Patents by Inventor Kevin M. Chase

Kevin M. Chase 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).

  • Patent number: 10850967
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes one or more digital image capture devices for capturing images in a dispenser well and a digital image analyzer operatively coupled to the digital image capture device(s) for analyzing the images for use in regulating a dispensing operation. The digital image analyzer evaluates digital images captured by the digital image capture device(s) to determine various characteristics of a container placed in the dispensing well, such as the height and position of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M. Chase, Brian P. Janke, Farhad Ashrafzadeh, Shreecharan Kanchanavally, James Kerner
  • Patent number: 10671188
    Abstract: A multi-touch input system may include: a touch surface; a display separate from the touch surface; and a processor. The processor may be configured to cause the display of an image on a display; detect a multiple-finger gesture on the touch surface; generate a signal indicative of the multiple-finger gesture; determine a speed of the multiple-finger gesture on the touch surface; and move the image proportional to the speed of the multiple-finger gesture. Moving may include moving the image with respect to a first axis when the multiple-finger gesture includes a first number of fingers, and moving the image with respect to a second axis when the multiple-finger gesture includes a second number of fingers different from the first number of fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Grayhill, Inc.
    Inventors: Torsten F. Chase, Kevin M. Dooley, Robert F. Kerner
  • Publication number: 20190302911
    Abstract: A multi-touch input system may include: a touch surface; a display separate from the touch surface; and a processor. The processor may be configured to cause the display of an image on a display; detect a multiple-finger gesture on the touch surface; generate a signal indicative of the multiple-finger gesture; determine a speed of the multiple-finger gesture on the touch surface; and move the image proportional to the speed of the multiple-finger gesture. Moving may include moving the image with respect to a first axis when the multiple-finger gesture includes a first number of fingers, and moving the image with respect to a second axis when the multiple-finger gesture includes a second number of fingers different from the first number of fingers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: Grayhill, Inc.
    Inventors: Torsten F. Chase, Kevin M. Dooley, Robert F. Kerner
  • Patent number: 10359866
    Abstract: A method manipulates a 3D image in three dimensions using two-dimensional gestures on a touchpad. The method moves the 3D image within an x-y plane in the direction of a multiple-finger linear gesture. A number of fingers used for the multiple-finger linear gesture is programmed in an instinct library associated with the touchpad. The method detects a multiple-finger linear gesture on a mutual capacitance touchpad and rotates the 3D image in the direction of the multiple-finger linear gesture about an axis in the x-y plane perpendicular to the multiple-finger linear gesture. The method also rotates the 3D image about the x-y plane in the direction of the multiple-finger linear gesture at a speed proportional to the speed of the multiple-finger linear gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: GRAYHILL, INC.
    Inventors: Torsten F. Chase, Kevin M. Dooley, Robert F. Kerner
  • Publication number: 20190161337
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes one or more digital image capture devices for capturing images in a dispenser well and a digital image analyzer operatively coupled to the digital image capture device(s) for analyzing the images for use in regulating a dispensing operation. The digital image analyzer evaluates digital images captured by the digital image capture device(s) to determine various characteristics of a container placed in the dispensing well, such as the height and position of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M. CHASE, Brian P. JANKE, Farhad ASHRAFZADEH, Shreecharan KANCHANAVALLY, James KERNER
  • Patent number: 10233069
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes one or more digital image capture devices for capturing images in a dispenser well and a digital image analyzer operatively coupled to the digital image capture device(s) for analyzing the images for use in regulating a dispensing operation. The digital image analyzer evaluates digital images captured by the digital image capture device(s) to determine various characteristics of a container placed in the dispensing well, such as the height and position of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M. Chase, Brian P. Janke, Farhad Ashrafzadeh, Shreecharan Kanchanavally, James Kerner
  • Publication number: 20180239319
    Abstract: An appliance includes a temperature control system, a light source, and a spectrometer. The spectrometer works in conjunction with the light source to obtain a measured value of a foodstuff. The measured value is at least one of an absorbance value, a transmittance value, and a reflectance value. The measured value from the foodstuff is compared to a reference value for the foodstuff.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua George Abdoo, Ariana M. Bruno, Kevin M. Chase, Rahul Dudhe, Neomar Giacomini, Aravind Nagarajan, Maria Paola Pirovano, Joel Matthew Sells, Aaron Edward Showers
  • Patent number: 10006689
    Abstract: An appliance including an ice manipulation reservoir capable of receiving ice having a base, wherein the base includes a first level and a second level, with the first level descending gradually to the second level. A first ice modification member is disposed inside the ice manipulation reservoir adjacent the first level of the base, and a second ice modification member is disposed inside the ice manipulation reservoir adjacent the second level of the base. A motor is operably connected with the ice manipulation reservoir and includes an output shaft. An impeller is connected with the output shaft proximate to the plurality of ice modification members, with the impeller being operable between a first directional rotation, and a second directional rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M. Chase, Tony L. Koenigsknecht, Kate E. Presnell, Jerold M. Visin
  • Patent number: 9989295
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a sensing system for detecting multiple physical characteristics of ice cubes produced therein. The system includes a digital image capture device coupled to a digital image analyzing system which captures digital images of the ice in the refrigerator and analyzes the images to detect characteristics associated with the ice. A notification arrangement can be employed to convey information about the ice to a user of the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M. Chase, Brian P. Janke, Farhad Ashrafzadeh, Shreecharan Kanchanavally
  • Patent number: 9908768
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a dispenser having a dispenser well, a control for regulating a product dispensing operation, and an optical sensing system includes a camera within the dispenser well in communication with a controller for controlling the filling of a container within the dispenser well based on image data. The image data can used to detect at least one of a presence of a container in the dispenser well, a height of liquid within the container, a height of ice within the container and a shape of the container within the dispenser well, as well as to adjust a dispensing rate of product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Farhad Ashrafzadeh, Kevin M. Chase, Brian P. Janke, Shreecharan Kanchanavally
  • Publication number: 20180057342
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes one or more digital image capture devices for capturing images in a dispenser well and a digital image analyzer operatively coupled to the digital image capture device(s) for analyzing the images for use in regulating a dispensing operation. The digital image analyzer evaluates digital images captured by the digital image capture device(s) to determine various characteristics of a container placed in the dispensing well, such as the height and position of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M. CHASE, Brian P. JANKE, Farhad ASHRAFZADEH, Shreecharan KANCHANAVALLY, James KERNER
  • Patent number: 9889478
    Abstract: A method of descaling a water dispensing system included in a refrigerator appliance with a water dispenser is disclosed. The method of descaling includes the step of removing a water filter cartridge from a filter port of the refrigerator appliance wherein the filter port is in fluid communication with the water dispenser. The method also includes the step of inserting a descaling cartridge containing descaling fluid into the filter port of the refrigerator appliance. The method further includes the step of advancing the descaling fluid from the descaling cartridge through the water dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M. Chase, Thomas Dell Spicer, Lindsey Ann Wohlgamuth
  • Patent number: 9890028
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing apparatus and system for controlling the delivery of liquid additives is disclosed. In one aspect, liquid additives are delivered to a beverage preparation system through a multiple inlet pump for preparing a finished beverage. In another aspect, additives from liquid additive containers are delivered to a beverage preparation system through a multiple inlet and pumping section pump for preparing a finished beverage. Other additives are communicated through the beverage dispensing system for maintaining and cleaning the system and the multiple inlet pump for ensuring the hygienical integrity of the system throughout its use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin M. Chase
  • Patent number: 9828228
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes one or more digital image capture devices for capturing images in a dispenser well and a digital image analyzer operatively coupled to the digital image capture device(s) for analyzing the images for use in regulating a dispensing operation. The digital image analyzer evaluates digital images captured by the digital image capture device(s) to determine various characteristics of a container placed in the dispensing well, such as the height and position of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M Chase, Brian P Janke, Farhad Ashrafzadeh, Shreecharan Kanchanavally, James Kerner
  • Patent number: 9803914
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided which includes a cabinet. A first compartment and second compartment are disposed within the cabinet. A first door provides access to the first compartment and a second door provides access to the second compartment. A beverage dispensing system is operatively connected to the cabinet. A machine vision system associated with the beverage dispensing system. The machine vision system has an imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Philip A. Anselmino, Kevin M. Chase
  • Publication number: 20170191725
    Abstract: A precision ice guide is described that reduces kinetic energy of ice cubes exiting an ice dispenser to reduce splash and noise. The ice guide includes at least a front guard that extends downwardly toward a drinking vessel to slow the descent of ice from the ice chute into the drinking vessel. The ice guide may further include collar and/or clip features that can be used to stabilize and attach the ice guide to an ice dispenser. The bottom portion of the ice guide may be shaped in a manner to provide further guidance of the ice into the vessel below. The ice guide is easily removable and dishwasher safe, and may be designed in a variety of colors to coordinate with and/or accent the color and design of the appliance to which the ice guide is attached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Maryam Allam, Ryan Bradley, Kevin M. Chase, Kyle M. McCollum, Andria R. Nyenhuis, Manjur Tamboli
  • Patent number: 9664437
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet, a freezer compartment, a fresh food compartment, a door providing access to the refrigerator, and a beverage dispensing system. The beverage dispensing system includes a beverage cartridge. The beverage cartridge includes a filter, a pump, and a beverage medium, wherein the beverage medium is combined with water to produce a flavored beverage. The beverage medium may be a powder or a syrup, which when mixed with water, produces a desired flavored beverage. The beverage cartridge is combined and connected with the beverage dispensing unit to filter and pump water in to pass through and mix with the flavor medium to produce a flavored beverage which may be passed through the refrigerator to an output where a user can fill a container with the flavored beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Philip A. Anselmino, Kevin M. Chase
  • Patent number: 9599389
    Abstract: A clear ice making system and method utilizes an ice forming tray pivotally connected to opposing side walls of an icemaker housing. Ice forming fingers of a dedicated evaporator extend into fluid within the ice forming tray, and are cooled by communication with the refrigerant circulating system of the refrigerator. A motor oscillates the ice forming tray about a longitudinal axis at a frequency of about 0.4-0.6 hertz as fluid channels freezes on the ice forming fingers over time, forming clear ice pieces. During an ice dispensing event, the motor pivots the ice making tray about the longitudinal axis such that fluid remaining within the ice making tray drains into a fluid reservoir below. The ice forming fingers are then heated to release the clear ice pieces for transfer from the fresh food compartment to the freezer compartment of the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Anderson Bortoletto, Kevin M. Chase, Tony L. Koenigsknecht, Ronald L. Voglewede, Matthew E. Young
  • Publication number: 20170057804
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes one or more digital image capture devices for capturing images in a dispenser well and a digital image analyzer operatively coupled to the digital image capture device(s) for analyzing the images for use in regulating a dispensing operation. The digital image analyzer evaluates digital images captured by the digital image capture device(s) to determine various characteristics of a container placed in the dispensing well, such as the height and position of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M. CHASE, Brian P. JANKE, Farhad ASHRAFZADEH, Shreecharan KANCHANAVALLY, James KERNER
  • Patent number: 9499384
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes one or more digital image capture devices for capturing images in a dispenser well and a digital image analyzer operatively coupled to the digital image capture device(s) for analyzing the images for use in regulating a dispensing operation. The digital image analyzer evaluates digital images captured by the digital image capture device(s) to determine various characteristics of a container placed in the dispensing well, such as the height and position of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M Chase, Brian P Janke, Farhad Ashrafzadeh, Shreecharan Kanchanavally, James Kerner