With Motor Patents (Class 132/73.6)
  • Patent number: 11058204
    Abstract: A system, device and method for nail care is provided. The nail care system includes a shaping system, a polish removal system and/or a cuticle management system; a vision system; a nail polish application system; and a mobility system. The nail system may further include an accelerated drying system, a hand massage system, a nail identification/diagnosis/estimation of conditions system, an enclosure, a hand/foot rest system, a computer software system, a computer hardware system, a cartridge/pod system, and a multi-tool system. Related apparatuses, techniques and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: NailPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Shashou, Justin Effron, Marcus R. Williams, Margaret Mathieu, Lucile Driscoll, Lu Lyu, Charles C. Shortlidge, Peter Duerst, Douglas Stewart, Chris Casey, Ndungu Muturi, Ryan Wood, Zhi Teoh, Harald Quintusz-Bosz, Jesse Gray, Matt Berlin, Juhi Kalra, Christine Noh, Oliver Zhang, Will Burke, Chris Evans, Allison Tse, Anthony Parker, Eric Maxwell, Genevieve Laing, Gabe Greeley
  • Patent number: 11007777
    Abstract: A printer is provided to includes an ink head; a placement unit; a positional reference arranged near the placement unit as a reference for performing position adjustment in the up-down direction; and a first reflection member configured to be disposed at a lateral position separated from the placement unit toward a lateral side so that a position of the first reflection member in the up-down direction overlaps the positional reference and the printing target in a lateral view, wherein the first reflection member reflects light arriving from a lateral surface of the printing target and the positional reference, and an upper end of a reflective surface which reflects light is positioned above the positional reference and a lower end is positioned below the positional reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Hayashi, Masaaki Takagi
  • Patent number: 10506861
    Abstract: A nail lamp station includes a base lamp assembly and a detachable lamp pen. The base lamp assembly includes a station housing having a light cavity capable of receiving multiple fingernails therewithin, and a first light source supported within the light cavity for drying nail polishes on the fingernails at the same time within the light cavity. The detachable lamp pen is detachably coupled at the station housing, wherein the detachable lamp pen includes an elongated pen body and a second light source provided at a light end of the pen body for drying the nail polish on one single particular fingernail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Carol Ma
  • Patent number: 10426244
    Abstract: A system for a nail manipulation, such as producing an object onto the nail, comprises a shape information providing means, object or design providing means, manipulation means and controlling means. The shape information providing means typically scans the shape and/or position of the nail for providing first controlling data. The object providing means typically provides object data related to the object to be produced for providing second controlling data. The manipulation means is e.g. a 3D printer or dispensing means, which produces the object onto the nail. The controlling means is used for controlling the operation of the manipulation means based on the first and second controlling data in order to produce said desired object onto the nail to be manipulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Finails OY
    Inventors: Andrei Papshev, Temmo Pitkänen
  • Patent number: 9788860
    Abstract: A pedicure assembly includes a housing that has a handle portion and a motor portion. A buffing unit is attached to the housing and the buffing unit abrasively removes calluses. The buffing unit comprises a drive and a head. An abrasive pad is attached to the head and the abrasive pad may be positioned to abut the callus thereby facilitating the abrasive pad to abrade and eliminate the callus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Learrel Smith
  • Patent number: 9757219
    Abstract: A system configured to mitigate axial shocks and rotational vibration in a resonating power toothbrush (10). The system includes a motor mount (70), frame (40), and multi-function coil bobbin (90) that act in concert to absorb axial shocks originating from the motor shaft (60). The mount (70), frame (40), and coil bobbin (90) also act in concert to damp vibrations originating from the motor (50) to the housing (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Lane Evan Kleppen
  • Patent number: 9610138
    Abstract: A removable dental mandrel guard comprising a collar portion extending from a first open end to a transition region, which may include a first tapered portion, the transition region reducing from a first to a second interior diameter; a shaft guard extending from a first end rigidly connected to the transition region to a second end rigidly connected to the disc shield and having interior cross section defining the second interior diameter; a disc shield having opposed first and second transverse walls, each with a partially enclosed perimeter edge joined by coextensive edge wall extending from a first edge point to a second edge point, the interiors of the first and second transverse walls and edge wall defining a disc cavity; a continuous open seam extending longitudinally from the collar portion first open end to the shaft guard second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel Sung-Yul Kim, Joshua Keelyn Kim
  • Patent number: 9492255
    Abstract: An oral hygiene device includes a handle and a cleaning head supported on one end of the handle. A vibratory source is supported on the handle and is operative to generate vibratory output. A mounting element is disposed between the handle and the vibratory source. A connecting member extends between the vibratory source and the cleaning head, and is adapted to generate motion at the cleaning head in response to the vibratory output generated at the vibratory source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Douglas A. Gall, Craig Saunders, John W. Spirk, John R. Nottingham
  • Patent number: 9433274
    Abstract: A finger scrubber including a brush sleeve and an electrically powered base or body is presented herein. The brush sleeve includes a generally cylindrical configuration cooperatively sized to accommodate a user's finger therein. One or more brush components suitable to scrub or clean a finger are disposed on the inside of the brush sleeve. Furthermore, the body, and in particular, a drive assembly is structure to cooperatively engage the brush sleeve and rotationally drive the brush sleeve via selective activation of a switch or activation assembly. Moreover, the drive assembly is configured to rotationally drive the brush sleeve in alternating rotational directions via successive activations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Jim A. Morrison
  • Publication number: 20150128981
    Abstract: A drawing apparatus includes a drawing head, a movement mechanism, and a control unit. The drawing head holds at least one modification member having a first tip at its one end and operates in such a way as to allow the first tip of the modification member to touch ink which is undried or uncured and applied to a drawing target. The movement mechanism moves the drawing head. The control unit controls the drawing head and the movement mechanism. The control unit controls a modification operation in which the movement mechanism moves the modification member through the drawing head while the first tip is touching the ink on the drawing target so that a part of a pattern formed with the ink on the drawing target is modified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenichiro ASAKO
  • Publication number: 20150027480
    Abstract: According to one implementation, there is provided a drawing apparatus including a carriage, a cap member, and a holding/separating mechanism. The carriage holds a drawing tool including a tip. The cap member includes a tip receiving unit which covers and seals the tip. The holding/separating mechanism holds the tip of the drawing tool in a sealing state with the tip receiving unit when the drawing tool is placed in a standby position, and separates the tip of the drawing tool and the cap member from each other before starting the drawing. The holding/separating mechanism includes a move prevention member which is fixed to a certain position. The move prevention member comes into contact with the drawing tool so that the move prevention member prevents the drawing tool from moving in a direction that separates the tip from the cap member in the sealing state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyasu BITOH
  • Patent number: 8640715
    Abstract: A nail care apparatus is disclosed. In one embodiment, a nail care apparatus comprises a housing, a blade extending from the housing to a distal end, a motor disposed in the housing and operatively driving the blade to reciprocate in two parallel planes, and a power source providing power to the motor. The distal end of the blade may narrow to a peaked distal edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: David B. Howell
  • Publication number: 20140014127
    Abstract: What is described is a motorized device used for altering the shape, size, contour, texture, and/or shine of a nail on a digit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Aaron Waxler
  • Publication number: 20130327348
    Abstract: An improved pair of scissors comprises two opposing and pivotally connected sharp-edged blades configured to allow cutting a nail of a toe or a finger, wherein at least one blade comprises at least one guard configured to lie between a tip of the finger or toe and a bottom of the nail, when the finger or toe tip rests on a blade comprising a guard, and a tip of the nail is placed between the blades.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Azriel Ashur
  • Patent number: 8562574
    Abstract: A system and method for debriding callus foot tissue is disclosed. The method may include applying a chemical peel to callus foot tissue and using a debriding tool to remove the chemically treated callus foot tissue. In certain embodiment, the method may include preparing the chemical peel, including customizing at least one attribute of the chemical peel based on at least one attribute of the callus foot tissue. The system may include a debriding tool having a cutting head that may be easily removed for cleaning or replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventors: Gary S. Wallach, Dario Nunez Ameni
  • Publication number: 20130213424
    Abstract: The invention relates to a manicure receptacle having a drying part, including: a receptacle body which has an entrance formed in its upper portion and stores a manicure therein; and a cap which is coupled to the entrance of the receptacle body and has a support rod which is integrated with a brush in its lower portion and extends in the vertical direction, wherein the cap includes a drying part configured to dry a manicure applied on a nail or a toenail of a user by raising the wind. The manicure receptacle is capable of quickly drying a manicure applied on a nail or a toenail of a user by raising the wind, thereby shortening manicure drying time and improving convenience of manicure use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Sang Seon KIM
  • Patent number: 8496013
    Abstract: A fingernail clipper holding device includes a housing having a hollow interior and having a generally ellipsoid ergonomic configuration that is easy to grip. An upper portion of the housing may include a channel having a configuration to receive the housing of a fingernail clipping device and to hold it securely. The housing defines a receiving area on which a user may position his finger adjacent the cutting head of the fingernail clipping device. A gripping member is attached to a lower portion of the housing to receive a user's fingers or hand. Stabilizing members may be attached to the bottom surface of the lower portion to hold the housing stationary on a flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventor: Shawn McCourtney
  • Patent number: 8490632
    Abstract: An ultrasonic wave energy artificial nail remover in one aspect includes a handle, a body attached to the handle, an ultrasonic sound wave generator attached to the body, and a tip having the shape of a natural nail. The tip is made to vibrate by the ultrasonic sound wave generator. The shape of the tip allows for a quicker removal of the artificial nail and requires less skill to successfully remove an artificial nail without damaging the natural nail than removal with a narrow flat tip allows and requires. Ultrasonic energy is channeled through the natural nail shaped tip to facilitate removal of an artificial nail in a quick manner with little cleanup involved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Kiss Nail Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyu Sang Han
  • Publication number: 20120255570
    Abstract: A nail care apparatus is disclosed. In one embodiment, a nail care apparatus comprises a housing, a blade extending from the housing to a distal end, a motor disposed in the housing and operatively driving the blade to reciprocate in two parallel planes, and a power source providing power to the motor. The distal end of the blade may narrow to a peaked distal edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: David B. Howell
  • Patent number: 8201565
    Abstract: The invention is a hand held nail and foot groomer for people, which includes a spherical nail groomer body having at least one compartment for batteries and tips; a semi-spherical tip cover assembly having an opening, being in substantial contact to the nail groomer body and being movably connected to the nail groomer body; a combination battery, motor and tip compartment; a tip assembly for attachment of various shapes and sizes of nail files and brushes. The preferred embodiment of this invention is one in which the nail body optionally includes a flat bottom section which includes one or more detachable ringed or recessed sections, said ring sections or recessed sections capable of holding rounded and optionally recessed files and/or pumice stones and/emery files and/or foot scarpers useful in grooming feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Products of Tomorrow, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Fernandez, Paul McGrath
  • Patent number: 8066013
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic pedicure instrument includes a housing having an outside portion and an inside portion. The inside portion includes a battery electrically coupled to a motor which can be activated by a switch on the outside portion of the housing. The outside portion of the housing also has a handle. The motor provides rotational output to a shaft extending from the inside portion of the housing, through an opening in the housing and beyond the outside portion of the housing, the shaft having a distal end. The instrument further has a wheel having proximal and distal surfaces. The distal end of the shaft secures to the proximal surface of the wheel. An attachment has a proximal portion that is removably secured to the distal surface of the wheel. The attachment has a distal portion having an abrasive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventors: Sentrakal Tes, Malen Chea
  • Patent number: 8061365
    Abstract: An automated nail polishing is provided. The device includes an arm having a plurality of linkages rotatably connected to each other. The end of the arm includes a port to removably receive a brush. The linkages are capable of controlled movement through an integrated circuit and motors. A hand platform is also provided with a groove and sensor for receiving a user finger. When the finger is placed in the groove, the integrated circuit can move the arm to dip the brush into a liquid receptacle and then move the arm to brush the liquid onto a user's fingernail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Rehco, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Rehkemper, Jeffrey Rehkemper
  • Publication number: 20110226269
    Abstract: The present invention relates to enhancing abrasive, buffing, filing, polishing, shaping and callus removing products for the manicure and pedicure industry by use of a linear motion tool. In particular, the invention provides a method and apparatus that uses linear motion to quickly vibrate a detachable platen by which an abrasive, buffing, polishing and or pumice device can be secured by means of temporary or permanent adhesion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventors: Edmond E. Routhier, Ben S. Farber
  • Publication number: 20110226268
    Abstract: A machine for sanding, buffing and polishing fingernails and toenails with a flat disc of abrasive, smoothing or polishing material, a disc mount made of flexible material to easily adhere the disc to, a rotationally reciprocating disc mounting platform to affix the disc mount to, a removeable head that can be easily interchanged, a power transmission shaft to transfer power to the removeable head, a motor, a rotationally reciprocating power transmission to change rotational motion of the motor to rotationally reciprocating motion, a battery, a power switch on the body to control the motor on and off, a body to house the power components, a 90 degree power transmission to change rotationally reciprocating motion of the power transmission shaft to rotationally reciprocating motion of the disc mounting platform, and a power transmission shaft receiver in the removeable head to receive the power transmission shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Arthur Filonczuk
  • Publication number: 20110226270
    Abstract: The present invention provides a Personal Nail Trimmer comprising a battery-powered nail trimmer designed for use on humans by humans. The unit is cylindrical, approximately four inches in length and one inch in diameter, with the lower portion of the handle containing a chamber for the batteries housing a pair of AA-cells batteries, or in another embodiment, one C-cell battery. A thumb-operated On/Off switch is located on the exterior of the plastic housing just above the battery compartment, and the upper portion of the cylinder contains a small electric motor, powered by the battery and terminating in a driveshaft oriented in the center of, and in line with, the cylinder. This driveshaft terminates in a precision filing wheel, a round emery board which revolves via the driveshaft when the motor is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Raul Rivera
  • Patent number: 8006704
    Abstract: A pet nail filing device for filing down a pet's nails in a quick and painless fashion. The filing device has a housing and a rotating grinding drum within the housing. A motor is connected to a drive belt which causes the grinding drum to rotate while isolating the grinding drum, and thus the animal, from vibration. The grinding drum has an outer surface covered with grit. When the pet's nail is brought into contact with the drum outer surface, the grit coupled with the rotation of the drum both conditions the nail for grooming by causing the vein to retract, and also causes the nail to be filed down. A mask cover exposes only a portion of the grinding drum through openings therein, and thereby avoids trauma to the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Bill Willix
  • Publication number: 20110073124
    Abstract: An ultrasonic wave energy artificial nail remover in one aspect includes a handle, a body attached to the handle, an ultrasonic sound wave generator attached to the body, and a tip having the shape of a natural nail. The tip is made to vibrate by the ultrasonic sound wave generator. The shape of the tip allows for a quicker removal of the artificial nail and requires less skill to successfully remove an artificial nail without damaging the natural nail than removal with a narrow flat tip allows and requires. Ultrasonic energy is channeled through the natural nail shaped tip to facilitate removal of an artificial nail in a quick manner with little cleanup involved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Kyu Sang Han
  • Publication number: 20110061669
    Abstract: A hand rest vacuum and method is provided for the nail care industry. A body is configured to be supported by a desk between a client and a nail care technician. A cushioned hand rest pad is supported by the body. The body has a retractable nozzle on the technician side of the body. The nozzle is in fluid communication through an interior volume of the body to a body discharge location. Air is pulled through the nozzle opening and through the body interior volume by a vacuum source. The vacuum source may be located within the body interior volume or may be located separately from the body. The interior volume may incorporate a particulate filter, a carbon filter or a cyclone particulate matter separator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2009
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventors: Youn Jung Chang, Mun Kyung Chang
  • Publication number: 20100326456
    Abstract: A rechargeable type callus removal instrument is disclosed, that includes a main body having a flaring tube shape with one side opened. The instrument can include a callus storage fitted around the motor shaft of an internal motor that rotates with rotation of the motor shaft, thereby collecting calluses separated from a user's foot therein. A filing cap can cover an upper surface of the callus storage for removing calluses on the user's foot while rotating with the callus storage in contact with a callus surface of the foot. A guide member can be included to assist with forming an exterior barrier such that the calluses being removed by the filing cap are collected in the callus storage without scattering about to the outside. The callus removal instrument enables callus removal using a rotational force of a motor through electric recharging with an improved portability while preventing water infiltration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: Jae Hyun Song
  • Publication number: 20100236565
    Abstract: The invention is a hand held nail and foot groomer for people, which includes a spherical nail groomer body having at least one compartment for batteries and tips; a semi-spherical tip cover assembly having an opening, being in substantial contact to the nail groomer body and being movably connected to the nail groomer body; a combination battery, motor and tip compartment; a tip assembly for attachment of various shapes and sizes of nail files and brushes. The preferred embodiment of this invention is one in which the nail body optionally includes a flat bottom section which includes one or more detachable ringed or recessed sections, said ring sections or recessed sections capable of holding rounded and optionally recessed files and/or pumice stones and/emery files and/or foot scarpers useful in grooming feet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: PRODUCTS OF TOMORROW, INC.
    Inventors: JUAN FERNANDEZ, Paul McGrath
  • Publication number: 20100224203
    Abstract: A filing strip having a support portion, an abrasive portion, and at least two edge portions is provided. The support portion provides a groove that extends at least partially along a longitudinal axis of the support portion, and has a degree of flexibility sufficient to flexes under pressure applied with the insertion of an end of a human nail into the groove. The abrasive portion is positioned within the groove so as to file the end of the human nail inserted into the groove. The edge portions are positioned at least partially along an upper periphery and a lower periphery of the groove, respectively, to define a depth of the groove to limit the insertion of the human nail into the groove and to ensure only the end of the nail and not surrounding flesh to the human nail is filed by the abrasive portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Ronald J. Pitstick
  • Patent number: 7789090
    Abstract: A fingernail polish removing device including a motor having an upwardly extending drive shaft. A drum is positioned above the motor and having an opening in the bottom thereof for receiving the drive shaft. A carriage is positioned within the drum and is secured to the drive shaft for rotation therewith. A sponge is supported for rotation by the carriage. The sponge has a circular band positioned around the drive shaft and a plurality of teeth pointing inwardly from the circular band toward the drive shaft. A handrest is positioned atop the drive shaft for supporting the hand of a user while her fingernails are extended downwardly into the drum and are engaged with the teeth. A wiper is secured to the to the drum and has a wiper bar disposed between the circular band and the drive shaft for sequentially compressing the teeth as the sponge is rotated by the carriage so as to squeeze dirty cleaning solution from the sponge for collection in the bottom of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventor: Hai Minh Tran
  • Publication number: 20100083975
    Abstract: A nail care system and method using a rubber or soft plastic coated mandrel bit connected to a rotary device, the mandrel bit reducing vibration during operation of the nail care system allowing for smoother polishing and filing as well as a more comfortable experience for the client and nail care practitioner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: SOFI NAILS, INC.
    Inventors: Phong H. Nguyen, Chung Quoc Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20100000557
    Abstract: A handheld device for performing motorized filing with illumination of the filed surface at the point of contact is disclosed. The device is comprised of a translucent file attached to a shaft that contains a light-emitting diode disposed to transilluminate the file. The device also contains a motor to rotate said shaft and file as well as a power source. The device will provide more effective and efficient trimming of the nails of an infant, filing and shaping of the nails of an adult, and sanding, filing, or polishing of other surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventor: Adam Barnett Keene
  • Publication number: 20090301507
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic pedicure instrument includes a housing having an outside portion and an inside portion. The inside portion includes a battery electrically coupled to a motor which can be activated by a switch on the outside portion of the housing. The outside portion of the housing also has a handle. The motor provides rotational output to a shaft extending from the inside portion of the housing, through an opening in the housing and beyond the outside portion of the housing, the shaft having a distal end. The instrument further has a wheel having proximal and distal surfaces. The distal end of the shaft secures to the proximal surface of the wheel. An attachment has a proximal portion that is removably secured to the distal surface of the wheel. The attachment has a distal portion having an abrasive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventors: Sentrakal Tes, Malen Chea
  • Patent number: 7581545
    Abstract: A lightweight, portable, electrically-powered dermabrasive device adapted to gently and painlessly remove keratinized epidermal portions of the hands and feet. The dermabrasive device includes a protective shield which shields user against contact from flakes of flying or ejected epidermis or other detritus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventors: Clerice Moldawski, Robert Moldawski
  • Publication number: 20090211590
    Abstract: An apparatus for trimming a person's nails is provided. The apparatus comprises a body having a longitudinally extending handle that is connected to a longitudinally extending base with the base being co-extensive with and spaced from the handle. Housed within the body is a power supply for supplying power to the device as well as an electrical drive device that is powered by a power supply. The base of the apparatus has a bottom portion having a longitudinally extending support or mounting plate. The support or mounting plate removably captures an emery board or similar nail file element. The support or mounting plate is mechanically coupled to the drive device and is reciprocally moveable in a longitudinal direction in response to the drive device being electrically activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventor: Charles Sarway
  • Patent number: 7578300
    Abstract: An abrading and smoothing tool includes a handle element that is adapted to be easily grasped by the user and comfortably held in the palm of the hand, and which contains a small electrically-powered multi-speed motor. A segment of abrasive material, such as sandpaper, is removably attached to the hand held portion of the device by hook-and-loop fastener means to be easily removed from the device after use so that the abrasive material can be quickly and easily replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Inventor: Jeff G. Ryder
  • Patent number: 7568451
    Abstract: A rotary nail filing apparatus for animals is described that includes a shroud or housing, an opening in the shroud that is suitable sized and shaped to allow an end portion of an animal's nail to be put through the opening, and a suitably shaped and oriented rotary grinder that is contained within the shroud grinding at least a portion of an animal's nail when put through the opening, where at least a portion of the nail particles that are grinded away by the rotary grinder are contained in a portion of the shroud. In some embodiments, the rotary grinder position/orientation and/or its surface are adjustable and/or replaceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventor: Jay Drelinger
  • Patent number: 7500486
    Abstract: A fingernail grinder uses a bench grinder-like configuration wherein a motor has dual output shafts with a wheel with an abrasive outer circumference attached to one of the shafts. The wheel is contained within a protective housing that has a longitudinal slit through which a fingernail passes to be ground down by the abrasive wheel. A padded member may surround the slit in order to help the user control the depth of insertion of the fingernail. At least one additional slit can be provided with a padded member of different thickness. The opposite side of the device can have a second abrasive wheel with a different coarseness, a buffing wheel or a centrifugal fan contained within a fan housing and having a debris collection bag near the bottom thereof. The fan housing is connected to the abrasive wheel housing and draws the fingernail debris out of that housing and deposits the debris in the debris bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Inventor: Kevin J. Gilg
  • Publication number: 20090056732
    Abstract: A rotary nail filing apparatus for animals is described that includes a shroud or housing, an opening in the shroud that is suitable sized and shaped to allow an end portion of an animal's nail to be put through the opening, and a suitably shaped and oriented rotary grinder that is contained within the shroud grinding at least a portion of an animal's nail when put through the opening, where at least a portion of the nail particles that are grinded away by the rotary grinder are contained in a portion of the shroud. In some embodiments, the rotary grinder position/orientation and/or its surface are adjustable and/or replaceable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Jay Drelinger
  • Patent number: 7475687
    Abstract: The invention relates to a nailcare device, comprising a housing (1) and a discoid grinding body (4), driven by an electric motor, sitting on a driveshaft (10), connected to an electric motor (6). The essentially discoid grinding body (4) is arranged in the upper part of the device housing (1), beneath a cover or plate (3), parallel to the upper side (4a) of the grinding body (4), fixed to the housing (1) of the device in an easily detachable manner and with at least two slots (3a) for the fingernail of the user as close as possible to the grinding body (4) at differing radial separations from the driveshaft (10). The cover or plate (3) can be funnel- or cone-shaped with relation to the grinding body (4), such that the axial separation between the upper side (4a) of the discoid grinding body (4) and the slots (3a), arranged at various radial separations from the driveshaft (10), increases or decreases with increasing separation from the driveshaft (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Inventor: Guenter Merten
  • Patent number: 7428881
    Abstract: A rotary nail filing apparatus for animals is described that includes a shroud or housing, an opening in the shroud that is suitable sized and shaped to allow an end portion of an animal's nail to be put through the opening, and a suitably shaped and oriented rotary grinder that is contained within the shroud grinding at least a portion of an animal's nail when put through the opening, where at least a portion of the nail particles that are grinded away by the rotary grinder are contained in a portion of the shroud. In some embodiments, the rotary grinder position/orientation and/or its surface are adjustable and/or replaceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Inventor: Jay Drelinger
  • Publication number: 20080185012
    Abstract: A fingernail polish removing device including a motor having an upwardly extending drive shaft. A drum is positioned above the motor and having an opening in the bottom thereof for receiving the drive shaft. A carriage is positioned within the drum and is secured to the drive shaft for rotation therewith. A sponge is supported for rotation by the carriage. The sponge has a circular band positioned around the drive shaft and a plurality of teeth pointing inwardly from the circular band toward the drive shaft. A handrest is positioned atop the drive shaft for supporting the hand of a user while her fingernails are extended downwardly into the drum and are engaged with the teeth. A wiper is secured to the to the drum and has a wiper bar disposed between the circular band and the drive shaft for sequentially compressing the teeth as the sponge is rotated by the carriage so as to squeeze dirty cleaning solution from the sponge for collection in the bottom of the drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventor: Hai Minh Tran
  • Patent number: 7377282
    Abstract: A hand held nail polish removal tool includes a housing having a main body connected by an elongated neck to a head. An abrasive member is removably attached to the head and the tool contains a motor or transducer for causing the abrasive member to move so that when the abrasive member is positioned against a finger or toe nail, the abrasive member will abrade away any polish on the nail. The polish removal process may be accelerated by applying a solvent to the abrasive member. This may be done by dipping that member in a solvent or by including a solvent in the member or by incorporating a solvent dispensing system in the housing which allows a solvent to be delivered via the head to the member's abrasive surface. Preferably, the tool is powered by a rechargeable battery in the housing. Various different abrasive cover members for attachment to the head are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Bear-Ink Corporation
    Inventor: Barry O'Dwyer
  • Publication number: 20080099032
    Abstract: A tool for grinding the nail of an animal is shown and described. In one embodiment, the tool includes a head having a distal end and a proximal end. The distal end of the head defines a depression sized for receiving the nail of said animal. The depression also narrows proximally. The tool also includes an abrasive surface inside of the depression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: George D. Jackson
  • Patent number: 7347211
    Abstract: An electrically operated sander for removing calluses and increasing circulation, having a rectangular base unit for insertion into a docking unit. The base unit has a rear end, and includes a movable base plate having rounded edges and a grainy surface area and a gripping handle. The gripping handle extends outwardly from the base unit and defines a curved junction before extending horizontally toward the rear end of the base unit. The base unit houses a motor having a drive shaft mechanically linked to base plate. A rotating two position on-off switch actuates the motor, causing the base plate to vibrate. A rectangular docking unit has a hollow cavity for accepting the gripping handle of the base unit therein for allowing users a hands free method of removing calluses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Inventor: Elizabeth Macklin
  • Patent number: 7290550
    Abstract: The present invention provides a painting holder, a painting holder feeding unit, a printer unit having the holder and feeding unit, and an art painting apparatus with such a printer unit for automatic vending machines. The painting holder consists of a housing connected to a bracket of a feeding unit, a spring-biased finger base movably set within the housing so as to be elastically biased upward in the housing, a locking member hinged to the right-hand sidewall of the housing, and normally biased in a direction by a first torsion coil spring, and a finger cover hinged to the left-hand sidewall of the housing, and biased in a direction by a second torsion coil spring. The finger cover also has a painting opening at a predetermined position thereof, and is locked by the locking member. The art painting apparatus has a high resolution of not less than 1,200 dpi, thus accomplishing a highly active and clear painting effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: D & Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong-Hyun Sim
  • Patent number: 7267125
    Abstract: A device for sanding, buffing or grinding elongate objects includes a housing having a collar at one end and a rotatable sanding/buffing head rotatably mounted in the collar. The collar defines a cavity. A driveshaft is mounted to a motor in the housing for rotation of the driveshaft about an axis of rotation of the head upon actuation of the motor. A distal end of the driveshaft extends into the cavity in the collar. The sanding/buffing head may be cup-shaped and removably mounted or mountable into the collar on to the distal end of the driveshaft. The driveshaft rotates the cup within, and relative to, the collar upon the actuation of the motor. An abrasive is mounted to the annular inner surface of the cavity in the collar. The second end of the housing, opposite the first end, provides a handle for manual grasping and lifting by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventor: Michael G. Nevakshonoff
  • Patent number: 7188628
    Abstract: A nail trimmer apparatus as porvided by the present invention is a small handheld battery powered device that trims nails without damaging the surrounding skin. A trimming action is driven by a compact motor at a predefined speed and torque and a mechanism converts the rotation of a motor shaft to an oscillating action at a head. A cushioned abrasive surface attached to the head oscillates with a frequency and stoke that optimizes the trimming of the nail while not adversely affecting surrounding skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Shubert, David E. Mallard, Lynda A. Deakin, Daniel S. Bomze