Reciprocating Patents (Class 261/81)
  • Patent number: 10582785
    Abstract: An infusion package mover comprises a housing comprising a hood (30) and a bottom (32) and a driving mechanism for moving a C-shaped rocker (34) back and forth. A flat spring (40) is attached to rocker (34) to form a slot for receiving and holding a string (44) attached to an infusion package (tea bag) (46) so that package (46) is suspended in an extracting liquid (52) in a cup (50). A push on a button (72) starts an electric circuit that causes the driving mechanism to move rocker (34) in the directions shown by the arrows so as to move package (46) back and forth in liquid (52), thus improving infusion. The movement continues until the electric circuit turns off the power. Other embodiments provide enhancements. After starting, the mover can be left unattended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Marat Purliyev
  • Patent number: 10143768
    Abstract: An atomiser system includes a fragrance cartridge and a docking housing in which the fragrance cartridge is installed. The fragrance cartridge includes a bottle for holding a liquid fragrance therein; a wick extending down into the bottle; a piezo disc for atomising the liquid fragrance received from the wick; and an adjustable cap by which a user activates the cartridge, bringing the liquid fragrance into contact with a certain portion of the wick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: AIR AROMA RESEARCH PTY LTD
    Inventors: Johan Van Roemburg, Derk Reilink, Petrus Henricus Aloysius Nicolaus Kuhn
  • Patent number: 9504954
    Abstract: In one example, we describe a method and system that uses iron oxide as its sole sorbent, specifically micron-sized nano-porous iron oxide particles. The sorbent is housed inside a horizontally rotating sorbent bed. The horizontally rotating sorbent bed is housed inside of a larger secondary compartment. At the top of the secondary compartment, there is an escaped sorbent particle containment membrane. One example uses a self-cleaning horizontally rotating sorbent drum membrane design that unclogs particulates lodged in the membrane by reversing particulate air flow direction during a small portion (e.g., about 20 degrees) of each full 360 degree rotation of the drum. When air flow passes through the porous horizontally rotating sorbent drum's membrane, which occurs at the location where the rotating sorbent bed membrane comes into contact with the air feed manifold, particulates are air-dislodged from the inner facing surface of the drum's membrane. Other variations are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventors: Timothy Wilder Rolf, Howard Martin Britton
  • Patent number: 9452442
    Abstract: An electronic spray device comprising a spray generator and a spray controller for providing a drive signal to the spray generator, wherein the spray generator includes a perforate membrane which vibrates ultrasonically in response to the drive signal, said vibration causing liquid droplets to be ejected from one side of the perforate membrane, wherein the spray controller is adapted to modulate the drive signal sent to the spray generator, wherein such modulation of the drive signal is arranged to set the mean power level supplied to the spray generator to a target level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: The Technology Partnership PLC
    Inventors: Robert Gordon Maurice Selby, Daniel Crichton
  • Patent number: 9366449
    Abstract: Humidifying apparatus includes a base housing a motor and impeller unit for generating a first air flow. A nozzle includes an interior passage for receiving the first air flow and an air outlet for emitting the first air flow. The nozzle defines an opening through which air from outside the apparatus is drawn by air emitted from the air outlet. The apparatus is configured to humidify a second air flow, which is emitted from a plurality of second air outlets. The second air flow is humidified with water supplied from a water tank mounted on the base. The water tank surrounds at least an upper section of the motor and impeller unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Staniforth, Daniel James Beavis, Jude Paul Pullen, Peter David Gammack
  • Patent number: 9272101
    Abstract: Various arrangements for determining whether a liquid is in contact with a nebulizer element are disclosed. A nebulizer element may be energized with an electrical signal at a measurement frequency. An impedance of the nebulizer element may be measured, thereby obtaining a measured impedance value. The impedance value may be compared to a stored impedance value. Based on the comparison, it may be determined whether the liquid contacts the nebulizer element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS
    Inventors: Benjamin Morris Gordon, Steven David Gardner, Thomas Edward Parker
  • Patent number: 9248382
    Abstract: The invention relates to a column for carrying out gas/liquid mass-transfer processes, wherein, in the column (27), at least one lock (15) bordered by an upper separating tray (17) and a lower separating tray (19) is received, which lock is designed in such a manner that, during the mass-transfer process, gas (23) flows through the lock (15) and a liquid (25) situated on the upper separating tray (17), when the gas supply is interrupted the liquid (25) flows into the lock (15) onto the lower separating tray (19) and when the gas supply is renewed, the liquid (25) drains downward out of the lock (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Reiner Giese, Egon Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9155858
    Abstract: Disclosed is a liquid container for gas humidification, which comprises a first storage chamber containing a bottom; and a second storage chamber comprising a top wall, a bottom wall and a side wall connected between the top wall and the bottom wall, the second storage chamber being provided with at least one opening which is above the bottom of the first storage chamber, thereby enabling the liquid in the second storage chamber to flow into the first storage chamber in a unidirectional way. In addition, also disclosed is a liquid storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: APEX MEDICAL CORP.
    Inventor: Hsin-Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 9127855
    Abstract: A fan assembly includes a nozzle and a body on which the nozzle is mounted. The nozzle has a first air inlet, a first air outlet, and a first interior passage for conveying air from the first air inlet to the first air outlet. The nozzle also includes a second air inlet, a plurality of second air outlets, and a second interior passage for conveying air from the second air inlet to the second air outlets. The body generates a first air flow through the first interior passage and a second air flow through the second interior passage. A first air passageway conveys the first air flow to the first air inlet and a second air passageway conveys the second air flow to the second air inlet. One of the temperature, humidity, composition and electrical charge of the second air flow is changed before it is emitted from the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Staniforth, Jude Paul Pullen
  • Patent number: 9061303
    Abstract: The inhalation therapy device comprises an aerosol generator (2) and a mixing chamber (3). The introduction of ambient air is achieved by means of supply channels (9) under the control of an inspiration valve (20), including an aerosol passage (22), a region with inspiration air through openings (23) and a valve element (21). The aerosol passage (22) surrounds the membrane (6) of the aerosol generator (2), whereby a front face edge of the tubular aerosol passage (22) lies along a sealing line (20a) on a surface of the aerosol generator (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Pari Pharma GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Waldner, Daniela Mundenbruch, Uwe Hetzer, Markus Urich
  • Patent number: 8998177
    Abstract: A humidifying and fresh-keeping device for a refrigerator is provided, including a device container and a top cover. The container has a drawer for storing fruits and vegetables, and a containing chamber is disposed at one side of the container. A drawer-type water tank is disposed in the containing chamber, with a water storing box at one end and an ultrasonic humidifying device at the other end. A supply air box is disposed at a wind outlet of the ultrasonic humidifying device, and an atomizing air duct is distributed in the container. An inlet of the atomizing air duct corresponds to an outlet of the supply air box, and outlets of the atomizing air duct are provided in the containertop cover. As a result, the fruits and vegetables preserved in the container have an environment humidity of 90-95%, and can be kept fresh in seven days.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Suzhou Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuzhi Wang, Xianghua Ren, Hongmei Yu, Bonggil Jin
  • Patent number: 8985557
    Abstract: Provided herein are various mobile cooling devices. In some embodiments, a mobile cooling device provided herein includes a base comprising a reservoir and a lid; and a fan assembly dimensioned to fit within the base. In some embodiments, the fan assembly of a mobile cooling device can include a vent configured to divert a portion of airflow toward an electronic component attached to the base. In some embodiments, the electronic component is attached to the bottom of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Breezer Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Canipe, Dale Raymond
  • Patent number: 8973907
    Abstract: A buoyant force pump is disclosed. A material which is buoyant relative to a non-solid material is used to cause a movable surface to move thereby causing the non-solid material to be pumped. The device can be used to move non-solid material in hazardous conditions or materials in biological reactors. The pumps can be used for mixing ingredients external to the pump by repeatedly moving materials into and out of the pump. The pumps can also be used to gently move materials from an inlet to an outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth James Hintz
  • Patent number: 8967596
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a high-concentration oxygen-dissolving apparatus using ultrasonic waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: Hyung Won Kang, Dong Jun Kang
  • Patent number: 8960650
    Abstract: A multifunctional Schumann wave machine of the present invention includes a shell, a luminous device, a rotary device, a rotary blade, a droplets straining device and an air blower. The present invention provides color therapy as its luminous bodies emit lights to outside of the shell and release Schumann waves. The rotary blade and droplets straining device can produce and spray fine droplets with anions. Additionally, the water contained in the present invention is added some aromatic essential oil. Bodies and minds of users are relaxed and happy in the fresh and clean environment which is full of sunlight, air and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Chung-Ming Lee
  • Publication number: 20150028501
    Abstract: A carburetor having an inlet opening that includes a pair of concavities operative to direct air toward the metering rod of the carburetor. A carburetor having an inlet opening that includes an arcuate manifold adjacent to the inlet opening and in fluid communication with a fuel reservoir. A carburetor having a slide assembly that includes a positioning mechanism operative to adjust the position of the metering rod relative to the throttle slide. A throttle slide that includes a flow guide that bisects an arcuate relief on an underside thereof. A method for configuring the throat of a carburetor that includes an upper portion of a first diameter and a lower portion of a second diameter that is offset from the first diameter. The method comprises deriving an optimum size for the first and second diameters and the offset based on the pumping efficiency and operating parameters of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: William C. Dyess, Aaron Aldrich Hudlemeyer
  • Patent number: 8940085
    Abstract: A humidifier for treating humidified air with germicidal light is provided. The humidifier includes a water reservoir, an atomizer to atomize a supply of water, and an ultraviolet light source to expose the atomized water to germicidal light. The ultraviolet light source extends vertically within a cylindrical channel to irradiate the atomized water dissipating upwardly from the atomizer. The water reservoir can include a carbon filter and a hardness-removing module for removing containments and metal oxides from the water supply. A control panel indicates the remaining useful life of the ultraviolet light source, the carbon filter and the hardness-removing module based on historical humidifier usage and water quality levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Ronald C. Markham, Matthew J. Barton
  • Patent number: 8894049
    Abstract: A fan heater with a humidifier includes a housing in which both a warm air generation mechanism for generating warm air and a humidification mechanism for generating a mist are provided. The fan heater with the humidifier is characterized by its integrated structure for effectively providing warm air and appropriate moisture at the same time, so as to prevent the air around the fan heater from being too dry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Perfect Union Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chan Ching
  • Patent number: 8894046
    Abstract: A humidifier is provided having a base including a chamber for receiving water, at least one reservoir removably mounted on the base for providing water to the base chamber, and an atomizer provided in the base for aerosolizing water from the base chamber. A duct is removably mounted on the base, the duct enclosing the atomizer and venting humidified air from the humidifier. An anti-contamination system is in communication with the duct and includes a housing, an ultraviolet (UV) light source mounted within the housing for emitting UV light to interact with at least one of the aerosolized water and humidified air, and a window at least partially transparent to UV light provided between the anti-contamination system and the duct. Embodiments may include a reflective member provided within the housing for reflecting UV light through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: FKA Distributing Co., LLC
    Inventor: Mordechai Lev
  • Patent number: 8864112
    Abstract: A humidifier includes a main body having a hollow interior, the main body including a fluid reservoir for receiving a fluid therein, wherein the fluid reservoir is formed from a material which at least one of minimizes impurities in the fluid and militates against an emergence of impurities in the fluid, and a discharge vent coupled to the main body, wherein the discharge vent includes a removable tray for receiving a fragrance therein and a compartment for receiving a heat source therein for heating the fragrance, wherein the discharge vent emits a mist to humidify the surrounding air and an aroma of the fragrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: FKA Distributing Co., LLC
    Inventors: Mordechai Lev, Robert McCulloch, Hing Wah Tsang, Candice M. Willett
  • Patent number: 8864111
    Abstract: A mist humidifier includes a water supply, at least one nebulization device and at least one heater mechanism. The nebulization device nebulizes at least a portion of a flow of water from the water supply and discharges a flow of mist particles. The heater mechanism selectively heats at least a portion of the flow of mist particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Raymond Industrial Limited
    Inventors: Ying Man John Wong, Kwok Yung Anthony Law
  • Patent number: 8844908
    Abstract: A humidifier includes a base having a sound machine module and a humidifier module, a water reservoir in fluid communication with the humidifier module, a user interface supported by the base, and a controller in communication with the user interface, the humidifier module, and the sound machine module. The controller is configured to operate the humidifier module to provide humidified air using water contained in the water reservoir in response to a humidifier input to the user interface. The controller is also configured to operate the sound machine module to provide sound in response to a sound input to the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: FKA Distributing Co.
    Inventors: Mordechai Lev, Sharon DuPuy
  • Patent number: 8827247
    Abstract: A humidifier includes a housing with a substantially open top portion. Water can be added to the humidifier by pouring the water into a water reservoir through an open top. The water is pumped from the water reservoir to an upper portion of the humidifier where it is dispersed into the environment by a flow of air. The humidifier may include both an ultrasonic nebulizer and a heater to provide a warm mix of cool mist and hot vapor. Alternatively, a warm mist can be provided by dispersed water from an ultrasonic nebulizer in combination with warm air. The humidifier may also solely provide a cool mist from an ultrasonic element, or the water can be dispersed using a wicking filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Christopher S. Kanel, Richard Katzman, Bill Fiebel
  • Patent number: 8763994
    Abstract: A humidifier has a continuous water flow system with total water recovery and no loss, for maximum efficiency. The unit has a fan with a motor, a transformer, and a circuit hoard, a water tank, and a hood that directs the water vapor into a duct system of a residence. The unit uses multiple ultrasonic transducers positioned at the bottom of a water chamber that transform electrical energy into mechanical energy through vibration. The vibration excites the water molecules separating them into particles having a diameter of about 10 microns for circulation through a home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Seremetis, Rosario Milana, Clifford Hedquist
  • Patent number: 8763995
    Abstract: A buoyant force pump and surge apparatus is disclosed. A material which is buoyant relative to a non-solid material is used to cause a movable surface to move thereby causing the non-solid material to be pumped in surges. One use of the device is to create water surges in aquariums through the use of conventional low pressure, low volume air pumps and without the need for mechanical pumps or control electronics. A second use of the device is to move non-solid material in hazardous conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth James Hintz
  • Patent number: 8690995
    Abstract: A device for recovering nanometer or sub-micron particles carried by a gas by generating a stabilized suspension, including: a vessel including a mechanism injecting a liquid; a gas discharge mechanism in an upper portion thereof, located near a particle filter; a particle suspension outlet; and a liquid ring pump, transferring and dispersing particles carried by a gas into a liquid. The pump introduces a gas laden with nanometer or sub-micron particles into the pump; injects at least one liquid into the pump; and discharges the mixture obtained following the transfer. The vessel also includes a mechanism introducing the mixture into the vessel and at least one piezoelectric pellet, immersed in the vessel, configured to generate a fog of micron-sized droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
    Inventors: Hicham Maskrot, Benoit Guizard
  • Publication number: 20130334716
    Abstract: A fan heater with a humidifier includes a housing in which both a warm air generation mechanism for generating warm air and a humidification mechanism for generating a mist are provided. The fan heater with the humidifier is characterized by its integrated structure for effectively providing warm air and appropriate moisture at the same time, so as to prevent the air around the fan heater from being too dry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Chan Ching
  • Patent number: 8602396
    Abstract: An apparatus for fragrancing an air space can include a magnetic field generator configured to generate a magnetic field, and a fragrance delivery system configured to release fragrant particles into an air space such that at least some of the fragrant particles enter the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: ScentAir Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Polito V, Bradley Allen Kessler, Irving Edward Figge
  • Patent number: 8544826
    Abstract: An ultrasonic humidifier is disclosed including a chamber, an ultrasonic transducer positioned at the bottom of the chamber, a passage in fluid communication with the chamber, a duct having an inlet and an outlet, the duct being in fluid communication with the passage by way of a passage outlet, a fan positioned in the duct and disposed between the duct inlet and the passage outlet. The fan is configured to propel air through the duct and over the passage outlet such that vapors in the chamber may be drawn into the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Vornado Air, LLC
    Inventors: Glen W. Ediger, Gary P. Israel
  • Publication number: 20130239956
    Abstract: Aerosol generator having a liquid reservoir (10) defining in a sealed state a volume VR configured to hold an initial volume of liquid VL; a membrane (5) having openings, the liquid reservoir (10) being connected to the membrane (5) to feed the liquid to one side of the membrane, the membrane being oscillatable to transport the liquid through the openings whereby the liquid is emitted in the form of an aerosol on the other side of the membrane, wherein the volume VR of the liquid reservoir (10) before the membrane (5) is oscillated is configured to contain more than 5 ml of gas at an initial volume of the liquid VL of at least 5 ml.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: PARI Pharma GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Schulz, Michael Hahn, Philipp Holzmann, Dominique Seidel
  • Patent number: 8487836
    Abstract: A multi-dimensional image rendering device for displaying multi-dimensional images by layering 2D physical pixel configurations featuring a plurality of tubes in a tank, the inner cavities of the tubes are each filled with a liquid medium such that an air pocket is disposed at the first end of each tube; displacement components slidably disposed in the inner cavity of each tube that can slide between a down position and an up position; a tube aperture disposed in each tube; and a moving means operatively connected to each displacement component functioning to systematically move the respective displacement component a fixed distance creating uniform air bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas A. Bodine
  • Patent number: 8480787
    Abstract: A system includes an ultrasound wave generator, a fluid cavity coupled to the ultrasound wave generator, an array of micro-machined ultrasonic-assisted electrospray nozzles coupled to the fluid cavity, an electrode configured to impart a charge onto the fluid output of the electrospray nozzles, and a carbon dioxide release unit configured to receive the ionic liquid after absorption of carbon dioxide by the ionic liquid and to remove carbon dioxide from the ionic liquid such that the regenerated ionic liquid can be recycled for additional carbon dioxide capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Gu, Adam Dewey McBrady, Wei Yang, Tariq Samad
  • Publication number: 20130168880
    Abstract: An electronic vaporizing device that includes an atomizing device connected to an external shell. The external shell has an internal compartment that contains an airflow activated switch; a bottle of liquid; a liquid chamber; a battery; and a circuit board comprising a microchip. A user inhaling through the atomizing device triggers the airflow activated switch which in turn activates the microchip and the battery, causing the atomizing device to guide the liquid through the liquid chamber. The liquid is then vaporized by the atomizing device and can be inhaled by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: BRENT DUKE
  • Publication number: 20130121876
    Abstract: An agitator (1) is for a liquid analysis system (3, 50). It has a chamber (5) for reception of a sample liquid. A passageway (6) from the bottom of the chamber (5) ends in an agitator chamber (7). A side wall of the agitator chamber (7) is formed by a diaphragm (8). The diaphragm (8) is connected to an electric motor (9) with an eccentric drive for reciprocating movement of the diaphragm (8). A gas inlet (10) in the opposite side of the body (2) is connected by a passageway (11) to the agitator chamber (7). The agitation chamber has a domed internal face opposed to the diaphragm, by which about 10% of the agitation chamber (7) volume is displaced by the inward movement of the diaphragm (8). Also, advantageously, there is a uniform application of displacement force within the agitation chamber (7) by virtue of the domed internal surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: ANALYTICAL DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED
    Inventors: Martin Horan, Seamus O'Mahony
  • Patent number: 8398296
    Abstract: The invention provides a mixing system comprising a magnetically coupled drive system and a foil for cultivating algae, or cyanobacteria, in an open or enclosed vessel. The invention provides effective mixing, low energy usage, low capital expenditure, and ease of drive system component maintenance while maintaining the integrity of a sealed mixing vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Algenol Biofuels Inc.
    Inventors: Harlan Miller, III, George Meichel, Edward Legere, Edwin Malkiel, Robert Paul Woods, Oliver Ashley, Joseph Katz, Jason Ward, Paul Petersen
  • Patent number: 8377185
    Abstract: This invention is a dust removal system for dust gas which comprises at least an atomizer. The atomizer comprises an atomizing chamber and an atomizing mechanism; the atomizing chamber includes an inlet for the dust gas and an outlet for the gas after mixture; the atomizing mechanism comprises a water chamber, the first atomizing ball, the second atomizing ball, an umbrella-shaped atomizer, and a regulating mechanism; the water chamber includes the first and second water inlet and the first and second water outlet; the regulating mechanism adjusts the fit clearance between the first atomizing ball and the first water outlet, the fit clearance between the second atomizing ball and the second water outlet, and the flare angle of the umbrella surface of the umbrella-shaped atomizer. The beneficial effect is: the two-stage atomization—coordinating the atomizing balls and the water outlets, and using an umbrella-shaped atomizer—guarantees the atomizing effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Shenzhen Sunxing Light Alloys Materials Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xuemin Chen, Qingdong Ye, Sihai Zhou
  • Patent number: 8317901
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to cyclonic separation or filtering of nanoparticles suspended in a gas. A plume of liquid droplets may be generated using an ultrasound or other generator. The gas may be mixed with the plume of liquid droplets, which may have received an electrostatic charge prior to mixing, to promote preferential adhesion of the nanoparticles to the liquid droplets. The gas with suspended nanoparticles and suspended liquid particles may flow through a cyclonic separator that spins rapidly, causing the cleaned gas to flow out of the filter while the liquid with adhered nanoparticles may be discharged, collected, and/or re-used in the plume generator. By causing nanoparticles to adhere to larger liquid particles, the filter may allow the filtering and collection of much smaller particles than current systems may filter under atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Ezekiel Kruglick
  • Patent number: 8296993
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an ultrasonic repellent humidifier for dispersing insect repellant into the air as a micro fine repellent vapor. A repellent tank provides rhodinol and cedarwood oil based repellent to a repellent well. An ultrasonic transducer is positioned in the well beneath the level of the repellent. It vibrates, forming a repellant vapor that is drawn into a vapor duct by a forced air system and out of the unit, dispersing the repellent vapor into the surrounding air. The vibrating portion of the ultrasonic transducer that is exposed to the oil-based repellent is a ceramic material that inhibits residue from forming on the transducer that reduces its efficiency. The ceramic material may be formed on the metal case of the transducer or on the piezoelectric oscillation crystal, or it may be a separately replaceable disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Monster Mosquito Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kemper O'neal Modlin, Leo JohnNiekerk
  • Patent number: 8205862
    Abstract: A device for mixing water and gas for drinking purposes including mixing of water and gas, in which a water supply and a gas supply end. The mixing includes a turbulence generator, having a housing containing a mixture of water and gas and a plunger with two frontal faces. The plunger and the housing can be moved relative to each other in an oscillating manner. A flow connection is provided between the two frontal faces of the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: WMF Wuerttembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG
    Inventors: Frank Göltenboth, Wolfgang Scheible
  • Patent number: 8181941
    Abstract: A quasi-liquid of gas in bubbles of nanometer-scale, and devices and processes for making the quasi-liquid. A device includes a channel plate (30) through which an operating gas flows to form micrometer-sized bubbles in a liquid. The bubbles are compressed to nanometer scale by action of cooling and pressure in a hydrophobic liquid (20) or are further fragmented to nanometer scale by a laser. Alternatively, a device has vertical water column having a bottom insertion tube, a bottom exit port, a top extraction port, and a water inflow tube; and, a centrifuge adjoining the top extraction port. A storage gas is diffused into pores of a low-density, solid-content material such as aerogel. The material is then introduced through the bottom insertion tube into an underwater environment creating cavities and a quasi-liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: HCE, LLC
    Inventors: Udo Von Wimmersperg, Laurinel Owen, legal representative
  • Publication number: 20120112371
    Abstract: A humidifier includes a housing with a substantially open top portion. Water can be added to the humidifier by pouring the water into a water reservoir through an open top. The water is pumped from the water reservoir to an upper portion of the humidifier where it is dispersed into the environment by a flow of air. The humidifier may include both an ultrasonic nebulizer and a heater to provide a warm mix of cool mist and hot vapor. Alternatively, a warm mist can be provided by dispersed water from an ultrasonic nebulizer in combination with warm air. The humidifier may also solely provide a cool mist from an ultrasonic element, or the water can be dispersed using a wicking filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher S. Kanel, Richard Katzman, Bill Fiebel
  • Patent number: 8142651
    Abstract: A tank has a side wall bounded by a top and a bottom. An axis extends vertically through the tank. An inlet line for water of a first condition extends through the top with a lower end at a lower extent of the tank. An outlet line for water of a second condition has a lower end within an intermediate extent of the tank. A dispenser at the lower end of the water inlet line has apertured legs extending radially within the tank. An oscillator within the tank above the dispenser is operatively coupled to the inlet line for mixing all of the water of a first condition entering the tank through the inlet line while thereafter forwarding all of the mixed water of a first condition to the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Larry J. Chernoff
  • Patent number: 8128069
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described for humidifying an air stream in a duct are described. In one form the duct is part of a humidification system in a building such as a residence or commercial structure while in another form the duct is part of a standalone unit. The described embodiments use ultrasonic elements for generating a mist composed of droplets and fog and the fog is drawn or pushed by an air stream towards a duct. The duct utilizes a dispersal structure formed of one or a plurality of tubes with openings and distributed at least partly across the duct so that the air stream in the duct can entrain the fog and distribute this in manner whereby the fog can quickly dissipate and evaporate for humidification of the air stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel J. Reens
  • Patent number: 8113490
    Abstract: A wind-water ultrasonic humidifier includes a housing, a hollow connecting portion, a water circulation system, and a power control box. The water circulation system includes an electric base, a rubber cork plugged into the top of the water circulation system and having a baffle inserted into a concave hole, a circular threaded pipe including a nebulizer and a water pump, two arc-shaped bridging support stands provided for connecting both sides of the electric base in an arc shape, a latch structure disposed at a lower end of the support stand, latches disposed on both sides of the electric base, and a water dripping device installed at an upper end of the bridging support stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Hui-Chin Chen
  • Publication number: 20120025408
    Abstract: A mist humidifier includes a water supply, at least one nebulization device and at least one heater mechanism. The nebulization device nebulizes at least a portion of a flow of water from the water supply and discharges a flow of mist particles. The heater mechanism selectively heats at least a portion of the flow of mist particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Ying Man John Wong, Kwok Yung Anthony Law
  • Patent number: 8070138
    Abstract: A sauna apparatus includes an air blower, a blow channel and a humidifier. The air blower suctions and blows air. The blow channel conveys the suctioned air and humidified air. The humidifier has a sprayer that sprays humidifying water into the air passing through the blow channel for humidification, and a spray-water droplet splitter installed in a direction to which the sprayer sprays the water for humidification. By letting the sprayed water droplets collide with the splitter, the water droplets are split into much finer water droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Saitou, Yoshihiro Nishizuru
  • Publication number: 20110221078
    Abstract: A humidifier includes a main body having a hollow interior, the main body including a fluid reservoir for receiving a fluid therein, wherein the fluid reservoir is formed from a material which at least one of minimizes impurities in the fluid and militates against an emergence of impurities in the fluid, and a discharge vent coupled to the main body, wherein the discharge vent includes a removable tray for receiving a fragrance therein and a compartment for receiving a heat source therein for heating the fragrance, wherein the discharge vent emits a mist to humidify the surrounding air and an aroma of the fragrance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: Mordechai Lev, Robert McCulloch, Hing Wah Tsang, Candice M. Willett
  • Patent number: 7934703
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an ultrasonic transducer; an ultrasonic propagation medium disposed so as to fill a plane of vibration of the transducer; liquid retaining means disposed so as to be in contact with an end face of the medium; and an ultrasonic focusing reflecting mechanism disposed in an ultrasonic propagation path, thereby the apparatus attains discharging into air and atomization of the liquid by use of ultrasonic waves. Atomization efficiency is enhanced by the use of an ultrasonic reflection tube, and mist emission is carried out. Use is made of a compact liquid container equipped at its bottom with an ultrasonic transmission membrane. Various types of liquids can be atomized by changing the direction of ultrasonic course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventors: Akira Tomono, Akio Uehara
  • Publication number: 20110074052
    Abstract: A wind-water ultrasonic humidifier includes a housing, a hollow connecting portion, a water circulation system, and a power control box. The water circulation system includes an electric base, a rubber cork plugged into the top of the water circulation system and having a baffle inserted into a concave hole, a circular threaded pipe including a nebulizer and a water pump, two arc-shaped bridging support stands provided for connecting both sides of the electric base in an arc shape, a latch structure disposed at a lower end of the support stand, latches disposed on both sides of the electric base, and a water dripping device installed at an upper end of the bridging support stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Hui-Chin Chen
  • Publication number: 20100193976
    Abstract: A water mister for a humidifier has a hollow base, a control assembly, and a diaphragm connected electrically to the control assembly. The hollow base has a tank formed therein and a heat-dissipating hole formed through the tank. The tank has a bottom and a diaphragm hole. The diaphragm hole is formed through the bottom of the tank. The control assembly has a chip. The chip is water-proof and mounted in the hollow base under and covers the heat-dissipating hole. Therefore, heat of the chip can be dissipated to the water in the tank. Because the water absorbs the heat of the chip, the heat can be dissipated quickly and efficiently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Keng-U FANG