Patents Examined by Timothy Waggoner
  • Patent number: 9984525
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for managing inventory within a vending apparatus are disclosed. The vending apparatus includes a robot, which is configured to include a camera or a sensor. The vending apparatus contains one or more storage containers filled with items for sale, and the one or more storage containers may include indicia that are readable by the robot and provide information to outside parties. The robot is configured to monitor the items for sale within the vending apparatus, as well as the level of inventory within each storage container. The vending apparatus may transmit information relating to its included items for sale to an external server, where maintenance and refreshment operations can be implemented in an efficient, cost-effective manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: The Hillman Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Edward Will, Brian Rosner, Bryan Keith Solace
  • Patent number: 9957125
    Abstract: A sanitary automatic glove dispensing apparatus and method of use. The automatic sanitary glove dispensing apparatus, based on one or more received dispensing events, dispenses pairs of connected protective gloves stored on a roll of protective gloves and overlapped in a pre-determined pattern, by both cuff ends so both finger ends of the protective gloves are not contaminated during dispensing. After a pair of protective gloves are dispensed by both cuff ends, no additional protective gloves are exposed from the apparatus until another protective glove dispensing event is received, thereby protecting remaining protective gloves in the apparatus from contamination by noroviruses and bacteria from a surrounding environment and from other users of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Ilya Ray
  • Patent number: 9953480
    Abstract: The present application provides a merchandiser. The merchandiser may include a temperature controlled compartment, a product input system adjacent to the temperature controlled compartment, and a multi-chute product dispensing mechanism positioned within the temperature controlled compartment. The multi-chute product dispensing system may include a number of product chutes in communication with a dispense activation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Jurgen Roekens, Abram C. Knip, Jacobus P. M. Dessing
  • Patent number: 9938082
    Abstract: A dispensing system and associated method provides a turnkey solution for dispensing pharmaceutical products such as solid medications and nutritional supplements to be taken orally in health care settings, including but not limited to long term care (LTC) and assisted living settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Kimberly Hawkes, Steven E. Schneider, Wyatt Culbertson, Steven D. Hoenig
  • Patent number: 9905072
    Abstract: Systems and methods for vending devices having ad-watching as consideration are described. In some implementations, a vending apparatus includes a dispensing portion operable to dispense a product (e.g. electricity) to a user; a communication portion operable to provide a communicable content (e.g. an advertisement) to the user; and a control system operatively coupled to the dispensing portion and the communication portion. The control system receives a signal indicative of a consent by the user to receive or review the communicable content at least partially in exchange for the product, and after receipt of the signal, causes the communication portion to provide the communicable content to the user and causes the dispensing portion to dispense the product to the user. In further implementations, the apparatus may include a monitoring system operable to determine whether the user is receiving or reviewing the communicable content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H Wood
  • Patent number: 9901515
    Abstract: A smart cap for a medication container is disclosed. The smart cap includes a circuit board and a weight sensor electrically coupled to the circuit board and configured to generate electrical input signals representative of the total weight of medication units in the medication container. The smart cap may include a processor for processing the electrical input signals generated by the weight sensor, and a memory for storing medication information associated with medication in the medication container, including the processed electrical input signals generated by the weight sensor. The smart cap may transmit the stored information to a computing device communicatively coupled to the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Perfomance Designed Products LLC
    Inventors: Tom Roberts, Chris Richards, Steve Lavache, Ireck Briones, Mario Andres Quiros
  • Patent number: 9889069
    Abstract: Interactive medicine management systems and methods comprising integrated elements using a network processor to provide assistance to individuals in order to organize and monitor patient compliance in the administration of one or more medications are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: One World DMG, Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew Coe, Fred Pether, Sean Ely
  • Patent number: 9874875
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile robot and a method for docking the mobile robot with a charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: VARRAM SYSTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Byung Jo Suh
  • Patent number: 9870671
    Abstract: A mechanical lift for delivery bins and receptacles in vending and analogous machines includes a feature that partial opening of a delivery door allows at least partial access to the delivery bin or receptacle but that further opening of the door would lift the bin or receptacle floor. The assembly can be compact, relatively noncomplex and economical. It can come in basically a preassembled kit that can be retrofitted or original manufacture equipment. It can include additional features such as anti-cheat functions and dispense detect sensors. An additional feature can be a unique dispensing floor geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Fawn Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Santosh Lad
  • Patent number: 9868216
    Abstract: A robot executes sequential works at each work point based on point-based work data. An external instrument attached to the robot executes a main work at each work point in the sequential works. A controller controls the external instrument based on control data including structural point blocks arranged in sequence and bundling the sequential works at each work point. An external instrument driver transforms data format exchanged between the external instrument and the controller. A driver generator generates driver data indicating the detail of transformation of the data format by the external instrument driver. The driver selector selects the driver data to be utilized by the external instrument driver in accordance with the external instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Kenichiro Hiruma
  • Patent number: 9861537
    Abstract: A gown dispenser system has a plurality of hospital gowns, each having a back region, the gowns folded and stacked back region facing up, such that, pulling on the back region of a gown on top of the stack removes that gown from the stack and exposes the back region of the next gown in the stack, an enclosure containing the stack of gowns, the enclosure having an opening exposing the back region of the gown at the top of the stack, enabling a user to grasp the exposed back region and pull the topmost gown from the enclosure, exposing the next gown in the stack, and an interface mechanism attached to the enclosure, enabling the enclosure to be suspended on a substantially vertical surface, with the opening facing outward from the substantially vertical surface. Gowns are drawn from the enclosure one-at-a-time, at need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Neil Andrew Louwrens
  • Patent number: 9852573
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vending system for supply of product from a plurality of containers each having a corresponding access door having an electrically activatable lock arrangement 200. The system has an interface module by which a predetermined maximum electrical power is made available for supply to the containers and lock arrangements such that each lock arrangement has a plurality of operational modes. The modes include: an active mode by which the lock arrangement is activatable in response to a vending instruction; a standby mode by which the lock arrangement awaits a vending instruction; and a sleep mode by which the lock arrangement minimises power drawn from the interface module. The interface module operates the lock arrangements in the standby mode and the interface module operates at least one lock arrangement in the sleep mode, and at least one lock arrangement in the active mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: CI Data Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Arati Chalise, Christopher Newman, Geoffrey Hancock, Hui Ke, Ike Yuan, Rajni Garg, Rusiri Kahatapitiya, Peter Stone, Ivan Vernot, Roger Mathew Trick, Yang Yun
  • Patent number: 9848716
    Abstract: A merchandise dispensing apparatus for deterring theft includes a housing having a plurality of walls defining an interior space within the housing. At least one merchandise support module is mounted in the housing and includes an electro-mechanical ejector located adjacent a front end of the at least one module. The ejector includes an electrical motor with an output shaft, along with an ejector plate movably mounted in relation to the housing. A gear train connects the output shaft of the motor to the ejector plate. A relay selectively provides electrical power to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Shane Obitts, Gerald Matthew Szpak, Christopher E. Bremenour
  • Patent number: 9850067
    Abstract: A dispensing system and associated method provides a turnkey solution for dispensing pharmaceutical products such as solid medications and nutritional supplements to be taken orally in health care settings, including but not limited to long term care (LTC) and assisted living settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Kimberly Hawkes, Steven E. Schneider, Thomas P. Hayes, Richard W. Snodgrass, Roger J. Gerdeman, Wyatt Culbertson, Steven Hoenig, Justin J. Clark, Christopher J. Fisher
  • Patent number: 9842454
    Abstract: A climate-controlled vending machine is monitored using data analytics. The climate-controlled vending machine includes a primary storage unit for storing two or more items. A first slot of an item is determined to be available within a secondary storage unit of the climate-controlled vending machine. The secondary storage unit is a climate-controlled unit. A first item, of the two or more items within the primary storage unit, is transferred to the first slot of the secondary storage unit. The first item within the first slot of the secondary storage unit is altered to a first condition. A selection from a first user is received. In response to the reception of the selection of the first item, the first item is dispensed to the user from a dispensary unit, wherein the item is being of the first condition. The first slot is replenished with a replacement item from the primary storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Elizabeth L. Gerhard, Robert E. Kilker, Wayne L. Vlasak
  • Patent number: 9834367
    Abstract: A medicine bottle cap includes a flip-top assembly and an outer cap pivotably attached to the flip top assembly and having an interior wall of the side wall that includes gear teeth. The medicine bottle cap further includes a pill delivery gear having gear teeth that engage the gear teeth in the outer cap and an inner cap having a slot for receiving a tab from the pill delivery gear for rotation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Douglas Veltri
  • Patent number: 9833384
    Abstract: There is provided a medicine dispensing system configured such that a medicine dispensing device includes a sub unit having a function to dispense medicine that is connected to a medicine dispensing device that includes a main unit having a function of packing medicines. There is also provided a medicine dispensing device that can be appropriately integrated with such a medicine dispensing system. The medicine dispensing system includes, in some embodiments a main unit, a sub unit and a transfer device connecting the main unit and the sub unit. The medicine dispensing system transfers the medicine dispensed in the sub unit to the main unit by means of a transfer device and dispenses the medicine at a medicine packing part together with the medicine dispensed from a main storage part in the main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Itsuo Yasunaga, Chisei Asaoka, Norifumi Oike, Kensuke Kaminishi, Masahiko Kasuya, Nakaji Takeda, Hiromichi Tsuda, Yasuyuki Morita, Shinya Taira, Tomohiro Sugimoto, Naomichi Toyota
  • Patent number: 9830764
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dispenser interface, associated methods and systems, and dispensers employing the dispenser interface and associated systems and methods. An example embodiment provides a method of configuring a communication interface of a dispenser controller configured to control a dispenser for dispensing hygiene products or other products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventor: David Warren Murphy
  • Patent number: 9828168
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and systems for automated dispensing of individual medicament portions. The systems can include a housing that encloses a receiving space having a bottom surface. A separation device may be provided and arranged on the bottom surface with at least one channel to receive at least one medicament portion. At least one channel may have an opening facing the receiving space and an opening facing the bottom surface. The opening facing the bottom surface may be associated with a contact area on the bottom surface, over which contact area the medicament portions may be guided upon a movement of separation device. At least one recess may be arranged in the bottom surface outside of the contact area to receive contamination particles present in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Hardy Schmidt-Ellinger, Dietmar Gross
  • Patent number: 9824191
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for controlling and tracking patient access to medicaments. A patient is provided with medication in locked pill containers that must be unlocked with an access code before the patient can access a limited quantity of medication in each container. Thus the patient is forced to go through an interactive session periodically with a master system, via a communicative intermediary, in order to obtain a valid passcode for each batch of medications and follow a treatment regimen. The patient may be assessed during each interaction with the master system. That assessment can include various questions, including questions about status codes that may optionally be displayed on each medication container. These status codes may optionally encode detail about the patient's pattern of accessing medication. The general rate of medication usage can also be deduced by the rate at which the patient contacts the master system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: MedicaSafe, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Ervin