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Method and System for Determining Presence of a Person around an Appliance

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200316D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 19K

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Abstract

A method and system is provided for determining presence of a person around an appliance. The appliance may be a kitchen appliance.

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Method and System for Determining Presence of a Person around an Appliance

Disclosed is a method and system for determining presence of a person around an appliance in a kitchen.

Currently, kitchen appliances such as stoves and ovens are not capable of determining presence of a person around the appliance. It is very common for the user of the kitchen appliance to forget to turn off the kitchen appliance during or after usage. Forgetting to turn off the appliance at the appropriate time may cause the food being cooked to burn and then catch fire. In another scenario forgetting to turn off the kitchen appliance after usage leads to wastage of energy and resources. Presently, the kitchen appliances are unintelligent and have no means of turning themselves off.

The method and system discloses a kitchen appliance with one or more sensors to determine the presence of a person who might be utilizing the kitchen appliance. Examples of the one or more sensors include Infra Red (IR) sensors, sound sensors, light sensors, Bluetooth* proximity detection sensors, and pressure sensors.

The IR sensors detect motion within the kitchen. The IR sensors provide an accurate estimation of any motion detected in the kitchen. Thus, the IR sensors help the kitchen appliances determine the presence of a person based on the motion detected. The sound sensors detect voice and footsteps in the kitchen to determine the presence of a person. The light sensors detect the active changes in lu...