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Electronic Direction Monitoring Pet Door

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004511D
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 20K

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Abstract

The pet accessory market has exploded in recent years. With pet owner’s having less time than ever, automation has become a focal point in the pet accessory industry. For instance, pet doors have undergone great advancements from beginning as a very basic idea. Further conveniences and developments will further extend the electronic pet accessory market. Conventional pet doors offer an independent means for a pet to enter and exit a house. The pet owner has little knowledge of the pet’s current whereabouts unless the pet is within sight. What is needed is a way to detect if a pet entered or exited a house through a pet door. The present invention is a pet door that is able to detect the direction of the pet’s travel by utilizing the motion of the door in relation to a touch or magnetic sensor. The door then indicates the direction of the travel of the animal using an indicator light to signal that the pet has moved from inside to outside of the house, or a second indicator light that signals the opposite, (that the pet has traveled from outside to inside of the house). The indicator lights could be two lights of different colors, two lights simply having labels next to them, or even a single light that changes color.

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Electronic Direction Monitoring Pet Door

The pet accessory market has exploded in recent years. With pet owner's having less time than ever, automation has become a focal point in the pet accessory industry. For instance, pet doors have undergone great advancements from beginning as a very basic idea. Further conveniences and developments will further extend the electronic pet accessory market.

How to detect if a pet entered or exited a house through a pet door?

Conventional pet doors offer an independent means for a pet to enter and exit a house. The pet owner has little knowledge of the pet's current whereabouts unless the pet is within sight. What is needed is a way to detect if a pet entered or exited a house through a pet door.

The present invention is a pet door that is able to detect the direction of the pet's travel by utilizing the motion of the door in relation to a touch or magnetic sensor. The door then indicates the direction of the travel of the animal using an indicator light to signal that the pet has moved from inside to outside of the house, or a second indicator light that signals the opposite, (that the pet has traveled from outside to inside of the house). The indicator lights could be two lights of different colors, two lights simply having labels next to them, or even a single light that changes color.

Figure 1 illustrates a pet door system including a door 110 that swings both directions on a hinge 115 that is mechanical connected to a door console 120. Door console 120 houses all the necessary electronics including external touch sensors 130. Each touch sensor 130 is positioned to contact the door when a pet walks through in such a manner that it is not contacted on the returning swing of the door. When touch sensor 130 is triggered door console 120 and it's contained electronics illuminate an "In" light 140 or an "Out" light 150, depending on which is appropriate.