Rotary Disk Patents (Class 15/28)
  • Patent number: 10772473
    Abstract: A cleansing device for mammalian skin includes a cleansing head having a plurality of elastomeric cleansing features extending away from a first surface of the cleansing head. The cleansing head is attached to a handle. The cleansing device includes an actuator coupled to a rotating drive shaft and adapted to apply oscillating movement to one or more cleansing head sections of the cleansing head at a frequency of about 5 Hz to 30 Hz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: NSE Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Luke Johnstone, Matthew James Herd, Charles Frazer Kilby
  • Patent number: 10702448
    Abstract: A percussive massage device that includes a housing, an electrical source, a motor positioned in the housing, a switch for activating the motor, and a push rod assembly operatively connected to the motor and configured to reciprocate in response to activation of the motor. The housing includes first, second and third handle portions that cooperate to define a handle opening, wherein the first handle portion defines a first axis, the second handle portion defines a second axis and the third handle portion defines a third axis, and wherein the first, second and third axes cooperate to form a triangle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: THERAGUN, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Wersland, Benjamin Nazarian, Jaime Sanchez Solana, Harald Quintus-Bosz, Anthony Parker, Chris McCaslin
  • Patent number: 10582990
    Abstract: A head module capable of reciprocal rotation for an electric cleaning apparatus comprises cleaning elements, a housing and a driven rod disposed in a hollow inner cavity of the housing, wherein the rod is provided with a hollow cavity body for accommodating a drive shaft; at least one gap is provided in a region surrounding the hollow cavity body; at least one inner side notch is distributed on a side wall of the inner cavity, for accommodating a protrusion; the rod further comprises a partially cylindrical or conical cavity body region. When the drive shaft is not yet inserted into the rod, there is a gap between the notch and the protrusion in a direction perpendicular to the rotation axis (L1) of the drive shaft. The length of the gap is greater than or equal to the amount of single-side interference between the rod and the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: Xiaoguo Dai, Zhenwu Xu
  • Patent number: 10508751
    Abstract: A pilot valve includes a housing, a motor secured in the housing and including a rotating output shaft, and a rocker disposed in the housing and coupled with the motor via a cam mechanism. The rocker is pivotable between a CLOSED position and an OPEN position by operation of the motor. The rocker includes a left-side boss and a right-side boss that are positioned in a path of the cam mechanism, where the left- and right-side bosses serve as cam stops in the CLOSED and OPEN positions, respectively. The housing may include features to better secure the motor, and the assembly may be configured to prevent unintended changes of state during periods of nonuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Meade M. Neal
  • Patent number: 10508431
    Abstract: A clear or generally transparent cover or enclosure for plumbing tools is described. The clear cover enables viewing of interior regions of the plumbing tools. In particular versions, the covers are used with drum type drain cleaning devices and enable visual inspection of the drum and/or a flexible drain cleaning cable associated with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Alex M. Cole, Michael J. Rutkowski
  • Patent number: 10485395
    Abstract: The floor machine provides an attachment system capable of securing a handle to the floor machine at multiple locations. A housing of the floor machine provides two attachment bodies located on the exterior of two different walls of the housing. By securing the handle to the different attachment points, the user can configure the footprint of the floor machine to increase the user's access to narrower and/or smaller confined areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SQUARE SCRUB, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kevin Douglas Brady
  • Patent number: 10455930
    Abstract: A cosmetic device having a main body portion, and a brush portion disposed outside the main body portion, the cosmetic device including a vibration motor disposed in the main body portion and having a rotary shaft equipped with an eccentric weight; a motor holding portion that holds the vibration motor; a coupling portion disposed in the main body portion that connects the motor holding portion to the main body portion in a relatively displaceable state; and a brush attachment portion extending from the motor holding portion and connected to the brush portion, wherein the brush attachment portion extends in a direction different from an axial direction of the rotary shaft in the vibration motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: MTG CO., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10384655
    Abstract: It comprises a housing (1) wherein a ring-shaped brush (2) and a central axis (3) to which a central brush (4) is joined are integrally fastened. The ring-shaped brush (2) delimits an inner space wherein the central brush (4) as well as other intermediate brushes (5) arranged around the central brush are housed. The head further comprises a front disc (6) with idler rotation; wherein said front disc (6) separates two opposing areas: a first area where the central brush as well as the intermediate brushes are, and a second area where a transmission mechanism is located that transmits a rotational movement to the intermediate brushes fastened to satellite axes (12) fitted in tubular junctions (6a) secured to the front disc. It enables the correct cleaning of the inner surface of the gaps in the rims of the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: ISTOBAL, S.A.
    Inventor: Yolanda Tomas Puchades
  • Patent number: 10376348
    Abstract: An automatic toothbrush (100), including: a body (102) having opposed ends, a cavity (105) situated between the opposed ends, and an opening (107) situated at one of the opposed ends; an output shaft (120) having first and second ends (124, 122) and extending through the opening such that the second end (122) is outside of the cavity, the output shaft having a plurality of bends (139, 141, 143,145) situated between the second end and the opening; and an oral cleaning tool (104) configured to be press fit onto that portion of the shaft which has the plurality of bends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Siegfried Sablatschan, Rene Michael Brunner, Christian Martin Rassi
  • Patent number: 10265147
    Abstract: A housing interlock (90) for a power toothbrush (10) configured to improve the durability of the toothbrush and to simplify the assembly process. The housing interlock (90) provides for tolerance mitigation and shock protection, and also provides housing interlock tabs (95) such that the housing interlock can secure the components within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Hannes Fugger, Thomas Johannes Gaertner, Bernhard Bachmann
  • Patent number: 10172763
    Abstract: A skin and scalp massaging apparatus using acoustic pressure. A vibration member generates vibration using acoustic pressure induced when a sound source is generated. A vibration probe is coupled to the vibration member to receive vibration. The vibration probe has a detachably provided head having various purposes. The head is provided to massage skin or scalp. The vibration probe is coupled to a cone paper damper for generating vibration through a connection member to which the vibration member is coupled. The vibration probe is coupled to the cone paper damper of the vibration member, so that vibration is directly received, and thus, the vibration efficiency can be improved. Further, the head for the skin massage or the scalp massage is detachably provided on the vibration probe, and thus, can be used for various purposes of, for example, massaging skin, scalp, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: EVOSONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae Yeung Choi
  • Patent number: 10034710
    Abstract: A cosmetic instrument capable of reading a memory card includes a first housing; a second housing, assembled with the first housing to cooperatively form a shell having a chamber; a massage head mounted on a first end of the shell, the massage head extending into the chamber; a control panel comprising a display panel, the control panel being mounted on the shell beside the massage head; a micro controller unit and a drive unit positioned in the chamber and electrically connected with each other, the micro controller unit being electrically connected to the control panel and the display panel. The first housing and the seconding housing define a card insertion hole. The micro controller unit is configured to read information of a memory card inserted into the card insertion hole and generates a result. The display panel displays the result to remind the user to operate the cosmetic instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Shenzhen GOODWIND Technology Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ziming Yang, Liu Yang
  • Patent number: 9889282
    Abstract: A brush implement for the use with a skin treatment device, the brush implement having bristles of a first type and bristles of a second type, wherein the bristles of the first type are longer than the bristles of the second type and are positioned closer to the outer contour of the brush implement and the bristles form at least three distinguishable sectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Christof Ungemach, Michael Maichel, Ulrich Stoerkel, Jochen Kawerau, Frank Roland Gliemroth
  • Patent number: 9872599
    Abstract: A compact handheld cleaning device 10 comprises a cleaning element 12; a motor 16 for driving the cleaning element 12; and a housing 14 for housing the motor 16; wherein the housing 14 is shaped to form a mounded pinchgrip 38 and wherein the housing 14 is lesser in height than a diameter and/or width of the device 10. Preferably the device is pressure-activated via pinching and/or squeezing of the mounded pinchgrip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Jethro Lionel Bennett
  • Patent number: 9820563
    Abstract: A dental cleaning appliance includes a fluid delivery system for delivering a burst of working fluid to the teeth of a user; and a control circuit for controlling the delivery of the burst of working fluid to the teeth of a user. The appliance has a first operational mode in which the delivery of the burst of working fluid to the teeth of a user is inhibited and a second operational mode in which the burst of working fluid to the teeth of a user is permitted. During use of the appliance, the control circuit is arranged to effect a transition between the first operational mode and the second operational mode automatically depending on a detected operational parameter of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Thomas James Dunning Follows, William John Bex-Russell, Timothy Nicholas Stickney, Stephen Benjamin Courtney, Graham Charles Lemon, Jason Godfrey Jones
  • Patent number: 9775976
    Abstract: An appliance for facial skin applications having a drive assembly with an oscillating drive shaft. A base member is removably attachable to the oscillating drive member and an infuser member includes a soft tip with a concave surface adapted to hold a skin formulation for infusing into the skin of the user. A spring assembly connects the base member to the infuser member, and is arranged to convert the oscillating action of the drive shaft and the base member to an action having a significant axial component, toward and away from the skin, to produce an infusing action on the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Joseph Grez
  • Patent number: 9763512
    Abstract: A baseboard cleaning apparatus includes an elongated hollow handle member having a first end including a removable cap thereon and a second end; a base portion including a hollow housing, a ball and socket connector, a wet roller, a brush roller located on the side of the base portion, and a drying roller; and a cleaning fluid. When the baseboard cleaning apparatus is in use the cleaning fluid is allowed to flow into the wet roller and the wet, brush, and drying rollers are adapted to be pressed against a baseboard and a floor simultaneously and then pushed by the handle member in a linear direction thereby rolling the rollers along the floor and rubbing against the baseboard at the same time thereby cleaning the baseboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Jeremiah Jones
  • Patent number: 9578998
    Abstract: Disclosed is a skin washing apparatus using a brushless DC motor, including: a case for the skin washing apparatus; an operation unit installed outside the case, for commanding an ON/OFF operation of the skin washing apparatus and an switching operation for forward and reverse rotations in unit of a predetermined angle; a brushless DC motor installed inside the case to be operated by electric power received from the power supply so as to be rotated forwardly and reversely in unit of a predetermined angle; a control unit for outputting an electrical signal for controlling forward and reverse rotations of the brushless electric motor by a predetermined angle in response to a switching signal of the operation unit; and a skin washing brush mounted on a shaft of the brushless electric motor to be rotated forwardly and reversely according to an operation of the brushless electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Wooram Park, Sohee Kim, Yoonhee Lee, Cheonghwan Hwang, Hyeseong Nam, Kyung Shin Park, Chil Sung Lee
  • Patent number: 9579250
    Abstract: The heads interface with a conventional handpiece so that the facial brush or other facial treatment head can be removed and replaced with a subassembly that provides pivoting/floating support. The treatment head is then attachable to the pivoting/floating subassembly as if it were attaching to the handpiece; the result being a motorized skin treatment head that pivots and/or floats to follow the contour of the skin. The internal motor can either be housed within the handpiece, or pivoting/floating subassembly, and will either provide rotation/oscillation of the treatment head, or simple vibrations to the handpiece and/or treatment head. The floating mechanism may be available in a variety of forms to provide the widest variety of use scenarios. Each floating mechanisms and/or subassemblies are interchangeable with the others so as to be removably attachable to the handpieces described in the Parent applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Nichols
  • Patent number: 9504543
    Abstract: An electric toothbrush with perpetual rotating brush members and at least one vibrating, oscillating brush member is disclosed. The toothbrush includes a base, a brush head, and a main diving assembly disposed within the base and the brush head. The brush head includes a first rotating brush member and a second rotating brush member, the first rotating brush member being disposed in a first, continuous rotational direction, and the second rotating brush member being disposed in a second and opposite continuous rotational direction. An oscillating brush member is disposed between the rotating brush members and disposed in a side-to-side movement transverse to a longitudinal axis of the toothbrush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Paul Hammond Martin
  • Patent number: 9370461
    Abstract: A touch-to-activate structure for make-up pen with function of vibration massage receives and contains therein a liquid and includes a container body, a base, a vibration device, a shielding lid, a cover, a leakage prevention valve, a contact massage lid, and a hold-down cap. The shielding lid possesses elasticity blocks external moisture, and supports the vibration device to provide a waterproof effect. The vibration device includes a spring conductor. The container body, the base, the shielding lid, and the cover are in communication with each other and the leakage prevention valve that has a valve hole is movably mounted in an opening of the cover, whereby when the contact massage lid is touched and pressed down, the leakage prevention valve is moved to press and push the spring conductor so as to automatically activate a vibration function of the vibration device and also to have the valve hole shielded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Zhen-Zhen Wang
  • Patent number: 9364303
    Abstract: A cleaning section for an electric oral hygiene device is disclosed. The cleaning section includes at least a first carrier mounted for driven rotation or oscillating rotation around a rotation axis; and at least a plurality of first cleaning elements mounted on the first carrier with their bases arranged on the vertices of a first star-shaped polygon around the rotation axis. All of the first cleaning elements are inclined in a circumferential direction such that the free end of each of the first cleaning elements is farther away in the circumferential direction than the base of the respective first cleaning element; and wherein at least one cleaning element property alternates between adjacent first cleaning elements or between clusters of first cleaning elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: BRAUN GMBH
    Inventors: Georges Driesen, Bernd Trebitz, Eva Susanne Dominique Thurnay, Heidrun Schmelcher, Martin Haas, Thomas Fritsch
  • Patent number: 9357897
    Abstract: A portable, hands-free device for cleaning a cooking utensil includes a motor, a source of electrical power electrically coupled to the motor, and scrub brushes mechanically coupled to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Brent McNair Estep
  • Patent number: 9320335
    Abstract: Devices and/or methods for treating facial hair are provided in order to soften the feel thereof. The devices and/or methods generally alter the structure of the tips or ends of the hair follicles to enhance their feeling of softness. Some devices and methods employ a high speed impacting principle to split the ends of the hair follicles. Some devices and methods aim to reduce the thickness of hairs near the tips through abrasion. Some devices and/or methods employ both crushing/impacting and abrasion in order to soften the feel of a subject's facial hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Joseph W. Grez, Gerald K. Brewer
  • Patent number: 9204948
    Abstract: The brushhead (24) is part of a power toothbrush (10) which includes a handle portion (12) with a drive shaft (14) having a wedge-shaped free end (40) and a circumferential recess (36) in the external surface (35) adapted to receive a portion of a helical spring member (32). The brushhead includes a hollow neck portion (28) to receive the drive shaft. The hollow part of the neck portion includes a circumferential recess (38) in its interior surface (37) which is in registry with the recess on the drive shaft when the brushhead is operatively positioned on the handle, wherein the hollow portion includes a wedge-shaped recess (44) at the distal end thereof which receives in a mating relationship the wedge-shaped end of the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Tyler G. Kloster
  • Patent number: 9173478
    Abstract: An oral care instrument, which can maintain a sufficient support strength of a long neck, leaves little residue of a medicant after using, has a low contamination risk from nozzle tip, allows smooth spouting of a medical solution from the beginning, prevents excessive supply of gelatinous or creamy oral-care composition in the case of flowing the composition in a supply channel inside the same, and contributes to the maintenance of the durability of a manufacturing mold. In the aforesaid oral care instrument, which comprises a handle (2), a head (3) and a neck (4), a channel (11) for supplying oral-care composition running within the neck (4) to a nozzle (10) of the head (3) via the handle (2), is formed; and the head (3) is connected in a detachable manner to the neck (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: SUNSTAR INC.
    Inventors: Naoki Tsurukawa, Seiji Tokuoka, Masafumi Hamada, Satoru Sumiyoshi
  • Patent number: 9138257
    Abstract: A handheld apparatus including (a) a motorized hand-piece including a mechanical rotatable coupling shaft which is caused to rotate so that it imparts a rotating motion to the coupling shaft; (b) an interface cup member which includes a body with an exterior surface having hook and loop fasteners thereon and a lower surface with an interface opening which is affixed to the coupling member of the mechanical rotatable shaft; and (c) the hand-piece individually retaining a multiplicity of different interchangeable components which are used for different purposes, each different component affixed on one surface to the hook and loop fasteners of the interface cup and which rotate when the motorized hand piece is energized and causes the interface cup to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Spa De Soleil, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Revivo
  • Patent number: 9113987
    Abstract: An oral hygiene implement is provided. The oral hygiene implement includes a housing; a movably mounted functional element; a fixation element that is secured at the housing and that essentially locks the functional element at the housing; and an axle that is supported by the fixation element. The functional element is arranged for movement around the axle and the fixation element extends through a cut-out or recess provided in a carrier element of the functional element, such that pulling the functional element out of the housing along the longitudinal axle extension direction is inhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: BRAUN GMBH
    Inventors: Joern Utsch, Thomas Fritsch, Andreas Kramp
  • Patent number: 9038225
    Abstract: A toothbrush that includes a brushing attachment and a handle. The brushing attachment includes a main body portion with a hollow neck having an attachment opening and a head with a cleaning member opening, a drive shaft positioned in the neck, a cleaning member drive mechanism matingly engaged with gearing on the drive shaft, and a cleaning member extending through the cleaning member opening in the head and operatively associated with the cleaning member drive mechanism. The drive shaft includes a spline drive on one end and gearing on the opposite end. The handle includes a main body portion with a brushing attachment connection receiver that is at least partially received in the attachment opening. The brushing attachment connection receiver includes a recess defined therein that receives a drive hub with a grooved recess defined therein that receives the spline drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Den-Mat Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Wayne Haynes, Ian Thorne, Jered Harvey Dean, Emanuel Guzman, Sean Michael Cole, John R. Gardner, Scott Douglas Nelson
  • Patent number: 9021646
    Abstract: A power toothbrush appliance (10) which includes a user interface assembly (24) having a hidden interface panel (26) and a method of making same, the appliance including a handle (12, 40) and a brushhead assembly (18) with a brush member (24) for cleaning teeth. The user interface assembly is structured so that when the appliance is in the off condition, the user interface panel is blank, and when the appliance is in an on condition, the indicia associated with the selected operating mode of the toothbrush is illuminated and visible to the user. The interface panel includes a first paint layer of gray or black paint (42) on a translucent handle (40). The mode indicia are etched (44) to the handle in the first paint layer. A second paint layer of white paint (46) is applied over the first layer and is light-transmitting so that when the toothbrush is on, the selected indicia are visible to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Peter George Nazaroff, Ronald Allan Hagen, Ahren Karl Johnson, Raymond Lo
  • Patent number: 9003590
    Abstract: A handle section of a small electric device is described that has a handle housing in which a drive unit is disposed, a first connector element extending from the housing being adapted for connection with an attachment section, the first connector element being coupled to the drive unit; a second connector element extending from the housing being adapted for connection with the attachment section, the second connector element being coupled to the drive unit, wherein the first connector element linearly reciprocates relative to the housing during operation and the second connector element linearly reciprocates relative to the housing with a 180 degrees phase shift with respect to the first connector element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Joern Utsch, Uwe Schober, Frank Ziegler, Norbert Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8990991
    Abstract: The brushhead (14) includes a neck portion (15) which connects at a proximal end thereof to a handle portion (12) of a power toothbrush (10). At the distal end of the neck portion is a brush member (16, 28) which includes a bristle base plate (18, 34) and a bristle field (20, 36) mounted thereon. An eccentric (30) is mounted for spinning action on the bristle base plate, positioned in the midst of the bristle field. An eccentric bristle field (38) is mounted on the eccentric. The motion of the brush member produced by a toothbrush drive assembly creates a spinning motion of the eccentric and the eccentric bristle field mounted thereon, resulting in additional oral cleaning action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Tyler Kloster
  • Patent number: 8984695
    Abstract: A hand held dusting apparatus for use with a motor provided with a rotating axle, such as a variable speed drill, includes an elongated extension member attachable at one end to the rotating axle and a dusting member having a body section attachable to the opposite end of the elongated extension member and a dusting section constructed having multiple strands of synthetic fiber materials extending from the body section. In a preferred embodiment the apparatus further includes a tubular hand guide member fitted about the extension member and constructed to slide along the extension member. In another preferred embodiment the body of dusting section has a mid-section that can be pivoted to allow the dusting elements to rotate about an axis set at an angle to the axis of the extension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Down Cleaners, LLC
    Inventor: Paul D. Manning
  • Patent number: 8978189
    Abstract: The inventive device object of the present application is an innovative automatic toothbrush that fits like a mouth guard between the user's top and bottom teeth. Moving bristles will clean all around each tooth at the same time, so teeth can be cleaned well and in less time than using a conventional toothbrush. Omnibrush is a revolutionary new way to have enhanced dental care. It fits around the top and bottom teeth like a mouth guard. There are bristles for the outside, the inside and the tops and bottoms of each individual tooth. While positioned comfortably within the mouth, the bristles will work automatically to clean every tooth thoroughly. The unit is electrically powered, using a charger or rechargeable batteries. The cleaning bristles can be replaced when they become worn, eliminating the need to replace the whole cleaning unit. It will be available in a small size so children can use it as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Curtis Bernard Sexton
  • Patent number: 8966698
    Abstract: A brush head for an electric toothbrush includes a housing and a plurality of bristle tufts extending through apertures in the housing. A gear train within the housing includes a drive gear configured to oscillate about an axis, and a plurality of first driven gears. Each first driven gear is meshed directly with the drive gear. Drive means are configured to provide motion to the gear train. The drive gear provides a first drive output including a first oscillating motion in a first direction. The driven gears each provide a second drive output including a second oscillating motion in a second direction which is opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventors: Kwok Ting Mok, Wai Tong Chan
  • Patent number: 8966710
    Abstract: A skin cleaning assembly includes a housing that has a first end and a second end. The first end comprises a head that has a circular shape. The second end comprises a handle. The head includes a front wall, a back wall, and a perimeter wall extending between the front and back walls. A cleaning disk is rotatably coupled to the housing and is positioned in and extends away from the front wall. The cleaning disk includes a plurality of bristles. A massage disk is rotatably coupled to the housing and is positioned in and extends away from the back wall. The massage disk includes a plurality of hemispherical massagers. A control circuit is mounted to the housing. The control circuit is actuated to rotate the cleaning disk and actuated to oscillate the massage disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Silvestre Lozano
  • Publication number: 20150047135
    Abstract: The inventive concept is directed to a device used for scrubbing or polishing items. The device is contained in a housing that contains a mechanism for creating an oscillating motion. A scrubbing or polishing pad is attached to a circular disc which is driven in an oscillating manner by said mechanism. The circular disc is mounted on a support plate which is attached at bottom of said housing in a laterally pointing position. Said support plate is mounted to said housing at an obtuse angle relative to said housing. This enables an operator of said device to obtain a clear view of the ongoing procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Luz Patricia Cerda, Helmuth H. Montoya, I, Kay Lichtenstein
  • Patent number: 8955186
    Abstract: A toothbrush has a body, a brush head, and a neck extending between the body and the brush head. The toothbrush also has a massaging element, a plurality of bristles, and a plurality of massaging tips. The brush head has a front face and a rear face. The massaging element is disposed on the rear face of the brush head, while the plurality of bristles and the plurality of massaging tips extend from the front face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Geoffrey Chan, Douglas A. Gall
  • Patent number: 8904587
    Abstract: A handheld electric shoe polisher can quickly polish shoes in a compact device. The handheld electric shoe polisher comprises a housing mechanically coupled to hand grip. The housing is further mechanically coupled to universal service bus port and a switch. The housing is mechanically coupled to a drive shaft; the drive shaft is mechanically coupled to gear box. The gear box is mechanically coupled to a motor. The motor is electrically coupled to a battery. The drive shaft is further mechanically coupled to a shoe shine attachment. In this manner a user, can charge the battery by electrically coupling the universal service bus port to a power source and the user can engage the battery with the switch to power the motor, turning the drive shaft and causing the shoe shine attachment to rotate. The user can utilize the shoe shine attachment to shine shoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Ray Charles Patterson
  • Publication number: 20140289978
    Abstract: A manual brushing device has a handle which comprises a battery, as well as a rotatable driving part that is connected to the handle for driving the connected removable brush. This driving part comprises an electric motor for the rotation of the brush, as well as vibration devices, which can cause the brush to tap or vibrate, causing the better removal of the dirt and dust from the skin. The brush has a removable receiving cover locked onto the driving part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Ada Noris Serra-Garrido
  • Patent number: 8813292
    Abstract: A brush head for an electric toothbrush is disclosed. The brush head includes a bristle support having mounting means for the movable mounting of the bristle support and a plurality of bristle tufts arranged on the bristle support in at least one outer ring and one middle ring, the middle ring being nested within the outer ring and having a central area. The outer ring includes outer bristle tufts having an elongated tuft cross-section, which outer bristle tufts are mounted on opposing sides of the outer ring. The middle ring includes at least two middle bristle tufts that each have a cross-section that is smaller than the cross-section of the outer bristle tufts and a central area including at least one bristled section that consists of two center bristle tufts having a cross-section larger than the cross-section of the middle bristle tufts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Georges Driesen, Michael Schmid, Norbert Schaefer, Hansjoerg Reick, Stefan Schamberg, Eva Susanne Thurnay, Rory McGarry
  • Patent number: 8801861
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus includes an elongated housing bounding a chamber with a motor disposed therein. A drive shaft is at least partially disposed within the chamber of the housing, the drive shaft being coupled with the motor such that during selective operation of the motor the drive shaft is rotated. A hub having a rotational axis about which the hub rotates is coupled with the drive shaft such that rotation of the drive shaft facilitates rotation of the hub. A cleaning head is removably coupled with the hub such that rotation of the hub causes rotation of the cleaning head. A disengaging system is movable between a first position where the cleaning head is securely engaged to the hub and a second position where the cleaning head is freely removable from the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Rubbermaid, Incorporated
    Inventors: Aaron D. Cobabe, W. Kenneth Thiess, David Lowe, David O. Meyers
  • Patent number: 8789228
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a bristle for a toothbrush, said bristle being comprised of a plastic monofilament, with the preferably cloverleaf-shaped bristle body having several longitudinal ribs arranged in star shape and projecting laterally from a core section of the bristle body. The invention is also directed to a brush head for an electric toothbrush having at least one bristle tuft with at least one such bristle as well as to an electric toothbrush having such a brush head. According to the invention, the bristle of the type initially referred to is configured to be self-fanning in such a manner that the cleaning forces acting on the bristles during normal brushing cause the bristle to split open at its free end. As a result, the need to use complex splitting methods and corresponding splitting machines in the manufacture of the toothbrush can be obviated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Georges Driesen, Michael Schmid
  • Publication number: 20140196228
    Abstract: A polygonal toothbrush that enables bristles to more easily enter spaces between teeth to remove plaque, and as a consequence, can have a preventive effect on periodontal disease and gingivitis, as well as a massaging effect on gums and the like. A rotating-receiving shaft of a brush material is fitted and attached to a rotating shaft provided on a handle part, and a guide plate that guides the rotation of the rotating-receiving shaft is provided on the handle part such that the friction resistance between the rotating shaft, the rotating-receiving shaft, and the guide plate can be varied; or the brush material is attached, at a rotating-receiving shaft receiving hole thereof, to the rotating shaft provided on the handle part such that the friction resistance between the rotating shaft and the rotating-receiving shaft receiving hole of the brush material can be varied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Mikio Saito
  • Patent number: 8776299
    Abstract: A toothbrush head that includes a main body portion and a generally cylindrical connection member extending downwardly and defining an axis. The connection member includes bottom, outer and inner surfaces and a central opening. The connection member also includes a first lower protrusion that includes first and second inclined surfaces extending inwardly from the inner surface, a first slot defined in the bottom surface and the inner surface, a first lower notch defined in the inner surface, and a first opening defined in the inner surface above the first lower protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Den-Mat Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald W. Haynes
  • Patent number: 8752227
    Abstract: A hand held dusting apparatus for use with a motor provided with a rotating axle, such as a variable speed drill, includes an elongated extension member attachable at one end to the rotating axle and a dusting member having a body section attachable to the opposite end of the elongated extension member and a dusting section constructed having multiple strands of synthetic fiber materials extending from the body section. In a preferred embodiment the apparatus further includes a tubular hand guide member fitted about the extension member and constructed to slide along the extension member. In another preferred embodiment the body of dusting section has a mid-section that can be pivoted to allow the dusting elements to rotate about an axis set at an angle to the axis of the extension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Crown Down Cleaners, LLC
    Inventor: Paul D. Manning
  • Patent number: 8732891
    Abstract: An oral cleaning section is disclosed. The oral cleaning section includes a first carrier having a cleaning side on which at least a first cleaning element is mounted and a second side opposite to the cleaning side, a second carrier having a cleaning side on which at least a second cleaning element is mounted, at least one aperture being formed in the first carrier such that the aperture extends from the cleaning side to the second side, with the second cleaning element extending through the aperture. The second carrier is arranged underneath the first carrier such that the cleaning side of the second carrier is underneath the second side of the first carrier and laterally extends beyond the aperture in at least a first direction. The first carrier and the second carrier are arranged for relative movement to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Stoerkel, Thomas Fritsch, Michael Stolper
  • Patent number: 8713738
    Abstract: The head of a toothbrush includes a first tuft block having bristles and a second tuft block having bristles. The first and second tuft blocks are mounted for counter-rotational or counter-rotational oscillating movement in a direction parallel to the outer surface of the head. The toothbrush head also includes a third section having bristles extending outwardly from the head to provide an extended field of bristles to support an elongated ribbon of toothpaste and for enhanced cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: John J. Gatzemeyer, Thomas Mintel
  • Patent number: 8713739
    Abstract: A battery operated detachable back scrubber that includes a head portion releasably attachable at a distal end of a handle, said head portion having a motor interiorly disposed, which motor operationally engages a rotatable connect socket centrally disposed in a first side of the head portion, said rotatable connect socket operationally communicating the kinetic energy from the motor to a drive shaft of an interchangeable attachment member releasably attachable to the head portion, wherein a plurality of tactile devices disposed on a front surface of a base of the attachment member are mechanically manipulable for use in scrubbing or massaging, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Jorge Alas, Kim Alas
  • Patent number: 8683637
    Abstract: An electric toothbrush with a removable brush section having a transponder communicating with a handle portion of the toothbrush via a non-contacting inductive coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Hilscher, Hansjorg Reick, Martin Stratmann, Peter Trawinski, Wolfgang Vorbeck, Armin Schwarz-Hartmann, Christian Neyer