Inventors list

Assignees list

Classification tree browser

Top 100 Inventors

Top 100 Assignees


Optical

Subclass of:

235 - Registers

235435000 - CODED RECORD SENSORS

235439000 - Particular sensor structure

Patent class list (only not empty are listed)

Deeper subclasses:

Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
235462010 Bar code 563
235470000 With scanning of record 68
235472010 Hand-held (e.g., portable) 63
235455000 Light level control 49
235469000 Color coded 23
235468000 Invisible 15
235457000 Holographic 5
20090272805Interactive Holographic Security Element - The present invention relates to an interactive security element comprising at least one volume hologram the latter being responsive to at least one applied external stimulus and exhibits a defined optical effect in form of an image, whereby the optical effect in form of an image is preferably different when being observed at different angles of view and the different images may be observed at least after an external stimulus has been applied, to a method of verifying said interactive security element as well as to the use thereof for verification, identification, authentication or anti-counterfeiting purposes, in particular as a public feature to security products such as banknotes, passports, identification documents, tickets, credit cards, smart cards, etc., and for brand and production protection.11-05-2009
20090250520CARD WHICH CAN BE AUTHENTICATED BY HOLOGRAM CHIP - A card authentication is performed. An authentication chip for performing authentication by a copy-disabled hologram chip is attached to a card and when or after the card is introduced into a handling device, the authentication chip information is read to perform authentication. Read may be performed in a planar shape but a linear shape can reduce the processing load. An arbitrary straight line or a curved line may be used as a read line shape by modifying the read position in association with the card movement when the card is placed to be read. When the card introduced to a terminal device is an unauthorized one, the card is ejected or an alarm is issued when the card is introduced inside.10-08-2009
20090014522ENABLING HOLOGRAPHIC MEDIA BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY WITH DUAL-USE MEDIA CARD CONNECTOR - A holographic read only memory card which can be coupled to and read by a card reader to which electronic read only memory cards can also be coupled to and read by the card reader is disclosed. The holographic read only memory card comprises: a housing having a compartment for receiving a holographic storage medium; a holographic storage medium having stored thereon holographic data; and optionally a an electronics panel member having an electronic memory component which can be read by the card reader when the holographic read only memory card is coupled to the electronic card reader. The housing comprises one or more card locating members to thereby repeatedly position the holographic read only memory card each time the holographic read only memory card is coupled to the electronic card reader so that the holographic data can be read.01-15-2009
20090134224READER FOR READING COMPUTER-GENERATED LITHOGRAMS - A reader for reading computer-generated individualized holograms which are written into a storage medium, having a light source for generating a light beam, a recording means for acquiring image data generated by the light beam by illuminating the individualized hologram, and display means for dispalying the display data generated from the image data, wherein all the components are combined in a portable handheld unit.05-28-2009
20130099000IDENTIFICATION MEDIUM, METHOD FOR READING DATA THEREFROM, APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFICATION, AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCTION THEREOF - A technique detects counterfeit products having appearances similar to authentic products with high accuracy. A cholesteric liquid crystal layer in which hologram is processed and circularly polarized light of primary rotating direction having specific central wavelength can be selectively reflected and a code forming layer in which code printed pattern that is an objective of reading is formed, are arranged in this order seen from a side from which reading is performed. The hologram image that inhibits reading of information of the code while an optical reading device reads it together with the code, and it is formed by the hologram processing.04-25-2013
235456000 Multiple column code 1
20100213256Imaging reader for and method of processing a plurality of data on a target per single actuation - An imaging reader for, and a method of, processing a plurality of data, such as one or more symbols having the same or different symbologies, a receipt acknowledgment, and an alphanumeric address arranged at spaced-apart locations on a target, such as at parcel delivery label, employ a solid-state imager having an array of image sensors for capturing return light from the data on the target over a field of view, an actuator for actuating the images: to capture the return light from the data on the target in a single actuation, and a controller automatically configured for detecting all the data and the spaced-apart locations at which the data is arranged over the field of view, and for processing the return light captured by the imager from all the data only when all the data is of a predetermined type and is at predetermined locations on the target, in response to the single actuation.08-26-2010
235458000 Perforated record 1
20130043311SECURITY ELEMENT FOR DOCUMENT OF VALUE - A security element is provided for a document of value. The security element includes an array of apertures through at least a portion of the document of value, the arrangement of apertures relative to one another forming an observable data item. The array of apertures includes apertures of at least two different shapes or orientations, the occurrence of the different shapes or orientations within the array representing an encoded data item. Also provided is a method of manufacturing a security element on a document of value, including: obtaining a first data item and generating an aperture array template; obtaining a second data item and encoding the second data item within the aperture array template; and perforating at least a portion of the security document according to the encoded aperture array template.02-21-2013
Entries
DocumentTitleDate
20130043310ENCODING 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.02-21-2013
20120168506Method For Security Purposes - A method for security purposes is disclosed, in which a challenge signal is applied to a physical object and a response signal is received from the physical object. The response signal comprises a plurality of characteristic resonant optical mode or a characteristic of the response signal is determined based on a spatial resolution of at least two frequency components of the response signal that is affected by luminescence effect.07-05-2012
20100116888METHOD OF READING PATTERN IMAGE, APPARATUS FOR READING PATTERN IMAGE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR READING PATTERN IMAGE - Disclosed is a method of capturing and reading a pattern image having three or more pages generated from predetermined information using a capturing section provided in a reading apparatus. The pattern image is configured such that each page includes relevant page information indicating a position of the relevant page and the pages are displayed on a display screen sequentially and successively at a time interval and cyclically and repetitively. The method includes a step of, when two pages of the pattern image have been read, causing the reading apparatus to predict a capturing timing by the capturing section for each remaining unread page from a capturing time interval between the two pages and the relevant page information of each of the two pages, and to perform control such that each remaining unread page of the pattern image is captured and read by the capturing section with the predicted capturing timing.05-13-2010
20100163622MONOLITHIC MIRROR STRUCTURE FOR USE IN A MULTI-PERSPECTIVE OPTICAL CODE READER - A monolithic compound mirror structure is used in an optical code reader employing an imager that captures images of items bearing optical codes in a viewing volume of the optical code reader. The monolithic compound mirror structure comprises a plurality of highly reflective surfaces positioned on the structure so that the structure can be positioned in a field of view of the imager in the optical code reader and oriented so that two or more of the plurality of highly reflective surfaces appear in the field of view of the imager, to thereby split the field of view of the imager into two or more different views into the viewing volume. The different views into the viewing volume may be direct off of the monolithic compound mirror structure or indirect off of one or more intermediate mirrors.07-01-2010
20100072279REUSABLE GROCERY BAG FOR USE WITH OPTICAL PRODUCT IDENTIFIERS - A reusable bag includes a fabric body having an interior volume and an opening that provides access to the interior volume. The fabric body including a plurality of threads oriented and spaced apart so as to form a net structure for securing at least one grocery product within the interior volume. At least a portion of the net structure is sized and shaped to allow an optical product identifier received in the interior volume and on or associated with the at least one grocery product to be optically identified through the net structure using an optical scanner.03-25-2010
20100072278METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ALIGNING MICROBEADS IN ORDER TO INTERROGATE THE SAME - An optical reader for reading encoded microparticles. Each microparticle has an elongated body with an optically detectable code that extends along a longitudinal axis of the corresponding elongated body. The reader includes a plate that has a plurality of channels. The channels are configured to receive and align the microparticles so that the codes of the microparticles are in a common fixed orientation relative to each other. The reader also includes an illumination source for illuminating the microparticles on the plate. The codes in the microparticles reflect a portion of incident light and permit a portion of the incident light to pass through the microparticles thereby providing an output signal indicative of the code. The reader also includes a detection device that is configured to capture the output signal provided by the microparticles.03-25-2010
20090127340Reflective Decoders for Use in Decoding Optically Encoded Images - A reflective decoding device is provided for use in decoding an encoded image comprising a latent image encoded using at least one encoding parameter. The device comprises a substrate with a reflective surface portion having a surface topography comprising a predetermined pattern of topographical features. The predetermined pattern is configured with at least one geometric characteristic corresponding to the at least one encoding parameter so that placement of a light-transmissive sheet having the encoded image formed thereon over the predetermined pattern of topographical features allows the latent image to be viewed.05-21-2009
20100108763Device and Method for Optically Scanning Three-Dimensional Objects - A device for optically scanning three-dimensional objects provided with at least one optically readable code, using at least one optical reader. The device comprises a rotatably disposed container arranged for receiving an object to be scanned therein. The container is provided with at least one optically transparent window in a wall thereof. The optical reader is spaced from the container by some distance, such that the optically readable code of an object present in the container is positioned in front of the at least one window and the at least one window is positioned in front of the reader by rotating the container so as to enable scanning of the optically readable code.05-06-2010
20090039161Information reader for optically reading code - An information reader has a light source, an optical system having a light receiving sensor and a lens, and a board supporting the source and sensor such that a sensor axis of the sensor perpendicular to the sensor and passing an intersection of an optical axis of the optical system and the sensor is parallel to an emission axis of the source. A positional relation among the lens, sensor and source satisfies a distance Di between the lens and sensor, a distance Da between an optical axis of the lens and the axis of the source, and a distance Do between the lens and a readable area. The axis of the sensor is shifted from the optical axis of the lens by an offset value F=Da×Di/Do in a direction away from the source. The reader optically reads a code placed in the readable area.02-12-2009
20130087617APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF READING TARGETS ARBITRARILY ORIENTED IN IMAGING WORKSTATIONS - An apparatus for and method of electro-optically reading targets arbitrarily oriented in a workstation, such as a dual window workstation, employs a solid-state imager for capturing return light from the targets over a field of view. The imager has an array of sensors arranged along mutually perpendicular array axes. An optical system splits the field of view into a plurality of subfields of view that extend through a workstation window to a target. One subfield is optically configured to enable the imager to capture light from the target along one array axis. Another subfield is optically configured to enable the imager to capture light from the target along the other array axis. A controller processes the captured light in both the one and the other subfields to enable the reading of the arbitrarily oriented target in the workstation independently of target orientation relative to the array axes.04-11-2013
20100327063SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SENSOR QUALITY ASSURANCE - The present disclosure is generally directed to maintaining sensor quality standards and/or preventing improper remanufacture of sensors, such as pulse oximetry sensors. Present embodiments may include a sensor that includes an optical machine-readable representation of data included on the sensor and/or packaged therewith, and an information element configured to store data corresponding to the data represented by the optical machine-readable representation.12-30-2010
20100001071Imaging Device, Method of Production of Imaging Device, and Information Code-Reading Device - It is an object to provide an imaging device, a manufacturing method of an imaging device, and an information code reading device that can be configured not only to simplify their optical system and to reduce their costs, but also to suppress fluctuations of resin lenses and deterioration of lens performances due to its expansion. An optical system (01-07-2010
20090114726METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROTECTION AND CONTROL OF ORIGINALITY OF PRODUCTS AND THEIR COMPONENTS AND ELECTRONICALLY READABLE CERTIFICATE THEREOF - The invention relates to method and device for protection and control of originality of products and their components and electronically readable certificate thereof. Depending on the structure of product (05-07-2009
20090302113LICENSE CHECKER - A license checker for use in a vending machine for controlled hazardous items is disclosed to include a housing, which has an insertion slot and a card space defined in a rack thereof in communication with the insertion slot, a sensor module, which comprises photo sensors for detection the insertion of a license into the housing and elastic return devices movable relative to the photo sensors subject to insertion of a license for causing the photo sensors to output a driving signal, a light source module, which is driven by the driving signal from the photo sensors to emit various wavelengths of light onto the anti-counterfeit characteristics and character data of the license in a predetermined order, and an image pickup module, which picks up the image of anti-counterfeit characteristics and character data of the license for license authenticity validation and character data recognition.12-10-2009
20120111943USING A USER'S APPLICATION TO CONFIGURE USER SCANNER - A method of operating an indicia reader adapted to read information bearing indicia (IBI) is accomplished by putting the indicia reader in a set up mode to enable the indicia reader to read N types of user usage IBIs; reading at least one user usage IBI with the indicia reader that is one of the N types of IBI the indicia reader is enabled to read; configuring the indicia reader in accordance with the at least one IBI read while the indicia reader is in the set up mode; putting the indicia reader into a use mode and reading user usage IBIs of the type read while the indicia was in the set up mode.05-10-2012
20130062411Method and Apparatus for High Resolution Decoding of Encoded Symbols - A method for scanning and decoding encoded symbols comprises processing low resolution image data from a full field of view and/or high resolution image data from one or more windowed segments of the field of view to provide imaging that is easily adaptable to different types of symbols and varying environmental conditions. The scanning method can be switched between the low resolution mode and the high resolution mode automatically based on whether the low resolution data is sufficiently accurate to decode the symbol.03-14-2013
20110011936DIGITAL POINT-OF-SALE ANALYZER - A digital point-of-sale system for determining key performance indicators (KPIs) at a point-of-sale includes a product identification unit and a realogram creation unit. The product identification unit is configured to receive a captured image of a product display and to identify products in the captured image by comparing features determined from the captured image to features determined from products templates. The realogram creation unit is configured to create a realogram from the identified products and product templates. A product price KPI unit is configured to identify a product label proximally located to each identified product, and to recognize the product price on each product label. Each product price is compared to a predetermined range of prices to determine whether the product label proximally located to the identified product is a correct product label for the identified product.01-20-2011
20090236423METHOD OF SENSING SYMMETRIC CODED TAGS - A method of using a sensing device to read coded data is provided. The coded data is arranged in accordance with a layout having mirror and n-fold rotational symmetry about a center of rotation, where n is at least two. The layout includes n identical first sub-layouts rotated 1/n revolutions apart about the center of rotation, and n identical second sub-layouts rotated 1/n revolutions apart about the center of rotation. Each second sub-layout is a reflection of a corresponding one of the first sub-layouts. At least one sub-layout includes rotation-indicating data that distinguishes that sub-layout from at least one other sub-layout and reflection-indicating data that distinguishes the reflections of reflected sub-layouts. The method includes sensing a layout using the sensing device, decoding the coded data of the sensed sub-layouts, thereby determining the rotation-indicating data of that sub-layout, and using the rotation-indicating data to interpret the meaning of the coded data.09-24-2009
20130068839METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGING TARGETS BY UTILIZING MULTIPLE IMAGING MODULES WITH ON-BOARD LOCAL MICROPROCESSORS - An apparatus for, and method of, imaging a target presented to a bi-optical, dual window, point-of-transaction workstation utilizes multiple imaging modules individually mounted for individual installation on, and individual removal from, a motherboard. Each module includes a solid-state imager having an array of light-sensitive sensors for capturing return light from the target over a field of view; a local controller externally of the imager for controlling the imager, for storing image data corresponding to the captured return light, and for interrogating the stored image data; and a daughterboard on which the imager and the local controller are both commonly mounted.03-21-2013
20090008452PRODUCT PACKAGING INCLUDING DIGITAL DATA - Light sensitive materials applied in shipping materials, including security seals and tear tape, for authentication, discrimination and recognition of items.01-08-2009
20090261169Decoupled Applications For Printed Materials - Interactive digital content for printed materials is provided using applications executing in a smart pen computing system. The applications and the printed materials may be developed by separate entities but appear well integrated from the perspective of a user of the smart pen computing system. Printed content produced by a first entity is obtained. The printed content is associated with a dot pattern. An application associated with the printed content and linked to the dot pattern is produced by a separate second entity. The application includes computer program instructions for, responsive to a selection within the dot pattern, invoking a function related to the printed content. The selection within the dot pattern may be made using a smart pen device, and the function may include presenting output to a user through an output device (e.g., a display or speaker) of the smart pen device.10-22-2009
20090242636PROCESSOR FOR A PRINT ENGINE ASSEMBLY HAVING POWER MANAGEMENT CIRCUITRY - Provided is a processor for a print engine assembly having a card reader for reading data from a data card. The processor includes a central processor unit having memory units, an orientation sensor, and a number of motor controllers for controlling drive motors of the print engine assembly. The processor also includes a power management circuit for managing power consumption of the print engine assembly. The processor is configured to read the data from a data card with the card reader, the data read from the card instructing the processor in a manner of processing a digital image.10-01-2009
20110132985SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WEIGH SCALE PERIMETER MONITORING FOR SCANNER-SCALES - Systems and methods for reducing erroneous weighing of items such as by detecting items extending beyond a periphery of a weigh platter whereby in one configuration, the system employs a light guide for routing a light beam to a detector operative to detect interruption of the beam due to an item encroaching upon or overhanging an edge of the platter. In another configuration, the scale includes a perimeter gap between the platter outer edge and scanner housing frame or checkout counter, a light beam directed angularly upward through the gap is partially obstructed by the frame and platter whereby light exits the gap forming a light plane, wherein an object placed on the platter extending across the gap intersects the light plane thus scattering light rays, some of which are sensed by a detector. Various indicators for alerting the operator of off-scale detection are also described.06-09-2011
20100170950INFORMATION CODE READING DEVICE AND READING METHOD, AND INFORMATION CODE DISPLAY READING SYSTEM - It is an object to provide a reading apparatus of an information code, a reading method, and a display reading system of the information code, in which even if symbol areas serving as references when sampling a photograph image signal obtained by photographing a display screen are not provided in the information code, information code data representing the information code can be obtained from the photograph image signal. When reading the information code displayed on a display apparatus, first, an image signal obtained when all pixel cells of the display apparatus have emitted light is extracted as a first image signal from the photograph image signal obtained by photographing the display screen of the display apparatus. Further, an image signal obtained for a period of time during which the information code is displayed is extracted as a second image signal from the photograph image signal. By detecting a point of a center of gravity of the light emission of each of the pixel cells based on the first photograph image signal and sampling the second photograph image signal at the point of the center of gravity of the light emission, the information code data representing the information code is obtained.07-08-2010
20090188978BAR CODE READER OR IMAGER USING CONTROLLED DEFORMATION OF FLEXIBLE OPTICS - A flexible optic or optical system is deformed using a non-overlapping iris or any of several deformable ring or polygon shapes. In some examples, the deformation of the flexible optic is controlled by one or more actuators comprising a shape memory material. The flexible optic may be used in, e.g. a bar code reader or imager.07-30-2009
20120024954Optical Assembly and Optical-Information-Reading Device - A camera module 02-02-2012
20120024953DETECTION OF SECURITY MARKS SIMULATING NATURAL DEFECTS FOR EMBEDDING INFORMATION IN DOCUMENTS - A system for generating a security mark includes a data reception component that receives information. A security mark generation component in communication with the data reception component generates at least one security mark configuration based at least in part upon the received information. The at least one security mark configuration includes at least one simulation mark which resembles a natural feature. An application component applies one configuration of the at least one security mark configurations to a recipient. The applied security mark configuration obeys at least one rule whereby the security mark is distinguishable from the natural feature which it resembles by a system for detection of security marks.02-02-2012
20090152357DOCUMENT VERIFICATION USING DYNAMIC DOCUMENT IDENTIFICATION FRAMEWORK - Techniques are described for identifying and validating security documents according to a dynamic document identification framework. For example, a security document authentication device includes an image capture interface that receives the captured images of a document and a memory that stores a plurality of document type objects within a data structure according to the dynamic document identification framework. The security document authentication device also includes a document processing engine that traverses the data structure by selectively invoking one or more of the plurality of processes to identify the captured images as one of the plurality of document type objects. Contrary to conventional identification techniques, this identification method performed by traversing the data structure stored according to the dynamic document identification framework may provide more accurate identification result in a more efficient manner, as only applicable processes may be applied to identify the captured images. Upon identifying the document type, a set of one or more validators are applied to further confirm its authenticity.06-18-2009
20100123007Electro-optical lens mounting assembly and method in electro-optical readers - A lensholder holds at least one fixed optical lens and a variable focusing element in a spaced relation along an optical path through which light passes in an electro-optical reader. The variable focusing element has a pair of electrodes across which a voltage is applied to optically modify the light passing through the fixed optical lens and the variable focusing element. The lensholder directly electrically conductively contacts the electrodes and establishes an electrically conductive path between each electrode and an exterior of the lensholder.05-20-2010
20080237348Viewing Device For Use With Coded Data On A Surface - A viewing device is used with coded data on a surface. The device includes a sensor arrangement for sensing the coded data when the device is placed on the surface, and a processor in signal communication with the sensor arrangement. The processor is configured to decode the coded data. Also included is a transceiver for transmitting the decoded data to a computer system, and to subsequently receive a file pre-associated with the decoded data from the computer system. The device also includes a display configured to display the received file to a user.10-02-2008
20100084468METHOD OF IMAGING CODING PATTERN COMPRISING COLUMNS AND ROWS OF COORDINATE DATA - A method of imaging a coding pattern disposed on a surface of a substrate. The method comprises the steps of: (a) operatively positioning an optical reader relative to the surface and capturing an image of a portion of the coding pattern, said coding pattern comprising: (b) sampling and decoding x-coordinate data and y-coordinate data within the imaged portion; and (c) determining a position of the reader. All the x-coordinate data is represented in a column of an imaged tag and all the y-coordinate data is represented in a row of the imaged tag. The column and the row each have a width v. The imaged portion has a diameter of at least (l+v)√2 and less than (2l)√2.04-08-2010
20100078477METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING INDICIA READING TERMINAL INCLUDING PARAMETER DETERMINATION - A method for operating an indicia reading terminal is provided wherein image information can be processed for determining a location of a decodable indicia representation for a certain frame of image data, the result of the processing can be utilized for determination of an imaging parameter, the imaging parameter can be utilized for capture of a subsequent frame and the subsequent frame can be subject to image processing.04-01-2010
20100078478CODE PATTERN HAVING CROSS-SHAPED POSITIONING PATTERN AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE FOR PROCESSING THE SAME - A code pattern having cross-shaped positioning patterns is disclosed, comprising: a plurality of marks, which at least include a central positioning mark, a first positioning mark, a second positioning mark, a third positioning mark, and a fourth positioning mark; the central and the first to fourth positioning marks are distributed in a region along with other marks. The first to fourth positioning marks are four neighboring marks that are closest to the central positioning mark in distance. In addition, The central and the first to fourth positioning marks are disposed in the shape of a cross within the region, and corresponding to a coordinate obtained by adding together four coordinates from the first to fourth positioning marks then dividing a resulted sum thereof by four, is equivalent to a coordinate corresponding to the central positioning mark.04-01-2010
20090206158AUTO-FOCUSING METHOD FOR AN AUTOMATIC DATA COLLECTION DEVICE, SUCH AS AN IMAGE ACQUISITION DEVICE - An automatic data collection device includes an automatic focusing feature. The automatic focusing feature is based on a type of triangulation technique, which determines an optimum position of an imaging lens in order to obtain an optimally focused image. The position of the imaging lens may be adjusted until the imaging lens is at the optimum position. A pair of aiming beams is separated by a distance. The optimum position of the imaging lens (and/or the amount of displacement of the imaging lens that is needed to reach the optimum position) can be determined based on a relation that involves the distance between the two aiming beams, a focal length of the imaging lens, and a distance between “spots” that are respectively generated on an image plane (such as on an image sensor) by the pair of aiming beams.08-20-2009
20080308637Identification Device and Method - An identification device for marking an article, the identification device having a low emmissivity at thermal infrared wavelengths and comprising a plurality of layers including a first layer arranged to be substantially transmissive at thermal infrared wavelengths and substantially absorbing at least one visible wavelength so as to impart a visible colouration thereto, and a second layer arranged as a specular reflector at thermal infrared wavelengths. A method for marking article, in particular a vehicle with said identification device.12-18-2008
20130098998IMAGE-BASED CODE READER FOR ACQUISITION OF MULTIPLE VIEWS OF AN OBJECT AND METHODS FOR EMPLOYING SAME - Fold mirrors permit the imagers to be closer to each other and permit an optical code reader, such as a tunnel scanner, to confine them to a smaller housing volume or capacity. A plurality of sets of fold mirrors can also be employed to convey at least a portion of at least two different perspectives or two different depths of field of a composite view volume to different regions of an image field of a common imager. The sets of fold mirrors may also include split mirrors that have mirror components that reflect images from different view volumes to different imagers or different regions of an image field of a single imager.04-25-2013
20110266348Method and System for Encoding and Decoding Data - Disclosed is a processing system and method, the system including a code physically associated with a source. The code includes one or more patterns including a guide pattern arranged in a mark, wherein each pattern includes one or more pattern elements arranged in pattern element zones. Each of the respective pattern has a pattern signature based on a predetermined physical attribute corresponding to the one or more pattern elements within the respective pattern. The system further includes a detection device configured to capture the mark, and a controller coupled to the detection device configured to generate physical attribute data associated with the captured mark, receive the physical attribute data, and determine the pattern signatures by performing an arithmetic calculation on the physical attribute data.11-03-2011
20080251584Optically trackable tag - The tracking of a motion of an optically readable tag is disclosed. In one embodiment, an optically readable tag comprises a plurality of data features, one or more orientation features, and an optically readable tracking feature. The tracking feature comprises a continuous region with a minimum dimension greater than a maximum dimension of each data feature. Additionally, the data features and the orientation features are separated from the tracking feature by a border having a minimum width greater than a maximum dimension of each data feature. With this configuration, the tracking feature may be tracked even when a tag is moving too quickly for the data features to be read and tracked.10-16-2008
20130119137APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF ALIGNING NON-ROTATIONALLY SYMMETRICAL IMAGING LENS APERTURE WITH AN IMAGING SENSOR IN AN IMAGING READER - An apparatus and method for imaging a target, includes a housing having a presentation area, a solid-state imaging sensor having an imaging array of image sensors looking at a field of view that extends through the presentation area to the target, and an imaging lens assembly for capturing return light over the field of view from the target through the presentation area, and for projecting the captured return light onto the imaging array during imaging of the target. The assembly has a plurality of lenses, an aperture stop, and a holder for holding the lenses and the aperture stop in spaced relation along an optical axis. The aperture stop has a non-rotationally symmetrical aperture through which the optical axis extends. Alignment elements on the imaging lens assembly are used to align the non-rotationally symmetrical aperture with the imaging array.05-16-2013
20080283603BARCODE SCANNER OPERATOR INTERFACE - A barcode scanner operator interface capable of providing enhanced information. The interface includes a visual indicator including positions capable of being individually illuminated, and control circuitry for monitoring states of the barcode scanner and for illuminating the positions of the visual indicator to produce codes indicative of the states of the barcode scanner.11-20-2008
20080265033IMAGE-READING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image-reading apparatus includes a first light-receiving device that receives light reflected from a sheet, a second light-receiving device disposed a predetermined distance from the first light-receiving device along a sheet-transfer direction, a first lighting unit that illuminates a readout position to be read by the first light-receiving device, a second lighting unit that illuminates a readout position to be read by the second light-receiving device, a delay unit that delays one of a first signal output from the first light-receiving device and a second signal output from the second light-receiving device, a correction signal generation unit that generates a correction signal by reference to a difference between the first signal and the second signal, one of which has been delayed by the delay unit, and a correcting unit that corrects for at least one of the first signal and the second signal by using the correction signal.10-30-2008
20090026268Media processing device, media processing system, and control method for a media processing system - A hybrid processing device that continuously reads information from a plurality of process media can set the speed of the continuous reading process appropriately to the situation. The hybrid processing device 01-29-2009
20120067955MACHINE-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.03-22-2012
20090321520ENCODER HOME POSITION SENSING METHOD AND SYSTEM - An encoder home position sensing system and method is disclosed, which includes the use of an analog quadrature encoder reader and either a code wheel or a code strip. The code wheel possesses an optical track comprised of annular ring patterns, the thickness of which can be modulated by a sinusoidal function about the code wheel circumference, with one cycle of a sine wave corresponding to one encoder cycle. In one region of the optical track the amplitude of the sine function is changed to imbed an absolute reference home position. This region of the optical track can be sensed and used to determine an absolute system position. The linear code strip is similarly constructed with lines along the direction of motion, the thickness of which are modulated with a sine function, with one cycle of the sine wave corresponding to one encoder cycle, and the amplitude of the sine wave function changed to imbed an absolute reference home position in the optical track.12-31-2009
20110220720CODE READING APPARATUS, SALES REGISTRATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CODE READING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a code reading apparatus includes an image capturing unit, a determining unit, and a notifying unit. The image capturing unit captures an image picked up by an image pickup unit. The determining unit determines whether the image captured by the image capturing unit satisfies a condition for extracting code data from a code symbol. The notifying unit notifies, if the determining unit determines that the image does not satisfy the condition, a cause that prevents satisfaction of the condition or a method of improving the image pickup.09-15-2011
20090057405Light collection assembly with self-retaining lens in electro-optical reader - An assembly for collecting light from indicia includes a chassis having a port through which the light from the indicia passes, and walls bounding an interior compartment. A self-retaining frame constituted of an optical material is non-adhesively mounted within the compartment in an assembled position. The frame has an integral lens optically aligned with the port in the assembled position for optically modifying the light passing through the port, and a plurality of legs in gripping frictional interference engagement with the walls in the assembled position. A sensor is optically aligned with the lens, for sensing the light optically modified by the lens.03-05-2009
20090057408OPTICAL ENCODING - An article includes at least one surface with a visual feature included thereon and a plurality of elements with at least a portion of the elements being of selected optical states in accordance with a predetermined code, so that the visual feature is encoded with information. The article further includes a security feature which incorporates a security code with the security feature being formed so that the security code is random, and with the information encoded into the visual feature of the article, including a code derived from the security feature and correspondence to the security code.03-05-2009
20090057406REFLECTION TYPE ENCODER - A reflection type encoder includes a reflection scale 03-05-2009
20090057407PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF - A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprises a common signal reading line through which signals are read out from the plurality of photoreceiving elements of the plurality of sensor chips. After sequentially reading out signals from a first photoreceiving elements included in the plurality of unit blocks to the common signal reading line, and before sequentially reading out signals from the photoreceiving elements other than the first photoreceiving elements included in the same sensor chip to the common signal reading line, signals are readout to the common signal reading line from the photoreceiving elements included in the unit blocks in the other sensor chips. Thus, a multi-chip type image sensor having a shrunk chip size with desired performance secured is provided.03-05-2009
20090212109ANALYTE DISPOSABLE MEANS AND DEVICE FOR READING INFORMATION - An arrangement is provided for reading information from a disposable with an information carrier which comprises a code formed by graphic symbols for the machine-readable provision of information and an optical reading device for the code which has a light source and a sensor. Generally according to the embodiments of the present invention, the information. carrier comprises a code applied to a transparent or translucent substrate which can be read under stationary transillumination by means of the light source as a shadow image projected onto the sensor.08-27-2009
20090242637INFRARED BLOCKING ARTICLE - The present invention relates to a process for producing an opaque, transparent or translucent transaction card having multiple features, such as a holographic foil, integrated circuit chip, silver magnetic stripe with text on the magnetic stripe, opacity gradient, an invisible optically recognizable compound, a translucent signature field such that the signature on back of the card is visible from the front of the card and an active thru date on the front of the card. The invisible optically recognizable compound is an infrared ink and/or film, which can be detected by a sensor found in an ATM or card assembly line.10-01-2009
20090261170System and Method for Determining the Status of a Label in a Roll of Label Stock - A method and system for determining whether a first one of a plurality of labels on a roll of label stock is a full label. The method includes sensing a leading edge of the roll of label stock, sensing a location of a first one of a plurality of indicator marks that are printed on the back side of the roll of label stock, sensing a location of a second one of the plurality of indicator marks, sensing a location of one of a plurality of top of form marks that are printed on the back side of the roll of label stock. The method further includes determining whether the first one of the plurality of labels is a full label based on the leading edge of the roll of label stock, the location of the first one of the plurality of indicator marks, the location of the second one of the plurality of indicator marks, and the location of the one of the plurality of top of form marks.10-22-2009
20090194589OPTICAL READER SYSTEM FOR SUBSTRATES HAVING AN OPTICALLY READABLE CODE - An optical reader system that includes a plurality of substrates. The substrates have an optically readable code disposed therein and a source light assembly that is configured to illuminate the substrates with a code-reading beam and another beam for detecting another optically readable property of the substrate. The code-reading beam and the other beam form beam spots on the substrates that have different shapes. The system also includes a reader that is configured to receive output signals from the code-reading beam and the other beam when the substrates are illuminated. The output signals from the code-reading beam are indicative of the code.08-06-2009
20090242638DEVICE THAT READS DATA ENCODED AS DOTS - A system is disclosed for reading data encoded as a series of invisible dots carried on a substrate. The system has a detector that detects the dots on the substrate and outputs a first signal; a decoder interconnected to the detector that decodes the first signal to produce an output signal; and an output device interconnected to the processor that receives the output signal and creates a corresponding human readable output. The dots may be infrared absorbing and the encoding can include Reed-Solomon encoding of the prerecorded audio. The system can include a wand-like arm having a slot through which the photograph is inserted.10-01-2009
20090242635Processing scheme for an indicia reader - An apparatus for collecting and processing information bearing indicia (IBI) comprising: a converter for converting light reflected off an IBI into IBI signals representative of the converted light; and, at least one processor adapted for: running at least one application process for acquiring the IBI signals and providing those IBI signals for signal processing; and, running at least one signal process for processing the IBI signals, wherein running of the at least one application process is independent of running of the at least one decoder process and wherein the at least one application process is adapted for resetting the at least one signal process.10-01-2009
20090261168Identification device - The invention relates to an identification device, in particular for the linear detection of a code arranged in an object plane. In this respect, an optical receiving system is present in the identification device with which the object plane is imaged on a spatially resolving light receiver. The optical receiving system is movably journaled with a link journaled in a swivel joint along a path of an arc of a circle for the focusing of differently far away object planes on the light receiver. To change the spacing between the optical receiving system and the light receiver, i.e. to change the focus, the position of the link and thus the optical receiving system is changed by a positioning element. In this respect, the pivot is oriented in parallel for the linear detection of the code so that a displacement of the detection region caused by the circular movement of the optical receiving system on the object plane only takes place in the direction of the linear detection of the code.10-22-2009
20100147947Arrangement for and method of controlling image exposure in an imaging reader - An arrangement for, and a method of, controlling image exposure in an imaging reader for reading symbols, employ an illuminating light assembly for illuminating a symbol with illumination light, a solid-state imager for capturing return light from the symbol over a field of view, and a controller for successively exposing the imager over a first exposure time period to capture the return light from, and to optimally image, a first area of the symbol, and over a second exposure time period to capture the return light from, and to optimally image, a second area of the symbol. The first and the second areas have different light intensity levels. The first and the second exposure time periods are different in duration. The controller is operative for combining the optimally imaged first and second areas to read the symbol.06-17-2010
20120193419PRODUCT PROVIDED WITH A CODING PATTERN AND APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR READING THE PATTERN - A product provided with a coding pattern which comprises a plurality of marks, each of which represents one of at least two different values, and which further comprises a plurality of nominal positions, each of said plurality of marks being associated with a nominal position and the value of each mark being determined by its location relative to its nominal position. The invention also comprises use of the product.08-02-2012
20120193418INDICIA READING TERMINAL INCLUDING FRAME PROCESSING - There is described an indicia reading terminal that can be operative to process a frame of image data for attempting to decode a decodable indicia. A frame can be a frame that is among a succession of frames for subjecting to processing subsequent to and during a time a trigger signal is active. Such a succession of frames can include zero or more binned frames, zero or more unbinned frames, zero or more windowed frames, and zero or more unwindowed full frames. An indicia reading terminal can also include a variable focus imaging lens.08-02-2012
20100264219FRACTIONAL DOWN-SAMPLING IN IMAGING BARCODE SCANNERS - A method of improving the performance of an imaging reader includes (1) illuminating a symbol by projecting illuminating light on the symbol from the imaging reader, (2) capturing return light form the symbol as pixel data over a two-dimensional field of view of a solid-state imager having a matrix of image sensors, (3) reducing the number of pixels to generate reduced pixel data, (4) transmitting the reduced pixel data to a decoding circuit.10-21-2010
20100155478IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes: a light source that irradiates light; a switching unit that switches a direction of the light irradiated by the light source to one of a plurality of predetermined directions; a light guiding unit that guides the light whose direction is switched by the switching unit and that travels in one of the plurality of directions to a position predetermined for each of the directions; and a light sensor that, in a case where an object is in the predetermined position, measures light reflect by the object out of the light guided to the position by the light guiding unit.06-24-2010
20100193588SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SELECTIVELY MASKING A SCAN VOLUME OF A DATA READER - Systems and methods are provided for selectively reading and accepting optical codes within a scan volume of the data reader. A method of processing an optical code within the scan volume comprises acquiring, via the data reader, scan data including an image or scan of an optical code located within the scan volume of the data reader, processing the scan data for decodable data corresponding to the optical code, and determining whether to accept or reject the optical code based on a position within the scan volume of the optical code relative to a configurable exclusion zone. The determination of whether to accept or reject the optical code may be based on other conditions of the optical code, such as a position of the optical code within the depth of field of the data reader, a symbology type of the optical code, and data encoded in the optical code.08-05-2010
20090078770METHOD OF IMAGING CODING PATTERN AND IDENTIFYING CELL TRANSLATIONS FROM DIFFERENT ORIENTATIONS - A method of imaging a coding pattern disposed on a surface of a substrate. The method comprises the steps of: (a) capturing an image of a portion of the coding pattern; (b) sampling a registration symbol contained in the imaged portion; (c) mapping a set of data elements to a first translation code symbol value when read in a first orientation or a second translation symbol code value when read in a second orientation; (d) determining a translation from the mapped set of data elements; and (e) using the translation to sample and decode tag data.03-26-2009
20090078767METHOD OF IMAGING A CODING PATTERN WITH DATA ELEMENTS ENCODING BY MULTI-PULSE POSITION MODULATION - A method of imaging a coding pattern disposed on a surface of a substrate. The method comprises the steps of: (a) capturing an image of a portion of the coding pattern; and (b) low-pass filtering said captured image so as to obscure data elements and preserve target elements. The coding pattern comprises and target elements and data elements, which encode data values by multi-pulse position modulation.03-26-2009
20090078771Method and System for Using an Optical Sensor Array to Control a Labeling Device - A method for using an optical sensor array to control a labeling device includes scanning a surface texture of an imageable media with the optical sensor array, collecting surface data corresponding to the surface texture of the imageable media, and controlling the labeling device in response to the surface data.03-26-2009
20090078768METHOD OF IMAGING A CODING PATTERN HAVING AN ORIENTATION IDENTIFIED VIA A PLURALITY OF DIRECTION COMPONENTS - A method of imaging a coding pattern disposed on a surface of a substrate. The method comprises the steps of: (a) capturing an image of a portion of the coding pattern; (b) sampling and decoding a plurality of registration symbols contained in the imaged portion; (c) determining an orientation from the decoded registration symbols; and (d) using the determined orientation to sample and decode tag data.03-26-2009
20090078766CODE READING DEVICE, CODE READING PROGRAM STORAGE MEDIUM AND CODE READING METHOD - A code reading device includes an acquisition section, a derivation section and a correction section. The acquisition section reads a two-dimensional code image and acquires image information representing the two-dimensional code image. The derivation section derives an image characteristic quantity representing a ratio between a number of white pixels and a number of black pixels for a pre-specified region of the image information acquired by the acquisition section. The correction section, on the basis of a result of comparison of the image characteristic quantity derived by the derivation section with a reference value corresponding to the pre-specified region, applies correction to the image information to bring the image characteristic quantity closer to the reference value.03-26-2009
20100155477Fast Vision System - A method and apparatus for performing a vision process using a camera having a multi-focus lens having a lens field of view where the lens can be set at different focus positions the method comprising the steps of positioning at least one of the camera and an item to be imaged so the lens field of view is directed at the item to be imaged, obtaining a plurality of images where each image is obtained with the lens focus at a different position and after each image is obtained, attempting to perform the machine vision process using the image irrespective of whether or not the lens was focused when the image was obtained.06-24-2010
20090294538EMBEDDED TAGS IN A MEDIA SIGNAL - A mobile device may capture video of a media signal, parse frames of the captured video, and identify a tag within one or more of the frames of the captured video, where the tag includes a machine-readable representation of information. The mobile device may also analyze the tag to determine the information included in the tag, and present particular information based on the information included in the tag.12-03-2009
20110210173STEGANOGRAPHY WITH PHOTO-RESPONSIVE DYES - An article identifier or code including at least one photo-responsive dye and a method of encoding or embedding information in same. A reader device for decoding or extracting information in an article identifier or code and verifying or authenticating that information and the associated extraction and authentication methods.09-01-2011
20100276488 SECURITY STRUCTURE INCLUDING NEMATIC LIQUID CRYSTALS - A security structure including: a first region that is at least partially reflective and of low opacity; a second region that is at least partially reflective and of higher opacity than the first region; and a layer of a coating presenting birefringence properties, covering the first and second regions, at least in part.11-04-2010
20090078769METHOD OF IMAGING A CODING PATTERN HAVING REGISTRATION SYMBOLS - A method of imaging a coding pattern disposed on a surface of a substrate. The method comprises the steps of: (a) capturing an image of a portion of the coding pattern; (b) sampling and decoding a plurality of registration symbols contained in said imaged portion; (c) determining an orientation and a translation from the decoded registration symbols; and (d) using the orientation and the translation to sample and decode tag data.03-26-2009
20090242639OPTICAL MARK READING THAT USES A DISREGARD STATE AS PART OF AN UNAMBIGUOUS SYMBOLOGY OF MARKS TO FILL INTO RESPONSE BUBBLES - Response bubbles on a scannable form are provided that allow a user to mark the bubbles in a manner that signifies that the user wishes to have a response disregarded.10-01-2009
20090250519CODE SYMBOL READING APPARATUS - A housing is mounted on a counter on which a basket for containing a commodity to be purchased is placed and is disposed at a position where it confronts an operator. A read window confronting a read area of a code symbol attached to a commodity is disposed on the front of the housing, and an image pickup section including a CCD area sensor having, as an image pickup area, a read area of the code symbol is incorporated at the back of the read window. An LED light source irradiates illuminating light for illuminating the code symbol, which is necessary for the area CCD sensor to take an image of the code symbol. The LED light source has an optical axis nonparallel to a read optical axis of the area image pickup device and guides the illuminating light to the read area from a position above the area image pickup device.10-08-2009
20100219246SIGNAL PROCESSING FOR LIGHT BEAM SENSING - In an optical code sensor of the type in which a signal derived from a light beam encoded with digital data is obtained by extracting transitions, an adjustable bandwidth filter is interposed before processing to extract the data. The distance of the optical code is detected, and the filter bandwidth is increased in relationship to the distance of the bar code. Preferably, the input signal to the filter is applied to a shift register and the output at each stage of the register is multiplied by a predetermined coefficient calculated to achieve a particular waveshape, preferably a Gaussian waveshape, via the entire set of coefficients. The register stage outputs, multiplied by the coefficients are then added together to produce a filtered output signal applied to the processor.09-02-2010
20100327065Decoupled Applications For Printed Materials - Interactive digital content for printed materials is provided using applications executing in a smart pen computing system. The applications and the printed materials may be developed by separate entities but appear well integrated from the perspective of a user of the smart pen computing system. Printed content produced by a first entity is obtained. The printed content is associated with a dot pattern. An application associated with the printed content and linked to the dot pattern is produced by a separate second entity. The application includes computer program instructions for, responsive to a selection within the dot pattern, invoking a function related to the printed content. The selection within the dot pattern may be made using a smart pen device, and the function may include presenting output to a user through an output device (e.g., a display or speaker) of the smart pen device.12-30-2010
20090065583RETRO-EMISSIVE MARKINGS - A retro-emissive marking system that returns a coded-spectrum optical signal to a source of an interrogation beam is described. The system is valuable for applications such track-and-trace systems, vehicle markings, anti-counterfeit/security, inventory control, animal ear tags, product authentication, identification cards, and security systems; and it also has value as a remotely readable sensor of chemical or biological agents.03-12-2009
20100155476Methods and Apparatus for Automated Product Identification in Point of Sale Applications - Systems and techniques for product identification using terahertz radiation detection. An area of interest is illuminated with radiation in the terahertz frequency range and terahertz radiation reflected from objects within the area of interest is detected and a detector signal based on the detected radiation is processed to generate identifying information for the objects. The generated identifying information may be compared against stored identifying information for products and the result of the comparison is used to select a product or group of products for which the comparison produces a match. Processing of the detector signal may generate a spectral signature characteristic of reflective and absorptive properties of an object under illumination, and the spectral signature may be compared with stored spectral signature information for products.06-24-2010
20110240739AUTHENTICATION METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROTECTING MANUFACTURED GOODS - The present invention is related to a method for the authentication of an article comprising the steps of generating identification data about an article, geometrical coding the identification data to form one geometric coding, incorporating the geometrical coding into a random pattern to forman authentication pattern, and embedding physically the authentication pattern onto the surface of the article to create a specific roughness.10-06-2011
20090261167IMAGE READING APPARATUS - In an image reading apparatus, a magnetic shielding member suppresses interference of an electromagnetic wave for power supply or an electromagnetic wave for transmission and reception of ID information that would otherwise propagate to a reading unit with a carrier cable of the reading unit and the like. Thus, even if an ID-information obtaining unit obtains ID information of an electronic tag of an RFID card while an image read surface of the RFID card is being imaged by the reading unit, an influence of the electromagnetic wave for power supply, the electromagnetic wave for transmission and reception of the ID information, or both over the reading unit can be suppressed. With this, even if pickup image data representing the image read surface of the RFID card and the ID information of the electronic tag are simultaneously obtained, the obtained pickup image data representing the image read surface of the RFID card can be of high quality.10-22-2009
20090032596METHOD FOR DECODING DATA - Disclosed is a method for decoding data that is encoded on a medium in a two-dimensional arrangement of code symbol marks (02-05-2009
20090032595ILLUMINATION LENS FOR OPTICAL CODE READER - An optical code reader of the imager type includes at least one light source and at least one illumination lens downstream of the at least one light source for projecting a predetermined illumination pattern. The at least one illumination lens comprises a first main face, wherein in a first direction, the first main face has a plurality of elementary regions, each of the elementary regions of the at least one illumination lens having a slope with respect to an optical axis of the reader that is individually calculated so that the elementary region deviates the light fraction coming from the at least one light source and incident thereon towards a specific elementary region of the illumination pattern.02-05-2009
20110079647CONTACTLESS SENSING DEVICE - An improved contactless sensing device comprises a cover plate, a case, a base, a light-guiding module, a printed circuit board, and two lateral plates. When the sensing device senses a credit card containing a specific tag, a plurality of second light-emitting elements on the two lateral plates emit light of specific colors. The light is displayed on a light-permeable sensing element of the cover plate through the light-guiding module and a second opening of the housing.04-07-2011
20100123008LIGHT PROJECTING APPARATUS OF SCANNER MODULE - A light projecting apparatus of a scanner module, including: a substrate, a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs), positioned on the substrate and adapted to generate a plurality of incident beams; a diffusion plate, corresponding to the plurality of LEDs, adapted to receive the plurality of incident beams and diffuse the plurality of incident beams uniformly over a scanned object and including: a first plane, receiving the plurality of incident beams; two end faces; connected to the two ends of the first plane in a transverse direction; and a second plane, the two ends thereof being respectively connected to the two end faces, adapted to diffuse the plurality of incident beams uniformly over the scanned object and including: a plurality of second transverse concave portions, adapted to diffuse the plurality of incident beams; and a plurality of second transverse convex portions, adapted to gather the plurality of incident beams, where the plurality of second transverse convex portions and the plurality of second transverse concave portions are interlaced in a transverse direction, allowing the plurality of incident beams to be diffused uniformly over the scanned object.05-20-2010
20110101100SUPPORT ASSEMBLY FOR TERMINAL - In one embodiment, there is provided an overmolded support assembly for support of optical elements. In one embodiment the support assembly can be of multi component construction including a base component and a supplementary component, wherein the supplementary component can be overmolded onto the base component. In one embodiment each of the base component and the supplementary component can be of unitary construction. In one embodiment the supplementary component can have a material hardness rating of lower than a material hardness rating of the base component.05-05-2011
20110101099METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING AN EXIT WINDOW OF A SCANNER - A method, system, and apparatus for monitoring an exit window of a scanner using a plurality of imaging devices. The method includes capturing a first image through the exit window using a first imaging device, capturing a second image through the exit window using a second different imaging device, and detecting at least one of a plurality of features in both the first and second images. The method further includes matching the plurality of features detected in both the first and the second images, determining whether the at least one matched feature is present on the plane of the exit window, and monitoring a physical condition of the exit window based on the at least one feature.05-05-2011
20120273573VISIBLY FORMING AN IMAGE AND OPTICAL CODE - A method of forming a visual output of a digital image file that has an image portion with a first digital image and an information portion with a second digital image of a digital code, and wherein the digital code encodes information associated with or derived from the first digital image and when made visible becomes a machine-readable optical code, includes using a processor to read the digital image file from a storage medium, and using an output device to produce a visual output of the first digital image in spatial association with the second digital image, the second digital image being a machine-readable optical code.11-01-2012
20110042460Apparatus for Reading Markings on a Solid Ink Stick - A system for reading a coded marker of an ink stick has been developed. The system includes an optical detector that detects light reflected from different areas of the generates signals in response to detecting light having at least two signal strengths that is reflected from different areas of the coded marker. A controller processes the signals from the optical detector to identify a code word encoded into the coded marker of the ink stick.02-24-2011
20090001163Imaging scanner with illumination and exposure control - An imager (01-01-2009
20090127339MEDICATION RECORDING DEVICE - A device and method for recording medication to be introduced into a body.05-21-2009
20090032594PORTABLE OPTICAL CARD READERS - A device for reading optical data cards. This device includes a shuttle mounted on shuttle tracks within the device housing. The shuttle is configured to move back and forth on the shuttle tracks driven by the shuttle motor. A card loader allows optical data cards to be positioned onto the shuttle. A CD optical read head mounted on optical read head tracks and driven by a optical head motor reads modified to read a single track of optical card data reads the optical card. A controller receives data from the read head and controls the movement of the shuttle and the optical head.02-05-2009
20120031974CODE SYMBOL READING APPARATUS - A housing is mounted on a counter on which a basket for containing a commodity to be purchased is placed and is disposed at a position where it confronts an operator. A read window confronting a read area of a code symbol attached to a commodity is disposed on the front of the housing, and an image pickup section including a CCD area sensor having, as an image pickup area, a read area of the code symbol is incorporated at the back of the read window. An LED light source irradiates illuminating light for illuminating the code symbol, which is necessary for the area CCD sensor to take an image of the code symbol. The LED light source has an optical axis nonparallel to a read optical axis of the area image pickup device and guides the illuminating light to the read area from a position above the area image pickup device.02-09-2012
20120031973TWO-DIMENSIONAL ARRAY CODE - The present invention relates to a two-dimensional array code. The two-dimensional array code comprises a plurality of code characters arranged into a two-dimensional array, wherein each of the code characters corresponds to a bit group representing information; and a locating mechanism, for defining size and/or direction of the two-dimensional array arranged by the code characters, wherein each of the code characters belongs to one of a plurality of character groups, characters in each of the character groups have at least a identical or similar feature, and characters belong to a same character group are mapped to a same bit group. According to the present invention, at least one of the plurality of character groups comprises two or more code characters. The present invention greatly reduces the cost for issuing a two-dimensional code, and significantly increases the user convenience. This two-dimensional array code has high compatibility for user mobile terminals. In addition, the entire system apparently improves its safety and stability, and is suitable for the present network application environment.02-09-2012
20110114728OPTICAL READER HAVING IMPROVED BACK-ILLUMINATED IMAGE SENSOR - An optical reading device for collecting and processing symbology data comprising: a back-illuminated image sensor for converting light reflected from an information bearing indicia (IBI) into output signals representative thereof; receive optics for directing light from the target to the back-illuminated image sensor; a processor for decoding the output signals; an illumination source for generating illumination light illuminating the target and illumination optics for directing the illumination light onto the target and a housing encompassing the back-illuminated image sensor, receive optics and illumination source adapted for hand held operation.05-19-2011
20110114729OPTICAL READER SYSTEM FOR SUBSTRATES HAVING AN OPTICALLY READABLE CODE - An optical reader system including a source light assembly that has a code-reading beam and a fluorescence-excitation beam that are configured to illuminate encoded substrates. The substrates have optically readable codes that provide output signals when the code-reading beam is incident thereon. The output signals are indicative of the codes. The reader system also includes a fluorescence detector that is configured to detect fluorescent signals from the substrates and code pickup optics that are configured to project the output signals from the optically readable codes onto a Fourier plane. The reader system also includes a code detector that is positioned to detect the output signals in the Fourier plane.05-19-2011
20110132986INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM AND DOT PATTERN PRINTING SHEET USED FOR SAME - Provided are an information display system and a dot pattern printing sheet used for the same, which are capable of easily displaying information only by reading a dot pattern, easy for update of the information, and excellent in durability and abrasion resistance to prevent deterioration of the dot pattern formed on a print surface. The information display system includes: a dot pattern printing sheet including a dot pattern having coordinate position code information, which is printed on an outer sheet thereof so as to be low in visibility and optically readable; optical reading means for optically reading the coordinate position code information; information transfer means for transferring the coordinate position code information read by the optical reading means to a server device; the server device for outputting associated information that is accumulated in advance in association with the coordinate position code information; and information display means for displaying the associated information output from the server device.06-09-2011
20110132984UNIVERSAL STAND FOR INDICIA READERS - A universal stand for holding a reading device that collects and processes machine readable data comprising: a base adapted for placement on a surface for providing holding stability for the reading device; a cradle arm having a flange portion and a cradle portion; and, a hinge for rotatably connecting the cradle arm to the base, wherein the cradle arm is adapted to be replaceable so that the base may be utilized for providing holding stability for more than one reading device.06-09-2011
20110108627METHOD AND OPTICAL DEVICE FOR ANALYZING A MARK ON A TRANSLUCENT OR TRANSPARENT CURVED WALL - The invention relates to a method of using a light source (05-12-2011
20090308926OPTICAL CODE READER - An optical code reader of the imager type includes: at least one non-collimated light source having an illumination optics associated therewith including at least one lens; and a photodetector device having a receiving optics associated therewith including at least one lens, wherein the at least one lens of the illumination optics and the at least one lens of the receiving optics are displaceable together to change their distance from the at least one light source and from said photodetector device respectively.12-17-2009
20110186636IMAGING ENGINE WITH MULTI-FUNCTIONAL STRUCTURE - An imaging engine includes a multi-functional structure. This structure functions as an optics barrel. In other words, at least one lens is positioned within the structure. In addition, the structure functions as an attachment/mounting apparatus for an image sensor board, an illumination board, and possibly an illumination/targeting lens structure as well. The structure may also provide a mechanism for attaching/mounting the imaging engine to another structure, such as the housing of a graphical code reader.08-04-2011
20110186635IMAGING ENGINE WITH INDEPENDENTLY ADJUSTABLE LENS CARRIAGES - An imaging engine in accordance with the present disclosure includes a first image sensor section, a second image sensor section, an optics barrel, a first lens carriage that includes at least one lens, and a second lens carriage that includes at least one lens. The first lens carriage is positioned within the optics barrel so that there is a first optical path through the lens(es) in the first lens carriage to the first image sensor section. Similarly, the second lens carriage is positioned within the optics barrel so that there is a second optical path through the lens(es) in the second lens carriage to the second image sensor section. Advantageously, the position of the first lens carriage within the optics barrel and the position of the second lens carriage within the optics barrel are both independently adjustable.08-04-2011
20110147458PRODUCING A MICROTAG IDENTIFIER - A system for producing rugate tags comprises a processor and an etcher. The processor is configured to determine an identifying data value. The etcher is for producing an identifier. The identifier comprises a rugate phase tag. The rugate phase tag encodes the identifying data value at least in part using a calculated rugate phase information06-23-2011
20120061470IDENTIFICATION AND AUTHENTICATION USING POLYMERIC 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 is life cycle.03-15-2012
20090173791System and method for logo identification and verification - A system for automatically identifying a logo or trademark applied to a device and verifying that the logo or trademark is acceptably identifies a compatible device. The system uses an optical imager to capture optical images of the target device and a microcontroller interconnected to the imager for processing the optical image to extract image information and verify that the contents of the image reflect the appropriate manufacturer or supplied indicia required by a host device. The decision reached by the microcontroller may be provided externally to a host device, thereby precluding or allowing use of the device, or provided directly to a user via know means, such as a visual display or audible output.07-09-2009
20120037704TWO-DIMENSIONAL ARRAY CODE - The present invention relates to a two-dimensional array code. The two-dimensional array code comprises a plurality of equal-height code characters arranged into a two-dimensional array, wherein each of the code characters corresponds to a bit group representing information, and the adjacent code characters in the row direction of the two-dimensional array have equal center distances; and a locating mechanism, for defining size and/or direction of the two-dimensional array arranged by the code characters. The present invention greatly reduces the cost for issuing a two-dimensional code, and significantly increases the user convenience. This two-dimensional array code has high compatibility for user mobile terminals. In addition, the entire system apparently improves its safety and stability, and is suitable for the present network application environment.02-16-2012
20100181378BEVERAGE MAKER WITH COMPACT OPTICAL CODE READER - A compact barcode reader is provided in which the imaging lens and a linear sensor are in a straight line path with the barcode (no bend in path). By using a wide angle lens with a short back focus, it is possible to reduce the distance between the barcode and linear sensor to a fraction of what it was in the prior art. In addition, the maximum image height and the downward projection of the sensor are reduced to a fraction of what they were in the prior art. As a result, despite the straight line optical path, compact barcode reader becomes so small that it does not interfere with the operation of the beverage maker.07-22-2010
20120037703OPTICAL DEVICE, OPTICAL INFORMATION READING DEVICE AND LIGHT SOURCE UNIT MOUNTING METHOD - When an optical module is manufactured, a module package is used in which a collimating lens is attached, and in which a pedestal is installed to arrange the laser light source unit so that the laser beam is outputted substantially parallel to the optical path passing through the optical axis of the collimating lens. First, the laser light source unit is attached to the pedestal using clips so that it can move only in the direction along the optical path. The laser light source unit is then moved in the direction along the optical path, and its position is adjusted so that the laser beam is parallel light from the collimating lens. Afterwards, the laser light source is secured to the pedestal using an adhesive so that it cannot move in the direction along the optical path.02-16-2012
20110315769PORTABLE OPTICAL CARD READERS - A device for reading optical data cards. This device includes a shuttle mounted on shuttle tracks within the device housing. The shuttle is configured to move back and forth on the shuttle tracks driven by the shuttle motor. A card loader allows optical data cards to be positioned onto the shuttle. A CD optical read head mounted on optical read head tracks and driven by a optical head motor reads modified to read a single track of optical card data reads the optical card. A controller receives data from the read head and controls the movement of the shuttle and the optical head.12-29-2011
20120000981DECODING UTILIZING IMAGE DATA - The invention relates to decoding utilizing image data. The image data can be received from a source. A processor can process the image data for decoding. A processing for decoding can be responsive to determined information.01-05-2012
20120000980CODE READING APPARATUS AND CODE READING METHOD - A code reading apparatus includes: a photographing section configured to photograph an image; a capturing section configured to capture the photographed image; a first reading section configured to detect, from the captured image, a code symbol that represents commodity information indicating a purchase target commodity and read, from the detected code symbol, the commodity information represented by the code symbol; a second reading section configured to continue, if a part of benefit indication that represents benefit information indicating a benefit granted for purchase of the commodity is detected from the captured image, after the part of the benefit indication is detected, the detection of the benefit indication from the image captured anew by the capturing section and read the benefit information represented by the detected benefit indication; and an output section configured to output the commodity information and the benefit information.01-05-2012
20120061471SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR NANO IMPRINTING - A method for creating a highly accurate nanostructure is provided, the method includes: (i) creating a highly accurate nanostructure prototype, wherein the highly accurate nanostructure prototype, when illuminated with a predefined illumination, provides a unique optical pattern; (ii) creating at least one highly accurate nanostructure mold from the highly accurate nanostructure prototype, wherein each highly accurate nanostructure mold enables a creation of a highly accurate nanostructure that is substantially similar to the highly accurate nanostructure prototype and which, when illuminated with the predefined illumination, provides the unique optical pattern; and (iii) molding the highly accurate nanostructure using the highly accurate nanostructure mold, wherein the highly accurate nanostructure, when illuminated with the predefined illumination, provides the unique optical pattern.03-15-2012
20080203164Photodiode with improved performance in ambient light - An arrangement for improving performance of a sensor operative for collecting light from a target to generate a data signal in a presence of ambient light, includes a sample and hold circuit for operating the sensor during a sampling time period in which the sensor only collects the ambient light to generate an ambient signal, and during a holding time period in which the sensor collects both the ambient light and the light from the target to generate a composite signal comprised of the ambient signal and the data signal; and a subtracting circuit operative for subtracting the ambient signal from the composite signal to produce the data signal as an output.08-28-2008
20120006894PRINTED MEDIA PRODUCTS INCLUDING DATA FILES PROVIDED IN MULTIPLE LAYERS OF ENCODED, COLORED DOTS - A printed media product, such as a trading card, that has a substrate and an encoded data element applied to a surface of the substrate containing information. The encoded data element includes first, second, and third data layers with first, second, and third patterns of encoded, colored dots defined by a binary encoding scheme. The dots of the first, second, and third layers are different colors separately resolvable by a scanner with decoding software. The colors of the dots are cyan, yellow, and magenta, and the layers are printed so that the dots overlap. The binary encoding scheme includes a two dimensional run length limited code. The printed media product includes a graphics element that can be interpreted by a human user, and typically, the information encoded in the encoded data element layers is related to the information in the graphics element.01-12-2012
20120055995PRODUCT CODE READER AND PRODUCT CODE READING METHOD - There is disclosed a product code reader including: an image importing section which imports an image imaged by an imaging section; a code symbol detecting section which detects a code symbol affixed to a product, from a product image imported by the image importing section; a code reading section which reads code information retained in the code symbol, from the code symbol detected by the code symbol detecting section; and a specific item detecting section which detects a predetermined article attached to the product as a specific item, from the product image imported by the image importing section.03-08-2012
20120055994COMMODITY CODE READING APPARATUS AND COMMODITY CODE READING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a commodity code reading apparatus includes: an image capturing section configured to capture an image picked up by an image pickup section; a code detecting section configured to detect a code symbol from an image of a commodity captured by the image capturing section; a label detecting section configured to detect a label affixed to the commodity from the image of the commodity captured by the image capturing section; a determining section configured to determine whether a relative positional relation between a detection position of the code symbol and a detection position of the label in the image coincides with a positional relation set in advance; and a transmitting section configured to transmit, if the determining section determines that the positional relations coincide with each other, code information stored in the code symbol to an external apparatus together with label information corresponding to the label.03-08-2012
20110062237INTEGRATED SMART LABEL - Implementations of the present disclosure provide an integrated smart label, comprising a plurality of electronic components, each of the electronic components including a profile defining at least a portion of a machine-readable indicia, at least one of the electronic components storing first data, and the machine-readable indicia being a visual representation of second data. Implementations of the present disclosure also provide a method of producing an integrated smart label, and a system employing an integrated smart label.03-17-2011
20120061469IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IDENTIFICATION APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC WRITING INSTRUMENT, METHOD FOR DETERMINING BIT SEQUENCE AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes: an image acquisition unit that acquires a repeated image read from a medium having the repeated image printed thereon, the repeated image being formed by repeatedly arranging an image representing a specific bit sequence; an information acquisition unit that acquires plural state information pieces respectively indicating reading states of plural images included in the repeated image acquired by the image acquisition unit; a detection unit that detects plural bit sequences respectively from the plural images included in the repeated image acquired by the image acquisition unit; and a determination unit that determines the specific bit sequence on the basis of the plural bit sequences detected by the detection unit and the plural state information pieces acquired by the information acquisition unit.03-15-2012
20110049239METHOD FOR STORING AND CODING INFORMATION WITH RAMAN-ACTIVE SUBSTANCES - A method for storing and coding information which utilizes mixtures of metal nanoclusters with dyes and other Raman-active substances is disclosed. A method for reading and decoding the stored information by measuring the Raman spectra is also disclosed. To code and store information, a plurality of dots or markers, each consisting of a mixture of two or more Raman-active substances taken in different proportions, is applied on a on object. The number of substances in the mixture and the relative quantities of each substance in the mixture carry the information to coded by each dot. By scanning a sequence of dots on the object, information stored in the sequence can be read and decrypted. Surface enhanced Raman scattering associated with metal nanoclusters and large Raman cross section of colored Raman-active substances make it more feasible to detect the Raman signal from a single dot of a small size (up to the diffraction limit) on the millisecond time scale.03-03-2011
20100096458Product provided with a coding pattern and apparatus and method for reading the pattern - A product provided with a coding pattern which comprises a plurality of marks, each of which represents one of at least two different values, and which further comprises a plurality of nominal positions, each of said plurality of marks being associated with a nominal position and the value of each mark being determined by its location relative to its nominal position. The invention also comprises use of the product.04-22-2010
20110089240IMAGING READER WITH ASYMMETRICAL MAGNIFICATION - A solid-state imager is mounted in a reader, such as a bi-optical, dual window, point-of-transaction workstation, for capturing light along an optical axis over a field of view from coded indicia. An optical assembly including non-rotationally symmetrical optics is operative for optically modifying and asymmetrically magnifying an image of the indicia and the field of view of the imager along mutually orthogonal directions generally perpendicular to the optical axis, and for increasing resolution of the imager along one of the directions. Preferably, the non-rotationally symmetrical optics includes a cylindrical lens having an aspherical profile along the one direction, and a planar profile along the other of the directions.04-21-2011
20120118965PROCESS FOR DECODING CODED DATA - A process for decoding coded data is provided. The coded data has a plurality of layouts which each have order n (at least two) rotational symmetry and encode a codeword of a sequence of n symbols distributed at n locations about a center of rotational symmetry of the respective layout such that decoding the symbols at each of the n orientations of the layout produces n representations of the codeword. Each representation is a different cyclic shift of the codeword and is indicative of the degree of rotation of the layout. The process involves, at the computer system, identifying a layout from an image including the coded data, decoding the identified layout to determine a codeword representation, and determining a degree of rotation of the layout from the determined representation.05-17-2012
20120118964ALTERING AN IMAGING PARAMETER TO READ A SYMBOL - In a method of reading a symbol that depicts computer-readable information, an image is obtained and a determination as to whether the image contains a suspected symbol is made. At least one imaging parameter is altered to enhance recognition of the suspected symbol in response to a determination that the image contains a suspected symbol. In addition, the suspected symbol is read from at least one of an image altered with the at least one imaging parameter and a second image obtained with the at least one imaging parameter altered.05-17-2012
20120118962POINT-OF-TRANSACTION WORKSTATION FOR IMAGING INDICIA OVER FULL COVERAGE SCAN ZONE OCCUPIED BY ASYMMETRICAL LIGHT COLLECTION REGIONS - A bi-optical, dual window, point-of-transaction workstation images indicia associated with multi-sided products over a full coverage scan zone by asymmetrically splitting the field of view of at least one imager into light collection regions of different spatial volumes. The light collection regions fill the scan zone and minimize dead areas therein. A smaller light collection region images one side of the product, while a larger light collection region images more than one side of the product. All sides of the product are imaged in the light collection regions. Twisting of the light collection regions relative to at least one of the windows is minimized so that the light collection regions fit fully with minimal clipping through each window. Illumination light is directed away from a user's eyes.05-17-2012
20120132713HIDDEN-CODE VOTING AND MARKING SYSTEMS - A paper ballot voting system is described that allows voters to verify that their ballots are correctly counted and provide substantiating evidence if they are not. The systems work whether or not automation is available in the polling place. In other aspects special pens and printing provide protection of voter privacy and against marks being added after ballots are cast. Further aspects of the approach include robust ballot scanning and improved transparency of the voter check-in process.05-31-2012
20100193587Interactive Printed Document System - An interactive printed document system includes a printed document that generates output data for a portable memory device that is removably coupled to the printed document. The printed document includes an embedded component that can be activated to generate the output data. The information received from the printed document can be decoded to determine a link that points to online content provided by a server over a network. A user of the portable memory device can access the online content using the link through a computing device that is connected to the network. The embedded component can be printed with resistive ink or can be embedded with radio frequency identifier (RFID) tags.08-05-2010
20110180602METHOD OF IMAGING CODING PATTERN USING VARIANT REGISTRATION CODEWORDS - A method of decoding a coding pattern disposed on or in a substrate. The method comprises the steps of: (a) operatively positioning an optical reader relative to a surface of the substrate; (b) capturing an image of a portion of the coding pattern; (c) sampling and decoding registration symbols contained in the imaged portion; (d) constructing an imaged registration codeword of length r using the decoded registration symbols ordered in a defined sequence, the defined sequence being determined by positions of registration symbols relative to target elements in the imaged portion; (e) identifying one of v distinct registration codewords corresponding to the imaged registration codeword; (f) determining a registration corresponding to the identified registration codeword; and (g) using the identified registration to decode data symbols sampled from the imaged portion.07-28-2011
20100051693INFORMATION ENCODING AND DECODING METHOD - The method of encoding text and graphical information consists in pre-building a code conversion table, wherein different colours, nuances, geometrical shapes or configurations or the combinations thereof corresponding to recognizable characters, including figures and symbols, are determined, in encoding required data items by using the code conversion table, in forming data areas provided with a code image and in obtaining the image in the form of a physical or electronic code. Said invention is characterized in that, during the code conversion table setting, a three-dimensional matrix is used, said matrix is divided throughout the height into fragments, each of which comprises a combination of empty and filled cells corresponding to one unit of data items used for encoding, in assigning to each fragment the colour or nuance or graphical symbol or the combination thereof belonging thereto and in obtaining the code image by sequentially projecting the fragments on the plane and in overlapping said fragments along two mutually perpendicular parameters. Graphical, video, audio information is pre-converted by the executable files with the aid of a MIME processing method (Base 64), UUEncode, XXEncode or with the aid of the own additional encode vocabulary.03-04-2010
20120211564METHOD OF MARKING A DOCUMENT OR ITEM; METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IDENTIFYNG 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.08-23-2012
20120248189END USER-CUSTOMIZABLE DATA CAPTURE TERMINAL FOR AND METHOD OF IMAGING AND PROCESSING TARGET DATA - A data capture terminal for, and a method of, processing one or more target data, such as symbols, arranged at spaced-apart locations on a target, employ an electro-optical reader for electro-optically reading the data on the target, and a controller for processing at least one of the data, and for determining whether the at least one data has been successfully processed. An interpretation engine customizes the controller with user-selected logic. The interpretation engine is operative, preferably after the at least one data has been successfully processed, to instruct the controller with logical conditions under which the other data on the target is to be processed.10-04-2012
20120074225OPTICAL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR READING ENCODED MICROBEADS - An optical system for reading encoded microbeads. The microbeads provide output light signals onto a Fourier plane when illuminated by an incident light. The system includes an input light source that is configured to illuminate the microbeads thereby providing the output light signals. The output light signals are configured to be projected onto the Fourier plane in a readable manner. The system also includes a reading device that is positioned to detect the output light signals from the Fourier plane. The system also includes a processor that is configured to perform Fourier plane analysis of the optical light signals to determine corresponding codes of the microbeads.03-29-2012
20120074224REMOVABLE COMPONENT FOR A CONSUMABLE WITH IDENTIFYING GRAPHIC - A removable component for dispensing a physical resource from a dispensing system may include a body defining a reservoir in which a physical resource may be stored, a graphic provided on the removable component having information.03-29-2012
20100001072Camera operating system and matrix code decoding device - An image signal output device includes a code generating means for generating a two-dimensional geometrical code based on a source data, a obtaining means for retrieving a sequential image signal, a code inserting means for inserting the two-dimensional geometrical code in the sequential image signal and a output means for outputting the sequential image signal. The code inserting means imperceptibly inserts the two-dimensional geometrical code in the sequential image signal, and the output means outputs the sequential image signal having the two-dimensional geometrical code inserted therein. The imperceptible two-dimensional geometrical code is captured by a camera in a cell phone to be decoded and stored in a memory medium.01-07-2010
20120118963POINT-OF-TRANSACTION, DUAL WINDOW WORKSTATION FOR IMAGING INDICIA WITH A SINGLE IMAGER AND A STATIONARY OPTICAL SYSTEM - A bi-optical, dual window, point-of-transaction workstation images indicia associated with products with a single, solid-state imager that captures return light from the indicia over a field of view. A first optical subsystem is stationarily supported by the workstation and directs at least a part of the field of view of the imager as a first light collection region or regions passing through one of the windows. A second optical subsystem is also stationarily supported by the workstation and directs at least a part of the field of view of the imager as a second light collection region or regions passing through the other of the windows. A controller controls the imager and processes the captured return light in at least one of the light collection regions.05-17-2012
20120261472ILLUMINATION APPARATUS FOR A CAMERA-BASED CODE READER - An illumination apparatus (10-18-2012
20110121076IMAGE SENSOR BASED OPTICAL READER - An apparatus for use in optical reading can comprise an image sensor and a circuit board, and can further comprise a support assembly. An apparatus for use in optical reading can also comprise a light source and imaging optics.05-26-2011
20100327064Method and System for Coding Information Subject to Motion Blur - Symbols in information are encoded as a codeword using a differential orthogonal code. The codeword is stored in a substrate. A moving sensor acquires an image of the codeword in the substrate and decodes the codeword using a balanced differential decoder. The codeword can be painted as lane markings on a road surface.12-30-2010
20090114725VALUE DOCUMENT, IN PARTICULAR A POSTAGE STAMP, WITH A SECURITY ELEMENT - A value document, in particular a postage stamp, which contains an optically recognizable security element in the form of a two-dimensional structure. Accordingly, the security element has a resolution of at least 300 dpi which makes it difficult to electronically reproduce the security element and therefore protect against the production of counterfeit postage stamps.05-07-2009
20080283604DRIVING CONTROL OF SCANNING DEVICE - Disclosed are an apparatus for controlling a driving of a scanning device included in a scanning display apparatus and a method thereof. The apparatus for controlling a driving of the scanning device can include a sensing unit, sensing an operation status of the scanning device and outputting a sensing signal corresponding to the operation status; a sensing signal determining unit, determining whether the sensing signal is within a predetermined range; a mode selecting unit, selecting an open loop mode or a close loop mode according to a result determined by the sensing signal determining unit; and a processing unit, controlling the driving of the scanning device by outputting a driving signal according to the selected mode.11-20-2008
20110036908LASER SCANNING INDICIA READING TERMINAL HAVING VARIABLE LENS ASSEMBLY - There is described a laser scanning indicia reading terminal comprising a variable setting imaging lens having a first setting at which the terminal has a first plane of optimum focus and a second setting at which the terminal has a second plane of optimum focus. According to one embodiment a first predetermined scanning width can be associated to the first lens setting and a second scanning width can be associated to the second lens setting such that the terminal with the lens setting set to the first setting scans to a first width and with the lens setting set to a second setting scans to a second width. In addition to or in place of the scan width operational parameters different operational parameters can be associated to the respective first and second lens settings. Additionally or alternatively, different processes for determining an operational parameter and/or different algorithms for determining an operational parameter can be associated to each of the first and second lens settings.02-17-2011
20120318867IMAGING TERMINAL HAVING IMAGE SENSOR AND LENS ASSEMBLY - There is set forth herein an imaging terminal having and image sensor including an image sensor array having a plurality of pixels. In one embodiment the imaging terminal can include a lens assembly for focusing light on the image sensor array. In one embodiment the lens assembly is a variable setting lens assembly having a first lens setting at which the terminal has a first plane of optimum focus and a second lens setting at which the terminal has a second plane of optimum focus. The imaging terminal can execute one or more process for determining an operating parameter of the imaging terminal.12-20-2012
20120325909IMAGING READER WITH NON-UNIFORM MAGNIFICATION WITHIN A FIELD OF VIEW - An imaging lens assembly captures return light through a window of a vertical slot scanner from a target located in a range of working distances along an optical axis away from the window, and projects the captured return light onto an array of a solid-state imager. The imaging lens assembly is optically modified for non-uniform magnification within, and for increasing resolution at an outer peripheral region of, a field of view of the array, in an imaging plane generally perpendicular to the optical axis. The magnification is at least partly increased in the imaging plane with increasing radial distance away from the optical axis, to enable reading of the target when tilted relative to the optical axis and located at the outer peripheral region of the field of view.12-27-2012
20120325910INFORMATION INPUT OUTPUT METHOD USING A DOT PATTERN - In exemplary embodiments, a dot pattern technique is provided with flexible length of data to be registered and with enhanced security by arranging a dot pattern to be disposed on a printed material, especially a block containing the dot pattern, on the basis of a new rule.12-27-2012
20120286046Data word analysis by spectroscopy - Multisource fusion of data is used on a handheld device to create a portable analytical verifier, including the ability to verify based on product wrapping or using a re-turned code to check the product or wrapping. Data words are extracted from authentication media by testing to see whether particular taggants are present, using spectroscopic analysis.11-15-2012
20130008962LABEL FOR ENABLING VERIFICATION OF AN OBJECT - A label for enabling verification of an object includes a scannable region that enables determination of auto-acquired unique spatial orientation of the scannable region with respect to a reference thereby enabling determination of a spatial orientation of the label with respect to the reference. The label is applied onto the object and a change in the spatial orientation of the label indicates tampering of the label, thereby enabling verification of the object. Further, a method for detecting tampering of an object includes providing label on the object. The label has at least a portion which is scannable region with a plurality of patterns and is associated with an external reference point. Further, the method includes determining a first and a second spatial orientations of the label based on computation between the patterns and the reference point, and generating an alert on noticing a change between first and second spatial orientations.01-10-2013
20080237347PDA compatible text scanner - An optical text scanning device compatible with a small handheld computer such as a personal digital assistant (PDA). The scanning device allows for a clear view of the text that is scanned simultaneous to the scanning process so that the operator can continuously align the device to the text. The scanned images of the text are converted in real-time to standard byte or word characters for subsequent display on the computer's viewing screen. The operator can quickly verify the accuracy of the conversion by comparing the displayed character with the actual character of text on the surface that is being scanned. Scanned text characters are stored in standard digital text files for ease of manipulation.10-02-2008
20100090006TERMINAL INCLUDING IMAGING ASSEMBLY - A terminal includes a housing, a touch screen, and an imaging assembly. The imaging assembly in one embodiment is disposed in the housing so that an imaging axis extends externally from the housing. The imaging assembly can be utilized for capture of images disposed externally to the housing. In one embodiment a frame of image data captured utilizing an imaging assembly can be processed for attempting to decode a decodable indicia. In one embodiment a frame of image data captured utilizing an imaging assembly can be stored.04-15-2010
20130140365DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE ACQUISITION AND AUTOMATIC PROCESSING OF DATA OBTAINED FROM OPTICAL CODES - The device for the acquisition and automatic processing of data obtained from optical codes comprises a CMOS optical sensor; an analog processing unit connected to the optical sensor; an analog/digital conversion unit connected to the analog processing unit; a logic control unit connected to the CMOS optical sensor, the analog processing unit and the analog/digital conversion unit; and a data-processing unit connected to the logic control unit and the analog/digital conversion unit. The CMOS optical sensor and at least one of the analog processing, analog/digital conversion, logic control and data processing units are integrated in a single chip. The data processing unit processes the digital signals corresponding to the image acquired by the CMOS sensor and extracts the optically coded data.06-06-2013
20130168451TWO-DIMENSIONAL IDENTIFICATION PATTERN, ARTICLE INCLUDING SUCH A PATTERN, AND METHODS FOR MARKING AND IDENTIFYING SUCH A PATTERN - A method for marking an article with an identification pattern which may include information relating to the article and/or to the use thereof, the method including: defining an alphabet of a plurality of symbols; defining, for each symbol, at least two valid states and at least one invalid state; developing a reference pattern including a set of symbols from the alphabet; developing at least one representation of the reference pattern by allocating a specific valid state to each symbol of the reference pattern; and applying a marking, reproducing the representation of the reference pattern, onto the article.07-04-2013
20120248190CODE READING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - Disclosed is a code reading apparatus including: a storage section storing an applied voltage table showing a relationship between a focal distance of a liquid lens and an applied voltage to the liquid lens; a laser focus section performing laser focus adjustment; a contrast focus section performing contrast focus adjustment; and a correction section correcting a content of the applied voltage table based on a distance from the liquid lens to a subject found by the laser focus section and a corresponding applied voltage with which the subject is brought into focus by the contrast focus section.10-04-2012
20130098999OPTICAL DEVICE READING METHOD AND DEVICE - A method for enabling reading of an optical device that has an array of focusing elements and is configured to provide a synthetic image, comprises arranging (04-25-2013
20130112750Method And Apparatus For Ordering Code Candidates In Image For Decoding Attempts - A method and apparatus for decoding codes applied to objects for use with a camera and a conveyor system wherein the camera includes an image sensor having a two dimensional field of view (FOV), the method comprising the steps of providing a processor programmed to perform the steps of obtaining images of the FOV, for each image identifying code candidates in at least portions of the image, ordering at least a subset of the code candidates for decoding in a candidate order wherein the candidate order is determined at least in part as a function of a first direction of travel through the FOV, attempting to decode code candidates in the order specified by the direction of travel and when a new image event occurs, foregoing attempts to decode at least a portion of the identified code candidates.05-09-2013
20130098997APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF READING TARGETS BY IMAGE CAPTURE BY PROCESSING CAPTURED TARGET IMAGES IN A BATCH OR FREE-RUNNING MODE OF OPERATION - Targets associated with transactions to be processed at a workstation are read by capturing return light from the targets with an array of light sensors of a solid-state imager having a field of view that extends through a workstation window to the targets. A controller controls the imager to operate at a frame rate to acquire images of the targets over successive frames in either a batch mode or a free-running mode. A memory stores the acquired images. The controller processes all of the stored images, and processes at least one of the stored images over an extended time period greater than one of the frames.04-25-2013
20130112751Designer-Adaptive Visual Codes - A designer-adaptive visual code (05-09-2013
20100288840PROCEDURE FOR DATA ENCODING AND READING STARTING FROM INTERFERENCE OF WAVE PATTERNS GENERATED IN A PRINTED CHROMATIC SYSTEM - A method for identifying counterfeit cards and supports that can be used in such method. Such supports may be made of materials such as paper, cardboard, plastics and others. The creation of interference wave patterns generated starting from the interaction between an electromagnetic emitting source and particles installed in the cards or support, for example: by a printing processes. The so produced particle interactions (involving photons and electrons) provides complex interference maps in which constituent variables define wave junction conditions characteristic of the interaction between each INFORMATION BLOCK of particles The BLOCKS are created/built in accordance to those variables' statements, and located at different points in the support. To be approved as a valid Data point, the wave function present at each of these Points should match those stored in an extremely complex Data Matrix.11-18-2010
20120273572POINT-OF-TRANSACTION WORKSTATION FOR AND METHOD OF IMAGING INDICIA OVER FULL COVERAGE SCAN ZONE OCCUPIED BY UNSKEWED SUBFIELDS OF VIEW - A bi-optical, dual window, point-of-transaction workstation images indicia associated with multi-sided products over a full coverage scan zone by splitting each field of view of only two imagers into three subfields that pass through each window and fill the scan zone and minimize dead areas therein. Twisting of the subfields relative to the windows is minimized so that the subfields fit fully with minimal clipping through each window. Splitting of each field of view is remotely performed well away from each imager. The imagers have lens assemblies of substantially the same optical power and are spaced from their respective windows by substantially the same distance.11-01-2012
20110233278POINT-OF-TRANSACTION WORKSTATION FOR ELECTRO-OPTICALLY READING ONE-DIMENSIONAL AND TWO-DIMENSIONAL INDICIA BY IMAGE CAPTURE - A solid-state imager is mounted at a point-of-transaction workstation for capturing images of one- and two-dimensional indicia and is operated at high speed to resist image blurring due to relative movement between the target and the imager. Dedicated hardware assistance and computation resources are allocated to decode multiple, continuous and simultaneous video streams from multiple imagers at the workstation.09-29-2011
20090302114TWO DIMENSIONAL DOT CODE, AND DECODING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR A TWO DIMENSIONAL DOT CODE - A two dimensional dot code includes boundary dots, a direction dot and a code dot to regenerate an information therefrom. To decode the two dimensional dot code, the boundary dots and the direction dot are used to define coordinates of virtual code dots first and then, the code dot is compared with the coordinates of the virtual code dots. Thus, in order to retrieve the information represented by the two dimensional dot code, the position of the code dot can be rapidly determined without rotational correction of the image taken from the two dimensional dot code.12-10-2009
20110303748Method and Apparatus for Encoding and Reading Optical Machine-Readable Data Codes - A method and apparatus for data encoding and optical recognition of encoded data includes generating symbols that represent data using angles (rather than linear dimensions as used for conventional bar codes). One embodiment uses spirals isocurves. Another uses parabolas isocurves. Methods for visually depicting such symbols, including symbols having gray values are disclosed. Methods for machine-based detection and decoding of such symbols regardless of their orientation relative to the machine is also disclosed.12-15-2011
20110309148Code Reading Device - Provided is a code reading device capable of reducing a time from start of reading of a symbol code until a decoded result is transmitted to an external device. The code reading device includes first and second CPUs that access a shared memory, an imaging element that optically reads the symbol code to generate a read image, and a DMAC that transfers the read image from the imaging element to the shared memory. The first CPU decodes the read image in the shared memory based on a command of the second CPU. The second CPU selectively executes any one of an imaging control task, a decode control task, and a decoded result transmission task, in which the imaging control task is given priority over the decode control task, and the decode control task is given priority over the decoded result transmission task.12-22-2011
20120018516DATA READER HAVING COMPACT ARRANGEMENT - A data reader including one or more imagers or imager assemblies that capture two-dimensional images of an object disposed in a view volume, the data reader having fold minors and other component arrangement that enable compact and efficient component configuration.01-26-2012
20120018515COMMODITY CODE READING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD - A commodity code reading apparatus includes: an image capturing section configured to sequentially capture a frame image picked up by an image pick up section; a code detecting section configured to detect a code symbol included in the captured frame image; a decoding section configured to decode a commodity code from the detected code symbol; a position storing section configured to store the position of the detected code symbol in the frame image; a determining section configured to determine whether the position of the detected code symbol and the position of a code symbol already stored in the position storing section are close to each other; a count section configured to count, over a plurality of the sequentially-captured frame images, the number of times the determining section determines that the positions are close to each other; and an informing section configured to inform, if the counted number of times reaches the number of times set in advance, that it is likely that basket reading of a commodity code occurs. The apparatus outputs, as a commodity code read from a commodity, a commodity code obtained by decoding a code symbol, a position of which is determined by the determining section as not close.01-26-2012
20130193210COMMODITY RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND COMMODITY RECOGNITION METHOD - A commodity recognition apparatus comprises a function of recognizing a commodity in an image from the image captured by an image capturing unit, and a function of recognizing a data code attached to the commodity in the image from the image, and can switch these functions by a switching unit. The commodity recognition apparatus outputs the information of the commodity recognized by commodity recognition processing or the information of the data code recognized by data code recognition processing to a POS terminal.08-01-2013
20120024952SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING QR CODE - Disclosed is a system and method for identifying a QR (Quick Response) code. The method includes steps of simultaneously obtaining a first image and a second image respectively representing the QR code, geometrically transforming the second image into a third image, subtracting each pixel value and the average pixel value of the first image and the third image to respectively form a fourth image and a fifth image, comparing each of corresponding pixels of the fourth image and the fifth image to form a sixth image, and setting each pixel of the sixth image into 1 if each pixel is over a threshold and setting each pixel into 0 if each pixel is below the threshold.02-02-2012
20130200155OPTOELECTRONIC SENSOR AND METHOD FOR DETECTING OBJECT INFORMATION - An optoelectronic sensor (08-08-2013

Patent applications in class Optical

Patent applications in all subclasses Optical