|국가/구분||United States(US) Patent 등록|
|미국특허분류(USC)||141/83 ; 141/94 ; 222/63 ; 73/86141|
|발명자 / 주소|
|출원인 / 주소|
|인용정보||피인용 횟수 : 23 인용 특허 : 0|
An ice dispensing system for a soft drink dispenser employs a microphone adjacent a cup into which ice and soft drink are to be dispensed. The microphone senses sounds made by ice pieces dropping into the cup and converts the sounds to electrical signals. These electrical signals, characteristic of the masses of the pieces of ice dropping into the cup, are tallied during the dispensing cycle and the dispensing cycle is then terminated when the tally reaches a predetermined level, indicating that an appropriate compliment of ice has been dispensed.
An ice system for a soft drink dispenser, comprising: an ice bin; first means for dispensing pieces of ice from said bin into a receptacle; and second means for measuring an amount of ice received by said receptacle and terminating said dispensing when said amount exceeds a set level, wherein said second means counts a number of said pieces of ice dispensed into said receptacle by sensing sounds made by said pieces of ice as they are received by said receptacle and correlates said sounds to particular volumes of said pieces of ice, said second means comp...