Having Electric Circuit With Switch Operated By Check Patents (Class 194/211)
  • Patent number: 10402804
    Abstract: A means and method to utilize government-issued food stamp credit to purchase items from a vending machine. The food stamp credit is to be received through a monetary device and validated through the vending machine control network. The network will validate the transaction and allow or limit the type of purchases based on information collected from the food stamp government program rules and regulations. The invention is applicable to any electronic benefit transfer (EBT) type program or analogous transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Fawn Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Francis A. Wittern, III, John Van Horn
  • Patent number: 9765561
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing, a digital display device, at least one gate coupled to the housing, and an analytical unit comprising a controller, the analytical unit coupled to the digital display device and the controller. The analytical unit includes logic to operate environmental sensors to identify demographic attributes of a proximate person to the digital display device and to locate digital content associated with the demographic attributes and to cause display of the digital content on the digital display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: IMPAX MEDIA HOLDINGS USA INC
    Inventor: Stephen Kucer
  • Patent number: 9489529
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments relate to a method of identifying unauthorized access to a data file on an unauthorized machine. The method includes: modifying the data file to include surreptitious code, the surreptitious code executing on a machine when the data file is opened or otherwise used by the machine; and receiving information transmitted by the surreptitious code, wherein the surreptitious code includes instructions for: gathering information about the executing machine, determining whether the executing machine is an unauthorized machine, and transmitting the information if the executing machine is an unauthorized machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Stewart A. Baker
  • Patent number: 9449450
    Abstract: A gate extension and retraction apparatus includes a housing, a digital display device, at least one extension arm coupled to the housing and to the digital display device, and an analytical unit comprising a controller, the analytical unit coupled to the digital display device and the controller coupled to the extension arm. The analytical unit includes logic to operate environmental sensors to identify demographic attributes of a proximate person to the digital display device and to locate digital content associated with the demographic attributes and to cause display of the digital content on the digital display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: 9136665 Canada Inc
    Inventor: Stephen Kucer
  • Patent number: 8899398
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for receiving a recyclable product is disclosed herein. In one embodiment the apparatus includes: a structure defining an interior cavity, the structure having a plurality of walls; a bottle return mechanism for determining when a bottle has been received within the interior cavity, comprising: an elongated cylinder providing a passage into the interior cavity, the elongated cylinder having an inlet opening proximate to an exterior of the enclosed structure and an outlet opening proximate to the interior cavity; a bottle return mechanism configured to provide an output when a bottle has been inserted into the elongated cylinder; and a dispensing rack secured to one of the walls of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Zephyr Fluid Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick E. Wind
  • Patent number: 8517162
    Abstract: An electronic lock is provided for removably securing a movable item to a structure, the electronic lock comprising first and second complementary cooperating member, each mounted to a respective one of the movable item and the structure and being engageable together in a lockable position and a securing assembly for securing the first and second connecting member together when engaged in the lockable position, wherein the securing assembly comprises inter alia a position detecting means, an electronic control means, an actuator, a locking aperture and a movable locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Societe de Velo en Libre-Service
    Inventors: Charles Ibrahim Khairallah, Michel Dallaire
  • Patent number: 8448772
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for receiving a recyclable product is disclosed herein. In one embodiment the apparatus includes: an enclosed structure defining an interior cavity; a bottle return mechanism for determining when a bottle has been received within the interior cavity; and a mechanism coupled to the bottle return mechanism, the mechanism being configured to provide an output when the bottle return mechanism has determined that a bottle has been inserted into the interior cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Zephyr Fluid Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick E. Wind
  • Patent number: 8387771
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for bottled beverage distribution. Apparatus includes bin, means for receiving bottles, sensor and receipt dispenser. Method of selling includes providing an inventory, assigning identification indicia, assigning first and second purchase prices and positioning apparatus for receiving, storing and dispensing receipt. Method of distributing includes delivering to a first location water bottles, positioning at a second location a receiving, storing and receipt dispensing apparatus, and retrieving empty bottles from the apparatus. Method of distributing includes creating an account, assigning a first amount charged for each bottle sold, assigning a second amount deducted from the first amount for each bottle received, delivering bottles and positioning a receiving, storing and receipt dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Primo Water Corporation
    Inventors: Brent C. Boydston, Douglas A. Fullerton, Michael S. Gunter, Billy D. Prim, Robert C. Wiles
  • Patent number: 8272491
    Abstract: An electronic lock is provided for removably securing a movable item to a structure, the electronic lock comprising first and second complementary cooperating member, each mounted to a respective one of the movable item and the structure and being engageable together in a lockable position and a securing assembly for securing the first and second connecting member together when engaged in the lockable position, wherein the securing assembly comprises inter alia a position detecting means, an electronic control means, an actuator, a locking aperture and a movable locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Societe de Velo en Libre-Service
    Inventors: Charles Ibrahim Khairallah, Michel Dallaire
  • Patent number: 8109378
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for bottled beverage distribution. Apparatus includes bin, means for receiving bottles, sensor and receipt dispenser. Method of selling includes providing an inventory, assigning identification indicia, assigning first and second purchase prices and positioning apparatus for receiving, storing and dispensing receipt. Method of distributing includes delivering to a first location water bottles, positioning at a second location a receiving, storing and receipt dispensing apparatus, and retrieving empty bottles from the apparatus. Method of distributing includes creating an account, assigning a first amount charged for each bottle sold, assigning a second amount deducted from the first amount for each bottle received, delivering bottles and positioning a receiving, storing and receipt dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Primo Water Corporation
    Inventors: Brent C. Boydston, Douglas A. Fullerton, Michael S. Gunter, Billy D. Prim, Robert C. Wiles
  • Patent number: 8061499
    Abstract: An electronic lock for removably securing a movable item to a structure, the electronic lock comprising first and second complementary cooperating connecting members, each being fixedly mounted to a respective one of the movable item and the structure and being engageable together in a lockable position; and a securing assembly for securing the first and second connecting members together when engaged in the lockable position, the securing assembly comprising a movable locking member operatively associated to the first connecting member, a locking aperture defined in the second connecting member, the locking aperture being adapted for receiving the movable locking member when the connecting members are engaged together in the lockable position; an actuator operatively coupled to the movable locking member for actuating the movable locking member between an unlocked position enabling disengagement of the first and second connecting members and a locked position wherein the movable locking member engages the lo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Societe de Velo En Libre-Service
    Inventors: Charles Ibrahim Khairallah, Michel Dallaire
  • Publication number: 20110203901
    Abstract: A parking meter assembly (10) including a base (11) that is to be fixed to or embedded in a ground surface, typically adjacent the curb that which a car is to be parked. The assembly (10) also includes a parking meter (13) having a front face (17) that includes a coin slot (25) a card slot (20) and a control panel (21). The parking meter (13) further includes a rear face (27) having a window aperture (28) that provides for the transmission of light to a solar panel (29) behind the aperture (28).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: IPS Group, Inc.
    Inventors: David William King, Murray David Kirby Hunter, Mathew James Hall, David Andrew Jones
  • Patent number: 7946407
    Abstract: A value medium processing apparatus includes a common rolling path on which the IC coin and the coin roll, a coin characteristic detector provided on a side portion of the common rolling path, an IC coin characteristic detector configured to detect IC coin rolling on the common rolling path; an inlet to a coin path on which the coin rolls and an inlet to an IC coin path on which the IC coin rolls, a medium sorter provided upstream of the coin inlet and the IC coin inlet; a communicator provided on a side of the IC coin path and communicating with the IC coin; and a controller actuating the medium sorter based on one of characteristic information from the coin characteristic detector and information from the IC coin characteristic detector, and switching the common rolling path to one of the IC coin path and the coin path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Yoshinobu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7921979
    Abstract: Drinking water bottle return apparatus having a bin, a door or receiving tray movable between an open position and a closed position, a first sensor detecting when the door or receiving tray in the open position, a second sensor detecting a drinking water bottle entering the bin, and a receipt dispenser that dispenses a receipt in response to detection by the second sensor of a drinking water bottle entering the bin within a predetermined time period after detection by the first sensor of the door or receiving tray in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Primo Water Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Kreitz, Christopher Holden, Michael S. Gunter, Brent C. Boydston, Douglas A. Fullerton, Billy D. Prim, Robert C. Wiles
  • Patent number: 7849993
    Abstract: The invention relates to sheet material having an electrical circuit and to apparatuses and methods for processing said sheet material. The present invention describes sheet material having an electrical circuit as well as apparatuses and methods for processing same, which reduce the effort required for processing the sheet material and/or facilitate processing and/or improve it and/or make it more reliable. For this purpose, the sheet material has at least one electrical circuit, with energy and/or data being transmitted from the apparatus to the electrical circuit and/or from the electrical circuit to the apparatus and at least part of the transmitted data being used for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Finkenzeller, Thomas Giering, Manfred Heim, Thomas Hildebrandt, Ralf Hobmeier, Lars Hoffmann, Norbert Holl, Wittich Kaule, Friedrich Kretschmar, Markus Krombholz, Ralf Liebler, Thorsten Pillo, Harald Reiner, Walter Schneider, Eckart Schroeder-Bergen, Martin Seysen, Dieter Stein, Alexander Steinkogler, Christian Voellmer, Bernd Wunderer, Fabiola Bellersheim, Marius Dichtl, Juergen Schuetzmann
  • Patent number: 7849994
    Abstract: A method of processing documents by receiving at least a batch of documents and a separator card in an input receptacle of a document processing device. The separator card includes a conductive material disposed on one side, and a barcode indicative of the source of the batch of documents. The documents and separator card are transported via a transport mechanism past an evaluation unit and a field-effect sensor, respectively. The document processing device evaluates each document, determines whether the document meets or fails predetermined criteria, and detects the presence of the conductive material when a separator card is transported past the sensor. The source identification information from each separator card is entered into a memory of the document processing device after all the documents from the corresponding batch of documents have met the predetermined criteria. Feeder operation is paused between each batch long enough to verify that the previous batch closed successfully.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Robert J. Klein, Curtis W. Hallowell, Charles P. Jenrick
  • Patent number: 6975205
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an incentive to a customer of a store to return a shopping cart to a cart return location. The system generates a cart return signal. The system determines whether a cart is being removed from or returned to the cart corral. Alternatively, a radio frequency identification system may be used to detect return of a cart. The shopper is credited with points or credits in a frequent shopper or reward program for returning the shopping cart to the cart return location. The cart return system may be readily configured to integrate with a wide range of existing, or new frequent shopper or loyalty programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Carttronics, LLC
    Inventors: John French, Philip Witham
  • Patent number: 6486768
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an incentive to a cutomer of a store to return a shopping cart to a cart return location. The cart return location, such as a cart corral, has a plurality of detection loops at an entrance to the corral. The system detects a change in inductance of the loops when a cart is returned to the cart corral and generates a cart return signal, which is indicative of a returned cart, in response to the change of inductance. The system determines wheather a cart is being removed from or returned to the cart corral by use of the multiple detection loops. Visual and/or audible feedback indicative of an action may be provided to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: CartTronics, LLC
    Inventors: John R. French, Philip Witham
  • Patent number: 6309098
    Abstract: A contactless-smart-IC-card receive and read-write mechanism for an on-street parking meter. The mechanism includes a nested cartridge set consisting of a card read-write unit and a card receiver. The card read-write unit further includes an outer case having an induction coil and a circuit board attached to one outer side of the outer case. The card receiver is removably nested in the outer case for an IC card to insert thereinto. The circuit board has different circuits provided thereon for controlling power supply to correctly complete card reading and overwriting. A detecting switch is mounted on the outer case to detect the existence of the IC card in the card receiver. Only when a correct IC card in the receiver is detected will a high frequency power supply circuit be actuated for the card read-write unit to read and overwrite data or amount stored in the IC card. The card read-write unit is not affected by external dust or rainwater to cause error operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventor: Ye Ping Wong
  • Patent number: 5737418
    Abstract: A method for encrypting bill validation data generated by a bill validator is disclosed. Such data includes an inserted bill's denomination and country of origin as determined by sensors in the bill validator. Once such information is obtained, it is encrypted by combination with an encryption key selected from a table of such keys. The encrypted data is then communicated to a machine associated with the bill validator such as a gaming or vending machine. Upon receipt, the machine decrypts the data to obtain the original bill validation data. If the machine finds the denomination and issuing country of the inserted bill to be acceptable, the machine instructs the bill validator to accept the bill and store it in a bill repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: International Game Technology
    Inventors: Ali M. Saffari, James P. Hunt
  • Patent number: 5708782
    Abstract: The present invention resides in apparatus, and software, and a related method for selecting, printing, and dispensing a redeemable discount coupon and other offerings in response to the taking of or upon the return of a cart to a electronic coupon dispensing terminals. A computerized kiosk, updated by a remote command center, is located at the entrance of the corral. Customers receive a key at the check out counter to be used to access the dispenser for the selection of discount coupons. As the cart is replaced in the corral, the system is activated and the customer selects from a touch screen monitor and a dispenser prints and issues a manufacturer's coupon. Statistical information is gathered by the computer and relayed to the store CPU. Maintenance requirements are also relayed to the store CPU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Inventors: Blaine Larson, Juan Lopez
  • Patent number: 5526916
    Abstract: A cart management apparatus for retaining and vending carts such as luggage carts, shopping carts, and strollers, includes a retaining rail for receiving cart keys disposed on the carts, a rotatable paddlewheel including a plurality of paddles, at least one of which projects into the retaining rail to provide an obstruction therein, an electromagnetic brake coupled to the paddlewheel to selectively inhibit rotation of the paddlewheel and restrict removal of cart keys from the rail, and a one-way clutch, also coupled to the paddlewheel to allow free rotation of the paddlewheel in a return direction to allow cart keys to be inserted into the retaining rail when carts are returned to the apparatus. The preferred apparatus may be used with existing carts which are retrofit with cart keys that are suitable for being retained within the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: Smarte Carte, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith L. Amdahl, Dan L. Otterson, Christopher J. Rogney, Verne L. Severson
  • Patent number: 5489014
    Abstract: A coin checker and card reader for use with a vending machine includes a housing having a coin slot and a separate card slot which merge into a chute that communicates with a first coin channel and a card channel. A coin inserted into the coin slot rolls through the chute into the first coin channel and passes sensors which determine whether the coin is accepted or rejected. A door is actuated to direct an accepted coin into a coin retainer through a second coin channel. A rejected coin is directed to a return tray through a third coin channel. A subscriber card with a memory inserted into the card slot is guided into the card channel to actuate a switch to activate a microprocessor for exchanging information with the subscriber card memory and processing a transaction. The microprocessor checks the data being exchanged to prevent loss of data should card be removed before the transaction is completed and to vend an article only after valid data has been exchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Assignee: Journomat AG
    Inventor: Edouard Menoud
  • Patent number: 5392890
    Abstract: An obliterating machine can be operated by means of a card, made of synthetic plastic material, that features longitudinal grooves and a toothing and that can be inserted in a receiving seat delimited by a pair of plates mounted within the machine and forming a profile complementar to the profile of the card. A couple of feeler pins, associated with respective micro-switches, are movable along directions perpendicular and parallel to the seat, and are designed to detect the presence of the card and of the first tooth of the toothing. A cogwheel is rotatably supported in adjacency of the seat so that it can engage the toothing, and a cutting blade is made to move in a direction transverse to the seat by an electromagnet to cut a strip from the head of the card while a rocker, that links the blade to the electromagnet, operates a further micro-switch to activate an electric circuit for controlling a vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: O.T.R. S.r.l.
    Inventor: Rigo Fabrizio
  • Patent number: 5346048
    Abstract: An apparatus for collecting articles is housed in a parallelepipedic casing, on the front panel of which is arranged a display part of a playing part. An article-return part with an article-receiving container is also provided in the apparatus. The front panel of the casing is subdivided into a number of fields of which one field forms a door for an access to an article collecting container. A gaming machine is arranged in another field, and the article-return part in the third field. The gaming machine is at least partly visible through a window so that its game can be seen. Increased use of the apparatus results from the visibility and/or audibility of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: Egapro A.G.
    Inventor: Rene Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 5176237
    Abstract: An unattended card exchange unit which is powered by a battery and is actuated when a card is inserted into it via a lower passage and contact a micro-switch therein. When the unit is actuated, a motor inside there drives a driving wheel which in turn drives and rotates a first set of rubber rollers which causes the inserted card to smoothly drop down into the lower part of the unit, and a second set of rubber rollers containing an arm-carry roller, causing the arm thereof to move a card inside the unit toward an upper passage leading to a slot on outer wall of the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Inventor: Ren G. Yang
  • Patent number: 5133441
    Abstract: An electronically controlled dispensing machine for articles such as video cassettes has a plurality of individual lockable compartments. The compartments have transparent doors through which the articles can be identified. A customer presents a coded data storage token with a credit amount stored on it to the machine, and selects and removes one or more articles. The machine reduces the credit amount on the token accordingly. The articles can be returned to a vacant compartment in due course, and if the article is returned late, a further amount is deducted from the credit amount on the token. Sensors in each compartment ensure that the cassettes are inserted correctly by sensing an electrically conductive portion of the cassettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Assignee: Keyosk Corporation
    Inventor: Leonard C. Brown
  • Patent number: 5119087
    Abstract: A system for retrieving shopping carts at a store having a plurality of shopping carts is disclosed. The system includes a counter which can be preset to a first determined count. A target is mounted to each shopping cart while a sensor detects the return of each shopping cart to a designated area. As each shopping cart is returned to the designated area, the sensor generates an output pulse which changes the count in the counter. Whenever the count in the counter achieves a second predetermined count, an alarm is activated indicative that a prize is awarded to the person returning the shopping cart to the designated area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Inventor: J. Hendren Lucas
  • Patent number: 5085308
    Abstract: An apparatus for collecting articles is housed in a parallelepipedic casing, on the front panel of which is arranged a display part of a playing part. An article-return part with an article-receiving container is also provided in the apparatus. The front panel of the casing is subdivided into a number of fields of which one field forms a door for an access to an article collecting container. A gaming machine is arranged in another field, and the article-return part in the third field. The gaming machine is at least partly visible through a window so that its game can be seen. Increased use of the apparatus results from the visibility and/or audibility of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1992
    Assignee: EGAPRO Patent AG
    Inventor: Rene Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 4893705
    Abstract: An electronically controlled dispensing machine for articles such as video cassettes has a plurality of individual lockable compartments. The compartments have transparent doors through which the articles can be identified. A customer presents a coded data storage token with a credit amount stored on it to the machine, and selects and removes one of more articles. The machine reduces the credit amount on the token accordingly. The articles can be returned to a vacant compartment in due course, and if the article is returned late, a further amount is deducted from the credit amount on the token. Sensors in each compartment ensure that the cassettes are inserted correctly by sensing an electrically conductive portion of the cassettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1990
    Inventor: Leonard C. Brown
  • Patent number: 4880097
    Abstract: A card system for an electronic parking meter. At least one card is provided and has an electrically erasable programmable memory containing data therein. At least one coin slot in the electronic parking meter is provided and the card has at least a portion thereof dimensioned to fit into the coin slot. A card switch in the coin slot is activated only by the card and provides a card switch signal. A microprocessor in the electronic parking meter receives the card switch signal and in response thereto supplies power for the card and exchanges data with the card. An interface circuit connects the microprocessor to the card. The portion of the card has electrical contacts for engagement with electrical contacts of a power supply and with the interface circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Assignee: POM Incorporated
    Inventor: Gary W. Speas
  • Patent number: 4871053
    Abstract: A key activated control unit to be activated by a key having a shank portion and a blade portion, the unit is operated by inserting the key and having the blade portion trigger a switch at a predetermined location. The blade portion is not returnable from that predetermined position, and a key destruction blade is provided to destroy the blade portion once at that predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Inventors: Dara Cosgrave, John Roydhouse
  • Patent number: 4857828
    Abstract: A system for capacitively detecting the presence of a tape cassette within a vending machine or the like. The testing system within the machine employs an ac source connected to a source electrode and a detector connected to a detector electrode. A coded pattern is provided along the side wall of the cassette with a pair of series connected electrodes arranged to oppose the electrodes of the testing system. When aligned, the capacitances formed between the testing system electrode and the coded pattern complete an electrical circuit from the source to the detector through the cassette. The completing of the circuit indicator the presence of the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Assignee: Control Logic (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventor: David H. Celine
  • Patent number: 4667141
    Abstract: A hand truck type of device provides a portable jumper battery for motor vehicles. Battery cables which connector clips are stored in the truck as is a power cable for connection to a power outlet so that the jumper battery may be recharged by a charger carried by the hand truck. Electronic circuitry connected to the cables prevents connection to the jumper battery until the connector clips have been properly connected and the vehicle battery has sufficient charge to be sensed. The sensing actuates a periodic signal and permits the system to be turned on. A token responsive switch controls a cycle timer which allows the circuitry to complete the connection to the vehicle battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1987
    Assignee: Helen H. Smith Steele
    Inventor: Leonard B. Steele
  • Patent number: 4663538
    Abstract: A control system is provided for controlling the operation of at least a pair of coin actuated appliances. A control panel area is provided which includes a coin drop mechanism, selection switches and indicators. A microcontroller is in circuit association with the coin drop mechanism, the selection switches and the indicators. The microcontroller is operable for accumulating the value of coins received and for effecting a display of the value in the indicators. Upon operation of a selection switch for a particular appliance by the appliance user, the microcontroller will effect operation of that appliance and the assignment of the displayed value to that appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Assignee: The Maytag Company
    Inventors: Curran D. Cotton, David I. Ellingson, Donald E. Erickson, William J. Noe, James D. Wilson