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Anheuser Busch InBev Inc. | Date: 2014-08-13

Systems, devices, and methods for live event augmentation are provided. A central server computer system detects intelligent beverage containers at an event. The beverage containers include an integrated electronic display. Extrinsic data is received during the course of the event that is used to generate a message. The message is transmitted to the beverage containers at the event to update the electronic display. The extrinsic data may be related to the event or to an activity occurring separate from the event. The electronic display of the beverage containers may be changed periodically during the event. The beverage containers may be divided into one or more groups based on information stored in a user account associated with each beverage container. Different messages can be sent to the different groups to display different information on the beverage containers of each group.


Patent
Anheuser Busch InBev Inc. | Date: 2011-07-04

The invention is a closure for the aperture of a pressure driven dispensing container. The closure includes (a) an outer shell having a planar base including an outer first main surface and an inner second main surface. The base includes a dispensing aperture fluidly connecting the outer surface to the inner surface and receives a dispensing tube. An outer peripheral skirt juts out of the inner surface and seals the closure to the aperture of the container. The closure also includes (b) a flexible valve in contact with the inner surface located within the outer peripheral skirt and defining an interior passageway having a first opening at one end adjacent to and in fluid communication with the first dispensing aperture and having a second opening at the other end of the passageway, wherein the flexible valve is resiliently biased so that it naturally shuts and seals the second opening.


Patent
Anheuser Busch InBev Inc. | Date: 2013-08-21

Systems, devices, and methods are provided for conducting a refill of a beverage container. A beverage container may be detected at a refill station. The beverage container may be associated with a user account. The refill station may access information stored in the user account to determine if the beverage container is permitted to be refilled. Based on the determination, the refill station may refill the beverage container. Information indicative of the refill process may be displayed on an electronic display of the refill station. The refill station may also capture an image of the user of the beverage container and compare the captured image with an image stored in the associated user account to confirm the identity of the user. The determination that the beverage container may be refilled may be based, at least in part, on the identity confirmation.


Patent
Anheuser Busch InBev Inc. | Date: 2013-08-21

Systems, devices, and methods are provided for conducting a social interaction. A first user account may be associated with a first beverage container. A second beverage container may be detected as being proximate to the first beverage container. A second user account associated with the second beverage container may be accessed to identify a commonality between the first and second user accounts. The commonality may be objective and/or subjective information or data about the users of the first and second beverage containers. Information indicative of the commonality may be displayed on an electronic display of at least one of the beverage containers. The electronic display may be flexible such that it conforms to a curvature of the beverage container.


Patent
Anheuser Busch InBev Inc. | Date: 2013-08-21

Systems, devices, and methods are provided for conducting a polling event. A central server computer system determines a polling event is to be conducted and associates one or more inputs from a beverage container with a corresponding selection. The central server computer system transmits a polling prompt message to the beverage containers to display a prompt for a user to select between a first selection and a second selection. An input is received at the beverage container indicative of the selection by the user. The input may be based on a gesture movement of the beverage container. The selection is communicated to the central server computer system which, based on receiving selections from the participating beverage containers, determines the poll results. The poll results are displayed on one or more public displays or communicated, via a network, to a wireless communication device associated with a user of the beverage container.


Patent
Anheuser Busch InBev Inc. | Date: 2013-08-21

Systems, devices, and methods for live event augmentation are provided. A central server computer system detects intelligent beverage containers at an event. The beverage containers include an integrated electronic display. Extrinsic data is received during the course of the event that is used to generate a message. The message is transmitted to the beverage containers at the event to update the electronic display. The extrinsic data may be related to the event or to an activity occurring separate from the event. The electronic display of the beverage containers may be changed periodically during the event. The beverage containers may be divided into one or more groups based on information stored in a user account associated with each beverage container. Different messages can be sent to the different groups to display different information on the beverage containers of each group.


Patent
Anheuser Busch InBev Inc. | Date: 2012-05-02

The present invention concerns a dispensing appliance (2) suitable for receiving a container (1) and for dispensing a liquid contained in said container, wherein said container comprises a body, a mouth (5), and a closure (8) provided with at least an initially sealed first, dispensing opening (10B), said dispensing appliance (2) comprising:(a) a holding portion (201) comprising means (21) for holding the container, and(b) a dispensing portion (202) comprising a first dispensing tube (10A) with an engagement tip suitable for engaging into said initially sealed dispensing opening (10B) of the closure (8), to enter in fluid communication with the interior of the container,said dispensing portion (202) being pivotally connected to the holding portion (201) by at least one hinge (30) to rotationally move from a first, loading position, allowing the loading of the container (1) onto the appliance (2), and a second, dispensing position, allowing the dispensing of the liquid contained in the container, and wherein the moving of the dispensing portion (202) from its first; loading position to its second, dispensing position drives the engagement tip of the first dispensing tube (10A) through the initially sealed dispensing opening (10B) of the closure (8)characterized in that, the engagement tip of the first, dispensing tube (10A) is translated along a rectilinear path by the rotation of the dispensing portion (202) about the hinge (30), to engage into the first, dispensing opening (10B).


Patent
Anheuser Busch InBev Inc. | Date: 2012-05-02

The present invention concerns a pressure dispensing container (1) containing a liquid and closed by a closure (8) comprising a first aperture (15B) offset with respect to the centroid of the closures base. The container must be mounted on a dispensing ]appliance (2) comprising a first tube (1 5A) to be inserted into the corresponding first, offset aperture (1 5B) of the closure. The closure (8) further comprises a crenellation in its lower rim (17) mating a crenellation in means (22) for receiving the closure of the container, said closure holding means (22) being located in the holding portion of the appliance and suitable for receiving in mating relationship the closure of the container such that the first offset aperture (15B) of the closure (8) is in direct engaging relationship with the first tube (1 5A) of the appliance


Patent
Anheuser Busch InBev Inc. | Date: 2012-05-02

The present invention concerns a dispensing appliance (2) allowing the easy and simple loading of a container (1) together with a new dispensing tube (10A) at a low cost. After loading the container (1) into the holding portion (201) of the appliance, a dispensing cartridge (100) is engaged into a receiving system provided in the dispensing portion (201) of the appliance, which is movable with respect to the holding portion from a first, loading position to a second dispensing position. The dispensing cartridge (100) partially encases a dispensing tube (10A) with both inlet and outlet ends (10IN, 1 0OUT) protruding out of a first and second sides of the cartridge, such that the outlet portion (1 0D) of the dispensing tube is flexible. Upon engaging the cartridge into the receiving system, the flexible outlet portion is engaged into a pinch valve whilst the inlet (10IN) points towards the dispensing opening of the container. The dispensing tube inlet (10IN) is introduced into the dispensing opening (10B) of he container upon moving the dispensing portion (202) of the appliance to its second, dispensing position.


Patent
Anheuser Busch InBev Inc. | Date: 2012-05-16

The present invention concerns a dispensing assembly comprising a container (1) containing a liquid to be dispensed, a dispensing tube (10A) bringing in fluid communication with ambient the volume inside the container containing the liquid, said dispensing tube having a flexible, resilient portion (10D) ending in an outlet (10OUT) of diameter, D, and being engaged in a pinch valve system (300) comprising a squeezing member (303) suitable for squeezing and obturating a section of the flexible portion (10D) located at a distance, h, from the outlet (10OUT),characterized in that, the ratio, h / D, of the distance, h, to the outlet diameter, D, is not more than 2, preferably, not more than 1.5, more preferably, not more than 1.0.

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