|국가/구분||United States(US) Patent 등록|
|미국특허분류(USC)||345/173; 222/1445; 222/1291|
|발명자 / 주소|
|출원인 / 주소|
|대리인 / 주소||
|인용정보||피인용 횟수 : 7 인용 특허 : 11|
A beverage dispenser for dispensing beverages includes a touch panel assembly, removable fittings in a carbonator, a carbonator probe, and a carbonator pump assembly removable from a front of the beverage dispenser. The touch panel assembly includes a light source for backlighting a user interface and providing the dispenser with a visual presence. Electrode traces in the touch panel assembly detect interruptions in electrode fields and are accepted as user inputs for dispensing a beverage. A controller conducts the lighting, dispensing, and reconfigurin...
We claim: 1. A touch panel assembly for a beverage dispenser, comprising:a back panel defining an interior chamber;a valve board disposed in the interior chamber, the valve board including a light source;an electrode board disposed in the interior chamber in front of the valve board, the electrode board including an electrode trace that develops an electrode field; anda front panel mounted to the back panel, wherein the electrode board diffuses light from the light source thereby masking the electrode trace such that the light is visible through the elec...