Portable Or Mobile Patents (Class 219/386)
  • Patent number: 11641700
    Abstract: An induction heating device for heating and/or melting a heat affected product zone of shaving or cosmetic products stored in a product container which consists of a layer of the product heated by an electrically conductive metallic target member having through-passages overlying the top product surface and energized by an induction coil into which an electromagnet field is generated by electronic circuitry for a predetermined time period into the product container, thereby permitting the heated and or melted product to flow through the through-passages onto the top surface of the target member to be collected by a user for shaving or cosmetic purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Inventor: Aldo Laghi
  • Patent number: 11592209
    Abstract: A portable cooking device operable by electricity or by a rechargeable lithium Ion battery for use when electricity is or is not readily available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventors: Nirline Williams, Jean Evenson Laferriere
  • Patent number: 11541433
    Abstract: Containing device for a treatment machine for loose products, provided internally with a treatment compartment that has at least an open side for loading the loose products to be treated, and for unloading the loose products that have been treated; the containing device comprises at least a first loading door for the loose products to be treated, positioned on a first portion of said open side and associated with at least a respective opening and closing unit, and at least a second unloading door for the loose products that have been treated, positioned on a second portion of said open side and associated with at least a respective opening and closing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: ICOS PHARMA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Ivone Capovilla, Ottorino Casonato, Fabio Zardini
  • Patent number: 11517026
    Abstract: A device for use in a process for roasting coffee beans comprises measuring means (10) for performing measurements of an actual value of particulate matter emission from the coffee beans during a process of roasting the coffee beans, and controlling means (20) coupled to the measuring means (10) for receiving the outcome of the measurements from the measuring means (10), wherein the controlling means (20) are adapted to find a pattern of the particulate matter emission over time on the basis of the outcome of the measurements, to determine an actual roasting degree of the coffee beans on the basis of the pattern, and to determine and set at least one characteristic of the roasting process on the basis of the roasting degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventors: Jun Shi, Yanyan Wang, Declan Patrick Kelly, Jingwei Tan
  • Patent number: 11513038
    Abstract: The application relates to a sample holder (110) and a system (100). The application also relates to a method for processing a biological sample (S) and use of the sample holder or of the system in an analytical method or a diagnostic method. The sample holder (110) comprises a tubular member (111) with a wall that is at least locally transparent and at least locally permeable for reagents, wherein the tubular member consists at least partially of a transparent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventors: Reinhold Wimberger-Friedl, Jacobus Hermanus Maria Neijzen, Anja Van De Stolpe
  • Patent number: 11457646
    Abstract: An anti-oxidation frying device includes a frying vessel having an electrically conductive body configured to heat cooking oil carried therein by a heating unit. A removable basket, also formed of electrically conductive material, is configured to be carried within the frying vessel to enable the cooking of food in the heated oil. A rectification circuit is coupled to the heating unit, the body of the frying vessel, and the basket. During operation the rectification circuit converts AC power from an external power source into a rippled, rectified AC current signal that is supplied to the heating unit, body of the frying vessel, and the basket, so as to create a reducing environment of available electrons for absorption by the cooking oil and food as it is prepared, thus extending the life of the cooking oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Lance P. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11291815
    Abstract: A food packaging system has a housing that includes a food receptacle. The food receptacle includes a food product that is available for purchase. A slot formed in the housing, and an induction heating element is positioned in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Bernard Fryshman
  • Patent number: 11262092
    Abstract: When a humidity condition, including a humidity detected by a temperature and humidity sensor and a humidification load sensing unit falling below a threshold value, is met, an outside air conditioner supplies the heated and humidified air into the room. When the humidity condition is met during the indoor heating operation, the indoor heating operation is stopped or weakened. When the humidity condition is met, only the outside air conditioner is subjected to a heating and humidifying operation. Since the indoor air is not heated by the inside air conditioner more than necessary, when a heating load is low and a humidification load is present, a “conflicting state” can be prevented in which the inside air conditioner is subjected to a cooling and dehumidifying operation and the outside air conditioner is subjected to the heating and humidifying operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hayato Horie, Mamoru Hamada
  • Patent number: 11265972
    Abstract: Disclosed is a support structure for an induction heating device that includes a working coil configured to heat an object. The support structure includes: a housing including an upper surface that is recessed do inward and that is configured to seat the object; a repeating coil that is located inside of the housing, that is configured to generate magnetic induction or magnetic resonance with the working coil, and that is configured to heat the object on the upper surface of the housing based on magnetic induction or magnetic resonance with the working coil; and a compensation capacitor located inside of the housing and connected to the repeating coil, where the compensation capacitor is configured to control output of the repeating coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyunwook Moon, Eui Sung Kim, Byungkyu Park, Jae-Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 11207438
    Abstract: A wax warmer assembly includes a housing having an outermost edge defining an opening and an annular ridge below the outermost edge. The wax warmer assembly further includes a dish with a peripheral edge, a heater affixed to the dish, and a power cord in electrical communication with the heater. The heater is operable to only draw 10 Watts of power or less from a power source. Further, the dish is disposed in the opening of the housing and the peripheral edge of the dish engages with the annular ridge of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas P. Gasper
  • Patent number: 11058242
    Abstract: A dispensing system for heating and dispensing a food substance in a liquid state includes a portable dispensing unit including housing including a reservoir for holding a food substance, a heater operable to heat the substance to an operating temperature for producing a liquid, and a pump for dispensing the liquid via a dispensing tube and spray nozzle. A manually activated actuator operates to initiate the dispensing cycle. Control circuitry associated with the dispensing unit monitors the liquid temperature and controls operation of pump and unit. The dispensing unit may be powered by a rechargeable battery. A charging base provides a dock for recharging the battery of the dispensing unit. The pump may include an auto-reverse feature to draw the liquid back into reservoir when not dispensing the liquid for preventing clogs in the dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventors: Defang Chen, Xiqing Zhong, Yiyang Zhang, Yijun Wang, Evan Marc Dash
  • Patent number: 11019686
    Abstract: A flexible heating device includes a pouch defined in-part by a flexible heating textile that defines a cavity. The size of the cavity defined by the pouch is adjustable to snugly receive objects, e.g., sex toys, of different sizes. In embodiments, the pouch supports closing structure to facilitate adjustment of the size of the cavity to accommodate different size objects. In embodiments, the flexible heating textile includes an adapter that receives power from a power source such as a battery or wall plug to heat the flexible heating textile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Jason Herbstman, Stephen Walker
  • Patent number: 10976097
    Abstract: A method of using a storage and cooking device having multiple thermal containers includes disposing a first food item in a first thermal container, a second food item in a second thermal container, and a third food item in a third thermal container. A volume of fluid is cooled and circulated through at least a portion of the device such that thermal energy from at least one of the first, second, or third food item is transferred to the cooled fluid. The device is transitioned from a first operating mode to a second operating mode in response to a criterion being satisfied. When in the second configuration, the volume of fluid is heated and circulated through at least a portion of the device such that thermal energy is transferred from the volume of fluid to at least one of the first, second, or third food item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Home Tech Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Liss, Heather Fisher, Kevin Incorvia
  • Patent number: 10933200
    Abstract: A solution for injecting one or more fluids into a patient is proposed. A corresponding injection system (200) comprises one or more supply stations (105a;105b) each one for supplying one of the fluids to be injected from a container (110a;110b); at least one of the supply stations (105a;105b) comprises housing means (115a, 120a;115b, 120b) defining a chamber for housing the container (110a;110b), the chamber having a connection port (132a;132b) for connecting the container (110a; 110b) to a delivery arrangement (135,145) for delivering the fluid to the patient, and a conditioning device (205a;205b) for thermally conditioning the fluid in the chamber, wherein the conditioning device (205a;205b) comprises a first conditioning element (210a;210b) arranged around the connection port (132a;132b) and a second conditioning element (215;215a;215b) extending transversally to the first conditioning element (210;210a;210b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ACIST Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Yves Chassot, Nicolas Pawelczyk
  • Patent number: 10935253
    Abstract: A switch box for housing a switch underneath a cooktop is disclosed. The switch is connected to a control member accessible above the cooktop to accept user inputs. The switch box has an air-insulation channel defined between first and second spaced-apart barrier walls. In desirable embodiments the first and second barrier walls are integrally formed with other components of the switch box from plastic as a single-piece part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Agostino Rossato, Claudio Guzzo, Valerio Verdoliva
  • Patent number: 10932065
    Abstract: A universal charging and drying station includes a main unit and a hearing aid charger. The main unit includes a main casing, a lid, a hearing aid dryer, and a control circuitry. The hearing aid charging includes at least one interchangeable adapter unit, which includes a receptacle connector, a charging adapter and a connecting module. The connecting module has an adapter terminal electrically connecting to the hearing aid, and a plurality of connecting members detachably connected to the receptacle connector of the main casing. The interchangeable adapter unit may be operated between a charging mode and an interchangeable mode, wherein in the charging mode, the connecting module is electrically connected to the receptacle connector through the connecting members for charging the hearing aid, wherein in the interchangeable mode, the connecting module is detached from the receptacle connector for interchange of the interchangeable adapter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Jamal M. Ayache, Peter Lee
  • Patent number: 10904955
    Abstract: An induction stove and induction cookware are disclosed herein. The induction stove includes a first arm, a second arm, and a third arm together forming an opening between the first arm and the second arm. At least one of the first arm, the second arm, and the third arm includes an induction source. The induction stove also includes rack disposed in the opening for supporting induction cookware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Bernard Fryshman
  • Patent number: 10863290
    Abstract: A charging and drying station for a hearing aid device includes a hearing aid charger, a main casing, and a drying arrangement. The main casing has a drying platform, a charger accommodating cavity, a supporting compartment and a drying compartment. The drying arrangement includes a thermal dryer provided in the supporting compartment for generating heat in the drying platform. The hearing aid charging is detachably attached on the main casing in the charger accommodating cavity so that the housing of the hearing aid device is capable of being disposed on the hearing aid charger while the earplug of the hearing aid device is arranged to be disposed on the drying platform so as to allow the hearing aid device is capable of being simultaneously recharged and dried by the hearing aid charger and the drying arrangement respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Jamal M. Ayache
  • Patent number: 10743711
    Abstract: A cooking sleeve, which may also be described as a cooking pouch, which is removably secured to a vertical grill. The cooking sleeve is compressible, but restores to an original shape when compression is released. Food is inserted into the sleeve at a first end and exits the sleeve at a second, opposite end. The cooking sleeve is non-stick and formed of a food grade material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Lon Lehman, Eugene Tippmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10716431
    Abstract: A device for food and/or beverage temperature regulation includes a cooler for providing a cooling mode in which the food and/or beverage is cooled, a heater for providing a heating mode in which the food and/or beverage is heated, and a pre-heating mode in which the food and/or beverage is pre-heated. A controller is configured to control the cooler and heater. The controller is further configured to activate the cooling or heating mode in response to signals indicative of a change in the behavior of a recipient of the food and/or beverage, and to activate the pre-heating mode in response to predicted behavior. The signals may represent sound and/or movement and may originate from sensors, such as microphones and/or radar sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Jozef Johannes Maria Janssen, Arjan Teodor Van Wieringen, Christian Marie Frans Jozef Senden, Arnold Aalders
  • Patent number: 10702088
    Abstract: A steamer accessory includes a water reservoir communicating with the outside via a filling orifice, and a steam generator including a steam production chamber connected to at least one steam distribution outlet provided in a lower part of the steam generator, the water reservoir communicating with the steam production chamber via a water supply inlet. The steam production chamber communicates with at least one steam evacuation outlet disposed higher up than the water supply inlet, the steam production chamber being confined above the steam evacuation outlet(s), the or each steam evacuation outlet communicating via a duct with the or one of the steam distribution outlet(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Delrue, Laurent Guegan, Pierre Sartout, Guillaume Prieto
  • Patent number: 10561275
    Abstract: A cooking device includes a lower heating plate unit, an upper housing member, and at least one positioning mechanism that includes a lower coupling unit fixed to the lower heating plate unit, an upper coupling member fixed to the upper housing member, an actuating member disposed on the upper coupling member, and a pin connected to the upper coupling member. The cooking device further includes an upper heating plate coupled to the upper housing member. Removal of the upper heating plate results in the actuating member being pushed resiliently to have a positioning portion thereof engaging a guiding hole of the lower coupling unit, so that the upper housing member is limited to move to be parallel to and spaced apart from the lower heating plate unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Chunyu Wu, Jiankun Wu
  • Patent number: 10512363
    Abstract: A multi-zone food holding bin has a continuous food supporting surface with multiple food holding zones. Each food holding zone is independently controllable so that different food temperatures may be maintained in adjacent food holding zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventors: Kyle Thomas Kestner, Christopher B. Lyons, Jr., Charles B. Hartfelder, Zachary N. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10492641
    Abstract: A multi-zone food holding bin has a continuous food supporting surface with multiple food holding zones. Each food holding zone is independently controllable so that different food temperatures may be maintained in adjacent food holding zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventors: Kyle Thomas Kestner, Christopher B. Lyons, Jr., Charles B. Hartfelder, Zachary N. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10358276
    Abstract: Apparatus for warming cloths in a portable box. The warming box includes a heater assembly with slots configured to receive multiple packages of cloths. The slots are defined by panels that have embedded heaters. Heaters are also positioned at the bottom of the slots. Two temperature switches control the heaters in order to maintain the temperature of the packages with specified limits. One temperature switch is positioned above the slots on an inside surface of the lid. The other switch is located at the bottom of one of the slots. The lid also includes a tilt switch that de-energizes the heaters when the lid is opened. The warming box has feet configured to mate with corresponding recesses in the lid, thereby making the boxes stackable, such as when used with a docking station. The docking station has a wiring harness that provides power to each warming box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Adroit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Gammons, Jeffrey B. Gammons
  • Patent number: 10315487
    Abstract: A solid-state cooling apparatus for a galley installed in an aircraft that includes at least one storage enclosure for containing chilled beverage and/or foods for storage and a solid-state air-to-air thermoelectric device having a hot side and a cold side mounted in the galley and having at least one fan for circulating chilled air in proximity to the storage enclosure. A waste heat capture device is provided and includes a hot air outlet for discharging waste heat from the hot side of the cooling thermoelectric devices into the aircraft exterior to the galley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Hsin-I Tsai, Peter John Leslie Burd, Richard Henry Jolley
  • Patent number: 10292908
    Abstract: A neonatal enteral feeding system for delivering neonate fluid is disclosed. The system includes a cooling unit for cooling the breast milk before, during and after a feeding cycle to mitigate unwanted bacterial growth and reduction of fat content in the breast milk. The system also includes a warming unit for heating the cold breast milk to a temperature above room temperature (preferably, standard body temperature) so that the neonate can focus his or her energy on healing, growth and digestion instead of heat generation. Additionally, the system has a peristaltic pump which draws the breast milk from a bottom side of the container and the container is vented so as to be capable of delivering all of the breast milk in the container to the neonate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Dongchul D. Hyun, Michael T. Fleury
  • Patent number: 10251512
    Abstract: A portable warming device for maintaining food items in a warm state includes a housing that defines an internal space. A power module and a heating element are coupled to the housing and are positioned in the internal space. The heating element is operationally coupled to the power module. The heating element is positioned in the housing such that the heating element is configured to warm items that are positioned in contact with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Frank Nudo
  • Patent number: 10179184
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a fragrance includes a container which has at least one outlet opening and is used for receiving the fragrance. Associated to the container is an electric heating element for heating the fragrance and a temperature sensor for detecting the temperature of the fragrance. The electrical heating element is controlled by a controller as a function of the temperature detected by the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Karsten Belz, Georg Techel, Michael Holzer
  • Patent number: 10105458
    Abstract: A sanitizer system and method of use is disclosed. The sanitizer system quickly sanitizes and cools targeted objects and secures the targeted sanitized objects for later use, without the need to transfer the objects to a separate container. In one embodiment, the sanitizer system comprises a cassette having a body and a removable lid that, when joined, form an airtight chamber for containing an object for sterilization. A pressure control element of the system is configured to fluidly engage with the cassette to produce a pressure-controlled environment within the airtight chamber. A heating element of the system, which is interconnected and in thermal communication with the airtight chamber, is configured to provide heat to the airtight chamber. The chamber temperature is raised to a desired temperature for a period of time sufficient to sanitize the object. A cooling element of the system is configured to cool the chamber and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: K&K Lukas LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Lukas
  • Patent number: 10054316
    Abstract: A movable cooking appliance comprises a structure which is adapted to be placed on a kitchen worktop appliance or inside a cooking oven appliance and includes a heating element and releasable connector assembly for making electrical connection with power supply connectors. The heating element is an induction heating element and an electronic driving unit is mounted on the appliance. The releasable connector assembly comprising a plug connector having a plurality of terminals designed in order to provide a disconnection signal to the electronic unit before the power supply connectors are fully extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Diego Neftali Gutierrez, Gianpiero Santacatterina, Francesco Farachi
  • Patent number: 10027188
    Abstract: A hand tool case holding device including a holding device housing, a case accommodating area, and a charging coil, which is provided for the purpose of transferring energy into a hand tool case situated in the case accommodating area. It is provided that the hand tool case holding device includes a holding device, which is provided for the purpose of detachably fixing at least the holding device housing independently of the hand tool case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Marcin Rejman
  • Patent number: 9992822
    Abstract: A mobile heated cabinet and method of mitigating stratification of temperature within the interior of the mobile heated cabinet are disclosed, wherein the mobile heated cabinet can be used to both (a) store food at a stationary location and (b) store and transport food when moved from the stationary location. The disclosed mobile heated cabinet and method mitigate stratification of temperature by providing a heating device, an air circulating device, an external power source, and a self-contained power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: InterMetro Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Willard Sickles, Jeffrey C. Olson, James Kilgallon
  • Patent number: 9985397
    Abstract: A plug-in power supply for supplying a consumer with a low voltage and a plug-in power supply which in operation is configured as a power adapter unit with one of its matching interchangeable mains plug units. The power adapter unit comprises a housing; a voltage transformer module for converting a mains voltage into the required low voltage in the housing; an engaging seat, for the plug unit, at an inner side of the power adapter unit to be directed towards a mains socket, the plug unit being slidably connected with the engaging seat; at least two electric contacts in the seat connecting the transformer module with contacts at an inner side of the plug unit directed towards the power adapter unit; and a locking member, at a rear profile of the engaging seat which limits the sliding of the plug unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: FRIWO Gerätebau GmbH
    Inventor: Weihua Jiang
  • Patent number: 9919633
    Abstract: A cooling and heating cup holder includes a holder body having a container shape, formed of a thermally conductive material, having a substantially uniform thickness, and having a contact portion pressed from an inner side to integrally protrude outward from one side surface thereof and having a contact surface forming a predetermined plane; a Peltier element including an operation surface and a heat radiating portion having an opposite row opposite to the operation surface and installed such that the operation surface is directly attached to the contact surface at an outer side of the holder body to transfer heat to the contact surface; and an air conditioner including a heat radiating duct in which the heat radiating portion of the Peltier element is buried and a blowing fan for blowing out air at one side of the heat radiating duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woong Kim, Jae Woo Park
  • Patent number: 9901209
    Abstract: A tabletop grill generally includes a first grill unit having a first grill plate and a first heating element for heating the first grill plate. The grill further includes a second grill unit positionable relative to the first grill unit. The second grill unit has a second grill plate and a second heating element for heating the second grill plate. The grill is configured to function as a broiler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Arthur Christian Guckenberger, Kevin Bruce Kinney, Rocky Marvin Van Asten, Jacob Daniel Smith, Victor Tenorio Cavalcanti, Karl Warner Marschke, David William Everett, Byron Seth Sawyer, Nicole Ann Sorenson
  • Patent number: 9848729
    Abstract: A cooking system that utilizes vibration to improve the convenience of preparing food and the quality of the finished product. The system uses a vibrating device coupled to a cooking vessel with a pad and/or isolation blocks disposed between the vibrator and the vessel. The cooking system can be adapted to prepare specific foods in specific quantities, such as popcorn in pre-packaged containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Kenyon International, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Reischmann
  • Patent number: 9843870
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying a hearing aid and a hearing aid and a system formed by a hearing aid and a charging device. The apparatus has an energy storage device in the hearing aid, an energy transfer unit and a charging controller. The charging controller charges the energy storage device with energy taken in from the energy transfer unit. The apparatus furthermore has a temperature sensor in the hearing aid and the charging controller is designed to control a charging process in such a way that a thermal loss in the apparatus produces a predefinable temperature pattern in the hearing aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Frank Naumann
  • Patent number: 9756932
    Abstract: In one example, we describe a method and system for toothbrush sterilization and/or storage with better quality in terms of hygiene and convenience, where the brush head and the shaft that enter the user's mouth are never contacted by the chamber. Also, below the brush head and shaft, there is no chamber. If any drops of water were to fall off the brush head, they would fall all the way through the chamber and reside on the counter on which the chamber rests, which can be removed or cleaned easily later. In one example, we use a UV-C lamp as our sterilization technique. This selection has many advantages over the other sterilizations techniques. In one example, we use a single lamp, but that lamp is in a ring configuration (otherwise known as annular, torus, or donut), with good coverage of the toothbrush, from all angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: TAO CLEAN, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Mongan, Simon Ghahary
  • Patent number: 9713201
    Abstract: A washcloth steamer is designed as a counter top device for a consumer to effectively and efficiently heat a single, wetted washcloth to a temperature of between 150 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit. The washcloth steamer is formed with a bowl-type housing containing a heating plate therein. The wetted washcloth is provided around or about upper and lower surfaces of the heating plate. When the clamshell type housing is closed about the heating plate and wetted washcloth, the heating plate is activated to heat the wetted washcloth for a predetermined or until the washcloth or the heating plate reach a maximum temperature. Because the heating plate is configured to quickly heat the washcloth and water, a moisture sensor is included that is relied upon to deactivate the heating plate if the detected moisture is too low, to avoid singeing or igniting the washcloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: William H. Merkent
  • Patent number: 9669986
    Abstract: A cooler and heater bag includes a dry storage compartment, a cold storage compartment inside the dry storage compartment, a bottle warming compartment inside the dry storage compartment, a flexible shoulder strap having a first end anchored to the dry storage compartment, and a fastener attached to the dry storage compartment as well as anchored to a second end of the shoulder strap respectively. The fastener and the second end of the shoulder strap contemporaneously move along a bidirectional linear path defined along a top surface of the dry storage compartment. The dry storage compartment is in fluid communication with one of the cold storage compartment and the bottle warming compartment. The first side wall is oppositely spaced from the second side wall wherein each of the first side wall and the second side wall are located inside the dry storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Angela Evans
  • Patent number: 9656029
    Abstract: Present invention embodiments include a thermal treatment system for thermally treating and individually monitoring a plurality of medical or other items. The thermal treatment system includes a modular configuration with a control unit and one or more modular units coupled to the control unit, where each of the control and modular units thermally treat a plurality of corresponding medical items. The control unit includes a display to interact with a user for setting a desired temperature, and controls the modular units to thermally treat corresponding medical items to the desired temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Medical Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Tsang, Bruce Heymann, Tarry Faries
  • Patent number: 9596722
    Abstract: A method of forming a cooking apparatus includes providing a vessel having an inside surface, an outside surface, and a hollow area that is configured to receive food. The method also includes forming a first plurality of ferrous elements to be disposed on an outside of the vessel. The method also includes forming a second plurality of ferrous elements to be disposed in the hollow area of the vessel. The first plurality of ferrous elements and the second plurality of ferrous elements are configured to be heated by electromagnetic radiation from an electromagnetic radiation source, and the first plurality of ferrous elements and the second plurality of ferrous elements are configured to transfer heat to food located in the vessel. The method further includes providing a controller to control movement of at least the first plurality of ferrous elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Bernard Fryshman
  • Patent number: 9516972
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for warming a nutritional substance (i.e. mother's milk or formulated liquids) for ingestion by a neonate. Structurally, the system includes a warmer for holding a container of the nutritional substance as it is simultaneously vibrated and warmed in preparation for the neonate, and it includes a controller which determines how the system will be operated. For an operation of the present invention, a user provides input to the system controller to establish a mode of operation (e.g. warming; warming-frozen; or thawing). The user will also input a predetermined protocol to the controller. During the operation, a heat sensor monitors temperatures of the nutritional substance which are provided as feedback input to the controller for operating the warmer in accordance with the protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Angele Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Janice M. Shields
  • Patent number: 9491967
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for battering and breading food items are disclosed. A cart is provided with a shelf including a hole for receiving a batter dip bucket and a hole for receiving a breading pan. A batter basket is disposed within the batter dip bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Charley Biggs Food Company
    Inventors: Clifton Robert Toothaker, David Robert Haire
  • Patent number: 9435478
    Abstract: A fluid warmer (10) for temperature control of a medical fluid (14) guided in a fluid tube (12) and a method for operation thereof have a sensor (38), which determines a leakage current (40) via a functional grounding conductor (FE). Two supply connection conductors (22a; 22b) for a resistance heating element (18) as well as the functional grounding conductor (FE) are each equipped with a switch (30a; 30b; 30c) which can be controlled by a control device (32). The switches (30a; 30b; 30c) can be put into their open switching state jointly within a defined time interval by means of a control device (32) on occurrence of a leakage current (40) that is greater than or equal to a defined maximum threshold current magnitude (ITon, IToff).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: WWT Technischer Geraetebau GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Theilacker-Beck, Matthias Theilacker, Klaus Schmider
  • Patent number: 9364106
    Abstract: System and method for identifying, measuring and analyzing food nutritional values and consumer eating behaviors is disclosed. A food container, having weight sensors and food identification sensors, identifies weight, type, and preparation status of the food item being consumed by the user from the food container. Based on the identified information, the nutritional value of the food item is determined and observed. The food container in communication with the system components may provide the user a recommended meal plan to improve the user's health condition. In addition, the food container issues an alert to the user when the user puts too much, too less, or the right amount of food items in the food container or eats the food items too fast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Fitly Inc.
    Inventor: Caonabo Anthony Ortiz
  • Patent number: 9351342
    Abstract: An inverter for converting electrical power from a DC voltage generator is disclosed. The inverter includes a moisture sensor inside a housing of the inverter, and a control unit for controlling the inverter connected to the moisture sensor for receiving a moisture value from the moisture sensor. The inverter also includes a heating element connected to the control unit. The control unit is configured to control the inverter based on the moisture value such that, in the case where a limit value for the moisture is exceeded, the voltage at an input of the converter unit lies below an arc-avoiding voltage value and electrical power is fed to the heating element. Furthermore, a method for operating an inverter of this type is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Ralf Andrae
  • Patent number: 9282796
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a disinfecting radiation base with a radiation source for providing disinfecting radiation to a storage case for an ophthalmic lens, such as a contact lens. The disinfecting radiation base includes a diffusing material is molded into a shape or geometry that is capable of providing disinfecting radiation to all regions of the lens being disinfected in uniform intensity and contrast. The disinfecting radiation base may also include a processor and digital memory for automated functions associated with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall B. Pugh, Edward R. Kemick, Karson S. Putt, James Daniel Riall
  • Patent number: 9177840
    Abstract: A thermal array system is provided. The thermal array system having each thermal element connected between a first power node and a second power node of the plurality of power nodes and each thermal element being connected in electrical series with an addressable switch configured to activate and deactivate the thermal element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventors: Cal T. Swanson, Philip S. Schmidt