Patent Issued for Verbal Warning Systems and Other Audible Warning Systems for Use with Various Types of Devices, Containers, Products and Other Things
The assignee for this patent, patent number 8508381, is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Warning labels attached to various objects have been used for many years in an attempt to alert users to potential hazards associated with use of the objects. Warning labels can be found on virtually any type of product, container, packaging and/or supplemental materials included with a product. For example, a bottle containing a cleaning material can include one or more written warning labels regarding potential dangers associated with the use of the product, instructions in the case of an accident, etc.
"One challenge associated with warning labels is the tendency of users to ignore them. Conventional warning labels frequently include a vast amount of information in a relatively small space. Accordingly, the text on the warnings can be printed in a relatively small font that may be difficult for some users to read. A further challenge associated with written warning labels is that they fail to accommodate illiterate or visually impaired users. Moreover, in
"One approach to overcoming the foregoing challenges is to include bright colors and graphical symbols on the warning label. Although bright colors and symbols may help direct attention to a warning label, there are often multiple warning labels for virtually every product in use. As such, users can experience warning label fatigue and remain unaware of the warning labels or disregard them. Moreover, warning labels are frequently removed by users or visually obscured during use or after installation. For these reasons, warning labels may not be performing their intended functions."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "The following summary is provided for the benefit of the reader only, and is not intended to limit the invention as set forth by the claims in any way.
"The present disclosure is directed generally to verbal warning labels and other audible warning systems associated with various objects and devices, such as products, packaging, user-operable devices and appliances, electronic devices, etc. An audible warning system configured in accordance with one aspect of the invention announces a verbal warning relating to an object associated with the audible warning system. The verbal warning includes standardized information (e.g., a standardized safety warning) that is supplied and/or prerecorded by a manufacturer, supplier, distributor, retail vendor etc. of the object. As such, in certain embodiments an end user of the object cannot change or alter the content of the verbal warning. The verbal warning that is announced or otherwise audibly output by the system is a pre-event warning such that the verbal warning precedes a use of the object or other event involving the object, including accidental events and events with undesirable or unintended consequences. The verbal warning can include safety or cautionary information associated with the object for anyone coming into contact with or using the object. The audible warning system accordingly alerts, informs or otherwise warns users of potential dangers associated with the object. In certain embodiments, the audible warning system is carried by or included with a standardized warning label associated (e.g., attached) with the object. The verbal warning system can therefore supplement the warning label, or in some embodiments it can replace the warning label. Moreover, in certain embodiments the audible warning system is configured such that it can be silenced or otherwise disabled. The verbal warning system can be powered by any suitable power source, including for example, a battery, AC line power, solar power, fuel cells and/or other power sources.
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