
  • Patent number: 10437962
    Abstract: Embodiments related to a system and method managing the implementation, execution, data collection, data analysis and status reporting of a structured collection procedure running on a portable, hand-held collection device are disclosed. The collection device performing the structured collection procedure has program instructions that when executed by a processor cause the processor to initiate automatically a schedule of events of the structured collection procedure upon one or more entry criteria being met at some unknown time, store in memory patient data collected in accordance to the schedule of events, end automatically the structured collection procedure upon one or more exit criteria being met at some unknown time. Status reporting can be provided throughout the execution of the collection procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: ROCHE DIABETES CARE INC
    Inventors: Abhishek S. Soni, Paul J. Galley, Alan Greenburg, Steven Bousamra, Stefan Weinert, Eric Diebold
  • Patent number: 10416707
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes: a display panel configured to display an image, the display panel including first, second, and third areas, a sound-generating device in at least one among the first, second, and third areas on a rear surface of the display panel, and at least one partition for dividing the first, second, and third areas from each other, the at least one partition including a first side and a second side at an angle to the first side, the second side including at least one member perpendicular to the second side, wherein: the first area is a left area of the display panel, the second area is a right area of the display panel, the third area is a central area of the display panel, and the member is in the third area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: YeongRak Choi, Hogeol Lim, Daeho Kim, Sungsu Ham
  • Patent number: 10402613
    Abstract: A barcode reading apparatus has a scanner unit for reading barcodes and a processor for controlling whole operation of the apparatus. The barcode reading apparatus judges whether a distance between a operation unit for receiving an instruction to be given by a user and an operating body such as the finger of the user falls with in a prescribed range, and starts up and brings the scanner unit to a standby state, when it is determined that the distance between the operation unit and the operating body falls with in the prescribed range, and waits for an instruction of making the scanner unit start reading barcodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teppei Moriyama
  • Patent number: 10380571
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclosed herein include systems and methods for sending merchant alert messages. The merchant can specify criteria indicating the types of customers for which he desires to receive alerts. Merchant alert messages can be sent based on characteristics of a customer, including the customer's proximity to the merchant. The merchant can use the alert message to provide better service to the customer or prevent the customer from engaging in transactions, depending on the contents of the merchant alert message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Mark Carlson, Patrick Stan, Ayman Hammad, Ben Rewis, Patrick L. Faith
  • Patent number: 10380392
    Abstract: A machine readable symbol reader can include a variable orientation scan engine and features to vary the orientation of the scan engine with respect to a housing of the reader to maintain an orientation of the scan engine in a global sense while an orientation of the rest of the reader including the housing changes. Such a machine readable symbol reader can be used in machine-readable symbol readers such as laser scanning machine readable symbol readers, smartphones with barcode readers attached, barcode scanners, optical imaging scanners, cameras, mobile computers, or for machine vision generally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Datalogic IP Tech, S.r.l.
    Inventors: Giovanni Minafò, Fabrizio Guastadini
  • Patent number: 10365543
    Abstract: A removably attachable handle accessory is disclosed for use with mobile electronic devices. A user may attach or otherwise install the removably attachable handle on a mobile electronic device. A pivot portion facilitates adjustment of the orientation of the mobile electronic device with respect to a grip portion of the handle. Additionally, the pivot portion includes an opening into which a user may insert a finger to aid in maintaining a secure grip, improving comfort, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Portero Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick D. O'Neill, Chong Pak, Jason Patrick, Joshua Cantor, Ryan Nguyen, Daniel Arato
  • Patent number: 10341627
    Abstract: A system, method, and/or apparatus for displaying and selecting information using a single, handheld device is provided. The handheld device includes a combined projection and selection tool that projects a user interface for selection of information by the same device. As incorporated into a single unit, the components of the handheld device generally include a camera, a light-emitting component, and a projector, with at least one of the components being stabilized relative to the movement of the handheld device. At least a part of the projected image from the handheld device is selectable based on the position of the stabilized component relative to the position of a nonstabilized component. The handheld also includes a trigger for selection of one or more of the projected items based on position of a laser indicator pointed at the projected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: INTERMEC IP CORP.
    Inventors: John S. Bandringa, Dean Jeffrey Bidwell, William A. Marty, Steven Tzu-Yen Peng
  • Patent number: 10331929
    Abstract: Embodiments of an image reader and/or methods of operating an image reader can capture an image, identify a bar code or IBI form within the captured image, and, store or display the captured image responsive to an orientation of the bar code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jingquan Li, Robert M. Hussey, Timothy P. Meier
  • Patent number: 10303911
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a mobile device that includes a camera, a processor, memory, and a barcode-reading application stored in the memory. The mobile device may also include a motion-sensing component that may be configured to detect motion of the mobile device. The barcode-reading application may be executable by the processor to use data from the motion-sensing component to determine when to activate video capture by the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: Ming Lei, Anuj Sajit Shah
  • Patent number: 10247812
    Abstract: A scanning device includes a scanner, which includes a base and a gimbal, mounted within the base so as to rotate relative to the base about a first axis of rotation. A transmit mirror and at least one receive mirror are mounted within the gimbal so as to rotate in mutual synchronization about respective second axes, which are parallel to one another and perpendicular to the first axis. A transmitter emits a beam including pulses of light toward the transmit mirror, which reflects the beam so that the scanner scans the beam over a scene. A receiver receives, by reflection from the at least one receive mirror, the light reflected from the scene and generates an output indicative of the time of flight of the pulses to and from points in the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Shpunt, Yuval Gerson, Naftali Chayat, Noel Axelrod
  • Patent number: 10236968
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating in a point to multipoint (PTMP) network that includes an aerial station and a plurality of ground stations. The method includes the aerial station receiving positional information of a ground station of the plurality of the ground stations, selecting antenna elements on a phased antenna array for generating a directional beam based on the positional information, sweeping the directional beam to cover the plurality of ground stations, determining that the directional beam has a beam width sufficient to cover the plurality of ground stations and a transmit power sufficient to provide signals to the ground stations based on the sweeping of the directional beam; and establishing a radio link between the aerial station and the ground station in the plurality of ground stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Sam Padinjaremannil Alex
  • Patent number: 10219150
    Abstract: A communication establishment method including acquiring a first communication number of a current communication terminal; acquiring an input image, obtaining an information code according to the image, the information code being corresponding to a second communication number; sending call information to a predetermined server, the call information being attached with the first communication number and the information code. The current communication terminal obtains the information code according to the image, provides the information code and the first communication number of the current communication terminal to the predetermined server to establish a communication between the current communication terminal that uses the first communication number and a communication terminal that uses the second communication number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Yaohua Wang
  • Patent number: 10019073
    Abstract: A keyboard device includes plural keys, an image pickup device, and a processor. The processor is connected with the image pickup device. The image pickup device is used for capturing an operation image of the plural keys that are operated. Moreover, after an information image over the keyboard device is scanned by the image pickup device, a scanned image is obtained. According to the received operation image, the processor generates a corresponding operation signal to a touch device. Moreover, according to the scanned image, the processor generates a corresponding information signal to the touch device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Tung-Heng Wu, Ying-Che Tseng
  • Patent number: 10021315
    Abstract: The high-intensity specular reflection of light from a surface of an object may create distortions in images of the object, in locations determined based on a perspective of an optical sensor. Multiple images of the object taken from different perspectives may include multiple specular artifacts in different locations, and a composite image of the object that omits such artifacts may be generated based on the multiple images. In particular, pixels of each of the images corresponding to the locations of the specular artifacts and having optimal intensities may be identified. The composite image may be generated based on the pixels having optimal intensities, and by excluding the pixels corresponding to the specular artifacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Alexander Colburn, James Christopher Curlander
  • Patent number: 9991926
    Abstract: A cover set includes a first cover and a second cover. The first cover and the second cover have device fitting parts that have the same shape and size. A peripheral device is fitted in the device fitting parts. The first cover and the second cover have terminal fitting parts that have different shapes and sizes. A first mobile information terminal having a large size is fitted in the terminal fitting part of the first cover. Another mobile information terminal having a small size is fitted in the terminal fitting part of the second cover. This allows a user to select a mobile information terminal that is used together with the peripheral device as appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: ASTERISK, INC.
    Inventor: Noriyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9985942
    Abstract: Portable visitor stations that are easy to set up are disclosed. Portable visitor stations, including a visitor application stored on a portable computer may be set up for a facility by sending a location at which the portable computer is to be located at to a visitor processing service and sending a list of contacts associated with the facility to the visitor processing service. In some embodiments, the portable visitor station may be set up exclusively by sending only the received location and the received list to the visitor processing service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Weckey
    Inventors: Wayne E Williams, Sam Davis, Mitchell Dean Williams, Lucas Dean Hutyler
  • Patent number: 9984267
    Abstract: A hand-held indicia-reading device includes a housing and a cable having a unitary-construction. The indicia-reader has a head portion with an indicia-reading system including a printed circuit board. The entire handle portion of the reader is typically over-molded onto a host-connector cable. The host-connector cable includes a circuit board connector on one end and a connector for connecting to a host at an opposite end extending from a base portion of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Colavito, Kevin Saber
  • Patent number: 9965166
    Abstract: Provided is a mobile terminal including a main body of the terminal, a sensing unit that detects a tap on the main body, a controller that, if the tap corresponding to a predetermined condition is applied to the main body, controls at least one function that is executable on the terminal, in which the controller performs at least one control operation, based on a position to which the tap is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yunmi Kwon, Hyemi Jung, Arim Kwon
  • Patent number: 9877601
    Abstract: Described is a device for holding portable computing devices at a register of a retail store. The device for holding portable computing devices includes an elongate member with a first end and a second end. The first end has a coupler that couples to a pole. The second end is coupled to a register. In some embodiments, the elongate member includes a rod portion and a flat bar portion. The coupler couples the rod portion to the pole. The flat bar portion is coupled to the register. The rod portion is sized to conveniently receive portable computing device couplers so that the portable computing devices can be repeatably and removeably hung from the rod portion. Customers who have used the store's scanners while shopping can hang their borrowed scanner on the device when they are done using the scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao, Stephen Tyler Caution
  • Patent number: 9870497
    Abstract: A protective cap for a scanning device is provided that retains a device exit window in a fixed position relative to a scan engine while reducing the likelihood of a collision between the scan engine and the exit window when the scanning device is subjected to mechanical stress. Also provided are scanning devices having such a protective cap. The protective cap includes first, second and third portions. The first portion is coupled with an outwardly-facing surface of the exit window and operates to retain the exit window against a scan engine support. The second portion is coupled with the scan engine support and operates to keep the scan engine at a fixed distance from the exit window. The third portion is coupled with an enclosure for the scanning device and operates to secure the exit window and the scan engine at a fixed position with respect to the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Datalogic IP Tech S.r.l.
    Inventor: Paolo Quattrini
  • Patent number: 9864889
    Abstract: An object is associated with an identifier which is detectable on the object. The identifier may be an inherent characteristic of the object itself or its packaging, or it may reflect a random or arbitrary value which may then be disposed on the object or its packaging deliberately in a readable form for the purposes of the invention. Additionally, there is disposed a machine readable code comprising a URI incorporating a representation of the object identifier encoded according to one of a number of predefined encoding methods (algorithm and associated parameters), and an encoding identifier, specifying the encoding method used. A reader can read the machine readable code, decode it according to specified encoding method, and prepare a representation of it for comparison with the characteristic reflecting the object identifier. The machine readable code and the characteristic reflecting the object identifier may be readable for example by optical, tactile, radio, olfactive or acoustic mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: MOBILEAD
    Inventor: Laurent Tonnelier
  • Patent number: 9842306
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided using RFID devices to assist in determining a likelihood that the performance of a task has been completed. In one implementation, an apparatus comprises a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader and a control circuit operably coupled to the RFID reader. The control circuit is configured to: detect, using at least information received via the RFID reader regarding a reading of one or more RFID tags by the RFID reader, one or more circumstances that evidence a status of interest pertaining to performance of a task of interest; and make a determination that the performance of the task of interest has likely been completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Abu Rasel, Bruce W. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 9842360
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to present a plurality of selectable commodity items, detect one or more selections from the plurality of commodity items, generate a list from the one or more commodity items selected, and transmit the list to a system. The system can be adapted to receive the list from the communication device, determine a selection order for the items in the list based on a location of each item in a store and at least one characteristic of at least one of the items, update the list according to the selection order, and transmit the updated list to a device for conducting commodity shopping according to the adjusted list. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anup D. Karnalkar, R. Tyler Wallis, Sr., William S. Robbins, Susan S. Steele
  • Patent number: 9830488
    Abstract: A mobile bar code scanning device with a pinch-to-window feature includes an embedded camera and a user interface system having a visual display. The user interface system enables the user to access features of the mobile barcode scanning device with touch gestures. The mobile barcode scanning device also includes a barcode scanning application initialized by a user of the mobile barcode scanning device. The mobile barcode scanning device also includes an operating system communicatively coupled to the embedded camera, the barcode scanning application, and the user interface system. The visual display provides a viewfinder for the embedded camera in the barcode scanning application. The user-defined pinch-to-window feature is real-time adjustable in size, orientation, and position by at least a two-point touch gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Todeschini, Donald Anderson
  • Patent number: 9824578
    Abstract: Various arrangements for presenting contextual menus are presented. A mobile device may be configured to provide contextual menus for control or monitoring of components. Different menus and interfaces are presented based the position of the mobile device or objects being pointed at using the mobile device. Specific objects may be designated as control markers. The objects may be recognized using a camera of the mobile device. When a control marker is recognized a specific menu or interface that is associated with the control marker may be presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies International Corporation
    Inventors: David Burton, Martyn Ward
  • Patent number: 9813507
    Abstract: A method for maintaining transmission control protocol (TCP) connection and a computer system are provided. The method is adapted to a computer system having a network card and a processor, wherein the processor executes an operating system. In the method, a first TCP connection with a remote server is first established via the network card. Then, after the operating system enters a power saving mode, a wake-up packet transmitted by the remote server through the first TCP connection is received to wake the operating system. The operating system resets the retransmission time of the remote server transmitting the wake-up packet when resuming a normal operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Shu-Chun Liao, Ching-Ho Tsai, Siang-Sheng Jheng
  • Patent number: 9798983
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to reserving physical resources in an enterprise via an electronic reservation environment. An electronic search request for an availability of one or more resources in an enterprise is received from a user through a web page and/or a mobile application and is submitted to a reservation engine. The search request includes one or more resource search parameters received via a graphical user interface associated with the electronic reservation environment. A result identifying resources that satisfy the resource search parameters in the request is received in response to the search request and an electronic metadata request is automatically submitted in response to receipt of the result. The electronic metadata request including resource identifiers corresponding to the resources identified in the result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: John Paul Thompson, Kurt Haas, Eric Letson, Christopher Johnson
  • Patent number: 9785930
    Abstract: A payment terminal may receive a request to process electronic payment information from a chip card in an expedited processing mode. The payment terminal may provide an opt-in request. If a user accepts, the payment terminal may receive a request for payment and request an electronic payment response from the chip card. The payment terminal may receive the electronic payment response from the chip card and store it in memory at the payment terminal. The payment terminal may approve the payment transaction associated with the electronic payment response, allowing the chip card to be removed from the payment terminal. The payment terminal may process additional requests for payment and associate payment-type and time indicators with each electronic payment response. The payment terminal may transmit approval requests to one or more payment servers when the terminal determines they may be transmitted, and, for each request, receive a payment approval response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: David Terra, Koun Han, Michael Wells White
  • Patent number: 9785814
    Abstract: A method of assisting in focusing a three dimensional camera system on an object within a field of view is disclosed. The process involves at the camera system, determining a distance D in a z direction, within the field of view, to a current focal plane; and rendering to a display, an aimer graphic element with the Z direction distance equal to D in a manner that causes the aimer graphic element to move in the Z direction with changes in the focal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Todeschini
  • Patent number: 9770202
    Abstract: A modular analyte measurement system having a removable strip port module. In one embodiment, the analyte measurement system includes: an analyte meter; a removable strip port module; and a connector linking the removable strip port module to the analyte meter. The analyte meter includes: a meter housing; a receptacle formed in the meter housing; a processing circuit disposed within the housing; and an input interface within the receptacle and electrically coupled to the processing circuit. The removable strip port module includes: a module housing sized to at least partially fit within the receptacle of the analyte meter; an analyte test strip port disposed within the module housing to receive an analyte test strip via an aperture formed in the module housing; and an output interface coupled to the analyte test strip port. The connector links the output interface with the input interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Hila Ralston, Frederic Arbogast, Matthew Simmons
  • Patent number: 9767501
    Abstract: In some cases, a handheld device that includes a microphone and a scanner may be used for voice-assisted scanning. For example, a user may provide a voice input via the microphone and may activate the scanner to scan an item identifier (e.g., a barcode). The handheld device may communicate voice data and item identifier information to a remote system for voice-assisted scanning. The remote system may perform automatic speech recognition (ASR) operations on the voice data and may perform item identification operations based on the scanned identifier. Natural language understanding (NLU) processing may be improved by combining ASR information with item information obtained based on the scanned identifier. An action may be executed based on the likely user intent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Schaaf, Stan Weidner Salvador
  • Patent number: 9767684
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for a first device being controlled by a control device using a Bluetooth Lowe Energy (LE). The present invention provides a method and apparatus including establishing a Bluetooth LE connection with the control device; receiving a write request message requesting a specific operation with the second device from the control device; transmitting a write response message in response to the request message; transmitting a request message to the second device in order to perform the specific operation; and transmitting an error message indicating that a performance of the specific operation is failed to the control device, when failing to perform the specific operation with the second device within a specific time, where the request message includes time information indicating the specific time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinkwon Lim, Younghwan Kwon, Jingu Choi
  • Patent number: 9727769
    Abstract: A hand mount for a mobile scanner includes an elongated body having an upper surface, a lower surface opposite the upper surface, a scanner receiving cradle disposed on the upper surface that removably receives a mobile scanner, a scanning end, and an opposite securing end; a hook extends outward from the lower surface of the body, adjacent the scanning end, and bends towards the securing end; and a conformable wrist wrap is positioned adjacent the securing end of the body, with the body being positionable on a back area of a wearer's hand whereby the hook is received between a thumb and index finger of the hand and the conformable wrist wrap is wrapped around a wrist area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lee Oberpriller, Stephen J. Colavito, Kevin Saber, Gregory M. Rueblinger, Timothy R. Fitch, Chandler Dickinson
  • Patent number: 9697403
    Abstract: A hand-held indicia-reading device includes a housing and a cable having a unitary-construction. The indicia-reader has a head portion with an indicia-reading system including a printed circuit board. The entire handle portion of the reader is typically over-molded onto a host-connector cable. The host-connector cable includes a circuit board connector on one end and a connector for connecting to a host at an opposite end extending from a base portion of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Colavito, Kevin Saber