US 10,376,706 B2
Plumbing control system, method, and apparatus for preventing repeated use of an appliance with feedback
Rock R. Allard, III, Oviedo, FL (US)
Assigned to SDB IP HOLDINGS, LLC, Oviedo, FL (US)
Filed by SDB IP Holdings, LLC, Oviedo, FL (US)
Filed on Apr. 13, 2018, as Appl. No. 15/952,552.
Application 15/952,552 is a division of application No. 15/259,723, filed on Sep. 8, 2016, granted, now 9,963,863.
Prior Publication US 2018/0236253 A1, Aug. 23, 2018
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A61N 1/00 (2006.01); A61N 1/39 (2006.01); E03D 5/02 (2006.01); E03D 5/09 (2006.01); E03D 5/10 (2006.01); F16K 37/00 (2006.01); G08B 21/18 (2006.01); A61B 5/04 (2006.01); A61B 5/046 (2006.01); A61B 5/00 (2006.01); G08B 5/36 (2006.01)
CPC A61N 1/3987 (2013.01) [A61B 5/046 (2013.01); A61B 5/04012 (2013.01); A61B 5/4836 (2013.01); A61B 5/7217 (2013.01); A61N 1/3904 (2017.08); A61N 1/3925 (2013.01); A61N 1/3993 (2013.01); E03D 5/026 (2013.01); E03D 5/09 (2013.01); E03D 5/105 (2013.01); F16K 37/0025 (2013.01); G08B 21/182 (2013.01); G08B 5/36 (2013.01)] 18 Claims
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1. A system for operating a restroom appliance, comprising:
a valve configured to control flow of a fluid to the restroom appliance by a valve operation;
an actuator configured to request the valve operation;
an indicator arranged as a ring surrounding the actuator; and
at least one controller in communication with the actuator, the valve, and the indicator, the at least one controller programmed or configured to: (i) cause the valve operation based at least partially on input received through the actuator, and (ii) control the indicator to display at least one visual state based at least partially on the valve operation.