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United States Patent  [ii] Patent Number: 5,619,026
Chou et al.  Date of Patent: Apr. 8, 1997
 GRAYSCALE BARCODE READING APPARATUS SYSTEM INCLUDING TRANSLATING DEVICE FOR TRANSLATING A PATTERN IMAGE INTO A SEQUENCE OF BAR WIDTHS AND TRANSITION DIRECTIONS
 Inventors: Paul B. Chou, Montvale, N.J.;
Frederick Y. Wu, Cos Cob, Conn.;
Danny C. Wong, Ringwood, N.J.
 Assignee: International Business Machines
Corporation, Armonk, N.Y.
 Appl. No.: 368,187
 Filed: Jan. 4, 1995
 Int. CI.6 G06K 7/10
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Primary Examiner—Donald T. Hajec
Assistant Examiner—Dong Q. Luong
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Whitham, Curtis, Whitham &
McGinn; Stephen C. Kaufman, Esq.
A system for verifying an object of interest, includes a grayscale one-dimensional bar pattern coupled to the object, an illumination and imaging system using a one-dimensional imaging device for reading the pattern coupled to the object and for producing a pattern image, a device for translating the pattern image into a sequence of bar widths and transition directions representing a detected code, a device for comparing the detected code with a predetermined code, and a device for indicating one of the detected code and acceptance or rejection of the detected code based on comparison of the detected code with the predetermined code.
20 Claims, 3 Drawing Sheets