Input By Product Or Record Sensing (weighing, Scanner Processing) Patents (Class 705/23)
  • Patent number: 11358620
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transport equipment with at least one transport device (1a) which is individualised by an identification mean, which has at least one goods depositing device and at least one handle and which can be stacked with respectively identical transport devices, wherein the transport equipment has at least two power-supplied electronic devices arranged on an identical and/or on different transport devices, of which at least one performs the function of a user interface and at least one performs the function of a detection device, and which each have integrated data-processing means and means for wireless data transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Martin Eberlein
  • Patent number: 11354676
    Abstract: An identity system for the Internet of Things (IOT) that enables users and machines to identify, authenticate and interact with products and collectibles without relying on a third-party-controlled authentication service. The system includes wireless tamperproof tags coupled to products and an open registry database where a chain of ownership of the items is able to be stored. The open registry enables public access to the item identity and data combined with item registration anonymity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Chronicled, Inc.
    Inventors: Samantha Radocchia, David Aho, Ryan Orr, Maurizio Greco
  • Patent number: 11302161
    Abstract: Methods and systems monitor activity in a retail environment, such as activity in a checkout area (e.g., checkout station) of the retail environment. A convolutional neural network is used to detect objects (e.g., inventory items) or events. Various algorithms may be used to determine whether valid checkout procedures are followed, and/or to determine whether to trigger alerts. Monitored/detected activity may be stored in a database to facilitate a deeper understanding of operations within the retail environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Somnath Sinha, Abhijit Sanyal
  • Patent number: 11238465
    Abstract: A system and method for remote acquisition and delivery of goods includes a server in communication with customer computers, such as through a user interface via the internet. The server can store customer information including billing information, and may include an image processor. A mobile delivery system in communication with the server includes an energy efficient vehicle, an image capture device, a global positioning system, a communication device and a printer. In use, a customer communicates with a mobile delivery agent via the image capture device and the communication device to remotely acquire a product. Once acquired, the delivery agent delivers the product to a designated delivery location. The image capture device can be utilized during the entire transaction. The system preferably includes a processor for optimizing system efficiencies, including selecting a delivery agent based on the product, pick-up location and delivery site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Consumeron, LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Barron, Michael Hays
  • Patent number: 11200535
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for automatically monitoring and managing inventory in real time within a retail environment are presented. To monitor and manage inventory of electronic devices configured to communicate wirelessly, the electronic devices are configured to send device status messages via wireless communication to wireless connection devices, which in turn send inventory messages to a remote inventory server via a communication network. To monitor non-communicating inventory, wireless tags are included within or affixed to inventory packaging to communicate with the electronic devices or wireless connection devices. Based upon such inventory messages, the remote inventory server monitors inventory location and levels at retail locations. Inventory levels may be adjusted according to inventory distribution plans based upon such inventory information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: GLAS, INC.
    Inventor: Sean Greenbaum
  • Patent number: 11189033
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to detecting and registering unrecognized or unregistered objects. A minimum viable range (MVR) may be derived based on inspecting image data that represents objects at a start location. The MVR may be determined to be a certain MVR or an uncertain MVR according to one or more features represented in the image data. The MVR may be used to register corresponding objects according to the certain or uncertain determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: MUJIN, Inc.
    Inventors: Jinze Yu, Jose Jeronimo Moreira Rodrigues, Rosen Nikolaev Diankov, Xutao Ye, Russell Islam
  • Patent number: 11191111
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a Bluetooth connection establishment method, a Bluetooth connection establishment device and a Bluetooth connection establishment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Zhenxing Hao
  • Patent number: 11138565
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide a billing server and the like capable of receiving email using the same address irrespective of whether or not an object is to be billed, and which can differentiate between and handle both situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: N PLUS, INC.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakamura, Yasunori Kanai
  • Patent number: 11113683
    Abstract: A scanner is integrated as a peripheral device into a POS terminal. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are selectively activated and deactivated during item scanning for items being processed during a transaction at the POS terminal. The activation and deactivation of the LEDs are visible to an overhead security camera during the transaction. The selective activation and deactivation providing indications during the transaction as to whether the items are successfully scanned or unsuccessfully scanned during the transaction as the items are passed in front of at least one scan window of the scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: John Crooks
  • Patent number: 11087342
    Abstract: A promotion processing system may include user devices that may include a mobile device to acquire an image of a given product having a brand associated therewith. The system may include a promotion processing server to obtain the acquired image of the given product from the mobile wireless device, and use image recognition to determine the brand associated with the given product based upon the acquired image. The server may also operate a chatbot with the user devices. The chatbot may include a social media wall having user-obtained images of different products, and each different product may be associated with the brand. The server may add the acquired image to the social media wall and solicit voting, within the chatbot and from the user devices, for a favored image on the social media wall, and determine and communicate a reward value to the mobile device based upon the voting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: INMAR CLEARING, INC.
    Inventors: O'Ryan McEntire, Gregory Clem, Nathanael Georgeson, Jeffery Hayes, Samuel May, Zackary Smith
  • Patent number: 11042907
    Abstract: A promotion processing system may include a first mobile wireless communications device associated with a gift giver and configured to obtain a unique identifier from a product label of a product to be gifted, and record a video message associated with the unique identifier. The system may also include a second mobile wireless communications device associated with a gift recipient and configured to obtain the unique identifier. A promotion processing server may be configured to cooperate with the first mobile wireless communications device to obtain the video message and the unique identifier, and cooperate with the second mobile wireless communications device to obtain the unique identifier. The promotion processing server may also be configured to operate a chatbot and communicate the video message within the chatbot to the second mobile wireless communications device to display the video message thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: INMAR CLEARING, INC.
    Inventors: O'Ryan Mcentire, Nathanael Georgeson, Jeffery Hayes
  • Patent number: 11004321
    Abstract: A container with a wireless IC tag includes a container having a container body and a sealing member for sealing an opening portion of the container body; and a wireless IC tag and a cap seal attached to the container. The container body includes a neck (extending from the opening portion. The wireless IC tag includes an antenna for contactless communication, a wiring for wire break detection, and an IC chip connected to the antenna and the wiring. The cap seal includes a cylindrical member that surrounds the neck, the cylindrical member having a metal section disposed on a side face of the neck. The wireless IC tag is disposed to extend between opposite lateral sides of the neck via the sealing member and is partially sandwiched between the neck and the cylindrical member with the IC chip exposed from the cap seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Kenji Shinohara, Takamitsu Nakabayashi
  • Patent number: 10996047
    Abstract: A height measuring apparatus comprising a main body portion adapted for placement upon an object to be measured, and a movable portion which is movable relative to the main body portion, wherein the movable portion comprises a laser source and a photo detector, the movable portion being movable so that a laser beam from the laser source can be directed to the ground when the main body is placed on the object to be measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Capaltec Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Barr, Michael Grace
  • Patent number: 10958604
    Abstract: A method of operating a communication system includes: receiving a conditional communication for communicating the conditional communication from a sender to a receiver; determining with a control circuit a delivery condition for communicating the conditional communication to the receiver based on the sender; and communicating the conditional communication based on the delivery condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Aist, Aliasgar Mumtaz Husain, Casey Carter, Shalu Grover, Naveen Kumar Vandanapu
  • Patent number: 10948309
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a navigation method, a shopping cart and a navigation system. The navigation method includes: after a user has selected a shopping cart, associating the user with the shopping cart; acquiring a position of the shopping cart and a parking spot where a vehicle of the user is located; and generating a navigation route in accordance with the position of the shopping cart and the parking spot where the vehicle of the user is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Xiangyang Liu, Tong Liu, Zhiguo Zhang, Hui Rao
  • Patent number: 10908783
    Abstract: An electronic device displays a user interface object that corresponds to a first application. While displaying the user interface object, the device detects, via an input element, an input directed to the user interface object. In response: if the input meets an input threshold and includes less than a threshold amount of movement, the device generates a non-visual output corresponding to the input before detecting an end of the input, and after detecting an end of the input, displays a system user interface that includes information about the first application without displaying the first application; and, if the input does not meet the input threshold and includes less than the threshold amount of movement, the device forgoes generating a non-visual output corresponding to the input, and after detecting an end of the input, displays the first application on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Chanaka G. Karunamuni, Marcos Alonso Ruiz, Michael T. Turner, Mohammed N. Jisrawi
  • Patent number: 10861119
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for registering personal electronic devices (PEDs) with an aircraft in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. Some methods include generating a different token image for each IFE passenger seat display, each generated token image comprising unique information for registering the PEDs with the IFE system. Different ones of the generated token images are communicated to different ones of the IFE passenger seat displays for display to passengers. A request comprising a captured image of the generated token image that is displayed on one of the IFE passenger seat displays is received. The at least one PED is registered with the IFE system by associating the unique identification information of the generated token image received in the request from the at least one PED. A communication link is established with the PED using the unique information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Michael Keen, Jeffrey A. Frisco
  • Patent number: 10824873
    Abstract: A product registration apparatus (20) includes a comparison unit (22) and a registration unit (24). The comparison unit (22) compares a first frame and a second frame of a video. The second frame is generated at a time later than the first frame. The comparison unit (22) determines a product that is not included in the first frame but included in the second frame. Then, the registration unit (24) registers the determined product (product that is not included in the first frame but included in the second frame) as a payment target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Dai Kinno, Kota Iwamoto, Shinichi Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Itou, Shinya Yamasaki, Kanako Taga
  • Patent number: 10803536
    Abstract: A method implemented in an autonomous vehicle (AV) for facilitating property hunting includes receiving a first command to direct the AV to a geolocation of an individual. An itinerary is received for a property hunting trip for the individual in a geographical area. The itinerary includes a plurality of properties. After the individual enters the AV, a second command is received from the individual to direct the AV to a geolocation of a first property on the itinerary. Feedback is received from the individual regarding the first property. An adjustment to the itinerary based on the feedback is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: George Muthui Bachia, Daniel Jerome Clifford, H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: 10762486
    Abstract: There is provided a checkout apparatus (10) including an image data acquisition unit (11) which acquires data on an image, an image analysis unit (12) which recognizes a product in the image, using a feature value of appearance of each of a plurality of products registered in a feature value storage unit (14) and the image data; a registration unit (13) which registers the product recognized by the image analysis unit (12) as a checkout target, and a projection unit (15) which projects an image related to a checkout process on the product and/or a placement surface of a placement platform of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Dai Kinno, Kota Iwamoto, Shinichi Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Itou, Shinya Yamasaki, Kanako Taga
  • Patent number: 10733588
    Abstract: In some examples, a merchant device at a point of sale (POS) location may present information to a merchant in a first language preferred by the merchant, and may present information to a buyer in a second language preferred by the buyer. The merchant device may switch between the different languages in response to detecting a change in the physical orientation of a display. For instance, in a first orientation in which the display is viewable from a merchant direction, the merchant device may present information in the language preferred by the merchant. When the orientation of the display is changed to a second orientation in which the display is viewable from a buyer direction, the merchant device may present information in the language indicated to be preferred by the buyer. Various techniques may be used for determining the preferred language of a particular buyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Lang Mocko, Koun Han, Hsuan-Yu (Jerry) Lin, Michael Wells White
  • Patent number: 10720027
    Abstract: A reading device includes display and an image capturing device to image objects on a checkout counter. A control unit receives a first image including at least one object on the checkout counter, extracts a first object that is closest to the image capturing device in the first image, then displays an image of the first object and a frame around the first object. Generic object recognition is performed on the first object. A second image is received from the image capturing device. The control unit determines whether the first object is still closest to the image capturing device. A second object is extracted from the second image if the first object is no longer closest to the image capturing device and the second object is the one closest to the image capturing device in the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Hidehiko Miyakoshi
  • Patent number: 10713630
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for purchasing a product from a merchant by a consumer using an electronic device. An association between a transaction identifier and transaction information is stored in a database, the transaction information comprising a merchant identifier, which is associated with merchant information, and a transaction amount. The consumer may purchase the product by having the transaction identifier provided to an application on an electronic device and transmitting the transaction identifier from the application to a transaction processing server. The merchant information and the transaction amount associated with the transaction identifier is transmitted from the transaction processing server to the application and the transaction completed using the application on the basis of the transaction information on the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Jeremy Goldstone, Lawrence Cheng
  • Patent number: 10679342
    Abstract: A system for preparing a pharmaceutical compound comprises: a scale having a platen configured for placement of an object thereon; a supporting arm comprising a first end coupled to a portion of the scale and a second end extending to a position above the platen of the scale; and an enclosure housing extending from the second end of the supporting arm and configured to house at least one input device. The enclosure housing has a curved front profile to minimize flow disturbance when the system is positioned within a flow hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Matthew Nowicki, Christian Sandmann
  • Patent number: 10674054
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus comprises a screen, a camera, a distance sensor, and a processor. The screen has one surface where an object is put. The camera photographs an image from the other surface of the screen. The distance sensor measures a distance from the one surface of the screen and generates distance information indicating the distance. The processor extracts a region of the object from the photographed image, specifies the object from the image of the region of the object, acquires an outer dimension preset to the specified object, calculates a length, from the screen, of the object put on the one surface of the screen based on the distance information, and outputs an alert when the outer dimension does not match the length of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nobuoka, Masaaki Yasunaga
  • Patent number: 10650352
    Abstract: A mobile device storage and tracking system includes a housing and a carousel disposed in the housing and having a plurality of storage spaces. Responsive to a user input that is indicative of a particular user, a control rotates the carousel to position a selected storage space at a door and unlocks the door, whereby the particular user can store a mobile device at that selected storage space. After the user stores the mobile device at that selected storage space, the control closes and locks the door. When the particular user again provides the user input, the control unlocks the door and rotates the carousel to position the selected storage space at the door. The control is operable to track, for each particular user, when the particular user's mobile device is at the carousel and when the particular user's mobile device has been removed from the carousel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: HonesTime, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob G. Maki, Aaron H. Maki, Frank C. Fiala
  • Patent number: 10642551
    Abstract: Systems for providing efficient manufacturing of paper, sheet, and/or box products of varying size and structure, often with pre-applied print (“pre-print”), are provided herein. One or more controllers can be used to aggregate upcoming orders and information needed to complete the manufacturing process for the order. A controller enables a user to prepare control plans (e.g., reel maps, reel plans, etc.) for processing rolls of web product through the manufacturing process. Criteria filtering and/or various features enable generation of efficient and effective control plans for rolls of web product, including, in some cases, multiple orders. The control plan may include a set of instructions for operating one or more systems within the manufacturing process to form the desired finished paper-based product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Charlie Bert Sloan, IV, Robert Dennis Seay
  • Patent number: 10636042
    Abstract: The present invention describes a method, a system, a computer program product and a computer program for creating and using a journey map and for associating user interactions with a system such as a computer system to steps of the journey map. Embodiments of the invention relate to user interactions with an organisation across a range of different communication channels and associating these interactions with steps of a journey map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Ray Gerber
  • Patent number: 10632504
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses are provided for sorting mechanisms at a POS terminal. A POS terminal in a secondary mode of operation, receives input of categories. Information of items received by the POS terminal is used to sort the items into the categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus Adam Jones, Matthew Allen Jones, Robert James Taylor, Aaron Vasgaard
  • Patent number: 10565553
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed at systems, methods, and apparatus for precisely inventorying items placed within a user-portable container. The system may comprise one or more interrogators configured to repeatedly send interrogation signals to detect tagged items placed within the portable container by a user. The system may also comprise one or more readers configured to detect response signals produced by the tagged items in response to the repeated interrogation signals. The system may also comprise a communication interface configured to provide information regarding the detected response signals to an adjunct processor configured to analyze the signals and determine whether they originate from items within the user-portable container, as well as to maintain an inventory of items within the portable container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Twyst LLC
    Inventors: Charles Cooper Rinzler, Kevin Eugene Schaff, Ryan Patrick McKay
  • Patent number: 10553032
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for an augmented reality output based on item acquisition limitations. A user may capture visual data utilizing a device at a location, where the visual data includes one or more items available for acquisition at the location. A device may perform object recognition to identify the items within the images, and determine an item identifier. Using the item identifier, item data may be retrieved, and may be compared to restrictions on item acquisitions set for an account of the user. A visual output of a representation of the item in the visual data may then be configured to enhance or diminish the item's representation. The change in the item's representation may be output as an augmented reality visible to the user as the user views captured data of a scene including the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Braden Christopher Ericson, Zachary Joseph Berman, Gautam Madaan, Anush Vishwanath, Pushpita Karmakar, Anke Werner, Michael Charles Todasco, Vidit Maniyar
  • Patent number: 10497222
    Abstract: A product registration apparatus (2000) includes a recognition unit (2020), an imaging unit (2040), a detection unit (2060), and a determination unit (2080). The recognition unit (2020) recognizes a product. The imaging unit (2040) images an action of a customer to generate a customer image. The detection unit (2060) uses the customer image to detect that a product is disposed in a detection target area. The detection target area is a space including an area in which a product is recognized by the recognition unit (2020). The determination unit (2080) determines whether or not a product is recognized by the recognition unit (2020) in a case where it is detected that a product is disposed in the detection target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Kazuki Tsuchimochi
  • Patent number: 10497036
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing customer shopping help include a system provider device that receives first customer location information from a plurality of beacon devices at a merchant physical location. The first customer location information is collected during a shopping session from a first customer device that is associated with a first customer. The system provider device analyzes the first customer location information to determine a merchant physical location area that is included in the merchant physical location and in which the first customer has not been located during the shopping session. The system provider device then selects a first product, from a plurality of products that are associated with the merchant physical location in a database, which is located in the merchant physical location area. The system provider device then provides a product recommendation for the first product over the network for display on the first customer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Todasco
  • Patent number: 10402921
    Abstract: Examples described herein pertain generally to network computer systems, and more specifically, to network computer systems for evaluating contingency based outcomes for network transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee:, LLC
    Inventors: James Hudson, Nathaniel Dever
  • Patent number: 10387933
    Abstract: Technologies for identifying product sources include a product source management server. The product source management server receives an unidentified Universal Product Code (UPC) corresponding to a product of a manufacturer. The unidentified UPC is compared to a library including reference Universal Product Codes (UPCs) and corresponding manufacturer identification data to identify the manufacturer of the product. A brand of the product is determined when the product manufacturer is not identified via the reference UPCs. The determined brand is compared to another library including reference brands and corresponding manufacturer identification data to identify the product manufacturer. When the determined brand does not match one of the reference brands, the product source management server compares product description data corresponding to the product to a different library including reference product description strings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: 84.51 LLC
    Inventors: William Blake, Heidi Salava, Brian Rock, Michael Roney
  • Patent number: 10383461
    Abstract: The invention relates to a product identification system when the goods are purchased by a buyer in a self-service store. The product identification system in the self-service store includes a scanning device, a goods collecting device with an individual identification number, a camera, at least one self-service payment terminal and a server. The scanning device reads the identification number, scans the barcodes of goods, creates a list of goods and a resulting barcode. The camera is installed on the goods collecting device and reads images of the goods and tracks its movement. The terminal sends information to the server, wherein the server receives and analyzes information from the camera and terminal. In case when the information from the camera and from the resulting barcode coincide, the buyer pays for the purchase, and receives a check.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Timur Zakirov, Sergey Ilchenko
  • Patent number: 10204251
    Abstract: A network based system and method for managing inventory is disclosed. A smartphone device is connected to a portable barcode scanner using a communication connection. A scanner adapter application on the smartphone device receives output date comprising order data, and parses the order data, passing it to an upload application. The smartphone device further comprises an order management application to take order data from the scanner adapter application and smartphone user data entry to access a backend server system to retrieve and collect detailed order data in support of order submission. The detailed order data contains data elements necessary for completion and submission of orders. An API configured to receive the at least part of the order data from the upload application processes the order information into an electronic order, and sends the electronic order to a vendor server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: MSC Services Corp.
    Inventors: William Patrick Fenty, III, Charles Bonomo, Joseph Patrick Lo Faso, Alan P. Yang
  • Patent number: 10192131
    Abstract: An image identification system may identify key points on a known image, variations of the known image in different levels of blur, and an unidentified image. One or more geometric shapes may be formed from the key points. A match between the unidentified image and either the known image or a blurred variation of the known image may be determined by comparison of the respective geometric shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Blinkfire Analytics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Joseph Olechowski, III, Nan Jiang, Alejandro Tatay de Pascual
  • Patent number: 10185981
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to systems and methods for providing product information. The present invention implements a system for defining product variations and assigning references to them at the point of sale or delivery. The present invention is unique in allowing a seller to assign or modify a reference associated with such a bar code or similar device at the point of sale or delivery, thereby changing the information delivered to the buyer based on details about the specific unit sold, the circumstances of the transaction, or the identity of the buyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: GeoPRI, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Hodges
  • Patent number: 10140483
    Abstract: This disclosure describes the ability to efficiently track inventory using RFID tags (e.g., RFID tags). For example, an inventory shelf located within a materials handling facility may include a series of antenna elements arranged in rows embedded into the shelf that are coupled with an RFID reader. The antenna elements are configured to establish electromagnetic fields oriented along shelf rows. The fields can be used to read RFID tags included or attached to inventory items placed on the shelf row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Eugene Huebner, Somasundaram Niranjayan, Mark Glen McKinnon
  • Patent number: 10089636
    Abstract: Real-time consumer feedback collection includes: receiving a unique product code from a device associated with a consumer of a product, the unique product code, when decoded, revealing an address of an on-line survey site; providing an interface within the on-line survey site for providing feedback about the product; receiving the feedback; storing the feedback; and supplying the feedback to the producer of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: Choon Hui Teo, Su-Lin Wu
  • Patent number: 10032173
    Abstract: The present invention, which is applicable to the field of electronic anti-counterfeiting technology, provides an electronic anti-counterfeiting system and an electronic anti-counterfeiting method using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Lui Kam Ming
  • Patent number: 9984356
    Abstract: Methods and systems using unique item identifiers and a wireless device to (a) authenticate authorization to take possession of an item and (b) specifying and/or tracking service processing of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: James Andrew Janis, David Dwane Conklin, Robert Alan Young
  • Patent number: 9973502
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed herein for a media guidance application that provides advanced parental control features. As described herein, these advanced parental control features may allow parents to establish parental controls in a dynamic and individualized manner. Moreover, the media guidance application may relieve a first user (e.g., a parent) of the burden of continually monitoring the statistical analysis (e.g., a ratio) of the programming choices of a second user (e.g., a child) by establishing one or more threshold analyzes (e.g., a threshold ratio) that the media guidance application may automatically compare to the statistical analysis of the programming choices of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram Makam Gupta, Vishwas Sharadanagar Panchaksharaiah
  • Patent number: 9961025
    Abstract: The current document is directed to systems and methods that stream real-time, processed data from remote processor-controlled user appliances, including personal computers, tablets, mobile phones, and laptops, to application programs for display, analysis, and other purposes and to other data-consuming devices and systems. In one implementation, a real-time processed-data streaming system includes instrumentation within remote, processor-controlled user devices, data collection at geographically distributed data-collection centers, consolidation of event messages generated by the geographically distributed data-collection centers within consolidation systems, processing of the consolidated event messages within one or more processing centers, and streaming of processed data, in the form of various types of processed-data-containing messages, to consumers of the data, including application programs that render the data for display on electronic display devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ORACLE AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Butler, Andrew Psaltis, Sean McNamara
  • Patent number: 9930137
    Abstract: A user device requests a web page from a web server of a third-party website, which is separate from a social networking system. The web server from the third-party website sends a markup language document for the requested web page to the user device which includes an instruction for a browser application running on the user device to incorporate information obtained from the social networking system within the web page. Based on the instruction in the received markup language document, the user device requests personalized content from the social networking system, which generates the requested personalized content based on social information about the user. The user device then renders the web page with the personalized content contained in a frame and displays the rendered web page and the frame to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Zuckerberg, Ray C. He, Spencer Ahrens, Yofay Kari Lee, Chaitanya Mishra, Austin Daniel Haugen, Xin Liu, Michael Steven Vernal
  • Patent number: 9923983
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided for enhancing users' overall experiences with physical items by supplementing their physical experiences with digital experiences. According to an embodiment, an electronic device scans a smart tag associated with an item to obtain an item identifier of the item, and sends the item identifier to a server, which selects digital content to be made available to a user of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Jon H. Werner, Christian DiBenedetto, Amy Jones Vaterlaus, Stephen M. Vincent
  • Patent number: 9887994
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides example methods and apparatuses of data processing based on a two-dimensional code. The two-dimensional code is generated upon receiving a data processing request from a user of a first communication device. Information relating to the data processing request obtained through scanning the two-dimensional code by a second communication device is received. A user interface for data processing is generated at the second communication device based on the information relating to the data processing request. The present techniques for data processing based on the two-dimensional code use the two-dimensional code to complete logging-in and avoid the tedious logging-in process, thereby conveniently, efficiently, and securely implements data output processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Tao Dang
  • Patent number: 9858569
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing authentication of items such as goods, as they are passed through commerce and change ownership. As described herein, the systems and methods certify authenticity of product origin and provide proof of current ownership by creating a publicly verifiable live audit trail using digital signatures, asymmetric (public/secret) key cryptography, an item labeling system, and a mobile authentication client application to capture information about transactions related to an item, perform transactions and record transactions in conjunction with the back end servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Phan, Rune Wetlesen, David Beddington, Ari Andricopoulos, Antti Aitio, Ramanan Navaratnam
  • Patent number: 9836470
    Abstract: In one embodiment, information content files, such as text files, image files, XML files and the like, that provide information related to an identifier bearing item, such as a consumer item with a barcode, are stored on a data storage device such as network server. Identifier data entries, such as UPC data, are associated with file data entries, such as file names, in a database. General file access information that is used in accessing the information content files is stored on a terminal. In operation an identifier is read by the terminal and is used to extract one of the file data entries from the database based on database communication information stored on the terminal. The file data entry in combination with the general file access information is used to establish communication with the data storage device and to extract one of the information content files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Garrison Gomez, Thomas A. Siegler, Robert M. Soule, III, Nick Daddabbo, David Sperduti