System for accomplishing product detection

  • US 6,732,014 B2
  • Filed: 08/23/2001
  • Issued: 05/04/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/27/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A vending machine for verifying the delivery of a ordered product, the system comprising:

  • an ordering system for receiving a customer order of a product;

    a product delivery system for sending the product located in a first product storage position through a delivery path to a second product receiving position;

    a monitoring system located along the delivery path for detecting when the product passes through the delivery path from the first position to the second position, the monitoring system optically scanning the delivery path for the product transition using a plurality of discrete light beams each emitted by one of a plurality of light emitters and detected by at least one of a corresponding plurality of light detectors; and

    a reporting circuitry electronically coupled to the monitoring system wherein the reporting circuitry reports the result of the customer order.

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