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Container with Temperature Sensor and Light Alarm

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004557D
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 19K

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US 5,946,936: PATENT [+2]

Abstract

This invention provides an easily made and simple design for providing control or an alert over the temperature of the liquid in a coffee style mug. This invention can be used with virtually any open-ended liquid container or receptacle to provide feedback on the temperature.

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CONTAINER WITH TEMPERATURE SENSOR AND LIGHT ALARM

US 5,946,936 describes a container with a temperature sensor. However, no disclosure is made of the response mechanisms for sensor mechanism. Also, no extension of the container types is included. This disclosure corrects that deficiency.

In the Figure above, item 100 represents an embodiment of the invention. Item 130 is a liquid mug such as a conventional coffee mug with an optional handle 120. The container 130 contains a temperature sensor 110, a sensor connection 140, and a light alarm 150. Temperature sensor 110 can be located either on the outside of the container as shown, or alternatively located in the interior of the container in direct or indirect contact with the liquid contained. Light alarm 150 can be designed to operate when temperature sensor 110 goes below a set temperature. Alternatively, light alarm 150 can be designed to operate when temperature sensor 110 goes above a set temperature. Alternatively, light alarm 150 can be designed to operate when temperature sensor 110 either goes above a set temperature and below a different, lower set temperature, providing an alarm when the temperature is beyond a certain range. Ideally, in the two temperature case the light device would use different light signals (such as different colors or different flash rates) for each temperature limit point. The set temperature or temperatures for sensor activation can either be preprogrammed into the sensor or left up to the control of the user.

The present invention provides an easily made and simple design for providing control or an alert over the temperature of the liquid in a coffee style mug. This invention can be used with virtually any open-ended liquid container or receptacle to provide feedback on the temperature.