|국가/구분||United States(US) Patent 등록|
|미국특허분류(USC)||621/27 ; 622/50 ; 221/002 ; 221/150R ; 705/028|
|발명자 / 주소|
|대리인 / 주소||
|인용정보||피인용 횟수 : 128 인용 특허 : 9|
Vending machine includes at least one food or perishable item compartment. A sensor is provided for detecting a condition in the food compartment and/or vending machine. The detector senses conditions such as temperature, motion, and the like. Food product bar code data, expiration date data, and product visual data may likewise be collected. Lock-out elements are provided for preventing access to the vended products when detected conditions warrant.
[ What is claimed is:] [1.] A device comprising:a) a vending machine;b) at least one food compartment provided in said vending machine for dispensing a food product;c) a temperature sensor located for sensing a condition inside said at least one food compartment; andd) a lock-out element associated with said temperature sensor and with said at least one food compartment for regulating access to said vending compartment.