|국가/구분||United States(US) Patent 등록|
|미국특허분류(USC)||221/124 ; 221/125 ; 221/131 ; 221/150R ; 221/185 ; 221/195 ; 221/256|
|발명자 / 주소|
|출원인 / 주소|
|대리인 / 주소||
|인용정보||피인용 횟수 : 19 인용 특허 : 21|
A transportation vending machine, and more generally a vending machine and cooling dispenser especially suited to environments in which there is limited space available. A serpentine path in the dispenser is formed from two-pieces of rotary-molded plastic having complimentary, serpentine surfaces which form a serpentine path when positioned against one another. Vending, without the need for selection buttons, is achieved by way of the cradles and an interlock system. Efficient cooling is provided by a thermoelectric cooling system that also consumes very...
[ What is claimed is:] [1.]1. A vending machine for vending items, said vending machine comprising:a dispenser to store and dispense said vended items, said dispenser including a plurality of motion-controllable cradles, each of said cradles being operable to convey one of said items to a customer;a plurality of sensors to sense open or closed states of said cradles, respectively;a controller to permit, upon the payment of a fee, any one said plurality of cradles to be opened, said controller being responsive to said sensors to determine when a first one...