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1. WO2009058987 - DISPOSITIF DE SÉCHAGE DOTÉ D'UN MÉCANISME D'ENTRAÎNEMENT AMÉLIORÉ

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CLAIMS
1. A drive assembly for a drying device, said drive assembly comprising:
a driving mechanism mechanically coupled to a rotatable lid, wherein said lid is configured to mate with a rotatable basket having a plurality of apertures; and
a handle pivotally attached to a cover assembly, said handle configured to actuate said driving mechanism upon rotation of said handle about an axis from a first position to a second position.
2. The drive assembly of claim 1, further comprising a rod connecting said driving mechanism to said handle.
3. The drive assembly of claim 1, wherein said driving mechanism comprises a rack and a pinion.
4. The drive assembly of claim 3, wherein said rack is configured to slideably engage said pinion upon rotation of said handle.
5. The drive assembly of claim 3, wherein said driving mechanism further comprises a clutch assembly coupled to said pinion and a sprag assembly configured such that said sprag assembly engages said clutch assembly when said handle rotates from said first position to said second position.
6. The drive assembly of claim 1, wherein a locking mechanism is positioned on a top side of said cover assembly and is configured to prevent said handle from moving from said second position to said first position.
7. The drive assembly of claim 6, wherein said locking mechanism releasably engages an opening in said handle when said handle is in said second position.
8. The drive assembly of claim 6, wherein said locking mechanism is configured to remain stationary when said handle is in said first position.
9. A drying device, comprising:
a bowl having a top edge and an opening defined by said top edge;

a basket disposed within said bowl and rotatable about a first axis with respect to said bowl, said basket comprising an upper edge and a plurality of apertures;
a cover assembly removably configured to mate with said top edge of said bowl, said cover assembly comprising a top side, a bottom side, and a rotatable lid attached to said bottom side and configured to mate with said upper edge of said basket when said cover assembly is positioned upon said top edge of said bowl; and
a drive assembly associated with said cover assembly, said drive assembly comprising a driving mechanism mechanically coupled to said lid, said driving mechanism comprising a rack and a pinion engageable with said rack, and a handle pivotally attached to said cover assembly;
wherein said handle rotates about a second axis and moves said rack which rotates said pinion about said first axis imparting rotational energy to said Hd and said basket.
10. The device of claim 9, wherein said driving assembly further comprises a rod connecting said handle to said driving mechanism.
11. The device of claim 9, wherein said driving mechanism further comprises a clutch assembly coupled to said pinion and a sprag assembly configured such that said sprag assembly engages said clutch assembly when said handle rotates from said first position to said second position.
12. The device of claim 9, wherein a locking mechanism is positioned on said top side of said cover assembly configured to prevent said handle from moving from said second position to said first position.
13. The device of claim 12, wherein said locking mechanism releasably engages an opening in said handle when said handle is in said second position;
14. The device of claim 12, wherein said locking mechanism is configured to remain stationary when said handle is in said first position.
15. A method for drying food, comprising the steps of:
providing a drying device, said device comprising: a container having a top edge and an opening defined by said top
edge;
a basket disposed within said container, said basket having a
plurality of apertures and an upper edge;
a cover assembly removably configured to mate with said top edge of said container, said cover assembly comprising a bottom side and a lid attached to said bottom side and configured to mate with said upper edge of said basket when said cover assembly is positioned upon said top edge of said container;
a drive assembly associated with said cover assembly, said drive
assembly comprising a driving mechanism mechanically coupled to
said rotatable lid, and a handle pivotally attached to said cover
assembly;
placing food containing moisture within said basket;
positioning said cover assembly upon said top edge of said container such that said rotatable lid mates with said top edge of the basket;
actuating said handle to engage said driving mechanism to rotate said lid and said basket about an axis in order to remove said moisture from said food; and removing said cover assembly such that said food may be removed from said basket.
16. The method of claim 15, wherein said driving assembly further comprises a rod connecting said handle to said driving mechanism.
17. The method of claim 15, wherein said driving mechanism further comprises a rack and a pinion engageable with said rack.
18. The method of claim 17, wherein the step of actuating comprises pivotally rotating said handle about a second axis in the direction of the cover assembly and moving said rack which rotates said pinion.