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1. WO2021078980 - CONTROL DEVICE FOR ENABLING RF CONTROL IN A USER ENVIRONMENT

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A system comprising:

a master control device comprising:

a handle comprising a proximal section and a distal section, wherein the distal section of the handle comprises a cavity;

a housing configured to be placed within the cavity of the handle, the housing comprising:

at least one battery;

a printed circuit board (PCB); and

a capacitive touch coil configured to generate, in conjunction with the PCB, a touch-responsive area on an outer surface of the handle; and

a shaft comprising a proximal section and a distal section, wherein the shaft further comprises:

an inner tube comprising a proximal section and a distal section;

an LED; and

a tip component comprising a magnet;

wherein the handle and the shaft are configured to be attached together to generate the master control device such that the master control device has a length within a range of 250mm to 350mm;

wherein the LED is configured to turn on when a user of the master control device touches the touch-responsive area and turn off when the user stops touching the touch- responsive area;

an REID tag associated with a unique identifier, wherein the RFID tag is configured to transmit the unique identifier to an RFID reader when the RFID tag comes within a predefined RF range of the RFID reader; and

a universal receiver comprising:

an antenna;

an RFID reader configured to receive the unique identifier from the RFID tag via the antenna when the RFID tag comes within the predefined RF range of the RFID reader;

a Hall effect sensor configured to determine whether the tip component is within a pre-defined range of the Hall effect sensor; and

a universal controller configured to:

receive the unique identifier from the RFID reader;

activate the Hall effect sensor;

receive an indication from the Hall effect sensor that indicates that the tip component is within the pre-defined range of the Hall effect sensor;

connect to a database via a network, wherein the database comprises an association between the unique identifier and an action to be performed by a controllable device; and

send a command to the controllable device to perform the action; and a controllable device comprising:

a supply of a liquid;

a solenoid valve configured to control a flow of the liquid;

a flow meter configured to measure an amount of the liquid that flows through the solenoid valve; and

a spout configured to dispense the liquid;

wherein the solenoid valve is configured to change from an open position to a closed position, or from the closed position to the open position, upon receipt of a command from the universal controller to change a position of the valve, and wherein the flow meter is configured to send an indication of the amount of the liquid that flows through the solenoid valve to the universal controller.

2. The system of claim 1, wherein the length of the master control device is within a range of 270mm to 330mm.

3. The system of claim 1, wherein the length of the master control device is within a range of 290mm to 310mm.

4. The system of claim 1, wherein the universal receiver is associated with a system for dispensing a drink, and wherein the master control device is configured to control the system for dispensing a drink via the universal receiver.

5. The system of claim 1 , wherein the handle and the shaft are configured to be detachable from each other.

6. The system of claim 1, wherein the housing comprises glass.

7. The system of claim 1 , wherein the LED is configured to provide feedback to the user of the master control device.

8. The system of claim 1, wherein the capacitive touch coil comprises a power source and a copper coil.

9. The system of claim 1, further comprising a smart device configured to listen for a phrase associated with the universal controller.

10. The system of claim 9, wherein the universal controller is further configured to:

receive an indication from the smart device that the user of the master control device has spoken the phrase associated with the universal controller; and

send a command to the controllable device to perform an action associated with the phrase in response to receiving the unique identifier from the RFID tag, receiving the indication from the Hall effect sensor, and receiving the indication from the smart device.

11. The system of claim 1 , wherein the LED is a surface-mounted device (SMD) LED.

12. The system of claim 1, wherein the universal controller is further configured to:

receive the amount of the liquid that flows through the solenoid valve from the controllable device; and

transmit an association between the amount of the liquid, a type of the liquid, and the unique identifier of the RFID tag to the database.

13. The system of claim 1, wherein the handle and the shaft of the master control device are configured to be attached together via a screw thread.

14. The system of claim 1, wherein the touch-responsive area has the shape of a ring.

15. The system of claim 1, wherein the universal controller is further configured to validate the unique identifier received from the RFID reader.

16. The system of claim 1, wherein the universal controller is configured to activate the Hall effect sensor in response to receiving the unique identifier from the RFID reader.

17. The system of claim 1, wherein the universal controller is configured to send the command to the controllable device in response to receiving the unique identifier from the RFID reader and the indication from the Hall effect sensor.

18. The system of claim 1, wherein the universal controller is further configured to:

determine that the RFID tag is no longer within the predefined RF range of the RFID reader; and

deactivate the Hall effect sensor in response to determining that the RFID tag is no longer within the predefined RF range of the RFID reader.