Hand-held (e.g., Portable) Patents (Class 235/462.45)
  • Patent number: 11222726
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to facilitate proximity detection and location tracking. An example apparatus includes a real time location system (RTLS) health processor. The example RTLS health processor includes an event processor to process an event included in a message from an RTLS device to identify event information related to the RTLS device, the event relating to a health of the RTLS device and the event information including an event type and an event detail. The example RTLS health processor includes a health analyzer to compare the event detail to a prescribed bound for the event type, the event relating to a health of the device. The example RTLS health processor includes an output generator to, when the event detail is outside the prescribed bound, trigger a response to address the event with respect to the RTLS device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matthew James Cannell, Philip Crawley, Shawn Reed, Ricardo Alexander
  • Patent number: 11200391
    Abstract: This patent specification describes a barcode-reading enhancement accessory for a mobile device having a barcode-reading capability. The accessory may include an outer case and an inner carriage. A mobile device is encased in the inner carriage, and the combination of the inner carriage and the mobile device is accommodated in the outer case. The inner carriage is configured to accommodate a mobile device of a particular size such that a mobile device of a different size may be accommodated in the outer case using a different inner carriage. The accessory may also include an optic system to fold an optical path of a field of illumination of a light source of the mobile device and/or a field of view of a camera of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Utykanski, John Deal, Ryan Hoobler
  • Patent number: 11126809
    Abstract: A bioptic barcode reader has a housing having a lower housing portion with an upper surface and an upper housing portion extending above the lower housing portion. A generally horizontal window is positioned at the upper surface, a generally upright window is positioned in the upper housing portion, and an imaging assembly having a primary field-of-view and a set of optical components are positioned within the interior region. The housing has a width greater than or equal to 5 inches and less than or equal to 7 inches, the lower housing portion has a height greater than or equal to 3 inches, the upper housing portion has a height greater than or equal to 4 inches and less than or equal to 6 inches, and the upper surface has a length greater than or equal to 6 inches and less than or equal to 8 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Drzymala, Edward Barkan, Darran Michael Handshaw
  • Patent number: 11100301
    Abstract: The present invention relates to optical imaging devices and methods for reading optical codes. The image device comprises a sensor, a lens, a plurality of illumination devices, and a plurality of reflective surfaces. The sensor is configured to sense with a predetermined number of lines of pixels, where the predetermined lines of pixels are arranged in a predetermined position. The lens has an imaging path along an optical axis. The plurality of illumination devices are configured to transmit an illumination pattern along the optical axis, and the plurality of reflective surfaces are configured to fold the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: COGNEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Esther Oteo, Laurens Nunnink, Matthew D. Engle, Carl W. Gerst, III
  • Patent number: 11036256
    Abstract: In an example, a handle may include a grip to attach to a device, an attachment post disposed on a first end of the grip, a slot interface disposed on a second end of the grip, and a supplemental interface disposed in between the attachment post and the slot interface. The attachment post, the slot interface, and the supplemental interface may extend radially out from the grip and may attach the grip to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Paul R Lalinde
  • Patent number: 11010577
    Abstract: A system and method of scanning a machine-readable indicia may include, in response to determining that the scan engine module is in an engaged state and electrically connected to a computer, communicating the decoded data to the computer via a wired communications channel. Otherwise, in response to determining that the scan engine module is in a released state and wirelessly connected to the computer, communicate the decoded data to the computer via a wireless communications channel. The scan engine module may be configured to operate autonomously from the mobile computer to be able to scan machine-readable indicia, decode the machine-readable indicia to generate decoded data, and store the decoded data. In response to the machine-readable indicia being electrically connected to the mobile computer, the machine-readable indicia may be batched uploaded to the mobile computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Datalogic IP Tech S.R.L.
    Inventors: Carlo Bellettini, Piero F. P. Regard, Davide Bottazzi
  • Patent number: 10990999
    Abstract: A system may include a memory that includes a database of retailer-supplied promotions associated with a first plurality of brand items, and a database of promotions associated with a second plurality of brand items. The system also includes a communications interface configured to communicate with a remote device and a processor coupled to the memory and the communication interface. The processor is configured to determine whether a given promotion matches any retailer-supplied promotion, and when the given promotion matches, then not send a corresponding digital promotion via the communications interface to the remote device. The processor is also configured to, when the given promotion does not match, then send the corresponding digital promotion via the communications interface to the remote device for redemption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: INMAR CLEARING, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Goforth, Richard Polhemus, Chris Granger
  • Patent number: 10990175
    Abstract: A method and system of a brain computer interface in a headset including an augmented reality display, one or more sensors, a processing module, at least one biofeedback device, and a battery. The interface may include a printed circuit board that has the sensors to read bio-signals, provides biofeedback, and performs the processing, analyzing, and mapping of bio-signals into output. The output provides feedback via stimulation of multiple sensory brain systems of a user, including audio and visual on the augmented reality display, or audio and haptic in terms of vibration patterns that a human user may feel. All together this forms a closed-loop system, by detecting the bio-signal, then providing sensory-feedback, which in turn enhances the bio-signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Cognixion
    Inventors: Andreas Forsland, Leonard Zerman
  • Patent number: 10989886
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein relate to the manufacture of optical elements and optical systems. An example method includes providing a first substrate that has a plurality of light-emitter devices disposed on a first surface. The method includes providing a second substrate that has a mounting surface defining a reference plane. The method includes forming a structure and an optical spacer on the mounting surface of the second substrate. The method additionally includes coupling the first and second substrates together such that the first surface of the first substrate faces the mounting surface of the second substrate at an angle with respect to the reference plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Pierre-Yves Droz, David Schleuning
  • Patent number: 10949632
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products are provided for facilitating cable plugging in a network by receiving, from a scanner associated with the network, wirelessly read connector identifying information from a tag accompanying a cable connector at one end of a cable to be plugged in the network, and using, by a processor, the connector identifying information to ascertain, from a database, applicable cable rules guidance for where to properly plug the cable connector in the network. Based on ascertaining the guidance, one or more indicators associated with one or more plug locations in the network are illuminated to assist in properly plugging the cable connector in the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John S. Werner, Daniel J. Kearney, Matteo Cocchini, Budy D. Notohardjono, Arkadiy O. Tsfasman, Robert K. Mullady, Noah Singer
  • Patent number: 10943150
    Abstract: A scanner that includes a pressure-sensitive component and a haptic feedback component. The pressure-sensitive component can active a function of the scanner. The scanner may include a biometric-sensitive component which may activate additional or similar functions of the scanner. When a function is activated, a plurality of haptic feedbacks may be presented by the haptic feedback component. A method of manufacturing the scanner is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: DATALOGIC IP TECH S.R.L.
    Inventors: Simone Stefanini, Mauro Pecorari, Roberto Moschini, Davide Gavioli
  • Patent number: 10936836
    Abstract: A portable terminal includes a device body, a grip section located closer to a first end than to a second end of the device body, and a projecting section located closer to the second end than to the first end of the device body. An operation switch is provided between the projection section and the first end of the device body. The operation switch includes a pressing surface that is at an angle with respect to a thickness direction of the device body to face outward from the device body and in a direction toward the second end of the device body. The grip section includes a sloped surface provided between the operation switch and the first end of the device body. And the sloped surface faces away from a direction faced by the pressing surface of the operation switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunori Chiba, Satoshi Ogasawara, Shinya Okumura, Yoshiaki Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10936136
    Abstract: Electronic devices may be provided that contain flexible displays that are bent to form displays on multiple surfaces of the devices. Bent flexible displays may be bent to form front side displays and edge displays. Edge displays may be separated from front side displays or from other edge displays using patterned housing members, printed or painted masks, or by selectively activating and inactivating display pixels associated with the flexible display. Edge displays may alternately function as virtual buttons, virtual switches, or informational displays that are supplemental to front side displays. Virtual buttons may include transparent button members, lenses, haptic feedback components, audio feedback components, or other components for providing feedback to a user when virtual buttons are activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Myers, Stephen Brian Lynch, Anthony S. Montevirgen
  • Patent number: 10928851
    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: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: YeongRak Choi, Hogeol Lim, Daeho Kim, Sungsu Ham
  • Patent number: 10860093
    Abstract: In various embodiments, methods, systems, and vehicles are provided that include a head-up display and a locator system. In an exemplary embodiment, the head-up display system includes a housing; a light source disposed within the housing; and one or more mirrors disposed within the housing. Also in certain embodiments, the locator system includes: a galvanic mirror disposed outside, and in proximity to, the housing; a laser formed on the galvanic mirror; and a receiver formed on the galvanic mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Kai-Han Chang, Thomas A. Seder
  • Patent number: 10817685
    Abstract: A code reader may include a light source configured to illuminate a target area in which items are to be located for reading machine-readable indicia associated with the items, an image sensor configured to capture an image of the target area, an illumination drive circuit in electrical communication with the light source, and an image capture circuit. The image capture circuit may be configured to (i) enable and disable the image sensor to capture an image of the target area during the high illumination and a portion(s) of the low illumination of the target area, and (ii) read an image captured by the image sensor. The illumination drive signals may cause the illumination drive circuit to generate a high illumination drive signal to cause the light source to produce a high illumination, and generate a low illumination drive current to cause said light source to produce a low illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Datalogic IP Tech S.r.l.
    Inventors: Davide Bruni, Federico Canini, Mattia Fabbri, Stefano Fracassi, Davide Gavioli, Luca Perugini, Simone Spolzino
  • 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: 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: 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: 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