Hand-held (e.g., Portable) Patents (Class 235/472.01)
  • Patent number: 10839741
    Abstract: A display and image-capture device comprises a plurality of image sensors and a plurality of light-emitting elements disposed on a substrate. A plurality of lenses is disposed on a light-incident side of the image sensors, and the lenses are configured to direct light toward the image sensors. The image sensors may be configured to detect directional information of incident light, enabling the device to function as a plenoptic camera. In some examples, the image sensors and lenses are integrated into a plurality of microcameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: David Elliott Slobodin
  • Patent number: 10746761
    Abstract: A connection interface for connecting one or more devices under test (DUTs) to one or more remote test and measurement instruments includes a device-under-test connector for connecting a DUT to the interface, a host-instrument connector for connecting the interface to a host test and measurement instrument, and an electrical path between the device-under-test connector and the host-instrument connector. The connection interface also includes a display that has a first portion visually associated with the device-under-test connector and configured to display an identifier for a particular connection point on the DUT. In some embodiments, the first portion of the display is configured to display measurement data from the particular connection point on the DUT. In some embodiments, the display has a second portion that is configured to display information related to the host test and measurement instrument, or to display a name for a particular measurement of the DUT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Keithley Intstruments, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Rayman, Gregory Sobolewski
  • Patent number: 10732827
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to techniques for a sensor network, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, machine type communication (MTC), and Internet of things (IoT). This disclosure may be applied to intelligent services (for example, smart homes, smart buildings, smart cities, smart cars or connected cards, health care, digital education, retail business, security and safety related services, etc.), based on the above techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manjib Han, Jaehong Kim, Jin Ra, Hyejung Cho
  • Patent number: 10681233
    Abstract: Imaging systems for visual works may be by implemented by a variety of systems, processes, and techniques. In one general implementation, an imaging system for a visual work may include side supports support configured to engage a support surface and support the imaging system thereon. The side supports may include tracks along their longitudinal axes. The system may also include a cross member configured to span between the side supports and engage their tracks. The system may also include a carriage adapted to move along a track of the cross member. The carriage may include a camera mount configured to receive, secure, and position a camera above the visual work to be imaged so that the camera images only a portion of the visual work at a time. The carriage may be moved to successive image acquisition locations at which an acquired image overlaps with the previous image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Walter N. Armstrong, Evan Gray, Joshua Stowers, Oliver Garcia, Alex Villareal
  • Patent number: 10643045
    Abstract: A mobile device housing defines a battery compartment with a wall extending from an open rear to a closed front. A first latch stop extends from the wall between the rear and the front. A second latch stop extends from the wall between the first stop and the rear. A battery receivable in the compartment includes a latch that: extends to engage the first stop and maintain the battery fully inserted, and to engage the second stop and prevent ejection of the battery from an intermediate position; and retracts to disengage from the first stop, unlocking the battery for travel to the intermediate position, and to disengage from the second stop for ejection of the battery from the intermediate position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Edward M. Voli
  • Patent number: 10635872
    Abstract: A portable terminal including a grip section capable of being gripped by a hand of a user in a predetermined gripping style, a first switch section provided such that at least a pressing target portion is exposed from a first surface of a terminal main body and capable of being operated by an index finger of the hand of the user gripping the grip section in the gripping style, and a second switch section provided such that at least a pressing target portion is exposed from a second surface of the terminal main body positioned opposite to the first surface and capable of being operated by a thumb of the gripping hand of the user in the gripping style, in which the pressing target portion of the first switch section is set to require operating force greater than operating force required for the pressing target portion of the second switch section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunori Chiba, Satoshi Ogasawara, Shinya Okumura, Yoshiaki Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10621866
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for providing guest parking reservations are provided. Motor vehicle parking spaces located in a residential area are managed through a server. Smart parking devices and vehicle occupancy sensors that are each physically proximate to least one of the parking spaces are interfaced to the server. Use of one of the parking spaces for a guest of a resident of the area is reserved. A request for a reservation is accepted and that the resident is eligible to reserve the space is confirmed. The request is granted provided the parking space is available over any other reservations in the server. Use of the parking space is managed. Occupancy of the parking space by a vehicle is sensed through the nearest sensor. An identity of a motorist is verified through the nearest parking device. The use of the parking space is denied if not by the guest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Stefik, Alan G. Bell, Craig Eldershaw, Lance E. Good, Daniel H. Greene, Francisco Eduardo Torres, Serdar Uckun, David Preston Cummins, Roger Phylos Hoover, Robert Thomas Krivacic
  • Patent number: 10599897
    Abstract: A portable terminal including a grip section capable of being gripped by a hand of a user in a predetermined gripping style, a first switch section provided such that at least a pressing target portion is exposed from a first surface of a terminal main body and capable of being operated by an index finger of the hand of the user gripping the grip section in the gripping style, and a second switch section provided such that at least a pressing target portion is exposed from a second surface of the terminal main body positioned opposite to the first surface and capable of being operated by a thumb of the gripping hand of the user in the gripping style, in which the pressing target portion of the first switch section is set to require operating force greater than operating force required for the pressing target portion of the second switch section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunori Chiba, Satoshi Ogasawara, Shinya Okumura, Yoshiaki Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10580356
    Abstract: A driver integrated circuit for external compensation and a display device including the same are disclosed. The driver integrated circuit includes a sensing unit including a plurality of sensing switches, that is connected to a plurality of pixels through a sensing channel and operates differently depending on a current sensing mode and a voltage sensing mode, the sensing unit configured to sense electrical characteristics of the pixels input from the sensing channel, a sample and hold unit configured to sample analog sensing data corresponding to the electrical characteristics of the pixels, and an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) configured to convert the analog sensing data sampled by the sample and hold unit into digital sensing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Changho An, Byungil Kim
  • Patent number: 10565415
    Abstract: An automatic object identification scanner is equipped with recognition units that provide detection results for objects and a controller that resolves potential conflicts in the results. One form of recognition unit detects product identifiers and flags in a digital payload that is encoded redundantly across packaging or labels applied to packaging. The controller gets detection results and evaluates them relative to a state data structure, which maintains state for identifiers obtained within a time interval, such as a timeout interval or waiting period after a detection result. Identifiers are reported to a POS system depending on logic that evaluates code priority and pending waiting periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur L. Powell, Tony F. Rodriguez, Scott M. Long
  • Patent number: 10534945
    Abstract: A method of scanning an object may include determining that an object is proximately positioned relative to a scanning volume of a presentation scanner in response to receiving at least one object presence signal prior to scanning a code indicia positioned on the object. At least one object sensory indicator device may be activated in response to determining that the object is proximately positioned relative to the scanning volume so as to indicate that the object is proximate to the scanning volume to a user. A second level of detection and location feedback may be provided for code indicia within the scanning volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Datalogic IP Tech S.r.l.
    Inventors: Michele Suman, Davide Bruni, Charles Forrister Atwater, Scott Gerald Horn
  • Patent number: 10530598
    Abstract: A gateway device providing and managing interactive user voice-controlled home automation services over at least endpoint devices associated with the gateway device is described. Interfaces enable communications of the gateway device with at least one endpoint device located within a use premises and data networks. A processor coupled to the interfaces and programming in storage in the server operate a communications program for configuring the gateway to communicate with endpoint devices, associate endpoint devices with the gateway, and communicate with a remote serve to access service management center applications. A home automation control program provides operation via a home automation controller configured in the gateway with voice automation messaging protocols based on the voice commands to enable interactive voice-controlled control of endpoint devices using voice commands an automate functions associated with the endpoint devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: KIP PROD P1 LP
    Inventors: Amir Ansari, George A. Cowgill, Leon E. Nicholls, Atousa Raissyan, Jude P. Ramayya, Ramprakash Masin, Alvin R. McQuarters
  • Patent number: 10520518
    Abstract: This specimen analyzer includes: an analysis unit which analyzes a specimen collected from a subject; a manual input unit which receives an input of information by manual operation; an information read unit which receives an input of information by reading an information record section provided in a consumable; and a controller which does not permit an input of information on the consumable with the manual input unit, and permits an input of the information on the consumable with the information read unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SYSMEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seiji Takemoto, Takeshi Komoto, Hideki Hirayama, Takashi Yoshida, James Ausdenmoore
  • Patent number: 10515152
    Abstract: Each of a plurality of content matchers is executed upon a body of text in a document, identifying at least one match in the text and additionally assigning a match strength for each match. Where a conflict between a first match (have a first match strength associated therewith) and a second match (having a second match strength associated therewith) is noted, it is determined whether either of the first or the second match strength is greater than the other. If so, that match of the first and second matches corresponding to the lesser of the first and second match strengths is discarded. If the first or second match strengths are equal, then respective matcher ranks of the first matcher and the second matcher are compared such that the match of the first and second matches corresponding to the lesser of the first and second matcher ranks is discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: FREEDOM SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: David A. Cook, Andrzej H. Jachowicz, Phillip Karl Jones
  • Patent number: 10511734
    Abstract: A portable terminal including a battery accommodating section having an opening for battery insertion and removal which is provided at a position shifted to one end of a terminal main body on a predetermined surface of the terminal main body, a battery cover for covering the opening, and a switch section provided closer to an other end of the terminal main body than the battery accommodating section, on the predetermined surface of the terminal main body, in which the battery cover is provided extending from the one end to a position beyond the switch section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunori Chiba, Satoshi Ogasawara, Shinya Okumura, Yoshiaki Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10506516
    Abstract: Systems for power management of a fleet of devices through information storage sharing are described. According to one embodiment, each one of a group of networked devices offloads information to a substantially powered hub device before entering a low power consumption mode and receives the respective information back from the hub device upon wake. Another embodiment describes a system of networked devices in which each one of the networked devices offloads information to a selected networked device before entering a sleep mode and receives the respective information back from that selected networked device after entering a wake mode. Another embodiment describes a system whereby the original selected networked device then backups to a new selected networked device if the original selected networked device needs to enter a low power consumption mode, and the other networked devices receive the respective information back from the new selected networked device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Van Horn, Sean Philip Kearney, Patrick Anthony Giordano
  • Patent number: 10495443
    Abstract: Fiducial marking systems provided for forming a global coordinate system for a visual system having a limited field of view. The fiducial marking system includes a target surface that is movable relative to the visual system and a visual pattern associated with the target surface. The visual pattern includes a plurality of first lines and a plurality of second lines. Each first line is spaced by a first distance from each adjacent first line and each second line is spaced by a second distance from each adjacent second line, wherein the first distance is different than the second distance. Additionally, the first distance and the second distance are selected such that at least one first line and at least one second line are within the field of view at all relative positions of the visual system and the target surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Qiagen Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: Hsu-Yi Lee, Michel Georges Perbost
  • Patent number: 10489737
    Abstract: A method and system for viral identification of evacuees are provided. The method is recursive and involves bringing an emergency warden and a midstream evacuee in close proximity with one another to enable a handheld computing device belonging to one of the two to read information from the other, enabling the handheld computing device to read the information, having the handheld computing device read the information to enable an identification of the midstream evacuee, providing the identifier of the midstream evacuee to a central mustering server, whereby the midstream evacuee is enabled to act as an emergency warden, and performing the method with the midstream evacuee acting as an emergency warden with respect to another evacuee before the central mustering server. The method provides the advantage of virally identifying evacuees within the confines of a muster point in an efficient and reliable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GENETEC INC.
    Inventor: Pierre Racz
  • Patent number: 10483684
    Abstract: A housing for a USB connector plug includes a body for partly surrounding the USB connector plug. The body defines a forward aperture from which a plug head of the USB connector plug extends and a rearward aperture from which a cable of the USB connector plug extends. The body has an outer form, which defines on a first surface thereof, a thumb pad and on a second opposing surface, a finger pad. The outer form of the body is provided with a thumb push element that stands proud from a forward part of the thumb pad. The housing is configured as an over-housing for a conventional USB connector plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: UCB BIOPHARMA SPRL
    Inventors: Barry Alan Knight, Oliver Frederik Stumpp
  • Patent number: 10453047
    Abstract: A mobile scanner gun system is designed for a retail store with integrated mobile tablet device carried by employees. The mobile tablet device is connected to the pistol gun base housing through a base mount universal receiver with rotational coupling, and communicates to a USB barcode scanner/reader and MSR through a specialized universal serial bus wiring harness. The Main PCB has an EEPROM controlling operations of a scanner and an MSR. The mobile tablet device has mobile applications which allow wireless communication in the form of Wi-Fi or wireless cellular with a POS store systems server and corporate ERP system, and also commands the EEPROM. Merchandise to be purchased is scanned and received by the mobile tablet device and then sent wirelessly to the POS store systems server and corporate ERP system to obtain product data concerning description, price, inventory, electronic and physical coupon, promotions, customer loyalty data and rewards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bruce J. Hicks, Brian K. McWhirter, DeVan McArthur, Bromley Williams
  • Patent number: 10452264
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are disclosed for error correction in text input systems that use time-dependent button presses. A frequent error type in time-based text input is errors due to inaccurately timed button presses. The result of mistimed button presses is errant button press types within a button press type sequence. An error correction algorithm identifies possible alternative button press type sequences based on the number of button presses in the sequence. The algorithm converts the alternative button press type sequences to alternative character sequences using the received button press value sequence. The algorithm compares the alternative character sequences and the presumed word with a library of known words to determine the word most likely intended by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Michael William Murphy
  • Patent number: 10433020
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system associating video content obtained from a first mobile device, with a video delivery channel of a television distribution service comprising a plurality of television channels to generate an updated video delivery channel that includes the video content. Equipment of a television receiver, when tuned to the video delivery channel, processes a television signal of the television distribution service to obtain the video content for presentation at a display device. A notification is initiated to a second mobile device, wherein the notification identifies an association of the video content and the video delivery channel, and wherein, responsive to the notification, equipment of a viewer accesses a message from the second mobile device indicating availability of the video content. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Jayanta Das
  • Patent number: 10417541
    Abstract: A reflected light identification (RLID) system uses light to communicate stored information across long distances with minimal interference. The RLID system may include a light source that directs an incident light signal to an RLID structure, which then transmits an encoded light signal to a sensor. The RLID system may include a passive RLID structure (i.e., a structure that does not include power source) such as an RLID reflection surface that includes layered reflective films that reflect the incident light signal back in multiple reflections that serially encodes data. The RLID system may also include an active RLID structure (i.e., a structure that includes power source) that uses energy harvesting to extract and accumulate power from an incident light signal, and then uses the harvested energy to transmit a return signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Pragyana K. Mishra, Dushyant Goyal
  • Patent number: 10409948
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to reconfiguration of a schematic. According to some aspects, embodiments relate to a method in which a schematic of a circuit is displayed on a graphical user interface of a computing device. The schematic can include a plurality of circuit objects, and at least one interconnect connecting the plurality of circuit objects to define a circuit connectivity. The method further includes defining a schematic reference point on the schematic. The method also includes determining a distance of each circuit object of the plurality of circuit objects from the schematic reference point. The method also includes increasing the distance of each circuit object of the plurality of circuit objects from the schematic reference point relative to a respective size of each circuit object, wherein increasing the distance includes multiplying the distance by a scaling factor. The at least one interconnect is reconfigured to maintain circuit connectivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: CADENCE DESIGN SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Forde, Monika Ravi Kalarickel, Zsolt Haag
  • Patent number: 10388922
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a terminal body, a battery cover detachable from the terminal body, and a connection member connecting the terminal body to the battery cover. The terminal body includes a first body portion and a second body portion, and a thickness of the first body portion is formed to be greater than a thickness of the second body portion. The battery cover is provided with a locking portion and a lock mechanism portion that can be attached to the terminal body. The connection member includes a first connection portion and a second connection portion and includes thick first and second regions, a thin third region, and a bent portion. When the battery cover is attached to the terminal body, the bent portion is bent and the connection member is stored in a space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeyuki Sasaki, Tatsuya Higashii
  • Patent number: 10386453
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein for methods and systems that can be used to track a position of a mobile receiver on a production line. In one example embodiment, the position of the mobile receiver is tracked by receiving at least information signal from at least one location tag from among a plurality of location tags positioned at fixed locations along the length of a conveyor belt in a production line, by determining a signal strength of the at least one information signal, and by determining the position of the mobile receiver based on the signal strength of the at least one information signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Smart Skin Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Kumaran Thillainadarajah, Adam Joseph MacDonald, Daniel Robert Rogers, Abhishek Kar
  • Patent number: 10379363
    Abstract: A system for controlling a platform mounted devices which includes an orientation sensor configured to sense orientation of the platform mounted device relative to an earth leveled frame of reference; and a processor configured to: create a sector relative to the earth leveled frame of reference, receive from said orientation sensor an indication about orientation of said mounted device, analyze orientation versus the created sector, decide whether the device is within a pre-decided portion of the sector, and generate a control command according to the decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Elbit Security Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Yitzhak Malka
  • Patent number: 10372196
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to techniques to provide dynamic pixel density adjustment for display panels not driven by backlight are described. In an embodiment, logic causes a first plurality of pixels of a display panel to be turned off in response to an indication that a charge level of a power supply, coupled to supply electrical power to the display panel, has dropped below a threshold level. The display panel is not backlight drive (such as an OLED or QDOT display panels. Other embodiments are also disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Madhav Singh Chauhan, Animesh Manna, Susanta Bhattacharjee
  • Patent number: 10372955
    Abstract: A reading device includes a reading unit configured to illuminate a light beam towards an object to be read, to receive reflected light thereof and to read information of the object to be read, and an imaging unit configured to capture the object to be read, as an image, wherein an illumination direction of the light beam from the reading unit and an imaging direction of the imaging unit are set to be same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiromasu Meguro, Yasunori Chiba, Shinya Okumura
  • Patent number: 10318913
    Abstract: Methods and systems for supporting the production of shipping labels are provided. Example embodiments provide a Shipment Management System (“SMS”), which facilitates the production of shipping labels. The SMS may be configured to generate a shipping uniform resource identifier (“URI”) that identifies a shipping protocol and includes shipment information and post-back information. The shipping URI may be provided to a shipping label module configured to produce a shipping label in accordance with the shipping protocol by outputting a shipping label based on the shipment information, and automatically posting information about the producing of the shipping label to a code module identified by the post-back information. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: The Descartes Systems Group Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Uslontsev, Rafael Zimberoff, Stanislav Tugushev
  • Patent number: 10281367
    Abstract: A system and methods for more quickly, accurately, and efficiently collecting, tracking, and transmitting sample collection data and information. Specifically, this involves the generation of printed labels in the field comprising labels with unique identifiers corresponding to specific sample collection data and information. The labels are printed at the location of the sampling and are applied on the outside of sample collection devices and at the location of sample collection. Each unique identifier is associated with a unique record number in the Electronic Chain of Custody (ECOC), corresponding to a specific sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SampleServe, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Russell Schindler, III
  • Patent number: 10261550
    Abstract: Described herein is a structure for supporting a touchpad, including: a frame body having an upper and lower surfaces and an opening, in which the opening including a main edge and an adjacent side edge, wherein the side edge has an indention; a supporting component for supporting the touchpad in the opening, wherein the supporting component has a connecting and an opposite distal ends, and the connecting end connects to a connecting element, which connects to the lower surface adjacent to the main edge, and the supporting component extends toward the upper surface formed an angle with the upper surface, and has a protruding part corresponding to the indention and fitting in the indention; a blocking member disposed on the frame body and blocking the indention; wherein the protruding part is blocked by the blocking member so as to make the distal end lower than the upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Shun-Hsien Huang
  • Patent number: 10243261
    Abstract: A data communications apparatus is disclosed including a case having a base and a lid connectable to the base, the lid movable with respect to the base between an open position and a closed position. A power supply can be positioned inside the case. A router device can be positioned inside the case, the router device including a plurality of external ports. An antenna array can be positioned inside the case, the antenna array in electrical communication with the router device. An access port can be defined in the case and aligned with the external ports of the router device such that the external ports are accessible through the access port. Electronic devices can be connected to the external ports of the router device from an exterior of the case through the access port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Plum Laboratories, LLC
    Inventor: Dawson Lee Williams
  • Patent number: 10224726
    Abstract: This invention provides a base unit for charging a handheld ID reader in which the charging contacts are mounted on a contact holder that is biased rearwardly during insertion of the reader, and thereafter snaps back in place and locks the reader after the reader has been pushed into a fully seated position in a well of the base unit. This lock is maintained between shoulders on the holder and corresponding locking tabs on the bottom face of the reader. The locking tabs are conductive, and provide two additional electrical contacts that engage contact pads on the reader bottom face. Each of the power and ground signals are connected over at least two electrical contacts between reader and base station, increasing reliability, especially when the reader is not in its fully seated position. An indicator LED is integrated in the base station enclosure near the charging contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: COGNEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kai Fluegge, Laurens Nunnink, Robert Broeskamp
  • Patent number: 10216232
    Abstract: This paper discloses a tablet notebook flip device comprising a base portion for main body, biaxial shafts, a mounting connector and an upper axis. The main body is arranged above the base portion for the main body, having a keyboard above. A tablet cover is configured on a holder. A clamp plate with a mounting connector below is on a side of the biaxial shafts. A support flap with main body of the shaft on a side is configured below the mounting connector. A lower axis and the upper axis are configured within the main body of the shaft. The benefit: the tablet notebook acts as a notebook computer when the keyboard is adopted for data input, and functions independently as a tablet computer when the flip device is turned around in a 360° rotation becoming a protective case or is turned to a reversal angle to form an A-shape for another type of user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dongguan Bluefinger Electronics Co., Limited
    Inventor: Dajun Zhu
  • Patent number: 10218964
    Abstract: A dimensioning system that analyzes a distance map for null-data pixels to provide feedback is disclosed. Null-data pixels correspond to missing range data and having too many in a distance map may lead to dimensioning errors. Providing feedback based on the number of null-data pixels helps a user understand and adapt to different dimensioning conditions, promotes accuracy, and facilitates handheld applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Franck Laffargue, Jeffrey Hunt
  • Patent number: 10210365
    Abstract: The method includes automatically adjusting a first control parameter in a device for capturing a first plurality of images, automatically adjusting a second control parameter in the device for capturing a second plurality of images such that automatic adjustment of the first control parameter is interspersed with, separate from, and obtained generally concurrently with the automatic adjustment of the second control parameter. The adjustment of the first control parameter being determined differently compared to adjustment of the second control parameter. The method may include attempting to decode a decodable indicia utilizing one or more images of the first and second plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Meier, Stephen P. Deloge
  • Patent number: 10176692
    Abstract: Computing device(s) are configured for managing the reunification of students with parents during an emergency or a drill for a simulated emergency. The reunification of students with guardians may be managed through the operations of various user interfaces (UIs) presented on the device(s). Different UIs may be configured to support different personnel performing different roles in the reunification process. The UIs may include one or more of a student supervisor UI, a location supervisor UI, a runner UI, a guardian greeter UI, a reunification officer UI, or an incident commander UI. The various UIs enable different personnel to track the location and status of individuals, such as students and guardians, during various stages of a reunification process, enable personnel to dynamically update a centralized database with current information regarding the location and status of individuals, and view real time information regarding the location and status of individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Raptor Technologies LLC
    Inventors: James J. Vesterman, Gary Kincade, David Van Camp, Peter J. Trate
  • Patent number: 10176351
    Abstract: Systems and methods for securing and charging a machine-readable symbol reader in a position that enables the machine-readable symbol reader to continue to capture machine readable codes. The machine-readable symbol reader is secured by a stand that includes a base, an arm, and a cradle. The cradle includes a housing that forms a cavity that is sized and shaped to securely receive a portion of the head of the machine-readable symbol reader. The cavity may further align the window on the secured machine-readable symbol reader with an aperture such that the machine-readable symbol reader can continue to capture visual representations of machine-readable symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: DATALOGIC IP TECH, S.R.L.
    Inventors: Romano Volta, Giuseppe Di Bari, Marco Insero
  • Patent number: 10178622
    Abstract: A data collection device (DCD) is placed in a first low power mode after the DCD has been in a first predetermined position, and placed in a second low power mode after a first predetermined period of time. In another embodiment the DCD includes a wireless telephone, and a proximity sensor which detects when the DCD is close to a user's face, wherein the telephone is automatically put in a handset mode when the DCD is close to a user's face, and automatically put in a speakerphone mode when the DCD is not close to a user's face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: James T. Sauerwein, Douglas M. Hinson
  • Patent number: 10170041
    Abstract: A pixel circuit able to prevent a spread of the terminal voltages of drive transistors inside a panel and in turn able to reliably prevent deterioration of uniformity, wherein a source of a TFT serving as a drive transistor is connected to an anode of a light emitting element, a drain is connected to a power source potential, a capacitor is connected between a gate and source of the TFT, and a source potential of the TFT is connected to a fixed potential through a TFT serving as a switch transistor and wherein pixel circuit lines are connected by an upper line and bottom line and are arranged in parallel with pixel circuit power source voltage lines so as not to have intersecting parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuhide Uchino, Junichi Yamashita, Tetsuro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10147293
    Abstract: A safety control system, method, and computer system is disclosed for sensing a dangerous device and its environment, analyzing the sensed dangerous device and environment. to determine compliance with a safety precaution. Accordingly, an enabling or disabling signal can then be set to the dangerous device. Examples include using a digital camera sensor and computer vision analysis techniques for dangerous devices such as a chainsaw, welding torch, or a forklift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Shmuel Ur
  • Patent number: 10061956
    Abstract: A reflected light identification (RLID) system uses light to communicate stored information across long distances with minimal interference. The RLID system may include a light source that directs an incident light signal to an RLID structure, which then transmits an encoded light signal to a sensor. The RLID system may include a passive RLID structure (i.e., a structure that does not include power source) such as an RLID reflection surface that includes layered reflective films that reflect the incident light signal back in multiple reflections that serially encodes data. The RLID system may also include an active RLID structure (i.e., a structure that includes power source) that uses energy harvesting to extract and accumulate power from an incident light signal, and then uses the harvested energy to transmit a return signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Pragyana K. Mishra, Dushyant Goyal
  • Patent number: 10061946
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and apparatus for analysis of images of direct part mark identification codes to measure and assess a print quality. Methods to assess the quality of a direct part mark identification code are presented that provide diagnostic information of a code that cannot be assessed using verification methods that require the results of a valid decoding step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Sateesha Nadabar, Carl W. Gerst, III
  • Patent number: 9990637
    Abstract: A system and method for implementing an in-store kiosk device as part of a retail reinvention and self help care portal. The in-store kiosk device may allow a consumer to self-diagnose problems with electronic devices, such as smart phones, and to seek technical or service related assistance with appropriate experts. The in-store kiosk device may also facilitate initiating a communication between the consumer and multiple experts, to help resolve any consumer technical or sales queries. In some examples, the in-store kiosk device has the added advantage of providing consumers with a means to have service or inventory-related issues addressed without having to wait for available in-store service staff. The in-store kiosk device may also facilitate electronic device exchange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kanakrai Gajendra Chauhan, Omar Hassan
  • Patent number: 9979933
    Abstract: This invention provides a modular vision system. In an embodiment, the modular vision system comprises at least three primary modules/components. A main module contains a vision sensor and processor. An optical module contains a lens, focusing and illumination assemblies. An interface module contains external connectors. This combination enables either a linear or angled arrangement. The main module includes with a mating surface on the side opposite the sensor that is angled with respect to the sensor plane. The interface module defines a mating surface with respect the surface containing the connectors for the cables. A connector removably interconnects the interface module and the main module. The connector assembly, and each individual contact, is constructed and arranged to enable interconnection of the main and interface modules in both the straight and right angle arrangements by rotating the modules about a 180-degree orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Laurens Nunnink, Rene Delasauce
  • Patent number: 9973671
    Abstract: In a single operation executed by a mobile device, operation is executed on at least two data capture devices housed in the mobile device with a single trigger operation. The mobile device receives information captured by at least one of a first data capture device and a second data capture device; instructs adjustment of the other of the first data capture device and the second data capture device based on the received information and receives information captured by at least one of the first data capture device and the second data capture device subsequent to the adjustment. The mobile device analyzes the received information, repeats instructing adjustment until appropriated details are retrieved from the received information; and directs data capture and/or an image capture by at least one of the first data capture device and the second data capture device in accordance with the retrieved details.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anu Kannan, Konstantinos D Tsiopanos
  • Patent number: 9971455
    Abstract: A spatial coordinate identification device includes a detection light source that emits a detection light that scans a detection boundary plane defined in space, an optical sensor that detects a reflected light of the detection light reflected by an indicator when the indicator enters a detection region extending from the detection boundary plane to the detection light source, and a controller. The controller stores virtual touch surface defining information that defines a position of a virtual touch surface based on the detection boundary plane, and identifies, in response to the detection of the reflected light, a position of a boundary point that is an intersecting point of the indicator and the detection boundary plane, and an approach amount by which the indicator has entered the detection region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ken Nishioka
  • Patent number: 9973823
    Abstract: A system and method for accessing past program guide data includes a program guide repository storing past program guide data and a controller receiving a request for past program guide data and communicating the past program guide data to a user device located separated from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Kapil Chaudhry, Sri Hari Swaroop Nidichenametla, Jin H. Chung, Fred Grigoryan
  • Patent number: 9940601
    Abstract: A system may obtain courier location information associated with a package to be delivered, by a courier, to a delivery location associated with a customer. The courier location information may indicate that the customer is not available at the delivery location. The system may obtain delivery location information associated with the delivery location. The system may determine that the courier location information matches the delivery location information. The system may provide, to a customer device associated with the customer, a delivery notification based on determining that the courier location information matches the delivery location information. The system may receive a customer signature based on providing the delivery notification. The customer signature may be associated with the customer. The system may provide the customer signature. The customer signature being provided to inform the courier to deliver the package while the customer is not available at the delivery location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Paul V. Hubner, Steven T. Archer, Robert A. Clavenna, II