Abstract: An electrically actuated can crushing apparatus having a housing, a reversible motor mounted within the housing, a threaded shaft coupled for rotation with the output shaft of the motor, and an arm threadingly engaged to the threaded shaft. An antirotation device prohibits the arm from rotation thus permitting the arm to move upwardly and downwardly, dependent upon the direction of rotation of the threaded shaft. An uppermost pressure plate is secured to the arm at an angle skewed to the longitudial axis of the vertically disposed threaded shaft. The housing supports a lowermost pressure plate which is affixed in a horizontal plane and is adapted with an upwardly directed protrusion to accommodate the depression usually found in the base of cans to be crushed. Upon the actuation of the motor, the uppermost pressure plate, which is constantly maintained at a slight angular relationship with the longitudinal axis of the threaded shaft, approaches the lowermost pressure plate.
Abstract: A portable medicament dispenser and patient medical information storage apparatus utilizes a housing containing external access to an alpha/numeric keyboard, a visual display having a clock display, an alpha/numeric display portion, and a plurality of control function keys which may be used to enter the name of medicaments and the times that they should be taken throughout the day, coupled to a memory storage mechanism. An audio device enunciates the time in which all of the medicaments, in bulk quantity, contained within a compartment of the apparatus, may be retrieved by the user. A cover, over the compartment, opens automatically at the times that any medicaments are to be taken by the user, who then selects those medicaments he is to take at that time. By programming the keyboard, patient information may be inserted into the storage mechanism, for use during emergencies.
Abstract: A sound or acoustic system constructed entirely of magnetically inert components which remain unaffected by magnetic fields. A magnetically inert panel is provided, with at least one magnetically-inert transducer being mounted upon this panel. At least one hollow channel extends into the panel from an edge thereof, while a hole is positioned within the panel to communicate at one end with the channel and to open at an opposite end adjacent the transducer.
Abstract: A chromatic lighting display utilizes a plurality of light-producing elements positioned to be visually accessed by a user, the elements arranged in co-extensive and diverse positions, controlled in light-emitting intensities and colors by a centrally located control mechanism coupled thereto. A plurality of light sensors are disposed to receive natural external light, each adapted with suitable color filters. The signals generated by the light-receiving sensors are transmitted to the control device which, in turn, operating upon a predetermined color-responsive algorithm, provides energization to each of the plurality of light-emitting devices, providing the display of different colors of light, at different intensities, accessible to the user.
Abstract: An oral hygiene device is comprised of a hollow housing having a weakened section in the periphery of the housing so that when the weakened section is broken, a user may grasp and separate the housing into two portions. A length of stretchable dental material and dentifrice is totally encased within a cavity in the unbroken housing and is secured at each end to two interior regions of the housing that can be separated at the weakened section. The length of the dental material is sufficient to allow the two portions of the housing to be grasped with opposite hands of the user and disposed in spaced apart relationship with each other, thereby permitting a portion of the dental material to be stretched uniformly in cross-section, by passing the dental material through small draw-like openings in each end of the housing so as to form a uniform and smooth exposed length of dental material and a quantity of the dentifrice which may be applied between adjacent teeth of the user, in conventional fashion.
Abstract: A fluid filter apparatus uses an outer container configured to receive a removable columnar-like filter having its largest filter elements located at the bottom and its finest filter elements located at the top, from which a port communicates to a space within the housing, outwardly of the filter, for storing the cleaned fluid. The fluid to be cleaned passes through the columnar filter through a pipe through a space immediately below the filter. A pan-like dish communicates to the upper portion of the pipe to receive the fluid to be cleaned. A valve communicates to the storage area adjacent the inner walls of the housing and is used to draw off the cleaned fluid when required.
Abstract: A fence machining device for beveling and machining portions of lengths of wood to be used as a portion of a fence. A length of pre-cut lumber is clamped to a work table having an upright frame secured near one end of the lumber. A glidable and pivotable plate is coupled with the upright member such that a rotary cutter, affixed to the tray, can be moved in a vertical direction of selected distance so as to notch the lumber a preselected distance and the same cutter is permitted to describe an arc through a free end of the lumber so as to round off a corner of the lumber. The lumber may be turned over and the procedure repeated to produce thereby a double notched and tapered end of lumber for use in fence constructions.
Abstract: An oral hygiene device is comprised of a hollow housing having a weakened section in the periphery of the housing so that when the weakened section is broken, a user may grasp and separate the housing into two portions. A length of stretchable dental material is totally encased within a cavity in the unbroken housing and is secured at each end to two interior regions of the housing that can be separated at the weakened section. The length of the dental material is sufficient to allow the two portions of the housing to be grasped with opposite hands of the user and disposed in spaced apart relationship with each other, thereby permitting a portion of the dental material to be stretched uniformly in cross-section, by passing the dental material through small draw-like openings in each end of the housing so as to form a uniform and smooth exposed length of dental material which may be applied between adjacent teeth of the user, in conventional fashion.
Abstract: A duct molding for cables is provided for securely and efficiently mounting cables on the outside portion of a wall and/or ceiling. The subject duct molding includes an elongated tubular duct molding portion having a base and cover which can be at least partially disassociated from one another to provide access to the cables. Cables retaining clips are mounted on the base on the inside portion of the tubular duct molding. Each cable retaining clip includes a plurality of recesses formed by spring fingers which can removably retain individual cables. Expansion modules can be mounted in recesses of the cable retaining clip to expand the cable retaining capacity of the subject duct molding. Duct molding corner members are provided to enable mounting of the subject duct molding against sections of wall or ceiling that are angularly related to one another.
Abstract: An oral hygiene device is comprised of a hollow housing, having a weakened section in the periphery of the housing so that when the weakened section is broken, a user may grasp and separate the housing into two portions. A length of dental floss-like material is totally encased within a cavity in the unbroken housing and is secured at each end to two interior regions of the housing that are separated by the weakened section. The length of the dental floss-like element is sufficient to allow the two portions of the housing to be grasped with opposite hands of the user and disposed in spaced apart relationship with each other, thereby permitting the precoiled portion of the floss-like material to be straightened out and to be applied between adjacent teeth of the user, in conventional fashion.
Abstract: A practice golf net device utilizes a fabric-like member suspended from a frame to which are attached a plurality of shroud lines. The lines are connected to a mechanism which reflects the impact location of a practice golf ball contacting the net when hung downwardly, in a drape-like condition. The mechanism faithfully reports the angle that the ball takes relative to a line normal to the center of the net--emanating from the central regions of the net, as well as reporting the loft angle assumed by the ball. After each ball contacts the net, a release cord is manually operated by the player which resets the entire mechanism, readying same to provide a visual display of the distance that the next ball will travel, the angle it will assume relative to the target angle, and the loft imparted to the ball.
Abstract: A can puncturing and emptying device utilizes a frame in which a can, including cans whose contents are under gaseous pressure, may be received. A threaded shaft carries a plate which may be adjusted to clampingly engage the periphery of the can, securing the frame about a portion of the can. Another threaded rod, having a sharpened point, may be advanced towards and into the interior of the can, piercing the can at a preferred location. A foam-like plastic material, carried by the frame, minimizes uncontrolled forceful ejection of the contents of the can, thereby rendering the can safe for disposal.
Abstract: A tamper proof screw head screwdriver blade utilizes a handle attached to an elongated cylindrical shaft. The distal end of the shaft is contoured so as to have a pair of diametrically opposed wedge-shaped portions removed defining two pairs of wall-like surfaces, wherein each of the wall-like surfaces extend along a portion of the distal end of the shaft. The pair of corners located at the free end of the shaft and one of each of the pairs of wall-like surfaces, are broken away, defining two surfaces, each skew with the plane defined by the free end of the shaft and each extending in opposite directions forming an acute angle with the longitudinal axis of the shaft. In use, the blade is inserted in the head of a screw having a transverse notch therein separating a pair of curved surfaces extending outwardly from the floor of the transverse notch.
Abstract: A rolling pin apparatus utilizes a pair of free wheeling right angle cylinders disposed in parallel relationship for application to a food work stuff. A chamber is secured to the structure supporting the journals carrying the two cylinders, which chamber is covered by a removable access cover. An inertia operated pendulum-like scraper rides over a screen, both disposed within the chamber so as to break up and dispense a dusting material, usually flour, directing same towards the bottom of the chamber. An elongated valve is connected to the bottom of the chamber and positioned over the cylinders so as to control the amount of flour dispensed onto the outermost areas of each of the cylinders, directed there by two vanes positioned intermediate the chamber and the cylinders. A third vane also acts as an elongated scraper so as to remove extraneous material collected on the surfaces of the cylinders at locations intermediate opposed faces thereof.
Abstract: An accessory apparatus for vises utilize a pair of accessory members, one of which has a Z-shaped cross-section and means to removeably secure the Z-shaped cross-section to the stationary nonmoveable portion of the vise. The other accessory member is provided having a Z-shaped cross-section and means to secure the other accessory member to the moveable portion of the vise. The Z-shaped cross-section is configured to have its central region residing on the uppermost portion of the vise. One leg of each of the Z-shaped cross-shaped sections, protruding upwardly from the vise are provided having a pair of removeably jaws secured thereto. A plate may be removeably secured to the uppermost surface of the Z-shaped cross-section secured to the moveable portion of the vise, having one end configured to accommodate the pair of plates secured to the upstanding leg of such Z-shaped cross-section. The other end of the plate is similarly provided having two plates secured thereto.
Abstract: A frangible lock apparatus utilizes a pair of pan-shaped washers, each having shaft engaging tines. The shaft portion of a locking device, having the tumbler mechanism rotatably coupled to one end thereof, and the locking portion rotatably engaged the other, is provided with three pairs of notches along its length. Two pairs of such notches engage the pan-shaped washers located on opposite faces of the locking portion of the apparatus. The remaining pair of notches are disposed immediately adjacent the pan-shaped washer located closest to the tumbler end of the shaft. Upon pulling the tumblers, the shaft parts and the remaining portion thereof presents a virtually ungraspable nub and smooth shaped pan washer, accessible only through the small opening formerly used to house the tumbler mechanism.