Toshiba TEC has patented a self-service checkout terminal with an optical code reader, weight sensor, and processor operating in two modes. The processor registers items based on code reading and confirms proper placement using weight in the first mode, switching after settlement. GlobalData’s report on Toshiba TEC gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Self-service checkout terminal with weight confirmation for items

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Toshiba TEC Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11922392B2) discloses a checkout terminal designed to streamline the checkout process by incorporating an optical code reader, a weight sensor, and a processor capable of operating in two distinct modes. In the first mode, the processor conducts a registration process based on merchandise codes read by the optical code reader while simultaneously confirming proper item placement through the weight sensor. The second mode disables the confirmation process, with the processor switching back to the first mode after completing a transaction settlement based on sales data.

Furthermore, the checkout terminal includes features such as a biometric recognition device for user authentication, a second platform with an additional weight sensor, and error detection mechanisms during the confirmation process. The operation method of the checkout terminal involves switching between modes based on user codes, biometric patterns, and transaction settlements. The method also includes error notifications, item registration cancellation, warning operations, and visual indicators to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of the checkout process. Overall, the patented technology aims to improve the speed and reliability of transactions at checkout terminals by integrating advanced features for item verification and user authentication.

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