Abstract: A series of interleaved roll mounted bags and dispensers for them are described. The bags are folded longitudinally and rolled with an upper portion of each bag located above a lower portion of a succeeding bag. The compact roll of bags is placed in any of a variety of dispensers with the upper end of the outermost bag extending outwardly from the dispenser. As the upper portion of the first bag is pulled from the roll, the bag roll will rotate, presenting the succeeding bag for dispensing after the first bag is removed. In a variant of the invention, the rolled bags are gusseted T-shirt style shopping bags. These T-shirt bags have top and bottom seals, gusseted sides, a U-shaped cutout at the top seam, an open mouth and a pair of bag handles. Variations of the dispenser include a simple tray with an open top, and various configurations involving one or more restraining members. The dispenser may be tilted to control movement of the bag roll.
Abstract: A bi-positional toothbrush comprising a brush head member (18) rotatably mounted to a handle (14) by a cylindrical pin (22) and coil spring (26) is described. The brush head member includes an array of bristles (42) at a forward end and terminates in an essentially flat angled surface (46) at a rearward end. The angled surface includes an axial bore (58) shaped to permanently constrain the forward end of the pin. The handle is elongated and includes at a forward end an essentially flat surface (70) angled at the same angle to the long axis of the handle as the angled flat surface of the brush head member is to its long axis. The angled flat surface of the handle includes an axial bore orthogonal thereto, sized to receive the pin and terminating in a means to rotatable secure the pin within the axial bore. The angled surfaces of the handle and brush head member includes symmetrical locking features (54, 86).
Abstract: An adapter for use with dispensing racks having a central mounting hook and T-shirt style bags with tab openings providing a rupturable portion of the tab between the tab opening and the bag mouth is described. The adapter includes a hollow body with a cavity that is sized and shaped to fit frictionally over the central mounting hook. The body has a front surface, a top surface, a bottom surface, first and second side edges and a back surface. The back surface includes a vertically oriented tearing ridge. The adapter's cavity is fitted over the central mounting hook with the front surface facing a direction in which the support arms extend. When a pack of T-shirt style bags that have the tab opening with a rupturable portion mounted on the support arms with the tab openings of the bags placed over the adapter, the tearing ridge will serve to facilitate tearing the rupturable portion of the mounting tab as a bag is removed from the dispensing rack so that the mounting tab will remain attached to the bag.
Abstract: A hair growth formulation. The two basic main ingredients are castor oil and a special lemon extract. The special lemon extract is made from fresh lemon peel. The peel, including the bioflavonoids membrane, is blended with purified water until it is liquidified. Then the mixture is filtered through a sanitized cloth. Other ingredients that have been found helpful include: inositol, choline (from bitartate), niacinamide or nicotinic acid, manganese in chelated form, bioflavonoids, and folic acid. Finally perfume and sodium benzoate (as a preservative) can be added.
Abstract: A universal adapter bracket for retaining a trim assembly In an in-celling recessed light fixture. The adapter bracket attaches to either a light baffle or trim ring of the trim assembly and in turn can receive a lamp socket retaining clip of either of two different types of an existing light fixture, allowing an existing light fixture to be updated by installation of a new trim assembly without concern for the type of lamp socket retaining dip in the existing fixture.
Abstract: An aircraft ignition cable connector includes a radio-shielded ignition cable. The cable has an outer insulating cover, a shielding conductor, an inner insulating layer, and a center conductor. The cable is encased in a flexible, conducting, elbow tube. The elbow tube is attached at one end to the shielding conductor of the cable and attached at the other end to a metallic ferrule held to a threaded spark plug by an internally threaded nut. The elbow tube is capable of retaining a particular shape after bending. The elbow tube is formed from a sheet of malleable metallic material. The sheet has first and second, opposed parallel edges and third and fourth, opposed parallel edges normal to the first and second edges. The sheet has a series of single, back-to-back folds parallel to the third and fourth edges and is formed about a cylindrical mandrel with the long axis of the mandrel perpendicular to the folds.
Abstract: A closure mechanism and seating controls in combination with use with a hyperbaric chamber are described. The closure mechanism in combination with a hyperbaric chamber includes a door opening, a chamber door with dimensions larger than the door opening, a ring of sealing material secured to either the outer surface of the door or the inner surface of the chamber, a means for positioning the door adjacent the door opening and a means for pressurizing the chamber to effect a seal. The closure mechanism also includes an upper rail and pivoting carriers that may slide along the rail and a lower track mounted adjacent the floor and door guides that may slide within the track. The carriers and door guides are mounted to the interior surface of the door. The door and chamber walls may be flat, or curved in one or more planes.
Abstract: The present invention provides an athletic shoe offering an easily adjustable support for the wearer's ankle, a means for the wearer to quickly put on and remove the shoe, protection to the wearer's toes and forefoot from impacts to the upper surface of the shoe, and a unique and attractive appearance. The shoe may be constructed from four basic components: a resilient sole, an ankle surrounding section, an instep enclosing section, and a toe section. The ankle surrounding section begins at the after end of the sole portion and extends forward to a point between the forward end and the after end defining an opening through which a wearer's foot is passed. The toe section extends from the forward end of the sole portion backward and runs from the inner edge to the outer edge of the sole portion. The wearer's toes are inserted into the cavity defined by the toe section. The instep enclosing section extends from the toe section to the ankle surrounding section.
Abstract: A retaining device has a retaining belt and a handle pivotally connected with the retaining belt and having an arcuate portion and a flat portion. When the handle pivots relative to the retaining belt and when the arcuate portion engages the heat sink, the engagement between the heat sink and the socket will be enhanced. When the flat portion engages the heat sink, the engagement between the heat sink and the socket will be loosened.
Abstract: A hip pouch storage device that converts easily to a secure baby carrier. The hip pouch has a first end, a second end, a top surface, an inner surface and an outer surface. The hip pouch includes an adjustable length waist strap that attaches to the first and second ends of the hip pouch. The hip pouch includes a first pocket located on the inner surface of the pouch. A support sling that has an inner surface, an outer surface, a first side, a second side, a lower attachment point and first and second upper attachment points is provided. The support sling is fixedly attached to the interior surface of the first pocket and includes an adjustable length neck strap attached to the first and second upper attachment points of the support sling. A neck pad may be provided to fit slidably upon the neck strap. In use, the hip pouch is attached to the wearer about the waist with the waist strap and the support sling is extended from the first pocket and the neck strap placed over the wearer's head about the neck.
May 13, 2000
Date of Patent:
December 4, 2001
Arms Reach Concepts, Inc.
Douglas A. Tharalson, Diana M. Tharalson, Dan Peterson
Abstract: A proximity reader for a radio frequency identification (RFID) system is programmed for determining and storing optimum antenna impedance values to achieve peak antenna resonance at each of multiple operating frequencies. Antenna resonance is peaked at power up and periodically during operation to compensate for environmental detuning influences. The reader scans the multiple frequencies to more effectively search for off-frequency identification tags.
Abstract: A cane holder for holding upright a walking cane at the side of a bed has a generally planar frame to be inserted between a mattress and a box spring of a bed. A clamp on a side of the frame protrudes to one side of the bed. A walking cane held in the clamp provides a convenient hold for a person rising from the bed. The cane can then be released from the clamp for use as a walking aid away from the bed. A preferred walking cane has a foldable mid-height hand grip in addition to a top handle to provide two holds at different heights on the cane.
Abstract: A series of interleaved roll mounted bags and dispenser for them are described. The bags are folded longitudinally and rolled switch an upper portion of each bag located above a lower portion of a succeeding bag. The compact roll of bags is placed in a tray like dispenser with the upper end of the outermost bag extending over either of the font or back wall of the dispenser. As the upper portion of the first bag is pulled from the roll, the bag roll will rotate, presenting the succeeding bag for dispensing after the first bag is removed. In a variant of the invention, the rolled bags are gusseted T-shirt style shopping bags. These T-shirt bags have top and bottom seals, gusseted sides, a U-shaped cutout at the top seam, an open mouth and a pair of bag handles. Variations of the dispenser include a simple tray or box with an top, and various designs of wireform trays. In other variants, the dispenser includes a bag guide extending from a front wall of the dispenser to a rear wall of the dispenser.
Abstract: The invention pertains to insulated coffee makers and insulating accessories for use with insulated and non-insulated coffee makers. A coffee press brews coffee from a mixture of ground coffee and boiling water placed in a heat resistant container. The mixture is allowed to brew for a specified period after which a plunger affixed to a filter screen is pushed downward in the container. This separates the coffee grounds from the brewed coffee. Coffee press coffee makers provide a superior flavor, however heat tends to dissipate rapidly from the container. The invention includes an insulated cylindrical brewing container. Another variant is an insulated insert fitted onto the coffee press lid. Still another is an insulating jacket extending from the top rim of the coffee press to its base with openings provided for the handle and the spout. The jacket may include an openable means to secure the jacket about the handle. The jacket could also include a hinged flap to seal the spout.
Abstract: Output protection for arc discharge lamp ballasts is provided by applying sampled ballast current to a burden capacitor selected to present a low impedance across the winding to a substantially symmetrical waveform of the sample current. Asymmetry between the positive and negative half-cycles of the sample waveform, such as partial rectification caused by abnormal lamp operation, results in charge buildup across the capacitor. Sufficient charge buildup actuates a ballast disabling switch such as a silicon controlled rectifier.