Refrigerator operable to display an image and output a carbonated beverage

  • US 7,356,381 B2
  • Filed: 03/13/2006
  • Issued: 04/08/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/08/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A refrigerator comprising:

  • a housing including at least one compartment, the housing configured to support at least one drink supply container which can contain a variable volume of drink syrup, the drink syrup being associated with a carbonated beverage;

    at least one door supported by the housing, the door providing access to the compartment;

    a display device supported by the housing;

    a water supply apparatus supported by the housing;

    a gas supply apparatus supported by the housing, the gas supply apparatus fluidly connected to the water supply apparatus;

    at least one input device operatively coupled to the drink supply container, the input device enabling a user to provide an input;

    at least one processor operatively coupled to the display device and the input device; and

    a memory device accessible by the processor, the memory device storing a plurality of instructions executable by the processor to;

    (a) cause the display device to display at least one image;

    (b) enable the user to input a request for a serving of the carbonated beverage using the input device; and

    (c) cause the serving of carbonated beverage to flow to a beverage collector.

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