Hand-held (e.g., Portable) Patents (Class 235/472.01)
  • Patent number: 11222730
    Abstract: A health and fitness management system utilizing an algorithm to suggest actions to improve a user's health and fitness. The system obtains a user's health indicating measurement from a respective acquisition device. The user is never informed of the acquired data. The health indicating measurement can include a heart/pulse rate, blood pressure measurement, weight, blood sugar level, etc. Base line data (age, ideal age, initial weight, current weight, ideal weight, etc.) can be considered in the algorithm. Examples include the user's environment, sleep habits, exercise routines, medical records, and the like. The health index number is used to determine recommended actions, which can include changes to environments, routines, activities, etc. Data collection, the algorithm, and other features of the system can be provided by an Application operating on a portable computing device. Features of the portable computing device can be employed to automatically acquire data for the algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventors: Natan Lavi, Dan Ariely
  • Patent number: 11205060
    Abstract: A method may include receiving, at a mobile device, a request to capture an image. In response to the request to capture the image, the mobile device may determine whether a camera of the mobile device is in a loopback mode to bypass the camera. In response to the camera being in the loopback mode, the mobile device may capture the image by generating a screenshot of a display associated with the mobile device. Alternatively, in response to the camera not being in the loopback mode, the mobile device may allow the camera at the apparatus to capture the image. Related systems and articles of manufacture, including computer program products, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: CITRIX SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jin Li, Guoyi Zhou
  • Patent number: 11182663
    Abstract: A chip card such as a credit card or a debit card that incorporates a protective layer that precludes unauthorized access to the chip in the chip card. The protective layer is a highly conductive layer that shields the chip and prevents electromagnetic waves that may be emitted by an illicit device from accessing the chip. This protective layer thus prevents any unauthorized persons from obtaining confidential information from the chip card that may then be used to consummate fraudulent transactions or conduct other illicit activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Robert Lee Black, Matthew Ryan Santacroce, Andre Rene Buentello, Jose L. Romero, Jr., Timothy Blair Chalmers, Samip Dilip Mehra
  • Patent number: 11160026
    Abstract: A system and method for conducting battery charge aware communications is disclosed. A system receives a content request from a client device, wherein the content request indicates one or more content items. The system retrieves the one or more requested content items from a content database at the system. The system determines whether the content request includes current remaining battery power data for the client device. In response to determining that the content request includes the current remaining battery power data for the client device, the system determines whether a current remaining battery power is below a predetermined threshold. In response to determining that the current remaining battery power is below the predetermined threshold, the system analyzes the one or more requested content items to determine core content sections. The system transmits the determined core content sections to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Lakshmanan Velusamy
  • Patent number: 11158308
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide techniques for configuring a natural language processing (NLU) system for new functionalities using sample user inputs provided by a developer. The system may determine intent labels associated with the sample user inputs using previous user inputs previously processed by the NLU system. The system may configure a new NLU model, using the NLU model associated with the intent label determined by the system, where the new NLU model is configured to enable invocation of the new functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Bissell, Pragati Verma, Skye Loren Huerta, Akhil Chandrashekhar Acharya, Susanna Rose Young, Jean-Michel Caruge, Christopher Wheeler
  • Patent number: 11157168
    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: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manjib Han, Jaehong Kim, Jin Ra, Hyejung Cho
  • Patent number: 11120240
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for correcting auto-exposure settings of a barcode reader based on modifying an auto-exposure region at a barcode reader for decoding a barcode in response to identifying a barcode and failing to decode the barcode due to incorrect initial exposure parameters, wherein the modified auto-exposure region is based at least in part on the barcode location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Duanfeng He
  • Patent number: 11106285
    Abstract: Systems and methods are involved with an apparatus including a keyboard containment system, which includes an engageable keyboard and an engageable keyboard tray wherein the engageable keyboard tray can be shaped and sized to receive the engageable keyboard and the engageable keyboard tray can be couplable with the engageable keyboard. In addition, other aspects are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: PIONEER SQUARE BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Lewis Piper, Michael Cooper Ferren
  • Patent number: 11073887
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing content to improve battery life of client devices. A data processing system receives requests for content items from client devices. The data processing system selects the content items from a set of content items and transmits the content items to the respective client devices. The client devices acquire battery status information related to the displaying or rendering of their respective content item. The data processing system receives the battery status information from the client devices and determines a power consumption value associated with the content items. Based on the power consumption value being greater than a threshold power consumption value, the data processing system modifies a policy for selecting the content items from the set of content items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Eugenio Marchiori, Abhijit Chandgadkar
  • Patent number: 11060966
    Abstract: The invention relates to a docking station 2 for a surface measuring apparatus 1, more particularly an optical surface measuring apparatus. The docking station has a reference measuring surface 4 which can be brought into a covered state in which it is covered from the environment of the docking station 2 and an uncovered state in which it is not covered from the environment of the docking station 2. When the surface measuring apparatus 1 is in the docking station 2 and the reference measuring surface 4 is in the uncovered state, the surface measuring apparatus 1 can perform a reference measurement of the reference measuring surface 4 and can calibrate the surface measuring apparatus 1 using the reference measurement. In contrast, when the reference measuring surface 4 is in the covered state, it is not exposed to the environment of the docking station 2 and is therefore protected from, for example, dust, light, moisture or mechanical impacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: BYK-GARDNER GMBH
    Inventor: Peter Schwarz
  • Patent number: 11042826
    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: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Pierre Racz
  • Patent number: 11042247
    Abstract: The logic of a handheld controller system may use a clustering algorithm to determine which sensors of a touch sensor array, such as capacitive pads, to assign to individual fingers of a user's hand. The clustering algorithm disclosed herein allows for dynamically determining the controller configuration on-the-fly for a given user. An example process includes receiving data generated by a plurality of sensors of a touch sensor array of the handheld controller, generating a covariance matrix that indicates correlations between pairs of sensors, determining a plurality of feature vectors based at least in part on the covariance matrix, each feature vector corresponding to an individual sensor and describing that sensor's correlation(s) with one or more other sensors, clustering the feature vectors using a clustering algorithm, and configuring the touch sensor array according to a controller configuration that assigns sensors to respective fingers of a hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Valve Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Douglas Nietfeld
  • Patent number: 11036949
    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: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur L. Powell, Tony F. Rodriguez, Scott M. Long
  • Patent number: 11003882
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for directing an aim light through a window of an image reader. The window has a cylindrically curved section. The aim light impinges on a portion of the cylindrically curved section of the window prior to partially passing through the window. A first amount of the aim light is passed through the window, and a second amount of the aim light is reflected into the cavity resulting in reflected aim light. The reflected aim light is directed away from the imaging assembly such that no or substantially no reflected aim light impinges on the imager of the imaging assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: William P. Hurley, IV, Igor Vinogradov, Darran Michael Handshaw, Chinh Tan
  • Patent number: 10992899
    Abstract: An image capture device may capture visual content using a capture setting. A machine-readable optical code conveying the capture setting may be generated. The machine-readable optical code may convey the capture setting such that an image capture device capturing an image including the machine-readable optical code: (1) identifies the machine-readable optical code within the image; (2) determines the capture setting conveyed by the machine-readable optical code; and (3) stores the capture setting for use in visual content capture. A graphical user interface may enable a user to associate the machine-readable optical code with the visual content. The association of the machine-readable optical code with the visual content may cause subsequent presentation of the visual content to include presentation of the machine-readable optical code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Grant Adam McCauley
  • Patent number: 10977295
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments relate to entertainment systems and, more particularly, to systems that incorporate digital downloading jukebox features and improved user interfaces. For instance, a smart search may be provided, e.g., where search results vary based on the popularity of songs within the venue, in dependence on songs being promoted, etc. As another example, a tile-based approach to organizing groupings of songs is provided. Groupings may involve self-populating collections of songs that combine centrally-promoted songs, songs in a given genre that are popular across an audiovisual distribution network, and songs that are locally popular and match up with the given genre (e.g., because of shared attributes such as same or similar genre, artist, etc.). Different tile visual presentations also are contemplated, as are different physical jukebox designs. In certain example embodiments, a sealed core unit with the “brains” of the jukebox is insertable into a docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Francois Beaumier, Karim Dhambri, Daniel Susla, Matthew Labunka, Ian Moulton, Samer Alameer, Michael Tooker
  • Patent number: 10970674
    Abstract: A mobile tablet gun system interchangeably attaches and electronically couples a mobile tablet device to a base form factor through a base mount universal receiver with rotational coupling and electrical communication, allowing conversion of the mobile tablet device from a portrait mode to a landscape mode without operational delay. The base form factor has a bar code scanner and bar code scanner interface PCB activated by a trigger, in communication with the mobile tablet device. The mobile tablet device includes mobile application software and a Primary Printed Circuit Board (PCB) for processing commands for running real-time custom retail applications, system applications and firmware executable on an operating system. A USB payment card reader supports MSR and EMV payment card readers. POS transactions and real-time daily store-level inventory management functions are carried out, including physical inventory, cycle counting, inventory receiving, store transfers, returns, and re-ticketing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: RETAILTECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bruce J Hicks, James F Morris, Brian K McWhirter, DeVan McArthur
  • Patent number: 10970505
    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: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingwei Zhang, Fenghuan Gu
  • Patent number: 10963008
    Abstract: A mobile computing device includes: a device housing including a base, a perimeter wall extending from the base to a perimeter upper edge and having a forward section and a rear section, and an external frame member including: (i) a U-shaped wall removably affixed to the forward section of the perimeter wall and terminating at the rear section of the perimeter wall; and (ii) a retaining bezel extending from the U-shaped wall over the perimeter upper edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Mu-Kai Shen, Yanmin Mao, I-Heng Tsai, Huang Chih Huang, JaeHo Choi, Mark X. Lamont, Carl A. Thelemann, Bo Xu, Xinghua Shi
  • Patent number: 10949851
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for providing fraud deterrents during payment card transactions especially for e-commerce and e-transactions. Fraud deterrents may be selected and configured by a client, bank, or other third-party and provided to a client in customized manners which may be configured on a client's authorized device or otherwise as defined in an e-profile associated with a payment card. Fraud deterrent options may be contingent upon transaction features including a client's profile, transaction value, or other preferences. The deterrent features may be customized by the client and include use of conceptual passwords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Sasha John
  • Patent number: 10867554
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a pixel circuit, a compensation method and a display device. The pixel circuit includes a first switching circuit for supplying a data voltage to a first node in response to a first scan signal being valid, a second switching circuit for conductively connecting a sensing signal line with a second node in response to a second scan signal being valid, a reset circuit for supplying a reset voltage to the sensing signal line in response to a reset control signal being valid, a light-emitting element, and a driving transistor for enabling, when the light-emitting element emits light, the sensing signal line to be charged in response to the second scan signal being valid and the reset control signal being invalid, the voltage of the sensing signal line is sensed after it was charged so as to compensate the data voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignees: Hefei Xinsheng Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd., BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min He, Song Meng, Fei Yang, Chun Cao, Xiaolong Wei
  • Patent number: 10853601
    Abstract: A barcode reading device includes an image sensor comprising a photosensor array and control circuitry configured to control an exposure period for the photosensor array. The barcode reading device also includes one or more illumination sources configured to generate illumination for illuminating a target area. The barcode reading device also includes circuitry that is configured to read out image data from the photosensor array in response to a trigger signal. The circuitry is also configured to, independent of controlling the exposure period for the photosensor array, illuminate a target area by activating the one or more illumination sources in response to the trigger signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Ashby, Ryan Hoobler
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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