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US20020190013: Bar code reader for a compact disk rack

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Inventor(s) Charles Taylor · David Caplan ·
Assignee(s) None listed in document.
Correspondent Sheldon R. Meyer FLIESLER DUBB MEYER & LOVEJOY LLP ·
Application Number US10215745
Filing date 08/09/2002
Publication date 12/19/2002
Predicted expiration date 01/29/2019
U.S. Classifications 211/40  · 211/1.57  · 211/121  ·
International Classifications A47F005/02  ·
Kind CodeA1
Related U.S. Application DataPRIORITY CLAIM AND CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
0001 This application is a continuation of copending application Ser. No. 09/721,001, filed Nov. 22, 2000, now U.S. Pat. No.______ which in turn is a continuation of Ser. No. 09/625,228, filed Jul. 24, 2000, which in turn is a continuation-in-part of Ser. No. 09/240,308, filed Jan. 29, 1999, now abandoned. All of the above references are incorporated herein by reference.
45 Claims, 18 Drawings


Abstract

A high capacity motorized rack holds a plurality of jewel case enclosed CDs in holders flexibly inter-connectable with each other to form a rotatable continuous loop. The loop is rotatably retained within a vertical rack housing and is driven by a motor, disposed within the housing, under user control such that the loop is rotated until a desired CD is moved to the top region of the belt. A rack may hold two or more such loops of interconnected holders. In one embodiment a holder retains a single jewel case, and comprises two independent loops that are rotated with a single motor. A preferred embodiment employs inter-connectable holders that each retain two jewel cases in a side-by-side configuration. A lamp and/or barcode scanner may be disposed on the housing for ease of CD selection. The housing base preferably is detached during shipping to permit transporting the rack in a smaller volume container. User control can include voice commands to direct loop rotation and speed.

Independent Claims | See all claims (45)

  1. 1. A rack that is adapted to retain and rotate a plurality of CD cases or cases for containing other items, wherein said cases contain a unique indicia such as a barcode, the rack comprising: an upstanding structure with a top and a base; a continuous loop formed from a plurality of interlocked holders, each holder including a base having a holder-engaging mechanism extending therefrom and said holder engaging-mechanism engages an adjacent holder in order to form the continuous loop, said continuous loop supported by said structure; a motor that can rotate said loop, said motor supported by said structure; and an indicia reader located at the top of said structure and positioned and adapted to read indicia on the cases as the cases held in the loop move by the indicia reader as said motor rotates said loop.
  2. 10. A rack that is adapted to retain and rotate a plurality of CD cases or cases for containing other items, wherein said cases contain a unique indicia such as a barcode, the rack comprising: an upstanding structure with a top and a base; a loop formed from a plurality of holders, said loop supported by said structure; a motor that can rotate said loop, said motor supported by said structure; said loop is adapted to cause the cases to fan out at the top of the structure for ease of selection of the cases; an indicia reader located at the top of said structure and positioned and adapted to read indicia on the cases as the cases held in the loop move by the indicia reader as said motor rotates said loop; and wherein said indicia reader is located on an arm which is adapted to project over the fanned-out cases at the top of the structure.
  3. 23. A rack that is adapted to retain and rotate a plurality of CD cases or cases for containing other items, wherein said cases contain a unique indicia such as a barcode, the rack comprising: a loop formed from a plurality of holders, said loop supported by said structure; a motor that can rotate said loop, said motor supported by said structure; said loop is adapted to cause the cases to move past the top of the structure for ease of selection of the cases; an indicia reader located at the top of said structure and positioned and adapted to read indicia on the cases as the cases held in the loop move by the indicia reader as said motor rotates said loop; and wherein said indicia reader is located on an arm which is adapted to project over the top of the structure.
  4. 24. A rack that is adapted to retain and rotate a plurality of CD cases or cases for containing other items, wherein said cases contain a unique indicia such as a barcode, the rack comprising: an upstanding structure with a top and a base; a continuous loop formed from a plurality of interlocked holders, each holder including a base having a holder-engaging mechanism extending therefrom and said holder engaging-mechanism engages an adjacent holder in order to form the continuous loop, said continuous loop supported by said structure; a motor that can rotate said loop, said motor supported by said structure; and a light source located at the top of said structure and positioned and adapted to allow the reading of indicia on the cases as the cases held in the loop move by the light source as said motor rotates said loop.
  5. 31. A rack that is adapted to retain and rotate a plurality of CD cases or cases for containing other items, wherein said cases contain a unique indicia such as a bar code, the rack comprising: an upstanding structure with a top and a base; a loop formed from a plurality of holders, said loop supported by said structure; a motor that can rotate said loop, said motor supported by said structure; said loop is adapted to cause the cases to fan out at the top of the structure for ease of selection of the cases; a light source located at the top of said structure and positioned and adapted to allow the reading of indicia on the cases as the cases held in the loop move by the light source as said motor rotates said loop; and wherein said light source is located on an arm which is adapted to project over the fanned-out cases at the top of the structure.
  6. 43. A rack that is adapted to retain and rotate a plurality of CD cases or cases for containing other items, wherein said cases contain a unique indicia such as a bar code, the rack comprising: an upright support structure with a top and a base; a loop formed from a plurality of holders, said loop supported by said structure; a motor that can rotate said loop, said motor supported by said structure; said loop is adapted to cause the cases to move past the top of the structure for ease of selection of the cases; a light source located at the top of said structure and positioned and adapted to allow the reading of indicia on the cases as the cases held in the loop move by the light source as said motor rotates said loop; and wherein said light source is located on an arm which is adapted to project over the top of the structure.
  7. 44. An apparatus for storing a plurality of objects comprising: an upright support structure having at least one light source; a continuous loop of interlocking object holders supported on the upright support structure so as to be able to rotate in a clockwise direction and a counterclockwise direction; a motor coupled to the continuous loop to drive rotation of the continuous loop; and a bar code scanner coupled to the motor to identify objects in the loop.
  8. 45. An apparatus for storing a plurality of objects comprising: an upright support structure having a bottom region and a top region; a bar code scanner coupled to the top region of the upright support structure; a light source coupled to the top region of the upright support structure; a continuous loop of interlocking object holders supported on the upright support structure so as to be able to rotate in a clockwise direction and a counterclockwise direction; and a motor coupled to the continuous loop to drive rotation of the continuous loop such that the plurality of objects rotate past the bar code scanner and the light source.

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