09582954 cites 687 patents.

An article dispensing machine, system and method for authenticating an article returned to the article dispensing machine and an article for use in such a machine and system are disclosed herein. The returned article comprises an authentication code disposed on the surface of the returned article and a layer that is substantially opaque in visible light and at least partially overlays the authentication code. The article dispensing machine comprises a light source for illuminating the surface of the returned article so that the authentication code is visible through the layer, an image capture device for capturing an image of the authentication code when the surface is illuminated, and a processor for comparing the captured image to a master authentication code.

Title
Article vending machine and method for authenticating received articles
Application Number
14/28154
Publication Number
9582954 (B2)
Application Date
September 16, 2013
Publication Date
February 28, 2017
Inventor
Jonathan Palmer
Chicago
IL, US
Franz Kuehnrich
Bartlett
IL, US
Agent
Neal Gerber & Eisenberg
James P Muraff
Assignee
REDBOX AUTOMATED RETAIL
IL, US
IPC
G07F 17/00
G07F 7/06
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