09390596 is referenced by 127 patents and cites 404 patents.

Customers would like to minimize the time waiting in checkout lines; however, it is often difficult to understand which checkout lane to choose. The present invention embraces a device, system, and method to help customers understand which checkout lanes are open and operating most efficiently. The invention utilizes Bluetooth-low-energy (BLE) transmitters located at each checkout lane to transmit updated information related to (i) the lane's status (e.g., open or in-use) and (ii) the lane's quality (e.g., throughput efficiency). Portable electronic devices used by customers may receive the BLE signals and understand (e.g., using augmented reality) which lane would be most likely to provide a quick checkout.

Title
Device, system, and method for determining the status of checkout lanes
Application Number
14/628708
Publication Number
9390596 (B1)
Application Date
February 23, 2015
Publication Date
July 12, 2016
Inventor
Erik Todeschini
Camillus
NY, US
Agent
Additon Higgins & Pendleton P A
Assignee
Hand Held Products
SC, US
IPC
G06T 19/00
H04N 5/232
H04N 7/18
G07G 1/14
G07G 1/00
G06K 7/10
G07G 1/01
G06K 15/00
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