Appliance with dispenser

  • US 9,090,446 B2
  • Filed: 08/08/2013
  • Issued: 07/28/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/08/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An appliance comprising:

  • a housing;

    a user interface panel supported by the housing and including a touch screen;

    a dispensing mechanism at least partially coupled to the user interface panel; and

    a computer configured to operate with the user interface panel and the dispensing mechanism to;

    (a) control operation of;

    (i) the dispensing mechanism, (ii) a water supply mechanism in fluid communication with the dispensing mechanism, and (iii) a drink supply mechanism in fluid communication with the dispensing mechanism, said drink supply mechanism configured to obtain drink supply from each of a plurality of drink supply containers;

    (b) cause the touch screen to display a plurality of different beverage related images, each different beverage related image associated with at least one of the drink supply containers;

    (c) receive, via the touch screen, at least one input corresponding to at least one of the different displayed beverage related images; and

    (d) for said at least one received input, cause the dispensing mechanism to dispense a beverage associated with the beverage related image corresponding to said at least one received input, said beverage dispensed via causing operation of one of a plurality of valves, said valve associated with the drink supply container associated with said beverage related image corresponding to said at least one received input, wherein when said valve is actuated, drink supply from said drink supply container associated with said beverage related image corresponding to said at least one received input is directed to a dispensing point at a position of a user beverage container.

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