Refrigerator having a beverage dispenser and a display device

  • US 6,986,263 B2
  • Filed: 05/24/2004
  • Issued: 01/17/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/08/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A refrigerator comprising:

  • a housing including a refrigeration compartment and at least one door which provides access to the refrigeration compartment;

    a drink supply apparatus supported by the housing, the drink supply apparatus configured to removably hold a plurality of removable drink supply containers, wherein each of the drink supply containers can contain a variable volume of drink syrup, and the drink syrup in each of the drink supply containers can have a different flavor;

    a water supply apparatus supported by the housing, the water supply apparatus including at least one water communication line which supplies water;

    a gas supply apparatus supported by the housing, the gas supply apparatus configured to hold at least one gas supply container which can contain a variable volume of carbon dioxide gas;

    a beverage dispensing apparatus supported by the housing and operable to dispense a plurality of servings of beverages from;

    (a) the drink syrups supplied by the drink supply apparatus; and

    (b) carbonated water from the water supplied by the water supply apparatus and the carbon dioxide gas supplied by the gas supply apparatus;

    a display device supported by the housing;

    a processor in communication with the drink supply apparatus, the gas supply apparatus, the water supply apparatus, the display device and an order processing system, the order processing system operable to process orders for supplies of drink syrups of a designated group of flavors;

    at least one input device in communication with the processor, the input device operable to enable a user to provide a plurality of inputs receivable by the processor; and

    at least one memory device accessible by the processor, the memory device storing;

    (a) a plurality of instructions executable by the processor to cause the display device to display a plurality of different images, each of the images associated with a different one of the flavors within the designated group of flavors;

    (b) a plurality of instructions executable by the processor to enable the user to select one or more of the images using the input device; and

    (c) a plurality of instructions executable by the processor to send an order to the order processing system for the flavors of the drink syrups associated with the selected images.

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