Dispenser Operated Display Device Patents (Class 221/8)
  • Patent number: 9292840
    Abstract: Identification information for a first account holder at a financial institution is received. The first account holder is authenticated based on the identification information. A second account holder at the financial institution is identified as being known to the first account holder. Inputs are received from the first account holder to configure a message to be displayed to the second account holder. The message is displayed to the second account holder from the first account holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Jonathan Velline, Darren Goetz, Xuan Nguyen, Nahal Agahi
  • Patent number: 8910827
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dispenser for controlling access to product, such as but not limited to bottles, housed within the dispenser. In some embodiments, the dispenser includes an opening having a contour that generally mirrors the shape and/or dimensions of the product stored within the dispenser plus a relatively small amount of clearance and also includes a tunnel within the interior of the device. The configuration of the opening and/or the tunnel feature prevents a user from accessing product stored behind the opening within the dispenser. In some embodiments, the dispenser includes a pusher system that provides a time delay between the dispensing of products into a receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas A. Lockwood
  • Publication number: 20140350720
    Abstract: A portable self medication management system and method comprising at least a plurality of receptacles, a scanner, a display screen, a housing for a compact electronic box, a compact electronic box and a processor to acquire medication information from a medication container, determine whether the medication information exists in a first database, if the medication information does not exist in the first database, associate the medication information with a location information comprising a receptacle and store the medication information and the location information in the first database, indicate the location information, and confirm placement of the medication container in the associated receptacle, notify a user to administer the medication held in the medication container, and request the user to scan the medication container of the notified medication, detect retrieval of an incorrect medication container from the plurality of receptacles, and issue a warning of the detection, and provide instructions fo
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: The Research Foundation for The State University of New York
    Inventors: Craig Lehmann, John Brittelli
  • Patent number: 8820575
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include a vending machine retrofitted with digital signage. According to an embodiment, a display panel is affixed to the window; a media player is coupled to the display panel; a cellular wide area network (WAN) radio is coupled to the media player; and a cellular antenna is coupled to the cellular WAN radio and affixed to the top surface of the vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Convergent Media Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Nicholson
  • Patent number: 8708192
    Abstract: A container for dispensing dosages of multiple medications over time. The present invention includes a container which has a plurality of compartments each configured to contain a plurality of dosages of a different medication. A rotatable lid is attached on top of the container such that an opening in the lid may be selectively positioned in fluid communication with each of the plurality of compartments. A lid position detection device is provided for identifying which of the compartments the opening is presently addressing. A programmable computing device is provided to track dosages administered from each of the plurality of compartments. A display, controlled by the programmable computing device, conveys information regarding the medication contained within a selected compartment. The ability to transmit and receive information from an external device or the Internet, either by a data port or wirelessly, is provided for increased functionality of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Mary E. Flowers, Arnett G. Flowers
  • Patent number: 8651321
    Abstract: A gumball machine includes a gumball container that contains a plurality of gumballs, and a neck portion coupled to the gumball container. The gumball machine has an elongated transparent housing having an upper end coupled to the neck portion, and a base coupled to the lower end of the elongated housing. A speaker is positioned inside the base and is electrically coupled to a switch, a plurality of lighting elements are arranged inside the transparent housing and electrically coupled to the switch, and a power supply is housed inside the base and electrically coupled to the switch, the speaker and the lighting elements. When an actuator is actuated, the actuator turns on the switch to cause the lighting elements to flash, the speaker to broadcast sound and/or music, and a gumball to be dispensed from the gumball container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sweet N Fun, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hoi Wai Fu
  • Publication number: 20140046481
    Abstract: A system for monitoring inventory for scratch-off lottery tickets to simplify tracking inventory and aid in theft prevention. A computing device communicates with lockable metal ticket dispensers to maintain real-time inventory of product and display product inventory on the product dispensers. Dispensers log ticket inventory information and the identity of users associated with ticket dispensing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Siciliano, Michele P. Burns
  • Publication number: 20140043162
    Abstract: A tobacco product display for monitoring inventory and aiding in theft prevention. A position sensor tracks the quantity of products on the display. A scanner, such as a barcode reader, tracks the identification of products removed from the display. A proximity and identity sensor detects authorized removal of products from the display and identifies persons removing the products. An alarm is triggered in the case of unauthorized product removal. Product inventory information is printed, sent to a network, computing device, smart phone, or similar device to alert authorized personnel of inventory reports and alarms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Siciliano, Michele P. Burns
  • Patent number: 8545377
    Abstract: A magazine for chain components of a chain with radiation sources comprises a housing as well as a first means for receiving chain components that is mounted in a pivotal manner in the housing and has recesses for receiving the chain components, a tension spring for driving the means for receiving the chain components, a sprocket being coupled in a pivotal manner to the means for receiving the chain components and being mounted in a pivotal position in the housing, and an ejector for ejection of the radiation sources. Furthermore, the magazine comprises an ejection lever which is mounted in a pivotal manner in the housing, whereby, in a first position, the ejection lever engages the sprocket, and in a second position it blocks the ejector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Eckert & Ziegler Bebig GmbH
    Inventors: Axel Hentrich, Christoph Lederer
  • Patent number: 8463430
    Abstract: Vending machines, automated retail stores, and retail displays with a computer controlled, activation system that senses either the gesture of a customer proximate product display tubes or a touch-screen selection on a computer screen. Item-based lighting produces variable visual effects in conjunction with actual or potential vends to provide an enhanced vending experience. Offered products are stored within display tubes that are arranged in orderly geometric arrays. RGB lighting through a plurality of LED banks associated with each display tube are controlled by the activation system Combinations of differently colored LED's are computer controlled on a per product basis to artistically illuminate available products and assist customers. Pre-programmed lighting sequences can switch LEDs off and on, vary their intensity, and alter resultant colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignees: Utique, Inc
    Inventors: Mara Clair Segal, Darrell Scott Mockus, Russell Jon Greenberg
  • Publication number: 20130134180
    Abstract: The device is an apparatus for storing and dispensing pills and supplements of various kinds The dispensed substance could be food, drug, supplements, liquids, powders or pills. The device is a pill dispenser consisting of a rectangular body with rounded edges and display unit that functions as an alarm clock. The device may work with blister-packed pills or alternatively use an encapsulated compartment to hold and dispense loose pills. The device will have opening in the front and back so that the pills can be distributed. The device beeps, vibrates and illuminates to remind the user to take their pills or medicine in regular intervals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Shaahin Cheyene
  • Patent number: 8417381
    Abstract: A system comprising a medication tray (10) and a docking station (20) for facilitating effective self-management of medication treatment by patients is provided. The medication tray (10) accepts medication filled containers (30) and mates with the docking station (20). The medication tray (10) receives prescription data at the time the medication tray (10) accepts the medication filled containers (30), which is then downloaded to the docking station (20). The docking station (20) monitors and reports to third parties, via a network (160), a patient's compliance with various medication treatment regimens. Medication containers (30) are provided with low bit tags (35) that provide container presence information to the docking station (20). The docking station (20) provides visual and/or audio signals regarding prescription data to a patient. The docking station (20) can query patients and appliances regarding patient's medication usage and health status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Glenn Vonk, Richard Rumbaugh, Colleen Ryan
  • Patent number: 8409531
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an efficient and effective technique for storing and dispensing reagent beads. In some embodiments, an apparatus is provided for dispensing reagent beads contained in a bead storage device which includes a bead carrier having a plurality of wells; a plurality of reagent beads disposed in the wells; and a cover tape releasably attached to the bead carrier to cover the wells and retain the reagent beads in the wells. The apparatus comprises a channel in which to place the bead storage device with the bead carrier facing a support wall of the channel and the cover tape facing a stripping wall of the channel. The stripping wall includes a stripping gap disposed between a stripping edge and an opposite edge, and a dispense opening provided adjacent the opposite edge on a side of the stripping wall opposite from the stripping edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Cepheid
    Inventors: Ronald Chang, Douglas B. Dority, Steve Montgomery
  • Patent number: 8408208
    Abstract: The dispenser has a body (1), with a mouthpiece cover (2). Opening of the cover urges a junction member (3) towards a source (4) of a medicament to be released as a dose by pressing a spout (5) of the source inwards of the source. The source is supported by a cap (11) clipped to the end of a source-enclosing barrel (12) with intern al splines (10). The barrel is welded (15) to the main to part (16) of the body at a position determined by the extension of the source towards the distal end (17) of the barrel when the cover is open, the welding position being determined by a plug (18) simulating the cap and its bush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Clinical Designs Limited
    Inventor: Raymond John Bacon
  • Patent number: 8332066
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling removal of one or more receptacles from a receptacle tray are described herein, in which a removal indicator indicates which of the one or more receptacles to remove. Thereafter, the indicated one or more receptacles may be manually removed from the receptacle tray using a gripping mechanism. The receptacles are secured in the tray with two or more tangs protruding from a front face of the receptacle closest to a connector interface. The two or more tangs fit into respective mating units in the receptacle tray, and one or more protrusions toward the rear of the receptacle, with respect to the two or more tangs, mate with respective mating units in the receptacle tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Weber
  • Publication number: 20120298685
    Abstract: A gumball machine includes a gumball container that contains a plurality of gumballs, and a neck portion coupled to the gumball container. The gumball machine has an elongated transparent housing having an upper end coupled to the neck portion, and a base coupled to the lower end of the elongated housing. A speaker is positioned inside the base and is electrically coupled to a switch, a plurality of lighting elements are arranged inside the transparent housing and electrically coupled to the switch, and a power supply is housed inside the base and electrically coupled to the switch, the speaker and the lighting elements. When an actuator is actuated, the actuator turns on the switch to cause the lighting elements to flash, the speaker to broadcast sound and/or music, and a gumball to be dispensed from the gumball container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Hoi Wai Fu
  • Publication number: 20120203377
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide medication dispensing carts and methods. The medication dispensing carts may include a base having wheels that allow the carts to be transported within a facility, a computing device configured to receive input from a user, a display device communicatively coupled with the computing device for displaying information to the user, a post that couples the display device with the base, and a plurality of cassettes that have one or more bins within which medical supplies are stored. The plurality of cassettes may be coupled with the post and the post may include a plurality of communication ports that communicatively couple one or more of the cassettes with the computing device to perform or provide various functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Akbar Paydar, Stanley Kim, Chris Richardson, Gerardo Moreno, Victor Santini, Nathaniel Moody, Laszlo Virag, Len Hom
  • Publication number: 20120160863
    Abstract: A manually operated object dispenser includes a cover that rotates relative to a base allowing easy access to a storage compartment and allowing stored objects to be dispensed. A rotatable reminder wheel disposed beneath the cover automatically advances to a next position with each use, exposing indicia through a window on the cover. The dispenser comprises two sets of ratchet prongs and teeth: the first set engaged when the cover is rotated to an open position, while the second set is engaged when the cover is subsequently rotated to a closed position. Accordingly, the reminder wheel moves a predetermined distance to incrementally expose indicia through the window with each object that is dispensed. One embodiment of the dispenser includes a storage tray for storing objects and an access port through which the objects are dispensed. Another embodiment of the dispenser is attached to an external storage compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventors: Michael C. Thompson, Yung C. Chen
  • Publication number: 20120118907
    Abstract: The provision of the table that vending machines were united. The present invention to achieve the problem is a Vending machine-integrated table, comprising: a main body of table having at least top; and a vending machine under the top. One of a displaying and receiving means and window part is provided to the top. The displaying and receiving means is provided to the top, displaying a product which can be sold with the vending machine, and accepting an instructions from a user. The window part is viewing a product receiving area accommodated the product. And a product transporting means is provided to the vending machine, transporting the product accommodated by the product receiving area into a product takeoff opening provided in the product receiving area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: BLD ORIENTAL, CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ochi
  • Patent number: 8152020
    Abstract: A container for dispensing dosages of multiple medications over time. The present invention includes a container which has a plurality of compartments each configured to contain a plurality of dosages of a different medication. A rotatable lid is attached on top of the container such that an opening in the lid may be selectively positioned in fluid communication with each of the plurality of compartments. A lid position detection device is provided for identifying which of the compartments the opening is presently addressing. A programmable computing device is provided to track dosages administered from each of the plurality of compartments. A display, controlled by the programmable computing device, conveys information regarding the medication contained within a selected compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventors: Mary E. Flowers, Arnett G. Flowers
  • Patent number: 8149096
    Abstract: A patient-portable medication event monitor is disclosed which is capable of detecting the dispensing of doses of a particular medication from the monitor, comparing the dispensing detected with information concerning the desired dosing regimen for the certain medication and displaying graphically to the patient at least one feedback indication of the patient's degree of compliance or deviation with the desired regimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Aardex Group, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Metry, Pierre-Alain Gaillard, John Urquhart, Bernard Vrijens
  • Patent number: 8082061
    Abstract: Vending machines, automated retail stores, and retail displays with computer controlled, item-based lighting that produces variable visual effects in conjunction with actual or potential vends to provide an enhanced vending experience. Offered products are stored within display tubes that are arranged in orderly geometric arrays. RGB lighting through a plurality of LED banks within polygonal circuit boards associate with each display tube are controlled by a computer activation system that senses the presence of a customer, and the selection of a vend. Combinations of differently colored LED's are computer controlled on a per product basis to artistically illuminate available products and assist customers. Pre-programmed lighting sequences can switch LED off and on, vary their intensity, and alter resultant colors. A touch screen computer responds to user inputs for selections and transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Utique, Inc.
    Inventors: Mara Clair Segal, Darrell Scott Mockus, Russell Jon Greenberg
  • Publication number: 20110297691
    Abstract: A self-service, fully-automatic kiosk for duplicating keys includes a kiosk housing having a customer interface for receiving payment from a customer for the purchase of at least one duplicate of the customer's key. A key-receiving entry in the housing receives at least a portion of the customer's key to be duplicated, and a key analysis system within the housing analyzes the blade of a key inserted in the key-receiving entry to determine whether the inserted key matches one of a group of preselected key types and, if so, which preselected key type is matched. A key blank magazine within the housing stores key blanks for each of the preselected key types. A key blank extraction system extracts from the magazine a key blank for the preselected key type matched by the blade of the key inserted in the key-receiving entry. Then a key duplicating system within the kiosk replicates the tooth pattern of the blade of the key inserted in the key-receiving entry, on the blade of the extracted key blank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: Minute Key Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Freeman
  • Publication number: 20110233228
    Abstract: A dispensing machine for dispensing items to customers comprising a cabinet having at least one window, a plurality of supports for supporting a plurality of different items to be dispensed to customers, a pointing device for selecting a desired item from the plurality of items, an indicator associated with the pointing device and operable to provide an indication, visible through the window, of which item is being selected by the pointing device without dispensing said selected item, and a dispensing mechanism for dispensing the selected item in response to a dispensing instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: Mars, Inc,
    Inventors: David Meacock, Neil Harrington
  • Publication number: 20110153069
    Abstract: Provided is a medication supporting apparatus, which includes an output unit providing an alarm and a warning according to a medication situation of a user, an input unit receiving a medicine discharge instruction from the user, a medicine storage box cartridge storing a plurality of medicine storage boxes in a stacked fashion, and a discharge module discharging a lowermost one of the medicine storage boxes of the medicine storage box cartridge to an outside according to the medicine discharge instruction. Thus, when the user requests the discharge of medicine, the medicine to be taken at a time according to a corresponding schedule can be discharged without a discharge error.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Sun Lee BANG, Jae Hun CHOI, Myung Eun LIM, Dae Hee KIM, Soo Jun PARK, Seon Hee PARK
  • Publication number: 20110127286
    Abstract: The change replenishment management system includes a coin roll storage (1), a coin change dispenser (3), and a POS register (5). A control unit (16) of the storage (1) detects the presence and the denomination of a coin roll in a storage section of each drawer (11, 12, 13) in accordance with an output signal generated from a detection system (18), and transmits the result of detection to the coin change dispenser (3). When loose coins obtained by unpacking removed coin rolls, which are removed from the storage (1), are introduced into an inlet (30), a control unit (36 or 50) of the change dispenser (3) or register (5) compares the denomination and the number of the loose coins, which are detected by identification unit (31), with the denomination and the number of the removed coin roll determined on the basis of the detection result transmitted from the storage (1), and judging the correspondence therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuichi TABATA, Hiroshi TONE, Yoshiro OIE, Takahiro WASHIZU, Mikito IMAI, Koichi NISHIDA, Tsutomu IWATA, Kazuyuki SHIMIZU, Yumiko IMAI
  • Publication number: 20110101016
    Abstract: A compliance packaging system and method for dispensing tablets to the vision impaired is described. The compliance packaging system comprises a dispenser and compliance indicia. The dispenser has a plurality of tablet containers wherein each of the tablet containers contains at least one tablet associated with a dosage regimen. The compliance indicia are associated with the plurality of tablet containers and are configured to allow a visually impaired person to verify that a particular tablet container has exited the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: Edge Medical Properties, LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. Luciano, JR.
  • Patent number: 7922072
    Abstract: A self-service checkout system which continues operation when cash transaction options are not available. The self-service checkout system includes a cash dispenser, a display for displaying payment options, an input device for recording selection of payment options, including cash and non-cash transaction options, and a processor for disabling the cash transaction options when an amount of cash in the cash dispenser falls below a predetermined limit, but for otherwise continuing operation by allowing the non-cash transaction options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Steven L. Hassenzahl
  • Patent number: 7894935
    Abstract: Implementations of a public use tag marking kiosk. Aspects associated with particular implementations of a tag marking kiosk comprise, among others, automatically marking two sides of a tag within the kiosk, receiving the tag to be marked from the customer, providing a closeable door between the marking implement and the customer while the tag is being marked, ejecting the tag from a tag holder after the tag is marked, and aligning the tag so that a desired tag side is required to be initially facing up on the tag holder. Housing for the kiosk may surround all of the system parts or may be split into a housing shell and a marking unit that fits inside the shell. Marking implements may be laser, mechanical stylus, paint, or others. Tags may be suspended in a cantilevered manner during marking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: TagWorks, LLC
    Inventors: George Lynn Hagen, Beth Cooperrider, Ronald E. Mundt, Darren L. Kessner, Steven J. Gardner, Adrian Spucces, Kenneth C. Booth
  • Patent number: 7853353
    Abstract: Implementations of a public use tag marking kiosk. Aspects associated with particular implementations of a tag marking kiosk comprise, among others, automatically marking two sides of a tag within the kiosk, receiving the tag to be marked from the customer, engaging and aligning the tag to be marked, providing a closeable door between the marking implement and the customer while the tag is being marked, ejecting the tag from a tag holder after the tag is marked, and aligning the tag so that a desired tag side is required to be initially facing up on the tag holder. Housing for the kiosk may surround all of the system parts or may be split into a housing shell and a marking unit that fits inside the shell. Marking implements may be laser, mechanical stylus, paint, or others. Tags may be suspended in a cantilevered manner during marking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Tagworks, LLC
    Inventors: George Lynn Hagen, Ronald E. Mundt, Darren L. Kessner, Steven J. Gardner, Adrian Spucces, Kenneth C. Booth
  • Patent number: 7848846
    Abstract: A medicine supply apparatus for filling medicines into containers has a plurality of reception compartments into which each of a plurality of medicines are to be respectively selectively fed by a user based on prescription data stored in a processor, a discharge apparatus for discharging the medicines from each of the reception compartments, and filling apparatus for filling the medicines discharged from the reception compartments into containers. An LED lamp is identifiably related to each of the plurality of reception compartments to indicate the reception compartment into which a particular medicine is to be fed based on the prescription data and a control device controls the discharge apparatus to discharge the medicine from the reception compartment and the filling apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinya Uema, Manabu Haraguchi
  • Patent number: 7831336
    Abstract: This invention is a fault tolerant computer controlled automatic medication dispenser with a unique dispensing system. This dispensing system enables a large number of detachable medication filled dispensing wheels to be vertically stacked and held in a fixed position; and then be automatically dispensed one dispensing wheel. The patient's medication can be dispensed for a few days, weeks, and or many months without a refill. These medication filled dispensing wheels are stored and held in a fixed position within the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Ronald S. Gumpert
  • Patent number: 7784643
    Abstract: A vending machine messaging system for displaying messages within a vending machine. The vending machine messaging system generally includes a vending machine having a window, a display unit attached to an interior surface of the window and a server in communication with the display unit via a communications network. The server communicates various messages to be displayed by the display unit such as advertisements, stock quotes, news, weather, nutritional content of the merchandise and the like. The vendor is able to add their own messages for display on their vending machines by communicating with the server. Advertisers add various advertisements to the server which are then reviewed and disseminated to the appropriate vending machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: David T. Levine
  • Publication number: 20100193537
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dispensing machine, and the related operating method, comprising means for dispensing packaged and/or unpackaged edible goods/beverages, a control unit connected to one or more electrically-activated parts of the machine and provided with memory means to store and retrieve digital data, a user interface for showing information to the user and for retrieving input commands from the user to be sent to the control unit. The user interface is a graphic user interface GUI comprising a touch-panel integrated in a graphic screen capable to display multimedia content including moving images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Luca Doglioni Majer
  • Publication number: 20100193538
    Abstract: A dispensing device comprises a loading chamber (12), a dispensing chamber (14), located beneath the loading chamber, a gate or shutter (24) movable between a first open position and a second closed position to allow selective communication of the loading chamber and the dispensing chamber. The device further comprises a first indicating means in the form of a first indicator member (114) which is retainable in a first-retracted position when the gate or shutter (24) is in the closed position and which is displaceable to a second, extended position when the gate or shutter is moved from the closed position to the open position. The device further comprises second indicating means (116) which is actuable to display a second visible signal to indicate that the first signal has been observed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Stephen William Clarke
  • Patent number: 7765026
    Abstract: Coin operated vending machines and vending methods for self service car washes that vend different commodities or services at a united price. The machines vend vacuum at different speeds, and spot remover or fragrance. Each machine has a computer-controlled, multi-segmented bar graph providing an analog indication of the amount of a vend that remains, and a dot matrix system for displaying text messages. The bar graph has multiple adjacent segments each having multiple cells that contain separate LEDS of different colors. The bar graph provides a relative, analog indication of the amount of a particular commodity remaining to be vended. When a vend starts, all of the bar graph segments are illuminated and as vending continues, bar graph segments and individually cells are sequentially decremented. Different products are associated with different colors. The customer may switch selections while a credit balance remains, and bar graph illumination is reset to 100%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Fragramatics Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Clinton E. Sheppard, James Larry Ingram, Yefim Y. Fundyler, Tony M. Goodwin
  • Publication number: 20100096401
    Abstract: A modular article storage and dispensing assembly which includes a side-by-side series of article dispensers for storing and advancing articles for removal. A series of support shelves are positioned end-to-end and supported from upright supports and each shelf section includes at least two spaced and horizontally disposed elongated parallel shelf bars supported on opposite ends by end brackets. The end brackets are removably securable to the upright supports. Support saddles depend downwardly from each of the dispensers and are positioned respectively to register over and engage the support bars to thereby support the dispensers. The support shelf end brackets are relieved and contoured to conform to the contours of the shelf bars whereby the support saddles may be supported on the support bars at the bracket locations, as well as between end brackets, thereby permitting a continuous side-by-side uninterrupted supported series of the article dispensers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventors: Anthony V. Sainato, Jeffrey H. Natcher
  • Publication number: 20100096400
    Abstract: Display window device 1 for sale of products, comprising a transparent window 2, a shelf 5 designed to receive a plurality of types of products from 6 to 9 displayed on one side of the window, at least one sensor 16 capable of detecting a force exerted on the window, a meter 16 to count the number of forces, a selector 18 configured to associate a number of forces and a type of product, and an element 15 to deliver a product of the chosen type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: FERREIRA, Xavier
    Inventors: Xavier Ferreira, Jean-Mathieu Rocchi
  • Patent number: 7665394
    Abstract: The dispenser dispenses tickets such as instant-winner lottery tickets from a strip in which the individual tickets are delineated by perforation lines. The dispenser includes a separator to tear the tickets apart before issuing them from the machine. The separator preferably is rotary and has a dull helical blade which rotates to contact the ticket strip adjacent a perforation line, and presses against the strip to tear the tickets apart along the perforation line at a point which progresses across the strip along the perforation line. Preferably, a bar code reader is provided for reading codes on tickets in the dispensing machine. The bar code reader is used in reading information from the tickets to initialize the dispenser control system and in accounting for the sale of tickets, and in the verification of winning tickets being sold. A game is provided in which the concept is that a jackpot is built up using the detection of each ticket sold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: GTECH Corporation
    Inventors: Brian J. Roberts, David B. Petch
  • Publication number: 20100018986
    Abstract: A tablet supply unit 2 of a medicine packing apparatus 1 has a tablet housing section 22c constructed from tablet housing chambers 22 for respectively housing the tablets for one dose fed from upper end openings thereof. The tablet housing chambers 22 are arranged in a plurality of rows in an anteroposterior direction and a plurality of columns in a lateral direction. A closing cover 25 opens upper end openings 21a of all of the tablet housing chambers 21 at an open position and closes the upper end openings 21a in one or more rows of the tablet housing chambers on a rear side among the tablet housing chambers at a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Kodama, Shoji Yuyama, Nakaji Takeda, Hiromichi Tsuda
  • Publication number: 20090294467
    Abstract: (Object) To enable, in an operation of supplying a medicine to a medicine cassette, in which it is typical that the medicine once put in a vial bottle is recovered to a medicine cassette (medicine receiving container), an operation of specifying the medicine cassette to which the medicine is to be supplied to be performed more accurately and more efficiently. (Solving Means) Information used for specifying the medicine is read by reading a prescription code (d31) recorded as a bar code on a vial bottle (S202) or is input as search information through an operation portion (S221). As a result, a cassette shelf (2) (cassette code (d21)) to which a medicine cassette (1) for receiving the medicine corresponding to the input information is mounted is specified (S203, S224), and a shelf lamp (3) provided to the specified cassette shelf (2) is brought into a predetermined notification display state (blinking state).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Yoshinori Kumano, Tasuku Minami
  • Publication number: 20090289076
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an efficient and effective technique for storing and dispensing reagent beads. In some embodiments, an apparatus is provided for dispensing reagent beads contained in a bead storage device which includes a bead carrier having a plurality of wells; a plurality of reagent beads disposed in the wells; and a cover tape releasably attached to the bead carrier to cover the wells and retain the reagent beads in the wells. The apparatus comprises a channel in which to place the bead storage device with the bead carrier facing a support wall of the channel and the cover tape facing a stripping wall of the channel. The stripping wall includes a stripping gap disposed between a stripping edge and an opposite edge, and a dispense opening provided adjacent the opposite edge on a side of the stripping wall opposite from the stripping edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventors: RONALD CHANG, DOUGLAS B. DORITY, STEVEN MONTGOMERY
  • Publication number: 20090283538
    Abstract: A counter (or recorder) for a pill dispenser comprising two relatively moveable chassis components forming part of a pill dispensement mechanism, a pill delivery or dispensement channel and a counting (or recording) mechanism. The counting (or recording) mechanism comprises one or more actuation indicators, a ratchet pawl for incrementally advancing a first of the one or more actuation indicators and a drive mechanism for activating the ratchet pawl. The ratchet pawl is mounted to a first of the two chassis components. The drive mechanism is mounted to the second of the two chassis components. The drive mechanism is connected to a pill detect feature that can move between a positive dispensement position and a negative dispensement position if the channel is clear, the negative dispensement position being such that at least a part of the pill detect feature is positioned within or blocking the pill delivery or dispensement channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: James Terence Collins, Allen John Pearson, Gregor John McLennan Anderson
  • Patent number: 7581657
    Abstract: A bandage dispenser comprising a housing having a magazine rotatably mounted therein; an advancement assembly for rotating the magazine and a pusher mechanism. The magazine including a plurality of sterile individual pie shaped compartments each receiving a sterile bandage assembly. The pusher mechanism sequentially penetrating the compartments and ejecting the bandage assembly therefrom after each compartment is aligned with the pusher mechanism by the advancement assembly. The advancement assembly including a ratchet mechanism on the magazine and an advancement solenoid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventor: Alexander J. Dickmann
  • Patent number: 7565222
    Abstract: A monitor and method for reasonable confirmation of a vend from a vending machine includes a set of optical emitters positionable on one side of a dispensing area and a set of optical detectors, adapted to sense the optical energy of the emitters, positioned on an opposite side of the dispensing area. The emitters are spaced apart from each other and mounted on a supporting structure that can be installed on the one side of the dispensing area in a vending machine. The detectors similarly are spaced from one another on a supporting structure that can be installed on an opposite side of the dispensing area. A controller operates the emitters to individually turn on and off in a predetermined sequence. The controller checks for falsing of any detector during the off periods and monitors if any detector is blocked during the on periods. Upon sensed falsing or blockage, the controller generates an output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Fawn Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: James F. Popelka
  • Publication number: 20090166370
    Abstract: An apparatus is used to dispense radiopharmaceuticals from an open vial into capsules. The apparatus is particularly well suited for volatile radiopharmaceuticals such as I-131 radioiodine. The method used with this apparatus enables the operator's hands to remain at a distance from the radiopharmaceutical to reduce extremity exposure which also allows use of highly concentrated stock solutions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventors: Ken De Turk, Kevin B. Graves, Andrew Williams, Jerry A. Snidow
  • Publication number: 20090134181
    Abstract: A device for aiding medication compliance includes a cap for a medicine container. The cap has a multi-color light-emitting diode; for determining when said cap is opened; and a button, operatively connected to the circuitry, for triggering a signal to an external dispenser to request a refill of medication when pressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: Vitality, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Seth Wachman, David Loring Rose
  • Publication number: 20090108015
    Abstract: An all-purpose ATM kiosk/vending machine network that services the unbanked and underbanked markets, that will enables wireless transactions and processing of currency, pre-paid cash debit cards, and online banking. The concept can be applied to any vending machine product such as sodas, beverages, gasoline, candy, postage stamps, and more with the following features and benefits: Full service ATM/Vending, Issue cash debit cards, Transfer funds from one machine to another Issues and prints money orders, Bill paying GPS travel directions, Advertising on LCD screen, Purchase sporting/event tickets Reload cell phone pre-paid cards, Purchase beverage or gas, Wireless Internet access, and Bank-to-bank wire transfers. The present invention will provide financial services solutions to sub-prime prospects and the unbanked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: David Kreamer
  • Publication number: 20090071972
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing an exchange of multimedia products between a plurality of users is disclosed. For example, a user has a multimedia product to be given up in exchange for either another product desired or exchangeable denomination of value, including cash and/or value points, which may be used in exchange to acquire said multimedia product desired. The method includes collating each user's exchange criteria into a data system, matching a user willing to part with a multimedia product with another user desiring said multimedia product in said data system; collecting said multimedia product desired from said willing user; and dispensing said multimedia product desired to said desiring user. A mutual exchange between 2 matched users is also possible. Kiosks housing a jukebox-like apparatus for depositing and retrieving the products which are in operative control by a data system implemented over the Internet are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventors: Olivier Laurent Peyran, May Chin Tan, Gamaliel Amaudruz
  • Publication number: 20090065523
    Abstract: The present invention provides a broadcasting system extracting characters from images in hospital and the method of the same. The said broadcasting system extracting characters from images in hospital is adapted to transmit the characters contained in the images of the display unit to a remote end to broadcast. It comprises of an image extracting unit acquiring the frames of the display unit and converting them into a digital image information; a reading unit acquiring the digital image information of the image extracting unit and reading a character information, a transmission unit acquiring and transmitting the character information of the reading unit, and an output unit collecting and broadcasting the transmitted character information of the transmission unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: CHUNGHWA UNITED TELEVISION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shiun-Chih Liao