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235380000 Credit or identification card systems 718
235379000 Banking systems 355
235385000 Inventory 168
235383000 Mechanized store 102
235386000 Voting machine 53
235376000 Operations analysis 21
235384000 Transportation 12
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20090206152Check Scanning Apparatus and Methods - A check scanner endorses or cancels a check with a print head when the check is driven in the forward direction, and franks, endorses or prints again when the check is driven in the reverse direction. Two separate images of each side of the check are generated for digital comparison and verification purposes by scans with contact image sensors (CIS), with one image from scanning in the forward direction and another image from scanning in the reverse direction. A high resolution image may be obtained by CIS scanning when the check is driven in the forward direction and an even higher resolution image may be obtained by CIS scanning when the check is driven in the reverse direction. Alternately, a grey scale image may be obtained by CIS scanning when the check is driven in the forward direction, and a color image may be obtained by CIS scanning when the check is driven in the reverse direction. After scanning, the check is returned back to the original point of entry.08-20-2009
20120199647METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING USER DEVICES AND CONTENTS BY USING QUICK RESPONSE CODES - A method and apparatus for managing user devices and contents with quick response (QR) codes. An image of a QR code displayed on a user terminal is captured; the captured image of the QR code is analyzed, and a domain registration request message is generated based on the QR code; and the domain registration request message is transmitted to a domain server, and a domain registration response message is received from the domain server.08-09-2012
20120199646DETECTION DEVICE AND PROCESSING SYSTEM - When a user who has a magnetic substance attached paper enters a gate which generates a magnetic field, steep magnetization reversal is produced in the magnetic substance by the magnetic field. As a result, pulse current flows into a detection coil provided in the gate, and a generated waveform signal indicating a characteristic transient response is output to a terminal device. The terminal device calculates correlation coefficients of this waveform and a plurality of stored reference waveforms, additionally calculates an average of the calculated correlation coefficients, and determines whether or not the average is equal to or more than a threshold. When the average is equal to or more than the threshold, the terminal device instructs an imaging device to image a user. When the average is below the threshold, the imaging device is not allowed to image the user.08-09-2012
20120199644MMS TEXT MESSAGING FOR HAND HELD INDICIA READER - A method of operating a reader system includes: establishment a hand held reader configured to read an information bearing medium at an establishment and accepting text message communications from the establishment; reading the information bearing medium at the establishment with the reader; and, sending at least one text message communication to an operator of the reader at the establishment on the reader GUI from the establishment when the establishment recognizes a need for a specific notice requirement after reading the information bearing medium.08-09-2012
20130043302SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS - Provided are methods and systems using quick response (QR) codes for facilitating social interactions using social media. The QR codes may be generated by a service provider upon request from a user and forwarded to this and/or other users. The QR codes may encode specific user information, such as user contact information, or may encode a webpage URL for directing users to a website. The website may be hosted by the service provider and contain information for a particular event, such as a guest list and currently present attendees, or information about a group. Upon receiving a QR code from the provider, a user may choose to print this code or to display it on a mobile device. The user may scan the QR code at the venue location to gain access. Other invitees associated with this event may receive notification of the user now being present at the venue.02-21-2013
20090206153MULTI-JOB FEEDER APPARATUS AND METHOD - A method and apparatus for improved productivity and reducing operator induced shut-downs when feeding multiple jobs from a single sheet tray includes providing bar-coded job divider sheets; loading the divider sheets into the sheet supply tray on top of their corresponding sheet stack; providing a bar-code sensor above the sheet supply that reads each divider sheet bar-code information; confirming that the bar-code information matches what is in the job cue; and setting subsystem operating parameters for that paper. Once the first divider sheet is sensed, it is then fed to a purge tray before the job starts. When the job is complete, remaining sheets for that job can be fed (optionally at high speed) to the purge tray on top of the corresponding divider sheet for reuse later. If too few sheets were loaded for the job, the feeder will cause a soft cycle down and flag the problem.08-20-2009
20120160908Systems and Methods for Parsing Prescription Information for a Wirelessly Programmable Prescription Bottle Cap - Embodiments of the present invention enable parsing of prescription information for a wirelessly programmable prescription bottle cap. In an embodiment, scanned information from a prescription label is received, and an identifier from the scanned information is extracted. A request for a prescription message is sent, and timing information from the prescription message is parsed and wirelessly transmitted to a prescription bottle cap using, for example, a Hall Effect data transfer method.06-28-2012
20080290152FUEL DISPENSER WITH INTELLIGENT SWITCH - A system for providing dispensing of fuel for refuelling vehicles, comprising a control unit and at least two switches. Each of said switches is connected to the control unit and comprises a microcontroller for storing a unique identifier, which identifier is associated with the switch and readable by the control unit, for allowing the control unit to identify each of the at least two switches.11-27-2008
20090194583Radio Frequency Identification Purchase Transactions - Methods and systems for using a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) payment card are disclosed herein. The method generally comprises receiving an indicia identifying an RFID card, receiving a request to activate the RFID card, activating the RFID card by associating an initial value with a database record associated with the RFID card; receiving a PIN associated with the RFID card; receiving profile information; and associating the profile information with the database record. Systems for using RFID cards generally comprise an RFID card, an RFID account associated with the RFID card, a merchant communication module that receives indicia identifying the RFID card and sends a request to activate the RFID card, and a central processor or intermediary that receives a PIN associated with the RFID card and a request to activate the RFID card from the merchant communication module.08-06-2009
20090194582METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RECHARGING - The present embodiments relate to a recharging method and a recharging system. The recharging method includes: receiving a request including a recharge card ID; judging whether the recharge card is valid, according to the associated information of received recharge card ID and the mobile terminal ID. The method and system for recharging prevent one recharge card from recharging the same or different mobile terminal repeatedly and ensures one recharge card to recharge successfully only once.08-06-2009
20090194581Food menu having electronic labels - A food menu having electronic labels is disclosed. The food menu comprises at least one ordering page and at least one electronic label. Each ordering page has at least one product data. The electronic label is installed on the ordering page, and each electronic label includes an IC data, a first sensing unit, a second sensing unit and a fixed pad. The IC data is corresponding to the product data. The fixed pad is provided for fixing the first sensing unit and the second sensing unit, and enabling the first sensing unit to rotate. When the customer rotates the first sensing unit till the first sensing section of the first sensing unit corresponds to the second sensing section of the second sensing unit, the electronic label is triggered to generate a sensing signal for transmitting the IC data of the product so as to select the product data corresponding thereto.08-06-2009
20090194580Terminal and device management method - A self-service terminal (SST), such as an ATM, comprises a processor, and two functionally similar devices, for example cash dispense units, and an input/output (IO) port. The processor receives status data from each of the similar devices and determines which set of status data to communicate to a remote host via the IO port dependent upon device status and health parameters contained within the status data.08-06-2009
20120168496Computer Operation Control and Item Selection and Vending Methods and Systems - A signal is transmitted into a computer in response to an image on a display screen of the computer such that the computer operates in response to the signal; this includes moving a scanner in optical communication with the display screen such that the scanner detects an image (for example, a bar code) displayed on the screen and generates the signal in response. One or more computers may be used, and this may be used for vending a product or other purposes. With or without such scanning, a portion of a store environment may be displayed on a screen of a computer, including showing images of actual products for sale at the store, in which images of actual products are accessed via the computer from a database containing in-store images recorded in the store during a period of non-existent or minimal customer presence in the store. A vending system is also disclosed.07-05-2012
20130043301METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING TRACING INFORMATION FOR GAS CYLINDERS - Methods for generating tracing information for gas cylinders are provided comprising a metal cylinder body manufactured from an unrefined metal piece, wherein such a method comprises the steps of equipping the metal piece with an individual marking, identifying, during at least one transformation or control step of the piece, an identification code of the piece by reading the individual marking and associating one or more process parameters of the transformation step or control results with the identification code, and storing the process parameters and the association with the identification code in a database. Systems for generating tracing information for gas cylinders are also provided.02-21-2013
20100012717CUSTOMIZABLE OPTICAL READER - An optical reader, which is operable in a “host commands” mode and a “host routines” mode. In the “host commands” mode, the reader receives and executes a script routine module from a host. In the “host routines” mode, the reader receives a script routine Module identifier from the host, and the reader, in turn, executes a selected one of a plurality of reader-stored script routine modules based on the identifier.01-21-2010
20130075463SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EQUIPMENT MONITORING COMPONENT CONFIGURATION - A system and method for configuring a communications interface between a monitoring apparatus and one or more equipment monitoring components is disclosed. The equipment monitoring components are designed to physically and/or electrically interface with each other while in proximity to equipment being monitored. Each of these components has a proximately disposed unique associated machine readable code. A set of configuration information is also associated with the machine readable code. The codes are scanned and mapped to the configuration information in order to automate configuration of communication between the monitoring apparatus and equipment monitoring components.03-28-2013
20110284626CRACK EMBOSSING USING DIAMOND TECHNOLOGY - A portable consumer device having a substrate layer, a protective layer and a diamond-based brittle material layer having an intentionally created unique fissure or cracked patterns or crystal zone boundaries and systems and methods for making and using same are disclosed. The diamond-based brittle material layer includes a diamond material. The unique random fissure or cracked pattern and crystal zone boundaries, or the electromagnetic signature based thereon, of the brittle material layer are detected and used to authenticate the portable consumer device.11-24-2011
20130075465APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR WORKING AN OPTICAL LENS AND ALSO AN OPTICAL LENS AND A TRANSPORTING CONTAINER FOR OPTICAL LENSES - A device and a method for processing an optical lens are proposed, whereby lens-production data and/or geometric data of the lens are determined from desired optical data of the lens when a corresponding activation code is acquired. Preferably, the lens or a block piece and/or an assigned shipping container is/are provided with the activation code and/or other information relative to the lenses that are to be processed.03-28-2013
20130075464METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING AND REDEEMING BAR-CODED COUPONS DISPLAYED FROM THE LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY SURFACES OF INFORMATION DISPLAY DEVICES - Improved methods of and apparatus for managing and redeeming bar-coded coupons that are displayed from a light emitting display surface of an information storage and display device, such as a cell-phone, a smart-phone, or a data communication device. The linear (1D) bar code symbols, associated with bar-coded store coupons, are displayed on the light emitting display surface using in a pulse code modulation (PCM) format, wherein a substantial portion of the pixels on the light emitting display surface are energized and de-energized to emit red-wavelengths of light energy, at a rate which temporally corresponds to the spatial frequency of the bars and spaces of the linear bar code symbol, so that a laser scanning bar code symbol reading device is capable of reading the PCM formatted bar code symbol displayed from the light emitting display surface.03-28-2013
20080257951POSITION-MEASURING DEVICE - A position-measuring device includes a code, including a series of code elements arranged one behind the other in a measuring direction, in which at least two consecutive code elements respectively form a code word containing a position information item, and a scanning device having detector elements for reading the at least two code elements of the code that form a code word, and an evaluation device in which the code word having the current position information may be ascertained from the scanning signals of the detector elements. The scanning device and the code are arranged in a moveable manner relative to each other in the measuring direction. Between adjacent code elements, which have identical properties in the transition region, separating elements having complementary properties are inserted.10-23-2008
20080257950Image forming apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit; and an identification mark imparting unit that imparts an identification mark which is identifiable by a sense of touch on the recording paper on which an image is formed by the image forming unit.10-23-2008
20080257949METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR USING A RECORDING DEVICE IN AN INSPECTION SYSTEM - In one aspect, a method of using a recording device in a luggage inspection system is provided. The method includes establishing an inspection workstation including an inspection area and a scanner, and providing a user interface. The method also includes positioning the recording device to record at least one luggage inspection, scanning an identification number, and storing the identification number by date and time. Moreover, the method includes inspecting contents of at least one item of luggage, recording the luggage inspection and associating the identification number with a corresponding luggage inspection.10-23-2008
20080257948System and method for dispensing beverages - A system and method of dispensing a beverage to a customer is described, wherein the system includes a first scanner and a second scanner for identifying a unique identifier, each operatively connected to a computer system. Upon purchasing a beverage under an applicable contractual scheme, management of a beverage outlet issues a unique identifier to the customer and registers the unique identifier in the computer system. When the customer wishes to take a fill or a refill of the beverage, she must pass the unique identifier across a second scanner that will record the incremental use of the identifier. The computer system assesses whether or not a rule of use has been violated, and will only permit the dispenser to dispense where the rule has not been violated.10-23-2008
20110192895METHOD FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH A LOCATION - The method of the present invention allows obtaining location associated information (08-11-2011
20110192894METHOD FOR ONE-STEP DOCUMENT CATEGORIZATION AND SEPARATION - A method, apparatus, and hardcopy document are provided. The method provides for separating and categorizing documents and includes receiving a scanned batch of documents. The batch includes a plurality of scanned documents to which document separator stamps have been applied before scanning. Each document separator stamp includes first and second machine recognizable patterns applied on a same page of a document, the first and second patterns being spaced by a designated field for receiving a user-applied category code. The scanned batch of documents is processed to identify pages that contain a document separator, the processing including identifying at least one of the first and second spaced patterns. For each of a plurality of document pages for which a document separator is identified, the method includes locating the corresponding designated field and identifying the category code associated with the designated field. The document containing the identified separator is separated from other documents in the batch based on at least the identified separator and a document category is assigned to the document from a set of document categories, based on the identified category code.08-11-2011
20110192893Method and Apparatus for Handling Packages in an Automated Dispensary - In a method and apparatus for handling a package in an automated dispensary, a package is positioned in an inspection station of the dispensary. Images are captured of the package and are read to identify data on labels or on the package itself. The data is encoded as source data in an identifying label which is applied to the package and is used subsequently in handling the package for dispensing and other inventory management procedures.08-11-2011
20100078470MEDIA READER DOCKING SYSTEM - A media reader docking system is provided for organizing digital content stored on media cards. The system includes a dock for receiving a plurality of media bays. Both the dock and the media bay may be connected to a computer for access to the digital content of the media cards. The media bay is configured to accept a plurality of media cards for storage of the media cards and access to the digital content without requiring the removal of the digital content from the media cards. The dock is expandable to receive more media bays and thus accept more media cards. A collection of digital content may be generated from a series of media cards stored within the media bays. A software program is included to interface between the dock or the media bay and the computer. The media reader docking system provides fast and easy access to the digital content stored on the plurality of media cards inserted within the media bays and secured to the dock.04-01-2010
20130037606PROVIDING ACCESS TO A COLLECTION VIA A PLURALITY OF DISCRETE MACHINE-RECOGNIZABLE CODES - Systems and methods for providing access to a collection of related binary files via a collection of machine-recognizable codes provided on a device or consumer item.02-14-2013
20130037605INFORMATION RETRIEVAL USING DECODED MACHINE-READABLE OPTICAL CODES - A method is disclosed for reading a machine-readable optical code encoding information formed in an image that is presented to a user. The method includes using a processor to receive the image with the machine-readable optical code; using a graphic user interface to visually present the received image on a display; using the graphic user interface to receive a user selection of the machine-readable optical code; using a processor to decode the selected machine-readable optical code; and using the graphic user interface to present information referenced by the decoded information on the display.02-14-2013
20100140344PRODUCT AUTHENTICATION USING INTEGRATED CIRCUITS - Authentication of a product could be accomplished by utilizing encryption and decryption engines onboard two integrated circuits namely a DECENC chip and a READER chip. A unique serial number in either an encrypted or un-encrypted format is programmed into eFuses, or OTP devices on board the DECENC chip where this chip is then attached to the product. During the authentication procedure, the encrypted and decrypted serial number on board the DECENC chip is transferred to the READER chip. The READER chip subsequently performs a decryption of the serial number from the first chip if this serial number is in encrypted form or performs an encryption of the serial number from the first chip if this serial number is in un-encrypted form. The READER chip then compares its result of decryption or encryption against the corresponding decrypted or encrypted versions of the serial number received from the DECENC chip. If the results of decryption or encryptions for both chips are the same, then the READER chip signals an authentic product, otherwise it will reject the product as fake.06-10-2010
20100140342ENCLOSURE FOR THE DECONTAMINATION AND IDENTIFICATION OF A MEDICAL APPARATUS - The invention relates to an enclosure of the type including a base (06-10-2010
20100140340METHOD FOR MANAGING INTELLIGENT MAIL TRACKING CODES FOR MULTIPLE MAILERS - A computer implemented method for a mail tracking service provider to manage mail tracking identification codes for customers. A master list is maintained of identification codes that have been provided to customers. A customer sends a request for a block of identification codes to use with their mailing. The service generates a block of identification codes, referring to the master list to determine identification codes that are not already being used. The generated block is sent to the customer. The service updates the master list to identify the customer and the block sent. The mailer sends mailing job data back to the tracking service. The job data identifies which codes from the block have been placed on mail to be delivered. The service gathers data about the delivery of the mail from the carrier service, and the tracking data is consolidated and provided in a report to the customer.06-10-2010
20100140343INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - There is provided an information processing apparatus including a communication unit for transmitting a carrier wave having a predetermined frequency and making noncontact communication with an information processing terminal, a 2-dimensional code reader unit for reading a 2-dimensional code recording therein processing information on processings to be executed by the information processing terminal, a 2-dimensional code analysis unit for analyzing the 2-dimensional code reader in the 2-dimensional code reader unit and acquiring the processing information from the 2-dimensional code, and a processing unit for generating processing execution information for causing the information processing terminal to execute a predetermined processing based on an analysis result by the 2-dimensional code analysis unit and causing the communication unit to transmit the processing execution information to the information processing terminal.06-10-2010
20100163615CABLING WORK AIDING SYSTEM AND WORK AIDING METHOD - In the cabling work aiding system, the RFID reader reads the RFID attached to at least one of the terminal, its terminal block, and cable member. A cabling work terminal device is connected to the RFID reader. The device is comprised of: a data base that records a template connection diagram containing the terminal-side RFID region constituted by RFID data as to the terminal and a cable-side RFID region constituted by RFID data as to the cable member; a relating part that relates the RFID read by the RFID reader to the terminal-side RIFD region and the cable-side RIFD region defined in the template connection diagram; a terminal-cable member correspondence table preparing part that prepares a correspondence table for leading correspondence between the RFID data as to the terminal and RFID data as to cable member from correspondence between the terminal-side RIFD region and the cable-side RFID related by the RFID read by the RFID reader.07-01-2010
20100072275PRODUCT ITEM REGISTRATION - A method of registering a product item is disclosed. The product item has disposed thereon coded data portions at respective positions on a surface of the product item. Each coded data portion encodes a product item identity and the respective position of the coded data portion. The method starts by a sensing device sensing at least one coded data portion, generating indicating data indicative of the product item identity and the position of the sensed coded data portion, and transferring the indicating data to a computer system. The computer system receives the indicating data, identifies that the position relates to a registration request, obtain owner data associated with the sensing device, determines an entity associated with the product item identity, and register the owner data with the entity.03-25-2010
20100072272MICROSCOPE SLIDE COVERSLIP AND USES THEREOF - The present invention is a microscope microscope slide coverslip constructed of a glass or plastic plate having one or more indicia thereon which can be used to uniquely or non-uniquely identify the microscope slide coverslip or the microscope slide to which the microscope slide coverslip is attached and/or provide information therefor. Preferably the indicium, such as a barcode, is machine readable. The microscope microscope slide coverslip may have an adherent surface and a non-adherent surface, the adherent surface having a solvent activated dry adhesive film (adhesive coating) bonded thereto and having an indicium thereon for indicating the adherent side of the microscope slide coverslip. The dry adhesive film of the adherent surface is non-tacky (non-sticky) in its storage or preapplication condition. At use, the adhesive of the adherent side can be activated by a solvent.03-25-2010
20100072271SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSOCIATING AN ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH A USER - A system for associating a particular absorbent article with the identity and/or the location of a user of the absorbent article, includes an absorbent article, and machine-readable information concerning the identity and/or the location of a user of the absorbent article. The system includes machine-readable information identifying the absorbent article and a reader to read the information identifying the absorbent article and the information concerning the identity and/or the location of a user of the absorbent article. The system also includes a memory that is arranged to store information identifying the absorbent article and information concerning the identity and/or the location of a user of the absorbent article in a form such that on retrieval of information from the memory, information concerning the absorbent article is automatically associated with information concerning the identity and/or location of a user of the absorbent article.03-25-2010
20100072269ENCODING, UPDATING, AND DECODING BARCODES IN A DOCUMENT - Method for inserting a barcode image in a document including receiving a request to encode one or more properties about the document as a barcode image in the document, the request being received through a document editor, generating the barcode image based on the properties, wrapping the barcode image inside a container object, and inserting the container object into the document.03-25-2010
20100072270TEST-SENSOR CARTRIDGE - A test-sensor cartridge including a plurality of test sensors adapted to assist in determining an analyte concentration of a fluid sample. The cartridge further includes a plurality of walls forming a cavity therein. The cavity is adapted to include the plurality of test sensors. At least one of the plurality of walls forms at least one aperture. The cartridge further includes a lid adapted to enclose the cavity. The cartridge further includes a locking feature adapted to lock the lid to one or more of the walls. The locking feature is adapted to be disengaged by the at least one aperture receiving a projection of an analyte-testing instrument.03-25-2010
20130032634BARCODE GENERATION AND IMPLEMENTATION METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING INFORMATION - A system and method for generating and implementing a barcode is provided, wherein the system includes a data generation device configured to receive data and generate barcode data response to the received data, a barcode generation device, configured to receive the barcode data and generate a barcode responsive to the received barcode data, a display device, configured to display the barcode and a barcode receiving device, configured to receive the barcode and operate in response to the barcode.02-07-2013
20130032633CHIP TEST SYSTEM - A chip test system includes a digital control chip, a controller, and an indication circuit. A configuration file is burned into the digital control chip. The configuration file includes a first identification number. The controller reads the number from the configuration file and determines whether the number is the same as a predetermined identification number. If the numbers match, the controller outputs a first level signal to the indication circuit. If the numbers do not match, the controller outputs a second level signal to the indication circuit.02-07-2013
20100032476PRINTED PRODUCT RFID - A method for processing flexible, two-dimensional products (02-11-2010
20090121009Apparatus and Methods for Monitoring Transfusion of Blood - Apparatus and methods are described for ensuring that blood transfused into a patient is the correct blood for that patient, is transfused in the correct manner and that a complete audit trail is created that will allow later tracing of blood from donation through to ultimate transfusion.05-14-2009
20090250512AUTOMATIC DEVICE REGISTRATION SYSTEM WITH BARCODE IDENTIFICATION AND MAINTENANCE INFORMATION GENERATION - A system for transmitting product information of a product is described. The system contains a product with an electronic controller for acquiring and/or storing product information, wherein the product information comprises standard information about the product and current product information, a barcode generating component for generating a barcode for representing the product information, wherein the barcode generating means is connected to the product for data transfer or is integrated into the product, and a barcode updating device for updating the barcode on the basis of the standard information about the product and current product information. There is furthermore an acquisition module for the information acquisition of the product information from the barcode by means of an image recording device.10-08-2009
20100044429Blood and Medical Specimen Collection - In a method of tracking a specimen acquired from a patient, machine-readable codes present on a patient identification (ID), an order to obtain a specimen from the patient, and on a specimen-taker ID means, respectively, are stored in a computer storage. A specimen container having a fourth machine-readable code preapplied thereto is selected from a plurality of specimen containers having unique machine-readable codes preapplied thereto. In response to a processor determining that the first and second machine-readable codes are related to the same patient, the processor causes the first-fourth machine-readable codes to be relationally stored in the computer storage. Responsive to the processor receiving a signal that a specimen has been placed in the selected specimen container, the processor causes an indication thereof to be stored in the computer storage in a relational manner with the first-fourth machine-readable codes.02-25-2010
20100044428ELECTRONIC PAYMENT SYSTEM - The present invention provides an electronic payment system with which even without an operation for payment by a customer who has a card etc. for electronic payment, credit processing can be performed in advance based on personal identification information of the card etc. and therefore, at the time of payment at a register, communications with a host are omitted, and a payment can be made in a short time. The electronic payment system detects an ID symbol of a portable telephone 02-25-2010
20100044427SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF INTERACTION IWTH INVISIBLE PRINTING - Systems and methods of interaction with invisible printing. In one embodiment, a printed page includes a printable surface, an invisible machine readable code disposed on the printable surface; and a human viewable image disposed on the printable surface. The invisible machine readable code may not absorb or reflect visible light substantially differently from the printable surface, in one embodiment. The invisible machine readable code may be detectable when exposed to infrared and/or ultraviolet light.02-25-2010
20090166403SECURE PARCEL DELIVERY IN THE ABSENCE OF THE INTENDED RECIPIENT - Systems and methods are disclosed for securely delivering a parcel when the intended recipient is not present to take physical possession of the parcel. Parcel delivery companies assign a unique tracking number to each parcel. The tracking number is enabled as an access code which, when input by a delivery person, unlocks a secured area such that the parcel can be placed inside.07-02-2009
20090159657Contactless integrated circuit card system - A contactless integrated circuit card system for communicating with a card reader is disclosed. The contactless integrated circuit card system includes an integrated circuit chip for performing contactless identification; a main antenna connected to the integrated circuit chip for transmitting signals to and from the card reader; and at least one open-circuit antenna disposed on the main antenna for increasing gain of the main antenna so that the electromagnetic induction of the main antenna is enhanced.06-25-2009
20090159656USER-CREATED TRADE CARDS - The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates identifying relationships between two or more trade cards. A schema component can implement a portion of user-assisted schema to create a trade card that represents a distillation of a document with document-specific data. A relationship component can identify at least one of a hard link or a soft link associated with the trade card in connection with at least one of a network or one or more trade cards, wherein the hard link is a source that derived the trade card and the soft link is directed toward a disparate trade card with a portion of substantially similar document-specific data.06-25-2009
20090159655VOTE BY MAIL SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS VOTERS TO VERIFY THEIR VOTES - A method of enabling a voter to verify that a ballot has been received and counted as intended in a vote by mail election that includes receiving the ballot from the voter in the mail, generating a vote verification mechanism for the voter, obtaining the voter's votes from the ballot and counting the votes in the election. The method further includes storing voter vote information including the voter's votes that were counted in the election, providing to the voter the vote verification mechanism and an acknowledgment that the ballot has been received and counted, and, after the election has been closed, receiving the vote verification mechanism from the voter, obtaining the voter vote information from storage using the vote verification mechanism, and displaying the voter vote information for the voter so that the voter can verify that his or her votes have in fact been counted as intended.06-25-2009
20090159654Method of identifying a container and/or a finished article obtained from the said container, in particular for medical use - Method of identifying a container (06-25-2009
20080203148MOBILE INFORMATION RETRIEVAL OVER WIRELESS NETWORK - The present invention relates to a system for mobile retrieval of information over a wireless or mobile network. Information to be retrieved is stored in packets or files in a remotely located server. Each packet of information is assigned a specific serial number, and the serial number is encoded into a coded image. A camera enabled mobile device is used to capture the coded image, then proceeds to decode the coded image into the serial number using an application pre-installed on the mobile device. The mobile device then transmits the serial number over a wireless network to the server where the information to be retrieved is stored. The server then processes the serial number and retrieves the information packet previously associated with this serial number from an internal database.08-28-2008
20100108754THREAD IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - A label having a coded pattern provides information regarding the type of thread on a thread spool loaded on an embroidery machine and feeding one of the needles. A detector positioned at the base of a spindle on the thread tree reads the label. The label is attached to the bottom of a thread spool such that it is substantially flush with the detector. The label has a pattern that is readable by the detector regardless of its rotational orientation and provides information about the type of thread on the spool. This pattern corresponds to thread type information stored in data base.05-06-2010
20100108756MICROCIRCUIT CARD, ELECTRONIC DEVICE ASSOCIATED WITH SUCH A CARD, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SUCH AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A microcircuit card includes elements for interacting with an electronic device, a movement or orientation sensor generating signals representing movements or an orientation of the card, elements for identifying at least one type of movement or position on the basis of the signals, and elements for sending a command executable by the electronic device and associated with the identified type.05-06-2010
20100108755Beverage Holder Having a Chip Unit for Performing Payment Transactions - A beverage holder apparatus includes a chip unit attached to a beverage holder and adapted to communicate with a chip unit reader to perform a payment transaction to purchase the beverage. The chip unit stores an account identifier associated with a financial account, and transmits the stored account identifier to the chip unit reader to perform the payment transaction.05-06-2010
20100108753Method for sequential identification of samples - The invention concerns a method for identifying a plurality of samples (05-06-2010
20130082099HANDLING OF SAMPLE TUBES COMPRISING GEOMETRIC TUBE DATA - A method for handling a sample tube containing a biological sample is presented. A tube label can be attached to the sample tube. The tube label can carry tube data. The tube data can comprise at least geometric tube data descriptive of at least one geometric property of the sample tube. At least the geometric tube data can be read from the tube label by a reader device. At least the geometric tube data from the reader device can be transmitted to a processing device. The processing device for handling the sample tube can be controlled in accordance with the at least one geometric property described by the read geometric data.04-04-2013
20130026224METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE POSITION OF A DEVICE IN A LIGHT BASED POSITIONING SYSTEM USING LOCALLY STORED MAPS - In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method for determining a position of a device using a light based positioning system. In some embodiments, the method includes providing a map of positions of a plurality of light sources in a location; receiving an identification code from one or more of the plurality of light sources, wherein the identification code identifies the light source; matching the identification code to a light source on the map; and determining the position of the device by setting the position of the device to the position of the light source on the map. In some embodiments, the method includes receiving identification codes from a plurality of light sources; matching the identification codes to a plurality of light sources on the map; and determining the position of the device based on the location of the plurality of light sources on the map.01-31-2013
20130026226Method for Verifying a Filled Prescription Order - A method for verifying a multiple prescription order having a plurality of different medications is described. The method comprises receiving a prescription order that includes a first medication that is different from a second medication. Additionally, the prescription order indicates that the first medication and second medication are to be taken at regular intervals. After entering the prescription order into a graphical user interface, the method verifies the entered prescription order by comparing the entered prescription order to the multiple prescription order. Multiple prescription packages are generated that combines the first medication and second medication in the same package that are intended to be taken at the prescribed interval. Each multiple prescription package is then inspected, and a verification process is initiated that confirms that the first medication and second medication are within each multiple prescription package. The multiple prescription packages are then placed into a container that is sealed.01-31-2013
20130026225TANK INFORMATION COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A system is provided for display of tank information, the system comprising: a tank label, the tank label being displayed on a tank pump panel and comprising data including tank capacity, serial number; a computer readable code disposed on the tank label providing additional tank data and configured to communicate with a manufacturer of the tank.01-31-2013
20130026222INDEX PRINT WITH MACHINE-READABLE CODES - A viewable image for selecting one or more digital images from a collection of digital images includes a plurality of representative images representing corresponding digital images in the collection, each corresponding digital image stored in an electronic storage and retrieval system and a plurality of machine-readable codes, each machine-readable code associated with one of the representative images so that a viewer can readily identify a desired digital image and a corresponding machine-readable code in the viewable image, wherein each machine-readable code can be photographed to select its corresponding digital image, and wherein the machine-readable code encodes a reference to the corresponding digital image stored in the electronic storage and retrieval system.01-31-2013
20130026223SELECTING IMAGES USING MACHINE-READABLE CODES - A method of selecting images includes using a processor to transmit and store each digital image in a remote electronic storage and retrieval system, receiving a viewable image that includes a representative image of each digital image in association with a machine-readable code, each machine-readable code encoding a reference to the location of its corresponding digital image in the electronic storage and retrieval system, selecting one or more but not all of the digital images from the viewable image by photographing each of the machine-readable codes corresponding to desired digital images, and transmitting the photographs to an image-product production service or extracting the references from the photographs and transmitting the references to the image-product production service, the referenced digital images specifying a second image collection.01-31-2013
20130026221IMAGE SELECTION METHOD USING MACHINE-READABLE CODES - A method of selecting digital images includes using a processor to store the digital images in an electronic storage and retrieval system, forming a corresponding machine-readable code for each stored digital image, the machine-readable code encoding a reference to the storage location of the corresponding digital image in the electronic storage and retrieval system, providing a viewable image that includes a representative image of each digital image in the first collection of digital images in association with its associated machine-readable code, selecting one or more but not all of the digital images by receiving references or photographs of the machine-readable codes and extracting the references from the received photographs, and compiling the digital images corresponding to the received or extracted references into a second image collection.01-31-2013
20130026220APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING HARDWARE STATUS USING AUGMENTED REALITY - A method of accessing equipment status information in a data center includes detecting, by a mobile computing device, a fiduciary marker within at least one image captured by an image capture device, decoding the equipment identification data from the fiduciary marker, providing the equipment identification data to a data center management system for the data center through a communications network, receiving status information for the piece of equipment from the data center management system through the communication network, and displaying the status information on a display screen of the mobile computing device. The fiduciary marker is configured to contain encoded equipment identification data associated with a piece of equipment.01-31-2013
20130026219ARTICLE AND METHOD FOR AN ELECTRONICALLY READABLE STICKER - A substantially transparent label that uses substantially transparent attachments to attach the label to an object where the label carries at least one identifier capable of being read by an electronic aid. The label with the identifiers is an example of a data carrier. A data carrier can be used by associating an audio recording with an identifier on a data carrier with the use of an electronic aid. The data carrier can be divided into a series of segments, each having at least one identifier. Each segment can be attached to a plurality of identical tangible objects. Each segment can be read with an electronic aid to recite the stored audio information.01-31-2013
20130026218Combination magnetic stripe and contactless chip card reader - A combination magnetic-stripe card reader with integrated contact-less chip card read/write functions, a direct replacement for a standard player tracking magnetic-stripe card reader installed in slot machines. It is a form, fit and function for existing player tracking readers, having the same front panel appearance, the same physical envelope, using the same mounting method, using the same cable connections and operating in the identical manner. The combined functions requires two command sets and a method to distinguish between them, the legacy command set of the existing reader to be replaced which is typically strings of American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) eight bit characters with a line terminator character and the contact-less chip card requiring the ability to send and receive all possible eight bit values with varying length commands and not having a dedicated character value to indicate the end of a command.01-31-2013
20130026217USING DYNAMIC BARCODES TO SEND DATA TO A CELLPHONE - An electronic screen capable of showing dynamic images is used to display a set of barcodes, where the barcodes are ‘played’ at the same location on the screen. The screen might also show other material. The data encoded in the barcodes is decoded by a user with a cellphone and camera, that can decode each barcode and combine the data from all the barcodes. This can be extended with the screen also showing static barcodes that encode URLs, where the URLs go back to a web server that also controls the screen. A user with a cellphone and camera scans one of these static barcodes and uses a browser to go to the decoded URL. The web server uses this visit to change what is being shown in the dynamic barcodes, or to change the conditions under which the latter are displayed.01-31-2013
20090218392Method for Assembling and Activating a Multi-Pack Package of Transaction Cards - Methods and apparatus for providing multiple transaction cards in a single package are disclosed. According to one aspect, a method for forming a carrier package arrangement includes obtaining a plurality of transaction cards, obtaining a first parent activation code, and associating the first parent activation code with the plurality of transaction cards. The method can also include packing the plurality of transaction cards in the carrier package arrangement, and providing the first parent activation code so as to be on or accessible from the carrier package arrangement. The plurality of transaction cards can thereafter be activated using the first parent activation code.09-03-2009
20120211554METERING INFRASTRUCTURE SMART CARDS - A metering infrastructure having smart devices that utilize smart cards. An infrastructure having a plurality of smart devices is disclosed wherein each smart device is adapted to be controlled by a removable smart card, and wherein each removable smart card includes a computational platform capable of storing and executing program code and a set of application programs capable of being executed on the computational platform, wherein each of the set of application programs is implemented to control an aspect of an associated smart device into which the removable smart card is inserted.08-23-2012
20130082098APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY PROVIDING INFORMATION TO A NEW COMPUTER - A system and method is disclosed for automatically providing information to a newly-manufactured computing device. During the manufacture of a new computing device at an assembly line, a camera integrated with the computing device is automatically activated as a barcode scanner. On the camera viewing a barcode that includes device-specific configuration information, the barcode is read by the computing device to read the device-specific configuration information for storage in a non-volatile memory of the device.04-04-2013
20130082097EXPENDITURE COUNTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An expenditure counting method includes: capturing an image of a barcode on the package of goods with a camera, decoding the image of the barcode to obtain a price of the goods, storing the price of the goods in a first storing module. Adding up prices stored in the first storing module to obtain a sum price, comparing the sum price with a maximum expenditure, and informing the user that the sum price exceeds the maximum expenditure if the sum price is greater than maximum expenditure.04-04-2013
20130082100System and Method for Processing Barcodes in Electronic Data Communications - A system and method is provided for electronically reading and analyzing a barcode stored in electronic form. A barcode processing module comprising a barcode detection sub-module that detects the presence of an electronic barcode in electronic form and a barcode analysis module that analyzes the electronically-stored barcode is provided. The barcode processing module may exist on a server, on an electronic device or on both. The barcode may store information or computer executable instructions. If computer executable instructions are provided, the computer executable instructions may be executed by the server, an electronic device or any combination thereof.04-04-2013
20130048708MOBILE PRODUCT ADVISOR - Mobile product advising includes creating, via a computer processor, vectors for each of a number of subjects corresponding to a product and assigning attributes of the subjects to corresponding fields of the vector. The mobile product advising also includes assigning values in the fields of the vectors reflecting a status of the attributes relative to the subjects. The mobile product advising further includes creating a product label for the product and encoding the vector including the attributes and values on the product label.02-28-2013
20130048711SYSTEM FOR ASSOCIATING RFID TAG WITH UPC CODE, AND VALIDATING ASSOCIATIVE ENCODING OF SAME - An assemblage for preparing and validating a smart label including an RFID inlay and selected symbology includes a workstation with a symbology printer and an RFID printer, and a validation station. The validation station includes a digital control device for storing software and housing digital hardware, a symbology reader, an RFID transceiver for reading data encoded on an RFID tag, an encoding and validation chamber, and a computer. The workstation is configured to occupy a minimal area for optimizing the preparation and validation of an associated RFID tag and symbology, and the associated RFID tag and symbology can be contemporaneously printed, encoded with data specific to an item to which the RFID tag and symbology are to be affixed, and validated individually and with respect to one another.02-28-2013
20130048707IDENTIFIER GENERATION FOR VISUAL BEACON - A visual beacon, such as a Quick Response (QR) code or other type of artificial visual beacon is identified based on a coarse position and content information, and optionally, the type of the visual beacon. For example, position may be based on latitude and longitude, e.g., from a satellite positioning system, or the CellID from a cellular network. The content information may be based on a sampling of the content before or after decoding. The content information may alternatively be all of the decoded content or an image of the visual beacon. Thus, for example, a mobile platform may generate a visual beacon identifier using the position and content information, which is transmitted to a navigation assistance server. The server can access and transmit to the mobile platform a navigation assistance message associated with the visual beacon identifier. If no visual beacon identifier is found, the server may enter the information.02-28-2013
20130048710Methods and systems for surveying a user with scan-able codes - Disclosed are methods, systems and computer program products for surveying a user using a scan-able information encoded graphic image, such as a bar code or a quick response (QR) code. In one embodiment, a mobile communication device such as a smartphone, tablet computer or other mobile computer is adapted to include a survey client module for scanning and communicating QR code information. QR code scanning is accomplished by a camera module that is associated with the smartphone or other mobile computing device. The survey client module communicates the scanned QR code information to an associated server application for collecting, processing and reporting survey data. The information encoded in the QR code includes information that is sufficient to identify a client entity (e.g., a local retailer or merchant) and a survey response.02-28-2013
20130048709METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC ENCODED SIGNAL INFORMATION DELIVERY - Methods and systems for automatic encoded signal information delivery are provided. Specifically, an encoded signal source may present a signal that is capable of being received by a configured communication device. An application functioning on the communication device is automatically configured to interpret the signal and alert the user for possible input. It is anticipated that the application may provide more information to a user associated with the encoded signal. This information may be stored locally and/or remotely and may be accessed via a request from the communication device.02-28-2013
20130087609Medical Device Tracking System and Method - Methods and systems for accurately tracking medical devices using a two-dimensional (2D) matrix code are disclosed. Scan data, location data, and status data may be received by a processor. The scan data may comprise identification information corresponding to a medical device; the location data may comprise location information corresponding to the medical device; and the status data may comprise status information corresponding to the medical device. Once the scan data, location data, and status data has been received, the scan data, the location data and the status data may be stored. Next, at least one medical-device characteristic may be determined, based on at least the scan data and the status data, and once the medical-device characteristic is determined, the medical-device characteristic may be displayed on a graphical display.04-11-2013
20130087610TOTAL HISTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD USING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAG AND BARCODE - Provided is a total history management system and method using a radio frequency indentification (RFID) tag and a barcode, which may efficiently manage individual products using a barcode and an RFID tag that may provide environmental information for management of the individual products.04-11-2013
20120181331METHOD FOR QUERYING A SPECIFICATION FEATURE OF A MEDICAL TECHNICAL FUNCTIONAL MEANS, A MEDICAL TECHNICAL FUNCTIONAL MEANS, A MEDICAL DEVICE AND A CONTROL UNIT - The present invention relates to a method for querying a specification feature arranged in, at or on a medical technical functional means, the method comprising the step of: querying the specification feature by means of a medical device functionally coupled to or to be coupled to the medical technical functional means or by means of a device or means connected to or being arranged in signal transmission with the medical technical treatment apparatus. The invention further relates to a medical technical functional means, a medical device and a control unit. Furthermore, the present invention relates to a digital storage medium, a computer program product and a computer program.07-19-2012
20130087608System and Method of Enhancing Consumer Ability to Obtain Information Via Bar Codes - A system and method to use bar codes to facilitate obtaining information as to a product or service. A smart phone, with a downloaded scanning app. can scan a bar code associated with a product or service. Information can be extracted from the code by the phone and the scanning app. and forwarded automatically to a web server, via one or more computer networks. The server can analyze the information and extract other, responsive data from its data base. The responsive data can be downloaded to the scanning device for use with the product or service.04-11-2013
20120181330SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN AUGMENTED EXPERIENCE OF PRODUCTS AND MARKETING MATERIALS USING BARCODES - Systems and methods for augmenting a user experience using a barcode. In an embodiment, the system and methods comprises receiving a first request for content associated with a barcode from a user. A response is sent which provides content for creating a personalized message. The user may then interact with a message creation application to create a personalized message. Subsequently, a second request for content associated with the barcode may be received. In response to this request, the personalized message, instead of the content for creating the personalized message, may be provided.07-19-2012
201201813293-D Matrix Barcode Presentation - A method for processing a matrix barcode displayed in three dimensions to extract data represented thereby involves capturing the component images of the three-dimensional representation. The method includes receiving a first component image of the matrix barcode and receiving a second component image of the matrix barcode as the two images are displayed on a display device. After the two images have been received, the first component image and the second component image of the matrix barcode are captured on an image capture device. Then depth information between elements of the matrix barcode presented in the first and second component images is determined and additional data represented in such depth information is extracted.07-19-2012
20090045250METHOD OF RECORDING MAIL TRANSACTIONS - A method of recording an interaction with a mail item. The mail item comprises a product contained in a mailing package. The mailing package comprises an interface surface containing mailing information. The interface surface has coded data indicative of a mail item identity and of coordinates of a plurality of locations of the interface surface. The method includes the steps of: receiving, in a computer system, indicating data from a sensing device regarding the mail item identity and positions of the sensing device relative to the interface surface; and identifying and recording, with reference to the indicating data, the interaction with the mail item.02-19-2009
20090045249Modifying processing of scanned sheets based on scanned control sheets - Scanned sheet processing is modified based on control sheets that are also scanned. The following is performed for each sheet of a number of sheets. The sheet is scanned, and whether the sheet is a control sheet is determined. Where the sheet is a control sheet, one or more of current settings governing processing of subsequently scanned sheets are modified based on the control sheet. For example, the current settings may be saved for later retrieval and the current settings modified. As another example, the current settings are to be reverted back to the saved settings previously saved. As two more examples, subsequently scanned sheets may be indicated as to be printed or faxed. Where the sheet is not a control sheet, the sheet is processed in accordance with the current settings. Such processing can include printing and faxing, among other types of actions.02-19-2009
20100006639METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING LOYALTY PROGRAM INFORMATION ON A PHONE - A system for managing token image replacement is provided. The system includes a remote server, a token acceptance device, such as a personal computer (PC), connected to the remote server, a token, such as a phone, that can be read by the PC, and a token image server. Using application logic and rules, the remote server is able to read the token image on the token and determine if the image on the phone needs to be updated. The remote server forwards a backup token image to the PC which, in turn, writes the backup token image including transaction information to the phone. Once the backup token image is written onto the phone, subsequent interactions with the system would not initiate an update.01-14-2010
20100006638PHOTOGRAPHY SYSTEM AND METHOD - The present disclosure provides for a two-sided, separable photography form for printing a prefatory photograph thereto and for subsequently retaining a prefatory photograph therefrom, the form having an upper portion; a middle portion; and a lower portion, the lower portion comprising an envelope. Additionally, the present disclosure provides for a photography method including capturing a prefatory photograph with a capture device; manipulating a digital representation of the prefatory photograph; manipulating a digital representation of an ordering information template; manipulating a digital representation of at least one identification code; manipulating postage payment information; and printing at least one prefatory photograph, at least one ordering instruction template, at least one identification code, and postage payment information to a two-sided, separable photography form.01-14-2010
20090314831AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM - The invention is directed to an authentication system comprising a reader and a first and a second authentication media and a meta authentication media foreseen as a carrier between different authentication media and the reader.12-24-2009
20090302100System and method for generating an identification - The present invention relates to a system for generating an identifier for guiding the transport of a return product during shipment from an end user to one or more processing or collection centers, wherein the identification is suitable for use during transport in a number of countries or by means of a number of transport organizations each utilizing their own identification system, including means for generating an identifier comprising: first, identification data for identifying of the product by the transport organization during transport, and second, identification data for identifying the return product during storage and/or processing.12-10-2009
20090302101Process for product traceability without addition or modification of the material using a digital signature obtained from one or more intrinsic product characteristics - A method for the tracing of products with no addition or change to the material, using a digital signature obtained from one or more macroscopic intrinsic characteristics of the product.12-10-2009
20120217292Synching One or More Matrix Codes to Content Related to a Multimedia Presentation - One embodiment described herein may take the form of a system or method for generating one or more matrix codes that may then be obtained by a reader device, the one or more matrix codes including information that may be utilized to access additional content related to one or more multimedia presentations. For example, the information contained within the one or more matrix codes may include one or more web addresses that, when selected, may link to one or more webpages on the Internet containing information related to the multimedia presentation. In another example, the information contained within the matrix codes may include instructions that may be executed by an electronic device to provide the additional content. The additional content may be displayed a display device associated with the distribution system, on a reader device, or any electronic device that includes a display.08-30-2012
20120217294MACHINE READABLE CONTACT INFORMATION PLACARD AND READING SYSTEM - A small sign or placard or the like is mounted on the outside of a person's house where it is easily accessible to emergency personnel. Contact or medical information about one or more of the inhabitants is embedded in bar codes or other machine readable form only and is printed or otherwise secured to the placard on the outside thereof. The information would be accessible from the outside but only in machine readable form which can be read by an electronic device carried by the emergency personnel.08-30-2012
20120217293Utilizing Matrix Codes During Installation of Components of a Distribution System - One embodiment described herein may take the form of a system or method for generating one or more matrix codes that may then be obtained by a reader device, the one or more matrix codes including information that may be utilized to aid in the installation and configuration of one or more components of a distribution system. In one embodiment, the one or more matrix codes may be utilized by the system to configure one or more aspects and features of a component of the system, such as a receiver or display device. In another embodiment, the one or matrix codes may provide system information to a provider or an installer to verify proper installation of one or more components. The information encoded in the matrix codes may include any type of information about one or more components of the distribution system to aid the system or an installer in configuring or installing components of the system.08-30-2012
20110006108Remote Control Device Capable of Reading Dot Patterns Formed on Medium and Display - A remote control device with excellent, convenience, operability, and affinity, which can be intuitively operated and does not require much time to learn its operation, is provided. The remote control device comprises an optical reading unit for reading an optically readable dot pattern, a main body that is connected to the optical reading unit and can be held by gripping or just like holding a pen, a converter equipped inside the main body, for analyzing a dot code and/or a coordinate value from a dot pattern read out by the optical reading unit; and converting into one or two or more corresponding transmission codes, an operation unit, equipped at the other end of the main body on the opposite side to the optical reading unit, operable at least in longitudinal and lateral directions, and a transmission unit, equipped at a predetermined position of the main body, for outputting a transmission code converted by the converter and an operation instruction attributable to the operation unit and an operation instruction attributable to another button as a signal to the control-subject apparatus.01-13-2011
20110057026METHOD OF PROVIDING A PACKAGING LAMINATE WITH AN IDENTIFICATION CODE, METHOD OF IDENTIFYING A PACKAGE, AND PACKAGE WITH IDENTIFICATION CODE - In a method of providing a packaging laminate with an identification code the packaging laminate is subjected to a magnetic field, thus magnetising a matrix of magnetic domains in the packaging laminate. Each magnetic domain is made up of a number of the magnetisable particles. A method of identifying a package is also disclosed. The package has walls of a packaging laminate comprising magnetisable particles. The method comprises the steps of subjecting the packaging laminate to a magnetising magnetic field, thus magnetising a matrix of magnetic domains in the packaging laminate, and detecting an emitted magnetic field emitted by the magnetic domains in the matrix. A package having an identification code is also described.03-10-2011
20130056533REDUCING PAYLOAD SIZE OF MACHINE-READABLE DATA BLOCKS IN SHIPMENT PREPARATION PACKING LISTS - Example embodiments provide a Shipment Preparation System (“SPS”), which facilitates the preparation of shipments, such as by producing shipping labels. In one embodiment, the SPS is configured to receive shipment preparation information from a bar code or other machine-readable data block in a packing list. The shipment preparation information identifies a uniform resource identifier (“URI”) that identifies a code module that is remote from the SPS. The SPS determines the URI based on the shipment preparation information, such as by performing a local lookup or requesting the URI from a URI shortening service. The SPS then uses the URI to communicate with the code module in order to obtain information for the preparation of the shipment (e.g., obtaining a destination shipping address) and/or for transmission of information about the preparation of the shipment (e.g., posting an indication that a shipment is ready for pick up).03-07-2013
20130056531MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICE - A media processing device enables continuous high-speed processing of recording media. A media processing device has a magnetic head 03-07-2013
20130056532COMMODITY SALES DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, CHECKOUT SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD - A commodity sales data processing apparatus determines, based on the imaged image of the commodity, whether or not the commodity is provided with an image display element for displaying a specific image representing that the commodity is a commodity adhered with a security tag, if it determines that the commodity is a commodity adhered with a security tag, the processing that the first resonant circuit become unusable for the security tag using the first communication device is carried out, in this state, if the first communication device carries out no communication and the second communication device carries out communication, carries out for shifting the processing of next commodity.03-07-2013
20120111936Semantic Note Taking System - A semantic note taking system and method for collecting information, enriching the information, and/or binding the information to services is provided. User-created notes are enriched with labels, context traits, and relevant data to minimize friction in the note-taking process. In other words, the present invention is directed to collecting unscripted data, adding more meaning and use out of the data, and binding the data to services. Mutable and late-binding to services is also provided to allow private thoughts to be published to a myriad of different applications and services in a manner compatible with how thoughts are processed in the brain. User interfaces and semantic skins are also provided to derive meaning out of notes without requiring a great deal of user input. Linking physical objects to notes are also provided, such as through QR codes.05-10-2012
20120111935MULTI-FUNCTION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A document including a two-dimensional barcode recorded therein is scanned, the two-dimensional barcode of the scan image is decoded, a text recorded in the document is extracted, the extracted text or a document produced by a document editing unit is attached to an e-mail, and the e-mail is transmitted. The text attached to the e-mail can be viewed at the side of a receiver. Since the document can be edited using at least one of the position, the size, the color and the arrangement of the text, readability of the text can be improved. Accordingly, it is possible to search the received text to easily find a desired document at the side of the receiver.05-10-2012
20120111934SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR BARCODE INTEGRATION IN PACKAGING DESIGN AND PRINTING - Methods and systems for barcode integration in packaging design and printing are described. A barcode server may supply an FPO barcode to a designer, and the FPO barcode may include a selectable link that, when selected, generates an HTTP request to the barcode server associated with the specific FPO barcode. The barcode server manages the finalization and approval processes from design to prepress and printing.05-10-2012
20090065566APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING CONTENTS BY USING MACHINE-READABLE CODE - According to the present invention, an apparatus and method for proving a user with a content by using a machine-readable code is provided. In one aspect of the present invention, provided is a method for implementation on a terminal for providing a user with at least one content by using a machine-readable code, the method comprising the steps of: receiving a machine-readable code; extracting a code value of the received machine-readable code; transferring the extracted code value to a first external computational device; receiving from the first external computational device at least one category associated with the extracted code value; transmitting the at least one category to a second external computational device; and receiving from the second external computational device at least one content belonging to the at least one category.03-12-2009
20090266876METHOD WITH WHICH A TERMINAL CAN RETRIEVE INFORMATION ASSOCIATED TO AN EPC-CODE FROM AN EPC NETWORK - A method is disclosed with which a terminal (10-29-2009
20130062404FLUID PROCESSING MEDICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SETTING-UP A FLUID PROCESSING MEDICAL APPARATUS - The invention relates to a method for setting up a fluid treatment apparatus using a single, and always accessible, reader of information relating to replaceable components which are to be mounted on the apparatus to perform the fluid treatment. It is also disclosed a fluid treatment apparatus having the always accessible reader. The reader can also be relied on to enter information other that those relating to the replaceable components, such as commands for the apparatus, patients' related information, etcetera.03-14-2013
20130062402APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR USING MACHINE-READABLE CODES - A method of using a machine-readable code to extract information includes using an image-capture device to capture a digital image of a machine-readable code encoding information wherein the image-capture device is positioned at any of a plurality of angles relative to the machine-readable code; using a processor to extract the information encoded in the machine-readable code; using the processor to analyze the captured digital image of the machine-readable code and calculate the relative positioned angle at which the image-capture device was positioned when the image-capture device captured the digital image of the machine-readable code; and using the processor and the calculated relative positioned angle to determine information.03-14-2013
20130062403TECHNICAL DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TECHNICAL INFORMATION FOR A TECHNICAL DEVICE - A technical device embodied for installation in a technical plant is disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the technical device includes a surface on which a two-dimensional barcode is arranged, wherein the surface is arranged on the technical device such that the two-dimensional barcode can be read off by a mobile barcode reading device after installation of the technical device in the technical plant. A system for providing technical information for a technical device is further disclosed, which is embodied for installation in a technical plant.03-14-2013
20130062401Pervasive Package Identifiers - A package identifier for a package from which an application is installed on a computing device is obtained. The package identifier is assigned to each of one or more processes created for running the application and, for each of the one or more processes, whether the process is permitted to access a resource of the computing device is determined based at least in part on the package identifier.03-14-2013
20120223132APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING A NETWORK CONNECTION IN A PORTABLE TERMINAL - An apparatus and method for establishing a network connection in a portable terminal. The apparatus includes a controller, an image acquisition unit, and a code image analyzer. The controller establishes a network connection with a peripheral terminal using network information acquired through a code image. The image acquisition unit captures the code image generated by the peripheral terminal. The code image analyzer analyzes the code image acquired by the image acquisition unit and acquires the network information of the peripheral terminal. The code image includes at least any one of network information of the peripheral terminal, code image generation information, and information on an automatic execution program to be automatically executed after code image recognition.09-06-2012
20120223130Object Scanning and Authentication - Disclosed herein are methods and systems for scanning objects and associated substances, where the methods include: (a) using a first electronic device to scan a feature of an object and provide reference information about the object based on the scanned feature, where the feature identifies the object or a substance associated with the object; (b) using a second electronic device to measure electromagnetic radiation emitted from the object and provide sample information about the object based on the measured electromagnetic radiation; and (c) comparing the sample information and the reference information to determine whether the object includes the substance associated with the object.09-06-2012
20110011926BARCODE CREATION APPARATUS, BARCODE CREATION METHOD AND PROGRAM - The barcode creation apparatus which creates a barcode read in by a prescribed terminal device, comprises: a function specification device which specifies a function which allows the terminal device to startup when the barcode is read in, from a plurality of functions that the terminal device has; a color specification device which specifies a color of the barcode, the color representing the function specified by the function specification device; and a barcode creation device which creates the barcode in the specified color.01-20-2011
20110011925REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE POSSIBLE TO READ OUT DOT PATTERN FORMED ON MEDIUM OR DISPLAY - A remote control device that can be intuitively operated, that does not require users to take time to learn operation and that is excellent in convenience, operability and affinity for users is provided. The remote control device includes an optical reading unit equipped on a predetermined medium surface, for reading a dot pattern, a main body that is provided in connection with the optical reading unit and can be held like a pen or gripping-held, a conversion unit for converting the dot pattern read by the optical reading unit into one or more corresponding transmission codes, an operation unit equipped on the surface of the main body in the vicinity of the optical reading unit and operable with a fingertip, for moving a cursor, selecting a menu, selecting a program and determining the selections, and a transmission unit for transmitting the transmission code converted by the conversion unit and an operational instruction provided by the operation unit as signals to a controlled apparatus.01-20-2011
20090242621DELIVERY SYSTEM - A delivery system includes a receiving device for receiving an order from a customer, a plurality of delivering devices each of which includes a storage unit having a plurality of storage spaces for storing therein recording media according to the unit of customer's order and a delivering controlling unit operable to obtain ID information associated with the recording medium, thereby realizing delivery of the recording medium associated with the ID information, a storage managing device for setting the delivering device storing the recording medium of the order received by the receiving device and a reception slip producing device for obtaining, from the storage managing device, specifying information of the delivering device which stores the recording medium of said order and producing a reception slip recording the specifying information and the ID information therein.10-01-2009
20090236411FOLDABLE ELECTRONIC BOOK - An electronic book comprising a first housing portion; a second housing portion; a cylindrical spine interposed between the first and second housing portions and pivotally connecting the first housing portion to the second housing portion; a flexible display screen fast with inner faces of the first and second housings and spanning the spine; first and second microprocessor circuitry respectively positioned in the first and second housing portions behind the flexible display screen; a scan head for scanning a data card, the scan head provided on the first microprocessor circuitry on a surface opposite the flexible display screen, the scan head facing away from the flexible display screen; and an internal cartridge for holding a card fed pass the scan head, the internal cartridge having a clear backing window through which an un-scanned surface of the card is visible. The spine defines a recess to accommodate a curvature of the screen when the first and second housing portions are pivoted about the spine in a closed condition.09-24-2009
20090236410OPERATING DEVICE, AUTHENTICATION DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An operating device, including: a non-contact IC reader which reads specific data stored in a non-contact IC; a non-contact IC displacement direction detection device which detects a displace direction of the non-contact IC after the non-contact IC reader has read the specific data; and an operating instruction determination device which determines an operating instruction based on the displacement direction detected by the non-contact IC displacement direction detection device.09-24-2009
20130068833System and Method for Managing Inventory of Consumable Articles - Restocking cards with machine readable tags are placed on article packaging in a supply room. When an employee wishes to order an article, the employee removes the restocking card from the article packaging and presents the restocking card to a container equipped with a machine readable tag reader. The machine readable tag of the restocking card enables the container to generate an order for a predefined quantity of the identified article. The order is sent to a central stock server which processes the order and sends it to the appropriate fulfillment server.03-21-2013
20130068832METHOD FOR WIRELESSLY CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH QUICK RESPONSE CODE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE PRODUCT UTILIZING THE SAME - This prevention provides a method for wirelessly controlling an electronic device with a quick response code. The method is performed in a calculating device with internet capability. The method comprises receiving a graphics information of the quick response code of the electronic device, decoding the quick response code, downloading a controlling and driving program of the corresponding electronic device for installation according to the decoded quick response code, configuring an internet protocol of the electronic device by the controlling and driving program, and controlling the electronic device by the controlling and driving program through the internet protocol wirelessly. Accordingly, the calculating device with internet capability can control the electronic device with a quick response code, such that the calculating device with internet capability can improve living facilities of the user.03-21-2013
20130068831MANAGING INFORMATION USING MACHINE-READABLE CODES - A method for managing information includes providing a code referencing an unassigned uniform resource identifier (URI) to a plurality of users; using a processor to receive a URI access request for the unassigned URI and information from a user; after receiving the URI, forming a storage location at the URI and storing the received information at the formed URI storage location; receiving one or more URI access requests including the URI and additional information from each of one or more users; and storing the received additional information at the formed URI storage location without removing stored information at the formed URI storage location.03-21-2013
20100140341ANALYTICAL STRIP READING APPARATUS WITH A REMOVABLE FIRMWARE DEVICE - A detecting strip reader with a removable firmware device, comprising a detecting strip reader and a firmware device. The firmware device comprises a first electrical connecting end, a database module, and an operation module, the firmware device being removably electrically connected to a second electrical connecting end in the detecting strip reader via the first electrical connecting end, wherein the characteristic of detecting strip reader is in that: a plurality of light reaction equations of detecting strips are saved in the database module, and when the first electrical connecting end of the firmware device receives an input signal from the second connecting end, the operation module selects one specific light reaction equation from the plurality of light reaction equations saved in the database module and performs the operation of the specific light reaction equation.06-10-2010
20090008440SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERACTIVE ELECTRONIC DATA CARD - A system and method for creating and sharing an interactive electronic data card that can be transmitted to others through communication devices. Once transmitted, the interactive electronic data card functions as a mini website where the receiver can access different parts of the card to obtain various types of information. An icon on the website of the interactive electronic data card user enables others to access the user's interactive electronic data card.01-08-2009
20090008439ELECTRONIC BOARDING PASS - The invention relates to an electronic boarding pass for a passenger having an user interface for indicating an actual position of the passenger in an airport. The position data is received via wireless interface of the electronic boarding pass. In a memory flight data and shopping data of the respective passenger is stored. A processing unit such as a microprocessor is provided for processing received position data, data stored in the memory and airport map data of the airport.01-08-2009
20130214040DEVICE HAVING RFID TAG AND FLUIDICS ELEMENT - A device such as a disposable cartridge has an RFID tag (08-22-2013
20130214039APPARATUS HANDLING CODES, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME AND PROGRAM - An apparatus for reducing a first document image and a second document image in a size and producing output images on a single sheet, the apparatus including: a creating unit configured to create a code containing information with a higher security level selected from first information contained in a code of the first document image and second information contained in a code of the second document image; and a unit configured to add the code created by the creating unit to the output image.08-22-2013
20130161382RFID Digital Print/Encode - A method, system and apparatus for printing and encoding RFID products may be disclosed. The method, system, and apparatus can include a printer which can read and program an RFID device contained in a label, tag, or any other desired product, and also print onto the product without damaging the RFID device. The method, system, and apparatus can further include a quality control system. In some exemplary embodiments, the products can be arranged into sheets or rolls, and multiple products can be printed or encoded at the same time or substantially simultaneously. In some exemplary embodiments, reader and antenna configurations can allow the encoding to occur in line, so that printing, encoding, variable data imaging, and finishing can all be completed in one continuous process.06-27-2013
20090001153Sales Methods, Delivery Methods, Code Verification Methods, Repudiation Resolution Methods, and Articles of Manufacture - A sales method includes accepting an order for goods from a customer, providing a code associated with the goods to the customer, and receiving the code from the customer prior to delivering the goods. A code verification method includes providing a code associated with goods ordered by a customer to the customer and receiving a verification request from a delivery agent tendering delivery of the goods to the customer. The verification request includes an asserted code provided by the customer. The method also includes determining whether the asserted code is the code previously provided to the customer. A repudiation resolution method includes receiving a request to reverse a credit charge for a purchase of goods from a customer and determining whether the customer provided a code associated with the goods to a delivery agent in response to the delivery agent tendering delivery of the goods to the customer.01-01-2009
20120234910ENCODED INFORMATION READING TERMINAL WITH USER-CONFIGURABLE MULTI-PROTOCOL WIRELESS COMMUNICATION INTERFACE - An encoded information reading (EIR) terminal can comprise a microprocessor, a memory, an (EIR) device, and a wireless communication interface. The EIR device can be provided by a bar code reading device, an RFID reading device, and/or a card reading device. The EIR device can be configured to perform outputting raw message data containing an encoded message and/or outputting decoded message data corresponding to an encoded message. The wireless communication interface can comprise a radio frequency front end configured to perform receiving a first radio signal and/or transmitting a second radio signal. The radio frequency front end can be electrically coupled to an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) which can be electrically coupled to the system bus and/or to a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) which can be electrically coupled to the system bus. The microprocessor can be configured to execute a base-band encoder software program and/or a base-band decoder software program.09-20-2012
20120234909AUTOMATED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING CARD MULTIPACKS - Automated systems and methods for constructing card multipacks. An automated system for constructing card multipacks includes: a movable conveyor; a first carrier placing station configured to place a first carrier portion of a carrier on the conveyor; at least one card placing station configured to place a plurality of stored value cards on the first carrier portion; a data capture station configured to read a card bar code of each of the plurality of stored value cards in-line in the automated system; and a software system adapted to create a data file including the card bar codes.09-20-2012
20120234908SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ANTI-COUNTERFEIT AUTHENTICATION THROUGH COMMUNICATION NETWORKS - An anti-counterfeit authentication system provides authentication services over available communication networks. The system assigns unique anti-counterfeit certificates to authentic items. The certificates are stored in anti-counterfeit tags that are attached to the authentic items. An authentication server provides authentication services to authentication clients over the communication networks. The authentication clients read, via tag readers, the anti-counterfeit certificates from the tags associated with items to be authenticated, provide the anti-counterfeit certificates to the authentication server which determines authenticity and supplies authentication results back to the authentication clients.09-20-2012
20120234907System and process for managing hosting and redirecting the data output of a 2-D QR barcode - A reusable QR code system is disclosed having a web host for receiving a scan of the QR code over a first link from a user device and redirecting the scan to a different website based on subscriber data entered into the web host by a system subscriber. A second link contained in subscriber data redirects the user device to a second website to access full property information. A subscriber input on the server interface allows the subscriber to change the second link to a new link so that the same QR code may be reused to retrieve different subscriber property information each time the full information becomes obsolete.09-20-2012
20120234906PARKING SYSTEM AND METHOD - The present invention provides for a feature-rich parking system and implements a low-cost, low-technology presence at the parking location. In an embodiment, a parking pole is placed adjacent to a parking space where the parking pole includes a code, including a bar code, QR code, or NFC label that is designed to be identified and processed by a mobile communication device such as a cell phone or smart phone. The processed information can then be wirelessly communicated by the mobile communication device to a remotely situated server that can process a payment for the use of the desired parking space.09-20-2012
20120234905SURFACE IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD, OBJECT HAVING AN IDENTIFICATION CODE PATTERN, AND CODE READING APPARATUS FOR READING THE OBJECT - The present invention provides A surface identification system comprising: at least one identification code pattern comprising a plurality of recesses, through holes and/or projections formed on an code area of a first surface, the identification code pattern being made to correspond to the first surface or a second surface; and a code reading apparatus for reading the identification code pattern, the code reading apparatus being capable of irradiating light rays towards the code area, receiving reflected light rays reflected from the code area to read out the identification code pattern according to an amount of the reflected light rays from each of the plurality of recesses, through holes and/or projections, and indicating a correspondence between the identification code pattern and the first surface or the second surface. The invention also relates to a surface identification method, an object having an identification code pattern and a code reading apparatus for reading the object.09-20-2012
20080296363METHOD FOR MANAGING COMPETITION ENTRY WITH PRINTED LABELS - Provided is a method for managing competition entry by means of products having printed labels, the labels having human-readable information relating to a competition and machine-readable coded information relating to an identity of the label and being uniquely indicative of the product item. The label includes regions selected from the group consisting of information fields, buttons, and entry fields. The method includes the steps of receiving from a sensing device the machine-readable coded data, generating interaction data based on the received coded data, correlating the interaction data with a competition, and recording an entry in the competition based on the correlated interaction data. The method also includes the step of transmitting information relating to the competition entry for display on a display device.12-04-2008
20080296362Method for identifying and authenticating goods using codes, bar codes and radio frequency identification - Methods are provided for identifying and authenticating goods. A code or checksum based on information or an image relating to a good is derived and associated with a barcode to include on a label. The label is scanned by a recipient to authenticate the goods. Scanable code are provided based on an image by distilling an image into its hue components and using a grid to create a pattern. The pattern is readable by a scanner to obtain a code directly, or by consulting a look-up table. The code, barcode, digital barcode or scanable code can be included on a label or tag, such as an RFID tag.12-04-2008
20080296361Coordinate Designation Interface - The present invention contemplates a novel method and device that employs a coordinate scanner to monitor an identifiable surface and communicate to a computer the exact location of the placement of a pointer on any identified surface and perform a variety of preprogrammed responses. This surface is identified to a computer by identifying indicia such as a bar code or other means such as user input. The computer will perform preprogrammed electronic responses to identified points on the surface by matching the identified point on the surface with an electronic version of the surface in memory. The designated surface may be flat or it may consist of a contoured surface in a wide variety of sizes and materials. The designated surface may be a test enabling answers by point designation or an advertisement enabling ordering by designating products on the surface or other types of indicia on a surface.12-04-2008
20130161383AUTO CONFIGURABLE TRANSFER AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - The technology described herein is directed to a system that quickly and efficiently transmits photographs from a camera to one or more computing devices. The link for such a transmission is easily and automatically configured. Once the photographs are stored in the one or more computing devices, they can be submitted to a photograph management system that facilitates distribution of the photographs as well as collaboration with other individuals or autonomous agents for editing and re-editing of photographs.06-27-2013
20130161380Apparatus and Method for Providing Product Information - A sensor system comprises a tag. The tag comprises at least one sensor, an analog to digital converter, a passive radio-frequency chip, and a first antenna. The sensor is adapted to provide an output analogous to a change in an environment of the sensor. The sensor produces an analog output and includes output terminals. The analog to digital converter is adapted to convert an analog output of the sensor to a digital value. The analog to digital converter includes input and output terminals. The input terminals of the analog to digital converter are disposed in electrical communication with the output terminals of the sensor. The passive radio-frequency chip comprises a memory element, input terminals and output terminals. The input terminals are disposed in electrical communication with the output terminals of the analog to digital converter. The first antenna is disposed in electrical communication with the output terminals of the chip.06-27-2013
20100170944Alternator and Starter Tester with Bar Code Functionality and Method - An alternator and starter tester system having a bar code reader. The bar code can contain information regarding the component being tested and can direct the tester to conduct the appropriate test. The bar code can also encode the results of the test on a second bar code. The second bar code can then be coupled to the tested component.07-08-2010
20120031962SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DOCUMENT PROCESSING - Embodiments of the present invention are directed to document processing, and more particularly to systems and methods that can utilize relative positions between the content of the document and a decodable indicia affixed to the document. In one embodiment, indicia reading terminals are provided that include an imaging module for capturing a frame of image data of a document. The document can include one or more decodable indicia such as a form barcode and various content fields, which delineate particular content of the document. The form barcode can include information respecting the form design and form design data. This information can be used to process the content of the document such as by providing coordinates or similar location and positioning metrics for use in processing the content of the document. In one example, the frame of image data is analyzed to identify the form barcode, from which the relative location of the content fields can be discerned without extensive processing of the frame of image data.02-09-2012
20090114713Systems and Methods for Tracking Chemicals, Dispensing Chemicals, and Preparing Chemical Compositions - A method, according to various aspects of the present invention, for preparing a chemical composition. An apparatus that prepares chemical compositions performs the method. The method includes in any practical order: (a) electrically coupling to a first electrical conductor of a first data carrier; (b) receiving via the first conductor indicia of a property of a chemical; (c) electrically coupling to a second electrical conductor of a second data carrier; (d) receiving via the second conductor a formula for the chemical composition; and (e) detecting whether the property of the chemical is suitable for preparing the chemical composition. The first data carrier is mounted to a container that contains the chemical. The first data carrier stores indicia of the property of the chemical. The second data carrier is mounted to an object.05-07-2009
20110017818COUPON SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH SYNTHETIC BARCODE MODULE - A coupon management system includes a synthetic barcode module. The synthetic barcode module comprises light management components and a controller. The light management components include an LED operating as both an optical receiver and an optical emitter. The LED receives light pulses and emits light pulses. The controller interfaces with a compatible electronic device such as a cell phone, receives codes corresponding to coupon barcodes, generates signals corresponding to light received by light management components via the LED, determines if the received light pulses correspond to scanner output, and outputs driver signals to cause the light management module to emit light pulses that emulate light reflected from a scanned barcode to communicate the coupon barcode optically. The controller determines if the received light pulses correspond to barcode scanner by checking stimulus timing (e.g., by determining if the timing of received light pulses corresponds to light pulses emitted from a barcode scanner). A signal conditioning circuit operably coupled to the LED and the controller improves a signal to noise ratio and supplies a logic level signal to the controller module corresponding to light received by the LED. The light management module includes an LED driver configured to regulate electrical power supplied to the LED.01-27-2011
20120223131METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DYNAMICALLY PRESENTING CONTENT IN RESPONSE TO SUCCESSIVE SCANS OF A STATIC CODE - QR codes or the like are used in hardlink applications, by which different users may receive different information in response to a scan of the same code that is displayed at one or more locations in the real world. The content delivered to a particular user may be dependent on the time of the scan, the geographic location of the user, a weather condition at the geographical location, personal information associated with the user, a number of previous scans of the code by prior individuals, and any combination of the these or other variables, which may be determined by an originator of the QR code or other party.09-06-2012
20110278355CAMERA UNIT INCOPORATING PROGRAM SCRIPT SCANNER - A camera unit includes a display for displaying an image to be captured; an image sensor for digitally capturing the displayed image; a card reader having a linear scanner for scanning a surface of a removable card to sense a plurality of dots printed on the surface of the removable card, the plurality of dots representing a bit pattern encoding a program script; a card interface for receiving a signal from the card reader indicative of the sensed plurality of dots printed on the surface of the card, and decoding the sensed plurality of dots into the program script; and a printer configured to print a distorted image on print media, the distorted image being a version of the captured image distorted in accordance with the program script. The card reader comprises a moulding housing therewithin a plurality of light sources, the moulding being transparent to light from the light sources and shaped to focus the light on the removable card11-17-2011
20090188970METHOD OF READING AT LEAST ONE BAR CODE AND SYSTEM FOR READING A BAR CODE - A method of reading at least one bar code carried by a substrate, the method including: a) generating, especially in an automatic manner, when presenting the bar code to a system for reading the bar code, at least one authentication cue related to an intrinsic physical characteristic of the substrate and independent of the data contained in the bar code, and b) allowing the reading of the bar code, only in the event of a positive authentication of the substrate or reading the bar code regardless of the result of the authentication of the substrate and in the event of negative authentication of the substrate, preventing access to just one part of the data contained in the bar code and/or to any data that may be associated with the bar code, and which is stored on a separate data medium from the substrate.07-30-2009
20100301112SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION TO USER WITH EVERY INTERACTION WITH PRINTED SUBSTRATE - A system for providing information to a user via a printed substrate. The substrate comprises user information and coded data. The coded data is indicative of a region identity associated with the substrate and of a plurality of locations on the substrate. The system includes an optically imaging sensing device for sensing the coded data and generating interaction data. Receipt of the interaction data by a computer system causes the computer system to identify and retrieve a page description corresponding to the printed substrate; determine whether the sensing device is positioned within a zone of a hyperlink on the substrate; and (i) if the sensing device is positioned within the zone of the hyperlink: send a hyperlink URI or a hyperlinked resource corresponding to the hyperlink to the user; or (ii) if the sensing device is positioned outside the zone of the hyperlink: generate a query expression, form a request and send search results to the user.12-02-2010
20090014513METHOD OF RECORDING TRANSACTION RELATING TO PACKAGED PRODUCT - A method of recording a transaction relating to an item, said item comprising a product contained in a package, said package having an interface surface containing information relating to the item, the interface surface having disposed thereon coded data indicative of an identity of the item and of coordinates of a plurality of locations of the interface surface, the method including the steps of: marking the interface surface using an optically imaging pen having a marking nib; sensing at least some of the coded data in the vicinity of the pen; generating indicating data using at least some of the sensed coded data, said indicating data comprising data regarding the identity of the item and positions of the pen relative to the interface surface; and transmitting the indicating data to a computer system.01-15-2009
20120061458Managing Mobile Device Interactions Using Barcodes - A system allows a connecting a mobile device with a barcode scanner to a stationary device by scanning a barcode displayed on a display of the stationary device. The system allows connecting only one mobile device to the stationary device at any given time and allows connecting the mobile device to only one stationary device at any given time. Once connected to the stationary device, the mobile device may be used to scan additional printed barcodes and barcodes displayed by the stationary device or elsewhere, sending data corresponding to the scanned barcodes to the stationary device as if the data were entered by an input device of the stationary device. The barcode scanning functionality may also allow other ways of controlling the mobile device, including performing speed dialing, call transfer, or other telephone functionality based on barcode scanning Encryption and other similar techniques may be employed for additional security.03-15-2012
20130161381CONSUMER SELF-PROFILING GUI, ANALYSIS AND RAPID INFORMATION PRESENTATION TOOLS - An input and processing system allows user input information such as user affinity to efficiently determine user characteristics from content as well as novel input of commands such as copy/paste on a small mobile device screen among other computing devices. A client/server is also made more efficient due to the enhanced gathering of information. Also disclosed is a system for rapid presentation of information such as barcodes at barcode scanners. A system can request multiple barcodes, coupons or the like by detecting a signal from a scanner that information presented has been read.06-27-2013
20120286028ADAPTING AN INCREMENTAL INFORMATION OBJECT - Systems and methods for adapting an incremental information object (IIO) to accommodate a change in a workflow are provided. A method includes analyzing an IIO, wherein the IIO comprises a plurality of tiles, and wherein the plurality of tiles comprise a code. The code is confirmed and, if the confirmation is successful, a determination is made as to whether the workflow has changed. If the workflow has changed the IIO is modified to change the information density of the IIO, a new code comprising a bitstream is generated, and the bitstream is overwritten on the plurality of tiles.11-15-2012
20090108056Electronic Bar Code Device and Methods for Using Same - Consumers and patrons of service establishments often carry a plurality of plastic cards with bar codes affixed to them. Devices and methods are provided that permit a user to carry one device rather than a plurality of cards, and for business to capitalize on the ease with which these devices may be used.04-30-2009
20090026254RFID Parking Tag and Method of Monitoring Vehicle Parking - A system for monitoring the parking status of vehicles incorporating a plurality of wireless identification tags, each tag having a unique tag identifier and having association with a selected vehicle. The system also includes a portable scanner to be used by a parking monitor, the portable scanner having a processor executing instructions thereon, a tag scanner capable of reading a wireless identification tag of a selected vehicle located in relatively close proximity over a wireless link, and a communication device capable of communicating over a wireless wide area network to transmit information about vehicle parking status. A server, having a database with fields for each of the selected vehicles, communicates with the portable scanner over the wireless wide area network to log data related to vehicle parking status. A software program may also be used to facilitate communication between the scanner and the vehicle owner and/or between the scanner and a tow service.01-29-2009
20110297740AUTOMATIC CONFIGURATION OF A TERMINAL - A method and apparatus are provided for requesting configuration of a terminal connected to a subscriber card that contains at least one application. The terminal is adapted to receive via a second communications interface a response to a request including configuration information of the terminal, to act for at least one application of the subscriber card to determine whether an interface application associated with the at least one application is or is not present in the terminal. The terminal is adapted to send via a first telecommunications interface at least one command for downloading the interface application, if the interface application not present. A configuration method and apparatus are also provided for sending configuration information in response to a request, to receive at least one download command and to transmit it to a remote server, and to update the configuration information, after downloading the interface application specified in the command.12-08-2011
20100170943Presence system and method for presence management - A presence server stores a presence that is identified by presence IDs “a07-08-2010
20100170942METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INCREASING SECURITY IN THE CREATION OF ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES BY MEANS OF A CHIP CARD - The present invention relates to a method and system for increasing security in digital signatures by means of chip card. The method and system of the invention in particular provide for a visual verification of the data to be designed and select essential data therefrom in order to ensure a reliable signing process. The method for increasing security in the digital signing of data with a chip card comprises the following steps: providing a chip card (07-08-2010
20110315759DATA ENCODING AND DECODING - Systems and methods for encoding and decoding data is disclosed. The system may receive data, and may create a field of marks corresponding to the data, along with one or more identifiers corresponding to positions within the field of marks. A decoding system may receive the field of marks, and may decode the marks into data based at least in part on the one or more identifiers.12-29-2011
20090206154RFID ARCHITECTURE IN AN INDUSTRIAL CONTROLLER ENVIRONMENT - An RFID reader and/or writer module in an industrial controller (e.g., PLC). The RFID module interfaces internally to the controller for tight integration therewith. The RFID module can also be part of a controller communications framework and as a standalone module with the PLC as a master device, and interact with the RFID module in the same manner as it interacts with other I/O devices connected to the controller. In another aspect, RFID read/write tag technology is incorporated into some or all major PLC and rack components, and utilized for wireless communication both between PLC system components and between the PLC and other devices, locations, and media. The RFID tag can be used to store and exchange electronic keying data, security information, module diagnostics and warranty information, series and revision levels code, I/O configuration data, and, replacement data. Artificial intelligence is also employed.08-20-2009
20110284628READING DEVICE - A reading device comprises a handle or Grabbing surface, a labels identification head and means for outputting an audio sequence corresponding to each label being identified. The label has bi-dimensional distinguishing features. The identification head includes a bi-dimensional sensors array adapted to read the distinguishing features in the label without scanning, when the device is placed over the label. A reading device comprises a handle for easy and ergonomic grabbing by a child's hand, an identification head located in the lower part of the device, for identifying each label when the identification head is placed over the label without scanning and audio generating means for generating predefined sounds for each identified label.11-24-2011
20110284627METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CUSTOMER/PASSENGER SPECIFIC INTERACTIVE FLIGHT INFORMATION DATA NOTIFICATION USING BOARDING PASS BARCODE SCANNING CAPABILITIES ON LOW-COST DISPLAY DEVICES - A low-cost display unit that displays travel-related information to a traveler in a public travel-related area is disclosed and may include a communication interface that facilitates receiving of travel-related information, a machine-readable marking reader that determines the presence of a travel document having one or more machine readable markings, scans the one or more machine-readable markings, and decodes the scanned one or more machine-readable markings, wherein the one or more machine-readable markings contain encoded traveled-related information pertaining to the traveler, and a display control unit that receives the decoded one or more machine-readable marking, and displays the travel-related information contained in the decoded one or more machine-readable markings to the traveler on the low-cost display unit.11-24-2011
20100089993APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING SHOPPING INFORMATION USING MAGNETIC SENSOR - Provided are an apparatus and method for collecting shopping information using a magnetic sensor. The shopping information collecting apparatus, includes: a magnetic value sensing and analyzing means for sensing and analyzing a magnetic value within own zone in real-time; a central processing means for processing shopping information based on the magnetic value analyzed by the magnetic value sensing and analyzing means; and a shopping information transmitting means for transmitting shopping information processed by the central processing means.04-15-2010
20100089994SHOP TERMINAL AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SERVER - An information processing device is provided including: an identification information obtaining section configured to obtain identification information from an integrated circuit chip; a guidance information outputting section configured to output guidance information of a shop for the obtained identification information; and a guidance completion information transmitting section configured to transmit guidance completion information including the obtained identification information and information identifying the shop to a server.04-15-2010
20120153020INFORMATION INPUT/OUTPUT APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION INPUT/OUTPUT SYSTEM, PRINTING MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION INPUT/OUTPUT METHOD - Continuous output of content data is aimed in output of content data using a dot pattern. In the information processing method of the invention, by storing a content data file that stores content data or a dot code signified by a dot pattern and also has a function as instruction information that indicates other content data to be continuously output after outputting the desired content data, the content data can be continuously output.06-21-2012
20110139868SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OBTAINING HEALTH AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION WITH A HANDHELD DEVICE - The present invention relates to systems and methods for obtaining health and financial information with a handheld device. One embodiment of the present invention relates to a system for obtaining real time financial information utilizing a bar code or RF ID reader on a handheld device. A bar code or RF ID reader is used to obtain the product identity of a particular product in a retail environment. The product identity is correlated with the particular retailer's product price. This information can then be analyzed versus current financial budgets or recorded as part of a financial plan. In addition, real time financial advice and information can be given on the product including whether a competitor offers a lower price on a similar product, consumer reviews of the product, value rating, etc. A second embodiment of the present invention relates to a system for providing real time health information utilizing a bar code or RF ID reader on a handheld device. The bar code or RF ID reader could be used to obtain a product identity in a retail or home environment. Health information is correlated with the product based on the product's identity. This information could then be used for a variety of health related purposes including ingredient alerts, high fat content, high calorie content, nutritional budgets, etc. Alternatively, products could be scanned before consumption in the home environment to assist in health budgets for particular nutritional values such as calories, fat, carbohydrate, or protein. The bar code or RF ID reader for both embodiments may be incorporated into any existing handheld device including a PDA, media player, cell phone, calculator, watch, or shopping device.06-16-2011
20120012648S/M for conducting a purchase transaction of eligible goods or services using a stored value - The present invention is directed to systems and methods of conducting a purchase transaction of eligible goods or services using a stored value associated with an indicia. Methods in accordance with the invention may include steps of: receiving at a point-of-sale identifiers of goods or services selected for purchase and the indicia; determining if the goods or services comprise eligible goods or services; totaling the amount required for the purchase of the eligible goods or services; determining if the stored value is sufficient for purchase of the eligible goods or services; using the stored value towards the purchase of the eligible goods or services; and using an additional funding source provided by the purchaser towards the purchase of any goods or services that are not eligible goods or services. Systems may include various communication interfaces, databases, and processing modules.01-19-2012
20110290871Combined proprietary and universal mobile barcode reader - A method of presenting content to viewers in a computer network environment which includes scanning a barcode (12-01-2011
20110290872WRISTBAND OF ELONGATE NON SILICONE CONSTRUCTION - A reminder wrist band of elongate material non silicone is disclosed. It is comprised of flexible material(s); elastic band, neoprene or alike, having a first end fixedly connected to a second end, the flexible material forms a continuous loop (band), at which point the reminder wrist band of elongate material is coupled together (stitched, glued, stapled, grommet, snapped or buttoned). The device acts as a visual reminder (much as the preverbal string around a finger). For some users the device may also provide a stress-reduction function, from its novel snapping mode of the elongate material (snapping or popping sound). Additionally, the reminder wrist band of elongate material may come with a tab. For instance, a piece of the flexible material would protrude past the overlapping connection point of the initial band (at the point the elongate material is coupled together, by any means of manufacturing) to create the tab.12-01-2011
20090152340METHOD FOR SEQUENCING FLAVORS WITH AN AUDITORY PHRASE - A method for linking tasting a food product with listening to an auditory phrase. The method involves identifying sequenced flavor notes in a food product and developing an auditory or musical phrase that represents or artistically relates to the tasting experience of the flavor notes. The auditory phrase is played and listened to concurrently with tasting the food product, thus producing a combined sensory experience.06-18-2009
20100089995TRANSIT AGENCY AS AN ISSUER AND/OR PROGRAM MANAGER OF PREPAID PRODUCTS - Described is processing for requested user access, starting with receiving transaction data from a portable consumer device presented by the user at a gate access device of an access agency for the requested access. The transaction data from the gate access device is processed and a fee amount for the requested access is determined. The processing next involves determining an account balance in accordance with the determined fee amount and a prior balance amount associated with the portable consumer device, and reconciling the determined account balance and account data associated with the portable consumer device at a processing computer of the access agency such that the access request is indicated as either approved or declined.04-15-2010
20100089996METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DEVICE NOTIFICATION - Methods and system for encoded information processing are described. In one embodiment, an encoded pattern may be optically detected from source media. The encoded pattern may be associated with programming content of a content source. The encoded pattern may be decoded to reproduce encoded data. The programming content may be identified based on reproduction of the encoded data. A scheduled start time of the programming content may be obtained. When a current device time is within a notification time qualification of the scheduled start time, a programming content start alert may be generated. An interactive opportunity notification associated with the programming content may be provided based on generation of the programming content start alert. Additional methods and systems are disclosed.04-15-2010
20110006110IMPROVEMENTS TO METHODS OF IN-FIELD ANALYSIS - The present invention relates to the use of unique markers in the identification and tracking of objects. The present invention provides large numbers of unique markings for application to items as part of a marking system. The present invention provides a new approach to laboratory analysis and a means of rapid in-field identification of goods using a hand-held scanner. It provides data that can be used as a means of product tracking, identification of counterfeit product and to prove ownership of stolen goods.01-13-2011
20080308623SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING SHIPMENT OF ITEMS UTILIZING RFID-TAGS - A system and method of tracking a plurality of items during transfer from a source location to a destination. One embodiment is a method comprising associating information identifying the plurality of items with a radio frequency (RF) tag that identifies a carrier unit. The method further comprises storing said associated information in at least one of the RF tag and a computer memory. The method further comprises communicating with the RF tag to identify the location of the carrier unit. The method further comprises identifying the location of at least one of the plurality of items based at least in part on the location of the carrier unit. Another embodiment is a system configured to perform an embodiment of the method.12-18-2008
20080308622METHOD OF REGISTERING SENSING DEVICE WITH RELAY DEVICE - A method of registering a sensing device with a relay device is provided. The relay device allowing the sensing device to communicate with a computer system of the system. The method performs registration using a registration form having information relating to an interactive element coincident with tags mapped over the form. Each tag has coded data indicative of the interactive element and an identity associated with the form. In the method, indicating data indicative of the identity and the interactive element is received at the computer system from a sensing device via the relay device which is generated by the sensing device sensing the coded data, the interactive element from the indicating data is determined by the computer system which then causes registration of the sensing device with the relay device using the interactive element.12-18-2008
20090050688Electronic wallet device and communication method - There is provided an electronic wallet device including a holding section to hold a plurality of non-contact type IC cards, an external communication antenna to perform non-contact communication with an external unit, a card communication antenna to perform non-contact communication with the IC cards held in the holding section, a card selecting section to select at least one IC card by narrowing down candidates for an IC card to be used for communication with the external unit from the plurality of IC cards based on a plurality of different card selection criteria, and a communication control section to connect the selected IC card with the external unit via the external communication antenna and the card communication antenna so that the selected non-contact type IC card and the external unit communicate with each other.02-26-2009
20090140035DATA BROKERAGE SYSTEM FOR MOBILE MARKETING - In one embodiment, a method comprises receiving data associated with a data set acquired by a mobile device, sending a first reference associated with an offering of a third party to the mobile device, storing a second reference associated with the offering of the third party based on an identifier of the mobile device such that the second reference is accessible by a device other than the mobile device. In some embodiments, the method can include sending information associated with a user of the mobile device to the third party. In some embodiments, the data set includes data associated with an image and/or a barcode. In yet other embodiments, the data set can include data from a radio-frequency identification device such as, for example, an RFID tag.06-04-2009
20120187186HOME POSITION METHOD OF SCANNING MODULE AND SCANNER USING THE SAME - A home position method of a scanning module and a scanner using the same are provided. The home position method includes: scanning a barcode pattern so as to obtain an image, in which the barcode pattern is set in an area and the area is outside of a flatbed scanning window of the scanner; identifying the image so as to determine whether or not the image is an home position pattern; and when the image is determined to be the home position pattern, setting a scan initial line according to the image and moving the scanning module to the scan initial line.07-26-2012
20080210748Systems and methods for receiving pathogen related information and responding - The present disclosure relates to methods and systems that may be used for detection of one or more pathogens and determining one or more agents in response to pathogen detection.09-04-2008
20120024944MEDIUM PROCESSING APPARATUS, MEDIUM PROCESSING METHOD, AND FINANCIAL DEVICE - A medium processing apparatus is provided. The medium processing apparatus comprises an MR sensor, one or more differential amplifiers, a storage, and a controller. The MR sensor comprises a plurality of detection elements configured to detect a magnetic component of a medium. The one or more differential amplifiers receive respective output signals of two detection elements among the plurality of detection elements to subtract and amplify the received signals. The storage stores various pattern information of a magnetic component signal for the medium. The controller compares the pattern information, stored in the storage, with magnetic component signals respectively outputted from the detection elements and a magnetic component signal outputted from the one or more differential amplifiers to determine authenticity of the medium.02-02-2012
20120024943MERCHANDISE SECURITY TAG FOR AN ARTICLE OF MERCHANDISE - A merchandise security tag device for use in a merchandise monitoring system is provided. The merchandise security tag device may be configured to display at least one predetermined optical validation image in response to a signal received from a validation scanning process of the merchandise monitoring system. The validation scanning process may verify that the article of merchandise has been paid for by the customer. The optical validation image may be within the visible spectrum and may be verified by a store employee.02-02-2012
20090152342Method Of Performing An Action In Relation To A Software Object - A method of performing an action is disclosed. The method starts by receiving, from a sensor, indicating data. The indicating data is indicative of a position of the sensor relative to a surface, and an identity of the surface. The indicating data is generated from sensing coded data on the surface. The coded data is indicative of a plurality of locations on the surface and the identity of the surface. Next the method identifies, using the indicating data, the identity of the surface and the position of the sensor relative to a surface. A request to perform the action is then determined. The request is associated with the identity and position. Next, using the request, action data indicative of the action is identified and, using the action data, the action is performed.06-18-2009
20090108058Method and apparatus for automatically tracking and communicating data storage device information using RF tags: operating condition, configuration and location - The present invention is directed to a method and apparatus for automatically tracking and communicating data storage device information using RF (radio frequency) tags. An apparatus includes a data storage device and a RF tag attached to the data storage device, wherein the RF tag contains information about the data storage device. Using such an apparatus, assembling, selecting, logging and maintaining a data storage device may be done automatically.04-30-2009
20090173779AUTOMATED LABEL VERIFY SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISPENSING PHARMACEUTICALS - Apparatus and methods for filling a customer order with plurality of products each containing a pharmaceutical. The apparatus and method automatically verify a product barcode on each of the product, print a patient label with a patient barcode for each product, apply the patient labels to at least some of the products, and independently verify that the product barcode matches the proper patient barcode.07-09-2009
20090050686Electronic wallet device, communication method, and program - An electronic wallet device is provided, which includes a holding section holding a plurality of non-contact type IC cards in an attachable/detachable manner, an antenna for external communication, a transmitting/receiving section demodulating a communication request received by the antenna for external communication and transmitting a response signal, a storage section storing virtual card information for the respective non-contact type IC cards held in the holding section, a card internal information recording section recording the virtual card information in the storage section based on the status of mounting of the non-contact type IC card, a card selection section selecting virtual card information to be used for communication based on the code included in the communication request and the virtual card information, and a data processing section performing processing requested by the communication request by using the virtual card information selected and making the transmitting/receiving section transmit a response signal.02-26-2009
20090145957Intelligent triggering for data capture applications - Systems, devices and/or methods that facilitate optimized proximity based information acquisition devices and/or systems. Employing dynamically adjustable interrogation ranges, interrogation directionality, and/or interrogation modalities can result in more optimized power consumption and higher selectivity among targets. Where power consumption is optimized, smaller batteries can be used and/or longer use times can be realized. Further, higher selectivity by reducing interrogation ranges, selecting directionally restricted interrogations, and filtering by modality can result in acquiring data from unintended targets.06-11-2009
20090321510Token communication - A method of improving communications between a wireless proximity token (such as a radio-frequency card) and a proximity token reader. The method comprises: (a) detecting a position of the proximity token relative to the proximity token reader; (b) providing feedback to a user about the detected position of the proximity token relative to a desired position for satisfactory communication between the proximity token and the proximity token reader; and (c) repeating steps (a) and (b) until communication between the proximity token and the proximity token reader has been completed or a preset time interval has elapsed.12-31-2009
20080265015Systems and methods for preserving and maintaining document integrity - Systems and methods consistent with embodiments of the present invention provide for a method for preserving and maintaining document integrity. In some methods for preserving and maintaining document integrity, the contents of a document, or contents of a document layer may be encoded into a machine-readable form. In some embodiments, the encoded information may be represented using a 2-dimensional bar code. In some methods for preserving and maintaining document integrity, the machine-readable code is printed along with contents of the document based on space available in the document. In some embodiments, a printed document containing the machine-readable code may be scanned and digitized, and content extracted from the scanned data. In some embodiments, the machine-readable code printed on the document is used to recreate layer data from the printed document.10-30-2008
20080272185System and Method For Providing Location Information in Transaction Processing - Real time location system functionality is provided in conjunction with bar codes and other coded information devices to provide location information in transaction processing systems. A system and method of the present invention may be used to track the location of objects which are coupled to coded information devices.11-06-2008
20080210749Internet-based shipping, tracking, and delivering network supporting a plurality of mobile digital image capture and processing instruments deployed on a plurality of pickup and delivery couriers - An Internet-based shipping, tracking, and delivery network supporting a plurality of mobile digital image capture and processing instruments deployed on a plurality of pickup and delivery couriers. Each mobile digital image capture and processing instrument can upload digital images of shipping documents to one or more application servers and/or human-operated data-keying workstations supported on the network for machine and/or human-assisted recognition-processing, and acquisition of shipping information contained in the digital images and the entry of shipping information into an RDBMS maintained on the network for the purpose of supporting its shipping, tracking, and delivery operations.09-04-2008
20100264207Method and System for Creating and Delivering Group Messages - A method and system for managing the creation and delivery of an electronic group message is disclosed. The electronic group message can be provided to two or more (i.e., a group) of signers to sign the electronic group message. Once signed, the electronic group message can be provided to one or more recipients. Alternatively, the electronic group message can be provided from a signer to a plurality of recipients, where different recipients receive different messages. One type of electronic group message is an electronic card known as a care card.10-21-2010
20120181328STRUCTURE OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) SPECTACLES - An improved structure of three-dimensional (3D) spectacles is provided, including a spectacle frame on which an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip is mounted. The 3D spectacles are specifically for use in a 3D auditorium or 3D theater and are composed of a frame, lenses, and temples. The RFID chip is combined with the spectacle frame by being embedded in the frame or attached to a surface of the frame. With the RFID chip so mounted, a theater worker may use a reader to identify if a specific pair of 3D spectacles has already been sanitized. Also, the 3D spectacles can help in entrance and exit management, ticketing management, distribution of souvenirs, and toilet guiding service. In file-out, a reader may be used to confirm the returning of 3D spectacles. In this way, the theater service quality can be significantly improved.07-19-2012
20090308918METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING THE TRANSPORTATION OF A LUGGAGE ITEM - A method and an apparatus monitor the transportation of a luggage item. What is to be monitored is a transportation process by which the luggage item is transported. At least one computer-accessible image of the luggage item is produced. The image shows the luggage item when illuminated with light visible to humans. A data record for the transportation process is produced, contains the image of the luggage item, and is stored in a data storage unit. The luggage item is taken to a checking device. The data storage unit is searched at least once for the data record for the transportation process. A display unit shows the image is included in the found data record. The image found is shown on the display unit such that a check becomes possible to determine whether the image shown actually shows the luggage item close to the display unit or another luggage item.12-17-2009
20120187184Method and Apparatus for Communicating Information with a Personal Electronic Device via NFC and Light-Simulated Bar Codes - The techniques described herein facilitate the reliable and widespread communication of information in support of various types of transactions at various types of facilities using personal electronic devices, which are electronic devices that can be easily carried on the person. Personal electronic devices may be enabled to access and communicate information using Near Field Communications (“NFC”), as well as to communicate information to bar code scanners by emitting light that simulates a reflection of a scanning beam being moved across a static visual image of a bar code. Such a personal electronic device may be used for transactions both at the relatively uncommon facilities which have the newer NFC systems as well as the many facilities which have the older bar code scanners, thereby enhancing its value to its user. Moreover, NFC and light-simulated bar codes may be used cooperatively on a personal electronic device to enable a variety of novel and useful methods of communicating information.07-26-2012
20110147445AUTOMATED PRINT PRODUCTION - A printing system includes a printer configured to render items based on customer requirements; a sorting and packaging system configured to automatically sort and package printed items; and a processor configured to print, sort and package items based on predetermined physical locations within a customer's business establishment where the printed items are to be displayed. A method of printing is also provided.06-23-2011
20100078469Systems and Methods for Automatic Printer Configuration - Apparatus, systems, and methods consistent with disclosed embodiments permit the automatic configuration of printers based on the generic physical characteristics of print media by using a product code associated with the print media. Printer configuration settings associated with the product code are retrieved and used to automatically configure an input tray by detecting status information pertaining to input trays during a specified time interval around the time the product code was received.04-01-2010
20100089997METHODS FOR FILLING PRESCRIPTIONS TO FULFILL A CUSTOMER ORDER - Methods for filling prescriptions in a customer order. Each of the products is marked with a product barcode containing information relating to a contained pharmaceutical. Prior to loading into a machine, each of the products is free of markings relating to patient prescriptions in the customer order. The method includes using the machine to read the product barcode on each of the products loaded into the machine. In response to reading the product barcode on each of the products, at least some of the products are labeled with information relating to a respective one of the prescriptions.04-15-2010
20100089992SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AN EMBEDDED BARCODE - A document management system including an information processing apparatus having an interface to receive an input selecting one of a plurality of image processing services. The information processing apparatus also generates machine-readable instructions based on the selected image processing services and generates a barcode corresponding to the machine-readable instructions, which is included on a document. An image processing apparatus then scans the document including the barcode and extracts the machine-readable instructions from the barcode. Based on the extracted instructions, the image processing apparatus initiates a process.04-15-2010
20100219238METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING AND CATEGORIZING MEDICAL WASTE - Methods for using a liner in a waste sorting and disposal system are provided. The liner includes an internal space and an opening that provides access to that internal space. In some embodiments, the liner may also include a machine-readable identification key that is configured to identify a type of waste that the liner may receive. In some embodiments, the machine-readable key is optical, color-coded, alphanumeric or graphical. The liner can include one or more closure members to allow a user to securely seal the liner when it is removed from the container. In some embodiments, the liner can include a flange, lip, hook or other protrusion to secure its position relative to a container.09-02-2010
20100006637APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AT LEAST ONE OBJECT IN A PACKAGE - A method and an apparatus are proposed for detecting at least one object in a package, in which at least one object is provided with an optical code and is disposed in a package. The method includes the steps of first irradiating the code through the package by electromagnetic excitation radiation. The code on being irradiated with the electromagnetic excitation radiation emits electromagnetic radiation, which is of higher or lower energy compared to the excitation radiation. Then the electromagnetic radiation is evaluated for whether the object is located in the package.01-14-2010
20090090768METHOD FOR INITIATING PAYMENT OF BILL - A method for initiating payment of a bill via a printed billing form. The form contains information relating to a payment and coded data printed as a collection of tags. Each tag identifies a bill identity and a location of the tag on the bill. The method comprises the steps of: (i) interacting with the printed billing form by operatively positioning an optically imaging pen relative to the form; (ii) imaging a tag on the form; (iii) generating indicating data regarding the identity of the form and a position of the pen relative to the form; and (iv) transmitting the indicating data to a computer system. Payment of the bill is initiated in the computer system using a payment parameter identified from the indicating data.04-09-2009
20090188971METHOD FOR SECURING AN ARTICLE AND SYSTEM FOR USING SUCH A METHOD - A method for securing an article includes the following steps according to which a contactless electronic chip is customized using a management code, this management code possibly being read by means of an appropriate contactless reader of the chip, and said chip is positioned in said article, together with a system for using such a method. The method is characterized in that it also comprises the following steps according to which a secondary secret code associated with the management code is defined, said secondary code being known to the article purchaser, and the authenticity of the article is verified by reading the management code and verifying that the person carrying or wearing the article knows the secondary code. The method is particularly applicable to security of deluxe articles.07-30-2009
20110168773SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACCESSING INFORMATION OF THE WEB - A system and a method for acquiring information on a product, comprising an Internet unit and a communication device, interacting with the Internet unit; wherein the communication device comprises a bar code symbol reader, the bar code symbol reader reading digital code symbologies on the product, the communication device requests information to the Internet unit using the digital code symbologies, and the communication device makes available information returned in response by the Internet unit.07-14-2011
20090127326ENHANCED VIRTUAL SCAN LINE PROCESSING - Systems and methods for decoding a barcode or other optical code include identifying one or more sub-regions of image data that contain promising data based on a first set of edge detection parameters, transferring the promising data from a first memory location to a new memory location for further processing, and decoding the promising data based on a different set of edge detection parameters.05-21-2009
20100006640SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING MASS-FABRICATED ITEMS WITH THREE-DIMENSIONAL CODES - In the processing of mass-produced items that include a three-dimensional code formed therein, a system is provided for automating certain post-manufacturing processing steps. The system includes a printing mechanism that applies ink to the three-dimensional code to form an optically-readable code; a code-reading mechanism that reads the optically readable code and transmits a signal indicative of the code to a database that may be employed for tracking the processed items; and a transport mechanism that moves the items from the printing mechanism to the code-reading mechanism. In one embodiment, the system also includes a liquid agent application mechanism that applies a liquid agent to the items after the optically-readable code is formed. The transport mechanism includes a plurality of pallets on which the items are placed for processing, and that is operable to move the pallets sequentially to the several processing mechanisms.01-14-2010
20130098983Bar-code Assignment System for Medical & Other Uses - A bar code generation and processing system for medical and other use comprises at least one repository and a bar code processor. The at least one repository of information includes, identification data of multiple bar code scanners and also associates a bar code displayed in an image associated with an executable application and presented on a device with, the executable application and at least one of, (a) the device and (b) a data destination associated with the application. The bar code processor receives identification data of a bar code scanner and data representing the bar code displayed in the image and uses the information in associating the bar code with the data destination associated with the application and a particular bar code scanner of the multiple bar code scanners. The bar code processor communicates data acquired using the particular bar code scanner to the data destination in response to the association.04-25-2013
20130098985CONTINUOUS PRINT DEVICES AND SYSTEMS - Continuous print devices and systems are disclosed herein. Embodiments include continuous print devices having a plurality of temporary holding sections, each of which is bounded by a moveable bottom barrier. The temporary holding sections are typically aligned vertically with each other, thus allowing print media to fall from one temporary holding section to the next temporary holding section below. The temporary holding sections are adapted to contain print jobs including unique set documents for association and packaging with medication containers during fulfillment of prescription orders. Embodiments of the continuous print system enable associated printers to maintain at least one print job in the printer's memory during order fulfillment, thereby enabling the printer to operate continuously. Warm-up or cool-down cycles of the associated printer that can be induced by delays between successive print jobs are thus eliminated during normal operation of the continuous print system.04-25-2013
20130098989SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COLLECTING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY DATA ASSOCIATED WITH SHIPPING CONTAINERS - In various embodiments, methods and systems are provided for capturing primary and secondary data associated with a product in a container or placed on a pallet. For example, a method may include (a) retrieving a primary data from a first data source physically associated with the product or container; (b) gathering secondary data using a second data source physically associated with the product or container, wherein the secondary data relates to at least one condition experienced by the product or the container; (c) retrieving the secondary data from a second data source, wherein the secondary data and the primary data are retrieved at substantially the same time; and (d) determining whether the at least one condition has transcended a limit. If a condition has transcended a limit, at least one alert may be generated and transmitted.04-25-2013
20130098991NETWORK PLATFORM SYSTEM AND MANAGEMENT METHOD - A network platform system for implementing publishing and using services for an MPR by managing a unique code of a cross-media relating relationship of the MPR, includes a publishing business management platform, a reader service platform, a publishing business database and a reader platform database. The publishing business management platform is used for issuing a unique code of a cross-carrier relating relationship of an MPR to a publisher; and is further used for synchronizing/issuing data in the publishing business database to the reader platform database; the reader service platform is used for obtaining multimedia information from the reader platform database according to a request submitted by a reader, and providing the multimedia information to the reader. By implementing the system/method, automatization and unification for publishing and using services of an MPR may be implemented, and a digital publishing service platform with copyright protection is provided for a publisher.04-25-2013
20090272794RFID ENCODING FOR IDENTIFYING SYSTEM INTERCONNECT CABLES - The invention is directed to encoding information in radio frequency identifier (RFID) tags disposed on cabling interconnects for the purpose of easier identification of the cables, especially when ascertaining the physical routing and connectivity of the cables. The encoding can be performed before, during, or after installation of the cable. The encoded information can then be read at any time using an RFID reader, for example to identify the cable at various positions along it, thereby enabling easy determination of the routing of the cable.11-05-2009
20090277956Archiving Printed Content - A system for printing a greeting card on a print medium, the system comprising: a mobile telecommunications device which comprises: a printer module to print the greeting card on the print medium; and, a sensor module to sense a print media identifier of the print medium.11-12-2009
20090255986METHOD OF INITIATING ACTION IN COMPUTER SYSTEM VIA ANALOG-PRINTED SUBSTRATE - A method of initiating a requested action in a computer system via a printed substrate. The substrate contains human-readable information and machine-readable coded data. The method includes the steps of: positioning a sensing device in an operative position relative to the substrate; sensing the coded data; generating indicating data in the sensing device using the sensed coded data; and sending the indicating data to the computer system. The coded data comprises a phthalocyanine salt comprising one or more sulfonate groups. A counterion of at least one sulfonate group is an ammonium cation comprising at least 20 carbon atoms.10-15-2009
20090283582SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING MEMBERSHIP - A method, system, and computer program product for defining identification information for a patron on a handheld device. The identification information for the patron is provided to an enrollment process.11-19-2009
20090283583Two Tier Authentication - There can be provided a complete and flexible multi-tier article authentication system. A number of implementation options are possible, and in one of which an article can include an applied code thereon, which applied code includes an identifier code for the article and a biometric type signature for the article, the biometric type signature having been generated from analysis of intrinsic surface or internal structure of a part of an article to which the applied code is applied.11-19-2009
20110168772READING MECHANISM FOR DOSIMETER - Described is a method comprising the following steps: (a) moving a selected optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) sensor of two or OSL sensors mounted on a dosimeter sled to a reading position for an OSL reader; (b) reading the selected OSL sensor at the reading position using the OSL reader to measure a radiation dosage to which a dosimeter in which the dosimeter sled has been mounted has been exposed; and (c) repeating steps (a) and (b) for each of the two or more OSL sensors, wherein each OSL sensor comprises an optically stimulated luminescent material (OSLM) mounted in one or more cylindrical cup-shaped energy compensating filters, and wherein the dosimeter sled is part of a dosimeter.07-14-2011
20110198394SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LONG-TERM ARCHIVING OF DIGITAL DATA - A method and a system for the automated digital archiving of data comprises (1) a writing step in which data are subjected to a first algorithm producing an encoded file which is written into or onto a durable storage medium, preferably with an expected lifetime exceeding 50 years, in a machine-recognizable pattern with a predefined high density and (2) a reading step, in which the storage medium is scanned to obtain an image of the pattern, e.g. a raster graphic of the image, transferring the image to a memory, and storing it therein. Subsequently, by means of pattern recognition, the bits in the data pattern are identified, the value/sequence of these bits determined, and a bit stream for readout produced. The pattern produced in the writing step may encompass two parts, a first part comprising the stored data and a second part, possibly in human readable format, comprising file format information which, in the reading step, is used for identifying the bits and/or decoding the bit stream to derive its content. The writing step may include writing the file as a regular bit pattern onto the durable storage medium using a redundancy and/or an error correction algorithm. It may also comprise applying at least two different first algorithms to the data, thus encoding said data into at least two differently encoded files and writing each of said differently encoded files into or onto the durable storage medium as a regular bit pattern. It may further include writing differently encoded files as at least one regular bit pattern onto the storage medium using redundancy and/or error correction, thus providing a multiple redundancy of the data to be archived.08-18-2011
20090294521INTERACTIVE MEDICATION CONTAINER LABELING - This invention relates to the dispensing, creation, and selecting of memory devices that are used with interactive medication containers, dispensers, reminders, or consoles that hold or otherwise organize one or more medication vials or containers. The memory device is attached or adhered to a medication container or vial and has information corresponding to medication and prescription information. The memory device can be prepared when a standard medication label is printed by a pharmacist and can be part of the standard printed label. In other instances the memory device is separate from the medication label. When separate, the memory device has a printed section that identifies the dosing schedule or medication name that corresponds to the reminder schedule the memory device is associated with. The pharmacist or the customer/patient can match the text printed on the memory device with the text of the medical container label to ensure the memory device is only attached to the correct medication container.12-03-2009
20090294522ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MANAGING DEVICE-SPECIFIC INFORMATION - An electronic device includes a memory storing device-specific information, a display portion, and a control portion that reads the device-specific information from the memory and displays it on the display portion in a form automatically readable (e.g., bar-code form) by an external reading device (e.g., bar-code reader).12-03-2009
20110204134SYSTEM OF RECEIVING PRERECORDED MEDIA DISCS FROM USERS - A system of receiving prerecorded media discs from users is disclosed. The system may include a control system having a processor capable of accessing a library associating a native bar code with the content of a prerecorded media disc and receiving the identification of a native bar code of a media disc from an optical disc identification system. The system may also include a user interface system having a buy-back activator and being adapted to receive a media disc from a user, where the user interface is capable of communicating a buy-back price to the user. An optical disc identification system may include a disc holder, a light source, a sensor capable of capturing a digital image of the hub of a media disc including a native bar code, and an image processor capable of reading the native bar code from a digital image.08-25-2011
20110204133CODE READING DEVICE AND DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM USING THE SAME - The present invention provides a code reading device capable of associating various kinds of information with obtained data with ease simply by connecting the code reading device to a data holding device. A code reading device (08-25-2011
20110204137METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TRACEABILITY MARKING AND PACKAGING LINE PROVIDED WITH TRACEABILITY MARKING DEVICE - The present invention relates to a method for visualization of non-visible information on a packaging material to provide traceability. The method comprises the steps of: reading the non-visible information from the packaging material by means of a magnetic head reader, processing the non-visible information in a central processing unit together with additional new non-visible information, and printing an optional portion of the amount of combined non-visible information onto the packaging material as a traceability marking. The invention also relates to a device for carrying out the method and a packaging line with a filling machine making use of the device.08-25-2011
20100038416System and method for distributed and real-time collection of customer satisfaction feedback - There is provided a device and a method for collecting information from a customer concerning a point of interest. The device comprises a memory including a unique location identifier associated with a point of interest and a processor, the processor configured to store in the memory a received unique customer identifier and received information concerning the point of interest from a customer. The device can transmit this stored data to a center via a network, where the center can aggregate the data. There is also provided a system for distributed collection of information from customers concerning points of interest, utilizing a plurality of devices and a center for aggregating data. The center can apply data analysis and mining to the aggregate data, allowing rapid and real-time reaction to feedback from customers, efficient turnaround for resolving customer service issues, and enabling efficient research of customer preferences and trends.02-18-2010
20090039148SECURED ACCESS USING A POSITION-CODED SYSTEM - A system and method are disclosed for controlling access to goods or services. A location may be read from a base, such as a card, using a digital pen. The system may then check if the location is within a region belonging to an authorized user. If so, access may be granted to the authorized user to the good or services.02-12-2009
20090166405Systems and Methods for Validating RFID Tag Data Prior to Writing Into RFID Tag - The present invention is generally directed to systems and methods for validating RFID tag data prior to encoding the data onto an RFID tag, utilizing at least one computing device separate from an RFID encoder. An embodiment of the present invention describes a method of receiving RFID tag data at a computing device, validating that data in compliance with an RFID format, such as the EPC Global standard, and sending the validated data to an RFID encoder. An alternative embodiment provides a method for receiving RFID tag data at a computing device configured for verifying the data, and if the data is not valid, returning an informative error message to a user indicating the component of the data that was invalid and how the error can be corrected. A further embodiment provides a method for allowing a user to correct the RFID tag data and re-validate the data.07-02-2009
20120292384ENCODED INFORMATION READING TERMINAL WITH WIRELESS PATH SELECTION CAPABILITY - A portable encoded information reading (EIR) terminal for incorporation in a data collection system can comprise a terminal module communicatively coupled to a wireless interface module via a wired interface. The wireless interface module can establish one or more wireless links with one or more peer EIR terminals. The wireless interface module can receive or transmit beacons containing at least an identifier of a path selection protocol which is used for unicast, multicast and broadcast frame transmission within the wireless network. The wireless interface module, responsive to receiving a MAC frame from the terminal module, can forward the MAC frame, according to the path selection protocol, to a peer EIR terminal or to a portal which is capable of routing MAC frames between the wireless network and one or more OSI layer 11-22-2012
20120292386SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING AND MONITORING THE DISPENSING OF FUELS - A fuel management system for use by operators of temporary and/or permanent inventories of vehicles such as vehicle dealerships: Fuel vouchers are issued by authorized issuing personnel to authorized recipients if a validation procedure is passed using a database incorporating employee and vehicle inventory information. At the time of delivery, the fueling station will verify the vehicle and individual presenting the voucher. If verification occurs, the authorized quantity of fuel is dispensed. The voucher and sales receipt are returned to the dealership for future auditing and report generation. The system stores information to enable reports to be generated concerning fuel voucher issuance, actual fuel usage and to detect fraud or misuse, allowing more effective fuel expense management. In the event a report generates a fraud alert, appropriate management personnel are immediately notified by email, text messaging or other means.11-22-2012
20090266877Method Of Enabling Data Entry Using Substrate Comprising IR-Absorbing Dye - A method of enabling entry of data into a computer system via a printed substrate. The substrate has a surface containing human-readable information and machine-readable coded data. The coded data is indicative of an identity of the substrate and of a plurality of reference points on the surface. The method includes the steps of: operatively positioning a sensing device relative to the surface and sensing the coded data; generating indicating data using the sensed coded data; and sending the indicating data to a computer system. The coded data comprises an IR-absorbing dye having a nitrogen-substituted phthalocyanine.10-29-2009
20090266875METHOD FOR CHECKING THE AUTHENTICITY OF GOODS - A method checking the authenticity of goods, including marking and identification of the goods. A marking in a form of a patter having a pattern function is applied to the surface of the goods, a local change in physically measurable properties of the surface of the goods in the region of the marking being brought about by the marking; the marking is not perceptible by eye. The identification detects transmission, reflection or scattering of analytical radiation by the surface of the goods as a function of local coordinates and the wavelength of the analytical radiation, and thereby a response function is determined, which reproduces intensity of the transmitted, reflected or scattered analytical radiation as a function of the local coordinates and the wavelength, and by correlation analysis, the correlation of the response function with a known pattern function is determined. The marking is detected by the correlation.10-29-2009
20080245851NFC MODULE, IN PARTICULAR FOR MOBILE PHONE - One embodiment of the invention comprises a functional module for storing and exchanging data, comprising a common portable support, at least one passive contactless integrated circuit in the form of a first semi-conductor chip, a contactless integrated circuit reader in the form of a second semi-conductor chip, the contactless integrated circuit and the reader being gathered on or in the common portable support, an antenna coil of the contactless integrated circuit, connected to the contactless integrated circuit, an antenna coil of the reader, connected to the reader, the antenna coil of the contactless integrated circuit being coupled to the antenna coil of the reader.10-09-2008
20080245853SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING PACKAGING PREFERENCE - There is disclosed a method and system for determining packaging preference of a customer by identifying the customer using a customer identifier, and retrieving available packaging preference information using the customer identifier. In an embodiment, the customer's packaging preference information for a particular identified item is retrieved and graphically communicated. In another embodiment, customer packaging preference information based on a quantity of items is retrieved and graphically communicated. Customer packaging preference information based on both the identified items and the quantity of items may also be retrieved and graphically communicated.10-09-2008
20080245852BINDING PRINTER HAVING STRAIGHT MEDIA PATH - A printer is provided having a print media supply, at least one pagewidth printhead arranged to print on print media as it travels therepast on a media path from the print media supply, and a binder arranged on the media path for binding the print media printed on by the printhead. The print media supply, the printhead and the binder are arranged so that the media path is substantially straight.10-09-2008
20100102117SYSTEM CONSISTING OF CONSUMER ITEM, DETECTION DEVICE FOR CODING IN CONSUMER ITEM, AND SERVER, AND PROCESS FOR CARRYING OUT AUTHENTICATION - The system disclosed includes at least a consumer item, such as a cigarette box, medication package or piece of clothing, and a detection device that can be operated by a buyer of the consumer item, which is configured for the detection of a coding in the consumer item, and a server, wherein the coding is hidden in the consumer item, but can be accessed by the buyer of the consumer item, so that the coding can be detected by means of a detection device and be transmitted to the manufacturer via a telecommunications connection to the server, wherein the server verifies if the coding is registered as valid, and wherein, depending upon the verification of the coding, a monetary benefit in favor of the telecommunications number of the buyer is credited by means of the server, and/or the server is configured for transmission of information to the buyer.04-29-2010
20100102116METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MAKING A CHANGE OF ADDRESS - The invention in one aspect consolidates COA reject data to a central location and provides reports and queries that allow analysis of this data and to answer customer complaints as to why their change was not processed. In another aspect the invention provides an improved process for handling of the printed or handwritten COA forms. A paper COA form is generated by hand or use of the USPS online COA system. The paper form includes indicia such as a bar code which aids in determining the contents of the form when it is scanned.04-29-2010
20110266339DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTACT INFORMATION EXCHANGE - A method and device exchanging contact information on an electronic device. Contact information is obtained from a contact by scanning a barcode using an electronic device and decoding the barcode to recover the contact information encoded therein. The contact information may be used to reciprocate by sending user contact data in a message addressed to an electronic address obtained from the contact information. The user contact data may be encoded in a second barcode displayed on the electronic device.11-03-2011
20080251576CARD RECOGNITION SYSTEM FOR RECOGNIZING STANDARD CARD AND NON-STANDARD CARD - A novel card recognition system includes a computer having a card controller for exchanging data with a standard card that is compliant with a standard and a non-standard card that is not compliant with the standard, and a card adapter for connecting the non-standard card to the computer so that the non-standard card is recognized. The computer or card adapter includes a data converter having an input/output controller for the non-standard card and converting data of the non-standard card into data for the standard card, and an interface having an input/output controller for the standard card and connected to the data converter via a dedicated transmission path. A novel card recognition system includes: a plurality of card management systems, each including a card connector, a first controller, a first multiplexer, a card detector; a second controller; and a second multiplexer to assign the second controller to one card connector.10-16-2008
20100213250SYSTEMS FOR IDENTIFYING AND CATEGORIZING MEDICAL WASTE - Methods for using a liner in a waste sorting and disposal system are provided. The liner includes an internal space and an opening that provides access to that internal space. In some embodiments, the liner may also include a machine-readable identification key that is configured to identify a type of waste that the liner may receive. In some embodiments, the machine-readable key is optical, color-coded, alphanumeric or graphical. The liner can include one or more closure members to allow a user to securely seal the liner when it is removed from the container. In some embodiments, the liner can include a flange, lip, hook or other protrusion to secure its position relative to a container.08-26-2010
20100127068IMAGE-FORMING SYSTEM - An image-forming system includes: a data-reading unit, an image-forming unit, and a restricting unit. The data-reading unit reads first additional data from a first storing member of a sheet member. The image-forming unit fowls a first image based on the read first additional data by the data-reading unit. The restricting unit gives a restriction to the first additional data stored in the first storing member after the first additional data is read, in order to restrict the first image from being formed based on the first additional data stored in the first storing member subsequently.05-27-2010
20080277463Electrical Field Device For Use In Process Automation - In one aspect, an electric field device for use in process automation is provided to simplify supply of an electric field device located at an installation site in the process with information originating from its process environment. At least one transponder is arranged in the area of the installation site. The transponder comprises a memory containing data with predetermined information on the process environment of the field device. The field device comprises a reader unit for contactlessly reading the data and an evaluation unit for processing the information for the functions to be carried out by the field device within the framework of process automation.11-13-2008
20080283586Integrated database for tracking shipping information - Systems and methods of the present invention for using an integrated database for shipping information are provided. Information gathered or entered during shipping label generation may be stored in a database. The label information may concern shipping labels associated with multiple shipping vendors. Information concerning shipping invoices may be received from the multiple shipping vendors are received, and a report may be generated based on the stored label information and the invoice information. The invoice information may also be stored in the database. Further, the invoice information may include electronic data interchange files received through vendor-specific interfaces.11-20-2008
20080283587Method and system for retrieval of consumer product information - A system comprising a product tag, a consumer receiver and software for the receiver enables a consumer to electronically retrieve information about commercial product. Each product would have a tag that could contain any amount of description information about the product. The tag has the capability of transmitting this information to a consumer. A customizable and programmable receiver can read the product tag and interpret the information according to the consumer's preferences programmed on the receiver. The software would allow the receiver to interpret the product tag information into an understandable format and present it to the consumer. This system enables a consumer to more efficiently and effectively obtain information about a commercial product.11-20-2008
20080283584Method and Terminal for Presenting in Speech Format Product Descriptions Attachable to Products - The invention is especially intended for visually impaired persons who are not able to read text printed on products or product containers. With the invented method at least a part of a product description, which corresponds to a bar code read and which is fetched from a product information database, is stored in at least one memory accessible to the terminal. After this, in response to a command ordered by a user of the terminal, the RFID identifier attached to the terminal is read and the product description is presented in speech format so that the information readable in the memory and the RFID identifier is utilized in the presentation. The terminal is preferably a mobile station equipped with a speech synthesizer. A visually impaired person can point with the terminal to one or more products and listen via an audio system of the terminal to the product descriptions related to them. When RFID identifiers are attached to the product, the products need to be pointed to as precisely when reading bar codes. The products are, for example, foodstuff or medicine.11-20-2008
20080290153SHIPMENT TRACKING METHOD, DEVICE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE METHOD AND PRINTING DEVICE - A method for tracking shipments of a letter or package shipped by at least one shipper to an address of at least one addressee including printing a bar code on each shipment to be tracked, wherein the bar code includes at least one part for identification of the shipper of the shipment, which is invariable for each shipper, and a shipment rank identification part of each shipment, which is variable for each shipment; and a device for tracking shipments of a letter or package shipped by at least one shipper to an address of at least one addressee including at least one database having at least one user data table listing bar codes of the shipper and address information, and a data table of shipments being tracked listing each shipment by shipper.11-27-2008
20080302865Method of integrating barcode information and extended display identification data - A method of integrating barcode information and EDID firstly inputs barcode information and temporarily stores the information in a first storage device; reads a pre-stored barcode rule and a pre-stored check code from a second storage device, wherein the barcode rule is defined with relevant data of plural codes included in the barcode information; then, respectively stores the plural codes included in the barcode information into corresponding storage spaces of the first storage device according to the barcode rule; next, determines whether a specific code of the barcode information matches with the check code; if the specific code of the barcode information matches with the check code, reads a pre-stored EDID from an EDID burning device, and integrates the EDID with the plural codes of the barcode information so as to generate a new EDID; finally, performs a burning operation to a display device based on the new EDID.12-11-2008
20120292387METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING INFORMATION IN CONNECTION WITH AN ACCOUNT-BASED RECYCLING PROGRAM - Methods and apparatus for managing information relating to recycling activities are described. One embodiment described herein is directed to a method for accessing aggregated recycling information for use and/or display in connection with an account-based recycling program. The method comprises receiving first and second container information, the first container information concerning a plurality of first containers for a first recycling transaction and the second container information concerning a plurality of second containers for a second recycling transaction. The first and second container information is stored and associated account information concerning at least one to consumer account. The method further comprises accessing, in response to receiving a query relating to a plurality of recycling transactions, information relating to at least the first and second containers so as to enable the use and/or display of aggregated recycling information.11-22-2012
20120292385PARKING METER WITH CONTACTLESS PAYMENT - A parking meter is described that comprises components for providing parking meter functionality and a display for displaying parking information and a metal housing for protecting the parking meter components from an environment that has a display aperture through which the display is visible. The parking meter also comprises an antenna for a contactless payment reader arranged in or on the parking meter in close proximity to the display.11-22-2012
20120292383Audio/Video Instructional Packaging - A product package including a two-dimensional scannable code that when scanned with a handheld device provides access to a website with instructions and a training video describing proper use and/or safe use of the product.11-22-2012
20110204136ELECTRONIC DEVICE ACTIVATED BY CONDUCTIVE INK PATTERNS - The invention provides an electrical device activated by conductive ink patterns applied to an activation strip which includes a plurality of electrical contacts disposed in an array adjacent to each other. Also included is reader circuitry connected to said plurality of electrical contacts and a housing arranged to contain said reader circuitry and to locate the plurality of electrical contacts. The invention is arranged so that the housing locates the plurality of contacts to facilitate movement of an activation strip relative to the contacts with the contacts touching the activation strip and the contacts arrayed across the width of the activation strip. The provision of an activation strip is also within the scope of the invention.08-25-2011
20100127065Authenticating a document with a magnetic stripe - Methods, systems, and apparatus for efficiently authenticating a document (e.g. a credit card) having a magnetic stripe are provided. The magnetic field at different points of the magnetic stripe are measured, e.g., by a checkout scanner to create a magnetic signature. Digital samples of the measurements may be transformed into coefficients of continuous basis functions, e.g., a Fourier transform. These coefficients are then compared to reference values (e.g. corresponding coefficients) to produce a measure of the authenticity of the document. The number of coefficients used can advantageously be smaller than the number of digital samples without compromising accuracy, thus using less bandwidth between a scanner and an authentication entity.05-27-2010
20100127067PRINT DEVICE FOR SPECIMEN TRACKING AND MANAGEMENT - Techniques are described for using radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to track patient specimens throughout the collection and analysis of patient specimens. A series of RFID tags may be used to track the specimens starting with the collection of a patient's tissue specimen at a surgery or examination room, through the process of preparing the specimens at a laboratory, to a specialist's office where the specimens are analyzed, and eventually into storage where the left-over specimen materials may be archived. A database may be used to capture unique identifiers for the RFID tags and other information throughout the process.05-27-2010
20080217391OPTICAL MARKINGS - A method and system for cumulatively associating manufacture data and patient data with disposable equipment, particularly sample collection containers, in a medical or laboratory environment by permanently affixing unique code labels to the disposable equipment.09-11-2008
20080272186Security Document Database - A security document database, the database storing security document data including identity data at least partially indicative of an identity of the security document and attribute data at least partially indicative of one or more attributes of the security document. The security document database allows a computer system to use received indicating data to perform an action associated with the security document.11-06-2008
20090314830DATA CARRIER AND DATA CARRIER SYSTEM - Both of a proximity communication command in order to perform proximity communication with a reader/writer device and a vicinity communication command in order to perform vicinity communication with the reader/writer device are held in a command holding unit, and in the case when being inquired from the reader/writer device by using the proximity communication command, a response signal is generated by using the proximity communication command, and in the case when being inquired from the reader/writer device by using the vicinity communication command, the response signal is generated by using the vicinity communication command, resulting that both of the proximity communication and the vicinity communication can be performed depending on a usage mode.12-24-2009
20090032577System and Method for Cable Monitoring - Embodiments include methods, apparatus, and systems for cable monitoring. One embodiment includes a method that creates a communication channel between two optical transceivers and exchanges data between the two optical transceivers to determine if a fiber optic cable is properly functioning.02-05-2009
20130119123THEME PARK PHOTOGRAPH TRACKING AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM FOR PARK VISITORS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A photography database is configured to interface with at least one camera and includes a memory to store pictures of distinct bar codes and of theme park guests in the order in which they were taken so that the distinct bar codes separate the respective pictures of the theme park guests. A processor is coupled to the memory to retrieve stored pictures based on the distinct bar codes being presented by the theme park guests by detecting the stored distinct bar code matching the distinct bar code presented by the theme park guest, and detecting a stored next distinct bar code that does not match the distinct bar code presented by the theme park guest. All pictures between the matching and non-matching stored distinct bar codes are retrieved. At least one display is coupled to the photography database for displaying the retrieved pictures.05-16-2013
20130119124COMBINING AN IMAGE WITH A SYMBOLOGY SELECTED IMAGE - A method and system for combining a first image associated with an encoded symbol with a second image selected by a user to produce a composite image are disclosed. According to one aspect, the invention provides a method that includes reading an encoded symbol using a mobile or portable device. A first image associated with the encoded symbol is retrieved based on information extracted from the encoded symbol. A second image associated with, or selected by, the user is retrieved. The first image and the second image are combined to form a composite image.05-16-2013
20090057392METHOD OF ENABLING ONLINE PURCHASING USING ENCODED FORM - A method of enabling online purchasing via a printed form is provided in which the printed form is provided containing information relating to a purchasing transaction and a plurality of coded tags, where each tag encodes data on an identity of the form and the position of the tag on the form, and indicating data is received at a computer system which is generated by a pen sensing the data encoded by a tag on the form, where the indicating data is indicative of the identity of the form and a position of the pen relative to the form. This enables the computer system to identify at least one parameter relating to the purchasing transaction using the indicating data, and initiate the online purchasing using the at least one parameter identified.03-05-2009
20090188972Receipt Printing Processing Method, Receipt Printing Processing System, and Printer - When a customer places a special order that changes the content of a product, a receipt printing processing system also produces a special order seal when the sales receipt is printed. The receipt printing processing system has a receipt printer and a label printer that is in communication with the receipt printer. When the receipt printer receives transaction processing data generated by a POS register used to take orders, the receipt printer prints a receipt, determines if special order information is contained in the transaction processing data, and generates seal printing data for printing a special order seal, if the special order information is contained in the transaction processing data. The receipt printer also sends the seal printing data to the label printer for printing a special order seal. Because the receipt printer generates the seal printing data, special order seals can be printed without modifying the application program run by the POS register.07-30-2009
20110204135ANIMAL CREMATION SYSTEM AND PROCESS - A system, a method, an apparatus, and a computer program product are provided. The system includes a controller configured to generate an identification tag, in response to a request for an animal cremation service, and a scanner configured to scan the identification tag at a specified time. The system further includes a camera configured to record a viewable area of a cremation machine, when the scanner scans an animal entering the cremation machine or the cremains being removed from the cremation machine. The system ensures that the animal entering the cremation machine matches the cremains being removed from the cremation machine, that the animal has been cremated, and that the cremation was performed at a time defined by the request.08-25-2011
20090179072AUTOMATED LABEL VERIFY SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISPENSING PHARMACEUTICALS - Apparatus and methods for filling a prescription order with plurality of products each containing a pharmaceutical. The apparatus and method verifying a barcode on each of the products and printing and applying a patient label with a verified barcode to each of the products. After the patient label is applied, the barcodes are independently verified before the products are released.07-16-2009
20090078753Name Changing Method, Information Processing Apparatus and Network System - The present invention is a method for changing a device identification name of an information processing apparatus to which the device identification name is added for identification by a user. First, a device identification name of other information processing apparatus connected to a same network is obtained. Next, the device identification name of the other information processing apparatus and the device identification name of the information processing apparatus are compared. Further, when the device identification name of the other information processing apparatus and the device identification name of the information processing apparatus are the same, it is judged, according to a predetermined rule set beforehand, whether or not to change the device identification name of the information processing apparatus. Then, when it is judged to change the device identification name of the information processing apparatus, the device identification name of the information processing apparatus is changed.03-26-2009
20110266337Interactive Color Center Display Apparatus - A display unit comprising a plurality of display modules arranged in a row and having an upper display section and a lower display section. One of the display modules includes an interactive Kiosk, and a second of the display modules includes at least one computer controlled card reading video station. A consumer may pass a coded paint color sample card past a code reader in the video station and is thereafter presented with a display of a color present on the sample card followed by a selectable sequence of video display screens, which may comprise part of a color selection application program.11-03-2011
20090159658BARCODE REMOVAL - A method of removing a barcode from the bitmap representation of a document is disclosed. The barcode comprises a plurality of data encoding symbols (06-25-2009
20110220712READING APPARATUS AND COMMODITY SALES DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a reading apparatus includes a base unit, a first display, a scanner, and a coupling unit. The scanner reads commodity information. The coupling unit couples the first display and the scanner to the base unit to be pivotable integrally around a rotation center axis extending along an up down direction.09-15-2011
20090140038Production System And An Associated Index Device For Use As A Reference Feature - A production system for manufacturing a workpiece comprises an index system including a plurality of index devices removably mounted on the workpiece at known longitudinally spaced locations therealong, and a longitudinally extending index member releasably engaged with at least two of the index devices such that a position and orientation of the index member are fixed relative to the workpiece by the index devices, the index member having position-indicating features distributed therealong. The production system further comprises a machine module mounted for longitudinal movement along the index member and operable to perform an operation, the machine module being operable to detect the position-indicating features on the index member and thereby determine a position of the machine module relative to the workpiece.06-04-2009
20090140037MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR CODE ESTABLISHMENT OF UBIQUITOUS PERSONALIZATION SERVICE AND SERVICE METHOD THEREOF - It covers personalization code configuration & management system realizing the individual personalization achievement with wired & wireless internet convergence, information telecommunication convergence, financial convergence, the other online-offline convergence, and its methods to provide services. This invention performs coding customer information in a personalization manner, and provides various code patterns to the existing coding medium such as bar-code, RFID, image code, and color code, and in addition, if a customer sets up a code pattern of the most desired personalization information, it provides a utilized terminal with personalization information according to the personalization menu with consideration of personal preferences including place, time, utilizing terminals, and circumstances.06-04-2009
20090140036METHOD OF ACQUIRING OF AT LEAST A PORTION OF THE SHAPE OF A SECTION OF A SPECTACLE FRAME CIRCLE - The method includes acquiring at least one geometrical characteristic of the section, which includes: a step of reading from a register (06-04-2009
20090026253Promotional and/or advertising device with automatically remotely identifiable sheet support, particularly for advertising and promotional purposes - It is provided an automatically remotely identifiable paper medium in particular for advertising or promotional purposes, having at least one passive unit (01-29-2009
20090134211Method - The present invention relates to a method for the provision of clinical trial products in the context of clinical trials.05-28-2009
20120267428METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LABELING GOODS - A computer-implemented method includes receiving a container image including container content characteristic information. The illustrative method further includes analyzing the container content characteristic information and determining the identity of the container contents based on the container characteristic information. Also, the method includes transmitting container content identity information for printing a bar code relating to the container content identity information. The method additionally includes generating a bar code based on the container content identity information. The illustrative method also includes printing a label including the bar code relating to at least the container content identity information.10-25-2012
20120267430SYSTEM FOR FACILITATING RETURN OF LOST PROPERTY - Systems and related methods for facilitating the return of lost, stolen or otherwise missing portable assets. Generally, a barcode or similar coding is generated and tagged to a specific portable asset such as, for example, an electronic device such as a smart phone or laptop computer or a piece of luggage such as a briefcase, purse, backpack or the like. A tag on the portable asset visually displays the barcode such that in the event the property is lost, a finder of the property can snap a picture of barcode with their smart device and automatically be directed to a webpage containing information that facilitates the return of the portable asset. When tagging the portable asset, an owner of the portable asset can control privacy levels with respect to information that ultimately becomes accessible to a subsequent finder of the portable asset.10-25-2012
20120267429SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING MACHINE-READABLE VISUAL MARKERS TO PROVIDE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXT FOR COMMUNICATIONS - Disclosed herein are communication systems, methods, and devices for providing communications based on visual markers. An exemplary communication system can include an image receipt unit, an image processing unit, a context processing unit, and an audio output device. The image receipt unit can receive an image of a surrounding area. The image processing unit can extract visual markers from the image. The context processing unit can identify an environmental context based on the visual markers. The communication system can then map the environmental context to a set of potential communication outputs. The communication system can receive a selection of a potential communication output from the user, and the audio output device can audibly output the selected communication output.10-25-2012
20120267427METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION FROM A MEMORIAL ASSEMBLY - A method of displaying information from a memorial assembly. This includes manufacturing a memorial assembly that is associated with an individual, animal, product, or event and during the manufacturing process placing a code into the memorial assembly. A mobile device is then utilized to scan the code such that software within the mobile device can display information associated with the individual for loved ones and others to review.10-25-2012
20090184160Envelope and system for returning lost items - An apparatus and system for returning an object which has been lost to its proper owner. A protective shipping container is sent to a person who has found a lost object (“finder”) at the address specified by the finder. Upon receiving the shipping container, the finder inserts the found object and removes a separable portion of the shipping container on which the finder's address is identified. In doing so, address identifying information of the object owner, which is pre-printed and/or pre-affixed to the shipping container, is exposed which facilitates the sending of the shipping container containing the found object to its owner. The separable portion of the shipping container also contains a reward which is provided to the finder as an incentive for returning the item. The finder seals the shipping container so that it may be sent via a courier such as the U.S. Postal Service or Federal Express.07-23-2009
20120138674System and Method for Test Tube and Cap Identification - A system for identifying test tube types and properties in a sample handling machine using visual information automatically obtained by an optical imager and then processed using vision processing methods. The system includes an optical imager positioned to capture images containing one or more test tubes in a rack and a microcontroller programmed to extract predetermined regions of interest and interpret the optical information in the image to decipher the dimension of the test tubes, determine the presence or absence of caps on the test tubes, decode any encoded data, and interpret custom symbologies. The system may then determine the nature of the test tubes or other containers presented before the image and provide that information to the sample handling machine to assist with processing of samples.06-07-2012
20090020601Systems and Methods for Displaying, Storing, and Providing Information Regarding Objects - Systems and methods for managing, displaying, and/or storing objects that include providing a carrier, using one or more tags to modulate the carrier to produce a modulated carrier, transmitting the modulated carrier to a reader through a conductor or Tirelessly. All tags are coupled to a first conductor.01-22-2009
20110220711PRINTER CREDIT MANAGEMENT - A printer credit management method is disclosed, the method includes receiving a code at a printer. From the code, a printer identifier and a credit value are discerned. It is determined if the printer identifier corresponds to a unique identifier assigned to the printer. Only upon a positive determination, a credit balance maintained by the printer is updated to include the credit value.09-15-2011
20120067945METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR NETWORK CONFIGURATION - Network and device configuration systems and methods are described. In an embodiment, a first user interface configured to receive from a user configuration information regarding a first network provided. Program code stored in computer accessible memory is configured to generate a barcode that includes information related to the first network configuration information, wherein the barcode can be scanned by a device having a barcode scanner and a network interface to configure the network interface to access the first network.03-22-2012
20120067944BARCODE RENDERING DEVICE - In one embodiment, a barcode rendering device includes a communication interface, a reflective display, and a detector. The communication interface is configured to receive barcode data corresponding to a barcode in one of a plurality of barcode symbologies. The reflective display is configured to legitimately display barcodes in any of the plurality of barcode symbologies. The detector is configured to detect illumination emitted by a barcode scanner and incident on the reflective display.03-22-2012
20120067943SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DATA TRANSFER THROUGH ANIMATED BARCODES - A system and method are provided for transferring data to a mobile device through animated barcodes. The mobile device scans, with a barcode reader, at least a first barcode and then scans at least a second barcode, whereby the barcodes are shown on a display. The display is in an open-loop relationship with the mobile device. The mobile device decodes the at least first and second barcodes to extract a first data portion and an associated first sequence identification, and a second data portion and an associated second sequence identification. The mobile device combines the first and second data portions according to the associated sequence identifications.03-22-2012
20090014511Reader Device, Information Providing System, and Provided Information Acquisition Method - To improve convenience of a data carrier system, a cellular phone (01-15-2009
20090212103Floor Machine and Surface Cleaning Within a Field of RFID Tags - A machine and method of use for cleaning a floor surface by traversing the floor field with a floor cleaning machine having an RFID system and accessing a plurality of RFID tags within the floor field to determine a position of the cleaning machine within the floor field during a cleaning session. An electronic map may be generated by and/or stored on the floor cleaning machine or may be remotely accessed during the floor cleaning session. A variety of information relating to machine operation characteristics and/or performance can be collected during the cleaning session in combination with machine location information from the RFID system.08-27-2009
20090200366IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image display apparatus increases user's buying intention by creating a highly original image character and providing users with product information they do not obtain yet. Identification information determination means determines identification information attached to a product and displays an image corresponding to the product on a display apparatus. Combinable component search means retrieves image data of one or more components that constitute another product identified with another identification information and that can be combined with the plurality of components that constitute the product corresponding to the determined identification information. The product image and an image selected from among the retrieved images are combined to make a new image. Application execution means executes an application with the created image as an image character if a plurality of components that constitute the image displayed on a screen can be all identified with the identification information determined in advance.08-13-2009
20090200368Method of Multi-Interfacing Between Smart Card and Memory Card, and Multi-Interface Card - A multi-interface card includes smart card interface, memory card interface, card controller and memory module. The smart card interface interfaces with a smart card host using a smart card protocol. The memory card interface interfaces with a memory card host using a memory card protocol. The card controller controls the smart card host and memory card host so that the smart card host and the memory card host simultaneously interface with the smart card and the memory card interfaces, respectively. The memory module stores data transferred from the smart card host and memory card host. The multi-interface card simultaneously supports the smart card interface and the memory card interface. Thus, the one multi-interface card can support a subscriber authentication function and a data storage function.08-13-2009
20090200367PORTABLE COMPUTING SYSTEM AND PORTABLE COMPUTER FOR USE WITH SAME - A computing system comprising a pocket personal computer and a reader are disclosed. The pocket PC is pocket-sized and comprises flash memory, and optionally a processor and a GPS chip. The reader includes a monitor, a keyboard with docking port and an optional processor and at least one input/output USB connector. A user cannot interact with the pocket PC without the reader. The reader is a non-functioning “shell” without the pocket PC, however, when they are connected the system becomes a fully functional personal computer. To log on, a user provides security information, for example, a password or biometrics, such as fingerprints. The credit card size and capabilities of the pocket PC allows a user to easily carry virtually their entire computer in a pocket for use anywhere there is a reader. In addition, the pocket PC provides security against unauthorized use, even if lost or stolen. A password or fingerprints are required to access to the device, the circuit board may be coated with a protective coating and the system may include an RFID tag and RFID reader.08-13-2009
20090200365Self-service terminal - A self-service terminal comprises a plurality of devices, each device having a unique device identifier. The terminal also has a fascia including a plurality of apertures, each aperture having a corresponding indicator and being associated with a device in the self-service terminal. The terminal executes a control application for identifying and energising an indicator corresponding to an aperture to be used by a customer. The terminal also includes a mapping component for allowing an authorized user (i) to display the current mapping of indicators to device identifiers, and (ii) to modify the current mapping to associate an indicator with a different device identifier.08-13-2009
20090321513XML PRINTER SYSTEM WITH RFID CAPABILITY - An XML system is configured to print bar code labels, tags, tickets, cards, or other media, and/or encode RFID devices embedded in media, based upon an extensible markup language (XML) input data stream. The XML system includes a computer system operatively coupled to a network. The computer system further includes an XML processor configured to receive, parse, and process an XML input data stream and obtain schema identified in the XML data stream from a schema repository. The XML processor validates the XML data stream based upon the schema obtained. Also included is an XSLT processor configured to obtain a stylesheet identified in the XML data stream from a stylesheet repository. The XSLT processor transforms data in the XML input data stream into transformed XML data based upon the stylesheet obtained. Also, an XSLFO processor formats the transformed XML data into formatted XML data based upon XSLFO instructions contained in the stylesheet. A barcode rendering subsystem then receives the formatted XML data and generates a bit map representative of the bar code label. Alternatively, the system includes an XML processor configured to receive and process the XML input data stream, a ZPL processor configured to receive and process a format template, a variable data integrator configured to develop an association between the XML data contained in the XML input data stream and the format template, a formatting engine configured to format the associated XML data according to a format governed by the format template, and a barcode rendering engine configured to generate a printable representation of the bar code label, tag, ticket, card, other media, and/or generate encoding information for an RFID device.12-31-2009
20090321511METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR RECYCLING AND RE-USE OF MANUFACTURED ITEMS - The described embodiments involve the use of an information medium, such as a Barcode, Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) tag or other machine readable medium, such as may be readable by Optical Character Recognition (OCR), to identify a manufactured item. Alternatively, a Machine Vision Identification System (MVIS) may be used to facilitate the identification of the item. Once an item is identified, the materials and subassemblies it is made of may also be identified and used to facilitate its repair, replacement, refurbishment, remarketing and recycling by either a human or robotic device or combination thereof.12-31-2009
20110220710Virtual Reader for Processing Applications - A system, method, and computer-readable medium are disclosed for the automated processing and scoring of applications. Application reader resources are selected to read and score individual categories of the application. The difference between the respective reader scores and an average delta value for each category of each application that the selected readers have previously score is calculated. The standard deviation of the average delta value for each category is calculated. If the selected reader's score for that category is not within one standard deviation of the average delta value, then the selected reader's score is adjusted the least amount necessary to be so. An additional application reader is selected to read and score the application. Reading and scoring operations are continued until at least two reader scores are within one standard deviation of the average of the adjusted scores. Final scoring of all applications is performed and the scored applications are ranked in descending order.09-15-2011
20110220713Dosage tracking method and label therefor - A dose tracking method is supported by a multi-flag label construction that label-links a primary container to at least one secondary container. The dose tracking methodology comprises a series of steps including: printing information associated with a source container upon a parent label and a series of child labels, the parent and child labels forming a portion of a multi-layered, multi-flag label; adhesively attaching a transparent end of the multi-flag label to the source container, the transparent end overlying the information associated with the source container; drawing a dose from the source container into a dose container; removing a select child label from the multi-flag label; adhesively attaching the removed select child label to the dose container; and inputting the printed information from the select child label into a dose tracking mechanism.09-15-2011
20080302866METHOD FOR CREATING A LABEL, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND LOGISTICS SYSTEM - There is provided a method and logistics system for creating a label. An exemplary method comprises creating allowance information to allow an original receiver to enter shipment information and allowing the original receiver to activate an option to create a return label. The exemplary method further comprises enabling the original receiver of the item to print the return label.12-11-2008
20090050685REDUCING LEAKAGE NOISE IN DIRECTLY SAMPLED RADIO FREQUENCY SIGNALS - The present disclosure includes a system and method for reducing leakage noise in directly sampled radio frequency signals. In some implementations, a Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) reader includes an antenna, an Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC), a synthesizer module, and a Carrier Noise Reduction (CNR) module. The antenna is configured to receive Radio Frequency (RF) signals and pass the RF signals to a receive path. The ADC is configured to directly sample RF signals in the receive path in accordance with a clock signal and generate a digital signal. The synthesizer module is configured to generate the clock signal and a signal used to upconvert a transmitter signal. The clock signal and the upconversion signal are phase locked. The CNR module is configured to reduce leakage noise in the receive path.02-26-2009
20090050689Electronic wallet device and method of using electronic value - There is provided an electronic wallet device using electronic value concerning a prescribed service by means of a non-contact type IC card capable of non-contact communication with an external unit, including a holding section to hold the non-contact type IC card, an external communication antenna to perform non-contact communication with the external unit, a card communication antenna to perform non-contact communication with the non-contact type IC card held in the holding section, a value storing section capable of storing electronic value, a charge section to charge the value storing section with electronic value, and a value transfer section to transfer electronic value stored in the value storing section to the non-contact type IC card on condition of success of authentication of an owner of the electronic wallet device by an authentication section when using electronic value by means of the non-contact type IC card.02-26-2009
20090050687Electronic wallet device and method of using electronic value - There is provided an electronic wallet device using electronic value concerning a prescribed service by means of a non-contact type IC card capable of non-contact communication with an external unit, which includes a holding section to hold a plurality of non-contact type IC cards, an external communication antenna to perform non-contact communication with the external unit, a card communication antenna to perform non-contact communication with the non-contact type IC cards held in the holding section, a value storing section capable of storing electronic value, and a control section to receive a transaction request concerning the service from the external unit via the external communication antenna and, in response to the transaction request, transfer electronic value between the value storing section and at least one of the plurality of non-contact type IC cards via the card communication antenna.02-26-2009
20090057390System and Method for Matching Colored Lids to Cartons - A system and method for matching lids to cartons includes a carton feed conveyor having a plurality of cartons carried at individual flight positions defined along the conveyor, with each of the cartons having a mark applied thereto indicating a type of lid to be applied to the respective carton. A reader is operatively disposed relative to the carton feed conveyor to read the marks. A lid feed conveyor has a plurality of individual flight positions defined thereon, with each flight position on the carton feed conveyor having an assigned flight position on the lid feed conveyor. A lid placer station is supplied with different types of lids from respective separate lid magazines and is disposed along the lid feed conveyor. The lid placer station is in communication with the reader and is configured to select and place lids dictated by the marks from the magazines onto the flight positions on the lid feed conveyor that are assigned to the flight positions on the carton feed conveyor containing the carton and associated mark read by the reader.03-05-2009
20090057391Deposit Container Verification and/or Identification System - A system for identification and confirmation of legitimate deposit refund containers on which a monetary deposit has been collected. The containers include a marking indicating eligibility for collection of the monetary deposit upon return of the containers. The system includes at least one emitter operative to emit radiation positioned to direct the radiation toward a container, at least one sensor operative to sense the radiation reflected back from the container and a control system operative to drive the at least one emitter, receive information from the at least one sensor, and process the information to determine eligibility for the container for the refund of the monetary deposit.03-05-2009
20100200650MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RECOVERING MIFARE MEMORY - A mobile communication device (08-12-2010
20100200649METHOD OF MARKING A DOCUMENT OR ITEM; METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IDENTIFYING THE MARKED DOCUMENT OR ITEM; USE OF CIRCULAR POLARIZING PARTICLES - Optical identification and/or authentication of a document or item with the help of a marking comprising a random distribution of circular polarized light reflecting particles, the marking being applied to the document or item through an ink, and the reading device exploiting circular polarization to discriminate the flakes from the background.08-12-2010
20100200648METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INFORMING CONSUMERS OF PRODUCT ORIGIN AND HISTORY - A system for providing consumer access to product origin information. The system includes a server configured to assign a tracking identifier (TID) relating to a specific product and a product information portal (PIP) operably connected to the server, the PIP containing a product information record (PIR) related to an individual TID and providing an interface to a consumer access area such that a consumer accessing the PIP can view a PIR for a selected product.08-12-2010
20090095804RFID FOR CONNECTED ACCESSORY IDENTIFICATION AND METHOD - A connector system, includes a first connector having a number of connection paths adapted to connect with a second connector, and an RFID reader adapted to receive information identifying at least one characteristic of such second connector. The connector system may be used in portable electronic equipment that includes operating circuitry, a display, an input apparatus, a connector adapted for connection to an accessory, and the an RFID reader adapted to receive information identifying at least one characteristic of an accessory and/or of an accessory connector, and wherein said operating circuitry is responsive to such identification or lack of such identification to determine settings for the portable electronic equipment. A method of identifying an accessory to electronic equipment uses RFID communication between such accessory and such electronic equipment to identify such accessory to such electronic equipment.04-16-2009
20110139867METHOD FOR INFORMATION RETRIEVAL IN A COMMUNICATION NETWORK - A method for information retrieval in a communication network includes step 1) of transmitting a reference information from a mobile source device to a network instance. The reference information includes at least one of an image of a barcode from an accessible media and a related information that is derived from the barcode. The source device includes a Public Land Mobile Network interface and the reference information is transmitted via the Public Land Mobile Network interface. A second step 2) includes transmitting a target information, including information related to a selected target device, to the network instance, the target information being transmitted via the Public Land Mobile Network interface. A third step 3) includes transmitting a usable information from the network instance to the target device, the usable information being related to the reference information and including a media content that is used by the target device at a predetermined time. Step 1) is completed before step 2) begins the step 2) is completed before step 3) begins.06-16-2011
20110139866IMAGE FALSIFICATION DETECTION DEVICE AND IMAGE FALSIFICATION DETECTION METHOD - A falsification detection threshold value for falsification detection is automatically determined. A falsification detection portion (06-16-2011
20100155463FRAUDULENT DOCUMENT DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system for detecting fraudulent documents comprises a barcode reader and a sensor arrangement. The output from the barcode reader and the sensor arrangement are used in conjunction to increase the accuracy of determining if a document is fraudulent.06-24-2010
20100155465Medical indication device and identification method - A medical-technical identification device for identifying a sterile product and a method of identifying such a product are provided. The product may be intended for one-time-use only, when connected to a piece of medical equipment. A fixedly mounted information carrier is adapted to deliver or to offer specific product information in a contactless fashion to a reading element connected to the medical equipment. The function of the identification device is improved so that even specific data can be forwarded to the medical equipment such as an infusion-type fluid pump. Thus operation of the pump may be reprogrammed, for example, to change the calibration factor or the operation mode or to change irrigation depending on the patient group to undergo surgery.06-24-2010
20100155462TRAVEL KIOSK - A travel kiosk with improved document delivery. The travel kiosk includes a first section containing a touch screen, and a second section adjacent the first section including an aperture and a document delivery tray within the aperture. The document delivery tray includes a first portion including a document slope for receiving a document at an upper end from a printer, the document falling to a lower end of the document slope, the document slope including ribs oriented generally downwardly to minimize friction between the document and the document slope. A second portion coupled to the first portion at the lower end includes first and second tabs which form a landing zone for the document after it has fallen from the document slope.06-24-2010
20080237331METHOD OF PROGRAMMING A BARCODE SCANNER - A method of programming a barcode label with a single programming barcode label. The method includes printing a single programming barcode label for implementing a plurality of program features by a computer, and scanning the single programming barcode label.10-02-2008
20090212101METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING PRODUCT SAFETY TO A MANUFACTURED ITEM WITH VERIFICATION CODES - In a method and system for providing anti-counterfeit and product safety to a manufactured item, two substantially unique verification codes, one readable and the other hidden, are associated and supplied with the manufactured item. The verification codes are initialized to a first state at a validation service. Either or both codes may be submitted to a validation service for validation for any number of occasions, with the validation service responding with a message appropriate to the current state of the code. When the hidden verification code is exposed and submitted to the validation service for validation, a first successful validation is used as an event that triggers a state transition of both the readable and the hidden verification codes from the first state to a second state.08-27-2009
20090108057Using Quick Response Codes to Provide Interactive Services - Systems and methods are described that include using quick response (QR) codes with mobile devices for providing interactive applications and services to a user via the mobile devices. Embodiments use a scanner in the mobile device to scan the QR code of an object. The QR code or data of the QR code is transferred from the mobile device to a specific URL. A selected multimedia object corresponding to the QR code is retrieved from the URL or a database. The selected multimedia object is transferred to the mobile device for playback.04-30-2009
20090108055PERSONALIZABLE CARDS SHARED VIA A COMPUTERIZED CARD SERVICE - Systems and methods for sharing personalizable cards via a computerized card service are provided. One disclosed method includes, at a card client program executable on a computing device, creating a personalizable card having extensible data, and sending a first instance of the personalizable card to a card service program. The method may further include, at the card service program, propagating the first instance of the personalizable card to a peer of the user, and at the card client program, updating the extensible data of the personalizable card. Upon updating the extensible data, the method may further include sending a second instance of the personalizable card to the card service program, and propagating the second instance of the personalizable card to the peer of the user. The personalizable card may be propagated according to propagation permissions set by the user.04-30-2009
20090212102SECURE SELF-CHECKOUT - Under the present invention, item verification is automated and expedited. Specifically, items to be purchased can be scanned by the shopper using a barcode reader (e.g., a scanner) attached to or positioned near the shopping receptacle. As items are scanned, they are identified based on their barcode and added to an item list. Item verification can then performed at checkout using imaging technology. For example, the shopping cart or shopping basket can be brought into the field of view of a computer-connected camera. The camera and computer can, working from the customer's item list developed when the items are scanned, observe each product in the receptacle and “ring it up”. If all products can be accounted for, the customer is free to leave; otherwise the customer is denied egress, informed of the problem, etc. A store employee can also be signaled to investigate. The total time required to make the decision is the time to take a picture and process it, which by human standards is very fast; faster than existing verification methods.08-27-2009
20090230181SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING PACKAGE DELIVERY - A method for processing packages is provided. A package is received at an intermediate shipping site and a delivery authorization status corresponding to the package is determined based on a threshold of some characteristic of the package. The package is delivered if the authorization status is that delivery is acceptable and the package is not delivered if the authorization status is that delivery is not acceptable. The acceptability of the package for delivery is determined by a response that an addressee provides to an electronic message notification of package availability. The electronic response preferably contains some authenticating information regarding the package.09-17-2009
20090230180TERMINAL, METHOD OF CHECKING CONFORMITY OF AT LEAST ONE REMOVABLE BATTERY OF AN ELECTRONIC PAYMENT TERMINAL, AND THE CORRESPONDING REMOVABLE BATTERY AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A portable electronic payment terminal is provided, which includes at least one removable battery. The removable battery carries an electronic chip containing at least one item of identification information and is able to communicate with a contactless reading device present in the terminal. The terminal further includes: a transmitter for transmitting the identification information to a distant control server of the terminal manufacturer; and a receiver for receiving from the server conformity or non-conformity information according to whether the identification information belongs to a list approved by the manufacturer.09-17-2009
20090230179SYSTEM FOR PRINTING HOSPITAL LABELS AND WRISTBANDS - A system for printing hospital labels and wrist bands having a capture station, wherein a master label is created, and multiple independent label stations, wherein additional labels may be printed based solely on information in the master label, without being connected to a data network.09-17-2009
20090206151Reader Device and Outing Data Carrier Decision Method - In order to decide an attribute of each data carrier without manual operation, an RFID reader (08-20-2009
20090255984PAPER SHEET HANDLING SYSTEM, METHOD OF USE THEREOF, AND METHOD OF USE OF BAR-CODE TICKET HANDLING MACHINE - Disclosed herein is a method of use of a paper-sheet handling system comprising the steps of: preparing a paper-sheet handling system configured to handle a bundle of paper-sheets including banknotes and bar-code tickets, the paper-sheet handling system including, a banknote handling machine configured to take in the paper-sheets from the exterior, one sheet at a time, discriminate the banknotes from the paper-sheets taken therein, and reject the paper-sheets when the paper-sheets other than the banknotes are taken therein, a bar-code ticket handling machine configured to taken in the paper-sheets from the exterior, one sheet at a time, read the bar-code information of each bar-code ticket included in the paper-sheets taken therein while obtaining an image of the bar-code ticket, and reject the paper-sheets when the paper-sheets other than the bar-code tickets are taken therein, and a host controller being communicatively connected both with the banknote handling machine and with the bar-code ticket handling machine, information concerning the discrimination result of the banknotes being sent from the banknote handling machine to the host controller as well as the bar-code information read from each bar-code ticket being sent from the bar-code ticket handling machine to the host controller; preparing the bundle including at least one of the banknotes and the bar-code tickets; and first having either one handling machine of the banknote handling machine or bar-code ticket handling machine handle the prepared bundle, and then having the other handling machine handle the paper-sheets that are rejected by the one handling machine.10-15-2009
20100264205NUTRITIONAL COMPONENT DISPLAY APPARATUS, SHOPPING CART AND NUTRITIONAL COMPONENT DISPLAY METHOD - By a wireless communication unit, from a wireless tag attached to an article located within a communication area of the wireless communication unit, information about the article is read. On the basis of the information read from the wireless tag by the wireless communication unit, nutritional component information of the article to which the wireless tag is attached is specified. The specified nutritional component information is displayed on a display unit.10-21-2010
20090242622IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME - An image processing apparatus prints a mark-sensing sheet containing a plurality of entry fields. The image processing apparatus reads the mark-sensing sheet, determines a marked entry field entered by a user among the plurality of entry fields of the mark-sensing sheet, and stores information indicating the determined result. When the image processing apparatus rereads the mark-sensing sheet, the image processing apparatus compares the marked entry field entered by the user and information stored in a memory, thereby detecting the marked entry field that the user additionally enters for revision before rereading.10-01-2009
20090242620Ratings Using Machine-Readable Representations - In a computer-implemented review method, a machine-readable representation that encodes an identification code associated with a ratable entity is decoded to obtain the identification code. The identification code is submitted to a central computer system, and a ratings form that can be used for providing a review of the ratable entity is received from the central computer system. A review of the ratable entity is provided to the central computer system using the review form.10-01-2009
20090166404Intelligent MPO-to-MPO Patch Panels Having Connectivity Tracking Capabilities and Related Methods - Patch panels are provided that include a mounting frame and a plurality of MPO-to-MPO couplers that are mounted on the mounting frame. Each MPO-to-MPO coupler includes a first connector port that is accessible from the front side of the patch panel and a second connector port that is accessible from the rear side of the patch panel. The patch panels also include a first set of antennas, where each antenna from the first set of antennas is adjacent the first connector port of a respective one of the MPO-to-MPO couplers and a second set of antennas, where each antenna from the second set of antennas is adjacent the second connector port of a respective one of the MPO-to-MPO couplers.07-02-2009
20090250511Domestic Appliance - The invention relates to a domestic appliance comprising a read device and at least one information card, the latter containing a code arrangement that can be read by the read device and that controls the domestic appliance. The code arrangement consists of conductive organic polymers.10-08-2009
20090261157CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER BASED ON TAGS - In one embodiment, a processor is operable to transmit a customer request based on a content tag. The content tag is associated with content. The content tag is at least one of a character, a word, a term, a name, a symbol, or combinations thereof. The content tag and the content are stored in a memory. The processor is operable to receive agent availability information of customer agents. The agent availability information includes availability information for multiple communication channels. In one example, the agent availability information received may include availability information of qualified customer agents, where qualified customer agents are associated with an agent tag, and the content tag is mapped to the agent tag.10-22-2009
20090255985System for writing information and method of writing information - A medium writing apparatus obtains information to be written onto a recording medium, converts the information into a suitable writable format, and then writes the converted information onto the recording medium. An ID obtaining section obtains a medium ID from the recording medium, or through an input by the user. The medium ID and information indicating the place of the written information are sent to a server, and then stored as index information correlating them with each other. When the information written onto the recording medium is to be used at a later timing, the medium ID is identified, and the index information is obtained from the server. Therefore, the original information can be obtained so as to be easily reprocessed or reused.10-15-2009
20120193410PLANT AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFICATION OF GAUZES IN SURGERY ROOM - A plant and a method for identifying gauzes in a surgery room are described, wherein each gauze incorporates at least one means containing identification data for remotely detecting the presence of each gauze, the plant includes at least one device for detecting means containing identification data of the gauzes, at least one apparatus for processing data transmitted by the detection device, and a plurality of probes placed in different locations of said surgery room and connected to the detection device.08-02-2012
20120193409System, Method, and Devices for Managing Symbology Associated with a Product - Systems, devices, and methods for managing symbology associated with a product are disclosed. Embodiments include generating the symbology associated with a product, the symbology generated as a digital image file using a computer server. Further embodiments include storing, by the computer server, the digital image file in a remote database and associating the symbol with the product in the remote database as well as transmitting the digital image file to a mobile computing device using the computer server. Additional embodiments include receiving the digital image file by the mobile computing device as well as presenting the digital image file on a display of the mobile computing device to purchase a product.08-02-2012
20120193408SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING AND TRACKING SHOPPING CARTS - A method for designing identity plates which are placed on corresponding shopping carts is provided. A unique identity data is represented on each identity plate using an identification code. The unique identity data is encoded employing symbols having distinct physical characteristics. The association between the symbols and the identification code is predetermined. The method enables identifying shopping carts by capturing images of the shopping carts using video sensors and decoding identity data on each identity plate placed on each shopping cart. The identity data is decoded by recognizing symbols based on physical characteristics and translating recognized symbols to corresponding identity data referring to the predetermined association between the symbols and identification code. Identity data of shopping carts, identity data of video sensors and timestamp information is used for identifying location of video sensors using which path taken by shopping carts in the retail store is tracked.08-02-2012
20100264204Fingerprinted circuits and methods of making and indenifying same - A circuit having a fingerprint for identification of a particular instantiation of the circuit. The circuit comprises a plurality of digital circuits or gates, the plurality digital circuits or gates each having an analog input and wherein each of the digital circuits or gates has at least one functional state wherein the corresponding digital circuit or gate performs an intended digital function and at least one other state wherein the intended digital function is not performed. Each of the digital circuits or gates is responsive to a configuration voltage applied to its analog input for controlling whether or not the digital circuit or gate performs its intended digital function and each of the digital circuits or gates transitioning between its functional state and its at least one other state when the configuration voltage equals a boundary voltage. The boundary voltage varies between different instantiations of the circuit for a majority of the digital circuits or gates and these differing boundary voltages serving to identify (or fingerprint) different instantiations of the same circuit. A plurality of digital to analog converters are preferably used for generating configuration voltages each applied to one or more of the plurality of digital circuits or gates.10-21-2010
20100264206Traceable and Theft Deterrent Reclaimable Product - A theft deterrent product may be provided. First, a plurality of unique codes may be created. Then a plurality of indicia may be placed periodically and longitudinally on the product. The plurality of indicia may respectively correspond to the plurality of unique codes. The product may have an outer layer and into an portion. Placing the plurality of indicia may comprise etching through the outer layer and into the inner portion. In a database, the plurality of unique codes may be assigned to an organizational entity. The organizational entity may comprise a first enterprise.10-21-2010
20100147940System For Decoding Coded Data With PLL - A system for decoding coded data printed in ink on a surface is provided. The coded data has a registration structure which has at least two clock tracks indicative of a position of the coded data in the direction perpendicular to an alignment direction and two alignment lines for each clock track. The two alignment lines are indicative of the position of the respective clock track. The system has a decoder for determining, using an alignment phase-locked loop (PLL), a position of the alignment lines for a respective clock track, determining, using the position of the alignment lines, the position of each respective track, and updating the alignment PLL.06-17-2010
20100012713Baggage handling system and method - A label for tracking and tracing baggage in a baggage handling system is disclosed. The label includes resonators doped into the label. The resonators providing the label with a unique signature and are capable of being read from approximately 2 meters. A baggage handling system incorporating a resonator based label system is also disclosed. The system includes at least one piece of baggage, a label for tracking and tracing baggage in the baggage handling system, at least one reader for reading the label in order to properly direct the attached at least one piece of baggage, and at least one baggage mover suitable for moving the at least one piece of baggage within the baggage handling system. The label includes resonators doped into the label that provide the label with a unique signature, the label being attached to and referenced with said at least one piece of baggage.01-21-2010
20100147941METHOD OF DISPENSING A PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCT - A method of dispensing a pharmaceutical product is disclosed. The pharmaceutical product has associated packaging. The packaging has disposed thereon coded data. The coded data is indicative of an identity of the pharmaceutical product. The coded data is sensed by a sensing device and indicating data indicative of the identity of the pharmaceutical product is generated based on the sensed coded data. The coded data is arranged in accordance with a layout having n-fold rotational symmetry. The layout including n sub-layouts rotated 1/n revolutions apart about a center of rotation. A processor receives the indicating data from the sensing device and determines at least one criterion for dispensing the pharmaceutical product. The processor causes the pharmaceutical product to be dispensed when the at least one criterion is satisfied.06-17-2010
20100155467SECURITY DOCUMENT SCANNER - A sensing device for use with a security document is disclosed. The security document has disposed thereon or therein coded data including a plurality of coded data portions. Each coded data portion is indicative of an identity of the security document and a signature part. The signature part is a part of a digital signature of at least the identity. The sensing device has a sensor for sensing coded data portions and a processor. The processor determines, using sensed coded data portions, a sensed identity, a plurality of signature parts, and an identifier for each signature part, generates a sensed signature from the plurality of signature parts by arranging signature parts according to respective identifiers, determines a generated identity from the sensed signature, and authenticates the security document by comparing the sensed identity and the generated identity.06-24-2010
20100193584USE OF RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS TO IDENTIFY AND MONITOR SHAKER SCREEN LIFE AND PERFORMANCE - A method of operating a shaker including: disposing a shaker screen in a shaker, wherein the shaker screen includes at least one tag selected from the group consisting of a radio frequency identification tag and a surface acoustic wave tag; reading shaker screen information from the at least one tag; and adjusting at least one shaker variable using the shaker screen information. In another aspect, embodiments relate to a shaker screen including: a filtering element disposed on a frame; wherein the frame includes: at least one outer frame member; at least one cross member; and at least one tag selected from the group consisting of a radio frequency identification tag and a surface acoustic wave tag; wherein at least a portion of the tag is integral with at least one of an outer frame member and a cross member. Also disclosed is a method of manufacturing a shaker screen having an integral tag.08-05-2010
20100187298DRINKING VESSEL THAT HAS A SLOT IN WHICH A CONTACTLESS SMART CARD IS INSERTED - A food container is in combination with a contactless smart card. The food container has a slot formed therein. The slot is shaped and sized to hold the smart card. The smart card was inserted into the slot.07-29-2010
20090314829Systems, Methods, and Devices for Replication of Data onto Wireless Sensors - In one embodiment the present invention comprises a bar code scanner and an encoder for commissioning RFID transponders and includes a housing encasing a motor assembly, an RFID interrogator, a wireless communication means for transferring instructions and data from and to a remote host, on-board memory, a processor, and an antenna with corresponding mechanism to encode and verify a programmable RFID transponder on a conveyance web. The present invention further includes novel methods for commissioning RFID transponders, as well as methods for recycling and reusing the protective enclosure.12-24-2009
20100181375Sticker including a first and second region - A method of associating an electronic object with a sticker placed on a surface is disclosed. The sticker has first and second regions. The first region has disposed thereon coded data encoding an identity of the sticker. The second region exposes a position on the surface. The position on the surface has disposed thereon coded data which encodes an identity of the surface and data identifying the position on the surface. A sensing device senses the coded data on the first region and, through the second region, the coded data on the surface, and then generates indicating data from the sensed coded data. The indicating data is indicative of the identity of the sticker, the identity of the surface and the position on the surface exposed by the second region. The method receives the indicating data from the sensing device, and identifies, using the indicating data, the identity of the sticker, the identity of the surface and the position on the surface exposed by the second region. The electronic object is also identified. Finally, the electronic object is associated with the identity of the sticker, the identity of the surface, and the position on the surface exposed by the second region.07-22-2010
20100181374DEVICE FOR TRANSFERRING MEDICAL PRESCRIPTIONS - A device for transferring medical prescription information from a prescriber to a medical service provider. The device includes a support structure configured to support a storage tag and a storage tag inextricably attached to the support structure. The storage tag includes an electronic circuit configured to receive, store and transmit prescriber generated prescription information.07-22-2010
20100193583CASING FOR ELECTRONIC KEY AND SYSTEM COMPRISING SUCH A CASING - This USB memory key casing exhibits an accessory accommodation housing (08-05-2010
20090078755Stored-value card management method and system - A computerized system for activating, issuing and otherwise managing transactions and activities pertaining to stored-value cards over a communications network. A central information database is provided for storing stored-value cardholder and card purchaser information received directly from respective stored-value cardholders and card purchasers PCs through a universal central processor via respective communication gateways. The central processor is coupled for communication realtime to multiple unaffiliated stored-value card processing networks normally operated by respective hosts. Each network includes a stored-value card processor coupled to a stored-value card database and multiple respective merchant communication devices. The central processor is programmed for managing the activation and issuance of transactions and activities for the stored-value card through the respective unaffiliated networks. The universal central processor is programmed to issue the stored-value cards directly to the cardholder or card purchaser by download over respective communication gateways. The universal central processor is further programmed for reporting the card activations, issuances, transactions and activities to the cardholders and the merchants thereby providing a universal management system.03-26-2009
20090078754Method and Device for Transporting Items by Means of Identified Containers - A method and a device transport multiple items, in particular mail items, to predefined destination points. The respective destination point and a value of a predefined feature of each item are measured and stored. The item is transported together with other items in a transport device to an intermediate point. The transport device is furnished with a label which has a machine-readable identification. The identification is read. The transport device in which an item was transported is determined by the measure. After transportation to the intermediate point a value of the feature is measured afresh. In order to find a stored data record, a restriction is implemented on the search space to the data records of those items which were transported in the same transport device.03-26-2009
20120031963MOBILE POWER SHARING - An apparatus may include a vehicle cover having a plurality of photovoltaic cells, an inverter, a vehicle battery connector, a plug, and a switch assembly configured to operatively couple the inverter selectively to one of the vehicle battery connector and the plug based, at least in part, on a charge level of the battery. Another apparatus may include a receptacle configured to receive a plug having an identification tag; an identification tag reader to obtain, from the identification tag, identification data associated with a customer of a power company providing a power distribution system; and a controller to receive the identification data and provide the identification data to an account server associated with the power company. A method may include receiving a plug including an identification tag, reading identification data, contacting an account server, and providing the identification data to the account server.02-09-2012
20100176189SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FLOOR COVERING INSTALLATION - Connectors for joining adjacent modular floor covering units. Embodiments of the connectors include a film and an adhesive layer coated on one side of the film. The connectors can have a conductive component that allows electrical continuity to be maintained between adjacent tiles. In yet another embodiment, the connectors can be equipped as radio frequency identification tags by including radio frequency transponders. To install tiles using the connectors, a first tile is placed on the floor and a connector is positioned so that the adhesive layer faces upward and does not contact the floor. The connector is typically positioned so that only a portion of the adhesive layer adheres to the underside of the tile, leaving the remainder of the connector extending from the underside of the tile. One or more tiles are then positioned adjacent the first tile so that a portion of the connector adheres to the adjacent tiles. In this way, the connectors span adjacent tile edges. The tiles are assembled on an underlying flooring surface without the need to attach them to the floor surface. Rather, the tiles are linked to each other with the connectors, so that the tiles create a floor covering that “floats” on the underlying floor surface. Additionally, the tiles need not be installed directly on the floor surface. Rather, an underlayment, such as a film or cushion or cushion composite, may be positioned on the floor surface prior to the installation of tiles.07-15-2010
20100213251System for Automatic Image Association - Methods and systems for improving a photography business are disclosed, comprising, in an embodiment, taking a photograph of a coded component together with a series of photographs for the client. The coded component comprises human-readable information and is provided to the client for access to the photographs. The coded component also comprises machine-readable information, enabling a server to sort the photographs to the corresponding jobs without operator intervention. The coded component can also comprise a fillable option field to identify that the photographs associated with the coded component are to be specially treated according to a desired selection.08-26-2010
20100224678Automated contact management - A method for contact management using software wherein the user creates an editable personal profile that is assigned a unique identifier code that can be used by a code recipient to access the most recent profile from a databasef.09-09-2010
20100276483RETRACTABLE ELECTRONIC PEN FOR SENSING CODED DATA - An electronic pen for interacting with a substrate having coded data disposed thereon. The pen includes: an image sensor for sensing the coded data when the pen is used to interact with the surface; a cartridge having a nib for contacting the surface; a retraction mechanism for slidably moving the cartridge between a retracted position and an extended position; a force sensor cooperating with the retraction mechanism; and a processor configured to generate indicating data indicative of the interaction with the substrate. The image sensor is configured to sense the coded data only when the force sensor detects that the nib is in contact with the substrate.11-04-2010
20100276482APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING ENERGY CONSUMPTION WITHIN AN UNOCCUPIED ROOM - A system for reducing energy consumption in an unoccupied room is disclosed in which a battery-powered card reader placed inside a room has a keycard switch adapted to be activated upon insertion of a keycard and to be deactivated substantially upon its removal. The card reader also has a controller and a transceiver and is adapted to transmit an insertion signal substantially upon activation of the keycard switch, a removal signal after the deactivation of the keycard switch, and a periodic status signal indicating the activation state of the keycard switch. At least one secondary unit comprising a means to connect to a power source, a means to connect to a room appliance, a transceiver, and a controller, is adapted to cause a room appliance to enter a powered mode substantially upon receipt of the insertion signal or receipt of a periodic status signal indicating the keycard switch is activated, and to cause that room appliance to enter an energy-saving mode after receiving the removal signal. A gateway connected to a system controller is also provided. The gateway comprises a transceiver adapted to communicate wirelessly with the secondary units, and the system controller is adapted to determine the mode of the secondary units and to cause one or more of said secondary units to change mode if necessary.11-04-2010
20100213252SYSTEM FOR ALLOWING HANDWRITTEN INTERACTION WITH A COMPUTER - A system for enabling user interaction is disclosed. The system includes a printer for printing print data on a form. The print data is indicative of a plurality of marks. Each mark has a predetermined pattern common to all marks and coded data. The predetermined pattern includes a rotationally invariant pattern. A sensing device is also included for sensing the marks when moved relative to the form, for using the rotationally invariant pattern to correct for perspective distortion of the marks, for decoding the coded data of the marks, and for generating indicating data indicative of movement of the sensing device relative to the form.08-26-2010
20100147942METHOD OF COUNTING AND VALIDATING CURRENCY DOCUMENTS - A method of counting and validating the value of a currency document includes the steps of sensing at least one coded tag printed on the currency document; determining a scanning time at which the sensing device sensed the coded tag; determining from the sensed coded tag and determined scanning time a unique identity of the currency document; comparing the unique identity of the currency document with a list of suspect identities to determine a validity of the currency document; and determining a value for the currency document from the unique identity.06-17-2010
20100224679System for User Interaction with a Computer System - Provided is a system for user interaction with a computer system. The system includes a printed surface having visible graphical information indicating a user selectable operation, and coded data. The coded data has a plurality of marks positioned relative to a predetermined pattern, the predetermined pattern having a rotationally invariant structure and an orientation target structure. The system further includes an optical sensing device for capturing images of the coded data, and a processor for determining relative rotation of the coded data from the images.09-09-2010
20120138671Provision of Alternate Content in Response to QR Code - A party that is not the source or originator of a QR code is enabled to provide a consumer a selection of related alternate content rather than content identified in the QR code. A method is implemented on a computer system to receive additional content information represented by a QR code extracted by a consumer's QR reader device from a media presentation containing the QR code. The QR code is generated by a source of the media presentation. A location of alternate content from a captive environment related to the additional content information is identified. The location of the alternate content may be identified based upon the decoded information from the QR code. The location of the alternate content is transmitted to the QR reader device.06-07-2012
20120193407POS-BASED CODE SYMBOL READING SYSTEM WITH INTEGRATED SCALE BASE AND SYSTEM HOUSING HAVING AN IMPROVED PRODUCE WEIGHT CAPTURING SURFACE DESIGN - A POS-based system including (i) a system housing having a horizontal housing portion and a vertical housing portion. The vertical housing portion is configured substantially orthogonal with respect to the horizontal housing portion. At least one reading window is formed in the system housing. A support frame having a plurality of spaced apart support surfaces, supports the system housing when the system housing is position over the support surfaces. A convex weigh surface is integrated with the vertical housing portion, for supporting the weight of produce items supported thereon during weighing operations. A code symbol reading subsystem is disposed in the system housing, for optically reading code symbols on objects being transported through a 3D reading volume definable relative to at least one code symbol reading window, and producing symbol character data representative of the read code symbols. An electronic weigh scale subsystem is provided including a base portion having a plurality of load cells for measuring the weight supported thereupon.08-02-2012
20110006109SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR QUALITY MANAGEMENT UTILIZING BARCODE INDICATORS - A quality management system for products including a multiplicity of barcoded quality indicators each operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedance of at least one threshold by at least one product quality affecting parameter, a barcode indicator reader operative to read the barcoded quality indicators and to provide output indications, the barcoded quality indicators being readable by the barcode indicator reader at all times after first becoming readable, including times prior to, during and immediately following exceedance of the at least one threshold by the at least one product quality affecting parameter, and a product type responsive indication interpreter operative to receive the output indications and to provide human sensible, product quality status outputs.01-13-2011
20100133332Method and apparatus for accessing electronic data via a familiar printed medium - The disclosed methods and apparatus relate generally to the electronics media industry, such as cable television (CATV), home shopping services, on-line computer services and computer memory applications. These methods and apparatus allow a user to access and make use of electronic media input and output devices by reference to and/or utilization of standard printed matter, such as magazines, textbooks, or any other printed matter that can be correlated to electronic media.06-03-2010
20100127066COOKING INFORMATION BOOK, COOKING SYSTEM, COOKING METHOD, AND USING METHOD FOR THE COOKING SYSTEM - A cooking system is provided. The cooking system includes: a radio frequency tag; a cooking appliance provided with a radio frequency reader to receive food related data from the radio frequency tag, the cooking appliance comprising at least a heating element; and a server receiving at least the food related data from the cooking appliance, the server transmitting food cooking data for cooking a food suitable for the cooking appliance using the food related data, wherein the cooking appliance operates using the food cooking data.05-27-2010
20120241515Optically Readable Identification Security Tag or Stamp - The invention relates to a security tag made by randomly distributing a mixture of large numbers of multicolored objects into a unique, non-reproducible geometric array and encapsulating it onto a substrate. The 3-D aspect of the objects will prevent printing or 2-D copying of the stamp. The data, saved to a secure database, can be processed and quantities can be calculated from the field of binary data and can be affixed to the part that the stamp is affixed to. For one level of authentication, the array can be read out by scanner and compared to values printed on the part. For an additional level of authentication, the array can be read out by optical scanner and compared to the data stored in the secure database. The security tag is capable of replacing 2-D barcodes while containing only information capable of being scanned by 2-D barcode scanners.09-27-2012
20090084838STACK POSITION LOCATION IDENTIFICATION FOR MEMORY STACKED PACKAGES - A method for use with devices in a stacked package is disclosed. By preprogramming a unique identifier into a device during manufacture, the device can determine its position in the stack and perform a task based on its position in the stack. In one embodiment, the task is power-up.04-02-2009
20130126595Component Programming System - A method and apparatus for managing a programmable component may be present. A location on an object may be identified using a programming unit based on a position of the programming unit with respect to the object. Programming information for the programmable component may be identified based on the location on the object. The programmable component may be programmed using the programming information for the programmable component.05-23-2013
20130126597BIOCHIP DETECTING DEVICE AND BIOCHIP DETECTING METHOD - A biochip detecting device for detecting a biochip which has identifying information is provided. The biochip detecting device has a controller, a reader, a storage medium and a detecting module. The reader reading the identifying information, the storage medium saving a detecting information, and the detecting module detecting the biochip are electrically connected to the controller. The controller is suitable for determining the record of the identifying information in the detecting information and modifying the setting of the detecting module automatically according to the identifying information. A biochip detecting method is further provided. A biochip detecting device is used to read identifying information of the biochip to determine whether the biochip could be detected. Besides, the setting of a detecting module is automatically adjusted by a controller. The time for adjusting the setting of the detecting module is saved and the possibility of setup mistake could be reduced.05-23-2013
20130126598REUSABLE GREETING CARD AND ENVELOPE - The reusable greeting card and envelope include a front leaf and rear leaf hinged together. An insert is removably placed within a slot in the front leaf and viewed through a window in the front leaf for viewing both sides of the insert. The rear leaf includes a modifiable message on a customizable greetings space, such as handwriting which can be removably placed. A scannable tag can be scanned by a smartphone to access a data storage location through the internet where customizable video and audio greetings can be provided for viewing by a recipient of the greeting card and re-recording when the greeting card is to be reused. The envelope has spaces thereon where address and return labels and postage can be removably placed. The envelope also includes a resealable closure allowing the interior of the envelope to be closed and reopened multiple times.05-23-2013
20130126599SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CAPTURING CODES AND DELIVERING INCREASINGLY INTELLIGENT CONTENT IN RESPONSE THERETO - In connection with a computing device with an optical reader that may be operated by a user, a computer readable code (for example a bar code or unique image) is collected by the device, and then transmitted to a server. The user of the device may thereafter be provided with relevant, targeted, navigable on-screen information and offers based on their usage history, preferences, behavior, associations and/or the historical use and behavior of other users, as well as advertiser preferences. In sum, apparatuses, systems and methods are provided that may provide a unique way of using bar codes combined with a smart server to deliver special content to smartphones, iPads, Android tablets, and the like, as well as other devices. Positive feedback loops may be created with users, so that delivered content becomes increasingly customized (intelligent) to their special interests.05-23-2013
20130126601Method and System for Registering and Scanning an ID Tag Linked to Information about a User - Methods of registering an identification tag or image in association with a user and of displaying information associated with an identification tag or image. The method of registering includes receiving a request to access a web page corresponding to a web page address encoded within a quick response (QR) code or specified in text on the identification tag or image. The method further includes receiving information for each of the one or more fields of the type of the identification tag or image. The method of displaying information associated with an identification tag or image code includes receiving a request to access a web page corresponding to a web page address encoded within a QR code and transmitting the web page, if the QR code is registered. The transmitted web page includes information associated with an owner of the identification tag or image.05-23-2013
20130126602SHAPE CONTROL OF MAGENTIC FIELDS FOR TABLE GAMES - A gaming table with an upper surface that includes a gaming chip placement area and a lower surface opposite the upper surface is provided. The gaming table also includes a housing coupled to one of the upper surface and the lower surface of the gaming table, an antenna coupled to the housing, wherein the antenna is configured to form an electromagnetic field that defines a zone of communication in which a gaming chip including a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag can be read. The gaming table also includes a substantially-contiguous highly permeable magnetic material layer coupled to the antenna, the highly permeable magnetic material layer defining an outermost boundary of the zone of communication of the antenna, such that a strength of the electromagnetic field at any region beyond the defined boundary of the zone of communication is below a threshold level for communication with an RFID gaming chip, and a reading device coupled to the housing, wherein the RFID reading device is configured to read data transmitted by an RFID gaming chip when the RFID gaming chip is in the zone of communication.05-23-2013
20110108619FUNCTIONALITY MANAGEMENT IN MOBILE DEVICE - An apparatus comprising means for processing data representative of an optically readable code, means for detecting, from the data representative of the optically readable code, a timer indicator indicating that the code includes data for implementing a timer on the apparatus, one or more timer parameters, and means for running the timer on the apparatus on the basis of the detected one or more timer parameters.05-12-2011
20110108616TRACKING SYSTEM - An exemplary tracking device or system comprises: a radio frequency identification (RFID) circuit disposed on a substrate; an encapsulation cap encapsulating the RFID circuit and substrate; and, an information bearing indicia (IBI) disposed on the encapsulation cap, wherein the RFID circuit and IBI provide at least some similar information when read with a respective reading device.05-12-2011
20100123001COOK BOOK, FOOD INFORMATION PROVISION SYSTEM AND METHOD - Provided is a food information providing system. The food information providing system includes a first RF tag, a second RF tag, a terminal, and a server. At least information of food is recorded in the first RF tag. At least spec information of a cooking appliance is recorded in the second RF tag. An RF reader is mounted in the terminal such that at least spec information of the cooking appliance and the food information are input from the first RF tag and the second RF tag. The server transmits operating information of the cooking appliance to the terminal with reference to the food information and the spec information of the cooking appliance transmitted from the terminal. Therefore, a user can obtain the latest information of food in real-time and can cook more conveniently by diversification of the range of food information provided to a user. Also, when sufficient information cannot be provided due to space limitation of books, the range of use for a book can be diversified to provide more information, thereby improving satisfaction of a purchaser of the book.05-20-2010
20100001058Authorization system - An authorization system including an authorization server, an account server for storing account data relating to a plurality of accounts and an access terminal for inputting data that identifies one of the plurality of accounts.01-07-2010
20110057025GENERATION, MANAGEMENT AND USAGE OF ON-DEMAND PAYMENT IDS - There is disclosed a method, computer program and system that support purchase transactions at merchants via a Payment ID generated on-demand and funded with a specific consumer-requested amount. The Payment ID, which could include but is not limited to a gift card ID, is then leveraged to complete a transaction at a merchant's point of sale (POS) system via the existing methods and processes inherent in the POS system. Also disclosed are related mechanisms to manage a secure database of Payment IDs and dynamically adjust the value tied to Payment IDs to account for any value due the customer from the merchant or other involved party.03-10-2011
20090020599METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR VERIFYING ITEMS OF MAIL - The present invention concerns a method and an arrangement for the verification of individually presented items of mail provided with individually unique machine-readable identification codes, where the identification code of a presented item of mail is read and the identification code that has been read is checked against machine-readable information about intended items of mail and their status, whereby the current item of mail is a) removed if the identification code is not present in the intended items of mail or if it is illegible, and b) the status of the current item of mail is checked against the machine-readable information about intended items of mail and their status in order to determine whether the current item of mail has previously been delivered. If the current item of mail has previously been delivered, the current item of mail is removed. If the current item of mail has not previously been delivered, the information about the status of the current item of mail is updated with information that the current item of mail has been delivered and the current item of mail is allowed to pass as a verified delivery. Furthermore, an item of mail that has been approved for delivery is retained until a subsequent item of mail has been identified and approved for delivery.01-22-2009
20110127321ANTI-TAMPER USING BARCODE DEGRADATION - A method of authenticating a first document (06-02-2011
20090321512NAVIGATION DEVICE - The invention relates to a navigation device comprising a read device and at least one information card, the latter containing a code arrangement that can be read by the read device and that controls the navigation device to arrive at a predefined destination. The code arrangement consists of conductive organic polymers.12-31-2009
20090152341TRADE CARD SERVICES - The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates servicing a portion of a trade card via a web service. A web service can provide a portion of data to enhance a trade card, wherein the portion of data is at least one of a portion of trade card document-specific data, an intelligent gadget, or a feed driven component. A build component can leverage the web service to utilize the portion of data with the trade card.06-18-2009
20090114711Cash letter print verification - A printed cash letter includes a machine-readable identifier, such as a barcode, identifying the cash letter. Upon printing, information from the identifier is read and stored in a first record. To determine whether the cash letter is a duplicate, a check presentment module compares information from the identifier with information in the first record. If information identifying the cash letter already exists in the first record, the cash letter is a duplicate. To verify cash letter printing, information identifying multiple cash letters to be printed is stored in a second record. Upon printing a portion of the cash letters, information read from identifiers on the printed cash letters is compared with information in the second record. If the second record includes information regarding a cash letter not identified in the information scanned from the barcodes, then the check presentment module identifies the cash letter as having not been printed.05-07-2009
20100219240METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR APPLYING TWO-DIMENSIONAL CODES - A method and an apparatus for applying two-dimensional codes are provided herein. The method includes: obtaining two-dimensional code data; resolving the two-dimensional code data to obtain an operation procedure specified in the two-dimensional code data; and using an application to execute the operation procedure specified in the two-dimensional code data. In the embodiments of the present invention, a local application of the terminal may be executed to perform the service procedure according to the action sequence specified in the two-dimensional code. In this way, users have a friendly service operation guide, the information fed back by the users is standardized, and the processing of the service platform is simplified.09-02-2010
20100219241Universal Personal Emergency Medical Information Retrieval System - A universal personal emergency medical information retrieval system, wherein a unique identification number is written onto a barcode that is affixed to a carrier element, such as the back of the user's driver's license, passport, national identity card, school identification card, other form of identification, cell phone, or bracelet. Medical personnel are alerted to the presence of the system by a universally accepted system identifier affixed to the carrier element. The emergency medical personnel can then download the user's identification number using an optical barcode scanner that is connected to a computer or computer network to automatically retrieve medical information from an encrypted, password protected central database. This information can then be used appropriately for proper diagnosis and treatment.09-02-2010
20100219239METHOD OF INTERACTING WITH PRINTED SUBSTRATE - A method of interacting with a printed substrate. The comprises the steps of: interacting with the substrate using an optically imaging pen having a nib; optically imaging target elements and coded data; calculating a position of the nib; and generating digital ink in the pen, the digital ink being indicative of the identity of the substrate and the position of the nib relative to the substrate; and sending the digital ink to a computer system such that the computer system can identify the interaction with the substrate. The position of the nib is calculated using the coded data, a perspective transform and a known spatial relationship between an optical axis of the pen and the nib. The perspective transform is determined using the imaged target elements which are perspective-distorted due to a tilt of the pen.09-02-2010
20080283585SELECTIVE LAUNDERING SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Systems and methods are provided herein that provide for selective laundering.11-20-2008
20090039149CONTACTLESS ACTIVATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Methods and systems for enabling contactless communications with a contactless card are disclosed. A contactless card may include a contactless interface activation mechanism that includes one or more sense contacts, a processor, and a processor-readable storage medium in communication with the processor. The processor-readable storage medium may contain programming instructions for performing one or more applications. The processor may be in a protected state in which the processor is prevented from performing the instructions for at least one application in the processor-readable storage medium unless a load is placed on at least one sense contact.02-12-2009
20100219235 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR QUALITY MANAGEMENT UTILIZING BARCODE INDICATORS - A quality management system for products including a multiplicity of barcode indicators, each operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedance of at least one threshold by at least one product quality determining parameter, the at least one threshold being at least one of a time duration threshold and a combined temperature and time threshold, a barcode indicator reader operative to read the barcode indicators and to provide output indications and an indication interpreter operative to receive the output indications and to provide human sensible, product unit specific, product quality status outputs.09-02-2010
20090072019APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING RFID LABELS AND DOCUMENT-PROCESSING PROGRESS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - This disclosure discloses an apparatus capable of producing RFID labels comprising: a feeding device configured to feed a tag medium; a printing device configured to make a desired print on the tag medium or on a print-receiving medium; a tag accessing device configured to make an access to a RFID circuit element; and a region generation instruction portion configured to output a generation instruction signal for generating one storage region for the tag identification information corresponding to the remaining RFID labels, in association with the storage region for the tag identification information corresponding to the one RFID label.03-19-2009
20080230596Method and Apparatus for Purchasing and Dispensing Products - A system for purchasing a product that does not need to be physically present at a point-of-sale includes a point-of-sale device, a product-selection device, a data-analyzing device, an inventory-managing device, and a dispensing machine. The point-of-sale device includes apparatus for scanning or otherwise inputting a first product that is physically present at the point-of-sale. The product-selection device includes apparatus for selecting a second product that does not need to be physically present at the point-of-sale by a characteristic other than by a standardized product identification number corresponding to the second product, controller and memory apparatus for retrieving a standardized product identification number corresponding to the second product, and communication apparatus for sending the standardized product identification number of the selected second product to the point-of-sale device. The data-analyzing device receives completed purchase transaction data from the point-of-sale device and identifies the selected second product from that data. The data-analyzing device thereafter sends instructions to the dispensing machine for dispensing the second product. The inventory-managing device communicates with the product-selection device, data-analyzing device, and dispensing machine to inform customers of product availability, reserve products for customers, and maintain inventory of products.09-25-2008
20100294832Method and Apparatus for Accessing Electronic Data Via a Familiar Printed Medium - The disclosed methods and apparatus relate generally to the electronics media industry, such as cable television (CATV), home shopping services, on-line computer services and computer memory applications. These methods and apparatus allow a user to access and make use of electronic media input and output devices by reference to and/or utilization of standard printed matter, such as magazines, textbooks, or any other printed matter such as articles of clothing that can be correlated to electronic media.11-25-2010
20110248083SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION - A system and method for identifying an object includes a plurality of object sensors, each object sensor configured and arranged to determine at least one parameter describing objects as they are relatively moved with respect to a sensing volume and having a known position and attitude with respect to the sensing volume. A location sensor is configured and arranged to produce position information relating to the relative movement. Outputs from the object and location sensors are passed to a processor and the parameters are associated with respective ones of the objects on the basis of the position information and on the basis of the known positions and attitudes of the sensors. For each object having associated parameters, the processor compares the parameters to known item parameters to assign item identification to the object.10-13-2011
20100294833METHOD OF GAINING ACCESS TO GOODS OR SERVICES - A method of gaining access to goods or services includes the steps of: writing a signature within a verification zone of an encoded base using an optically imaging pen having a marking nib; optically reading a sequence of absolute locations corresponding to the signature from the encoded base; and checking if the locations are within a region registered as belonging to an authorized user. Access to the goods or services is granted if the location is within the region belonging to the authorized user and the sequence of locations corresponds to a previously registered signature of the authorized user, otherwise access is denied.11-25-2010
20100301110BAR CODE BAG - In order to identify each single client that regularly buys products in the same shop or group of shops, an innovative, specific, reusable shopping bag is proposed. The characterising feature of this bag resides in the client's identification via a bar code that may be permanently or removably applied on the bag, preferably on the outer side thereof. This bar code may be read by an optical reader in order to sum the number of purchase operations performed by the client during a certain time period, to thereby determine her/his faithfulness. The bag may be produced in various shapes and materials, in particular it could be made of natural, synthetic, or mixed fabrics.12-02-2010
20100301111DEVICE, METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR DETERMINING DENSITY OF BARCODE - The accuracy of reading a barcode embedded in a printed document is maintained, and at the same time, the amount of toner and the like consumed is reduced. When document information read by scanning is analyzed and the density of the document information is higher than a predetermined threshold vale, that is, when the printed document has a space enough to contain the barcode, the density of the barcode is set such that the density of the barcode is decreased as compared with a case where the density of the document information is lower than the predetermined threshold value. By changing the size of dots and the distance between the dots and thus decreasing the density of the barcode, it is possible to reduce the amount of toner and the like consumed. Then, the set barcode is synthesized with the document information, and the synthesized image is output.12-02-2010
20100320264PLATES CONTAINER CHARACTERISTICS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A plate management system (12-23-2010
20110127322ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a reader, a setting module, a determination module, and a processing module. The reader configured to read first and second data from first and second recording medium. The setting module configured to set function setup data in which the first data, which is read from the first recording medium by the reader, is associated with data indicative of content of a process. The determination module configured to determine whether the second data, which is read from the second recording medium by the reader, agrees with the first data. The processing module configured to perform a process, based on the data which is indicative of the content of the process and is associated with the first data, when the determination module determines that the second data agrees with the first data.06-02-2011
20100219237ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS FOR IDENTIFYING AND CATEGORIZING WASTE - Methods for using a liner in a waste sorting and disposal system are provided. The liner includes an internal space and an opening that provides access to that internal space. In some embodiments, the liner may also include a machine-readable identification key that is configured to identify a type of waste that the liner may receive. In some embodiments, the machine-readable key is optical, color-coded, alphanumeric or graphical. The liner can include one or more closure members to allow a user to securely seal the liner when it is removed from the container. In some embodiments, the liner can include a flange, lip, hook or other protrusion to secure its position relative to a container.09-02-2010
20110000958Systems and Methods for Animating Barcodes - Methods and systems are described for communicating encoded information using barcodes. Symbologies that permit linking of two or more barcodes may be used to create animated linked barcodes, in which successive barcodes in the series that encodes a string of information are displayed within a display area of a dynamic medium. Barcode animations may be displayed in webpages, television broadcasts, video media, favicons, etc.01-06-2011
20110108618System And Method For Article Authentication Using Encoded Signatures - A method and apparatus for determining a digital signature from an article. A coherent light source directs a beam to illuminate the article and a detector arrangement collects data points from light scattered from many different parts of the article to collect a large number of independent data points, typically 500 or more. By collecting a large number of independent signal contributions specific to many different parts of the article, a digital signature can be computed that is unique to the area of the article that has been scanned. This measurement can be repeated whenever required to test authenticity of the article. Using this method, it has been discovered that it is essentially pointless to go to the effort and expense of making specially prepared tokens, since unique characteristics are measurable a in a straightforward manner from a wide variety of every day articles.05-12-2011
20110024490Data Transfers With Bar Codes - Data transfer with of bar codes including presenting a plurality of bar codes making up the data transfer, displaying a unique sequence identification for each bar code and the total number of bar codes making up the data transfer; reading a plurality of bar codes; reading, for each bar code read, the unique sequence identification of the bar code and the total number of bar codes making up the data transfer; determining, in dependence upon the number of bar codes read and the total number of bar codes making up the data transfer whether all of the bar codes making up the data transfer have been read; and providing to a user a positive notification if all of the bar codes have been read; or providing to the user a negative notification if all of the bar codes making up the data transfer have not been read.02-03-2011
20110240730Soil Sample Tracking System and Method - A system and method for performing soil analysis is disclosed. The method comprises generating a plurality of soil sample containers each having a unique identifier associated therewith. Pulling at least one soil sample from a field and placing the at least one soil sample in a respective one of the plurality of soil sample containers. Scanning the unique identifier associated with the soil sample container containing the at least one soil sample with a remote terminal. Obtaining a geographic coordinate reading associated with a location in the field from where the soil sample is obtained and associating the soil sample with the unique identifier and the geographic coordinate reading.10-06-2011
20110017817DELIVERY INFORMATION SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR - A transportation delivery system has a computer system for entering shipping information and generating a physical delivery ticket and an electronic delivery ticket. The electronic delivery ticket is stored in an electronic media. A plurality of point of delivery units is positioned in different delivery locations and in communication with the computer system. Each point of delivery unit is associated with a specific delivery location and is able to scan the physical delivery ticket to obtain shipping information on the physical delivery ticket. The obtained shipping information is sent to the computer system via a communication network to update the electronic ticket and to bill a proper recipient.01-27-2011
20100133333Method and apparatus for accessing electronic data via a familiar printed medium - The disclosed methods and apparatus relate generally to the electronics media industry, such as cable television (CATV), home shopping services, on-line computer services and computer memory applications. These methods and apparatus allow a user to access and make use of electronic media input and output devices by reference to and/or utilization of standard printed matter, such as magazines, textbooks, or any other printed matter that can be correlated to electronic media.06-03-2010
20110108617APPARATUS FOR RECOGNIZING SECURITY CODE HAVING ELECTROMAGNETIC BAND-GAP PATTERN - In an apparatus for recognizing a security code having an electromagnetic band gap (EBG) pattern which uses reflection and transmission characteristics of the EBG pattern, a voltage controlled oscillator generates a signal to a power divider, which divides the power of the signal into halves, and outputs a first signal through a waveguide to be incident on the EBG pattern. The waveguide receives a signal reflected from the EBG pattern and outputs the reflected signal to a phase detector. A circulator outputs the second signal to the phase detector, which detects the phase difference between the reflected signal and the second signal, and outputs phase difference data to a data control unit, which determines whether the security code having the EBG pattern is recognized using the phase difference data. In an alternate embodiment, the voltage control oscillator is controlled to sequentially generate signals using power difference data.05-12-2011
20110024492DIGITIZING SYSTEM HAVING PRINTED BASE, IMAGING PEN AND RELAY DEVICE - A system for digitizing a freehand graphic. The system comprises: a base including a surface; a position-coding pattern printed on the surface with first and second areas. The system further comprises an optically imaging pen including for detecting a position in the position-coding pattern; and a transmitter for transmitting interaction data to a relay device. The relay device communicates the interaction to a processor, which is adapted to determine if the detected position is in the first area or the second area. If the detected position is in the first area of the surface, then the processor interprets the position as a point in the freehand graphic. If the detected position is in the second area of the surface, then the processor interprets the position as a selection of a property for the freehand graphic.02-03-2011
20110024493SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ANONYMOUS COMPETITION ENTRY - A system for providing anonymous competition entry is provided. The system has a sensing device configured to sense coded data on a form and generate interaction data there from. The coded data has a plurality of tags each encoding data on an identity of the form and the location of that tag on the form. The interaction data represents the interaction of the sensing device with the tags. The system further has a computer system configured to identify a digital description associated with the form from the form identity represented by the interaction data, capture a competition entry by determining locations in the digital description associated with the locations of the interacted tags represented in the interaction data, and assign a competition alias identifier to the interaction data.02-03-2011
20090065568Systems and Methods for Associating Production Attributes with Products - Methods are provided for marking products with unique identification codes, associating times with at least some of the unique identification codes, and associating other times with certain events pertaining to the production of the marked products. These times can be used to subsequently determine whether a marked product belongs to a population that was produced before or after an event.03-12-2009
20090065567APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING CONTENTS BY USING MACHINE-READABLE CODE - According to the present invention, an apparatus and method for proving a user with a content by using a machine-readable code is provided. In an aspect of the present invention, provided is a method for implementation on a terminal for providing a user with at least one content by using a machine-readable code, the method comprising the steps of: receiving a machine-readable code; extracting a code value of the received machine-readable code; transferring the extracted code value to a first external computational device; receiving from the first external computational device at least one of a plurality of content IDs associated with the extracted code value; transmitting the at least one content ID to a second external computational device; and receiving from the second external computational device at least one content corresponding to the at least one content ID.03-12-2009
20090065565SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING REUSE OF MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS - An application for preventing the reuse of a medical device includes a disposable medical device and a handle for accepting the disposable medical device. The handle physically supports the disposable medical device. A circuit for identifying the disposable medical device is imbedded within the disposable medical device and a circuit for reading a status of the identification is located in the handle. Whether the disposable medical device has been used is determined based upon the status.03-12-2009
20090230182SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN A PRODUCT LOGISTIC CHAIN - A quality management system for products including a multiplicity of product unit specific indicators, each operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedence of at least one threshold by at least one product quality determining parameter, an indicator reader operative to read the product unit specific indicators and to provide output indications and a product type specific indication interpreter operative to receive the output indications and to provide human sensible, product unit specific, product quality status outputs.09-17-2009
20110121066DOCUMENT AUTHENTICATION USING HIERARCHICAL BARCODE STAMPS TO DETECT ALTERATIONS OF BARCODE - A method of generating a self-authenticating printed document and authenticating the printed document. The back side of the printed document contains 2d barcode which encode extracted features of the document content. The features are hashed into a hash code, converted to a barcode stamp element, and transformed into a hierarchical barcode stamp by repeating the stamp element. The hierarchical barcode stamp is printed as a gray background pattern on the front side of the same sheet of printed document. To authenticate the printed document, the barcodes on the back side are read to extract the document features. The features are hashed into a hash code and compared to the hash code extracted from the hierarchical barcode stamp on the front side of the document to detect any alterations of the back side barcodes. Further, the document features extracted from the front and back sides of the document are compared.05-26-2011
20110084128METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE CONDITION OF A TIME-TEMPERATURE INDICATOR - A device is presented for use in controlling the quality of a perishable object, while progressing on its supply line, by monitoring the condition of a time-temperature indicator (TTI) associated with the object. The device comprises a sensing assembly for detecting a response of the TTI to a predetermined stimulus and generating measured data representative thereof, said measured data being indicative of the condition of the TTI, thereby enabling the determination of the remaining shelf life of the TTI and thereby any perishable good to which it is attached and calibrated.04-14-2011
20110084126METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ENHANCING READ ACCURACY IN AUTOMATED LICENSE PLATE READER SYSTEMS - The systems, methods, and apparatuses of the present disclosure generally describe the use of one or both of human-readable information and machine-readable information printed on, adhered to, or adjacent to an object (e.g., a license plate or sticker), where at least a portion of the machine-readable information performs or assists in performance of at least one of the following functions: (a) correlating to license plate information stored in a remote lookup table; and (b) duplicating information about the license plate.04-14-2011
20100163614CARD READER AND MOBILE PAYMENT TERMINAL - The present invention discloses a card reader and a mobile payment terminal. The card reader comprises an NFC antenna connected to a dual interface smart stage card card for performing data interchange between a contactless card reading terminal and the dual interface smart stage card card; an MCU connected to the dual interface smart stage card card for reading data from the dual interface smart stage card card or writing data in the dual interface smart stage card card; and a data interface unit connected to the MCU for establishing communication between the MCU and a communication terminal. In an embodiment of the present invention, by installing an NFC antenna, the dual interface smart stage card card in the card reader can interchange data with a contactless card reading terminal wirelessly in a passive environment.07-01-2010
20100163612Method of Processing Mailpieces That Enables Virtual Identification of The Mailpieces to be Used With Forwarding - In a method of processing mailpieces, a digital image of a surface of a current mailpiece is formed for the purpose of using OCR to recognize a recipient postal address for said current mailpiece, and, if it is determined that the recognized recipient address corresponds to an incorrect recipient address, a forwarding address is placed on said surface of the current mailpiece. In addition to said forwarding address, an OCR-detectable mark is placed on the surface of the current mailpiece, which mark indicates that the current mailpiece bears a forwarding address, and also constitutes an index for retrieving said forwarding address from a database.07-01-2010
20100163613AUTOMATED PROXIMITY-RELATED NETWORK AUTHORIZATION - Systems and methods for inputting configuration and network authorization information into a media device such that the media device may interface with media content providers and wireless networks. A service center collects configuration and network authorization information for a media device and generates a configuration module based thereon. The configuration module is then converted into the form of barcode which is provided to a media device capable of reading a barcode. The media device decodes the barcode and extracts the configuration module. The extracted configuration module is installed on the media device, configuring the device to access predetermined media content providers and/or wireless networks.07-01-2010
20100155466INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROVIDING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, PORTABLE TERMINAL, INFORMATION OUTPUTTING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An information providing system includes a portable terminal including an IC chip, and an information providing apparatus that carries out wireless communications with the IC chip. The information providing apparatus includes a browser that reads content and that outputs the content on a screen based on screen-output control information embedded in the content data and defining an output format or a data structure of the content, and a wireless communication unit that carries out wireless communications with the IC chip. In the content data, transmission target information to be transmitted to the portable terminal, and transmission control information instructing transmission of the transmission target information, are also embedded. The browser instructs the wireless communication unit to transmit the transmission target information to the portable terminal based on the transmission control information. The wireless communication unit transmits the transmission target information to the IC chip based on the instruction.06-24-2010
20110127323METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSPORTING ARTICLES USING MOBILE DATA MEMORIES - A method and an apparatus for transporting a plurality of articles, particularly, mail items. For each article a measurement is taken regarding what value a prescribed feature and what value a prescribed transportation attribute assume for the article. A data record for this article with the measured transportation attribute value and the measured feature value is produced. This data record is stored in a mobile data memory of a means of a transport. The articles are put into the means of transport and transported in the means of transport to an intermediate point. Following this transportation, for each article another measurement is taken regarding what value the feature assumes for this article. The mobile data memory is searched for that data record for the article for which the feature value ascertained during the fresh measurement is used. Further transportation of the article is initiated on the basis of the transportation attribute value of the ascertained data record.06-02-2011
20100219234Mobile ticket authentication - The method and system provide convenient and efficient authentication of mobile tickets (09-02-2010
20100219236ASSEMBLY FOR REINFORCEMENT FOR CONCRETE AND MARKERS - The invention relates to an assembly of fibres (09-02-2010
20110240733OPTICALLY IMAGING PEN CONFIGURED FOR CALCULATING ACCURATE NIB POSITIONS - An optically imaging pen for interacting with a printed substrate. The pen includes: a nib for interacting with the printed substrate; an image sensor for imaging an area of the printed substrate to provide image data; a processor configured for: (i) identifying target elements in the image data and inferring a perspective transform due to a tilt of the pen; (ii) acquiring and decoding coded data contained in the image data; (iii) calculating a nib position using a tag location, the perspective transform and a known geometry of pen optics; and (iv) generating digital ink based on the nib position.10-06-2011
20110240732TAMPERPROOF GENUINENESS ID DEVICE WITH SELF-DESTRUCT PROTECTION FUNCTION AND A METHOD THEREOF - A tamperproof genuineness ID device with self-destruct protection function and a method thereof, which identifies whether merchandises are genuine or fake by reading, identifying and encrypting genuineness ID information in a genuineness ID medium. The tamperproof genuineness ID device includes a working part with self-destruct protection function and a detecting work part for identifying a product to be detected, wherein the product to be detected is airtight sealed or fixed with the tamperproof genuineness ID device together. The method includes several steps: setting the genuineness ID medium in a coordinate working state with the tamperproof genuineness ID device; identifying information in the genuineness ID medium by the detecting work part of the tamperproof genuineness ID device, then encrypting and calculating to obtain a native genuineness ID code; and outputting a detecting result. The tamperproof genuineness ID device makes genuineness ID detection for merchandise easier and more reliable.10-06-2011
20110240729SYSTEM, APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR GENERATING MEDICATION LABELS - An apparatus is provided that includes a processor configured to at least perform or cause the apparatus to at least perform a number of functions. The functions include storing an order log for a fill order specifying a medication in a receptacle including an affixed label having a printed pattern of machine-readable dots or markings. The functions also include receiving a digitized signature, initials or marking handwritten on the label and captured by a digital pen based on the pattern printed on the label. The digital pen is registered to a user, and the signature/initials/marking reflects verification by the user that the medication in the receptacle is correct. Recording the events or activities also includes authenticating the user as having authority to verify the fill order based on the registration of the digital pen to the user, and when authenticated, recording the digitized signature/initials/marking in the order log.10-06-2011
20110240728PORTABLE COMPUTING SYSTEM AND PORTABLE COMPUTER FOR USE WITH SAME - A computing system comprising a pocket personal computer and a reader are disclosed. The pocket PC is pocket-sized and comprises flash memory, and optionally a processor and a GPS chip. The reader includes a monitor, a keyboard with docking port and an optional processor and at least one input/output USB connector. A user cannot interact with the pocket PC without the reader. The reader is a non-functioning “shell” without the pocket PC, however, when they are connected the system becomes a fully functional personal computer. To log on, a user provides security information, for example, a password or biometrics, such as fingerprints. The credit card size and capabilities of the pocket PC allows a user to easily carry virtually their entire computer in a pocket for use anywhere there is a reader. In addition, the pocket PC provides security against unauthorized use, even if lost or stolen. A password or fingerprints are required to access to the device, the circuit board may be coated with a protective coating and the system may include an RFID tag and RFID reader.10-06-2011
20120132703IDENTIFICATION AND TRACE OF ITEMS WITHIN AN ASSEMBLY OR MANUFACTURING PROCESS - An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for identifying and tracing of items within an assembly or manufacturing process. An individual item identifier (“ID”) is assigned to an item during one or more of an initial assembly step and a manufacturing step. A surface of the item is read to determine a first surface profile of the item which is associated with the individual item ID. The first surface profile and the individual item ID are stored in a database. The surface of the item is read to determine a second surface profile of the item after each manufacturing or assembling process step in which the surface of the item is manipulated. The second surface profile is compared with the first surface profile and the second surface profile is associated with the individual item ID in response to a mismatch between the first surface profile and the second surface profile.05-31-2012
20120132701REMOTE CODE READER SYSTEM05-31-2012
20110210169Systems and Methods for Acquiring Media Assets - In one aspect, the invention provides a device for facilitating the acquisition of media assets. In some embodiments, the device includes: a housing; a USB connector projecting outwardly from an end of the housing; a card reader housed in the housing; non-volatile memory housed in the housing and coupled to the USB connector and the card reader; and a barcode disposed on a major surface of the housing, said barcode encoding an identifier that is associated with customer information.09-01-2011
20110210168SELF-CHECKOUT TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFORE - According to one embodiment, a self-checkout terminal includes a reading unit, a registration processing unit, a determining unit, a checking unit, and a settlement processing unit. The reading unit reads a data code. The registration processing unit acquires sales limitation information. The determining unit determines, according to the limitation information, whether the commodity is subjected to sales limitation. The checking unit transmits, when it is determined that the commodity is subjected to the sales limitation, data for checking whether a limit condition is satisfied and determines whether data of completion of the check is returned. The settlement processing unit inhibits shift to settlement processing for the commodity subjected to the sales limitation and enables, when the checking unit determines that the data of the completion of the check is received, the shift to the settlement processing for the commodity and subjects the commodity to the settlement processing.09-01-2011
20100258618System and Method for Product Identification, for Tracking Individual Items on Display or in a Warehouse to Enable Inventory Control and Product Replenishment - A unique bar code-encoded identification is designed to be read in large number by a bar code scanner simultaneously or in continuous motion. The unique identification, known as Gentag ID, allows a specific product item to be tracked. In one implementation, that product identification is encoded using code 128 bar code, or another bar code language. In one implementation, the product identification is formed by a combination of multiple characters under the encoding scheme. In one application, a product item with the product identification is placed on a display rack among other product items having like product identification. The product identification may be provided on a surface of the product item at a preferred position, such that all of the product identifications of the products on the display rack may be read by an electronic scanner at the same time or in a continuous motion. In one application, the invention is applied to eyewear, and the product identification is affixed to a lens on each pair of glasses. Any of a large number of optical techniques may be used to provide an image of the product identification that can be read by an electronic scanning device.10-14-2010
20100012714ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS, SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE GREETING CARD WITH INTEGRATED GIFT - An environmentally responsible, socially conscious greeting card that integrates a gift via imprinted bar code or 2D-code which allows recipient to obtain the gift by scanning at specified retail partner's location or by entering the redemption code on a partner's website. These multi-occasion cards can be sold at a national retailer's point of purchase or on their website, activated and registered as a sale at the time of purchase.01-21-2010
20090314832SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMPARING DRUG PRODUCT INFORMATION - A system and method for comparing vast amounts of drug product information at granular levels is provided. This comparison is facilitated by the creation of a unique key that maintains the integrity of the comparison system. The unique key may contain a therapeutic class identifier, a clinical formulation identifier, an additional detail identifier, a package equivalent size identifier, a unit dose identifier, and a package quantity identifier.12-24-2009
20090218393METHOD FOR DISPOSING RFID TAG AND SYSTEM THEREOF - A method for disposing an RFID tag and a system thereof are provided. The RFID tag is disposed on a revolving region of an object. When the object rolls on a transporting platform, the object revolves around the revolving region. Therefore, an RFID reader reads a signal data transmitted from the RFID tag on the revolving region. In addition, the method can also be applied to a model that an object wraps a revolving axis of a transporting platform, and an RFID tag is disposed on a revolving region of the revolving axis of the transporting platform. When the revolving axis of the transporting platform rotates, an RFID reader can read correctly a signal data transmitted by the RFID tag on the revolving region of the revolving axis.09-03-2009
20090218391Scanner for Product Authentication - A method of identifying or authenticating a product by providing an analog identification indicia including a randomized pattern of identification features on a first part of the product wherein one or more attributes of the randomized pattern of identification features correspond to an item identifier. A digital identification record is provided on a second part of the product including an encoded digital version of the item identifier. The product is viewed from two angles and confirmation of the information from both angles assures product authenticity.09-03-2009
20090039147RFID TAG PRINTER AND PRINTER - Data is transferred from an operating device to a printer for printing with a simple operation. It is determined whether or not a printer ID received by a RFID tag for a printer of a printer via radio communication from a mobile terminal matches a printer ID of the printer of itself, and when the printer ID matches, printing data received by the RFID tag for a printer via radio communication from the mobile terminal is stored in a memory part of the RFID tag for a printer and then, the printing data is transmitted to a printer main body through a reader from the RFID tag for a printer and printed by a print head of the printer main body.02-12-2009
20090039146MULTI-FUNCTION MACHINE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A document including a two-dimensional barcode recorded therein is scanned, the two-dimensional barcode of the scan image is decoded, a text recorded in the document is extracted, the extracted text or a document produced by a document editing unit is attached to an e-mail, and the e-mail is transmitted. The text attached to the e-mail can be viewed at the side of a receiver. Since the document can be edited using at least one of the position, the size, the color and the arrangement of the text, readability of the text can be improved. Accordingly, it is possible to search the received text to easily find a desired document at the side of the receiver.02-12-2009
20100038417SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXCHANGING INFORMATION - A system for collecting (or exchanging) product information includes: a registering device (02-18-2010
20100038415TANDEM TRANSCEIVERS - A communication system including a first transceiver having a user identification; and a second transceiver having the same user identification as the first transceiver, wherein the first and second transceivers operate in tandem.02-18-2010
20120199645SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRESENTING INFORMATION ABOUT AN OBJECT ON A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - Systems and methods are provided for enabling a portable electronic device to retrieve information about an object when the object's symbology, e.g., a barcode, is detected. According to one embodiment a method is providing in which symbology associated with an object is detected and decoded to obtain a decode string. The decode string is sent to one or more visual detection applications for processing, wherein the one or more visual detection applications reside on the portable electronic device, and receiving a first amount of information about the object from the one or more visual detection applications. The method also includes sending the decode string to a remote server for processing and receiving a second amount of information about the object from the remote server. The first amount of information is combined with the second amount of information to obtain cumulative information which is displayed on the portable electronic device.08-09-2012
20090032578Computer Generated Bookmarks for Scanning and Transmission to Platform Aggregator or Search Engine to Add Additional Information to Printed Material - Embodiments of the invention are directed to methods of conveying information related to a printed publication. A label having a readable code for attachment to or insertion into a printed publication is used. A reader adapted to read the code on the label or insert and to communicate the code to a computer or device including a microcomputer may be incorporated. An internet site or platform is adapted to receive the code from the computer or a device including a microcomputer and correlate the code to the information. The information related to the code can be displayed at the computer or device including a microcomputer.02-05-2009
20100072273Method and Apparatus for Vending a Containerized Liquid Product Utilizing an Automatic Self-Service Refill System - A method and apparatus for vending a containerized fluid includes placing a machine-readable indicia on the container identifying the base fluid. The container may be filled and then distributed or distributed prior to filling through various distribution channels to consumers. When a consumer wishes to fill or re-fill the container, the consumer places the container adjacent a reader that interprets the indicia to identify the base fluid to be dispensed. A dispenser then fills the container through a movable fill probe that elevates as the liquid within the container rises. In some embodiments, and prior to filling, the dispenser apparatus may also query the consumer about options are provided at the time of dispensing for further dispensing various optional ingredients, including scents, flavors, colors, nutritional supplements or other additives together with the base product. In further embodiments, the dispenser may also print discount tickets or coupons that may discount the purchase of the containerized fluid or other promotional merchandise. The machine-readable indicia may include affiliate codes that permit crediting or compensating various affiliates in relation to the container filling.03-25-2010
20110095083ANONYMITY-ENSURED SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING AFFINITY-BASED DELIVERABLES TO LIBRARY PATRONS - A system and method for automatically determining library patrons' interests without having to identify the patron or otherwise invade his/her privacy based on the library patron's current use of library assets. The system and method involve categorizing the library's assets using broad mapping user interest categories, associating a user interest category with a specific library asset that is checked out, reserved or otherwise used by a library patron and providing that patron with a confirmation item containing that user interest category, providing the library patron with feedback about the library assets and the broad mapping user interest categories, allowing library patrons to access and register for a library rewards program using the user interest category number and having advertisers provide relevant information and rewards to library patrons who request such additional information.04-28-2011
20110079641METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ACCURATELY LABELING A SPECIMEN AND TREATING A SUBJECT - Methods of accurately labeling a specimen accurately giving a medical treatment to a subject or patient are provided. The methods comprise reading a machine-readable subject identification label associated with a subject using a portable label reader; reading a machine-readable subject identification label associated with a collection receptacle or a machine-readable subject identification label associated with a medical treatment intended to be given to the subject using the portable label reader; and indicating whether the two machine-readable subject identification labels correspond to each other using the portable label reader, wherein a specimen is taken from the subject, deposited in the collection receptacle and/or the label is affixed to the collection receptacle, or the medical treatment is given to the subject when the two machine-readable subject identification labels correspond. Systems and hand-held apparatuses for accurately labeling a specimen and accurately giving a medical treatment to a subject or patient are also provided.04-07-2011
20110101085REMOTE CODE READER SYSTEM, LOCAL CODE READER, HOST COMPUTER, ADVERTISEMENT SUPPORT METHOD, INPUT DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A number of various and arbitrary local barcode readers 05-05-2011
20110101087Authentication of source, plus, for goods and services system, method, and components - A unique identifier is created for each article (clothing, accessories, jewels, fragrances, manufactures, etc.) for which the provider of the article desires to authenticate its Brand source to the party acquiring the article to substantiate to that acquiring party that they are receiving a genuine article. The unique identifier is so provided from a secure third party that also stores the unique identifier, possibly with other historical information, in a secure data base accessible only by authorized parties. The unique identifier may be provided on tags to be carried by the respective article or it may be applied directly to the article as by direct part marking from the material of the article and when so provided it includes a brand source identifier of the party providing the unique identifier as an additional protective measure.05-05-2011
20110079639GEOTAGGING USING BARCODES - A method and apparatus for associating geotag information obtained from a barcode with image or video data is provided. The apparatus includes a camera module for capturing an image or video of an object, a barcode decoding module for receiving barcode data related to the object and for extracting geotag information from the barcode data, and a processor for associating the geotag information with the image or video.04-07-2011
20110101086DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTACT INFORMATION EXCHANGE - A method and device exchanging contact information on an electronic device. Contact information is obtained from a contact by scanning a barcode using an electronic device and decoding the barcode to recover the contact information encoded therein. The contact information may be used to reciprocate by sending user contact data in a message addressed to an electronic address obtained from the contact information. The user contact data may be encoded in a second barcode displayed on the electronic device.05-05-2011
20110101088IDENTIFICATION AND AUTHENTICATION USING LIQUID CRYSTAL MATERIAL MARKINGS - The present invention relates to a marking of polymeric liquid crystal material having determined optical characteristics allowing its authentication and reading by a machine and its authentication by the human eye. The marking is applied onto an item, good or article by a variable information printing process. The marking is in the form of indicia representing a unique code which allows for an easy authentication by the human eye and a secure tracking and tracing of the marked item, good or article throughout its life cycle.05-05-2011
20110073639METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN INTERACTIVE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE - A method and apparatus for mining data about a customer from a customer's interactive shopping experience that not only assists the customer in their decision-making process, but also records the data in a manner that allows access to the data at a later time.03-31-2011
20120061463USE OF GAMMA HARDENED RFID TAGS IN PHARMACEUTICAL DEVICES - A system and method for utilizing RFID tags in environments where radiation is used is disclosed. RFID tags are secured to various components of a pharmaceutical system, thereby enabling the customer to download pertinent information about the component, such as lot number, date of manufacturer, test parameters, etc. The tags can be applied to the component immediately after manufacture and can be subjected to the sterilization process without risk of data loss or corruption. The memory device within the tag utilizes a technology that does not rely upon charge storage as its mechanism to store information.03-15-2012
20110068166APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTHENTICATING PRODUCTS - A computer readable medium including executable instructions to analyze radio frequency (RF) tag information includes executable instruction to access cross-enterprise RF tag information, identify a product transition based upon the cross-enterprise RF tag information, and define a new product path based upon the product transition, where the new product path defines product pedigree information. Additional executable instructions authenticate a user, secure product information, supply product pedigree information corresponding to the product information, and verify the pedigree of the product based upon the product pedigree information.03-24-2011
20110068165Method of Verifying the Validity of an Electronic Parking Ticket - The method serves to verify the validity of an electronic parking ticket stored in an electronic entity. The method includes a step of securely obtaining from the electronic ticket specific data that is specific to said electronic entity or to the vehicle in which it is installed, and a step of making available at least a portion of said specific data on an inspection device. The method enables a dishonest attack of the “man-the-middle” type to be detected.03-24-2011
20110068164Method and Apparatus for Barcode and Position Detection - Method and apparatus for detecting barcode data of at least one item of interest. In one embodiment, a method includes detecting a barcode target, by an imaging device, associated with an item located at a position of interest. The method further includes decoding the barcode target to extract data associated with the item, determining position data for the position of interest and displaying the data associated with the item and the position data for a user.03-24-2011
20110062226SECURITY SYSTEM, MOBILE SECURITY DEVICE, AND METHODS OF OPERATING - System, device and methods that provide proximate environmental and security intelligence to a guard making a security tour or round in an installation, as well as that provide for certifying that the guard has visited designated and known checkpoints on or about the times at which the guard is expected at those checkpoints.03-17-2011
20110062228TEACHING METHOD OF TRANSMISSION CONTROL UNIT OF VEHICLE - A teaching method of a transmission control unit (TCU) allows one to transmit specific property data of a transmission manufactured in a transmission production line to a vehicle assembly line where the TCU and the transmission are assembled, and input the data to the TCU in a very inexpensive and simple fashion. The method also allows the TCU that controls a CVT to appropriately initialize kiss-point pressure of the CVT that uses a wet-type multi-disc clutch, instead of a torque converter, and is equipped with a solenoid valve directly controlling the wet-type multi-disc clutch, such that it makes it possible to allow the TCU to stably and appropriately control the CVT to be controlled, with the property data about the CVT which is restrictively transmitted.03-17-2011
20110062229METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INTERACTING WITH PHYSICAL OBJECTS - A camera, of a handheld computing device, is used to capture a picture of an object. At least some image data corresponding to the captured picture is provided to a processor, which returns processed information corresponding to the object. By reference to this processed information, the system automatically identifies a particular one of plural different software application programs—a program that is particularly relevant to the object, rather than being generally relevant to all objects. Output information is then produced using the identified software application program, which is then presented to the user, e.g., on a screen of the handheld computing device. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.03-17-2011
20110024491SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING A MEDICAL PROCEDURE SITE WITH A MACHINE READABLE MARKING - A system for ensuring the correct location/side of a surgery is described. The system includes a reader coupled to a validater. A first machine readable marking associated with a medical procedure site on a body of a patient is placed on a planned medical procedure site on the body of the patient. A second machine readable marking associated with a pre-identified reference point. A reader reads the first and second machine readable marking. A validater receives medical procedure plan data associated with the patient and compares the medical procedure plan data with the first and second machine readable markings to verify the validity of the planned medical procedure and the site of the planned medical procedure.02-03-2011
20110042452METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFYING AND TRACKING REUSABLE PACKING CRATES - A method and system is provided for permanently and visibly marking reusable packing crates with a unique mark and using the mark to identify and track the crate in a manufacturing environment. The mark can include a two-dimensional barcode comprised of holes drilled through one or more sidewalls of the crate to produce a unique and permanent pattern for identification. The code can be used to identify a crate uniquely and to assign waypoint data, process management data and content data that can be stored in a computer database. The data can be used for tracking information capabilities and business intelligence in and for manufacturing management systems.02-24-2011
20100252621BAR-CODE TICKET PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING BAR-CODE TICKET PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND BAR-CODE TICKET PROCESSING SYSTEM - An object of the present invention is to transmit image data of valid surfaces of all bar-code tickets to an external device by a single bar-code ticket process, regardless of orientations and directions of the bar-code tickets. A bar-code ticket processing apparatus includes a taking unit configured to take thereinto a bar-code ticket; an image-data reading unit configured to read image data of both surfaces of the bar-code ticket taken by the taking unit; a valid-surface judging unit configured to judge the surfaces of the image data read by the image-data reading unit to be valid or not; and a control unit configured to generate ticket data including the image data of a valid surface out of the image data read by the image-data reading unit, based on the judgment result of the valid-surface judging unit.10-07-2010
20110253778Self Checkout Stands - This invention discloses a new self-check-out stand capable of handling large orders. The check-out stand has a flat belt on which items that have been scanned can be placed. This belt abuts a declining belt, with both belts preferably each having abutting ends with upper corners in which a fixed non-rotating nose rod is located with the rod extending across the width of the belt, said rods hold the abutting ends tightly together with only a small crack between the belts. The check-out stand has two sets of unpowered transition rollers to turn the items at an obtuse angle to the conveyer belts. The stand has a declining set of rollers to bring the items to the proper height for the customer to bag. The accumulation area rises from front to back to slow the items being conveyed. A scanner module with a monitor and pay station can be placed at the front end of the stand.10-20-2011
20100243727METHOD OF RECORDING RECEIPT OF SHIPPED ITEM - A method of recording receipt of an item, the item comprising a product contained in a package, the package comprising an interface surface having disposed thereon coded data indicative of an identity of the item and of coordinates of a plurality of locations of the interface surface. The method includes the steps of: marking the interface surface using an optically imaging pen having a marking nib; sensing the coded data in the vicinity of the pen; generating indicating data using the sensed coded data, the indicating data including data regarding the identity of the item and positions of the pen relative to the interface surface; and transmitting the indicating data to a computer system.09-30-2010
20100243726CODE COLLECTION IN MOBILE DEVICE - An apparatus comprising means for processing data representative of an optically readable code, means for detecting, from the data representative of the optically readable code, a symbol indicating that the code is a member of a set of codes including at least two optically readable codes, means for collecting, from the data representative of the optically readable code, one or more collection symbols, and means for assessing, on the basis of the collection symbols collected from at least two optically readable codes, if a predetermined collection criterion for finishing the collections is fulfilled.09-30-2010
20100243725BARCODE DATA MANAGEMENT DEVICE, PRINTING APPARATUS - There is provided a barcode data management device including: a conversion unit that converts print data including barcode data into electronic format data for viewing; an extraction unit that extracts barcode data included in the print data, the barcode data including a start position, a range, a type and actual encoded data from the barcode image rendered into a viewable state; and an attachment unit that attaches the barcode data extracted by the extraction unit to a non-viewing region provided in the electronic format data.09-30-2010
20080230595Automated audio, video, and data extraction - A system and method for loading, processing and classifying media used in an automated system is disclosed. A robotic arm, or similar device, is used to pick a piece of media from a set of unprocessed discs in a first location and place that medium into a suitable media reader, such as a CDROM reader or DVD reader. A computing system, in communication with the media reader, determines whether the media was properly processed. If so, it is placed in a second location. If it is not properly processed, the robotic arm places the media in a third location, where it can be manually inspected and analyzed at a later time. In another embodiment, the computing system discriminates between various reasons for the inability to process the media and places the offending media in a location designated specifically for that failure type. At a convenient time, manual inspection and intervention can be used to correct the failed media. The system can also be used to sort media based on other criteria, such as media type, defect rate, or type of content. In all cases, the computing system also optionally generates an import log that tracks all discrepancies.09-25-2008
20090277955SYSTEM AND METHOD TO INDEX MACHINE-READABLE CODES AND CORRELATE THE DATA FOR DELIVERING PRODUCT SPECIFIC VIDEOS ON COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND DEVICES - A system and method for indexing machine-readable codes and for correlating the readable code data in order to deliver product specific videos and computer systems and devices. The ability to capture and search machine-readable information across an index is very powerful. The system brings a highly used consumer video concept into the retail product world in an extremely efficient manner.11-12-2009
20090001155SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, LOGISTICS, AND PRINTING OF TICKETS - Systems and methods for the production, distribution, logistics and printing of lottery tickets are disclosed. A central server provides a ticket combination and identifying variable data in response to a request from a computing system terminal. The terminal receives combination and variable data and issues commands for the printing of the same on a plurality of tickets. The tickets comprise a substratum capable of being printed upon at high speeds and colors and images. The printing may be performed at a point of sale. Prior to printing, the plurality of tickets may be imprinted with information related to marketing and appearance. Additionally, prior to the printing, the plurality of tickets do not have a combination or identifying variable data serving to identify the plurality of tickets.01-01-2009
20090001156Position-coding pattern - A product is on a surface provided with a first position code which codes locations of a plurality of first points. In at least one zone on the surface, the product is further provided with a second position code which codes locations of a plurality of second points. The zone further comprises a field which is associated with a predetermined function to be performed in consequence of a sensing device being placed in the field. Methods and devices for coding and for recording of information from a surface are also described.01-01-2009
20090001154IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image forming apparatus connected to a network including a reading device configured to read a document having ID data; a storage device configured to store a document data that is transmitted by the reading device; an analyzing device configured to analyze the document data and to determine an image forming apparatus that formed the document using the ID data; a communication device configured to transmit the ID data to the image forming apparatus found by the analyzing device; and an image generating device configured to generate the document data on a media when said communication device receives an authorization to copy sent by the image forming apparatus that is found by the analyzing device.01-01-2009
20090127327Method and apparatus for delivery tracking correlated with barcode images - A method and apparatus for tracking delivery of items by receiving an image of a barcode, where the barcode relates to the item delivery; processing the received image of the barcode; processing location information comprising information about the time and location of the item delivery; and analyzing the retrieved image of the barcode and the image of the barcode to determine the delivery status of the item.05-21-2009
20090127325SYSTEMS AND METHODS THAT INTEGRATE RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TECHNOLOGY WITH INDUSTRIAL CONTROLLERS - The subject invention relates to systems and methods that provide electronic data (e.g., Electronic Product Code (EPC) data) obtained from Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags by RFID readers and/or from servers to one or more industrial components (e.g., controllers, programmable logic controllers, modules, etc.). The systems and methods employ component that processes, if desired, and stores received electronic data as records within a table. Processing includes filtering for data of interest and/or formatting the data in a suitable structure. Storage can include delineating related electronic data across rows the table and types of data across columns of a row. Upon receiving a subscription and/or request for electronic data from the one or more industrial components, the data can be retrieved and conveyed to the subscribing and/or requesting components.05-21-2009
20080314968System and Method for Capturing and Managing Personal Documents and Information - A system and method for electronically registering individuals in a entity such as a school district is disclosed. The disclosed system provides the entity with the ability to provide each potential registrant with an account. The system includes hardware and software for receiving documents and information directly from the registrant and for storing same for later access. Methods and systems for allowing an individual to create and modify documents and forms used by the system are also disclosed. Additionally, the electronic registration system provides methods and systems for verifying the authenticity of information within a user's account.12-25-2008
20080314969PATIENT CARE INDICIA READER SYSTEM - A health care service (HCS) network comprising a hand held optical reader for reading a target having information bearing indicia provided thereon and generating therefrom a decoded out indicia data message to a base unit which receives the message and transmits the message to a workstation in communication with a network server for storing the decoded out indicia data messages. The network is configured so that the server communicates non indicia data messages with the base unit which is passed to the optical reader, wherein the optical reader display is configured to display the non indicia data messages. The network is configured so that the hand held indicia reader and the base unit have a linking mode wherein a request to link is sent from the optical reader to the server through the base unit by way of wireless communication to associate the optical reader with the server.12-25-2008
20080302867System and method for tracking individuals via remote transmitters attached to personal items - In accordance with an embodiment, a system and method for verifying presence at a vendor location is defined. Preferably, an identification tag is coupled to a device, and the identification tag is operable to transmit a unique user identifier representing the user in possession of the device. The identification tag preferably includes a low frequency RFID device. Further, an identification tag reader is provided that is operable to receive from the identification tag the user identifier. The identification tag reader is preferably placed at a location of a vendor. Further, a computing device is provided that is operable to receive the user identifier from the identification tag reader. The computing device is further operable to receive from the identification tag reader a vendor identifier representing the vendor location, and is still further operable to receive a time identifier representing a time when the identification tag reader received the user identifier from the identification tag. Preferably, a database is also provided that stores the user identifier, the vendor identifier and the time identifiers with a plurality of other user identifiers, other vendor identifiers and other time identifiers. The computing device determines the name of the user and the name of the vendor as a function of the user identifier and the vendor identifier.12-11-2008
20090114712Method of processing a ticket order - A method of processing a ticket order requesting the production of an identification tag for an article of commerce can be accomplished in the following manner. In the first step, a ticketing services provider receives the ticket order placed by the client, the ticket order including, inter alia, order information (e.g., purchase order information) with respect to the article to which the tag is to be affixed. Having received the order, the ticketing services provider associates a unique identification code, such as an automatically-retrievable electronic product code (EPC), with the identification tag (e.g., by programming the IC chip of an RFID tag with the unique identification code). In turn, a file is stored in an electronically-accessible database which links the unique identification code for the ID tag with the order information for the article to which the tag is to be affixed. In this manner, the client can retrieve the order information relating to each individual article of commerce that it produces. The ability to track order information for individual articles of commerce is useful in, among other things, anti-counterfeit, anti-diversion, inventory management and article return applications.05-07-2009
20080265014Credit Relationship Management - Systems and methods are disclosed for managing a credit relationship and determining whether to extend credit to a customer. A plurality of user devices may be linked and provided shared access to a customer account over a computer network to assist in streamlining an underwriting decision in a line of business. A customer account may be approved by entering customer data and credit data into a data file, performing a credit decision on the data file, and approving the data file. The approval process may comprise a plurality of modules including a customer module, a credit module, a review module, an exposure module, a relationship module, an approval module, and optionally a tracking module and/or a maintenance module. Further, users or computing devices may be permitted to enter data, alter data, view data, or some combination of viewing, entering, and altering data within one or more of the modules.10-30-2008
20110174873SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR HANDLING, PREPPING, TAGGING AND SHIPPING PLANTS - A plant handling, tagging and shipping system includes a flood trailer towed by a cart for delivering potted plants from a grow site to a prepping station while also soaking the pots, an on-demand tag-printing system for printing plant tags based on customized client data, and a conveyor system that enables workers to trim, weed, clean, and tag the plants as they travel along the conveyor. This novel system and process for handling, tagging and shipping plants provides enormous efficiencies as compared with traditional processes.07-21-2011
20090014512Electronic tagging system for tagging a plurality of luggage items transported through a transportation system, using electronic-ink display tags for displaying real-time information regarding said luggage items, and remotely programmable by activator modules installed throughout said transportion system - An electronic tagging system for tagging a plurality of luggage items transported through a transportation system. The system includes a plurality of electronic-ink display labels coupled to a plurality of luggage items. Each electronic-ink display label displays graphical indicia representative of information relating to the status of the luggage item within the transportation system. One or more activation modules are provided throughout the transportation system for transmitting electromagnetic data signals to electronic-ink display labels and providing instructions to updateable electronic-ink display labels employed in the determination of graphic indicia to be displayed on electronic-ink display labels. Each electronic-ink display label employs an addressable display assembly including a layer of electronic ink including a bi-stable non-volatile imaging material. The electronic-ink display label includes an integrated circuit structure having a storage element for storing instructions, programs and data, and a programmed processor in communication with storage element. A signal receiving structure receives electromagnetic signals from the activation module, using the antenna structure. The electronic-ink display label displays graphical indicia representing information which changes as the associated luggage item moves through the transportation system.01-15-2009
20090200369COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, READER/WRITER, AUTHENTICATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - A reader/writer that reads or writes information from or in an Integrated Circuit (IC) module, in which one or more applications are loaded, in response to an instruction issued from a controller in which counter-applications compatible with the applications are loaded. The reader/writer includes a memory in which one or more pieces of IC access authentication information that are associated with the applications in the IC module and that are used to authenticate the associated applications respectively are stored. The memory also stores pieces of group authentication information. A control unit authenticates a counter-application using group authentication information and, if the authentication succeeds, permits the counter-application to use IC access authentication information belonging to a group identified with the group authentication information.08-13-2009
20080210750Internet-based shipping, tracking, and delivery network supporting a plurality of digital image capture and processing instruments deployed aboard a plurality of pickup/delivery vehicles - The Internet-based shipping, tracking, and delivery network supporting a plurality of digital image capture and processing instruments deployed aboard a plurality of pickup/delivery vehicles, wherein each digital image capture and processing instrument can upload digital images of shipping documents wirelessly to a cellular telephone which, in turn, transmits the digital images to one or more application servers and/or human-operated data-keying workstations supported on the network for machine and/or or human-assisted recognition-processing, and acquisition of shipping information contained in the digital images and the entry of said shipping information into an RDBMS maintained on the network for the purpose of supporting its shipping, tracking, and delivery operations.09-04-2008
20110253779Tracking Removal or Processing of Debris Material - A method of performing debris clean-up following a disaster event can include creating an electronic load ticket for a pre-registered debris transporter to transport a load of debris from a site of debris origin to a site where the load of debris is to be emptied from the transporter; following transport of the load of debris to the second site, reading, from the electronic information storage device and to a portable computing device, the information uniquely identifying the debris transporter and the electronic load ticket; and upon verification that no alteration has been made to the transporter, receiving at the portable computing device information describing the load of debris that has been transported. In some implementations, the electronic load ticket includes information identifying the geographic location of debris origin, and is electronically stored on a portable electronic information storage device that contains information uniquely identifying the debris transporter.10-20-2011
20120168497DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTACT INFORMATION EXCHANGE - A method and device exchanging contact information on an electronic device. Contact information is obtained from a contact by scanning a barcode using an electronic device and decoding the barcode to recover the contact information encoded therein. The contact information may be used to reciprocate by sending user contact data in a message addressed to an electronic address obtained from the contact information. The user contact data may be encoded in a second barcode displayed on the electronic device.07-05-2012
20120168495APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING A RECORDING MEDIUM WITH EMBEDDED INFORMATION - An apparatus for processing a recording medium with embedded information is disclosed, which comprises: a Y shape channel mechanism including a first channel, a second channel and a third channel, wherein all the channels are joined with each other at the inner end; a processing device including a magnetic head mechanism which is located in the first channel and used for reading magnetic information of the recording medium and a print mechanism located on one side of the third channel or one side of the second channel ; and a guide mechanism, located at the joining position of the first channel, a second channel and the third channel and used for guiding the recording medium to be conveyed among the channels. A method for processing a recording medium with embedded information is also disclosed. The solution can realize the reading of the magnetic information and the overturn of the recording medium so that the printing on both sides of the recording medium can be realized by using one print head.07-05-2012
20120168494SMART CARD-BASED BROWSING SYSTEM AND SMART CARD-BASED BROWSING METHOD AND SMART CARD FOR THE SAME - Disclosed are a smart card-based browsing system, a smart card-based browsing method, and smart card for the same. A browser is installed in the smart card to form a direct connection path with an SCWS installed in the smart card. The number of sockets for HTTP request/response required to be as many as the number of contents for services between the smart card and the user terminal is reduced, so that the services can be smoothly provided through a rapid and effective interface. A web service can be provided to various multimedia appliances compatible with the smart card regardless of the existence of the browser on the user terminal and the type and version of the browser.07-05-2012
20080203149System and method for providing information - According to an aspect of an embodiment, a system comprises, a client for obtaining a code included in an image, and sending out the code obtained by the client and identification information of the client, and a server for obtaining address information on the basis of the code received from the client in association with the address information, identifying a table containing content address information, obtaining content address information on the basis of the code and the identification information in reference to the table, and providing the content address information to the client whereby the client is enable to obtain content information by using the content address information.08-28-2008
20080203146System and Method for Controlling Service Systems - A pump surrogate controller system and method allows multiple point of sale systems to control a particular service system. For example, a register at a cashier stand may activate the same fuel pump as an automated checkout kiosk. The surrogate controller may further coordinate the transmission of transaction data to the appropriate destinations. For example, transaction information relating to a fuel transaction may be delivered to the appropriate point of sale for completion. Transactions that are pre-authorized prior to a purchaser's arrival at a service station may also be activated using the surrogate controller.08-28-2008
20080203145OPERATING SYSTEM FOR MANAGING PUBLIC PARKING LOT - Operating system for managing public parking lot which provides a solution for controlling public parking lots, by using for telecommunications technology which, in combination with mobile devices, allows interconnection of sales terminals with a supervisory program in order to make the process electronic and automated. A reception module receives information about the vehicle, an electronic coupon issuing module generates the electronic coupon based on the provided information and payment, which data is stored in together, and an activation and deactivation module enables activation and deactivation of each electronic coupon upon entry of the number of the electronic coupon and the password of that electronic coupon. The activation and deactivation module provides a confirmation of activation or deactivation of the electronic coupon to a telephone number associated with the electronic coupon.08-28-2008
20100320265METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TWIST LOCK MANIPULATION - A manipulation device (12-23-2010
20100320267Method and Device for Accessing Microforms - The invention pertains to a method for reading analog and/or digital data stored on a microform in fields by means of a device for accessing the microform, which is connected to a data processing system by a hardware interface. The invention also pertains to a device for implementing the method and to a microform. So that the data acquired by the device can be subjected to further processing in a conventional personal computer, it is proposed according to the invention that the analog and/or digital data stored on the microform be presented to the data processing system by a control unit of the device as if the microform were a conventional removable data storage medium. Finally, an advantageous microform is described, the data on which can be read out quickly and which, because of its design, is suitable for the long-term, safe archiving of data, especially digital data.12-23-2010
20100320266Devices, Systems and Methods for Wireless Point-of-Sale - Devices, systems and methods are disclosed which relate to executing a transaction at a point-of-sale device using a mobile device. In exemplary embodiments the mobile device reads an identifier from the point-of-sale device through wireless technology such as RFID. The identifier is an IP address, serial number, telephone number, etc. The mobile device prompts the user to input the amount of the sale, a payment method, and an authorization code. Once input, the mobile device sends the information along with the identifier to a payment server which verifies the information. Once verified, the payment server notifies the point-of-sale device that the amount has been transferred. The point-of-sale device prints a receipt for the customer or sends it back through the network to the mobile device.12-23-2010
20080237333PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An IC card used as a portable electronic device includes a CPU which performs various processes by executing control programs, a memory which stores data files, and a communicating portion which communicates with an external device. When receiving a command from the external device via the communicating portion, the CPU of the IC card determines whether or not a process corresponding to the command for the data string specified by the command received from the external device can be performed based on one of access conditions set for the respective data strings in the files stored in the memory and performs a command process when it is determined in the above determining process that the command process for the data string specified by the command can be performed.10-02-2008
20110042453Systems for communicating current and future activity information among mobile Internet users and methods therefor - The invention relates, in one embodiment to a computer-implemented method implemented via the Internet for coordinating an activity between a user of a mobile Internet device and other users communicating through the Internet. The method includes receiving activity information pertaining to the event from the user via the mobile Internet device. The activity pertains to an activity occurring during a time period that overlaps the time the activity information is received. The method further includes transmitting the activity information to a backend database coupled to the Internet, the backend database being remote from the mobile Internet device. The method further includes rendering the activity information accessible to at least one recipient via the Internet. The recipient represents a subset of the users coupled to the Internet and having access privilege to information pertaining to the event involving the user.02-24-2011
20100282837METHOD OF PROTECTING AN INDIVIDUAL'S PRIVACY WHEN PROVIDING SERVICE BASED ON ELECTRONIC TAG - A technology for providing a service based on an electronic tag. A personalized service provider issues a new code that replaces a code recorded on an electronic tag which is attached to a product purchased by a purchaser, sets a privacy policy of the purchaser, authenticates the new code and purchaser information, and provides a service associated with the product in a limited manner according to the set privacy policy when a person who accesses the personalized service provider is not the purchaser of the product.11-11-2010
20100282835INFORMATION DISPLAY PANEL - In an information display panel, an illuminating device 11-11-2010
20100282834FLUID PROCESSING MEDICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SETTING-UP A FLUID PROCESSING MEDICAL APPARATUS - The invention relates to a method for setting up a fluid treatment apparatus using a single, and always accessible, reader of information relating to replaceable components which are to be mounted on the apparatus to perform the fluid treatment. It is also disclosed a fluid treatment apparatus having the always accessible reader. The reader can also be relied on to enter information other that those relating to the replaceable components, such as commands for the apparatus, patients' related information, etcetera.11-11-2010
20100282833Tracing Items Through a Non-Sequential Process - The present invention relates to method and a system for tracing items (11-11-2010
20110114717Methods and Devices for Determining Bit Time Mix Choices of Frequencies of Optically Transmitted Barcodes - Barcodes stored by mobile devices can be used in commerce. In sending barcode data optically from a display backlight of a mobile communication device to a barcode scanner optical receiver, the transmitted data bit time needs to be compatible with the frequency range the barcode scanner is designed to receive. The disclosed methods and mobile devices can send barcode data optically at different frequencies from a modulated display backlight to different models/makes of laser barcode scanners that may be used at a point of sale (POS). The disclosed are methods and devices for processing the bit time mix choices make a determination of bit time mix choices based upon predetermined criteria. Location of the device is an example of predetermined criteria. A location may have a particular bit time mix signature that may be accessed, for example, in a look up table.05-19-2011
20110132980SYSTEM, APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PLAYING MULTIMEDIA - A system for playing multimedia is provided which includes: a printed matter printed with special ink; a plurality of pattern recognition units including a sensor recognizing a material of the printed special ink and outputting a corresponding electrical signal, which transmits an identity code depending on the electrical signal corresponding to the material and an identification number stored to identify at least one pattern recognition unit of the pattern recognition units; a selection unit receiving the identity code and the identification number and, when the identification number corresponds to a selection signal indicating a pattern recognition unit selected by a user among the pattern recognition units, transmitting the identity code and the identification number; and a content playing unit generating and transmitting the selection signal to the selection unit and receiving the transmitted identity code and identification number and extracting and displaying multimedia contents corresponding to the identity code and identification number.06-09-2011
20100181373Communication Terminal, Method For Controlling Communication Terminal - A communication terminal comprising an establishing means for establishing a communication session with a communication node by sending a request for establishment to the communication node is provided. The communication terminal further comprises an obtaining means for obtaining a first identifier from an object that is associated with an alternative communication terminal. The first identifier identifies the alternative communication terminal. The communication terminal further comprises a redirecting means for redirecting the communication session to the alternative communication terminal by sending a request for redirection to the communication node. The request for redirection includes the first identifier.07-22-2010
20110084130METHOD OF IDENTIFYING OBJECT USING PORTION OF RANDOM PATTERN IDENTIFIED VIA FIDUCIAL - A method of identifying an object having coded data identifying a plurality of fiducials on a surface of the object and a random pattern superimposed with the coded data. The random pattern defines a fingerprint for the object. The method includes the steps of: receiving, in a computer system, fingerprint data from a data reader interacting with the surface, the fingerprint data identifying some of the random pattern and a fiducial; using the fiducial to identify a portion of the random pattern; and identifying, using the identified portion of the random pattern, an object identity.04-14-2011
20120199650MEDICATION DISPENSER - A medication dispenser comprises a body with an opening, an advancing device, a reader, an output device and a processor connected to the advancing device, the reader and the output device. The body is closable and lockable and is arranged to receive a medication container comprising multiple individual sealed medication chambers, each medication chamber including a data tag relating to the medication chamber. The opening in the body is for a medication chamber and the advancing device is arranged to advance a medication chamber through the opening. The reader is arranged to read a data tag on a medication chamber and the processor is arranged to control the advancing device and the output device, according to a data tag on a medication chamber.08-09-2012
20120199649System, Method and Apparatus for Tracking Origins of Produce - A system for tracking produce delivered to a consumer includes a source of produce and several end-customer containers for delivering the produce to the customer. Each of the end-customer containers has an identifier that is scannable and includes a statistically unique code. A computer has software that captures/reads data pertaining to the produce. Each of the end-customer containers is filled with a subset of the produce. The software running on the computer captures the unique code from each of the end-customer containers and creates an association between the unique code and the data pertaining to the produce. The software running on the computer stores the association between the unique code and the data pertaining to the produce in a database.08-09-2012
20120199648SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING OBJECTS - A system, device and methods are provided for tracking objects, such as shipping containers and other movable items. In one embodiment, a method includes detecting an object based on detection of an object identification tag and detecting a marker during transport of the object, wherein detection of the marker includes determining location data of the marker. The method may further include storing position data for the object based on the location data of the marker, and outputting the position data for the object.08-09-2012
20110089229CONSTRUCTING A COMBINED TRACKING ADDRESS - Systems and methods for constructing a combined tracking address and reporting tracking information using the combined tracking address are described.04-21-2011
20120199643Enabling Interactive Activities for Content Utilizing Matrix Codes - An electronic device may generate a matrix code that includes information for performing an interactive activity related to content, combine the matrix code with the content, and transmit the combination of the matrix code and the content to a display device. Subsequently, the displayed matrix code may be captured by a matrix code reader in order to initiate performance of the interactive activity. In some implementations, the content may be a sporting event and capture of the matrix code may initiate performance of an activity corresponding to a fantasy sporting event league associated with the sporting event. In various implementations, the matrix code reader's initiation of performance of the interactive activity related to the content may utilize one or more other electronic devices located in a user location.08-09-2012
20110168774AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR RANDOMLY ORIENTED OBJECTS - A method of identifying a plurality of items, the method comprising: performing a CT scan of a plurality of items, at least some of said items bearing information tags; reconstructing an image based on the CT scan; and identifying an information tag associated with the items based on the reconstructed image.07-14-2011
20100116876LABORATORY SAMPLING MACHINE AND METHODS FOR MAINTAINING CHAIN OF CUSTODY FOR SAMPLES - A machine and methods for maintaining chain of custody during a sampling procedure is provided, the machine including a sample handling robot having an operation head and a verification head. The verification head can be one of a barcode reader, OCR scanner, of RFID tag reader. The verification head of the machine is adapted to read a sample container prior to sampling an aliquot of liquid, and transferring the aliquot to a testing vial. Each sample container and corresponding testing vial is read prior to performing an operation, such that a chain of custody is properly recorded. The machine can further comprise a secondary robot for improved operation.05-13-2010
20120145777VAULT MANAGEMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM - A method of processing a plurality of articles of value within a cash processing centre comprising sorting a plurality of articles of value according to one or more predetermined criteria, recording data corresponding to the sorted articles of value, physically associating the sorted articles of value with a radio frequency identification device, and electronically associating the data corresponding to the sorted articles of value with data corresponding to the radio frequency identification device.06-14-2012
20110095082CONFIGURATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - An authentication method includes determining that a unique overt identifier is associated with a product; detecting that a random covert identifier is associated with the product, wherein the covert identifier includes at least one taggant particle, the unique overt identifier is combined with the random covert identifier, and the unique overt identifier is not a function of the random covert identifier; and comparing the unique overt identifier and the random covert identifier respectively to a unique overt number and a random covert number stored in a database.04-28-2011
20110095081METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR NETWORK CONFIGURATION - Network and device configuration systems and methods are described. In an embodiment, a first user interface configured to receive from a user configuration information regarding a first network provided. Program code stored in computer accessible memory is configured to generate a barcode that includes information related to the first network configuration information, wherein the barcode can be scanned by a device having a barcode scanner and a network interface to configure the network interface to access the first network.04-28-2011
20110095080METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING A PRODUCT - The present invention relates to a method and a corresponding apparatus for identifying a product (04-28-2011
20110095078Printer Side Verification Mechanism - A method includes generating a machine readable code using each ink color implemented at a printer, printing the machine readable code on a first side of the medium, analyzing the machine readable code printed on the first side of the medium at a verification unit and detecting a side mismatch if the verification unit does not verify the machine readable code printed on the first side of the medium.04-28-2011
20130008947SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GESTURE-BASED INTERACTION WITH COMPUTER SYSTEMS - The present disclosure facilitates gesture-based interaction with a computer-system. The method may comprise pairing a transaction account with a likeness, receiving the likeness and a transaction request based upon the location of a marker in three dimensional space, retrieving the transaction account paired with the likeness, and approving the transaction request at least partially based upon the transaction account and the likeness.01-10-2013
20100059584Method and Apparatus for Configuring a Survey Controller - Method and apparatus for configuring a controller for surveying equipment. In one embodiment, an identification tag associated with a surveying tool may be detected by a controller. An indicator related to the identification tag may be presented to a user of the controller. According to another embodiment, operation of the controller may be configured based, at least in part, on the identification tag.03-11-2010
20090308917SECURED ACCESS USING A POSITION-CODED SYSTEM - A system and method are disclosed for controlling access to an access-protected unit. A location may be read from a base, such as form, using a digital pen. The system may then check if location is within a region belonging to an authorized user. If so, access may be granted to the authorized user to the access-protected unit or to specific programs or functions of the access-protected unit.12-17-2009
20080217394Operation support system, component arrangement recognition method and cassette arrangement recognition method in component mounting apparatus - An operation support system in a component mounting apparatus on a manufacturing line for manufacturing printed board units, comprises: an ID reading unit that reads out cassette identification information for identifying cassettes and component identification information for identifying components from the cassette each comprising tags for recording the cassette identification information and tags for recording the component identification information, wherein at least one reels are loaded on each cassette and tapes to which the components are attached are wound around the reels, and the components are contained in the reels accommodated in the cassettes; a storage unit that stores information for specifying the components previously set to be loaded on the cassettes; and a component loading checking unit that checks whether or not the components loaded on the cassettes are correct by comparing the component identification information with the specifying information corresponding to the cassette identification information.09-11-2008
20080217393Sharing of database objects - A system may include reading a provider database mapping of file identifiers to page numbers of the provider database, determining one or more shared database objects of the provider database based on the provider database mapping, and registering the one or more shared database objects in a local namespace of a reader database.09-11-2008
20110186625FIDUCIAL MARKERS FOR AUGMENTED REALITY - Fiducial markers for augmented reality are provided. A fiducial marker can be located on an object in the environment and includes retroreflectors that reflect light back towards the source of the light. A portion of the fiducial marker is masked or obscured to form a pattern in the fiducial marker including a reflective portion and a less or non-reflective portion. The pattern of the reflective portion and the less or non-reflective portion stores data that can be read by a reading device and used to generate computer-generated content that is included in an augmented image.08-04-2011
20100025459DISPLAY DEVICE, DISPLAY METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A display device includes a display unit (02-04-2010
20110186624NETWORKED WASTE PROCESSING APPARATUS - The present invention is related to methods and systems for waste disposal. In one embodiment, a waste pickup apparatus comprises a network interface configured to communicate with a networked waste disposal unit associated with a first user, a data store containing user rules, processor executable instructions configured to read a user-specified waste pickup rule for a first user from the data store, determine if the user-specified waste pickup rule is satisfied based at least in part on the status information, if the user-specified waste pickup rule is not satisfied, to again determine if the user-specified waste pickup rule is satisfied when a predetermined period has elapsed, and if the user-specified waste pickup rule is satisfied, cause a waste pickup entity to pickup the waste, wherein the waste pickup entity is selected based at least in part on a preference of the first user stored in computer readable memory.08-04-2011
20110186623Container disposal - A method of providing an incentive for crushing containers prior to disposal by providing a reward for doing so. When a container is substantially crushed a code on the container that was previously unreadable is caused to be readable by a code reading means. In response to reading the code by the code reading means, a reward is provided. The container may be disposed of in a disposal means. The disposal means may include the code reading means and provide the reward. Alternatively the code reading means may be provided, for example, on a mobile phone or other device. The reward may be any item of value such as a prize, token, money, account credit or voucher, for example.08-04-2011
20110259954METHOD OF AUTOMATICALLY PROGRAMMING AN INFUSION PUMP - A method of automatically programming an infusion pump includes scanning, via a machine-readable scanner wirelessly connected to the infusion pump, a machine-readable label for a drug container to automatically program the infusion pump according to a protocol included in the label. The machine-readable label for the drug container further includes a drug name and data associated with a drug corresponding to the drug name.10-27-2011
20110259953POINT OF SALE INDUCTIVE SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Systems and methods for the identification, powering and control of products and product packaging. The systems can include a point of sale display having a contactless power supply. The contactless power supply can provide a source of wireless power for products and product packaging. The products and product packaging can include light emitting diodes, e-ink displays and printed speaker circuits that activate as the operating frequency of the contactless power supply varies. Other embodiments include product level sensors, inductive reader networks, printed temperature sensors, product alignment systems, passive identification circuits and methods for controlling operation of the same.10-27-2011
20110259952CHECKOUT TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME - According to one embodiment, a checkout terminal includes a lighting unit, a detection unit, a weighing unit, a reading unit, a determination unit, a storage control unit, and a lighting control unit. The lighting unit illuminates an article. The detection unit detects an article code from the article. The weighing unit measures a weight of the article. The reading unit reads out weight information and article information of the article. The determination unit determines whether or not the weight measured by the weighing unit is identical with the weight indicated by the weight information. The storage control unit stores the article information in a second storage unit, when it is determined by the determination unit that the weights are identical. The lighting control unit controls the lighting unit so as to be turned off when it is determined by the determination unit that the weights are not identical.10-27-2011
20110259951Method for Tracing Individual Dies - A method for tracing individual dies within stacked chip scale packages includes the steps of recording unique die identifiers from layers of marked dies and associating the unique identifiers with a die bonding substrate and the resulting die or stacked chip scale packages. The unique die identifiers are also associated with wafer numbers, x-y positions on a wafer, wafer lot numbers or any combination thereof.10-27-2011
20110147447LABEL-CONTROLLED SYSTEM CONFIGURATION - A system utilizes an optical scanner to scan a printed configuration label on which is printed a printed system configuration code. The printed system configuration code describes a system configuration of the system, and is used to dynamically configure the system.06-23-2011
20110147450METHOD AND AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS FOR AUTHENTICATING VALUE DOCUMENTS - Taggants can be incorporated into or onto value documents. The taggants comprise a crystalline taggant doped with two rare earth ions. The substrate or printed matter into which the taggant can be incorporated has a minimal absorption infrared wavelength window and the taggant is excited by incident infrared radiation in this wavelength range. Suitable first rare earth ions function as efficient broad band absorbers of incident infrared radiation and passes energy non-radiatively to a second rare earth ion, which the emits infrared radiation at a wavelength greater than the incident infrared radiation. The emitted infrared radiation is also in the minimal absorption transmission window of the printed matter or the substrate into which the taggant is incorporated. Methods of authenticating the value document include detection of the emitted radiation at pre-determined values.06-23-2011
20110147448Method and Apparatus to provide the digital content of non-free event to the viewers and to authorize the viewers - Disclosed is a method and apparatus for providing the digital content of non-free event to viewers through interactive display electronic devices. The present invention includes a validator device that has unique Device Access Control address to interact with the entertainment system. Viewer's book ticket though the web interface component providing event details, preferred date/time to watch the event, location to watch event at home or theatre. For home viewing the Device Access Control (DAC) address is also submitted. Viewers receive email of ticket with 6-digit authentication code. At the time of the event the validator device authorizes the authentication code on ticket, validates count of viewers watching the event based on count of tickets purchased and if viewers are in right age to watch the event depending on rating of the event. Then the validator device downloads the digital content of event and streams to viewer's home display device from the theater/auditorium.06-23-2011
20110147446DEDICATED SELF-SERVICE RETURN TERMINAL AND METHOD OF OPERATING A DEDICATED SELF-SERVICE RETURN TERMINAL FOR RECEIVING RETURNED MEDIA ON WHICH ENTERTAINMENT DATA IS STORED - A dedicated self-service return terminal is provided for receiving returned media on which entertainment data is stored. The dedicated self-service return terminal comprises a reader arranged to read data associated with returned media on which entertainment data is stored, a media transporter mechanism having a media return slot for receiving returned media, a shutter mechanism having a shutter door movable between an open position which allows returned media to be inserted through the media return slot and a closed position which blocks the media return slot and prevents returned media from being inserted through the media return slot, and a controller arranged to (i) move the shutter door to the open position to allow returned media to be inserted through the media return slot when a determination is made that returned media is being returned to the correct location based upon data read from returned media, and (ii) maintain the shutter door in the closed position to prevent returned media from being inserted through the media return slot when a determination is made that returned media is not being returned to the correct location based upon data read from returned media.06-23-2011
20110147449PROCESSING METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC EXPENSE CERTIFICATION - A processing method for an electronic expense certification includes steps of: displaying a 2D barcode on a mobile device, reading the 2D barcode by a first 2D barcode reader at a first time period to generate a first time data, reading the 2D barcode by a second 2D barcode reader at a second time period to generate a second time data, and generating an expense data according to the first and second time data.06-23-2011
20110215138SHOPPING APPARATUS AND METHODS - Methods and apparatus related to enabling a shopper to utilize a mobile electronic device to check-in to a physical store while at the store. A shopper may utilize the mobile electronic device to read a check-in code at a location proximal to an entrance of a physical store. A substantially instantaneous pecuniary reward may be provided to the shopper upon reading of the check-in code and the shopper may be notified of such reward via the mobile electronic device.09-08-2011
20100019025MOBILE SELLING SYSTEM AND A METHOD THEREOF - In a mobile selling system and method, a server at a business control center is able to identify a plurality of mobile POS by a unique identification code assigned to each of the mobile POS, and provide the mobile POS with sales information corresponding to a district assigned to the mobile POS; the mobile POS each generates a mobile data when moving to a different position, and transmits the mobile data via a communication interface module thereof to the server in the form of a wireless signal; the server identifies the mobile POS according to the identification code corresponding to the received mobile data, reads out sales information corresponding to the identification code of the mobile POS, and provides the sales information to the mobile POS; and the mobile POS receives the sales information via the communication interface module and shows the sales information via a display unit.01-28-2010
20080197186Settlement server, settlement request server and settlement execution terminal - An object of the present invention is to, in settlement by electronic money, reduce burden on an electronic money server and enhance convenience for users. The function of generating transaction numbers is transferred from the electronic money server to affiliated store servers, so that the transaction numbers are generated by the affiliated store servers. The transaction numbers are each associated with transaction information calculated in accordance with a calculation rule confidential to third parties, such that the electronic money server can detect the presence of alteration of the transaction information based on the transaction number. Furthermore, at the time of generating a transaction number, a seed, which is time-limited secret information confidential to third parties, is inputted to the calculation rule along with the transaction information and used for calculating the transaction number, whereby it is possible to further enhance the level of security.08-21-2008
20100155464CODE DETECTION AND DECODING SYSTEM06-24-2010
20090289104INFORMATION KIOSK TERMINAL SYSTEM - An information kiosk terminal system includes a pedestal, a transaction unit provided at an upper part of the pedestal and adapted to be pulled out away from the pedestal, and a display unit provided above the transaction unit. The transaction unit includes an upper portion located on the upper side of the transaction unit, and a lower portion located under the upper portion and having a projected portion projecting forward from a front surface thereof. The upper portion is provided inside with a printer unit and is formed at the front surface thereof with a paper discharge port for projecting paper from the printer unit.11-26-2009
20110084129Voice Code with Primary and Secondary Digits - A Produce Traceability Initiative compliant case label includes the GTIN, the lot code, an optional date, and a short numeric voice code. The voice code is derived from the GTIN and the lot code and the date when present by an algorithm. Cases of goods that include these case labels are shipped by the source of goods to a distribution center for redistribution to retailers. The distribution center records the GTIN, lot code and optional date upon receipt. The distribution center uses the same algorithm to generate voice codes, and then uses the voice codes to direct pickers to fill orders from specific lots using automated pick systems. Pickers use the voice codes to find the intended cases and to confirm that cases from the intended lot were picked, or to indicate a different lot was picked. The distribution center then associates the lot code of the picked lot with the outgoing order.04-14-2011
20110303744SYSTEM FOR VERIFYING AN ITEM IN A PACKAGE USING A DATABASE - A system for verifying an item in a package using a database comprises a database and a verifier. A package producer provides the database with an identifier for one or more items each of a type, wherein the package producer produces a package, where the package includes the one or more items each of the type with an associated one or more selected tag identifiers that are placed in a location on an item of the one or more items. The verifier verifies the one or more items of the type using 1) the associated one or more selected tag identifiers as detected using a spectral measurement or 2) a tag characteristic as detected using an imager, and 3) the identifier retrieved from the database.12-15-2011
20120031964Switchgear cabinet or rack - The invention relates to a switchgear cabinet or rack comprising a mounting unit, the front of which has vertical mounting profiles that laterally delimit an installation space for installed user-side units, said profiles having fixing sections for attaching mounting sections of the installed units, and comprising components of a detection device for determining the presence of an installed unit in an installation position of the installation space. he components of the detection device have a vertical detector strip that is attached to a mounting profile and contains detector elements associated with the installed positions and arranged on or in said strip and code carriers that are provided on the installed units, the information from said carriers being transmitted for evaluation via the detector elements to a monitoring and control unit, either wirelessly or by wire. Clearly-represented user information is achieved for the switchgear cabinet using light elements mounted on or in the detector strip, said elements being associated with the installation positions and achieved by the fact that the light elements can be controlled in accordance with the information in the code carriers.02-09-2012
20120031965Switchgear cabinet or rack - The invention relates to a switchgear cabinet or rack comprising a mounting unit, the front of which has vertical mounting profiles that laterally delimit an installation frame for installed user-side units, the front of said profiles being provided with flat fixing sections for attaching laterally projecting mounting sections of the installed units, and comprising components of a detection device for determining the presence of an installed unit in an installation position of the installation frame. The components of the detection device have a vertical detector strip that is attached to a mounting section and contains detector elements and code carriers that are provided on the installed units. To achieve a simple assembly with a precise allocation of the components of the detection device, the mounting section has a cavity that is at least partially adapted to the cross-section of the antenna strip, is open at the front and is located laterally outside the neighboring fixing section, an abutment section that is set back in relation to the plane of the fixing section at least by the cross-sectional depth of the detector strip and an inner boundary wall that delimits the cavity on the side facing the installation space.02-09-2012
20110114720DATA COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL, IC CARD, READER/WRITER, AND PROGRAM - Disclosed herein is a data communications system configured to execute data communication between three parties of a reader/writer, an integrated circuit card wirelessly communicable with the reader/writer in a non-contact manner, and an information processing terminal connected to the intergraded circuit card via a wired interface, the data communications system including: the reader/writer having a read/write wireless control block; the integrated circuit card having an integrated circuit card wireless control block; and the information processing terminal having a request acceptance block, a data storage block, and a data transmission block.05-19-2011
20110114718SECURE PARTITIONING - A brand protection feature/taggant reader and/or writer instrument comprising a secure processing environment and a non-secure processing environment, the instrument being operable to execute a process that is split between the secure and non-secure environments in accordance with pre-defined criteria.05-19-2011
20100019026PRODUCT AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM - A system for authenticating articles comprising: an authentication manager for managing authentication information associated with the articles; a plurality of secure taggant reader instruments for reading machine readable taggants associated with the articles, the taggants including the authentication or related information, and an instrument configuration manager for secure on-line configuration of the instruments. Each taggant reader instrument is operable to securely process and send authentication information derived from a taggant to the authentication manager. The authentication manager uses the received authentication information to identify suspicious events. When suspicious events are detected, the instrument configuration manager is able to reconfigure at least some of the taggant reader instruments. Reconfiguration may also happen in the event of a product recall and/or taggant security compromise.01-28-2010
20120145780CLIP SUPPLY - The present invention relates to a supply of suspension elements, like suspension loops, being fed in a feeding direction to a clipping machine for producing sausage-shaped products, like sausages, and being attached to said sausage-shaped products. The supply comprises a carrier strip having at least an upper and a lower surface as well as and two longitudinally extending edges arranged parallel to each other. The supply further comprises and a number of suspension elements attached to the upper or lower surface of the carrier strip in at least substantially regular intervals, wherein the carrier strip including the suspension elements is wound up, thereby forming a roll. At least one mark which is attached to the carrier strip at a predefined distance from its end.06-14-2012
20120145778CONSUMABLE DATA MANAGEMENT - The present invention relates to methods, devices and systems for associating consumable data with an assay consumable used in a biological assay. Provided are assay systems and associated consumables, wherein the assay system adjusts one or more steps of an assay protocol based on consumable data specific for that consumable. Various types of consumable data are described, as well as methods of using such information in the conduct of an assay by an assay system.06-14-2012
20120037697System and method for using machine-readable indicia to provide additional information and offers to potential customers - A system for using machine-readable indicia to provide additional information and offers to potential customers, the system comprising a network-connected server adapted to receive coded information from mobile devices, a database coupled to the server and containing data pertaining to products, a software application executing on the server for processing the coded information, and a plurality of labels containing machine-readable indicia and posted near products for sale, is disclosed. According to the invention, on receiving coded information from a mobile device, the server provides the data to the software application, and the software application determines from the coded information a location from which the information was obtained and a product to which the information pertains, and, based at least in part on the location and product information obtained, the application obtains additional data from the database and sends it to the mobile device from which the coded information was received.02-16-2012
20120037696Transfer, Link, Bind, Specimen Tube Barcode Information To RFID Specimen Transport Puck In A Continuous Moving Binding Process Method - The present invention relates generally to the process method of transferring/linking/binding specimen tube label barcode information (such as unique accession number along with other useful laboratory information such as test code information, testing department, specimen temperature) using an RFID Specimen Transport Puck moving continuously on a continuously moving conveyor belt and an RFID Reader/Writer that writes the information onto the RFID chip on the RFID Specimen Transport Puck. The process method is to space the specimen transport pucks on the conveyor, rotate the specimen transport puck that is holding the specimen tube with the barcode while the specimen is moving continuously forward using rotating wheels on the side of the conveyor belt and using a dispersed barcode reader to read the barcode information from the specimen tube label, and to transfer/link/bind the information from the specimen tube barcode label to the RFID chip on the specimen transport puck holding the specimen tube using an RFID reader/writer beneath the conveyor belt, a PLC and a database server.02-16-2012
20120037695EMBEDDED MEDIA BARCODE LINKS AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING AND USING THEM - Embedded Media Barcode Links (EMBL), are optimally blended iconic barcode marks printed on paper documents that signify the existence of media associated with that part of the document. EMBLs are used for media retrieval with a camera phone. Users take a picture of an EMBL-signified document patch using a cell phone, and the media associated with the EMBL-signified document location is displayed on the phone. Unlike traditional bar code which requires an exclusive space, EMBLs are optimally blended with contents and thus have less interference with the original document layout and can be moved closer to a media associated location. Unlike Embedded Media Makers (EMM) which requires underlying document features for the marker identification, EMBL has no requirement to underlying features. Moreover, EMBL can take the advantage of users' knowledge to traditional barcode. Retrieval of media associated with an EMBL is based on the barcode identification of the captured EMBL.02-16-2012
20120305639TRAYS FOR USE IN SECURITY SCREENING - The present invention the present invention relates to methods and systems for performing security screening using trays which may be identifiable by a unique tray identification number.12-06-2012
20120305637SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN A PRODUCT LOGISTIC CHAIN - A quality management system for products including a multiplicity of product unit specific indicators, each operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedence of at least one threshold by at least one product quality determining parameter, an indicator reader operative to read the product unit specific indicators and to provide output indications and a product type specific indication interpreter operative to receive the output indications and to provide human sensible, product unit specific, product quality status outputs.12-06-2012
20120305638AUTOMATED LABEL VERIFY SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISPENSING PHARMACEUTICALS - Apparatus and methods for filling a prescription order with plurality of products each containing a pharmaceutical. The apparatus and method verifying a barcode on each of the products and printing and applying a patient label with a verified barcode to each of the products. After the patient label is applied, the barcodes are independently verified before the products are released.12-06-2012
20110073640EMF SIGNATURE DEVICE - Systems, methods and devices for making and using EMF signature enabled portable consumer devices are disclosed. EMF signature enabled portable consumer devices, such as credit cards, can include a conductive or semiconductive brittle material layer with an intentionally created random crack or fissure pattern. The intentionally created unique random crack patterns can be created by cost effective and highly scalable standardized processes. When an input signal is applied to the portable consumer device, an EMF signature based on the unique random crack pattern can be induced. The resulting EMF signature can be detected, processed and used as the basis for various encryption, security or authentication protocols.03-31-2011
20120061461METHOD FOR CERTIFYING AND SUBSEQUENTLY AUTHENTICATING ORIGINAL, PAPER OR DIGITAL DOCUMENTS FOR EVIDENCES - The present invention relates to a method for certifying and subsequently authenticating original physical or digital documents. The concept of the evidence lies in the dual nature of a physical information item and a digital information item, one being the reference for the other that cannot lie amended at the risk of the evidence being lost. For a physical original document associated with a bubble seal there is a corresponding time-and-date-stamped, proprietary paperless reference counterpart. For a time-and-date-stamped, proprietary digital original document there is a corresponding reference counterpart in the form of a bubble seal.03-15-2012
20120061459Memory Cards Including a Standard Security Function - A memory card of one published standard, such as the Multi-Media Card (MMC) or Secure Digital Card (SD), is modified to include the function of a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) according to another published standard. The controller of the memory card communicates between electrical contacts on the outside of the card and both the memory and the SIM. In one specific form, the memory card has the physical configuration of the current Plug-in SIM card with a few external contacts added to accommodate the memory controller and data memory. In another specific form, the memory card has the physical configuration of the current SD card, including external contacts.03-15-2012
20100327051Variable Data Barcode - A variable data barcode label, comprising sequence of barcodes integrated onto a substrate, the sequence of barcodes including a identification sequence and a reference sequence which defines the readable region of the barcode label; and a sensor integrated onto the substrate, wherein the output of the sensor measurement is located in the variable data field of the barcode label and is optically viewable by an optical reading device.12-30-2010
20110315757TUBE VERIFIER - There is provided a tube connector for connecting between a fluid sampling tube and a fluid analyzer, the tube connector includes an end face adapted to identify the tube connector, said end face comprising a reflecting surface having one or more reflective regions adapted to reflect light at a predetermined range of wavelengths.12-29-2011
20110315758METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STORING AND VERIFYING SERIAL NUMBERS USING SMART LABELS IN AN IMAGE PRODUCTION DEVICE - A method and apparatus for storing and verifying serial numbers using a smart label in an image production device is disclosed. The method for storing may include receiving a signal to query a smart label for serial number information, querying the smart label for serial number information, receiving the serial number information from the smart label, and storing the serial number information in a memory. The method for verifying may include receiving a signal to query a smart label for serial number information, querying the smart label for serial number information, receiving the serial number information from the smart label, determining if the serial number matches a serial number stored in the image production device, wherein if it is determined that the serial number matches the stored serial number performing requested image production device operations, otherwise sending an error signal.12-29-2011
20110315760BANKNOTE BUNDLING DEVICE, BANKNOTE BUNDLING METHOD, AND BANKNOTE BUNDLING SYSTEM - A banknote bundling device (12-29-2011
20090050684 Point of Sale Terminal Network Implementation for Transmitting Data Indicative of Terminal Changes upon Switching of Open close State of Cash Drawer - Tracking at the local point of sale terminal level, changes in data associated with each terminal, such as a changed printer or POS register supporting a particular POS terminal, the identified cash drawer for the terminal, the particular changeable removable cash till in the cash drawer or the particular terminal operator. The POS terminal comprises a cash drawer including a drawer identifier, a cash till, including a till identifier, removably engagable with the drawer, as well as apparatus for reading the drawer identifier, apparatus for reading the till identifier when said till is engaged with the drawer and apparatus for transmitting the read drawer and till identifiers to the system administrator.02-26-2009
20120043378Automation Control System Components with Electronic Keying Features - Systems and methods are provided for utilizing electronic keying features stored within one of the components (e.g., I/O modules, terminal blocks, bases, and so forth) of I/O devices, and which may be read or detected by electronic key identification circuitry in one of the other components of the I/O devices. More specifically, the electronic keying features may include unique identification keys that may be read or detected by the electronic key identification circuitry to determine whether the components (e.g., a paired I/O module and terminal block) are associated with each other and intended to operate together. For example, in certain embodiments, the electronic key feature may be disposed within a terminal block and the electronic key identification circuitry may be disposed within an I/O module, or vice versa. In addition, in certain embodiments, the electronic key feature and/or the electronic key identification circuitry may be removable from their respective component of the I/O device.02-23-2012
20120043376ENCODING METHOD FOR ENCODING MEDICAL ITEMS - A coding for a medical disposable item is proposed comprising at least one information component in encoded form. Associated encoding methods and devices, and associated decoding methods and devices, are also proposed. The coding generally comprises an optical information component comprising one or more fields filled with a gray-scale value up to a certain degree of filling. Each gray-scale value and degree of filling are associated as a value pair determined as part of a code generated to correlate to an information component desired to be applied to and conveyed from a medical disposable item to an associated device that utilizes such items.02-23-2012
20120205432SAFETY NET FOR BAR-CODED DOCUMENTS - A method and system for generating and processing barcoded documents such that a safety net may be implemented to catch barcode errors. Barcodes may be generated for placement on the first and last page of documents. Each barcode may be associated with a document. During processing of barcoded documents, if a barcode is missing or misread, the safety net will catch the error and mark the affected pages for further review.08-16-2012
20120055985ELECTRONIC LABELING SYSTEM - An electronic labeling system is disclosed. The system uses identification and tracking information to provide security control over the merchandise, to issue pricing updates to the labels, to generate targeted marketing campaigns, and/or to perform various reporting functions.03-08-2012
20120000977PATCH PANEL CABLE INFORMATION DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A communications system includes a plurality of patch panels, wherein each patch panel has a plurality of connector ports on a front surface thereof that are each connected to a respective communication line, and one or more optical couplers/connector ports on a rear surface thereof for linking two or more patch panels together. A cable for linking patch panels includes opposite ends and a respective connector at each end that is configured to be removably secured within a respective coupler/connector port on the rear surface. Each connector has an RFID tag attached thereto. An RF antenna is secured to each patch panel adjacent each respective coupler, and each antenna is configured to activate and read information from a cable RFID tag when a cable connector is secured within a coupler adjacent thereto.01-05-2012
20120000976PRODUCE WEIGHING SCALE WITH A CAMERA AND METHODS OF OPERATING A PRODUCE WEIGHING SCALE HAVING A CAMERA - A produce weighing scale is provided for a retail grocery store. The produce weighing scale comprises a base, a weighing platform disposed on the base, and a touchscreen arranged to enable a retail customer to enter produce data associated with a produce item and to view display screens which contains instructions to operate the produce weighing scale. An actuatable camera is positioned over the weighing platform and is provided for, when actuated, capturing at least a partial image of a produce item which has been placed on the weighing platform. Electronic control circuitry is arranged to (i) provide an actuation signal to actuate the camera in response to a retail customer placing a produce item on the weighing platform, and (ii) display a barcode chit on the touchscreen to allow a retail customer to self-scan the displayed barcode chit without having to print the barcode chit.01-05-2012
20120000975Recording the Power Distribution Hierarchy in Datacenters - A power consuming device is configured to be electrically connected to a power connection point of a power distribution system of a datacenter. The power distribution system includes a hierarchy of power supply equipment. A first label is associated with the power connection point and includes power supply information that indicates the power connection point's place in the hierarchy of power supply equipment. A second label is associated with the power consuming device and includes identification information that identifies the power consuming device. A reader is configured to read the first label to obtain the power supply information and to read the second label to obtain the identification information. An electrical connection management system is configured to receive the power supply information and the identification information obtained by the reader such that the electrical connection management system records the connection of the power consuming device to the power connection point and the power connection point's place in the hierarchy of power supply equipment.01-05-2012
20120000974Self-powered Electronic Label - An electronic label system is provided which includes a data source having information to be displayed by an electronic label. An optical source such as an LED array broadcasts optical signals modulated with the data source data to plural electronic labels. Each electronic label has an optical receiver which receives the modulated optical signals and also receives unmodulated optical signals to supply power to an energy storage device. A mode switch switches the optical receiver between a signal reception mode and an energy storage device power-supplying mode. One or more bistable displays display the data received from the modulated optical signals. Through the use of bistable displays, the power consumption of the electronic label is greatly reduced while use of a single receiving element for receiving both the signal light and power storage light reduces the number of components needed to assemble the electronic label, thus reducing cost.01-05-2012
20110042454Secure Core Material for Documents - Particles conveying a code are incorporated into polymer matrix to form a core document substrate. These particles may be colored to create a distinctive look of the document that makes it unique for a particular document issuer and enables visual authentication. Addition of a covert attribute to the particle, such as a UV pigment or hidden layer of material, allows a covert, forensic characteristic and it also allows a mathematical description to be calculated describing the random distribution of a specific area on a document and then captured on it (e.g., in the bar code or magnetic stripe or digital watermark on an ID document).02-24-2011
20110155798Method and Apparatus for Marking Articles - Method and apparatus for applying unique composite indicia or markings to a succession of articles, in which each unique composite indicium comprises two or more indicia. At least part of each of the indicia may be co-located at a predetermined location on the article with such co-location being unique or distinct for each composite indicium for each article. The indicium may be overprinted with one or more images, logos or color-schemes. A code (e.g. an alphanumeric string) that is stored in a database may be derived from the composite indicium from one or more mathematical properties. The code may be later accessed for identifying or verifying the article with the indicium.06-30-2011
20090026255Store Solutions - Disclosed are systems and methods that time correlate input at a point of entry of consumer data of least two identifications for products, prescriptions, vouchers, or codes, uses positive correlation determinations for triggering output of predetermined information. The time correlation of identifications may be used to build a time correlation database, and thereafter use that database for targeted communications. Related inventions include an intelligent Y cable or the like to filter data transmitted from a scanner at a point of entry of consumer data, and a novel POS CS configured to receive bar codes that would otherwise cause the POS CS to enter an error condition.01-29-2009
20090084839METHOD OF PACKAGING FINANCIAL TRANSACTION INSTRUMENTS, PARTICULARLY STORED VALUE CARDS - A method of packaging financial transaction instruments includes preparing a batch of cards, where each card is provided with a first piece of machine readable information, and where the cards in the batch are in an order. A batch of packaging blanks is prepared, where each packaging blank is provided with a second piece of machine readable information. Each packaging blank is provided with a third piece of machine readable information, which is recorded onto a magnetic stripe carried by the packaging blank. A card is picked from a first ordinal position in the batch of prepared cards. A packaging blank is picked from a position, corresponding to the first ordinal position, in the batch of prepared packaging blanks. The picked card in the picked packaging blank is enclosed if and only if a matching condition is verified between the first and second pieces of information is verified.04-02-2009
20120205431TRANSMITTING DEVICE, RECEIVING DEVICE, SCREEN FRAME TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A screen frame transmission system includes a receiving device and a transmitting device. The receiving device includes a display unit or an external display device for displaying a 2D bar code containing connection information. The transmitting device includes an image capturing unit for capturing an image of the 2D bar code. The transmitting device decodes the 2D bar code to obtain the connection information and establishes a communication connection with the receiving device therewith to transmit a screen frame, thereby simplifying operations of a user.08-16-2012
20120205439INTERNET COMMUNITY BASED COUNTERFEIT AND GREY MARKET COMBATING METHOD - A method for combating counterfeiting and gray market is provided, the method including the steps of accessing a web platform comprising a network-connected server on which software that provides functionalities for the method executes, generating a unique identifier (“UID”) for every product unit being produced by a manufacturer, saving the UID in a database that is part of the web platform, communicating the UID to the manufacturer, associating the UID with a product unit such that the UID is hidden; verifying the authenticity of the UID, and, sending a message from the web platform indicating whether or not the verified UID is authentic.08-16-2012
20120205440DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM, MOBILE TERMINAL, STICKER, AND DATA COLLECTION METHOD - A data collection system includes: an image input means; a code deciphering means; an image analysis means; and a server. The image input means is installed in a mobile terminal and acquires an analysis object image as an analysis object which is an image in a display device. The code deciphering means retrieves a code image portion which is an image of an optically readable code provided correspondingly to the analysis object from the analysis object image and extracts a description of the code from the code image portion. The image analysis means selects an image analysis algorithm based on image classification data included in the description of the code and extracts indication data of the display device by performing image analysis on the analysis object image using the selected image analysis algorithm. The server includes a data storage section which stores the indication data and is capable of communicating with the mobile terminal.08-16-2012
20120205438Color detection system for detecting reservoir presence and content in device - A system for identifying a reservoir used with a fluid delivery device. The system includes a reservoir comprising a housing for holding fluid and a colored marking located on a surface of the housing. A fluid delivery device includes a compartment for receiving and operatively coupling with the reservoir. A light source shines light on the colored marking of the reservoir. A color sensor detects wavelengths reflected and/or refracted from the colored marking due to the light shined on the colored marking. A processor of the delivery device determines a color of the colored marking from the detected wavelengths and ascertains information related to the reservoir or the fluid in the reservoir corresponding to the determined color, wherein the processor operates the fluid delivery device according to the ascertained information, wherein the information may include a reservoir type and/or medication type.08-16-2012
20120205436SYSTEM FOR ENHANCED BARCODE DECODING AND IMAGE RECOGNITION AND METHOD THEREFOR - A system for enhanced barcode decoding and image recognition and method therefor. Target image data and ancillary image data are received at a server from a client device. Using the target image data and the ancillary image data, enhancement parameters are chosen to augmenting and/or enhanced the target image data. A code database is queried using the augmented/enhanced image data to identify codes that that match the target image. When multiple possible matching codes are returned in response to the query, a trending pattern associated with at least one of the target image data and the ancillary image is identified and is used to select the most probable match from the multiple possible matches.08-16-2012
20120205437DATA COLLECTION DEVICE AND NETWORK HAVING RADIO SIGNAL RESPONSIVE OPERATION - A data collection device can include at least one of a bar code reader unit, an RFID reader unit, and a card reader unit. A data collection device can be operative to receive and process radio signals. A data collection device can be configured so that operation of the data collection device is responsive to radio signals.08-16-2012
20120205435METHODS AND DEVICES FOR CLASSIFYING OBJECTS - The invention provides methods for classifying an object by (a) at least partially coating at least one surface of the object with at least one barcode; (b) scanning the barcode with at least one corresponding barcode detector that is detectably compatible with a barcode of the type coated on the object; (c) determining whether the barcode is read by the barcode detector; and (d) classifying the object on the basis of at least one barcode not being read by the corresponding barcode detector.08-16-2012
20120205434METHOD FOR PROVIDING MULTIMEDIA SERVICE, POS MACHINE AND MOBILE TERMINAL - The present invention discloses a method for providing a multimedia service, a POS and a mobile terminal, which method comprises the following steps: receiving by a POS the information about a multimedia service from an operator server; displaying the information about the multimedia service; receiving an operation from a RFID-SIM card; and generating an instruction according to the operation and sending a response about the instruction to the RFID-SIM card. The present invention extends the application range of the RFID-SIM card and improves user experience.08-16-2012
20120205433COMMUNICATION OF TRANSACTION DATA WITHIN A SELF-CHECKOUT ENVIRONMENT - Systems and method for communication of transaction data within a self-checkout environment are disclosed. According to an aspect, a method includes controlling a display device to display a machine-readable representation of transaction data. The method may include receiving a signal that indicates acknowledgement of reading of the machine-readable representation of the transaction data. Further, the method may include controlling the display device to display a machine-readable representation of other transaction data in response to receipt of the signal.08-16-2012
20120043377MEDICAL SYSTEM COMPRISING A COMPACT BARCODE READER FOR CONSUMABLE ITEMS - A medical system is proposed comprising at least one medical device for carrying out at least one medical function, and at least one medical consumable item interacting with the medical device in order to carry out the medical function. The medical device has at least one code reader for reading out at least one information component of an optical code on the medical consumable item. The code reader has at least one image sensor having a plurality of sensors. Furthermore, the code reader comprises at least one light-optical fiber plate, which is arranged in order to guide an image of the optical code to the image sensor.02-23-2012
20120153017METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRACKING THE LOCATION OF A DIGITAL MEDIA PLAYER DEPLOYED IN A NETWORK - In one embodiment, a method includes obtaining documentation that includes a first identifying code and information relating to a deployment of a media device. The method also includes deploying the media device at a location, wherein deploying the media device at the location includes connecting the media device to a display device, as well as causing a second identifying code to be displayed on the display device, the second identifying code being indicative of an association between the display device and the media device. The first identifying code and the second identifying code are captured, and paired. When the first identifying code is paired with the second identifying code, the location is a designated point-of-deployment for the media device.06-21-2012
20120153015Accessing Content Via a Matrix Code - A system for accessing content corresponding to a matrix barcode, such as a video and/or audio content. The system may include a mobile computing device in communication with a content receiver. The mobile computing device may be configured to capture the matrix barcode, for example, via using an optical component and/or barcode scanner to record and/or scan the matrix barcode. The mobile computing device may also include a network interface component configured to transmit the matrix barcode to the content receiver. The content receiver may then receive the matrix barcode from the mobile computing device. The content receiver may include a processor to determine and/or access the content corresponding to the matrix barcode. The content receiver may then transmit the content to a display device.06-21-2012
20120153018Methods for Providing a Set of Symbols Uniquely Distinguishing an Organism Such as a Human Individual - The present invention relates to methods for providing a set of symbols uniquely distinguishing an organism. Specifically, the present invention relates to such method comprising a) providing, in a predetermined order, a number of parameters of said biological characteristic of said sample and their corresponding established values, wherein the combination of said values is uniquely distinguishing said sample; b) translating each corresponding established value of said number of parameters into a single character unique for that individual, established, corresponding value of a particular parameter of said biological characteristic; c) converting said single character into a computer readable code; d) combining said computer readable codes of said single characters into a single string; e) dividing said single string into a set of consecutive segments of a predetermined length; and f) transforming said set of consecutive segments into a set of symbols uniquely distinguishing said biological sample; wherein said predetermined order of said number of parameters of said biological characteristic, and the corresponding established values of step (a) is maintained.06-21-2012
20120153016Method and Device for Recognition of Docking Stations - A method for controlling an electronic device for use with a docking station is disclosed. The method includes detecting a coupling of the electronic device with the docking station, obtaining an image of an identifier associated with the docking station in response to detecting the coupling, and performing a predefined operation by the electronic device based on the image of the identifier in response to obtaining the image.06-21-2012
20120012651ELECTRONIC MEDIA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WITH A DISPLAYED CODE - A method and apparatus for the distribution of electronic media content for distribution to employees of a subscriber. The system includes an electronic display for displaying selected electronic media content that may be selected, modified and/or generated by the subscriber. The system may further include a code, presented on the display that may be scanned and present additional information to the viewer. The additional information may be pushed to the scanning device, or the scanning device may be navigated to a website where the information may be presented.01-19-2012
20120055982Checkout Methods and Apparatus - Item characteristic databases, such as item weight databases are employed in a variety of checkout contexts in stores. As one example, a security weight database is often employed in a security check during self-checkout in which an item's weight is checked during bagging against a stored weight for the item. Approaches for extending such security checks for a single item or items sold in small quantities are addressed.03-08-2012
20120012650COMPACT PROTOCOL AND SOLUTION FOR SUBSTANTIALLY OFFLINE MESSAGING BETWEEN PORTABLE CONSUMER DEVICE AND BASE DEVICE - A method for providing messaging between a portable device and base device is provided. The method included communicating one or more message codes maintained in the portable device to the base device. The base device then composes a message for a user of the portable device using a dictionary of message codes. The message codes have corresponding message values, which are used to generate the message for the one or more message codes. The generated message is then provided to the user.01-19-2012
20120012649Method for E-commerce - The present invention discloses an e-commerce method which includes coupling a barcode produced device to a processing device which is connected to an e-commerce system via a network. Than, the user's personal business information is obtained from the e-commerce system and selected at least one business item from the e-commerce system. The barcode is downloaded to the processing device from the e-commerce system in accordance with at least one business item and the barcode is emitted from the barcode produced device so that the barcode is read by a barcode reader. Thus, all business items could be integrated by the e-commerce system. All of required barcodes can be downloaded to the processing device and the required barcodes are read by any existing barcode reader through the barcode produced device.01-19-2012
20120055986METHOD AND SYSTEM TO MONITOR HAND HYGIENE COMPLIANCE - A hand hygiene compliance monitoring system includes a portable data reader having a display and a memory, a portal trigger configured to recognize an entrance event in response to a person with the reader entering a room, and a dispenser trigger configured to cause the reader to record a dispensing event in the memory when the person with the reader causes a cleaning dispenser to dispense cleanser. The display shows feedback relating to the person's compliance with hand hygiene requirements.03-08-2012
20120055984PHYSICAL PRODUCT SAMPLE PROVIDED WITH AT LEAST ONE PRODUCT SAMPLE CODE - Physical product samples provided with at least one physical product sample code. Physical product sample codes for the purpose of providing a physical product related information. Methods for compiling such a physical product sample code. Methods for providing a physical product sample with such a physical product sample code. Methods for acquiring physical product sample related information, wherein said physical product sample is provided with such a physical product sample code. Systems for compiling a physical product sample code using the method for compiling said sample code.03-08-2012
20100059585Automated Will Call System - A will call system for automating the management of storage and retrieval of items, preferably medical prescriptions. The automated system provides informational control of all items in the system. The automated will call monitors the length of time an item remains in the system, and into which location an item is placed. An article sensor provides absolute confirmation that an item has been placed or removed from a designated location in the storage unites. The automated will call system uses a controller to permit users to monitor and optimize the storage and retrieval procedures.03-11-2010
20110084127Voice Code for Distribution Centers - A Produce Traceability Initiative compliant case label includes the GTIN, the lot code, and a short numeric voice code. The voice code is derived from the GTIN and the lot code by an algorithm. Cases of goods that include these case labels are shipped by the source of goods to a distribution center for redistribution to retailers. The distribution center records the GTIN and lot code upon receipt. The distribution center uses the same algorithm to generate voice codes, and then uses the voice codes to direct pickers to fill orders from specific lots using automated pick systems. Pickers use the voice codes to find the intended cases and to confirm that cases from the intended lot were picked, or to indicate a different lot was picked. The distribution center then associates the lot code of the picked lot with the outgoing order.04-14-2011
20120104089ELECTRONIC PEN FOR INTERACTING WITH SUBSTRATE - An electronic pen for interacting with a substrate having a pattern of coded data printed thereon. The pen includes an infrared light source for illuminating an area of the substrate; an image sensor for imaging the coded data illuminated in the area; a force sensor for sensing an interaction between the pen and the substrate; a processing system configured for: determining digital ink from the imaged coded data; storing the digital ink in a memory buffer; determining whether the pen is positioned within a predetermined functional zone of the substrate; and initiating a response in the pen in the event that the pen is positioned within the predetermined functional zone. The response is initiated without reference to a remote computer system.05-03-2012
20120104088TANK-LOCKING DEVICE, SYSTEM FOR MANAGING LIQUID SUPPLY AND METHOD USING THE SAME - A system for managing liquid supply suitable for a process equipment with a liquid tank is disclosed. The system includes a host, a data-reading tool, a system controller and a tank-locking device. The host stores a built-in liquid database. The data-reading tool used for reading data related to the liquid tank is electrically connected to the host. The host receives the data related to the liquid tank from the data-reading tool, and the received data mapped with the liquid database. The system controller drives the tank-locking device according to the signal from the host to whether or not allow replacement of the liquid tank.05-03-2012
20120104087CODE READING APPARATUS AND CODE READING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a code reading apparatus includes an image capturing section, a first detecting section, a second detecting section, and an informing section. The image capturing section captures an image picked up by an image pickup section. The first detecting section detects a first symbol including commodity information of a commodity from the image captured by the image capturing section. The second detecting section detects a second symbol different from the shape of an element included in the first symbol in the image captured by the image capturing section. The informing section informs, if the second detecting section detects the second symbol, that a benefit indication indicating a benefit granted with respect to the commodity information is affixed to the commodity.05-03-2012
20120104086METHOD FOR INTERACTIVE FALSE CHECKING OF A PRODUCT BY USING COLORED 2 DIMENSIONAL BAR CODES AND A SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING THE SAME - A method for interactive false checking of a product by using colored 2 dimensional bar codes comprises the steps of (a) generating a unique colored forgery-proof bar code 05-03-2012
20120104085Length measurement system based on optical recognition pattern for length measurement - An optical recognition pattern for length measurement is mounted on an optical contact surface and includes a plurality of optical recognition units, each of which corresponds to a length value. The sequence of the optical recognition units on the optical contact surface is consistent with that of the corresponding length values in such a way that the optical recognition pattern imitating the conventional measuring ruler can be constituted. Besides, the optical recognition pattern can further work with an optical recognition device to constitute a length measurement system that the optical recognition is applied to.05-03-2012
20120104084MOBILE TICKET VIRTUAL SENSOR FOR CONTEXT DETECTION - An apparatus and method for are provided. The method includes determining that a barcode displayed on a mobile terminal has been scanned, retrieving metadata corresponding to the barcode when the barcode has been scanned, and triggering a context-aware action in the mobile terminal based on the barcode and/or the retrieved metadata.05-03-2012
20110095079METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AND USING AN OPTIONS ENABLEMENT SHEET TO ACTIVATE OPTIONS ON AN IMAGE PRODUCTION DEVICE - A method and apparatus for generating an options enablement sheet to activate options for an image production device is disclosed. The method may include receiving a request to generate an options enablement sheet, receiving options enablement and image production device information, encoding the options enablement and image production device information into one or more machine-readable markings, generating an options enablement sheet that includes the one or more machine-readable markings, receiving a transmission mode selection, and transmitting the options enablement sheet to a user of the image production device using the selected transmission mode. The options enablement sheet may be received by a user and scanned by the image production device to activate the options.04-28-2011
20110062227PACKAGE CONTENT CONTROL - A package for items, the package having a wireless communication unit configured to wirelessly receive identification information from data transmitters corresponding to the items within the package to which the apparatus is associated. The package further has a display and a processor configured to collect received identification information and to cause the display to display identification information of the items in the package. The wireless communication unit, the display and the processor are integrated into the structure of the package.03-17-2011
20120153019METHOD AND MEANS FOR RECORDING AND DISPLAYING MARTIAL ARTS ACHIEVEMENTS - A method for recording and displaying achievements on a martial arts belt is provided with a base member, which is removably or permanently coupled with the martial arts belt. A plurality of achievement indicators are provided to releasably engage the base member and display indicia relating to particular achievements. Indicia may be disposed along the base member and read using an electronic scanner that is coupled with a computer to track individual student attendance. Software may be provided for storing and organizing data relating to the achievements and attendance of each student.06-21-2012
20110049233AUTHENTICATION USING PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF TOKENS - A point of issuance cracking device for producing and recording intentionally created unique crack patterns in a brittle material layer of portable consumer devices and methods of using same for authentication are disclosed. When a conductive material is used for the brittle material layer, the electromagnetic field (EMF) signature of the intentionally created cracks can be detected, stored and compared for the purposes of the authenticating the portable consumer device.03-03-2011
20110049232CONNECTION SENSOR FOR IDENTIFYING THE PATCH PANEL PORT - The invention relates to communication technology. Use of the invention for identifying the patch panel port, employed for connecting a network device, allows to identify a port or a cable attached to that port, there through the data communication being carried out. This technical result is achieved by steps of: configuring each of connection sensors, allotted to patch panel ports, with an inductance coil for perceiving magnetic part of stray electromagnetic radiation at the location of appearance of non-uniformity in a cable channel; disposing each of connection sensors nearby a separated wire of the cable connected to the respective patch panel port, identifying a specific patch panel port by a data processing unit, to which all connection sensors being connected, according to a signal from the connection sensor corresponding to this port on perceiving the stray electromagnetic radiation by this connection sensor.03-03-2011
20110049231INSTRUMENT PARAMETER SETTING METHOD - An instrument parameter setting device and an instrument parameter setting method are provided. The instrument parameter setting device has a parameter-setting card combined with a biological detection instrument. The parameter-setting card includes a strip area and a first set of block areas. Each block area in the first set of block areas is connected to the strip area respectively. The instrument detects data represented by a logical change of the block areas, so as to set parameters. In addition, it is convenient to input the data into the instrument through an external setting of the instrument. Accordingly, the characteristic parameters of a detection specimen are conveniently input into the instrument, thereby increasing the yield of specimen production, establishing a self-owned technology, and reducing the cost.03-03-2011
20110079640METHODS FOR DETECTING FLUORESCENT SIGNALS IN A BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE - A method for automated microscopic analysis wherein the test protocol is obtained from interrogatable data affixed to each microscope slide. The method further comprises the algorithms that implement the test protocol.04-07-2011
20100096447OPTICAL IDENTIFICATION TAG, READER AND SYSTEM - The present invention relates to an optical identification tag, a reader, and a system, and more particularly, to an optical identification tag which transmits its identification information using energy input in an optical form, and an optical identification system and reader using the optical identification tag. The present invention provides an optical identification tag and an optical identification reader. The optical identification tag includes a solar cell for converting incident light into an electrical energy, a circuit for providing a transmitted electrical signal corresponding to identification information, and a light emitter for providing a transmitted optical signal corresponding to the transmitted electrical signal, and the optical identification reader provides the incident light to the optical identification tag, and receives the transmitted optical signal from the optical identification tag.04-22-2010
20100096446ELECTRONIC STORAGE CARD READER AND CONTROL CHIP THEREOF - An electronic storage card reader applied to a computer system includes a system port, a control chip, a first card insertion part, and a second card insertion part. The system port is connected to a computer system. The control chip is connected to the system port for converting and transmitting data with the computer system. Each of the first card insertion part and the second card insertion part includes a plurality of card insertion slots connected with the control chip and provided for inserting a memory card. The control chip independently accesses the memory cards inserted into the card insertion slots of the first card insertion part, integrates the memory cards inserted into the card insertion slots of the second card insertion part to form a merged storage space, and accesses the merged storage space. The invention allows the electronic storage card reader to have a single larger storage capacity.04-22-2010
20100096445AUTOMATIC MATCHING AND RECORDING SYSTEM - An automatic matching and recording system in accordance with the present invention senses and identifies a unique entity, determines when an entity is within a maximum activation range, collects measured data, transmits and stores parametric data sensed by measurement apparatuses, can be used in medical, production, fabrication and assembly monitoring and assessment and comprises at least one data module and multiple communication modules. The data module stores identification and parametric data about a particular entity. The communication modules comprise a data transaction device, a portable activation and transmission device and at least one portable activation device sensor04-22-2010
20100096444IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - An identification system that improves identification of luggage by providing luggage tags that have a photograph of the luggage owner imprinted thereon, and optionally, boarding passes which include a photograph of the passenger imprinted thereon as well. The system can be implemented by printing luggage tags and/or boarding passes at home or office using a personal computer, or alternatively, at the travel agent or airline terminal. For use at an airline terminal, the system can be operated by airline personnel at the check-in counter, or operated by the passenger at a self check-in station. When not operated by airline personnel, the system uses identity verification safeguards which may include smartcards, central database images, or images on external computers, such as home computers, credit card company computers, or other computers which are authorized by password.04-22-2010
20100096443System and Method of Information Management for Use with Musical and Theatrical Entertainment - An information system for use in information management for musical and theatrical entertainment comprising an electronically-accessible data record. The information system includes a performance element; a substrate having thereon one or more printed codes practically imperceptible to a human being; and a device having an optical reader capable of reading a selected one of the one or more printed codes on the substrate, non-volatile memory and a controller, the device further having means for providing humanly perceptible feedback, the non-volatile memory storing the performance element.04-22-2010
20100096448METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BAR CODE DATA INTERCHANGE - A new method and system for bar code data interchange includes a bar code scanner, such as a high scan rate LED scanner, and reads bar coded information from a video display. This bar coded information is scanned from the video display into a host device. The bar coded information may be sent to a user in a variety of ways, including over the Internet, any intranet, or any type of telephony network. The bar coded information may be viewed by the user on the video display as part of an e-mail message, as displayed on a web-page, or as displayed on television programming. The scanned bar coded information is decoded and may then be used. A first software program may have been used to create the bar coded information, and a second and distinct software application may be used with the now decoded bar coded information.04-22-2010
20120248181OPTICAL DETECTOR AT POINT OF CARE - A patient support apparatus including a barrier, an optical detector, and a control system. The optical detector secured to the barrier and configured to detect indicia having a predetermined pattern. The control system includes a processor in communication with the optical detector, a transmitter in communication with the processor, and a memory unit in communication with the processor. The memory unit stores a unique identifier associated with the patient support apparatus. The processor receiving a signal from the optical detector indicative of data detected by the optical detector and performing a set of instructions in response to the optical detector communicating the data, the set of instructions performed by the processor including (i) linking the data with the unique identifier, and (ii) communicating the linked data and unique identifier to a network.10-04-2012
20120125992REMOTE CODE READER SYSTEM - A remote code reader system sends a code read by a code reader to an appropriate function by utilizing identification information assigned specific to a client in order to select a function. A barcode reader and a host computer connected to a network are included therein. An ID (pen ID) of the barcode reader 05-24-2012
20120118947System and Method for Assisted Maintenance in a Gaming Machine Using a Mobile Device - Disclosed is a method for enabling a technician to open a door of a gaming machine without needing a physical key using a gaming system having a biometric controlled door lock. The method includes: enabling the technician to scan a barcode on the gaming machine using a camera on a mobile device; sending the image of the barcode via a network to a server; determining a gaming machine ID using the barcode decoding module, wherein the gaming machine ID is used by a gaming machine ID database to determine which gaming machine has been scanned; enabling a picture to be taken of a technician that has presented itself to the camera of the mobile device; transmitting the picture of the technician; using facial recognition software to identify the technician and authorize the technician's corresponding employee ID; receiving a mobile device identifier that is transmitted from the mobile device to the biometric lock component; enabling receipt of a technician's personal identification number that is transmitted from the mobile device to the biometric lock component; after the gaming machine receives an unlock signal, causing the door solenoid to unlock the door; wherein four credentials are passed to the biometric lock component to unlock the door solenoid, the four credentials including the employee ID, the mobile device identifier, the gaming machine ID, and the technician's personal identification number.05-17-2012
20120118948PRINTING CONTROL METHOD AND PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR LINE LIGHT SOURCE DETECTION - A printing control method for line light source detection, for controlling at least one printing parameter of a printing apparatus. The printing control method includes: utilizing a line light source to scan a barcode to derive a barcode profile corresponding to the barcode; deriving a grading information corresponding to the barcode according to the barcode profile and a threshold, and deriving a modified barcode profile according to the grading information and the barcode profile; and adjusting the at least one printing parameter of the printing apparatus according to the modified barcode profile.05-17-2012
20120118946ONBOARD DATA ARCHIVING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A data archiving system includes an archiving label including a label tag and a memory device carried by the label tag and a reading device adapted to retrieve repair information from the memory device.05-17-2012
20120118945METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VERIFYING STACK SIZE - A method and apparatus for verifying stack size are disclosed wherein measured length and width dimensions of a stack of paperboard sheets are compared with length and width values of a label associated with the stack. The dimensions are typically measured as the stack travels along a conveyor. A no-match indicator is produced if there is not a match between the dimensions and values, and may include an alarm or a display on a video screen. The stack may be diverted to allow application of a correct label whereby the stack will be shipped to the correct customer.05-17-2012
20090134213Clothes treating apparatus - A clothes treating apparatus is disclosed. More particularly, the present invention relates to a clothes treating apparatus which includes a RFID reader capable of reading information of clothes with RF tags such that the information of the clothes may be identified via an external computer. According to the clothes treating apparatus, the RFID reader is used and the information on treating states or positions of the clothes is identified via an external computer or display device. As a result, it can be simple to manage each item of clothes. Furthermore, the information on the treating states of the clothes may be identified. As a result, troubles of treating the clothes again unnecessarily as well as fabric damage may be saved.05-28-2009
20090134212SMART, TELEPHONE COMPRISING SUCH A CARD AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING A COMMAND IN SUCH A CARD - A smartcard (05-28-2009
20120138675MOBILE DEVICE ADD-ON APPARATUS FOR FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS - An electronic transaction card communicates with an add-on slot of an intelligent electronic device. The add-on slot may be a memory card slot. The intelligent electronic device may be a mobile phone or other device with or without network connectivity. The electronic transaction card may have magnetic field producing circuitry compatible with magnetic card readers, smartcard circuitry, other point-of-sale interfaces, or any combination thereof.06-07-2012
20110114719System and Method for the Unequivocal Allocation of Histological Cassettes and Specimen Slides05-19-2011
20110180595MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM - The invention relates to a multimedia system having a computer, which has a browser for accessing an address, in particular an IP address, a card reader connected to the computer and at least one data card having a card code and insertable in and readable by the card reader, the card reader producing a data signal dependent on the card code for the computer. The data signal of the card reader is designed so that it corresponds to keyboard signals for the direct control of the browser using a certain address.07-28-2011
20100288829Systems and Techniques for Controlling the Selection and/or Removal of Packages from a Transport Vehicle - A system for selecting a package for removal from a transport vehicle, the system comprises a package identification data input device including a data input device and an operator interface, wherein the data input device is configured to input package identification data corresponding to a package on the transport vehicle; and a computer, coupled to the package identification data input device, to receive data corresponding to the package, and based on the selection criteria, responsively provide data which are representative of instruction whether to select the package for removal from the transport vehicle, wherein the selection criteria includes a distance from an arrival port/depot to the destination of the passenger associated with the package. A method for selecting a package for removal from a transport vehicle, the method comprises detecting package identification data corresponding to a package on the transport vehicle using a package identification data input device; transmitting the package identification data to a computer; determining whether to select the package for removal from the transport vehicle based on selection criteria including a distance from an arrival port/depot to a destination of the passenger associated with the package; and transmitting data which are representative of instruction whether to select the package for removal from the transport vehicle to the package identification data input device.11-18-2010
20100288828ACCESSIBLE USER INTERFACE FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES - A method for performing an action at an electronic device. The method includes extracting data from a token. The data includes at least one command instruction or command attribute. The method includes interpreting the data and executing an action corresponding to the command instruction or the command attribute.11-18-2010
20120125993PLANAR DATA CARRIER - The invention relates to a data carrier or a group of such data carriers which allow for accurate correlation of information, the use of these data carriers, as well as a reading device, by means of which a data carrier via its structured information layer is associated with an action of a data processing system or can trigger the said action. More particularly, the invention also relates to a game card system that learns the unique playing characteristics of players and allows the processing of other game-related data, whereby the system comprises the use of game cards and collector cards over the Internet (online) as well as via a local data processing system (offline), and where, accordingly, the invention relates to a particularly preferred embodiment, that is a combination of the traditional collector card game with computer and video games. More preferably, the invention also serves as an access system for cards and debit cards for payment systems using the data carrier with a unique code that is readable using a reading device.05-24-2012
20120125995SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING INFORMATION USING IMAGE CODE - A system and method for delivering information using an image code. A first system for handing over to a second system an operation being performed by the first system includes an image code generation unit to generate the image code using a uniform resource locator (URL) of a webpage; and a display control unit to control the image code to be displayed via a display device. The image code is photographed by the second system and input to the second system in the form of an image file, and the URL is extracted from the image code in the second system so that the webpage is displayed in the second system.05-24-2012
20120125994SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATING AND VERIFYING PRODUCT VALUE, USAGE, AND SUITABILITY FOR USE OR SALE - A computer-based system for monitoring product usage, value, and suitability for use or sale. The system can include one or more processors configured to process and manage data. Additionally, the system can also include product packaging comprising a machine-readable medium. Notably, the machine-readable medium can comprise product information among other types of information. The one or more processors can be configured for receiving the product information of the machine-readable medium. The machine-readable medium and corresponding medication information can be adjusted based automated signals or interactive signals, where the signals are generated based on current or historical data regarding the product or the packaging.05-24-2012
20120160909Answer To Reset (ATR) Pushing - A smart card reader receives an Answer to Reset (ATR) from a smart card and transmits the ATR over a communication link to a computing device without waiting for an ATR request from the computing device. The computing device may cache the ATR and use it for subsequent communication sessions with the smart card.06-28-2012
20100237145TRANSACTION RECORDAL SYSTEM - A system for recording a transaction relating to a security document, the security document having disposed thereon or therein coded data including a number of coded data portions. Each coded data portion is indicative of at least an identity of the security document. The system includes a computer system that receives indicating data from a sensing device, in response to sensing of the coded data. The computer system determines the identity of the security document and the transaction and uses this to update transaction data indicative of the identity of the security document and the transaction.09-23-2010
20100206949SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RFID-BASED PRINTED MEDIA READING ACTIVITY DATA ACQUISITION AND ANALYSIS - The subject invention provides a means of automatically detecting and recording a person's use of magazines, i.e. printed media exposure, for the purpose of market research. The present invention comprises one or more electrically conductive marker regions applied to certain specific locations on one or more magazine pages. In one general embodiment, the presence and relative separation of the marker regions are detected by a capacitive sensors and electronic device that stores, processes and communicates the data wirelessly to an external device. In another embodiment, a passive chip less tag is used to indirectly measure the change in conductivity of the conductive regions caused by prolonged exposure to air or light. Exemplary methods are described for acquiring readership and exposure data using the present invention.08-19-2010
20100206948METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING AND TRACKING BIOLOGICAL FLUID - A system and method of tracking biological fluid during a donation process. The system and method identify and release blood products from quarantined storage and print an appropriate blood bag label on demand.08-19-2010
20100206947Method and System for Preventing Access to a Building and Vehicle - A system for preventing unauthorized use of a vehicle having an engine housing and a device for enabling starting of the engine amongst other ancillary features is disclosed. The system provides a wireless smart card reader and a smart card which, may be a multi-function smart card for use with the reader. A circuit is provided in the system which disables operation of the vehicle. The circuit is integrated for electrical disablement by the smart card reader. The circuit is positioned directly within the engine housing in order to prevent tampering or any other activity which would render the circuit inoperative or bypassed. As a further feature, the system, provide access to a building and the building can communicate with the wireless card reader associated with a vehicle to effect operation of the vehicle. A method of use accompanies the apparatus.08-19-2010
20100206946METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ACCEPTING OBJECTS THAT ARE TO BE TRANSPORTED - There is provided a method for accepting an object that is to be transported, for purposes of being processed in a logistics system. An exemplary method comprises acquiring graphic information via optical image recognition. The exemplary method also comprises evaluating the graphic information to ascertain mailing data about the object, and transmitting and/or storing the mailing data.08-19-2010
20120168493Matrix Barcode System - A method for user interaction with network servers by means of matrix codes includes: generating a matrix code associated with an object; scanning said matrix code by means of software adapted for such purpose; and interacting with digital objects associated with the matrix code by means of software adapted for such purpose. The user may interact with the networked servers via the matrix codes.07-05-2012
20120132702Test Assist Device - A test assist device includes: a network function module having a network port that is connectible to a network device; a control module connected to the network function module and having a processing unit and a transmission port electrically connectible to an input unit for receiving from the input unit at least one of basic test data and test result messages of an object, the processing unit transmitting the received at least one of the basic test data and the test result messages via the network function module to the network device; and an output module connected to the control module and having a basic status prompt unit and a test result prompt unit, the basic status prompt unit having a plurality of LEDs for displaying corresponding information corresponding to the basic test data, the test result prompt unit displaying corresponding information corresponding to the test result messages.05-31-2012
20110180597Barcode Device - Bar codes used for various applications. A bar code can be used for biometrics, or for computer data entry. A special bar code is described that has additional information, but can be read by other readers.07-28-2011
20110180596CODE READING APPARATUS, SALES REGISTRATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CODE READING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a code reading apparatus includes an image capturing unit, a first reading unit, a second reading unit and an information output unit. The image capturing unit captures an image picked up by an imaging unit . The first reading unit detects one of an image of a code symbol and an image of benefit indication from the image captured by the image capturing unit and reads commodity information corresponding to the code symbol or benefit information corresponding to the benefit indication from the detected image. The second reading unit causes, for a predetermined time after the first reading unit reads the information, until the first reading unit detects the other image not detected yet, the image capturing unit to capture the image and reads, if the first reading unit detects the other image, one of the commodity information and the benefit information from the detected other image. The information output unit outputs the information read by the second reading unit together with the information read by the first reading unit.07-28-2011
20120160907POINT OF SALE TERMINAL FOR ENGAGEMENT WITH A MOBILE COMMUNICATOR - A point of sale terminal including a housing including at least first and second housing portions which are arranged for relative axial movement from a closed position to an open position, the first housing portion including at least a communications interface adapted for operative communications engagement with a mobile communicator and a first housing portion socket adapted for partially surrounding the mobile communicator, the second housing portion including a second housing portion socket adapted for partially surrounding the mobile communicator and the first and second housing portions being configured such that when they are arranged in the closed position the first housing portion socket and the second housing portion socket together hug the mobile communicator and prevent unwanted disengagement of the mobile communicator therefrom.06-28-2012
20120160906CART DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE WEIGHT OF EACH ITEM CARRIED - A cart moves items within a facility, each having an identification tag. The cart includes a carriage, a scale, a reader, and processors. The scale measures a cumulative weight of the items on the carriage. The reader reads the tags of the items. The processors determine a weight for each item by a change in the cumulative weight after its transfer to or from the carriage. The weight is stored in a database in association with each item. There is also disclosed a related system and method. Preferably, the cart is located, and its location is applied to each item carried thereby to track the items within the facility.06-28-2012
20120211556Arrangement for Recognizing Bar-code Information - An arrangement for recognizing bar-coded information on a carrier object, with registration means designed to register bar-coded information in a registration zone, the arrangement exhibiting adaptation means designed to change the registration zone, an arrangement for recognizing bar-coded information on a spray can, a process for recognizing information on a spray can, a medical maintenance appliance, and a process for maintaining medical appliances.08-23-2012
20120211558SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BINDING A SMARTCARD AND A SMARTCARD READER - Systems and methods for binding a smartcard and a smartcard reader are provided. A smartcard is provision to store a first set of credentials for use in traditional transactions such as at a brick and mortar retail store and a second set of credentials for use when performing a transaction using a smartcard reader associated with a user such as an on-line transaction. The user smartcard reader registers with a smartcard issuer server by cryptographically authenticating a secure processor associated with the smartcard reader. As a result of the registration, the secure processor obtains a set of private keys associated with the second set of credentials. When a request for a authorizing a transaction via the user's smartcard reader is received, the smartcard reader cryptographically authenticates itself to the smartcard using a private key associated with a credential to be used to authorize the transaction.08-23-2012
20120211557Friending Codes - Codes that can be used to cause automatic connections with a friend on a social network. In one embodiment, the code can be created by the social network, including information representing the social networks address, and information about the user with whom the connection is desired. In one embodiment, that connection information can create an automatic connection with the user, without requiring the user to accept the “friend request”. The code can be a barcode such as a QR code.08-23-2012
20120168492PROTOCOL DRIVEN IMAGE ACQUISITIION - Systems, methods, and computer-readable media having computer-executable instructions embodied thereon for protocol driven image acquisition are provided. In embodiments, a protocol is received by an image capturing device. The protocol comprises orders from a clinician, a workflow for capturing at least one image, or a combination thereof. At least one field for receiving metadata to be associated with the at least one image allows structured documentation to begin on the image capturing device. The at least one image and associated metadata are communicated to a medical information system. A patient is identified by the metadata or an existing patient to device association and the at least one image is associated with an electronic medical record for the patient.07-05-2012
20100051679METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INSPECTION OF TRAVELERS - A kiosk for processing arriving travelers is provided, wherein the kiosk reads information from the traveler's travel document, and either receives a completed declaration form from the traveler or poses a series of questions to the traveler. On obtaining the needed information from the traveler, the kiosk queries a government computer to obtain a code for the traveler. The code, when shown to a government official, such as a customs agent, will determine if the traveler is retained for secondary processing.03-04-2010
20100051683Marking Device - A marking device includes a two-dimensional code forming unit converting first identification information into two-dimensional code information in accordance with a predetermined standard and forming a two-dimensional code on an object based on the two-dimensional code information, a two-dimensional code reading unit reading the two-dimensional code and generating second identification information in accordance with the standard, and a determination unit determining whether or not the first identification information matches the second identification information.03-04-2010
20100051682Printing device and printing system - A printer antenna configured to carry out radio communication with an RFID tag for T-shirt provided at a T-shirt to be a print target is provided, print parameter information stored in the RFID tag for T-shirt is obtained through the printer antenna, and desired printing is performed on the T-shirt using a print parameter according to the obtained print parameter information.03-04-2010
20100051681IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus including a printing-data-receiving unit configured to receive a printing-data-item including a user identification information item and a password, and to save the printing-data-item in a storage device; a user-authentication unit configured to receive input information specifying a user identification information item of a user, and to authenticate the user based on a managing unit that manages association information associating user identification information items with passwords; a list-display unit configured to cause a display device to display a list of printing-data-items each including the same user identification information item as that of the user; and a printing-control unit configured to execute a printing job of a printing-data-item selected from the list, wherein in the event that there is a printing-data-item that cannot be printed, the printing-control unit does not cancel a printing job of another printing-data-item that can be printed.03-04-2010
20100051680Application control based on flexible electronic device conformation sequence status - A method includes, but is not limited to: obtaining and coordinating the one or more sequences of two or more conformations of one or more portions of one or more regions of the flexible electronic device with one or more commands. In addition to the foregoing, other related method/system aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.03-04-2010
20120211559SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SETTING CONNECTION BETWEEN INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICES, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, SETTING INFORMATION IDENTIFIER OUTPUTTING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - A system for setting a connection between information processing devices, according to the present invention includes: a server apparatus which is arranged on a network, collectively manages setting information necessary for a connection between other devices, and distributes requested setting information according to a request from another apparatus; and a communication apparatus which transmits information to the server apparatus. The communication apparatus includes: a first reading unit which makes displayed or printed code information readable, the code information indicating a location of setting information necessary for a connection to another device; a second reading unit which reads the code information; a converting unit which converts the code information into the location of the setting information; an acquiring unit which acquires the setting information from the location of the setting information; and a connection setting unit which performs a connection setting based on the setting information.08-23-2012
20120211555MACHINE-READABLE SYMBOLS - A variety of forms of machine-readable symbols are disclosed, as well as methods and systems of constructing machine-readable symbols, methods and systems of acquiring machine-readable symbols, and methods and systems of decoding machine-readable symbols.08-23-2012
20120175413Barcode Device - Bar codes used for various applications. A bar code can be used for biometrics, or for computer data entry. A special bar code is described that has additional information, but can be read by other readers.07-12-2012
20120175412COMPUTING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ELECTRONICALLY INDICATING THE ACCEPTABILITY OF A PRODUCT - In part, the invention relates to computing systems and methods for electronically indicating the acceptability of a product. An image capture and communication device may analyze a product label that includes one or more monitors, authentication elements, and identification elements. The image capture and communication device may determine the type and features of the monitors, authentication elements, and identification elements. The image capture and communication device may transmit data based on the type and features to a host server, which may transmit data associated with the host product to the image capture and communication device in, inter alia, the form of an acceptability report.07-12-2012
20120175411HOST APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LINKING WITH NETWORK IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS - In a method for linking with a network image capture apparatus provided by the present invention, a tag having a tag information equipped on the network image capture apparatus is provided. The tag information contains a plurality of identification data of the network image capture apparatus. Then, the network image capture apparatus is attempted to link with a network. When the network image capture apparatus is linked with the network and broadcasts a beacon packet on the network, an image transmission link is established according to the beacon packet and the tag information.07-12-2012
20120175414PRECISELY LOCATING AND ADDRESS CONFIRMING METHOD - A precisely locating and address confirming method is provided. The method comprises: S07-12-2012
20100012716Audio-Playing System - An audio-playing system includes a surface having a printed position-coding pattern. The position-coding pattern identifies a surface identity and positions on the surface, the surface identity distinguishing the surface from other surfaces of the same type. A handheld sensing device having a housing is configured for reading the position-coding pattern and audio playback. The housing contains: (i) an optical sensor for reading codes from the position-coding pattern; (ii) a processor coupled to the optical sensor for determining the surface identity and a position of the sensing device using the read code; (iii) a memory unit comprising data for different audio outputs corresponding to different positions on the surface, and (iv) an audio output device coupled to the processor. The sensing device provides different audio outputs to a user in response to optically sensing different positions of the position-coding pattern.01-21-2010
20100012715SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PAIRING A BLUETOOTH DEVICE WITH A POINT-OF-SALE TERMINAL - A method of connecting a wireless unit to a point-of-sale terminal comprises providing a wireless unit having a display and image reader, and providing a point-of-sale terminal to wirelessly connect to said wireless unit, said point-of-sale terminal having a display and an image reader. The method further comprises the steps of displaying a first barcode on one of said wireless unit display and said point-of-sale terminal, said first barcode containing information necessary to pair the wireless unit with the point-of-sale terminal, reading said displayed first barcode with said image reader of the other of said wireless unit and said point-of-sale terminal, displaying a second barcode on said other of said wireless unit and said point-of-sale terminal in response to said first barcode, reading said displayed second barcode with said image reader of said one of said wireless unit and said point-of-sale terminal and wirelessly pairing said wireless unit to said point-of-sale terminal based on said first and said second barcode data.01-21-2010
20100270369TERMINAL, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR INTERACTING WITH A SIGNALING TAG - A terminal for interacting with a signaling tag includes a controller capable of selecting a signaling tag and thereafter receiving a tag type from the signaling tag at least partially over an air interface. The controller is also capable of determining if the terminal is actively operating an application. In this regard, the controller is capable of performing a predefined action based upon the tag type, such as based upon a tag type of “Read Only,” “Read/Write” or “Transceiver in Show Mode.” And when the controller is actively operating an application, the controller is capable of performing the predefined action further based upon the application and a state of the application.10-28-2010
20120248182METHOD FOR ASSOCIATING A PRINTABLE OPTICAL CODE WITH AN EMAIL MESSAGE - One embodiment provides a system for printing a document from a portable device. During operation, the system receives a hyperlink associated with an email and a document to be printed. Next, the system obtains a document optical code that identifies the document computer-readable storage device. Subsequently, the system displays the optical code to a printing device, thereby allowing the printing device to obtain and print the document.10-04-2012
20120074215 METHOD FOR GENERATING AN IMAGE FILE FOR FORGERY VERIFICATION AND A METHOD FOR FORGERYVERIFICATION OF AN IMAGE FILE - The present invention is related to a method for generating an image file for forgery verification and a method for forgery verification. A method for generating an image file for forgery verification according to the present invention consists of a generating a bit map of the image file, a generating a horizontal check logic, a vertical check logic, and a check logic of each region from the bit map, a generating a two-dimensional bar code from the horizontal check logic, the vertical check logic, and the check logic of each region, and a generating an image file for forgery verification into which the two-dimensional bar code is inserted. A method for forgery verification according to the present invention consists of a generating a first horizontal check logic, a first vertical check logic, and a first check logic of each region from the bit map by generating a bit map of an image file for forgery verification into which a two-dimensional bar code is inserted, a generating a second horizontal check logic, a second vertical check logic, and a second check logic of each region from the two-dimensional bar code, and a comparing the first and the second horizontal check logics, the first and the second vertical check logics, and the first and the second check logics of each region.03-29-2012
20120074214ANALYZER AND METHOD OF ANALYZING - An analyzer which analyzes an analyte by using the analyte and consumables, the analyzer comprising: an automatic reading device which reads a first product information related to a consumable via an identifier given to the consumable or a container containing the consumable; and a controller which permits an analysis operation when the first product information is suitable information read by the automatic reading device via the identifier, and prompts an operator to manually enter a second product information comprising information specifying the manufacturer or seller of the consumable when the automatic reading device cannot read the identifier or the information read via the identifier is not suitable as the first product information and permits the analysis operation and storage of the input second product information when the operator has entered the second product information.03-29-2012
20120074213STORED VALUE PRODUCTS, PACKAGES, THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) GLASSES AND METHODS RELATED THERETO - Stored value products, their packages, packaging content, displays, and associated methods for providing the same, are described. The stored value products described herein include gift cards having one or more 3D images and 3D glasses. The stored value product packing described herein include gift card package having one or more 3D images. The packaging content described herein includes collapsible 3D glasses. The displays described herein include displays having one or more 3D images and sample 3D viewers. Methods for production and use of the stored products, their packages, packaging content, and displays are also described.03-29-2012
20120280029INCREMENTAL INFORMATION OBJECT WITH AN EMBEDDED INFORMATION REGION - Systems and methods for generating an incremental information object with an embedded information region (IIOEIR) are provided. A method includes analyzing an IIOEIR to determine a first code, wherein the IIOEIR includes a plurality of tiles, and wherein a first set of the plurality of tiles includes a first code and a second set of the plurality of tiles includes a second code. The first code is confirmed, and, if the confirmation succeeds, generating a new code comprising a bitstream, overwriting the bitstream onto the first region. A new second code is generated, wherein the new second code is related to the first code, and the new second code is overwritten onto a second region.11-08-2012
20090020600RIGHT-OF-USE TRANSFER SYSTEM - A license of an optional feature used in a transmission source apparatus can be properly transferred to a transmission destination apparatus. A first apparatus outputs a first license transmission code based on an identifier of designated application software and an identifier of the first apparatus. On receiving the first license transmission code, a second apparatus outputs a second license transmission code based on the first license transmission code, an identifier of the second apparatus, and a unique identifier. On receiving the second license transmission code, the first apparatus outputs a third license transmission code based on the second license transmission code and designated transfer details, and updates license information in the first apparatus in accordance with the designated transfer details. On receiving the third license transmission code, the second apparatus updates license information in the second apparatus based on the third license transmission code.01-22-2009
20120255993LABEL-CONTROLLED SYSTEM CONFIGURATION - A system has an optical scanner for reading a printed system configuration code on a printed configuration label. The printed system configuration code includes configuration information that describes a bus speed of a system bus of the system. A processor dynamically configures the system according to the configuration information decoded from the printed system configuration code.10-11-2012
20120187185SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS AND DOCUMENTS, AND TRACKING AND AUTHENTICATING DOCUMENTS - Readable indicia, such as, a two-dimensional (2D) quick response (QR) code, is affixed to a product or a document. A scanning device, such as a mobile phone equipped with a camera, scans the readable indicia to obtain data stored in the readable indicia. The data is used to detect counterfeit products and documents, and track and authenticate documents.07-26-2012
20110114716Systems and Methods for Programming a Remote Control Device - Methods and systems are disclosed that include retrieving codes that are usable by a remote control device to remotely control a function of the electronic device. The methods and systems may also include transmitting the codes to the remote control device via a remote control device interface controllable by a processor of the electronic device.05-19-2011
20130020385Smartcard Accessed Dual Server Electronic Data Storage System - A secure, electronic data maintenance system and associated removable memory storage devices (e.g., smartcards). The system includes a first remote server that stores card holder identification information associated with multiple card holders, and a second remote server that stores electronic data associated with the card holders. The electronic data maintained on the second remote server cannot be correlated to the card holder identification information maintained on the first remote server based on the information contained in the first and second remote servers. To permit correlation of the files, the removable memory storage devices store correlation information sufficient to uniquely associate particular card holder identification information stored on the first remote computer server with associated card holder's electronic data stored on the second remote server. The removable memory storage device also allows the card holder to engage in monetary transactions.01-24-2013
20120261465Technical Support Systems and Methods - Exemplary technical support systems and methods are disclosed herein. An exemplary method includes a media content access device obtaining technical support request information from a user, encoding data representative of the technical support request information into a barcode, and providing the barcode for display on a display screen associated with the media content access device. The exemplary method may additionally or alternatively include a mobile device capturing an image of the displayed barcode and transmitting data representative of the image to a technical support subsystem. The exemplary method may additionally or alternatively include a technical support subsystem receiving data representative of the image of the barcode, decoding the barcode code to obtain the technical support request information, and performing one or more technical support operations in response to the technical support request information. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.10-18-2012
20120228374TERMINAL, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR INTERACTING WITH A SIGNALING TAG - A terminal for interacting with a signaling tag includes a controller capable of selecting a signaling tag and thereafter receiving a tag type from the signaling tag at least partially over an air interface. The controller is also capable of determining if the terminal is actively operating an application. In this regard, the controller is capable of performing a predefined action based upon the tag type, such as based upon a tag type of “Read Only,” “Read/Write” or “Transceiver in Show Mode.” And when the controller is actively operating an application, the controller is capable of performing the predefined action further based upon the application and a state of the application.09-13-2012
20120228373DISPLAY DEVICE, DISPLAY METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A display device includes a display unit, a contactless communication unit provided such that at least a part thereof overlaps with the display unit or is provided near the display unit and carries out contactless communication with plural kinds of IC cards, a storage that stores announcement data relating to the kinds of the respective IC cards, a controller that selects the kinds of IC cards, and an operation component for further selection of the kind of one IC card from the kinds of IC cards selected by the controller. The announcement data stored in the storage are displayed on the display unit before readout of the kinds of IC cards by the contactless communication unit. The kinds of IC cards with which contactless communication is possible are selected by the controller, and the kind of one IC card is further selected by the operation component.09-13-2012
20130200142METHODS FOR EMBEDDING DEVICE-SPECIFIC DATA TO ENABLE REMOTE ACCESS TO REAL TIME DEVICE DATA - The invention provides systems and methods for providing a unified single-scan user interface for accessing and managing a remotely located device throughout its life cycle, including cellular network provisioning, cloud data provider registration, initialization and activation, as well as providing end users with easy access to the device and its data. The end user simply powers the device on and the device automatically connects with the communication network and the cloud data provider. The device comes to the end user already provisioned and paired and activated with the cloud data provider and the communication network provider. The device is capable of monitoring operational and/or environmental parameters comprising physical and/or chemical data which may be monitored by a mobile device. The mobile device may also initiate modification of the manufactured device's parameters.08-08-2013
20130200143WATCH IDENTIFICATION AND AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method and system for creating and storing an identifier for a timepiece having at least one gemstone. The method includes determining one or more characteristics of the at least one gemstone and detecting a relative position of the at least one gemstone in the timepiece. The method further includes creating the identifier for the timepiece in dependence upon at least one of the one or more characteristics of the at least one gemstone and the respective relative position of the at least one gemstone and storing the identifier in a database or device.08-08-2013
20130200144METHODS AND DEVICES FOR MARKING AND AUTHENTICATING A PRODUCT BY A CONSUMER - he method for marking a product includes: 08-08-2013
20110121069Barcodes with Graphical Elements - Barcodes are provided that convey images to help consumers and/or to help identify information about the origin of an article. The images conveyed by the barcodes may be associated with a merchant, a department, an event, a season, a theme or a product, for example. The barcodes may be placed on any number of articles including purchaser receipts, gift receipts, marketing receipt coupons, paper coupons, electronic coupons, rewards cards, gift cards, registry printouts, and products/packaging, for example. Under some embodiments, the barcodes help consumers to associate articles with a particular merchant or department. Under other embodiments, the barcodes help consumers to distinguish purchaser receipts from gift receipts. In some embodiments, the barcodes are generated dynamically by altering font-based barcodes to convey the image.05-26-2011
20110121068METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING POSITION AND ROTATIONAL ORIENTATION OF AN OBJECT - A method and apparatus for determining position and rotational orientation of an object within a predetermined area is disclosed. Position markers, encoded with their identity, are viewed with a camera, images are captured and processed, and the position and rotational orientation of the object are calculated. Three embodiments are disclosed; the first having a camera mounted on the movable object while position markers bearing linear bar codes are fixed in location, the second having a camera mounted on the movable object while position markers bearing two-dimensional bar codes are fixed in location, and the third having a position marker of either type affixed to the object while the camera is fixed in location.05-26-2011
20110121067IMAGING DEVICE OPERATIVE FOR IMAGE PROCESSING - The invention relates to an imaging device of the type having an imaging assembly including a two dimensional image sensor. In one embodiment an imaging device can be used to obtain an area image representation. In one embodiment, the image representation can be processed. The processing of the image representation can include recognition of an indicia represented in the image representation.05-26-2011
20110121065Radio-frequency reconfigurations of microelctronic systems in commercial packages - In one embodiment, the present invention includes a method for determining if a system is compatible with an up-binning or down-binning to a hardware resource of the system through RFID tag communication, receiving instructions from a remote server to upgrade the hardware resource if the system is compatible, and programming the hardware resource based on the instructions. In one such embodiment, the hardware resource may be programmed by use of programmable fuses to enable circuitry of the hardware resource. Other embodiments are described and claimed.05-26-2011
20100327054SECURE COMMUNICATION OF PAYMENT INFORMATION TO MERCHANTS USING A VERIFICATION TOKEN - Disclosed are apparatuses, systems, and methods pertaining to the secure communication of payment information from portable consumer devices, such as credit cards, to online merchants using verification tokens.12-30-2010
20100327053System and Method for Monitoring a Validator - A system for monitoring a validator that assesses a token includes an input device 12-30-2010
20100327052Product management apparatus, product management method, and storage medium storing product management program - A product management apparatus includes a tag information receiver that receives first tag information identifying a first wireless tag attached to a first product, and second tag information identifying a second wireless tag attached to a second product, a group determiner that determines whether a sensor related to the received first tag information is present, a group generator that generates group information including the first tag information and the second tag information and if a difference between the time of reception of the first tag information and the time of reception of the second tag information falls within a specific range, a sensor information receiver that retrieves environment information of an environment surrounding the sensor and a product management unit that associates the retrieved environment information with the first tag information and the second tag information, included in the group information.12-30-2010
20100327050EXPRESSION CODES FOR MICROPARTICLE MARKS BASED ON SIGNATURE STRINGS - A system, apparatus, and method for identifying and authenticating articles using expression codes obtained from marks incorporating microparticles on or in articles, article packaging, or article labeling where the expression codes are based on signature strings generated relative to attributes of valid individual microparticles. The system, apparatus, and method can also enable the serialization of articles over and above the code-formulation that is achievable with multi-layered color-coded microparticles or single expression microparticles.12-30-2010
20110036905SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMPARING DRUG PRODUCT INFORMATION - A system and method for analyzing vast amounts of drug product information at granular levels is provided. This analysis enables determining a relationship which is associated with at least one of a cost effectiveness of purchasing a drug product from different suppliers, a determination of a lowest cost per unit of the drug product, a manufacturer market share for the drug product, and a strategy for submitting a contract bid for the drug product.02-17-2011
20120318860AUTHENTICATION LABEL APPLIED OVER BARCODE WITH BARCODE STILL BEING READABLE - A method and element for both authenticating and labeling a product or packaging for a product utilizes a hologram label that is applied over a barcode, such that the barcode and label can be located in the same space on the product or packaging to minimize space requirements. The underlying barcode can still be read using conventional barcode readers, such as laser scanners and image scanners. The barcode can be of various types including both linear barcode and two-dimensional barcode. The barcode is advantageously read with a barcode reader which is positioned at an acute angle with respect to a normal line to a surface bearing the barcode.12-20-2012
20120298745ENHANCED-DENSITY BARCODE - A method of decoding a two-dimensional enhanced-density barcode. A first and a second barcode are encoded in the enhanced-density barcode. The enhanced-density barcode includes a set of blocks. Each block includes a predefined number of sub-pixels. The blocks of the enhanced-density barcode being arranged relatively to each other in a geometrical lattice having a first and a second lattice direction. The method includes the steps of distorting of the enhanced-density barcode in the first lattice direction, resulting in a first distorted barcode, distorting of the enhanced-density barcode in the second lattice direction, resulting in a second distorted barcode, reconstructing the first barcode by low-pass filtering the first distorted barcode, reconstructing the second barcode by low-pass filtering the second distorted barcode.11-29-2012
20120298744SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING ITEMS IN A LIST SHARED BY A GROUP OF MOBILE DEVICES - A method and system are provided for operating a mobile device, the method comprising: reading a barcode being displayed by another mobile device, to identify a group, by capturing at least one image of the barcode; and joining the group identified by the barcode. Another method and system are provided, the method comprising: storing a barcode on the mobile device, the barcode identifying a group; and displaying the barcode on a display of the mobile device such that the entire barcode is visible on the display to enable another mobile device to scan the barcode to join the group. Another method and system are provided, the method comprising: reading a barcode being displayed by another mobile device, to identify an individual associated with the other mobile device, by capturing at least one image of the barcode; and inviting the individual identified by the barcode to join a group.11-29-2012
20120298743BRAND PROTECTION AND PRODUCT AUTHENTICATION USING PORTABLE DEVICES - A method and apparatus for protection of products and packaging against counterfeiting using dedicated authentication protocol coupled with portable devices. It is based on the product identification information, i.e., PIN, generated by the product manufacturer, stored in the product database and added to product or packaging in an open and/or a hidden form. The open part is directly available to the consumer before buying, opening or consuming the product or package or damaging its integrity while the hidden part is only revealed after these operations. The hidden information can also be disappearing after a predefined interval of time or number of trials or usages. Both parts are communicated to the authentication server in a predefined order to verify the product or package authenticity. The presence, absence, or multiple requests for the same product PIN, confirm or reject product authenticity or detect attempt at attacking the system or using counterfeited products.11-29-2012
20120298742Variable Data Print Verification Mechanism - A printing system is disclosed. The printing system includes a first printer to print a first barcode on a medium including variable to be printed on the medium and a second printer to print the variable data to the medium based on the first barcode and to print a second barcode to the medium for verification that the variable data has been accurately printed to the medium.11-29-2012
20120298741Method and System for Deterring Product Counterfeiting, Diversion and Piracy - A client system receives a request for a set of unique security codes and also receives product data associated with a product on which the security codes are to be printed. The client sends at least some of the product data to a host system and receives a batch identifier from the host. The host stores received product data with the batch identifier. The client generates the set of security codes and then provides the codes to be printed on the product. After the products enter the stream of commerce, the host can receive an authentication request including a security code, and in response the host will verify that the security code is valid and return to the requestor the authentication result and at least part of the product data associated with the batch identifier.11-29-2012
20120298739System and Method for Providing Information to a Recipient of a Physical Mail Object - A system and method is provided for transmitting information (e.g., an advertisement, content data, etc.) over a wide area network, such as the Internet, in response to receiving at least a portion of mail data. In one embodiment of the present invention, information is stored in a memory. Mail data is then affixed to a mail object (e.g., on the object itself, on an envelope encasing the object, etc.). The mail object is then manually delivered to a recipient. The mail data is then provided to a reception device. The reception device then uses the mail data to retrieve the information from a mail device in communication with the memory. In a preferred embodiment, the mail data includes data corresponding to the recipient of the mail object, and the information corresponds to a content of the mail object.11-29-2012
20120298738CARDS WITH GEOMETRICALLY DEFINED CARD USE AND MECHANICS - Cards with geometrically defined card use and mechanics are disclosed. In some embodiments, a card includes a device interface zone, in which the device interface zone includes an embedded code; and a user interface zone, in which the user interface zone is for a user to hold the card. In some embodiments, the card further includes a user device bridge, in which the user device bridge connects the device interface zone and the user interface zone (e.g., including an electrical interconnection path between the device interface zone and the user interface zone). In some embodiments, the user device bridge is relatively more flexible than the device interface zone, which facilitates a user holding the card by the user interface zone and placing the card in flush contact with a capacitive screen of a touch screen device for effectively and accurately reading the embedded code on the card (e.g., printed codes).11-29-2012
20120298737METHODS, APPARATUSES AND ARTICLES OF MANUFACTURE TO PROVIDE PASSENGER PREFERENCE DATA TO IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS - Methods, apparatuses and articles of manufacture to provide passenger preference data to in-flight entertainment systems are disclosed. A disclosed example airline passenger seat includes an optical device to optically scan a barcode presented by a passenger associated with the airline passenger seat, the barcode generated by the passenger and including a representation of passenger preference data, a display device to enable the passenger to review the passenger preference data, and a communication module to provide the passenger preference data to an in-flight entertainment system.11-29-2012
20120298736SMART PACKAGING - The disclosure is related to systems and methods of smart packaging. In one example, a package can include an embedded data storage element that is readable at a point-of-sale terminal and includes custom data stored on the data storage element. The custom data may be associated with a specific product related to the package, such as a SIM card or phone. The custom data can include information to allow a process related to the product to be performed. The process may include allowing activation of the product only when an indicator at a server indicates the package was processed at an authorized terminal.11-29-2012
20120318861Mobile Table for Implementing Clamshell-to-Case Association - Systems and methods are provided for associating traceability codes on clamshells with unique identifiers on containers in which the empty clamshells are packed for later use. In various methods, the clamshells are marked with traceability codes and stacked together, one traceability code is read from one of the clamshells in each stack, a unique identifier is read from a container, and the stack is placed in the container. The traceability code is stored in association with the unique identifier for later retrieval. An exemplary table for making clamshell-to-container associations comprises a scanner for reading traceability codes and rails for positioning stacks of clamshells proximate to the scanner. The table can also comprise a second scanner positioned to read unique identifiers from containers placed proximate thereto. The table can further comprise a computing system to make and store the associations.12-20-2012
20110226851METHOD OF INTERACTING WITH SUBSTRATE IN CURSOR AND HYPERLINKING MODES - A method of interacting with a substrate and communicating with a computer system using a sensing device operable in a plurality of modes including a cursor control mode and a hyperlinking mode. The method includes the steps of: actuating a nib switch of the sensing device when a nib force exceeds a predetermined threshold; optically imaging coded data printed on the substrate; generating cursor control data when the sensing device is in said cursor control mode; generating interaction data using the imaged coded data when the sensing device is in the hyperlinking mode; and communicating the cursor control data or the interaction data to a computer system. The cursor control data initiates a cursor control response in the computer system while the interaction data initiates a hyperlinking response in the computer system.09-22-2011
20110226850ONLINE BARCODE DIRECTORY AND SYSTEMS FOR FACILITATING TRANSACTIONS UTILIZING THE SAME - An online directory of people, businesses and products which is accessible by a user is described herein. Each person, business or product may be associated with a unique visual identifier such as a barcode which facilitates transactions between the parties. Moreover, the barcode may be an electronic barcode which can be displayed on a user's phone and scanned by a camera of the other party's electronic system. It is contemplated that the electronic barcode may be displayed only after entering a password on the user's mobile phone.09-22-2011
20110226849TRANSITION READER MOUNTING BRACKET - Devices, systems, and methods are provided for transitioning or otherwise updating access control devices are provided. In particular, a design for a reader mounting bracket is provided. The reader mounting bracket is capable of mounting multiple data input or technology units, such as a keypad and a magnetic stripe, in various orientations. The reader mounting bracket may include a feature activator that is symmetrical about two-axes. Because the technology units can be mounted in different relative orientations, models having different orientations do not need to be developed, manufactured or stocked. The mounting bracket also provides a way to implement and flexibly orient two-factor authentication access control.09-22-2011
20110226848Method and apparatus for parking lot metering - Pay-by-Space and Pay-and-Display are two well-known systems for metered parking for multiple spaces. The present invention allows multi-space meters to separately manage and control electric vehicle charging located in conjunction with parking spaces. Control is implemented by the meters printing indicia on a parking pass or receipt for the parking patron to present to an electric vehicle charging system able to read the indicia. Each such ticket may initiate a predetermined interval of charging, or an interval of charging selected by the patron during a transaction with the meter. The indicia may be either human-readable (e.g., text) or machine-readable (e.g., a barcode), or both, and may be encrypted to resist fraud. Data representative of the indicia may also be made available from an online server and delivered to a parking patron's smartphone or other portable device, whereby the display of the smartphone may present the indicia for reading by the electric vehicle charging system.09-22-2011
20120080516AUTOMATIC ANALYZER WITH THE FUNCTION OF RENDERING REAGENT INFORMATION UNREADABLE - The invention provides an automatic analyzer suitable for efficient reagent management. The analyzer allows continued use of existing reagent information storage media because reagent ID information that is no longer needed is overwritten so that it is unrecognizable to any analyzer. The invention relates to a method for automatically analyzing particular properties of an analyte by putting the analyte and a reagent into a vessel and measuring the reacted analyte-reagent mixture. The analyzer of the invention comprises: an information reader/writer for reading or writing regent information to/from storage media attached to reagent vessels; means for managing reagent information read from the storage media; means for processing reagents based on the managed information; and means for overwriting reagent information that has been judged unnecessary based on the managed information so that the unnecessary information is unrecognizable to any analyzer.04-05-2012
20120080515Barcode Recognition Using Data-Driven Classifier - A barcode decoding system and method are disclosed that use a data-driven classifier for transforming a potentially degraded barcode signal into a digit sequence. The disclosed implementations are robust to signal degradation through incorporation of a noise model into the classifier construction phase. The run-time computational cost is low, allowing for efficient implementations on portable devices.04-05-2012
20110240731ELECTRONIC SHELF LABEL SYSTEM, METHOD OF SYNCHRONIZING ELECTRONIC SHELF LABEL TAG WITH PRODUCT, AND METHOD OF UPDATING PRODUCT INFORMATION OF THE SAME - The electronic shelf label system includes a management server unit storing product information regarding a product, a gateway unit including a plurality of gateways receiving a message containing the product information from the management server unit, and a plurality of electronic shelf label tag units communicating with the gateways, respectively, the plurality of electronic shelf label tag units each including a plurality of electronic shelf label tags receiving the product information from the gateway and displaying the received product information. The management server unit includes a database storing tag information regarding the electronic shelf label tags and product information displayed on the electronic shelf label tags such that the tag information and the product information are linked together.10-06-2011
20100230485COMPUTER OPERATION CONTROL AND ITEM SELECTION AND VENDING METHODS AND SYSTEMS - A signal is transmitted into a computer in response to an image on a display screen of the computer such that the computer operates in response to the signal; this includes moving a scanner in optical communication with the display screen such that the scanner detects an image (for example, a bar code) displayed on the screen and generates the signal in response. One or more computers may be used, and this may be used for vending a product or other purposes. With or without such scanning, a portion of a store environment may be displayed on a screen of a computer, including showing images of actual products for sale at the store, in which images of actual products are accessed via the computer from a database containing in-store images recorded in the store during a period of non-existent or minimal customer presence in the store. A vending system is also disclosed.09-16-2010
20100230484Electronic Business Card - An electronic business card includes a data transmitting module, a storing module and a flexible display. The data transmitting module is used to transfer and receive at least a data. The storing module that is electrically connected to the data transmitting module is used to store the data, which has been received or will be transmitted by the data transmitting module. The flexible display used to display the data stored in the storing module is electrically connected to the storing module. In the electronic business card, the flexible display may improve portability and reduce the power-consumption, thus a use convenience of the electronic business card can be improved.09-16-2010
20120280032APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A CHARACTERISTIC OF A CONSUMABLE - The embodiments of the invention relate to an apparatus for determining at least one characteristic of a physical resource for use in a physical resource consuming apparatus.11-08-2012
20120280031QR CODES USED IN TELEPHONE BOOK ADVERTISING - A method for using a quick response (QR) code in printed materials includes determining a long URL for use with a product or service (11-08-2012
20120280030COMMODITY INFORMATION REGISTRATION SYSTEM - A commodity information registration system including a first terminal for inputting commodity information and a second terminal for performing a checkout process of a purchase. The first terminal has a bar-code input unit for reading barcodes including information having commodity specifying information and a code generating unit for creating a two-dimensional code including the commodity specifying information. The second terminal includes: a code input unit for reading the two-dimensional code so as to acquire the commodity specifying information; and a calculating unit for determining sales proceeds for each purchase and a total amount of all purchases in one transaction by using the commodity specifying information. The second terminal also stores sales data including the sales proceeds for each purchase in one transaction.11-08-2012
20110278356OFFLINE WEBPAGE ACTIVATED BY READING A TAG - A system for enabling a user to wirelessly download desired information in the form of a offline website without having to maintain a live Internet connection. Information is delivered from an active or passive source to a device via short-range wireless communication. This information is automatically interpreted by the device to form an offline version of a full-scale Internet website. The user may view the offline version of the website, and if additional information is desired, download or upload additional information at a time more convenient to maintain a live Internet connection.11-17-2011
20110284625DIGITAL IMAGE CAPTURE AND PROCESSING SYSTEM SUPPORTING MULTIPLE THIRD PARTY CODE PLUG-INS WITH CONFIGURATION FILES HAVING CONDITIONAL PROGRAMMING LOGIC CONTROLLING THE CHAINING OF MULTIPLE THIRD-PARTY PLUG-INS - A hand-supportable digital image capture and processing system supporting a multi-tier modular software, and plug-in extendable, architecture. The digital image capture and processing system can be realized as an image-capturing cell phone, a digital camera, a video camera, mobile computing terminal and portable data terminal (PDT), provided with suitable hardware platform, communication protocols and user interfaces. The configuration file that controls (i.e. conditions) the multiple third-party plug-ins includes conditional programming logic that chains (i.e. orders) the multiple third-party plug-ins so that the customer can enable interaction and configuration between multiple plug-ins, and achieve enhanced system functionality.11-24-2011
20120325901Method for turning printed books into interactive printed books by using custom software to create and insert barcode-indicia that link readers to remote websites - This is a method for custom designed software that adds educational value to any printed book past, present and future before it is printed, re-printed or reissued. Database driven, the author or editor (user) answers manuscript-related questions resulting in the selection of contextual keywords throughout the book's manuscript. Merging the user's answers with selected keywords determines the identification of compatible informational content. Once a match has been made and content providers selected, a customized-redirect two-dimensional (2D) barcode is generated. These barcode-indicia are returned to users for insertion into the manuscript prior to printing the book. The software also stores, updates and tracks all database entries, the 2D barcodes, and maintains, manages, collects and disburses funds to all participating alliances in a given transaction.12-27-2012
20120091198Smart Card Communication Routing - A computerized device has an open communication session with a smart card via a smart card reader. The smart card reader and the computerized device cooperate to enable another computerized device to communicate with the smart card over the open communication session. Communication between the other computerized device and the smart card is routed via the computerized device that has the open communication session.04-19-2012
20120091197SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFYING JOINTS OF ELEMENTS TO BE ASSEMBLED INTENDED FOR FORMING AN ASSEMBLY SUCH AS, IN PARTICULAR, A PIPELINE OR A TANK, AND IDENTIFICATION METHOD USED IN SUCH A SYSTEM - A system for identifying elements involved in joints of elements configured to form a duct, such as a pipeline, which works on element identifiers for an element identification code. The system includes an element identifier reader and a management device for supplying by a combination device the joint identification codes between two elements according to element identification codes of the two elements. The system is also useful for production of tanks for hydrocarbon by-products and for control and maintenance, for example, of pipeline networks and tanks.04-19-2012
20120091196INDWELLING TRANSFUSION CATHETER, TRANSFUSION CANNULA KIT AND METHOD FOR TESTING A TRANSFUSION SYSTEM - The present disclosure relates to an indwelling catheter having a cannula device (04-19-2012
20120091195LOSS PREVENTION SYSTEM WITH COVERT MARKS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF - A method of manufacture of a loss prevention system includes: providing a disc having a top planar surface; and applying an identification mark on the top planar surface, the identification mark containing covert security information.04-19-2012
20120091194Techniques for disparate barcode transaction processing - Techniques for disparate barcode transaction processing are provided. A first barcode associated with a first service is presented at a self-service device, which is associated with processing a second barcode for a second service; the first barcode is disparate from the second barcode. The self-service device identifies the second barcode as a foreign barcode and consults an external service. The external service identifies a next transaction of an itinerary for a customer associated with the second barcode and communicates that to the self-service device. The self-service device completes the next transaction on behalf of the customer.04-19-2012
20120091193SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SYNTHETIC COMMODITY AND SYNTHETIC LEGAL TENDER CREATION - A quantum mechanical credit unit includes a plurality of qubit strings stored in computer readable storage media and configured for comparison with challenge questions during a verification procedure. The plurality of qubit strings is stored in at least k registers where k is a selected security number for the credit unit. An information register stores information about qubit strings that remain unused to provide the used qubit strings during the verification procedure. A unique serial number is configured to identify the credit unit without association with its holder or the qubit strings. Issuance and verification methods for the credit unit are also disclosed.04-19-2012
20120325903TIRE SORTING APPARATUS - A tire sorting apparatus for reliably reading information from a tire identifier, such as a barcode, formed on the surface of a tire without damaging the tire. Placed under a tire mounting table is a tire grip means which has three grip arms arranged circularly in a plane perpendicular to the tire center axis and link mechanisms for spreading the grip arms. Placed above the mounting table is a barcode reader rotating means for rotating a barcode reader held by a barcode reader holding means. The rotation axis of the barcode reader is aligned with the center of the circle formed by the grip arms of the tire grip means.12-27-2012
20120325902Multi-Mode Barcode Resolution System - Methods and systems for generating and resolving multi-mode barcodes comprise: inputting graphical data representing a barcode pattern into memory; translating the graphical data into barcode information according to a standard for translating a particular type of barcode pattern into barcode information; detecting the presence of multiple, distinct data items of different types in the barcode information, wherein each data item specifies an action to be taken by the scanning device; identifying a data item in the barcode information for which the scanning device is capable of taking the action specified by the data item; and performing the action specified by the data item.12-27-2012
20120286029Using Low-Cost Tags as a Virtual Storage Medium for Multimedia Information - Systems, methods and computer program products for storing, securing, identifying, authenticating and retrieving multimedia messages using low-cost barcode or RFID tags are disclosed. Additionally, a set of software features facilitate the easy and intuitive storage and retrieval of multimedia information using a mobile telephone acting on the media tags. Such tags can be attached or affixed to physical, real-world objects thus allowing multimedia messages associated with the tags to be retrieved with the real-world objects in a time-shifted and space-shifted manner from when and where they were recorded. The present invention uses low-cost (metal, paper or plastic) tags—encoded using barcodes or RFID—as virtual message storage units and commercially-available terminals equipped with appropriate software and sensors, such as mobile telephones, as recording and reading devices.11-15-2012
20120286031SYMBOLOGY FOR UNIFIED BARCODE - A method and system for encoding symbols to be placed on a label of a product or apparatus are disclosed. According to one aspect, a method for creating a unified symbology is provided that includes combining a first encoded symbol with a second encoded symbol to produce a third encoded symbol. The third encoded symbol is associated with first data that is associated with the first encoded symbol and with second data that is associated with the second encoded symbol.11-15-2012
20120286030METHOD FOR PROVIDING MOBILE SERVICE USING CODE-PATTERN - A method and apparatus for providing a mobile service with the use of a code pattern is disclosed In one embodiment, the method comprising: taking a photograph of a code pattern image, decoding the photographed code pattern image so as to obtain code information, extracting uniform resourse locator (URL) information corresponding to the code information, transmitting a content information request message to a service provider server corresponding to the URL information, and receiving content information corresponding to the URL information from the service provider server. According to embodiments of the present invention, it is possible to provide various and convenient mobile services to mobile terminal users using a mobile terminal, having a camera, and a code pattern containing the URL information.11-15-2012
20120138672SCANNER AND WEIGH SCALE WITH SELF-CENTERING SURFACE - An optical scanner comprising a weigh scale is presented with a self-centering top plate. The design of the top plate creates a horizontal gravitation vector on objects placed on and away from the center of the top plate. The force vector is directed toward the center of the top plate and diminishes to zero as the object approaches the center of the top plate.06-07-2012
20120138673Method and Device for Recognition of Objects Having a Confusingly Similar Appearance - Objects having a confusingly similar appearance, e.g., laboratory vessels, are provided with a random or pseudo-random pattern. The pattern can be provided during the manufacture of the object and is formed in a part or on a surface of the object, By way of example, the pattern can be a two-dimensional black/white pattern, an N-dimensional color or gray scale pattern, a one-dimensional emission spectrum with peaks of variable heights or a two-dimensional excitation spectrum with peaks of variable height. At least one section of the pattern is identified, for example, by a photographed imagine of the pattern. The so-identified section is then electronically saved and labeled as a representative of the pattern. The object is then capable of automated recognition by matching the pattern with the previously saved representative section of the identified pattern, Also disclosed is a device configured to translate the identified pattern into an electronic code and then recognize the object by the saved code.06-07-2012
20130008949INTELLIGENT BARCODE SYSTEMS - Systems and methods using intelligent barcodes for processing mail, packages, or other items in transport are provided. Systems and methods allowing end-to-end visibility of a mail stream by uniquely identifying and tracking mail pieces are also provided. Systems and methods include the use of standardized intelligent barcodes on mail pieces, a seamless process for mail acceptance, continuous mail piece tracking, and feedback on mail quality in real time. In one embodiment, systems and methods using intelligent barcodes allow a mailing service to provide enhanced acceptance, sorting, tracking, address correction, forwarding, and delivery services. In another embodiment, systems and methods using intelligent barcodes allow a mailing service to identify a mail piece as undeliverable-as-addressed (UAA) and determine a final disposition for the mail piece. In yet another embodiment, systems and methods using intelligent barcodes allow mailers more visibility into the mail stream and information on the quality of their mailings.01-10-2013
20130008948SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GESTURE-BASED INTERACTION WITH COMPUTER SYSTEMS - The present disclosure facilitates gesture-based interaction with a computer-system. The method may comprise pairing a transaction account with a likeness, receiving the likeness and a transaction request based upon the location of a marker in three dimensional space, retrieving the transaction account paired with the likeness, and approving the transaction request at least partially based upon the transaction account and the likeness.01-10-2013
20130008946SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING SMART CARD READER RECONNECTIONS - Upon recognizing a loss of a first connection to a computing apparatus, such as a personal computer, a smart card reader may maintain an open session with a smart card and may associate an identity of the computing apparatus of the first connection with the open session. Some time later, the smart card reader may establish a second connection with a computing apparatus. The smart card reader may compare an identity of the computing apparatus of the second connection with the identity of the computing apparatus of the first connection. Responsive to determining that the identities do not match, the smart card reader may close the open session with the smart card. Responsive to determining that the identities do match, the smart card reader may maintain the open session with the smart card.01-10-2013
20130008944METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRACKING AND REPORTING FOOD PRODUCTION INFORMATION FOR FOOD PRODUCTS - Various embodiments of the present disclosure include methods and apparatus for tracking and reporting food production information for food products, in an example embodiment, an apparatus comprises a hand-held device including a display and one or more input devices to sense product identification indicia associated with or affixed to a food product that is grown or raised in an agricultural operation. The hand-held device includes at least one processor to determine a machine-readable identification code from the product identification indicia; send the identification code to at least one remote server; receive, from the at least one remote server, information that is associated with the product, the information including agricultural product information that is associated with the production of the food product; and display at least some of the received agricultural product information on the display in human readable form.01-10-2013
20130008942METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRACKING AND REPORTING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF FOOD PRODUCTS - Various embodiments of the present disclosure include methods and apparatus for tracking and reporting the environmental impact of food products. In an example embodiment, an apparatus comprises a hand-held device including a display and one or more input devices to sense product identification indicia associated with a food product that is grown or raised in an agricultural operation. The hand-held device includes at least one processor to determine a machine-readable identification code from the product identification indicia; send the identification code to at least one remote server; receive, from the at least one remote server, information that is associated with the product, the information including environmental impact information that is associated with the production of the food product; and display at least some of the received environmental impact information on the display in human readable form.01-10-2013
20130008945METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECORDING AND REPORTING AGRICULTURAL INFORMATION USING A COMBINATION OF UNIVERSAL PRODUCT CODE AND LOT CODE - Various embodiments of the present disclosure include methods and apparatus for recording and reporting agricultural information using a combination of a universal product code and a lot code. In an example embodiment, apparatus comprises a hand-held device including a display and one or more input devices to sense product identification indicia associated with or affixed to a food product that is grown or raised in an agricultural operation. The product identification indicia comprise a combination of a universal product code and a lot code for the food product. The hand-held device includes at least one processor to determine a machine-readable identification code from the product identification indicia; send the identification code to at least one remote server; receive, from the at least one remote server, agricultural certification information that is associated with the product; and display the certification information on the display in human readable form.01-10-2013
20130008943METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRACKING AND REPORTING AGRICULTURAL-PRODUCER INFORMATION - Various embodiments of the present disclosure include methods and apparatus for tracking and reporting agricultural-producer information. In an example embodiment, an apparatus comprises a hand-held device including a display and one or more input devices to sense product identification indicia associated with or affixed to a food product that is grown or raised in an agricultural operation. The hand-held device includes at least one processor to determine a machine-readable identification code from the product identification indicia; send the identification code to at least one remote server; receive, from the at least one remote server, information that is associated with the product, the information including agricultural producer-specific information that is associated with the production of the food product; and display at least some of the received agricultural producer-specific information on the display in human readable form.01-10-2013
20130015237PROGRAMMABLE CAMERA, PROGRAMMING DEVICE, PROGRAMMABLE CAMERA SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR PROGRAMMINGAANM MUEHLMANN; KarstenAACI StuttgartAACO DEAAGP MUEHLMANN; Karsten Stuttgart DE - A programmable camera includes a camera control device, an optical sensor, a volatile data memory, a flash memory, and an interface to a data bus, e.g., a CAN bus. The camera is configured to optically receive and read in program data in a programming mode with the aid of an optical code, e.g., a barcode, and to program the flash memory using the received program data.01-17-2013
20130015238DETERMINING SHAFT INFORMATIONAANM Studer; ChristianAACI LuzernAACO CHAAGP Studer; Christian Luzern CH - An information device identifies each individual guide rail on the basis of its code from a learning travel. The information device knows, in the case of a predetermined travel destination, that the first guide rail and the second guide rail are travelled over completely and the third guide rail is travelled over only partly. During the travel merely an identification of the first guide rail and an identification of the second guide rail are read from the code. During travel over of the third guide rail each code pattern is read. The information device is also suitable for measurement of the speed of the elevator cage. In that case each code pattern of the rail run is read and the speed determined therefrom.01-17-2013
20130015239HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH DUAL IMAGE SENSORS AND PROCESSOR FOR DECODING IMAGED CODING PATTERN - A handheld electronic device including: first and second image sensors for capturing images and generating image data; a color display for displaying captured images to a user; and an integral processor configured for: controlling operation of the first and second image sensors; controlling operation of the color display; decoding an imaged coding pattern printed on a substrate; and performing an action in the handheld electronic device based on the decoded coding pattern. Decoding of the coding pattern includes the steps of: determining a data area in the image data received from the first or second image sensor; and decoding the coding pattern contained in the determined data area.01-17-2013
20130015236HIGH-VALUE DOCUMENT AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM AND METHODAANM Porter; RanDairAACI RedmondAAST WAAACO USAAGP Porter; RanDair Redmond WA USAANM Gotanda; TakahiroAACI KawaguchiAACO JPAAGP Gotanda; Takahiro Kawaguchi JP - Provided herein are systems and methods for providing document certification and authentication using 2D barcodes.01-17-2013
20120145779TWO-DIMENSIONAL SYMBOL CODE AND METHOD FOR READING THE SYMBOL CODE - The specification describes a two-dimensional symbol code for representing binary data, which symbol code is constructed from a plurality of graphical symbols arranged next to one another, wherein the symbol code is formed from precisely two different symbols having the same surface area which differ in their areal brightness distribution and each code a value from a binary data word. The symbols have a complementary brightness distribution. In a method for reading this two-dimensional system code, the system code has a filter applied to it which matches the brightness distribution of one of the two complementary symbols, wherein in the event of a match one symbol is recognized and in the event of no match the other symbol is recognized.06-14-2012
20130020387COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM PRODUCT LABEL APPARATUS AND METHOD - A user-computer-readable medium provides all or part of a product labeling system for engaging purchasers. Executables, data, or both are recorded in the medium embodied in a tag or other product labeling structure, in order to deliver to a consumer or purchaser engaging presentations of products, information, or registration templates. Purchasers may receive launchers, browsers, viewers, e-mail systems, facsimile centers, players, or the like. Entertainment, games, skill tests, and the like, recorded in the medium as a tag or label may execute to engage a purchaser and provide purchaser profiling information, product purchasing information, and the like to a vendor, while providing additional product information, warranty registrations, applications, entertainment, or the like, to a purchaser.01-24-2013
20130020386INFORMATION INPUT OUTPUT METHOD USING DOT PATTERN - A quadrangular or rectangular area on a medium surface of a printed material is defined as a block. A virtual straight line in a vertical direction and a horizontal direction each along an edge of the block are defined as reference grid lines. Virtual grid points are virtually provided at a predetermined interval on the reference grid lines. A reference grid point dot is placed on a virtual grid point lined in a horizontal direction among the virtual grid points. Virtual straight lines connecting the reference grid point dots and the virtual grid points lined in a vertical direction are defined as grid lines. A virtual intersection point of the grid lines is defined as a virtual grid point. A dot pattern is generated by arranging one or more information dots having a distance and direction on the base of the virtual grid point.01-24-2013
20120241517AUTOMATED LABEL VERIFY SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISPENSING PHARMACEUTICALS - Apparatus and methods for filling a customer order with plurality of products each containing a pharmaceutical. The apparatus and method automatically verify a product barcode on each of the product, print a patient label with a patient barcode for each product, apply the patient labels to at least some of the products, and independently verify that the product barcode matches the proper patient barcode.09-27-2012
20120241516ZULU NUMBERS FOR OBJECT IDENTIFICATION AND ENHANCEMENT - A zulu number, discerned from a QR code, is received from a client. A database is accessed to retrieve enhanced information associated with the zulu number and store information from the client. The enhanced information is sent to the client for display or execution.09-27-2012
20090121008ULTRASONIC INSTRUMENT AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ITS MULTIPLE PROBES - An ultrasonic instrument includes a socket and a front-end system, wherein the socket is provided with at least two probe model identification pins and a plurality of functional signal pins. The front-end system comprises a decoding module, a switch selection module, and a probe driving control module. The decoding module has its input terminals electrically connected to the probe model identification pins of the socket, and has its output terminal coupled to the control terminal of the switch selection module. The input terminals of the switch selection module are electrically connected to the functional signal pins of the socket respectively, and in response to a probe identification signal outputted from the decoding module to the control terminal, the switch selection module establishes connection between its input terminals and a group of output terminals corresponding to the probe identification signal. The probe driving control module is electrically connected to the output terminals of the switch selection module.05-14-2009
20080251575SYSTEM FOR CAPTURING AND MANAGING PERSONALIZED VIDEO IMAGES OVER AN IP-BASED CONTROL AND DATA LOCAL AREA NETWORK - A system is deployed at a theme park for capturing and managing personalized video images, e.g., for creating personalized video products for patrons at the theme park. The system includes an RFID system to track patron movements around the park, a camera system to capture video images at designated locations around the park, a computer-based video content collection system to collect and store personalized video clips of patrons, and a video product (e.g., DVD) creation and point of sale system to create the end product for sale to the patron.10-16-2008
20080237334Goods Delivery System, Method for Delivering Goods, Distribution Components and Dispatching Point for Goods - A system for sending an information carrier to a recipient is disclosed. An exemplary system comprises an editing component that enables editing mailing address data of the recipient in order to create a printing job and an interface to transmit the mailing address data to a printing component that is adapted to print at least information about one or more dispatch points onto a mailing and/or onto a communication that can be enclosed with the mailing. The exemplary system also comprises a database containing information about goods to be delivered and about at least one dispatch point intended for the delivery of the goods, a linking element that is adapted to link information about the goods to be delivered to the mailing address data of the recipient and an interface to transmit information about the dispatch points to the printing component. The exemplary system further comprises a writing component with which information about goods to be delivered is written onto an information carrier in machine-readable form. Further, the exemplary system comprises a goods delivery system including a logistics system in which information pertaining to the goods to be delivered is sent with the information carrier, wherein the information carrier is sent to a different mailing address than the goods that are to be delivered by the goods delivery system, and wherein the goods delivery system comprises at least one dispatch point at which the goods to be delivered are present, and wherein the dispatch point contains a signal emitter for the association of the goods to be delivered on the basis of the machine-readable information.10-02-2008
20080237332SHEET PROCESSING SYSTEM, SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS, PARTITIONING CARDS, AND SHEET PROCESSING METHOD - Batches of media, each batch composed of sheets stacked one on another and partition card has two different side ID data items on the obverse and reverse, respectively, and an identical card ID data item on both the obverse and the reverse laid on sheets, are inserted into sheet processing apparatus. In the sheet processing apparatus, media are fed, one by one. The sheets included in media are counted and stacked. As partition card is fed, side ID data items and card ID data item are detected. The amount information about sheets counted is associated with side ID data items and card ID data item, thus detected. The amount information is transmitted to a tabulating apparatus, along with side ID data items and card ID data item. In tabulating apparatus, the amount information is stored in association with side ID data items and card ID data item.10-02-2008
20130168443COMPUTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MONITORING LUGGAGE - A method for monitoring luggage using a computing device. The computing device receives a barcode from a barcode machine connected to the computing device and attaches the barcode the luggage of a passenger when the luggage of the passenger passes through the barcode machine at a first airport when the luggage of the passenger passes through the barcode machine at a first airport when the luggage of the passenger passes through the barcode machine at a first airport. The computing device receives a request from the electronic device of the passenger when the passenger arrives at the second airport. The computing device sends location information of the luggage of the passenger to the electronic device according to the request, and verifies the luggage of the passenger by scanning the barcode using the barcode scanner.07-04-2013
20130168444ELECTRONIC TAG, UPDATING METHOD THEREOF AND ELECTRONIC TAG SYSTEM - An electronic tag includes a screen, a barcode input interface configured for receiving a barcode, a wireless communication unit configured for sending the barcode to a host and receiving an updated content associated with the barcode code sent by and from the host, a driving unit configured for driving the screen to display the updated content. The electronic tag can rapidly and accurately get the article data that corresponds to the barcode of the article and display the content of the article data on the screen to update the original display.07-04-2013
20130168445Method and Device for Recognition of Docking Stations - A method for controlling an electronic device for use with a docking station is disclosed. The method includes detecting a coupling of the electronic device with the docking station, obtaining an image of an identifier associated with the docking station in response to detecting the coupling, and performing a predefined operation by the electronic device based on the image of the identifier in response to obtaining the image.07-04-2013
20130168446FORENSIC GLOVE - The glove suitable for use at crime scenes comprises a unitary disposable glove with an outer surface having thereon machine readable indication enabling a glove bearing such an indication to be distinguished from a glove not bearing such an indication, such indication being provided on at least a palm portion and grip portions of the tips of four fingers and a thumb of the glove. The gloves are useful in a method of investigating a crime scene, wherein crime scene operatives don the gloves for handling items at the crime scene, and items at the crime scene are then machine read to identify prints thereon made by gloves of the crime scene operatives.07-04-2013
20130140356CAMERA POSITIONING TOOL FOR SYMBOLOGY READING - A method and device for receiving an image of a symbology captured by an imaging device, displaying an image of the symbology, displaying a boundary indicator around the symbology, adjusting the image size to correspond with the boundary indicator, decoding the symbology, and initiating an action by device.06-06-2013
20080223916DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COPYING OPERATION OF DOCUMENT WITH USE OF BARCODE - The present invention provides an image processor capable of preventing illegal copying of a document. The image processor first extracts information from a barcode in a first region of document image data. Then, the image processor extracts information from a barcode in a second region of the document image data if the information is extracted from the barcode in the first region. On the other hand, if the information is not extracted from the barcode in the first region, the image processor does not extract the information from the barcode in the second region of the document image data. This enables a copying operation for a document consisting of a plurality of pages to be efficiently controlled.09-18-2008
20130181043MAKING AN ORDERED ELEMENT LIST - A method of making an ordered element list includes providing a plurality of machine-readable codes, each machine-readable code encoding a corresponding element or a reference to a corresponding element, and wherein each element of the plurality of elements forms a portion of a plurality of different ordered lists, each ordered list enabling a function having one or more operations; using a receiver to receive in order a digital image of each of a plurality of the machine-readable codes; using a processor to extract the elements received or referenced by the received digital images of the machine-readable codes; arranging the extracted elements in the received order to form an ordered list; and using a processor to perform the function enabled by the ordered list.07-18-2013
20130168442MEANS FOR CONFIRMING TRANSACTIONS THROUGH THE USE OF EMBEDDED AND ENCRYPTED QUESTIONS DISPLAYED AS PATTERNS ON A GRAPHICAL DISPLAY - Means are disclosed for facilitating a transaction whereby a series of one or more questions are encoded and preferably encrypted, for example as a graphical pattern such as a 2-dimensional barcode, and wherein the questions are utilised for the purposes of confirming details pertinent to a transaction, such as a purchase from a shop or over the internet or a transfer of monies between personal bank accounts or a granting of permission of access or use or transfer of responsibility and so on, by displaying said questions on a personal portable device such as a mobile telephone for example. Answers given to said questions may then be used to form the basis for the transaction by defining for example articles or services being purchased or amounts of monies being transferred as well as details such as the accounts involved in the transaction and the desired timing details and so on.07-04-2013
20130140354DUAL RESOLUTION TWO-DIMENSIONAL BARCODE - A grayscale two-dimensional barcode may be converted to a two-dimensional color barcode. The color barcode includes a set of sub-regions, and the cells in each sub-region exhibits a color pattern that corresponds to pattern of binary, grayscale cells. The two-dimensional color barcode may be decoded by comparing the pattern for each sub-region to a known grayscale pattern. The two-dimensional color barcode may be used for error correction by first decoding the barcode in grayscale form based on the luminance without reference to color, then decoding the barcode based on its color and comparing the results.06-06-2013
20130175333SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ASSOCIATING A MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH A PREEXISTING SUBSCRIBER ACCOUNT - A method for associating a mobile electronic device with a preexisting subscriber account includes capturing a matrix barcode image presented on a display by a first device. The matrix barcode image is encoded with first device identification data that identifies the first device. The first device identification data is associated with a preexisting subscriber account stored in a subscriber database. The method further includes extracting the first device identification data from the matrix barcode image, and obtaining mobile device identification data that identifies a mobile electronic device. The method further includes transmitting a message to a device manager server, the message including the first device identification data, the mobile device identification data and a request to associate the mobile device identification data with the preexisting subscriber account associated with the first device identification data.07-11-2013
20130175334SYSTEM, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING MEDICAL INFORMATION - A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium has an executable computer program stored thereon for operating a computer system. The computer program includes a code segment for receiving at the computer system medical information for an individual; a code segment for storing the medical information in a web based account hosted by the computer system; a code segment for associating the web based account with a scannable code; and a code segment for providing access to some of the medical information in the web based account to a device that is used to scan an object on which the code is printed.07-11-2013
20130175335USE OF BARCODE FOR PRODUCT INSTRUCTION - Systems and methods for using barcodes to provide product information to users with computing devices capable of scanning the barcodes. The product information may include one or more videos including instructional information, safety information, product features information, or other product information. In some embodiments, the barcodes are configured to provide links to entertainment videos, promotional videos, or advertising videos that may or may not be directly related to the products to which the barcodes are affixed.07-11-2013
20130175336Input/Output Module and Method for Operating the Input/Output Module - An input/output module of control technology configured to accommodate a front connector and read in process values comprising a field bus connection, wherein a first read/write unit configured to wirelessly transmit an individual character string into a second read/write unit is arranged in the front connector such that a unique assignment is established between the input/output module and the front connector in accordance with a connection standard.07-11-2013
20130175337CONTEXT AWARE SMART PACKAGING AND REAL-TIME MERCHANDISING - The subject matter described herein enhances the interaction of consumers with food packaging using cellphones and other portable scanners. Specifically, it enhances consumer's purchase decision and use decisions at key moments at home and store.07-11-2013
20100072274Method And System For Associating A Sticker And An Object In A Computer System - A method is provided for associating a sticker and an object in a computer system. The object is stored in an object repository in the computer system and the object is of a type selected from a range of object types. The sticker has coded data indicative of a sticker identity and the object type. The method provides a sensing device for sensing the coded data when placed in an operative position relative to the sticker and generating indicating data that is indicative of the identity of the sticker and the object type. The indicating data is received in the computer system from the sensing device. The sticker, the object type and the object are identified so that an association between the sticker identity and the object is generated. When the object repository is empty, the computer system indicates that the association cannot be generated. The computer system is configured to initiate an action regarding the object in response to the sensing device being placed in an operative position relative to the sticker.03-25-2010
20080217392METHOD FOR PROCESSING DATA FROM BARCODES - Disclosed in this specification is a method for processing barcode data from one or more barcode scanners. The decoded data is reformatted in accordance with selected reformatting instructions and thereafter supplied to a software application for subsequent use. Preferably, the reformatting instructions can be customized by the end users, thus permitting the end users to adjust their system to receive previously unknown barcode formats.09-11-2008
20130134213SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING PRODUCT INFORMATION - A system and method of associating an NFC tag to a product and transmitting information about the product are described. An electronic device is used to scan a generic NFC tag affixed to a product to obtain a unique ID code as well as other indicia identifying the product itself, such as a bar code. The unique ID and bar code are then transmitted to a central server, where they are associated with one another and stored in a database. Once associated, a customer may use a separate electronic device, such as a mobile phone or tablet, to scan a product of interest, transmit the unique ID code to the central server, and retrieve from the central server information about the product.05-30-2013
20130134214SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PAIRING A BLUETOOTH DEVICE WITH A POINT-OF-SALE TERMINAL - A method of completing a transaction at a point-of-sale terminal using payment information contained on a wireless unit of a customer. The method comprises providing a point-of-sale terminal capable of wirelessly connecting with a wireless unit of a customer desiring to complete a transaction. The point-of-sale terminal is used to perform at least one of reading a barcode displayed on the wireless unit containing short range network pairing information, or displaying a barcode containing short range network pairing information for reading by the wireless unit, to thereby establish a short range wireless network between the point-of-sale terminal and the wireless unit of the customer. Via the short range wireless network, transaction data is received from the wireless unit of the customer containing payment information. The transaction data is then used to effect payment for the transaction and thereby complete the transaction.05-30-2013
20130134212ESTABLISHING CONNECTIONS AMONG ELECTRONIC DEVICES - The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for establishing connections among electronic devices. Embodiments of the invention can use a context code, such as, for example, a QR code to facilitate electronic device networking. The connection process between electronic devices is automated. For example, upon snapping a picture, a communication application establishes connection between devices and also serves as a port between the connected devices. Networking code can be greatly simplified, permitting application developers to devote more resources to developing application code.05-30-2013
20130098992SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING CURRENCY BILLS AND TICKETS - A method of processing documents includes receiving a stack of documents including currency bills and substitute currency media. Each substitute currency medium has at least one barcode. The method further includes transporting the stack of documents via a transport mechanism, one document at a time, along a transport path and denominating with a currency detector each of the currency bills in the stack of documents. The currency detector is positioned adjacent to the transport path. The method further includes scanning with a barcode scanner a barcode on each substitute currency medium in the stack of documents. The barcode scanner is positioned adjacent to the transport path. The method further includes imaging with an image scanner each substitute currency medium in the stack of documents to generate a raw image file of the substitute currency medium. The image scanner is positioned adjacent to the transport path.04-25-2013
20130098988System, Apparatus, and Method for Utilizing a Reading of a Machine Readable Element Associated with a Consumable Product - A method for utilizing a reading of a machine readable element associated with a consumable product, may include storing, by a computer, in a memory in communication with the computer, a record of apparatus identification information associated with an apparatus having a reader for reading the machine readable element. The method may also include obtaining usage information based on a reading of the machine readable element by the reader, wherein the usage information comprises identity information indicative of an identity of a supplier of the consumable product and applying, by the computer, a debit to the supplier of the consumable product based on the usage information and the apparatus identification information.04-25-2013
20130098990Combination Proprietary and Universal Mobile Barcode Reader - A method of presenting content to viewers in a computer network environment which includes scanning a barcode (04-25-2013
20130098987MULTI-COMMUNICATION ASSISTED PORTABLE TERMINAL - The device of the invention, starting from the conventional structure of these types of terminals, combines a great variety of peripherals therein, which makes it extremely versatile as well as suitable to use by people with physical disabilities, with an ergonomic and strong design that allows multiple transactions possibilities, multiple communication possibilities, emitting voice messages corresponding to transactions carried out, all these with a high brightness screen, a keypad with Braille reliefs and a joystick to operate the device, also having a scanner and an opening mechanism for the printer cover which prevents it from opening accidentally.04-25-2013
20130098986MEDIA CARD, MEDIA APPARATUS, CONTENT SERVER AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME - A media apparatus, a content server and a method for operating the same are disclosed. A media card includes a memory including content type information, content ID information and content server information or content server address information, and an antenna configured to transmit the information to a media apparatus via near field communication if the media card approaches the media apparatus within a predetermined distance. Therefore, it is possible to increase user convenience.04-25-2013
20130112744System for Printing Advertisements on a Ticket - Systems and methods for printing tickets are provided. In some embodiments, the printed ticket is a lottery ticket. According to a particular system provided in the present disclosure, the system comprises a server configured to manage the printing of tickets and advertisements. The system also comprises a ticket printing device operating in a predetermined location, the ticket printing device configured to print an advertisement on a ticket. A network is configured to enable communication between the server and the ticket printing device. The ticket printing device is configured to print the advertisement based at least on time parameters, the time parameters including at least a time period when an advertiser intends for the advertisement to be printed.05-09-2013
20130112743DEVICE TO ANALYZE POINT OF SALE PRINT STREAM AND ENCODE TRANSACTION DATA - A method and apparatus to implement an improved point of sale system. When a transaction takes place, the apparatus analyzes the incoming receipt printer stream and outputs a modified receipt printer stream which includes a QR code which encodes information (such as transaction number, items purchased, price, etc.) about the transaction. The information can be retrieved in numerous ways. For example, a smartphone can scan the QR code to determine the information. Alternatively, the information can be uploaded to a remote server and a smartphone application an use the QR code to determine a code that can be used to retrieve the information from the remote server.05-09-2013
20110266338Tag Communication, Identification, and Tracking Apparatus and System - Embodiments of the present invention provide an apparatus and system for supply chain management. The system permits an application server to collect information such as, for example, the spatial and temporal relationship between tags associated with a supply chain item by using a wireless communications device. Embodiments of the present invention may be used throughout any or all locations of a supply chain. For example, when the invention is applied to a retail setting, the retailer can track inventory in an establishment with minimal human involvement. In various embodiments of the present invention, two-way communication between tags and/or an application server allow data to be transmitted and/or received between one or more tags and/or one or more application servers.11-03-2011
20130126600SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING AND SHARING SCHEDULING DATA - A system and method for the encoding of schedule data on a computing device and the retrieval, sharing and presentation of the schedule data on mobile computing devices is presented. The recurrent static portion of the schedule data is encoded by the computing device in a first two dimensional barcode image. Dynamic event data is encoded by the computing device in a second two dimensional barcode image, the second image containing only numeric data. The first and second images are acquired for processing by the mobile computing device which may display the barcode images for subsequent acquisition and processing by a second mobile computing device.05-23-2013
20130126603APPARATUS HANDLING CODES, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME AND PROGRAM - An apparatus for reducing a first document image and a second document image in a size and producing output images on a single sheet, the apparatus including: a creating unit configured to create a code containing information with a higher security level selected from first information contained in a code of the first document image and second information contained in a code of the second document image; and a unit configured to add the code created by the creating unit to the output image.05-23-2013
20130140355HAND HELD BAR CODE READERS OR MOBILE COMPUTERS WITH CLOUD COMPUTING SERVICES - A data decoding system that includes a server-side proxy component and at least two back-end computers, where the server-side proxy component is configured, when it receives a decoding request from a client, to select a back-end computer to forward the decoding request to, based on either a pre-defined rule, load estimates for the at least two computers, estimated network throughputs across network paths to the two computers. In response to receiving this request, the back-end computer that is selected is configured to decode the request, which is an image of decodable indicia, by locating the decodable indicia within the image and decoding it into a decoded message. The decodable indicia was provided by a raw image byte stream, a compressed image byte stream, or a partial compressed image byte stream.06-06-2013
20130140357Product information distribution - Systems and methods are provided for quickly and easily displaying additional product information to shoppers. In one embodiment, a mobile electronic device such as a smartphone is provided with an application that allows for input of UPC barcode information or the like. In response, a video is retrieved and presented to the user. The video may describe any of various aspects of the product, including manufacture, use, reliability, durability, etc.06-06-2013
20100276481SYSTEM FOR RECORDING RECORDATION OF PACKAGED ITEM - A system for recording a transaction of a packaged item. The system includes the item having a product contained in a package and an optically imaging pen. The package has a printed interface surface containing information relating to the item and coded data indicative of an identity of the item and of coordinates of a plurality of locations on the interface surface. The pen has a marking nib for marking the interface surface; an image sensor for optically imaging the coded data when said marking nib is used to mark the interface surface; a processor for generating indicating data indicative of the identity of the item and of a position of the sensing device relative to the interface surface; and a transceiver for communicating the indicating data to a computer system so as to initiate recordation of the transaction.11-04-2010
20080210747Information Processing Apparatus, Information Recording Medium Manufacturing Apparatus, And Information Recording Medium - A configuration is provided for enabling a process in which appropriate content code corresponding to apparatuses and applications of various model types and versions is selected to be performed. In a configuration in which content code recorded on an information recording medium is obtained, and processing, such as a security check in accordance with the content code, conversion of the content data, and embedding of player information into the content, is performed, at least a portion of the content code is set as encrypted data, and as an encryption key therefore, a node key set so as to correspond to a node of a key tree having a hierarchical structure is used. With this configuration, it is possible to specify in advance a player capable of decrypting the encryption part of the content code by using the node key, and only appropriate content code compliant with each player is processed, thereby making it possible to prevent a process of using invalid content code.09-04-2008
20080203147Internet-based shipping, tracking, and delivery network supporting a plurality of mobile digital image capture and processing (MICAP) systems - An Internet-based shipping, tracking, and delivery network including a data collection and processing center operably connected to the infrastructure of the Internet, and including a RDBMS for storing and managing shipping information, and a plurality of pickup/delivery vehicles. Each pickup/delivery vehicle is equipped with a mobile digital image capture and processing (MICAP) system for (i) capturing and processing digital images of shipping documents, bearing embedded bar codes, at the point of pickup, (ii) automatically decoding embedded bar codes in said shipping documents, and performing optical character recognition (OCR) on text presented therein, (iii) formatting captured digital images of the shipping labels with such decoded/recognized information, and (iv) transmitting the formatted digital images to said data collection and processing center, for automatic recognition processing and population of the RDBMS maintained by said network.08-28-2008
20110210167System And Method For Determining Asset Location In A Rack - The present invention describes a method of determining the location of an asset comprising the steps of: for each asset tag in the rack, exchanging identity information and location information with at least one tag of a neighboring asset, wherein at least the location information is exchanged along a substantially physically unobstructed path between the asset tag and it's at least one neighboring asset tag; for each asset tag, transmitting the identity information and location information exchanged to a collection unit; and responsive to the information transmitted to the collection unit determining the location of the asset relative to other assets.09-01-2011
20130146653TRADING INTERFACE RETRIEVED BASED UPON BARCODE DATA - Methods, systems, and apparatuses, including computer programs encoded on computer-readable media, for receiving barcode data including a company identifier. The company identifier is determined from the barcode data. A company name is determined based upon the company identifier. One or more associated company names associated with the manufacturer are determined based upon the company name. Based upon the company name, a ticker symbol is determined. In addition, one or more ticker symbols based upon the one or more associated company names are determined.06-13-2013
20130146654FIREWORKS INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Firework information systems, according to various embodiments, are configured to receive a request to view information associated with a particular firework. In response to the request, the system may be configured to retrieve information associated with the particular firework including video images of the firework being fired. The system may be further configured to display the information to a user. In a particular embodiment, the system is configured to allow a user to scan a barcode, such as a UPC code, on firework packaging. In response to receiving the barcode scan, the system may be configured to retrieve information associated with the firework, such as video of the firework being fired, and display the information to the user.06-13-2013
20130146655CODE FOR ANONYMOUS USER NOTIFICATION - In general, this disclosure describes techniques for identifying property with encoded contact information that allows anonymous communication with the property owner. The owner's contact information may be encoded using a computer-generated image, which may be affixed to the property. A user with a computing device can read the computer-generated image, resulting in initiating communication with the owner, without displaying the owner's contact information. The owner's contact information may be registered with a service that performs the communication with the owner on behalf of the computing device user.06-13-2013
20130146656METHOD FOR THE VERIFIABLE DELIVERY OF AN ARTICLE - A method delivers an item to a target point. The item is a distinguishable item. A data set for the item is generated in a central data storage unit. This data set contains identification feature values for the item. The item is conveyed to a predetermined target point. At the target point, the item is provided, at least temporarily, with an optically detectable delivery marking. At least one computer-accessible image of the item is generated by a portable image recording device. The image shows the item together with the delivery marking. With the aid of the image, the data set for the item, which is stored in the central data storage unit, is determined. The data set is supplemented with a computer-accessible marking of the delivery.06-13-2013
20080197187METHOD FOR DELIVERING A GREETING CARD TO A USER - A method for delivering a greeting card using a form, the form including information relating to at least one interactive element associated with the delivery of a greeting card and coded data relating to the at least one interactive element. The coded data is coincident with the information so that when a sensing device is placed in an operative position relative to the interactive element, the sensing device senses at least some of the coded data and generates indicating data using the sensed coded data. The indicating data is received by a computer system which identifies, using the indicating data, the at least one interactive element and deliveres, using the at least one interactive element, a greeting card to a recipient address.08-21-2008
20080197185METHOD OF PROMOTING HEALTH AND WELLNESS THROUGH CARD BASED REWARDS PROGRAM - A system and method are described whereby a health care organization (HCO) cooperates with a financial organization by promoting enrollment and use of a financial product or service that includes terms having incentives related to health care expenditures. In one embodiment, the financial product or service is a credit card program including incentives related to health care expenses. The HCO identifies and selects a group of consumers suitable to receive promotional information related to the credit card program. Preferably, the credit card program is associated with the HCO via a co-branding arrangement. The HCO obtains revenue from the financial organization based on consumer's use of the credit card and, optionally, based on new enrollments. Although a consumer can use the credit card to pay for any product or service, the incentives are applied when the card is used in connection with products or services related to health care.08-21-2008
20080197184SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACCESSING INFORMATION OF THE WEB - A system and a method for acquiring information on a product, comprising an Internet unit and a communication device, interacting with the Internet unit; wherein the communication device comprises a bar code symbol reader, the bar code symbol reader reading digital code symbologies on the product, the communication device requests information to the Internet unit using the digital code symbologies, and the communication device makes available information returned in response by the Internet unit.08-21-2008
20100282838Two Part Code - A graphically representable, machine readable code having first and second parts wherein the first part may be associated with data and a second part may be associated with the first part, such that a relationship between the parts, or lack thereof may be discerned by reading both parts of the code, in order to verify the authenticity of the code.11-11-2010
20100282836Product Information Systems and Methods - Embodiments provide product information to a person viewing a product by capturing a product identifier image associated with the product, determining a product identifier from the image, and retrieving product information from a product database using the product identifier. In some cases the product information is filtered prior to display using a profile that includes criteria set by the user. Embodiments provide product information via a handheld computing device, which in some cases can be a mobile phone or other such device that also includes a camera for capturing product identifier images.11-11-2010
20100288830AUTOMATIC ANALYZER - An automatic analyzer is disclosed that has a structure capable of using reagent containers each having an ID, such as a barcode, attached either on the top surface or the undersurface thereof, or alternatively on each of them. This automatic analyzer, therefore, allows information about the reagent ID to be read or written at an arbitrary timing even if the mounting density of reagent containers of the automatic analyzer is increased, thereby improving the function and performance of the apparatus.11-18-2010
20100308105GOLF CLUB APPARATUSES AND METHODS - Apparatuses, methods and systems related to an improved golf data collecting and golf club notification system. The system reminds golfers when a club has been mistakenly left behind on the golf course and notifies the golfer when a golf club or clubs are in or out of the golf bag. The system can notify a golfer if a club or golf bag has been removed without authorization. In one preferred embodiment an apparatus that attaches to a golf club includes dual light sensors—one light sensor configured as a switch and one light sensor configured as a light meter. Algorithms make use of the light sensor data to determine whether a golf club is in or out of a golf bag.12-09-2010
20130153650CONTEXT BASED SCANNING AND READING SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Context based scanning and reading systems and methods are provided with an end-to-end framework for receiving information and performing a plurality of different actions based thereon. An end-to-end framework includes one of scanning and reading an item to obtain a first set of information based thereon, presenting the first set of information in context, obtaining a plurality of actions in context based on the first set of information in context, and selecting one of the plurality of actions in context based on criteria. A system includes at least one readable device associated with an item, at least one mobile device configured to scan the at least one readable device, and an end-to-end framework operable on the at least one mobile device to obtain information from the at least one readable device and present the information and associated actions based on a context.06-20-2013
20130153651ENCODING INFORMATION IN ILLUMINATION PATTERNS - A method for encoding information in structured illumination pattern (06-20-2013
20120273569METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A UNIVERSAL CERTIFICATION PROCESS FOR FOOD PRODUCTS - Various embodiments of the present disclosure include methods and apparatus for a universal certification process for food products. In an example embodiment, an apparatus comprises a hand-held device including a display and one or more input devices to sense product identification indicia associated with or affixed to a food product that is grown or raised in an agricultural operation. The hand-held device includes at least one processor to determine a machine-readable identification code from the product identification indicia; send the identification code to at least one remote server; receive, from the at least one remote server, agricultural certification information that is associated with the product, the certification information indicating compliance of the product with at least one of a plurality of different agricultural certifications, each from different certification authorities and each having different requirements; and display the certification information on the display in human readable form.11-01-2012
20120273568METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRACKING AND REPORTING SOCIAL IMPACT OF FOOD PRODUCTS - Various embodiments of the present disclosure include methods and apparatus for tracking and reporting the social impact of food products. In an example embodiment, an apparatus comprises a hand-held device including a display and one or more input devices to sense product identification indicia associated with a food product that is grown or raised in an agricultural operation. The hand-held device includes at least one processor to determine a machine-readable identification code from the product identification indicia; send the identification code to at least one remote server; receive, from the at least one remote server, information that is associated with the product, the information including social impact information that is associated with the production of the food product; and display at least some of the received social impact information on the display in human readable form.11-01-2012
20120273567MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVICE FOR RETRIEVING AUDIO DATA VIA CODED MEDIUM - A mobile telecommunications device retrieves audio data using a coded medium with coded data. The coded data is encoded in a linear pattern and a two-dimensional pattern on the coded medium. The linear pattern and the two-dimensional pattern encode a medium identifier linked to the audio data, and the two-dimensional pattern also encodes a two-dimensional coordinate grid. The mobile telecommunications device has a first image sensor for sensing the coded data printed in the linear pattern on the coded medium, a second image sensor for sensing the coded data printed in the two-dimensional pattern and, a processor for determining the medium identifier from the coded data printed in a linear pattern and the coded data printed in a two dimensional pattern, and retrieving the audio data using the determined medium identifier.11-01-2012
20120273566Ground Location of Work Truck - A vehicle tracking system for tracking a position of at least one vehicle of a plurality of vehicles within a region, includes a plurality of identifiers, an imaging device, and a controller. At least one of the identifiers is provided on each of the vehicles. The imaging device is configured to generate image data including (i) region data representative of the region and (ii) identifier data representative of the identifiers located in the region. The controller is configured (i) to process the identifier data to generate position data representative of a position of each of the identifiers within the region, (ii) to process the identifier data to generate identification data that are unique to each identifier, and (iii) to output at least one of the image data, the position data, and the identification data to a monitor.11-01-2012
20120273565METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR STORING SOCIAL NETWORKING SERVICES CONTENT - The present invention publishes a method, a device and a system for storing SNS content. The method includes the following steps. A personal mobile device gathers two-dimensional barcode information from a computer and restores it into SNS information, wherein the SNS information includes SNS content, and the two-dimensional barcode information is obtained by converting the SNS information fetched from a SNS community with the computer. The personal mobile device stores the SNS content. The present invention improves the efficiency an accuracy of storing SNS content, and can further store the SNS content in a corresponding space according to the SNS type of the SNS content such that user can directly use the SNS content. For example, the user may directly dial the phone number in a contact list, or click a URL. The operation is simple and convenient, and the user's using experience is good.11-01-2012
20120273564PRODUCT AUTHENTICATION AND ITEM IDENTIFICATION - The present invention provides methods, reagents, and apparatus for authenticating and identifying products. Methods of the invention are easy to implement but difficult to replicate, simulate, alter, transpose, or tamper with. In some embodiments, the present invention relates to a product authentication code defined by a frequency array of a population of entities, and an item identifier defined by the specific manifestation of the product authentication code.11-01-2012
20120273563Image Processing Apparatus - An image processing apparatus of the present disclosure includes: (a) a two-dimensional matrix barcode detecting unit configured to detect a two-dimensional matrix barcode if an image of image data includes the two-dimensional matrix barcode; and (b) a broken matrix barcode detecting unit configured to determine whether a broken two-dimensional matrix barcode exists in the image or not when the two-dimensional matrix barcode detecting unit does not detect the two-dimensional matrix barcode but detects at least one position detection pattern. The broken matrix barcode detecting unit determines whether the broken two-dimensional matrix barcode exists in the image or not on the basis of a pattern in a predetermined position adjacent to the detected position detection pattern.11-01-2012
20120273562SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING MACHINE READABLE CODES TO STORE AND RETRIEVE REVERSIBLE WRITE ERASEABLE PAPER DOCUMENTS - An embodiment generally relates to systems and methods for electronically auto-filing and retrieving erasable paper document documents configured for ultraviolet (UV) imaging. A device can embed a machine readable code on an erasable paper document, or can detect a machine readable code preprinted on the document. An electronic version of the erasable paper document along with the machine readable code can be stored in a database. When the machine readable code is later detected on a rendered document, the electronic version corresponding to the machine readable code can be retrieved from storage. The erasable paper document can be re-rendered using the retrieved electronic version either as a new erasable paper document, for display to the user, or other renderings.11-01-2012
20110233273MACHINE HAVING A CARD PROCESSING ASSEMBLY - A machine having a card processing assembly. The card processing assembly has a card drive and a heating device. The heating device is operable to cause a human-readable symbol to be viewable on a data card.09-29-2011
20110233272ELECTRONIC BOOK WITH CLAMPING DEVICE FOR SUPERPOSITION OF MULTI-BOOKS - The present invention contains an electronic book, a processor board or an IC card, and an electronic capturing device. The electronic book contains a paper book wrapped within a cover and a ridge member is provided between the cover and the paper book. The ridge member is in contact with the ridge of the paper book through a curved front contact surface. The contact surface and the ridge are not fixedly attached. The paper book contains a number of pages, and each page is printed with invisible codes. The invisible codes could be detected by the electronic capturing device and processed by the processor board or IC card. The related content then could be read by externally connected electronic reading device or card reader.09-29-2011
20110233271System and Method To Track And Authenticate Semiconductor Chips, Multi-Chip Package Modules, And Their Derivative System Products - A method for providing identity authentication and tracking for a multi-chip package (MCP) module or a designated semiconductor chip formed inside a MCP module where the MCP module is provided with a first communication function includes providing a communication element formed on the MCP base where the communication element includes a memory unit for storing identification information; providing an electrical connection between the communication element and the designated semiconductor chip; accessing by the designated semiconductor chip the information stored in the memory unit of the communication element through the electrical connection; and providing the information stored in the communication element to a system outside of the MCP module through the first communication function where the information is used at least to track or authenticate the MCP module or the designated semiconductor chip of the MCP module.09-29-2011
20110233270METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SHEET FEEDING FROM A MEDIA STACK USING A BAR CODE SCANNING DEVICE IN AN IMAGE PRODUCTION DEVICE - A method and apparatus for sheet feeding from a media stack in an image production device is disclosed. The method may include fluffing a stack of media with a predetermined amount of air flow, sensing sheet separation in the media stack using a bar code scanning device, determining if the sheet separation meets predetermined criteria, wherein if the sheet separation does not meet the predetermined criteria, adjusting the air flow used for fluffing the media stack.09-29-2011
20100314441TECHNIQUES FOR MANAGING FRAUD INFORMATION - Techniques are presented for managing fraud information. Metadata defines user profiles, security levels, fraud cases, and presentation information. One or more queries or reports are processed against disparate data store tables and the results are aggregated into a repository. The repository is also defined by the metadata. Furthermore, operations associated with sharing, viewing, and accessing the results from the repository is defined and controlled by the metadata. In an embodiment, portions of the metadata may be viewed and navigated in a hierarchical and graphical formatted presentation.12-16-2010
20100314440System and Method of Information Management in a Healthcare Setting - An information system for use, at least, in the healthcare field which includes an electronically accessible data record and a hand-held stationary device which reads an invisible printed code on a substrate, is uploaded with subject-specific information, and can further upload subject-specific information into the data record. The hand-held device at least includes an optical reader capable of reading the selected printed code; a non-volatile memory; a controller; and an audio speaker. Also disclosed is a method of maintaining real-time information regarding a patient in a healthcare: facility using a patient identification bracelet with a device having an optical reader capable of reading a selected one of the one or more printed codes on the patient identification bracelet and capable of providing humanly perceptible feedback.12-16-2010
20130153652STATUS INDICATOR FOR AMONIA CARTRIDGE - Systems and methods for determining amount of solid ammonia stored in a canister used in providing ammonia fluid in exhaust gas after-treatment systems. A microcontroller sets an ammonia level based on the data read from an RFID tag associated with the canister. The data may provide the amount of solid ammonia stored in the canister or a tag number that the microcontroller may use to retrieve the quantity of stored solid ammonia. A measured amount of ammonia fluid used during the treatment process may be used by the microcontroller in determining the amount of solid ammonia depleted from the canister. At predetermined precisions, the amount of depleted ammonia is subtracted from the set ammonia level to determine the remaining amount of solid ammonia in the canister. This determined amount of may be used to reset the ammonia level and be written onto the RFID tag.06-20-2013
20130126596METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING INDICIA AND PROJECTING IMAGES RELATED TO THE DETECTED INDICIA - Apparatus and devices are provided for detecting indicia and projecting images related to the detected indicia. The apparatus includes an indicia detecting system adapted to detect a decodable indicium, such as, a bar code, and an image projecting system adapted to project an image in response to the detected decodable indicium. The apparatus may include a memory storage adapted to store projection data for use by the image projecting system in projecting an image. The indicia detecting system includes a photo detector and image collecting optics, the image projecting system includes light sources and a light manipulation system. Methods of detecting indicia and projecting images related to the detected indicia are also provided.05-23-2013
20110303743MICROCIRCUIT CARD WITH AN INDICATOR AND METHOD IMPLEMENTED IN SUCH A CARD - A microcircuit card, includes an indicator (12-15-2011
20110303742IMMOVABLE PRICE CHECKER WITH AN ANGLE-ADJUSTABLE SCANNER - An immovable price checker (12-15-2011
20110303741METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LOCATING AN ACCESSORY AND AN APPLICATION FOR USE WITH A USER DEVICE - A method for identifying an application usable with an accessory is provided. The method includes receiving an accessory identifier associated with the accessory, identifying an application protocol associated with the accessory identifier, identifying an application that supports the application protocol, and providing information about the application to a user device. A method for identifying an accessory usable with an application is also provided. The method includes receiving information about an application, determining an application protocol associated with the application, determining an accessory that supports the application protocol, and providing information about the accessory to a user device.12-15-2011
20110309140SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING INFORMATION AT INACCESSIBLE LOCATIONS - Systems and methods of using the systems for delivering information related to an inaccessible location to individuals at the inaccessible location are disclosed. The system comprises a memory device affixed to the inaccessible location, the information related to the inaccessible location residing on the memory device, and a portable memory reading device, separate from the memory device, that retrieves the information from the memory device when positioned at the inaccessible location and communicates, the information to a party located at the inaccessible location. The system may further comprise a database wherein the information residing on the memory device is replicated and the database can be accessed by a user of the system via a suitable communications medium or combination of mediums. The system may also comprise a portable memory reading device having a GPS receiver positioned at an inaccessible location and a database, such that the GPS coordinates of the inaccessible location are determined by the portable memory reading device and communicated to the database over a communications link, and the database communicates the information related to the inaccessible location back to the portable memory reading device over the communications link.12-22-2011
20110309139SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION VIA INTERACTIVE SURFACE - A system for providing information via an interactive surface is provided. The surface has information for searching and coded data. The coded data encodes coordinates on the surface and a region identity associated with the surface. A sensing device interacted with the surface senses the coded data and generates interaction data indicative of the region identity and a coordinate position of the sensing device relative to the surface. The system identifies and retrieves a page description corresponding to the surface using the region identity received from the sensing device, determines the information for searching corresponding to a zone of the page description containing the coordinate position of the sensing device, creates a query expression having a search term(s) based on the determined information for searching, form a request using the query expression, and sends the request, or a results resource including search results from the request, to a display device.12-22-2011
20110309138Barcode Image Recognition System and Associated Method for Hand-Held Device - The present disclosure relates to a barcode image recognition system and associated method for hand-held device including an image processing module and a barcode recognition module for recognizing characters corresponding to a one-dimensional barcode image. The image processing module converts an image to a gray level distribution of the image or, to a black-and-white image, and retrieves a barcode region containing the one-dimensional barcode from the image. The barcode recognition module segments the barcode region into a plurality of code regions and identifies each of the characters corresponding to each of the barcode regions.12-22-2011
20110309137SELF-SERVICE MACHINE PROBLEM CODE - Embodiments of the present invention relate to methods and apparatuses for responding to a problem associated with a self-service machine. For example, some embodiments provide a method that includes: (a) determining that a problem associated with a self-service machine occurred during a transaction involving the self-service machine and a user of the self-service machine; (b) presenting, to the user via a user interface associated with the self-service machine, a code based at least partially on the determining that the problem occurred; (c) receiving the code from the user; and/or (d) initiating a claim for the user based at least partially on the receiving the code from the user, where the claim relates to the problem.12-22-2011
20110309136System and method for retail store automation - Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for playing music at a cash register and for performing price scanning. A method for playing music at a cash register includes, for each item scan, selecting a note from a set of song instructions, and, as feedback for each respective item scan, playing the selected note as part of a sequence to output at least part of a song. A price scanner scans an item in a store, retrieves a price for the item and additional information, and outputs the price for the item and at least one suggestion based on the additional information. A retail store server selects song instructions which can be executed to produce notes of a song, and distributes at least a portion of the song instructions to a cash register for output in response to an item scan.12-22-2011
20130186950FIRST TIME CONFIRMATION OF DATABASE ENTRY - Provided is an apparatus that stores a formulary. The apparatus includes a memory device that stores the formulary, the formulary comprising a plurality of drug entries. A user input device allows a user to verify a drug of the plurality of drug entries of the formulary. A code reader interprets computer-readable codes. After a computer-readable code that is associated with the drug is read by the code reader, the drug is verified using the user input device.07-25-2013
20130186951Intelligent fastener - An intelligent fastener having a head and an externally threaded shank for threaded engagement with a structural member. The head has a recess formed in the top surface for mounting an RFID tag with a memory containing information specific to the fastener—such as fastener identification, specified torque value and other information—an antenna for enabling bidirectional communication with an RFID tag reader, and a torque value sensor for determining the torque applied to the fastener by a fastener installation tool. Once installed, the existing torque on a collection of fasteners is measured by using an RFID tag reader to scan the information stored in the memory of each fastener.07-25-2013
20130186952IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD, AND IMAGE READING PROGRAM - An image reading apparatus includes an RFID (radio frequency identification) detection unit that detects a reading RFID (radio frequency identification) tag disposed to a reading target; an image reading unit that reads an image of the reading target; a diagnosing RFID (radio frequency identification) tag capable of being detected by the RFID detection unit; and an abnormality determination unit that determines abnormality based on a state of detection of the RFID detection unit. When the diagnosing RFID tag is detected at the time the reading RFID tag is not detected by the RFID detection unit, the abnormality determination unit determines abnormality of the reading RFID tag, and when the diagnosing RFID tag is not detected, the abnormality determination unit determines abnormality of the RFID detection unit.07-25-2013
20130186953CAMERA UNIT INCOPORATING PROGRAM SCRIPT SCANNER - A camera unit includes a display for displaying an image to be captured; an image sensor for digitally capturing the displayed image; a card reader having a linear scanner for scanning a surface of a removable card to sense a plurality of dots printed on the surface of the removable card, the plurality of dots representing a bit pattern encoding a program script; a card interface for receiving a signal from the card reader indicative of the sensed plurality of dots printed on the surface of the card, and decoding the sensed plurality of dots into the program script; and a printer configured to print a distorted image on print media, the distorted image being a version of the captured image distorted in accordance with the program script. The card reader comprises a moulding housing therewithin a plurality of light sources, the moulding being transparent to light from the light sources and shaped to focus the light on the removable card.07-25-2013
20130186954System for the Exchange of Optically-Encoded Information - Apparatus and associated methods may relate to a coded contact information exchange made between source and target electronic devices. In an exemplary embodiment, the coding scheme may be a non-industry standard coding scheme. In an illustrative example, one or more contact fields comprising user contact information are encoded in a barcode format for exchange between the devices. In some examples, the barcode may be transmitted over a non-optical communications link. In other examples, the encoded barcode may be transmitted over an optical communications link. In some examples, the barcode may comprise a two-dimensional barcode. In some examples, the source and target devices may comprise handheld devices, such as mobile phones.07-25-2013
20130186955METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVISIONING A DEVICE - An article (07-25-2013
20120018509OPTICAL SECURITY MARK COMPRISING METAMATERIALS WITH A MAGNETIC RESPONSE, AUTHENTICATION METHOD USING SAID MARK, AND USE OF SAID MARK APPLIED TO AN OBJECT - The invention relates to an optical security mark that can be applied to an object, said mark comprising a structure made of a metamaterial that generates a magnetic response to incident radiation having a wavelength (λ) corresponding to a specific code of formula μr(λ) where μr is the relative magnetic permeability of the metamaterial and λ is a wavelength of the incident radiation having a value of between 15 nm and 1100 nm, or a specific code of formula λ(μr) or combinations of said codes. Said mark has a first tranverse dimension bx in a first transverse extension of the metamaterial and a second transverse dimension by in a second transverse extension of the metamaterial, different from the first transversal dimension, the first transverse dimension and the second transverse dimension each being at least equal to the wavelength (λ) of the incident radiation.01-26-2012
20120018508OBTAINING A RESOURCE TO READ A SYMBOL - In a method for obtaining a resource to read a symbol, an image containing at least one of the symbol and an indicator of the symbol is obtained. At least a portion of the obtained image is sent to a symbol identification service and the resource from the symbol identification service is received, wherein the resource enables the symbol to be read.01-26-2012
20120018507Systems and apparatus for expressing multimedia presentations corresponding to print media - A media asset system and method is provided comprising a portable reader having a sensor enabled to detect a part of a surface, with the reader having means for selecting an output action by correlating said detected part with a preselected outcome. Output also provided for presenting audio and video presentation. Output is responsive to the reader's selection of output action.01-26-2012
20120018506VERIFICATION OF PORTABLE CONSUMER DEVICE FOR 3-D SECURE SERVICES - Apparatuses, methods, and systems pertaining to the verification of portable consumer devices for 3-D Secure Systems are disclosed. In one implementation, a verification token is coupled to a computer by a USB connection so as to use the computer's networking facilities. The verification token reads identification information from a user's portable consumer device (e.g., credit card) and sends the information to a validation entry over a communications network using the computer's networking facilities. The validation entity applies one or more validation tests to the information that it receives from the verification token. If a selected number of tests are passed, the validation entity sends a 3-D Secure datum to the verification token. The verification token may enter the 3-D Secure datum into a hidden field of a Purchase Authentication Page appearing on the computer's display.01-26-2012
20120018505Tag having dipole-loop antenna - A tag has a dipole and loop antenna.01-26-2012
20120018504Tag having three component unitary pole antenna - A tag has antenna system includes three antenna portions. Each of the three antenna portions has a ½ dipole structure. A fourth antenna portion is shorted to the non-linear device. The antenna is tuned to an operating frequency by modifying the electrical lengths of one, two, or all three antenna portions. Preferably, the invention includes an inductive portion, such as a slot inductive portion. The antenna portions are configured in any desired form, such as being spiral or otherwise compacted, for particular operational parameters in a limited space.01-26-2012
20130193202SYSTEMS AND APPARATUS FOR EXPRESSING MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATIONS CORRESPONDING TO PRINT MEDIA - A media asset system and method is provided comprising a handheld reader having a sensor enabled to detect a discrete coded zone within a visual image, with the reader capable of producing an output signal corresponding to the discrete coded zone. An output device responds to the output signal with an audio output presentation corresponding to the discrete coded zone. Output is responsive to the reader's selection of output action, and may also be provided for in a video presentation.08-01-2013
20130193203METHODS FOR EMBEDDING DEVICE-SPECIFIC DATA TO ENABLE REMOTE IDENTIFICATION AND PROVISIONING OF SPECIFIC DEVICES - The invention provides systems and methods for providing a unified single-scan user interface for accessing and managing a remotely located device throughout its life cycle, including cellular network provisioning, cloud data provider registration, initialization and activation, as well as providing end users with easy access to the device and its data. The end user simply powers the device on and the device automatically connects with the communication network and the cloud data provider. The device comes to the end user already provisioned and paired and activated with the cloud data provider and the communication network provider. Device-specific data is, at manufacture, encoded onto machine-readable labels and complied in a table within a remote database. The present invention thus allows identification and provisioning of individual devices using a mobile device such as a smartphone or the like.08-01-2013
20130193200Method and Apparatus for Tracking Items and Providing Item Information - A method and apparatus for tracking products and providing product information receives information from a user device at a product server. A user scans a Quick Response code (QR code) using a mobile communication device which transmits product identification information from the QR code and user device information to a product server. The product server determines product information associated with the product identified by product identification information received from the user device. The product information is transmitted by the product server to the user device. The information received from the user device can also be used to track the location of products and acquire user information.08-01-2013
20130193201SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACCESSING PRODUCT INFORMATION FOR AN INFORMED RESPONSE - A system and method that permits a person to gain information regarding one or more products by capturing data in the form of a scan or image capture to the data capture device, identifying the product, and delivering to the person information relevant to the product.08-01-2013
20130193204METHOD IN WHICH A MOBILE PHONE READS A BAR CODE LOCATED ON A DEFECTIVE DOMESTIC APPLIANCE AND IS AUTOMATICALLY CONNECTED TO CUSTOMER SERVICE - A method for supporting an operator of a household appliance, in particular a domestic appliance, by making contact with customer service for the household appliance with the aid of a portable communication device is disclosed. A machine-readable code affixed to the household appliance, in particular the domestic appliance, is detected by an optical detection device of the portable communication device. On the basis of the detected code, a communication link is established between the portable communication device and communication equipment of customer service, specifically automatically via the portable communication device.08-01-2013
20120055983System and Method for Capturing and Communicating Location Data from a Barcode using a Mobile Device - A system and method for delivering a selection of goods or services to a location is disclosed. In particular, the system comprises a barcode and a server. The bar code can be affixed to a location and can comprise encoded data relating to a location. The server can receive a purchase order from a mobile device capable of reading the barcode. The purchase order can comprise the location and a selection of goods or services. The server can also transmit a delivery order to a computer. The delivery order can comprise the location and the selection of goods.03-08-2012
20130200139TOPOGRAPHIC SPOT SCANNING FOR A STORAGE LIBRARY - Systems and methods are described for using topographic and/or contrast spot scanning to facilitate various types of functionality in context of a data storage library. A robotic mechanism includes a hand assembly that has one or more integrated spot scanners. The hand assembly is configured to travel in at least two directions and to rotate, thereby locating and/or pointing the spot scanner in desired locations throughout the data storage library. By sweeping the spot scanner across a scan window, contrast and/or topographic data can be acquired and decoded to generate a profile of a region. The profile can be interpreted to facilitate functions, such as calibration of robot location with respect to media cartridges, targeting, proximity detection, empty cell detection, etc.08-08-2013
20130200140Information Acquisition Device, Measurement System, and Information Acquisition Method - An information acquisition device 08-08-2013
20130200141Biochip Measuring System and Biochip Measuring Apparatus and Biochip and Stamp Marking and Identification Method - The present invention discloses a biochip measuring system. The cytometer system includes a biochip and a biochip measuring apparatus. The biochip includes a substrate, for carrying bio-molecule droplet, and a stamp marking area, for receiving or displaying a stamp for identifying whether the biochip is used. The biochip measuring apparatus includes a controller, a driver circuit, a driver interface, a light, a light detector, and a stamp marking unit, for marking the stamp on the stamp marking area of the biochip after the biochip measuring apparatus completes measurement of the biochip.08-08-2013
20130200145Barcode Scanner on Webpage - A hybrid electronic barcode reader application sharing the processes between document formats of the world wide web with associated native executables or hardware from a mobile device. The two disparate platforms exchange information between the mobile device and web page and allow the web page to operate device hardware to complete the application. The focus then returns to the originating web page.08-08-2013
20120061462AUDIO JACK ENABLED SYNTHETIC BARCODE MODULE - A coupon management system includes a synthetic barcode module. The synthetic barcode module comprises light management components and a controller. The light management components include an LED operating as both an optical receiver and an optical emitter The controller interfaces with a compatible electronic device such as a cell phone via an analog audio interface, receives analog audio signals corresponding to coupon barcodes, produces timing data for managing optical output, determines if the received light pulses correspond to scanner output, and using the timing data outputs driver signals to cause the light management module to emit light pulses that emulate light reflected from a scanned barcode to communicate the coupon barcode optically.03-15-2012
20120061460BARCODE INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM03-15-2012
20130098982Channel Identifier Symbol Code Two Dimensional Barcode - Content information may be provided. First, an indicia may be captured from displayed content and data may be extracted from the captured indicia. Next, the extracted data may be transmitted and information corresponding to the displayed content may be received, in response to the transmitted, extracted data. The received information may then be displayed.04-25-2013
20130098984CONTACTLESS TEST SYSTEM - In some embodiments, a first apparatus may be provided that may comprise a processor and a storage medium coupled to the processor. The storage medium comprises code executable by the processor for performing a first method. The first method may include the step of receiving data comprising a plurality of profiles. Each of the profiles may be associated with a contactless transaction device. The first method may further comprise the steps of communicating with a test contactless transaction device using short range wireless communication, and using the plurality of profiles to emulate each of the contactless transaction devices associated with each of the profiles in a simulated transaction with the test financial transaction device.04-25-2013
20120298740POINT OF SALE TERMINAL FOR ENGAGEMENT WITH A MOBILE COMMUNICATOR - A point of sale terminal including a housing including at least first and second housing portions which are arranged for relative axial movement from a closed position to an open position, the first housing portion including at least a communications interface adapted for operative communications engagement with a mobile communicator and a first housing portion socket adapted for partially surrounding the mobile communicator, the second housing portion including a second housing portion socket adapted for partially surrounding the mobile communicator and the first and second housing portions being configured such that when they are arranged in the closed position the first housing portion socket and the second housing portion socket together hug the mobile communicator and prevent unwanted disengagement of the mobile communicator therefrom.11-29-2012
20120085820NAVIGATION OF MOBILE DEVICES - A method is provided for navigation of a mobile device. Spatial information of at least one beacon detected in an image relative to the image is determined. The image includes an image of the at least one beacon within at least part of an environment surrounding the mobile device. A position of the mobile device based on said spatial information is determined using encoded visual information of the at least one beacon.04-12-2012
20120085819METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING USING IMAGE CODE - A display method using an image code is provided, which can provide various types of information related to a moving image content. The display method includes perceiving the image code inserted in image forms in moving image information of a moving image content, analyzing the information included in the image code related to the moving image content, by decoding the image code, and displaying the information contained in the image code.04-12-2012
20120085818EXECUTABLE MACHINE READABLE SYMBOLOGY - A method of operating an indicia reader includes reading at least one indicia, the indicia having an encoded executable software program; storing the encoded executable software program into memory of the indicia reader; and running the encoded executable software program.04-12-2012
20130206830MAPPING AN IMAGE TO AN OBJECT USING A MATRIX CODE - Embodiments of the invention may provide an approach for mapping an image to an object using a matrix code. An associated method generally may include decoding a matrix code on a surface of the object to determine a network location of the image; downloading the image from the network location; retrieving a plurality of coordinate sets referenced by the matrix code; mapping the image to at least one region of the object according to the plurality of coordinate sets; and displaying the object with the mapped image. In one embodiment, the step of mapping the image to at least one region of the object according to the plurality of coordinate sets includes mapping a plurality of portions of the image to respective regions of the object according to respective pluralities of coordinate sets.08-15-2013
20130206831APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR POSITION DETERMINATION - An apparatus for position determination has an optical scanning unit which is to be moved relative to a surface and which includes an image sensor for detecting light intensity patterns of light which is reflected by the surface. The apparatus furthermore has an electronic processing unit which is associated with the image sensor and configured to determine a traveled movement path and/or a movement speed of the optical scanning unit relative to the surface from a difference between light intensity patterns detected after one another in time A further processing unit is configured to produce an intensity correlated signal which correlates with the intensity of the light reflected by the surface. An evaluation device is associated with the image sensor and is configured to recognize a graphical code pattern located on the surface with reference to the intensity correlated signal and to read out information from the code pattern.08-15-2013
20130206832ELECTRONIC MEDIA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH EXTERNAL REFERENCES - A media management system provides electronic access to the original media (or a version based on the original media) for people of who access the media in printed/published (paper or electronic) matter. In one example embodiment, a photograph will be printed (on paper or electronically) with a unique code (e.g., a bar code, QR code, or other type of code). A user can scan that code with a code reader (e.g., on a mobile telephone, laptop, dedicated code reader, or other device). The code is then used to access the photograph within a media management system such that the user's computing device automatically opens the photograph in a photo editor. The user can optionally edit, resize and/or re-format the photograph. The edited (or unedited) photograph can be sent to others, posted on social media (or other types of) sites, presented on web pages, printed, incorporated in other projects, etc.08-15-2013
20130206833MAPPING AN IMAGE TO AN OBJECT USING A MATRIX CODE - Embodiments of the invention may provide an approach for mapping an image to an object using a matrix code. An associated method generally may include decoding a matrix code on a surface of the object to determine a network location of the image; downloading the image from the network location; retrieving a plurality of coordinate sets referenced by the matrix code; mapping the image to at least one region of the object according to the plurality of coordinate sets; and displaying the object with the mapped image. In one embodiment, the step of mapping the image to at least one region of the object according to the plurality of coordinate sets includes mapping a plurality of portions of the image to respective regions of the object according to respective pluralities of coordinate sets.08-15-2013