Abstract: A massage aid takes the form of a ring configured to be worn on a body part, such as a finger, of a user and, once activated, creates a vibration which emanates from the ring and through the finger. In accordance with the invention, the ring includes an eccentric load mounted for rotation relative to an inner ring such that, upon the circumferential rotation of the eccentric load about the inner ring, vibrations are created and transferred to throughout the finger.
Abstract: A personal air purifier employs tapered reticulated foam semi-cylinders sized to be closely received within a user's nostrils through slight expansion of the nostril. The semi-cylinders include a flat base and a spherical shaped surface at a distal end with flattened surfaces circumferentially spaced about the semi-cylinder for enhanced fit within the nostril. A lanyard is attached to tabs extending from the semi-cylinders to secure the personal air purifier when not inserted in the nostrils.
Abstract: A device combining internal nasal filtration and internal nasal dilation operating synchronously provides air filtration by retaining particulate in a single piece foam nasal filter during inhalation through the nose. Internal nasal dilation is provided by the effect of a resilient member adhesively affixed to the nasal foam filter and which when bent from a planar surface applies outward biasing forces to each nostril so that breathing is facilitated. The soft, gentle foam of the nasal filter distributes the biasing forces over a large area and protects the inside of the nose from irritation. An improved internal nasal dilator filter functions to provide increased air flow through dilation while removing various sizes of particulate through filtration.
Abstract: A personal air purifier employs tapered reticulated foam semi-cylinders sized to be closely received within a user's nostrils through slight expansion of the nostril. The semi-cylinders include a flat base with flattened surfaces circumferentially spaced about the semi-cylinder for enhanced fit within the nostril. The flat base of the two semi-cylinders is connected by an integral flexible band with arcuate edges tangentially interfacing the bases which extends across the end of the septum of the user's nose to preclude over-insertion and aid in removal. Electrostatic charging of the dielectric foam further enhances performance of the personal air purifier.
Abstract: A noninvasive head fixation method and apparatus uses a flexible and compressible bladder which contacts and is deformed to conform to the shape of the patient's nasion in order to immobilize the patient's head during a medical procedure.
Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing stereotactic surgery upon a target within a skull establishes a first, predetermined geometric relationship between a skull mount fixture mounted on the skull and a scanning table surface upon which the skull is supported; and that geometric relationship is duplicated by a displacement bar mounted upon the skull mount fixture.