Convertible Patents (Class 34/91)
  • Patent number: 9585819
    Abstract: A moisturizing apparatus includes an ion generating device, a mist generating device, and a control device. The ion generating device generates positive ions and negative ions bound to water molecules from the air by an electrical discharge in the atmosphere. The mist generating device reduces the liquid to fine particles in the form of mist and sprays the liquid in the form of mist. The moisturizing apparatus moisturizes the skin or hair, through combined use of application of ions from the ion generating device and spraying of the mist from mist generating device, toward the skin or hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Emi Saito
  • Patent number: 8128465
    Abstract: An air displacing device for transferring air from a first location to a second location comprising a housing including a fan, a prime mover for the fan, means defining an air inlet to receive air from the first location, and an air outlet to deliver air to the second location and a duct for air through the housing from the inlet to the outlet, the fan being operable by way of the prime mover to cause air to be displaced along the duct from the inlet to the outlet, the housing serving to define a datum plane characterized in that the housing has external members adapted for displacement between a first, standby, configuration where the projection of the housing from the datum plane is a minimum and so the volume of the housing is a minimum and a second, working, configuration where the projection of the housing from the datum plane is a maximum and so the volume of the housing is a maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Airdri Limited
    Inventor: Peter Collins
  • Publication number: 20110072678
    Abstract: A composite machine for drying dishes and cleaning vegetables and fruits includes a dish-drying body, an ozone generator, a cover and a switching element. The cover selectively covers the dishes or allows the vegetables and fruits to be received therein. The switching element is switchable to be electrically connected to the dish-drying body or the ozone generator. The dish-drying body generates hot air to dry the dishes when the switching element is electrically connected to the dish-drying body. The ozone generator generates ozone to clean the vegetables and fruits when the switching element is electrically connected to the ozone generator. With this arrangement, the operation of drying dishes or cleaning vegetables and fruits can be executed as demands. Thus, the utility rate of the machine is increased and the space can be used more effectively. As a result, the cost is reduced and the maintenance is easy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Kuei-Tang CHANG
  • Publication number: 20080235980
    Abstract: A hand held personal care appliance, such as a hair dryer, has a liquid delivery system for delivering a spray of liquid from the appliance. The liquid delivery system has a reservoir for containing a supply of liquid and a liquid transfer system. A rotatable drum has a surface in fluid communication with the liquid transfer system for receiving liquid onto the surface of the drum. A drive system rotates the drum such that the liquid is thrown from the drum by centrifugal force of the rotating drum for delivering liquid from the appliance in the form of a spray of droplets. In some embodiments, the fluid transfer system includes a first wick for delivery of the liquid to the drum and a second wick for delivery of liquid to the first wick. The reservoir and other parts of the liquid delivery system may be a disposable cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: Rovcal, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Chasen, Gary Lee McMurray, Charles Edward Quinn
  • Patent number: 7171761
    Abstract: An increased air pressure forced hot air towel warmer comprising a substantially airtight enclosure configured to be more desirable and user friendly when placed in close proximity to a tub or shower whether mounted within cabinetry, on the wall or when permanently installed between existing standard 16 inch on center wall support studs while protruding as little as possible into the room. Intended for use with large area plush towels and bath sheets for which insertion in a limited width wall enclosure or shallow depth cabinetry leads to greater vertical depth of towel material to be penetrated and substantially increases the resistance to air flow, therefore back pressure, thereby necessitating increased supply pressure to maintain adequate hot air flow through the towel. Increased supply pressure is created without objectionable noise by use of low noise rotary blowers and associated pressure accumulator cavities arranged in tandem such that their respective pressure gradients are additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventor: Barney Dean Hunts
  • Patent number: 6839982
    Abstract: A combination dryer and atomized medicinal liquid apparatus and shoe or boot drying attachment, wherein the apparatus accommodates the placement of a shoe and/or boot drying attachment on an upper surface thereon. The attachment rests upon the upper surface of the dryer and atomized medicinal apparatus covering the air discharge outlets and channeling the generated air through two vertically disposed tubes. The tubes have a fixed end adjacent the attachment and a free end with an opening for transmitting or transferring the air to a shoe or boot placed thereon. A support ring circumscribes the tubes and supports a shoe(s) or boot(s) placed thereon, thereby promoting efficient drying and/or treatment of the shoe or boot by the apparatus and attachment combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Inventor: Alford Odell Hoover
  • Patent number: 6739070
    Abstract: A dryer for drying textiles is disclosed. The dryer includes a blower for blowing air under the carpet, which includes a blower housing including a sleeve that forms an air outlet opening and a powered fan within the blower housing for blowing air out of the outlet opening. A tow handle is located on the blower housing above the fan and an indentation is included in the underside surface of the blower housing. The indentation has a shape corresponding to the shape of the tow handle such that the indentation can receive a tow handle from a second dryer to allow stacking of dryers. A maneuvering handle is rotatably connected at a first end to the tow handle. The maneuvering handle extends over the blower housing such that a foot located at the second end of the maneuvering handle rests on the upper surface of the blower housing sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: EDIC
    Inventors: Mark Jacobs, Jess Peña
  • Patent number: 6516535
    Abstract: A dual purpose implement can be used as a hair dryer or flatiron. The implement includes a barrel, a barrel grille, a hot plate, a hot air obstruction plate, and a barrel cap. Without the use of the barrel cap, the implement serves as the hair dryer. With the use of the barrel cap in place of the barrel grille, and with the removal of the hot air obstruction plate, the implement serves as the flatiron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventor: Shou Mao Chen
  • Patent number: 6363624
    Abstract: An apparatus for distributing a cleaning gas to a semiconductor substrate processing chamber. The apparatus comprises a feed block disposed on top of the processing chamber and a support block disposed over the feed block. The feed block and the support block slidably interfit and are axially moveable with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Lily L. Pang, Thomas K. Cho, Tetsuya Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 6266893
    Abstract: The inverted bonnet hair dryer is comprised of a bowl with a closed end and an open end. The bowl is pivotally supported on a stand and is rotatable to a position with its open end facing upward. The bowl is comprised of a hemispherical concave inner wall which is generally spaced from an outer wall. The perimeter of the inner wall is connected to the outer wall to define a space between the walls. A hollow tube is attached to the outer wall. An aperture at an outer end of the tube is in communication with the space within the bowl. The aperture is adapted to receive the head of a conventional hand-held electric blow dryer. When the open end is facing upward, the bowl is adapted to be positioned under the head of a person. The head is inverted to hang the hair under the head. The inner wall of the bowl is adapted to evenly support the hair. When the blow dryer is activated, hot air is forced into the space between the walls and released through holes on the inner wall to dry the hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: Laurel Standley
  • Patent number: 6158140
    Abstract: A golf cart fan with multiple positions for providing a cooling fan for occupants of a golf cart that may be pivoted about two axes for enhanced positionability of the fan. The golf cart passenger cooling system for use with a suitable golf cart generally having a dash portion, an upper edge portion, and a forward opening. The cooling system generally includes a fan assembly including a perimeter frame for defining a perimeter about an interior of the fan assembly. The perimeter frame has substantially planar front and rear openings. The cooling system also includes a fan support assembly mounted on the fan assembly. The fan support assembly is adapted for mounting to the golf cart for supporting the fan assembly on the golf cart. The fan support assembly provides pivoting adjustment of the orientation of the fan assembly about at least two axes with respect to the golf cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Inventor: James K. Orr
  • Patent number: 6130991
    Abstract: An electric hair dryer is connected to a portable housing having a plurality of angularly adjustable housing segments. The air passes through the segments and out spaced air outlet openings formed in the housing segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventor: Lilian E. Chapman
  • Patent number: 5992039
    Abstract: A portable clothes dryer for drying clothing while on vacation or camping. The portable clothes dryer includes a dryer housing with first and second ends, a sidewall extending horizontally between the ends, and an interior that is defined by the sidewall and ends. The first end of the dryer housing has a door for inserting clothing into the interior of the dryer housing. The dryer housing has an inlet aperture extending through it for receiving a blower that has a heating element and a fan coupled to a fan motor. A basket drum is rotatably disposed in the interior of the dryer housing for tumbling clothing. A basket motor is mounted to the dryer housing for rotating the basket drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventors: Kelly C. Bunch, Eddie L. Bunch
  • Patent number: 5956862
    Abstract: A support for a conventional pistol grip hair dryer including a flexible tube with a stiffener rod positioned inside said tube. A clam shell type clamp is secured on one end of the tube for grasping the hair dryer. A tongue bracket is secured on the other end of the tube that may be be detachably engaged with a groove bracket secured to a vertical surface. In another mode of support, the bracket end of the tube with rod bent to a coil as desired and the support is supported on a horizontal surface (table top) in a cobra like arrangement with the dryer held free standing by virtue of the bendable rod inside the tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Leonard J. Bondi
  • Patent number: 5956861
    Abstract: A wall mounted portable hair dryer holder which takes the form of a wall mounted bracket from which pivotly extends a flexible walled tube with the outer end of the tube being connected to a base ring. The main body section of the hair dryer, which is the fan and heater housing of the hair dryer, is to be fixedly secured to a mounting ring with this mounting ring being then pivotly mounted onto the base ring. The handle of the hair dryer is to be insertable through an enlarged center through hole between the base ring and the mounting ring. The result is the hair dryer can be moved practically to any desired position permitted by the flexible walled tube and then adjusted to any specific position by pivoting of the mounting ring relative to the base ring and also pivoting of the base ring relative to the flexible walled tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Jeffrey R. Barnes
  • Patent number: 5940980
    Abstract: A hands-free hair dryer is described which includes (a) a hair dryer body including heating element and fan, (b) an elongated bendable tubing connected at one end to the hair dryer body, and preferably (c) a spring clamp secured to the other end of the tubing. The tubing is capable of being bent to any desired position or angle where it remains until it is re-positioned. The spring clamp can be attached to any desired surface or support such as a counter, door, towel rack, cupboard, etc. The device allows very convenient hands-free use of the dryer for a variety of purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventors: Anessa E. Lee, Linda M. Lee
  • Patent number: 5873178
    Abstract: A portable hand dryer (10) for drying wetness from an individual's hands as well as from the instruments or objects being held in their hands. The portable hand dryer (10) includes a casing (12) having an upper housing (16) defining a through opening (18) and a lower housing (20) defining having an interior cavity (24), an air current generator (14) disposed within the through opening (18) of the upper housing (16), a motor (13) received in the inner cavity (24) of the lower housing (20), and at least one control (28) to operated the hand dryer (10). In operation, manipulation of the control (28) activates the motor (13) to power the air current generator (14) to create an air current to dry object placed within the stream of that current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventor: Jimmy L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5873179
    Abstract: The present invention includes an apparatus for removing moisture from at least one user including a first set of riser ducts having openings, a first frame supporting the first set of riser ducts, each one of the first set of riser ducts having an elongated, tapered configuration allowing the volumetric capacity to decrease along a length thereof, and a first face plate arranged opposite the first set of riser ducts and having slots corresponding with the openings of the first set of riser ducts. The apparatus further including a first set of connecting duct segments communicating with the first set of riser ducts, respectively, each one of the first connecting duct segments having a length corresponding with each one of the first set of riser ducts, respectively, at least one motor for discharging air to the first set of connecting duct segments, and at least one heater for heating the air discharged by said at least one motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventors: Frederick Gregory, Michael P. Albanese
  • Patent number: 5852883
    Abstract: The conceable drying bar for a clothes hamper provides a simple mechanism to receive and suspend wet or damp towels of clothing externally of the hamper structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Inventors: Paul Ziglar, Stephen A. Fausel
  • Patent number: 5761825
    Abstract: A hands free hair dryer and holder (10) comprising a portable hair dryer (12). A structure (14) is for supporting the portable hair dryer (12) in a stationary adjustable manner, so that a person (16) can position the portable hair dryer (12) towards the hair (18), so that both hands (20) are free to do other things while drying the hair (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Inventors: Linda K. Ammon, Edward A. Ammon
  • Patent number: 5675907
    Abstract: A foot dryer designed to dry the toes and areas between the toes on an individual's foot includes a housing which is designed to accept and support a conventional hair dryer. The housing is a box-like structure which defines an internal cavity. A cradle is located within the cavity and the cradle is designed to accept a number of the conventional hair dryers available on the market. The cradle supports the hair drying in a position where the air flow from the hair dryer is directed through a plurality of apertures in the top panel of the housing. An aperture in one of the side panels of the housing allows for the insertion and removal of the hair dryer into engagement and disengagement with the cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Inventors: George S. Reppas, Robert G. Reppas, Charles B. Reppas, Katherine R. Morse
  • Patent number: 5651189
    Abstract: A system for drying a large object, such as the human body, in an effective and sanitary manner. The system comprises a blower secured in a housing constructed with a plenum assembly having a decreasing volumetric configuration for diffusing and projecting a sheet of air in a select direction at a relatively uniform velocity. The air is filtered before passing through the blower and is heated for the comfort of the user. In this manner a person can utilize the sanitary benefit of warm air drying instead of towels and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Assignee: Bodi-Blo, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel A. Coykendall, Barbara Davis Reynolds
  • Patent number: 5613305
    Abstract: A device for providing elevated and universally adjustable support of a hair dryer, the hair dryer having a body with a handle portion and a heated air discharge portion. A receptacle member is provided for gripping the hair dryer by its handle portion and is positioned in the elevated and overhead fashion by an elongated support which is either supported by a floor base or is attached to a vertically extending wall. The receptacle member can take the form of either a pair of laterally displaceable pincer jaws for gripping the dryer handle or a modification of a pedestal and universal bail joint support for providing universally adjustable support to the hair dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Inventor: Nancy Narrin
  • Patent number: 5606640
    Abstract: An apparatus for warming a towel or other article includes a cabinet having an open top and closed by hinged lid and a hollow rack is mounted within the cabinet. A towel to be warmed is draped over the rack. A portion of heated air is introduced through a conduit into one end of the rack and is discharged outwardly from the rack through a plurality of outlets into contact with the inner surface of the draped towel, while a second portion of heated air is directed upwardly by a baffle to the upper end of the cabinet and then downwardly along the outer surface of the towel. In the preferred form of the invention, air is supplied to the rack by a standard hair dryer, the outlet of which is connected to an end of the rack by a locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Inventor: Willard J. Murphy
  • Patent number: 5491908
    Abstract: A device for drying the feet of invalids and physically challenged persons includes a foot support surface upon which a person may step without significant vertical transition from the surrounding floor surface. A plenum chamber is disposed adjacent to a distal and two lateral side edges of the foot support surface. Airflow means provides a flow of heated air to the plenum chamber. The airflow is directed through openings in corresponding distal and lateral walls of the plenum chamber toward the user's foot or feet in a path along and substantially parallel to the foot support surface. Foot operated control means allow the user to control the airflow to the distal, proximal, lateral and medial regions of the foot to dry the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Inventors: Fidel A. Ruiz, Anna C. Ruiz
  • Patent number: 5454060
    Abstract: A new and improved foot dryer comprised of a housing. A securement spring is secured within the housing. The securement spring has an end portion extending outwardly of the housing. An intake vent is secured within the housing. A pair of vents are secured within the housing. The housing functions to be installed within the floor of a bathroom. A pressure activated limit switch is secured within the housing opposite the intake vent. The pressure activated limit switch has a pressure rod secured to the limit switch and extending out of the container. A timer is electrically secured to the pressure activated limit switch. The timer has a thirty second limit. A heating element is secured within the housing. A wire electrically secures the heating element to the timer. A fan is secured to the intake vent of the housing. A wire is electrically secured to the fan and to the timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Inventor: Neal J. McDermott
  • Patent number: 5443538
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for drying small articles of wearing apparel wherein the articles of wearing apparel are placed in a drying chamber having a curved surface on which the wearing apparel is placed, applying warm air under pressure along the curved surface to dry and tumble the wearing apparel to expedite the drying thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Inventor: David H. Little
  • Patent number: 5442938
    Abstract: An accessory kit for converting a home dryer into a dry cleaning machine. The dryer has a rotatable drum enclosed in a dryer housing sealable by a door. The dryer housing has a ventilation system vented to an atmosphere and associated electro-mechanical means for actuating rotation of said drum and said ventilation system. The accessory kit includes: cleaning fluid dispenser apparatus engaged to the dryer which includes spray dispensor which sprays a predetermined amount of cleaning fluid vapor into the dryer drum and also actuates both rotation of the drum and the ventilation system for predetermined periods of time, and filter apparatus engaged in an outlet of the dryer ventilation system for separating soil from a mixture of air and soiled cleaning fluid vapor vented from the dryer housing and thereafter precipitating remaining cleaning fluid vapor from air during exhaustion of air through the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Inventor: Mark N. Kislyuk
  • Patent number: 5388344
    Abstract: A miniature clothes dryer is adapted to operate in combination with a portable hair dryer that includes a heating element, an air blower for passing air across the heating element and a hot air outlet nozzle. The clothes dryer comprises a dryer housing having an inlet opening to receive and retain the outlet nozzle of the portable hair dryer. The housing also has an outlet opening for discharging air and a door for the insertion and removal of items of clothing. Mounted for rotation within the housing is a clothes drying drum having walls for supporting and tumbling the clothes which are inserted through the housing door. Drive means with an electric motor are provided for rotating the drum. The drum walls have a plurality of openings for the passage of air and the housing has a plurality of baffles for directing hot air from the nozzle of a hair dryer at the inlet opening to the inside of the drum, and from the inside of the drum to the outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventor: Beth K. Wallach
  • Patent number: 5386644
    Abstract: In one preferred embodiment, a hands free hair dryer having a body in which are disposed a fan and a heating element, the body being mounted on a wall or the edge of a door. An infinitely positionable, self-supporting hose has a proximal end attached to the outlet of the body and a distal end selectively disposed to direct a stream of hot air toward the head of a user. Alternatively, the heating element may be disposed in the distal end of the hose. In another embodiment, the body is replaced with a housing within which the outlet nozzle of a conventional hand held air dryer is releasably secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Assignee: Intelligent Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Lina A. Lawall, Robert R. Hellman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5355591
    Abstract: An attachment is provided for converting a table top steamer into an apparatus for steam treatment of the body. The attachment comprises an approximately cylindrical conduit having open ends and a plurality of holes located between the first and second ends. The conduit divides the steam jet discharged from the steamer into three streams and diffuses and cools the steam in each of these streams, thereby allowing the face and both hands of the user may be simultaneously steam treated. The attachment is locked onto the steamer by a pair of flexible tabs extending from the sides of the conduit. The tabs have holes formed therein that secure them to retainers extending from the steamer by means of a snap fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: Richard Caruso
  • Patent number: 5289642
    Abstract: The device consists of a Portable Dryer for drying the interior of articles, such as ski boots, ski gloves, etc. It includes articulated tubing that can be forced all the way into the toe portion of the ski boot. At the other end of the articulated tubing is a distribution connector for connecting to a suitable means of forcing air through the tubing and into the interior of the ski boot for drying purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventor: Charles W. Sloan
  • Patent number: 5279048
    Abstract: In one preferred embodiments, a hands free hair dryer having a body in which are disposed a fan and a heating element, the body being mounted on a wall or the edge of a door. An infinitely positionable, self-supporting hose has a proximal end attached to the outlet of the body and a distal end selectively disposed to direct a stream of hot air toward the head of a user. Alternatively, the heating element may be disposed in the distal end of the hose. In another embodiment, the body is replaced with a housing within which the outlet nozzle of a conventional hand held air dryer is releasably secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Assignee: Intelligent Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Lina A. Lawall, Robert R. Hellman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5228213
    Abstract: An attachment is provided for converting a table top steamer into an apparatus for steam treatment of the body. The attachment comprises an approximately cylindrical conduit having open ends and a plurality of holes located between the first and second ends. The conduit divides the steam jet discharged from the steamer into three streams and diffuses and cools the steam in each of these streams, thereby allowing the face and both hands of the user may be simultaneously steam treated. The attachment is secured to a cover on the steamer by a compression fit. Baffles formed on the open ends of the conduit serve to direct condensate to the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Inventor: Richard Caruso
  • Patent number: 5170038
    Abstract: An iron unit adapted to be used with a hair dryer includes an ironing plate formed of a heat conductor having a groove and an exhaust groove in communication with the groove on a lower side thereof providing a contact surface with an object to be heated, and a plurality of air outlets extending from the upper side to the groove. A hot air source receiver includes a mounting plate having a cylindrical member engageable with the hair dryer for supplying hot air. A hot air-feeding space is in communication within the cylindrical member. The mounting plate is attached to the ironing plate, with the hot air-feeding space being in communication with the outside through a plurality of passages. A covering member defines a space on the outside of the engaging cylindrical member of the hot air source receiver. The mounting plate is attached in place with the space being in communication with the outside on the side of the cylindrical member and on the peripheral side of the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1992
    Assignee: Midori Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaaki Aida
  • Patent number: 5107603
    Abstract: A clothes-dryer includes accessories such as a hair-dryer, hand-dryer and space heater, as well as a ventilation device for venting the room in which the dryer is disposed of undesirable air. The dryer includes an intake channel and a discharge channel which together with the basket of the dryer form a drying circuit along which a forced hot air supply flows to dry laundry contained in the basket during the normal operation of the dryer. A selection control device is provided to establish various modes of operation of the dryer in which the accessories are operated with the air supply which is normally produced when the dryer is used to dry clothes contained in the basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1992
    Assignee: Zanussi Elettrodomestici S.p.A.
    Inventor: Pietro Durazzani
  • Patent number: 5103577
    Abstract: A common annoyance for many people is the sensed change in temperature after disrobing or upon exiting the bathtub or shower stall area. The body heater/drier utilizes a unique means by which it disperses warm air to the many areas of the user. Air is drawn into the base assembly of the apparatus, heated and forced to flow into the tubing sections connected in series above. The air within increases in pressure since the total volumetric flow of air induced within the apparatus is greater than total volumetric flow of air which is possible through the limited total cumulative area of all the output openings. The resultant pressure causes the air to flow out of the apparatus in various directions and in varying volumes directly dependent upon the particular inclination in size and shape of each various output opening through which air flows. The output openings act jets to control air dispersal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Inventors: Peter Michaels, Dennis Moore
  • Patent number: 5076205
    Abstract: A system for multichamber processing of semiconductor wafers providing flexibility in the nature of processing available in a multi processing facility. To accommodate changing processing demands and chamber replacement, a mobile processing chamber selectively docks with a multiple chamber system to form one of its processing chambers. The capabilities of the multiprocessing multichamber system are enhanced by extending the system to other multichamber systems through intermediate buffer storage wafer cassette and elevator systems. The extending multichamber system is further provided with intermediate access wafer storage elevator cassettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: General Signal Corporation
    Inventors: E. John Vowles, Joseph A. Maher, Joseph D. Napoli
  • Patent number: 4972607
    Abstract: A hair-drying system for use primarily in homes and other locations which employs a central forced air blower to disperse air through an air ducting system to air terminals disposed primarily in bathrooms. The air terminals are covered over when in the non-operative position. Upon physical and electrical coupling of a hair-drying unit to the air terminal, which hair-drying unit is comprised of a dryer and a flex tubing, air will be delivered through the flex tubing to the dryer, since the flex tubing is in fluid connection with both the air ducting system and the dryer. An optional damper(s) can be employed to limit air flow. Heat is applied to the air by a dryer mounted switch controlled resistance heater. The electrical energy to operate the dryer is obtained from a grounded electrical outlet mounted adjacent the cover plate of the air terminal. If 110 volt AC is used to power the dryer, the electrical connection would be via a ground fault interrupter to prevent injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1990
    Inventor: Robert R. Lagace
  • Patent number: 4961271
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for treating furniture that has been wet cleaned or damaged by water or smoke. The apparatus is a tent having a floor, a plurality of sides, and a top, forming an enclosed chamber. The furniture is placed on the floor within the sides, and the top is attached to the sides. Air or ozone is then blown into the chamber to inflate the tent. A plurality of holes in the top of the tent or exhaust boots in the sides of the tent allow the air or ozone to escape from the chamber at a selected rate to maintain the inflation of the tent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 9, 1990
    Inventor: Christopher S. Butler
  • Patent number: 4868998
    Abstract: A tumble dryer for small articles of clothing having no motor or heater utilizes the output of a hair dryer to both rotate a drum containing the articles of clothing and to dry the articles. Turbine blades mounted on the periphery of the drum slowly rotate the drum to prevent uneven drying of the clothing in the warm air output from the dryer. A tray mounted beneath the drum can be used to catch water dripping from the clothing. Removing the tray allows the hot air to escape from the bottom of the unit for warming the room or drying hands. The tumble dryer and its associated hair dryer are preferably wall-mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Inventor: Richard H. Rubin
  • Patent number: 4856206
    Abstract: A drying center comprises a cabinet and a drop board pivotally secured to the cabinet and movable between a dropped position wherein the board is substantially horizontal and a raised position wherein the board is substantially vertical. The drop board defines a plenum and in the dropped position has an upper surface defining a plurality of spaced apertures in gaseous communication with the plenum. The center further includes an air source for blowing dry air, a connector for selectively operatively connecting and disconnecting the air source and the plenum, and supports normally disposed within the cabinet for supporting objects to be dried over the apertures when the board is in the dropped position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Inventor: Robert Klein
  • Patent number: 4815219
    Abstract: The invention relates to attachments for portable hair dryers for drying other than hair, and specifically to a flexible, inflatable attachment into which can be placed delicate items of apparel, which can then be attached to a portable hair dryer for directing heated air through and around these apparel items for the purpose of drying them in a short time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Inventor: Lucille M. Binger
  • Patent number: 4802287
    Abstract: A dual purpose hand and hair dryer, and a cabinet for mounting the hair dryer on a wall for use as a hand dryer. The cabinet has a swing-down front part which receives the hair dryer and which has electric circuitry for operating the hair dryer including a light-sensitive switch and a timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Tatung-Conair Corporation
    Inventor: Shye L. Chen
  • Patent number: 4785162
    Abstract: A multiple-function electric dryer includes a casing having a nozzle extending outwardly through opening formed in the front and bottom walls thereof and arranged for upward and downward angular movement about a horizontal axis within the confines of the nozzle opening, with the nozzle being in communication with a horizontal-pipe portion of a hot air supplier within the casing. The horizontal-pipe portion has an electric heating coil therein and is provided with an air fan on an air inlet hood communicating with a casing air inlet. A retractable horizontal grating mounted for vertical movement below the bottom wall provides for laying thereon of clothing or towels to be dried by air discharged from the nozzle when downwardly positioned. The grating has a central recess portion to accomodate downward angular movement of the nozzle and is adjustably positionable by a pair of vertical rods extending into the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1988
    Inventor: Dai-Ming Kuo
  • Patent number: 4636613
    Abstract: A combination hair-dryer and garment ironing apparatus includes a housing having an air inlet and a pair of air outlets. A blower and electric heater in the housing create a flow of heated air through the housing. A permanent, non-removable iron assembly is provided on the housing and includes a sole plate disposed in the path of the heated air flow through the housing. The sole plate forms a portion of a wall of the housing and has an exposed generally flat ironing surface. A heated air diverter member within the housing is selectively movable between a first dryer position in which substantially all of the heated air flowing through the housing is diverted from contact with the sole plate and is exhausted through one of the outlets and a second iron position in which a substantial portion of the heated air flow is diverted into contact with at least a portion of the sole plate for impingement heating of the sole plate to an ironing temperature and is exhausted from the other air outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Assignee: Anne J. de la Morandiere
    Inventors: Anne J. de la Morandiere, Peter W. Bressler, Peter D. Byar, Edward A. Spector
  • Patent number: 4634836
    Abstract: An electric travel iron includes as an upper component a hand-held hot-air type hair dryer having a hand grip, an electric heating unit for heating a stream of air and an outlet duct through which a hot air stream is discharged. The lower component of the iron is formed by a thin flat metallic ironing plate detachably connected to the duct of the dryer in spaced confronting relationship to the open end thereof. The ironing plate is planar and has a surface facing the open duct end to define a direct hot-air impingement surface region and extends laterally outwardly from the direct hot-air impingement region beyond the contour of the duct end for providing a region heated by hot air laterally deflected in all directions from the hot-air impingement region. The hot air impingement region is provided with holes for direct access of hot air to the material being ironed, with the holes being located in a group having a shape corresponding to the contour of the open duct end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Assignee: Braun Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Yucel Yamac
  • Patent number: 4524263
    Abstract: An electric travel iron includes as an upper component a hand-held hot air type hair-dryer having a hand grip, an electric heating unit for heating a stream of air and an outlet duct having an open end through which a hot air stream is discharged. The lower component of the iron comprises a thin flat metallic ironing plate detachably connected to the air outlet duct of the dryer in spaced confronting relationship to the open end of the duct. The ironing plate is planar and has an upper side facing the open duct end to define a direct hot-air impingement surface region and extends laterally outwardly from the direct hot-air impingement region beyond the contour of the duct end for providing a region heated by hot air laterally deflected from the direct hot-air impingement region. The lower side of the ironing plate forms the ironing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1985
    Assignee: Braun Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Yucel Yamac
  • Patent number: 4479311
    Abstract: Hair removing apparatus for a hand held hair dryer including a housing with an air inlet opening therein, the hair removing apparatus including a body portion, a dryer connecting portion, a hair collecting portion and a hair pickup portion; the body portion including a rigid tubular member with open ends and a substantially straight passage therethrough; the dryer connecting portion including adapter mechanism disposed adjacent one end of the tubular member, the adapter mechanism including a resilient section capable of mating with the periphery of the air inlet opening of the dryer housing; the hair collecting portion including an air permeable flexible filter bag disposed across and within the passage through the tubular member and extending substantially the full length of the body portion, the filter bag including a rigid ring member disposed adjacent and circumscribing the opening thereof, the ring member being engageable with the end of the tubular member remote from the dryer connecting portion, mechan
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1984
    Inventor: David M. Blanco
  • Patent number: 4406071
    Abstract: Foldable garment dryer for use with a conventional hand-held hair dryer comprises a flexible bag for holding the garment. The air intake of the bag is connected to the air outlet nozzle of the hair dryer, and the humid air is expelled out of the bag through an exhaust. A stand supports the hair dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1983
    Inventor: Robert H. Buchanan