Restaurant Or Bar Patents (Class 705/15)
  • Patent number: 10817882
    Abstract: A customer service managing method includes identifying a clerk to perform customer service from among a plurality of clerks based on a customer service request and clerk terminal information indicating states of a plurality of clerks, the states being related to customer service, when receiving the customer service request from a second terminal device; transmitting identifying information identifying the customer service request to a first terminal device corresponding to the identified clerk and the second terminal device; updating the clerk terminal information so as to indicate that the identified clerk is performing customer service when receiving reception start information from the first terminal device; updating the clerk terminal information so as to indicate that the state of the identified clerk is in an available state when receiving reception stop information from the first terminal device; and transmitting an end message to stop the beacon to the second terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Kazumasa Ushiki, Naoki Nishiguchi, Akira Fujii, Tatsuro Matsumoto, Riichiro Take
  • Patent number: 10810536
    Abstract: Provided are systems and processes for optimizing assignments of deliveries for perishable goods. In one aspect, a method is provided for pairing a set of created orders with a set of available couriers. The set of created orders may include orders confirmed by the merchant and the set of available couriers include couriers that are online with an active status. Feasible pairings are generated between each courier and each created order. Infeasible pairings are eliminated based on factors such as transportation mode. Possible routes for each pairing are generated and scored based on weighted factors. The scores are optimized to achieve a set of routes with a maximum score. The routes are then offered to the corresponding courier if the courier will arrive at or after the created order is completed by the merchant. A neural network may be implemented to recognize the optimal score for a given duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DOORDASH, INC.
    Inventors: Rohan Balraj Chopra, Richard Hwang, Jeff Ning Han
  • Patent number: 10810655
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving one or more order parameters from a client system of a first user of an online social network. The order parameters may include an identifier associated with the first user and a location of the client system. The method also includes receiving references to catalog items from third-party vendors. Each reference may be associated with one or more metadata items. The method also includes scoring each reference based at least in part on the one or more order parameters and the one or more metadata items. The method also includes sending to the client system of the first user one or more references of that has a score above a threshold score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Gery Gutnik, Mark J. Kilgore, Ken Deeter
  • Patent number: 10803716
    Abstract: A method of communicating devices using virtual buttons comprises receiving, by a user device, a store code and transmitting, by the user device, the store code to a server; searching, by the server, for virtual buttons corresponding to the store code, and transmitting, by the server, to the user device the virtual buttons corresponding to the store code; providing, by the user device, an interface configured to receive a location identifier and button selection input among the virtual buttons received from the server, and transmitting, by the user device, the location identifier and the button selection input to the server; transmitting, by the server, to a staff device the location identifier and the button selection input; and receiving, by the staff device, the location identifier and the button selection input and displaying information associated with the location identifier and requested service corresponding to the button selection input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: HELLOFACTORY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyungmin Kim, Hyun Jip Kim
  • Patent number: 10796357
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a system. The system can include one or more processors and one or more non-transitory memory storage devices storing computer instructions configured to run on the processor(s) and perform acts including: receiving a request for a picked sales order; promising the good(s) of the picked sales order for receipt by the customer at a receivable clock time; after promising the good(s) of the picked sales order for receipt by the customer at the receivable clock time, detecting a delay condition associated with making ready the one or more goods of the picked sales order for receipt by the customer at the receivable clock time; and communicating a notification of the delay condition to a receiving party. Other embodiments of related systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Pratosh Deepak Rajkhowa, Ameya Ajay Shendre, Shekhar Gupta, Pavan Kumar Raichur Rajoli, Austin Lee Smith, Michael Gilbert Ebener, Jr., Vidyanand Krishnan
  • Patent number: 10789635
    Abstract: A system, platform, and method including a user interface adapted to receive a user input and communicatively connected with a communications module, a foodstuff database stored in memory including a set of available foodstuff transactions, and a controller module adapted to receive the user input receive at the user interface by way of the communications module, and configured to query the foodstuff database based on the user input, identify at least a subset of available foodstuff transactions based on the query, and send the identified subset of available foodstuff transactions to the user interface by way of the communications module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Megha Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10783596
    Abstract: This invention is a system and method for managing restaurant customer data elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Andrew Silver
  • Patent number: 10783595
    Abstract: A system and method for managing requests for integrating a handheld customer interface with a point of sale (POS) system are disclosed. In one aspect, an integrated customer interface module is configured to communicate with a wireless mobile computing device of a customer and a POS system associated with a restaurant chain. The integrated customer interface module is configured to receive a request from the customer to check in to one of the chain's restaurants, automatically generate an order in the POS system, receive information regarding the customer from the remote database, and send at least a portion of the information regarding the customer to the POS system so as to be used as identification in the ordering and purchasing at the restaurant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Tillster, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Garrett, Yevgeniy Medynskiy
  • Patent number: 10776856
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving food-related personalization for a user including generating a recipe database including a set of recipe data structures; deriving a recipe vector representation of the recipe data structures; determining a set of user food preferences; extracting a set of recipe vector constraints from the set of user food preferences; determining a personalized food plan for the user, including automatically selecting a subset of the set of recipe data structures associated with recipe vector representations that satisfy the set of recipe vector constraints; determining fulfillment parameters for grocery items associated with the personalized food plan; and automatically facilitating fulfillment of grocery items associated with the personalized food plan based on the fulfillment parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Tjarko Leifer, Erik Andrejko, Sivan Aldor-Noiman
  • Patent number: 10762482
    Abstract: Described herein is a centralized order computing system that is configured to receive orders from a plurality of sources. The plurality of sources can include delivery applications, remote customer computing devices, and/or service computing devices associated with a merchant. The centralized order computing system may be configured to receive a plurality of orders from the plurality of sources, send the plurality of orders to a kitchen computing system associated with the merchant, receive a notification of order completion, and process the order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Bell, Brian Partridge, Ghassan Abu-Ghaida, Matthew T. Kursmark, James Lintern, Logan Johnson
  • Patent number: 10762546
    Abstract: The disclosed technologies can compute predictive reorder scores and measures of the quality of food products and food providers using objectively verifiable data, including reorder data, and use these predictive quality measures to create new functionality in an information search and retrieval system and/or a product ordering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: GRUBHUB HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventors: Geopher Stephy Justin, Patrick Gomes, Arthi Murugesan, Maria Belousova, Robert Trevelyan Waite
  • Patent number: 10748658
    Abstract: Methods and devices include database management and graphical user interfaces for measurements collected by analyzing blood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: WellDoc, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin McRaith, Hari Kesani, Anand Iyer, Gabriel Susai, Mansur Shomali, Prasad Matti Rao
  • Patent number: 10750342
    Abstract: There is provided a wireless communication system including a plurality of wireless communication devices that transmits a signal relating to provision of service. The service includes a plurality of stages relating to provision. A plurality of the wireless communication devices correspond to a plurality of the respective stages and transmit the signal corresponding to the stage with radio field intensity corresponding to the stage. In addition, there is provided a wireless communication device including a transmitter that transmits a signal relating to a request of service and a receiver that receives a signal relating to provision of the service from a connection device connected on the basis of a signal relating to the request. The service includes a plurality of stages relating to provision. The transmitter transmits the signal relating to the request corresponding to the stage with radio field intensity corresponding to the stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: FELICA NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Shuichi Sekiya, Minako Takahashi, Shintaro Inoue
  • Patent number: 10726475
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for a graphical dining interface are disclosed. In one aspect, a device comprises a component image processor configured to generate a representation of at least one component of an item. The device further comprises an input device configured to receive an input from a user, where the input comprises a selection of a first component. The device further comprises an item image processor configured to generate a representation of the item, where the representation of the item comprises the representation of the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Stacked Restaurants, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Motenko, Jeremiah Hennessy, Brian Pearson, Nanette McWhertor, Jordan Mozer, Jeff Carloss, Camille Mankus, Rick Valicenti, Bud Rodecker, John Pobojewski, Daniel Taylor, David Ham, Stephen Roney, Han Tran, William Fisher, Vincent Tagle, David Budlong
  • Patent number: 10719858
    Abstract: A system for proximity-based patron relationship management, comprising a patron management server that receives location and ID information from a plurality of client devices via a network, directs a patron interaction manager, and retrieves patron information from a patron profile data store; a patron interaction manager that presents patron information for interaction; and a patron profile data store that stores and provides patron information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ROCKSPOON, INC.
    Inventor: Nagib Georges Mimassi
  • Patent number: 10713619
    Abstract: This invention discloses a novel system and method for providing retail point of sale terminals that are connected securely over the Internet to a back-office service that manages the retailer's data as a service using a system that supports more than one retailer, each of which will have one or more point of sale terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Shopkeep Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Richelson, Bill Walton
  • Patent number: 10708374
    Abstract: Techniques for enabling notification from a network resource are described. In at least some embodiments, a user subscribes to receive notifications from a network resource, such as a website, a web-based resource, and so forth. The network resource can provide notifications to a client device of the user, such as a push notification indicating that content is available from the network resource. Based on the push notification, content from the network resource can be presented on the client device, such as in a notification indicator presented on the client device and associated with the network resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Cheuk Wan William Lau, Robert M. Dolin, Larry Jin, Smriti Yamini, Melanie Vanessa Roberts, Lan Tang
  • Patent number: 10685569
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system for transferring one or more resources associated with an interaction via an automobile. The system is typically configured for receiving an input from a user, via one or components of an automobile, to identify one or more third party entities associated with an interaction, identifying, via the one or more components, a current location and a destination of the user, identifying the one or more third party entities between the current location and the destination, applying logic to select a first third party entity from the one or more third party entities, establishing a communication link with a remote device associated with the first third party entity, and initiating transfer of resources to the remote device to complete the interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Allan Nelson, Karen Lea MacQueen, Ashish B. Tajpuria, Steven Michael Twombly, Tony England
  • Patent number: 10679469
    Abstract: A system and method of managing unavailable items in shared screen data which provides access to modified screen data substantially simultaneously. The system includes a first computer including a display for displaying a screen containing items from screen data including modified screen data during a transaction. The modified screen data reflects that at least one of the items is unavailable. The first computer shares the screen data with a second computer. The first computer is also for displaying an indication that the at least one item is unavailable substantially simultaneously following modification of the screen data and upon selection of the at least one item at one of the first and second computers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Larry James Salmen, Steve Ulrich, Paul Ford Knight, Andrew John Fisher
  • Patent number: 10679200
    Abstract: In a restaurant having a customer-facing food service counter, a video camera is positioned to produce video of an area that includes the food service counter. The video is analyzed to determine the ingredients that are used to prepare each of multiple customer meals. This information may be used to recommend a modified ingredient layout of the food service counter, where the modified ingredient layout is formulated so as to improve serving efficiency or customer convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Andrew Wolter
  • Patent number: 10679278
    Abstract: Systems and methods for take-out order management and analysis. In an embodiment, for each of a plurality of restaurants, an interactive menu associated with the restaurant is provided to a plurality of users, a plurality of orders are received from the plurality of users, and the plurality of orders are sent to the restaurant. Order information related to the plurality of orders and the plurality of users is stored in at least one database, and analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: RRT HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Brett Harman
  • Patent number: 10671958
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for analyzing customer satisfaction is presented. The computer-implemented method may include capturing visual images related to individuals and order consumables, determining, by a processor, at least one measurable metric to predict variations indicating different satisfaction levels, and dynamically refining parameters if the variations exceed one or more thresholds. The computer-implemented method further includes receiving the captured visual images of the individuals and the order consumables by least one camera in communication with the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Karthik Balakrishnan, Keith A. Jenkins, Barry P. Linder
  • Patent number: 10664902
    Abstract: An information processing system including a server device and a terminal device presents a proposed meal based on user input. The server device and terminal device do this by acquiring an order request, order quantity information and user identification information for a user. The server device acquires product information, user information including a first condition as a restriction condition of the user. The server device sets an allocation quantity of the order product based on the first condition and causes the terminal device to present the set allocation quantity of the order product to the user. In some embodiments, the user information includes a second condition which is a demand condition of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsukasa Shimokawa, Motoya Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10640357
    Abstract: An ordering app running on a mobile device, one or more central servers, one or more venue servers, one or more ordering apps, plug-ins, kiosks, point of sale systems, beacons, pucks, tents, and automated appliances cooperate to prepare orders for a customer. Methods embodied as software programs running on the venue servers and the central servers advance the customer's order through various modules hosted on the venue server. A final module causes the customer's order to be prepared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Burks, Michael Beebe, Laura Ermer, Vijan Bhaumik, Angelo Frigo, Kyle Crouse, Roger D Carroll, Natalie Muhs, Jeff Pollard, Jeffrey Steres, Kim Wilson
  • Patent number: 10600041
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods and apparatus for the automated provision of goods through the use of scanning systems. More specifically, the present invention provides a method for automatically conveying which goods are being ordered, where the goods will be picked up, an associated method of payment, kitchen fulfillment, item tracking, and automatic delivery by a dispenser apparatus. In preferred embodiments, the present invention is applied to the automated ordering and pick-up of food items at a fast food restaurant and delivery to a food dispenser at a customer location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin Kelly, Joseph Craig Kelly
  • Patent number: 10592958
    Abstract: An information processing method is disclosed which includes the steps of: (a) calculating levels of similarity between a standard form vector as a comparison basis vector and each of a plurality of item characteristic vectors of the standard form which are characteristic of a plurality of items, the standard form vector being made up of N components individually representative of N attributes of each of the plurality of items, N being an integer of at least 1, step (a) further determining as the items to be recommended to a user a plurality of items corresponding to the item characteristic vectors of which the level of similarity satisfies a first condition; (b) determining one of the N attributes of the plurality of recommended items determined in step (a) as a common recommendation reason common to the plurality of recommended items when the determined attribute satisfies a second condition; and (c) controlling presentation to the user of either the plurality of recommended items determined in step (a) or
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Koike, Tomoharu Ohsumi
  • Patent number: 10580063
    Abstract: A method for facilitating mobile ordering includes associating a merchant handle with a merchant. A user account including a handle is created for a user within an ordering system. A product order, having order details, is received. The product order is stored and is associated with an order code such that the order details are retrievable based on reception of the order code. An enrollment message is provided to the handle. A message including the order code is received from the handle directed to the merchant handle. The handle is associated with the merchant handle and the order code to identify the product order, the merchant, and the user. An order confirmation message is including order details is provided to the handle. A user confirmation message is received from the handle. The product order is communicated to the merchant and an order status message to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventor: Clarence Williams
  • Patent number: 10546341
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, methods, and apparatus for managing operations, for instance making orders and fulfilling orders, using one or more computing devices. In accordance with an example embodiment, an operations management system can include a self-order system, a self-payment system, and an order-fulfillment system. The self-order system, the self-payment system, and the order-fulfillment system can communicate with each other via a communication system that connects the systems, such as a wireless network for example. Using the operation management system, orders can be placed and fulfilled efficiently and with minimal personal interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Flo Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Eric J. Blatstein, Albert C. Lee, Michael Palamara, John Saya, Neville Kadwa, Nicholas Haurus, Matthew Quirk
  • Patent number: 10540705
    Abstract: A customer check-in system includes a server computer of a store including a processor programmed to install a customer application on a customer mobile computing device, install an associate application on an associate mobile computing device, receive a signal from the customer device including a unique customer identification, an indication that the customer has checked-in to pick up an order, and a customer-selected time slot for picking up the order, obtain tracking information of a current location of the customer device, utilize the tracking information to estimate a travel time remaining until the customer device arrives at the store, transmit a signal to the associate device including the customer identification and a first estimated time remaining, and transmit at least one signal to the associate device including an updated estimated time remaining and an instruction to display a graphical representation of the updated time remaining on the associate device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Gaurav Agarwal, Arnon Katz, Mayan Cohen, Pushkar Pande, Michal Russ, Sharanjeet Shingh Grewal
  • Patent number: 10497052
    Abstract: Methods and Apparatus related to generating representations of information. The information may include menu information for merchants such as restaurants. Referring to menus, methods may include receiving potential information for a first menu, and receiving indications of associations of the information with the first menu and/or any number of additional menus. Information and/or associations may later be updated by a desired set of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventor: Howard W. Lutnick
  • Patent number: 10489846
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media for detecting customer presence to initiate the ordering and purchase of goods and services are disclosed. In one example, a system includes a detection server configured to detect the presence of a mobile device in a designated area associated with a merchant location and for initiating a menu selection application in the mobile device for placing an order for at least one product. The system further includes a merchant server configured to receive, from the mobile device, purchase order data associated with the order for the at least one product, a customer identifier associated with the mobile device, and a location identifier associated with the designated area, and for utilizing the customer identifier to send a notification message that indicates that the at least one product is available to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Mohammad Khan, Kaushik Roy
  • Patent number: 10482525
    Abstract: New technologies for real-time processing and managing product orders are described. The technologies utilize mobile communication and intelligent analysis to reduce waiting time, keep product fresh, and guarantee product delivery. Specific examples are given in the context of meal orders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Keenwawa, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Mueller, Scott Drummond, David Friedberg, Tim Young, Adam Hiatt
  • Patent number: 10445672
    Abstract: A method of dynamically controlling an inventory comprises receiving, by a server, use quantity information for a first item of a plurality of items, updating an inventory store based on the use quantity information, comparing, by the server, the quantity information with a threshold amount for the first item of the plurality of items, generating, by the server, an order message for the first item based on the comparing, and receiving an additional quantity of the first item in response to the generating of the order message. The use quantity information comprises an amount of the first item used at an establishment, and the inventory store comprises quantity information for the plurality of items available at an establishment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Gavon Augustus Renfroe
  • Patent number: 10445819
    Abstract: A dynamic menu system comprises a server comprising a memory and a processor, a menu store, an inventory store, and at least one application stored in the memory. The menu store comprises a plurality of menu items associated with an establishment, and each menu item of the plurality of menu items comprises one or more ingredients. The inventory store comprises a record of an amount of the ingredients available at the establishment. The at least one application provides a first selection of the plurality of menu items to an electronic device, updates the inventory store to indicate that less than the certain amount of the first ingredient is available, and provides a second selection of the plurality of menu items to the electronic device. The second selection of the plurality of menu items does not include the first menu item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Gavon Augustus Renfroe
  • Patent number: 10440501
    Abstract: A wireless device includes a user interface that generates a pairing signal in response to an indication from a user to pair the wireless device to at least one remote device and generates a first location request signal in response to a second indication from a user to locate the at least one remote device. A short-range wireless transceiver communicates RF signals to pair the wireless device to the at least one remote device and that transmits a first RF paging signal to the at least one remote device in response to the location request signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: THL Holding Company, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Howard, Richard Cutler, Robert M. Kennard
  • Patent number: 10430781
    Abstract: A first device may be used to complete a transaction by receiving information for completing a transaction between a first entity associated with the first device and a second entity associated with a second device, causing a payment to be made to the second entity by communicating with a third device via a communications network, receiving an encrypted payment confirmation from the third device, and providing the encrypted payment confirmation to the second device, thereby completing the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Abdolreza Behjat
  • Patent number: 10424028
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and system includes a processor(s) determining, based on obtaining data from the one or more sensors over the wireless communications connection, that individuals are within a given vicinity. The processor(s) queries personal computing devices associated with the individuals to determine an identity of each individual in the given vicinity. The processor(s) assigns a service provider(s) to a portion of the identified individuals. The processor(s) obtains preference information related to the portion and determines environmental information related to an environment experienced by the portion by locating at least one sensor within a predetermined distance of the portion, and communicating, over the wireless communications connection, with the at least one sensor. The processor(s) generate simulations for providing services to the portion that include temporal parameters and selects an optimal simulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Bender, Rhonda L. Childress, Michael P. Shute
  • Patent number: 10420141
    Abstract: A wireless communication apparatus includes a transmission and reception processing unit which communicates using a first communication scheme, by using either a first inter frame spaces of a first type or the second inter frame spaces of the first type, wherein the second inter frame spaces is larger than the first inter frame spaces, the second inter frame spaces is determined based on an inter frame space used in a second communication scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Tomoko Adachi, Ryoko Matsuo, Tomoya Tandai, Takeshi Tomizawa
  • Patent number: 10410264
    Abstract: An order processing method includes: obtaining first order information and order sharing condition information, and generating an order sharing invitation message according to the first order information and the order sharing condition information; receiving an answer message returned by a target terminal according to the order sharing invitation message, and obtaining, according to the answer message, second order information and an acknowledged data transfer state indicated by the second order information; performing combination processing on the first order information and the second order information according to the acknowledged data transfer state returned by the target terminal, and generating settlement order information; and performing settlement on the settlement order information according to the order sharing condition information when the settlement order information meets an order sharing condition indicated by the order sharing condition information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guoqing Li, Xinmiao Chang
  • Patent number: 10410272
    Abstract: A service provider system may store buyer information and merchant information related to past purchasing history of one or more buyers. In some examples, based in part on the buyer information and/or the merchant information the service provider system may identify items that the buyer regularly or habitually purchases. In some cases, the service provider system may pre-order or pre-purchase the items on behalf of the buyer and send a message to a device associated with the buyer to inform the buyer that an order for the regularly purchased item has been placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventors: Logan Johnson, James F. Butts, III
  • Patent number: 10402761
    Abstract: Method of order assembly, including the following steps: a plurality of orders each including a plurality of articles are displayed successively or simultaneously on an assembly screen; team member from among a plurality of team members says the order on which he will work (“prepare orange order”), reads article identifications on the assembly screen, will pick the physical article or articles corresponding to these identifications and verbally designates these articles by means of voice commands; the designation of orders and of articles indicated by the team member as well as various commands said by the team member during the method of assembly are recognized by means of a voice recognition system; the order concerned is updated on the assembly screen so as to indicate that the article or articles has or have been picked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: VEOVOX SA
    Inventors: Jorge Carmona, Isabelle Vez, Firinde Teylouni, Rafael Elena
  • Patent number: 10405140
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for venue experience management. In one implementation, one or more inputs originating at one or more sensors of a first device are received at a communication interface of a location determination device, one or more inputs originating at one or more sensors of a second device are received at the communication interface of the location determination device, a processing device of the location determination device processes the one or more inputs originating at the one or more sensors of the first device in relation to the one or more inputs originating at the one or more sensors of the second device to determine a relative proximity of the first device in relation to the second device, and one or more actions are initiated based on the relative proximity of the first device in relation to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: eVenue LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Piacentile
  • Patent number: 10402920
    Abstract: A system and process for a causal dining drive-through restaurant ordering and order pick-up that displays order status to customers (guests) and eliminates sequential order pickup thus minimizing unnecessary wait time. Other features includes providing and displaying real time order status, optional display panels, means for acquisition of order and customer data for inventory control, automatic accounting and customer data entry for promotion and advertising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: David C. Fox
  • Patent number: 10387931
    Abstract: A system and method of providing nutritional data for a user is disclosed herein. The method includes receiving a selected restaurant from a personal electronic device, and providing menu data for the user based on the selected restaurant. The method further includes receiving a selected menu item from the personal electronic device, associating the selected menu item with a plurality of food items in a database, and providing the plurality of food items for the user. Furthermore, the method includes receiving a selected one of the plurality of food items from the personal electronic device, and providing nutritional data based on the selected one of the plurality of food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Chul Lee, Yi Qiang, Mirela Spasova, Mark Allen, Poojit Sharma, Vaibhav Aggarwal, Joohyun Kim, Hesamoddin Salehian, Hannah O'Neal, Layla Martin
  • Patent number: 10380535
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for an order management service. Orders may be correlated with an existing order to create a group order. The group order may include items picked up or delivered to the same or geographically proximate locations. Incentives may be used to incite participation in a group order, thereby saving on overall delivery costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Siddharth Arora, Ruslan Anatolyevich Polyanskiy, Ashraf Alkarmi, Neha Gureja, Gustavo Euduardo Lopez, Pawan Lata Uppuluri
  • Patent number: 10373223
    Abstract: A system for enabling the remote ordering of products, primarily for use in a multi-vendor system, is disclosed. Orders are placed remotely, such as through wireless devices connected to a central server. The central server, in turn, is in communication (wireless or otherwise) with a server located at one or more venues within the organization operating the system. The one or more venues provide products or services available for ordering through the system. Where multiple venues are involved, the system is designed to handle differences in the product or service availability at those different venues, and provides for an ability to make corrections to orders that may be or may become necessary on account of those differences. The system provides for multiple options through which users can pay for and receive orders, and also provides methods for synchronizing the remote ordering system with pre-existing, conventional methods of ordering and product/service order fulfillment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Roger D. Carroll, Natalie Muhs, Jeff Pollard, Jeffrey Steres, Kim Wilson
  • Patent number: 10360526
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for analyzing customer satisfaction is presented. The computer-implemented method may include capturing visual images related to individuals and order consumables, determining, by a processor, at least one measurable metric to predict variations indicating different satisfaction levels, and dynamically refining parameters if the variations exceed one or more thresholds. The computer-implemented method further includes receiving the captured visual images of the individuals and the order consumables by least one camera in communication with the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Karthik Balakrishnan, Keith A. Jenkins, Barry P. Linder
  • Patent number: 10354106
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a programmable tag that is encoded with information associated with ingestible substances, a system for producing such a tag, and a reader for capturing and decoding the tag. Predetermined profiles and predetermined coding schemes are used to encode such information to form the tag and to decode and extract such information in accordance with the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TUTSHO, LLC
    Inventors: Michele K. Herman, William J. Herman
  • Patent number: 10318914
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for an order management service. Orders may be correlated with an existing order to create a group order. The group order may include items picked up or delivered to the same or geographically proximate locations. Incentives may be used to incite participation in a group order, thereby saving on overall delivery costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Siddharth Arora, Ruslan Anatolyevich Polyanskiy, Ashraf Alkarmi, Neha Gureja, Gustavo Euduardo Lopez, Pawan Lata Uppuluri
  • Patent number: 10319008
    Abstract: Systems and methods for in-store purchases are provided. An exemplary method may include receiving by a customer device associated with a customer, customer data including customer preference data. The method may include storing the received customer data and identifying a merchant at a location of the customer. The method may also include determining a customer order for the identified merchant based on the customer preference data. Further, the method may include transmitting a notification to a merchant device associated with the identified merchant, the notification including the determined customer order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Koeppel, Robert Perry