US 9,809,240 B2
Item dispensing apparatus
Ward Broom, Atlanta, GA (US); Kyle Joiner, Roswell, GA (US); Bob Stonikas, Suwanee, GA (US); Dan Weyen, Suwanee, GA (US); and James Findley, Grantville, GA (US)
Assigned to Innovative Product Achievements, LLC, Suwanee, GA (US)
Filed by Innovative Product Achievements, LLC, Suwanee, GA (US)
Filed on Feb. 2, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/13,779.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/148,120, filed on Apr. 15, 2015.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/110,972, filed on Feb. 2, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2016/0221593 A1, Aug. 4, 2016
Int. Cl. B62B 3/00 (2006.01); B62B 3/02 (2006.01); A61G 12/00 (2006.01); G07F 11/62 (2006.01); G07F 17/00 (2006.01); A47F 3/06 (2006.01)
CPC B62B 3/005 (2013.01) [A61G 12/001 (2013.01); B62B 3/004 (2013.01); B62B 3/02 (2013.01); G07F 11/62 (2013.01); G07F 17/0092 (2013.01); A47F 2003/066 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A system for dispensing items, the system comprising:
a cart comprising a cart body configured for storing one or more items; and
a dispenser comprising:
a housing defining an access opening and an interior portion dimensioned for receiving the cart;
an access door disposed adjacent the access opening, the access door configured for movement between (i) a closed position in which the access door prevents access to the cart when the cart is stored within the interior area of the housing and (ii) an open position in which the access door permits access to the cart when stored within the interior area of the housing; and
a cart guide mechanism comprising a rear guide rail extending along a rear portion of the housing and an angled guide rail extending between the rear portion of the housing and a first side portion of the housing;
wherein the angled guide rail is configured to guide the cart to a desired position within the dispenser where a first side wall of the cart body is substantially adjacent to a second side portion of the housing opposite the first side portion, and a rear wall of the cart body is substantially parallel and adjacent to the rear guide rail.