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특허 상세정보

Refrigerator appliance with features for assisted dispensing

국가/구분 United States(US) Patent 등록
국제특허분류(IPC7판) B65B-001/30    F25B-049/00    B67D-001/12   
미국특허분류(USC) 141/094; 141/095; 141/198; 141/351; 062/389; 062/125; 062/126
출원번호 US-0477486 (2012-05-22)
등록번호 US-8746296 (2014-06-10)
발명자 / 주소
출원인 / 주소
대리인 / 주소
    Dority & Manning PA
인용정보 피인용 횟수 : 2  인용 특허 : 28

A refrigerator appliance is provided with a dispenser for directing a flow of ice and/or water to a dispenser recess of the dispenser. A camera is directed towards the dispenser recess, and a display is also provided for displaying an image from the camera. The image can assist a user in positioning a container within the dispenser recess.


1. A refrigerator appliance comprising: a cabinet defining a chilled chamber for receipt of food articles;a door mounted to said cabinet, said door configured for permitting selective access to the chilled chamber of said cabinet;a dispenser mounted to said door, said dispenser defining a dispensing recess;a camera directed towards the dispensing recess of said dispenser; anda display in communication with said camera such that an image of said dispenser recess from said camera is displayed on said display when a. container is inserted into said dispense...

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