Datalogic ADC, Inc.
|Datalogic ADC, Inc. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20130020392||TUNNEL OR PORTAL SCANNER AND METHOD OF SCANNING FOR AUTOMATED CHECKOUT - Systems and methods for data reading, which in one example configuration is directed to an automated optical code data reader in the form of a tunnel or portal scanner having an open architecture configured with front and rear inverted U-shaped arches, a plurality of cameras (some or most of which have multiple fields of view) in each of the arches for reading the top five sides of an item being passed by a conveyor through a read region formed by the arches, and a bottom reader including one or more cameras under the conveyor for reading a bottom side of the item through a gap in the conveyors as the item is passed over the gap. Also disclosed are specific imaging schemes for providing effective views of the items with a minimum number of cameras.||01-24-2013|
|20130020391||EXCEPTION DETECTION AND HANDLING IN AUTOMATED OPTICAL CODE READING SYSTEMS - An automated system for reading optical codes includes a conveyor system to automatically transport objects and an object measurement system positioned along the conveyor system to measure the transported objects. In one configuration, the object measurement system generates model data representing three-dimensional models of the objects; multiple image capture devices positioned along the conveyor system capture images as the objects are transported to enable an optical code reading system to read optical codes that are captured in the images. An exception identification system associates optical codes with the three-dimensional models to determine whether an exception has occurred.||01-24-2013|
|20130018741||SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MERCHANDISE CHECKOUT - Systems and methods for recognizing and identifying items located on the lower shelf of a shopping cart in a checkout lane of a retail store environment for reducing or preventing loss or fraud and increasing the efficiency of a checkout process efficiency. The system includes one or more visual sensors that can take images of items and a computer system that receives the images and automatically identifies the items. The system can be trained to recognize the items using images taken of the items. The system relies on matching visual features from training images to match against features extracted from images taken at the checkout lane. Using the scale-invariant feature transformation (SIFT) method, for example, the system can compare extracted visual features of the images to the features stored in a database to find one or more matches, where the found one or more matches are used to identify the items.||01-17-2013|
|20120259715||INFORMATION GATHERING AND DECODING USING NEAR FIELD WIRELESS COMMUNICATION - An information gathering apparatus, such as a point-of-sale (POS) system may include a wireless data capture device capable of obtaining customer information from a wireless-enabled customer device. Data obtained by the wireless data capture device may be converted into a format that is compatible with a corresponding POS computer system. The wirelessly obtained data may be transmitted to the POS system along with data gathered using conventional data capture devices, such as optical readers, bar code scanners, radio frequency identifier (RFID) readers, and the like.||10-11-2012|
|20120205448||MODULAR SCANNER COMPONENT MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR CHECKSTAND - An arrangement for a tunnel scanner includes a chassis with a first data reader structure and a second data reader structure attached thereto. The first and second data reader structures include data readers that are pre-positioned before the first and second data reader structures are attached to the chassis. Indexing features of the first and second data reader structures cooperate with corresponding indexing features of the chassis to properly position the data readers relative to the chassis. In one assembly method, one or more data reader structures having pre-positioned data readers are shipped to an assembly location for a tunnel data reader. A chassis is either provided at or shipped to the assembly location. In one configuration, the data reader structures are indexed and attached to the chassis such that each data reader is placed at a desired location and orientation with respect to the chassis.||08-16-2012|
|20120187195||SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR READING ENCODED DATA THROUGH GAPS BETWEEN CONVEYORS IN AN AUTOMATED CHECKOUT SYSTEM - An automated checkout system and method of operation for reading encoded data, such as barcode labels, on a bottom surface of an item using a data reader. The automated checkout system includes a leading and a trailing conveyor separated by a gap, where the leading conveyor may be vertically offset in relation to the trailing conveyor such that the item tilts or drops slightly as it moves between the conveyors. A data reader is positioned beneath the conveyors to read the encoded data through the gap as the item transitions from the leading conveyor onto the trailing conveyor. The automated checkout system may include a transition element, such as a transfer plate or guide rollers, to bridge the gap between the conveyors to provide a smooth transfer between the conveyors, prevent items from becoming lodged between the conveyors, and prevent debris from falling through and collecting on the data reader.||07-26-2012|
|20120187194||SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING FEEDBACK TO A USER OPERATING AN AUTOMATED CHECKSTAND - Systems and methods for providing feedback to a user of an automated checkstand are disclosed. In some embodiments, the automated checkstand has a data reader including a read zone through which items to be read are passed, and a loading zone on which a user places items for conveyor transport through the read zone. The automated checkstand also has a notification system including an illumination source that is configured to selectively illuminate a portion of the automated checkstand in response to positional information associated with items previously placed on a conveyor system.||07-26-2012|
|20120187191||SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF CAPTURING SECURITY IMAGES IN AN AUTOMATED DATA READER - The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for detecting and handling exception situations in an automated data reading system. In one configuration, an illumination source is triggered to generate light pulses and a security imager is triggered synchronous with light pulses of the illumination source. The security imager captures security images of items that are transported through an automated data reader, e.g. optical code reader. The captured security images are configured to be displayed for a user or operator to use to identify an exception item. A plurality of decode imagers capture image data that can be used to identify and read an optical code disposed on an item transported through the automated data reader. The decode imagers capture images synchronous with light pulses of the illumination source.||07-26-2012|
|20120181338||SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ILLUMINATING A SCAN VOLUME OF AN OPTICAL CODE READER - Methods and systems of illuminating a scan volume of an optical code reader are disclosed. In an example configuration, an illumination source associated with the optical code reader is set to a first illumination mode based on a user-configurable parameter that at least partially defines a first depth of field of the optical code reader when the illumination source illuminates the scan volume; while the illumination source is in the first illumination mode, the scan volume is monitored for an indication of whether an object is detected in the scan volume; and if an object is detected in the scan volume while the illumination source is in the first illumination mode, the illumination source is set to a second illumination mode.||07-19-2012|
|20120132714||SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPTICAL READING - Optical reading system and methods having multiple modes of operation, for example: omnidirectional and single-code picking; fixed and handheld reading; 1D and 2D code reading. In one configuration, an image-based system obtains input data via an area sensor (e.g., a 2D CCD array) with only data corresponding to a pattern of virtual scan lines being stored and processed. A user may implement different operating modes such as a first mode reading codes in any location or orientation and a second mode reading only a code oriented along a particular virtual scan line or group thereof. Alternately, the data reader is operable to switch between handheld mode selecting a first pattern of virtual scan lines to process and/or decode and a fixed mode selecting a second pattern of virtual scan lines to process and/or decode. Virtual scan patterns in either mode can change within or between frames.||05-31-2012|
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