Gas Inlet Patents (Class 261/30)
  • Patent number: 11058789
    Abstract: A scent dispenser device and a head mounting device including the scent dispenser device is provided. The scent dispenser device may be used by a subject watching a motion picture in order to enhance the user experience of a motion picture. The scent dispenser device includes a first housing, which in turn includes a tape cartridge and a drive mechanism. The scent dispenser device is positioned close to the nostrils of the subject, and the tape cartridge includes one or more scent zone. The drive mechanism advances the tape cartridge inside the first housing, and the scent from the one or more scent zone is exposed to the nostrils of the subject, in case the drive mechanism is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Joshua Roehrig
  • Patent number: 11013388
    Abstract: A cleaner includes a body defining an exterior appearance of the robot cleaner; a cleaning module coupled to the body and capable of performing cleaning with water. The cleaner also includes a water tank capable of being withdrawn from the body, and storing water to be supplied to the cleaning module. The cleaner also includes a light source inside the body, and positioned to allow emitted light to pass through the water tank and then discharged outside of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaewon Jang, Sungho Yoon, Minwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 10989424
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a field of humidifiers and in particular to an atomization humidifier that increases an amount of vapor through a specially designed atomizing air channel. The atomization humidifier includes a main body and an atomizing chamber arranged in the main body. The atomizing chamber includes an atomizing generator. An atomizing air channel is arranged on the atomizing generator. A flow guide plate is obliquely arranged on a top end of the atomizing air channel. A water inlet is arranged on an upper end of the atomizing air channel. An opening of the water inlet is upward. A lower end of the atomizing air channel is an air guide tube with hollow vacancies. The atomization humidifier realizes water vapor concentration by setting the atomizing air channel arranged on the atomizing generator, which improves an atomizing efficiency of the atomization humidifier by optimized structure, and is low in cost and good in atomizing effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN QIANHAI PATUOXUN NETWORK AND TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shaowei Deng, Zezhi Jing, Tao Zhao
  • Patent number: 10940500
    Abstract: A liquid diffuser includes a base, a liquid reservoir, a spout for resting on the reservoir and having an upper opening, a fan, a polymeric gasket encircling the liquid reservoir, and a cover. The gasket includes a flange extending over a portion of an upper surface of the base that extends laterally beyond the liquid reservoir. The cover is sized and configured to be positioned over and around the liquid reservoir and the spout, and to rest upon the flange of the gasket. Methods of assembling such a liquid diffuser include resting the spout upon the liquid reservoir, and resting the spout upon the flange of the gasket over the base. Method of using such a liquid diffuser include powering a transducer for generating atomized droplets of the liquid, and supplying power to the fan to carry the atomized droplets of the liquid out from the diffuser with forced airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Scentsy, Inc.
    Inventors: Warren Osborn, Bryce Fisher, Diogo Myrrha, Ephraim Sng, Ezra Kwong, Mark Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10918085
    Abstract: A canine power wake training aid, including: a canister having a first end and a second end; a fan operatively attached to the first end of the canister; a battery operatively attached to the canister for providing electrical power to the fan; an end cap operatively attached to the second end of the canister; and a substance such as a hazardous or illicit substance located within the canister. The system functions to concentrate the scent form the substance in a desired direction. This is used in training scent-detecting animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Francesco Pagano, Dean C. Klipple
  • Patent number: 10913539
    Abstract: A fragrance dispensing system for an aircraft that includes a fuselage defining a cabin interior and an environmental control system (ECS). The ECS includes a source of air that moves air between the source of air and the cabin interior along an airflow path, a mixer unit in airflow communication with the source of air and positioned downstream from the source of air in the airflow path, at least a first air duct positioned in the airflow path between the mixer unit and the cabin interior, and a fragrance dispensing unit positioned between the air source and the cabin interior along the airflow path. The fragrance dispensing unit is configured to dispense at least a first fragrance into the airflow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: SAFRAN CABIN INC.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Fantuzzi, Ricardo Padilla, Jr., Romain Ducos, Ritu Raj Kamal, Salar Atabaki
  • Patent number: 10837659
    Abstract: Disclosed is an air purifier which can secure a high air volume and a rapid flow velocity of discharged air, and also can achieve aesthetic improvement in design. The air purifier according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a housing; a blower fan which is provided inside the housing; and an annular discharge flow path which configures a path through which air inside the housing which flows by the blower fan is discharged to the outside, is formed inside the housing while having an annular discharge end, and a cross-section which becomes narrower from the inside of the housing towards the discharge end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: COWAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun-Hyoung Bae, Sang-Woo Kang, In-Kyu Back
  • Patent number: 10775117
    Abstract: Improved water management systems which deflect or collect evaporative liquid exiting counterflow heat exchangers and improve airflow distribution are provided. Such heat exchangers include open cooling towers, closed circuit cooling towers, and evaporative condensers. The improved water management systems eliminate water splash out and the noise associated with water splashing. Further, when the fan assemblies are located below the evaporative heat exchanger, the improved water management systems keep the fans dry and prevent freezing in subzero climates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Baltimore Aircoil Company
    Inventors: Yohann Lilian Rousselet, Christopher Patrick Auth, Dina Malamud
  • Patent number: 10709973
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a fragrance presentation device which prevents an unintended smell from being presented. A fragrance presentation device for use with a display device which can be mounted on the head of a user includes a fragrance presentation module disposed in a fragrance presentation position in the vicinity of the nostrils of a person on which the display device is mounted, a fragrance holder having a fragrance container for holding a fragrance therein, the fragrance holder placing the fragrance container in a position spaced from the fragrance presentation position at least while the fragrance is not presented, and delivering the fragrance out of the fragrance container when the fragrance in the fragrance container is presented, and a fragrance conductor for conducting the fragrance which has been delivered out of the fragrance holder to the fragrance presentation module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Osawa, Shinichi Hirata, Yoichi Nishimaki
  • Patent number: 10677482
    Abstract: An air humidifier and its magnetic suspension type water adding device are provided. The magnetic suspension type water adding device includes a water tank, a water slot, a water outlet valve, and a magnetic power generator, wherein water in the water tank enters the water slot to provide supplement water through the water outlet valve. A magnetic element is arranged on the water outlet valve and matched with the magnetic power generator, so that the water outlet valve forms a magnetic suspension switch structure, which is arranged on the bottom of the water tank, wherein magnetic force of N-pole or S-pole is controlled through a current direction, and the magnetic suspension switch structures acts with the magnetic force part, so that a sealing part of the water outlet valve is pushed to open a water hole to provide supplement water into the water slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Comefresh Electronic Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yongrui Xiao
  • Patent number: 10564655
    Abstract: A method is disclosed comprising drawing air into a robotic vapor device, exposing the drawn air to a sensor to detect one or more constituents in the drawn air, determining first measurement data for the one or more constituents of the drawn air via the sensor, transmitting the first measurement data to a one or more of a plurality of vapor devices via a peer-to-peer network, receiving second measurement data from the one or more of the plurality of vapor devices via the peer-to-peer network, determining one or more vaporizable materials to vaporize based on the first measurement data and the second measurement data, and dispensing a vapor comprised of the one or more vaporizable materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: LUNATECH, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Seamus Blackley
  • Patent number: 10538933
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a modular heat exchange tower comprising a first module comprising a first basin disposed therein and a second module comprising a second basin disposed therein. The aforementioned modular heat exchange tower may also include heat exchange sections, which are disposed in the first module and the second module. The first module and the second module may be assembled prior to being transported to a job site and installed in the modular heat exchange tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Maurer, Paul Hink
  • Patent number: 10537653
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a digital aroma system that provides a scented air on demand. Dry fragrance infused substrates are contained in fragrance cartridges that are removably mounted in a cassette that is connected to a manifold that has airway passages that are connected to fans or pumps that are controlled by a computer processor. The processor can selectively output scented air having a specified fragrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: 5th Screen Digital, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith Kelsen
  • Patent number: 10500299
    Abstract: An encapsulated air freshener device employing a forced air means to diffuse fragrant air throughout an environment from a cartridge that is housed in a perforated device. The device is configured to be attached to the grills of a vent of an AC unit and blend in seamlessly with the vent cover. The air freshener device is aesthetically pleasing, easy to install, and easy to maintain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Ekaterina Lalo
  • Patent number: 10480820
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure pertain to a heat exchanger unit that includes a frame and a plurality of coolers coupled therewith. The heat exchanger unit has a reference axis, namely a vertical axis. The frame has a top region, a bottom region, and a plurality of side regions. Each of the plurality of coolers may be coupled with the frame proximate to a respective side region of the plurality of side regions. The heat exchanger unit includes an airflow region therein. The heat exchanger unit includes a first set of baffles, each baffle of the first set of baffles is configured at an angle to the vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORUM US, INC.
    Inventors: Derek Hjorth, John Gaska, Randy Vanberg, Kevin Visscher, Iqbal Lotey, Bob Peng
  • Patent number: 10426395
    Abstract: The present system is directed in various embodiments to devices, systems and methods for detection, evaluation and/or monitoring olfactory dysfunction by measuring and determining the patient's olfactory detection threshold for the left and the right nostril. More specifically, the present invention relates to devices, systems and methods for detecting an asymmetric differential in a patient's olfactory detection threshold (left vs right nostril) which, when present, may be used as a tool to screen, detect, diagnose and/or monitor relative olfactory deterioration resulting from Alzheimer's disease. A preferred embodiment comprises cascading aromas by serially administering more than one pure odorant to the patient's nostrils, left vs right, with measurement of the time, or numbers of breaths, required to cognitively notice the pure odorants' presence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Inspired Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory B. Mills
  • Patent number: 10426858
    Abstract: The device for releasing volatile substances comprises a support (9) for positioning a receptacle (3) containing the volatile substances, and means for generating a flow of air for releasing the volatile substances, and which is characterized in that said means for generating a flow of air comprise a mobile body (1) joined to said support (9), at least one magnet (2) disposed in said mobile body (1), and means for generating a magnetic flux (4, 5), the operation of which causes the movement of said mobile body (1) by means of the repulsive force between the at least one magnet (2) in the mobile body (1) and the magnetic flux. An improvement in the energy consumption is permitted, using a low-consumption periodic operation, aided by magnetic means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Zobele Espana, S.A.
    Inventors: Sergio Luque Vera, Dominic Doyle, Chao Hsu Lee
  • Patent number: 10415839
    Abstract: A humidifying device comprising an air duct penetrating axially through the humidifying device, a water tank (201b) for storing water, and a filter element (204b) disposed in the water tank. The water tank (201b) surrounds the air duct. Further disclosed is an air handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: QINGDAO HAIER AIR CONDITIONER GENERAL CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Youning Wang, Jianguo Wang, Zhenxue Zhu, Mingjing Fan, Jialan Zhuang, Shanna Yuan, Shipeng Yu, Yuanwei Dong, Wenming Yan, Aibing Liu
  • Patent number: 10411561
    Abstract: The present invention provides techniques, schemes configurations and methods for removing or reducing heat in motors. In one embodiment, the present invention is directed to a cooling tower comprising a cooling tower structure and a motor supported by the cooling tower structure. The motor comprises a motor casing and a rotatable shaft. The cooling tower further comprises a cooling tower fan that comprises a fan hub, a plurality of fan blades attached to the rotatable shaft and a supplemental fan attached to the fan hub such that the supplemental fan is between the fan hub and the motor. Rotation of the cooling tower fan causes rotation of the supplemental fan which increases airflow around the casing of the motor so as to facilitate cooling of the motor. Other embodiments of configurations, schemes, method and techniques for thermally managing motors are described herein in detail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Prime Datum Development Company, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick M. Rollins, George Lucas
  • Patent number: 10391192
    Abstract: A freshener device includes a clip, a carrier, and a carrier retainer. The carrier is provided with odor emitting substances, odor eliminating substances and/or incest repellent. The carrier retainer secures the carrier to the clip, and the clip may be used to secure the device to an ancillary object so as to expose the carrier for controlling odor within a region of space near the ancillary object. Some embodiments enable removably securing the device to at least one air-directional controller exhaust vent louver of a vehicle air conditioning unit to control odor within the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Other embodiments enable interchangeable and replaceable components to provide various utilitarian and aesthetic features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Scent2Market Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel M. D'Amico
  • Patent number: 10363539
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a system and method for controlled manufacturing of mono-disperse microbubbles. According to the invention, the mono-disperse nature of the collection of generated microbubbles can be improved by releasing the pressurized gaseous medium used in the system using release valve units. This further allows the system to be embodied as a portable system. In turn, the operator of an ultrasound imaging apparatus may use the system according to the invention to generate microbubbles on a patient-by-patient basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Tide Microfluidics B.V.
    Inventors: Willem Van Hoeve, Richard Petrus Hogervorst
  • Patent number: 10309666
    Abstract: A filter cartridge for filtering water, for use in an air humidifier, having a storage chamber for storing filter material, and having at least one opening for feeding to the storage chamber and/or for releasing from the storage chamber the water to be filtered is proposed. For the purpose of relatively quick filling, the filter cartridge is formed to be arranged in a container, containing water to be filtered, such that the filter cartridge can project at least partially into the water stored in the container, with the at least one opening formed both as a water inlet for feeding water from the container into the storage chamber and as a water outlet for discharging water from the storage chamber into the container. A roller, an air humidifier and a filtering method are also proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Venta-Luftwaescher GmbH
    Inventors: Alfred Hitzler, Guido Wegner
  • Patent number: 10294123
    Abstract: Embodiments described generally relate to systems comprising a humidifier (e.g., a bubble column humidifier) and a heating device (e.g. a heat exchanger), and associated methods. In certain embodiments, the heating device heats a first liquid stream comprising a condensable fluid in liquid phase (e.g., water) and a dissolved salt (e.g., NaCl) to a relatively low temperature (e.g., about 90° C. or less) prior to the first liquid stream entering the humidifier through a main humidifier liquid inlet. In some cases, the system comprising the humidifier and the heating device requires only low-grade heat to operate, which may be advantageous due to the low cost and high availability of such heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Gradiant Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Lam, Conor Thomas Wilson, Maximus G. St. John, Prakash Narayan Govindan
  • Patent number: 10265431
    Abstract: A system for diffusing one or more volatile compounds carried by a volatile compound mass is provided, including a base carrying a selectively activatable airflow generator and having a base outlet port defined therein. A resealable pod can include a tray and a cover, moveable relative to one another, and collectively defining a containment chamber that contains the volatile compound mass. The containment chamber has an inlet and an outlet, being openable and closeable by relative movement of the tray and the cover. The pod is positionable upon the base such that the base outlet port is in fluid communication with the chamber inlet to enable airflow generated by the airflow generator to pass through the base outlet port, the chamber inlet, the containment chamber, and the chamber outlet to thereby diffuse the one or more volatile compounds carried by the volatile compound mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Henkel IP & Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Kevin Hafer, Alex Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10207231
    Abstract: A misting system has a fan unit. A housing is provided having an opening formed there through. The fan unit is positioned within the opening. A plurality of apertures is formed in a bottom section of the housing. A plurality of misting nozzles is provided, wherein an individual misting nozzle is positioned proximate each aperture. A cap is positioned over the opening in a bottom section of the housing. A plurality of channels is formed in the cap, wherein a channel is aligned with each of the plurality of misting nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MISTAMERICA, CORP.
    Inventors: David B. Johnson, Bret T. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10145573
    Abstract: A humidifying apparatus comprising a base comprising a chamber, a water tank removably mounted on the base for supplying water to the chamber, an impeller and a motor for driving the impeller to generate an air flow, an inlet duct for conveying the air flow to the chamber, humidifying means for humidifying the air flow with water from the chamber; and an outlet duct for conveying the humidified air flow from the chamber, wherein a lower internal surface of the water tank comprises a raised portion and a feeder trough, which is lower than the raised portion when the water tank is mounted on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Greer Duvall, Daniel George Cowen
  • Patent number: 10092884
    Abstract: A water dispersing system (WDS) that allows a selectable quantity of water to be dispersed into an environment. The WDS utilizes a fan and a water supply assembly. The fan has a frame inside of which are two rotating blades, and preferably a stand. The water supply assembly includes a reservoir, a water tube, and a water dispersing head. Water is gravity fed from the reservoir, through the water tube and out of the head. Water from the head is directed into the first fan's rotating blades. Once the water hits the blades, the water is re-directed back out through a front grill on the fan. The second fan blades project air outward. The amount of water that comes from the WDS can be selectably chosen, from a light mist to a heavier spray, and the temperature of the water can be lowered by placing ice into the reservoir with the water. An excess water basin catches any water that drips downward from the blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Miguel A. Godinez
  • Patent number: 10036561
    Abstract: An indoor unit of an air conditioner includes a housing, a fan and a heat exchanger. The housing includes an upper base plate provided with an air inlet, a lower base plate detachably mounted to the upper base plate, and a front cover detachably mounted to the upper base plate; the fan is detachably mounted to the lower base plate; and the heat exchanger is detachably mounted to the upper base plate, in which the heat exchanger includes a supporting seat and a heat exchanger core body mounted to the supporting seat. The upper base plate is provided with a first positioning portion; the supporting seat is provided with a second positioning portion; and the first positioning portion cooperates with the second positioning portion to position the heat exchanger core body on the upper base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignees: GD MIDEA AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT CO., LTD., MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xing Liu, Xiaofeng Bai, Xinzhou Zhang, Dacheng Li
  • Patent number: 10036565
    Abstract: A humidifying apparatus comprising a base comprising a chamber, a water tank removably mounted on the base for supplying water to the chamber, an impeller and a motor for driving the impeller to generate an air flow, an inlet duct for conveying the air flow to the chamber, humidifying means for humidifying the air flow with water from the chamber, and an outlet duct for conveying the humidified air flow from the chamber, wherein a lower surface of the water tank, which in use supports the water tank on the base, comprises a recessed portion for receiving water overflow from the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Greer Duvall, Daniel George Cowen
  • Patent number: 10029221
    Abstract: An agitation blade for agitating a liquid includes a cylindrical core having a central axis of rotation and a plurality of blade portions provided on a side of a first surface of a rotation portion, and the plurality of blade portions are provided to surround the central axis of rotation and provided to be rotated with respect to a center of rotation of the central axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidekazu Shima, Masaru Misumi, Takeshi Sawada
  • Patent number: 9968701
    Abstract: This application generally relates to systems, devices, and methods for delivering a fragrance. In some embodiments, portable fragrance delivery systems are provided. In further embodiments, improved fragrance delivery systems are provided that provide increased dispersion of scented agents by utilizing a fan formed from a fragrant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CAFFCO INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: James Lamar Thompson, Jr., Longwei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9950090
    Abstract: A system for releasing volatile substances includes a receptacle housing a volatile substance, a ventilation surface arranged in the receptacle provided with ventilation windows, and a fan for inducing the ventilation of the scent of the volatile substance. The fan can move between at least two positions. The effectiveness with which the perfume evaporates during the work cycle of the device can be improved and controlled with the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: ZOBELE ESPAÑA, S.A.
    Inventors: Fernando Mayor Sans, Elisabeth Martinez De Morentin Pujabet, Joaquim Llorente Alonso
  • Patent number: 9919322
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrostatic atomizing device of a disposable capsule, wherein the capsule in accordance with an embodiment may include an ejection pin having a functional water solution impregnated therein, a sealing member for sealing the ejection pin, and a pressing member for pushing the ejection pin with external force to move the ejection pin such that a portion of the ejection pin penetrates the sealing member and is projected to an outside of the capsule, and the electrostatic atomizing device in accordance with an embodiment may include a hole for receiving a capsule, and a voltage applying portion in the hole so as to be brought into contact with an ejection pin being projecting to an outside of the capsule received in the hole for applying a voltage to the ejection pin in contact with thus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Woojin Kim, Hyungho Park, Jongsun Jeon, Jaeseung Choi, Jieun Choi, Hayoung Kim, Hyunjung Kim
  • Patent number: 9833534
    Abstract: A freshener device includes a clip, a carrier, and a carrier retainer. The carrier is provided with odor emitting substances, odor eliminating substances and/or insect repellent. The carrier retainer secures the carrier to the clip, and the clip may be used to secure the device to an ancillary object so as to expose the carrier for controlling odor within a region of space near the ancillary object. Some embodiments enable removably securing the device to at least one air-directional controller exhaust vent louver of a vehicle air conditioning unit to control odor within the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Other embodiments enable interchangeable and replaceable components to provide various utilitarian and aesthetic features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Scent2Market, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel M. D'Amico
  • Patent number: 9790102
    Abstract: A feed liquid flows into a second-stage humidifier chamber to form a second-stage humidifier bath. A first remnant of the feed liquid from the second-stage humidifier chamber then flows into a first-stage humidifier chamber to form a first-stage humidifier bath having a temperature lower than that of the second-stage bath. A second remnant of the feed liquid is then removed from the first-stage humidifier. Meanwhile, a carrier gas is injected into and bubbled through the first-stage humidifier bath, collecting a vaporizable component in vapor form from the first remnant of the feed liquid to partially humidify the carrier gas. The partially humidified carrier gas is then bubbled through the second-stage humidifier bath, where the carrier gas collects more of the vaporizable component in vapor form from the feed liquid to further humidify the carrier gas before the humidified carrier gas is removed from the second-stage humidifier chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Prakash Narayan Govindan, Mostafa H. Elsharqawy, Steven Lam, Maximus G. St. John, John H. Lienhard
  • Patent number: 9599356
    Abstract: A humidifying apparatus includes a base, a water tank removably mounted on the base for supplying water to a chamber of the base, and a motor-driven impeller for generating an air flow over water stored in the chamber. An ultraviolet radiation emitting lamp irradiates water stored in the chamber. The air flow is humidified with water from the chamber, and conveyed by an outlet duct towards an air outlet for emission from the apparatus. A detachable section of the water tank is opaque to ultraviolet radiation and is positioned over the chamber when the water tank is mounted on the base. The detachable section of the water tank includes an air inlet of the outlet duct and a flange for occluding a peripheral portion of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Staniforth, Jude Paul Pullen
  • Patent number: 9518750
    Abstract: Disclosed is a humidification device capable of satisfying both necessary and sufficient humidification abilities and energy conserving. A humidification filter unit is immersed into water and rotates to facilitate the absorption of water. When the time from stopping of the humidification operation to the restarting thereof is long and the amount of water absorption is insufficient, the humidification filter unit rotates continuously for a predetermined time when the humidification operation restarts, and then rotates intermittently. Meanwhile, when the time from stopping of the humidification operation to the restarting thereof is short and the amount water absorption is sufficient, the humidification filter unit rotates intermittently during the humidification operation. The rotating stop time of the humidification filter unit for each intermittent rotation is set depending on the air blowing quantity of a blower fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akinori Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9506667
    Abstract: A humidifier is provided that includes a main body having a discharge part, a base on which the main body is seated, the base having a suction part through which air is suctioned, a tray seated on the base to store water, and a disk assembly seated on the tray to humidify the air suctioned through the suction part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Chunbae Lee, Yongjoon Sohn
  • Patent number: 9440199
    Abstract: A wine aerator includes a seal configured to engage an opening of an uncorked wine bottle. A gas conduit passes through the seal and is configured to be attachable to a gas source supplying air and/or oxygen inside the uncorked wine bottle thereby aerating the wine. A bubble-generating aeration element is disposed at the gas conduit distal end. A bubble-reducing filter element is in fluidic communication with the inside and outside of the uncorked wine bottle through the seal, wherein the bubble-reducing filter element is disposed at, near and/or within the seal. When the seal is engaged with the opening of the uncorked wine bottle the bubble-reducing filter element separates the inside from the outside of the uncorked wine bottle. The bubble-reducing filter element helps to reduce the amount of bubbles that are being generated from the wine aerator during the aeration process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: Robert A. Stevenson, Wendy L. Stevenson, Jennifer L. Stevenson, Ryan A. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 9435555
    Abstract: A fan system for use on oil and gas rigs. The system includes a hydraulic motor for generating a rotational force from a hydraulic fluid, a water pump member for pumping water, a control member for controlling the flow of hydraulic fluid and water. The system also includes a fan device having a plurality of individual blades for providing an airflow, with the fan device being operatively connected to the hydraulic pump member and a nozzle connected to the water pump member for spraying a mist, with the nozzle containing a variable opening for varying the pressure and volume of water discharged. A leak path is provided for capturing and channeling leaking fluids so that fluids are contained within the fan device not in the air stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Tech Oil Products, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Zimmer
  • Patent number: 9427712
    Abstract: A home use carbonation machine includes a pronged clamp to fit a non-upright bottle to a flexible seal, thereby facilitating a closed carbonation environment in the bottle and a normally open safety valve to vent the bottle when the carbonation machine is not actively carbonating. A home use carbonation machine includes a carbonation assembly to carbonate liquid with pressurized gas, a pronged clamp and a centering ring with centering ribs to guide a non-upright bottle into the pronged clamp during insertion and to constrict prongs of the clamp when a user moves the non-upright bottle towards an upright position for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: SodaStream Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Allan Ring, Avi Cohen, Doron Krom, Hagai Harduff, Amit Avigdor
  • Patent number: 9370595
    Abstract: [Structure] An olfactory display 10 includes a housing 12 having an emitting port 22, and presents a fragrance within a range bounded in terms of time and space. Within the housing 12, a fragrance chamber 14 having an air inlet 26 and a fragrance outlet 24 which is communicated with the emitting port 22 is formed, and in the fragrance chamber 14, a solid-like fragrance source 20 is accommodated. Furthermore, in the fragrance chamber 14, there is provided with a airflow source 16 comprising a diaphragm 34 having a piezoelectric device 32. In presenting a fragrance, an air is sent into the fragrance chamber 14 from the air inlet 26 by the airflow source 16, and accordingly, the air within the fragrance chamber 14, which including a gas-like fragrance component volatilized from the fragrance source 20 is emitted from the emitting port 22 passing through the fragrance outlet 24.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
    Inventors: Dong Wook Kim, Hiroshi Ando
  • Patent number: 9370597
    Abstract: An air purifier has a lower base, an upper cover, and a middle sector in between to accommodate a blast component, a light-emitting element, a control unit, and a power supply base. The middle sector has an air intake, a passage, and an air outlet hidden inside the upper cover. The upper space of the upper cover has a fluid communication with the exterior via the air intake and a lower annular gap between the lower base and the middle sector. The upper space of the upper cover is connected to the accommodating space of the lower base via the passage. The accommodating space of the lower base has a fluid communication with the exterior via the air outlet and the upper annular gap between the middle sector and the upper cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Prior Company Limited
    Inventor: Eric Jih
  • Patent number: 9341385
    Abstract: An evaporative humidifier includes a humidifying element having water pockets drawing water up from a tub and then supplying the water to the upper portion of the humidifying element. The water pockets are formed between first and second covers. A first water pocket formation unit is provided on the first cover, a second water pocket formation unit is provided on the second cover, and the first and second water pocket formation units form the water pockets when the first and second covers are coupled. Therefore, the water pockets are formed through molds having a simple structure, as compared to the conventional water pocket, and thus manufacturing costs of the humidifying element assembly are reduced. Further, each water pocket includes plural sub water pockets formed at both sides of an inflow hole formed at the center of each water pocket, and thus carries a large amount of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jong Chul Ahn
  • Patent number: 9321019
    Abstract: An aerator includes an expansion chamber. The expansion chamber is defined as having a top portion and a bottom portion. The bottom portion is configured to engage an opening of an uncorked wine bottle. The top portion is disposed above the opening of the uncorked wine bottle. The expansion chamber is configured to be in fluid communication with an inside of the uncorked wine bottle. A gas conduit has a proximal end in fluid communication with a distal end. The gas conduit passes through the bottom portion of the expansion chamber and the distal end is disposed below the bottom portion of the expansion chamber. The proximal end is disposed above the bottom portion of the expansion chamber. A gas source is in fluid communication with the proximal end of the gas conduit. The expansion chamber is configured to temporarily contain an expansion of wine bubbles during an aeration process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventors: Robert A. Stevenson, Wendy L. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 9285130
    Abstract: Disclosed is an air conditioner. The air conditioner includes a main body having a blower fan to circulate air, a rotator rotatably provided in the main body, a tray provided in the main body to store humidifying water therein, and a humidifying gear module provided at a periphery thereof with a lifter connected to the rotator, the humidifying gear module being rotatably arranged in the tray so as to be rotated upon receiving rotational force of the rotator. The lifter of the humidifying gear module functions to scoop up the humidifying water during rotation of the rotator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyunpil Ha, Jeongsang Seo, Jungmin Moon
  • Patent number: 9278365
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a fragrance having at least one aroma chemical includes the step of providing a frame adapted to be attached to a dispenser for dispensing fluids and a cartridge including a volatile material containing a fragrance comprising at least one aroma chemical, wherein the cartridge is adapted for attachment to the frame. The method of dispensing further includes the steps of nebulizing water to create nebulized water particles, directing the nebulized water particles at the cartridge, and entraining volatile material from the cartridge in at least some of the nebulized water particles upon collision with the cartridge to create volatile material-infused water particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Banco, Maciej K. Tasz, Jerome A. Matter
  • Patent number: 9266073
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for hydrocarbon recovery and/or treatment of frac water includes introducing a volume of water into a formation, recovering the introduced water, with the recovered introduced water further comprising suspended hydrocarbon product. The recovered liquid is treated to remove substantial amounts of the suspended hydrocarbon product, provide the treated recovered liquid with a ORP in a range of 150 mv to 1000 mv, and partially desalinated, and is either re-introduced as treated recovered liquid with the ORP into a formation to assist in recovery of additional hydrocarbon deposits in the formation, or is stored to reduce the ORP and then subsequently discharged into surface waters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: William B. Kerfoot
  • Patent number: 9259497
    Abstract: A fragrance container with a container body provided with a bottom bracket permeable to interior air of the container near a bottom opening. A top cover having a shutter within an interior of the container body near a top opening with a fragrance substance contained in the container body between the bottom bracket and the top cover. An outer peripheral portion of the container body near the bottom opening is covered with an indexing collar for adjusting the degree of opening of an intake port of the container body. A fragrance diffuser includes an air pump, a fragrance container retainer connected to the air pump, and at least one fragrance container received in the retainer. The fragrance containers communicate with each other, wherein each of the fragrance containers contains the same type of fragrance substance with the same smell or a different type of fragrance substance with a different smell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Lui Lok Chak
  • Patent number: 9155813
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a refill having a reservoir for containing a volatile material. A permeable membrane is disposed over the reservoir and allows the volatile material to be released therethrough. The dispensing system also includes a housing adapted to retain the refill and a manual drive mechanism, which is in communication with the refill. Actuation of the manual drive mechanism causes the refill to rotate more than 180° about a longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan R. Westphal, Jerome A. Matter, Deliang Shi, Jonathan N. Mandell