US 9,811,784 B2
Modular station pickup locations
Lin Wan, Bellevue, WA (US); Girish Lakshman, Sammamish, WA (US); Piyush Gupta, Issaquah, WA (US); and Michael Mahesh Bhaskaran, Bellevue, WA (US)
Assigned to Amazon Technologies, Inc., Seattle, WA (US)
Filed by Lin Wan, Bellevue, WA (US); Girish Lakshman, Sammamish, WA (US); Piyush Gupta, Issaquah, WA (US); and Michael Mahesh Bhaskaran, Bellevue, WA (US)
Filed on Mar. 29, 2012, as Appl. No. 13/434,839.
Prior Publication US 2013/0262276 A1, Oct. 3, 2013
Int. Cl. B07C 3/00 (2006.01); B07C 5/00 (2006.01); G06Q 10/00 (2012.01)
CPC G06Q 10/00 (2013.01) 27 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A pickup location comprising:
a control station including:
a connector component configured to at least provide communication connectivity to a plurality of storage compartment modules;
a command component configured to at least send commands via the connector component to control locking or unlocking of a storage compartment of a first storage compartment module of the plurality of storage compartment modules; and
a user interface configured to at least receive an order identifier for an item included in the storage compartment of the first storage compartment module;
each of the plurality of storage compartment modules including:
a plurality of storage compartments for storing items, wherein at least one of the plurality of storage compartments include a presence detection sensor configured to provide an output signal indicative of the presence of an object in the storage compartment;
a communication component configured to at least couple with the connector component and receive communication from the control station; and
a storage compartment management component configured to at least cause unlocking of the at least one of the plurality of storage compartment in response to receiving a command from the command component; and
wherein a second storage compartment module of the plurality of storage compartment modules is configured to be added to the pickup location and to send identifying information to the control station; and
wherein the control station is configured to at least:
receive the identifying information from the second storage compartment module; and
determine an additional capacity of the pickup location due to adding the second storage compartment module based at least in part on the received identifying information.