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Printhead carriers and adapters

Printhead carriers and adapters are disclosed. An example disclosed print mechanism includes a printhead carrier including first and second pivot mechanisms; and a toggle assembly to, when in an engaged position, apply a force to the printhead carrier with the printhead carrier in a closed configuration, wherein the closed configuration enables printing operations, when in a disengaged position, allow the printhead carrier to transition to an open configuration via the first pivot mechanism, wherein the open configuration provides access to a printhead carried by the printhead carrier, and when in the disengaged position, allow the printhead carrier to transition to an access configuration via the second pivot mechanism, wherein the access configuration enables removal of the printhead from the printhead carrier.. ... Zih Corp

Media processing device with enhanced media and ribbon loading and unloading features

An example disclosed printer includes a base; a lid hingedly attached to the base movable between a closed position in which the lid is secured to the base, and an open position in which the lid is at least partially separated from the base; a cavity defined between the lid and the base, wherein the cavity is inaccessible when the lid is in the closed position and the cavity is accessible when the lid is in the open position; a ribbon positioning assembly disposed within the cavity that is pivotably attached to at least one of the lid or the base wherein the ribbon positioning assembly is configured to move between a printing position when the lid is in the closed position, and an accessible position when the lid is in the open position, wherein the ribbon positioning assembly comprises a ribbon tensioning mechanism.. . ... Zih Corp

Modular print drive assembly and platen assembly

A modular print drive assembly and platen assembly are provided. The modular print drive assembly is structured for insertion and removal from a printer, the modular print drive assembly and includes a print drive housing defining a plurality of printer mount fasteners, a printhead coupled to and supported by the print drive housing, a platen latch assembly coupled to and supported by the print drive housing. ... Zih Corp

Methods and apparatus to generate site health information

Methods and apparatus for generating site health information are disclosed herein. An example apparatus configured to receive location data generated based on blink data transmitted by tags and received by receivers deployed at a site includes a processor; and memory including machine-readable instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to: generate a data quality value based on the received location data; generate a receiver health value based on a receive rate of respective ones of the receivers; generate a locate gap value based on amounts of time between location estimations; generate a locate rate based on a ratio of a first amount of the location estimations and a second amount of tracked participants at the site; and generate site health value by combining two or more of the data quality value, the receiver health value, the locate gap value, and the locate rate value; and outputting the site health value.. ... Zih Corp

Methods and apparatus for reference regeneration in real time location systems

Methods and apparatus for reference regeneration in real time location systems are disclosed. An example disclosed method includes obtaining reference phase offsets from a plurality of radio frequency identification (rfid) receivers; transmitting a first synchronization signal via a wireline link to obtain differential wireline coarse sync measurements; determining a residual offset table based at least in part on the differential wireline coarse sync measurements and the reference phase offsets; transmitting a second synchronization signal via the wireline link to obtain revised differential wireline coarse sync measurements; generating revised reference phase offsets by combining the revised differential wireline coarse sync offsets with the residual offset table; and determining a physical location of a rfid tag based at least in part on i) the revised reference phase offsets and ii) rfid receiver clock measurements corresponding to a time-of-arrival of over-the-air data transmitted from the rfid tag.. ... Zih Corp

Method and apparatus to communicate data associated with media processing devices

Methods and apparatus to communicate data associated with media processing devices are disclosed. An example media processing device residing on a network includes a monitor configured to collect observational data associated with the media processing device in accordance with a configuration file stored on the media processing device; and communicate the observational data to a first device external to the network via a first persistent connection between the media processing device and the first external device; and a controller configured to receive an operational instruction from a second external device via a second persistent connection between the media processing device and the second external device, wherein the second persistent connection is independent of the first persistent connection; and implement the operational instruction on the media processing device, wherein the operation instruction controls media processing hardware of the media processing device.. ... Zih Corp

Media processing device with enhanced media and ribbon loading and unloading features

A disclosed media processing device includes a lid hingedly attached to the base movable relative to the base between a closed position and an open position, wherein a cavity is defined between the base and the lid; a platen roller to form a first nip with a printhead, wherein media having a backing is to travel through the first nip; a modular peeler configured to remove the backing from the media downstream from the first nip, the modular peeler including a peel roller to form a second nip with the platen roller, wherein the backing is to travel through the second nip after being removed from the media.. . ... Zih Corp

Receiver processor for adaptive windowing and high-resolution toa determination in a multiple receiver target location system

A disclosed example apparatus receives a tag transmission signal from a tag at a receiver, wherein the tag transmission signal comprises a series of pulses; determines a coarse estimate of a time-of-arrival (toa) of the tag transmission signal based on a detection of a pulse of the series of pulses in an adjustable coarse timing window, wherein the coarse estimate is based on a plurality of coarse timing windows; determines a fine estimate of the toa based on a detection of the pulse in at least one of a parallel set of fine timing windows; and determines a sub-window resolution of the toa based on at least one detection transition between consecutive fine receiver windows of at least one of a plurality of pulses and a weighted average of the toa for each pulse of the series of pulses.. . ... Zih Corp

Methods and apparatus to mitigate interference and to extend field of view in ultra-wideband systems

Methods and systems are described for generating a first filtered signal by passing signal energy in a first radio frequency (rf) spectral band associated with a signaling bandwidth of an ultra-wideband (uwb) rf signaling system, generating a second filtered signal by passing signal energy in a second rf spectral band associated with the signaling bandwidth of the uwb rf signaling system, generating a plurality of digitized streams of pulses by identifying rf pulses in a respective filtered signal above a respective predetermined threshold, generating at least one time-stamped tag data packet, based on decoding a valid over-the-air packet corresponding to a plurality of rf pulses received according to a known burst pattern, selecting a time-stamped tag data packet from the at least one received time-stamped tag data packet, formulating a network data packet based on the selected time-stamped tag data packet, and outputting the network data packet.. . ... Zih Corp

Printhead pin configurations

Printhead pin configurations are disclosed. An example printhead assembly includes an interface to place the printhead assembly in communication with a logic circuit; and a logic circuit configured according to a pin configuration, the pin configuration comprising pin groups, wherein each of the pin groups includes a signal line and a reference voltage.. ... Zih Corp

Method, apparatus, and computer program product for employing a spatial association model in a real time location system

An example for processing location information received from a radio frequency (rf) location tag includes determining a first location of a first rf location tag associated with an asset; determining at least one second location of at least one second rf location tag associated with the asset; determining, using a processor, that the first location is not a valid location based at least in part on a comparison of the first location with the at least one second location using a spatial association model associated with the asset; and identifying the first location as erroneous in response to determining that the first location is not a valid location.. . ... Zih Corp

Dual transponder radio frequency identification

An example disclosed method for authenticating a radio frequency identification (“rfid”) tag includes receiving a first signal including a first transponder identifier associated with the rfid tag; receiving a second signal including a second transponder identifier, wherein the second transponder identifier is associated with a different transponder than the first transponder identifier; and determining, with circuitry, whether the second transponder identifier is associated with the rfid tag.. . ... Zih Corp

Modular location tag for a real time location system network

An example disclosed method includes generating, by a microcontroller of a controller, a data packet; and causing the transmission of the data packet on blink data pulses from two or more individual transmit modules, wherein each individual transmit module is in comprises an antenna and a pulse generator configured to transmit the data packet and is in data communications with the controller, wherein the controller causes substantially simultaneous transmission of the blink data pulses from the respective transmit modules to encourage reliable receipt of the blink data pulses at one or more of a plurality of receivers.. . ... Zih Corp

Printhead carriers and adapters

Printhead carriers and adapters are disclosed. An example disclosed print mechanism includes a printhead carrier including first and second pivot mechanisms; and a toggle assembly to, when in an engaged position, apply a force to the printhead carrier with the printhead carrier in a closed configuration, wherein the closed configuration enables printing operations, when in a disengaged position, allow the printhead carrier to transition to an open configuration via the first pivot mechanism, wherein the open configuration provides access to a printhead carried by the printhead carrier, and when in the disengaged position, allow the printhead carrier to transition to an access configuration via the second pivot mechanism, wherein the access configuration enables removal of the printhead from the printhead carrier.. ... Zih Corp

09/07/17 / #20170257127

Method and apparatus for associating radio frequency identification tags with participants

Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer readable media are disclosed for associating a radio frequency identification tag with a participant. In one embodiment, a method is provided for associating an unassociated rf location tag with a participant. ... Zih Corp

08/31/17 / #20170248679

Frequency channel diversity for real-time locating systems, methods, and computer program products

Provided are architectures, systems, methods, and computer program products for real-time object locating and position determination using frequency channel diversity for transmitting and receiving position determination signals including bursts of location signals. Channelized frequency diversity of a short burst of small location signals that “hop” across multiple frequency channels is used to collectively produce a quasi-wideband position determination signal. ... Zih Corp

08/10/17 / #20170225496

Printhead carriers and adapters

Printhead carriers and adapters are disclosed. An example disclosed printhead carrier includes a base to carry a printhead assembly; a first pivot mechanism to pivot the base about a first axis; and a second pivot mechanism to pivot a connector about a second axis different than the first axis, the printhead assembly to be removably coupled to the connector.. ... Zih Corp

08/03/17 / #20170219683

Method, apparatus, and computer program product for real time location system referencing in physically and radio frequency challenged environments

Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer readable media are disclosed for improving, in some examples, reference in a location system. In one embodiment, a method is provided comprising: receiving reference tag blink data from a plurality of receivers; calculating, using a processor, a reference phase offset between the plurality of receivers; and generating a suspended reference phase offset table, wherein a suspended reference phase offset table is generated by causing the reference phase offset to be stored in a memory for later tag location calculations.. ... Zih Corp

08/03/17 / #20170217235

Media processing device with enhanced media and ribbon loading and unloading features

A disclosed ribbon cartridge includes a first spool housing configured to receive a first spool; a second spool housing configured to receive a second spool; a first frame member extending between the first and second spools; and a second frame member extending between the first spool and the second spool; wherein a printhead assembly opening is defined and bounded by the first spool housing, the second spool housing, the first frame member, and the second frame member, wherein the first frame member defines a first channel adjacent to the printhead assembly opening, wherein the second frame member defines a second channel adjacent to the printhead assembly opening, and wherein the first channel and the second channel each comprise a drive surface, wherein the drive surface is configured to be engaged by a printhead assembly to drive the ribbon cartridge to an installed position within the media processing device.. . ... Zih Corp

08/03/17 / #20170217209

Near field coupling devices and associated systems and methods

An example media processing device includes a coupler configured to transmit wireless signals to an encoding area, the coupler to transmit the wireless signals via a plurality of radiating elements; a controller to control which set of the radiating elements is to transmit the wireless signals; and a processor to adapt the coupler to a transponder configuration by: encoding a first transponder of the transponder configuration using the first set of the radiating elements to transmit the wireless signals; executing a first encoding evaluation on the encoded first transponder; encoding a second transponder of the transponder configuration using the second set of the radiating elements to transmit the wireless signals; executing a second encoding evaluation on the encoded second transponder; and selecting, based on the first and second encoding evaluations, the first set or the second set as a preferred radiating set for the transponder configuration.. . ... Zih Corp

08/03/17 / #20170217202

Media processing device with enhanced media and ribbon loading and unloading features

An example disclosed printer includes a base; a lid hingedly attached to the base movable between a closed position in which the lid is secured to the base, and an open position in which the lid is at least partially separated from the base; a cavity defined between the lid and the base, wherein the cavity is inaccessible when the lid is in the closed position and the cavity is accessible when the lid is in the open position; a ribbon positioning assembly disposed within the cavity that is pivotably attached to at least one of the lid or the base wherein the ribbon positioning assembly is configured to move between a printing position when the lid is in the closed position, and an accessible position when the lid is in the open position, wherein the ribbon positioning assembly comprises a ribbon tensioning mechanism.. . ... Zih Corp

07/06/17 / #20170193345

Encoding module, associated encoding element, connector, printer-encoder and access control system

An encoding module and related systems and components are provided. The encoding module includes a plurality of encoding elements arranged in an array of columns and rows and one or more switching elements configured to selectively connect the encoding elements to a reader. ... Zih Corp

07/06/17 / #20170193252

Spindle supported near field communication device

Systems, devices, and related methods for shaping near field interrogation signals are discussed herein. An example spindle supported near field communication (nfc) device includes a spindle configured to mount to a mounting surface, the spindle having an axis of rotation; a beam shaping nfc device including: a ferromagnetic core portion coaxial with the spindle; a coil disposed around the core portion, the coil to generate a near field interrogation signal; a first ferromagnetic flange portion to direct the near field interrogation signal in directions extending radially from the axis and to restrict the near field interrogation signal from extending in a first axial direction associated with the axis; and a second ferromagnetic flange portion to direct the near field interrogation signal in the directions extending radially from the axis and to restrict the near field interrogation signal from extending in a second axial direction associated with the axis.. ... Zih Corp

06/29/17 / #20170185886

Low-profile real-time location system tag

An example disclosed example includes a housing; a printed circuit board carried by the housing and including an antenna feed aperture; a logic circuit disposed on a first side of the printed circuit board, the logic circuit to generate blink data comprising pulses and data; an antenna disposed on a second side of the printed circuit board, the antenna in electrical communication with the logic circuit via the antenna feed aperture, the antenna configured to transmit the blink data; a dielectric potting material to protect the logic circuit; and a seal to cover the antenna feed aperture, the seal to prevent the dielectric potting material from entering the antenna feed aperture.. . ... Zih Corp

06/29/17 / #20170182818

Cradle apparatus and printing device interface

Apparatuses, methods, and computer program products are described herein. An example disclosed printing device includes a printer body; a cradle engagement surface configured to interface with a cradle, the cradle engagement surface defining a first recess and a second recess disposed proximate a first side of a battery compartment; and a bumper attachment extending from the printer body and disposed proximate a front side of the printer body, the bumper attachment defining at least two capture cavities structured to slideably receive reciprocally structured first and second printer capture flanges extending from the cradle.. ... Zih Corp

06/22/17 / #20170173387

Method, apparatus, and computer program product for determining play events and outputting events based on real-time data for proximity, movement of objects, and audio data

Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer readable media are disclosed for determining events and outputting events based on real-time data for location and movement of objects and audio data. In one embodiment, a method is provided for a method of determining play events that at least includes receiving audio data, wherein the audio data is received from at least one of a memory or a sensor; determining an event probability based on comparing the audio data to an audio profile; and generating an event based on the event probability satisfying a predetermined threshold.. ... Zih Corp

06/08/17 / #20170161530

System, apparatus and methods for variable rate ultra-wideband communications

Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer readable media are disclosed for providing variable blink rate ultra-wideband (uwb) communications. Some embodiments may provide for a radio frequency (rf) tag including a motion sensor, processing circuitry, and a uwb transmitter. ... Zih Corp

06/01/17 / #20170151812

Media processing device with enhanced media and ribbon loading and unloading features

Provided herein is a media processing device including a printhead assembly, a frame, and a biasing element. The printhead assembly includes a printhead and a printhead bracket, where the printhead assembly extends in a longitudinal direction between a first end and a second end, and where the printhead bracket includes a biasing force receiving element. ... Zih Corp

04/06/17 / #20170095940

Media cutting assemblies

Media cutting assemblies are disclosed. An example media cutting assembly includes a stationary surface extending along a plane; a circular blade to traverse the stationary surface along the plane, a portion of the circular blade being in contact with the stationary surface; and a guide to direct media along a path that interests the plane, wherein the guide extends toward the plane at a non-perpendicular angle relative to the plane.. ... Zih Corp

03/30/17 / #20170087871

Media processing device with enhanced media and ribbon loading and unloading features

An example media processing device includes a base; a lid hingedly attached to the base movable relative to the base between a closed position and an open position, wherein a cavity is defined between the base and the lid; a printhead assembly attached to the lid; and a ribbon positioning assembly disposed within the cavity that is pivotably attached to at least one of the lid or the base wherein the ribbon positioning assembly is configured to move between a printing position when the lid is in the closed position, and an accessible position when the lid is in the open position, wherein the ribbon positioning assembly comprises: at least one cartridge channel configured to receive therein a ribbon cartridge; and at least one printhead assembly channel configured to guide the printhead assembly along the printhead assembly channel in response to the lid being moved between the open position to the closed position.. . ... Zih Corp

03/02/17 / #20170057263

Portable printer

An example disclosed media processing device includes a housing defining a media receiving area configured to receive the media; a first media support arm extending from the housing proximate the media receiving area for engaging a first end of the media, wherein the first media support arm is biased to slidably translate along the housing to provide a holding force to the first side of the media, wherein the first media support arm includes a first locking element; a media cover configured to move between a closed position and an open position, the media cover including a second locking element, wherein the first locking element of the first media support arm is configured to engage the second locking element of the media cover when the media cover is in the closed position.. . ... Zih Corp

03/02/17 / #20170056721

Systems and methods for activity determination based on human frame

Systems and related methods providing for determining activities of individuals are discussed herein. Circuitry may be configured to wirelessly receive tag signals from a plurality of rf location tags. ... Zih Corp

02/23/17 / #20170052780

Methods and apparatus to adapt legacy applications to target platforms

Methods and apparatus to adapt legacy applications to target platforms are disclosed. An example method includes generating a platform-agnostic representation of a first platform-specific application, the first platform-specific application being specific to a first mobile platform, the platform-agnostic representation of the first platform-specific application conforming to a first api of the first mobile platform; and adapting the platform-agnostic representation of the first platform-specific application to be platform-specific to a second mobile platform different than the first mobile platform.. ... Zih Corp

02/16/17 / #20170043260

Method, apparatus, and computer program product for performance analytics determining participant statistical data and game status data

Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer program products are disclosed for providing analytics including participant statistical data or game status data. In one embodiment, a method is provided for transmitting participant data relating to one or more participants that are available in a fantasy game, the fantasy game is at least partially related to a players performance in a sporting event; receiving a selected participant data indication from at least one user, the selected participant data indication provides selection of at least one participant from the participant data; generating a participant data update for one or more participants based on the selected participant data indication; the participant data is defined by a time period comprising an event and is calculated based on blink data transmitted from a location tag mounted to the participant; and transmitting the participant data update, the participant data update is viewable via a user interface.. ... Zih Corp

01/26/17 / #20170021609

Modular print drive assembly and platen assembly

A modular print drive assembly and platen assembly are provided. The modular print drive assembly is structured for insertion and removal from a printer, the modular print drive assembly and includes a print drive housing defining a plurality of printer mount fasteners, a printhead coupled to and supported by the print drive housing, a platen latch assembly coupled to and supported by the print drive housing. ... Zih Corp

01/19/17 / #20170015117

Durable mobile printer

Embodiments of the present invention provide improvements to printers including the use of engineered structures to limit bending, flexing, and/or twisting during impacts and the use of impact absorbing materials to prevent cracks and breaks. Design features and materials add to the rigidity of the printer design to prevent twisting and flexing during impacts and add to the strength of the printer design in typical breakage areas. ... Zih Corp

01/12/17 / #20170008320

Printer mobility and scalability

Provided herein are devices, methods and other means, including those related to printers, as well as computer readable media for storing code to execute instructions for a device, and other systems for providing and supporting mobile printing and other types of devices. An example disclosed printer includes circuitry that includes: a processor; connector circuitry; and input/output circuitry; a first circuit board onto which the processor is disposed; a second circuit board onto which the connector circuitry is disposed; and a third circuit board onto which the input/output circuitry is disposed.. ... Zih Corp








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