Household Equipment Patents (Class 434/382)
  • Patent number: 10993593
    Abstract: A handwashing playground integrates handwash stations with an interactive, themed play attraction, such as a farm, and includes farm-themed playground with animals and a barn. The animals and farm implements replace faucets and sinks to provide an interactive and entertaining experience, thereby encouraging handwashing and other good personal hygiene behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Elisa Michelle Hays
  • Patent number: 10832099
    Abstract: There is provided a display control system including a plurality of display units, an imaging unit configured to capture a subject, a predictor configured to predict an action of the subject according to a captured image captured by the imaging unit, a guide image generator configured to generate a guide image that guides the subject according to a prediction result from the predictor, and a display controller configured to, on the basis of the prediction result from the predictor, select a display unit capable of displaying an image at a position corresponding to the subject from the plurality of display units, and to control the selected display unit to display the guide image at the position corresponding to the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Watanabe, Yoichiro Sako, Akira Tange, Kazuyuki Sakoda, Kohei Asada, Takatoshi Nakamura, Mitsuru Takehara, Yasunori Kamada, Takayasu Kon, Kazunori Hayashi, Hiroyuki Hanaya, Yuki Koga, Tomoya Onuma
  • Patent number: 8905763
    Abstract: A demonstration device that provides interactive demonstrations receives user input during a demonstration session. The demonstration device causes a demonstration account or demonstration credential to be generated for a user based on the user input, the demonstration account or demonstration credential being associated with the demonstration session. The demonstration device transmits demonstration session information for the demonstration session to a demonstration server. The user is able to continue the demonstration session from another demonstration-capable device based on the demonstration account or demonstration credential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Luhui Hu, Jonathan A. Leblang
  • Patent number: 8856036
    Abstract: A method of enabling adaptable demonstrations of products provides products with an internal communications network among at least two components, and includes distributing the products to vendors in different markets, providing to each vendor at least one smart device capable of assuming control of a component in the products, and distributing demonstration software to the vendors having smart devices. The demonstration software is unique to the vendor and/or the market so that the smart devices in different markets or among different vendors can be uniquely adapted to cause demonstration of the components in the products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Philip A. Molloy
  • Publication number: 20140120519
    Abstract: An automated system for generating large numbers of digitally-defined patterns suitable for printing on textiles wherein each pattern is individually different but shares one or more unifying design motifs with all other patterns. In the general case, each pattern is comprised of at least two components in the form of separately configurable pattern layers that are digitally superimposed to form a composite pattern that is unique but visually related to all other unique patterns that use pattern layers taken from the same pattern sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: MILLIKEN & COMPANY
    Inventors: Ronald Magee, Jonathan C. McCay, Steven W. Cox
  • Patent number: 8688530
    Abstract: An appliance having a smart device in communication with multiple components of the appliance and a user interface of the appliance, the smart device having an updatable demonstration software that takes over control of the multiple components from the controller when executing the demonstration software to implement a demonstration of the appliance by controlling the actuation of the components and display related multimedia information on the multimedia user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Layne E. Heilman, Richard A. McCoy, Phillip A. Molloy
  • Patent number: 8682735
    Abstract: Conducting a video conference as part of the operation or demonstration of an appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Richard A. McCoy
  • Patent number: 8682733
    Abstract: A product in the form of a household appliance has an internal communications network connecting two or more components, and software architecture implemented on the network that identifies the components, communicates the capabilities of each identified component, communicates the status of each identified component, provides a command interface for operating the components, and facilitates communication between the components and devices external to the product. An external smart device having demonstration software communicates with the internal communications network and is in control of at least one of the components to effect a demonstration of features of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Philip A. Molloy
  • Patent number: 8676656
    Abstract: A method of demonstrating a household appliance by executing a demonstration software to cause demonstration of at least one component of the appliance and to display related information on a user interface of the appliance by a multimedia program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Richard A. McCoy, Phillip A. Molloy
  • Publication number: 20140057246
    Abstract: A demonstration case having an eccentric tilt panel display assembly is provided for safely securing, transporting, and demonstrating industrial products or equipment. The demonstration case may reduce damage to display products that may occur from dropping the demonstration case or from joggling of display products during transport. The demonstration case may also help stably maintain the display product in a display or demonstration mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Profire Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Melvin Hal Parks
  • Patent number: 8571942
    Abstract: A method of demonstrating an appliance by customizing a multimedia presentation in real time based on the consumer information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Layne E. Heilman, Richard A. McCoy, Phillip A. Molloy
  • Publication number: 20130203040
    Abstract: A miniature of a washing machine for exhibition includes: a casing having an opening at an upper portion thereof; a door for opening and closing the opening; a tub fixedly installed within the casing; a drum rotatably installed within the tub; a driving motor installed at an outer side of the tub; an electric motor unit transferring rotary force of the driving motor to the drum; a tub cover installed at an upper portion of the tub and including a guide unit for guiding water, which is discharged upwardly along an inner wall surface of the tub, to the inner side of the tub when the drum is rotated; and a light emitting unit irradiating light to the interior of the tub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: LG Electronics inc.
    Inventors: Inhyouk Seo, Hyejeong Kim
  • Patent number: 8453363
    Abstract: A method of interacting with a component of a product at a display location is provided. The method includes moving a moveable assembly comprising a filtration device along a track component toward a stationary assembly mounted to a base. The track component guides the moveable assembly toward the adapter. The filtration device is connected to the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Pur Water Purification Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Licata, Michael Kelch
  • Publication number: 20110045453
    Abstract: The present invention is a pre-construction sample that is made of a flexible material and has a product image corresponding to an actual construction product. The pre-construction sample is preferably at least 18 inches in one dimension. The pre-construction sample is preferably produced by a printing process having at least 200 dpi, and more preferably 300 dpi. Kits of pre-construction samples are provided to assist the consumer choosing from among various construction products, such as flooring, decking, countertops, cabinets, windows, shingles, among others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: James J. Bender, David J. Bender
  • Publication number: 20100297598
    Abstract: A portable bathroom and kitchen fixture display includes a base, walls rising from the top of the base, a canopy spanning the walls, a holding tank within the base, fluid supply and fluid drain conduits, a plurality of fixtures selectively mounted to the base, and a fluid pump within the holding tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: David L. HAWKINS
  • Patent number: 7742951
    Abstract: A method of enabling adaptable demonstrations of a household appliance comprising providing consumer-specific updates to a demonstration software at a location remote from an appliance and downloading the consumer-specific updates to the appliance over an information network in response to a determined characteristic of the consumer or enabling a video conference over multimedia interface during the demonstration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Wallace J. Elston, III, Mark E. Glotzbach, Anthony E. Jenkins, Richard A. McCoy, Phillip A. Molloy
  • Publication number: 20090202974
    Abstract: An educational bathroom play station for teaching bathroom hygiene to children includes a bathroom vanity ergonomically adapted for use by a child and having a base unit with a sink, a top unit above the base unit, and a plurality of designated spaces for toiletry items. A plurality of buttons displaying icons representative toiletry items and bathroom activities are disposed on the play station and connected to a plurality of item- and fixture-identifying light sources disposed adjacent the designated spaces, the buttons and light sources being part of a cueing circuit responsive to operation of at least one of the buttons to cause at least one of the light sources adjacent a toiletry item to emit light guiding a user to the toiletry item in response to operation of one of the plurality of buttons displaying an icon corresponding to the toiletry item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Adam Sohn, Anat Sohn
  • Publication number: 20080299534
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a service technician training apparatus for domestic appliance servicing comprises severing conductors within an actual appliance and connecting severed ends of the conductors to controllable switches. The training apparatus can include a plurality of the switches mounted on an instructor's console that is arranged to be obscured from view by the student that is troubleshooting the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Jesse Richardson
  • Patent number: 7126490
    Abstract: A doorbell having interchangeable chimes and interchangeable decorative covers is displayed for sale to the retail public such that a customer may easily choose a specific chime sound and combine it with a specific decorative cover enabling the customer to buy a doorbell meeting the customer's aesthetic requirement. The interchangeable bases and covers may include complimentary attachment parts that allow any cover to be mounted to any of a plurality of bases of differing size and in different orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: IQ Sdn Bhd
    Inventors: Phillip R. Cole, Sr., Jimmy Kendrick, Daniel John Beasley, Lai Kong Yeow
  • Patent number: 7108513
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying furniture in a showroom environment. A plurality of furniture pieces are displayed in a room setting having a plurality of walls to create the impression of a partially enclosed space. Adjacent room settings can have a transparent panel, such as a mesh screen or Plexiglas sheet, placed between them as a divider to simulate a wall, yet still enable the consumer to see through the transparent panel to view the furniture in either room. A large scale photographic image of the furniture in the room setting shows the same furniture pieces in actual use. The photographic image is mounted on a room wall generally behind and in proximity to the displayed furniture. A portal can be positioned at a front end of the room setting to simulate an entryway and to provide separation between other areas of the showroom floor. The portal is a free-standing structure that can be relocated easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Natuzzi Americas
    Inventors: Mario Belini, Giancarlo Bosio
  • Patent number: 6850208
    Abstract: A display system for displaying products at a store, the display system includes a first module configured to display a first cleaning product, a second module adjacent the first module and configured to display a second cleaning product which is related to the first cleaning product, and an information display coupled to the first and second modules and configured to be visible when cleaning products are being displayed. The information display provides graphical information that associates the first cleaning product with a particular cleaning task and associates the second cleaning product with the first cleaning product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventor: Anthony B. Ferrante
  • Patent number: 6758679
    Abstract: An installation instruction conveying device. In one embodiment, the installation instruction conveying device is comprised of a first surface having instructions visibly disposed thereon for installing a component. The installation instruction conveying device is further comprised of a means for adhering said installation instruction conveying device to a component installation location. The installation instruction conveying device prevents the installation of the component at the component installation location unless the installation instruction conveying device is removed from said component installation location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Harold Miyamura, David Hishinuma, Junichi Kato
  • Publication number: 20030198938
    Abstract: An improved home automation system that permits the user of the system to remotely control the operation of various devices. The system is packaged in a manner that “walks” the user through the initialization process to thereby reduce or eliminate errors associated with the initialization and set-up of the system. Furthermore, the configuration permits the user to initialize the system without the use of tools, such as screwdrivers. The system is configured with improved functionality that permits the user to readily control individual devices and/or selected groups of devices with a powerful hand-held remote transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventors: Christopher Murray, Cory Sorice
  • Patent number: 5531600
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in conjunction with a book containing intermixed text and symbols, includes a randomly accessible sound storage-and-playback memory having addressable storage locations, and a plurality of actuatable selectors, each selector being associated with a respective symbol corresponding to a symbol in the book. A switch selects between a recording mode of operation and a playback mode of operation. A microprocessor controls recording at respective addressable storage locations in the memory respective sounds produced by the user, the recording means being active during the selected recording mode of operation. The microprocessor controls the playback from the memory of a respective recorded sound, the playback means being actuated by the microprocessor upon actuation of a respective one of the selectors during the selected playback mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Western Publishing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph H. Baer, Philip E. Orbanes
  • Patent number: 5487666
    Abstract: A schematic patch panel includes an enlargement of a customer's floor plan that is dry mounted to a piece of foam-core board or located on a stainless steel panel. The board is mounted in a frame that can be configured with a clear, locking cover for security purposes. The entire assembly is mounted on the customer's wall by brackets. At each of the computer wall outlet locations depicted on the floor plan, a double-sided RJ-45 panel jack is inserted through the floor plan. These panel jacks snap into the floor plan, requiring no other means of fastening. Any wall outlet depicted on the schematic patch panel is activated by connecting a telephone-type extension cable between the network central controller and that wall outlet icon. By this transfer, a different unshielded twisted pair cable connection line is activated and the individualized identifiers and other information particular to a certain terminal are also transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Inventor: Thomas H. DiGiovanni
  • Patent number: 5219457
    Abstract: A countertop sink illustrator and method utilize a photographic process to image a selected sink and countertop to produce an image corresponding to the image area surrounding and including the sink as well as the sink opening portion of a countertop. An illustrator includes a substrate having a front surface upon which a full-size color reproduction image of the imaged area including the sink, sink opening, and surrounding countertop portion is supported upon one surface thereof. The reverse surface of the substrate supports a dimensional drawing having appropriate dimensional information relating to the sink opening an sink structure for use by the consumer in determining the size requirements of the particular sink. A clear laminate formed of a pair of clear plastic laminations is secured to the substrate surfaces to provide a protective supporting enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1993
    Inventor: Linda K. Graves
  • Patent number: 4830619
    Abstract: A table setting display guide for coordinating table settings and dinnerware plate patterns. The table setting display guide includes a first page which illustrates at least one table setting having an opening at the position where a dinnerware plate would be set. A second page is provided which illustrates a plurality of dinnerware plate patterns, which patterns are sized to correspond to the size of the opening in the first page. The opening in the first page is selectively positionable on the second page to permit viewing of each dinnerware plate pattern in conjunction with the table setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: The Conde Nast Publications Inc.
    Inventor: Elliott Marion
  • Patent number: RE39542
    Abstract: Biological agents such as secretory cells are encapsulated in a hydrophilic gel made of agarose or collagen-agarose and gelatin sponge-agarose combinations. In a preferred embodiment, semi-solid beads are formed from a suspension containing collagen, agarose and secretory cells such as pancreatic islets, the collagen is polymerized to form solid, agarose-collagen beads and the solid beads are coated with agarose. Coating is preferably by rolling the solid beads in about 5-10% agarose, contacting the rolled beads with mineral oil and washing oil from the beads. Beads containing secretory cells can be transplanted into a mammal to treat a condition caused by impaired secretory cell function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: The Rogosin Institute
    Inventors: Kanti Jain, Albert L. Rubin, Barry Smith