Abstract: An toothbrush having a handle and a head. The handle may include a first component and a second component covering at least a portion of the first component. The first and second components may be chemically compatible. The first and second components may both comprise a hard polyolefin. The first and second components may have different transparencies. In one aspect, the first component may be opaque and the second component may be transparent or semi-transparent. In some aspects, the handle may also include a third component comprising a thermoplastic elastomer. Furthermore, there may be at least one projection extending outwardly from an outer surface of the first component.
March 5, 2015
Date of Patent:
September 11, 2018
Chi Shing Wong, Douglas J. Hohlbein, Kenneth Waguespack, Al Sprosta, Wen Jin Xi, Xiangji Ding
Abstract: A toothbrush system includes a toothbrush having a floss pick with position sensors. The position sensors can be used to create a digital representation of the user's mouth and by monitoring the movement of the toothbrush while in use, the system can determine if all surface areas of the teeth have been properly brushed based upon the measured brush time and force. The system can determine if the teeth have been properly flossed based upon the measured floss time and position. If any areas of the teeth have not been properly brushed or flossed, the system can emit a signal informing the user of the areas that need additional brushing or flossing.
Abstract: In a device and method of removing particles from a surface of a web of material, a member is provided which is made from an electrically non-conducting material, and has an electrostatically chargeable and dischargeable surface. The surface is moved along a path to and from a particle removal area. In the particle removal area the member and the web of material interact which each other to transfer particles from the web of material to the charged member surface by electrostatic attraction. Upstream of the particle removal area, the member surface is electrostatically charged. Downstream of the particle removal area, a flow of air is generated over the member surface for removal of particles from the member surface, while electrically neutralizing the member surface and particles on the member surface. The member comprises a hollow member cylinder, having a chargeable and dischargeable outer surface movable along a circular path by rotating the member cylinder around an axis.
Abstract: A pipe pig is provided with linked wheels, and at least a central wheel of the linked wheels is pivotally linked to adjacent wheels through a spring loaded connection that biases the central wheel out of straight line alignment with the adjacent wheels. The pipe pig may be used to negotiate tight bends in a pipe and carry sensing electronics.
Abstract: A multi-component quick assembly handle includes a first tubular member made of a permanently deformable material and having a first end permanently formed with a predetermined diameter (x) and connecting to a second end forming a remaining portion of said first tubular member of a smaller diameter (x??a), a second tubular member made of a permanently deformable material having a first end with a predetermined diameter (x) and connecting a second end having a larger diameter (x+?b) and an inner diameter (y) to complementary receive by way of a friction fit said second end of said first tubular member. A method of forming multi-component quick assembly handle employs male and female tools to accomplish this.
Abstract: A cleaning structure is attachable to a submersible pool cleaning vehicle (PCV). In one exemplary embodiment the PCV has an endless loop track and a chassis therefore. The cleaning structure attaches to the chassis and acts as a cap covering the drive wheels and track. The cleaning structure includes a base and bristles extending outwardly therefrom. The bristles define fingers. In one embodiment, the fingers are of a uniform length. In another embodiment, the fingers are of a graduated length. Others embodiments include the fingers being distributed on the base in a random pattern.
Abstract: A brush hanging system for efficiently and safely hanging a brush from another object such as a paint can. The brush hanging system generally includes a brush such as a paint brush. The brush includes a groove formed within the body of the brush, such as on its handle or any other position other than its bristles. A hanger rod is pivotally connected within the groove, with the hanger rod being adapted to selectively engage or disengage with the rim of an object such as a paint can. When extended, the hanger rod engages with the rim to removably secure the brush against the object. When retracted, the hanger rod is completely positioned within the groove in a flush or recessed configuration. Both the groove and hanger rod each comprise distinct segments which ensure that the hanger rod may pivot within the groove and engage with the rim.
Abstract: The application discloses an improved wheel cleaning device, comprising a lifting system, a brush system, a clamping rotating system, a turnover system and an ejection system. When the device is used, a cylinder II drives a left sliding plate to synchronously clamp a wheel, and a servo motor II drives the wheel to rotate; a servo motor I drives a horizontal brush to rotate, cylinders I drive the rotating horizontal brush and vertical brush to ascend, and when the horizontal brush contacts a wheel flange, base powder which is redundant during spraying therein can be removed; an electric servo cylinder drives the vertical brush to move right, and when the vertical brush contacts a center hole of the wheel, base powder which is redundant during spraying sprayed therein can be removed; after the base powder is removed, a servo motor III drives the clamped wheel to turn over 180 degrees.
Abstract: A paint roller and paint roller shield assembly comprises a roller for applying paint, having a paint applying surface that terminates at a rim located at an end of the roller. A paint roller shield, connected to the end of the roller, comprises a plate with a planar surface having a substantially round and beveled peripheral edge and a curved cutout configured as a missing portion of the plate. The beveled peripheral edge is angled and sloped outwardly away from the planar surface. In a plan view of the plate, the cutout exposes a part of the rim comprising part of the paint applying surface of the roller and wherein the plate and the beveled peripheral edge covers a remaining part of the rim of the roller not exposed by the cutout.
Abstract: Provided is a combination broom and cleaning fabric adapter apparatus. The apparatus may include a planar plate having a first and a second surface. The plate may be configured to position a cleaning fabric on the first surface. The first surface may include grippers to grip the cleaning fabric onto the first surface. A stick attachment device may be connected to the second surface for attaching a standard broom or mop stick to the plate at a first location on the plate. The stick attachment device may be configured to allow the stick to pivot freely in two-dimensions relative to the plate. A broom brush attachment device may be connected to the second surface adjacent an edge of the plate for attaching a broom brush to the plate.
Abstract: A rotary push broom provides a geometry between the centerline of the broom's wheels and the centerline of the broom's cylindrical brush that allows the vertical height of the cylindrical brush relative to that of the wheels to be adjusted as the frame rotates. The broom includes a support stand that allows the broom to be stored in a way that does not put the broom's weight on the brush. The broom also includes a ratchet gear system so that the broom rotates along with the wheels when the broom is operated in a forward sweeping direction and spins independent of the wheels when the broom is operated in a rearward direction. The gear system should be arranged so that the cylindrical brush rotates slower than the wheels in the sweeping direction. The support stand can be integrated with an endplate that accommodates the wheel connection and ratchet gear system.
Abstract: A paintbrush includes a bristle assembly which has a bristle housing to which a plurality of bristles are connected. The bristle housing has a first connector which is spaced apart from a second connector. A handle includes a holder which has cavity which is shaped and dimensioned to removably receive the bristle housing. The handle also includes spaced apart first and second resilient arms, the first resilient arm has a first arm connector and the second resilient arm has a second arm connector. The bristle housing is positionable in the cavity of the holder so that the first connector engages the first arm connector and the second connector engages the second arm connector thereby locking the bristle housing within the cavity.
August 15, 2017
Date of Patent:
July 17, 2018
Terry Ray Douglas, Lloyd Emerson Philip
Abstract: An oral care implement having a multi-component handle is disclosed. In one aspect, the oral care implement comprises: a handle; a head coupled to the handle; at least one tooth cleaning element extending from the head; the handle comprising: a first component constructed of a first hard material; and a second component constructed of a second hard material, the second component comprising a plurality of strips that collectively form a strap network that wraps around the first component.
December 23, 2014
Date of Patent:
July 17, 2018
Eduardo Jimenez, Kenneth Waguespack, Robert Moskovich, Andreas Wechsler, Joachim Storz, Roger Kirchhofer, Kurt Bieri
Abstract: The broom and dustpan comprises a broom with a detachable dustpan. The dustpan pivots at the point where the pan couples to the dustpan handle. The dustpan provides a long handle that clips to the broom handle. The combination of a pivoting head and a long handle allows the dustpan to be used by a person standing upright. The dustpan provide a scouring surface around the front outside edge of the pan. The broom provides an auxiliary cover that can be used for storage wipes. The broom provides insertion points for a cloth that may cover the broom bristles to convert the broom into a dust mop.
Abstract: An exemplary coating applicator is provided for evenly applying a material having an aggregate to a substrate. The exemplary applicator provides for a generally even distribution of the material and the aggregate the coating material to the surface such as a wall or a floor where it is desirable to have a finished, textured surface and a material having an evenly distributed aggregate.
Abstract: A brush cleaning system is provided that comprises a device body having a proximal and a distal end. The proximal end of the device body is configured to engage a first point on a handle of a brush at a first engagement point. The distal end of the device body is configured to engage a second point on the handle of the brush at a second engagement point. A vibration producing motor is configured to transmit vibrations to the first engagement point and to the second engagement point wherein the vibrations are transmitted to the bristles on the brush to loosen and remove particulates therefrom. The vibration producing motor can be contained in the device body or it can be contained in the brush handle or a vibration producing motor can be included in both the device body and in the brush handle.
Abstract: The invention concerns a toothbrush head comprising a brush head housing, and a bristle carrier movable relative to the brush head housing around an axis of pivoting, the bristle carrier containing a plurality of tooth cleaning elements, wherein a first portion of bristles is arranged annularly and disposed in an outward leaning angle compared to the axis of pivoting by means of a wedge ring, and a second portion of bristles is arranged radially inwards of the first portion of bristles. The invention also concerns a method for manufacturing a toothbrush head.
Abstract: A head for an oral care implement comprises a mounting surface and at least one tuft extending from the mounting surface. The tuft comprises a first group of filaments and at least a second group of filaments. The first group of filaments is surrounded by the second group of filaments. The filaments of the first group have a first length and the filaments of the second group have a second length, the first length being different from the second length. The difference in length between the first length and the second length is about 1.1 mm to about 1.9 mm.
Abstract: A roller brush assembly comprises a roller and a brush set on the roller. The roller contains an interior cavity constituted by at least two barrel bodies. Each portion of the barrel body edge is serrated shaped, and the adjacent serrated-shaped portions of the barrel both form a blade slot for positioning the serrated-shaped blade, and the blade edge corresponds to the teeth on the serrated shaped edge. A driver unit is installed in the interior cavity to make the blade move along the roller axially to cut the wrapped in the tooth groove automatically when the roller brush is turned on and off.
Abstract: Provided are an erasing implement and a writing implement equipped with the erasing implement, the erasing implement being capable of erasing writing regardless of the type of ink or lead of the writing implement, even writing with thermochromic ink or writing with pencil lead. The erasing implement is equipped with a first erasing member for erasing writing with thermochromic ink and a second erasing member for erasing writing of types other than thermochromic ink, and is configured by covering the outer surface of the second erasing member with the first erasing member.