Combined Patents (Class 15/105)
  • Patent number: 11457722
    Abstract: Provided is a skin care device including at least one brush brought into contact with skin of a user, a motor configured to rotate or vibrate at least one of the at least one brush, a battery configured to supply power to the moto, a main body provided with the at least one brush disposed on one surface thereof and having an accommodation space configured to accommodate the motor and the battery therein, and a cradle having an accommodation space configured to accommodate the at least one brush and having a charging module configured to supply power to the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hwoasu Jeong, Byungwon Cho
  • Patent number: 11446709
    Abstract: A lens and/or a view screen of an electronic device having at least one case can be cleaned by wiping the view screen with a cleaning component wherein the cleaning component is configured to selectively couple to the at least one case or some other substrate using a magnetic attractive force. The cleaning devices may have secondary applications such as securing fly fishing lures, activating or deactivating a device having a magnetic switch, or preventing sunglasses from sinking. They may also be manufactured without a cleaning component for use with the secondary applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: GUI GLOBAL PRODUCTS, LTD.
    Inventors: Walter G. Mayfield, Daniel Martin Valdez
  • Patent number: 11446718
    Abstract: The systems and methods of automatically cleaning a wheel are disclosed herein. The systems and methods include a foreign matter detector arranged adjacent to the wheel, a cleaning device arranged adjacent to the wheel, one or more processors communicatively coupled to the foreign matter detector and the cleaning device; and a non-transitory, processor-readable storage medium communicatively coupled to the one or more processors. The non-transitory, processor-readable storage medium includes one or more programming instructions stored thereon that, when executed, cause the one or more processors to: receive a signal from the foreign matter detector, the signal being indicative of possible foreign matter present on a surface of the wheel, determine from the signal, whether foreign matter is present on the wheel, and direct the cleaning device to remove the foreign matter from the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Julie Ayres, Dario Jose Villarreal Suarez
  • Patent number: 11433432
    Abstract: A lens and/or a view screen of an electronic device having at least one case can be cleaned by wiping the view screen with a cleaning component wherein the cleaning component is configured to selectively couple to the at least one case or some other substrate using a magnetic attractive force. The cleaning devices may have secondary applications such as securing fly fishing lures, activating or deactivating a device having a magnetic switch, or preventing sunglasses from sinking. They may also be manufactured without a cleaning component for use with the secondary applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: GUI GLOBAL PRODUCTS, LTD.
    Inventors: Walter G. Mayfield, Daniel Martin Valdez
  • Patent number: 11425995
    Abstract: An oral care implement including a handle and an oral care refill head. The handle has a gripping portion, an engagement component coupled to a distal end of the gripping portion, and a stem. The engagement component includes a plate portion and a first engagement feature. The stem extends through an opening in the engagement component and protrudes from the plate portion. The oral care refill head includes an oral care treatment portion and a sleeve portion. The sleeve portion has an inner surface that defines a sleeve cavity having a cavity axis and a second engagement feature. When the oral care refill head is detachably coupled to the handle, the first and second engagement features mate with one another to at least one of: (1) position the oral care refill head and the handle in an operational alignment; and (2) lock the oral care refill head to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Kimberly Curtis, John Gatzemeyer, Rachel Van Pelt, Ebru Hocaoglu, Helen Wolf, Daniel Roman
  • Patent number: 11419502
    Abstract: An oral care system includes an oral care implement and a smart device removably retained in a cavity of the oral care implement. The smart device may have a plurality of sensors for sensing conditions of the oral cavity and/or for sensing various parameters associated with the movement of the oral care implement within the oral cavity during use. The smart device may also include a transmitter for transmitting data/information obtained by the sensors to an electronic device, such as a smart phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Wen Jin Xi, Guang Sheng Guo
  • Patent number: 11413472
    Abstract: The invention relates mainly to an optical guide for diffusing a light radiation through a surface, which is essentially characterized in that it includes a base (3,31) comprising or able to hold at least one diffusion rod (2, 2a; 35a, 35b, 35c) whose lower diffusion end (7, 7a; 38a, 38b, 38c) protrudes from said base (3) and is intended to be applied on or near said surface, and whose upper collecting end (6,6a; 37a, 37b, 37c) is intended to be located near and opposite a power supplied light source (36a, 36b, 36c), and in that the diffusion rod (2, 2a; 35a, 35b, 35c) comprises a material able to transmit light from its collecting end (6,6a; 37a, 37b, 37c) up to its diffusion end (7, 7a; 38a, 38b, 38c). The invention also relates to an irradiation module and to an irradiation device adapted to the transcranial and/or transcutaneous irradiation by light radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventors: Guillaume Blivet, Guillaume Moreau, Etienne Cochard
  • Patent number: 11298724
    Abstract: A lens and/or a view screen of an electronic device having at least one case can be cleaned by wiping the view screen with a cleaning component wherein the cleaning component is configured to selectively couple to the at least one case or some other substrate using a magnetic attractive force. The cleaning devices may have secondary applications such as securing fly fishing lures, activating or deactivating a device having a magnetic switch, or preventing sunglasses from sinking. They may also be manufactured without a cleaning component for use with the secondary applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: GUI GLOBAL PRODUCTS, LTD.
    Inventors: Walter G. Mayfield, Daniel Martin Valdez
  • Patent number: 11204596
    Abstract: Tooling and corresponding tool assembly configurations equipped with exemplary designs of tracking assemblies configured to track information, such as use history, and perform a variety of processing and storage functions relative to the same for more efficient use and maintenance of the tooling over their lifetimes. The tracking assemblies can have retrofit-ready constructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: WILSON TOOL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Anthony David Schwartz, John H. Morehead, Brian J. Lee, Jon M. Shimota, Richard L. Timp, Bryan L. Rogers, Kevin A. Johnston
  • Patent number: 11141248
    Abstract: A toothbrush for use by an operator and capable of being connected to a suction device and a syringe. The toothbrush includes a head, a handle, and a suction assembly. The head includes a plurality of bristles and an irrigation port configured to be in fluid communication with the syringe. The handle is coupled to the head and includes a user interface and a controller configured to actuate at least one of rotation, oscillation, and vibration of the plurality of bristles in response to feedback from the operator through the user interface. The suction assembly is coupled to one of the head and the handle and configured to be coupled to the suction device. The suction assembly includes a suction tip that is movable relative to the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: DIGNITY HEALTH
    Inventors: Virginia Prendergast, Cynthia Kleiman, Ronald Thatcher, Robert G. Dickie
  • Patent number: 11103059
    Abstract: A toothbrush can include a handle and a head. At least one bristle can be attached to the head. The toothbrush can also have an illumination member, an illumination circuit and an activation device. A pliant base on the handle can be used to activate the activation device to initiate the illumination circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Ranir, LLC
    Inventor: Puneet Nanda
  • Patent number: 11084066
    Abstract: A lens and/or a view screen of an electronic device having at least one case can be cleaned by wiping the view screen with a cleaning component wherein the cleaning component is configured to selectively couple to the at least one case or some other substrate using a magnetic attractive force. The cleaning devices may have secondary applications such as securing fly fishing lures, activating or deactivating a device having a magnetic switch, or preventing sunglasses from sinking. They may also be manufactured without a cleaning component for use with the secondary applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: GUI GLOBAL PRODUCTS, LTD.
    Inventors: Walter G. Mayfield, Daniel Martin Valdez
  • Patent number: 11071372
    Abstract: A method and system for reducing distraction of a user (10) of an oral health care device (102), includes: a sensor (112) configured to determine positions of the user during use of the oral health care device; a processor (150) in communication with the sensor and configured to calculate differences between the determined positions and to determine if the differences reach or exceed a threshold value for notifying the user; and a user interface (114) in communication with the processor and configured to alter from a normal state in an event the differences between the determined positions reach or exceed the threshold value for notifying the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Vincent Jeanne
  • Patent number: 11041319
    Abstract: A hand tool is provided for the application of joint compound to drywall board joints, a planar blade affixed to a handle. The blade has a concave arcuate working edge, wherein the concave arcuate curve extends the entire length of the working edge to each corner of the working edge. The concave arcuate working edge may be used to apply a self-featured layer joint compound over drywall tape on planar butt joint or an inside corner joint. The blade is laterally flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: HERNANDEZ FAMILY ASSETS LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hernandez
  • Patent number: 11006742
    Abstract: An oral cleaning system (100, 200) configured to provide optimal oral cleaning using an oral cleaning device (10), the system capable of receiving, extracting, and assessing data from one or more sensors (28) of the oral cleaning device to determine whether optimal cleaning has been achieved during a primary oral cleaning session, and if not, generating a customized secondary cleaning routine configured to achieve optimized cleaning session. The customized secondary cleaning routine is offered to the user, and the system guides the user through the customized secondary cleaning routine to achieve optimal cleaning performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Vincent Jeanne, Aleksandro Grabulov, Sarah Michaux
  • Patent number: 10980410
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide a video toothbrush. An exemplary video toothbrush may include a handle housing an exciter and a support element including a support neck and a support head. The support element may be configured to extend from a proximal connection with the handle to a distal end. The video toothbrush may further include a camera mounted near the distal end of the support head and a shaft extending from the support neck and configured to support a cleaning head toward a distal end of the shaft and configured to receive vibration from the exciter toward a proximal end of the shaft. The video toothbrush may also include the cleaning head having a plurality of bristles projecting in a first direction. The cleaning head may define a central opening. The central opening may be arranged to provide the camera with a view in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN WILLSEA E-COMMERCE CO. LIMITED
    Inventors: Wentao Hu, Zhenjie Mo
  • Patent number: 10932643
    Abstract: A scraper sponge for cleaning and scraping away unwanted substances from an object or surface comprising a sponge body defining a first surface, first layer, second layer, third layer, second surface opposite the first surface, a continuous side surface around the perimeter; and the back of a scraper secured to the first layer opposite the first surface and the scraper defined by the first layer and an aperture through and approximately in the middle of the second layer, third layer and second surface of the sponge body. The entire surface area of the scraper, on it's front surface, is covered with pyramid shaped points extending outwardly in the direction of the second surface of the sponge body and is made level with the second surface of the sponge body when forces are applied to the first surface and subsequent back of scraper to manipulate the rigid scraper on a hard surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Alahandro Olatunde Omotola
  • Patent number: 10932554
    Abstract: An oral cleaning device (10) configured to provide real-time feedback to a user. The oral cleaning device comprises a pressure sensor (12) configured to obtain pressure sensor data during a cleaning session; a visual indicator (46) configured to provide feedback about pressure to the user during the brushing session; and a controller (30) in communication with the pressure sensor and the visual indicator, wherein the controller is configured to: receive, from the pressure sensor, the pressure sensor data; determine an amount of pressure being applied by the user of the oral cleaning device; and provide, using the visual indicator, a visual indication of the amount of pressure being applied by the user of the oral cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Lester Ronald Greer, Jr., Scott Bellamy
  • Patent number: 10898040
    Abstract: An ice scraper comprising a handle and a scraper head connected to the handle. The scraper head includes a proximal end, a distal end having a scraping edge, a scraping side, a chipping side, and at least three chipping teeth for chipping ice, hard snow, or frost from a curved surface. The chipping teeth extend outwardly from the chipping side. Each chipping tooth has a contact edge. At least one of the contact edges is offset forward or rearward of contact edges of two of the other chipping teeth so that at least one point of each contact edge can simultaneously contact the curved surface regardless of the scraper's position relative to the curved surface and regardless of a direction of the scraper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Lynn Curtis Strong, Kyle M. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10893922
    Abstract: An electric apparatus unit comprises electric apparatus and charging stand. Electric apparatus includes rechargeable battery, a driver that drives through electric power supplied from rechargeable battery and power receiver that supplies the electric power to rechargeable battery. Charging stand includes power transmission coil that supplies electric power to power receiver and support that supports electric apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tadanobu Kitagawa, Seiichi Iwao, Norihiro Iwamura, Mami Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 10881195
    Abstract: A toothbrush with a handle having a base and a head and defining a cavity positioned between the base and the head. The toothbrush also includes a plurality of bristles attached to the head of the handle, a green light configured to flash for a first period of time and a red light configured to flash for a second period of time. The toothbrush also includes a switch coupled to the handle for activating the green light, and a circuit for automatically activating the red light after expiration of the first period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Children Oral Care, LLC
    Inventor: Puneet Nanda
  • Patent number: 10874493
    Abstract: An oral-care system includes an oral-care device having a treatment head, a position-determination unit for determining position information of the treatment head in relation to a user's treatment area at a plurality of time instances during a treatment session, a sensor unit for determining treatment-parameter values of at least one treatment parameter at the plurality of time instances, a processor unit for processing the determined position information and the determined treatment parameter values to generate at least position-resolved treatment data, a memory unit for storing at least the position-resolved treatment data, and a control unit for triggering an action of the personal-hygiene system based at least on a current position information and on the stored position-resolved treatment data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Ingo Vetter, Leo Faranda, Matthias Schiebahn
  • Patent number: 10842339
    Abstract: A water extraction device includes a flexible plastic rod, an absorbent blade, and an elongated handle. The device removes water/liquid from automobile compartments such as mirrors after an automobile wash. The device further prevents streaking on the body of automobiles after an automobile starts moving post wash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Harvey Lee McMurray, Harvey Lee McMurray, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10837259
    Abstract: A method includes inserting a flexible cable into a cleaning region of a channel of a component via a cleaning port, rotating the flexible cable about an axis within the channel to interact a tip with deposits disposed within the cleaning region of the channel, moving the flexible cable within the cleaning region of the channel along a length of the channel, and removing portions of the deposits from the cleaning region of the channel via a second port. The flexible cable includes the axis and the tip. A diameter of the tip is different than a diameter of the flexible cable. The tip is configured to loosen the portions of the deposits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Ever Mauricio Reyes, Juan Carlos Mendoza, Richard Michael Hatley, Daniel James Knospler
  • Patent number: 10820686
    Abstract: An oral care implement comprises a head with a plurality of cleaning elements, the head comprising a chamber. The oral care implement may include a reflective or refractive membrane positioned within the chamber. A light source may also be positioned within the chamber such that light from the light source is directed at the reflective or refractive membrane. The oral care implement may also include a head plate with a plurality of tooth cleaning elements coupled thereto, the head plate positioned over the chamber. The light from the light source may be emitted through the head plate. In some embodiments the oral care implement may be a toothbrush. In other embodiments the oral care implement may be non-toothbrush type implements that include a body forming a chamber within which the lighting components are positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Bruce M. Russell, James H. Kemp
  • Patent number: 10792208
    Abstract: Shear-reduction cushioning devices are provided for the prevention of shear related wounds. Cushioning devices include upper and lower cushioning layers that contact each other through at least one internal shear reduction layer provided between the cushioning layers and extending over a shear reduction region, such that dynamic relative translation of the two cushioning layers is permitted within the shear reduction region while absorbing friction and shear internally. The interface between the cushioning layers (where the shear reduction layer is provided) may be angled relative to an external surface of the cushioning device. The cushioning layers may be attached or attachable to one another beyond the shear reduction region, to limit an amount of relative translation of the cushioning layers and to re-center or reset the cushioning layers after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: 5 Minds Mobility Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Saunders, Jenifer Atkinson
  • Patent number: 10772417
    Abstract: An oral cleaning device comprises a body which carries a set of projections. An actuator device is associated with one or more of the projections in the form of an electroactive polymer structure for adjusting a position of the associated one or more projections. This enables dynamic control of the cleaning function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Valentina Lavezzo, Milica Kovacevic Milivojevic, Eduard Gerard Marie Pelssers, Daan Anton Van Den Ende, Franciscus Johannes Gerardus Hakkens, Cornelis Petrus Hendriks, Mark Thomas Johnson, Roland Alexander Van De Molengraaf
  • Patent number: 10760288
    Abstract: A hand tool is provided for the application of joint compound on wall board, a planar blade affixed to a handle. The blade has a concave arcuate working edge, wherein the concave arcuate curve extends the entire length of the working edge to each corner of the working edge. The concave arcuate working edge to may be used to apply a self-featured layer joint compound over drywall tape on planar butt joint or an inside corner joint. The blade is laterally flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10750853
    Abstract: A broom with a brush section and a brush cap into which the upper ends of a plurality of bristles are mounted, a plurality of white-light LEDs, a shaft, a rechargeable battery, an on/off switch, and a printed circuit board. The plurality of white-light LEDs are arranged in two rows around a perimeter of a bottom of the brush cap. The bristles are arranged in clusters, and each cluster is inserted into a hole in the bottom of the brush cap. The ten white-light LEDs are mounted into the bottom of the brush cap at preset, individual orientations so that a central axis of a light beam from each LED is oriented in a direction that is parallel to the bristles that are closest to that particular LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Anthony Wood
  • Patent number: 10737080
    Abstract: An apparatus and related method provide an effective treatment of skin itch and skin rash, primarily for the scalp. The apparatus may be utilized on the scalp of an individual applied between rows of tightly braided hair. The apparatus may apply a therapeutic treatment such as a moisturizing treatment directly to the scalp while being used to relieve the scalp of the itch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Miisha Patterson
  • Patent number: 10702056
    Abstract: A light-emitting oral care implement includes a light delivery unit that includes a passageway through a body of the oral care implement and a tuft comprising a plurality of filaments located in the passageway, each of the filaments having a core component and a sheath component. The core component may have a transmittance that is greater than the transmittance of the sheath component. The core component may include a base portion that protrudes from a lower end of the sheath component, the base portion forming an anchor portion of the tuft that anchors the tuft to the body of the oral care implement. Furthermore, the oral care implement may include a light source that transmits lights through the anchor portion of the tuft and through the core components for transmittance from the filaments at a location above a front surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Wen Jin Xi, Bo Zhang, Guang Sheng Guo
  • Patent number: 10702191
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a body portion of a user treated by the user using a personal hygienic device. The apparatus includes a camera configured to capture the user to obtain a pictorial representation of the user while treating the body portion using the personal hygienic device; an interface configured to receive sensor data from at least one inertial sensor residing in the personal hygienic device; and an analyzer configured to analyze the pictorial representation and the sensor data to determine the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BRAUN GMBH
    Inventors: Ingo Vetter, Carl Stückrath, Hansjorg Reick, Jens-Uwe Garbas, Jochen Seitz, Andreas Ernst, Marcus Bocksch
  • Patent number: 10675455
    Abstract: An oral care implement having conductive protrusions. In one embodiment, the oral care implement includes a handle and a head coupled to the handle. Furthermore, the oral care implement includes a power source. A plurality of conductive protrusions may be electrically coupled to the power source. The plurality of conductive protrusions may include a base proximate the head and a distal end spaced from the head. Furthermore, at least one of the conductive protrusions may taper from the base to the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Patrik Johansson, Harsh Mahendra Trivedi, Douglas Hohlbein
  • Patent number: 10655847
    Abstract: An oxy-acetylene cutting torch tip cleaner includes an elongated body portion with at least one actuator and at least one associated housing bore for storing a cleaning pin. Each cleaning pin is coupled to an actuator movable from a first position with the cleaning pin contained in the housing bore to a second position with the cleaning pin extending from the housing bore, for abrading and cleaning the cutting torch tip. Each actuator, coupled to its cleaning pin with a slider, is biased to the first position and a lock engages each actuator in the second position such that when the lock is disengaged from the actuator at the second position with the cleaning tip extended from the body, the actuator automatically returns to the first position thereby retracting the cleaning pin back into the housing bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: David Hutcheson
  • Patent number: 10653285
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for removing residue from surfaces to be cleaned includes a detail cleaner that can be mounted to a handle or pole. The detail cleaner includes a pole attachment portion with a head portion having a face set substantially 45 degrees relative to the handle. The face includes a recess that tapers inwardly for the insertion and seating of an interchangeable scraper and a coupling for an interchangeable scrubbing pad with plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Gene David Ruble
  • Patent number: 10639467
    Abstract: An oral care implement having electrodes thereon. In one aspect, the oral care implement may include a handle and a head, the head having an exposed outer surface. A first depression is formed in the exposed outer surface of the head. A first sacrificial electrode is disposed within the first depression and has an exposed surface that is recessed relative to the exposed outer surface of the head. A second electrode is located on the head. Each of the first and second electrodes is operably coupled to a power source to have opposite electrical charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Daniel Wainless, Patrik Johansson, Soniya Khan
  • Patent number: 10610008
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an oral cleansing device with illumination features. In one example, the device includes a housing including an aperture, such as a button aperture, defined therethrough, a diffuser connected to the housing and configured to span over the aperture. The device also includes a blocking member positioned over a portion of the diffuser and connected thereto and a lighting array received within the housing and at least partially aligned with the blocking member such that light emitted from the lighting array is transmitted to an exterior of the housing by traveling around the blocking member and through the diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: WATER PIK, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Wagner, Brian J. Woodard
  • Patent number: 10595626
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enhancing a user's efficiency while operating an oral hygiene device (10) is provided. In an exemplary embodiment, at least one image is captured using an image capturing component (602), and a region of interest (820) for operating the oral hygiene device is determined based on the at least one captured image. Characteristics corresponding to a motion of the oral hygiene device operated by the user are extracted. An analysis of the extracted characteristics occurs to determine a quality of motion of the oral hygiene device, and feedback is provided to the user to regarding the determined quality of motion of the oral hygiene device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Vincent Jeanne, Toon Hardeman, Arjen Den Hamer, Martin John Edwards, Jan Wojciech Obrebski, Hubert Gerard Jean Joseph Amaury Vroomen, Alex Merck
  • Patent number: 10588400
    Abstract: A system to promote optimum performance of a personal care appliance is provided including: a personal care appliance having an appliance status; and a client device, in communication with the appliance, including circuitry configured to compare the appliance status with the protocol for using the appliance, control display of an indicator based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Scott Straka, Daniel Bayeh, Jeffrey Kissinger
  • Patent number: 10582764
    Abstract: An oral care system may include: an oral care device including: at least one teeth cleaning element; and at least one sensor configured to detect a brushing intensity during a brushing routine of a user and to generate sensor data corresponding to the detected brushing intensity; and a programmable processor configured to: receive the sensor data generated by the at least one sensor; and determine a target brushing time based on the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: John Gatzemeyer, Andrew Brent Lintott, Ian Joseph Smallman
  • Patent number: 10555600
    Abstract: A dental cleaning appliance includes a handle; an electronic display, and a control circuit for activating the display. The handle includes a body and a transparent panel connected to the body. The panel defines a trough-shaped recess beneath which the display is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan George Marsh, Thomas Douglas Ridley, Sammantha Stephanie Harris, Boris Zukina, Christopher Daniel Currer Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10537215
    Abstract: An ice scraper comprising a handle and a scraper head connected to the handle. The scraper head includes a proximal end, a distal end having a scraping edge, a scraping side, a chipping side, and at least three chipping teeth for chipping ice, hard snow, or frost from a curved surface. The chipping teeth extend outwardly from the chipping side. Each chipping tooth has a contact edge. At least one of the contact edges is offset forward or rearward of contact edges of two of the other chipping teeth so that at least one point of each contact edge can simultaneously contact the curved surface regardless of the scraper's position relative to the curved surface and regardless of a direction of the scraper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Lynn Curtis Strong, Kyle M. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10526800
    Abstract: A hand tool is provided for the application of joint compound on wall board, having a planar blade affixed to an ergonomic handle. The blade has a concave arcuate working edge, wherein the concave arcuate curve extends the entire length of the working edge to each corner of the working edge. The concave arcuate working edge may be used to apply a self-feathered layer joint compound over drywall tape on planar butt joint or an inside corner joint. The blade is laterally flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10448776
    Abstract: A cooking system includes a kitchen utensil and a cooking hob, wherein the kitchen utensil is provided with one or more sensors arranged on the kitchen utensil. The sensors include acceleration sensors, gyroscopic sensors, and inclination sensors. The cooking appliance is provided with a control unit configured to receive data from the sensors and to elaborate information on how the kitchen utensil is being used, and to control the cooking appliance accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Johncock, Alberto Morandotti, Cristiano Vito Pastore
  • Patent number: 10441393
    Abstract: The toothbrush includes a handle portion which includes a power drive system (14) and further includes a brushhead assembly (20), which includes a brushhead arm having a brush element (21) at a distal end thereof A drive train assembly (12) is responsive to a drive signal from the power assembly for converting the action of the power assembly to a motion of the brushhead assembly. A magnet (30) is secured to the rear of the drive train, with a Hall effect sensor (32) mounted within the magnetic field produced by the magnet as the toothbrush moves in operation. Pressure on the brush element produces a phase shift of the Hall sensor output. A processor (15) determines the value of the phase shift of the Hall sensor signal as pressure is applied to the brush member and produces a signal indicative of the pressure applied by using stored information (71) which relates phase shift to pressure for the particular appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Kevin Arnold Miller
  • Patent number: 10441131
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a scrubber/scraper sponge. The sponge is comprised of three layers. A lower sponge layer provides a soft, absorbent washing surface on the bottom surface of the sponge. An upper abrasive layer provides a scrubbing surface on the top surface of the sponge. The front peripheral edge of the sponge provides a scraping edge on a scraping layer, which extends partially from the front edge toward the rear edge of the sponge, between the sponge layer and the abrasive layer. Flexible barbs extend rearward from the rear edge of the scraping layer, such that the barbs become embedded in the sponge layer during the manufacturing process and firmly secure the scraping layer to the sponge layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Giovanni Frontera
  • Patent number: 10426312
    Abstract: An integrated scraper-sponge includes scraper layer is fixed between the first and second sponge and/or abrasive layers. The support structure body includes an area configured and dimensioned to fit between at least a major portion the interface, and/or a plurality of apertures are provided within the area of the support structure body. The scraper layer includes an edge that can be used to remove solidified or other contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sani Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jamie Kersey, Daniel Biagi
  • Patent number: 10413052
    Abstract: A method (300) for localizing an oral cleaning device within a user's mouth. The method includes the steps of: (i) determining (830), based on sensor information received from a motion identifier (28), a first location of the oral cleaning device within the user's mouth; (ii) measuring (850), using sensor information received from the motion identifier, an amount of time elapsing between a start and a stop of a movement of the oral cleaning device within the user's mouth at the first location; (iii) calculating (850), using Fitt's law and the measured elapsed amount of time, the number of teeth the oral cleaning device was displaced during the elapsed amount of time; and (iv) determining (850), based on the first location and the number of teeth the oral cleaning device was displaced during the elapsed amount of time, which of the user's teeth were included in the displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Stephanus Jacob Gerardus Tamminga, Dionisio Massingo Nunes
  • Patent number: 10349733
    Abstract: Tooth brushing monitoring system is disclosed that includes a toothbrush with sensors and a base station. The sensors record data regarding the quality, quantity and location of brushing and the system can analyze the data to provide feedback on the quality of brushing. This feedback provides motivation for users to increase their brushing habits, leading to a decrease in plaque, tooth decay and gingivitis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KOLIBREE
    Inventors: Thomas Serval, Loic Cessot, Samuel Landau
  • Patent number: 10292486
    Abstract: A combination of a hairbrush having a brush head with a concave central portion and captive ends, along with a thermal coating that includes a desired amount of at least one of aluminum, silver, and/or diamond dust in the coating, results in a hairbrush that can be raised to approximately 200° F. in a short timeframe. A conventional hairbrush without either the coating or the captive ends was unable to achieve the desired temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: 1682796 ONTARIO INC.
    Inventors: Michael Victor Vecchiola, Patricia M. Coyne