Wireless Link (e.g., Rf, Ir, Etc.) Patents (Class 235/472.02)
  • Patent number: 10268241
    Abstract: A touch screen panel including a display panel; a first flexible circuit board including a first end connected to the display panel, the first flexible circuit board having at least one first opening; a touch panel disposed on the display panel and the first flexible circuit board; and a second flexible circuit board including a first end connected to the touch panel, the second flexible circuit board having at least one second opening corresponding to the at least one first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kang Won Lee, Hee Woong Park, Young Seok Yoo, Jeong Heon Lee, Choon Hyop Lee, In Nam Lee, Hyun Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 10255469
    Abstract: Illumination systems for illuminating objects to be read or imaged by optical readers, such barcode scanners and direct part marking (DPM) barcode readers, are provided. One implementation includes an illumination apparatus including a light source and a freeform lens having a cavity configured to at least partially surround the light source. The freeform lens is configured to provide both dark field illumination and bright field illumination to an object to be imaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Alain Gillet, Jean-Luc Basso, Chen Feng, Yunxin Ouyang, Jie Ren
  • Patent number: 10255470
    Abstract: A barcode reader and an accessory are disclosed. The accessory may include an interface system and a wireless and/or wired interface for communication with a host computer such that the barcode reader may communicate with the host computer via the accessory. The interface system includes an authentication coprocessor such that the barcode reader may establish mutual authentication with the host computer using the authentication coprocessor of the interface system. The barcode reader may send a request for an accessory identifier, and the accessory may then query the authentication coprocessor for the accessory identifier and provide the accessory identifier to the barcode reader. The barcode reader may send an authentication challenge to the accessory, and the accessory may then present the authentication challenge to the authentication coprocessor to obtain an authentication response, and provide the authentication response to the barcode reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: Steve Pierce, Ryan Hoobler, John Deal, Garrett Russell
  • Patent number: 10182348
    Abstract: A communication device transmits a communication parameter to connect to a wireless network established by an access point to another communication device using information obtained from a captured image and stores the information obtained from the captured image. When the communication parameter is changed, the changed communication parameter is transmitted to the another communication device by reusing the stored information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Tachibana
  • Patent number: 10178551
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes a first notification unit, a second notification unit, a reception unit, and a sharing unit. The first notification unit provides first information containing information unique to the communication apparatus and information on a predetermined channel for use in sharing a communication parameter for wireless communication with a different communication apparatus. The second notification unit provides second information containing the information unique to the communication apparatus but not containing information on the predetermined channel. When the first information is provided, the reception unit waits to receive a predetermined signal containing information corresponding to the information unique to the communication apparatus without shifting to another channel. When the second information is provided, the reception unit waits to receive the predetermined signal using a plurality of channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Fumihide Goto
  • Patent number: 10152624
    Abstract: A portable scanner with improved user feedback provides scan data to a networked computing node via a wireless interface and the Internet. The portable scanner receives user feedback information from the networked computing node via the wireless interface and the Internet. The user feedback information indicates successful entry of the scan data into a database, or alternatively successful receipt of the scan data by the networked computing node. The portable scanner sets a scan status indicator to a final state in response to the user feedback information. Optionally, the database is a remote database that a local database is synchronized with, and/or the database is associated with the networked computing node. Optionally the portable scanner is wearable. Optionally the portable scanner is compatible with barcode and/or RFID technologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Socket Mobile, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Miller, Bobby Dale Gifford, Leonard Ott, John E. Brandon
  • Patent number: 10141673
    Abstract: Examples herein disclose a plug coupleable to a connector housing on a computing device. The examples disclose an electrical contact supported by the plug, the electrical contact interfaceable with a connector pin in the connector housing, wherein the computing device is to detect the interfaceability of the electrical contact with the connector pin, the detection of the interfaceability is to indicate an installation of the plug within the connector housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: John Norton, Kevin B Leigh
  • Patent number: 10108382
    Abstract: A communication apparatus searches for a device by reading a two-dimensional code displayed by the device and notifies a user to use a direct wireless communication function of the device in a case where the device cannot be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiro Mihira
  • Patent number: 10090714
    Abstract: A method of generating a DC power from incident RF waves, includes, in part, measuring the amount of power being received by a device generating the DC power, and controlling the phases of the RF waves being transmitted by a multitude of RF transmitters in accordance with the measured power. A programmable test load is optionally used at the device to measure the received power. The device optionally includes, an antenna, an RF-to-DC converter to generate the DC power, an impedance matching/transformation circuit, and an RF load/matching circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Florian Bohn, Behrooz Abiri, Seyed Ali Hajimiri
  • Patent number: 10062066
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for processing transactions at an in-store POS where some of the items of the transaction have not been retrieved, i.e. the customer neglected to add a needed item to a shopping cart. A customer selects a product on a user computing device and invokes display of an optical code corresponding to an unretrieved product. A point of sale (POS) device then scans the optical code to add the product to the transaction. The POS device or user computing device may transmit an alert to a representative computing device instructing a store representative to retrieve the product and deliver it to the POS or some other location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Neil Cancro, Joel Bennett Acker, Jr., Douglas James Pedley
  • Patent number: 10063023
    Abstract: A PDA terminal is provided. The PDA terminal includes: a main body; a processor disposed in the main body; a memory accessible by the processor; and a display unit disposed on a front surface of the main body to display information processed by the processor. A rear cover detachable from the main body is disposed on a rear surface of the main body. After the rear cover is removed, a gun handle is usable in a state of being connected to a coupling part formed under the rear cover. Since the gun handle with a switch is usable in a state of being connected to the main body of the PDA terminal, the operation of the PDA operation can be more conveniently used in an industrial site or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: POINTMOBILE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Pill Kang, Hyeong Su Bae
  • Patent number: 10003949
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes a first communication unit that communicates with an external apparatus using a first wireless communication, a second communication unit that communicates with the external apparatus using a second wireless communication, and a control unit, wherein in a case where the communication with the external apparatus is performed using the first wireless communication in response to an acceptance of an instruction, the control unit controls the first communication unit to communicate with the external apparatus with an identifier that is different for each connection, and wherein in a case where the communication with the external apparatus is performed using the first wireless communication in response to the communication with the external apparatus by the second communication unit, the control unit controls the first communication unit to communicate with the external apparatus with a predetermined identifier for each connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takumi Iko
  • Patent number: 9981385
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for operating robotic actors in a human/robotic environment. A safety controller that is configured to communicate with one or more robotic actors can receive actor information about at least a location of one or more actors. The safety controller can receive robot information comprising at least a location of a particular robotic actor of the one or more robotic actors. The safety controller can determine a command for controlling operation of the particular robotic actor of the one or more robotic actors by applying one or more safety criteria to the actor information and the robot information. The safety controller can generate an output including the command for controlling operation of the particular robotic actor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Melissa H. Lewis
  • Patent number: 9953308
    Abstract: Provided are computer implemented methods and systems for messaging, calling, and single-touch and one-scan payments and buying via mobile and wearable devices. An exemplary system comprises a processor and a database in communication with the processor. The processor is configured to provide a haptic control associated with the system. The haptic control is shown on a display of a mobile and wearable device overlapping other visual elements. The haptic control provides mode selection elements associated with a payment, messaging, and calling modes. The processor receives a selection of the payment mode via the mode selection elements from a user. Upon the selection, context is extracted from the display. Based on the context, a payment transaction type which the user intends to perform is determined. The payment transaction type includes a payment receiving transaction and a payment sending transaction. Based on the determining, a transaction request is sent to a financial institution using the extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: WORLD AWARD ACADEMY, WORLD AWARD FOUNDATION, AMOBILEPAY, INC.
    Inventor: Zhou Tian Xing
  • Patent number: 9922222
    Abstract: A barcode reader and an accessory are disclosed. A barcode reader may include an interface for communication with a host computer via a wireless or wired link and an authentication system to establish mutual authentication with the host computer. The barcode reader may include a connector for connecting the barcode reader to the external power source or the host computer. The connector may be a combined power and data connector. An accessory may provide operating power to a barcode reader and provide decoded data of an image of a barcode received from the barcode reader to a host computer. The accessory may include connectors and an interface system. The interface system may include a processor configured to send the decoded data to the host computer, an authentication system, and a power interface. The accessory may include RF circuits for communicating with the host computer via a wireless link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: John Deal, Ryan Hoobler, Garrett Russell
  • Patent number: 9911017
    Abstract: This invention presents an improved RFID method, system or apparatus which includes integrating one or more RFID elements or devices in an object, placing one or more RFID elements or devices on an object, and providing a smart placer which determines and places the RFID in the most efficient location in respect to interference, attenuation or frequency shifts that may exist, to improve the performance or efficiency of the RFID transponder and reader system ability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Christian Peter Uhl, Birektawit Waktola, Ray Freeman
  • Patent number: 9811788
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of a food safety management system, including a web portal for management and reporting and a handheld computing device for checklist completion. A checklist of tasks to be performed in a food service establishment is obtained and displayed on a touchscreen of the handheld computing device. Confirmation is obtained on the touchscreen whether a task has been completed. An identifier at a location in the food service establishment is inputted to verify that a task has been completed. Temperature and humidity readings are obtained from one or more stationary sensors monitoring a food storage environment. Task completion data, temperature data, and humidity data are sent to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: CM SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Brown Dillard, Robert Bradford Gray, David Alan Spencer, John Ashwell Raymond
  • Patent number: 9798369
    Abstract: An integrated circuit such as a SoC may indicate the critical battery status without powering-on a substantial portion including the host processing cores. The SoC may include a microcontroller, which may cause the critical battery status data to be stored in a static memory and the display unit may retrieve such data from the static memory to display a visual symbol on the screen. The other portions of the SoC such as the dynamic memory, system agent, media processors, and memory controller hubs may be powered-down while the critical battery status is displayed in the visual form on the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ivan Herrera Mejia, Kenneth D. Shoemaker, Ryan D. Wells
  • Patent number: 9735861
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for processing Bluetooth data in a portable terminal are provided. The apparatus includes a first control unit for transmitting a predetermined data transmission condition, a second control unit for receiving and storing the data transmission condition, for determining whether the data transmission condition is satisfied when data is received from an accessory through Bluetooth communication, and for transmitting the received data to the first control unit when the data transmission condition is satisfied as a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyeong-Seok Kim, Hyuk Kang, Hyun-Chul Choi
  • Patent number: 9679177
    Abstract: A barcode reader and an accessory are disclosed. A barcode reader may include an interface for communication with a host computer via a wireless or wired link and an authentication system to establish mutual authentication with the host computer. The barcode reader may include a connector for connecting the barcode reader to the external power source or the host computer. The connector may be a combined power and data connector. An accessory may provide operating power to a barcode reader and provide decoded data of an image of a barcode received from the barcode reader to a host computer. The accessory may include connectors and an interface system. The interface system may include a processor configured to send the decoded data to the host computer, an authentication system, and a power interface. The accessory may include RF circuits for communicating with the host computer via a wireless link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: John Deal, Ryan Hoobler, Garrett Russell
  • Patent number: 9569552
    Abstract: A processor implemented method of configuring an application on a mobile device comprising a code reading device is disclosed herein. The method comprises: reading a code with the code reading device, the code relating to an organization; and configuring at least one parameter of a first application of the mobile device based on the code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: D2L CORPORATION
    Inventor: Brian Cepuran
  • Patent number: 9390570
    Abstract: A virtual touch-control lock includes a processing module electrically connected to a latch device. A storage module, at least one image pick up device, and an input platform including a transparent or non-transparent non-touch-control screen are electrically connected to the processing module. The input platform is configured to permit a user to proceed with handwriting on the input platform and/or touching the input platform. The at least one image pick up device picks up a handwriting trace of the handwriting and/or the touching sequence. The handwriting trace and/or the touching sequence is transmitted to the processing module and is compared with authorized door-opening identification information stored in the storage module. The identification result is used to control movement of a latch of the latch device from the latching position to the unlatching position or to permit the latch to move from the latching position to the unlatching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: I-Tek Metal Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Po-Lung Chen, Yi-Cheng Chen, Yao-Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 9386393
    Abstract: A system for automatically activating a function of a mobile device with a remote device is described. The system includes a first device having an illumination component for generating illumination having a signature. A second mobile device includes a display and a light sensor. A function of the second mobile device is activated in response to the light sensor receiving the illumination having the signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Khazi-Syed Taheer Ahmed, Eyal Peretz
  • Patent number: 9362897
    Abstract: An integrated oscillator circuit has a plurality oscillator stages including a first oscillator stage, an odd number of intermediate oscillator stages, and a last oscillator stage arranged in series. Each of the oscillator stages has a reverse-biased diode device and a transistor coupled in series between a power supply and a ground. Each diode device has an anode and a cathode, and each transistor has a control terminal for controlling a current flow from a first terminal to a second terminal. In each oscillator stage, the anode of the diode is coupled to the first terminal of the transistor at an internal node. The control terminal of the transistor in each oscillator stage is coupled to the internal node of a proceeding oscillator stage. Further, the control terminal of the transistor in the first oscillator stage is coupled to the internal node of the last oscillator stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: NUVOTON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Peter Holzmann
  • Patent number: 9300015
    Abstract: Desktop power use behavior may be detected while a portable information handling system or any other type of battery powered information handling, system is operating on external power such as an AC adapter. The desktop power use behavior may be detected by monitoring one or more power usage parameters to detect usage characteristics that indicate a battery powered information handling system is being operated in a manner that is similar to operation of a desktop information handling system. Upon detection of desktop behavior, one or more processing devices of the information handling system may respond by taking one or more desktop use response actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Dell Products LP
    Inventors: Chia-Fa Chang, Hua Chung, Ligong Wang, Yung Fa Chueh
  • Patent number: 9239590
    Abstract: A pistol-grip module includes a handle and a coupling member that is configured to couple, mechanically and electrically, to a battery compartment of an active frame. The active frame, which includes at least one electrically powered device, is intended to receive a data-capture device, such as a smart phone. In versions of the pistol-grip module that include a trigger, the trigger can be used to actuate the electrically powered device of the active frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Infinite Peripherals
    Inventors: John G. Vargas, Patrick Dutt
  • Patent number: 9232383
    Abstract: Example apparatus facilitate couriering (e.g., physically carrying) targeted electronic data between a provider in a first physical location and a recipient in a second physical location. An apparatus may store targeted electronic data or may store metadata concerning the targeted electronic data. The apparatus may also store requests for targeted electronic data or information from which targeted electronic data can be identified. An example apparatus may identify targeted electronic data to be provided and may then acquire the targeted electronic data from a provider. The provider may be another courier, another recipient, a source provider (e.g., database), or other source. The apparatus may provide the targeted electronic data to the recipient using a close-range communication channel that does not use the Internet. The targeted electronic data may be identified based on a state of an operating system, an application, or content at the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventors: Alexander Burba, Brandon T Hunt, Andy Hickmott
  • Patent number: 9202095
    Abstract: An adapter for a mobile device is described. The adapter includes a handle portion having a trigger switch that is accessible to an index finger of a hand of the user when the handle portion is held in the hand of the user. A cradle portion is positioned above the handle portion for receiving at least a portion of the mobile device such that a plane of a display of the mobile device is substantially aligned with a long axis of the handle portion and the display is viewable by the user when the mobile device is positioned in the cradle portion and the handle portion is held in the hand of the user. A data acquisition device is coupled to the cradle portion. The data acquisition device acquires data from an object upon actuation of the trigger switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard M. Martin, Jaeho Choi, Ian R. Jenkins, Chandra M. Nair, Konstantinos D. Tsiopanos
  • Patent number: 9147196
    Abstract: A system and method for delivering a restricted use in-store promotion to a consumer includes storing in an offer database a plurality of offer data items for use in creating an in-store promotion. The method further includes storing in an authorization database an authorization parameter and generating at a server a hyperlink including the authorization parameter. In response to receiving a request from a consumer device to present the in-store promotion, the server verifies that the consumer browser invoked the hyperlink containing the authorization parameter. The server also verifies the status of the authorization parameter. If the consumer browser invoked the hyperlink containing the authorization parameter and the status is active, the server dynamically generates the in-store promotion using at least one of the plurality of data items stored in the offer database. Once generated, the server transmits the in-store promotion to the consumer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: OnCard Marketing, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Hansen, Seth H. Sarelson, Johnathan A. Treiber
  • Patent number: 9137665
    Abstract: A method of establishing a WLAN link between portable terminals using a cellular network and a sound, the method including: transmitting a connection request message including a first partial security key being a portion of a first security key to a second portable terminal through a cellular network by a first portable terminal; outputting a sound including a second partial security key being a remaining portion of the first security key after transmitting the connection request message; receiving a request of a WLAN connection including a second security key from the second portable terminal having received the sound through a WLAN; and establishing the WLAN link with the second portable terminal when the second security key corresponds to the first security key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seongil Hahm, Youngri Kim
  • Patent number: 9129174
    Abstract: A mobile unit (MU) is described. The MU includes a handle configured for gripping the MU with fingers of one hand of a user's arm. The MU includes a trigger switch positioned on the handle and configured to activate a data capture function of the MU when the trigger switch is depressed. The MU includes a display device positioned above the handle of the MU such that the display device is viewable to the user when the fingers grip the handle of the MU and the user's arm is maximally extended. The MU includes a data acquisition device located on an opposite side of the display device so as to capture data from an object positioned in a field of view of the data acquisition device when the trigger switch is depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jaeho Choi, Ian R. Jenkins, Richard M. Martin, Chandra M. Nair, Konstantinos D. Tsiopanos
  • Patent number: 9128947
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention may include an apparatus and method for automatically installing mobile versions of software applications on a mobile device using quick response (QR) code technology. A software application may initially be loaded on a personal computer in response to a user request. The personal computer may determine if there is a mobile version of the software application available. If there is a mobile version available, the personal computer may generate a QR code that represents an encoded version of a link for the mobile version of the software application. Subsequently, the QR code may be displayed on a display device of the personal computer for the user to scan and access the mobile version of the software application on his/her mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Sanjay Kumar Raina
  • Patent number: 9100823
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a first information processing apparatus that outputs a sound of a predetermined frequency; and a second information processing apparatus that collects the sound that is output from the first information processing apparatus, and outputs a response to the sound of the predetermined frequency to the first information processing apparatus. The first information processing apparatus transmits predetermined data to the second information processing apparatus that has output the response to the sound of the predetermined frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Kutsuwada, Takeshi Fujita, Yasuharu Yanamura, Akira Masuda, Kohichi Nishide, Yohei Fujita
  • Patent number: 9053198
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the creation, transmission and storage of information related to a specific person, animal, place or object and subsequent retrieval of information by a user positioned at remote locations are disclosed. The systems and methods comprise information; data input computer equipment, an operating system, software and methods for the electronic recording, scanning or creation of information; a remote electronic memory storage facility or capability, commonly known as “cloud computing and/or storage”; unique infographic symbols and a mobile computing device equipped with a camera capable of retrieving information via a communications link to the Internet and displaying the information at a remote location. The infographic symbol can be a QR code or other code laser bonded to the surface of a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Paul W. Harrison
  • Publication number: 20150144701
    Abstract: Indicia-reading systems include an auxiliary reading apparatus with wireless charging capability. The systems are configured to couple, transfer, and receive energy wirelessly between a base charging station and auxiliary indicia reader via resonating coils that include an impedance matching network. Wireless charging capability can save space at the point-of-sale and add convenience for the operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Tao Xian, Haiyang Liu, Edward C. Bremer, Taylor Smith
  • Patent number: 9038899
    Abstract: An apparatus, device, method, computer program product, and system that obtains an end user assistance for an identified item within a geographic locale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9024799
    Abstract: Data transmission apparatus and method thereof, and data reception apparatus and method thereof. Input data is encoded into a plurality of visual codes according to a visual code type. The visual code type includes a sequential type requiring sequential transmission and a nonsequential type not requiring sequential transmission. The sequential visual code includes start code, data code, and end code, and is displayed sequentially. The nonsequential visual code is displayed nonsequentially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung-min Yoon, Chang-kyu Choi
  • Patent number: 9010624
    Abstract: A method for supporting an operator of a household appliance, in particular a domestic appliance, by making contact with customer service for the household appliance with the aid of a portable communication device is disclosed. A machine-readable code affixed to the household appliance, in particular the domestic appliance, is detected by an optical detection device of the portable communication device. On the basis of the detected code, a communication link is established between the portable communication device and communication equipment of customer service, specifically automatically via the portable communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Melanie Kerscher, Thomas Schraufstetter
  • Patent number: 8985466
    Abstract: A multi-function Radio-Frequency device integrated into a computer system is disclosed and includes a substrate including a first surface and a second surface opposite to each other, a touchpad area disposed on the first surface of the substrate for generating a touch signal according to a touch situation, an antenna disposed on the first surface and/or the second surface of the substrate for receiving and transmitting a Radio-Frequency signal, and a control module disposed on the second surface of the substrate and coupled to the touchpad area and the antenna for generating a touch control signal according to the touch signal and generating an identification signal according to the Radio-Frequency signal to the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron NeWeb Corporation
    Inventors: Yen-Liang Wu, Chia-Hua Chiang, Ching-Wen Chen, Chih-Chun Peng
  • Patent number: 8981910
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an RFID tag issuing apparatus includes a communication instructing unit, a search unit, and a misalignment amount detecting unit. The communication instructing unit instructs a reader-writer unit to communicate with the RFID tag at a reference position that is reached when the label is carried by a predetermined amount in a predetermined direction after the specific position on the label is detected by a label position detecting unit. The search unit repeats a carrying of the label and a communication instruction to the reader-writer unit when communication cannot be established with the RFID tag, and thus searches for a communication-available range with the RFID tag. The misalignment amount detecting unit detects an amount of carrying of the label to reach the communication-available range from the reference position, as a misalignment amount of the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kouichi Sano
  • Patent number: 8973828
    Abstract: A coupon management system includes a synthetic barcode module. The synthetic barcode module comprises light management components and a controller. The light management components include an LED operating as both an optical receiver and an optical emitter. The LED receives light pulses and emits light pulses. The controller interfaces with a compatible electronic device such as a cell phone, receives codes corresponding to coupon barcodes, generates signals corresponding to light received by light management components via the LED, determines if the received light pulses correspond to scanner output, and outputs driver signals to cause the light management module to emit light pulses that emulate light reflected from a scanned barcode to communicate the coupon barcode optically. The controller determines if the received light pulses correspond to barcode scanner by checking stimulus timing (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Randy D. McGill
  • Patent number: 8876005
    Abstract: A wireless Bluetooth® paired connection is established between a Bluetooth® module in an electro-optical, handheld reader and a Bluetooth® module in a mobile terminal via a human interface device (HID) profile. Data capture from a target is initiated upon one type of manual actuation, e.g., a single pull, of a trigger on the reader. A soft keyboard is caused to appear on a display on the terminal, either immediately, or after a predetermined event, after the establishment of the Bluetooth® paired connection. The soft keyboard is caused to disappear upon manual actuation of the trigger with a different type of manual actuation, e.g., a double pull, of the trigger. Another double pull of the trigger will cause the soft keyboard to reappear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Evans, Mariya Wright
  • Patent number: 8864032
    Abstract: Network and device configuration systems and methods are described. In an embodiment, a first user interface configured to receive from a user configuration information regarding a first network provided. Program code stored in computer accessible memory is configured to generate a barcode that includes information related to the first network configuration information, wherein the barcode can be scanned by a device having a barcode scanner and a network interface to configure the network interface to access the first network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Ikan Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Fabio Zsigmond, Sion Elie Douer, Geraldo Yoshizawa, Frederico Wagner
  • Patent number: 8820646
    Abstract: A remote control device with excellent convenience, operability, and affinity, which can be intuitively operated and does not require much time to learn its operation, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Kenji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8794527
    Abstract: A multi-mode ring scanner (MMRS) has a ring unit for wearing on a finger. The MMRS optionally has a wrist unit coupled to the ring unit, such as via a cable. The MMRS optionally communicates wirelessly with a computing device. The ring unit has one or more scanners (such as an optical scanner or an RFID tag reader). The ring unit optionally has two paddle switches for activation by inward pressure from fingers adjacent to the finger. The two switches enable specifying operation of the MMRS in a plurality of modes and/or to communicate a plurality of information codes to the computing device. The computing device is optionally enabled to assign a function to each combination of activation of the two switches. A scanning system including the MMRS optionally provides feedback to a user based on feedback from a host processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Socket Mobile, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert John Miller, Allan Leafblad, Thomas J. Newman, Leonard Ott, John E. Brandon, Charles E. Ader, Timothy Miller
  • Patent number: 8783575
    Abstract: A wireless laser detection system for use in a military training environment and method of implementing the same are described. The wireless laser detection system includes at least one laser detector module characterized by a sensor, a decoder, and a network adapter. The laser detection system also includes a control module and a status indicator. The sensor detects an information bearing laser signal and communicates it to the decoder. The decoder extracts event data from the laser signal and sends it to the network adapter. The network adapter wirelessly transmits the event data over a personal area network to the control module. The control module processes the event data and stores it in a memory. The control module also optionally downloads the stored event data to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: James B. Finlayson, Nicholas D. Schlarbaum
  • Patent number: 8776148
    Abstract: In an inherited communication management apparatus, a storage unit stores viewing information relating to the content viewing state of a user of a terminal. On a request from the user of the terminal for content viewing, a requesting unit requests another inherited communication management apparatus to examine whether or not the other inherited communication management apparatus stores viewing information including information relating to interruption of the content viewing by the user. A receiving unit receives a result of the examination requested by the requesting unit. When the examination result received by the receiving unit includes the viewing information including information relating to the interruption of the content viewing, a transmitting unit transmits information relating to interrupted content based on the viewing information to the terminal of the user that has requested the content viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Tomotaka Endo, Yu Minakuchi
  • Patent number: 8763905
    Abstract: A data processing system applying optical identification devices includes a printed matter having a plurality of encoded data printed thereon; an optical identification device for reading at least one encoded data from the printed matter; and a data processing device coupled to the optical identification device and storing a plurality of content data for reading the at least one encoded data through the optical identification device, obtaining at least one first data corresponding to an operation and one second data corresponding to one of the content data from the read encoded data and performing the corresponding operation of the first data on the one of the content data that the second data corresponds to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Institute for Information Industry
    Inventors: Wei-Shen Lin, Chia-Ching Lu, Tsun Ku, Wen-Tai Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8737983
    Abstract: When processing repeated operations on the keyboard of a mobile communication device, mainly at direct debits, used is a separate data carrier with a memory in which is stored at least one file with a sequence of keyboard orders of a macro type. Data carrier is energetically supplied contact-free by electromagnetic field of the mobile communication device while receiving the requiring order and, according to this order, chooses from the memory and encodes appropriate file with a sequence of keyboard orders. Data carrier sends the encoded file into the mobile communication device which decodes the received file and performs processes representing the keystrokes according to the sequence of keyboard orders. The invention also describes connection and data carrier to perform above described method where the data carrier consists of a processor, transmitting and receiving unit, block for transforming electromagnetic field and a memory to store a file of orders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Logomotion, S.R.O.
    Inventors: Emil Hubinak, Miroslav Florek, Michal Masaryk
  • Patent number: RE45218
    Abstract: A portable terminal includes a receiver, a barcode former configured to form barcodes and a display. The barcode former forms a barcode from the data received by the receiver and the display displays the formed barcode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Oshima, Kenichiro Hayashi, Sadashi Kageyama, Seiji Sakashita, Takao Isogawa, Hisashi Takayama