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Title:
BEVERAGE PREPARATION MACHINE ARRANGED TO SHARE CAPSULE IMAGE AND MACHINES OPERATION DATA
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/132452
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
An apparatus and method for sharing capsule image data and beverage preparation parameters, from one or more beverage preparation machines with a remote computer system via a network, such as the Internet, is disclosed. The remote computer system may process the capsule image data to determine characteristics of the capsule (e.g., a type of capsule, such as a brand, or beverage ingredients in the capsule), thereby relieving the beverage preparation from having to determine information about the capsule. The remote computer may track a user's consumption of capsules, may compare this value to the user's past capsule purchase history, and may determine if the user's supply of capsules is below a threshold value (e.g., below a week's worth of capsules).

Inventors:
TINKLER, Ian (32 Old Nahant Road, Wakefield, MA, 01880, US)
HUANG, Jianming (33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, VT, 05676, US)
HARTLEY, Kevin, William (33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, VT, 05676, US)
MCLEOD, Cameron (33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, VT, 05676, US)
RULLI, Samuel, Ross (33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, VT, 05676, US)
IOANNIDIS, Nicholas, George (33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, VT, 05676, US)
LYNCH, James, K. (33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, VT, 05676, US)
RHEAUME, Brian, David (33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, VT, 05676, US)
HADDEN, Jeffrey, Sol (33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, VT, 05676, US)
HADLEY, Philip (33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, VT, 05676, US)
HLOBILOVA, Yvona (33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, VT, 05676, US)
Application Number:
US2017/015250
Publication Date:
October 05, 2017
Filing Date:
January 27, 2017
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Assignee:
KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN, INC. (33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, VT, 05676, US)
International Classes:
A47J31/44; G06K9/00; H04N1/00
Domestic Patent References:
WO2011067191A12011-06-09
Foreign References:
EP2345352A12011-07-20
EP2085000A12009-08-05
US20150047509A12015-02-19
US20120075663A12012-03-29
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HUNT, Robert, E. (Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks P.C.,600 Atlantic Avenu, Boston MA, 02210-2206, US)
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