Vending machine and computer assembly

  • US RE44,791 E1
  • Filed: 09/07/2012
  • Issued: 03/04/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/17/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A vending machine for sale of items selected by a customer, said vending machine including a door for retrofitting an existing vending machine, said door comprising:

  • a storage unit for storing a plurality of items for sale and a dispensing mechanism for dispensing the items from said storage unit;

    a selector device for selecting one or more of said items for sale by a customer;

    a payment-control device for receiving and detecting an amount of payment required for sale of an item and for actuating said dispensing mechanism when a payment is received to dispense a selected item; and

    a computer assembly connected to said storage and dispensing unit, selector device and payment control device and having a computer, video display screen and a communication network, whereby said computer is connected to and actuated by said selector device for automatically connecting said computer to a pre-selected internet site and automatically displaying information obtained from said internet site on said video screen for viewing by the customer, said computer assembly further including customer actuating means for enabling a customer to interface with said computer.

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