Fountain Patents (Class 15/29)
  • Patent number: 10343177
    Abstract: Spray nozzle systems and methods of use are described herein. The spray nozzle system may include a stationary tube, a rigid rotor, and a sub-medium supply source. The stationary tube may be in fluid communication with a pressurized air source. The substantially rigid rotor is in fluid communication with the pressurized air source. The substantially rigid rotor includes a substantially rigid conduit that is in fluid communication with the passages of the stationary tube and the rotor. A portion of the conduit is substantially arched such that an outlet of the conduit is offset a radial distance in a radial direction from the rotor axis. Pressurized air ejected from the outlet produces directional components of the pressurized air in the direction of rotation about the rotor axis; and during use, the pressurized air rotates the rotor and sucks sub-medium from the sub-medium supply source into the stationary tube passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ECP Incorporated
    Inventor: Seiji Endo
  • Patent number: 10188199
    Abstract: An extendable cleaning brush for use in cleaning hard to reach areas. The extendable cleaning brush includes an elongated handle having a first end and a second end. The elongated handle has a telescopic configuration such that it can be extended and shortened as desired. The first end includes a grip to be held by the user and one or more controls. The second end includes a housing having a rotating brush head thereon, wherein the brush head is driven by a motor disposed within the housing. A reservoir is further disposed within the housing and includes a dispensing mechanism for dispensing a cleaning solution onto the brush head. The one or more controls allow the user to actuate the motor and dispensing mechanism in a convenient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Deborah Hilliard
  • Patent number: 10189034
    Abstract: Spray nozzle systems and methods of use are described herein. The spray nozzle system may include a stationary tube, a rigid rotor, and a sub-medium supply source. The stationary tube may be in fluid communication with a pressurized air source. The substantially rigid rotor is in fluid communication with the pressurized air source. The substantially rigid rotor includes a substantially rigid conduit that is in fluid communication with the passages of the stationary tube and the rotor. A portion of the conduit is substantially arched such that an outlet of the conduit is offset a radial distance in a radial direction from the rotor axis. Pressurized air ejected from the outlet produces directional components of the pressurized air in the direction of rotation about the rotor axis; and during use, the pressurized air rotates the rotor and sucks sub-medium from the sub-medium supply source into the stationary tube passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Dehn's Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Seiji Endo
  • Patent number: 10117508
    Abstract: A fastenable device includes a housing having a base portion, a head portion opposite to the base portion, and a body portion between the base portion and the head portion. The base portion has a first fastener in the form of a full ring integral to the housing and defining a through-hole. The head portion has a second fastener in the form of an open ring integral to the housing and defining a snappable recess. The device includes a frequency generator housed in the housing and electrically connected to an electrode pair disposed on the housing, for applying a voltage with at least two different frequencies between the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ingo Vetter, Frank Kressmann, Alexandre Halbach
  • Patent number: 10111736
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hermetic tooth cleaning device, and more particularly, to a hermetic tooth cleaning device including: a main body which includes an outer case; a cleaning body which is coupled to the main body, and has an internal fluid conduit formed therein such that at least one nozzle is formed to be opened at one end of the internal fluid conduit, and an accommodating portion is formed at the other end of the internal fluid conduit; a connecting unit which couples the main body and the cleaning body, and has a connecting flow path formed therein, one side fixedly coupled to the main body, and the other side inserted into the accommodating portion; and a first sealing unit which is provided between the cleaning body and the connecting unit, and has a hollow space formed therein, thereby preventing a loss of positive pressure or negative pressure and a leak of gargling water or a cleaning solution by improving sealing performance of a flow path that connects a drive unit and the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Bluereo Inc.
    Inventor: Seung Min Lee
  • Patent number: 10039430
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner is provided. The vacuum cleaner may include a suction nozzle coupled to a body and adapted to move along a surface to be cleaned, a guide pipe to guide foreign substances including dust suctioned through in the suction nozzle, a separation member to separate the foreign substances including dust guided along the guide pipe from air according to a principle of cyclonic separation, a collection container to accommodate the foreign substances including dust separated in the separation member, a binder supply device connected to the guide pipe to supply a binder to the separation member, the binder being in a shape of solid granules, and a heat supply device to supply heat to the collection container. The binder may bind with the dust due to heat supplied from the heat supply device. Thus, a larger amount of foreign substances including dust may be accumulated in the collection container, and therefore, the collection container may be effectively used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Kietak Hyun
  • Patent number: 9987109
    Abstract: A sonic toothbrush system including an electric motor, a brush shaft, a drive assembly, a fluid conduit connected to a pressurized, pulsed water source, and a water jet nozzle positioned on the brush head and connected to the fluid conduit. The electric motor includes a drive shaft. When the electric motor is caused to operate, the drive shaft continuously rotates until the motor is caused to stop. The drive assembly is coupled between the drive shaft and brush shaft. The drive assembly is configured to convert the rotation of the drive shaft into sonic oscillation of a toothbrush supported on an end of the brush shaft. The drive assembly further forms part of the fluid conduit to deliver a pulsed water stream to the jet nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary L. Sokol, Harold A. Luettgen
  • Patent number: 9975128
    Abstract: A rotating shower sprayer includes a housing, a cover plate component, and an impeller rotatably disposed in the housing. The top surface of the impeller has a blade. The eccentric position of the bottom surface of the impeller has a rotating shaft. The housing has an incline hole with respect to the blade. The shower sprayer also has a planetary reducing mechanism disposed in the housing. The planetary reducing mechanism comprises a gear sleeved on the rotating shaft and a fixing gear ring disposed on the internal revolution surface of the housing. The upper portion of the gear has a first stage reducing gear ring engaged to the fixing gear ring. The lower portion of the gear has a driving gear ring. The cover plate component is disposed with a second stage reducing gear ring that engages with the driving gear ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Renmin Chen, Donghai Chen, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 9815070
    Abstract: An outlet device that may be used in a shower head includes a base portion that is disposed with at least one inlet and a plurality of diversion holes. The base portion is disposed with a impeller. The impeller rotates when it is impacted by water flowing. A guard sheet is movably disposed in the base portion. The impeller is connected to the guard sheet in driving way so that the impeller rotates to drive the guard sheet to move. The guard sheet moves with respect to the base portion to control the diversion holes to outflow water in cycles intermittently. Each diversion hole is rotatably connected with an outlet nozzle. The impeller rotates to drive the outlet nozzles to rotate to outflow rotating water. The impeller and the outlet nozzles cooperate to achieve a rotating water with strong massage effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Renbang Lin, Wenxing Chen, Mingfu Zhang
  • Patent number: 9615701
    Abstract: A shower head includes a main body, a motor, a cleaning device and a liquid dispenser. The main body has a channel, an inlet and a plurality of outlets. The channel fluidly connects the inlet and the plurality of outlets. The motor is disposed in the main body and has a driving shaft. The cleaning device is connected to the shaft of the motor. The cleaning device has a cleaning portion exposed on the main body. The liquid dispenser is disposed in the main body and has an outlet terminal in fluid connection with the cleaning portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Ming Yih Precision Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yung-Chuan Shen
  • Patent number: 9603687
    Abstract: Provided is an oral care implement (1), comprising: a body (100); a carrier (130) connected to the body (100) and movable relative to the body (100), the carrier carrying one or more cleaning elements (134); a carrier drive mechanism (200) operable to drive movement of the carrier (130) relative to the body (100); an auxiliary device (400); and an auxiliary device drive mechanism (600) that is selectively engagable with the carrier drive mechanism (200) during operation of the carrier drive mechanism, so as to selectively operate the auxiliary device (400) during movement of the carrier (130) relative to the body (100). Also provided is a method of operating the oral care implement (1), and a kit of parts for an oral care implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventor: Donghui Wu
  • Patent number: 9603688
    Abstract: A pre-charged prophy angle having a (a) housing that includes a paste chamber, a rotatable head, a drive shaft, and a tube defining in part the paste chamber, the housing and paste chamber configured such that paste within the paste chamber can be dispensed without contacting the drive shaft; (b) a cup secured to the rotatable head, and (c) a paste dispensing assembly having a plunger movably secured to a push rod configured to reciprocally move linearly within the housing, the plunger including a clip for gripping the push rod such that linear movement of the push rod in a first direction causes the plunger to move in the first direction, while the clip precludes movement of the plunger in a second direction when the push rod in directed in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventors: George Michel Mansour, Tim Truitt
  • Patent number: 9521932
    Abstract: A wall mounted body cleaning system includes a perimeter wall and a water outlet mounted on the perimeter wall. A mount is positioned on the perimeter wall and a housing is attached to the mount. An impeller is positioned within the housing and the housing has a drain opening therein. A conduit is fluidly coupled to the housing and to the water outlet. Water flowing through the conduit rotates the impeller and exits the housing through a drain in the housing. An axle is attached to the impeller and extends through the housing. A cleaning member is mounted on the axle and is rotated when the impeller rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Frederick Donatelli
  • Patent number: 9510917
    Abstract: A medical or dental handpiece has a grip 3. The grip 3 includes first to third rotation shafts 101, 201, and 301. The first and second shafts are connected through a first gear mechanism 1000 and the second and third shafts are connected through a second gear mechanism 2000 so that a rotation is transmitted from the first shaft through the first gear mechanism to the second shaft and then from the second shaft through the second gear mechanism to the third shaft. The first or second gear mechanism has an internal gear secured on shaft and an external gear secured on the other shaft, the internal and the external gears being engaged with each other. The external gear is substantially enclosed within a cylindrical plane 1001, 2001 extending along a peripheral edge of the internal gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: J. MORITA MFG. CORP.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Tanaka, Shozo Nakayama
  • Patent number: 9475071
    Abstract: Spray nozzle systems and methods of use are described herein. The spray nozzle system may include a stationary tube, a rigid rotor, and a sub-medium supply source. The stationary tube may be in fluid communication with a pressurized air source. The substantially rigid rotor is in fluid communication with the pressurized air source. The substantially rigid rotor includes a substantially rigid conduit that is in fluid communication with the passages of the stationary tube and the rotor. A portion of the conduit is substantially arched such that an outlet of the conduit is offset a radial distance in a radial direction from the rotor axis. Pressurized air ejected from the outlet produces directional components of the pressurized air in the direction of rotation about the rotor axis; and during use, the pressurized air rotates the rotor and sucks sub-medium from the sub-medium supply source into the stationary tube passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Dehn's Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Seiji Endo
  • Patent number: 9463546
    Abstract: A device for dissipating heat from a rotary power tool is disclosed. The rotary power tool comprises a hollow disc housing. On the top planar surface of the hollow disc housing, a plurality of hollow bolts traverse the surface of the hollow disc housing into the interior of the hollow disc housing. In the interior of the hollow disc housing, the hollow bolts create a substantially angled plane relative to the top planar surface of the hollow disc housing. The hollow disc housing encloses a heatsink. When the heatsink spins, it creates a vacuum, thereby drawing exterior air through the hollow bolts. The angled plane created by the hollow bolts directs the flow of air through the heatsink. The combination of the heatsink and the directed air flow serves to cool the rotary power tool and prevent overheating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Skitter & Squirt Adventures, LLC.
    Inventor: Jack M. King, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9382697
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus for cleaning an associated object includes a motor and an output drive shaft powered by the motor. A cleaning attachment is coupled for rotational movement with the output drive shaft and has an axis of rotation. The cleaning attachment includes a housing having an outer surface and an inner surface. A plurality of elongated cleaning members is mounted to the inner surface of the housing. The apparatus can be employed as a cleaning implement for fire hydrants or other stationary objects. A mechanized method for cleaning stationary objects is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Terrence K. Byrne
  • Patent number: 9370281
    Abstract: A scrubbing device simplifies the task of cleaning a person's body. The device includes a housing unit. The housing unit includes a main housing having a top wall, a bottom wall and a perimeter wall coupled to and extending between the top wall and the bottom wall. The top wall has an opening positioned therein defining a compartment extending downwardly into the top wall. The compartment stores soap therein. A handle is provided having a first end and a second end. The first end of the handle is coupled to the housing unit. A brush is coupled to and extends downwardly from the bottom wall of the main housing. A plurality of holes is positioned in the bottom wall between the compartment and the brush wherein the holes are configured to dispense the soap from the compartment outwardly to the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Addison I. Harewood
  • Patent number: 9351560
    Abstract: A cleaning device for cleaning a plumbing fixture with a solution comprises a vessel, bristles at the bottom of the vessel that extend into the vessel, and a retainer configured to retain the vessel in a working position. The retainer may be a drawstring with a stop to secure the drawstring. The retainer may retain the vessel in the working position by sufficiently narrowing the opening defined by the vessel. In use, the vessel surrounds the fixture and the bristles lie adjacent to the fixture. The vessel holds the cleaning solution to thereby at least partially submerge the fixture in the cleaning solution. The bristles may be used to scrub the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin Alan Tussy
  • Patent number: 9308504
    Abstract: A micro-bubble generating device is provided in the present invention and a shell covers the adapter coupling head, the accelerating tube, the venturi tube and the conical net to be the micro-bubble generating device. When the water flows from the adapter coupling head to the accelerating pipe, the water will double the speed by the first water flow rotation and the second water flow rotation and guide the external ambient air via the first air flow channel and the second air flow channel into the inner tube of the accelerating tube. And then, the water will flow through the venturi tube to generate a high rotation speed and high dynamic pressure water to make the air burst. Therefore, water will produce a plurality of small bubbles. After the water flows through the cutting holes, the small bubbles are further cut to form a plurality of micron bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Ching-Ho Lai
  • Patent number: 9302653
    Abstract: A method and polishing device for polishing a vehicle tire. A polishing agent application means is moved in relation to a tire of a stationary vehicle and polishing agent is applied on the side of the vehicle tire as the application means moves in relation to the tire of the stationary vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: TAMMERMATIC OY
    Inventors: Ari Kohonen, Arto Mäkelä
  • Patent number: 9173530
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dispensing apparatus for dispensing a multi-component composition such as an oral care composition. The apparatus comprises a plurality of compartments, each containing a respective component of an composition, an orifice communicating with the plurality of compartments, and a common electrical drive mechanism for simultaneously dispensing the respective components from the plurality of compartments through the orifice. The electrical drive mechanism may comprise a single motor. Each compartment may include a respective piston for extruding a respective component of the composition from the apparatus, the pistons of the plurality of compartments being driven by a common gear mechanism coupled to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Peter J. Fallat, II, Lester R. Greer, Jr., Robert J. Croft, Martin C. Short
  • Patent number: 8844086
    Abstract: A fluid rotation drive, in particular for cleaning apparatus, having at least one drive wheel, in particular a turbine wheel or bucket wheel, which can be directly set into rotation about a drive axis by the action of a supplied fluid, in particular supplied in jet form; having at least one planetary transmission, with a sun gear of the planetary transmission being connected to the drive wheel; and having a housing which includes the drive wheel and the planetary transmission and which has at least one inlet for the fluid supplied for acting on the drive wheel, with a first ring region for the fluid being defined by the drive wheel and the housing and a second ring region for the fluid being defined by a toothed arrangement of an annulus gear of the planetary transmission, and with the first ring region and the second ring region being arranged in direct spatial proximity to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Anton Jaeger
  • Patent number: 8813291
    Abstract: An oral care implement is disclosed comprising: an oral care region having cleaning elements; a body coupled to the oral care region; a gas outlet operably coupled to a gas source, the gas outlet disposed in the oral care region; an oral care material source storing an oral care material; an oral care material outlet operably coupled to the oral care material source, the oral care material outlet disposed in the oral care region; and wherein the oral care material outlet is spaced apart from the gas outlet. In another aspect, an oral care implement is disclosed comprising an oral care region having an elastomeric tooth cleaning element and an air outlet positioned adjacent the air outlet so that an air stream existing the air outlet causes a dynamic vibratory flexing action of at least a portion of the elastomeric tooth cleaning element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: John J. Gatzemeyer, Eduardo Jimenez, Steve Sorrel, Philip Durocher, Bruce Russell, Thomas Boyd
  • Patent number: 8800089
    Abstract: The present invention is in the field of tooth cleaning devices, especially electrical toothbrushes. The invention further relates to the use of an air/water jet for the cleaning of teeth. A process for cleaning teeth that incorporates a water jet for cleaning teeth remains to be desired, especially a single device that can be employed to clean teeth and reliably deposit material onto teeth. It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a process for cleaning teeth with an electrical toothbrush device providing improved cleaning by means of an externally mixed air-water jet wherein the water dosing is not influenced by the air pressure. Surprisingly it has been found that a tooth brush device, comprising an air/water jet, wherein the air and water are mixed outside the nozzle(s), provides improved cleaning of dental surfaces, including inter-proximal areas, with low usage of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Kirtan Shravan Kamkar, Amit Sah, Rudra Saurabh Shresth, Narayanan Subrahmaniam, Suresh Sambamurthy Jayaraman
  • Publication number: 20140196229
    Abstract: A shower head includes a main body, a motor, a cleaning device and a liquid dispenser. The main body has a channel, an inlet and a plurality of outlets. The channel fluidly connects the inlet and the plurality of outlets. The motor is disposed in the main body and has a driving shaft. The cleaning device is connected to the shaft of the motor. The cleaning device has a cleaning portion exposed on the main body. The liquid dispenser is disposed in the main body and has an outlet terminal in fluid connection with the cleaning portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: MING YIH PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YUNG-CHUAN SHEN
  • 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: 8668397
    Abstract: A hand-held portable electric or manual toothbrush that is capable of delivering and removing fluid while the toothbrush is being used. A fluid delivery tube delivers fluid from a clean fluid repository to the head of the toothbrush. A fluid removal tube removes used fluid from the user's mouth. The clean fluid is delivered via a pump positioned within a cavity of the toothbrush. The used fluid is removed via a vacuum positioned within the cavity of the toothbrush. This invention enables everyone, including the young, elderly, busy, healthy, sick, disabled, handicapped, and immobile, to brush anytime and anywhere. As a result, this invention would greatly improve the oral health of the general population.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Afsoon Barkhordar
  • Patent number: 8607393
    Abstract: A portable cleaning apparatus may include a handle and a wheel rotatably mounted to the handle. Pressurized fluid may enter the apparatus, and a fluid flow director directs the fluid to scrubbing elements to rotate the wheel. The scrubbing elements may be secured to the wheel, and different types of treatment material dispensing systems are operable to apply treatment material to the scrubbing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Larry C. Wilkins
  • Patent number: 8601631
    Abstract: A cleaning brush assembly is provided for facilitating cleaning of curved surfaces such as the interior of bathtub. The assembly includes a handle and a central housing coupled to a lower end of the handle. A first side housing is pivotally coupled to the central housing. A central brush head is rotatably coupled to and extends downwardly from the central housing. A first side brush head is rotatably coupled to and extends downwardly from the first side housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Lewis B. Martin
  • Patent number: 8568051
    Abstract: A portable wash device includes an elongated shaft having a water inlet unit on one end and one or more rotating brush pads on the other end. The brush pads are rotated by a motor under instruction from a control handle. The device also includes a detergent reservoir for combining cleaning solution with water for projection by a nozzle, and an adjustable spray device for allowing a user to manually direct water to an object. A spray shield is located near to the brushes to prevent water and debris from impacting a user while operating the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Burnett
  • Patent number: 8539630
    Abstract: An oral care implement with an air flossing system cleans debris from the teeth of a user. The oral care implement may include an oral care region having cleaning elements for engaging oral tissue. A body is provided for gripping the implement. An air source is disposed in the body for proving pressurized air to an air outlet. The air outlet is disposed in the oral care region for injecting the pressurized air to clean debris from the oral tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: John Gatzemeyer, Eduardo Jimenez, Steve Sorrel, Philip Durocher, Bruce Russell, Thomas Boyd
  • Patent number: 8522384
    Abstract: A powered toothbrush assembly (100) includes an outer housing (102, 104), a brush head (106) and a fluid nozzle (138) adjacent the brush head (106), an inner housing (122) disposed within the outer housing (102,104) and having a motor (130) which is in operative engagement with the brush head (106) to impart motion to the brush head (106) and a pump mechanism (134) disposed within the inner housing (122). The outer housing (102,104) and the inner housing (122) define a chamber (142) therebetween for accommodating a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony Kit Lun Leung
  • Patent number: 8458841
    Abstract: The invention relates to a brush head for a toothbrush. The brush head has a brush disc (3) mounted in a rotatable fashion on a brush body (2) and a channel (7) with an opening for the application of a cleaning product and a composite part (6) that serves as a valve (12) for opening the channel (7) and as a rotational bearing for the brush disc (3). The composite part (6) comprises a tube (8) made of hard material on the one end thereof and is connected to the channel (7) there. The valve (12), which is made of an elastic material, is disposed on the other end of the composite part (6). The tube (8) of the compound part (6) is connected to the brush body (2) in a stationary fashion, for example, pressed into the brush body (2). The brush disc (3) is mounted in a rotatable fashion on the tube (8). The valve (12) is preferably designed as a slotted valve with a slot (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Haas, Ivo Kunath, Armin Schwarz-Hartmann
  • Patent number: 8439588
    Abstract: A fluid-powered bath brush that uses the kinetic energy of moving water to operate skin-cleaning attachments. In one embodiment, the bath brush comprises a brush head member having at least one brush head housing, a water wheel, a first drive gear, a second drive gear and a brush element rotatably mounted thereon, an adaptor with an outlet side adapted to be connected to a showerhead and an inlet side adapted to be connected to a first fluid-dispensing means that carries water to the showerhead and contains a diverter which diverts the flow of water from the first fluid-dispensing means to the showerhead to the flow of water from the first fluid-dispensing means to the brush head member and a flexible second fluid-dispensing means containing at least two tubes for carrying water connecting the brush head member and the adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Bruce Houman
  • Patent number: 8413282
    Abstract: An oral care instrument, such as a motorized toothbrush, which activates upon exposure to the oral environment of the user, is described. The electrical conductivity of saliva, optionally mixed with toothpaste and water, may be utilized to complete an electrical circuit that powers a motorized device within the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Heng Cai, Thomas James Boyd
  • Patent number: 8413283
    Abstract: A portable, hands-free device for cleaning a cooking utensil includes a motor, a battery electrically coupled to the motor, and scrub brushes mechanically coupled to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Brent McNair Estep
  • Patent number: 8356374
    Abstract: An oral solution dispenser apparatus for attachment to a powered toothbrush handle having a drive coupling mounted thereon, includes a housing adapted for attachment to the handle, the housing having a recess therein for receiving a cartridge containing the oral solution, a pump disposed in the housing for moving the oral solution from the cartridge, and an outlet nozzle extending from the housing and adapted to permit movement of the oral solution from the pump and from the housing. A head having bristles thereon is adapted to interconnect with the handle drive coupling and the housing outlet nozzle, to facilitate powered movement of the bristles and movement of the oral solution from the outlet nozzle to proximate the bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventors: Andrew P. Tybinkowski, Federico Castellucci, L. Paul Lustig
  • Patent number: 8347443
    Abstract: A window cleaning assembly includes an elongated pole that has a first end and a second end. An axle is rotatably coupled to the pole adjacent to the first end. A brush head is mounted on the axle and is rotated when the axle rotates. The brush head includes a plurality of bristles that are positionable against a windshield of a vehicle. A motor is mounted on the pole and is mechanically coupled to the axle. The motor rotates the axle when the motor is turned on. A reservoir is in fluid communication with the brush head and is mounted on the pole. A pump is in fluid communication with the reservoir. The pump draws fluid from the reservoir and injects the fluid into the brush head so that the brush head can eject the fluid through apertures in the brush head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Fred E. Conrad
  • Patent number: 8291537
    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: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Nottingham-Spirk Design Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Gall, Craig Saunders, John W. Spirk, John R. Nottingham
  • Patent number: 8261395
    Abstract: Disclosed is a handheld, motorized cleaning device, comprising a removable rotary cleaning element, a fluid soap reservoir, an electric motor with drive means and a handle having an interior storage for battery power. The handle separates into segments to align a series of batteries, while its working end comprises a refillable reservoir of cleaning solution that is adapted to operate with a plurality of independent cleaning elements, without discharging and refilling between elements. An aperture along the base of the reservoir communicates cleaning solution through the cleaning element to develop lather while the cleaning element is rotated by the electric motor and drive means. The aperture opening is controlled by a rotational slide gate means at the base of the reservoir. In use, the cleaning element is placed in contact with a surface to physically remove built-up dirt and debris, while the soap further breaks down tougher grime and grease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Wilfrid Lazarre
  • Patent number: 8256056
    Abstract: A rotatable scrub brush having particular application for removing dried residue from a bucket or similar container. The scrub brush includes a shaft, one end of which can be coupled to a conventional drill. The opposite end of the shaft is connected to a hollow bulb having cleaning bristles projecting outwardly therefrom. Openings through the bottom of the hollow bulb communicate with respective water inlet ducts. When the bulb is dipped in water standing in the bucket to be cleaned, the water will flow upwardly through the inlet ducts to be collected inside the bulb. A rotational force generated by the drill is imparted to the bulb by way of the shaft to cause the bulb to spin at high speed. As the spinning bulb is lifted out of the standing water and moved along the sides of the bucket, the water collected at the interior of the bulb will be expelled therefrom through outlet ports in order to moisten the cleaning bristles and the residue on the bucket to be removed by the bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Grant Jones
  • Patent number: 8256979
    Abstract: An application substance reservoir for a toothbrush is provided. The reservoir has a data carrier and may be filled with toothpaste or another application substance. An electric toothbrush is also provided. The data carrier of the application substance reservoir may contain, for example, information regarding the prevailing filling level of the application substance reservoir and the type of application substance. The electric toothbrush has a data receiver for reading the data stored in the data carrier, a data transmitter for writing to the data carrier, and a control unit which may display the filling level in the application substance reservoir or the particular application substance used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Hilscher, Christian Neyer
  • Patent number: 8220098
    Abstract: A portable cleaning apparatus includes a handle (11) and a wheel (13) rotatably mounted to the handle and the wheel having a plurality of scrubbing elements (74). Pressurized fluid enters the apparatus and a fluid flow director (16) delivers the fluid to the scrubbing elements to rotate the wheel. The scrubbing elements can be secured to the wheel to limit pivoting movement of the scrubbing elements in a direction of rotation of the wheel while permitting greater pivoting movement of the scrubbing elements in direction opposite the direction of rotation of the wheel. Different types of treatment material dispensing systems (100) are operable position a flow director to spin a dispenser of treatment material, or to position a dispenser in the rotational path of the scrubbing elements, to apply treatment material to the scrubbing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Larry C. Wilkins
  • Publication number: 20120159724
    Abstract: A fluid-powered bath brush that uses the kinetic energy of moving water to operate skin-cleaning attachments. In one embodiment, the bath brush comprises a brush head member having at least one brush head housing, a water wheel, a first drive gear, a second drive gear and a brush element rotatably mounted thereon, an adaptor with an outlet side adapted to be connected to a showerhead and an inlet side adapted to be connected to a first fluid-dispensing means that carries water to the showerhead and contains a diverter which diverts the flow of water from the first fluid-dispensing means to the showerhead to the flow of water from the first fluid-dispensing means to the brush head member and a flexible second fluid-dispensing means containing at least two tubes for carrying water connecting the brush head member and the adaptor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: Bruce Houman
  • Patent number: 8201297
    Abstract: A grout cleaning device includes a housing having a front end, a lower region, and a handle; the lower region being separated from the handle. The cleaning device includes a rotatable brush operatively coupled to the housing at the housing front end for scrubbing grout. A motor is located in the housing and operatively coupled to the brush for rotating the brush. An ultraviolet light is operatively coupled to the housing at the housing lower region for sanitizing grout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: R. Tracey Fulmer
  • Patent number: 8122554
    Abstract: An apparatus with a main unit, a dispenser, a clamp and a clamp structure. The main unit includes a housing, a battery in the housing, a motor in the housing and connected to the battery, and an output drive shaft driven by the motor. The dispenser includes a body that defines a body aperture and which has a reservoir for storing a fluid, and a nozzle in fluid communication with the reservoir. The dispenser is configured to permit the stored fluid to be dispensed from the reservoir through the nozzle. The clamp is coupled to either the main unit or the dispenser and includes a pivotable engagement member. The clamp structure is coupled to the other one of the main unit and the dispenser and includes a second engagement member that can be releasably engaged to the engagement member. The housing is received through the body aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan A. Schemmel, Christopher Murray, Mark Stratford, Benjamin J. Strutt, Patrick Marcil
  • Patent number: 8037567
    Abstract: A rotary elliptically shaped head, free spinning, designed to be attached to a pressurized hose, fluid driven. When activated, the fluid is directed thru the head, striking internal longitudinal fins the cause the had to spin longitudinally, at high speed. The fluid is released thru holes in the head, which by the same centrifugal force driving the head along rows of bristles. When applied to a desire surface the head will scrub and clean the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Lee Harris
  • Patent number: 7988070
    Abstract: A shower head includes a case having a chamber with an opening, and a cover is slidably engaged with the opening and has multiple holes. The cover has an inner space defined therein, and a brush unit is rotatably located in the inner space and the chamber. The brush unit includes multiple blades, and each blade has brushes connected thereto. The brush unit rotates by the water flow so as to brush the inner surface of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventors: Chih-Sheng Yang, Chiao-Cheng Yang, Tsung-Te Liu, Han-Hua Liu
  • Patent number: 7975341
    Abstract: An oral care instrument, such as a motorized toothbrush, which activates upon exposure to the oral environment of the user, is described. The electrical conductivity of saliva, optionally mixed with toothpaste and water, may be utilized to complete an electrical circuit that powers a motorized device within the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Heng Cai, Thomas James Boyd