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1.

MOVING DEVICE POWER FEEDING DEVICE

      
Application Number 18321805
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-05-23
First Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Gocho, Katsumi

Abstract

A terminal accommodating portion is disposed on a front side or a rear side in a traveling direction of the wheel that travels between the pair of side walls of a rail, and is attached to the moving device. A power receiving terminal receives electric power to be fed to a secondary battery, and is provided to be movable along a width direction. A terminal receiving portion is groove-shaped and is provided in one side wall of the rail, and the power receiving terminal configured to move along the width direction of the moving device is inserted into the terminal receiving portion. A power transmitting terminal is disposed on a surface, inside the terminal receiving portion, on which the power receiving terminal slides during movement, is present over a longitudinal direction of the rail, and comes into contact with and transmit power to the power receiving terminal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • B62B 3/14 - Hand carts having more than one axis carrying transport wheels; Steering devices therefor; Equipment therefor characterised by provisions for nesting or stacking, e.g. shopping trolleys
  • B62B 5/00 - Accessories or details specially adapted for hand carts

2.

MONITORING DEVICE AND MONITORING METHOD

      
Application Number 18443290
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-02-15
First Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Takeno, Yuishi
  • Yamazaki, Keita

Abstract

A monitoring device for monitoring a customer operating a checkout terminal in a store, includes a network interface configured to communicate with the checkout terminal configured to perform checkout processing and an attendant terminal, a camera interface through which an image captured by a camera is received, the camera being installed so as to image the customer operating the checkout terminal, and a processor configured to, upon receipt of a first command indicating that the checkout processing has been started from the checkout terminal, begin monitoring of the image captured by the camera, upon detection of presence of the customer in the image, acquire feature information representing features of the customer from the image, and upon detection of absence of the customer in the image after the feature information is acquired, control the network interface to output to the attendant terminal an alert signal with the acquired feature information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07G 3/00 - Alarm indicators, e.g. bells
  • G06V 10/40 - Extraction of image or video features
  • G06V 20/60 - Type of objects
  • G06V 40/10 - Human or animal bodies, e.g. vehicle occupants or pedestrians; Body parts, e.g. hands
  • G08B 13/196 - Actuation by interference with heat, light, or radiation of shorter wavelength; Actuation by intruding sources of heat, light, or radiation of shorter wavelength using passive radiation detection systems using image scanning and comparing systems using television cameras
  • H04N 7/18 - Closed-circuit television [CCTV] systems, i.e. systems in which the video signal is not broadcast

3.

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 18437663
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-02-09
First Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Doi, Yohei

Abstract

According to at least one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a heater and a controller. The heater is configured to generate heat. The controller is configured to control AC power to the heater so that a part of the AC power which exceeds a threshold voltage is not applied to the heater.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

4.

HEATING DEVICE

      
Application Number 18441703
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-02-14
First Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Inomata, Toshiya

Abstract

A support member for a heater includes a main body extending longitudinally between a pair of end portions and a pair of first contact portions. Each first contact portion is coupled to one of the end portions of the main body. A gap is formed between each first contact portion and the main body. The support member is configured such that, when the heater is coupled to the support member (a) the gaps each receive the heater, (b) the first contact portions each engage a first surface side of the heater, and (c) the main body engages a second surface side of the heater opposite the first surface side.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat

5.

SHOPPING CART

      
Application Number 18528669
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-04
First Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sugikami, Reiji
  • Sawada, Hachirou
  • Takeda, Katsuya
  • Yasuno, Masahiro
  • Sakurada, Katsuaki
  • Suzuki, Teruo
  • Sugiyama, Tomonori
  • Takeda, Hiroki
  • Nakatsukasa, Fumio
  • Otani, Yuna

Abstract

Provided is a shopping cart capable of dealing with registration processing or payment processing when purchasing a lot of commodities. A shopping cart includes a cart body; an electronic device attached to the cart body and configured to perform at least one of registration processing and payment processing of commodities; an upper placing portion provided in an upper stage of the cart body and having the commodities placed thereon; a lower placing portion provided in a lower stage of the cart body and having the commodities placed thereon; and a detection device configured to detect presence of the commodities placed on the upper placing portion and the lower placing portion.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01G 19/08 - Weighing apparatus or methods adapted for special purposes not provided for in groups for incorporation in vehicles
  • B62B 3/14 - Hand carts having more than one axis carrying transport wheels; Steering devices therefor; Equipment therefor characterised by provisions for nesting or stacking, e.g. shopping trolleys
  • G01G 3/14 - Weighing apparatus characterised by the use of elastically-deformable members, e.g. spring balances wherein the weighing element is in the form of a solid body stressed by pressure or tension during weighing measuring variations of electrical resistance

6.

POINT-OF-SALE SYSTEM, TRANSACTION PROCESSING TERMINAL, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

      
Application Number 18346734
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-03
First Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Oe, Ryosuke

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a point-of-sale system has a server connectable to a plurality of point-of-sale terminals. The server includes a storage unit configured to store transaction information of the plurality of point-of-sale terminals and a processor. The processor is configured to acquire, from a first terminal in the plurality of point-of-sale terminals, a designation of a second terminal in the plurality of point-of-sale terminals, and output transaction information of the second terminal from the storage unit to the first terminal to permit the first terminal to continue a transaction started by the second terminal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems
  • G06Q 20/38 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols - Details thereof

7.

SHOPPING SUPPORT APPARATUS, SHOPPING CART, AND METHOD FOR SHOPPING SUPPORT

      
Application Number 18339919
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-06-22
First Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Otake, Atsushi

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a shopping support apparatus for a retail store includes a display screen and a control unit. The control unit causes a store map to be displayed on the display screen and acquires a commodity code for a commodity for sale in the store to register the commodity corresponding to the acquired commodity code in a sales transaction. The sales transaction list is displayed on the display screen along with a button for requesting a recipe for a dish including the commodity. The control unit acquires recipes for dishes including the commodity for when the button is pressed, and then displays images associated with the acquired recipes on the display screen along with an ingredient list button for each. An ingredients list for a selected dish is shown for a dish when selected and a location of any unregistered ingredient is displayed on the store map.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B62B 3/14 - Hand carts having more than one axis carrying transport wheels; Steering devices therefor; Equipment therefor characterised by provisions for nesting or stacking, e.g. shopping trolleys
  • G06F 3/04817 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance using icons
  • G06F 3/0482 - Interaction with lists of selectable items, e.g. menus
  • G06Q 20/32 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols characterised by the use of specific devices using wireless devices
  • G06Q 20/40 - Authorisation, e.g. identification of payer or payee, verification of customer or shop credentials; Review and approval of payers, e.g. check of credit lines or negative lists
  • G06Q 30/0601 - Electronic shopping [e-shopping]

8.

SETTLEMENT SYSTEM

      
Application Number 18346668
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-03
First Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Matsuhisa, Kaoru

Abstract

A settlement system includes a settlement terminal to receive settlement amount information and perform a settlement for receiving a payment and a portable terminal with a biometric authentication function. The settlement terminal has an interface for receiving the settlement amount information, a first short-range communication unit, and a first control unit to control the first short-range communication to request a biometric identity verification by the portable terminal. The portable terminal has a second short-range communication unit and a second control unit configured to cause the biometric authentication function to be performed, and respond to the request for the biometric identity verification via the second short-range communication unit with an identity verification signal. The first control unit completes the settlement operation if the identity verification signal indicates the biometric identity verification was successful and not otherwise.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/40 - Authorisation, e.g. identification of payer or payee, verification of customer or shop credentials; Review and approval of payers, e.g. check of credit lines or negative lists
  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems
  • G06Q 20/32 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols characterised by the use of specific devices using wireless devices
  • G06V 40/12 - Fingerprints or palmprints
  • G06V 40/13 - Sensors therefor

9.

System and method for providing alternative authentication modes in multifunction peripherals

      
Application Number 18122598
Grant Number 12001736
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-03-16
First Publication Date 2024-06-04
Grant Date 2024-06-04
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nguyen, Christopher
  • Su, William

Abstract

A system and method for providing alternative authentication modes in multifunction peripherals includes supplying mobile device management and application authentication to multifunction peripherals without such capabilities. A pluggable authorization module is installed on an incompatible multifunction peripheral by providing a user login on a devices idle screen with an login URL. A user's login credentials are verified by an authentication server that returns an associated username and access permissions once verified. This information is used by the pluggable authorization module to generate a temporary multi-function device services user supplied with the retrieved access permissions. The user can then use the multifunction device services via the temporary user. The temporary user is deleted once the user logs out.

IPC Classes  ?

10.

Image forming apparatus and control method with user authorization

      
Application Number 18190904
Grant Number 12003687
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-03-27
First Publication Date 2024-06-04
Grant Date 2024-06-04
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Aoyama, Ryuichi

Abstract

According to one embodiment, in a non-transitory storage medium, a computer program is recorded so that a computer of an image forming apparatus executes a code acquisition step, a transmission step, an authority setting acquisition step, and a reflection step. The code acquisition step is to acquire a code for acquiring authority setting information including execution authority indicating a function to be permitted to use among functions of the image forming apparatus. The transmission step is to transmit the acquired code to a server that issued the code. The authority setting acquisition step is to acquire the authority setting information from the server. The reflection step is to reflect the acquired authority setting information in the image forming apparatus.

IPC Classes  ?

11.

COMMODITY SALES DATA PROCESSING DEVICE AND COMMODITY SALES DATA PROCESSING METHOD

      
Application Number 18458948
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-30
First Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Imura, Kazuyuki

Abstract

According to an embodiment, a commodity sales data processing device includes a communication interface and a control unit. The control unit receives a commodity code from a first terminal for an item in a sales transaction and stores the commodity code along with a payment code. The control unit also receives a holding instruction from the first terminal for an item registered in the sales transaction, generates holding information in which the commodity code for the item to be held, first terminal identification information, and a holding location for the item are associated with each other. The control unit outputs a picking instruction to a second terminal and transmits sales transaction information to a payment device when a payment device sends the payment code associated with the sales transaction information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/0601 - Electronic shopping [e-shopping]
  • G06Q 20/32 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols characterised by the use of specific devices using wireless devices

12.

TRANSACTION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INPUT PROCESSING APPARATUS, SETTLEMENT APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM RECORDING MEDIUM

      
Application Number 18429976
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-02-01
First Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Hirano, Kazuya

Abstract

An input processing apparatus transmits the settlement information to a transmission destination settlement apparatus set as a transmission destination among three or more settlement apparatuses. The input processing apparatus performs a state confirmation of the transmission destination settlement apparatus. The settlement apparatus notifies the input processing apparatus of the state confirmation of the transmission destination settlement apparatus. In the case where a state confirmation result of the transmission destination settlement apparatus responded to by the input processing apparatus in response to the aforementioned notification satisfies a transmission destination change condition of the settlement information, the settlement apparatus notifies the input processing apparatus of a transmission destination change. Upon receipt of a notification of the transmission destination change from the settlement apparatus, the input processing apparatus changes the transmission destination of the settlement information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/42 - Confirmation, e.g. check or permission by the legal debtor of payment
  • G06Q 20/38 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols - Details thereof

13.

TRANSACTION DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

      
Application Number 18356179
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-20
First Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Yasojima, Yoshito

Abstract

According to an embodiment, a transaction processing device for batch transactions involving different product delivery modes includes a memory unit and a processor. The processor is configured to receive a designation of a product to be in a sales transaction via a registration screen, store the designation of the product as transaction data in the memory unit, receive a designation of a commodity delivery type via an input screen for the designated product, and generate a list of products in the stored transaction data of the memory unit with the products being distinguished by commodity delivery type.

IPC Classes  ?

14.

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ORDER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

      
Application Number 18466615
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-09-13
First Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sano, Takeshi
  • Kuribayashi, Yoshiki
  • Kojima, Yuji
  • Ueda, Keisuke
  • Nishikawa, Shino

Abstract

In an embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a communication interface connectable to a mobile ordering server and a store ordering server. A control unit of the apparatus acquires, via the communication interface, first order information from the mobile ordering server. The first order information includes information about items ordered by a customer from a store via a mobile ordering application on a mobile terminal of the customer. The control unit also acquires second order information, via the communication interface, from the store ordering server of the store. The second order information includes information about items ordered by the customer from the store via an in-store ordering system of the store. The control unit can output third order information to the mobile ordering server or the mobile terminal of the customer. The third order information is obtained by combining the first order information and the second order information.

IPC Classes  ?

15.

CHECKOUT APPARATUS AND METHOD

      
Application Number 18329603
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-06-06
First Publication Date 2024-05-23
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Sano, Hideki

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a checkout apparatus includes a coin change machine configured to dispense stored coins as change, a bill change machine configured to dispense stored bills as change, a change calculation unit configured to calculate a change amount, a first determination unit configured to determine whether the amount of coins is equal to or more than an amount of a minimum amount bill, a second determination unit configured to determine whether the calculated change amount is equal to or more than the amount of the minimum amount bill, and a change unit configured to output, to the coin change machine, a coin dispensing signal for dispensing, with coins, an amount not exceeding an amount of deposited coins and equal to or more than the amount of the minimum amount bill in the change amount.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07D 1/06 - Coin dispensers giving change dispensing the difference between a sum paid and a sum charged
  • G06Q 20/18 - Payment architectures involving self-service terminals [SST], vending machines, kiosks or multimedia terminals
  • G07G 1/00 - Cash registers

16.

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

      
Application Number 18366657
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-07
First Publication Date 2024-05-23
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Kurata, Masachika

Abstract

An information processing apparatus for retail store systems includes a communication interface connected to a camera to acquire video of a POS terminal and an operator of the POS terminal. A processor is configured to detect suspected fraud behavior at the POS terminal based on image analysis of the acquired video, generate a first notification indicating a type of detected suspected fraud behavior with an image of the suspected fraud behavior, then output the generated first notification via the communication interface to a display unit. The processor also generates a second notification including a video clip extracted from the video at a time point corresponding to the suspected fraud behavior and outputs the second notification via the communication interface to the display unit after the first notification.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/40 - Authorisation, e.g. identification of payer or payee, verification of customer or shop credentials; Review and approval of payers, e.g. check of credit lines or negative lists
  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems
  • G06V 20/52 - Surveillance or monitoring of activities, e.g. for recognising suspicious objects
  • G06V 40/20 - Movements or behaviour, e.g. gesture recognition

17.

SELF-SERVICE CHECKOUT TERMINAL WITH A SECURITY FUNCTION BASED ON DETECTION OF WEIGHT OF ITEMS

      
Application Number 18430294
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-02-01
First Publication Date 2024-05-23
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Kakino, Tomonari

Abstract

A self-service checkout terminal includes an optical code reader, a platform on which items to be purchased are placed, a weight sensor configured to detect a weight of objects placed on the platform, and a processor configured to operate in a first mode and a second mode. The processor carries out a registration process based on a merchandise code corresponding to a code symbol read from an item by the optical code reader while enabling a confirmation process to confirm proper item placement based on the weight detected by the weight sensor in the first mode, and carries out the registration process while disabling the confirmation process in the second mode.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems
  • G06Q 20/18 - Payment architectures involving self-service terminals [SST], vending machines, kiosks or multimedia terminals
  • G06Q 30/04 - Billing or invoicing
  • G07G 1/00 - Cash registers
  • H04L 9/40 - Network security protocols

18.

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

      
Application Number 18467078
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-09-14
First Publication Date 2024-05-16
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Yasuda, Takahiro

Abstract

According to an embodiment, an information processing apparatus acquires transaction information including a point and a change amount, the point having monetary value and being given to a customer who has purchased a product in one transaction. The information processing apparatus converts the change amount into the point having the same monetary value as the change amount. Further, the point included in the transaction information and the converted point are added up and held points of the customer are managed for each customer.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/0207 - Discounts or incentives, e.g. coupons or rebates
  • G06Q 30/0238 - Discounts or incentives, e.g. coupons or rebates at point-of-sale [POS]

19.

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

      
Application Number 18358785
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-25
First Publication Date 2024-05-16
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Nodera, Nobutomo

Abstract

According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a storage unit for storing first logo data associated with commodities, a communication interface to connect to a point-of-sale terminal, and a processor. The processor is configured to acquire commodity identification information for a commodity from the point-of-sale terminal, register commodity information for the commodity in a sales transaction, select a piece of logo data from the storage unit based on the registered commodities in the sales transaction, and output the selected piece of logo data to the point-of-sale terminal for inclusion in a header portion of a transaction receipt provided by the point-of-sale terminal for the sales transaction.

IPC Classes  ?

20.

SERVER DEVICE AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

      
Application Number 18421627
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-01-24
First Publication Date 2024-05-16
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakurai, Kenji
  • Nambu, Kazuya

Abstract

A server device of an embodiment includes: acquire transaction specifying information on a transaction in which a product has been returned after settlement processing and return information indicating the product that has been returned regarding the transaction; register return receipt information indicating information on the product that has been returned based on the return information acquired; register corrected receipt information obtained by correcting receipt information indicating information on the transaction before the product has been returned based on the transaction specifying information acquired and the return information acquired; and output the corrected receipt information and request information to an information terminal of a customer in association with each other, the request information being information for transmitting a request for the return receipt information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems
  • G06F 3/04817 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance using icons
  • G06Q 20/04 - Payment circuits
  • G06Q 20/38 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols - Details thereof

21.

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

      
Application Number 18454682
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-23
First Publication Date 2024-05-16
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Gotanda, Tsuyoshi

Abstract

An information processing apparatus according to an embodiment for point-of-sale systems includes a communication interface for connecting to a communication network and a processor. The processor is configured to acquire an image of an inside of a shopping basket via the communication interface, detect a commodity in the shopping basket in the acquired image, receive a commodity identification for a registered commodity in a sales transaction, and, if the commodity identification for the registered commodity is received within a preset time period around the detection of the commodity in the shopping basket, generate a screen image by superimposing commodity information associated with the commodity identification for the registered commodity on the image of the inside of the shopping basket for enabling a user to identify the commodity in the shopping basket in conjunction with the superimposed commodity information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07G 1/00 - Cash registers
  • G06V 10/10 - Image acquisition
  • G06V 10/26 - Segmentation of patterns in the image field; Cutting or merging of image elements to establish the pattern region, e.g. clustering-based techniques; Detection of occlusion
  • G06V 20/64 - Three-dimensional objects
  • G07G 1/01 - Cash registers - Details for indicating

22.

Printing apparatus and printing setting method

      
Application Number 18192357
Grant Number 11983453
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-03-29
First Publication Date 2024-05-14
Grant Date 2024-05-14
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Fukuhara, Takanori

Abstract

A printing apparatus includes a sensor and a processing circuit. The sensor detects a width of a printing medium. The processing circuit acquires detected width information based on detection of the width by the sensor. The processing circuit applies, if printing setting information on the width indicated by the detected width information is stored in a storage unit, a printing setting to the printing apparatus based on the printing setting information on the width indicated by the detected width information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data

23.

CUSTOMER MONITORING AND REPORTING DEVICE, AND CUSTOMER MONITORING AND REPORTING METHOD

      
Application Number 18356188
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-20
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Naito, Hidehiro

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a customer monitoring device receives video data and has a processor. The processor extracts feature data of items on a table in the video data, recognizes the items, and sets an article flag in a data record associated with the table to a positive value if an item on the table is recognized as an empty plate or empty glass. The processor also extracts feature data of a person proximate to the table from the video data, estimates a skeleton position of the person and generates skeleton data for the person. A first operation flag in the data record is set to a positive value if the generated skeleton data indicates the person has performed an ordering action. A notification is output to a notification unit if at least one of the article flag and the first operation flag is a positive value.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06V 40/20 - Movements or behaviour, e.g. gesture recognition
  • G06V 20/40 - Scenes; Scene-specific elements in video content

24.

COOLING APPARATUS FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE

      
Application Number 18361946
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-31
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Sanada, Tsuyoshi

Abstract

A cooling apparatus for an electronic device includes a branch wall provided in a duct and divides an exhaust direction from an exhaust port into two. The branch wall is inclined such that two plate-shaped portions continuous with each other on one side are separated from each other. A plurality of the branch ribs is provided side by side in a thickness direction and protrudes from the branch wall. The branch ribs have a mountain shaped plate shape with a most protruding top portion having an acute angle. The branch ribs are inserted into gaps between the fins. The main rib, among the plurality of branch ribs, is adjacent to the fin erected on a back surface of the base portion at a position in contact with the electronic component, and has a volume larger than that of the other branch ribs.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H05K 7/20 - Modifications to facilitate cooling, ventilating, or heating
  • G06F 1/20 - Cooling means

25.

COOLING DEVICE FOR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

      
Application Number 18361956
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-31
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Sanada, Tsuyoshi

Abstract

A fan duct (cooling device) includes: a plurality of ribs that have two different types of forms alternately arranged, the ribs each being disposed from the branch wall toward the fins in a manner of being parallel to the fins and including an apex portion at a tip end thereof being inserted between adjacent ones among the fins, a base of the rib being connected to the branch wall, the rib being configured to branch, at the tip end, the flow of air passing between the fins into two directions; and an exhaust port configured to exhaust the air branched by the rib and the branch wall. Among the ribs inserted between the adjacent ribs, at least ribs of one form are in contact with the fins.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H05K 7/20 - Modifications to facilitate cooling, ventilating, or heating

26.

COOLING APPARATUS FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE

      
Application Number 18361960
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-31
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Sanada, Tsuyoshi

Abstract

The cooling apparatus for the electronic device includes a heat sink, the fan, and a drift rib. In the heat sink, a plurality of fins is erected side by side in a thickness direction on a base portion that receives heat of an electronic component. The fan generates an air flow between the fins by air blowing caused by rotation. The drift rib is positioned on a tip end side of the fin on a downstream side in an air blowing direction of a central portion of the fan in a width direction, has an inclined surface guiding air flowing through the position toward a root side of the fin, and is to be inserted between the adjacent fins.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H05K 7/20 - Modifications to facilitate cooling, ventilating, or heating
  • G06F 1/20 - Cooling means

27.

SALES DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, SALES DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

      
Application Number 18416254
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-01-18
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Hiyoshi, Makoto

Abstract

A sales data processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes, a processor configured to: acquire, from a product, product identification information for identifying the product; when transaction specifying information for specifying a transaction is unissued, issue the transaction specifying information; when the transaction specifying information has been issued by an another device, acquire the transaction specifying information that has been issued by the another device; acquire, from an external device, further product identification information that is stored in association with the transaction specifying information acquired by the processor; when accounting is instructed, execute an accounting process based on the product identification information acquired from the product and the further product identification information acquired from the external device; and when it is instructed to continue the transaction, store in the external device the product identification information and the transaction specifying information.

IPC Classes  ?

28.

HEATER, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 18543935
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-18
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Kikuchi, Kazuhiko
  • Takagi, Osamu
  • Miyauchi, Chie

Abstract

A heater is to face a pressure element via a belt and is to heat the belt. The pressure element sandwiches and conveys a sheet together with the belt. The heater includes a substrate, a heat generating element, a couple of electrodes, and a protective layer. there are the electrodes on both sides of the heat generating element in a conveyance direction of the sheet. Both sides of the heat generating element in the conveyance direction are connected to adjacent electrodes.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat

29.

COOLING DEVICE FOR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

      
Application Number 18361945
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-31
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Sanada, Tsuyoshi

Abstract

A fan duct includes: an intake port to introduce air by a fan; a heat sink to dissipate heat by allowing air introduced from the intake port to pass between a plurality of fins; a branch wall disposed downstream in a flow of air, to branch the flow of air passing between the fins into two directions; and a plurality of ribs each being a plate-like member directed toward the fins in a manner of being parallel to the fins at a side where a branch angle exceeds 45°, and comprising an apex portion at a tip end thereof, the rib being configured to, at the tip end, branch the flow of air passing between the fins into two directions, a base of the ribs being connected to the branch wall; and an exhaust port to exhaust the air branched by the ribs and the branch wall.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H05K 7/20 - Modifications to facilitate cooling, ventilating, or heating

30.

Image forming apparatus and image forming method including first and second user information

      
Application Number 18187952
Grant Number 11977798
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-03-22
First Publication Date 2024-05-07
Grant Date 2024-05-07
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Terabe, Emiko

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes a communication interface, a printer, and a processing circuit. The communication interface is configured to receive a message regarding a print job and including first user information of a first domain. The processing circuit includes a processor caused to: store second user regarding users who can perform printing and belonging to a second domain different from the first domain, and link information regarding linking the first user information and the second user information; extract the first user information from the message based on a determination that the first user information is linked to the second user information in the link information; print an image based on the printing job using the printer; and based on a determination that the first user information is not linked to the second user information in the link information, generate a registration URL for registering the link information.

IPC Classes  ?

31.

PRINTER

      
Application Number 18326762
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-05-31
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Nomura, Susumu

Abstract

In accordance with an embodiment, a printer according to the embodiment includes: a holder of a rolled print medium. The holder includes a moving member that is provided to be slidable on a shaft member to be inserted through a support hole of the rolled print medium in an axial direction and includes a guide member that can stand and fall with respect to the shaft member. Further, the holder includes an adjustment member that makes a pressure contact force of a biasing member that presses the shaft member and the moving member together to restrain sliding movement of the moving member with respect to the shaft member larger in a standing state of the guide member than in a fallen state of the guide member.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B41J 15/04 - Supporting, feeding, or guiding devices; Mountings for web rolls or spindles
  • B41J 3/407 - Typewriters or selective printing or marking mechanisms characterised by the purpose for which they are constructed for marking on special material

32.

PRINTER

      
Application Number 18326820
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-05-31
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Iwamoto, Satoshi

Abstract

In accordance with an embodiment, a printer prints on labels attached to rolled paper at predetermined intervals. The printer includes a sensor that outputs a detection signal where a diameter of the rolled paper is a predetermined value or less. The printer detects, on the basis of the detection signal output from the sensor, a near-end state during an issuing operation of one label. Further, the printer determines, where the near-end state has been detected continuously for a predetermined number or more of labels, that a remaining amount of the rolled paper has been a predetermined amount.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B41J 11/00 - Devices or arrangements for supporting or handling copy material in sheet or web form

33.

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 18341441
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-06-26
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Shimosato, Masashi

Abstract

A liquid ejecting head includes a piezoelectric member formed of a piezoelectric material. The piezoelectric member has grooves extending lengthwise in a first direction. The grooves separate portions of the piezoelectric member into a plurality of piezoelectric elements spaced from each other in a second direction. A connection portion of the piezoelectric member is under at least a portion of the grooves in a third direction. The connection portion connects the piezoelectric elements to each other. Individual electrodes are on first lateral surfaces of the piezoelectric elements on a first side of the piezoelectric member. A common (shared) electrode is on second lateral surfaces of the piezoelectric elements on a second side of the piezoelectric member. Each groove has a depth in an end portion of the groove on the first side that is deeper than a depth in an end portion of the groove on the second side.

IPC Classes  ?

34.

PRINTER

      
Application Number 18404806
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-01-04
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Eoka, Kenji

Abstract

A printer includes upper and lower modules that are pivotably attached to each other. A first lock portion includes a first fastener on the lower module and a first holding portion on the upper module with a first fastener holding position and a first fastener release position. A second lock portion includes a second fastener on the upper module and a second holding portion on the lower module with a second fastener holding position and a second fastener release position. A link lever is on the upper module and reciprocates back-and-forth. When moved backwards, the link lever moves the first and second holding portions to the respective release positions.

IPC Classes  ?

35.

HEATING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

      
Application Number 18407734
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-01-09
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Endo, Sasuke

Abstract

A heating device includes a cylindrical body with a hollow interior and a heater inside the hollow interior. A first surface of the heater faces the inner surface of the cylindrical body. A heat transfer member is on a second surface of the heater. A grease is between the heater and the heat transfer member. A support member is provided including a first portion fixed to the second surface of the heater and a second portion contacting a surface of the heat transfer member. The support member includes a third portion between the first and second portions. The third portion does not contact the second surface of the heater between the first and second portions and provides a space for grease from between the heater and the heat transfer member to accumulate.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat

36.

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

      
Application Number 18466652
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-09-13
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Yamazaki, Keita
  • Takeno, Yuishi

Abstract

According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus includes a camera interface for connecting to a camera, a communication interface for connecting to an external device, and a processing unit. The processing unit is configured to acquire an image from the camera via the camera interface, identify at least two different types of key points of an object depicted in the image, calculate evaluation values of respective combinations in which the different types of key points are connected to one another, and then select at least two patterns of combinations with other key points in descending order of the evaluation values for each of the key points. The processing unit recognizes the object depicted in the image by connecting combinations of at least two patterns selected for each of the key points with other key points.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06V 10/44 - Local feature extraction by analysis of parts of the pattern, e.g. by detecting edges, contours, loops, corners, strokes or intersections; Connectivity analysis, e.g. of connected components
  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems

37.

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 18340540
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-06-23
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Shimosato, Masashi

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a liquid ejection head, includes a piezoelectric member having grooves extending lengthwise in a first direction. The grooves separate the piezoelectric member into piezoelectric elements spaced from each other in a second direction. A connection portion of the piezoelectric member is under a portion of the grooves in a third direction and connects the piezoelectric elements to each other. Individual electrodes are on a first surface of the piezoelectric member on a first side. A common electrode is on a second surface of the piezoelectric member on a second side. Each groove has a depth on the first side that is deeper than a depth in an end portion on the second side. The depth of each groove in the end portion on the first side reaches through the piezoelectric member to a substrate.

IPC Classes  ?

38.

FIXING DEVICE

      
Application Number 18410750
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-01-11
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Saeki, Ryota

Abstract

A fixing device includes a tubular member extending in an axial direction, a substrate, and a support. The substrate has a first surface facing toward an inner surface of the tubular member in a first thickness direction. The substrate includes a cut section at which the substrate is disconnected from a base material. The cut section is positioned at an end portion of the substrate in a first lateral direction. The substrate extends longitudinally along the axial direction. The support is in contact with the inner surface of the tubular member. The support includes a projection longitudinally overlapping at least a portion of the cut section and a low section longitudinally offset from the projection. The projection extends further in the first thickness direction than the low section and the first surface.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat

39.

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 18327034
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-05-30
First Publication Date 2024-04-25
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Sato, Yoji

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes a first printer configured to print on a medium using a first material, a second printer configured to print on the medium using a second material that turns invisible when a first condition is satisfied, and a controller configured to: control the first printer to print on the medium a first symbol that is machine-readable and associated with first information, and control the second printer to print a second symbol on the medium on which the first symbol has been printed. A composite symbol of the first and second symbols is machine-readable and associated with second information different from the first information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/32 - Circuits or arrangements for control or supervision between transmitter and receiver
  • H04N 1/60 - Colour correction or control

40.

CHECKOUT SYSTEM, CHECKOUT MACHINE, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

      
Application Number 18450016
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-14
First Publication Date 2024-04-25
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Katsumata, Hiroyuki

Abstract

According to an embodiment, a checkout machine receives information related to a transaction of a commodity to be purchased by a customer from a register. The checkout machine settles the transaction of the commodity on the basis of the information related to the transaction of the commodity. The checkout machine notifies the register of the fact that the information related to the transaction is receivable at a time point at which a standby period has elapsed after the settlement is finished. Further, the checkout machine changes the standby period in accordance with information of the customer who is a target of the settled transaction.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems

41.

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 18454008
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-22
First Publication Date 2024-04-18
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Kogiso, Yoshiki

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes a communication device configured to communicate with a wireless tag of a sheet, an image forming mechanism configured to form an image and transfer the image to the sheet according to a control value, and a controller configured to: receive a job for printing an image on a sheet and performing tag processing on the tag, control the communication device to perform the tag processing on the tag, determine whether the processing has completed properly, upon determining that the processing has completed properly, control the image forming mechanism to form the image and transfer the image to the sheet according to a first control value, and upon determining that the processing has not completed properly, control the image forming mechanism to form the image and transfer the image to the sheet according to a second control value.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

42.

PRINTER DEVICE

      
Application Number 18533040
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-07
First Publication Date 2024-04-18
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Tsuchiya, Motohito

Abstract

A printing device for printing on a label sheet includes a first print head to perform printing on a first side of a label sheet being conveyed along a conveyance path. The label sheet is interposed between the first print head and a first roller. A second print head is upstream of the first print head and performs printing on a second side of the label sheet. A second roller is adjacent the second print head across the conveyance path. A cutter is downstream of the first print head to cut off a first portion of the label sheet. A processor is configured to cause the label sheet to be conveyed in a second direction after the first portion is cut off from the sheet so that the cut end of the sheet reaches the first print head.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B41J 33/14 - Ribbon-feed devices or mechanisms
  • B41J 2/325 - Typewriters or selective printing mechanisms characterised by the printing or marking process for which they are designed characterised by selective application of heat to a heat sensitive printing or impression-transfer material using thermal heads by selective transfer of ink from ink carrier, e.g. from ink ribbon or sheet
  • B41J 11/70 - Applications of cutting devices cutting perpendicular to the direction of paper feed

43.

SECURITY SYSTEM

      
Application Number 18542435
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-15
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Kogiso, Yoshiki

Abstract

A security management apparatus includes a receiver, a printer, and a notifier. The receiver acquires, at an entrance of a facility, information about a visitor to a visiting destination of the facility. The information includes a stay permitted time at the visiting destination and at least one of an attribute, relation information, or a visiting purpose. The printer generates a portable medium that includes the information and the stay permitted time and records an image allowing distinguishing of content of the information. The notifier is configured to receive the stay permitted time from one or more readers disposed at the facility and is configured to read the stay permitted time from the portable medium in a noncontact manner. The notifier, in response to the stay permitted time being elapsed, warns the visitor who passes a disposition position of the one or more readers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07C 9/29 - Individual registration on entry or exit involving the use of a pass the pass containing active electronic elements, e.g. smartcards
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • H04N 1/32 - Circuits or arrangements for control or supervision between transmitter and receiver

44.

WIRELESS TAG READING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 18543662
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-18
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakurai, Wataru
  • Kawabe, Yuichiro

Abstract

A wireless tag reading apparatus according to an embodiment includes an accommodation part formed by a bottom surface part and a peripheral surface part vertically provided upward from the bottom surface part, a peripheral surface opening part that is formed in the peripheral surface part, and enables goods to be taken into and out of the accommodation part, a cover part covering a part of an upside of the accommodation part, a top surface opening part formed by the cover part and the peripheral surface part, and contiguous to the peripheral surface opening part, and a reading part configured to read, by transmitting and receiving radiowaves to and from a wireless tag attached to goods accommodated in the accommodation part, tag information from the wireless tag.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 7/10 - Methods or arrangements for sensing record carriers by corpuscular radiation

45.

SALES DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

      
Application Number 18339946
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-06-22
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sonaga, Sayo
  • Tsunoda, Mayuko
  • Okuma, Yumiko

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a sales data processing apparatus, such as a point-of-sale terminal or the like, includes a processor. The processor is configured to register commodity information for commodities in a sales transaction, receive an operator selection designating an item of registered commodity information, and then receive editing data for editing the designated item of registered commodity information. The processor then edits the designated item of registered commodity information according to the received editing data and causes a display screen to display the edited item of registered commodity information and the unedited item of registered commodity information together on the display screen. In some examples, the edited and unedited information may be displayed adjacent to one another and in a different font format.

IPC Classes  ?

46.

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 18525440
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-30
First Publication Date 2024-04-04
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Miyashita, Kousei

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a film-shaped cylindrical body, a heating body unit, a first member, and a control unit. The image forming unit forms an image on a sheet. The cylindrical body has a sheet-passing region coming into contact with the sheet to fix the image to the sheet moving in a first direction. The cylindrical body is broader than the sheet-passing region in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. The heating body unit includes a heating body and comes into contact with a first surface inside the cylindrical body. The first member is disposed on a second surface opposite to the first surface of the heating body. The first member has an outer end disposed outside an outer end of the sheet-passing region in the second direction. The control unit allows the heating body to generate heat inside the outer end of the sheet-passing region in the second region.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
  • G03G 15/01 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for producing multicoloured copies

47.

GROUP MANAGEMENT DEVICE AND GROUP MANAGEMENT METHOD

      
Application Number 17952408
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-26
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor
  • Inagi, Tatsuya
  • Yamaguchi, Shigeki
  • Oyama, Satoshi
  • Fujita, Takumi

Abstract

A group management device includes a required information acquisition unit, a supplement instruction unit, a mounting information acquisition unit, and a group update unit. The required information acquisition unit acquires information showing required groups that are groups determined to require supplements of the consumables used in image forming devices that are managed per group. The supplement instruction unit performs a supplement instruction of the consumables for the required groups. The mounting information acquisition unit acquires mounting information showing the image forming device mounted with the consumable supplemented in response to the supplement instruction. The group update unit specifies a mounting group that is the group to which the image forming device mounted with the consumable belongs based on group correspondence information obtained by associating the image forming device and the group, and the mounting information, and updates the group correspondence information if the required group and the mounting group are different from each other.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/32 - Circuits or arrangements for control or supervision between transmitter and receiver

48.

READING DEVICE AND METHOD

      
Application Number 18314853
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-05-10
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Takasu, Takuya

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a reading device and a method capable of improving operability of an operator without impairing an appearance of a commodity and preventing forgetting to read privilege information such as discount information are provided. A reading device according to an embodiment includes: an imaging unit configured to image a reading target; a reading unit configured to read, from an image captured by the imaging unit, first information by first processing and second information by second processing different from the first processing, the first information being indicated by a symbol printed with a digital watermark and the second information being indicated by a symbol printed with a digital watermark and different from the first information; and an output unit configured to output information read by the reading unit.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems
  • G06K 7/14 - Methods or arrangements for sensing record carriers by corpuscular radiation using light without selection of wavelength, e.g. sensing reflected white light

49.

INDIVIDUAL ITEM PRICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANAGING INDIVIDUAL ITEM PRICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

      
Application Number 18322947
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-05-24
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Mochida, Yasuhiko

Abstract

In accordance with an embodiment, an individual item management system includes an information terminal and an information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus changes the price included in the product information in accordance with a predetermined rule according to a lapse of time from the reference date and time. The information processing apparatus acquires, upon receiving the identification information in units of the individual item from the information terminal, the product information that includes at least the reference date and time and the price and is stored in association with the identification information in units of the individual item from a storage device and transmits the acquired information to the information terminal.

IPC Classes  ?

50.

PERSONAL SHOPPER INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, COMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR PERSONAL SHOPPING, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE FOR PERSONAL SHOPPER SERVICES

      
Application Number 18346641
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-03
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Mori, Haruki

Abstract

According to an embodiment, a method for personal shopping services includes executing a shopping application on a communication terminal to generate transaction data for a sales transaction for a personal shopping service. The transaction data includes commodity information of at least one commodity. The method also includes acquiring prior confirmation request data for the personal shopping service from the transaction data, and then handing over the acquired prior confirmation request data to another application on the communication terminal and causing the other application to transmit the acquired prior request confirmation data to another communication terminal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/42 - Confirmation, e.g. check or permission by the legal debtor of payment
  • G06Q 20/12 - Payment architectures specially adapted for electronic shopping systems
  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems
  • G06Q 20/32 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols characterised by the use of specific devices using wireless devices
  • G06Q 20/38 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols - Details thereof

51.

MERCHANDISE DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND MERCHANDISE DATA PROCESSING METHOD

      
Application Number 18349021
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-07
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Hayashi, Yuji

Abstract

In an embodiment, a merchandise registration apparatus has a processor configured to calculate a first-type value for a check digit of a merchandise code according to a first code system, and compare the first-type value to the check digit of the merchandise code according to the first code system, register an item of merchandise corresponding to the merchandise code when the first-type value matches the check digit of the merchandise code according to the first code system. If the first-type value does not match the check digit, a second-type value is calculated for the check digit according to a second code system, and the calculated second-type value is compared to the check digit according to the second code system. When the second-type value matches with the check digit in the merchandise code, the processor registers an item of merchandise corresponding to the merchandise code according to the second code system.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07G 1/12 - Cash registers electronically operated
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions

52.

COMMODITY REGISTRATION APPARATUS AND MONITORING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 18364294
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-02
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Kurata, Masachika

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a commodity registration apparatus includes an input device that can be operated by a customer himself or herself to input information related to a sales transaction in which the customer purchases a commodity. The apparatus also has a processor and a display device to display information to the customer who operates the input device. The processor is configured to cause the display device to display a consent confirmation screen for obtaining consent from the customer to an additional use of a video from a camera monitoring the customer during the sales transaction including the operation of the input device by the customer. The processor is also configured to perform registration processing for the commodity to be purchased based on information from the input device. The consent confirmation screen is displayed before the processor performs the registration processing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/18 - Payment architectures involving self-service terminals [SST], vending machines, kiosks or multimedia terminals
  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems
  • G06V 20/40 - Scenes; Scene-specific elements in video content
  • G06V 20/52 - Surveillance or monitoring of activities, e.g. for recognising suspicious objects

53.

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

      
Application Number 18366633
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-07
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nakanishi, Atsushi
  • Narazaki, Daisuke
  • Sawa, Hiroshi
  • Anzai, Yoshinori

Abstract

According to an embodiment, an information processing apparatus has a first interface connectable to an external server, a second interface connectable to a display, and a processor. The processor is configured to receive order data for dinning orders via the first and second interface and cause the display to display order data in a first area or a second area depending on whether the order data is first-type order data or second-type order data. The first and second areas are separate areas. The first-type order data is for dining orders of a first type, such as delivery orders, and the second-type order data is for dining orders of a second type, such as in-store dining orders.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 50/12 - Hotels or restaurants
  • G06F 3/14 - Digital output to display device
  • G06Q 10/0832 - Special goods or special handling procedures, e.g. handling of hazardous or fragile goods
  • G09G 5/02 - Control arrangements or circuits for visual indicators common to cathode-ray tube indicators and other visual indicators characterised by the way in which colour is displayed

54.

TRANSACTION PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMMODITY SALES SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

      
Application Number 18366649
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-07
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Komiyama, Hikaru
  • Nakahara, Kanako

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a transaction processing apparatus includes a communication interface to connect to a communication network, a storage unit for storing a store database with setting information indicating a service available period for a store, and a processor. The processor is configured to receive a registration start instruction via the communication interface from a terminal apparatus operated by a user in the store, determine whether the registration start instruction has been received in the service available period for the store by reference to the stored setting information for the store, and then permit the user of the terminal apparatus to register a commodity designated using the terminal apparatus in a sales transaction only if the registration start instruction was received in the service available period for the store.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/12 - Payment architectures specially adapted for electronic shopping systems
  • G06Q 20/32 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols characterised by the use of specific devices using wireless devices

55.

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND HEATING METHOD

      
Application Number 18527176
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-01
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Murakami, Kiyotaka
  • Kikuchi, Kazuhiko
  • Endo, Sasuke
  • Tanaka, Masaya
  • Saeki, Ryota
  • Miyashita, Kousei
  • Kojima, Ryosuke
  • Doi, Yohei
  • Kawashima, Yuki
  • Shinohara, Eiji

Abstract

A fixing unit or device that can be used in an image forming apparatus includes a first heater element that is formed of a material that increases in electrical resistance with increases in temperature. A controller of the fixing unit is configured to vary a duty ratio of electric power applied to the first heater element during a start-up operation in which the temperature of the first heater element is raised to a target operating temperature. By varying the duty ratio during the start-up operation, changes in the resistance of the first heater element with the heating can be compensated. For example, the duty ratio can be increased during the course of the start-up to achieve the target operating temperature faster.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

56.

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

      
Application Number 18531216
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-06
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tanaka, Masaya
  • Ota, Hiroshi

Abstract

An image forming apparatus has an image forming unit to form a toner image on a first sheet and a fixing unit configured to heat the first sheet to fix the image to the first sheet. A control unit begins a cooling process for cooling the fixing unit when an overheating condition is met, then permits the image forming unit to form a toner image on a second sheet after the cooling process ends according to a first cooling condition if a person is detected near the image forming apparatus or after the cooling process ends according to a second cooling condition if a person not detected near the image forming apparatus. The cooling process under the first cooling condition ends in less time than under the second cooling condition.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat

57.

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

      
Application Number 18317119
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-05-15
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Harada, Shintaro

Abstract

Provided are a structure capable of protecting an air intake portion from entry of water droplets or the like, and an electronic device including the structure. The electronic device includes: a housing which is a box-shaped container having an open upper surface, configured to house an electronic component and a fan for blowing air downward, and provided with an air exhaust hole; an inner lid to be attachable and detachable at a position at which an opening of the housing is closed, and provided with an air intake hole upstream of the fan in an air-blowing direction; and an upper lid provided to overlap the inner lid, and facing, from above, a surface provided with the air intake hole with a gap therebetween.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 1/20 - Cooling means
  • H05K 7/20 - Modifications to facilitate cooling, ventilating, or heating

58.

TRANSACTION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

      
Application Number 18336882
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-06-16
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Komiyama, Hikaru
  • Nakahara, Kanako
  • Okuma, Yumiko

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a transaction processing apparatus includes a storage unit, a communication interface, and a processor. The processor is configured to register a commodity in a transaction based on commodity information sent from a user terminal via the communication interface. The processor is configured to determine whether the user terminal is located in a predetermined area in a store and execute processing for permitting a user of the user terminal to settle the transaction using an online settlement service via the user terminal only when the user terminal is determined to be located in the predetermined area.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/32 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols characterised by the use of specific devices using wireless devices
  • G06Q 20/04 - Payment circuits
  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems
  • G06Q 30/0601 - Electronic shopping [e-shopping]

59.

CHECKOUT DEVICE AND METHOD

      
Application Number 18340427
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-06-23
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sonaga, Sayo
  • Tsunoda, Mayuko
  • Okuma, Yumiko
  • Hidaka, Shiori
  • Sato, Maki

Abstract

According to an embodiment, a checkout device has a processor configured to acquire merchandise information for an item being registered for purchase in a transaction, and then execute a settlement process for the transaction based on the acquired merchandise information. The processor is configured to cause a display screen to display, on the same screen at the same time, a first display area in which a transaction amount for the transaction is displayed, a second display area in which at least one settlement method to be used for the settlement process is displayed in a selectable manner, and a third display area in which information about a selected settlement method is displayed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems
  • G07G 1/06 - Cash registers - Details for indicating with provision for the noting of the money to be paid

60.

SALES DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PAYMENT APPARATUS

      
Application Number 18353021
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-14
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Takasu, Takuya

Abstract

According to an embodiment, a sales data processing apparatus includes a camera positioned to acquire images of a region around the sales data processing apparatus and a user input unit permitting a user to operate the sales data processing apparatus. A controller is configured to perform registration processing on items in a sales transaction, acquire a first image from the camera, acquire a second image from the camera after the first image, and then acquire an image analysis comparing the first image to the second image to determine whether the camera has shifted position between the acquisition of the first image and the second image. If the camera has shifted between the acquisition of the first image and the second image, the controller performs countermeasure processing, such as pausing the sales data processing, issuing a warning notification, or attempting to return the camera to the previous position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems
  • G06T 7/73 - Determining position or orientation of objects or cameras using feature-based methods
  • H04N 23/695 - Control of camera direction for changing a field of view, e.g. pan, tilt or based on tracking of objects

61.

MONITORING DEVICE, PAYMENT SYSTEM INCLUDING A MONITORING DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR A MONITORING DEVICE

      
Application Number 18357612
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-24
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Suzuki, Kota

Abstract

In accordance with an embodiment, a monitoring device acquires image data of an image of an imaging area including at least a placement portion for placing a purchased product of a payment apparatus including the placement portion. The monitoring device detects an article placed on the placement portion on the basis of the acquired image data, and measures a time period during which the detected article is left in the same place. The monitoring device notifies, where the measured time period exceeds a threshold value, that there is a lost article.

IPC Classes  ?

62.

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

      
Application Number 18359853
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-26
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Yamamoto, Ryuzo

Abstract

According to one embodiment, an information processing device for analysis of images from a camera positioned to view a checkout apparatus includes a control unit. The control unit is configured to perform an analysis of a first sub-area of images from the camera to detect a movement of an operator or merchandise at the checkout apparatus. The control unit outputs a notification of non-registration if the analysis of the first sub-area of the images indicates that an item of merchandise has arrived at a post-registration storage place of the checkout apparatus from a pre-registration storage place of the checkout apparatus without passing through a registration region. The control unit adjusts a boundary position between the first sub-area and a periphery area in the images from the camera based on how often the operator or the merchandise is detected as crossing the boundary position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06V 20/52 - Surveillance or monitoring of activities, e.g. for recognising suspicious objects
  • G06V 10/24 - Aligning, centring, orientation detection or correction of the image
  • G06V 40/20 - Movements or behaviour, e.g. gesture recognition

63.

Sheet post-processing apparatus

      
Application Number 17968547
Grant Number 11939181
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-10-18
First Publication Date 2024-03-26
Grant Date 2024-03-26
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Sugizaki, Yoshiaki

Abstract

A sheet post-processing apparatus including a binding mechanism, a tray, a shift mechanism, and a control unit is provided. The binding mechanism is configured to apply binding to a sheet. The sheet applied with the binding is stacked on the tray. The shift mechanism is configured to perform a shift operation in which a side surface of the sheet is pushed and the sheet is deviated in a sheet width direction orthogonal to a discharge direction during discharge of the sheet to the tray. The control unit is configured to cause the shift operation to be performed by dividing the number of times for the shift operation into a plurality of times.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65H 37/04 - Article or web delivery apparatus incorporating devices for performing specified auxiliary operations for securing together articles or webs, e.g. by adhesive, stitching, or stapling

64.

PRINTER DEVICE

      
Application Number 17947197
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-19
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Takahashi, Keisuke

Abstract

A printer including a conveyance unit to convey long label paper in which a plurality of label areas each of which corresponds to one label and are disposed in one direction and a wireless tag is attached to each of the label areas, a printing unit to perform printing on the label paper, a cutting unit disposed at a rear stage of the printing unit to cut the label paper, a writing unit disposed at a rear stage of the cutting unit to perform writing of data on the wireless tag, and a processor, in which the processor allows printing by the printing unit to be performed and writing of data by the writing unit to be performed on the label area positioned at a front end of the label paper while controlling the conveyance unit to convey the label paper between the printing unit and the writing unit and allows the label area to be cut by the cutting unit, thereby issuing a label.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B41J 3/407 - Typewriters or selective printing or marking mechanisms characterised by the purpose for which they are constructed for marking on special material
  • B41J 11/00 - Devices or arrangements for supporting or handling copy material in sheet or web form
  • B41J 11/66 - Applications of cutting devices

65.

ATTENDANT TERMINAL FOR STORES WITH MULTIPLE POINT-OF-SALE SERVICE TYPES

      
Application Number 18338099
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-06-20
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Komiyama, Hikaru
  • Nakahara, Kanako

Abstract

According to an embodiment, an attendant terminal for retail stores operating multiple point-of-sale systems includes an input unit configured to receive a user designation of a first terminal type or a second terminal type, a network interface configured to connect to a transaction server tracking a status of one or more sales transactions being performed by customers on a point-of-sale service terminal of the first terminal type or a point-of-sale service terminal of the second terminal type, and a processor. The processor is configured to filter sales transaction status information based on the user designation of the first terminal type or the second terminal type, and cause a display device to display the sales transaction status information as filtered based on the user designation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems

66.

WIRELESS TAG READING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND METHOD

      
Application Number 18362923
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-31
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakurai, Wataru
  • Murofushi, Nobuo
  • Suzuki, Shigeaki
  • Suzuki, Yuki
  • Kimura, Masaki
  • Kawabe, Yuichiro
  • Otake, Haruka

Abstract

A wireless tag reading apparatus includes an antenna, a driving mechanism configured to move the antenna to multiple positions, and a controller configured to: upon receipt of a radio wave from a wireless tag via the antenna at each of the multiple positions, obtain tag information stored in the wireless tag and radio wave information related to the radio wave, determine whether the wireless tag is a reading target based on positional information indicating a position of the wireless tag that is output from a model in response to an input of the radio wave information, and issue a notification when a reliability level of the positional information output from the model is less than a predetermined threshold value.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 7/10 - Methods or arrangements for sensing record carriers by corpuscular radiation
  • G01S 5/02 - Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more direction or position-line determinations; Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more distance determinations using radio waves

67.

WIRELESS TAG READING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND METHOD

      
Application Number 18362930
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-31
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakurai, Wataru
  • Murofushi, Nobuo
  • Suzuki, Shigeaki
  • Suzuki, Yuki
  • Kimura, Masaki
  • Kawabe, Yuichiro
  • Otake, Haruka

Abstract

A wireless tag reading apparatus includes an antenna, a driving mechanism configured to move the antenna to multiple positions, and a controller configured to: upon receipt of a radio wave from a wireless tag via the antenna at each of the multiple positions, obtain tag information stored in the wireless tag and radio wave information related to the radio wave, adjust the radio wave information based on the tag information, and determine whether the wireless tag is a reading target based on information indicating a position of the wireless tag that is output from a model in response to an input of the adjusted radio wave information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 7/10 - Methods or arrangements for sensing record carriers by corpuscular radiation

68.

Image forming apparatus and image forming system

      
Application Number 17947198
Grant Number 11982964
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-09-19
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Grant Date 2024-05-14
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Kogiso, Yoshiki

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes a photoreceptor, a charger, an exposure device, a developing device, a transfer device, a power supply, a detection element, and a processor. The processor sets a transfer bias used in image forming processing based on the resistance value calculated using the value of the transfer bias supplied by the power supply, a measured value measured by the detection element, and the potential of the photoreceptor estimated from the charging potential at which the charger charges the photoreceptor if the measured value is measured, and determines the state of the photoreceptor based on a change in the surface potential of the photoreceptor if the charger changes the charging potential for charging the photoreceptor.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

69.

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM

      
Application Number 17947200
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-19
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Kukitsu, Yutaka

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes an instruction-information acquiring unit, a translation-result-information acquiring unit, a font-data acquiring unit, an image-formation control unit, and an image forming unit. The instruction-information acquiring unit acquires information indicating a first character string described in a first language and information indicating a second language different from the first language. The translation-result-information acquiring unit acquires, from a translation service provision server, information indicating a second character string, which is a character string obtained by translating the first character string into the second language. The font-data acquiring unit acquires font data of the second language from a font data distribution server. The image-formation control unit generates a synthetic image obtained by adding the second character string having a font based on the font data to a formation target image.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 40/58 - Use of machine translation, e.g. for multi-lingual retrieval, for server-side translation for client devices or for real-time translation
  • G06F 40/109 - Font handling; Temporal or kinetic typography
  • G06F 40/263 - Language identification
  • G06K 15/02 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data using printers
  • H04N 1/32 - Circuits or arrangements for control or supervision between transmitter and receiver

70.

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

      
Application Number 18318749
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-05-17
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor
  • Murofushi, Nobuo
  • Suzuki, Shigeaki
  • Sakurai, Wataru
  • Kimura, Masaki
  • Kawabe, Yuichiro
  • Suzuki, Yuki
  • Otake, Haruka

Abstract

An information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit that acquires transaction information in which consumer identification information for identifying a consumer is associated with individual item identification information indicating an individual item of a commodity purchased by the consumer in a transaction; a management unit that manages, for an individual consumer, the transaction information acquired by the acquisition unit; a receipt information output unit that outputs, based on the transaction information managed by the management unit, receipt information presented as a receipt to the consumer; a reception unit that receives event information indicating contents of an event targeting a commodity; and a specifying unit that specifies the consumer identification information, corresponding to the individual item identification information of an individual item which is a target of the event information received by the reception unit, with reference to the transaction information managed by the management unit.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/38 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols - Details thereof
  • G06Q 20/04 - Payment circuits
  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems

71.

PAYMENT DEVICE

      
Application Number 18354606
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-18
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Hiramatsu, Naotake
  • Gotanda, Tsuyoshi

Abstract

A payment device is to be operated by a customer to make payment for a transaction. Transaction data for the transaction is generated by a registration device operated by a store clerk. The payment device includes a sensor configured to detect motion when enabled, and a processor configured to enable the sensor upon receipt of a notification that the transaction data has been generated, in response to the motion being detected by the sensor while the payment is pending, acquire the transaction data generated by the registration device, and perform a payment process using the acquired transaction data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems

72.

WIRELESS TAG READING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND METHOD

      
Application Number 18359828
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-26
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakurai, Wataru
  • Murofushi, Nobuo
  • Suzuki, Shigeaki
  • Suzuki, Yuki
  • Kimura, Masaki
  • Kawabe, Yuichiro
  • Otake, Haruka

Abstract

A reading apparatus includes a mechanism to move an antenna between first and second positions, and a controller configured to: (a) control the antenna to transmit radio waves to wireless tags each attached to an object when the antenna is between the first and second positions; acquire, from response waves, information registered in each tag and indicating attributes of the object and the tag, and signal values of the response waves; and calculate an estimated position of each tag and a reliability level thereof based on the values. When the level of the position of a tag is less than a threshold or when the information of a tag indicates an attribute that can affect radio communications, the controller performs step (a) again, acquires signal values of response waves received from the tag, and calculates an estimated position of the tag and a reliability level thereof based on the values.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 13/06 - Systems determining position data of a target
  • G01S 5/02 - Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more direction or position-line determinations; Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more distance determinations using radio waves

73.

WIRELESS TAG READING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 18362932
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-07-31
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakurai, Wataru
  • Murofushi, Nobuo
  • Suzuki, Shigeaki
  • Suzuki, Yuki
  • Kimura, Masaki
  • Kawabe, Yuichiro
  • Otake, Haruka

Abstract

A wireless tag reading apparatus for reading tag information stored in a wireless tag attached to an item, includes a stage on which the item can be placed, one or more antennas movable between first and second positions, a camera facing the stage, and a controller configured to control the camera to capture images and detect an object therein, control the antennas to transmit radio waves to a wireless tag and move the antennas, wherein the transmitting and the moving are repeated while the antennas move from the first position to the second position during a tag reading period, acquire tag information from response waves transmitted by the wireless tag in response to the radio waves, based on the captured images, determine whether the object has moved during the tag reading period, and upon determining that the object has moved during the tag reading period, issue a notification.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 7/10 - Methods or arrangements for sensing record carriers by corpuscular radiation

74.

POINT-OF-SALE SYSTEM

      
Application Number 18447238
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-09
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Hiramatsu, Naotake
  • Gotanda, Tsuyoshi

Abstract

A point-of-sale system includes a registration device configured to register items for a transaction, a plurality of payment devices with which payment for the transaction can be made, and an imaging device including a camera configured to capture images in an area where the registration device and the payment devices are located and a processor that is configured to determine, based on the images captured by the camera, one of the plurality of payment devices as a destination for sending payment data for the transaction. The payment data is sent to the payment device determined to be the destination and not sent to other payment devices of the plurality of payment devices.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/20 - Point-of-sale [POS] network systems

75.

PRINTER DEVICE

      
Application Number 18450438
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-16
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Takahashi, Keisuke

Abstract

A printer including a conveyance unit to convey long label paper in which a plurality of label areas each of which corresponds to one label and are disposed in one direction and a wireless tag is attached to each of the label areas, a printing unit to perform printing on the label paper, a cutting unit disposed at a rear stage of the printing unit to cut the label paper, a writing unit disposed at a rear stage of the cutting unit to perform writing of data on the wireless tag, and a processor, in which the processor allows printing by the printing unit to be performed and writing of data by the writing unit to be performed on the label area positioned at a front end of the label paper while controlling the conveyance unit to convey the label paper between the printing unit and the writing unit and allows the label area to be cut by the cutting unit, thereby issuing a label.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B41J 3/407 - Typewriters or selective printing or marking mechanisms characterised by the purpose for which they are constructed for marking on special material
  • B41J 11/00 - Devices or arrangements for supporting or handling copy material in sheet or web form
  • B41J 11/66 - Applications of cutting devices

76.

PRINTER DEVICE

      
Application Number 18453356
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-22
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Takahashi, Keisuke

Abstract

A printer including a conveyance unit to convey long label paper in which a plurality of label areas each of which corresponds to one label and are disposed in one direction and a wireless tag is attached to each of the label areas, a printing unit to perform printing on the label paper, a cutting unit disposed at a rear stage of the printing unit to cut the label paper, a writing unit disposed at a rear stage of the cutting unit to perform writing of data on the wireless tag, and a processor, in which the processor allows printing by the printing unit to be performed and writing of data by the writing unit to be performed on the label area positioned at a front end of the label paper while controlling the conveyance unit to convey the label paper between the printing unit and the writing unit and allows the label area to be cut by the cutting unit, thereby issuing a label.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B41J 3/407 - Typewriters or selective printing or marking mechanisms characterised by the purpose for which they are constructed for marking on special material
  • B41J 11/00 - Devices or arrangements for supporting or handling copy material in sheet or web form
  • B41J 11/66 - Applications of cutting devices

77.

SEATING DETECTION DEVICE AND SEATING MONITORING SYSTEM

      
Application Number 18453434
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-22
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Koike, Sho

Abstract

A seating detection device includes a sensor, a coupler, a power supply, a switch, and a controller. The sensor forms an electric field to detect a change in an electrostatic capacitance. The coupler couples the sensor to a chair. The power supply supplies power for forming the electric field to the sensor. The switch controls transmission of power from the power supply to the sensor. After the switch is turned on, the controller sets a seating threshold based on the change in electrostatic capacitance detected by the sensor. The seating threshold represents a threshold amount of electrostatic capacitance. The controller determines whether an occupant is seated on the chair based on the seating threshold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A47C 31/12 - Means, e.g. measuring means, for adapting chairs, beds or mattresses to the shape or weight of persons
  • H03K 17/955 - Proximity switches using a capacitive detector

78.

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 18522123
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-28
First Publication Date 2024-03-21
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Hiroe, Yoshihito

Abstract

An image processing apparatus includes a memory, a scanner, and a processor configured to: control the scanner to read an image formed on a sheet along a reading direction, and store data of the read image in the memory, determine a plurality of regions of the image, select one of the regions based on a whiteness or saturation level of color thereof, and add a first image indicating the reading direction to said one of the regions, and store data of the image to which the first image has been added in the memory.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof

79.

Application distribution device distributes a program for installing an application in an image forming apparatus and non-transitory recording medium

      
Application Number 18178433
Grant Number 11936828
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-03-03
First Publication Date 2024-03-19
Grant Date 2024-03-19
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor
  • Watanabe, Hiroshi
  • Kamada, Jin
  • Suzuki, Hideaki
  • Sakuma, Sho
  • Maeda, Tomoki

Abstract

An application distribution device includes one or more processors and one or more memory devices storing instructions. The instructions cause the processors to obtain a virtual image forming apparatus that emulates a physical image forming apparatus; determine whether an application launched in the virtual image forming apparatus corresponds to an application installed in the physical image forming apparatus; based on the determination, acquire setting information of the application launched in the virtual image forming apparatus, the setting information comprising a setting made for the application launched in the virtual image forming apparatus; obtain an updated application by updating the application based on the acquired setting information; and distribute a program to the physical image forming apparatus, the program comprising instructions executable by the physical image forming apparatus and configured to implement the updated application in the physical image forming apparatus, the updated application based on the acquired setting information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • G06F 8/61 - Installation
  • G06F 11/36 - Preventing errors by testing or debugging of software

80.

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 17941166
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-09
First Publication Date 2024-03-14
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Miyazaki, Yasunari

Abstract

Presented is an image forming apparatus that includes a plurality of photoconductors, a sensor, a first memory, and a processor. The photoconductors include first and second photoconductors on which a toner image is formed in response to an image being formed. The sensor detects a physical amount that changes in response to a deterioration state of the first photoconductor. The first memory collects and stores a history of the physical amount and usage status information relating to a usage status of the first photoconductor. The processor performs a prediction of a lifespan of the second photoconductor and determination of a failure of the second photoconductor based on the history of the physical amount and the usage status information of the first photoconductor, and usage status information relating to a usage status of the second photoconductor.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data
  • G06K 15/12 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data using printers by photographic printing

81.

Image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 17941170
Grant Number 11966173
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-09-09
First Publication Date 2024-03-14
Grant Date 2024-04-23
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Watanabe, Takeshi

Abstract

An image forming apparatus equipped with an exposure device including a plurality of light emitting points, includes a photoconductor and a processor. The processor controls the light emission of each of the plurality of light emitting points of the exposure device based on the image to be formed. The processor calculates a fourth correction coefficient by changing a third correction coefficient, which is calculated based on a first correction coefficient for correcting a first physical quantity related to the exposure condition of the photoconductor by the light emitting point, and a second correction coefficient for correcting a second physical quantity related to the exposure condition of the photoconductor by the light emitting point, based on the light emission time set according to the gradation of the image to be formed, and corrects the light output of each of the plurality of light emitting points by the fourth correction coefficient.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/043 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for exposing, i.e. imagewise exposure by optically projecting the original image on a photoconductive recording material with means for controlling illumination or exposure

82.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING AND CONTROLLING PRINT CARTRIDGE OWNERSHIP TRANSFERS USING NON-FUNGIBLE TOKENS

      
Application Number 17942726
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-12
First Publication Date 2024-03-14
Owner Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Sabandith, Milong

Abstract

A system and method of a system provides for tracking and controlling print cartridge ownership transfers using non-fungible tokens (NFTs). A print cartridge manufacture creates a unique NFT for each manufactured print cartridge that is stored on a public blockchain. Each NFT is encoded with a serial number of its associated cartridge, along with manufacturer information stored in the manufacturer's digital certificate. Each NFT may include manufacturer information, transactional information and a smart contract. Sale or resale of a cartridge is accomplished by a sale of its associated NFT on a digital marketplace. Sales are governed by smart contract terms. A buyer scans a cartridge QR code to decode its serial number which is then used to lookup manufacturer information, cartridge information and transactional information. If a purchase permitted and is accepted, the buyer information and sale information are updated to the blockchain with the associated NFT which is placed in the possession of the buyer.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/38 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols - Details thereof
  • B41J 2/175 - Ink supply systems
  • G06Q 20/12 - Payment architectures specially adapted for electronic shopping systems

83.

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 17940119
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-08
First Publication Date 2024-03-14
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Takeda, Kazuhisa

Abstract

An image forming apparatus according to an embodiment includes an image bearing body, a developing roller, a housing, and a gap adjusting member. The image bearing body includes a first rotating shaft and includes a first surface on which a latent image is formed. The developing roller includes a second rotating shaft, includes a second surface, includes a bearing, and supplies a developer to the latent image and develops the latent image. The housing rotatably supports the second rotating shaft. The gap adjusting member includes a shaft hole for rotatably receiving one end of the first rotating shaft and includes a cam surface. The gap adjusting member is turned around the first rotating shaft and is fixed to the housing in a turning position where a gap is uniform in a direction of the second rotating shaft of the developing roller.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/08 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for developing using a solid developer, e.g. powder developer

84.

THERMAL PRINTER AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THERMAL PRINTER

      
Application Number 17941188
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-09
First Publication Date 2024-03-14
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Kawamorita, Yuji

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a thermal printer includes a thermal head that is provided inside a main body and prints acquired print data on a medium, a temperature sensor that detects the temperature of the thermal head, a notification unit that notifies a user of information, and a processor. If the temperature sensor detects the temperature of a preset set value or higher during the printing of the print data by the thermal head, the processor controls the thermal head to stop the driving and controls the notification unit to notify that the thermal printer is not in an abnormal state.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B41J 29/38 - Drives, motors, controls, or automatic cut-off devices for the entire printing mechanism
  • B41J 2/32 - Typewriters or selective printing mechanisms characterised by the printing or marking process for which they are designed characterised by selective application of heat to a heat sensitive printing or impression-transfer material using thermal heads

85.

ROLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, ROLE MANAGEMENT DEVICE, AND MULTIFUNCTION PRINTER

      
Application Number 17943338
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-13
First Publication Date 2024-03-14
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Aoyama, Ryuichi

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a role management system includes a first management unit, a second management unit, an acquisition unit, and a first control unit. The first management unit manages a role assigned to a user identified by an identifier in correlation with the identifier. The second management unit manages a role to be assigned to an assignee identified by an identifier in correlation with the identifier. The acquisition unit individually acquires two identifiers as a first identifier and a second identifier. The first control unit controls the first management unit so that the role managed by the second management unit in correlation with an identifier acquired as the second identifier by the acquisition unit is managed as a role assigned to a user identified by an identifier acquired as the first identifier by the acquisition unit.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • H04N 1/44 - Secrecy systems

86.

Image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 17944104
Grant Number 11934134
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-09-13
First Publication Date 2024-03-14
Grant Date 2024-03-19
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Kurita, Suguru

Abstract

According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit to form an image on a sheet and a sensor with a light emitting part having a light emission intensity that changes according to an input voltage level and a light receiving part that outputs an output value that changes according to the amount of incident light. The sensor is configured to detect a toner density of the image formed by the image forming unit. A power supply unit is provided to supply power to the light emitting part and change the input voltage level of the power supplied to light emitting part in a predetermined sequence until an end condition is satisfied during an inspection operation. A controller is configured to make an abnormality determination based on a state of the sensor when the end condition is satisfied during the inspection operation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

87.

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

      
Application Number 17944112
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-13
First Publication Date 2024-03-14
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Miyashita, Kousei

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a fixing device includes a tubular body and a heater unit inside the tubular body. The heater unit has a longitudinal direction parallel to an axial direction of the tubular body. A first surface side of the heater unit contacts the tubular body. A heat equalizing member is on a second surface side of the heater unit. The heater unit is between the heat equalizing member and the tubular body. The heat equalizing member includes a heat transfer sheet and a protective member. A support member is configured to hold the heat equalizing member and the heater unit. The heat equalizing member is between the support member and the second surface side of the heater unit.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat

88.

LINER-LESS LABEL PRE-FEED SYSTEM AND METHOD

      
Application Number 17944611
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-14
First Publication Date 2024-03-14
Owner Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Connors, William M.
  • Lawrence, Michael W.
  • Bryant, Donn D.

Abstract

A pre-feed system and method for a liner-less label printer includes a drive roller that is configured to peel liner-less labels from a reel and pass print stock comprising the labels to an in-line label printer at a consistent rate. An idler roller disposed in proximity to the drive roller creates a nip for pulling labels from the reel. Label stock is fed to one or more print heads while supported by a support plate comprising projections extending from a planar surface, contacting an adhesive side of the labels. The projections are aligned in rows substantially perpendicular to a travel direction of the moving print stock and in a plurality of columns substantially parallel to the travel direction of the moving print stock, with projections on alternate rows offset from projections on adjacent rows and projections on alternate columns offset from projections on adjacent columns.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B41J 15/04 - Supporting, feeding, or guiding devices; Mountings for web rolls or spindles
  • B41J 3/407 - Typewriters or selective printing or marking mechanisms characterised by the purpose for which they are constructed for marking on special material

89.

SETTLEMENT APPARATUS AND SETTLEMENT METHOD

      
Application Number 18328341
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-06-02
First Publication Date 2024-03-14
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Soejima, Hidetoshi

Abstract

According to an embodiment, a settlement apparatus calculates, if a payment amount is an amount of money in a unit of a second currency, the amount of difference between a settlement amount in the unit of the second currency and the payment amount. The settlement apparatus converts the payment amount in the unit of the second currency into the payment amount in a unit of a first currency and computes the amount of difference between the converted payment amount and a settlement amount calculated in the unit of the first currency. Further, the settlement apparatus outputs the amount of difference calculated by second computing means or the amount of difference calculated by second converting means.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 40/04 - Trading; Exchange, e.g. stocks, commodities, derivatives or currency exchange
  • G06Q 20/38 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols - Details thereof

90.

INKJET HEAD AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 18336844
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-06-16
First Publication Date 2024-03-14
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Harada, Sota

Abstract

According to an embodiment, an inkjet head includes a piezoelectric element that is configured to change the volume of a pressure chamber from which a liquid is dispensed. A first switch is configured to connect the piezoelectric to a first power line at a first voltage when turned on, and a control circuit is configured to turn on the first switch at a first change time and then turn off the first switch after the voltage of the piezoelectric element reaches the first voltage and then turn on the first switch before a second change time. The control circuit applies a drive waveform to the piezoelectric element in which the voltage of the drive waveform is a second voltage before the first change time, the first voltage after the first change time, and the second voltage after the second change time.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B41J 2/045 - Ink jet characterised by the jet generation process generating single droplets or particles on demand by pressure, e.g. electromechanical transducers
  • B41J 2/14 - Structure thereof

91.

SHOPPING CART

      
Application Number 18465107
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-09-11
First Publication Date 2024-03-14
Owner
  • Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
  • ENAX, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakurada, Katsuaki
  • Yasuno, Masahiro
  • Takeda, Katsuya
  • Sawada, Hachirou
  • Sugikami, Reiji
  • Sugiyama, Tomonori
  • Takeda, Hiroki
  • Okazaki, Takahiro
  • Yamamoto, Ryoichi
  • Kitada, Tomoyuki

Abstract

Provided is a shopping cart capable of simplifying equipment of a storage area of the shopping cart. A shopping cart allowed to be nested in a front-rear direction, including: a cart body; a battery configured to supply power to an electronic device attached to the cart body and displayed commodity information read by a reading device; a power receiving portion provided on a front side of the cart body and configured to be electrically connectable to an external power supply; and a power transmitting portion provided on a rear surface side of the power receiving portion and configured to supply power to a power receiving portion of another shopping cart nested in the shopping cart. Each of the power receiving portion and the power transmitting portion is provided with a magnet configured for holding a relative position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B62B 3/14 - Hand carts having more than one axis carrying transport wheels; Steering devices therefor; Equipment therefor characterised by provisions for nesting or stacking, e.g. shopping trolleys

92.

CASSETTE DRAWING-IN DEVICE AND SHEET SUPPLY DEVICE

      
Application Number 17901915
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-02
First Publication Date 2024-03-07
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Naitou, Tomoki

Abstract

A cassette drawing-in device in an embodiment includes a lever, a guide section, and an urging member. The lever includes an engaging groove opened on a first side in a first direction. The engaging groove includes an entrance for a cassette pin at an end portion in a longitudinal direction. The cassette pin projects to a second side in the first direction from a cassette. The cassette is capable of moving in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. The lever rotates around the rotation axis to thereby draw in, in the second direction, the cassette pin engaging in the engaging groove. The guide section is formed in the entrance of the engaging groove and guides the cassette pin to the first side in the first direction. The urging member urges the lever to the first side in the first direction.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65H 1/26 - Supports or magazines for piles from which articles are to be separated with auxiliary supports to facilitate introduction or renewal of the pile

93.

SHEET CONVEYANCE DEVICE AND DETERMINATION METHOD

      
Application Number 17938973
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-07
First Publication Date 2024-03-07
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Murakami, Kiyotaka

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a sheet conveyance device includes a plurality of conveyance rollers, a sheet sensor, and a control unit. The conveyance rollers convey a sheet on a conveyance path. The sheet sensor is provided at least at a first position and a second position on the conveyance path for the sheet and senses passage of a front end of the sheet and passage of a rear end of the sheet. The control unit determines double sheet feed based on a first time as time from passage of a front end of a first sheet through the first position to passage of the front end of the first sheet through the second position, a second time as time from sensing of the passage of the front end of the first sheet by a sheet sensor to sensing of passage of a rear end of the first sheet by the sheet sensor, a third time as time from passage through the first position of a front end of a second sheet conveyed by the conveyance roller after the first sheet to passage of the front end through the second position, and a fourth time as time from sensing of the passage of the front end of the second sheet by a sheet sensor to sensing of passage of a rear end of the second sheet by the sheet sensor.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65H 7/12 - Controlling article feeding, separating, pile-advancing, or associated apparatus, to take account of incorrect feeding, absence of articles, or presence of faulty articles by feelers or detectors responsive to presence of faulty articles or incorrect separation or feed responsive to double feed or separation
  • B65H 3/06 - Rollers or like rotary separators

94.

LENS MIRROR ARRAY, OPTICAL DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 17901909
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-09-02
First Publication Date 2024-03-07
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Shiraishi, Takashi

Abstract

An optical element of a lens mirror array according to an embodiment includes an incident-side lens surface, a first reflection surface, a second reflection surface, an emission-side lens surface, a first positioning surface, and a second positioning surface. The incident-side lens surface refracts and converges incident light. The first reflection surface reflects light made incident via the incident-side lens surface. The second reflection surface reflects the light reflected by the first reflection surface. The emission-side lens surface emits the light reflected by the second reflection surface. The lens mirror array is a lens mirror array in which a plurality of optical elements are arrayed in a direction orthogonal to optical axes of the incident light and the reflected light and parallel to the first positioning surface.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/03 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof - Details of scanning heads for picture-information pick-up with photodetectors arranged in a substantially linear array
  • G02B 17/00 - Systems with reflecting surfaces, with or without refracting elements
  • G02B 17/08 - Catadioptric systems
  • H04N 1/031 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof - Details of scanning heads for picture-information pick-up with photodetectors arranged in a substantially linear array the photodetectors having a one-to-one and optically positive correspondence with the scanned picture elements, e.g. linear contact sensors

95.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE TEMPERATURE CONTROL DEVICE

      
Application Number 18508278
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-14
First Publication Date 2024-03-07
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Kojima, Takeshi

Abstract

A device to supply power to a heater of a fixing device with a heater power supply circuit configured to supply power to the heater; a temperature sensor to measure a detected temperature from the temperature control target; a temperature estimation circuit to estimate an estimated temperature value of the temperature control target by the detected temperature; a control signal generation circuit to output a control signal for controlling the power supplied by the heater power supply circuit based on the estimated temperature value of the temperature control target estimated by the temperature estimation circuit and the target temperature; and a temperature abnormality detection circuit to determine whether an abnormality exists in the temperature sensor or on a circuit side based on a comparison result of the detected temperature acquired by the temperature sensor and the estimated temperature value.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat

96.

SHEET SUPPLY DEVICE

      
Application Number 17894190
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-24
First Publication Date 2024-02-29
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Oshida, Katsuya

Abstract

A sheet supply device in an embodiment includes a cassette, a housing, a drawing-in device, a roller, and a guide member. The housing supports the cassette to be movable in a first direction. The drawing-in device draws the cassette into the housing. The roller is supported by one of the cassette and the housing. The guide member is supported by another of the cassette and the housing. The guide member includes a groove having the first direction as a longitudinal direction and having a third direction orthogonal to the first direction and the second direction as a width direction. The roller is disposed in a first portion in the first direction of the groove in a state in which the cassette is housed in the housing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65H 1/26 - Supports or magazines for piles from which articles are to be separated with auxiliary supports to facilitate introduction or renewal of the pile
  • B65H 1/04 - Supports or magazines for piles from which articles are to be separated adapted to support articles substantially horizontally, e.g. for separation from top of pile
  • B65H 3/06 - Rollers or like rotary separators

97.

Image forming apparatus with maintenance necessity identification and prediction

      
Application Number 17896007
Grant Number 11927902
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-08-25
First Publication Date 2024-02-29
Grant Date 2024-03-12
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor Kojima, Takeshi

Abstract

An image forming apparatus according to one embodiment includes a maintenance management prediction device that predicts and determines the necessity of maintenance for a fixing unit, the type of the required maintenance, and the like by obtaining the difference between initial data (an initial detected temperature and an initial temperature estimation value) and latest data (a latest detected temperature and a latest temperature estimation value) of the fixing unit and comparing the difference to a predetermined range. Based on the comparison of the difference to the predetermined range the prediction device issues or not warning information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

98.

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 17899782
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-08-31
First Publication Date 2024-02-29
Owner TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Japan)
Inventor Maruyama, Shinji

Abstract

An image processing apparatus in an embodiment includes an apparatus main body, a paper feeding cassette, a drawing-in mechanism, and a restricting member. The paper feeding cassette is inserted into the apparatus main body to be capable of being drawn out in a first orientation along a first direction. The drawing-in mechanism draws the paper feeding cassette into the apparatus main body up to a drawing-in completion position along a second orientation. The restricting member restricts the paper feeding cassette present in the drawing-in completion position from being displaced in the second orientation. If the paper feeding cassette is not connected to the drawing-in mechanism even if the paper feeding cassette is pushed in up to the drawing-in completion position, the restricting member is displaced from the predetermined position to allow the paper feeding cassette to be displaced in the second orientation with respect to the apparatus main body.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65H 1/26 - Supports or magazines for piles from which articles are to be separated with auxiliary supports to facilitate introduction or renewal of the pile

99.

LIQUID DISPENSING HEAD

      
Application Number 18332504
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-06-09
First Publication Date 2024-02-29
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Goto, Taiki
  • Shimosato, Masashi
  • Nitta, Noboru

Abstract

According to an embodiment, a liquid dispensing head includes a nozzle plate with a plurality of nozzles and a plurality of pressure chambers respectively communicating with the nozzles. A vibration plate is on a side of the pressure chambers opposite the nozzle plate. A supply-side flow path for liquid to be dispensed from the nozzle is on an inlet side of the plurality of pressure chambers. A discharge-side flow path for the liquid is on an outlet side of the pressure chambers. Piezoelectric elements are positioned to vibrate the vibration plate to change a volume of the pressure chambers for ejecting (dispensing) the liquid from the plurality of nozzles. The supply-side flow path is set to have a flow path resistance that is the same as a flow path resistance of the discharge-side flow-path.

IPC Classes  ?

100.

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

      
Application Number 18334211
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-06-13
First Publication Date 2024-02-29
Owner Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan)
Inventor
  • Takahashi, Keita
  • Tozuka, Takashi
  • Koyata, Minoru

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a liquid ejection head includes a substrate with a hole, a nozzle plate with a plurality of nozzles, and an actuator on a first surface of the substrate. The actuator has a plurality of pressure chambers aligned to the plurality of nozzles. An electrode has a first portion on the first surface of the substrate and a second portion on a second surface of the substrate. The second surface is on an opposite side of the substrate from the first surface. A manifold has a first liquid hole facing the hole in the substrate and a second liquid hole facing another portion of the substrate other than the hole. A shielding member is between the substrate and the manifold and covers the second liquid hole.

IPC Classes  ?

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