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Cognitive Cleaning Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000254900D
Publication Date: 2018-Aug-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 16K

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Cognitive Cleaning Apparatus

Many people who live alone but have multiple bathrooms experience dirty appliances leading to unhealthy situations. An example of such an appliance is a toilet bowl or sink. These types of appliances, even if unused, act as bacteria incubators. In addition to an increase in bacteria due to lack of use, a person may have a disability which prevents that person from cleaning the items. Others may require varying degrees of cleanliness (e.g., low immune system). A method or system is needed to assist people with cleaning bathroom fixtures/appliances such as toilets and sinks.

The novel contribution is a cognitive cleaning apparatus and associated method. The user/homeowner can set threshold detectable level of bacteria for the appliance. When the apparatus detects the configured level of bacteria, it executes an automatic cleaning system. This implementation builds on the existing technology of an automatic toilet cleaning system*. The addition to knowledge is a method that controls a (i.e., one or more) cleaning apparatus. Such method is a learning system with a self-adjusting threshold based on a plurality of inputs and situations.

A device or sensor installed inside the rim of the toilet bowl monitors the level of bacteria inside the bowl. When the bacteria reaches the configured level, the system automatically cleans the toilet. The homeowner can receive a text or email indicating the toilet has been cleaned. The system can also notify the homeowner if the device is not functioning (e.g., broken, needs new batteries, or low on toilet cleaner).

The system includes a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) that enable the user to configure the settings via a phone application. The APIs can also be written to email or text the owner when the system is launched or when there is a problem. In addition, the set of APIs can act as input to smarter home/smarter building systems.

The method that controls the threshold is adjustable and receives input for a plurality of sources. One source...