Patents by Inventor Zhengxu He

Zhengxu He 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: 11039714
    Abstract: An automated cooking apparatus includes a computer system configured to store a recipe and a cooking apparatus that includes: a frying pan that can hold food ingredients, a heater that can heat the frying pan under the control of the computer system based on the recipe, an exterior body that can hold the frying pan and the heater, and a lid that can keep food ingredients in the frying pan while the food ingredients are stirred and mixed during cooking. A lid-movement mechanism can open and close the lid under the control of the computer system. A transport mechanism can move the frying pan and the cooking apparatus, under the control of the computer system, to mix, stir, or distribute the food ingredients in the frying pan to produce a cooked food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Patent number: 10980372
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated cooking apparatus that includes a holder configured to hold a container of food or food ingredients, one or more first kinematic pairs, each comprising a first mating part and a second mating part, wherein the first mating part is connected to the holder; a motion mechanisms that can move the second mating parts of the one or more kinematic pairs; and a driver or controller configured to drive or control the motion mechanism to produce a movement of properly fast speed so that a center point on the internal surface of the container is displaced by properly small distance. The first kinematic pairs and the motion mechanisms in combination can move the holder and the cooking pan to produce fast enough acceleration in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Publication number: 20210052114
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated cooking system including: a cooking apparatus comprising a cooking container and a stirring motion mechanism configured to produce a motion in the cooking container as to stir, mix or distribute the food or food ingredients held in the cooking container; ingredient containers to store food ingredients; an dispensing apparatus to dispense the food ingredients from an ingredient container into the cooking container; food containers to hold a cooked food; an unloading motion mechanism to turn the cooking container to dispense cooked food from the cooking container to a food container; a transfer apparatus configured to grip and move a food container; a food container transport system; a liquid dispensing apparatus to dispense liquid ingredients into the cooking container; and a cleaning apparatus; and a computer system with algorithms to control these mechanisms and apparatuses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Patent number: 10869575
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated cooking system comprising: a cooking apparatus comprising a cooking container and a stirring motion mechanism configured to produce a motion in the cooking container; ingredient containers; an dispensing apparatus to dispense the food ingredients from an ingredient container into the cooking container; a transfer apparatus to move an ingredient container; food canisters; a cooking container unloading mechanism to dispense cooked food from the cooking container to a food container; a receiving apparatus to hold a plurality of food containers; a transfer apparatus to move a food container; a cyclic transport apparatus configured to move food containers; a lid apparatus; and, a cleaning apparatus to wash or otherwise clean the cooking container after a cooked food is produced. A computer system with algorithms is configured to control these mechanisms and apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Publication number: 20200375406
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated cooking apparatus that includes a cooking container to contain or otherwise hold food or food ingredients and a stirring motion mechanism to move the cooking container by fast speed yet points on the internal surface of the container are displaced by properly small distance. The stirring motion mechanism may comprise one or more kinematic mechanisms or pairs, each comprising a first mating part and a second mating part whose movement is constrained relative the first mating part, wherein the first mating part is connected to the cooking container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Publication number: 20200375405
    Abstract: The present application discloses a scalable automated kitchen system comprising: ingredient containers configured to contain or otherwise hold food ingredients wherein some ingredient containers may be closed by lids such as caps; storage room configured to store ingredient containers; lid opening apparatus configured to remove a lid from a closed container; transfer apparatus configured to move a closed ingredient container from storage area to the lid opening apparatus; cooking stations configured to cook food; a transport system comprising rail tracks and vehicles moving on the rail tracks configured to transport ingredient containers, stopping mechanisms, charging mechanisms, and track switch mechanisms. The automated kitchen system can save labor cost and can produce cooked food of consistent quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Patent number: 10827876
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated cooking apparatus comprising: a cookware configured to hold food or food ingredients; a stirring motion mechanism configured to produce a motion in the cookware as to stir, mix or distribute the food or food ingredients held in the cookware; and a lid mechanism. The lid mechanism comprises a blocking device and a motion mechanism configured to move the blocking device relative to a support component of the stirring motion mechanism. If the blocking device is at a certain position relative to the support component of the stirring motion mechanism and when the cookware is moved by the stirring motion mechanism, the blocking device is configured to help trap the food or food ingredients held in the cookware. Our stirring motion mechanism produces rather complex movements in the cookware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Publication number: 20200323382
    Abstract: The present application firstly discloses a cooking system comprising more than one cooking apparatuses, each capable of producing a food from food ingredients. A semi-cooked food is produced in a cooking apparatus and is used as ingredient in another cooking apparatus. The cooking apparatuses work together to produce cooked food from food ingredients. A computer system is used to control the cooking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Publication number: 20200323390
    Abstract: The present application firstly discloses cooking apparatuses capable of producing a cooked food using semi-cooked food as ingredients. Secondly, a cooking system may comprise more than one cooking apparatuses, each capable of cooking of food ingredients. They work together to produce a cooked food from food ingredients. A computer system is configured to control such cooking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Patent number: 10799064
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated cooking system comprising: a cooking apparatus comprising a cooking container configured to hold food or food ingredients and a stirring motion mechanism configured to produce a motion in the cooking container as to stir, mix or distribute the food or food ingredients held in the cooking container; a plurality of ingredient containers each configured to contain food ingredients; an ingredient dispensing apparatus configured to turn an ingredient container to dispense the food ingredients from an ingredient container into the cooking container; a transfer apparatus configured to move an ingredient container; a plurality of food containers each configured to hold a cooked food; a cooking container unloading mechanism configured to turn the cooking container to dispense cooked food from the cooking container to a food container which is positioned near to the cooking container; a receiving apparatus configured to hold a plurality of food containers; a food container
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Publication number: 20200268210
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated kitchen system comprising: a plurality of ingredient containers configured to contain or otherwise hold food ingredients; storage apparatuses comprising compartments configured to store ingredient containers; cap opening apparatuses configured to remove a cap from a container; transfer apparatuses configured to move a capped ingredient container from a storage apparatus to the cap opening apparatus; cooking systems configured to make cooked foods; a transport system comprising rail tracks and vehicles moving on the rail tracks configured to move ingredient containers, stopping mechanisms, charging mechanisms, and track switch mechanisms. The above mechanisms and apparatuses comprise electrical or electronic devices and sensors, which are configured to be connected to a computer system. The automated kitchen system saves labor cost and make cooked foods of consistent quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Publication number: 20200159188
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated restaurant comprising: a kitchen; a customer-tracking area comprising a dining area; and a plurality of vehicles. The kitchen comprises a storage apparatus to store ingredient containers, a transfer apparatus to move ingredient containers, and one or more cooking stations. Each vehicle is configured to move one or more food containers from cooking stations to dining tables. A tracking system comprises cameras, lidars, etc., which are fixedly mounted. The tracking system can dynamically map out the fixtures, humans and vehicles in the restaurant. Information from the tracking system is used to control the motion of the vehicles. The tracking system can dynamically track the positions of customers in the customer-tracking area, so that foods ordered by specific customers may be automatically sent by vehicles to the customers' locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Publication number: 20200160463
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated restaurant comprising: a kitchen; a customer-tracking area comprising a dining area; and a plurality of vehicles. The kitchen comprises a storage apparatus to store ingredient containers, a transfer apparatus to move ingredient containers, and one or more cooking stations. Each vehicle is configured to move one or more food containers from cooking stations to dining tables. A tracking system comprises video cameras, lidars, etc., which are fixedly mounted. The tracking system can dynamically map out the fixtures, humans and vehicles in the restaurant. Information from the tracking system is used to control the motion of the vehicles. The tracking system can dynamically track the positions of customers in the customer-tracking area, so that foods ordered by specific customers may be automatically sent by vehicles to the customers' locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Publication number: 20200159241
    Abstract: The present application discloses a vehicle. The vehicle comprises: a first support component and a second support component which may rotate relative to each other; a first drive wheel which is rotatable relative to the first support component; a second drive wheel which is rotatable relative to the second support component; a first universal wheel mounted on the first support component; and a second universal wheel mounted on the second support component. If the vehicle is placed on a horizontal floor and if both drive wheels touch the horizontal floor, then the axis of the first drive wheel and the axis of the second drive wheel may be contained or nearly contained in a vertical plane. The vehicle further comprises motors, sensors and a computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Patent number: 10455987
    Abstract: An automatic cooking system includes a computer system that stores recipes, cooking stations each comprising a cooking container that can cook food ingredients therein to produce a first cooked food, wherein the computer system can assign and schedule a plurality of dishes to be cooked at the cooking stations, storage containers configured to hold food ingredients, mini vehicles each carrying transport containers configured to hold the food ingredients, wherein the computer system can control at least some of movements of the mini vehicles in accordance to the recipes, a loading apparatus configured to load food ingredients from the storage stations to the transport containers on the mini vehicles, and an unloading apparatus that can transfer food ingredients from the transport containers on the mini vehicles to the cooking container at one of the cooking stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Patent number: 10352289
    Abstract: The present application discloses an energy harvesting system for harvesting energy from water waves, such as ocean waves. The energy harvesting system comprises: a base rotational mechanism comprising a first shaft and a positive rotational direction about the axis of the first shaft; an electricity generator configured to generate electricity from the rotation of the first shaft in the positive rotational direction; and a plurality of rotation driving apparatuses. Each rotation driving apparatus comprises a freewheel mechanism whose axis of rotation is the same as the axis of the first shaft, a swing component which may make a two-way rotation of limited angular range, a floating component comprising a buoy which is connected to an of the swing component, and a spring or weight which directly or indirectly exerts a force on the swing component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Publication number: 20190069722
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated kitchen system comprising a first computer and a plurality of second computers which are connected so that the first computer may communicate with any of the second computers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Publication number: 20190038071
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated cooking system comprising: a cooking apparatus comprising a cooking container configured to hold food or food ingredients and a stirring motion mechanism configured to produce a motion in the cooking container as to stir, mix or distribute the food or food ingredients held in the cooking container; a plurality of ingredient containers each configured to contain food ingredients; an dispensing apparatus configured to turn an ingredient container to dispense the food ingredients from an ingredient container into the cooking container; a transfer apparatus configured to move an ingredient container; a plurality of food containers each configured to hold a cooked food; a cooking container unloading mechanism configured to turn the cooking container to dispense cooked food from the cooking container to a food container which is positioned near to the cooking container; a receiving apparatus configured to hold a plurality of food containers; a transfer apparatus config
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Publication number: 20180279825
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated cooking system comprising: a cooking apparatus comprising a cooking container configured to hold food or food ingredients and a stirring motion mechanism configured to produce a motion in the cooking container as to stir, mix or distribute the food or food ingredients held in the cooking container; a plurality of ingredient containers each configured to contain food ingredients; an ingredient dispensing apparatus configured to turn an ingredient container to dispense the food ingredients from an ingredient container into the cooking container; a transfer apparatus configured to move an ingredient container; a plurality of food containers each configured to hold a cooked food; a cooking container unloading mechanism configured to turn the cooking container to dispense cooked food from the cooking container to a food container which is positioned near to the cooking container; a receiving apparatus configured to hold a plurality of food containers; a food container
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Publication number: 20180279835
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated cooking system comprising: a cooking apparatus comprising a cooking container configured to hold food or food ingredients and a stirring motion mechanism configured to produce a motion in the cooking container as to stir, mix or distribute the food or food ingredients held in the cooking container; a plurality of ingredient containers each configured to contain food ingredients; an dispensing apparatus configured to turn an ingredient container to dispense the food ingredients from an ingredient container into the cooking container; a transfer apparatus configured to move an ingredient container; a plurality of food containers each configured to hold a cooked food; a cooking container unloading mechanism configured to turn the cooking container to dispense cooked food from the cooking container to a food container which is positioned near to the cooking container; a receiving apparatus configured to hold a plurality of food containers; a transfer apparatus config
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventor: Zhengxu He