Personal Identification Patents (Class 340/5.81)
  • Patent number: 10974753
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pram comfort device (10, 12) for a pram, in particular a pram axle and/or a pram wheel (12), with an axle and/or a wheel (200), wherein the axle is designed as what is referred to as an intelligent axle and/or the wheel (200) is designed as what is referred to as an intelligent wheel (200), and an additional comfort function can be provided for the pram by means of the axle and/or by means of the wheel (200). Furthermore, the invention relates to a pram underframe or a pram, wherein the pram underframe or the pram has a pram comfort device (10, 12) according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ester Ruprecht, Pierre Nonnenmacher
  • Patent number: 10955971
    Abstract: In order to enable any user to perform an input operation intuitively and safely in a situation where input operation is required, the control device detects an subject entering a projection range based on the characteristics of subjects included in image data generated by controlling an imaging device, controls a projection device to project projection light on a projection surface so that display information for receiving input is displayed over the projection surface, detects when a pointing body has entered the area above the projection surface based on the image data, identifies the content of an instruction based on the positional relation between the display information displayed over the projection surface and the instructing portion of the pointing body, controls a communication device to transmit the identified instruction content as input information, and controls the projection device not to project the projection light on a projection-prohibited surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Kyosuna, Hirofumi Tsuda, Fujio Okumura
  • Patent number: 10818114
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an access right management method of an access control system, and an object of the present invention is to provide an access right management method, which can fetch a synchronized personnel information file from a personnel management server and automatically check whether there is personnel information corresponding to a factor for determining an access right in the personnel information in the personnel information file; and automatically identify personnel information corresponding to the factor if the personnel information exists, automatically generate an access right value of a corresponding visitor by matching the personnel information to an entrance door recognition device of each access group corresponding to the personnel information, and register and store the access right value in an access control operation server, so that efficiency of operating the access management is maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SHINHWA Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwan Suk Chae, Yoon Jae Park
  • Patent number: 10770071
    Abstract: An electronic device includes one or more sensors and one or more processors. The one or more sensors receive a first audio input defining a process initiation command and initiate, in response to the process initiation command, a process. Thereafter, the one or more sensors receive a second audio input defining a process cessation command. The one or more processors determine whether one or more substantially matching audio characteristics are present in both the first audio input and the second audio input. Where they are absent from one of the first audio input or the second audio input, the one or more processors ignore the process cessation command and continuing the process. Where they are present, the one or more processors cease the process in response to the process cessation command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Rachid Alameh, John Gorsica
  • Patent number: 10706396
    Abstract: Systems and methods for initiating and/or facilitating a financial transaction in response to detecting and translating a spatial gesture may be provided. A payor transaction device may be capable of detecting, via a motion-detecting device, a payor spatial gesture corresponding to a payment gesture of one or more predetermined spatial gestures and, responsive to detecting the payor spatial gesture, receiving payee account information from a payee transaction device. The payor transaction device may also be capable of transmitting, to a payor computing device, transaction data comprising the payee account information and data indicative of the payor spatial gesture. The payor computing device may be capable of transmitting at least a portion of the transaction data to a financial service provider terminal to enable the financial service provider terminal to facilitate the requested transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: David K. Wurmfeld, Tyler Sylvain Locke, Adam Koeppel
  • Patent number: 10698999
    Abstract: This document describes authentication using an interactive cord. An interactive cord includes a cable, and a fabric cover that covers the cable. The fabric cover includes one or more conductive threads woven into the fabric cover to form one or more capacitive touchpoints which are configured to enable reception of touch input that causes a change in capacitance to the one or more conductive threads. The interactive cord can be used to authenticate a user. For example, rather than using a password entered into a computing device, a touch input pattern can be provided to interactive cord that is coupled to the computing device to authenticate the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Thad Eugene Starner, Karissa A. Sawyer
  • Patent number: 10670423
    Abstract: A MEMS (Microelectromechanical System) INU (Inertial Navigation Unit) chip comprises a compact autonomous device undergoing motion tracks and analyzes its definite movement relative to local Earth coordinates with optimal accuracy and repeatability of lmm over distances of greater than two meters. The MEMS INU includes an Inertial Motion Tracking Device (IMTD) comprises a gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, and digital processor programmed with a general purpose Inertial Measurement Engine (IME), an application specific Motion Analysis and Adaptation (MAA) program and a low power radio. The IMTD tracks its motion with optimum accuracy using compact practical sensors that may have noise and drift by periodically and autonomously checking its velocity changes at an optimum interval, computing a linear acceleration therefrom and determining a no-motion or motion condition relative to a threshold and correcting its velocity, position and acceleration errors when there is no motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Inertialwave
    Inventors: Anthony Dorian Challoner, Byron Campbell Challoner, Jeremy Daniel Popp
  • Patent number: 10585962
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to associating computing devices with each other based on computer network activity for selection of content items as part of an online content item placement campaign. A first linking factor is identified based on a connection between a first device and the computer network via a first IP address during a first time period, and based on a connection between a second device and the computer network via the first IP address during the first time period. A number of devices that connect with the computer network via the first IP address is determined. A positive match probability is generated. A second and third linking factors are monitored. A negative match probability is determined based on the second and third linking factors. The first device is linked with the second device based on the positive and negative match probabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Jianjun Qiu
  • Patent number: 10586123
    Abstract: Provided are a vehicle body assembling method and a vehicle body assembling apparatus which allow a simple configuration in the vicinity of the connecting portion between an upper jig and a lower jig and allow an increase in the efficiency of assembling work (welding work). A vehicle body assembling apparatus is equipped with a jig for supporting vehicle body components in a preassembled position, the jig comprising an upper jig and a lower jig which are connected to each other in at least two places. Each of the connection places is provided with a connecting means for fixing a three-dimensional coordinate position while allowing uniaxial turning. The vehicle body assembling apparatus is also equipped with a conveying means for conveying the upper jig which supports the vehicle body components, and reduces the load applied to the lower jig from the upper jig when connecting the upper jig to the lower jig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Bionics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Kozo Sushita
  • Patent number: 10445484
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for enabling access to secure data. A first module is arranged to generate a limited use passcode and make the passcode available to a user. A second module and a third module are arranged to communicate whereby to enable detection of the third module being in proximity to the second module. A fourth module is arranged to receive a passcode via user input. The apparatus is arranged to enable access to secure data in dependence on the fourth module receiving a valid passcode generated by the first module and the third module being in proximity to the second module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Visa Europe Limited
    Inventor: Boris Taratine
  • Patent number: 10238966
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method and a device for estimating the value of an input in a real-time system. It concerns more particularly real time interactive systems where the input is tracked using a first sensor, typically a camera in presence of a perturbing factor. The perturbing factor is estimated using a second sensor. The component of input computed values due to the perturbing factor are cancelled based on this estimation. A next input value is then estimated from the previous computed input values where the perturbing factor has been cancelled. The estimation is then corrected by applying back the estimation of the perturbing factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: François-Xavier Pasquier, Sébastien Guido, Janos Boudet
  • Patent number: 10121297
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing vision-based fare collection using one or more cameras positioned within a transit station. The system may determine that a user is approaching an entry point separating a non-restricted access area from a restricted access area. Using a camera and/or an RFID transceiver, the system may track the location of the user as the user approaches the entry point. The system may determine that the user is permitted to access the restricted access area, and may allow the user to access the restricted access area via the entry point upon the user being within a threshold distance from the entry point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Busch-Sorensen, Pradip Mistry
  • Patent number: 10083289
    Abstract: This document describes authentication using an interactive cord. An interactive cord includes a cable, and a fabric cover that covers the cable. The fabric cover includes one or more conductive threads woven into the fabric cover to form one or more capacitive touchpoints which are configured to enable reception of touch input that causes a change in capacitance to the one or more conductive threads. The interactive cord can be used to authenticate a user. For example, rather than using a password entered into a computing device, a touch input pattern can be provided to interactive cord that is coupled to the computing device to authenticate the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Thad Eugene Starner, Karissa A. Sawyer
  • Patent number: 10062040
    Abstract: An automated kiosk and related apparatus provide check-in and boarding services to energy sector passengers, such as helicopter passengers. Preferably, the kiosk and related apparatus can take and store a picture of the passenger, calculate and/or measure the weight of the passenger and the passenger's luggage, print luggage tags and boarding printouts, check third parties' databases (such as a no-fly list (NFL)) for approval for the passenger's flight and can transmit data to another location (server, third party employer, pilot).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: PHI HELIPASS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Brandon Jay Gilbert, Steven Wyatt Pharis, James Quinn, David Alan Treadway
  • Patent number: 9952676
    Abstract: A method is described including receiving real time signals from the sensor array, comparing the real time signals to corresponding training signals representing a gesture from each sensor in the sensor array to determine if a gesture has been recognized and transmitting a command corresponding to a recognized gesture to a remote computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jose Rodrigo Camacho Perez, Hector Alfonso Cordourier Maruri, Hector Raul Moncada Gonzalez, Julio Cesar Zamora Esquivel, Paulo Lopez Meyer, Alejandro Ibarra Von Borstel
  • Patent number: 9942768
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method according to one embodiment includes requesting input from a user of a mobile device, receiving gyroscope data at the mobile device, in response to the requesting, verifying the gyroscope data, and performing one or more actions, in response to the verifying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon Z. Frank, Joseph A. Latone
  • Patent number: 9935931
    Abstract: A user who is currently unauthorized to access a resource sends a request to access the resource. It is determined whether a number of authorized users of the resource who have indicated that the user should be permitted to access the resource satisfies the threshold condition. If the number of authorized users who have indicated that the user should be permitted access satisfies the threshold condition, the user is permitted to access the resource. The threshold condition can be based on replies received responsive to messages sent to the authorized users of the resource asking whether the user should be permitted to access the resource. The threshold condition can be based on public digital keys of the authorized users from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: David Daniel Chudy, Gary David Cudak, James Gordon McLean, Cristian Medina
  • Patent number: 9891590
    Abstract: A wearable device includes: a touch screen; an acceleration sensor configured to generate an acceleration signal; an optical sensor using a light source and configured to generate a touch interrupt signal; and a control unit configured to detect a wearing state of the wearable device, the wearing state of the wearable device including a not-wearing state for the wearable device, a wrist wearing state, and a hand gripping state on the basis of the acceleration signal and the touch interrupt signal, and to execute a function corresponding to the wearing state of the wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hongjo Shim, Gukchan Lim, Youngho Sohn, Seonghyok Kim, Chohee Kwon, Hyunwoo Kim
  • Patent number: 9842441
    Abstract: A system and method for determining entry into a secured facility at a checkpoint, wherein the method can comprise the steps of receiving by an Access Control Operations Center (ACOC) server from a checkpoint computer a request for entry and identification data, and requesting records from one or more public records databases. The method can also comprise the steps of receiving by the ACOC server the records from the one or more public records databases, and determining an initial adjudication result using an automated vetting process. Moreover, the method can comprise placing the records in a manual review queue if the adjudication result represents that the entrant failed the automated vetting report but is not actively wanted. Lastly, the method can comprise receiving a subsequent adjudication based on the manual review, and transmitting the subsequent adjudication to the checkpoint computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Jeremy Keith Mattern
  • Patent number: 9761135
    Abstract: A method and a system for integrating multiple camera images to track a vehicle are provided. In the method, a security request of a vehicle to be tracked is received from a user, in which the security request comprises registration information and position information of the vehicle. Next, images captured by multiple cameras in a specific range around a location of the position information are retrieved. The retrieved images are analyzed according to the registration information, so as to recognize the images comprising the vehicle. Finally, a message is issued when the images comprising the vehicle are recognized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Yi-Yuan Chen, Jian-Ren Chen, Leii H. Chang, Shang-Chih Hung
  • Patent number: 9645948
    Abstract: In one example, a method includes receiving, by a controller device from a master device operably connected to the controller device, a memory access request configured to request access to computer-readable memory of the controller device. The method further includes sampling, by the controller device, time-varying data received from a controlled device operably connected to the controller device, and generating, by the controller device in response to receiving the memory access request, an access key using the sampled time-varying data received from the controlled device. The method further includes transmitting, by the controller device, the generated access key to the master device, and enabling, by the controller device, access to the computer-readable memory of the controller device in response to data write commands received from the master device that include an access code based on the access key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Noll, Steven A. Avritch
  • Patent number: 9622030
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining a location and an identity of a portable device are provided. The system includes apparatus for transmitting timing synchronization information, a plurality of stationary ultrasonic base stations and a plurality of portable devices. Each ultrasonic base station is configured to receive the timing synchronization information and to transmit a corresponding ultrasonic location code in a time period based on the received timing synchronization information. Each portable device is configured to: 1) receive the timing synchronization information, 2) detect the ultrasonic location codes from the ultrasonic base stations and 3) transmit an output signal including a portable device ID representative of the portable device and the detected ultrasonic location code. Each portable device is synchronized to detect the ultrasonic location code in the time period based on the received timing synchronization information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Centrak, Inc.
    Inventors: Israel Amir, Karuppiah Annamalai
  • Patent number: 9607456
    Abstract: A method and a system are provided for switching at least one electrical consumer in a building comprising an elevator system. The switched electrical consumer is, for example, a camera. The camera is activated if when using the elevator system the user does not actuate a building door within an ascertained route time, i.e. the user does not arrive at his/her destination. It is possible using an image recorded by the camera to establish whether the user is possibly in a dangerous situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: Bernhard Gerstenkorn
  • Patent number: 9569786
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for excluding individuals from retail analytics. Pedestrian traffic within a predetermined area is monitored via a video sensor to determine a video entrance. The video entrance may correspond to entrances of the predetermined area by a first set of individuals. The pedestrian traffic may also be monitored via a plurality of wireless sensors to determine a wireless entrance. The wireless entrance may correspond to entrances by a second set of individuals. The video entrance and the wireless entrance are compared to determine if any of the entrances associated with a video timestamp match any of the entrances with a wireless timestamp. An overall entrance count corresponding to the number of customers entering the predetermined area is determined. Retail analytics excluding employees may subsequently be calculated using the overall entrance count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: RetailNext, Inc.
    Inventors: George Shaw, Kushel Rai Bellipady
  • Patent number: 9562973
    Abstract: An integrated identification system including a housing, an active light beacon supported by the housing, an RF beacon supported by the housing, and a controller coupled to the active light beacon and RF beacon to facilitate independent control of the active light beacon and RF beacon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Cornett, Robert Charles Becker, Doug Carlson
  • Patent number: 9547982
    Abstract: A controlling device such as a remote control has programming for transmitting a signal response to a plurality of control environments, each environment including a signaling device. Each signaling device in receipt of the signal request sends a signal response having a unique ID which is chosen to be characteristically attenuated by the surroundings of the environment. Because the controlling device can only be in one environment at a given time, and given the attenuation characteristics of the signal response from each signaling device, only one signal response will be received by the controlling device in each environment. Location definitions associated with the received unique ID may be used by programming in the controlling device to recall saved devices states, commands sets, macros, and even to dynamically generate commands based on the location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan de Clercq, Christopher Chambers, Wayne Scott, Allen Yuh, Paul D. Arling, Robert Lilleness
  • Patent number: 9538351
    Abstract: A device may receive a first request to authenticate a user device for an emergency phone call requested by the user device via a wireless local area network (WLAN). The device may authenticate the user device based on the first request. The device may provide an authentication acceptance message, indicating that the user device is authenticated, based on authenticating the user device. The device may receive a second request, based on providing the authentication message, to establish the emergency phone call. The second request may include an emergency access point name (APN). The device may determine that the emergency APN is not provisioned for the user device. The device may provide, based on determining that the emergency APN is not provisioned, an instruction to allow the emergency phone call from the user device using the preconfigured APN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Xuming Chen, Mingxing S. Li, Sudhakar Reddy Patil, Andrew J. Dock
  • Patent number: 9525705
    Abstract: A system and method can support on-device operation management. A token issuer on a backend server, and/or a tool, can generate an authorization token, which is bound to a user of one or more devices using a unique identifier (ID) that is assigned to the user. The unique ID can be known and/or shared between the an on-device authorizing entity and the token issuer. Then, the on-device authorizing entity can verify the authorization token before granting an execution of one or more protected on-device operations. Furthermore, the on-device authorizing entity may not grant the execution of the one or more protected on-device operations, when the unique ID is erased from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thierry Violleau, Nicolas Ponsini, Patrick Van Haver
  • Patent number: 9501917
    Abstract: A monitoring system is disclosed for monitoring and deterring entrance of supervised individuals into an area. The system includes a wearable monitoring device configured to be worn by an individual to be deterred from entrance into a retail environment. The wearable monitoring device includes a theft deterrent device operably configured to be detectable by at least one theft deterrent gate device disposed proximate an entrance area to a retail environment; and an alarm operably configured to communicate an alarm condition in response to the theft deterrent gate device detecting the theft deterrent device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Sami Slim
  • Patent number: 9413472
    Abstract: A method for power management in a beacon includes determining a program density of a signaling program; determining an initial driving voltage using the program density; determining a current setting for an emitter using the initial driving voltage; adjusting the initial driving voltage to a start-up voltage; executing the signaling program using the start-up voltage; and adjusting the start-up voltage to a signaling voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Cejay Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Derek Haynes, Guido Albert Lemke
  • Patent number: 9244448
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a machine is provided. For example, the method includes coupling removeably, at an on-board controller module of a machine, a first identification device, reading, using a reader in the on-board controller module, a code stored in the first identification device, receiving, at the on-board controller module, a wireless message including another code from a control console, comparing, using a processor in the on-board controller module, the code with the received another code, and processing, using a processor coupled to the reader, the wireless message based on the comparing to determine pairing with a second external wireless identification device of a control console to the machine if the code and the received another code match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jarrod J. Cook, Melissa A. McTavish
  • Patent number: 9201406
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a first storage part that stores correspondence information between a first identification information and second identification information; a user identification part that identifies the second identification information corresponding to the first identification information in response to an input of the first identification information; and an authentication request part that requests an authentication to an authentication device connected through a network based on the second identification information identified by the user identification part. The user identification part inquires the authentication device about the corresponding second identification information with respect to the first identification information that is not stored in the first storage part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Toru Akutsu
  • Patent number: 9100194
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and/or system generates a challenge for user authentication, having a challenge data element from a stored pool of challenge data elements. The challenge is based on rule data and stored usage data associated with at least some of the challenge data elements in the stored pool of challenge data elements. The generated challenge is sent for use in an authentication of a user to a sender. A method, apparatus and/or system also generates sender authentication and corresponding location information, having a data element from a stored pool of challenge data elements. Selection of the data elements is based on rule data and stored usage data associated with at least some of the data elements in the stored pool of data elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Entrust Inc.
    Inventors: Serge Mister, Steve Neville, Robert J. Zuccherato, Christopher Voice, Michael Morgan
  • Patent number: 9063574
    Abstract: The amount of power and processing needed to process gesture input for a computing device can be reduced by utilizing a separate gesture sensor. The gesture sensor can have a form factor similar to that of conventional camera elements, in order to reduce costs by being able to utilize readily available low cost parts, but can have a lower resolution and adjustable virtual shutter such that fast motions can be captured and/or recognized by the device. In some devices, a subset of the pixels of the gesture sensor can be used as a motion detector, enabling the gesture sensor to run in a low power state unless there is likely gesture input to process. Further, at least some of the processing and circuitry can be included with the gesture sensor such that various functionality can be performed without accessing a central processor or system bus, thus further reducing power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Volodymyr V. Ivanchenko
  • Patent number: 9041508
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining an inventory condition of objects based on captured images are described. An exemplary inventory control system or method utilizes a highly efficient and economical approach to apply suitable imaging parameters for capturing images of a storage drawer being accessed by a user, or for manipulating the captured images of the drawer. An inventory condition of the drawer is determined based on the captured images or manipulated images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SNAP-ON INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Stephen L. Glickman, David A. Jackson, Matthew J. Lipsey, Preston Phillips, David C. Fly, Jason L. Weeks
  • Patent number: 9035745
    Abstract: A tool for determining whether to grant a current person access to a protected resource. A computer receives a plurality of touches performed by a current person on a touch screen. Each touch in the plurality of touches includes a location of the touch on the touch screen and a surface area measurement of the touch screen impacted by the current person. The computer determines whether each touch in the plurality of touches received matches a predetermined touch performed by a person authorized to access the protected resource. If each touch in the set of touches received matches a stored touch performed by a person authorized to access the protected resource the current person will be granted access to the protected resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Nagarjuna R. Vemireddy
  • Patent number: 9030325
    Abstract: A hand cleansing monitoring system that electronically monitors and communicates hand washing frequency and procedures to management through a computer based system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Yordan Gineff Taneff
  • Patent number: 9024746
    Abstract: An automatic locking system for a medical treatment device helps to ensure that an assistant is present during treatment of a patient. Among the features disclosed biometric authentication to verify that a trained assistant is present, a presence detector to ensure the assistant is continuously present during treatment, and warning and recovery processes that allow intermittent lapses in the continuous presence of the assistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Nxstage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Burbank, Dennis M. Treu, James M. Brugger
  • Patent number: 9024722
    Abstract: An electronic process to capture, track and monitor unique identifying information regarding automated teller machine (ATM) deposits. ATMs equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) or other remote identification technology may enable the electronic transfer of key data elements to general ledger and asset tracking processing systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Michelle Nichols, Todd Atwood, James Heddleson, Karen Garnett, Elizabeth Votaw, Steve Crowley
  • Publication number: 20150109104
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security/smart home objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security/smart home objectives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Shigefumi Honjo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Michael Plitkins, Maxime Veron, Isabel Guenette
  • Patent number: 9013269
    Abstract: A lock release apparatus in a vehicle includes a vehicle unit and a portable device, for an exchange of the first and second reference signals transmitted therebetween from the portable device through human body of the driver toward the right and left hands of the driver onto the first and second interfaces. The signals received by the interfaces are used to set the first and second determination conditions. At a time of a shift lever operation, an interface on a shift lever is used to receive the first determination signal for determining the first determination condition, together with the second determination signal from the other interface for releasing the lock of the shift lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Hachisuka, Osamu Katayama
  • Patent number: 9007174
    Abstract: A server receives a service personnel identification verification request from a computing device. The request includes identification information obtained via the computing device from a security badge. The computer determines whether there is a security concern with the identification information by comparing the identification information to stored service personnel information in a service personnel database. A response is sent to the computing device indicating the result of the determination, for presentation to a user who may be interacting with a person having the security badge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Carlos A. Cazanas, Victor M. Pagan, Jamal N. Khan, Eric Brown, Terence J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9007169
    Abstract: A charging apparatus is used to support and charge an electronic device defining a latching slot and includes a holding portion, a placement portion and controlling portion. The placement portion engages with the holding portion and defines a latching notch aiming at the latching slot when the electronic device is received in the placement portion. The controlling portion is secured in the holding portion and includes a magnetic switch and a safety latch. The magnetic switch includes a movable shaft, and the safety latch includes a latching portion engaging with the movable shaft and pivoting to the placement portion, and a buckling portion engaging with the latching notch and the latching slot. The magnetic switch drives the movable shaft move to urge the latching portion rotating relative to the placement portion and to urge the buckling portion passing through the latching notch and engaging with the latching slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chien-Hung Lee, Shih-Chi Wong
  • Patent number: 8994498
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed towards authenticating users using biometric devices. The biometric device may be arranged to capture one or more biometric feature of a user that may be wearing the biometric device such as biometric features that correspond to an electrocardiogram of the user. The user of the biometric device may be authenticated based on one or more biometric features, or a combination thereof. Authenticating the user of the biometric device, may include communicating information that includes biometric features to an authorized authentication device (AAD). When the user is authenticated, the biometric device may be preauthorized for the user. When the preauthorized biometric device senses at least one access point, an authorization signal may be provided to the access point. If the preauthorized biometric device is removed from the user, the biometric device is deauthorized, disabling access to access points by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Bionym Inc.
    Inventors: Foteini Agrafioti, Karl Martin, Stephen Oung
  • Patent number: 8990110
    Abstract: A system and method for assigning controlled access to a securable device may include a kiosk configured to receive a PIN and to collect payment from a user for rental of a securable device from among multiple securable devices. A lock unit associated with the securable device and in communication with the kiosk may be configured to receive the PIN from said kiosk. After receiving the PIN, the kiosk may be configured to operate autonomously with respect to the kiosk to enable the user to access the securable device in response to the user entering the PIN into the lock unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Best Lockers, LLC
    Inventors: James Mullin, John Zaniker, James Conrad, Daryle Bobb
  • Publication number: 20150077228
    Abstract: A novel system and methodology for conducting financial and other transactions using a wireless device. Credentials may be selectively issued by issuers such as credit card companies, banks, and merchants to consumers permitting the specific consumer to conduct a transaction according to the authorization given as reflected by the credential or set of credentials. The preferred mechanism for controlling and distributing credentials according to the present invention is through one or more publicly accessible networks such as the Internet wherein the system design and operating characteristics are in conformance with the standards and other specific requirements of the chosen network or set of networks. Credentials are ultimately supplied to a handheld device such as a mobile telephone via a wireless network. The user holding the credential may then use the handheld device to conduct the authorized transaction or set of transactions via, for example, a short range wireless link with a point-of-sale terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Robin DUA
  • Patent number: 8981900
    Abstract: A method, a portable data storage medium, an approval apparatus and a system for approving a transaction using acceleration sensors integrated in a portable data storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Finkenzeller, Wolfgang Rankl
  • Patent number: 8972078
    Abstract: A mobile identification transmitter for activating a security system of a motor vehicle, particularly an access and/or ignition control system, having a housing in which electronics and a communication means are arranged, wherein the communication means can be brought into communication with a communication means of the security system on board the motor vehicle, a payment element is removably fastened in a receptacle of the housing, where a closure is separately arranged on the housing, the identification transmitter can be set in a normal state and in a secure state, in the normal state and in the secure state communication can be made with the security system, in the secure state the payment element is removed from the receptacle, and the closure seals and protects the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Huf Hulsbeck & Furst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Alexander Geldmacher
  • Patent number: 8970348
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that authenticates a user. During operation, the system obtains a sequence of facial gestures from the user. Next, the system authenticates the user based on a likeness of the sequence to a set of baseline representations of the facial gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Jason M. Evans, Sean P. Loosli
  • Patent number: 8963685
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an apparatus and system for and method of registering, admitting and testing of a candidate. Test candidate can be registered and admitted through verification of identity using biometric comparisons and third party identification systems. Scanning of identification documents and comparison with security information database can authenticate the validity and authenticity of identification documents. Authentication of testing candidates can be accomplished by comparison of biometric data of candidate against biometric data contain in identification document. Testing can be conducted on an apparatus remotely located from a proctor monitored administrative station or apparatus. The remote testing station can detect and prevent individuals from cheating, detect unauthorized objects, and can prevent or detect unauthorized copying of an examination or portions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Exams, LLC
    Inventor: Ruben Garcia