Control Circuits Patents (Class 235/476)
  • Patent number: 10177768
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments providing circuitry that includes camouflaged gates that each have multiple switches arranged in a predefined format. A switch at a specific position in one camouflaged gate can have a different threshold voltage than a switch at the specific position in another camouflaged gate. The logical function performed by the camouflaged gate can be based on which of the switches have a low threshold voltage and which of the switches have a high threshold voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Anirudh Srikant Iyengar, Swaroop Ghosh, Deepakreddy Vontela, Ithihasa Reddy Nirmala
  • Patent number: 9027828
    Abstract: A media processing device enables continuous high-speed processing of recording media. A media processing device has a magnetic head 21 that reads information recorded on checks 4 in the check 4 conveyance path 10, a magnetic recognition unit 20b that acquires the result of a verification based on information read by the magnetic head 21, and a conveyance control unit 20a that starts conveying the check 4 to be processed next. The conveyance control unit 20a selectively operates in an individual processing mode that starts conveying the check 4 to be read next after the results of verifying the read data are acquired by the magnetic recognition unit 20b, and a continuous processing mode that starts conveying the check 4 to be read next after the magnetic head 21 reads at least part of the information without waiting for the magnetic head 21 to acquire the complete verification result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitake Sato, Eiji Ito
  • Patent number: 8764328
    Abstract: The PB Reader solves the problem that the e-reader presents: the e-reader has a non-paper screen and printed documents need assembly, binding, and page turning via hands. This is an electronic, mechanical device that can quickly search, review and print documents and that has text-to-speech and remote control functionality. The unit is rectangular in shape similar as a traditional book, including a viewing window for reading and printing. The unit is fed by two paper-belt rollers, across which images and printed text are displayed. The two paper-belt rolls, which are held by two square axles that are driven by the stepping motor through multiple reduction gears. A pattern of round dots is printed on the bottom side of the paper belt, which can be decoded by a photoelectric sensor to take action of reeling pages. The signals control the stepper motor, allowing the reader to reel the page forward or backward, or jump directly to a specific position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Yan Zhang, Tianlan Zhang
  • Patent number: 8511564
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a device identification detection code output block configured to output a device identification detection code to an outside of the semiconductor device when the semiconductor device enters an identification (ID) read mode, a code comparison block configured to compare a device selection code applied from the outside with the device identification detection code when the semiconductor device enters a device selection mode, and generate a device matching signal based on a comparison result, and an internal circuit block configured to decide whether to perform a predetermined internal operation based on the device matching signal when the semiconductor device enters an operation control mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventor: Jung-Taek You
  • Publication number: 20130119136
    Abstract: A card reader that can prevent phishing and causes no damage on a card in the case where no phishing comes up. A card reader equipped with a card transfer mechanism for taking in and ejecting a card includes a gate mechanism, in which formed is an insertion & ejection slot for inserting and ejecting the card. A protrusion protruding toward an ejecting direction of the card is formed in the gate mechanism. Furthermore, the gate mechanism includes: a card detection mechanism for detecting the card having been ejected by the card transfer mechanism to a pullout-enabled position where a user of the card reader can pull out the card; and a card pullout prevention mechanism for protecting the card from being pulled out when the card is not ejected to the pullout-enabled position at the time of ejecting the card. The card detection mechanism is placed inside the protrusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Ishikawa, Naohito Nakayama
  • Patent number: 8292185
    Abstract: A circuit includes an antenna terminal for generating a current through electromagnetic induction. The circuit also includes a rectifier for receiving the current and generating a rectified power supply voltage. In addition, the circuit includes a voltage clamp for sinking at least some of the current from the antenna terminal based on the rectified power supply voltage from the rectifier. The voltage clamp could include a control circuit (such as an N-channel transistor and a resistor) for controlling the sinking of at least some of the current from the antenna terminal. The voltage clamp could also include a sink circuit (such as an N-channel transistor) for sinking at least some of the current from the antenna terminal. The voltage clamp could further include a sink control circuit (such as a P-channel transistor and a resistor) for activating and deactivating the sink circuit based on operation of the control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics Asia Pacific Pte., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kian-Ann Ng
  • Patent number: 8251282
    Abstract: A card reader device has a card entrance for receiving a card and a card enclosure in registration with the card entrance. The card enclosure defines an area in which the card is read. The card reader also has a card transport mechanism for drawing a card into the card enclosure and for ejecting the card from the card enclosure. A sensor is provided for sensing displacement of part of the card transport mechanism in a direction transverse to the plane of transport of the card, and a control circuit ascertains if the displacement of the card transport mechanism fulfills an alarm criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Barrie Clark, Scott L. Colston
  • Publication number: 20090314839
    Abstract: A banknote stack receiving structure is provided in front of a banknote validator for sequentially passing banknotes to the validator in a serial manner. A first drive arrangement engages one side of an exposed banknote and urges the banknote towards the validator. A restrictive drive cooperates with the first drive and a banknote must pass between opposed rollers of the drives to move to the validator. The restrictive drive roller contacts the opposite side of the exposed banknote but may also contact an overlapping banknote. The restrictive drive rotates to feed a banknote to the validator if a single banknote is present and automatically rotates in an opposite direction if overlapping banknotes are present. This automatic direction of rotation is due to slippage between banknotes and overcoming a low torque motor of the restrictive drive when a single banknote is present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: CANADA CO.
    Inventors: Leon Saltsov, Volodymyr Barchuk, Sergiy Androsyuk, Oleksandr Soyfer, Mykhaylo Bazhenov, Olga Bazhenova, Bogdan Mishunin, Oleksandr Onipchenko
  • Publication number: 20090236411
    Abstract: An electronic book comprising a first housing portion; a second housing portion; a cylindrical spine interposed between the first and second housing portions and pivotally connecting the first housing portion to the second housing portion; a flexible display screen fast with inner faces of the first and second housings and spanning the spine; first and second microprocessor circuitry respectively positioned in the first and second housing portions behind the flexible display screen; a scan head for scanning a data card, the scan head provided on the first microprocessor circuitry on a surface opposite the flexible display screen, the scan head facing away from the flexible display screen; and an internal cartridge for holding a card fed pass the scan head, the internal cartridge having a clear backing window through which an un-scanned surface of the card is visible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7556204
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus having a user interface for symbol input is disclosed. The apparatus has a display and an input device having an elongated touch-sensitive sensor area and capable of detecting user actuations of a plurality of sensor positions along a main axis of the elongated touch-sensitive sensor area. The apparatus also has a processing device coupled to the display and the input device. In response to a user actuation of a current sensor position among said plurality of sensor positions of the input device, the processing device determines, from the current sensor position, a current symbol position in a symbol sequence, and then controls the display to indicate a current symbol held by the current symbol position in the symbol sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Nokia corproation
    Inventor: Niels Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 7549594
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a controller having an interface part communicating with an external host apparatus and a status register group, and having a plurality of functional units communicating with the host apparatus via the interface part, respectively. The status register group includes operable status registers corresponding to the functional units respectively and indicating whether or not the corresponding functional units are in an operable state, and processing status registers corresponding to the functional units respectively and indicating whether or not the corresponding functional units are in a Function-Being-Processed State. When a command received from the host apparatus is provided for any one of the functional units, the controller transfers the command to the functional unit. In the case of a read command for the status register group, the controller transmits a status of the status register group to the host apparatus as a response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuya Iwata, Tatsuya Adachi, Seiji Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20090039160
    Abstract: In a card processor having a function of intermittently transporting a magnetic card, card information is prevented more effectively from being illegally acquired by a skimmer mounted on a card slot. Transport rollers are mounted near the card slot. When a sensor turns ON as a card is inserted into the card slot, the transport rollers are intermittently driven to intermittently transport the card and fetch it in the card processor. Since the card is intermittently transported approximately at the same time when the card is inserted, even if a skimmer SK is mounted on the card slot, information skimmed with a magnetic head H of the skimmer SK during card insertion is only little information in a range a, and most of information will not be skimmed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventor: Akihiro Tadamasa
  • Patent number: 7389937
    Abstract: A card-shaped memory device includes first to third chips which are stacked together on a first surface of a substrate. The first chip has a control function, the second chip has a memory function, and the third chip has an IC card function. The third chip is located in a position other than the lowest one of the positions of the first to third chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Takafumi Ito
  • Patent number: 7306140
    Abstract: An integrated circuit card system and method are disclosed. The integrated circuit card system may include a host and a memory card for storing test data transferred from the host. The host may transfer the test data to the memory card when a processing time of the memory card exceeds a reference time. The memory card may calculate the test data transferred from the host, and the host may read out the calculated test data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kikuchi Takashi, Joong-Chul Yoon, Jong-Sang Choi
  • Patent number: 7293710
    Abstract: A method of overcurrent protection for multi-slot flash memory card reader mainly includes integrating overcurrent protection circuit and power-supply circuit for the multiple slots of the card reader into one single control chip; and, when the overcurrent protection circuit detects an overcurrent at a particular slot, cutting off power supply to that particular slot of the card reader and enabling an overcurrent state register, so that a signal is provided to firmware in the control chip to display an icon of the card reader on a computer as a state indicating an abnormal condition. Whereby, the card reader and a flash memory card inserted therein, or other apparatus connected thereto would not be damaged when an overcurrent occurs, and a user may clearly know the exact point on the card reader where the overcurrent occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Alcor Micro, Corp.
    Inventors: Chi-Tung Chang, Hüng-Chou Tsai, Kuan Chia Huang
  • Patent number: 7191953
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a radio frequency identification device implemented with a metal-gate semiconductor fabrication process, wherein the charge capacitor, which is formed by the special parasitic N-type and P-type guard rings in the chip fabricated with the metal-gate process, incorporated with the original P-type and N-type transistors of metal oxide semiconductor (PMOS/NMOS) not only can provide a horizontal surface current but also can provide a rectified current for the performance of the entire circuit, which can advance the metal gate process to RFID industry in cooperation with an identification code holder circuit and a non-synchronous local oscillation circuit so that the fabrication cost can be lowered and the fabrication time can be shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: G-Time Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Che Ming Wu, Ying Feng Wu, Wen Feng Lee
  • Patent number: 7188777
    Abstract: An IC card transmits data received from a card reading and writing apparatus to a portable terminal via an external interface without changing the received data, or after the received data is converted according to an appropriate conversion scheme or is converted into other packet data. Conversely, the IC card transmits data received from the portable terminal via the external interface to the card reading and writing apparatus via a non-contact interface without changing the received data, or after the received data is converted according to an appropriate conversion scheme or is converted into other packet data. Therefore, non-contact data communication can be performed between the information processing terminal connected to the IC card and the card reading and writing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiko Yamagata, Akira Fukada
  • Patent number: 7131592
    Abstract: An improved card scanner for imaging and decoding data contained in indicia such as bar codes on a side surface of an inserted card. The device features a double scanning method using an electronic imaging element and processor which turns off unnecessary power when not required and begins processing data as soon as one captured image is determined complete. This is accomplished through the use of a processor and software to determine if a complete image of the bar code on the inserted card has been captured and allowing immediate processing for data and removal of the card. Should the image of the bar code be incomplete, a second scan is conducted of the bar code as it is removed and a complete image formed from the second or combination of the two individual scans. The device can also be used to compare photographs scanned from a card with the digital photograph encoded in a two dimensional bar code and to display both photos for comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: E-Seek Incorporated
    Inventors: Ali Lebaschi, Scott Bradley, Hak-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 7128271
    Abstract: A semiconductor integrated circuit having a reverse engineering protection part that can be easily implemented without additional circuitry or process using a method for protecting against reverse engineering of the semiconductor integrated circuit. The semiconductor integrated circuit includes a logic gate and a reverse engineering protection part. The reverse engineering protection part alters the apparent Boolean functions of a logic gate. Further, the reverse engineering protection part includes at least one PMOS transistor and at least one NMOS transistor. The PMOS and NMOS transistors are constructed to remain in a state of constant on or off irrespective of an input signal applied to their gates. The PMOS transistors and the NMOS transistors are included in transistors forming the logic gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-Cheol Kim
  • Patent number: 7117374
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device and method for obtaining and utilizing data. A handheld device which is capable of optically scanning or receiving RFID signals from an object, storing the data in an internal memory, and then re-transmitting the data is disclosed. The re-transmitted data may trigger access to an internet web site or other database which provides a user with detailed information relating to the scanned object. The device is also usable as a re-configurable electronic key or may be built into electronic devices to allow reconfiguration by scanning a symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Intermec IP CORP
    Inventors: Richard A. Hill, Richard Penn, Ewald Schoemig, Egil K. Summers, William H. Lace, Louis D. Pheil
  • Patent number: 7017818
    Abstract: An improved card scanner for imaging and decoding indica such as bar codes on a side surface of an inserted card. The device is electrically powered and features a double scanning method using an electronic imaging element and processor which turns off unnecessary power when not required. This is accomplished through the use of a processor and software to determine if a complete image of the bar code on the inserted card has been captured and allowing immediate extracting of data from the bar code and immediate removal of the card. Should the image of the bar code be incomplete, a second scan is conducted of the bar code as it is removed and if complete, data is extracted and if incomplete a complete image formed from the two individual scans. The device also employs a magnetic strip data reader to extract magnetically encoded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: E-Seek Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Lebaschi, Scott Bradley, Hak-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 7004397
    Abstract: When a front panel is opened, a microcomputer decides that it reached a predetermined angle by counting the number of pulses generated by a pulse generator, and a CPU controls a power switch and turns off a power supplied to a card type record medium. Also, when the microcomputer detects an input of a front panel operation button in a state in which the front panel has opened and when a switch is ON, the CPU recognizes that the card type record medium is present and detects whether or not a terminal for connection detection of the card type record medium has been electrically connected and when it has not been connected, it is recognized that the card type record medium is in a half insertion state and a closing operation is not performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Fujita, Jun Shinkawa
  • Patent number: 6929184
    Abstract: Malfunction of a bi-directional resonant motor drive in an electro-optical reader is detected without new hardware by monitoring the frequency of a start-of-scan signal, and by determining whether the monitored frequency lies within a predetermined frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Barkan
  • Patent number: 6854655
    Abstract: The invention relates to a scanning device for reading bar code symbols, wherein the scanning device comprises a housing having a substantially horizontal surface and a substantially vertical surface. A motor rotates a polygon mirror, which reflects a light beam from a light source and redirects it toward a mirror array and out a window in the substantially horizontal window. Another motor rotates another polygon mirror, which reflects a light beam from a second light source and redirects it toward a second mirror array and out a window in the substantially vertical surface. A plurality of sensors detects light reflected back from a bar code and generates a plurality of electrical signals proportional to the intensity of the reflected light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Barkan
  • Patent number: 6802452
    Abstract: An improved card scanner for imaging and decoding indica such as bar codes on a side surface of an inserted card. The device is electrically powered and features a double scanning method using an electronic imaging element and processor which turns off unnecessary power when not required. This is accomplished through the use of a processor and software to determine if a complete image of the bar code on the inserted card has been captured and allowing immediate removal of the card. Should the image of the bar code be incomplete, a second scan is conducted of the bar code as it is removed and a complete image formed from the two individual scans. The device can also be used to compare photographs scanned from a card with the digital photograph scanned from a two dimensional bar code and to display both photos for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Inventors: Ali Lebaschi, Scott Bradley, Hak Kim
  • Patent number: 6772950
    Abstract: Described are a system and method for monitoring a location. The system may include a scanner having a digital imager, a processor and a communication device. The scanner is situated at the location. The system also may include a computing arrangement for accessing the scanner. The processor detects when the scanner is in a scanning mode in which information encoded on a scanned item is decoded. When the scanner is detected not to be in the scanning mode, the processor controls the digital imager to operate in a monitoring mode in which images of the location are generated for output to the computing arrangement via the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Duanfeng He
  • Patent number: 6763997
    Abstract: A card destruction system includes a reader to read identification information from a card. A controller is coupled to the reader to receive the identification information and to determine whether the card is to be destroyed. A delivery sensor is coupled to the controller to sense when the aid is delivered to a card destruction device. The controller is also configured to produce a record of the destruction based on a signal from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce A. Bennett, Scott J. Smith, Henry Abelman, Kenneth Algiene, Mike Jeronimus
  • Patent number: 6758392
    Abstract: A card destruction system includes a reader to read identification information from a card. A controller is coupled to the reader to receive the identification information and to determine whether the card is to be destroyed. A delivery sensor is coupled to the controller to sense when the card is delivered to a card destruction device. The controller is also configured to produce a record of the destruction based on a signal from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce A. Bennett, Scott J. Smith
  • Patent number: 6601770
    Abstract: An IC card (80) has a communication module (20) embedded in a core member (30). The communication module (20) has a contact terminal (24), an antenna (60) and an IC chip (82) mounted on the same circuit board (22) for making the assembly work easier. The contact terminal (24) is formed at an upper surface of the circuit board (22) to be exposed from an opening (26a) of a surface material (26). The antenna (60) and the IC chip (82) are provided to a lower surface of the circuit board (22) to indirectly face the contact terminal (24). The IC chip (82) automatically adjusts the resonance frequency of the antenna (60) such that an output from the antenna (60) has the maximum value constantly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ikefuji, Hiroharu Okada
  • Patent number: 6572013
    Abstract: A bill deposit/withdrawal machine for performing deposit or withdrawal of bills according to a transaction, having a deposit/withdrawal port disposed in an upper part of the bill deposit/withdrawal machine, for performing deposit or withdrawal of bills, a bill discriminating unit for discriminating bills, a solid bill box casing is disposed in a lower part of the bill deposit/withdrawal machine. At least one bill accepting box is disposed in the bill box casing, for accepting bills transported from the deposit/withdrawal port and/or accepting bills to be transported to the deposit/withdrawal port. A bill transport path is provided for connecting the deposit/withdrawal port to the bill accepting box through the bill discriminating unit and for transporting bills. The bill transport path includes an upper bill transport path and a lower bill transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Riichi Katou, Kunihisa Matsuura, Itsunori Utsumi, Kenji Okuna
  • Patent number: 6504623
    Abstract: A multiple function printer for reliably re-magnetizing MICR character on a cut-sheet form without regard to operator experience or the manner in which the form is inserted method. The transportation mechanism of the printer drives the cut-sheet form inserted in an insertion opening of the printer in reverse until the leading edge of the form is detected by a top-of-form (TOF) detector disposed in the insertion opening. Next, the cut-sheet form 5 is fed in reverse to position the beginning of the MICR characters on the form within the effective flux density range of the magnetizing magnet 17. The cut-sheet form is then advanced forward from this position to re-magnetize and then read the MICR characters using a magnetic head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Ito
  • Patent number: 6491226
    Abstract: An apparatus for preventing extraction of a card-shaped functional device from an information-processing apparatus. The apparatus prevents extraction by audibly warning an operator when a slot cover for covering a card slot of the information-processing apparatus is opened and operational power is supplied to the card-shaped functional device. The apparatus stops the warning when the slot cover is closed or the operational power is not supplied to the card-shaped functional device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: NEC Infrontia Corporation
    Inventor: Masafumi Nishioka
  • Patent number: 6460771
    Abstract: A motorized card reader module (14d) is described. The module (14d) has a transport system (22,26) that is operable to transport a card (30) into the card reader module (14d) in a stop/start manner until the card (30) is fully enclosed by the card reader module (14d), and thereafter to transport the card (30) in a continuous manner so that a magnetic stripe on the card (30) can be accurately read by a reading head (24) in the module (14d), but not by a third party reading head located outside the module (14d). A method of preventing fraud at an SST, and an SST having a motorized card reader module are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: David C. C. May
  • Publication number: 20020125326
    Abstract: A shutter mechanism used for card module opens and closes a card module slot of electronic device installed on a motor vehicle. The shutter mechanism has a shutter body and a card holding section. The shutter body is reciprocally movable between a closing position closing a slot and an evacuation position apart from the slot in a direction perpendicular to a direction of inserting the card into the slot and in a direction of a surface of the card inserted into the slot. The card holding section is arranged on the shutter body to press a rear end of the card, which is inserted into the slot when the shutter body stops at the closing position, in the insertion direction of the card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventor: Daisuke Nakjima
  • Patent number: 6422458
    Abstract: A bill deposit/withdrawal machine for performing deposit or withdrawal of bills according to a transaction includes a deposit/withdrawal port for performing deposit or withdrawal of bills; a bill discriminating unit for discriminating bills, bill accepting boxes for accepting bills transported from the deposit/withdrawal port or accepting bills to be transported to the deposit/withdrawal port and a bill transport path for connecting the deposit/withdrawal port to the bill accepting boxes through the bill discriminating unit and transporting bills. The deposit/withdrawal port and the bill discriminating unit are disposed in an upper part of the bill deposit/withdrawal machine, and the bill accepting boxes are disposed in a lower part of the bill deposit/withdrawal machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Riichi Katou, Kunihisa Matsuura, Itsunori Utsumi, Kenji Okuna
  • Patent number: 6386447
    Abstract: A so-called “smart card” system is provided with controls which ensure that a request for change in status of a vehicle is not inconsistent with the presence or lack thereof of an appropriate card in the vehicle. As an example, prior to stopping ignition upon the request for stopping ignition, a sensor will look for the presence of a valid card within the vehicle cab. If no valid card is identified, then a warning signal is sent to the operator that no card is within the cab. This will prevent the operator from stopping the vehicle in the event that any appropriate cards have left the vehicle. The operator will thus be saved the inconvenience of having to walk to a location to get another card. In another example, should the request be for locking of the vehicle driver door, the presence of a valid card within the vehicle would be made known to the operator. In this way, the operator will be less likely to lock the card within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Siemens Automotive Corporation
    Inventors: David T. Proefke, Thomas E. Utter, Robert C. Baillargeon, Thomas W. Pfeffer, Jeffrey R. Coil, Andrew C. Brenz, Kenneth P. Orlando, Tejas B. Desai, Christian O. Johnson, Ronald J. Plichta
  • Patent number: 6293469
    Abstract: A system for issuing printed documents exchangeable for value having interconnected printer and feeder modules. The printer module includes a printing station having a printhead supported for reciprocal movement in a direction transverse to the path of movement of the print medium. A sensor carried by the printhead is operative to sense and read preprinted indicia on the print medium. The feeder module includes a receptacle for storing the print medium as a continuous form. A slot is provided for enabling the insertion of print media external to the feeder module. A gate mechanism blocks the feed slot under predetermined operating conditions. A first drive mechanism is operative to feed the print medium from the receptacle towards the printing station. A severing mechanism is operative to sever the lead document from the supply. A severing sensor detects failure of the severing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: DH Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard V. Masson, David J. Walson, Robert J. Brice, Robert M. Yraceburu, Russel H. Marvin, Michael V. Fell, Paul J. Vogt, Earney Stoutenburg, Dan R. Carrington
  • Patent number: 6182899
    Abstract: A drive unit (7) of an electronic apparatus drives a first transport mechanism (4) for transporting a memory card (1) between an eject position and an intermediate position, and a second transport mechanism (5) for transporting the memory card (1) between an intermediate position and a play position. The second transport mechanism (5) is coupled to the drive unit (7) by a lead screw transmission (9,14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation
    Inventors: Stefan Müller, Horst Rumpf
  • Patent number: 6170747
    Abstract: An apparatus for inspecting the print quality of a series of barcodes positioned on at least one side of a high speed moving web. The apparatus includes a synchronization element having a light source and a photocell; a laser scanning element; a microprocessor, and means for generating decoded barcode data. Also included is a means for comparing the contrast value of the print on either side of the web material, whether black or multicolored. The apparatus includes an objective means of inspecting print quality which is more efficient than subjective means of visual inspection. If erroneous scanned data is found, the web is stopped until the problem is corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Inventor: Jacob P. Meyer
  • Patent number: 6164547
    Abstract: A method for checking the compatibility of a mobile station (201) and a functional unit (207); a mobile station (201) and a functional unit (207). A reference code (104, 105) is calculated in the mobile station (201) and the functional unit (207) by using algorithms which use initial numbers given by the mobile station (201), and the results are compared in the mobile station (108, 201). On the basis of the comparison it is concluded, whether the functional unit (207) is compatible with the mobile station (201), and whether it is to be activated (110, 112). In order to carry out the check measures, a check message including preferably name of the mobile station manufacturer/agent (302), IMEI code (303), product code (304), version data (305, 306), and random number (307), is transmitted to the functional unit (207).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Nokia Mobile Phones Limited
    Inventors: Simo Vapaakoski, Jukka Raisio, Timo Suhonen
  • Patent number: 6131817
    Abstract: A plastic card transport apparatus and a plastic card inspection system. A group of lower support wheels is positioned with their circumferential surfaces aligned to define a card transport path having a plurality of card operation locations therealong. The wheels support a plastic card by its lower edge as the plastic card is transported along the card transport path from a first one of the card operation locations to a second one of the card operation locations. A drive source continuously drives selected ones of the lower support wheels to move the plastic card along the card transport path between card operation locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: NBS Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Miller
  • Patent number: 6084824
    Abstract: An optical reader includes a mechanical scanning assembly for scanning an optical card such as an OC-ROM. The scanning assembly includes a linear LED array, a linear detector array and a carrier for moving the LED array and the detector array jointly in a linear scanning direction. When the LED array illuminates a data patch on the optical card, a bit image of the data patch is focused onto the detector array. The bit image is read out as a serial stream of data. A data patch can be randomly accessed by moving the scanning assembly to a row including the data patch and turning on an LED located over the data patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventor: Mina Farr
  • Patent number: 6006209
    Abstract: An automatic cash transaction apparatus includes a deposit/payment port for depositing/paying bills; a circulatable bill storage unit for storing therein circulatable bills used to be paid among the deposited bills: an uncirculatable bill storage unit for storing therein uncirculatable bills not used to be paid; a convey path for conveying bills among the deposit/payment port, the circulatable bill storage unit, and the uncirculatable bill storage unit; a feature extracting means provided on the convey path, for extracting a pictorial pattern for the respective bills deposited via the deposit/payment port; and a memory means for storing therein the features extracted by the feature extracting means with respect to each of the deposited bills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ikuo Takeuchi, Masao Okayama
  • Patent number: 5756985
    Abstract: An improved cash box system for a bill validator (11) which includes bill inlet (16) a sensor (OS) associated with the opening, a bill transporting assembly (21) and a bill stacking assembly (30). A cash box (10) associated with the bill validator (11) receives bills (B) from the bill stacking assembly (30) when the stacker motor (M2) is activated. A processing system (100) measures the current draw of the stacker motor (M2) and compares it to a predetermined limit of the current draw to determine whether the cash box (10) is full, when a bill is placed in the bill inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Coin Acceptors, Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Holste, James M. Harr, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5434404
    Abstract: Apparatus for scanning a data card which comprises a thin, flexible medium having leading and trailing edges and one or more data stripes formed thereon at a prearranged location and extending transverse to said leading and trailing edges. The apparatus comprises a card guide for defining a linear card guide path and an entrance slit for accepting the data card into the guide path. A card positioning assembly is cooperatively associated with the card guide and drives the data card through the entrance slit and into the card guide. The card positioning assembly positions the card in a stationary prearranged location. A transducer positioning assembly linearly scans transducers along the data stripes on the data card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Assignee: Verifone, Inc.
    Inventors: Yiu T. Liu, Lang V. Nguyen, Joseph Y. Kwong, Stanley Y. W. Lui
  • Patent number: 5380996
    Abstract: An optical card recording/regenerating apparatus performs at least either recording or regenerating while reciprocating an optical card with respect to an optical head. At this time, the apparatus drives the optical card so that the relative speed between the optical card and optical head will be constant over a data division of the optical card and part of ID divisions in the vicinities of both edges thereof. When the relative speed becomes constant, the apparatus performs at least either recording or regenerating. The apparatus offers a smaller drive length. This realizes downsizing of an optical recording/regenerating apparatus and reduction of an access time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshio Horiguchi
  • Patent number: 5374999
    Abstract: Disclosed is a scan control system for controlling the scanning operation of a business card reader. The scan control system is consisted of a document sensor detector, a delay time circuit, a motor start drive, a motor drive counter, a start scan monitor, an error detector circuit, an end of scan circuit, an encoder control circuit and a divide frequency circuit, and connected to a computer for document filing, in particular business card filing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Assignee: Silitek Corporation
    Inventors: Ko-Chien Chuang, Fu-Chun Wu
  • Patent number: 5354978
    Abstract: An information recording/reproducing apparatus comprises a housing having a movable front panned in which a card inserting slot for loading an optical card is formed, a cleaning device, provided detachable to the inside of the housing in a card conveying passage on the side of the card inserting slot, for cleaning the optical card to be conveyed, a shuttle reciprocal in the conveying passage in the housing along the conveying passage while holding the optical card, and a lock mechanism capable of locking the shuttle in the conveying passage on the card inserting slot side. The lock mechanism is controlled to lock the shuttle when the cleaning device is detached from the housing, and unlocking a lock state of the lock mechanism when the cleaning device is attached to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Hashi
  • Patent number: 5298730
    Abstract: Tracks formed on an optical card loaded into a card holder are scanned so that ID information about a reference position on the card is read. This ID information may be used to correct an appraisal of where the card is loaded on the card holder. If the correction operation fails, then the optical head is moved in a direction transverse to the tracks to again perform the correction operation at another track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takao Rokutan
  • Patent number: 5285433
    Abstract: In an apparatus for recording and/or reproducing data on and/or from an optical card having a plurality of tracks, each of which includes a data portion and ID portions provided at both ends of the data portion, in said data portion the data is recorded in a plurality of sectors in a reciprocal manner by projecting from an optical head a recording or reproducing light beam onto the optical card, while the optical card is moved with respect to the light beam, a relative position of the optical card with respect to the optical head is detected to derive a sector position signal. A start point of a sector for which the data will be recorded or reproduced is determined by counting the sector position signal. The sector position signal is derived by counting pulses generated by a rotary encoder coupled with the motor for moving the optical card to derive a count value and a comparator for comparing the count value with a reference value which is generated in accordance with a predetermined track format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Oshiba, Toshio Horiguchi