Patents by Inventor Debra Harris

Debra Harris has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20080043805
    Abstract: Disclosed is an IR container stopper comprising a temperature reading display, an infrared detector adapted to drive the display, a window capable of passing infrared radiation to the infrared detector, wherein the window is disposed on a bottom surface of the stopper such as to be directed downward toward the contents of the container when the stopper is placed in an opening of the container. A light source may be provided to illuminate the contents of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventor: Debra Harris
  • Publication number: 20070171957
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices and methods for measuring the temperature of a liquid in a container, the device either having a temperature sensor for measuring the temperature of the outer surface of the container, a probe for directly measuring the contents of the container, or an IR detector for measuring IR radiation passing, through, re-emitted by, and emitted by the container. The device may be in the form of a corkscrew, bottle opener, pen, or simple casing, The temperature reading may be outputted to the user audibly and/or visually, such as with an LCD display. In one embodiment, there are mounted a plurality of indicator lamps, each lamp representing a particular type of liquid, a control for selecting the type of liquid whose temperature is to be measured, an infrared detector, an output indicating to the user whether the temperature of the liquid is above or below a predetermined temperature range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Inventor: Debra Harris
  • Publication number: 20070147469
    Abstract: Disclosed is an IR container stopper comprising a temperature reading display, an infrared detector adapted to drive the display, a window capable of passing infrared radiation to the infrared detector, wherein the window is disposed on a bottom surface of the stopper such as to be directed downward toward the contents of the container when the stopper is placed in an opening of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Publication date: June 28, 2007
    Inventor: Debra Harris
  • Publication number: 20070133654
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices and methods for measuring the temperature of a liquid in a container, the device either having a temperature sensor for measuring the temperature of the outer surface of the container, a probe for directly measuring the contents of the container, or an IR detector for measuring IR radiation passing, through, re-emitted by, and emitted by the container. The device may be in the form of a corkscrew, bottle opener, pen, or simple casing. The temperature reading may be outputted to the user audibly and/or visually, such as with an LCD display. In one embodiment, there are mounted a plurality of indicator lamps, each lamp representing a particular type of liquid, a control for selecting the type of liquid whose temperature is to be measured, an infrared detector, an output indicating to the user whether the temperature of the liquid is above or below a predetermined temperature range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2007
    Publication date: June 14, 2007
    Inventor: Debra Harris
  • Publication number: 20070075268
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for sterilizing sponges having a container, comprising a casino and lid, having a UV-transmissive support structure disposed therein, the UV-transmissive support dividing the interior of the container into a sponge chamber and a lamp chamber, the sponge chamber dimensioned to receive a sponge, a source of ultraviolet light disposed within the lamp chamber, and wherein at least one interior surface of the sponge chamber is reflective to UV light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Inventor: Debra Harris
  • Publication number: 20060255291
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for sterilizing sponges having a container, comprising a casing and lid, having a UV-transmissive support structure disposed therein, the UV-transmissive support dividing the interior of the container into a sponge chamber and a lamp chamber, the sponge chamber dimensioned to receive a sponge, a source of ultraviolet light disposed within the lamp chamber, and wherein at least one interior surface of the sponge chamber is reflective to UV light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Inventor: Debra Harris
  • Publication number: 20060233219
    Abstract: An intelligent corkscrew device which determines the temperature of the bottle and informs the consumer as to what type of wine is suitable for that temperature. In a preferred embodiment, the corkscrew provides a temperature readout. Alternative embodiments provide entertainment features such as voice or other audio indications related to the temperature. Still other embodiments include visual indication such as lamps which indicate what type of wine would be proper for the temperature of the bottle being measured. The corkscrew uses thermal measurement of the exterior of the wine bottle to measure the temperature. The measurement is made by a temperature sensing device on the end of the lever arm. Alternatively, an infrared temperature sensor can be used to measure the contents of a bottle without coming in contact with the bottle. Specific infrared frequencies are used to penetrate the class used in the bottle to allow measurement of the liquid inside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Publication date: October 19, 2006
    Inventor: Debra Harris
  • Publication number: 20060109886
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices and methods for measuring the temperature of a liquid in a container, the device either having a temperature sensor for measuring the temperature of the outer surface of the container, a probe for directly measuring the contents of the container, or an IR detector for measuring IR radiation passing, through, re-emitted by, and emitted by the container. The device may be in the form of a corkscrew, bottle opener, pen, or simple casing. The temperature reading may be outputted to the user audibly and/or visually, such as with an LCD display. In one embodiment, there are mounted a plurality of indicator lamps, each lamp representing a particular type of liquid, a control for selecting the type of liquid whose temperature is to be measured, an infrared detector, an output indicating to the user whether the temperature of the liquid is above or below a predetermined temperature range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Publication date: May 25, 2006
    Inventor: Debra Harris