Body-supported (e.g., Human Body) Patents (Class 219/527)
  • Patent number: 9949872
    Abstract: An eye and eyelid cover includes a pair of spaced viewing windows between which, in use, a reservoir of hot water is contained, and a compartment within which a phase change material is contained, the phase change material being molten at the initial temperature of the hot water and solidifying during cooling of the hot water while a treatment procedure is being carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: LABORATORIES THEA
    Inventor: Edmund Thomas Fuller
  • Patent number: 9750895
    Abstract: A venipuncture device may be used for assisting a healthcare provider identify and locate a blood vessel in a patient. According to embodiments, heat is applied to a selected venipuncture site on the patent's limb. A pressure cuff constricts the limb proximal to the venipuncture site, thereby partially occluding blood flow through the blood vessel and engorging the blood vessel and making it more visible to the healthcare provider. The healthcare provider may then carry out various operations on the patient, including but not limited to drawing blood and insertion of an intravenous line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Ziad A. Alsaifi
  • Patent number: 9421124
    Abstract: An eye mask with an internal heating mechanism worn over the eye and sinus regions of the wearer. The eye mask provides heat and pressure to the face. A plurality of heating wires internal to the mask provide heat, the heating wires being driven by temperature and time controls contained in an external enclosure that may also contain batteries or other connections to a power source. The mask may have pockets for weighted pebbles, magnets or other material for adding weight to the mask to bring the heat closer to the face of the wearer. The mask may have a reflective material in an internal layer to reflect heat from the heating wires back to the face of the wearer. The mask may have a memory foam for molding the mask to the contours of the face, bringing heat to a greater portion of the face of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventors: Michelle E. Carey, Angela T. M. Hays
  • Patent number: 9029736
    Abstract: An electronic personal thermal control apparatus and method may provide heating and cooling for a user. A power source may provide power to a thermal module that is capable of heating or cooling a heat transfer component to a desired temperature. The heating or cooling may be managed by a controller. The components may be placed in a housing. The apparatus may be placed at any suitable position on a user's body, such as the wrist or ankle(s). The housing of the apparatus may be incorporated or combined with clothing, such as wristband(s), apparel, jackets, footwear, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: My Core Control Development, LLC
    Inventor: Edward F. Lavin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8986359
    Abstract: A multi-zone electric heating blanket. The blanket may be shaped to cover the outstretched arms or other body parts of a patient. The blanket includes first and second body part portions and a connecting bridge. The interconnection via the bridge leaves an open gap between the first and second body part portions for unblocked access to the patient. A power controller may supply power to heating elements in both body part portions based on a temperature sensor in one of the body part portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Augustine Temperature Management LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Ryan S. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold, Keith J. Leland, Joshua P. Waldman, Rudolf A. Deibel, Thomas F. Neils
  • Patent number: 8916806
    Abstract: A heating pad assembly includes a pad and a heating plate is connected in the pad. A receptacle and a temperature control button unit are connected to the pad. The heating pad, the receptacle and the temperature control button unit are electrically connected to each other by wires. Electric power is provided to the heating pad assembly via the receptacle, and the temperature control button unit controls the operation of the heating pad. A fastening strip is cooperated with the pad to secure the pad to desired portion of the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Chien-Chou Chen
  • Publication number: 20140138374
    Abstract: A heating pad assembly includes a pad and a heating plate is connected in the pad. A receptacle and a temperature control button unit are connected to the pad. The heating pad, the receptacle and the temperature control button unit are electrically connected to each other by wires. Electric power is provided to the heating pad assembly via the receptacle, and the temperature control button unit controls the operation of the heating pad. A fastening strip is cooperated with the pad to secure the pad to desired portion of the user's body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: CHIEN-CHOU CHEN
  • Patent number: 8624164
    Abstract: A blanket for warming patients during surgery and other medical procedures. The blanket includes one or more temperature sensors and a shut-off timer to prevent prolonged exposure of excessive heat to a patient. Embodiments of the present invention provide a safety feature that cuts power to a heating blanket after a certain period of time has elapsed, irrespective of the feedback provided by a temperature sensor concerning the blanket temperature. That period of time is longer than it takes for the blanket to reach its threshold temperature but shorter than it takes to cause thermal burn injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Augustine Temperature Management LLC
    Inventors: Rudolf A. Deibel, Scott A. Entenman, Keith J. Leland
  • Publication number: 20120318781
    Abstract: An electronic personal thermal control apparatus and method may provide heating and cooling for a user. A power source may provide power to a thermal module that is capable of heating or cooling a heat transfer component to a desired temperature. The heating or cooling may be managed by a controller. The components may be placed in a housing. The apparatus may be placed at any suitable position on a user's body, such as the wrist or ankle(s). The housing of the apparatus may be incorporated or combined with clothing, such as wristband(s), apparel, jackets, footwear, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: My Core Control, LLC
    Inventor: Edward F. Lavin, JR.
  • Patent number: 8278606
    Abstract: A pocketable body warmer includes: a metallic exterior casing with a metal plate being formed in the shape of a tube having a closed bottom end and an open opposite end; and a plastic interior casing with an outer contour being formed to be inserted in the metallic exterior casing. The interior casing is provided with a battery storage portion and a battery is loaded in the battery storage portion. Also, a heater is thermally connected to the metallic exterior casing for heating the metallic exterior casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoichi Toya, Toshiki Nakasho, Takuo Nomi
  • Patent number: 8217318
    Abstract: The invention is a submersible hand warmer apparatus for warming a diver's gloved hands. The apparatus includes a sleeve having a center portion with an elongate chamber with a right access port and a left access port; and right and left sleeve portions with elastic cuffs. The cuffs can be stretched allowing the diver's gloved hands access to the chamber, and then retract, forming a seal against the diver's arms. The chamber is sized for enough heat transfer fluid, such as water, so that the temperature of the diver's hands is raised to at least 54° F. upon immersion of his hands in the water. The apparatus also includes a heating component; an energy source, such as a battery; a housing which provides structural support; an insulation that slows the loss of heat to the cold ambient water; and a controller that controls the rate that energy is consumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Jody Wood-Putnam, Marshall L Nuckols, Kenneth Price
  • Patent number: 8138457
    Abstract: The present invention provides a plate-type heater designed to allow uniform generation of heat across the entire surface of the heater, comprising an upper component composed of a first outer covering and a first intermediate layer joined together and a lower component composed of a second outer covering and a second intermediate layer joined together, with a heating element being placed between said upper component and lower component and wires laminated onto the two end surfaces of said heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Carbonic Heat Corporation
    Inventor: Tae Suk Seo
  • Patent number: 8097832
    Abstract: A heating device for an article specially worn in the water activities includes a magnetic unit, a power source unit, an inductive unit, a control unit, a heating unit, and a display unit. In this device, the magnetic unit is to generate a magnetic output. The power source unit is to provide a power source needed by the device. The inductive unit, induced by the magnetic force of the magnetic unit, generates an inductive signal output. The control unit, electrically connected to the power source unit and the inductive unit, generates a control signal output by receiving an inductive signal output from the inductive unit. The heating unit is electrically connected to the control unit and is driven by the control signal output from the control unit to process a heating procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Petatech International Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Chia-Chin Huang, Chiun Tseng
  • Patent number: 7977608
    Abstract: A panel heating system including a support and a heating layer, which contains electrically conductive plastic, with the heating layer configured from a flexible film and the support is flexible. A heatable object is provided, such as, a panel healing system. A method for producing the heating system, in which a heating layer containing electrically conductive plastic is joined to a support. The heating layer is formed by the application of an electrically conductive, in particular expandable or expanded, plastic material to the support, and the subsequent curing of the plastic material on the support. A seat occupancy recognition system is provided that contains elements including electrically conductive plastic. A seat having a seat occupancy recognition system, in addition to a seat occupancy recognition method, according to which a change in the resistance of an electrically conductive plastic material is detected as a result of a weight load on the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: BrainCOM AG
    Inventors: Michael Diemer, Stephan Diemer
  • Patent number: 7884307
    Abstract: An electric heating textile is provided. The electric heating textile includes an electric heating layer, plural heat-insulating layers and a protective layer. The electric heating layer includes at least one conductive yarn capable of generating heat and plural aromatic polyamide fibers. The heat-insulating layers are under the electric heating layer. The protective layer is on the electric heating layer. A method for manufacturing the electric heating textile is also disclosed in the specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Taiwan Textile Research Institute
    Inventors: Chen-Liang Li, Han-Hsing Hsiung, Ching-Tang Huang, Cheng-Kun Chu
  • Patent number: 7816628
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the present invention, a garment includes a fabric having a channel, a heat conductive wire disposed in the channel, a power source coupled to the heat conductive wire and detachably attached to the garment, and a controller electrically coupled to the power source and detachably attached to the garment, wherein the controller is configured with a heat setting. In another embodiment of the present invention, a method of heating a garment includes providing a fabric, forming a channel, disposing a heat conductive wire within the channel, connecting the heat conductive wire with a power source, wherein the power source is a rechargeable battery, and adjusting the heating of the garment by operating the power source and the heat conductive wire using a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Products of Tomorrow, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Fernandez, Paul McGrath, Frank Cipolla, James Sabastian, Michael J. Keating
  • Patent number: 7709770
    Abstract: A heating device is presented for surface heating of a body so as to maintain a required temperature of the body. The heating device comprises an electrical heating element and a power source for supplying a required voltage thereto. The heating element comprises first and second conductors, wherein the first conductor is made of a material with relatively high specific resistivity as compared to that of the second conductor, and the second conductor is made of a material with high heat conductivity. The first and second conductors are accommodated in spaced-apart parallel relationship along their lengths such that, when they are connected to the power source, electric currents flow in the conductors in opposite directions, and magnetic fields created in the vicinity of the first and second conductors are completely compensated. The first conductor thus serves as a heater and the second conductor as a heat diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: HTTP—Hypothermia Therapy Ltd.
    Inventor: David Bikhovsky
  • Publication number: 20100089897
    Abstract: A heatable garment includes a front and back panel having an opening there between for receiving a wearer's head. The front and back panels include a first and second layer of material. A plurality of sealed enclosures is formed between the first and second layers. At least one of the plurality of enclosures is disposed on the front panel and the back panels. The plurality of enclosures each includes a heating device having a source of energy for producing heat. The enclosures are sealed to retain the heating devices therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Harvey T. Bart
  • Patent number: 7618588
    Abstract: An integrate device includes a heater thermally coupled to a plurality of flow-through tubes to perform thermally-driven chemical reactions. A wire mesh heater is wrapped around each of multiple flow-through tubes, thereby creating a thermal interface between the mesh and the tubes. Each end of the wire mesh is coupled to an electrical contact. The electrical contacts are preferable positioned at an exterior portion of the integrated device to be easily placed in electrical contact with a voltage source. As current passes through the mesh, heat is produced. The heat passes from the mesh to each of the flow-through tubes via the thermal interface. The flow-through tubes can be fluidically coupled to a sample preparation module. The sample preparation module, the flow-through tubes, and the heater can be integrated within a single integrated device that provides automated sample preparation and thermally-driven chemical reactions for a variety of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Microfluidic Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Chun-Wah (Phil) Lin, Bob Yuan
  • Patent number: 7482558
    Abstract: A thermotherapy device is operated as an incubator or as an open care unit. The care unit has a bed for receiving newborns, which can be closed with a hood (3). At least one heat radiation source (4) is provided. The hood (3) is located between the bed and the heat radiation source (4) when the thermotherapy device is closed and the hood is at least partially transparent to the radiation originating from the heat radiation source (4). The device allows only a small temperature drop during the transfer from the open mode of operation into the closed mode of operation and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Dräger Medical AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jochim Koch
  • Patent number: 7439474
    Abstract: A climate control pad includes a pad body having a climate treating surface and an air circulating circuit formed thereon for preserving a volume of air within the air circulating circuit in a circulating manner, and a heat generating element, which is a fiber heating wire, disposed in the air circulating circuit for generating heat to increase the temperature of the air within the air circulating circuit so as to evenly distribute the heat from the heat generating element on the climate treating surface of the pad body. In addition, the pad body is adapted to incorporate with a cooling source to provide a cooling air towards the climate treating surface of the pad body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Charlie Huang
  • Publication number: 20080189826
    Abstract: An electrically-heated golf mitten formed of a three-layer fabric body that encases the thumb separately and the other four fingers together, and including a cut-and-sewn nylon shell, cut-and-sewn closed cell foam insulator, and cut-and-sewn fleece liner. A battery pack is mounted on the wrist, and a Velcro™-attachable elastic cuff-strap is stretched around the wrist and battery pack for securement and sealing. The battery pack is connected to heating elements attached inwardly of the closed-cell foam insulator. In use, the battery pack and heating elements are designed for relatively high heat, and the three-layer fabric body with sealing cuff-strap is designed for high heat retention. The heated mitten is also very easy to put on and take off. Thus, a golfer dons the mitten for 5 minute intervals between strokes for flash warming of the hands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: George Dilli
  • Patent number: 7250586
    Abstract: A surface heating system consists of a support and a heating layer that contains an electrically conductive plastic. The heating layer is formed by a flexible film. A heatable object made as such a surface heating system. A method for producing a surface heating system, where a heating layer containing an electrically conductive plastic bonded to a support, and where the heating layer is formed by initially applying an electrically conductive, especially a foam plastic material onto the support and then hardening the plastic material on the support. Alternatively, the method produces a surface heating system with a heating layer of an electrically conductive plastic is bonded to a support. The heating layer is produced from an electrically conductive, especially a foam plastic material, and then arranged on the support. Another alternative of the method consists of bonding a heating layer with an electrically conductive plastic to a support. A fabric is produced as the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Braincom AG
    Inventors: Stephan Diemer, Michael Diemer
  • Patent number: 7161118
    Abstract: A device for warming a toilet seat includes a heatable section removably attachable to a toilet lid via an adhesive layer. The present invention further includes flexible heating elements formed from heat-absorbing material and a cover that protects a user from such elements. The device is activated when the toilet lid is in the closed position via a switch connected to the cover. The activating mechanism further includes a control panel that includes a temperature control lever. A power supply mechanism is electrically coupled to the activating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventors: David M. Modeste, Sr., David M. Modeste, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6969831
    Abstract: A substrate for a heating pad, blanket or throw includes one or more heating elements and one or more securing loops disposed at a securing end of the substrate. Each of the securing loops is of sufficient diameter to encircle and secure the substrate in a scrolled configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Parker, Patricia A. Bassett
  • Patent number: 6897417
    Abstract: Each mat of a plurality of mats has an electrical resistance heater embedded therein between a layer of vinyl and a layer of cloth-like material. The mats are located in a motor vehicle and are connected to the power system of the motor vehicle via a cigarette lighter-type attachment and are controlled by a control element. Each mat has a crown and a gutter so water generated by melting snow or ice is controlled and prevented from running off the mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventors: Donald E. Usselman, Jeanne K. Usselman
  • Patent number: 6770848
    Abstract: A temperature control device comprising a heater element and a power source. The heater element having a conductive ink affixed to a substrate. The power source connected to the conductive ink to supply power to said conductive ink, thereby heating the heater element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventors: William S. Haas, William J. Haas
  • Publication number: 20040026409
    Abstract: A heating device is presented for surface heating of a body so as to maintain a required temperature of the body. The heating device comprises an electrical heating element and a power source for supplying a required voltage thereto. The heating element comprises first and second conductors, wherein the first conductor is made of a material with relatively high specific resistivity as compared to that of the second conductor, and the second conductor is made of a material with high heat conductivity. The first and second conductors are accommodated in spaced-apart parallel relationship along their lengths such that, when they are connected to the power source, electric currents flow in the conductors in opposite directions, and magnetic fields created in the vicinity of the first and second conductors are completely compensated. The first conductor thus serves as a heater and the second conductor as a heat diffuser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: David Bikhovsky
  • Publication number: 20030230565
    Abstract: A heating unit is presented for use in a heating device for surface heating of a body to enable maintaining a required temperature of the body. The heating unit is composed of first and second elements each made of a material with a specific resistivity in a range of about 0.01-0.01 Ohm·mm2/m, thereby enabling substantial flatness and flexibility of the heating unit. The first and second adjacent elements are accommodated in spaced-apart planes, are electrically insulated from each other, and have different resistance and different surface areas as compared to each other. The first element having the relatively high resistance and the relatively low surface area serves as a heater, and the second element, which is located closer to the body, when the heating unit is in the operation, serves as a distributor of heat created by the first element when connected to a power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Applicant: HTTP-HYPOTHERMIA THERAPY LTD.
    Inventor: David Bikovsky
  • Patent number: 6649873
    Abstract: A temperature-controlled heated garment for providing heat to the torso of the user when needed. The temperature-controlled heated garment includes a garment member having multiple layers of material and also having at least one heating element connection outlet and being adapted to be worn about a torso of a user; and also includes heating elements being disposed between the multiple layers of material and throughout the garment member and being connected to the at least one heating element connection outlet; and further includes a heat-producing assembly including a housing member being connected to the at least one heating element connection outlet and being fastenable with fasteners to the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Inventors: Jose Cintron, Jr., Carmen M. Cintron
  • Patent number: 6555798
    Abstract: A heating apparatus of a hot-heat treatment device using a semiconductor device includes a heating element positioned in a heating cap for heating a transmission cover after being conducted when electric power is supplied thereto; a circuit board electrically connected with the heating element, for controlling a voltage and a temperature; and a fixing unit for integrally fixing the heating element within the heating cap. Since the light bulb in the heating structure of the heating cap for pressurizing and fomenting the diseased part of the body of the user as in the conventional art is replaced with a semiconductor device. Accordingly, its case is prevented from deforming and the lead wire is prevented from breaking due to heat, so that a high-quality product can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Migun Medical Instrument Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-bok Lee
  • Patent number: 6501055
    Abstract: A fabric article that generates heat upon application of electrical power is formed, for example, by joining stitch and loop yarns to form a fabric prebody, with the loop yarn overlaying the stitch yarn at a technical face and forming loops at a technical back of the fabric prebody. An electrical resistance heating element, e.g., in the form of a conductive yarn, is incorporated into the fabric prebody at symmetrical and/or asymmetrical spaced-apart intervals as the stitch yarn, the electrical resistance heating elements extending between opposite edge regions of the fabric and conductor elements, e.g. located along edge regions, connect the electrical resistance heating elements to a source of electrical power. The technical face and/or the technical back of the fabric body may have fleece formed by finishing in a manner to avoid damage to electrical conductance of the electrical resistance heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Malden Mills Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Moshe Rock, Vikram Sharma
  • Patent number: 6373034
    Abstract: A fabric article that generates heat upon application of electrical power is formed, for example, by joining stitch and loop yarns to form a fabric body, with the loop yarn overlaying the stitch yarn at a technical face and forming loops at a technical back of the fabric body. An electrical resistance heating element, e.g., in the form of a conductive yarn, is incorporated into the fabric body at symmetrical and/or asymmetrical spaced-apart intervals as the stitch yarn, the electrical resistance heating elements extending between opposite edge regions of the fabric and conductor elements, e.g. located along edge regions, connect the electrical resistance heating elements to a source of electrical power. The technical face and/or the technical back of the fabric body may have fleece formed by finishing in a manner to avoid damage to electrical conductance of the electrical resistance heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Malden Mills Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Moshe Rock, Vikram Sharma
  • Patent number: 6353211
    Abstract: An electric heating device includes a heating member, a closure unit and an electric wire unit. The heating member is formed as a flexible sheet with opposite first and second end portions. The heating member has upper and lower dielectric layers and an electric heating film layer which is disposed between the upper and lower dielectric layers and which generates heat when supplied with electric power. The closure unit is provided on the first and second end portions of the heating member for connecting the first and second end portions to each other so as to form the heating member into a tubular body and so as to retain a tubular shape of the heating member. The electric wire unit is connected electrically to the electric heating film layer, and is adapted to be connected electrically to an electric power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Inventor: Ching-Song Chen
  • Patent number: 6353207
    Abstract: An expandable chamber support system for vehicle seat and mattress applications includes an expandable chamber constructed from facing sheets of flexible impermeable material that are sealed along their marginal edges. An upper one of the sheets is formed of electrically conductive elastomeric membrane that is electrically resistance heated while cooperating with a lower one of the sheets to provide pressure support for an occupant supported by the expandable chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Ctex Seat Comfort Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven John Burt
  • Patent number: 6329638
    Abstract: A heat vest system that includes a garment wearable by the user having strategically located vibration and heating elements which is worn by the user such that the heating and vibration elements are correctly positioned for a therapeutic effect. To increase the therapeutic effect, the system includes a control device in connection with the vibration and heating elements of the garment which allows the user to separately adjust the heat and vibration generated by each of the heating and vibration elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Inventor: Vicky W. Bloodworth
  • Patent number: 6320161
    Abstract: A hand warming device for use in ones jacket or pants pocket, being portable, and having controllable heating. Uses for the device include warming the hand before touching others as in handshakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Howard O. Hansen, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6294758
    Abstract: A heat radiator for emitting infrared radiation to the human body has a heat source which is energized to emit infrared radiation, whose penetration depth into the human body is to near warmth sensing points of the human body, and an insulator for covering the surface of the heat source to be directed toward the human body. The free surface of the insulator forms a surface for contacting with the human body and the thickness of the insulator is less than the penetration depth of the infrared radiation into the insulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Toto Ltd
    Inventors: Shiotani Masao, Hiroi Kazunori, Haraga Hisato, Fukushima Takenori, Kataoka Yumiko, Tanaka Shingo, Tsuboi Hiroshi, Ando Shigeru
  • Patent number: 6218644
    Abstract: A footwear/outerwear heater with a battery cord that includes one or more wires of a first type of wire having a relatively high conductivity, but relatively low tensile strength. The cord also includes one or more wires of a second type of wire having a relatively high tensile strength, but a relatively low conductivity. The wires are positioned adjacent to each other in a sequence where one or more wires of the first type of wire, are sandwiched between two wires of the second type of wire. In another embodiment of the invention, the two types of wire are arranged in concentric forms or braided together. The cord is connected to a heating element that includes a resistive layer positioned between a bottom conductive layer and a top conductive layer. The top conductive layer has multiple segments. Power is selectively applied to the segments to control the amount of heat generated by the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Macher & Zorn OEG
    Inventors: Heinz Zorn, Di Gerhard Schreiner
  • Patent number: 6147332
    Abstract: A heatable seat includes a heat-producing component with an electrical conductor and a connection for current seating organs. The heat-producing component is arranged in connection to a tool for shaping the heatable seat. The tool includes at least one magnet, and the heat-producing component includes magnetic material for detachable attachment to the at least one magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Kongsberg Automotive AB
    Inventors: Lennart Holmberg, Kenneth Skogward, Goran Forslund
  • Patent number: 6078025
    Abstract: An article of clothing includes a body having a rear panel and electrical warming pads sewed to the panel for warming the wearer of the article of clothing. Each warming pad is a flexible sheet heating element. An electronic control circuit is used to control the temperature of the heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: Chiu Man Yeung
  • Patent number: 5986243
    Abstract: A personal outdoor heating system that includes an electric cover that is powered by a power pack that has re-chargeable batteries. The electric cover has a defined footprint or wiring layout that is within the central portion of the cover. The footprint is selected to provide a desired comfort zone for a user(s). The power pack has a single receptacle to input power to the power pack to recharge the batteries and for output of power to the cover. Power to the cover is selectable between a high setting and a normal setting. A control module of the power pack has a recharging circuit for charging the batteries and a power circuit for supplying power to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Thermo Gear, Inc.
    Inventor: Melvin F. Campf
  • Patent number: 5973302
    Abstract: An environment control apparatus having a shell adapted to be placed adjacent to a portable device and a heating element positioned to heat the shell and the adjacently positioned portable device. The heating element includes structure for receiving power from a power source and is selected to maintain the portable device at a temperature above a predetermined minimum temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Chris Petrosino
  • Patent number: 5893991
    Abstract: A new Battery Operated Heating System for a Vest or a Jacket for warming the user in cold weather or for therapeutic reasons. The inventive device includes a garment vest having a right side and a left side and longitudinal heating elements. In use, after the garment vest 11 is made to include all of the elements comprising the present invention, the garment vest 11 is worn and the batteries are installed and electrically connected to the right power outlet and return 13 and the left power outlet and return 15. The garment vest 11 is equipped with a plurality of separate control settings where the right side 12 is controlled separate from the left side 14 and the right side 12 can be set at one setting while the left side 14 is at another setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Inventor: Bertha L. Newell
  • Patent number: 5871526
    Abstract: A light-weight portable temperature control system which includes form fitting disposable therapy pads for selected body parts having serpentine fluid channels therethrough, a programmable microprocessor for controlling the temperature type and length of cycle, quick disconnects for the therapy pad, a thermoelectric cooler with a liquid heat exchanger and a pump for circulating the fluid through the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Inventors: Roselle Gibbs, Stuart Horn, Yale Kadesky, Buford Walters
  • Patent number: 5866881
    Abstract: A multi-layer jacket with convection heating mechanism including a jacket having a pair of long sleeves and a front closeable opening. Also included is a heater coil adapted to produce heat upon the receipt of power. A convection fan is positioned adjacent the heat coil and is adapted to draw air from air inlet apertures of the jacket and further produce a heated air current upon the receipt of power. Further provided is a convection tube having a first end situated adjacent the heater coil opposite the convection fan for receiving the heated air current from the heater coil and convection fan. The convection tube is serpentinely situated throughout the jacket for distributing the heated air current throughout an interior of the jacket. Finally, a heater control mechanism is provided for allowing a user to control the amount of heat generated by the heater coil and the convection fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: James D. Jones, III
  • Patent number: 5835983
    Abstract: A multi-layered heating device including a first container having a top layer and a bottom layer. A second container, containing heat retaining fluid, is positioned inside the first container and adjacent to the top layer thereof. Adjacent to the second container is an electrical heating element, and a layer of padding material is positioned between the electrical heating element and the bottom layer of the first container. A preferred embodiment of the heating device includes at least one thermostat, with the second container having a first layer and a second layer wherein at least one portion of each of the layers are secured together to form at least one depression which is devoid of the heat retaining fluid and which coincides with the at least one thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly A. McMahen, Charles W. Murin, Donald S. Malin
  • Patent number: 5486205
    Abstract: An air diffuser system for a medical thermal blanket wherein air forced over an elongated heat exchanger is substantially uniformly distributed over the heat exchanger and a thermal sensor located downstream over the heat exchanger to eliminate localized hot and cold "spots" and permit accurate temperature measurement of the air and provide an effective exchange of heat between flowing air and the heat exchanger, the apparatus of invention is characterized by its concise configuration and dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1996
    Assignee: Progressive Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Cornell, Thomas H. Phlipot
  • Patent number: 5441305
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for adjusting the friction between a slide such as a ski and a responsive material such as snow by heating or cooling a portion of the material to change the material's coefficient of friction is disclosed. The apparatus includes a slide, a power source, and a thermal means which uses power from the power source to heat or cool the material the slide glides over. Electrical and chemical power sources are described. In one presently preferred embodiment, the slide is a ski, the power source includes electric batteries, and the thermal means includes heating elements embedded in the ski. The amount and location of heat produced may be controlled manually, remotely, or automatically. The batteries may be enclosed in the ski or attached to the skier's back. Other presently preferred embodiments include heated ice skate blades, snowmobile runners, and sled runners. Thermal means which heat the snow directly rather than heating the slide first are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Inventor: William J. Tabar
  • Patent number: 5300098
    Abstract: A hypothermic therapy heater blower control system for use with patient warming blankets flowing warm air over the patient wherein the control system includes a data display indicating the temperature of the supplied air and the circuitry includes audible and visual alarms to indicate overheating or failure modes. The circuitry includes dual safety heater shut-off circuits and also includes a self-testing cycle which tests all of the major safety features and shut-offs, and in the test mode the circuitry simulates an over temperature condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Assignee: Progressive Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas H. Philipot