Appliance communication and control system and appliances for use in same

  • US 6,587,739 B1
  • Filed: 09/29/2000
  • Issued: 07/01/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/29/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A food preparation system comprising:

  • a first programmable controller device having a first processor and a first power line interface coupled to the first processor and a power distribution system; and

    at least one programmable food preparation device having a second processor and a second power line interface coupled to the second processor and the power distribution system;

    wherein the first programmable controller device and the at least one programmable food preparation device communicate with each other, under the control of the first and second processors, via the power distribution system and the first and second power line interfaces; and

    wherein the first programmable controller device may program the at least one programmable food preparation device to operate in accordance with food preparation parameters programmed in the first programmable controller, wherein the food preparation parameters include at least one of a recipe, a recipe modification, a desired time of food preparation completion, and a modification to the desired time of food preparation completion.

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