Patents Assigned to Simplehuman LLC
  • Patent number: 11918697
    Abstract: This disclosure includes a description of a sanitizing system for sanitizing a mobile electronic device comprising: a housing; a sanitizer contained within the housing configured to emit radiation with a sanitizing effect; and an entry system with a default closed position, the entry system being configured to permit a mobile electronic device to pass through the entry system and then automatically return to the default closed position, the entry system comprising a first outer enclosure and a second inner obstruction; wherein the entry system blocks radiation emitted within the sanitizing system to a level acceptable for consumer use, or wherein the second inner obstruction provides more radiation attenuation than the first outer enclosure, and/or wherein the combination of the first outer enclosure and the second inner obstruction provides more radiation attenuation than the first outer enclosure by itself. Disclosed are internal reflectors to help distribute sanitizing radiation generally evenly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Ryan Wong, Cory Bowman, Frederick Bushroe, William Patrick Conley, Nasser Pirshafiey
  • Patent number: 11918156
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a manually operated liquid dispenser. In any embodiments disclosed herein, the dispenser can include a housing with a volume of space therein, the volume of space having a first end and a second end, a pump sleeve extending into the space of the housing and nearly to a bottom, inside surface of the space, a pump head, a push rod coupled with the pump head and configured to be axially movable within an axial opening extending through the pump sleeve, a passageway extending through at least the pump head and the push rod, the passageway being in fluid communication with the axial opening extending through the pump sleeve and with the volume of space within the housing, and a first valve configured to control a passage of a liquid substance within the volume of space in the housing through a passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Joseph Sandor, William Patrick Conley
  • Patent number: 11910969
    Abstract: Accessibly positioned sanitizing materials can include paper towels and sanitizing sprays. A paper towel holder with a central support to hold a roll of paper towels can allow spinning dispensing of paper towels. The central support can also function separately as a removable disinfectant sprayer, enabling a user to carry and store paper towels and disinfecting solution in the same location, and providing a disinfecting sprayer nearby when paper towels are used to clean a surface. The structure described can also house other fluids for spraying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Joseph Sandor, Myk Wayne Lum, Adam C. Wade
  • Patent number: 11859807
    Abstract: A mirror assembly can include a housing, a mirror, and a light source. In certain embodiments, the mirror includes a light pipe configured to emit a substantially constant amount of light along a periphery of the mirror. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly can be configured to adjust the amount of emitted light based on the position of a user in relation to the mirror. Certain embodiments of the mirror include an algorithm to adjust light based on the position of a user relative to the mirror, the level of ambient light, and/or the activation of different light modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas, Frederick N. Bushroe
  • Patent number: 11819107
    Abstract: A mirror assembly can include a housing, a mirror, and a light source. In certain embodiments, the mirror is rotatable within a support portion of the mirror assembly. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a light pipe configured to emit a substantially constant amount of light along a periphery of the mirror. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly can be configured to adjust the amount of emitted light based on the position of a user in relation to the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Zachary Rapoport, Eric Beaupre, Sachin Kumar, Chetan Machakanoor, Varun Sundar
  • Patent number: 11801996
    Abstract: Various trash can assembly embodiments are disclosed. In some embodiments, the trash can assembly includes a body and a lid assembly. The lid assembly can include a lid, and a multicomponent trim ring. The lid assembly can be rotatably connected with the body via a hinge unit. In certain embodiments, a flange of the trim ring is guided into and/or received into the hinge unit. A translating pin of the hinge unit can engage into the flange, thereby providing a rotatable connection between the trim ring and the body. In various embodiments, the translating pin is coupled with a handle to facilitate movement of the pin by a user during engagement of the trim ring and the hinge unit. A positioner can help to position the trash can against or adjacent to a wall or other structure. The movement of both the trim ring and the lid can be dampened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Di-Fong Chang, Joseph Sandor
  • Patent number: 11759060
    Abstract: Various liquid dispensers are disclosed. Certain embodiments include a portable liquid dispenser configured for consumer use in dispensing soap, sanitizer, or ingestible liquids. The dispenser can comprise a housing, a reservoir having an interior configured to store a liquid, a fluid pathway having an opening in fluid communication with the interior of the reservoir, a pump comprising a plurality of rollers, each of the plurality of rollers being configured to contact a portion of the fluid pathway in a flexible tube such that each of the plurality of rollers compresses a portion of the flexible tube that is in contact with the roller, a nozzle, a fluid damper in communication with the pump and the nozzle, an electronic control unit in electrical communication with the pump, and a rotation-tracking feedback system in electrical communication with the electronic control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Jason Chin, Josef Kirkman
  • Patent number: 11708031
    Abstract: A mirror assembly can include a housing, a mirror, and a light source. In certain embodiments, the mirror is rotatable within a support portion of the mirror assembly. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly is configured to use an audio sensor or an audio signal derived from an audio sensor, such as an audio sensor or audio signal configured to sense or to correspond to or to represent one or more voice commands or other sounds (e.g., clapping, snapping, or otherwise) received from a user, in order to actuate or adjust any of one or more features or settings of the mirror assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Guy Cohen
  • Patent number: 11647871
    Abstract: A soap dispenser can be configured to dispense an amount of liquid soap, for example, upon detecting the presence of an object. Certain embodiments of the dispenser include a housing, reservoir, pump, motor, sensor, electronic processor, and nozzle. In certain embodiments, the sensor can be configured to generate a signal based on a distance between an object and the sensor. In certain embodiments, the electronic processor can be configured to receive the signal from the sensor and to determine a dispensation volume of the liquid. The dispensation volume can vary as a function of the distance between the object and the sensor. The processor can be configured to control the motor to dispense approximately the dispensation volume of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Guy Cohen, Jay Patel
  • Patent number: 11640042
    Abstract: A mirror assembly can include a housing, a mirror, and a light source. In certain embodiments, the mirror is rotatable within a support portion of the mirror assembly. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a light pipe configured to emit a substantially constant amount of light along a periphery of the mirror. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly can be configured to adjust the amount of emitted light based on the position of a user in relation to the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, William Patrick Conley, Adam Sbeglia
  • Patent number: 11622614
    Abstract: A mirror assembly can include a housing, a mirror, and a light source. In some embodiments, the mirror comprises one or more adjustable sections. In certain embodiments, the mirror includes a light column configured to emit a substantially constant amount of light along a periphery of a mirror section. In some embodiments, the light column can produce various color temperatures. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly comprises a capacitive touch sensor that allows control of one or more features of the light emitted from the light source. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly can be configured control on/off settings and other features of the emitted light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Tzu-Hao Wei, Guy Cohen, Joseph Sandor
  • Patent number: 11607088
    Abstract: Various dispensing devices, such as foaming soap pumps, are disclosed. The soap pump can include a fluid storage unit and a fluid handling unit. The fluid storage unit can include a reservoir that is configured to hold a quantity of product, such as liquid soap. The fluid handling unit can include a pumping assembly and dispensing assembly. The soap pump can be configured to withdraw liquid soap from the reservoir, convert the liquid soap to foamed soap, and dispense the foamed soap from the discharge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Kenneth Yen, Guy Cohen, Hon-Lun Chen, Nasser Pirshafiey, Joseph Sandor
  • Patent number: 11603263
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a trash can assembly (e.g., a receptacle configured to receive refuse, recyclable materials, or otherwise), and related methods, are provided. Some embodiments of the trash can assembly include a body component and a lid configured to move between an open position and a closed position. In some variants, the lid can be moved between the open and closed positions by a power operated driving mechanism, such as a motor and/or other drivetrain components. In certain embodiments, the trash can assembly includes a clutch mechanism to facilitate manual operation of the lid while inhibiting or preventing damage to the motor and/or other drivetrain components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Kenneth Yen, Orlando Cardenas, Michael Basha, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Patent number: 11566784
    Abstract: A mirror assembly can include a housing, a mirror, and a light source. In certain embodiments, the mirror includes a light pipe configured to emit a substantially constant amount of light along a periphery of the mirror. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly can be configured to adjust the amount of emitted light based on the position of a user in relation to the mirror. Certain embodiments of the mirror include an algorithm to adjust light based on the position of a user relative to the mirror, the level of ambient light, and/or the activation of different light modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas, Frederick N. Bushroe
  • Patent number: 11535449
    Abstract: Various trash can assembly embodiments are disclosed. The trash can assembly can include a body, a lid, an actuation system, and an active dislodgement or return system. The active dislodgement or return system can be configured to facilitate dislodging the trash can assembly from a surrounding environment, such as a wall. The active dislodgement or return system can include a dynamic member having a frame, a foot movably coupled to the frame, and a spring applying a force on the foot. When an actuation force is removed from the actuation system, the dynamic member can apply a force against the surrounding environment, such as a floor, to move the body relative to the surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Di-Fong Chang, Zachary Rapoport, William Patrick Conley
  • Patent number: D976509
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Myk Lum, Adam Wade
  • Patent number: D990174
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Tzu-Hao Wei, Daniel Ballou
  • Patent number: D1004069
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Tzu-Hao Wei, Shinwei Rhoda Yen, Myk Lum, Adam Wade
  • Patent number: D1009485
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Tzu-Hao Wei, Daniel Ballou
  • Patent number: D1017167
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Myk Lum, Adam Wade