Image Processor (e.g., Video Camera) Patents (Class 902/6)
  • Patent number: 8960406
    Abstract: The bezel assembly for data reception, for use with a bill validator in a financial transactional device, includes a bezel housing and a data reception assembly. The bezel housing includes a customer-facing front portion and a back plate connectable to the bill validator that is mounted within the transactional device cabinet. The front portion includes an insertion/dispensing slot for receiving currency and a projecting protrusion forward of the casing. The forward-extending protrusion accommodates at least a portion of the data reception assembly. The bezel assembly can include a wireless communication function that is communicably connectable with a mobile device via a wireless communication method, a manual entry function, a biometric reader, one or more cameras for scanning and decrypting 2D barcodes and the like, thus enhancing the overall functionality of the financial transactional device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: JCM American Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Johnson, Bryan Allen Wilcutt, Omar Jorge Rivera, Connie R Masters, Scott A Toth, Sr., Daniel Petersen, Brian Anthony Montano, Dominic Mohrhardt
  • Patent number: 8325996
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for locating the iris in an image of an eye, comprising steps of locating the pupil in the image, of detecting positions of intensity steps of pixels located on a line passing through the pupil and transition zones between the iris and the cornea, on either side of the pupil, and of determining the center and the radius of a circle passing through the detected positions of the transitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignees: STMicroelectronics Rousset SAS, Universite Paul Cezanne Aix Marseille III
    Inventors: Lionel Martin, Guillaume Petitjean, St├ęphane Derrode, William Ketchantang
  • Patent number: 7956940
    Abstract: A display system includes a liquid crystal display (10) including a backlight (3), a liquid crystal display panel (1), and a viewing angle control panel (2) for controlling the viewing angle of the display panel (1), the display system causing the amount of external light reflected by the liquid crystal display (10) to be relatively larger than the amount of light leaked from the backlight (3) onto the liquid crystal display panel (1). This provides a display system having an enhanced blocking effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takehiko Sakai, Tsuyoshi Okazaki, Katsuhiko Morishita, Yoshiharu Kataoka, Chikanori Tsukamura, Takahiro Sasaki, Dai Chiba
  • Patent number: 7929749
    Abstract: A currency processing system data storage arrangement is provided for a currency processing system, which includes a first controller, a communication interface, and a sensor or sensors arranged to output to the first controller raw data associated with a sensed characteristic of processed currency bills. A data storage medium defines a database for storing the raw data, and/or derivative data corresponding to statistical data associated with the raw data, received from the first controller through the communication interface. The data storage medium is accessible by the first controller and/or a second controller through the communication interface and/or another communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: William J. Jones, Robert J. Klein, Curtis W. Hallowell, Charles P. Jenrick
  • Patent number: 7780071
    Abstract: An automatic banking machine includes a card reader for reading user cards, and a cash dispenser. A movable camera is positionable within the ATM housing. The automated banking machine carries out transactions related to user accounts based on information read from cards. Service personnel are enabled to direct the camera toward regions of machine components while conducting service activities that are not directly visible by a servicer. A camera assembly includes a microphone to sense sounds associated with machine components during test operations. The generated data may be used by an on-site servicer, or sent to an entity at a remote location. The visual images may be used to enhance diagnostic and servicing capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Natarajan Ramachandran, Jeffrey A. Hill, James Booth, Pedro Tula, Paul Mercina
  • Patent number: 7168618
    Abstract: Image capture devices attached to a computer processor are located in a retail store. Items of merchandise for sale are tracked from their display position to a shopping container using optical tracking software. The software is capable of identifying the items and containers optically. A list of items in each container is maintained in a database. A customer may request a listing of items in a cart at any time via a query. At checkout time, there is no need to scan the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Robyn Schwartz
  • Patent number: 6879323
    Abstract: Featured is a device for generating a 3-D model of a target object detects size, position, and direction of the target object in an input image. The device calculates the position of each vertex of a 3-D rough geometric model projected onto a 2-D plane in the detected size, position, and direction, as well as onto a 2-D plane in a predetermined size, position, and direction. The device also modifies the input image based on a correspondence relationship between the position of each vertex of the 3-D rough geometric model calculated by the first calculation means and the position of each vertex of the 3-D rough geometric model calculated by the second calculation means to generate a texture images and maps the texture image to the 3-D rough geometric model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hajime Takezawa, Yoshinori Nagai, Kazuhiro Saiki, Toshiya Takahashi, Kyouichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6867044
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting chemical or biological hazards in items is provided. A plurality of incoming mail mailboxes each include a sampler to sample air from a letter that is tested using a first sensor. Source information corresponding to hazard flagged mail pieces is utilized to block mail from that source at other mailboxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Cordery, Karin A. Russo, Ronald P. Sansone
  • Publication number: 20040172730
    Abstract: An ATM currency cassette (208) includes a plurality of movable cassette information indicator buttons (214). Each button can be rotated about an axis for repositioning. The buttons can be axially moved outward and inward relative to the cassette housing (210) by rotation thereof. Different axial arrangements of the buttons represent respective different characteristics of cassette content. The cassette can be inserted into an ATM where the button positions can be read by the ATM. The cassette enables unused buttons to remain therewith and also permits a button arrangement to be changed without requiring opening of the cassette.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Applicant: Diebold Self-Service System
    Inventors: Jon Washington, Eric Vankeulen, H. Thomas Graef, Jeffrey Eastman
  • Patent number: 6681034
    Abstract: A method for matching templates and a system thereof. Each template includes a plurality of data chunks, each data chunk representing a minutia and comprising a location, a minutia angle and a neighborhood. The location is represented by two coordinates. In one embodiment, each coordinate and the minutia angle are quantized. The neighborhood includes positional parameters with respect to a selected minutia for a predetermined number of neighbor minutiae. In one embodiment, a neighborhood boundary is drawn around the selected minutia and neighbor minutiae are selected from the enclosed area. A reference template is compared to a measured template on a chunk-by-chunk basis. A chunk from each of the template is loaded into a random access memory (RAM). The location, minutia angle and neighborhood of the reference data chunk are compared with the location, minutia angle and neighborhood of the measured data chunk, respectively. In one embodiment, the comparison uses straight subtractions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Precise Biometrics
    Inventor: Anthony P. Russo
  • Patent number: 6393140
    Abstract: Detected data for a plurality of predetermined positions on a particular bill to be identified are each converted into relative-value data to a minimum value of the detected data for the individual positions, to extract a characteristic pattern of designs printed on the bill. The relative-value data are normalized by use of a relative value standard average to provide adjusted sample data. Then, for each of the positions, a distance value indicating how many times a difference of the adjusted sample data from the standard average is greater than a standard deviation (namely, standardization variable) is evaluated, to effect further normalization. The bill is then identified by judging whether or not the thus-normalized adjusted sample data, i.e., distance value for each of the positions, falls within a predetermined determination-standard-value range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Nippon Conlux Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiji Itako
  • Patent number: 5780825
    Abstract: An automatic teller machine having an operation guide, an input unit, a transaction medium handling unit a halt requesting unit for requesting suspension of a transaction, a transaction recording unit for recording transaction information including information entered up to the point when the transaction suspension was requested and also for recording a transaction processing stage arrived at when the transaction suspension was requested, and an unreleased medium storing unit. When a transaction suspension is requested, a transaction resumption procedure is guided by the operation guide and, based on this transaction resumption procedure, the suspended transaction processing is resumed from the transaction processing stage recorded in the transaction recording unit by using the transaction information recorded in the transaction recording unit to release the transaction media stored in the unreleased medium storing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryoko Sato, Masao Okayama, Yoshio Fukudome, Masuo Furutono
  • Patent number: 5712830
    Abstract: Acoustic surveillance of objects and human traffic in spatial zones of a shopping mall and associated retail selling space is used to detect shopper traffic movement and from it, traffic data such as: shopper volume, shopper flow, crowding, and also unusual motion such as crowd surges that might connote an emergency situation. The apparatus uses phased arrays of acoustic transducers including arrays oriented in a vertical aspect which enables differentiation of non-shopping young children to arrive at more accurate headcount figures. Several specific types of detected movement defined as abnormal trigger an alert to a remote monitoring station. The alerts are automatically prioritized using rule-based criteria. Enhanced surveillance of the alert site by audio links as well as site alert history information are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Paul C. Ross, Alex Kononov, William Wayne Plumlee
  • Patent number: 5519669
    Abstract: Acoustic surveillance of objects and human traffic in a spatial zone of a financial transaction device is used to detect movement within the zone. Several specific types of detected movement defined as abnormal trigger an alert to a remote monitoring station. The alerts are automatically prioritized using rule-based criteria. Enhanced surveillance of the alert site by audio links as well as site alert history information are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventors: Paul C. Ross, Alex Kononov, William W. Plumlee, S. David Roth
  • Patent number: 5488671
    Abstract: An image-based transaction processing system employing automatic reading of machine-printed and handwritten financial amounts on transaction documents to enhance transaction balancing by reducing the number of transactions which have to be balanced by an operator. The automatic reader provides a second choice as well as a first choice for one or more digits. When an out-of-balance transaction is detected, one or more second choice digits are substituted for corresponding first choice digits in order to obtain automatic transaction balancing even through an automatically read amount is incorrect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Assignee: Unisys Corporation
    Inventor: Norman P. Kern
  • Patent number: 5253167
    Abstract: In a remote maintenance system for automated teller machine comprising an automated teller machine for performing automatic transaction of cash and a supervisory arrangement for remotely supervising the automated teller machine, imaging means for imaging the operational state inside the automated teller machine is provided in the automated teller machine, and in the supervisory arrnagement, means for displaying information indicative of a picture imaged by the imaging means and command means for commanding the automated teller machine to perform requisite operations are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Chubu Hitachi Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Yoshida, Hiroaki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 4942464
    Abstract: A surveillance device for the protection of an automatic delivery apparatus operable by code carriers, in particular of a money dispenser, has a video camera (12), which is arranged to be triggered responsive to actuation of the automatic delivery apparatus (10), and which takes and stores a picture of a field of view (14) within which a user has to be, when actuating the automatic delivery apparatus. A sensor (16) responds to the presence of objects within a forbidden zone comprising a region adjacent to the video camera. The automatic delivery apparatus is blocked, when the sensor (16) responds to an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1990
    Inventor: Erhard Milatz