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They Invented What? (No. 130)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on February 25, 2009

U.S. Pat. No. 6,060,700: Microwave oven with removable storage cassette in dashboard of motor vehicle.

 microwave

What is claimed is:

1. A microwave oven adapted for use within a motor vehicle dashboard area, said oven comprising a cavity wherein foods and beverages are heated by a microwave generating magnetron powered directly or indirectly by power source means, said microwave oven being configured within the dashboard area of said motor vehicle, said cavity accommodating a removable storage cassette, means electrically connected to said power source means and said magnetron for preventing said magnetron from receiving electrical power when the storage cassette is inside said cavity, said microwave oven having a door.

2. The microwave oven of claim 1 wherein said power source means is selected from the group consisting of battery, alternator, and vehicle motor.

3. The microwaven oven of claim 1 configured and arranged within a glove compartment.

4. The microwave oven of claim 1 wherein said removable storage cassette provides storage space for miscellaneous items.

5. The microwave oven of claim 1 wherein said removable storage cassette comprises a closure means which when closed, prevents the items in said cassette from being displaced and/or lost.

6. The microwave oven of claim 1 wherein the door of said microwave oven opens downwardly to a substantially horizontal position for serving food or beverages upon the interior surface of the door.

7. The microwave oven of claim 6 wherein said interior surface of said door is fitted with a securing and serving means for securing and serving heated beverages and/or food.

8. The microwave oven of claim 6 wherein said interior surface of said door is configured to control and contain any spillage of heated beverages and/or food onto said door.

9. The microwave oven of claim 6 wherein at least one concavity is formed in the interior surface of said door for containing spillage of beverages and/or food onto said door.

10. The microwave oven of claim 1 wherein said cavity further comprises holding means for holding at least one beverage cup within said microwave oven, wherein said holding means is liftable, slideable or otherwise movable onto the interior surface of said door when said door has been opened to a substantially horizontal position.

11. The microwave oven of claim 10 wherein the interior surface of said door comprises translocating means for translocating said holding means from inside said microwave oven to said door when said door is opened to a substantially horizontal position.

12. The microwave oven of claim 11 wherein said translocation means is selected from at least one of the group consisting of consisting of slide tracks, and rollers.

13. The microwave oven of claim 10 wherein said holding means is a tray having a surface in which is formed at least one horizontal round hole of a diameter suitable for holding a beverage cup against spillage.

14. The microwave oven of claim 1 wherein said cavity is fitted with a securing and serving platform, said platform being movable from a first position inside said cavity to a second position outside said cavity from which second position said food and/or beverages can be served, said platform configured to control and contain any spillage of heated beverages and or food.

15. The microwave oven of claim 1 wherein the outer perimeter of said door comprises a shock-absorbent material such as cushioned vinyl.

16. The microwave oven of claim 1 further comprising at least one safety interlock means preventing microwave oven door opening when said motor vehicle is moving.

17. The microwave oven of claim 1 further comprising at least one safety interlock means blocking power to said magnetron and preventing microwave oven door opening when said motor vehicle is moving.

18. A motor vehicle comprising a dashboard area, a microwave oven disposed in the dashboard area, said oven comprising a cavity wherein foods and beverages are heated by a microwave-generating magnetron powered directly or indirectly by power source means within said vehicle, said microwave oven being configured within the dashboard area of said motor vehicle, said cavity accommodating a removable storage cassette, means electrically connected to said power source means and said magnetron for preventing said magnetron from receiving electrical power when the storage cassette is inside said cavity, said microwave oven having a door.

19. A dashboard of a motor vehicle, said dashboard comprising a microwave oven disposed in said dashboard, said oven comprising a cavity wherein foods and beverages are heated by a microwave-generating magnetron powered directly or indirectly by power source means within said vehicle, said oven having a door, and wherein said cavity is fitted with a holding means in the form of a securing and serving platform, said platform slidably secured to a transport device mounted in said oven for translocating said platform from a first position inside said cavity to a second position outside said cavity from which second position said food and/or beverages can be served.

20. The dashboard of claim 19 wherein the power source is selected from the group consisting of battery, alternator, and vehicle motor.

21. The dashboard of claim 19 comprising means electrically connected to said power source means and said magnetron for preventing said magnetron from receiving electrical power when the door of said microwave oven is open.

22. The dashboard of claim 19 wherein the door of said microwave oven opens downwardly to a substantially horizontal position for serving food or beverages upon the interior surface of said door.

23. The dashboard of claim 22 wherein the interior surface of said door is fitted with securing and serving means for beverages and/or food.

24. The dashboard of claim 22 wherein the interior surface of said door is configured to control and contain spillage of heated beverages and/or food onto said door.

25. The dashboard of claim 22 wherein at least one concavity is formed in the interior surface of said door for containing spillage of beverages and/or food onto said interior surface.

26. The dashboard of claim 19 wherein said holding means is a tray having a surface in which is formed at least one hole of a diameter suitable for securing a beverage cup against spillage.

27. The dashboard of claim 19 wherein the outer perimeter of said door comprises shock absorbent material.

28. The dashboard of claim 19 further comprising at least one safety interlock preventing microwave oven door opening when said motor vehicle is moving.

29. The dashboard of claim 19 comprising at least one safety interlock means blocking power to said magnetron and preventing microwave oven door opening when said motor vehicle is moving.

30. The dashboard of claim 19 wherein said transport device is selected from at least one of the group consisting of slides, tracks and rollers.

31. A motor vehicle comprising a dashboard, said dashboard comprising a microwave oven disposed in said dashboard, said oven comprising a cavity wherein foods and beverages are heated by a microwave-generating magnetron powered directly or indirectly by power source means within said vehicle, said oven having a door, and wherein said cavity is fitted with a holding means in the form of a securing and serving platform, said platform slidably secured to a transport device mounted in said oven for translocating said platform from a first position inside said cavity to a second position outside said cavity from which second position said food and/or beverages can be served.

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  1. Bill Gates said, on February 27, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    That is not near as humorous as some of my vehicle patents:

    6,202,008
    1. A vehicle computer system comprising:
    a housing of a size suitable to be mounted in a vehicle dashboard;
    a computer mounted within the housing;
    an open platform operating system executing on the computer; and
    an Internet wireless link to provide access to the Internet.

    6,175,789
    1. A vehicle computer system comprising:
    a housing of a size suitable to be mounted in a vehicle dashboard;
    a computer mounted within the housing;
    an open platform operating system executing on the computer; and
    multiple vehicle-related applications executing on the operating system to control operation of components in the vehicle.

  2. Red Microwaves said, on March 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    It’s good, it’s useful (as usual), actionable and concise. Love it.


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