Detectable Device On Protected Article (e.g., "tag") Patents (Class 340/572.1)
  • Patent number: 11032278
    Abstract: A method for generating device identifiers, including: receiving an identifier assignment request; in response to the received identifier assignment request, assigning a device identifier to a device, the device identifier being a unique identifier, wherein the device is to be assigned with the device identifier; and transmitting the device identifier to an identifier recording apparatus, wherein the identifier recording apparatus records the device identifier into the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: BANMA ZHIXING NETWORK (HONGKONG) CO., LIMITED
    Inventor: Jun Xu
  • Patent number: 11031970
    Abstract: A non-invasive analyte sensor system includes an antenna/detector array having at least one transmit antenna/element and at least one receive antenna/element, wherein the at least one transmit antenna/element and the at least one receive antenna/element are less than 95% coupled to one another, or less than 90% coupled to one another, or less than 85% coupled to one another, or less than 75% coupled to one another. The at least one transmit antenna/element transmits a transmit signal in a radio or microwave frequency range of the electromagnetic spectrum into a target containing an analyte of interest, and the at least one receive antenna/element detects a response resulting from transmission of the transmit signal by the at least one transmit antenna/element into the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: KNOW LABS, INC.
    Inventor: Phillip Bosua
  • Patent number: 11027140
    Abstract: The invention provides an implantable vagal nerve stimulator having a “passive” generating power source that harvests the stomach's movements to transform kinetic energy to electrical charge without the need for a battery. In this regard, the invention is self-powering and is automatically timed to stomach peristalsis. While sporadic stimulation to the vagal nerve would seem too infrequent to cause weight loss effects, electrical stimulation delivered at the optimal time (e.g., during food consumption) has been found to optimize the effects of vagal nerve stimulation, giving the user's brain a “full stomach” signal before the user over-consumes food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Xudong Wang, Weibo Cai, Guang Yao, Lei Kang
  • Patent number: 11030870
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide techniques to deactivate security tags associated with purchased products via a mobile application by using the Near Field Communications (NFC) protocol or other near field wireless capabilities of the mobile device to communicate with a stand-alone deactivator. In some instances, the mobile device may be configured to deactivate either single tag (“single deactivation”) or a plurality of tags (“bulk deactivation”) using an authorization code. Features of the present disclosure provide advantages over conventional systems in terms of convenience for the customer and lower hardware requirements. Specifically, unlike current systems, the stand-alone deactivator of the present disclosure does not need to be part of or connected to the POS network to enable or inhibit the deactivation of security tags. The information needed to enable deactivation may be transferred to the deactivator using the NFC or other near field wireless capabilities of a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: John Jay Clark, Mikhail Polyakov
  • Patent number: 11030880
    Abstract: A system to protect precious articles comprising a beacon device coupled with the precious articled in wireless communication with a detection device coupled with a user. The system periodically estimates the distance between the beacon device and the detection device and triggers an alarm on the detection device when the distance exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Rolinston Rodney
  • Patent number: 11025725
    Abstract: A personal protection equipment (PPE) system with a remote user interface comprises an article of PPE including an active wireless communication device for transmitting a signal and a controller for managing settings on the article of PPE; and a communication hub including a user interface, an electronic connection to a PPE management software, and a wireless communication device. When the wireless communication device of the communication hub detects that the article of PPE is in proximity to the communication hub, the hub displays information on the user interface. The user interface displays settings for the article of PPE, and the settings can be adjusted by a user through interaction with the user interface. The wireless communication device of the communication hub transmits information related to the adjusted settings to the wireless communication device of the article of PPE; and the controller adjusts the settings on the article of PPE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Bahners, Robert Bialluch, Nadine E. Brueckmann, Frank T. Herfort, Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Markus Gunther Wilfried Lierse
  • Patent number: 11019471
    Abstract: A car location identifier system includes a parking lot having a plurality of parking spaces; a plurality of cars parked in the parking spaces; a transmitter tag carried within each car of the plurality of car; a computer database configured to store the position of each transmitter tag; and a portable computer in data communication with the computer database, the portable having a visual display for identifying the location of the transmitter tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Michael S. Hanna
  • Patent number: 11017349
    Abstract: An RFID loss-prevention system (LPS) may monitor RFID-tagged items in a facility. An RFID reader transmits a first inventory command configured to cause tags in a first state to respond, receive a reply from a first tag, determine that the first tag has a low transition risk, and cause the first tag to switch to a second state. The reader may also receive a reply from a second tag, determine that the second tag has a high transition risk, and cause the second tag to remain in the first state. The reader may then transmit a second inventory command configured to cause tags in the first state to respond, receive a reply from the second tag in response to the second inventory command, determine that the second tag has inappropriately exited the facility, and issue an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Impinj, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Diorio, Alberto Pesavento
  • Patent number: 11017648
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a pedestal of an Electronic Article Surveillance (“EAS”) system. The methods comprise: capturing at least one first image or video by a camera coupled to the pedestal; analyzing the at least one first image or video to detect a person's presence and determine the person's location relative to the camera; determining a first beam pointing direction for the pedestal based on results of the analysis of the at least one first image or video; and steering a read beam of the pedestal in accordance with the first beam pointing direction so that a main lobe of the pedestal's antenna field pattern covers a first area of an interrogation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Neil M. Reyes, Craig E. Trivelpiece, Steve E. Trivelpiece
  • Patent number: 11009596
    Abstract: A storage medium-compatible communications unit, a phase detection unit, a parameter acquisition section and a location detection section are provided. The storage medium-compatible communications unit communicates with a storage medium by wireless using electromagnetic waves at a predetermined frequency. The phase detection unit detects phases of signals received from the storage medium. The parameter acquisition section acquires a distance detection parameter to be used in detecting a storage medium distance from a first position of an antenna to the storage medium. The first position is a position in a range of positions of the antenna from which the distance to the storage medium is shortest. The distance detection parameter is a value set in accordance with a positional relationship between the first position and a second position. The second position is a position of the antenna in the range of positions of the antenna that is different from the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: RFLOCUS INC.
    Inventor: Hajime Kamiya
  • Patent number: 11011045
    Abstract: A system for providing an alert to an owner of an object that the object is on a surface. The alert reminds the owner that the object is on the surface and to retrieve the object, thus inhibiting abandonment of the object by the owner. The system includes a material layer including a conductive thread thereon. The material layer can define the surface and be arranged in a vehicle. An electrical current flowing through the conductive thread produces an electrical phenomenon. The object produces a change in the electrical phenomenon detected by the sensor. If the object is detected on the surface and the owner of the object is leaving the object on the surface, the system provides the alert to the owner that the object is on the surface so the object can be retrieved by the owner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Alex W. Baker, Jacob J. Olchovy, Michael A. Baumbarger, Zainab I. Ali
  • Patent number: 11009244
    Abstract: A motion sensor assembly may include a cover plate configured to be mounted to an electrical box. The cover plate may include a front surface configured to face away from the electrical box and a rear surface opposite the front surface. The cover plate may further include an aperture configured to receive a toggle or rocker type switch. A motion sensor may be coupled to the cover plate. A power source and processor may be operably coupled to the motion sensor. Furthermore, the processor may be operably coupled to a communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TRANSFORM SR BRANDS LLC
    Inventors: Shwetak N. Patel, Matthew Stephen Reynolds
  • Patent number: 11002637
    Abstract: A wear monitoring system for measuring incursion depth into an abradable coating includes a layer of abradable coating including a depth, and a measurement circuit including a plurality of conductive leads disposed within the abradable coating. The conductive leads are spaced radially apart within a common radial plane corresponding to the depth of the abradable coating. A radio frequency identification tag (RFID) is disposed within the abradable coating and connected to the measurement circuit. A plurality of resistor elements corresponds with the plurality of conductive leads. Each of the plurality of resistor elements in electrical communication with one of the plurality of conductive leads is disposed within the common radial plane of the corresponding one of the plurality of conductive leads. An electrical characteristic of the measurement circuit varies responsive to cutting of one or more of the plurality of conductive leads by a passing airfoil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Sameh Dardona
  • Patent number: 11003813
    Abstract: A non-transitory machine-readable medium of a computing device storing an application for simulating the loading of an airframe. The application includes an airframe input module that receives an airframe file having a seat having a seat location and a bin having a bin location and a bin dimensions. The application further includes a passenger profile input module that receives a passenger profile file having a list of passenger profiles, a passenger selection module that selects a passenger from the list of passenger profiles and associates the passenger with the seat, a bag selection module that selects a bag profile from a bag profile file and associates it with the passenger, a bag placement module that simulates placing the bag into the bin based on the bin dimensions, bin location, and bag profile, and an output module that outputs and stores a simulation output associating the bag and the bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventors: Nick Lee, William Young, Scott Savian, Roy Benjamin Sandberg
  • Patent number: 11003869
    Abstract: A movable reading apparatus includes antennas, a controller, a reader, and a processor. The antennas perform transmission/reception of signals for communicating with wireless tags while the reading apparatus is moving at a prescribed moving speed. The controller switches operations of a combination of one or more antennas selected from the antennas. The reader reads identification information of the wireless tags from the signals received by the antennas. The processor sets an upper limit value of the moving speed of the reading apparatus based on a first value obtained by dividing a width of a reading range per one of the antennas by the number off combinations of the antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Tomiyama
  • Patent number: 11004088
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for certifying product authenticity using physical feature information including digitized surface fingerprint and blockchain, each of which manages certification information, packaged by binding together unique product information and physical feature information including surface feature of a product as a unique product feature, based on a distributed ledger of a blockchain to reliably determine whether the product is authentic or not in various ways. The authenticity certification information is packaged as a unique product feature by binding a serial number of the product for which the certification information is generated, together with physical feature information of the product, including image-based surface fingerprint. The authenticity certification information is stored in the blockchain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Insoo Suk
  • Patent number: 10997382
    Abstract: A reading apparatus according to an embodiment includes a captured-image reading section, an article detecting section, an object recognizing section, and a code reading section. The captured-image reading section reads, from an imaging apparatus that captures a captured image associated with distance information indicating distances to articles, the captured image associated with the distance information. The article detecting section detects images of articles in a preset predetermined imaging region in the captured image. The object recognizing section performs, based on the distance information, object recognition processing of an object, the object being an article closest from the imaging apparatus among the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidehiko Miyakoshi, Hitoshi Iizaka, Hidehiro Naito, Yuki Kawaguchi, Naoki Ogomori
  • Patent number: 10990161
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a processor includes at least one core to execute instructions and a power controller coupled to the at least one core. The power controller may include a first logic to cause the at least one core to exit an idle state and enter into a maximum performance state for a first time duration, thereafter enter into an intermediate power state for a second time duration, and thereafter enter into a sustained performance state. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Efraim Rotem, Doron Rajwan, Eliezer Weissmann, Nir Rosenzweig, Eric Distefano, Ishmael F. Santos, James G. Hermerding, II
  • Patent number: 10984372
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system for managing inventory as it transitions into a materials handling facility, as it transitions between locations within a materials handling facility and/or as it transitions out of a materials handling facility. In some instances, a user (e.g., picker or picking agent) may retrieve an item from an inventory location and place the item into a tote. The systems described herein detect the item when it is added to or removed from the tote.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Varadarajan Gopalakrishnan, Subram Narasimhan, Omar FawazHashim Zakaria, Dilip Kumar, Sridhar Boyapati, Jin Dong Kim
  • Patent number: 10979156
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a transmitter has a first mode and a second mode. The transmitter is configured to repeatedly send discrete first wireless signals carrying transmitter identification information uniquely associated with the transmitter in the first mode and to send a second wireless signal carrying the transmitter identification information in the second mode. A receiver is configured to receive a wireless signal of the first wireless signals such that the receiver is activated by the wireless signal of the first wireless signal and, in response to receiving the wireless signal of the first wireless signals, to send a third wireless signal carrying the transmitter identification information to the transmitter. The transmitter is configured to transition from the first mode to the second mode in response to receiving the third wireless signal and determining that the third wireless signal includes the transmitter identification information uniquely associated with the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Powercast Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Greene, Eric J. Biel
  • Patent number: 10970496
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods provide for detecting the proximate placement of an external NFC reader to a specific location on a display surface. The display surface can be intended for viewing indicia and enabling interaction with an NFC communication device embedded within the display. A circuit can control an NFC security system that can scan for unauthorized tags affixed to the surface of a display. The NFC security system may be activated by an NFC enabled mobile phone placed proximate to the indicated region for receiving an NFC coded message from the display. An NFC security scan can be performed prior to the mobile phone reading the message from the intended NFC tag in the display. Enabling interactive display modes can allow for making selections indicated on the display or detecting motion gestures across the face of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Retail Information Services, LLC
    Inventor: Ian J. Forster
  • Patent number: 10956692
    Abstract: Radio-frequency transmission and reception circuitry is adapted for use with a high-quality-factor antenna. On the transmission side, control circuitry is provided to maintain resonance at the transmission frequency. On the reception side, multiple receive paths are independently controllable for temporal and amplitude alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GEISSLER COMPANIES, LLC
    Inventor: Yuri Smirnov
  • Patent number: 10955519
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include devices configured for wireless communication with a mobile computing device having GPS capability that allow a user to record the user's current location with the user's mobile computing device without having to physically access the mobile computing device. Such devices can allow a user to mark or record a location or waypoint to a mobile computing device, such as a GPS-enabled mobile phone, using a wireless remote and software configured to enable communication with the mobile computing device. Such devices can enable a user to mark and record locations for navigation without having to physically touch and operate the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Steel Shad Fishing Company LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Price
  • Patent number: 10955617
    Abstract: A high-resolution photonic thermometer article performs high-resolution thermometry and includes: a light source; a photonic thermometer with a waveguide and a photonic crystal cavity that stores light; a photodetector in communication with the photonic thermometer; a phase sensitive detector in communication with the photodetector and that: receives the photodetector signal from the photodetector; receives a reference frequency signal; and produces a lock signal from the photodetector signal, based on the reference frequency signal; a local oscillator in communication with the phase sensitive detector and that produces the reference frequency signal; and a servo controller in communication with the phase sensitive detector and local oscillator and that: receives the lock signal from the phase sensitive detector; receives the reference frequency signal from the local oscillator; and produces the control signal such that absorption power of the photonic crystal is maximized through wavelength control of the li
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: Nikolai Nikolaevich Klimov, Kevin O'Connell Douglass, Zeeshan Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10956857
    Abstract: A method and a system for changing operator display data on a display unit/electronic label located on a carrier in a Surface Mount Technology (SMT) system performing the steps of providing a carrier in the form of a bin or trolley configured to carry a plurality of bin load units, wherein said carrier comprises a display unit/electronic label; receiving or retrieving input data related to said carrier and an ongoing or upcoming SMT job; presenting display data on said display unit/electronic label based on said received input data; and scanning at least one barcode associated with or arranged on said carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Mycronic AB
    Inventor: Nils Jacobsson
  • Patent number: 10949421
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system, method, and apparatus to generate a merged record comprises: a client server configured to generate a first report having at least one internal term and at least one descriptive term and a recovery server configured to: receive the first report, associate the at least one internal term with at least one of a plurality of public terms, associate the at least one descriptive term with a generic code or a product code, and associate the at least one descriptive term with at least one main code, the associated main code based upon the associated generic code or product code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Chargerback, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Colodny, Michael McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 10949629
    Abstract: A monitoring device assigns at least one passive identification tag to an active identification tag, and stores, in a memory, associations between the active identification tag and the at least one passive identification tags assigned to the active identification tag. The monitoring device then receives one or more signals indicative of location of the active identification tag, and, based on the received one or more signals, tracks location of the active identification tag as the active identification tag moves in an active tracking area. The monitoring device further tracks location of the at least one passive identification tags, assigned to the active identification tag, based on i) the tracked location of the active identification tag and ii) the association between the active identification tag and the assigned passive identification tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: STEPHEN GOULD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Anthony Reuber, Ryan Carlton Ledford
  • Patent number: 10949631
    Abstract: A disclosed transponder arrangement includes a transponder integrated circuit (IC), an inductive loop, and a dipole antenna. First and second wires are coupled to the transponder IC and have portions configured for different levels of electrical coupling between one another. Engagement of the inductive loop with an induction portion of the dipole antenna induces current flow in the inductive loop in response to the dipole antenna resonating from a radio frequency (RF) signal, and disengagement makes the transponder IC non-responsive to the RF signal. Depending on a level of electrical coupling between the first and second wires, the transponder IC generates an RF signal that encodes either a first value indicating partial engagement or a second value indicating full engagement in response to the current flow in the inductive loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOMATED ASSEMBLY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kimmo Kyllonen
  • Patent number: 10949802
    Abstract: A storage cabinet according to an embodiment stores a plurality of items, each item including a first tag attached thereto, the first tag being an RF tag for recording item information relating to a corresponding item. The storage cabinet includes: a first reader for reading the item information recorded in the first tag of items stored in a housing, when the door is in a closed state; and a second reader for reading item information of a first tag, when the door is in an open state, and an item to which the first tag is attached is made proximate from the outside to a predetermined area on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Uno, Yusita Kasdani, Kaleb Withrow
  • Patent number: 10944150
    Abstract: A wireless communication device comprises a control unit, an antenna interface, an active wireless transceiver operable together with the control unit and antenna interface, a passive wireless transceiver operable together with the antenna interface and operable by harvesting power from received radio messages. The device is further configured to deactivate the one or more active wireless transceivers and control unit to an inactive state and, subsequently, by the passive wireless transceiver, activate the control unit and an active wireless transceiver to an active state when the passive wireless transceiver receives a message from the antenna interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: IMEC VZW, UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
    Inventors: Maarten Weyn, Philip Ludovic E Sanders
  • Patent number: 10938923
    Abstract: A customizable router manages traffic between application programming interfaces (APIs) of microservice applications (apps) that make up various features of a website. Various datastores may also be used to store information, such as information related to certain products, pricing, users, etc. In order for the website to function properly, the microservice apps communicate with one another and with the datastores. The customizable router is used to manage and route traffic between the microservice apps and/or datastores. The customizable router may, for example, route a universal resource indicator (URI) request for a webpage of a website to particular versions or revisions of a microservice app based on rules established for the customizable router. For example, a certain percentage of traffic may be routed to a first version of a microservice app, while a different percentage of traffic may be routed to a second version of the microservice app.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Home Depot Product Authority, LLC
    Inventors: Ravichandra Yeddula, Mohamed M Nazeemudeen, Arumugaraja Selvaraj, Nagaraja R Kamireddy, J. Todd O'Connor
  • Patent number: 10937293
    Abstract: There is provided a method of inventory control for an inventory including items sequentially arranged on one or more structures, each item having a radio frequency tag associated thereto, the tag having stored therein an identifier for identifying the associated item. The method includes: obtaining data in relation to multiple items arranged in a row on a structure, the data comprising multiple sets of identifiers detected from interrogating the tags of the plurality of items at a plurality of instances along the row; determining a sequence of detected items in the row based on the data obtained, the sequence including estimated relative positions of the detected items in the row; and determining whether an item of the detected items in the row is misplaced based on the estimated relative position of the item in the row and a reference relative position of the item in the row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Chin Keong Ho, Yeow Khiang Chia, Kay Chuan Benny Tan, Zheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10936835
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for detecting information of assets stored in communication tags and communicating assets information over a communication network. The system includes a bi-directional communication reader, a server, a GPS unit, a camera, a communication module, a relay switch, a battery, and an IR Engine. The server stores asset information using a software application. The software application includes a front end application module for configuration, an event module, a jitter control module, a back end application module, a communication module, a GPS communication module, a relay communication module, a motion detector communication module, a reader control module, a camera communication module, and an IR communication module. Further, an unlimited number of modules can be added for example extended storage, LCD, and flash. The event module reads the asset information from the database and alerts the user of an event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Danny Akaoui
  • Patent number: 10937105
    Abstract: At least a system for providing telematics data associated with a vehicle being driven by a driver is described. The vehicular telematics data may be obtained by tracking the movements of a wireless communications device of a driver of the vehicle. The telematics data may provide, among other things, speed, acceleration, deceleration, times of operation, duration of operation, mileage driven per day, and day of the week the vehicle has been used. At least a system for determining risk behavior of a driver is also described. While a vehicle is being driven, data is obtained related to the position and movement of a wireless communications device. The data may indicate the type of behavior exhibited by the driver while the vehicle is being driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Arity International Limited
    Inventors: Mark V. Slusar, Joseph Kleinhenz, Eric D. Huls
  • Patent number: 10929625
    Abstract: A method for authenticating a product packaging includes reading a printed optical-machine-readable-code on the product packaging using a mobile device, determining if the printed optical-machine-readable-code includes a command for reading an RFID, and executing the command on the mobile device for reading the RFID, wherein the printed optical-machine-readable-code and the RFID are positioned at the same location on the product packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: AGFA NV
    Inventor: Marc Graindourze
  • Patent number: 10932113
    Abstract: A method for the wireless transmission of electronic data between a hand-held machine tool and an external unit includes automatically activating a communication unit for transmitting the electronic data as a function of a characteristic movement variable of the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Schadow, Joern Stock, Florian Esenwein, Anna Heszler
  • Patent number: 10930535
    Abstract: Embodiments provided herein provide for methods and apparatus for detecting, authenticating, and tracking processing components including consumable components or non-consumable components used on substrate processing systems for electronic device manufacturing, such as semiconductor chip manufacturing. The semiconductor processing systems and/or its processing components herein include a remote communication device, such as a wireless communication apparatus, for example radio frequency identification (RFID) devices or other devices embedded in, disposed in, disposed on, located on, or otherwise coupled to one or more processing components or processing component assemblies and/or integrated within the semiconductor processing system itself. The processing component may include a single component (part) or an assembly of components (parts) that are used within the semiconductor processing tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Earl Hunter, Russell Duke, Amitabh Puri, Steven M. Reedy
  • Patent number: 10929807
    Abstract: A method includes modifying a product with a first configuration such that the product is configured in accordance with a second configuration, generating data representative of the second configuration, obtaining a signed version of the data representative of the second configuration, and storing the signed version of the data representative of the second configuration in a wireless read/write accessory that is affixed to the product, wherein the wireless read/write accessory includes a prior signed version of data representative of the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Chirag Shroff, Anthony H. Grieco
  • Patent number: 10922826
    Abstract: This disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for operating a monitoring system incorporating a digital twin. In one exemplary method of operating the digital twin, one or more images captured by an imaging apparatus may be used to define a first portion of a surveilled area as a zone of primary interest and a second portion of the surveilled area as a zone of secondary interest. The digital twin may be utilized to primarily focus on the zone of primary interest such as for determining a pattern of movement of one or more objects in the zone of primary interest. One or both of the zone of primary interest and the zone of secondary interest may be dynamically redefined upon receiving additional images that indicate a modification in the pattern of movement of one or more objects in the surveilled area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pramita Mitra, Prashant Rao, Eric H. Wingfield, Jash Patel, Abhishek Sharma
  • Patent number: 10922505
    Abstract: Provided for is a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip to be connected to a printed circuit board (PCB). The RFID chip includes an RFID antenna for receiving a radio wave from an RFID controller. The RFID chip also includes a register driven by induction power generated by the radio wave received by the antenna. The RFID chip writes data indicated by a write request from the RFID controller into the register being driven by the induction power, without power being supplied to the PCB from a host device containing the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Masao Takayama
  • Patent number: 10921419
    Abstract: A transceiver may wirelessly transmit a communication signal at a first frequency and a sensing signal at a second frequency. The communication signal may include a command that causes a backscatter node to modulate impedance of an antenna, and thereby modulate reflectivity of the backscatter node. The communication signal may also deliver wireless power to the backscatter node. While the impedance is being modulated in response to the command, the transceiver may transmit the sensing signal and measure wireless reflections. The power of the sensing signal may be much lower than that of the communication signal. The transceiver may frequency hop the sensing signal in a wide band of frequencies and take measurements at each frequency in the hopping. Based on the measurements, a computer may determine time-of-flight or phase of a reflected signal from the backscatter node and may estimate location of the backscatter node with sub-centimeter precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Yunfei Ma, Nicholas Selby, Fadel Adib
  • Patent number: 10915885
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed herein. The apparatus includes a first liner, a second liner, one or more fastening components, and one or more prongs. The one or more fastening components couples the first liner to the second liner, defining an opening between. The one or more prongs are positionable between a closed position within the opening and an open position exterior to the opening. The one or more prongs include a payment prong. The payment prong includes a body free, a payment chip receptacle, and a payment chip. The body is free from any personal identification information. The payment chip receptacle is attached to the body. The payment chip is positioned in the payment chip receptacle. The payment chip is removable therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Abdelkader M'Hamed Benkreira, Joshua Edwards, Michael Mossoba
  • Patent number: 10916118
    Abstract: This disclosure describes novel schemes and utilities that promote sustainable usage of smartphones. It describes apparatus and methods to prevent phone loss, prevent overheating problems, decrease energy waste of the battery, prevent overcharging, decrease packaging waste, and encourage sustainable behavior among users to increase the life of the electronic product. In addition, this application characterize mechanism for localization of people and objects. The apparatus and methods may be applied to promote sustainable usage of other electronic devices such as tablets, laptops, pocket PCs, personal digital assistants (PDAs), e-readers, wearable devices, and etc. In addition, a framework has been presented which can be applied to promote sustainable behavior for any consumer electronics products including smartphones. In addition, novel localization apparatus and methods is presented in this application that can be applied for general localization/tracking purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Arian Shoari, Mona Komeijani
  • Patent number: 10909791
    Abstract: An access control system includes a plurality of physical access control readers that form a reader network which utilizes a first communication protocol. The system includes a plurality of mobile communication devices each having a first communication interface and a second communication interface. The first communication interface enables the mobile communication devices to access a mobile communication network which utilizes a second communication protocol, and the second communication interface enables the mobile communication devices to communicate with the access control readers. The plurality of physical access control readers exchange status information for the plurality of physical access control readers and for the plurality of mobile communication devices over the reader network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventors: Toby Mark Padilla, Nathan Stevens, Tom Edward Stephens, Masha Leah Davis
  • Patent number: 10909695
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that includes: at least one image capturing device at the entrance to obtain images; a reader device; and a processor for extracting objects of interest from the images and generating tracks for each object of interest, and for matching objects of interest with objects associated with RFID tags, and for counting the number of objects of interest associated with, and not associated with, particular RFID tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: ShopperTrak RCT Corporation
    Inventors: Anne Marie Stephen, David Patrick McNeill, Jane Farias, Mikhail Zaturenskiy, Rahul Miglani, William C. Kastilahn, Zhiqian Wang
  • Patent number: 10909595
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling shelf display units and for graphically presenting information on shelf display units are disclosed. A system includes one or more display units configured to be coupled to shelves of a modular shelving system, one or more processors communicatively coupled to the one or more display units, one or more memory components communicatively coupled to the one or more processors, and machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory components. When executed by the one or more processors, the machine readable instructions cause the system to determine a product identifier corresponding to a product, identify one or more display units to update in response to determining the product identifier corresponding to the product, and update a graphical output of the one or more display units identified to be updated in response to identifying the one or more display units to update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Sunrise R&D Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Brett Bracewell Bonner, Titus Arthur Jones, Richard Alexander Grosse, III, Michael John Zettler, Christopher Todd Hjelm
  • Patent number: 10896365
    Abstract: A multilayer body with a functional layer which includes an antenna element as well as with an optical security element which includes at least one electrically conductive partial region which is galvanically connected to the antenna element. A security document with such a multilayer body, as well as a method for the authentication thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: OVD KINEGRAM AG
    Inventors: Rene Staub, Sascha Mario Epp, Orvy Emanuel Toberer, John Anthony Peters
  • Patent number: 10888394
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods to physically couple a transponder to a surgical object are provided. One example apparatus includes a first clamp comprising a first fastener and a first channel member that has a first base and a first pair of side portions that extend from the first base to form a first channel therebetween. The first fastener adjustably engages with the first channel member to securingly clamp a surgical object in the first channel of the first channel member. The apparatus further includes a housing that has at least a first cavity that receives at least a portion of the first pair of side portions of the first channel member, a first passageway that receives the first fastener and permits the first fastener to extend at least in part into the first cavity, and a second passageway to receive at least one transponder that wirelessly receives and returns signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: William A. Blair
  • Patent number: 10891361
    Abstract: A computing device includes a camera, a memory and a processor. The memory includes a grant list and a risk list stored therein. The processor executes a user application that requires sensitive information to be entered by the user, and activates the camera prior to the sensitive information being entered. The processor operates an analyze engine to analyze an image as provided by the activated camera, validates the user based on the analyzed image and at least one face ID in the grant list, and alerts the user of a risk for leakage of the sensitive information to be entered into the user application based on detection of at least one object in the analyzed image that is in the risk list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: CITRIX SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Cheng Zhang, Yang Qian, Qin Zhang, Lin Liu
  • Patent number: 10892051
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a product tracking system, including a tracking module adapted to be affixed to a wall or other mounting location adjacent a receptacle for receiving products therein. The tracking module is operable to track products as they are discarded in the receptacle. The tracking module also includes at least one of a product detector, a patient detector, and an adding module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: LOGI D INC.
    Inventors: Richard Philippe, Anders Larsson