US 9,809,973 B1
Mobile storage units for delivery
James Andrew Chainey, Brentwood, CA (US)
Assigned to AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC., Seattle, WA (US)
Filed by Amazon Technologies, Inc., Seattle, WA (US)
Filed on Aug. 14, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/826,637.
Application 14/826,637 is a continuation of application No. 14/036,978, filed on Sep. 25, 2013, granted, now 9,127,872.
Int. Cl. F25D 11/00 (2006.01); B60P 7/13 (2006.01); E04B 1/343 (2006.01); G06Q 10/08 (2012.01); G05B 19/418 (2006.01)
CPC E04B 1/34336 (2013.01) [E04B 1/34347 (2013.01); F25D 11/003 (2013.01); G05B 19/4183 (2013.01); G06Q 10/083 (2013.01); G05B 2219/42337 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A mobile storage unit, comprising:
a plurality of walls defining an interior region, a first wall of the plurality of walls comprising an opening configured to provide access to the interior region;
a base supporting the plurality of walls;
a computing device configured to communicate item information related to an item being stored within the interior region to a display device coupled to a particular wall of the plurality of walls; and
a plurality of retractable wheels,
wherein the plurality of retractable wheels positioned in a first position make contact with a ground surface, and the plurality of retractable wheels positioned in a second position avoid contact with the ground surface,
wherein individual wheels of the plurality of retractable wheels are coupled to a lower portion of the mobile storage unit via a corresponding locking joint member, the individual wheels being rotatable about a pivot point of the corresponding locking joint member such that an upwards rotation of the individual wheels places the individual wheels in the second position, and a downwards rotation of the individual wheels places the individual wheels in the first position, and
wherein the mobile storage unit is configured to be movable by at least one of detachable attachment to a moveable payload platform or detachment from the moveable payload platform, and wherein the movable payload platform is configured to carry and transport the mobile storage unit.