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  • Publication number: 20190236605
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for authorizing a product's return using blockchain security systems. When a product is being returned, a notification is sent to the blockchain security system. The system can receive customer information, retrieve a blockchain or blockchains associated with the customer. Likewise, the system may obtain information about the product being returned (serial numbers, product type, etc.) and retrieve a blockchain or blockchains associated with that product information. Using a hash table, the system can then compare the product being returned to the data in the various blockchains and determine, based on that comparison, if the product was sold by the retailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Brian MCHALE, David M. NELMS, John J. O'BRIEN
  • Publication number: 20190236604
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for verifying a product being returned is a product which was sold by using blockchain security systems. At a first time, the system identifies a blockchain specific to an item being sold, then generates a new block for the blockchain with information about the sale. When an item is being returned, the system retrieves the blockchain and compares the data contained within the sale block to data associated with the product and/or the customer returning the product. If a match is found, the product is returned and the blockchain is further updated with the return information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Brian MCHALE, David M. NELMS, John J. O'BRIEN, Robert CANTRELL
  • Publication number: 20190238338
    Abstract: A method of drone-drone communications using blockchain includes: determining operational parameters of a first drone; encrypting the operational parameters of the first drone; storing the encrypted operational parameters of the first drone in a block of a blockchain; determining when a second drone is in proximity of the first drone; retrieving the encrypted operational parameters of the first drone from the block of the blockchain; decrypting the encrypted operational parameters of the first drone; retrieving the operational parameters of the first drone based on the decryption; and configuring the second drone with the operational parameters of the first drone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: John J. O'BRIEN, Donald R. HIGH, Joseph JURICH, Brian MCHALE, Robert CANTRELL, Todd MATTINGLY
  • Publication number: 20190236539
    Abstract: A system for order delivery security using blockchain includes a container configured to: add a new block to a blockchain when an item of a customer order is added to or removed from the container, wherein the new block contains an order ID of the customer order, a customer name, items in the customer order, a delivery address of the customer order, and a delivery date of the customer order; a delivery vehicle configured to: carry the container; and add a new block to the blockchain when an item of the customer order is added to or removed from the vehicle, wherein the new block contains the order ID of the customer order, the customer name, the items in the customer order, the delivery address of the customer order, and the delivery date of the customer order; and a lock configured to: be attached to and secure the container; store a copy of the blockchain locally in memory of the lock; and communicate with the delivery vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Brian MCHALE, Jennifer NORTHRUP, Richard C. MCSORLEY, Steven LEWIS, Christopher R. HEENEY, Joseph JURICH
  • Publication number: 20190236542
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for crowdsource loaned code with blockchain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Robert CANTRELL, Bruce WILKINSON, Sid SHAKE, David M. NELMS
  • Publication number: 20190236564
    Abstract: A method include: generating one digital currency unit by tying the one digital currency unit to a regular currency; storing information of the one digital currency unit into a block of a blockchain; buying or paying the one digital currency unit; determining whether restrictions are applied to the one digital currency unit by referring to one or more documents associated with the one digital currency; recording the determination in a block of the blockchain; overlaying the one digital currency unit with customer purchase history; calculating savings based on the one digital currency unit again naked forecast; applying the savings to customer purchases; using the one digital currency unit for accepted goods or services with the saving if the one digital currency unit is restricted; using the one digital currency unit for any goods or services with the saving if the one digital currency unit is unrestricted; and storing the one digital currency into a digital currency reserve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Robert CANTRELL, David M. NELMS, John J. O'BRIEN, Brian MCHALE
  • Publication number: 20190226850
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for identifying, via a processor, a plurality of causes for a vehicle to record data on a blockchain, wherein one cause in the plurality of causes is a repetition of a previous journey. The system generates route comparison data by comparing, via a processor as the vehicle is moving, current journey data for a current journey to previous journey data of at least one previous journey by: comparing a current journey start time to a previous journey start time; comparing a current journey travel time to a previous journey travel time; and comparing current journey route coordinates to previous journey route coordinates. Then based on the route comparison data, the system generates a side block which references the previous block in the block chain but contains only distinctions from the previous block. The side block is then added to the block chain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel W. YOUNG, Vinay RAO, Dhivya GANESAN, Jennifer NORTHRUP, Richard C. MCSORLEY, Christopher R. HEENEY, Steven LEWIS, Joseph JURICH
  • Publication number: 20190237176
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for receiving, from an issuer, an electronic prescription for a patient, then fulfilling that prescription using a blockchain/distributed ledger verification system. The system receives multiple public keys, combines them, then performs a hash function (or other encryption) on that combination. The resulting output is then transmitted to a pharmacy for prescription fulfillment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: John J. O'brien, David M. Nelms
  • Publication number: 20190202557
    Abstract: An unmanned vehicle for cooking and delivering food may include a housing. The housing may include an oven having at least one heating element, a conveyor inside the oven. The conveyor may be configured to support food. A tambour door may be coupled between the oven and a delivery area of the housing. A delivery door may be configured to seal the delivery area from an area outside of the housing. The oven may be configured to cook food during a delivery time of the drone and the drone may be configured to deliver the food to a delivery location. The process from ordering to delivery of the food item may be tracked using blockchains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: John S. MEREDITH, Timothy J. BURLESON, Kimberly D. CALDWELL, Todd MATTINGLY
  • Publication number: 20190205889
    Abstract: An example method for performing concepts disclosed can include: obtaining a first authentication factor including first biometric data of a user; hashing the first authentication factor to create a first hash; registering the user with a digital credit system using the created first hash; obtaining a second authentication factor including second biometric data of the user; hashing the second authentication factor to create a second hash; comparing the first hash and the second hash; and proceeding the transaction based on the comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Robert CANTRELL, David M. NELMS, Sid SHAKE, Charles LOBO, Donald R. HIGH, Todd MATTINGLY, Brian MCHALE, John J. O'BRIEN, Bruce WILKINSON