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AUTOMATIC CLOTH STAND AND ITS MECHANISM
Pub. No. IN201711017090A
App. No. IN201711017090
App. No. Original IN201711017090
Appl. Date 16-May-2017
Pub. Date 15-Mar-2019
Inventor(s) DR MOHIT SRIVASTAVA, MADHAV KHINDRI, CHETAN CHADHA, MR HIMANSHU CHAWLA, ASHUTOSH
Assignee Norm. CHANDIGARH GROUP OF COLLEGES (CHANDIGARH GROUP OF COLLEGES (CGC) OF ADDRESS SECTOR112 BANUR ROAD LANDRAN MOHALI (PUNJAB) PUNJAB INDIA, IN)
Current Assignee CHANDIGARH GROUP OF COLLEGES (CHANDIGARH GROUP OF COLLEGES (CGC) OF ADDRESS SECTOR112 BANUR ROAD LANDRAN MOHALI (PUNJAB) PUNJAB INDIA, IN)
Current Owner CHANDIGARH GROUP OF COLLEGES
IPC B65H19/22
ABSTRACT
The present invention relates to automatic cloth stand that will provide reflex actions in response to the information provided by the various components of stand such as sensors, Wi-fi module. This stand is developed to eliminate the human effort and save the time which is required at the time of drying of clothes. Sensor sends the weather conditions and weather forecast to the microcontroller for evaluating the actions to be taken. It also checks for the rain and observes whether the clothes are dried or not. If the clothes are dried user is notified and the whole stand would get covered with protective cloth and stand comes inside the shed so as to prevent from fading and in the case of rain the cloth stand would automatically follow predefined path and would move inside the shed Further when sun sets up again the stand would automatically move to its initial position.

CLAIMS

1. An automatic cloth stand and its mechanism, comprising; a) a stand 01 with frame 02 attached to it, b) a protective covering 03 connected to said frame 02 through clip 05, c) Solar panel 04 installed over to said protective covering 03, d) Sensor 06 equipped on top of said frame 02, e) Integrated Display, Wi-Fi module, IR Sensors, copper strips and motor driver connected to microcontroller for operating the said cloth stand 01.

2. An automatic cloth stand and its mechanism as claimed in claim 1 wherein said solar panel 04 provides power for automation of cloth stand 1 and said display to show the dryness state of cloth.

3. An automatic cloth stand and its mechanism as claimed in claim 1 wherein said sensor 06 comprises rain sensor to detect presence of rain, temperature sensor for temperature detection, IR sensors for movement and humidity sensor , all of them connected to the input of said microcontroller.

4. An automatic cloth stand and its mechanism as claimed in claim 1 wherein said copper strips measure the dielectric constant for obtaining information about dryness state of cloth and further provide the information to said microcontroller.

5. An automatic cloth stand and its mechanism as claimed in claim 1 wherein said Wi-Fi module and sensor 06 provide real time weather updates to microcontroller; said microcontroller will further command motor driver to move the cloth stand 01 IN and OUT of shed following a predefined path with the help of IR sensors, characterised in that stand movement depends to the weather conditions.

6. An automatic cloth stand as claimed in claim 1 wherein said microcontroller is further connected to WIFI module to provide alert to predefined devices about the cloth stand movement.


DESCRIPTION
FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The invention relates to an automatic cloth stand, more particularly to the working mechanism of cloth stand comprising movement of stand for protection of clothes at the time of rainy season and at the time of complete dryness state.



BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

To the present moment increasing urbanisation, city residents living in houses and families living in apartments, outdoor cloth stand is an indispensable daily necessity. With the social and economic development, living standards continue to improve, more and more people began to focus on the issue of quality of life and comfort, and thus the degree of humanity of everyday life in a variety of home appliances such as requirements more and still conventional racks are usually divided into both indoor and outdoor, indoor and outdoor drying rack whereas drying racks relatively more convenient to use, but due to lack of lighting or ventilation problem may cause insufficient drying clothes; outdoor racks allow adequate drying laundry space, but there are some irreparable disadvantage, when as good as an indoor clothes drying rack withdraw convenient, especially for aging families, and when season is cloudy and rainy and the user is not at home due then protection of clothes become difficult.

Therefore some advanced racks or stands are developed which provide the capability of moving in and out on command of user and are capable of detecting the presence of rain and alerting the user about it but when the user is not at home they are incapable of protecting themselves. Like for example patent no. CN104674528A of Chinese invention patent discloses a system and its working methods racks rain. The invention is designed canopy fixed to the reel, the detection signal through the rain sensor, using two motors as a control system to drive the rotation of the reel canopy and let the rotating arm is rotated to the side of the balcony, to the rain purpose. Although this invention with automatic rain function, but by shrinking the entire rotational arm drive rods and drying clothes, so that the motor power consumption, significant limitations when more drying clothes or quilts; furthermore mainly for the home balcony laundry rainproof designed for public airing area does not necessarily apply.

CN 103981680 A discloses rain-proof clothes hanger consists of a single-chip microcomputer AT89C52, a capacitive humidity-dependent sensor HS1101, a measurement conversion circuit, a motor and a clothes hanger. According to the rain-proof clothes hanger, the humidity in air is measured by utilizing the humidity-dependent sensor; when the humidity in the air is increased suddenly, the clothes hanger can be collected back indoors automatically; the dried clothes are effectively prevented from being wetted again because the clothes cannot be collected in time due to a sudden rain; a lot of convenience is brought to the lives of people. Although it does not gather the real time updates to avoid the sudden rain.

Some problems like providing alerts at right time to the user about the actions taken by the stand, protection from the high light intensity, no information about the real time weather updates to protect clothes from sudden rain etc. These problems still exist in the prior arts so to overcome them need of the present invention arises



OBJECT OF THE INVENTION

The principal object of the present invention is to overcome the disadvantages of the prior art.

The object of present invention is to provide an automatic retractable cloth stand, including drying and drive, automatic control mechanism. The stand is capable of detecting the weather conditions with the help of rain sensor, temperature sensor and humidity sensor. It also has the ability to get the real time updates on weather conditions with the help of Wi-Fi module connected.

It is another object of present invention to protect the clothes placed on the stand from rain by detecting the possibility of rain from the Wi-Fi module and moving the stand inside with the help of IR sensors and motors so that stand move inside by travelling on a predefined path and further same mechanism is followed to move the stand out when rain gets over and clothes are still wet.

Further it is another object of present invention to check the dryness state of cloth by checking the dielectric constant of the thin copper strips placed on the stand and based on the condition if the clothes are dried so to protect them from the heavy sunlight rays, cloth stand gets covered by the protective layering and with the same mechanism explained earlier it moves inside.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to an automatic cloth stand and its mechanism, comprising;

a) a stand 1 with frame 2 attached to it,

b) a protective covering 3 connected to said frame 2 through clip 5,

c) Solar panel 07 installed over to said protective covering 3,

d) Sensor 6 equipped on top of said frame 2,

e) Integrated Display, Wi-Fi module, IR Sensors, copper strips and motor driver connected to microcontroller for operating the said cloth stand 1.

According to another embodiment the automatic cloth stand comprises a display to show the dryness state of clothes wherein display screen can be used to show the temperature.

According to another embodiment, Alert system is also associated with the stand wherein any command operated by the stand is send as an alert or notification to the predefined devices. This alert can be in the form of short message or through the alarm.

Yet another embodiment of present invention a group of sensors is attached at top of frame 02 wherein sensor 06 comprises rain sensor to detect presence of rain, temperature sensor for temperature detection, IR sensors for movement and humidity sensor, all of them connected to the input of said microcontroller

Embodiments of the present disclosure substantially eliminate or at least partially address the aforementioned problems in the prior art, and provide an efficient system to reduce the human effort to a greater extent as the mechanism of the cloth stand is fully automatic and all the operations are performed by the microcontroller based on the information received from the stand components. It’s another advantage is that it increases the life of clothes by protecting them from light, dirt etc so that the clothes does not get affected unnecessarily and automatically moving them inside the shaded area.

The mechanism of automatic cloth stand is operated on solar energy The environmentally-friendly pollution-free solar cell panel 04 is adopted to serve as an electric energy source of the whole stand, extending conditions of the stand are controlled through the light-sensitive sensor.

Additional aspects, advantages, features and objects of the present disclosure would be made apparent from the drawings and the detailed description of the illustrative embodiments construed in conjunction with the appended claims that follow.

It will be appreciated that features of the present disclosure are susceptible to being combined in various combinations without departing from the scope of the present disclosure as defined by the appended claims.



BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The summary above, as well as the following detailed description of illustrative embodiments, is better understood when read in conjunction with the appended drawings. For the purpose of illustrating the present disclosure, exemplary constructions of the disclosure are shown in the drawings. However, the present disclosure is not limited to specific instrumentalities disclosed herein. Moreover, those in the art will understand that the drawings are not to scale. Wherever possible, like elements have been indicated by identical numbers.

Embodiments of the present disclosure will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the following diagrams wherein:

FIG. 1 illustrates a front view of automatic cloth stand in an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 illustrates a top view of automatic cloth stand in an embodiment of the present invention; and

FIG. 3 illustrates a side view of automatic cloth stand in an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4 illustrates a block diagram of the working components of automatic cloth stand.

FIG. 5 illustrates a block diagram of the working process.



DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

As required, detailed embodiments of the present invention are disclosed herein; however, it is to be understood that the disclosed embodiments are merely exemplary of the invention which may be embodied in various forms. Therefore, specific structural and functional details disclosed herein are not to be interpreted as limiting, but merely as a basis for the claims and as a representative basis for teaching one skilled in the art to variously employ the present invention in virtually any appropriately detailed structure.

Various other objects, advantages, and features of the invention will become more readily apparent to those skilled in the art from the following detailed description when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which like reference numerals designate like parts throughout the figures thereof.

Figure 1 illustrates a front view of automatic cloth stand 01 wherein the stand 01 comprising a normal structure for hanging clothes, a frame 02 is installed on the stand which acts as a top cover on which solar panel 04(not shown in figure 1) are integrated, a protective covering 03 is attached sideways to the frame 02 with clip 05 mechanism.

Figure 2 illustrates top view of the automatic cloth stand showing protective covering 03 attached to the frame through clip 05 mechanism. Solar panel 04 are installed over the protective covering 04 and sensor 06 are equipped on top of the frame 02

Figure 3 shows side view of automatic cloth stand.

Figure 4 shows the block diagram of integrated components of automatic cloth stand wherein the figure shows an adruino uno working as a microcontroller to operate all the other components of cloth stand 01. IR sensors send the feedback to microcontroller for travelling movements, WIFI module collects the real time updates of weather forecast and deliver it to the microcontroller, capacitive sensing element measure the dielectric constant and deliver the info to microcontroller so that the drying state of clothes can be displayed on the display screen Rain sensor temperature sensor and moisture sensor provide the measured updates of environment to the microcontroller All of the components of the automatic cloth stand is powered by solar energy from the panels 04 on the protective covering 03. Motors with drivers are also provided for movement of stand which are controlled by the microcontroller. Motor driver act as operating unit for motors and for receiving the commands from microcontroller and for executing them. After obtaining information from each component microcontroller will decide to perform the respective actions in response to the type of information received. For example if rain sensor shows the presence of rain then microcontroller will command the motor to start and move the stand with the help of IR sensor to travel on the predetermined path.

Figure 5 shows the process diagram for working of the automatic cloth stand and the process is explained with the help of block diagram. Mechanism starts when the clothes are placed outside on the stand to dry. Capacity sensing element check the dryness of cloth if the display shows the cloth is dried then the protecting covering 03 is closed and the stand 01 move inside shed and user is notified about the action, if the display show that the cloth is not dried then rain sensor or wifi module will check for rain or weather forecast of rain if possibility of rain in sometime is there then the cloth stand will move inside the shed and remains there until the rain stop. This is done by continuous checking of weather forecast, if the rain is over then the stand moves outside.

In an embodiment of the present invention protective covering 03 of clothes can also be employed for protecting them from harsh sunlight or dusty weather This can be done by implanting sensors which can check the dusty or heavy light conditions, then also the stand 01 can be moved inside automatically with the help of motors and user with predefined devices will be notified about the cloth stand movement.

While the disclosure has been presented with respect to certain specific embodiments, it will be appreciated that many modifications and changes may be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of the disclosure. It is intended, therefore, by the appended claims to cover all such modifications and changes as fall within the true spirit and scope of the disclosure.