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(11)EP 3 677 884 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
19.04.2023 Bulletin 2023/16

(21)Application number: 19215035.7

(22)Date of filing:  10.12.2019
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G01J 3/42(2006.01)
G01J 3/28(2006.01)
G01J 3/02(2006.01)
F25D 27/00(2006.01)
G01N 21/25(2006.01)
G01J 3/32(2006.01)
G01J 3/10(2006.01)
G01N 21/31(2006.01)
F25D 29/00(2006.01)
G01N 33/02(2006.01)
(52)Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC):
G01J 3/0208; G01J 3/0264; G01J 3/027; G01J 3/0289; G01J 3/0291; G01J 2003/104; G01J 3/10; G01J 2003/106; G01J 3/2803; G01J 3/32; G01J 3/42; G01N 21/31; G01N 33/02; G01N 2201/0627; G01N 21/255; F25D 29/005; F25D 2700/06; F25D 2400/36; F25D 2500/06; F25D 27/005

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ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

ELEKTRONISCHE VORRICHTUNG UND STEUERUNGSVERFAHREN DAFÜR

APPAREIL ÉLECTRONIQUE ET SON PROCÉDÉ DE COMMANDE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 10.12.2018 KR 20180158246

(43)Date of publication of application:
08.07.2020 Bulletin 2020/28

(73)Proprietor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Gyeonggi-do 16677 (KR)

(72)Inventors:
  • HAN, Jeong Su
    16677 Gyeonggi-do (KR)
  • NOH, Tae Gyoon
    16677 Gyeonggi-do (KR)
  • JUNG, Gwang Jin
    16677 Gyeonggi-do (KR)
  • CHOI, Jun Hoe
    16677 Gyeonggi-do (KR)
  • HONG, Jong Soo
    16677 Gyeonggi-do (KR)

(74)Representative: Walaski, Jan Filip 
Venner Shipley LLP 200 Aldersgate
London EC1A 4HD
London EC1A 4HD (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 0 375 881
JP-A- 2017 223 420
JP-A- H08 266 424
US-A1- 2018 172 510
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION



    [0001] This application claims the benefit of Korean Patent Application No. 10-2018-0158246, filed on December 10, 2018 in the Korean Intellectual Property Office, the disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference.

    BACKGROUND


    1. Field



    [0002] Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to an electronic apparatus and a controlling method thereof, and more particularly, to an electronic apparatus capable of identifying a state of an object, and a controlling method thereof.

    2. Description of the Related Art



    [0003] Electronic apparatuses may include optical sensors capable of transmitting light, receiving light reflected from an object, and analyzing the received light to identify the object, calculate a distance to the object, or identify a state of the object.

    [0004] Typical optical sensors transmit monochromatic light (light with maximum intensity at a single wavelength) and receive monochromatic light reflected from an object. However, the optical sensors using the monochromatic light can acquire only limited information about the object. For example, it is difficult for the optical sensors using the monochromatic light to detect a color of the object.

    [0005] Alternatively, cameras are also used to analyze an object. The camera may receive red light, green light, and blue light and may detect the shape and color of the object through a combination of red light, green light, and blue light. However, the camera can also acquire only information due to red light, green light, and blue light.

    [0006] US2018/172510, EP0375881, JP2017-223420 and JPH08-266424 relate to spectrometry systems that can be implemented in a consumer appliance.

    SUMMARY



    [0007] In accordance with one aspect of the present invention, there is provided, an electronic apparatus according to claim 1. Optional features are set out in the dependent claims.

    [0008] In accordance with another aspect of the present invention there is provided, a controlling method of an electronic apparatus according to claim 15.

    [0009] Additional aspects of the disclosure will be set forth in part in the description which follows and, in part, will be obvious from the description, or may be learned by practice of the disclosure. In the following description "aspects" and "embodiments" will be described. If these aspects or embodiments are not in accordance with the appended claims, then they do not fall within the scope of the invention.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0010] These and/or other aspects of the disclosure will become apparent and more readily appreciated from the following description of the embodiments, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings of which:

    FIG. 1 is a view illustrating a configuration of an electronic apparatus according to one embodiment;

    FIGS. 2 and 3 are views illustrating examples of the electronic apparatus according to one embodiment;

    FIG. 4 is a graph showing reception intensities of light beams having different wavelengths;

    FIGS. 5 and 6 are graphs showing changes in reception intensities of light beams having different wavelengths;

    FIG. 7 is a view illustrating a configuration of an electronic apparatus according to one embodiment;

    FIG. 8 shows views illustrating a light-emitting diode array and a photodiode array included in the electronic apparatus according to one embodiment;

    FIG. 9 shows side views illustrating the light-emitting diode array and the photodiode array included in the electronic apparatus according to one embodiment;

    FIG. 10 is a view illustrating a light spot formed by a light beam transmitted from a first light-emitting diode included in the electronic apparatus according to one embodiment;

    FIG. 11 is a view illustrating light spots formed by light beams transmitted from a plurality of light-emitting diodes included in the electronic apparatus according to one embodiment;

    FIG. 12 is a view illustrating that the electronic apparatus according to one embodiment receives a light beam reflected on an object;

    FIG. 13 is a view illustrating a traveling path of a light beam transmitted from the electronic apparatus according to one embodiment;

    FIG. 14 is a view illustrating a configuration of an electronic apparatus according to an example not falling under the scope of the present invention;

    FIG. 15 shows views illustrating a light-emitting diode array and a photodiode array included in the electronic apparatus according to an example not falling under the scope of the present invention;

    FIG. 16 is a view illustrating a traveling path of a light beam transmitted from the electronic apparatus according to an example not falling under the scope of the present invention;

    FIG. 17 shows image data captured by the electronic apparatus according to an example not falling under the scope of the present invention;

    FIG. 18 is a view illustrating a configuration of an electronic apparatus according to an example not falling under the scope of the present invention;

    FIG. 19 shows views illustrating a light-emitting diode array and a photodiode array included in the electronic apparatus according to an example not falling under the scope of the present invention;

    FIG. 20 is a view illustrating an exterior of a refrigerator according to an example not falling under the scope of the present invention;

    FIG. 21 is a view illustrating a configuration of the refrigerator according to an example not falling under the scope of the present invention;

    FIG. 22 is a view illustrating an exterior of a cooking apparatus according to one embodiment; and

    FIG. 23 is a view illustrating a configuration of the cooking apparatus according to one embodiment.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0011] The following detailed description is provided to assist the reader in gaining a comprehensive understanding of the methods, apparatuses, and/or systems described herein. Accordingly, various changes, modifications, and equivalents of the methods, apparatuses, and/or systems described herein will be suggested to those of ordinary skill in the art. The progression of processing operations described is an example; however, the sequence of and/or operations is not limited to that set forth herein and may be changed as is known in the art, with the exception of operations necessarily occurring in a particular order. In addition, respective descriptions of well-known functions and constructions may be omitted for increased clarity and conciseness.

    [0012] Additionally, exemplary embodiments will now be described more fully hereinafter with reference to the accompanying drawings. The exemplary embodiments may, however, be embodied in many different forms and should not be construed as being limited to the embodiments set forth herein. These embodiments are provided so that this disclosure will be thorough and complete and will fully convey the exemplary embodiments to those of ordinary skill in the art. Like numerals denote like elements throughout.

    [0013] It will be understood that, although the terms first, second, etc. may be used herein to describe various elements, these elements should not be limited by these terms. These terms are only used to distinguish one element from another. As used herein, the term "and/or," includes any and all combinations of one or more of the associated listed items.

    [0014] It will be understood that when an element is referred to as being "connected," or "coupled," to another element, it can be directly connected or coupled to the other element or intervening elements may be present. In contrast, when an element is referred to as being "directly connected," or "directly coupled," to another element, there are no intervening elements present.

    [0015] The terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments only and is not intended to be limiting. As used herein, the singular forms "a," "an," and "the," are intended to include the plural forms as well, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

    [0016] Reference will now be made in detail to the exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein like reference numerals refer to like elements throughout.

    [0017] The expression, "at least one of a, b, and c," should be understood as including only a, only b, only c, both a and b, both a and c, both b and c, or all of a, b, and c.

    [0018] Hereinafter, a principle of action and embodiments of the present disclosure will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings.

    [0019] It is an aspect of the present disclosure to provide an electronic apparatus using a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0020] It is an aspect of the present disclosure to provide an electronic apparatus capable of identifying a state of an object using a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0021] It is an aspect of the present disclosure to provide an electronic apparatus capable of identifying cooking information of a food using a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0022] It is an aspect of the present disclosure to provide an electronic apparatus capable of identifying whether a food is rotten using a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0023] FIG. 1 is a view illustrating a configuration of an electronic apparatus according to one embodiment. FIGS. 2 and 3 are views illustrating examples of the electronic apparatus according to one embodiment. FIG. 4 is a graph showing reception intensities of light beams having different wavelengths. FIGS. 5 and 6 are graphs showing changes in reception intensities of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0024] Referring to FIGS. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, an electronic apparatus 100 includes a light emitter 110 capable of transmitting a plurality of light beams having maximum intensities at different wavelengths (hereinafter, referred to as "plurality of light beams having different wavelengths") toward an object, a light receiver 120 capable of receiving light beams, a controller 130 configured to control the light emitter 110, process a signal output from the light receiver 120, and identify a state of the object, and a display 190 configured to display information about the state of the object.

    [0025] The light emitter 110 includes a light-emitting diode array 111 capable of transmitting a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0026] As shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, the light-emitting diode array 111 includes a first light-emitting diode 111-1, a second light-emitting diode 111-2, ... and an nth light-emitting diode 111-n. Hereinafter, although it will be described that the light emitter 110 includes a plurality of light-emitting diodes 111-1, 111-2, ... and 111-n, the present disclosure is not limited thereto. For example, the light emitter 110 may include a plurality of laser elements capable of transmitting light beams having different wavelengths. In another example, the light emitter 110 may include a light-emitting diode capable of transmitting a blue light beam or an ultraviolet light beam and a plurality of fluorescent substances capable of transmitting light beams having different wavelengths. As described above, the light emitter 110 may include various means capable of transmitting a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0027] The first light-emitting diode 111-1, the second light-emitting diode 111-2, ... the nth light-emitting diode 111-n may be disposed in a line. However, the present disclosure is not limited thereto. The plurality of light-emitting diodes 111-1, 111-2, ... and 111-n may be variously disposed. For example, the plurality of light-emitting diodes 111-1, 111-2, ... and 111-n may be disposed in columns and rows.

    [0028] The first light-emitting diode 111-1, the second light-emitting diode 111-2, ... and the nth light-emitting diode 111-n may transmit light beams having different wavelengths. For example, the first light-emitting diode 111-1 may transmit a light beam having a maximum intensity at a first wavelength λ1 (hereinafter, referred to as "light beam having a first wavelength"), and the second light-emitting diode 111-2 may transmit a light beam having a second wavelength λ2. In addition, the nth light-emitting diode 111-n may transmit a light beam having an nth wavelength λn.

    [0029] The light beams transmitted from the plurality of light-emitting diodes 111-1, 111-2, ... and 111-n may include various light beams such as an ultraviolet light beam, a blue light beam, a green light beam, a red light beam, and an infrared light beam according to lengths of wavelengths. For example, the light-emitting diode array 111 may include four or more light-emitting diodes capable of transmitting a blue light beam, a green light beam, a red light beam, and an infrared light beam. However, the present disclosure is not limited thereto. The light-emitting diode array 111 may include five or more light-emitting diodes capable of transmitting five or more light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0030] One of the first light-emitting diode 111-1, the second light-emitting diode 111-2, ... and the nth light-emitting diode 111-n may transmit a light beam in response to an emission control signal of the controller 130. For example, the first light-emitting diode 111-1, the second light-emitting diode 111-2, ... and the nth light-emitting diode 111-n may sequentially transmit light beams in response to the emission control signal of the controller 130. The first light-emitting diode 111-1 may transmit the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, and then the second light-emitting diode 111-2 may transmit the light beam having the second wavelength λ2. Finally, the nth light-emitting diode 111-n may transmit the light beam having the nth wavelength λn.

    [0031] As described above, the light-emitting diode array 111 may sequentially transmit the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the light beam having the second wavelength λ2,... and the light beam having the nth wavelength λn in response to the emission control signal of the controller 130.

    [0032] A first optical member 112 configured to guide a light beam transmitted from the light-emitting diode array 111 to an object O may be provided at a side through which a light beam is transmitted from the light-emitting diode array 111.

    [0033] The first optical member 112 may include, for example, an optical lens, a slit, an aperture, and the like. As described above, the first optical member 112 may include various optical means such as optical means configured to guide a light beam toward the object or optical means configured to block a light beam that is not directed toward the object.

    [0034] The light beam transmitted from each of the plurality of light-emitting diodes 111-1, 111-2, ... and 111-n may be guided toward the object 0 by the first optical member 112.

    [0035] The light beam guided toward the object O may be reflected on a surface of the object O. For example, the light beam may be irregularly reflected in various directions on the surface of the object O.

    [0036] The light-emitting diode array 111 may sequentially transmit a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths, and the plurality of light beams having the different wavelengths may be reflected on the surface of the object O.

    [0037] Intensity of a light beam reflected on the surface of the object O may be changed according to characteristics of the surface of the object O and a wavelength of the light beam. When intensity of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1 and reflected on the surface of the object O is the greatest among light beams having different wavelengths, the object O may be viewed in color exhibited by the first wavelength λ1. When intensity of a light beam having a wavelength of 580 nanometers (nm) and reflected on the surface of the object O is the greatest among light beams having different wavelengths, the object 0 may be viewed in yellow.

    [0038] The light receiver 120 includes a photodiode 121 capable of receiving a light beam. The photodiode 121 may measure intensity of the received light beam and may transmit an electrical signal (for example, a current or voltage) (hereinafter referred to as "reception intensity signal") corresponding to the intensity of the light beam to the controller 130.

    [0039] The photodiode 121 may receive light beams having various wavelengths and may measure intensities of the received light beams. For example, the photodiode 121 may receive the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and the light beam having the nth wavelength λn and may output reception intensity signals corresponding to intensities of the received light beams.

    [0040] The photodiode 121 may receive a light beam that is transmitted from the light-emitting diode array 111 and is reflected on the object O and may measure intensity of the received light beam. For example, when the light-emitting diode array 111 transmits the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the photodiode 121 may measure intensity of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1 and reflected on the object O. When the light-emitting diode array 111 transmits the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, the photodiode 121 may measure intensity of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2 and reflected on the object O. In addition, when the light-emitting diode array 111 transmits the light beam having the nth wavelength λn, the photodiode 121 may measure intensity of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn and reflected on the object O.

    [0041] A second optical member 122 configured to guide a light beam to the photodiode 121 may be provided at a side through which a light beam is received by the photodiode 121. The second optical member 122 may guide a light beam reflected from the object O toward the photodiode 121.

    [0042] The second optical member 122 may include, for example, an optical lens, a slit, an aperture, and the like. As described above, the second optical member 122 may include various optical means such as optical means configured to guide a light beam toward the photodiode 121 or optical means configured to block a light beam that is not directed toward the photodiode 121.

    [0043] The controller 130 may be electrically connected to the light emitter 110 and the light receiver 120. For example, the controller 130 may output an emission control signal to the light-emitting diode array 111 of the light emitter 110 and may receive a reception intensity signal from the photodiode 121 of the light receiver 120.

    [0044] The controller 130 includes a processor 131 configured to generate the emission control signal and process the reception intensity signal and a memory 132 configured to store and/or retain a program and data for generating the emission control signal and processing the reception intensity signal.

    [0045] The processor 131 may generate an emission control signal for controlling operation of the light-emitting diode array 111 based on the program and data stored and/or retained in the memory 132. For example, as shown in FIG. 2, the processor 131 may generate a first emission control signal for turning on the first light-emitting diode 111-1 configured to transmit the light beam having the first wavelength λ1. As shown in FIG. 3, the processor 131 may generate a second emission control signal for turning on the second light-emitting diode 111-2 configured to transmit the light beam having the second wavelength λ2. In addition, the processor 131 may generate an nth emission control signal for turning on the nth light-emitting diode 111-n configured to transmit the light beam having the nth wavelength λn.

    [0046] The processor 131 may process the reception intensity signal received from the photodiode 121 based on the program and data stored and/or retained in the memory 132.

    [0047] The processor 131 may process a reception intensity signal in relation to an emission control signal. For example, the processor 131 may output the first emission control signal to the light-emitting diode array 111 and may store a first reception intensity received from the photodiode 121 in the memory 132 in relation to the first wavelength λ1. The processor 131 may output the second emission control signal to the light-emitting diode array 111 and may store a second reception intensity received from the photodiode 121 in the memory 132 in relation to the second wavelength λ2. In addition, the processor 131 may output the nth emission control signal to the light-emitting diode array 111 and may store an nth reception intensity received from the photodiode 121 in the memory 132 in relation to the nth wavelength λn.

    [0048] The processor 131 may include an operational circuit, a memory circuit, and a control circuit. The processor 131 may include one chip or may include a plurality of chips. In addition, the processor 131 may include one core or may include a plurality of cores.

    [0049] The memory 132 may store and/or retain the program and data for generating the emission control signal and processing the reception intensity signal.

    [0050] The memory 132 may store the first reception intensity in relation to the first wavelength λ1, the second reception intensity in relation to the second wavelength λ2, ... and the nth reception intensity in relation to the nth wavelength λn.

    [0051] The memory 132 may include volatile memories such as a static random access memory (S-RAM) and a dynamic random access memory (D-RAM) and nonvolatile memories such as a read only memory (ROM), an erasable programmable read only memory (EPROM), and an electrically erasable programmable read only memory (EEPROM).

    [0052] The memory 132 may include one memory element or may include a plurality of memory elements.

    [0053] As described above, the controller 130 controls the light-emitting diode array 111 to sequentially transmit light beams having different wavelengths toward the object O and may store a signal indicating intensity of a light beam received by the photodiode 121.

    [0054] For example, the controller 130 may control the light-emitting diode array 111 to sequentially transmit light beams having different wavelengths toward a protein portion P of a meat M. The controller 130 may control the light-emitting diode array 111 to sequentially transmit a light beam having a wavelength of 430 nm, a light beam having a wavelength of 460 nm, a light beam having a wavelength of 490 nm, a light beam having a wavelength of 515 nm, a light beam having a wavelength of 560 nm, a light beam having a wavelength of 615 nm, a light beam having a wavelength of 660 nm, and a light beam having a wavelength of 695 nm.

    [0055] The controller 130 may store intensity of a light beam received by the photodiode 121 according to a light beam transmitted from the light-emitting diode array 111. The controller 130 may control the light-emitting diode array 111 to transmit the light beam having the wavelength of 430 nm and may store intensity of a light beam received by the photodiode 121 in relation to the wavelength of 430 nm. The controller 130 may control the light-emitting diode array 111 to transmit the light beams having the wavelengths from 460 nm to 695 nm and may store intensities of light beams received by the photodiode 121 in relation to the wavelengths from 460 nm to 695 nm.

    [0056] As shown in FIG. 4, the controller 130 may store intensities of light beams reflected from the protein portion P of the meat M in relation to wavelengths of light beams transmitted by the light-emitting diode array 111.

    [0057] The controller 130 may control the light-emitting diode array 111 to sequentially transmit light beams having different wavelengths toward a fat portion F of the meat M. In addition, the controller 130 may store intensity of a light beam received by the photodiode 121 according to a light beam transmitted from the light-emitting diode array 111.

    [0058] As shown in FIG. 4, the controller 130 may store intensities of light beams reflected from the fat portion F of the meat M in relation to wavelengths of light beams transmitted by the light-emitting diode array 111.

    [0059] According to the invention, the controller 130 calculates a reflectance of a light beam based on a ratio of the intensity of the light beam transmitted from the light-emitting diode array 111 to the intensity of the light beam received by the photodiode 121.

    [0060] The controller 130 identifies the object O based on reflectances of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0061] As shown in FIG. 4, reflection intensities (or reflectances) of light beams having different wavelengths in the fat portion F of the meat M are different from reflection intensities (or reflectances) of the light beams having the different wavelengths in the protein portion P of the meat M. Therefore, the fat portion F of the meat M may be identified from the protein portion P of the meat M based on the reflection intensities (or reflectances) of the light beams having the different wavelengths.

    [0062] In such a manner, the controller 130 may identify the object 0 based on reflection intensities (or reflectances) of light beams having different wavelengths. For example, the controller 130 may store reflection intensity (or reflectance) of a light beam of various objects (for example, various foods) in the form of a database with respect to each of different wavelengths. The controller 130 may compare reflection intensity (or reflectance) of a light beam by the object O to be measured, with respect to each of different wavelengths with reflection intensity (or reflectance) of a light beam with respect to each of the different wavelengths in the database. The controller 130 may identify the object O based on a comparison result.

    [0063] The controller 130 may identify a degree of rottenness of a food or a degree of cooking of the food based on reflection intensities (or reflectances) of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0064] For example, a degree of rottenness of a food may be identified using a statistical regression analysis. A model indicating a degree of rottenness and/or cooking of a food may be generated using the statistical regression analysis. A model represented by Expression 1 may be used.



    [0065] Here, y may refer to a variable indicating a degree of rottenness and/or cooking of a food, x1, x2, ... and xn may respectively refer to reflection intensity of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, reflection intensity of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2,... and reflection intensity of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn, and a0, a1, a2, ... and an may each refer to a constant.

    y may be a variable indicating a degree of rottenness of a food. For example, y may refer to a predefined value indicating a degree of rottenness of a food (hereinafter, referred to as "rottenness value"). For example, the rottenness value may be defined based on the number of microorganisms and the like.

    a0, a1, a2, ... and an may be empirically or experimentally defined. For example, a designer may irradiate light beams having different wavelengths onto a food (for example, a meat, fish, and the like) in advance and may obtain reflection intensities x1, x2, ... and xn of the light beams having the different wavelengths and a rottenness value of the food. By using machine learning, a statistical analysis, or the like, the designer may calculate a0, a1, a2, ... and an from the reflection intensities x1, x2, ... and xn and the rottenness value of the food.



    [0066] The controller 130 may calculate the rottenness value y of the food by respectively inputting measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn in x1, x2, ... and xn of Expression 1. In addition, the controller 130 may identify whether the food is rotten based on the rottenness value y of the food.

    [0067] The degree of cooking of the food may be obtained in a similar manner. The degree of cooking of the food may be identified using a statistical regression analysis. For example, the model represented by Expression 1 may be used.
    y may be a variable indicating a degree of cooking of a food. For example, y may refer to a predefined value indicating a degree of cooking of a food (hereinafter, referred to as "cooking value"). For example, the cooking value may be a value in which a degree of doneness of the food is quantified.

    [0068] The controller 130 may calculate the cooking value y of the food by respectively inputting measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn in x1, x2, ... and xn of Expression 1. In addition, the controller 130 may identify whether the cooking of the food is completed based on the cooking value y of the food.

    [0069] The controller 130 may measure reflection intensities (or reflectances) of light beams having different wavelengths at different times.

    [0070] The controller 130 may identify a degree of rottenness of a food or a degree of cooking of the food based on changes in reflection intensities (or reflectances) of light beams having different wavelengths according to a time. In general, it is known that the entirety of a food is darkened as the food is rotten or the food is cooked.

    [0071] When a food is heated, reflection intensity (or reflectance) of a light beam may be reduced according to a heating time. As shown in FIG. 5, reflection intensities of all light beams having wavelengths from 430 nm to 695 nm may be reduced according to a heating time. From this, during heating of a food, when reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1 is less than or equal to a first reference intensity, reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2 is less than or equal to a second reference intensity, ... and reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn is less than or equal to an nth reference intensity, the controller 130 may determine that the cooking of the food has been completed.

    [0072] In addition, when a food is heated, a change rate of reflection intensity (or reflectance) of a light beam may be reduced according to a heating time. As shown in FIG. 5, change sizes of the reflection intensities of all the light beams having the wavelengths from 430 nm to 695 nm are reduced according to a heating time and are saturated to constant values. From this, during heating of the food, when a change rate of the reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1 is less than or equal to a first reference change rate, a change rate of the reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2 is less than or equal to a second reference change rate, ... and a change rate of the reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn is less than or equal to an nth reference change rate, the controller 130 may determine that the cooking of the food has been completed.

    [0073] When a food is rotten, reflection intensity (or reflectance) of a light beam may be reduced according to a storage time. As shown in FIG. 6, the reflection intensities of all the light beams having the wavelengths from 430 nm to 695 nm may be reduced according to a storage time. From this, during storing of the food, when the reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1 is less than or equal to the first reference intensity, the reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2 is less than or equal to the second reference intensity, ... and the reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn is less than or equal to the nth reference intensity, the controller 130 may determine that the food has been rotten.

    [0074] According to the invention, the controller 130 calculates a distance from the electronic apparatus 100 to the object O. The controller 130 measures the distance from the electronic apparatus 100 to the object O based on a time difference between a time at which the light-emitting diode array 111 transmits a light beam and a time at which the photodiode 121 receives the light beam and based on the speed of light (about 300,000,000 m/s).

    [0075] The controller 130 calculates a distance from the electronic apparatus 100 to the object O at different times.

    [0076] The controller 130 identifies a degree of rottenness of a food or cooking information of the food based on a change in distance from the electronic apparatus 100 to the object O according to a time. In general, it is known that a volume of a food is reduced due to moisture being evaporated as the food is rotten or cooked.

    [0077] When an increased value of the distance from the electronic apparatus 100 to the object O is greater than or equal to a first reference distance and a change rate of the distance from the electronic apparatus 100 to the object O is less than or equal to a second reference distance, the controller 130 may determine that the food has been rotten or the cooking of the food has been completed.

    [0078] The display 190 may display information (for example, an image and/or message) about a state of the object in response to a display signal of the controller 130. For example, the display 190 may display an image and/or message indicating rottenness of a food or may display an image and/or message indicating the completion of cooking of the food.

    [0079] The display 190 may include a light-emitting diode (LED) panel, an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel, a liquid crystal display (LCD) panel, or the like.

    [0080] FIG. 7 is a view illustrating a configuration of an electronic apparatus according to one embodiment. FIG. 8 shows views illustrating a light-emitting diode array and a photodiode array included in the electronic apparatus according to one embodiment. FIG. 9 shows side views illustrating the light-emitting diode array and the photodiode array included in the electronic apparatus according to one embodiment. FIG. 10 is a view illustrating a light spot formed by a light beam transmitted from a first light-emitting diode included in the electronic apparatus according to one embodiment. FIG. 11 is a view illustrating light spots formed by light beams transmitted from a plurality of light-emitting diodes included in the electronic apparatus according to one embodiment. FIG. 12 is a view illustrating that the electronic apparatus according to one embodiment receives a light beam reflected on an object. FIG. 13 is a view illustrating a traveling path of a light beam transmitted from the electronic apparatus according to one embodiment.

    [0081] Referring to FIGS. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13, an electronic apparatus 200 includes a light emitter 210 capable of transmitting a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths toward an object, a light receiver 220 capable of receiving light beams, a controller 230 configured to control the light emitter 210, process a signal output from the light receiver 220, and identify a state of the object, and a display 290 configured to display information about the state of the object.

    [0082] The light emitter 210 includes a light-emitting diode array 211 capable of transmitting a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths. As shown in FIG. 8, the light-emitting diode array 211 includes a first light-emitting diode 211-1, a second light-emitting diode 211-2, ... and an nth light-emitting diode 211-n. The first light-emitting diode 211-1, the second light-emitting diode 211-2, ... and the nth light-emitting diode 211-n may be disposed in a line in a first direction D1.

    [0083] The first light-emitting diode 211-1, the second light-emitting diode 211-2, ... and the nth light-emitting diode 211-n may transmit light beams having different wavelengths. For example, the first light-emitting diode 211-1 may transmit a light beam having a first wavelength λ1, and the second light-emitting diode 211-2 may transmit a light beam having a second wavelength λ2. In addition, the nth light-emitting diode 211-n may transmit a light beam having an nth wavelength λn.

    [0084] The light-emitting diode array 211 including the first light-emitting diode 211-1, the second light-emitting diode 211-2, ... and the nth light-emitting diode 211-n may sequentially transmit the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and the light beam having the nth wavelength λn in response to an emission control signal of the controller 230.

    [0085] The light receiver 220 includes a photodiode array 221 capable of receiving light beams. The photodiode array 221 includes a first photodiode 221-1, a second photodiode 221-2, ... and an mth photodiode 221-m.

    [0086] As shown in FIG. 8, the first photodiode 221-1, the second photodiode 221-2, ... and the mth photodiode 221-m may be disposed in a line in a second direction D2. The second direction D2 may be orthogonal to the first direction D1. In other words, a direction in which a plurality of photodiodes 221-1, 221-2, ... and 221-m are disposed may be orthogonal to a direction in which a plurality of light-emitting diodes 211-1, 211-2, ... and 211-n are disposed.

    [0087] All of the first photodiode 221-1, the second photodiode 221-2, ... and the mth photodiode 221-m may receive light beams having various wavelengths and may measure intensities of the received light beams. For example, all of the first photodiode 221-1, the second photodiode 221-2, ... and the mth photodiode 221-m may receive the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and the light beam having the nth wavelength λn and may output reception intensity signals corresponding to intensities of the received light beams.

    [0088] The photodiode array 221 may receive a light beam that is transmitted from the light-emitting diode array 211 and is reflected on an object O and may transmit an electrical signal corresponding to intensity of the received light beam to the controller 230.

    [0089] A first optical member 212 configured to guide a light beam to the object O is provided at a side through which a light beam is transmitted from the light-emitting diode array 211. The first optical member 212 may guide light beams transmitted from the plurality of light-emitting diodes 211-1, 211-2, ... and 211-n constituting the light-emitting diode array 211 toward the object O.

    [0090] As shown in FIGS. 9 and 10, the first optical member 212 may include a light blocking plate 240 in which a first slit 241 is formed, the first slit 241 guiding the light beams transmitted from the plurality of light-emitting diodes 211-1, 211-2, ... and 211-n to the object O.

    [0091] The first slit 241 may be formed in the light blocking plate 240 so as to be elongated in the second direction D2. The second direction D2 may be orthogonal to the first direction D1 in which the plurality of light-emitting diodes 211-1, 211-2, ... and 211-n are disposed.

    [0092] Since the plurality of light-emitting diodes 211-1, 211-2, ... and 211-n are disposed in the first direction D1 and the first slit 241 is formed to be elongated in the second direction D2, as shown in FIG. 9, the light beams transmitted from the plurality of light-emitting diodes 211-1, 211-2, ... and 211-n may be projected at different positions of the object 0.

    [0093] For example, the light beam transmitted from the first light-emitting diode 211-1 disposed farthest from the first slit 241 may be projected at a position of a first row R1 closest to the light blocking plate 240. In addition, the light beam transmitted from the second light-emitting diode 211-2 may be projected at a position of a second row R2, and the second row R2 may be positioned farther away from the light blocking plate 240 than the first row R1. The light beam transmitted from the nth light-emitting diode 211-n disposed at a position closest to the first slit 241 may be projected at a position of an nth row Rn, and the nth row Rn may be positioned farthest from the light blocking plate 240.

    [0094] Since the plurality of light-emitting diodes 211-1, 211-2, ... and 211-n are disposed in the first direction D1 and the first slit 241 is formed to be elongated in the second direction D2, as shown in FIG. 10, the light beams transmitted from the plurality of light-emitting diodes 211-1, 211-2, ... and 211-n may extend in the second direction D2 and a direction opposite to the second direction D2.

    [0095] As shown in FIG. 11, the light beams transmitted from the plurality of light-emitting diodes 211-1, 211-2, ... and 211-n may form a plurality of light spots 250 having a band shape. For example, the light beam transmitted from the first light-emitting diode 211-1 may form a first light spot 250-1 of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, and the light beam transmitted from the second light-emitting diode 211-2 may form a second light spot 250-2 of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2. In addition, the light beam transmitted from the nth light-emitting diode 211-n may form an nth light spot 250-n of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn.

    [0096] A second optical member 222 configured to guide a light beam to the photodiode array 221 is provided at a side through which a light beam is received by the photodiode array 221. The second optical member 222 may guide light beams reflected on the object 0 toward the plurality of photodiodes 221-1, 221-2, ... and 221-m constituting the photodiode array 221.

    [0097] As shown in FIG. 12, the second optical member 222 may include a light blocking plate 240 in which a second slit 242 is formed, the second slit 242 guiding the light beams reflected on the object O to the plurality of photodiodes 221-1, 221-2, ... and 221-m.

    [0098] The second slit 242 may be formed in the light blocking plate 240 so as to be elongated in the first direction D1. The first direction D1 may be orthogonal to the second direction D2 in which the plurality of photodiodes 221-1, 221-2, ... and 221-m are disposed.

    [0099] As shown in FIG. 12, a light beam projected on the object O may form a light spot having a band shape extending in the second direction D2. A light beam reflected from the light spot having the band shape may pass through the second slit 242 and may be incident on the plurality of photodiodes 221-1, 221-2, ... 221-m.

    [0100] Light beams reflected at different positions of a light spot may be incident on different photodiodes of the plurality of photodiodes 221-1, 221-2,... and 221-m.

    [0101] For example, as shown in FIG. 12, a light beam reflected at a position of a first column Ci positioned at a rightmost side of the light spot may pass through the second slit 242 and may be incident on the first photodiode 221-1 positioned at a leftmost side. A light beam reflected at a position of a second column C2 positioned more to the left than the position of the first column C1 may pass through the second slit 242 and may be incident on the second photodiode 221-2 positioned more to the right than the first photodiode 221-1. In addition, a light beam reflected at a position of an mth column Cm positioned at a leftmost side of the light spot may pass through the second slit 242 and may be incident on the mth photodiode 221-m positioned at a rightmost side.

    [0102] As shown in FIG. 13, the light beams transmitted from the plurality of light-emitting diodes 211-1, 211-2, ... and 211-n may be projected at different positions (different positions in a vertical direction in FIG. 13) and may form light spots 250 having a band shape. In addition, light beams reflected at different positions (different positions in a horizontal direction in FIG. 13) of the light spots 250 may be incident on different photodiodes.

    [0103] For example, the light beam having the first wavelength λ1 transmitted from the first light-emitting diode 211-1 may form a first light spot 250-1 at a position of a first row R1. A light beam reflected at a position of a first column Ci of the first light spot 250-1 may be incident on the first photodiode 221-1, and a light beam reflected at a position of a second column C2 of the first light spot 250-1 may be incident on the second photodiode 221-2. In addition, a light beam reflected at a position of an mth column Cm of the first light spot 250-1 may be incident on the mth photodiode 221-m.

    [0104] The light beam having the second wavelength λ2 transmitted from the second light-emitting diode 211-2 may form a second light spot 250-2 at a position of a second row R2. A light beam reflected at a position of a first column C1 of the second light spot 250-2 may be incident on the first photodiode 221-1, and a light beam reflected at a position of a second column C2 of the second light spot 250-2 may be incident on the second photodiode 221-2. In addition, a light beam reflected at a position of an mth column Cm of the second light spot 250-2 may be incident on the mth photodiode 221-m.

    [0105] The light beam having the nth wavelength λn transmitted from the nth light-emitting diode 211-n may form an nth light spot 250-n at a position of an nth row Rn. A light beam reflected at a position of a first column C1 of the nth light spot 250-n may be incident on the first photodiode 221-1, and a light beam reflected at a position of a second column C2 of the nth light spot 250-n may be incident on the second photodiode 221-2. In addition, a light beam reflected at a position of an mth column Cm of the nth light spot 250-n may be incident on the mth photodiode 221-m.

    [0106] As described above, light spots in the same row may be formed by light beams having the same wavelength transmitted from the same light-emitting diode, and light beams reflected at the positions of the same column may be incident on the same photodiode.

    [0107] The controller 230 may be electrically connected to the light emitter 210 and the light receiver 220. For example, the controller 230 may output an emission control signal to the light-emitting diode array 211 and may receive a reception intensity signal from the photodiode array 221.

    [0108] The controller 230 includes a processor 231 and a memory 232.

    [0109] The processor 231 may generate emission control signals for sequentially turning on the plurality of light-emitting diodes 211-1, 211-2, ... and 211-n included in the light-emitting diode array 211. In addition, the processor 231 may sequentially store reception intensities (reflection intensities) received by the plurality of photodiodes 221-1, 221-2, ... and 221-m included in the photodiode array 221 in the memory 232. The processor 231 may sequentially store reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and reflection intensity (reflectance) of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn in the memory 232.

    [0110] The controller 230 may identify the object O based on the reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and the reflection intensity (reflectance) of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn.

    [0111] The controller 230 may calculate a rottenness value y of a food and/or a cooking value of the food by respectively inputting measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn in x1, x2, ... and xn of Expression 1.

    [0112] According to the invention, the controller 230 identifies a degree of rottenness of a food or a degree of cooking of the food based on a change in reflectance of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, a change in reflectance of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and a change in reflectance of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn.

    [0113] The controller 230 calculates a distance from the electronic apparatus 200 to the object O based on a time difference between a time at which the light-emitting diode array 211 transmits a light beam and a time at which the photodiode array 221 receives the light beam and based on the speed of light. The controller 230 identifies a degree of rottenness of a food or a degree of cooking of the food based on the distance from the electronic apparatus 200 to the object O and a change in the distance.

    [0114] The display 290 may display information (for example, an image and/or message) about a state of the object in response to a display signal of the controller 230. For example, the display 290 may display an image and/or message indicating rottenness of a food or may display an image and/or message indicating completion of cooking of the food.

    [0115] As described above, the electronic apparatus 200 including the light-emitting diode array 211 and the photodiode array 221 may irradiate light beams having different wavelengths onto an entire surface of the object 0 rather than a portion of the object O and may measure reflection intensities (or reflectances) of the light beams having the different wavelengths. Accordingly, the electronic apparatus 200 may more accurately identify the object O and may identify a degree of rottenness of a food or a degree of cooking of the food.

    [0116] FIG. 14 is a view illustrating a configuration of an electronic apparatus according to an example not falling under the scope of the present invention. FIG. 15 shows views illustrating a light-emitting diode array and a photodiode array included in the electronic apparatus. FIG. 16 is a view illustrating a traveling path of a light beam transmitted from the electronic apparatus. FIG. 17 shows image data captured by the electronic apparatus.

    [0117] Referring to FIGS. 14, 15, 16, and 17, an electronic apparatus 300 includes a light emitter 310 capable of transmitting a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths toward an object, a light receiver 320 capable of receiving light beams, a controller 330 configured to control the light emitter 310, process a signal output from the light receiver 320, and identify a state of the object, and a display 390 configured to display information about the state of the object.

    [0118] The light emitter 310 includes a light-emitting diode array 311 capable of transmitting a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0119] The light-emitting diode array 311 includes a first light-emitting diode 311-1, a second light-emitting diode 311-2, ... and an nth light-emitting diode 311-n, which are capable of transmitting a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths. The first light-emitting diode 311-1 may transmit a light beam having a first wavelength λ1, and the second light-emitting diode 311-2 may transmit a light beam having a second wavelength λ2. In addition, the nth light-emitting diode 311-n may transmit a light beam having an nth wavelength λn.

    [0120] The first light-emitting diode 311-1, the second light-emitting diode 311-2, ... and the nth light-emitting diode 311-n may be disposed in a line. However, the present disclosure is not limited thereto. A plurality of light-emitting diodes 311-1, 311-2, ... and 311-n may be variously disposed. For example, the plurality of light-emitting diodes 311-1, 311-2, ... and 311-n may be disposed in columns and rows.

    [0121] The light-emitting diode array 311 including the first light-emitting diode 311-1, the second light-emitting diode 311-2, ... and the nth light-emitting diode 311-n may sequentially transmit the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and the light beam having the nth wavelength λn in response to an emission control signal of the controller 330.

    [0122] The light receiver 320 includes a photodiode array 321 capable of receiving light beams.

    [0123] According to another aspect, in comparison to FIG. 7, FIG. 14 illustrates the photodiode array 321 includes a 1-1st photodiode 321-1-1, a 1-2nd photodiode 321-1-2, ... and a 1-mth photodiode 321-1-m, a 2-1st photodiode 321-2-1, a 2-2nd photodiode 321-2-2, ... and a 2-mth photodiode 321-2-m, ... and an l-1st photodiode 321-1-1, an l-2nd photodiode 321-1-2, ... and an l-mth photodiode 321-l-m.

    [0124] As shown in FIG. 15, a plurality of photodiodes 321-1-1 to 32-l-m may be disposed in a matrix form in rows and columns. The plurality of photodiodes 321-1-1 to 32-l-m may form a plurality of rows in a first direction D1 and may form a plurality of columns in a second direction D2.

    [0125] The 1-1st photodiode 321-1-1, the 1-2nd photodiode 321-1-2, ... and the 1-mth photodiode 321-1-m may be disposed in a first row, and the 2-1st photodiode 321-2-1, the 2-2nd photodiode 321-2-2, ... and the 2-mth photodiode 321-2-m may be disposed in a second row. In addition, the l-1st photodiode 321-1-1, the l-2nd photodiode 321-1-2, ... and the l-mth photodiode 321-l-m may be disposed in an lth row.

    [0126] The photodiode array 321 may receive a light beam that is transmitted from the light-emitting diode array 311 and is reflected on an object O and may transmit a reception intensity signal corresponding to intensity of the received light beam to the controller 330.

    [0127] An optical member 322 configured to guide a light beam to the photodiode array 321 may be provided at a side through which a light beam is received by the photodiode array 321. The optical member 322 may guide light beams reflected on the object O toward the plurality of photodiodes 321-1-1 to 321-l-m constituting the photodiode array 321.

    [0128] As shown in FIG. 16, the optical member 322 may include a light blocking plate 340 in which an aperture 341 is formed, the aperture 341 guiding the light beams reflected on the object 0 to the plurality of photodiodes 321-1-1 to 321-l-m.

    [0129] Light beams projected on the object O may be reflected on the object O, and the reflected light beams may pass through the aperture 341 and be incident on the plurality of photodiodes 321-1-1 to 321-l-m.

    [0130] Light beams reflected at different positions of the object O may be incident on different photodiodes of the plurality of photodiodes 321-1-1 to 32 1-l-m. For example, as shown in FIG. 16, a light beam reflected at a position of a first row R1 and a first column Ci of the object O may pass through the aperture 341 and may be incident on the 1-1st photodiode 321-1-1. A light beam reflected at a position of the first row R1 and a second column C2 may pass through the aperture 341 and may be incident on the 1-2nd photodiode 321-1-2. In addition, a light beam reflected at a position of the first row R1 and an mth column Cm may pass through the aperture 341 and may be incident on the 1-mth photodiode 321-1-m. A light beam reflected at a position of an lth row Rl and the mth column Cm may pass through the aperture 341 and may be incident on the l-mth photodiode 321-l-m.

    [0131] As described above, among light beams transmitted from the light-emitting diode array 311, a light beam projected in a specific region may pass through the aperture 341 and may be incident on the photodiode array 321. Since the photodiode array 321 includes the plurality of photodiodes 321-1-1 to 321-l-m disposed in a matrix form in rows and columns, as shown in FIG. 16, a specific region detectable by the photodiode array 321 may have an approximately quadrangular shape. In addition, light beams received by the plurality of photodiodes 321-1-1 to 321-l-m constituting the photodiode array 321 may form a two-dimensional image.

    [0132] All of the plurality of photodiodes 321-1-1 to 321-l-m constituting the photodiode array 321 may receive light beams having various wavelengths and may measure intensities of the received light beams. For example, all of the plurality of photodiodes 321-1-1 to 321-l-m may receive the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and the light beam having the nth wavelength λn and may output reception intensity signals corresponding to intensities of the received light beams.

    [0133] When the light-emitting diode array 311 transmits the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the photodiode array 321 may receive the light beam having the first wavelength λ1 reflected on the object O and may measure reflection intensity of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1. In addition, the reflection intensity of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1 measured by the plurality of photodiodes 321-1-1 to 321-l-m may form a first image I1 by the light beam having the first wavelength λ1 as shown in FIG. 17.

    [0134] When the light-emitting diode array 311 transmits the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, the photodiode array 321 may receive the light beam having the second wavelength λ2 reflected on the object O and may measure reflection intensity of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2. In addition, the reflection intensity of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2 measured by the plurality of photodiodes 321-1-1 to 321-l-m may form a second image I2 by the light beam having the second wavelength λ2 as shown in FIG. 17.

    [0135] In the same manner, when the light-emitting diode array 311 transmits the light beam having the nth wavelength λn, the photodiode array 321 may receive the light beam having the nth wavelength λn reflected on the object O and may measure reflection intensity of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn. In addition, the reflection intensity of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn measured by the plurality of photodiodes 321-1-1 to 321-l-m may form an nth image In by the light beam having the nth wavelength λn as shown in FIG. 17.

    [0136] The controller 330 may be electrically connected to the light emitter 310 and the light receiver 320. For example, the controller 330 may output an emission control signal to the light-emitting diode array 311 and may receive a reception intensity signal from the photodiode array 321.

    [0137] The controller 330 includes a processor 331 and a memory 332.

    [0138] The processor 331 may generate emission control signals for sequentially turning on the plurality of light-emitting diodes 311-1, 311-2, ... and 311-n included in the light-emitting diode array 311. In addition, the processor 331 may sequentially store reception intensity signals received from the plurality of photodiodes 321-1-1 to 321-l-m included in the photodiode array 321 in the memory 332. The processor 331 may sequentially store the first image I1 formed by the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the second image I2 formed by the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and the nth image In formed by the light beam having the nth wavelength λn in the memory 332.

    [0139] The controller 330 may identify the object O based on the first image I1 formed by the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the second image I2 formed by the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and the nth image In formed by the light beam having the nth wavelength λn.

    [0140] The controller 130 may calculate a rottenness value y of a food and/or a cooking value of the food by respectively inputting measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn in x1, x2, ... and xn of Expression 1.

    [0141] The controller 330 may identify a degree of rottenness of a food or a degree of cooking of the food based on a change in the first image I1, a change in the second image I2, ... and a change in the nth image In.

    [0142] The controller 330 may calculate a distance from the electronic apparatus 300 to the object O based on a time difference between a time at which the light-emitting diode array 311 transmits a light beam and a time at which the photodiode array 321 receives the light beam and based on the speed of light. The controller 330 may identify a degree of rottenness of a food or a degree of cooking of the food based on the distance from the electronic apparatus 300 to the object O and a change in the distance.

    [0143] The display 390 may display information (for example, an image and/or message) about a state of the object in response to a display signal of the controller 330. For example, the display 390 may display an image and/or message indicating rottenness of a food or may display an image and/or message indicating completion of cooking of the food.

    [0144] As described above, the electronic apparatus 300 provided with the light-emitting diode array 311 including n diodes may irradiate light beams having different wavelengths onto an entire surface of the object O rather than a portion of the object. In addition, the electronic apparatus 300 provided with the photodiode array 321 including diodes disposed in an l-by-m matrix may acquire images formed by light beams having different wavelengths. Accordingly, by using the images formed by the light beams having the different wavelengths, the electronic apparatus 300 may more accurately identify the object O and may also identify a degree of rottenness of a food or a degree of cooking of the food.

    [0145] FIG. 18 is a view illustrating a configuration of an electronic apparatus according to an example not falling under the scope of the present invention. FIG. 19 shows views illustrating a light-emitting diode array and a photodiode array included in the electronic apparatus.

    [0146] Referring to FIGS. 18 and 19, an electronic apparatus 400 includes a light emitter 410 capable of transmitting a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths toward an object, a light receiver 420 capable of receiving light beams, a controller 430 configured to control the light emitter 410, process a signal output from the light receiver 420, and identify a state of the object, and a display 490 configured to display information about the state of the object.

    [0147] The light emitter 410 includes a light-emitting diode array 411 capable of transmitting a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0148] The light-emitting diode array 411 includes a 1-1st light-emitting diode 411-1-1, a 1-2nd light-emitting diode 411-1-2, ... and a 1-nth light-emitting diode 411-1-n, a 2-1st light-emitting diode 411-2-1, a 2-2nd light-emitting diode 411-2-2, ... and a 2-nth light-emitting diode 411-2-n, ... and an m-1st light-emitting diode 411-m-1, an m-2nd light-emitting diode 411-m-2, ... and an m-nth light-emitting diode 411-m-n, which are capable of transmitting light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0149] As shown in FIG. 18, according to another aspect, in comparison to FIG. 7 and/or FIG. 14 illustrates a plurality of light-emitting diodes 411-1-1 to 411-m-n may be disposed in a matrix form in rows and columns. The plurality of light-emitting diodes 411-1-1 to 411-m-n may form a plurality of rows in a first direction D1 and may form a plurality of columns in a second direction D2.

    [0150] The 1-1st light-emitting diode 411-1-1, the 2-1st light-emitting diode 411-2-1, ... and the m-1st light-emitting diode 411-m-1 may be disposed in a first column and may transmit a light beam having a first wavelength λ1. The 1-2nd light-emitting diode 411-1-2, the 2-2nd light-emitting diode 411-2-2, ... and the m-2nd light-emitting diode 411-m-2 may be disposed in a second column and may transmit a light beam having a second wavelength λ2. The 1-nth light-emitting diode 411-1-n , the 2-nth light-emitting diode 411-2-n, ... and the m-nth light-emitting diode 411-m-n may be disposed in an nth column and may transmit a light beam having an nth wavelength λn.

    [0151] The light-emitting diode array 411 may sequentially transmit the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and the light having the nth wavelength λn in response to an emission control signal of the controller 430. For example, the 1-1st light-emitting diode 411-1-1, the 2-1st light-emitting diode 411-2-1, ... and the m-1st light-emitting diode 411-m-1 may sequentially transmit the light beams having the first wavelength λ1 in response to a first emission control signal of the controller 430. The 1-2nd light-emitting diode 411-1-2, the 2-2nd light-emitting diode 411-2-2, ... and the m-2nd light-emitting diode 411-m-2 may sequentially transmit the light beams having the second wavelength λ2 in response to a second emission control signal of the controller 430. In addition, the 1-nth light-emitting diode 411-1-n, the 2-nth light-emitting diode 411-2-n, ... and the m-nth light-emitting diode 411-m-n may sequentially transmit the light beams having the nth wavelength λn in response to an nth emission control signal of the controller 430.

    [0152] The light receiver 420 includes a photodiode array 421 capable of receiving light beams. The photodiode array 421 includes a first photodiode 421-1, a second photodiode 421-2, ... and an lth photodiode 421-l.

    [0153] As shown in FIG. 18, in the photodiode array 421, the first photodiode 421-1, the second photodiode 421-2, ... and the lth photodiode 421-l may be disposed in a line in the second direction D2.

    [0154] In the photodiode array 421, all of the first photodiode 421-1, the second photodiode 421-2, ... and the lth photodiode 421-l may receive light beams having various wavelengths and may measure intensities of the received light beams. For example, in the photodiode array 421, all of the first photodiode 421-1, the second photodiode 421-2, ... and the lth photodiode 421-l may receive the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and the light beam having the nth wavelength λn and may output reception intensity signals corresponding to intensities of the received light beams.

    [0155] The photodiode array 421 may receive a light beam that is transmitted from the light-emitting diode array 411 and is reflected on an object O and may transmit an electrical signal corresponding to intensity of the received light beam to the controller 430.

    [0156] The controller 430 includes a processor 431 and a memory 432.

    [0157] The processor 431 may generate emission control signals for sequentially turning on the plurality of light-emitting diodes 411-1-1 to 411-m-n included in the light-emitting diode array 411. In addition, the processor 431 may sequentially store reception intensity signals received from a plurality of photodiodes 421-1, 421-2, ... and 421-l included in the photodiode array 421 in the memory 432.

    [0158] The controller 430 may identify the object O based on reception intensity stored in the memory 432. In addition, the controller 430 may identify a degree of rottenness of a food or a degree of cooking of the food based on a change in the reception intensity stored in the memory 432.

    [0159] The controller 430 may calculate a distance from the electronic apparatus 400 to the object O based on a time difference between a time at which the light-emitting diode array 411 transmits a light beam and a time at which the photodiode array 421 receives the light beam and based on the speed of light. The controller 430 may identify a degree of rottenness of a food or a degree of cooking of the food based on the distance from the electronic apparatus 400 to the object O and a change in the distance.

    [0160] The display 490 may display information (for example, an image and/or message) about a state of the object in response to a display signal of the controller 430. For example, the display 490 may display an image and/or message indicating rottenness of a food or may display an image and/or message indicating completion of cooking of the food.

    [0161] FIG. 20 is a view illustrating an exterior of a refrigerator according to one example not falling under the scope of the present invention. FIG. 21 is a view illustrating a configuration of the refrigerator.

    [0162] Referring to FIGS. 20 and 21, a refrigerator 500 includes a main body 501, a storage chamber 502 provided in the main body 501 and having an open front surface, and a door 503 configured to open or close the open front surface of the storage chamber 502.

    [0163] The main body 501 is formed in the form of an approximately rectangular parallelepiped box. The main body 501 may include an inner case forming the storage chamber 502 and an outer case coupled to an outer side of the inner case to form an exterior of the refrigerator 500. An insulator configured to insulate the storage chamber 502 may be provided between the inner case and the outer case.

    [0164] The storage chamber 502 is provided in the main body 501. The storage chamber 502 is partitioned into an upper refrigerating chamber 502a and a lower freezing chamber 502b by an intermediate partition. The refrigerating chamber 502a may be maintained at a temperature of about 3 °C to store a food, and the freezing chamber 502b may be maintained at a temperature of about -19 °C to freeze and store a food. The front surface of the storage chamber 502 may be open so that a food may be taken in or out of the storage chamber 502.

    [0165] One side of the door 503 may be rotatably attached to the main body 501 through a hinge, and the door 503 may open or close the open front surface of the storage chamber 502.

    [0166] In addition, the refrigerator 500 includes a user inputter 510, a display 520, a temperature sensor 530, a cooling unit 540, a light emitter 550, a light receiver 560, and a controller 570.

    [0167] The user inputter 510 and the display 520 for interacting with a user may be provided at one side of a front surface of the door 503.

    [0168] The user inputter 510 may receive a user input related to operation of the refrigerator 500 from a user and may output an electrical signal (voltage or current) corresponding to the received user input to the controller 570. For example, the user inputter 510 may include a button for setting a temperature of the refrigerating chamber 502a, a button for setting a temperature of the freezing chamber 502b, and the like. The user inputter 510 may include a push switch and a membrane switch, which are operated by being pressed by a user, or a touch switch operated by being touched by a part of a user's body.

    [0169] The display 520 may receive information related to the operation of the refrigerator 500 from the controller 570 and may display an image corresponding to the received information. For example, the display 520 may display a temperature of the refrigerating chamber 502a, a temperature of the freezing chamber 502b, and the like set by the user.

    [0170] The temperature sensor 530 may detect a temperature inside the storage chamber 502 and may output an electrical signal (voltage or current) corresponding to the temperature inside the storage chamber 502 to the controller 570. For example, the temperature sensor 530 may include a thermistor of which an electrical resistance value is changed according to a temperature.

    [0171] The cooling unit 540 includes a compressor 541 configured to compress a refrigerant in a gas state, a condenser 542 configured to convert the compressed refrigerant from the gas state to a liquid state, an expander 543 configured to reduce pressure of the refrigerant in the liquid state, and an evaporator 544 configured to convert the pressure-reduced refrigerant from the liquid state to the gas state.

    [0172] The refrigerant may be circulated through the compressor 541, the condenser 542, the expander 543, and the evaporator 544, may absorb thermal energy from the storage chamber 502, and may discharge the absorbed thermal energy to the outside of the refrigerator 500. Specifically, the refrigerant may absorb thermal energy while being evaporated in the evaporator 544 provided in the storage chamber 502. In addition, the refrigerant may discharge the thermal energy while being condensed in the condenser 542 provided outside the storage chamber 502.

    [0173] As described above, the refrigerant absorbs thermal energy in the evaporator 544, and thus, air in the storage chamber 502 is cooled.

    [0174] The light emitter 550 includes a light-emitting diode array 551 capable of transmitting a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0175] The light-emitting diode array 551 may include, for example, a first light-emitting diode configured to transmit a light beam having a first wavelength λ1, a second light-emitting diode configured to transmit a light beam having a second wavelength λ2, ... and an nth light-emitting diode configured to transmit a light beam having an nth wavelength λn. The first light-emitting diode, the second light-emitting diode, ... and the nth light-emitting diode may be disposed in a line or a matrix form in rows and columns.

    [0176] The light-emitting diode array 551 may sequentially transmit the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and the light beam having the nth wavelength λn in response to an emission control signal of the controller 570.

    [0177] The light receiver 560 includes a photodiode array 561 capable of receiving light beams having various wavelengths.

    [0178] The photodiode array 561 may include, for example, a first photodiode, a second photodiode, ... and an nth photodiode, which are capable of receiving the light beams having the first wavelength λ1, the second wavelength λ2, ... and the nth wavelength λn. The first photodiode, the second photodiode, ... and the nth photodiode may be disposed in a line or a matrix form in rows and columns.

    [0179] The photodiode array 561 may receive the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the second wavelength λ2, ... or the nth wavelength λn and may output a reception intensity signal corresponding to intensity of the received light beam to the controller 570.

    [0180] The controller 570 may be electrically connected to the user inputter 510, the display 520, the temperature sensor 530, the cooling unit 540, the light emitter 550, and the light receiver 560.

    [0181] The controller 570 includes a processor 571 and a memory 572.

    [0182] The processor 571 may process a user input received by the user inputter 510 and temperature information measured by the temperature sensor 530 and may generate a cooling control signal for controlling operation of the cooling unit 540. The processor 571 may include an operational circuit, a memory circuit, and a control circuit. The processor 571 may include one chip or may include a plurality of chips.

    [0183] The memory 572 may store and/or retain a program and data for controlling operation of the refrigerator 500. The memory 572 may include volatile memories such as an S-RAM and a D-RAM and nonvolatile memories such as a ROM and an EPROM. The memory 572 may include one memory element or may include a plurality of memory elements.

    [0184] As described above, the controller 570 may control the operation of the cooling unit 540 based on a temperature of the storage chamber 502.

    [0185] In addition, the controller 570 may control the light emitter 550 and the light receiver 560 to identify a degree of rottenness of a food stored in the storage chamber 502.

    [0186] The controller 570 may identify an object O based on a user input.

    [0187] The controller 570 may control the light-emitting diode array 551 to sequentially transmit the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and the light beam having the nth wavelength λn. In addition, the controller 570 may sequentially store reception intensities (reflection intensities) received by the photodiode array 561 in the memory 572.

    [0188] The controller 570 may identify a degree of rottenness of a food based on reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and reflection intensity (reflectance) of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn. For example, the controller 570 may calculate a rottenness value of a food by respectively inputting measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the nth wavelength Xn in x1, x2, ... and xn of Expression 1. The controller 570 may identify a degree of rottenness of a food stored in the storage chamber 502 based on a rottenness value of the food.

    [0189] The controller 570 may identify a degree of rottenness of a food based on a change in reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, a change in reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and a change in reflection intensity (reflectance) of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn.

    [0190] When it is identified that a food has been rotten, the controller 570 may display an image and/or message indicating the rottenness of the food on the display 520.

    [0191] FIG. 22 is a view illustrating an exterior of a cooking apparatus according to one embodiment. FIG. 23 is a view illustrating a configuration of the cooking apparatus according to one embodiment.

    [0192] Referring to FIGS. 22 and 23, a cooking apparatus 600 includes a main body 601, a cooking chamber 602 provided in the main body 601 and having an open front surface, and a door 603 configured to open or close the open front surface of the cooking chamber 602.

    [0193] The main body 601 is formed in the form of an approximately rectangular parallelepiped box. A control panel 604 configured to receive a user input and display operation information of the cooking apparatus 600 may be provided at one side of a front surface of the main body 601.

    [0194] The cooking chamber 602 may be provided in the main body 601 and may also be formed in the form of an approximately rectangular parallelepiped box. The cooking chamber 602 is provided with a turntable 605 on which an object to be cooked may be placed. In addition, the front surface of the cooking chamber 602 may be open so that the object to be cooked may be taken in or out of the cooking chamber 602.

    [0195] One side of the door 603 may be rotatably attached to the main body 601 through a hinge, and the door 603 may open or close the open front surface of the cooking chamber 602.

    [0196] The cooking apparatus 600 also includes a user inputter 610, a display 620, a temperature sensor 630, a heating unit 640, a light emitter 650, a light receiver 660, and a controller 670.

    [0197] The user inputter 610 and the display 620 for interacting with a user may be provided in the control panel 604.

    [0198] The user inputter 610 may receive a user input related to operation of the cooking apparatus 600 from a user and may output an electrical signal (voltage or current) corresponding to the received user input to the controller 670. For example, the user inputter 610 may include a plurality of buttons for receiving a cooking course and a dial for receiving a cooking time or weight of an object to be cooked.

    [0199] The display 620 may receive information related to operation of the cooking apparatus 600 from the controller 670 and may display an image corresponding to the received information. For example, the display 620 may display a cooking course selected by a user or may display a cooking time left until cooking is completed.

    [0200] The temperature sensor 630 may detect a temperature inside the cooking chamber 602 and may output an electrical signal (voltage or current) corresponding to the temperature inside the cooking chamber 602 to the controller 670.

    [0201] The heating unit 640 includes a microwave unit 641, a convection unit 642, and a grill unit 643.

    [0202] The microwave unit 641 may include a magnetron configured to generate a microwave of about 2.45 GHz and an antenna configured to irradiate a microwave into the cooking chamber 602. The microwave unit 641 may irradiate the microwave of about 2.45 GHz into the cooking chamber 602 to heat an object to be cooked which is disposed in the cooking chamber 602.

    [0203] The convection unit 642 may include a heater configured to heat air and a fan configured to blow the heated air into the cooking chamber 602. The convection unit 642 may blow the heated air into the cooking chamber 602 to heat the object to be cooked disposed in the cooking chamber 602.

    [0204] The grill unit 643 may include a heater capable of emitting radiant heat. The grill unit 643 may heat the object to be cooked disposed in the cooking chamber 602 using the radiant heat emitted from the heater.

    [0205] The light emitter 650 includes a light-emitting diode array 651 capable of transmitting a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0206] The light-emitting diode array 651 may include, for example, a first light-emitting diode configured to transmit a light beam having a first wavelength λ1, a second light-emitting diode configured to transmit a light beam having a second wavelength λ2, ... and an nth light-emitting diode configured to transmit a light beam having an nth wavelength λn. The first light-emitting diode, the second light-emitting diode, ... and the nth light-emitting diode may be disposed in a line or a matrix form in rows and columns.

    [0207] The light-emitting diode array 651 may sequentially transmit the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and the light beam having the nth wavelength λn in response to an emission control signal of the controller 670.

    [0208] The light receiver 660 includes a photodiode array 661 capable of receiving light beams having various wavelengths.

    [0209] The photodiode array 661 may include, for example, a first photodiode, a second photodiode, ... and an nth photodiode, which are capable of receiving the light beams having the first wavelength λ1, the second wavelength λ2, ... and the nth wavelength λn. The first photodiode, the second photodiode, ... and the nth photodiode may be disposed in a line or a matrix form in rows and columns.

    [0210] The photodiode array 661 may receive the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the second wavelength λ2, ... or the nth wavelength λn and may output a reception intensity signal corresponding to intensity of the received light beam to the controller 670.

    [0211] The controller 670 may be electrically connected to the user inputter 610, the display 620, the temperature sensor 630, the heating unit 640, the light emitter 650, and the light receiver 660.

    [0212] The controller 670 includes a processor 671 and a memory 672.

    [0213] The memory 672 may store and/or retain a program and data for controlling the cooking apparatus 600.

    [0214] The processor 671 may process a user input received by the user inputter 610 and temperature information measured by the temperature sensor 630 and may generate a heating control signal for controlling operation of the heating unit 640. The processor 671 may include an operational circuit, a memory circuit, and a control circuit. The processor 671 may include one chip or may include a plurality of chips.

    [0215] The memory 672 may store and/or retain a program and data for controlling operation of the cooking apparatus 600. The memory 672 may include volatile memories such as an S-RAM and a D-RAM and nonvolatile memories such as a ROM and an EPROM. The memory 672 may include one memory element or may include a plurality of memory elements.

    [0216] As described above, the controller 670 may control operation of the heating unit 640 based on a temperature of the cooking chamber 602.

    [0217] In addition, the controller 670 may control the light emitter 650 and the light receiver 660 to identify a degree of cooking of a food disposed in the cooking chamber 602.

    [0218] The controller 670 may identify an object O based on a user input.

    [0219] The controller 670 may control the light-emitting diode array 651 to sequentially transmit the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and the light beam having the nth wavelength λn. In addition, the controller 670 may sequentially store reception intensities (reflection intensities) received by the photodiode array 661 in the memory 672.

    [0220] The controller 670 may identify a degree of cooking of a food based on reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and reflection intensity (reflectance) of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn. For example, the controller 670 may calculate a rottenness value of a food by respectively inputting measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and measured reflection intensity of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn in x1, x2, ... and xn of Expression 1. The controller 670 may identify a degree of cooking of a food stored in the cooking chamber 602 based on a rottenness value of the food. According to the invention, the reflectances - rather than reflection intensities - are used to identify a state of the object.

    [0221] The controller 670 may identify a degree of rottenness of a food based on a change in reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the first wavelength λ1, a change in reflection intensity (or reflectance) of the light beam having the second wavelength λ2, ... and a change in reflection intensity (reflectance) of the light beam having the nth wavelength λn.

    [0222] According to the invention, the controller 670 measures distances from the light-emitting diode array 651 and the photodiode array 661 to a food. The controller 670 calculates a distance to the object 0 based on a time difference between a time at which the light-emitting diode array 651 transmits a light beam and a time at which the photodiode array 661 receives the light beam and based on the speed of light.

    [0223] The controller 670 identifies cooking information of a food based on a change in distance to the object O according to a time. In general, it is known that a volume of a food is reduced due to moisture being evaporated as the food is cooked. When an increased value of the distance to the object O is greater than or equal to a reference distance and a change rate of the distance to the object O is less than or equal to a reference change rate, the controller 670 may determine that the cooking of the food has been completed.

    [0224] When it is identified that the cooking of the food has been completed, the controller 670 may stop the operation of the heating unit 640 and may display an image and/or message indicating the completion of cooking of the food on the display 620.

    [0225] As is apparent from the above description, an electronic apparatus may include a light-emitting diode array capable of transmitting light beams having different wavelengths, a photodiode array capable of receiving light beams, a display, and a processor configured to control the light-emitting diode array to transmit the light beams having the different wavelengths toward an object, identify a state of the object based on reception intensities of the light beams having the different wavelengths received by the photodiode array, and display information about the state of the object on the display.

    [0226] By using a plurality of light-emitting diodes capable of transmitting a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths, the electronic apparatus may more accurately identify the state of the object.

    [0227] The processor may identify the state of the object based on whether the reception intensities of the received light beams having the different wavelengths are less than or equal to a plurality of reference intensities predefined with respect to the light beams having the different wavelengths.

    [0228] In addition, the electronic apparatus may further include a storage chamber configured to store the object and a cooling unit configured to cool the storage chamber. The processor may display an image or a message indicating rottenness of the object on the display in response to the reception intensities of the received light beams having the different wavelengths being less than or equal to the plurality of predefined reference intensities.

    [0229] Furthermore, the electronic apparatus may further include a cooking chamber in which the object is placed and a heating unit configured to heat the cooking chamber. The processor may display an image or a message indicating completion of cooking of the object on the display in response to the reception intensities of the received light beams having the different wavelengths being less than or equal to the plurality of predefined reference intensities.

    [0230] Therefore, the electronic apparatus may use reflectances in which the plurality of light beams having the different wavelengths are reflected on the object so that the electronic apparatus may more accurately identify whether the object is rotten and/or whether the cooking of the object is completed.

    [0231] The processor may identify the state of the object based on whether change values of the reception intensities of the received light beams having the different wavelengths are less than or equal to a plurality of reference change values predefined with respect to the light beams having the different wavelengths.

    [0232] In addition, the electronic apparatus may further include a storage chamber configured to store the object and a cooling unit configured to cool the storage chamber. The processor may display an image or a message indicating rottenness of the object on the display in response to the change values of the reception intensities of the received light beams having the different wavelengths being less than or equal to the plurality of predefined reference change values.

    [0233] Furthermore, the electronic apparatus may further include a cooking chamber in which the object is placed and a heating unit configured to heat the cooking chamber. The processor may display an image or a message completion of cooking of the object on the display in response to the change values of the reception intensities of the received light beams having the different wavelengths being less than or equal to the plurality of predefined reference change values.

    [0234] Therefore, the electronic apparatus may use change rates of reflectances in which the plurality of light beams having the different wavelengths are reflected on the object so that the electronic apparatus may more accurately identify whether the object is rotten and/or whether the cooking of the object is completed.

    [0235] The light-emitting diode array may include a plurality of light-emitting diodes capable of transmitting light beams having different wavelengths, and the photodiode array may include one photodiode.

    [0236] In addition, the processor may sequentially turn on the plurality of light-emitting diodes and may process intensity of the light beam received by the photodiode in response to one of the plurality of light-emitting diodes being turned on.

    [0237] As described above, by using the light-emitting diodes and the photodiode, the electronic apparatus may identify the state of the object at a low cost.

    [0238] The light-emitting diode array may include a plurality of light-emitting diodes disposed in a line in a first direction and configured to transmit light beams having different wavelengths, and the photodiode array may include a plurality of photodiodes disposed in a line in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction.

    [0239] In addition, the processor may sequentially turn on the plurality of light-emitting diodes and may process intensity of the light beam received by each of the plurality of photodiodes in response to one of the plurality of light-emitting diodes being turned on.

    [0240] As described above, by using the linearly disposed light-emitting diodes and the linearly disposed photodiodes, the electronic apparatus may calculate reflectances of the light beams having the different wavelengths on an entire surface of the object and may also identify a state of a specific portion of the object.

    [0241] The light-emitting diode array may include a plurality of light-emitting diodes capable of transmitting light beams having different wavelengths, and the photodiode array may include a plurality of photodiodes disposed in rows and columns.

    [0242] In addition, the processor may sequentially turn on the plurality of light-emitting diodes and may process intensity of the light beam received by each of the plurality of photodiodes in response to one of the plurality of light-emitting diodes being turned on.

    [0243] As described above, by using the linearly disposed light-emitting diodes and the two-dimensionally disposed photodiodes, the electronic apparatus may calculate reflectances of the light beams having the different wavelengths on an entire surface of the object and may also identify a state of a specific portion of the object.

    [0244] The light-emitting diode array may include a plurality of light-emitting diodes disposed in columns and rows, the light-emitting diodes disposed in different columns may transmit light beams having different wavelengths, and the photodiode array may include a plurality of photodiodes disposed in a line.

    [0245] As described above, by using the two-dimensionally disposed light-emitting diodes and the linearly disposed photodiodes, the electronic apparatus may calculate reflectances of the light beams having the different wavelengths on an entire surface of the object and may also identify a state of a specific portion of the object.

    [0246] According to an aspect of the present disclosure, it is possible to provide an electronic apparatus using a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0247] According to an aspect of the present disclosure, it is possible to provide an electronic apparatus capable of identifying a state of an object using a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0248] According to an aspect of the present disclosure, it is possible to provide an electronic apparatus capable of identifying cooking information of a food using a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0249] According to an aspect of the present disclosure, it is possible to provide an electronic apparatus capable of identifying whether a food is rotten using a plurality of light beams having different wavelengths.

    [0250] Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure have been described above. In the exemplary embodiments described above, some components may be implemented as a "module". Here, the term 'module' means, but is not limited to, a software and/or hardware component, such as a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) or Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), which performs certain tasks. A module may advantageously be configured to reside on the addressable storage medium and configured to execute on one or more processors.

    [0251] Thus, a module may include, by way of example, components, such as software components, object-oriented software components, class components and task components, processes, functions, attributes, procedures, subroutines, segments of program code, drivers, firmware, microcode, circuitry, data, databases, data structures, tables, arrays, and variables. The operations provided for in the components and modules may be combined into fewer components and modules or further separated into additional components and modules. In addition, the components and modules may be implemented such that they execute one or more CPUs in a device.

    [0252] With that being said, and in addition to the above described exemplary embodiments, embodiments can thus be implemented through computer readable code/instructions in/on a medium, e.g., a computer readable medium, to control at least one processing element to implement any above described exemplary embodiment. The medium can correspond to any medium/media permitting the storing and/or transmission of the computer readable code.

    [0253] The computer-readable code can be recorded on a medium or transmitted through the Internet. The medium may include Read Only Memory (ROM), Random Access Memory (RAM), Compact Disk-Read Only Memories (CD-ROMs), magnetic tapes, floppy disks, and optical recording medium. Also, the medium may be a non-transitory computer-readable medium. The media may also be a distributed network, so that the computer readable code is stored or transferred and executed in a distributed fashion. Still further, as only an example, the processing element could include at least one processor or at least one computer processor, and processing elements may be distributed and/or included in a single device.

    [0254] While exemplary embodiments have been described with respect to a limited number of embodiments, those skilled in the art, having the benefit of this disclosure, will appreciate that other embodiments can be devised which do not depart from the scope as disclosed herein. Accordingly, the scope should be limited only by the attached claims.


    Claims

    1. An electronic apparatus (100, 200, 300) comprising:

    a light-emitting diode array (111, 211, 311, 411, 551, 651) configured to transmit light beams having different wavelengths;

    a photodiode (121, 221, 321, 421, 561, 661) configured to receive reflected light beams having different wavelengths and measure intensities of the received light beams;

    a display (190, 290, 390, 490, 520, 620); and

    a processor (131, 231, 331, 431, 571, 671) configured to:

    control the light-emitting diode array to transmit the light beams having the different wavelengths toward an object,

    calculate reflectance of each light beam based on a ratio of the intensity of the light beam transmitted from the light-emitting diode array and the intensity of the light beam that is reflected on the object and received by the photodiode,

    calculate, at different times, a distance from the electronic apparatus (100, 200, 300) to the object based on a time difference between a time at which the light-emitting diode array transmits a light beam and a time at which the photodiode receives the light beam,

    identify a state of the object based on the reflectances of the light beams and the change in distance to the object, and

    display information about the state of the object on the display,

    wherein identifying the state of the object includes identifying a degree of rottenness of the object or a degree of cooking of the object.


     
    2. The electronic apparatus of claim 1, wherein the processor identifies the state of the object based on whether the reflectances of the light beams are less than or equal to a plurality of reference reflectances predefined with respect to the light beams having the different wavelengths.
     
    3. The electronic apparatus of claim 2, further comprising a storage chamber (502) configured to store the object, and a cooling unit (540) configured to cool the storage chamber,
    wherein the processor controls the display to display the state of the object using an image or a message indicating the degree of rottenness of the object in response to the reflectances of the light beams being less than or equal to the plurality of predefined reference reflectances.
     
    4. The electronic apparatus of claim 2, further comprising a cooking chamber (602) in which the object is placed, and a heating unit (640) configured to heat the cooking chamber,
    wherein the processor controls the display to display the state of the object using an image or a message indicating completion of cooking of the object in response to the reflectances of the light beams being less than or equal to the plurality of predefined reference reflectances.
     
    5. The electronic apparatus of claim 1, wherein the processor (131) identifies the state of the object based on whether a change in the values of the reflectances of the light beams over a predetermined time is less than or equal to a plurality of reference values predefined with respect to the light beams having the different wavelengths.
     
    6. The electronic apparatus of claim 5, further comprising a storage chamber (502) configured to store the object, and a cooling unit (540) configured to cool the storage chamber,
    wherein the processor (571) controls the display to display the state of the object using an image or a message indicating the degree of rottenness of the object in response to the change in the values of the reflectances of the light beams being less than or equal to the plurality of predefined reference values.
     
    7. The electronic apparatus of claim 5, further comprising a cooking chamber (602) in which the object is placed, and a heating unit (640) configured to heat the cooking chamber,
    wherein the processor controls the display to display the state of the object using an image or a message indicating completion of cooking of the object in response to the change in the values of the reflectances of the light beams being less than or equal to the plurality of predefined reference values.
     
    8. The electronic apparatus of claim 1, wherein the light-emitting diode array (111) includes a plurality of light-emitting diodes (111-1 to 111-n) configured to transmit the light beams having the different wavelengths, and
    the photodiode (121) includes one photodiode.
     
    9. The electronic apparatus of claim 8, wherein the processor (131) sequentially turns on the plurality of light-emitting diodes, and calculates a reflectance of the light beam received by the one photodiode in response to one of the plurality of light-emitting diodes being turned on.
     
    10. The electronic apparatus of claim 1, wherein the light-emitting diode array (211) includes a plurality of light-emitting diodes (211-1 to 211-n) disposed in a line in a first direction (D1) and configured to transmit the light beams having the different wavelengths, and
    the photodiode (221) includes a plurality of photodiodes (221-1 to 221-m) disposed in a line in a second direction (D2) orthogonal to the first direction (D1).
     
    11. The electronic apparatus of claim 10, wherein the processor (231) sequentially turns on the plurality of light-emitting diodes and processes an intensity of the light beam received by each of the plurality of photodiodes in response to one of the plurality of light-emitting diodes being turned on.
     
    12. The electronic apparatus of claim 1, wherein the light-emitting diode array (311) includes a plurality of light-emitting diodes (311-1 to 311-n) configured to transmit the light beams having the different wavelengths, and
    the photodiode (321) includes a plurality of photodiodes (321-1-1 to 321-1-M) disposed in columns and rows.
     
    13. The electronic apparatus of claim 12, wherein the processor (331) sequentially turns on the plurality of light-emitting diodes and processes an intensity of the light beam received by each of the plurality of photodiodes in response to one of the plurality of light-emitting diodes being turned on.
     
    14. The electronic apparatus of claim 1, wherein the light-emitting diode array (411) includes a plurality of light-emitting diodes (411-1-1 to 411-m-n) disposed in rows and columns,

    the light-emitting diodes disposed in different columns transmit the light beams having the different wavelengths, and

    the photodiode (421) includes a plurality of photodiodes (421-1 to 421-l) disposed in a line.


     
    15. A controlling method of an electronic apparatus (100, 200, 300), comprising:

    transmitting, by a light-emitting diode array (111), light beams having different wavelengths toward an object;

    receiving, by a photodiode (121), the light beams having the different wavelengths reflected on the object;

    calculating reflectance of each light beam based on a ratio of an intensity of the light beam transmitted from the light-emitting diode array (111) and an intensity of the light beam that is reflected on the object and received by the photodiode (121);

    calculating, at different times, a distance from the electronic apparatus (100, 200, 300) to the object based on a time difference between a time of transmitting, by the light-emitting diode array (111), a light beam and a time of receiving, by the photodiode (121), the light beam (111);

    identifying a state of the object based on the reflectances of the light beams and the change in distance to the object; and

    displaying information about the state of the object on a display (190),

    wherein identifying the state of the object includes identifying a degree of rottenness of the object or a degree of cooking of the object.


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Elektronische Vorrichtung (100, 200, 300), umfassend:

    eine Leuchtdiodenanordnung (111, 211, 311, 411, 551, 651), die dazu konfiguriert ist, Lichtstrahlen mit verschiedenen Wellenlängen zu übertragen;

    eine Fotodiode (121, 221, 321, 421, 561, 661), die dazu konfiguriert ist, reflektierte Lichtstrahlen mit verschiedenen Wellenlängen zu empfangen und Intensitäten der empfangenen Lichtstrahlen zu messen;

    eine Anzeige (190, 290, 390, 490, 520, 620); und

    einen Prozessor (131, 231, 331, 431, 571, 671), der konfiguriert ist zum:

    Steuern der Leuchtdiodenanordnung, um die Lichtstrahlen mit den verschiedenen Wellenlängen hin zu einem Objekt zu übertragen,

    Berechnen des Reflexionsgrades jedes Lichtstrahls auf Basis eines Verhältnisses der Intensität des von der Leuchtdiodenanordnung übertragenen Lichtstrahls und der Intensität des Lichtstrahls, der an dem Objekt reflektiert und von der Fotodiode empfangen wird,

    Berechnen, zu verschiedenen Zeiten, eines Abstands von der elektronischen Vorrichtung (100, 200, 300) zu dem Objekt auf Basis einer Zeitdifferenz zwischen einer Zeit, zu der die Leuchtdiodenanordnung einen Lichtstrahl überträgt, und einer Zeit, zu der die Fotodiode den Lichtstrahl empfängt,

    Identifizieren eines Zustands des Objekts auf Basis der Reflexionsgrade der Lichtstrahlen und der Änderung des Abstands zu dem Objekt, und

    Anzeigen von Informationen über den Zustand des Objekts auf der Anzeige, wobei das Identifizieren des Zustands des Objekts das Identifizieren eines Fäulnisgrades des Objekts oder eines Gargrades des Objekts beinhaltet.


     
    2. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Prozessor den Zustand des Objekts auf Basis dessen identifiziert, ob die Reflexionsgrade der Lichtstrahlen weniger als oder gleich einer Vielzahl von in Bezug auf die Lichtstrahlen mit den verschiedenen Wellenlängen vordefinierten Referenzreflexionsgraden sind.
     
    3. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 2, ferner umfassend eine Aufbewahrungskammer (502), die zum Aufbewahren des Objekts konfiguriert ist, und eine Kühleinheit (540), die zum Kühlen der Aufbewahrungskammer konfiguriert ist,
    wobei der Prozessor die Anzeige steuert, um den Zustand des Objekts unter Verwendung eines Bildes oder einer Nachricht zur Angabe des Fäulnisgrades des Objekts als Reaktion darauf anzuzeigen, dass die Reflexionsgrade der Lichtstrahlen weniger als oder gleich der Vielzahl von vordefinierten Referenzreflexionsgraden sind.
     
    4. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 2, ferner umfassend eine Garkammer (602), in der das Objekt platziert wird, und eine Heizeinheit (640), die zum Erhitzen der Garkammer konfiguriert ist,
    wobei der Prozessor die Anzeige steuert, um den Zustand des Objekts unter Verwendung eines Bildes oder einer Nachricht zur Angabe des Abschlusses des Garens des Objekts als Reaktion darauf anzuzeigen, dass die Reflexionsgrade der Lichtstrahlen weniger als oder gleich der Vielzahl von vordefinierten Referenzreflexionsgraden sind.
     
    5. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Prozessor (131) den Zustand des Objekts auf Basis dessen identifiziert, ob eine Änderung der Werte der Reflexionsgrade der Lichtstrahlen über eine vorbestimmte Zeit weniger als oder gleich einer Vielzahl von in Bezug auf die Lichtstrahlen mit den verschiedenen Wellenlängen vordefinierten Referenzwerten ist.
     
    6. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 5, ferner umfassend eine Aufbewahrungskammer (502), die zum Aufbewahren des Objekts konfiguriert ist, und eine Kühleinheit (540), die zum Kühlen der Aufbewahrungskammer konfiguriert ist,
    wobei der Prozessor (571) die Anzeige steuert, um den Zustand des Objekts unter Verwendung eines Bildes oder einer Nachricht zur Angabe des Fäulnisgrades des Objekts als Reaktion darauf anzuzeigen, dass die Änderung der Werte der Reflexionsgrade der Lichtstrahlen weniger als oder gleich der Vielzahl von vordefinierten Referenzwerten ist.
     
    7. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 5, ferner umfassend eine Garkammer (602), in der das Objekt platziert wird, und eine Heizeinheit (640), die zum Erhitzen der Garkammer konfiguriert ist,
    wobei der Prozessor die Anzeige steuert, um den Zustand des Objekts unter Verwendung eines Bildes oder einer Nachricht zur Angabe des Abschlusses des Garens des Objekts als Reaktion darauf anzuzeigen, dass die Änderung der Werte der Reflexionsgrade der Lichtstrahlen weniger als oder gleich der Vielzahl von vordefinierten Referenzwerten ist.
     
    8. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Leuchtdiodenanordnung (111) eine Vielzahl von Leuchtdioden (111-1 bis 111-n) beinhaltet, die zum Übertragen der Lichtstrahlen mit den verschiedenen Wellenlängen konfiguriert sind, und
    die Fotodiode (121) eine Fotodiode beinhaltet.
     
    9. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 8, wobei der Prozessor (131) sequenziell die Vielzahl von Leuchtdioden einschaltet und einen Reflexionsgrad des von der einen Fotodiode empfangenen Lichtstrahls als Reaktion darauf berechnet, dass eine der Vielzahl von Leuchtdioden eingeschaltet wird.
     
    10. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Leuchtdiodenanordnung (211) eine Vielzahl von Leuchtdioden (211-1 bis 211-n) beinhaltet, die in einer Linie in einer ersten Richtung (D1) angeordnet und zum Übertragen der Lichtstrahlen mit den verschiedenen Wellenlängen konfiguriert sind, und
    die Fotodiode (221) eine Vielzahl von Fotodioden (221-1 bis 221-m) beinhaltet, die in einer Linie in einer zweiten Richtung (D2) orthogonal zu der ersten Richtung (D1) angeordnet sind.
     
    11. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 10, wobei der Prozessor (231) sequenziell die Vielzahl von Leuchtdioden einschaltet und eine Intensität des von jeder der Vielzahl von Fotodioden empfangenen Lichtstrahls als Reaktion darauf verarbeitet, dass eine der Vielzahl von Leuchtdioden eingeschaltet wird.
     
    12. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Leuchtdiodenanordnung (311) eine Vielzahl von Leuchtdioden (311-1 bis 311-n) beinhaltet, die zum Übertragen der Lichtstrahlen mit den verschiedenen Wellenlängen konfiguriert sind, und
    die Fotodiode (321) eine Vielzahl von Fotodioden (321-1-1 bis 321-/-m) beinhaltet, die in Spalten und Reihen angeordnet sind.
     
    13. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 12, wobei der Prozessor (331) sequenziell die Vielzahl von Leuchtdioden einschaltet und eine Intensität des von jeder der Vielzahl von Fotodioden empfangenen Lichtstrahls als Reaktion darauf verarbeitet, dass eine der Vielzahl von Leuchtdioden eingeschaltet wird.
     
    14. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Leuchtdiodenanordnung (411) eine Vielzahl von Leuchtdioden (411-1-1 bis 411-m-n) beinhaltet, die in Reihen und Spalten angeordnet sind,

    die in verschiedenen Spalten angeordneten Leuchtdioden die Lichtstrahlen mit verschiedenen Wellenlängen übertragen, und

    die Fotodiode (421) eine Vielzahl von Fotodioden (421-1 bis 421-l) beinhaltet, die in einer Linie angeordnet sind.


     
    15. Steuerverfahren einer elektronischen Vorrichtung (100, 200, 300), umfassend:

    Übertragen, durch eine Leuchtdiodenanordnung (111), von Lichtstrahlen mit verschiedenen Wellenlängen hin zu einem Objekt;

    Empfangen, durch eine Fotodiode (121), der an dem Objekt reflektierten Lichtstrahlen mit den verschiedenen Wellenlängen;

    Berechnen des Reflexionsgrades jedes Lichtstrahls auf Basis eines Verhältnisses einer Intensität des von der Leuchtdiodenanordnung (111) übertragenen Lichtstrahls und einer Intensität des Lichtstrahls, der an dem Objekt reflektiert und von der Fotodiode (121) empfangen wird;

    Berechnen, zu verschiedenen Zeiten, eines Abstands von der elektronischen Vorrichtung (100, 200, 300) zu dem Objekt auf Basis einer Zeitdifferenz zwischen einer Zeit des Übertragens, durch die Leuchtdiodenanordnung (111), eines Lichtstrahls und einer Zeit des Empfangen, durch die Photodiode (121), des Lichtstrahls (111);

    Identifizieren eines Zustands des Objekts auf Basis der Reflexionsgrade der Lichtstrahlen und der Änderung des Abstands zu dem Objekt; und

    Anzeigen von Informationen über den Zustand des Objekts auf einer Anzeige (190), wobei das Identifizieren des Zustands des Objekts das Identifizieren eines Fäulnisgrades des Objekts oder eines Gargrades des Objekts beinhaltet.


     


    Revendications

    1. Appareil électronique (100, 200, 300) comprenant :

    un réseau de diodes électroluminescentes (111, 211, 311, 411, 551, 651) conçu pour émettre des faisceaux lumineux comportant différentes longueurs d'onde ;

    une photodiode (121, 221, 321, 421, 561, 661) conçue pour recevoir des faisceaux lumineux réfléchis comportant différentes longueurs d'onde et mesurer les intensités des faisceaux lumineux reçus ;

    un dispositif d'affichage (190, 290, 390, 490, 520, 620) ; et

    un processeur (131, 231, 331, 431, 571, 671) conçu pour :

    commander le réseau de diodes électroluminescentes pour transmettre les faisceaux lumineux comportant les différentes longueurs d'onde vers un objet,

    calculer la réflectance de chaque faisceau lumineux sur la base d'un rapport de l'intensité du faisceau lumineux émis à partir du réseau de diodes électroluminescentes sur l'intensité du faisceau lumineux qui est réfléchi sur l'objet et reçu par la photodiode,

    calculer, à différents instants, une distance allant de l'appareil électronique (100, 200, 300) jusqu'à l'objet sur la base d'une différence de temps entre un instant auquel le réseau de diodes électroluminescentes émet un faisceau lumineux et un instant auquel la photodiode reçoit le faisceau lumineux,

    identifier un état de l'objet sur la base des réflectances des faisceaux lumineux et du changement de distance par rapport à l'objet, et

    afficher des informations concernant l'état de l'objet sur le dispositif d'affichage, ladite identification de l'état de l'objet comprenant l'identification d'un degré de pourriture de l'objet ou d'un degré de cuisson de l'objet.


     
    2. Appareil électronique selon la revendication 1, ledit processeur identifiant l'état de l'objet sur la base des réflectances des faisceaux lumineux qui sont, ou non, inférieures ou égales à une pluralité de réflectances de référence prédéfinies par rapport aux faisceaux lumineux comportant les différentes longueurs d'onde.
     
    3. Appareil électronique selon la revendication 2, comprenant en outre une chambre de stockage (502) conçue pour stocker l'objet, et une unité de refroidissement (540) conçue pour refroidir la chambre de stockage,
    ledit processeur commandant au dispositif d'affichage d'afficher l'état de l'objet à l'aide d'une image ou d'un message indiquant le degré de pourriture de l'objet en réponse aux réflectances des faisceaux lumineux qui sont inférieures ou égales à la pluralité de réflectances de
     
    4. Appareil électronique selon la revendication 2, comprenant en outre une chambre de cuisson (602) dans laquelle l'objet est placé, et une unité de chauffage (640) conçue pour chauffer la chambre de cuisson,
    ledit processeur commandant au dispositif d'affichage d'afficher l'état de l'objet à l'aide d'une image ou d'un message indiquant l'achèvement de la cuisson de l'objet en réponse aux réflectances des faisceaux lumineux qui sont inférieures ou égales à la pluralité de réflectances de référence prédéfinies.
     
    5. Appareil électronique selon la revendication 1, ledit processeur (131) identifiant l'état de l'objet sur la base d'un changement des valeurs des réflectances des faisceaux lumineux sur un temps préétabli qui est, ou non, inférieur ou égal à une pluralité de valeurs de référence prédéfinies par rapport aux faisceaux lumineux comportant les différentes longueurs d'onde.
     
    6. Appareil électronique selon la revendication 5, comprenant en outre une chambre de stockage (502) conçue pour stocker l'objet, et une unité de refroidissement (540) conçue pour refroidir la chambre de stockage,
    ledit processeur (571) commandant au dispositif d'affichage d'afficher l'état de l'objet à l'aide d'une image ou d'un message indiquant le degré de pourriture de l'objet en réponse au changement des valeurs des réflectances des faisceaux lumineux qui sont inférieures ou égales à la pluralité de valeurs de référence prédéfinies.
     
    7. Appareil électronique selon la revendication 5, comprenant en outre une chambre de cuisson (602) dans laquelle l'objet est placé, et une unité de chauffage (640) conçue pour chauffer la chambre de cuisson,
    ledit processeur commandant au dispositif d'affichage d'afficher l'état de l'objet à l'aide d'une image ou d'un message indiquant l'achèvement de la cuisson de l'objet en réponse au changement des valeurs des réflectances des faisceaux lumineux qui sont inférieures ou égales à la pluralité de valeurs de référence prédéfinies.
     
    8. Appareil électronique selon la revendication 1, ledit réseau de diodes électroluminescentes (111) comprenant une pluralité de diodes électroluminescentes (111-1 à 111-n) conçues pour émettre les faisceaux lumineux comportant les différentes longueurs d'onde, et
    ladite photodiode (121) comprenant une photodiode.
     
    9. Appareil électronique selon la revendication 8, ledit processeur (131) allumant séquentiellement la pluralité de diodes électroluminescentes, et calculant une réflectance du faisceau lumineux reçu par la photodiode en réponse à l'une de la pluralité de diodes électroluminescentes qui sont allumées.
     
    10. Appareil électronique selon la revendication 1, ledit réseau de diodes électroluminescentes (211) comprenant une pluralité de diodes électroluminescentes (211-1 à 211-n) disposées en ligne dans une première direction (D1) et conçues pour émettre des faisceaux lumineux comportant les différentes longueurs d'onde, et
    ladite photodiode (221) comprenant une pluralité de photodiodes (221-1 à 221-m) disposées en ligne dans une seconde direction (D2) orthogonale à la première direction (D1).
     
    11. Appareil électronique selon la revendication 10, ledit processeur (231) allumant séquentiellement la pluralité de diodes électroluminescentes et traitant une intensité du faisceau lumineux reçu par chacune de la pluralité de photodiodes en réponse à l'une de la pluralité de diodes électroluminescentes qui sont allumées.
     
    12. Appareil électronique selon la revendication 1, ledit réseau de diodes électroluminescentes (311) comprenant une pluralité de diodes électroluminescentes (311-1 à 311-n) conçues pour émettre les faisceaux lumineux comportant les différentes longueurs d'onde, et
    ladite photodiode (321) comprenant une pluralité de photodiodes (321-1-1 à 321-/-m) disposées en colonnes et en rangées.
     
    13. Appareil électronique selon la revendication 12, ledit processeur (331) allumant séquentiellement la pluralité de diodes électroluminescentes et traitant une intensité du faisceau lumineux reçu par chacune de la pluralité de photodiodes en réponse à l'une de la pluralité de diodes électroluminescentes qui sont allumées.
     
    14. Appareil électronique selon la revendication 1, ledit réseau de diodes électroluminescentes (411) comprenant une pluralité de diodes électroluminescentes (411-1-1 à 411-m-n) disposées en rangées et en colonnes,

    lesdites diodes électroluminescentes disposées dans des colonnes différentes émettant les faisceaux lumineux comportant les différentes longueurs d'onde, et

    ladite photodiode (421) comprenant une pluralité de photodiodes (421-1 à 421-l) disposées en ligne.


     
    15. Procédé de commande d'un appareil électronique (100, 200, 300), comprenant :

    l'émission, par un réseau de diodes électroluminescentes (111), des faisceaux lumineux comportant différentes longueurs d'onde vers un objet ;

    la réception, par une photodiode (121), des faisceaux lumineux comportant les différentes longueurs d'onde réfléchis sur l'objet ;

    le calcul de la réflectance de chaque faisceau lumineux sur la base d'un rapport d'une intensité du faisceau lumineux émis à partir du réseau de diodes électroluminescentes (111) et d'une intensité du faisceau lumineux qui est réfléchi sur l'objet et reçu par la photodiode (121) ;

    le calcul à différents instants, d'une distance allant de l'appareil électronique (100, 200, 300) jusqu'à l'objet sur la base d'une différence de temps entre un instant d'émission, par le réseau de diodes électroluminescentes (111), d'un faisceau lumineux et un instant de réception, par la photodiode (121), du faisceau lumineux (111) ;

    l'identification d'un état de l'objet sur la base des réflectances des faisceaux lumineux et du changement de distance à l'objet ; et

    l'affichage d'informations concernant l'état de l'objet sur un dispositif d'affichage (190),

    ladite identification de l'état de l'objet comprenant l'identification d'un degré de pourriture de l'objet ou d'un degré de cuisson de l'objet.


     




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