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Method and device for automatically identifying an individual container Disclosure Number: IPCOM000209820D
Publication Date: 2011-Aug-17
Document File: 4 page(s) / 77K

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Disclosed is a method and device that allows to automatically identify an individual personal container, leveraging on a fingerprint detector apparatus and on a lighting system allowing user to uniquely identify the object in an automated way.

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Method and device for automatically identifying an individual container

In situations where a lot of persons share a place for an event like a party or a dinner, it is important that each person can identify his/her unique and attributed container (like a glass or a dish), for a matter of hygiene or when there is a limited amount of containers.

The importance of identifying a private and own container increases in emergency situations like an epidemic or possibile exposure for sick persons.

In such those situations, the typical behavior of the persons is to identify somehow his/her

personal container; this is normally done leveraging on craft or fantasy method, like writing on the container the own name, or positioning it in a place that would make it dinstinguishable.

Those solutions can be not totally effective or even fail, for instance in the case of 2 or more

persons with the same name, or positioning two identical container (like the plastic ones) in very close places so that they become then no more distinguishable by the owner.

Then, this typically brings to a waste of resources (when possible), because the person then needs to get another new container, and this process starts back with the same initial problem. This is also an important drawback, especially if analyzed from a green point of view.

So, the solution disclosed herein proposes a smart way to identify a person's own container, in a simple and automated way.

Known solutions provide ways to mark somehow the container in order to make it uniquely identifiable for the person owner, with important findable drawbacks:

- adaptable physical object to mark the individual container.

Drawbacks are the fact that the whole process needs a manual action (putting the object on the container), the presence of the object itself, a scalability problem when there are not enough distinct objects to uniquely mark all the containers, the necessity of unmount the object from the container in order to be able to reuse it again in the future.

- object provided with space to manually insert a name identifying the object's owner. Again, this solution involves an external object that needs to be plugged to the actual container, requiring then a manual action; in addiction, the process of putting the name to identify the container on the object itself must be done with the support of a computer and a

printer able to print the name in that space (e.g. generating a small sheet to be put in the apposite object space).

In addiction, if the particular container with the object plugged to needs to be attributed to a different person, there is the need to generate a new printed name for the new owner.

- External object working as identifier to plug to the object needing to be identified.

This is another solution to uniquely identify a beverage can or container (like a bottle); it has the same drawbacks of the other described prior art solutions, that is it leverages on a

presence of an external...