Inventory Management Patents (Class 705/28)
  • Patent number: 12002008
    Abstract: A method includes receiving image frames of an inventory. The method includes locating a control point used to determine a spatial search in the image frames and detecting, by a machine learning model, a plurality of storage units in the spatial search. Each storage unit is associated with a unit type from a plurality of unit types. The method includes calculating a storage unit count from a plurality of storage unit counts and for each unit type from the plurality of unit types from the plurality of storage units detected based on depth analysis. Each storage unit count includes a total number of storage units associated with each unit type. The method includes determining a restock status of each unit type based on the storage unit count for each unit type, and automatically generating a replenish request based on the restock status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2024
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: NOMAD Go, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Vogel, David Greschler, Jonah Friedl
  • Patent number: 12002004
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a controller configured to execute acquiring a detection value obtained by detecting an amount of a product stored in a storage location corresponding to the product by a sensor, and transmitting a notification regarding a storage error of the product to a user terminal in a case where a decrease amount of the product based on the detection value of the sensor in a predetermined period is larger than a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoya Oka
  • Patent number: 12002116
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for an excess and obsoletion application and engine resident in a supply chain management system. Included are at least one rule set; at least one database of distinct customers, wherein the at least one database has relationally accessible in accordance with ones of the distinct customer entries in the at least one database at least the manufactured product for the distinct customer correspondent; a full parts and materials list correspondent to the manufacturing of the manufactured product; definitions from the contract for each of the manufactured products and each of the distinct customer regarding when ones of the parts and the materials become excess or obsolete; and a graphical user interface (GUI) suitable to provide access to details of at least the manufactured product, the full parts and materials list, and the definitions, such that a claim for excess or obsoletion may be made through the GUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: JABIL INC.
    Inventors: Erin Dunlop, Jennifer Foster, Jeff Miller, Simon Yannopoulos, Andrew Joyner, Jennifer Frey
  • Patent number: 11995928
    Abstract: A control device (100) controls a locker that includes a storage unit that stores an article. Additionally, the control device (100) includes a forbidder (160) that forbids unlocking of the storage unit in at least one of a case in which content associated with the article has not been watched, a case in which the content has not been listened to, or a case in which the content has neither been watched nor listened to by a user that performs an operation for unlocking the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Rakuten Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Toshiaki Tazume
  • Patent number: 11995619
    Abstract: A computing system may include a network circuit configured to communicate with a third party computing device via a network, one or more interface elements (e.g., application programming interfaces and/or software development kits) providing account open functionality, and an account open circuit configured to: accept, via the interface elements, a set of user data and an account open request for opening a new account with the provider, where the set of user data is received from a user computing device of a user via a third party website or application; establish the new account by generating a set of account data associated with the new account without directing the user to the operating environment of a website or application of the provider; and transmit the set of account data to the third party computing device for use by the third party computing device in a transaction with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Jennifer J. Caceres, Lila Fakhraie, Jennifer Greene, Christopher J. Hirth, Ashish B. Kurani, Andrea Renee Leighton, Margot Lockwood-Stein, Kumaran Perumal, Benjamin Soccorsy, Ronald H. Yang, Young M. Yang
  • Patent number: 11993096
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an array of printed information sheets to be placed in a business establishment may include at least two stacks of printed information sheets being detachably connected to each other. Each stack of printed information sheets may include at least a first multiple product information sheet and a second information sheet that are removably attached to each other or to the stack. The first multiple product information sheet may have printed thereon first product information about a first product to be displayed in the business establishment and a first location indicator indicating a first predetermined location in the business establishment where the first multiple product information sheet is to be displayed. The second multiple product information sheet may have printed thereon second product information and a second location indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Retail Information Services LLC
    Inventors: Ernest James Dale, James Fernando Jiron
  • Patent number: 11995411
    Abstract: Relevance scores may be determined based on text included in a document. The text may be divided into a text portions, with the relevance scores being determined based on a comparison of a text portion of the plurality of text portions with a criterion specified in natural language. A subset of the plurality of text portions may be selected based on the plurality of relevance scores, with each of the subset of the plurality of text portions having a relevance score surpassing a threshold. A criteria evaluation prompt may be sent to a remote text generation modeling system via a communication interface. The criteria evaluation prompts may include an instruction to evaluate one or more of the subset of text portions against the criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Casetext, Inc.
    Inventors: Javed Qadrud-Din, Brian O'Kelly, Alan deLevie, Ethan Blake, Walter DeFoor, Ryan Walker, Pablo Arredondo
  • Patent number: 11995607
    Abstract: Images capture locations of items on store shelves or on store display areas. An item inventory is automatically maintained from the images. Re-stocking rules for each item type are processed and a specific item type is automatically ordered from a vendor when dictated by a corresponding rule. A delivery of the specific items ordered is tracked within the store from the images for re-stocking the specific items within the store during the delivery by a vendor representative. The specific item delivery and restocking are verified, and an automatic acceptance of the specific items is sent to the vendor associated with the delivery when verified. In an embodiment, store personnel (admin, manager, owner) are automatically notified with a successful restocking. In an embodiment, payment is automatically made to the supplier when store personnel confirms the delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: NCR Voyix Corporation
    Inventors: Marjorie Costillas Waskin, Virgilio Ayuban Esquilla, Jr., Charl Rio Villeno Lagura, Mary Laurice Bacanaya Sanchez
  • Patent number: 11990014
    Abstract: A security alarm management system and method includes a reader device, a person counter, and an alarm. The reader device reads security tags within a range of the reader. The person counter detects people passing through a point of entry. The person counter can determine a direction of travel of people passing through the point of entry. A white-list includes entries or product identifiers that will not trigger an alarm. The alarm is triggered if conditions associated with the reader device, person counter, and white-list are met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Lau, Christophe Castagne
  • Patent number: 11989688
    Abstract: Technology for optimizing automated inventory management is described. In an example implementation, a method, implemented using one or more computing devices, may generate unit identifier sets based on affinities between items uniquely identified by the unit identifiers, determine first and second contribution values for each of the unit identifier sets, and calculate a difference between the first and the second contribution values for each of the unit identifier sets. The method may further calculate an incremental carton and expense prevention opportunity (ICEPO) value for the unit identifier sets, calculate an adjusted fulfillment center stocking score using the ICEPO value and the difference between the first and the second contribution values for each of the unit identifier sets, select a subset of the unit identifier sets based on the adjusted fulfillment center stocking score, and output the subset to an inventory replenishment system that manages stocking of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Staples, Inc.
    Inventors: Amit Kalra, Maimuna Rangwala, Ehsan Ardjmand, Christine DeJesse
  • Patent number: 11987422
    Abstract: Cargo containers are disclosed herein. A cargo container for carrying one or more delivery items to respective delivery destinations may include a container body configured to at least partially enclose and support the delivery item(s) and to be selectively and operatively coupled to a vehicle. The cargo container additionally may include a programmable device supported by the container body that stores manifest information regarding each delivery item. The cargo container further may include a container communication device supported by the container body and configured to convey delivery information to a vehicle communication device of the vehicle to direct the vehicle to the delivery destination(s) of the delivery item(s). The manifest information may include item destination information that represents the delivery destination of each delivery item, and the delivery information may be at least partially based upon the item destination information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey Edward Polus
  • Patent number: 11989685
    Abstract: Various embodiments improve existing technologies by generating one or more user interface elements based at least in part on consumer demand of an item in various geographical regions. Such consumer demand can be computed in response to receiving an indication that a user needs to place an item in an inventory center. Some embodiments can use one or more machine learning models or other statistical models to predict consumer demand to select the particular inventory center. Some embodiments can additionally or alternatively rank each inventory center or recommend an inventory center based on the consumer demand and/or other factors, such as cost. All of this functionality not only improves upon the functionality of existing technologies, but improves the user experience and computing resource consumption relative to other technologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Magdalena Donnels, Rajesh Nanoo, Raphael Philip Tsing Tseuk Tsow
  • Patent number: 11983670
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an inventory system, wherein the inventory system includes at least one Internet of Things (IOT) inventory device having at least one pressure sensor and a radio field antenna, wherein a weighing surface is located on a top side of the at least IOT inventory device, and wherein the radio field antenna is positioned beneath the weighing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: BARTRAC, INC
    Inventors: Robert Alan Conrad, Andrew Thomas Yee
  • Patent number: 11977608
    Abstract: Traditional food quality monitoring systems fail to monitor the variation of food quality in real-time scenarios. Existing machine learning approaches require dedicated data models for different classes of food items due to differences in characteristics of different food items. Also, to generate such data models, a lot of annotated data is required per food item, which are expensive. The disclosure herein generally relates to monitoring and shelf-life prediction of food items, and, more particularly, to system and method for real-time monitoring and shelf-life prediction of food items. The system generates a data model using a knowledge graph indicative of a hierarchical taxonomy for a plurality of categories of the plurality of food items, which in turn contains metadata representing similarities in physio-chemical degradation pattern of different classes of the food items. This data model serves as a generic data model for real-time shelf-life prediction of different food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Jayita Dutta, Parijat Deshpande, Manasi Samarth Patwardhan, Shirish Subhash Karande, Shankar Kausley, Priya Kedia, Shrikant Arjunrao Kapse, Beena Rai
  • Patent number: 11972096
    Abstract: A picture selection method and an electronic device are provided. The method includes: displaying a first interface in an interaction scenario of a first application, where the first interface includes a picture selection button; and displaying a target album interface in response to a first operation performed by a user to trigger the picture selection button, where the target album interface includes thumbnails of at least two pictures that carry different identifier information or at least two picture sets that carry different identifier information; and where identifier information is generated based on interaction scenarios of at least two applications, and the identifier information includes at least one of an application name of an application, time of an interaction scenario of an application, or a quantity of times in an interaction scenario of an application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manshu Wang, Yongming Zhang, Ziran Li
  • Patent number: 11973688
    Abstract: A control device that controls a communication system in which a network device and a virtual network device on a cloud communicate with each other through a tunnel, the control device including: a calculation unit that calculates a predicted value of the number of future setting entries in the virtual network device; an autoscale execution unit that executes scale-out or scale-in of the virtual network device on the basis of a result of comparison between the predicted value and a threshold; and a control unit that performs routing control between an application and the virtual network device in a service platform on the cloud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukihiro Togari, Shingo Okada, Hisashi Kojima, Takafumi Hamano
  • Patent number: 11966365
    Abstract: A terminal device may, in a case where a first association instruction is acquired, store a first association between a label file and a first database file, and, in a case where a second association instruction is acquired, store a second association between a first object area and a first field name. The terminal device may, in a case where a first print instruction is acquired, create N pieces of first print data and send the N pieces of first print data to a label printer. The terminal device may, in a case where a disassociation instruction is acquired under the state where the first association and the second association are stored, disassociate the first association between the label file and the first database file without disassociating the second association between the first object area and the first field name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryoji Ban
  • Patent number: 11966806
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a commodity positioning method and apparatus, a device and a storage medium. The method comprises: acquiring map information marked with multiple pieces of shelf identity information, wherein the multiple pieces of shelf identity information are in one-to-one correspondence with shelves; acquiring shelf image information corresponding to the shelf identity information; identifying, according to the shelf image information, a commodity corresponding to each of electronic price label apparatuses on a corresponding shelf and a first positional relationship between each of the electronic price label apparatuses and the corresponding shelf; generating location information of each of the commodities according to the first positional relationship and the map information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: HANSHOW TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shiguo Hou, Min Liang, Jun Chen, Qi Jiang, Yang Zhao
  • Patent number: 11966877
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure provide an order processing method, apparatus, device, system and storage medium, where the method includes: acquiring an original order to be processed; searching for unsorted target orders, where the target orders are obtained by combining a plurality of original orders; decomposing at least part of the searched target orders into original orders; combining the original orders obtained by decomposition and the original order to be processed to regenerate one or more target orders. The order processing method, apparatus, device, system and storage medium provided by the embodiments of the present disclosure can realize dynamic roll-back combining, so that the newly arrived original order is combined with the currently unsorted target orders, and the out-of-warehouse efficiency is effectively improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: HAI ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Runfang Yu, Xin Ai
  • Patent number: 11961281
    Abstract: Techniques for training a machine-learning model are described. In an example, a computer generates a first pseudo-label indicating a first mask associated with a first object detected by a first machine-learning model in a first training image. A transformed image of the first training image can be generated using a transformation. Based on the transformation, a second pseudo-label indicating a second mask detected in the transformed image and corresponding to the first mask can be determined. A second machine-learning model can be trained using the second pseudo-label. The trained, second machine-learning model can detect a third mask associated with a second object based on a second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Taewan Kim, Jesse Norman Clark, Onkar Jayant Dabeer
  • Patent number: 11961085
    Abstract: The disclosed technology relates to Spend Limit Systems for gas-station refuel transactions. An exemplary system may receive vehicle information identifying a customer's vehicle and identify associated vehicle characteristics (e.g., gas tank size). The system may identify a known gas-station transaction geographic region for the customer. When the customer (or a fraudster) attempts to purchase gas, the system may receive a transaction request and, in response, set a single transaction limit sufficient to fill the gas tank size with gas and an associated spend limit. The system may also determine whether the merchant location falls within the known gas-station transaction geographic region. When it does, the system may approve the transaction request up to the spend limit. Otherwise, the system may perform one or more fraud prevention actions to authenticate the customer and either approve or deny the transaction request up to the spend limit and/or selectively perform fraud mitigation action(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Abdelkader Benkreira, Nimma Bhusri, Kaylyn Gibilterra
  • Patent number: 11961609
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a three-dimensional (3D) image classification method and apparatus, a device, and a storage medium. The method includes: obtaining a 3D image, the 3D image including first-dimensional image information, second-dimensional image information, and third-dimensional image information; extracting a first image feature corresponding to planar image information from the 3D image; extracting a second image feature corresponding to the third-dimensional image information from the 3D image; fusing the first image feature and the second image feature, to obtain a fused image feature corresponding to the 3D image; and determining a classification result corresponding to the 3D image according to the fused image feature corresponding to the 3D image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yi Fan Hu, Ye Feng Zheng
  • Patent number: 11960465
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and techniques are disclosed for database inventory isolation. Demand levels for access to items may be monitored. The items may have associated inventory counts in a database. An item of the items for which to isolate the inventory count associated with the item may be determined based on the demand levels. The inventory count associated with the determined item may be isolated by moving the inventory count associated with the determined item from a first data block that stores the inventory count associated with the determined item and inventory counts associated with others of the items to a second data block that does not store any other inventory counts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Salesforce, Inc.
    Inventors: Udo Timpe, Andreas Eiserloh, Eckart Hilliger
  • Patent number: 11954392
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a processor configured to create a group of jobs to be executed that have a common attribute, acquire, before execution of the jobs, information on materials used for execution of the jobs or a storage place for storing products obtained as a result of execution of the jobs, the information indicating that the materials or the storage place, which is not suitable for execution of the jobs at a time of creation of the group, reaches a state suitable for execution of the jobs after creation of the group, and create an execution plan so that the jobs are executed per group in a time window in which the materials or the storage place reaches the state suitable for execution of the jobs by using the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Ohkawa
  • Patent number: 11954723
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for handling a replaced smart device are presented. A computer-implemented replaced device handler detects that a user's smart device was replaced with a new device of the same class and, in response, presents the user with an invitation to sell their old device that has been replaced. A replaced device handler may be provided in connection with an on-line trading platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Van Winkle, David Ramadge, Corinne Elizabeth Sherman
  • Patent number: 11952216
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relates to a warehousing system. The warehousing system includes a first ground marking arranged on a ground surface of a warehouse. The first ground marking includes machine-readable characteristics representing a warehouse location identification number (ID). The machine-readable characteristics include one or more horizontal lines parallelly arranged at equal intervals, wherein the total number of the one or more horizontal lines corresponding to a first information of the warehouse location ID, and one or more vertical lines parallelly arranged at equal intervals, wherein the total number of the vertical lines corresponding to a second information of the warehouse location ID that is different from the first information. The machine-readable characteristics are recognizable by one or more cameras of a self-driving system, and the self-driving system is operable to determine its position on a map of the warehouse based on the warehouse location ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: LINGDONG TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO. LTD
    Inventors: Ou Qi, Guangpeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 11954641
    Abstract: Automated storage and retrieval system for managing storage of inventory at a retail facility includes a storage structure with storage locations configured to store containers that contain retail products, and a conveying system that conveys the containers between the storage locations and a product picking station. A computing device analyzes one or more business rules to identify at least two containers that are eligible for the product merging therebetween and causes the conveying system to move these two containers from the storage structure toward a picking station selected by the control circuit. When the two containers identified as product merging eligible arrive at the picking station, these two containers are kept by the conveying system at the picking station until all of the products are removed from a first one of these two containers and merged together with the products stored in a second one of these two containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Vivek Tomar, Rei E. Siew Hew Sam, Sunada S N Chakravarthy, Kaiwen Luo
  • Patent number: 11948185
    Abstract: A method being implemented via execution of computing instructions configured to run at one or more processors. The method can include determining a primary store and one or more secondary stores for pickup of an order of a user, based at least in part on a pickup type of the order. The method also can include determining real-time availabilities of first time slots at the primary store and real-time availabilities of second time slots at the one or more secondary stores. The method additionally can include generating a list of available time slots comprising at least a portion of the first time slots at the primary store and at least a portion of the second time slots at the one or more secondary stores, based at least in part on the real-time availabilities of the first time slots at the primary store and the real-time availabilities of the second time slots at the one or more secondary stores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Austin Lee Smith, Vineet Wason, Mihir Vijay Bendale, Vidyanand Krishnan, Navkaran Singh Chadha, Puneet Srivastava, Yiren Ye, Nitish Sarin, Avaneesh Tiwari, Zekariyas Kassa Gebru, Rohit Jain, Surnaik Srivastava
  • Patent number: 11947532
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to managing data objects. A computer system may access a first application comprising a set of functions and may execute a second application to facilitate execution of the first application. The first application may be written in a different programming language than the second application. The second application may manage, on behalf of the first application, memory resources of data objects that are defined within ones of the set of functions of the first application. The second application may establish, for the data objects, ownership information that indicates which ones of the functions are utilizing the data objects. The ownership information may be usable to determine, upon completion of a function of the set of functions, whether a given one of the data objects can be deallocated based on whether the given data object is being utilized by another function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Salesforce, Inc.
    Inventors: Rui Zhang, Douglas Doole, Abhijith Anilkumar
  • Patent number: 11948573
    Abstract: A method for automatically rectifying in real-time anomalies in natural language processing systems. The method can include determining an output corresponding to a user request from a user device for a user based on a new request template or machine learning. The method further can include retrieving one or more entity rules corresponding to entity data of the user request. The method also can include overwriting entity information of the entity data corresponding to the one or more entity rules. Additionally, the method can include outputting the output. Furthermore, the method can include transmitting, to the user device, a response to the user. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Snehasish Mukherjee, Haoxuan Chen, Phani Ram Sayapaneni, Shankara Bhargava Subramanya
  • Patent number: 11941599
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present disclosure enable a processor to automatically detect anomalous user-specified data by receiving an electronic activity verification associated with an electronic activity of a user account, including a value associated with an electronic activity, and a user-specified value indicative of an additional value specified by a user for the electronic activity. The processor generates a feature vector including the verified value and the user-specified value and utilizes an anomalous attribute classification model to ingest the feature vector to determine an anomaly classification based on learned model parameters. The processor generates a dispute graphical user interface (GUI) including an alert message and a dispute interface element, that upon a user interaction causes an electronic request to dispute the electronic activity verification to prevent an execution of the electronic activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Srinivasarao Daruna, Vijay Sahebgouda Bantanur, Marisa Lee
  • Patent number: 11941570
    Abstract: A transport system S acquires load information of a load to be transported and environmental information obtained by sensing environment of the transport destination of the load, and determines a receiving time limit for the load in the environment of the transport destination on the basis of the acquired load information and the environmental information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: RAKUTEN GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Daiki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11941860
    Abstract: A method in a mobile computing device includes: controlling a camera to capture an image; tracking, in association with the image, a pose of the mobile computing device in a coordinate system; detecting a region of interest (ROI) depicting an item in the image; determining a location of the ROI in the coordinate system, based on the tracked pose; obtaining an item identifier corresponding to the ROI by (i) when a previously recognized item identifier is not available, executing a recognition mechanism to derive the item identifier from the ROI, and (ii) when a previously recognized item identifier is available, bypassing the recognition mechanism and retrieving the previously recognized item identifier; and returning the obtained item identifier corresponding to the ROI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Zebra Tehcnologies Corporation
    Inventor: Patrenahalli M. Narendra
  • Patent number: 11941146
    Abstract: A container includes a user program and data generated by the user program within a regulatory jurisdiction. Before the container leaves the regulatory jurisdiction, the data is validated by the jurisdiction to ensure the data complies with privacy laws of the jurisdiction. Upon ingress to a second regulatory jurisdiction, the data is signed locally to provide for confirmation that the data can leave the second regulatory jurisdiction, since it was not generated within the second jurisdiction. By allowing the user program to move from the first regulatory jurisdiction to a second regulatory jurisdiction, the disclosed embodiments overcome limitations in current solutions that restrict access to local data based on what a public application programming interface (API) can provide. By operating within the regulatory jurisdiction, albeit subject to access controls imposed by that jurisdiction, flexibility in the processing of sensitive data is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Pascal Thubert, Patrick Wetterwald, Eric Levy- Abegnoli, Jonas Zaddach
  • Patent number: 11941582
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for inventory management based on effective days to expiry accounting for serving days of an expiring item and inventory days of supply. The disclosed system provides dynamic and automated inventory management which provides a desirable solution for a wide range of inventory applications, such as optimizing order fulfillment, inventory/receiving management, pricing/promotions determination, and store inventory management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: FABFITFUN, INC.
    Inventors: Julian Van Erlach, Ben Chandler, Nathan Goodrich, Mark Gavin
  • Patent number: 11941477
    Abstract: Systems and methods to validate RFID counts may be provided. A business may affix temporary or permanent location tags with barcodes throughout an area to be counted, and the location tags may then be recorded. Manual counters may perform a piece count of items associated with each location tag. RFID counters may perform an RFID read of items associated with each location tag. All RFID reads may be associated with their most likely location tag. The manual piece count may be compared to the total of RFID tags assigned to each location tag. Locations may be rejected where the totals do not match. Locations rejected by the manual piece count comparison may then be barcode scanned and compared to the RFID reads for each location tag required to be barcode scanned. Resolution may be performed for locations where the barcode item counts do not match the RFID item counts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Datascan
    Inventors: Herb Billings, Kevin Arnold, Marc Fukuda, John Rayner
  • Patent number: 11941598
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a sensor unit that is installed in an automatic vending machine, and unlocks the automatic vending machine, based on encrypted data transmitted from a terminal apparatus. The sensor unit includes: an encryption processor that generates a public key and a private key, and encrypts an unlocking code with the public key; a hash generator that hashes, through a hash function, sensor information including at least a sensor ID and position information on a sensor, and outputs a hash value; a manager that stores, in a storage, at least the public key and the hash value in association with each other, and manages the public key and the hash value; and an unlocker that determines success or failure of encrypted data transmitted from the terminal apparatus, and unlocks the automatic vending machine when the encrypted data matches with encrypted data generated by the encryption processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventors: Norio Ichihashi, Kenichi Kainuma, Hiroki Osanai
  • Patent number: 11940970
    Abstract: Disclosed below are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems for managing, monitoring, controlling, and/or classifying assets in an information technology (“IT”) environment. Certain embodiments leverage bath services oriented architecture concepts and event mechanisms to create a platform with which additional controls can easily integrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: TRIPWIRE, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron Lerner, Adam Montville
  • Patent number: 11940562
    Abstract: Provided is a sensor apparatus including: a laser ranging device that scans a predetermined scan range with a laser light such that at least a part of the emitted laser light passes through a region including a predetermined detection region; and a reflection mirror that reflects at least a part of the laser light to a direction not parallel to an incident direction and is provided so that the laser light occurring after reflection passes through the detection region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Uchimura, Hiroshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11934755
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer program products leveraging digital twin modeling and cognitive computing to predict lubrication replacement for a physical asset. Predictions of lubrication replacement consider one or more various parameters such as operating conditions, usage parameters, the surrounding environment, overall health and state of repair of the physical asset, lubricant properties and historically collected data from the physical asset (or similarly comparable assets). Timing for optimal lubrication replacement is identified using the collected data of the physical asset, along with historical data, to simulate changes in a state of lubricants and lubricated parts within a physical asset using digital twin modeling to make predictions how one or more actions upon the physical asset impact the health, stability and/or longevity of the lubricant's lifespan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mukundan Sundararajan, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 11934995
    Abstract: Techniques for predicting a manufacturer and/or contents of a received package are described herein. Images of a package may be received from cameras. A visual vector for the package in a vector space of package attributes may be generated using the images. Physical attributes of the package may be received. A subset of candidate packages may be determined by comparing the physical attributes of a plurality of historically received packages to the physical attributes of the package. A ranking of the subset of candidate packages may be determined by identifying a distance in the vector space of the package attributes between a vector for the subset of candidate packages and the visual vector for the package. An identifier associated with a particular package of the ranked subset of candidate packages may be obtained. Data for the particular package may be retrieved from a database using the identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Huinan Ren, Nicole Yoshino, Kristin Quel Lien, Abhishek Shrivastava, Vinit Dinesh Jain, Brian Gleadle, Ruslan Khmeliuk, Michael Allen Swift, Pushkar Naik
  • Patent number: 11934991
    Abstract: In some examples, a computing device sends, to an application on a user device, item information to cause the application to present a user interface including information about items available from a merchant. In response to receiving a user input via the user interface to select an item from the merchant, the computing device determines that a likelihood that the item will be unavailable exceeds a threshold. The computing device sends a communication that causes the application to present a plurality of selectable options to indicate actions to perform when the item is unavailable. The computing device receives a request to place the order for the item, and an indication of the action to perform. In response to receiving a communication from the merchant device indicating that the item is unavailable, the computing device sends an instruction to the merchant device indicating the action to perform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: DOORDASH, INC.
    Inventors: Xingjie Liu, Jevin Bhorania, Ajit Kalidindi Varma, Jeffrey F. Iacono
  • Patent number: 11935022
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present invention, there is provided an unmanned store operation method of operating an unmanned store system including an unmanned store apparatus and an unmanned store server, the unmanned store operation method including: a user identification step of identifying a user adjacent to the unmanned store apparatus; a door opening step of unlocking the door of the unmanned store apparatus by controlling a door unit of the unmanned store apparatus; a purchase target product identification step of identifying a product selected by the user and removed from the product storage unit of the unmanned store apparatus based on the analysis of an image photographed by a camera unit; and a payment processing step of processing payment based on the identification information of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: LOUNGE'LAB INC.
    Inventor: Sung Jae Hwang
  • Patent number: 11931115
    Abstract: Surgical systems for use in surgical procedures utilizing robotic devices. The surgical system having one or more components for housing a sensor or one or more tools for anchor or sensor delivery. The surgical system may include a surgical sensor anchor and/or a surgical sensor anchor delivery tool. A method of performing a robotically assisted surgical procedure, comprising using a surgical sensor anchor during a surgical procedure which utilizes a robot to track movement of at least one portion of a body structure undergoing a surgical procedure or to track movement of a body structure near a surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter L. Bono, James D. Lark, John S. Scales, Thomas J. Lord
  • Patent number: 11928823
    Abstract: A method in a server includes receiving sensor data from an edge computing device, the sensor data generated by a sensor array disposed on a support surface carrying items; detecting, from the sensor data, a set of regions of the sensor array corresponding to respective items carried on the support surface; generating, for each region, a corresponding monitoring definition, each monitoring definition containing: a location of the region within the array, a noise compensation indicator, and an item presence indicator; sending the monitoring definitions to the edge computing device; subsequent to sending the monitoring definitions, receiving item count data from the edge computing device, the item count data derived at the edge computing device from further sensor data generated by the sensor array, based on the monitoring definitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Russell Calvarese, Sean Connolly, Michael B. Miller
  • Patent number: 11928161
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices and non-transitory, computer-readable storage media are disclosed for a wearable multimedia device and cloud computing platform with an application ecosystem for processing multimedia data captured by the wearable multimedia device. In some implementations, a first event data structure is obtained, the first event data structure including first content and a first label including a first plurality of nested categories. A second event data structure is obtained, the second event data structure including second content, and a second label including a second plurality of nested categories. The second label is different from the first label. A context of a mobile device is determined. At least one of the first content or the second content to present using the mobile device is determined. Using the mobile device, the at least one of the first content or the second content is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Humane, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Luke Kocienda, Imran A. Chaudhri
  • Patent number: 11928714
    Abstract: Features for adaptation and control of a graphical user interface (GUI) and GUI functionality are disclosed herein. In an example, a user interface control is provided in a GUI to receive interaction from a user, which is provided in an enabled state to offer functionality for the user to attempt an initial commerce action with a constrained item. The user interface control is changed from the enabled state to a disabled state, in response to receipt of the interaction from the user, and a delay time period is calculated for the disabled state (with the delay time period being uniquely calculated for the user). The user interface control is changed from the disabled state to the enabled state, upon expiration of the delay time period, and the enabled state of the user interface control provides functionality for the user to perform a commerce action with the constrained item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: BBY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Rambabu Raipati, Stacey Langer
  • Patent number: 11928643
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices and/or apparatuses for an electronic shipping label. The electronic shipping label includes a communication device that is configured to obtain from an electronic device multiple electronic image files. The electronic shipping label includes a touch-screen display that has one or more user interface elements that are configured to toggle among the multiple electronic image files and initiate access to the shipping container. The electronic shipping label includes a processor. The processor is configured to obtain a first electronic image file from the multiple electronic image files. The processor is configured to render the first electronic image file during a first leg of the plurality of legs of the shipping itinerary. The processor is configured to access a second electronic image file from the multiple electronic image files or the shipping container when the one or more user interface elements are selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Cryoport, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret Bollinger, Ben Lee
  • Patent number: 11926485
    Abstract: A processing system includes a conveyance path including a plurality of conveyance modules configured to convey a carriage, the plurality of conveyance modules being disposed to convey the carriage to a plurality of positions, a processing apparatus configured to perform processing on a work mounted on the carriage, and a control unit configured to control the plurality of conveyance modules and the processing apparatus, wherein the control unit is configured to, in performing the processing on the work at the plurality of positions by the processing apparatus, move the work to the plurality of positions by moving the carriage using the conveyance modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryota Okazaki, Satoshi Shioda, Akihiro Hayashi, Takeshi Akehi
  • Patent number: 11927472
    Abstract: Modular storage systems include load sensors disposed beneath or in association with platforms. The load sensors are pulse-sampled for signals corresponding to loads at time intervals, rather than continuously, in order to conserve electrical power. An item associated with a transaction is identified based on a change in the loads, as determined from the pulse-sampled signals. The platforms are aligned at horizontal or non-horizontal angles, and photovoltaic power sources with banks of photovoltaic cells are mounted to front edges of the platforms. When a user reaches over one of the photovoltaic cells to access an item on a platform, a level of power or voltage generated by the photovoltaic cell is diminished. The item closest to the photovoltaic cell having the diminished power or voltage, or a customer that accessed the item, may be identified accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Ray DesJardien, Chelsea Olson, Robert M. Riggs, Dan Beltzer, Paul Eugene Munger, Aaron M. McDaniel, Andrew James Pierce, Michael Mosman, Nathan Pius O'Neill