Condition Controlled Dispensing (e.g., Weight Or Volume) Patents (Class 700/240)
  • Patent number: 10206325
    Abstract: A multiple seed type seed meter is provided for multi-variety row crop planting. The seed meter maintains multiple seed pools inside a seed meter sump while controlling which of the seed pools is exposed to a seed disk inside the seed meter for selective delivery onto a field. The sump may define a split sump arrangement and a seed switching mechanism may be arranged between the split sump arrangement and the seed disk for selectively exposing ones of multiple seed pools with different seed types to the seed disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Schoeny, Chad M. Johnson, Marvin A. Prickel
  • Patent number: 9971328
    Abstract: A flow control center can include a barometric sensor, at least one ball valve assembly, and a computing device. The ball valve can be controllable among a plurality of discreet positions to selectively change a flow of fluid. The computing device can have a communication device configured to receive signals from the barometric sensor. The computing device can determine a first flow rate in response to the sensed pressure represented by the first signal. The computing device can also control a motor of the ball valve assembly to move a ball valve to a first of the plurality of discreet angular positions. The first of the plurality of discreet angular positions can correspond to the sensed pressure represented by the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Anthony Kaminski
  • Patent number: 9658624
    Abstract: Seed index system and methods for treating agricultural seeds with one or more seed care products employing a size-adjusted application rate based on the size of the seeds. Such size-adjusted application rates can be determined by a supplier of seed care products and communicated to an applicator who applies the seed care product to a quantity of seeds. Such size-adjusted application rates can be in the form of a chart, an equation, or a calculator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AGRILEAD, INC.
    Inventor: Jeff Ochampaugh
  • Patent number: 9622615
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system including a control unit and a touch screen. Inputs are made to the touch screen to dispense beverages and apply system adjustments. The control unit controls a plurality of beverage dispensing valves according to inputs made to the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Jun Feng, Boris Brodsky, Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 9563187
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to display information via a process control device are disclosed herein. An example method includes acquiring first information via a first sensor of a first output device. The first information is related to an industrial process. The example method also includes communicating the first information from the first output device to a controller and receiving second information in the first output device from the controller. The second information is based on the first information. The example method also includes displaying the second information via a display of the first output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: BRISTOL, INC.
    Inventors: Scott G. Szurek, Richard J. Vanderah
  • Patent number: 9043019
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, an Automated Pharmacy Admixture System (APAS) may include a manipulator system to transport medical containers such as bags, vials, or syringes in a compounding chamber regulated to a pressure below atmospheric pressure. In a preferred implementation, the manipulator system is configured to grasp and convey syringes, IV bags, and vials of varying shapes and sizes from a storage system in an adjacent chamber regulated at a pressure above atmospheric pressure. Various embodiments may include a controller adapted to actuate the manipulator system to bring a fill port of an IV bag, vial, or syringe into register with a filling port at a fluid transfer station in the chamber. A preferred implementation includes a sanitization system that can substantially sanitize a bung on a fill port of a vial or IV bag in preparation for transport to the fluid transfer station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Intelligent Hospital Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Walter W. Eliuk, Ronald H. Rob, Lance R. Mlodzinski, Alex H. Reinhardt, Thom Doherty
  • Patent number: 9026246
    Abstract: A media processing device, controls such that when a medium is transported in the inserting direction by means of transporting means, the media information recorded on the medium is read by a media information read means and stored by recording to memory. Whether or not the medium is ejectable is determined by transporting the medium in the ejecting direction by means of the transporting means. The media information stored in memory is controlled so as to be deleted when it is determined that the medium is not ejectable. In this way, as long as it is not confirmed that the medium is ejectable, the media information recorded in the medium is not output to the host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Toshirou Shiomi, Tsutomu Baba, Keiji Hoson
  • Patent number: 9002510
    Abstract: Item-management systems, apparatus, and methods are described, preferably for management of items such as medicaments. In embodiments, an item-management system comprises a holder defining plural cells, a docking station configured to receive the holder, at least one indicator selectively-operable to indicate the holder cell into which an item is to be loaded, and at least one controller operable to selectively operate each at least one indicator to indicate the cell into which the item is to be received. In embodiments, indicators are provided on the holder. In other embodiments, the indicators may by on a guide associated with the docking station to assist the user in loading the holder. The contents of the loaded holder may be easily loaded, for example, into an automated dispensing machine for packaging and subsequent administration to a patient or for another use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Chudy Group, LLC
    Inventors: Duane S. Chudy, Larry Montgomery, James T. Spernow
  • Patent number: 8989895
    Abstract: A computationally implemented system and method that is designed to, but is not limited to: electronically receiving status information regarding a particular ingestible material portion as related to a first engagement of an automated dispensing system with at least one manufacture, the first engagement occurring during a first condition including the at least one manufacture being united with the particular ingestible material portion, the first engagement to facilitate access by the automated dispensing system to the particular ingestible material portion for dispensing of the particular ingestible material portion, the electronically receiving status information to receive status information influenced by whether any disengagements of the automated dispensing system from the at least one manufacture occur during the first condition prior to the first engagement, the at least one manufacture arranged to inhibit access to the particular ingestible material portion prior to any engagements of the automated d
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Elwha, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Holman, Royce A. Levien, Mark A. Malamud, Neal Stephenson, Christopher Charles Young
  • Patent number: 8983654
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delivering and packing medicines are described. The systems and methods allows for understanding relations between the medicines and a production-history information piece even if the medicines are having different production-history information pieces while being of the same type. A medicine dispensing apparatus includes a medicine delivery means, a medicine preparation means, a packing means, and a control means capable of controlling operations from delivery of the medicine to packing of the medicine according to prescription data and further specifying a production-history information piece of the medicine delivered from the medicine delivery means. The medicine dispensing apparatus further includes a printing means for printing the production-history information pieces on a packaging sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8972049
    Abstract: A method for rapidly and accurately dispensing a predetermined number of discrete items, the method comprising: operating a conveyor to transport multiple items towards an imaging device, wherein the items are arranged in a single layer and at least some of the items are transported in parallel; operating the imaging device to continuously capture images of an area immediately below an end of the conveyor, so that items falling off the conveyor are recorded in the images while in trajectory; processing the images in real time, to continuously determine the number of falling items; stopping the conveyor before the number of falling items has reached the predetermined number, while continuing to determine the number of falling items until items cease to fall off the conveyor innertially; and automatically dispensing an additional amount of items, to complete the predetermined number of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Data Detection Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Ari Tidhar, Israel Shneiderman, Nachshon Kahana, Amichai Adam, Aryeh Teitelbaum, Oded Davidovitch, Yossi Shomer, Yuval Lichi, Zvi Weinberger, Igor Faib
  • Patent number: 8972048
    Abstract: A token-based system providing self-service vending of snacks or beverages. The system includes a vending machine with a controller selectively dispensing goods. A token reader is linked to the controller. Tokens are provided to users of the system that each includes access data. During use, the token reader reads the access data and provides it to the controller. The controller dispenses a unit of the goods based on the access data read from the token. The system provides token-based vending with the token being a handheld or wearable object providing the access data, such as with an RFID tag on a bracelet or pin or with a barcode or magnetic stripe on a card or room key. The vending machine may be a beverage dispenser that dispenses a drink with a user obtaining a disposable container near the dispenser and presenting their token to the token reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Canora, Scott W. Rench
  • Patent number: 8965565
    Abstract: A sorting method for plastics, including: sorting a predetermined plastic piece from a mixed plastic piece group including plastic pieces of a plurality of types; identifying the plurality of types of the plastic pieces; and calculating mixing rates of the plurality of types in the mixed plastic piece group based on a result obtained in the identifying, the identifying is performed on the mixed plastic piece group prior to the sorting, a sorting condition of the sorting is set based on an identification result obtained in the identifying, the identifying includes identifying the plurality of types of the plastic pieces with a beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Sonoko Umemura, Junji Tanimura, Masaru Kinugawa
  • Patent number: 8965569
    Abstract: Methods and systems for preventing fraud by a customer at a fuel dispenser within a retail fueling environment are disclosed. According to one method, an authorization to access programming mode (AAPM) signal is received at the fuel dispenser from an authorization terminal coupled to the fuel dispenser. A request is received at the fuel dispenser to enter a programming mode of operation (PMO). The PMO is entered at the fuel dispenser to allow fuel dispenser settings of the fuel dispenser to be changed after receiving the AAPM signal and the request to enter the PMO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Tasso Siler
  • Publication number: 20150032253
    Abstract: An electronic storage device is coupled with a container capable of holding liquid for electronically storing information relating to the liquid stored in the container. The system can be configured with an antenna, for storing information to and reading information from the electronic storage device. A microprocessor-based controller, coupled with the antenna, may be employed for controlling processing of the liquid based on information read from the electronic storage device by the antenna. A connector of a secure reader system having a reader is provided to physically couple to a container having an information storing mechanism, for periodically reading information from an information storing mechanism. The connector may draw material from the container simultaneous with the reading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. O'Dougherty, Robert E. Andrews, Tripunithura V. Jayaraman, Joseph P. Menning, Christopher A. Baye-Wallace
  • Patent number: 8942480
    Abstract: A system is provided to correlate a medication package with a prescribed medication for a patient. The medication package accommodates an intended patient medication. The system includes an optical imager adapted to read an encoded symbol character comprising encoded patient information and further adapted to image an attribute of the medication package. The optical imager comprises a two-dimensional image sensor array and an imaging lens for focusing an image on the two-dimensional image sensor array. The two-dimensional image sensor array has a plurality of pixels formed in a plurality of rows and columns of pixels. The optical imager further includes a digital link to transmit a segment of data. The segment of data includes the patient information encoded in the encoded symbol character and the attribute of the medication package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Duane Ellis
  • Patent number: 8914148
    Abstract: A pharmacy medication verification system is particularly useful for verifying medications to be dispensed to hospital patients while minimizing or eliminating verification by a pharmacist. Typically, a technician or robot picks the medications from storage bins in accordance with a medical prescription or stocking order and uses various sensors to ensure that the correct medication was picked and enters a medication container. The system typically provides correct and incorrect medication indicators as well as correct and incorrect entry indicators. Error reports may be generated when appropriate to communicate any relevant errors to the pharmacist, who can then verify that the correct medications are in the container. In one aspect, the containers are in the form of patient drawers which fit within a cart for delivery to hospital rooms. A containment device may be used to secure the drawer or other container during the verification process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Micro Datastat, Ltd.
    Inventor: David J. Wagner
  • Publication number: 20140365002
    Abstract: A system for processing core wheels and associated method are disclosed. A sorting station is configured to allow sorting of a source of wheels according to a first set of criteria. A first conveyor is configured to receive a plurality of wheels conforming to the first criteria and to a first inspection station, disposed along the first conveyor. The first inspection station is configured to allow examination of the wheels to determine whether the wheels conform to a second criteria. A diverter mechanism, downstream of the first inspection station, is configured to divert wheels conforming to the second criteria from the first conveyor. A second conveyor is configured to receive the diverted wheels and to direct the diverted wheels to a second inspection station, whereby the diverted wheels may be inspected at the second inspection station to confirm that the diverted wheels conform to the second criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Bruce Nichols, William Preston Garland, Jeffery Ray Price
  • Publication number: 20140358278
    Abstract: Dispensing machine. The machine includes a number of silos for the storage of smaller objects and a mechanism for dispensing the stored objects into a central receptacle at a designated time or frequency in a combinatorial manner, regardless of the size, shape, or other physical characteristics of the pill to be dispensed. Major components of the device include a number of silos for storing objects of dispersal, a user input interface, a circuit board, an actuator, a central receptacle, a sensor, a storage receptacle, and an alarm. It is preferred that the designated time or frequency for dispersal from each silo is set by a user or a third-party. It is preferred that the machine further includes a capability for wireless connectivity to an intranet or an internet and a mechanism for monitoring access to the central receptacle and for outputting feedback to a user or a third-party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Dafang Zhang, Ashwin Nathan, Allen Cheng, Eli Cohen
  • Patent number: 8903545
    Abstract: An agricultural seeding implement has a seed hopper that is weighed continuously during field operations as the seed volume in the hopper progressively diminishes. The weight information is used to perform ongoing control functions on the implement. One embodiment uses the weight information to reduce the down pressure on compaction wheels of a wing section of the machine as a function of the diminishing weight of the hopper on the main section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob R. Riffel, Verne A. Hubalek
  • Patent number: 8880219
    Abstract: A self-contained pill dispenser is disclosed. A housing is provided and a hopper for containing a plurality of pills is supported by the housing. A feed chute having a detector mechanism is operatively connected to the hopper for receiving pills therefrom. A microcontroller is also operatively connected to the hopper, the feed chute, and the detector mechanism. The microcontroller calculates the volume of each of the pills transiting the detector mechanism based on occluded electromagnetic signals detected by the detector mechanism and the time of transit of each pill relative thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Innovation Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Prashanth Balasubramanian, Joseph H. Boyer, James Boyer, Mark Jones, Christopher Mayes, George Plesko, Edwin T. V. Quigley, Joseph Scott, Joseph Sienko, James Worthington, Alban Yee
  • Patent number: 8874260
    Abstract: A medication and dispensing system tracks the medication of multiple users over time and preferably combines this information with periodic test results provided to the system. The system is designed to allow remote access electronically to authorized users whereby doctors or other medical professionals can review the data of actual medication dispensed and preliminary test results accumulated over time. Preliminary analysis of the data is conducted by the system to determine alert conditions. Such alert conditions include incorrect medication dispensing (i.e. failure to take a prescribed medication) and test results that warrant investigation. Many different types of alerts may be programmed into the software of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Leon Saltsov
  • Patent number: 8862266
    Abstract: A pill dispensing apparatus has a pill delivery station, a pill receiving station, and a pill singulator. The singulator receives and supports pills delivered from the delivery station and is spun to drive pills supported on the tray around the tray axis. A wiper guide guides the driven pills towards the pill receiving station and at the same time singulates the pills by establish spacing between them. The singulated pills are then deflected to a pill drop zone where they drop into a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: MedAvail, Inc.
    Inventors: Wes van Ooyen, Todd Willick, Derek Bessette, Richard Panetta
  • Patent number: 8855811
    Abstract: A pharmacy workflow management system including plural counters and a pharmacy workflow management method. In embodiments, the system includes a housing, a first automatic object counter and a cassette dispenser which feeds objects from a cassette mounted thereto to the first object counter. A second object counter counts objects fed from a cassette mounted to the cassette dispenser. A data processing platform within the housing is programmed with instructions that enable the system to compare the counts from the first and second object counters. The data processing platform also provides for management of pharmacy workflow by providing improved control of prescription fulfillment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kirby Lester, LLC
    Inventor: David A. Schultz
  • Publication number: 20140249669
    Abstract: The pellet dosing apparatus comprises a hopper (10) pouring pellets (1) on a chute (30) which is vibrated by a vibrator device (3) to move the pellets (1) forward along the chute until dropping them from a discharging end (30a). A counting device (20) is arranged for counting the number of pellets (1) falling from said discharging end (30a) of the chute (30) into a dosing container (4). The pellets (1) are retained in the dosing container (4) by transferring means until their number reaches an amount corresponding to a pre-established dose determined by control means based on a counting signal received from said counting device (20). The control means then control the transferring means to transfer the pellets from the dosing container to an output duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: ULTRASION, SL
    Inventors: Francesco Puliga, Matias SACRISTÁN ERRIQUEZ, Antolí PLANTÀ TORRALBA, Francisco Javier PLANTÀ TORRALBA
  • Patent number: 8818552
    Abstract: A medication dispenser is provided, comprising a securable container configured to store one or more doses of one or more medications and an access device configured to selectably permit access to the one or more doses. The medication dispenser further comprises an electronic interface configured to acquire user input from a user, and a processor configured to compare the user input to a database, to select, responsive to the comparing, an appropriate dose from the one or more doses, and to permit access through the access device to the appropriate dose. A method for dispensing medication is provided, comprising the steps of locating a medication dispenser at a point-of-care, acquiring user input from a user at the point-of-care, comparing the user input to a database, selecting, responsive to the comparing, an appropriate dose from the one or more doses, and permitting access through the access device to the appropriate dose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: David Heffron
  • Patent number: 8798799
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dispensing compositions, such as beverages, are provided. Beverage dispensers may be configured to receive one or more physiological parameters regarding a user, and in response, formulate at least one beverage recipe for dispensing. A beverage dispenser may wirelessly receive data from a biosensor. Environmental or biological data from the biosensor may be used to alter the recipe to another existing beverage or a custom beverage. Non-physiological data may also be considered. Exertion data may be calculated. The calculation of exertion data may receive inputs regarding at least one physiological parameter and/or non-physiological parameters to derive a second physiological parameter not being measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Indrani Deo, Steven Jersey
  • Patent number: 8798367
    Abstract: A system is provided to correlate a medication package with a prescribed medication for a patient. The medication package accommodates an intended patient medication. The system includes an optical imager adapted to read an encoded symbol character comprising encoded patient information and further adapted to image an attribute of the medication package. The optical imager comprises a two-dimensional image sensor array and an imaging lens for focusing an image on the two-dimensional image sensor array. The two-dimensional image sensor array has a plurality of pixels formed in a plurality of rows and columns of pixels. The optical imager further includes a digital link to transmit a segment of data. The segment of data includes the patient information encoded in the encoded symbol character and the attribute of the medication package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Duane Ellis
  • Publication number: 20140207278
    Abstract: Medication dispensing system for remote monitoring of the daily dispensing of medication and pre/post dispense monitoring of medication effected physiological functions is disclosed. In one embodiment a dispensing unit equipped with weight sensing mechanism such as scale or balance communicates with a monitoring application residing in a wireless terminal. The monitoring application provides supervision over a medication dispensing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: IPCOMM LLC
    Inventors: Stanislaw Czaja, Muhammad Afsar, Ilona Stawski
  • Patent number: 8781623
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a bulk product includes an interactive display. The system may be linked to another system which selects a variety of the bulk product and automatically causes the dispenser to dispense the selected variety. The dispensing system may also include a container associated with a remote carrier, so that the bulk product may be dispensed into the container in which the user wishes to store the bulk product long term.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Leech, Derek A. Fitchett, Jung Gyu Moon
  • Patent number: 8768505
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a pre-paid product using a unique container. The system comprises a computer system comprising a storage medium readable by a processing circuit and stored instructions for execution by the processing circuit. The computer system includes a sales module that acquires an identifier for the unique container and generates a credential ID for a customer. The sales module also activates the unique container, and stores the identifier for the unique container and the corresponding credential ID in the storage medium. Also included is a dispensing module that receives a request from a remote dispensing device for validation of the unique container to receive the prepaid product, compares a received identifier and a received credential ID with the identifier and the credential ID stored in the storage medium, and authorizes the dispensing of the prepaid product if they match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Bryan Thompson
  • Patent number: 8758677
    Abstract: Methods and systems for administering a consumable composition may provide for one or more operations including, but not limited to: obtaining schedule data specifying a consumable composition dose consumption schedule for a specified user; dispensing at least one dose of a consumable composition into a container according to the schedule data specifying a consumable composition dose consumption schedule for the specified user; and controlling sterilizing of at least a portion of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Eric C. Leuthardt, Robert W. Lord, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8755933
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dispensing soft goods are provided. A described method includes receiving a soft good supply at a loading zone of a soft good dispensing device, receiving an indication of a desired quantity of the soft good at a processing circuit of the soft good dispensing device, using a dispensing mechanism of the soft good dispensing device to automatically dispense the desired quantity of the soft good from the soft good supply based on a control signal received from the processing circuit, and providing a dispensed quantity of the soft good to a dispensing zone of the soft good dispensing device for user access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: June Tailor, Inc.
    Inventors: Jilene A. Repp, Francis A. Yogerst
  • Patent number: 8751038
    Abstract: Systems and methods for vending devices having ad-watching as consideration are described. In some implementations, a vending apparatus includes a dispensing portion operable to dispense a product (e.g. electricity) to a user; a communication portion operable to provide a communicable content (e.g. an advertisement) to the user; and a control system operatively coupled to the dispensing portion and the communication portion. The control system receives a signal indicative of a consent by the user to receive or review the communicable content at least partially in exchange for the product, and after receipt of the signal, causes the communication portion to provide the communicable content to the user and causes the dispensing portion to dispense the product to the user. In further implementations, the apparatus may include a monitoring system operable to determine whether the user is receiving or reviewing the communicable content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 8744619
    Abstract: An automatic prescription drug dispenser including a remote dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network. The remote dispenser transmits and receives information from the communications network and dispenses prescription drugs to the patient. The prescription entry system transmits and receives information from the communications network and provides an input system for the prescriber to electronically enter individual prescriptions for each patient. The communications network coordinates communications between the doctor, insurance carrier, and the remote dispenser. The remote dispenser stores, retrieves, and labels prescription drug and over-the-counter products directly to patients through a remote automated dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: InstyMeds Corporation
    Inventor: Ken Rosenblum
  • Publication number: 20140142748
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to an automated dispenser including a dispensing portion, a motion sensor, a receiver module, and a control module. The control module initiates motion sensing by the motion sensor in response to receipt of an activation signal from a network server by the receiver module. The dispensing portion dispenses a product in response to the motion sensor sensing an absence, presence or motion of an object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: iOTOS, Inc.
    Inventor: iOTOS, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8725291
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for remote monitoring of daily dispensing of medication is disclosed. In one embodiment, a dispensing unit, equipped with a weight sensing mechanism, such as scale or balance, communicates with a monitoring application residing in a wireless terminal. The monitoring application provides supervision over a medication dispensing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: IPComm
    Inventors: Stanislaw Czaja, William Welch, Ilona Stawski, Cory Marqusee
  • Patent number: 8718817
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer-readable mediums may provide for performing one or more operations including, but not limited to: obtaining dosing schedule data associated with a consumable composition regimen; dispensing of at least one dose of a consumable composition into a container according to the dosing schedule data associated with a consumable composition regimen; and detecting at least one indication of at least one ingestion of the consumable composition via from data from at least one sensor incorporated into the container configured to measure at least one property selected from: a physical property, a chemical property, an optical property or an electrical property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Eric C. Leuthardt, Robert W. Lord, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8718819
    Abstract: Methods and systems for administering consumable compositions according to a programmed dosing schedule are provided. A method for administering a consumable composition may comprise one or more of the following steps: (a) dispensing a first dose of a consumable composition according to a programmed dosing schedule; and (b) detecting at least one ingestion of the consumable composition. A method for administering a consumable composition may comprise one or more of the following steps: (a) dispensing a first dose of a consumable composition according to a programmed dosing schedule; (b) detecting at least one aspect of the consumable composition; and (c) providing a user notification according to the aspect of the consumable composition. A system for administering a consumable composition may comprise: (a) means for dispensing a first dose of a consumable composition according to a programmed dosing schedule; and (b) means for detecting at least one ingestion of the consumable composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Eric C. Leuthardt, Robert W. Lord, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8718818
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, system and use of a least one sensor in a reverse vending machine for empty beverage containers for, on the sensor's detection at least one biometric feature of a person, allowing such a feature to serve as an identifying token for return value due for empty beverage containers delivered by the person to the reverse vending machine. The biometric feature is, at a return value payout point and by using at least one other sensor, redetected and re-recognized as a previously registered feature for payment of the return value in the form of a payout of the return value, credit for the return value or issuance of a lottery ticket with a stake equivalent to the return value. Said biometric feature is selected from at least one of the group consisting of: fingerprints, facial features, eye characteristics, iris features, handprints, palm line patterns, blood vessel patterns, body shape, height, weight, DNA-characteristics and voice spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Tomra Systems ASA
    Inventor: Andreas Nordbryhn
  • Patent number: 8712586
    Abstract: A method of dispensing restricted products includes providing: a dispenser containing an inventory of restricted goods and a communication link to an authorized vendor; means to enable the vendor to verify the purchaser as an approved purchaser; an inventory system including storage for products in rows and columns; an identification system that identifies the location of each product by row and column; a product section device enabling verification that the selected product is correct and moves the product to a printing location, a viewing location, and/or an issue tray; a visual viewing means for the vendor to view the product; a payment transaction system to verify payment for the product; at least two collection trays remaining locked until the vendor releases product to the purchaser; a product reject hopper to collect product not approved for collection; and reject system to securely remove product to the reject hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Bluepoint International Pty Ltd
    Inventor: John Clive Allinson
  • Patent number: 8712583
    Abstract: A pill dispensing device includes a base with a top surface and a bottom surface, a transfer tray assembly coupled to the top surface of the base, a controller, and a plurality of vibrating tray assemblies. Each vibrating tray assembly couples to the top surface of the base and includes a pill tray, at least one spring support, a pill tray electric motor, and at least one optical sensor. The pill tray has an open end which is positioned above the transfer tray assembly. The at least one spring support is coupled between the top surface of the base and the pill tray. The pill tray electric motor couples to the pill tray and an offset weight. Each pill tray electric motor electrically couples to the controller. An optical sensor couples to the pill tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Innovative Dispensing, LLC
    Inventors: Russell Madris, Travis Cochran, Bert Centala
  • Publication number: 20140114472
    Abstract: An integrated medication management and compliance system for enabling a care provider to remotely manage and deliver individual doses of medications to a patient, in a non-sequential fashion. The system includes delivery apparatus remotely located from the care provider, wherein the apparatus stores a plurality of sealed unit dose packages that are delivered to a patient at a scheduled dosing time. The delivery apparatus is coupled to a control facility and to a computer terminal of the care provider by way of a secure communications network. The system enables the patient's medication regimen to be remotely tailored in real-time to accommodate fluid medical conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: INRANGE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Bossi, Adam J. Stokes, Timothy J. Stancliff
  • Patent number: 8700208
    Abstract: Provided is a rotary type tablet dispenser in which drugs can move along a guide track. The tablet dispenser includes a main body having a space part in which tablets are accommodated and including a guide track formed upward from a bottom part along an inner wall in a spiral shape to guide movement of the tablets accommodated in the space part, a vibration part configured to vibrate the main body to move the tablets accommodated in the space part of the main body upward along the guide track, and a tablet conveyance assisting member configured to move along the guide track and convey some of the tablets which cannot be conveyed along the guide track to an upper part of the main body. Accordingly, the tablets can be smoothly conveyed along the guide track by the tablet conveyance assisting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Cretem Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ho-Yeon Kim
  • Patent number: 8694156
    Abstract: An apparatus and computer program product for managing paper consumption. Responsive to dispensing a first amount of paper from a set of paper dispensers in which the first amount of paper is dispensed for an account, the set of paper dispensers updates the account based on the first amount of paper dispensed. Responsive to receiving a second amount of paper at a set of paper disposers in which the second amount of paper is received for the account, the set of disposers updates the account based on the second amount of paper received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ravi Nallappan, Thierry P. R. Supplisson, Wee Siang Yeap
  • Patent number: 8688268
    Abstract: A cosmetic or dermatological system includes a packaging and dispenser device containing one or more compositions from which the dispensed preparation is prepared, a surroundings sensor that is suitable for delivering at least information associated with a physical magnitude of the surrounding environment of the device, an adjustment system that is coupled to or suitable for coupling to the packaging and dispenser device, and that enables at least one characteristic of the dispensed preparation to be varied, and a processor for automatically controlling the adjustment system as a function of data delivered by the surroundings sensor or for informing the user, as a function of the data, about an action to be exerted on the adjustment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Henri Samain, Jean-Francois Grollier, Didier Candau
  • Patent number: 8682477
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for the automated discharge of treated sewage sludge to trucks, via inventory management by tracking the flow of sludge from bins in which it is located to trucks, on a first-in/first-out basis, including automated truck positioning, automated precision truck loading and monitoring and controlling the various interrelated components via a PLC computer program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: RDP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Christy, Michael Quici, Louis Litz
  • Patent number: 8676376
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include systems and methods of dispensing control for a product dispenser. In one embodiment, a system or product dispenser can be provided. The system or product dispenser can include a plurality of beverage ingredient sources comprising a respective beverage ingredient, a plurality of beverage supply lines in respective communication with the plurality of ingredient sources, at least one pump in communication with the plurality of beverage supply lines, and a controller in communication with the at least one pump and operable to execute a set of instructions. The set of instructions can be operable to store data associated with a prior poured beverage, provide a command for a user to dispense the prior poured beverage in a subsequent pour, and after selection of the command, based at least in part on the data associated with a prior poured beverage, dispense a subsequent beverage similar to the prior poured beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Daniel S. Quartarone, Erika Gomez
  • Patent number: 8668484
    Abstract: A mold capable of a highly accurate alignment with a member to be processed in such a state that a photocurable resin material is disposed between the mold and the member to be processed, and is constituted by a substrate 2010 formed of a first material and an alignment mark 2102 formed of a second material different from the first material. The first material and the second material have transmissivities to light in a part of an ultraviolet wavelength range. The second material has a refractive index of not less than 1.7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsunori Terasaki, Junichi Seki, Nobuhito Suehira, Hideki Ina, Shingo Okushima
  • Patent number: 8670865
    Abstract: Interactive medicine organizers and methods comprising integrated software and hardware elements and multifunctional interactive wireless devices to provide assistance to individuals who need to organize or monitor the administration of one or more medications are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: One World DMG, Ltd.
    Inventor: Matthew Coe