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POWERED POINT OF SALE DEMO MODE OF AN APPLIANCE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199371D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-31
Document File: 3 page(s) / 80K

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Abstract

The present invention allows for an appliance to be powered on the showroom floor for a brief period of time, to allow consumers to explore the controls and features of the appliance without utilizing AC power and without energizing heating elements.

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Powered Point of Sale Demo Mode OF AN APPLIANCE

BACKGROUND

The present invention relates generally to appliances, and more particularly to controlling appliances without utilizing AC power.

In the appliance industry, it is desirable to allow a consumer shopping for an appliance to explore the controls and features of the particular appliance. Some appliances do not have a demo mode.  For these appliances, in order for the consumer to view the features and controls, the appliance must be connected to full power supply and fully operation.

Many appliances have a demo mode, which allows stores show consumers have the controls of the appliance function, but full power supply to the appliances is needed.  For appliances that are typically connected to a 240VAC power supply, the appliances may automatically operate in demo mode if connected to a 120 VAC power supply. However, this mode has many shortcomings as the demo mode is of short duration because it is difficult to get the appliance started in demo mode and the demo mode often ends abruptly.

Many showrooms do not connect appliances to a power supply because the existing designs use a lot of energy.  Due to safety concerns, appliances that have heating elements, such as ovens or ranges, and appliances that require water and drainage to operate, such as washers, may not be in full operation mode in a showroom.

When appliances are not powered, LCD displays are blank, lights are off, and features cannot be shown.  Customers therefore cannot interact with the appliances.  Appliances that have an active demonstration mode would gain more attention from the customers.

It would be desirable to have a simple and low cost means to allow a consumer to explore the controls and features of an appliance, without utilizing AC power and without energizing a heating element.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

Figure 1 is a schematic view of an appliance in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The present invention allows for an appliance to be powered on the showroom floor for a brief period of time, to allow consumers to explore the controls and features of the appliance without utilizing AC power and without energizing heating elements.

In one aspect, as shown in Figure 1, this inve...