Patents by Inventor Thomas G. Siegel

Thomas G. Siegel 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: 20180132507
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems for a networked soda reconstruction appliance, adapted for home or office use, that includes intelligent sub-systems for handling various beverage components, which can be mixed under intelligent control, including local control and control by a remote host system, which may help manage the appliance itself as well as the replenishment supply chains involved in delivering appropriate beverage components to the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas G. Siegel, Todd H. Becker
  • Publication number: 20170232130
    Abstract: The disclosure herein concerns a method including receiving at a computer at least one target value of a scent parameter for an environment that is remote from the computer, receiving at the computer a sensed parameter of the environment, and controlling, via the computer, diffusion of a liquid from a source of the liquid in fluid communication with at least one scent diffusion device to achieve the target value of the scent parameter, wherein controlling includes setting or adjusting an operation parameter of the at least one scent diffusion device in response to the sensed parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20160367716
    Abstract: The disclosure herein concerns an atomizing diffusion device including at least two packages with liquid in fluid communication with the atomizing diffusion device, a liquid level sensor that determines the liquid level in the package, and a processor, operatively coupled to the liquid level sensor, for generating a signal indicative of the liquid level and a control instruction for a switch based on the signal, wherein the switch, operatively coupled to the processor, receives the control instruction from the processor, and wherein the control instruction causes the diffusion device to switch from utilizing one package in the diffusion device to utilizing a different package in the diffusion device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20160361453
    Abstract: Scent cartridges for use in a networked scent diffusion device include a reservoir that holds a liquid and an atomizer head assembly. An anti-tampering identifier is associated with at least one of the reservoir and the atomizer head assembly. Scent diffusion from the device is based on the condition of the anti-tampering identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Patent number: 9474824
    Abstract: Scent cartridges for use in a networked scent diffusion device include a reservoir that holds a liquid and an atomizer head assembly. An anti-tampering identifier is associated with at least one of the reservoir and the atomizer head assembly. Scent diffusion from the device is based on the condition of the anti-tampering identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Patent number: 9452234
    Abstract: The disclosure herein concerns an atomizing diffusion device including at least two packages with liquid in fluid communication with the atomizing diffusion device, a liquid level sensor that determines the liquid level in the package, and a processor, operatively coupled to the liquid level sensor, for generating a signal indicative of the liquid level and a control instruction for a switch based on the signal, wherein the switch, operatively coupled to the processor, receives the control instruction from the processor, and wherein the control instruction causes the diffusion device to switch from utilizing one package in the diffusion device to utilizing a different package in the diffusion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Patent number: 9439995
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing scent in an environment include disposing a plurality of scent diffusion devices within an environment, wherein the diffusion devices include a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a remote computer and disposing at least one sensor within the environment that transmits sensor data to the remote computer. At least one scent parameter for scenting an environment is received at the remote computer. The remote computer controls diffusion of a liquid from a source of a liquid in fluid communication with at least one of the plurality of scent diffusion devices to achieve the scent parameter. Controlling includes setting or adjusting an operation parameter of the scent diffusion device in response to the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20150297777
    Abstract: The disclosure herein concerns an atomizing diffusion device including at least two packages with liquid in fluid communication with the atomizing diffusion device, a liquid level sensor that determines the liquid level in the package, and a processor, operatively coupled to the liquid level sensor, for generating a signal indicative of the liquid level and a control instruction for a switch based on the signal, wherein the switch, operatively coupled to the processor, receives the control instruction from the processor, and wherein the control instruction causes the diffusion device to switch from utilizing one package in the diffusion device to utilizing a different package in the diffusion device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20150297779
    Abstract: Scent cartridges for use in a networked scent diffusion device include a reservoir that holds a liquid and an atomizer head assembly. An anti-tampering identifier is associated with at least one of the reservoir and the atomizer head assembly. Scent diffusion from the device is based on the condition of the anti-tampering identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20150297778
    Abstract: The disclosure herein concerns a method including receiving at a computer at least one target value of a scent parameter for an environment that is remote from the computer, receiving at the computer a sensed parameter of the environment, and controlling, via the computer, diffusion of a liquid from a source of the liquid in fluid communication with at least one scent diffusion device to achieve the target value of the scent parameter, wherein controlling includes setting or adjusting an operation parameter of the at least one scent diffusion device in response to the sensed parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20150297776
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing scent in an environment include disposing a plurality of scent diffusion devices within an environment, wherein the diffusion devices include a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a remote computer and disposing at least one sensor within the environment that transmits sensor data to the remote computer. At least one scent parameter for scenting an environment is received at the remote computer. The remote computer controls diffusion of a liquid from a source of a liquid in fluid communication with at least one of the plurality of scent diffusion devices to achieve the scent parameter. Controlling includes setting or adjusting an operation parameter of the scent diffusion device in response to the sensor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Patent number: 4915709
    Abstract: A knife sharpener is disposed adjacent a second electrical appliance of a design family. In an inoperative position, the knife sharpener includes design features mimicking the remainder of the design family. When moved to an operative position, the knife sharpener makes its sharpening wheel accessible to the edges of a knife blade. An energizing switch is coordinated for actuation as the knife sharpener reaches its operational position. In a combination that uses the same electric motor to drive the knife sharpener and a second appliance, different motor speeds are produced appropriate for the two functions to be performed. A bi-directional spring loading assembly permits deflection of the sharpening wheel in opposed lateral directions from a positively controlled neutral position to maintain substantially uniform application of sharpening force on the knife edges. An articulating knife guide permits the use of a single guide slot which can be inclined on either side of the sharpening wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1990
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Andrew, Thomas G. Siegel, Omer Shifflet, James Green, Duane Seaburg