Patent Number: 6,332,573

Title: Produce data collector and produce recognition system

Abstract: A produce data collector and produce recognition system which illuminates a produce item with substantially uniform light to enhance the accuracy of collected produce data and subsequent identification of the produce item as part of a transaction in a transaction establishment. The produce data collector includes a light source for illuminating the produce item with substantially uniform light during the transaction, a light separating element for splitting light collected from the produce item into a plurality of different light portions having different wavelengths, a detector for converting energy in the plurality of light portions into a plurality of electrical signals, and control circuitry which digitizes the plurality of electrical signals to produce a digital spectrum from the produce item which contains information to identify the produce item for the purpose of determining its unit price.

Inventors: Gu; Yeming (Suwanee, GA), Spencer; Michael A. (Suwanee, GA), Collins, Jr.; Donald A. (Lawrenceville, GA), Treptau; Jeffrey P. (Golden Valley, MN), Ames; Stephen J. (Lawrenceville, GA), Seevers; Daniel B. (Duluth, GA), Aleshire; Rex A. (Buford, GA), Tang; Hong (Suwanee, GA)

Assignee: NCR Corporation

International Classification: G06K 9/20 (20060101); G07G 1/00 (20060101); G06K 007/10 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018