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US20180305905A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20180305905A1
Publication date: 2018-10-25
Application number: 16/020,279
Filing date: 2018-06-27
Abstract: An online personal merchandise cataloguing system is equipped with integrated item tracking and hosted (or imported) social network functionality. The system comprises an internet application with a supporting backend network, the pertinent configuration and operation of both being substantially under the control of an individual retailer. Accessible through an internet browser or a smartphone “app”, the internet application is configured to provide a user with means for listing or otherwise cataloguing items of merchandise. In combination with and supported by the retailer's backend computer network, the internet application enables the user to share his online catalog with an extrinsic social network and to track cataloged items. An online personal merchandise cataloguing system is equipped with integrated item tracking and hosted (or imported) social network functionality. The system comprises an internet application with a supporting backend network, the pertinent configuration and operation of both ...more ...less
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US10037582B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10037582B2
Publication date: 2018-07-31
Application number: 13/962,081
Filing date: 2013-08-08
Abstract: An online personal merchandise cataloguing system is equipped with integrated item tracking and hosted (or imported) social network functionality. The system comprises an internet application with a supporting backend network, the pertinent configuration and operation of both being substantially under the control of an individual retailer. Accessible through an internet browser or a smartphone “app”, the internet application is configured to provide a user with means for listing or otherwise cataloguing items of merchandise. In combination with and supported by the retailer's backend computer network, the internet application enables the user to share his online catalog with an extrinsic social network and to track cataloged items. An online personal merchandise cataloguing system is equipped with integrated item tracking and hosted (or imported) social network functionality. The system comprises an internet application with a supporting backend network, the pertinent configuration and operation of both ...more ...less
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US20170306552A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20170306552A1
Publication date: 2017-10-26
Application number: 15/134,418
Filing date: 2016-04-21
Abstract: A washing machine appliance includes a supply conduit having an exit positioned for directing water into a basket of the washing machine appliance. A door is positioned over the basket in a closed position. A water valve is coupled to the supply conduit. A controller opens the water valve in response to actuation of a water supply input and a signal from a sensor that the door is in the open position. A washing machine appliance includes a supply conduit having an exit positioned for directing water into a basket of the washing machine appliance. A door is positioned over the basket in a closed position. A water valve is coupled to the supply conduit. A controller opens the ...more ...less
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CA2723097C
Publication/Patent Number: CA2723097C
Publication date: 2017-10-10
Application number: 2723097
Filing date: 2009-09-15
Abstract: A clothes washer is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current state of an associat-ed utility. The controller operates the clothes washer in one of a plurality of operating modes A clothes washer is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current state of an associat-ed utility ...more ...less
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US20150267338A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20150267338A1
Publication date: 2015-09-24
Application number: 14/220,448
Filing date: 2014-03-20
Abstract: Cleaning systems and methods for operating cleaning systems are provided. A cleaning system includes a washing machine appliance, the washing machine appliance including a first controller operable to store and transmit wash control information. The cleaning system further includes a dryer appliance, the dryer appliance including a second controller operable to receive the wash control information from the washing machine appliance and store dry control information, the second controller further operable to adjust the dry control information based on the wash control information. The cleaning system further includes a remote server in wireless communication with the first controller and the second controller, and a user interface device in wireless communication with the remote server, the user interface device operable to modify the dry control information. The wash control information is transmitted from the first controller through the remote server to the second controller. Cleaning systems and methods for operating cleaning systems are provided. A cleaning system includes a washing machine appliance, the washing machine appliance including a first controller operable to store and transmit wash control information. The cleaning system further ...more ...less
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US8943857B2
Publication/Patent Number: US8943857B2
Publication date: 2015-02-03
Application number: 12/899,951
Filing date: 2010-10-07
Abstract: A clothes washer is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current state of an associated utility. The controller operates the clothes washer in one of a plurality of operating modes, including at least a normal operating mode and an energy savings mode in response to the received signal. The controller is configured to change the power consuming functions by changing the duty cycling profile of the heater and/or mechanical action of the basket in the energy savings mode. A clothes washer is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current state of an associated utility ...more ...less
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US20150046289A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20150046289A1
Publication date: 2015-02-12
Application number: 13/962,081
Filing date: 2013-08-08
Abstract: An online personal merchandise cataloguing system is equipped with integrated item tracking and hosted (or imported) social network functionality. The system comprises an internet application with a supporting backend network, the pertinent configuration and operation of both being substantially under the control of an individual retailer. Accessible through an internet browser or a smartphone “app”, the internet application is configured to provide a user with means for listing or otherwise cataloguing items of merchandise. In combination with and supported by the retailer's backend computer network, the internet application enables the user to share his online catalog with an extrinsic social network and to track cataloged items. An online personal merchandise cataloguing system is equipped with integrated item tracking and hosted (or imported) social network functionality. The system comprises an internet application with a supporting backend network, the pertinent configuration and operation of both ...more ...less
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WO2015020842A1
Publication/Patent Number: WO2015020842A1
Publication date: 2015-02-12
Application number: 2014048768
Filing date: 2014-07-30
Abstract: An online personal merchandise cataloguing system is equipped with integrated item tracking and hosted (or imported) social network functionality. The system comprises an internet application with a supporting backend network
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AU2009290591B2
Publication/Patent Number: AU2009290591B2
Publication date: 2015-10-01
Application number: 2009290591
Filing date: 2009-09-15
Abstract: [0066] A clothes washer is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current state of an associated utility. The controller operates the clothes washer in one of a plurality of operating modes [0066] A clothes washer is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current state of an associated ...more ...less
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US8627689B2
Publication/Patent Number: US8627689B2
Publication date: 2014-01-14
Application number: 12/559,751
Filing date: 2009-09-15
Abstract: A clothes washer is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current state of an associated utility. The controller operates the clothes washer in one of a plurality of operating modes, including at least a normal operating mode and an energy savings mode in response to the received signal. The controller is configured to change the power consuming functions by adjusting one or more of an operation schedule, an operation delay, an operation adjustment, and a selective deactivation of at least one of the one or more power consuming functions to reduce power consumption of the clothes washer in the energy savings mode. A clothes washer is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current state of an associated utility ...more ...less
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US20130278384A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20130278384A1
Publication date: 2013-10-24
Application number: 13/452,866
Filing date: 2012-04-21
Abstract: A home energy management system is configured to alert a homeowner based on information from an appliance. In one embodiment, the system comprises an appliance and an apparatus that communicates, e.g., via wireless technology. The appliance comprises circuitry to generate a data packet, which comprises information to identify the appliance as well as the status of one or more features and functions of the appliance. Exemplary functions can monitor movement proximate the appliance and/or entry or access to the interior of the appliance. The remote apparatus receives the data packet and, in one example, generates an output to an end user that conveys information in the data packet to the end user. The output can comprise an electronic message (e.g., an email or text message) that identifies from the data packet one or more appliance functions that exhibit a change in status. A home energy management system is configured to alert a homeowner based on information from an appliance. In one embodiment, the system comprises an appliance and an apparatus that communicates, e.g., via wireless technology. The appliance comprises circuitry to generate a data ...more ...less
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CA2753072A1
Publication/Patent Number: CA2753072A1
Publication date: 2013-03-22
Application number: 2753072
Filing date: 2011-09-22
Abstract: A clothes dryer operates on at least one of first and second sources of power or fuel. The clothes dryer has a housing with a drum that receives associated laundry and a blower assembly for selectively circulating air in the drum to dry the laundry. The dryer is configured for connection with an associated first source of fuel/power for a first heater (e.g. A clothes dryer operates on at least one of first and second sources of power or fuel. The clothes dryer has a housing with a drum that receives associated laundry and a blower assembly for selectively circulating air in the drum to dry the laundry. The dryer is configured for ...more ...less
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US20120131753A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20120131753A1
Publication date: 2012-05-31
Application number: 12/955,169
Filing date: 2010-11-29
Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting imbalance in a washing machine are disclosed. The washing machine includes a wash basket that is rotatably mounted in a wash tub. The wash basket is rotated in the wash tub during a cleansing cycle or during a spin cycle to extract water from a wash load loaded in the wash basket. The system and methods of the present disclosure include a plurality of activators mounted to the wash basket and the sensor mounted to the wash tub. The sensor can generate an activation signal each time an activator passes in front of the sensor. The activation signals can be analyzed to determine imbalance in the washing machine. Systems and methods for detecting imbalance in a washing machine are disclosed. The washing machine includes a wash basket that is rotatably mounted in a wash tub. The wash basket is rotated in the wash tub during a cleansing cycle or during a spin cycle to extract water from a ...more ...less
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US20120065806A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20120065806A1
Publication date: 2012-03-15
Application number: 13/102,162
Filing date: 2011-05-06
Abstract: The present subject matter relates to methods and apparatus for measuring energy usage in an appliance, particularly a washing appliance. A display, that may be a home energy monitor, is associated with the appliance. The appliance may include an AC-DC power supply and a controllable inverter configured to supply power to a motor associated with the appliance. Real power consumption is calculated by a controller that may also be used to control the inverter and other operational aspects of the appliance and causes the calculated real power to be displayed on the display. The present subject matter relates to methods and apparatus for measuring energy usage in an appliance, particularly a washing appliance. A display, that may be a home energy monitor, is associated with the appliance. The appliance may include an AC-DC power supply and a ...more ...less
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US20120109395A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20120109395A1
Publication date: 2012-05-03
Application number: 12/913,809
Filing date: 2010-10-28
Abstract: A single communication interface for controlling multiple smart appliances. The communication interface can be integral with an appliance and have a port for communicating with at least one other appliance or energy consuming devices. The communication interface can be a separate module connectable to a plurality of appliance or energy consuming devices. A wireless or wired connection can be established between the communication module and an energy management device for controlling the smart appliances or energy consuming devices connected to the communication module. One or more of the appliances or energy consuming devices can be wirelessly connected to the communication interface. A single communication interface for controlling multiple smart appliances. The communication interface can be integral with an appliance and have a port for communicating with at least one other appliance or energy consuming devices. The communication interface can be a ...more ...less
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AU2009290590A1
Publication/Patent Number: AU2009290590A1
Publication date: 2012-07-26
Application number: 2009290590
Filing date: 2009-09-15
Abstract: A clothes dryer is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current cost of supplied energy. The controller operates the clothes dryer in one of a normal operating mode and an energy savings mode based on the received signal. The controller is configured to change the power consuming functions by adjusting one or more of an operation schedule A clothes dryer is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current cost of supplied energy. The ...more ...less
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AU2009290591A1
Publication/Patent Number: AU2009290591A1
Publication date: 2012-07-26
Application number: 2009290591
Filing date: 2009-09-15
Abstract: [0066] A clothes washer is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current state of an associated utility. The controller operates the clothes washer in one of a plurality of operating modes [0066] A clothes washer is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current state of an associated ...more ...less
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US20110061176A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20110061176A1
Publication date: 2011-03-17
Application number: 12/899,951
Filing date: 2010-10-07
Abstract: A clothes washer is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current state of an associated utility. The controller operates the clothes washer in one of a plurality of operating modes, including at least a normal operating mode and an energy savings mode in response to the received signal. The controller is configured to change the power consuming functions by changing the duty cycling profile of the heater and/or mechanical action of the basket in the energy savings mode. A clothes washer is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current state of an associated utility ...more ...less
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US20110302802A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20110302802A1
Publication date: 2011-12-15
Application number: 12/797,311
Filing date: 2010-06-09
Abstract: A clothes dryer operates on at least one of first and second sources of power or fuel. The clothes dryer has a housing with a drum that receives associated laundry and a blower assembly for selectively circulating air in the drum to dry the laundry. The dryer is configured for connection with an associated first source of fuel/power for a first heater (e.g., electric) and additionally configured for connection with a different type, associated second source of fuel/power for a second heater (e.g., combustible fuel). Typically, the clothes dryer is adapted for both an electrical connection and a combustible fuel connection. A controller receives a signal or data from an external source indicative of price and usage operation of a particular power source. The controller can then provide an output that prompts the consumer for selection of different modes of operation using the first heater, second heater, or a combination of both. A clothes dryer operates on at least one of first and second sources of power or fuel. The clothes dryer has a housing with a drum that receives associated laundry and a blower assembly for selectively circulating air in the drum to dry the laundry. The dryer is configured for ...more ...less