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Title:
A METHOD, A SYSTEM AND A MACHINE FOR DISPENSING A PRODUCT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/159026
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A method (200) for dispensing a product, the method comprising steps of receiving (210) a series of voice commands in real time, and identifying an activation name from the series of voice commands, the series of voice commands being received in one or more languages, determining (220) an order for a product from the series of voice commands, receiving (230) a payment after the determination of the order and dispensing (240) the product in accordance with the order, after the payment is received.

Inventors:
PANDE, Abhishek Sanjay (House no. 186, Parshuram chowk,near ganesh mandir, Risod, dist-,Washim, Maharashtra- 6, India, 444506, IN)
YADAV, Saurabh Tanaji (Plot no. 2, Sector-C New Vishal,Nagar, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, 1 India, 431001, IN)
Application Number:
IB2019/050743
Publication Date:
August 22, 2019
Filing Date:
January 30, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
PANDE, Abhishek Sanjay (House no. 186, Parshuram chowk,near ganesh mandir, Risod, dist-,Washim, Maharashtra- 6, India, 444506, IN)
YADAV, Saurabh Tanaji (Plot no. 2, Sector-C New Vishal,Nagar, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, 1 India, 431001, IN)
International Classes:
G06Q20/20; G07F11/00
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
DAHIYA, Vivek (Boudhik IP, 204 DLF Star Tower,,Sector-30, Haryana India, 122001, IN)
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Claims:
We Claim:

1. A method (200) for dispensing a product, the method (200) comprising steps of:

receiving (210) a series of voice commands in real time, and identifying an activation name from the series of voice commands, the series of voice commands being received in one or more languages;

determining (220) an order for a product from the series of voice commands;

receiving (230) a payment after the determination of the order; and

dispensing (240) the product in accordance with the order, after the payment is received.

2. The method (200) as claimed in claim 1 , further comprising a step of providing one or more offers corresponding to the order

3. The method (200) as claimed in claim 1 , wherein the step of identifying the activation name further comprising steps of:

transmitting the activation name from a machine (101) to a computer system (122); and

receiving a verification, in response to the activation name, at the machine (101).

4. A method (200) for dispensing a product, the method (200) comprising steps of:

receiving an activation name from a machine (101) and storing the activation name in a storage device (128); and

transmitting a verification in response to the received activation name.

5. The method (200) as claimed in claim 1 , wherein the step of receiving the series of voice commands further comprises steps of: receiving a name of the product; and

receiving a quantity of the product.

8. The method (200) as claimed in claim 1 , further comprising a step of recognizing a presence of the user (130) via a sensor.

7. The method (200) as claimed in claim 8, wherein the sensor is selected from a group comprising an IR sensor, a pressure sensor and a camera.

8. The method (200) as claimed in claim 1 , further comprising a step of displaying one or more advertisements on a transparent glass placed on the machine (101).

9. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 8, wherein the one or more advertisements are displayed through one or more projectors. 10. A machine (101) for dispensing a product, the machine (101) having a microphone (111) and a machine control unit (502), wherein the machine control unit (502) is configured for:

receiving a series of voice commands in real time, and identifying an activation name from the series of voice commands, the series of voice commands being received in one or more languages, through the microphone (111);

determining an order for a product from the series of voice commands;

receiving a payment after the determination of the order; and dispensing the product in accordance with the order, after the payment is received.

11. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 10, the machine (101) control unit (502) is further configured to display one or more offers corresponding to the order.

12. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 10, the machine control unit (502) is further configured for:

transmitting the activation name from the machine (101) to a computer system (122); and

receiving a verification, in response to the activation name, at the machine (101) .

13. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 10, wherein for receiving the order, the machine control unit (502) is further configured to:

receive a name of the product; and

receive a quantity of the product.

14. The machine (101 ) as claimed in claim 10, wherein the machine control unit (502) is further configured to recognize a presence of the user (130) via a sensor.

15. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 14, wherein the sensor is selected from a group comprising an IR sensor, a pressure sensor and a camera.

16. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 10, further comprising a display module (504) configured to display one or more advertisements on a transparent glass placed on the machine (101).

17. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 16, wherein the one or more advertisements are displayed through one or more projectors.

18. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 10, further comprising a housing (102) having:

a first section (103);

a second section (104) adjacent to the first section (103), the second section (104) being divided into a first unit (1042), a second unit (1044) and a third unit (1046);

a third section (105) adjacent to the second section (104), the third section (105) being divided into a fourth unit (1052), a fifth unit (1054) and a sixth unit (1056);

a fourth section (106) adjacent to the third section (105); a fifth section (107) adjacent to the fourth section (108); wherein the first section (103) is adapted to store a plurality of products;

wherein the first unit (1042) is adapted to store a plurality of cigars, the second unit (1044) is adapted to store a plurality of chocolates and the third unit (1046) is adapted to prepare a plurality of hot drinks;

wherein the fourth unit (1052) is configured to dispense the plurality of cigars, the fifth unit (1054) is configured to dispense the plurality of products and the plurality of chocolates and the sixth unit (1056) is configured to dispense the plurality of hot drinks;

wherein the fourth section (106) is adapted to store a plurality of cold drinks; and

wherein the fifth section (107) is adapted to store a plurality of accessories.

19. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 18, further comprising a robotic arm (108) positioned on the fourth section (106).

20. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 19, wherein the robotic arm (108) is further adapted to transfer the plurality of cold drinks from the fourth section (106) to the third section (105).

21. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 18, wherein the plurality of accessories is one or more of a compressor, a condenser, a printed circuit board (RGB), a drain pan, a battery and an inbuilt inverter.

22. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 18, wherein the first section (103) further comprises an anti-bacterial protector and one or more fans in order to maintain freshness of the plurality of products.

23. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 18, wherein the first section (103) further comprises a plurality of clamshells adapted to store one or more of, a plurality of fruits, one or more sauces and one or more tissues.

24. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 18, wherein the first section (103) further comprises a thermostat configured to maintain temperature of the plurality of products.

25. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 19, further comprising a positioning sensor and a weighing sensor adapted to direct the robotic arm (108) to transfer a desired product from the plurality of products while preparation

26. The machine (101) as claimed in claim 18, further comprising a Wi-Fi module (109) configured to provide network connection to the machine (101).

27. A system (500) for dispensing a product, the system comprising a control module (506) configured to:

receive an activation name from a machine (101) and storing the activation name in a storage device (128); and

transmit a verification in response to the received activation name.

Description:
A METHOD, A SYSTEM AND A MACHINE FOR DISPENSING A

PRODUCT

TECHNICAL HELD

The present invention generally relates to provision of products and more particularly to a method, a system and a machine for dispensing a product. BACKGROUND ART

A vending machine is an automated machine that provides items such as snacks, beverages, alcohol, cigarettes and lottery tickets to consumers after money, credit card, or specially designed card is inserted into the machine. Vending machines have been located in many different locations in order to generate sufficient sales to justify placing vending machines in those locations. Those locations include highways, office buildings, petrol pumps, schools etc.

US6422417B1 discloses a cigarette package vending machine for selectively dispensing cigarette packages on actuation by a user includes, at least one cigarette package storage and dispensing container. The container includes a storage region for storing a plurality of cigarette packages, a holding region communicating with a storage region to receive the first cigarette package from the plurality in the storage region and an output region communicating with the holding region to receive the first cigarette package from the holding region for dispensing the first cigarette package from the output region to the user. A dispenser is provided which is moveable between a rest position and an open position. The dispenser holds the first cigarette package in the holding region when the dispenser is in the rest position on actuation by a user the dispenser first moves to its open position from its rest position to cause the first cigarette package to move from the holding region to the output region. Simultaneously, the dispenser moves behind the second cigarette package of the plurality. The dispenser then moves from its open position to its rest position to dispense the first cigarette package from the output region to the user and simultaneously move a second cigarette package of the plura!ity from the storage region to the holding region.

US20143Q3774A1 discloses an apparatus for vending product comprises a vending machine having a secure housing containing a plurality of vender modules for dispensing a predetermined amount of merchandise into a container. A control panel receives a user selection of product from at least one selected vender module, loads a container onto a shuttle, drives the shuttle into dispensing communication with each selected vender module, and drives each selected vender module through at least one dispensing cycle to dispense the user selection of product. A sealing mechanism seals the container, and a dispensing mechanism dispenses the container to a user-accessible portion of the vending machine. A printer may be provided to print information or indicia, or both, onto the container.

CA2197421A1 discloses a process for co-dispensing beverages and snack products from a single vending machine. Filled beverage containers and filled snack food containers are stored in the vending machine and a buyer, upon payment, product selection, etc., can obtain both a beverage, e.g., a soft drink, and a snack food, e.g., corn chips, from a single machine. The beverage and snack food containers preferably are of substantially the same size so that a vending machine of the type which dispenses containers having a uniform size may be used to carry out the present invention. Also, an automatic door-opening mechanism is disclosed which opens the dispensing door of a vending machine when a snack food container is dispensed which is too light to open the door under the force of gravity.; A process and apparatus for packaging snack product in containers are also disclosed wherein accurately sized portions of the product are formed and fed into a funnel member, the funnel member having troughs which align the product in a desired direction. The existing systems and machines are programmed to offer very limited interaction with a user and are rather inconvenient and cumbersome to operate. Further, return on investment for such systems and machines are iimited to sales volumes that those systems and machines are able to generate, which is not always guaranteed to provide enough returns. Also, the kind of products that can be dispensed through the existing systems and machines are rather Iimited.

In light of the discussion above, there is need for a method, a system and a machine for dispensing a product, which alleviates one or more of the above mentioned deficiencies.

It is with respect to these considerations and others that the disclosure made herein is presented.

OBJECT OF THE INVENTION

Some of the objects of the present disciosure aimed to ameliorate one or more problems of the prior art or to at least provide a useful alternative are listed herein below.

An object of the present disclosure is to provide a method for dispensing a product.

Another object of the present disclosure is to provide a system for dispensing a product.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a machine for dispensing a product.

SUIV!IVIARY OF THE INVENTION

Embodiments of the present invention aim to provide a method and a system for dispensing a product. The present invention offers a number of advantages wherein a user can interact with a machine in real time. An order is received via a series of voice commands from the user. Further, the machine dispenses a product in accordance with the order. Also, the machine enables the user to make a cashless payment. In addition, the machine dispenses variety of products. Moreover, the machine is configured to display advertisements in order to attract the users and provide one or more offers to the users related to the order.

According to a first aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method for dispensing a product, comprising steps of receiving a series of voice commands in real time, and identifying an activation name from the series of voice commands, the series of voice commands being received in one or more languages, determining an order for a product from the series of voice commands, receiving a payment after the determination of the order and dispensing the product in accordance with the order, after the payment is received.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the method further comprises a step of providing one or more offers corresponding to the order.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the step of identifying the activation name further comprises steps of transmitting the activation name from a machine to a computer system and receiving a verification, in response to the activation name, at the machine.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the step of receiving the series of voice commands further comprises steps of receiving a name of the product and receiving a quantity of the product.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the method further comprises a step of recognizing a presence of the user via a sensor. In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the sensor is selected from a group comprising an IR sensor, a pressure sensor and a camera.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the method further comprises a step of displaying one or more advertisements on a transparent glass placed on the machine.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the one or more advertisements are displayed through one or more projectors.

According to a second aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method for dispensing a product, comprising steps of receiving an activation name from a machine and storing the activation name in a storage device and transmitting a verification in response to the received activation name.

According to a third aspect of the present invention, there is provided a machine for dispensing a product, the machine having a microphone and a machine control unit. The machine control unit is configured for receiving a series of voice commands in real time, and identifying an activation name from the series of voice commands, the series of voice commands being received in one or more languages, through the microphone, determining an order for a product from the series of voice commands, receiving a payment after the determination of the order and dispensing the product in accordance with the order, after the payment is received.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the machine control unit is further configured to provide one or more offers corresponding to the order.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the machine control unit is further configured for transmitting the activation name from the machine to a computer system and receiving a verification, in response to the activation name, at the machine.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, for receiving the order, the machine control unit is further configured to receive a name of the product and receive a quantity of the product in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the machine control unit is further configured to recognize a presence of the user via a sensor In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the sensor is selected from a group comprising an IR sensor, a pressure sensor and a camera.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, further comprises a display module configured to display one or more advertisements on a transparent glass placed on the machine.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the one or more advertisements are displayed through one or more projectors.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the machine further comprises a housing having a first section, a second section adjacent to the first section, the second section being divided into a first unit, a second unit and a third unit. Further, the housing has a third section adjacent to the second section, the third section being divided into a fourth unit, a fifth unit and a sixth unit. Also, the housing has a fourth section adjacent to the third section and a fifth section adjacent to the fourth section. Additionally, the first section is adapted to store a plurality of products, the first unit is adapted to store a plurality of cigars, the second unit is adapted to store a plurality of chocolates and the third unit is adapted to prepare a plurality of hot drinks. Also, the fourth unit is configured to dispense the plurality of cigars, the fifth unit is configured to dispense the plurality of products and the plurality of chocolates and the sixth unit is configured to dispense the plurality of hot drinks. Furthermore, the fourth section is adapted to store a plurality of cold drinks and the fifth section is adapted to store a plurality of accessories.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the machine further comprises a robotic arm positioned on the fourth section.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the robotic arm is further adapted to transfer the plurality of cold drinks from the fourth section to the third section.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the plurality of accessories is one or more of a compressor, a condenser, a printed circuit board (RGB), a drain pan, a battery and an inbuilt inverter In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the first section further comprises an anti-bacterial protector and one or more fans in order to maintain freshness of the plurality of products.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the first section further comprises a plurality of clamshells adapted to store one or more of, a plurality of fruits, one or more sauces and one or more tissues.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the first section further comprises a thermostat configured to maintain temperature of the plurality of products.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a positioning sensor and a weighing sensor adapted to direct the robotic arm to transfer a desired product from the plurality of products while preparation. in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a Wi-Fi module configured to provide network connection to the machine.

According to a fourth aspect of the present invention, there is provided a system for dispensing a product, comprising a control moduie configured to receive an activation name from a machine and storing the activation name in a storage device and transmit a verification in response to the received activation name.

In the context of this specification, the term,‘‘real time”, for example “dispensing real time product,” refers to the delivery of the product without intentional delay, given the processing limitations of the system and the time required to accurately prepare the recipe. Real-time computing (RTC), or reactive computing describes hardware and software systems subject to a "real-time constraint", for example from event to system response. Real-time programs must guarantee response within specified time constraints, often referred to as "deadlines". The correctness of these types of systems depends on their temporal aspects as well as their functional aspects. Real-time responses are often understood to be in the order of milliseconds, and sometimes microseconds. A system not specified as operating in real time cannot usually guarantee a response within any timeframe, although typical or expected response times may be given. Also, Real-time system has been described as one which "controls an environment by receiving data, processing them, and returning the results sufficiently quickly to affect the environment at that time". The term "real-time" is also used in simulation to mean that the simulation's clock runs at the same speed as a real clock, and in process control and enterprise systems to mean "without significant delay".

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE ACCOMPANYING DRAWINGS

So that the manner in which the above recited features of the present invention can be understood in detail, a more particular description of the invention, briefly summarized above, may have been referred by embodiments, some of which are illustrated in the appended drawings. It is to be noted, however, that the appended drawings iliustrate only typical embodiments of this invention and are therefore not to be considered limiting of its scope, for the invention may admit to other equally effective embodiments.

These and other features, benefits, and advantages of the present invention will become apparent by reference to the following text figure, with like reference numbers referring to like structures across the views, wherein:

Fig 1A illustrates an exemplary environment to which various embodiments of the present invention may be implemented;

Fig. 1 B illustrates a machine for dispensing a product, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;

Fig 2 illustrates a method for dispensing the product, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;

Fig. 3 illustrates an information flow diagram corresponding to Fig. 2, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;

Fig. 4 illustrates one or more advertisements on the machine, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention; and

Fig. 5 illustrates a system for dispensing the product, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

While the present invention is described herein by way of example using embodiments and illustrative drawings, those skilled in the art will recognize that the invention is not limited to the embodiments of drawing or drawings described, and are not intended to represent the scale of the various components. Further, some components that may form a part of the invention may not be illustrated in certain figures, for ease of illustration, and such omissions do not limit the embodiments outlined in any way. It should be understood that the drawings and detailed description thereto are not intended to limit the invention to the particular form disclosed, but on the contrary, the invention is to cover ail modifications, equivalents, and alternatives falling within the scope of the present invention as defined by the appended claim. As used throughout this description, the word "may” is used in a permissive sense (i.e. meaning having the potential to), rather than the mandatory sense, (i.e. meaning must). Further, the words "a" or "an" mean "at least one” and the word “plurality” means“one or more” unless otherwise mentioned. Furthermore, the terminology and phraseology used herein is solely used for descriptive purposes and should not be construed as limiting in scope. Language such as "including," ’’comprising," "having," "containing," or "involving," and variations thereof, is intended to be broad and encompass the subject matter listed thereafter, equivalents, and additional subject matter not recited, and is not intended to exclude other additives, components, integers or steps. Likewise, the term "comprising" is considered synonymous with the terms "including" or "containing" for applicable legal purposes. Any discussion of documents, acts, materials, devices, articles and the like is included in the specification solely for the purpose of providing a context for the present invention it is not suggested or represented that any or all of these matters form part of the prior art base or were common general knowledge in the fieid relevant to the present invention.

In this disclosure, whenever a composition or an element or a group of elements is preceded with the transitional phrase "comprising’, it is understood that we also contemplate the same composition, element or group of elements with transitional phrases“consisting of, “consisting”, “selected from the group of consisting of,“including”, or“is” preceding the recitation of the composition, element or group of elements and vice versa.

The present invention is described hereinafter by various embodiments with reference to the accompanying drawing, wherein reference numerals used in the accompanying drawing correspond to the like elements throughout the description. This invention may, however, be embodied in many different forms and should not be construed as limited to the embodiment set forth herein. Rather, the embodiment is provided so that this disclosure will be thorough and complete and will fully convey the scope of the invention to those skilled in the art. In the following detailed description, numeric values and ranges are provided for various aspects of the implementations described. These values and ranges are to be treated as examples only, and are not intended to limit the scope of the claims. In addition, a number of materials are identified as suitable for various facets of the implementations. These materials are to be treated as exemplary, and are not intended to limit the scope of the invention.

Embodiments of the present invention aim to provide a method, a system and a machine for dispensing a product. Using the present invention, the product is dispensed by receiving a series of voice commands from a user or some other mechanized source and determining an order for the product from the series of the voice commands. Further, a payment for the respective product is received. In addition, the machine dispenses the respective product after the payment is received. Additionally, while determining the order the machine may suggest meals and/or provide one or more offers corresponding to the order. Furthermore, the machine encompasses a camera and one or more sensors to recognize the presence of the user in proximal to the machine. Moreover, the invention allows for displaying one or more advertisements on a transparent glass placed on the machine while the user is away from the machine. it is in this regard that the present invention has been presented with an exemplary environment. However, a person skilled in the art would appreciate that the present invention is not limited to the exemplary environment alone, and can be equally implemented in any other alternative environment without departing from the scope of the invention.

Referring to the drawings, the invention will now be described in more detail. Figure 1 illustrates an exemplary environment (100) diagram to which various embodiments of the present invention may be implemented. As shown in figure 1 , the environment (100) comprises a user (130). In various embodiments, the user (130) may be a person, a customer, a purchaser or the like.

Also the environment (100) comprises a machine (101). The machine (101) is configured to dispense a product in accordance with an order. The order includes, but is not limited to, a name of the product, a quantity of the product and/or an additional requirement (if any). The additional requirement may be, but not limited to, add extra sugar, no sugar etc in case the order is to provide hot coffee (for example). Referring to figure 1 B, the machine (101) comprises a housing (102). The housing (102) has a first section (103). The first section (103) is adapted to store a plurality of products. The first section (103) is further divided into three units to place the plurality of products. In various embodiments, the plurality of products may be, but not limited to, a plurality of fruits, a plurality of vegetables, one or more fast foods (in a packed form) etc. Also, the first section (103) comprises an anti-bacterial protector and one or more fans in order to maintain the freshness of the plurality of products it is envisaged that using heating surfaces, the first section (103) is made hot in order to preserve the plurality of products hot and fresh. Further, the first section (103) comprises a plurality of clamshells. The plurality of clamshells are adapted to store one or more of, but not limited to, a plurality of fruits, one or more sauces and one or more tissues. It is envisaged that a swirl mechanism having a structure identical to a playground slide may be used to store the plurality of clamshells. Also, the plurality of clamshells slide via the swirl mechanism and comes into a third section (105) (to be explained below). Furthermore, the first section (103) comprises a thermostat configured to maintain temperature of the plurality of products.

Further, the housing (102) has a second section (104). The second section (104) is adjacent to the first section (103). Also, the second section (104) is divided into a first unit (1042), a second unit (1044) and a third unit (1048). The first unit (1042) is adapted to store a plurality of cigars. The term‘‘cigar” here is envisaged to encompass cigars, cigarettes (including the electronic types). The first unit (1042) is designed in such a way that the first unit (1042) resembles like‘humidor’ which is adapted to maintain humidity for keeping the plurality of cigars fresh and to reduce flavour volatility for the plurality of cigars. In addition, the second unit (1044) is adapted to store a plurality of chocolates. It is envisaged that the second unit (1044) may be made cool by circulation of cold air from a fourth section (108) (to be explained below') to the second unit (1044). Furthermore, the third unit (1046) is adapted to prepare a plurality of hot drinks. The third unit (1046) may be termed as‘cafe’ wherein multiple drinks may be prepared and dispensed. Multiple drinks may be, but not limited to, coffee, black tea, regular tea, green tea, milk etc. it is contemplated that the third unit (1046) includes a heating unit for delivering the plurality of hot drinks in a blender during preparation of required hot drink from the plurality of hot drinks. In addition, the blender is maintained hot in order to avoid heat loss.

Additionally, the housing (102) has the third section (105). The third section (105) is adjacent to the second section (104). Further, the third section (105) is divided into a fourth unit (1052), a fifth unit (1054) and a sixth unit (1056). The fourth unit (1052) is configured to dispense the plurality of cigars in various embodiments, the fourth unit (1052) may be adapted to dispense a cigar from the plurality of cigars based on requirement of the user (130). Also, the fifth unit (1054) is configured to dispense the plurality of products and the plurality of chocolates. Moreover, the sixth unit (1056) is configured to dispense the plurality of hot drinks. Also, the plurality of hot drinks is delivered in a sealed form. It is envisaged that a cup or mug or the like in which the plurality of hot drinks are delivered are made disposable and efficient enough to maintain temperature hot.

Furthermore, the housing (102) has the fourth section (106). The fourth section (106) is adjacent to the third section (105). The fourth section

(106) is adapted to store a plurality of cold drinks. The plurality of cold drinks is kept cold using refrigeration system. Further, a robotic arm (108) is positioned on the fourth section (106). The robotic arm (108) is adapted to transfer the plurality of cold drinks from the fourth section (106) to the third section (105) Also, the fourth section (106) includes a positioning sensor and a weighing sensor. The positioning sensor and the weighing sensor are adapted to direct the robotic arm (108) to transfer a desired cold drink from the plurality of cold drinks to the third section (105). The position sensor may sense the position of the robotic arm (108) Also, the position sensor may send signal to the machine (101) while the desired cold drink is transferred from the fourth section (106) to the third section (105). in various embodiments, the positioning sensor and the weighing sensor are adapted to direct the robotic arm (108) to transfer a desired product from the plurality of products during preparation of the plurality of hot drinks.

The housing (102) further has a fifth section (107). The fifth section

(107) is adjacent to the fourth section (106). Also, the fifth section (107) is adapted to store a plurality of accessories. In various embodiments, the plurality of accessories may be, but not limited to, a compressor, a condenser, a printed circuit board (RGB), a drain pan, a battery and an inbuilt inverter in one embodiment, the machine (101) uses electricity as a power source in another embodiment, the machine (101) uses battery in case of electricity failure.

The machine (101) comprises a Wi-Fi module (109). In one embodiment of the invention, the Wi-Fi module (109) is positioned on the first section (103) of the housing (102). However, in various other embodiments, the Wi-Fi may be placed at several other locations in the machine (101). The Wi-Fi module (109) is configured to provide network connection to the machine (101). It is contemplated that the Wi-Fi module (109) may consist of a router which is completely wireless except power supply. The input may be wireless as a computer system (122) (as will be discussed in following embodiments) may provide network connection to the machine (101) by using an IP address of the machine (101). in addition, the router may determine available speed and may distribute in three categories in such a way that first priority may be provided to the machine (101) for delivering the product and to display one or more advertisements on the transparent glass placed on the machine (101). Further, second priority may be provided to the user (130) for fast and smooth payment on the order in addition, the third priority or remaining speed may be available for people around the machine (101).

The microphone (111) and the one or more speakers (112) are capable of receiving and outputting oral (voice) instructions, respectively, from the user (130). in accordance with an embodiment, the microphone (111) is configured to receive a series of voice commands from the user (130) and the one or more speakers (112) are configured to provide a series of voice outputs to the user (130).

The machine (101) further comprises a camera (110) which is configured to recognize the user (130), or other authorized users of the machine (101). In various embodiments, the camera (110) may be adapted to maintain security of the machine (101) by covering 360-degree footage. Further, the machine (101) is connected with a network (120). The network (120) may be implemented through one or more plurality of protocols, such as, but not limited to, 802.x, Ethernet, LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) and Code-division multiple access (CDMA) etc. Further, the network (120) may be a Local Area Network (LAN) or a Wide Area Network (WAN). A person skilled in the art would appreciate that other network types such as a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) and any other such plausible variations lie within the scope of the present invention, and the invention is not limited to a particular network type or protocol. Preferably, the network (120) is Internet.

Further connected to the network (120) is a computer system (122). It is envisaged here that the computer system (122) has got computing capabilities, including, but not limited to, a memory unit (124) and a processor (128) operabiy connected with the memory unit (124). The memory (124) unit may be a non-volatile memory unit (124), such as, but not limited to, EPROM, Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory (EEPROM) and Flash Memory The processor (128) may be, for example, a general purpose processor, an Application Specific integrated Circuit (ASIC) or a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), etc. The memory unit (124) is configured to store machine readable instructions. The machine readable instructions may be loaded into the memory unit (124) from a non-transitory computer readable medium or may be downloaded from an external source, in form of a computer program product or a software, through the network (120). Further, connected to the computer system (122) is a storage device (128). in accordance with an embodiment, the storage device (128) is configured to process queries in a plurality of languages comprising, but not limited to, Structured Query Language (SQL), QL and Datalog etc. The storage device (128) may be a local or a cloud based data repository. Figure 2 illustrates a method (200) for dispensing the product, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention. The method (200) begins at step 210, by receiving a series of voice commands in real time, at a machine (101) as shown in an embodiment (300) of figure 3. The series of voice commands is received from the user (130). At first, an activation name is received from the series of voice commands, at the computer system (122), through the machine (101 ). Further, the storage device (128) may store the activation name received from the series of voice commands. In addition, a verification is transmitted, from the computer system (122), in response to the received activation name. Additionally, before receiving the order from the user (130), the activation name is identified. The activation name may be, but not limited to, a name, a phrase, a letter and a combination thereof. The activation name is used to identify the user (130). The activation name is transmitted from the machine (101) to the computer system (122). The computer system (122) may refer the storage device (128) in order to check the activation name. Further, the verification is received in response to the activation name, at the machine (101), through the computer system (122).

At step 220, after identifying the activation name, the order for the product is determined from the series of voice commands. In various embodiments, the series of voice commands is received in one or more languages. The one or more languages may include, but not limited to, Indian languages (Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Ma!ayalam, Marathi, Meitei (Manipuri), Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Santali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu (total: 22, including 22 8th Schedule languages and additional official language, English).

There are number of methods in which the machine (101) may process the series of voice commands. One of the methods has been discussed below. However, a person skilled in the art would appreciate that the present invention is not limited to the method described in the following discussion. For the series of voice commands, a processing token is known as a phoneme. The phoneme is a basic, theoretical unit of sound that can distinguish words. When processing the series of voice commands, a first task is to recognize a source language and then once the language is recognized the series of voice commands can be parsed into meaningful phonemes. The series of voice commands is broken into smaller segments of voice data which are then combined to determine the phonemes. For instance, the series of voice commands is received like“Aman here, I need two chocolates". In this case, the "Aman" refers to the activation name that is created by the user (130). Also, Ί need two chocolates" refers to the order.

In the manner, just discussed above, while determining the order, the series of voice commands may include, but not limited to, the name of the product and the quantity of the product. It is envisaged that the user (130) may be able to order more than one products and more than one quantities. For instance, the series of voice commands is received like“I need two hot coffees and a packet of chips”. Herein, the machine (101) may ask one or more questions to the user (130) like‘‘do you want extra sugar in hot coffee" and/or“do you want anything else apart from the hot

It Is envisaged that that the user (130) may be able to ask one or more questions to the machine (101). The one or more questions may be related to, but are not limited to, new product, nutritional value of the product, price of the product etc. Further, an answer to the one or more questions is received through the one or more speakers (112) attached to the machine (101).

For example, in another exemplary method for processing the series of voice commands, the series of voice commands may be converted from analog to digital form by sampling. Sampling means recording the series of voice commands signals at regular intervals. The collected series of commands may be further quantized if required to eliminate noise from the series of voice commands.

Moreover, the collected series of voice commands may be passed through feature extraction, feature training and feature testing stages. The feature extraction may transform the incoming series of commands into an internal representation such that it may be possible to reconstruct the original signal from the series of voice commands. In one embodiment, there may be various techniques to extract features such as, but not limited to, Mel Frequency Cepstrai Coefficients (MFCC). The features extracted needs to be decoded by a decoder. The decoder may be adapted to perform the actual decision about the series of voice commands by- combining and optimizing the information conveyed by an acoustic model and a language model.

Additionally, the acoustic model may be implemented by using one or more approaches such as, Hidden Markov Model {HMM) and Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs). The HMM is used in some form or the other in every state of the art speech and speech recognition system. In the Artificial intelligence (Al), an expert system which is implemented by neural networks may be used to classify sounds. The basic idea is to compile and incorporate knowledge from a variety of knowledge sources with the problem at hand. Also, the language model may be adapted to search the correct word sequence by predicting the likelihood of the n tn word using (n-1) preceding words.

It may be desirable, or as a complementary feature in design of the machine (101) that while determining the order for the product, one or more offers may be provided corresponding to the order. The one or more offers may be provided by the machine (101), through the computer system (122). For example, the machine (101) may provide an offer like “Buy one chocolate and get 1 free”,“Buy two cans of coke and get 1 packet of chips free” etc.

At step 230, the payment is received after the determination of the order. The payment may be received via one or more payment modes. The one or more payment modes is selected from a group comprising, but not limited to, credit card, debit card, net banking and e-waliets. It is envisaged that the payment may also be received through the transparent glass placed on the machine (101 ). A touch screen is provided on the transparent glass from where the user (130) can make the payment corresponding to the order.

At step 240, the product is dispensed in accordance with the order, after the payment is received. The product is dispensed through the third section (105) (shown in figure 1 B).

Furthermore, it may be desirable that a presence of the user (130) is recognized. The presence of the user (130) is recognised via a sensor in various embodiments, the sensor may be, but not limited to, an IR sensor, a pressure sensor and a camera (shown in figure 1 B). In this manner, the sensor may sense the presence of the user (130) when the user (130) comes in near the machine (101) and in front of the sensor and/or the camera placed on the housing (102) of the machine (101). In case, the user (130) is present in proximal to the machine (101), the machine (101) activates and interacts with the user (130). In another case, when the user (130) is not present near the machine (101), one or more advertisements are displayed on the transparent glass placed on the machine (101). Referring to an embodiment (400) illustrated in figure 4, the one or more advertisements are displayed on the transparent glass placed on the machine (101). The one or more advertisements are displayed on the first section (103), the second section (104) and the fourth section (108) of the machine (101). in addition, three different brands can be promoted at single time on the first section (103), the second section (104) and the fourth section (106). in various embodiments, the one or more advertisements are displayed through one or more projectors it is envisaged that video projected on the transparent giass is made possible with the one or more projectors placed behind a screen. The one or more projectors are configured to display the one or more advertisements routed through the computer system (122) and/or through a third party hub.

Projection of videos and images is one type of media possible. There are different options available and media types that may be displayed on the transparent glass projection it is envisaged the transparent glass projection film may be capable of receiving various types of video imagery including, video, images, animation etc. Also, projection film for the transparent glass may be, but not limited to, dark back projection film, white back projection film, holographic back projection film and touch screen on the transparent glass.

In addition, an ambient light sensor may be used to resist when light shines in case of using the machine (101) in outdoor area. Also, the sound of the videos may be kept less/ minimum in order to avoid disturbance to other users around the machine (101). It is envisaged that the promotional videos and images may be seen from various angles and distances.

The embodiments of the method as described above may be achieved through the processor (126) receiving machine (101) readable instructions from the memory unit (124) and executing the machine (101) readable instructions. Other processors, memory (124) units and computing capabilities such as those available with the machine (101) and any other devices used in the invention may also be used. However, same objectives may be attained through a number of modules working in tandem as will be illustrated in the following discussion.

Figure 5 illustrates a system for dispensing a product in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention. As shown in figure 5, the system comprises a control module (508). The control module (508) configured to receive an activation name from a machine (101) and storing the activation name in a storage device (128) and transmit a verification in response to the received activation name.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the machine (101) has a microphone (111) and a machine control unit (502). The machine control unit (502) may have for example, a microcontroller, a memory unit for storing machine readable instructions, additional circuit elements such as op-amps, capacitors, resistor, rectifiers, integrated circuits, a network interface and arrangements for DC or AC power supply. Configuration of the machine control unit (502) may include feeding of machine readable instructions into the memory unit and tuning of the circuit elements to process signals coming out of various sources such as the sensors and the microphone (111). The machine control unit (502) is configured for receiving a series of voice commands in real time, from a user (130) and identifying an activation name from the series of voice commands, the series of voice commands being received in one or more languages, through the microphone (111), determining an order for a product from the series of voice commands, receiving a payment after the determination of the order and dispensing the product in accordance with the order, after the payment is received In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the machine control unit (502) is further configured to provide one or more offers corresponding to the order.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the machine control unit (502) is further configured for transmitting the activation name from the machine (101) to a computer system (122) and receiving a verification, in response to the activation name, at the machine (101).

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, for receiving the order, the machine control unit (502) is further configured to receive a name of the product and receive a quantity of the product.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the machine control unit (502) is further configured to recognize a presence of the user (130) via a sensor. In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the sensor is selected from a group comprising an IR sensor, a pressure sensor and a camera.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the machine (101) comprises a display module (504) configured to display one or more advertisements on a transparent glass placed on the machine (101).

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the one or more advertisements are displayed through one or more projectors.

The present invention offers a number of advantages. The present invention enables the users to interact with the machine in real time. The present invention enables the users to make an order through the series of voice commands in real time. Also, the present invention allows the users to make the cashless payment in addition, the present invention suggests meals and/or offers to the users in real time. Furthermore, the present invention is configured to display one or more advertisements in order to attract users. In addition, the present invention is configured to dispense variety of products. In case, the user has ordered a hot drink, then the user can customise the recipe like“add extra sugar". Moreover, the present invention includes camera in order to maintain security of the machine by covering 360 degree footage.

In general, the word “module,” as used herein, refers to logic embodied in hardware or firmware, or to a collection of software instructions, written in a programming language, such as, for example, Java, C, or assembly. One or more software instructions in the modules may be embedded in firmware, such as an EPROM. It will be appreciated that modules may comprised connected logic units, such as gates and flip-flops, and may comprise programmable units, such as programmable gate arrays or processors. The modules described herein may be implemented as either software and/or hardware modules and may be stored in any type of computer-readable medium or other computer storage device.

Further, while one or more operations have been described as being performed by or otherwise related to certain modules, devices or entities, the operations may be performed by or otherwise related to any module, device or entity. As such, any function or operation that has been described as being performed by a module could alternatively be performed by a different server, by the cloud computing platform, or a combination thereof.

Further, the operations need not be performed in the disclosed order, although in some examples, an order may be preferred. Also, not ail functions need to be performed to achieve the desired advantages of the disclosed system and method, and therefore not all functions are required.

The terms and descriptions used herein are set forth by way of illustration only and are not meant as limitations. Examples and limitations disclosed herein are intended to be not limiting in any manner, and modifications may be made without departing from the spirit of the present disclosure. Those skilled in the art will recognize that many variations are possible within the spirit and scope of the disclosure, and their equivalents, in which ail terms are to be understood in their broadest possible sense unless otherwise indicated. Various modifications to these embodiments are apparent to those skilled in the art from the description and the accompanying drawings. The principles associated with the various embodiments described herein may be applied to other embodiments. Therefore, the description is not intended to be limited to the embodiments shown along with the accompanying drawings but is to be providing broadest scope of consistent with the principles and the novel and inventive features disclosed or suggested herein. Accordingly, the invention is anticipated to hold on to ail other such alternatives, modifications, and variations that fail within the scope of the present invention and appended claims.