With Gas Or Vapor Flow For Contact Patents (Class 34/97)
  • Patent number: 10660487
    Abstract: A hair dryer and dryer system mountable between a pair of wall panels includes a hollow cylindrical housing having open inlet and outlet ends and a passageway extending therebetween, a group of co-operative components supported by the housing in communication with its passageway and co-operable to induce an inflow of unheated air into the housing open inlet end and an outflow of heated air from the housing open outlet end, a threadably adjustable annular coupler at the housing open inlet end, and an annular flange at the housing open outlet end. The annular coupler and annular flange together enable the housing to be disposed between and clamped respectively to the wall panels with the open inlet and outlet ends of the housing respectively occupying the first and second openings of the wall panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Gregory Borja
  • Patent number: 10405630
    Abstract: A battery powered blow dryer having a novel heating element technology that can be powered by an attached battery pack. The heating element includes an infrared light bulb that emits high heat with relatively low power consumption compared to current methods. The present invention patent also describes a unique configuration of battery cells to optimally perform the task of blow drying hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SPUR CONCEPTS INC
    Inventors: Ryan Goldman, Jonathan Friedman, Zachary Rattner
  • Patent number: 10378783
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to a blowing apparatus with expandable functions, an expansion device, and an operating method. The blowing apparatus has an electrical interface used to connect one of the expansion devices with various functions. The blowing apparatus has a control unit used to identify an operating mode of the expansion device connected with the blowing apparatus. A control signal is therefore generated. According to the control signal, the control unit controls rotating speed of a fan unit and a heating temperature of a heating unit. The expansion device can be disposed with a mist unit having a container and a mist generating unit. The mist unit sprays the mist to an outlet cap of the expansion device. The blowing apparatus then blows the mist out of the outlet cap by means of the rotating speed of fan unit and the temperature of heating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: JIYONSON CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yun-Long Tun
  • Patent number: 10306965
    Abstract: A hand held appliance comprising a fluid flow path extending from a fluid inlet into the appliance to a fluid outlet from the appliance, the fluid flow path being at least partially defined by a wall, a switch mechanism housed by the wall having a cooperating externally accessible actuating button and a switch cover extending within the wall and containing the switch mechanism. The switch cover may maintain a spatial location of the switch mechanism relative to the actuating button. The switch cover may encase the switch mechanism. The switch cover may isolate the switch mechanism from the fluid flow path. The switch cover may maintain a spatial location of the switch mechanism relative to the wall. The switch cover may be curved towards an upstream end to reduce disturbance to the flow of fluid within the fluid flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Daniel Currer Wilkinson, Antoine Francois Atkinson, Christopher William Hedges
  • Patent number: 10238199
    Abstract: A diffuser includes an air inlet for receiving an airflow from a hair dryer, and a grille with a plurality of air outlets for emitting at least part of the airflow. Each of the air outlets has substantially the same shape. The plurality of air outlets includes a first set of air outlets located in a first region of the grille, and a second set of air outlets located in a second region of the grille. The grille further includes at least one third region, located between the first region and the second region, which is substantially devoid of these air outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Philip Jonathan Stephens, Stephen Farrar Smith
  • Patent number: 10226112
    Abstract: A hand held appliance including a handle having an outer wall, an inner structure disposed within the outer wall and an end wall extending across the outer wall wherein the end wall is attached to the handle via the inner structure and the end wall extends away from the outer wall. The handle may have a longitudinal axis along which the outer wall extends; the end wall may extend away from the outer wall towards the longitudinal axis. The end wall may extend from the outer wall towards the longitudinal axis as the end wall extends away from the outer wall and may taper as it extends away from the outer wall. The end wall may be frustoconical in shape. The end wall may include at least one first attachment member that extends from the end wall to engage with one or more cooperating attachment members of the inner structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Thomas James Kerr, Christopher William Hedges, Robert Mark Brett Coulton, Adam James Bates, Andrea Ee-Va Lim
  • Patent number: 10165843
    Abstract: A hand held appliance including a body, a handle, a fluid flow path flowing from a fluid inlet into the handle to a fluid outlet from the body and a baffle wherein the fluid flow path is non-linear and the baffle directs flow within the fluid flow path. The fluid flow path may flow in a first direction within the handle and a second direction within the body. The baffle may be provided to direct flow between the handle and the body. The baffle may extend from the handle into a space defined within the body. The handle may include a wall that defines the fluid flow path within the handle. The baffle may form a partial continuation of the wall. The body and the handle may be molded as a first part and a second part. The baffle may be formed from a handle part and a body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventor: Christopher William Hedges
  • Patent number: 10094590
    Abstract: A heat gun includes a head portion. The head portion defines a flow passage having an inlet end at one end and an outlet end at another opposite end, and includes an inlet portion, an outlet portion and a flow guiding portion disposed between the inlet and outlet ends. The outlet portion is formed with two long sides and two short sides. The flow guiding portion is disposed between the inlet and outlet portions. The flow passage includes two flow guiding protrusions disposed at the flow guiding portion. The two flow guiding protrusions are disposed oppositely and extend oppositely along the long sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Pro-Iroda Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Wei-Long Chen
  • Patent number: 10010149
    Abstract: A dryer includes a body portion arranged to hold a motor, a first tubular portion arranged to at least partially cover an outer circumferential portion of the body portion, and a second tubular portion arranged axially behind the first tubular portion, and arranged to at least partially cover the outer circumferential portion of the body portion. An outer circumferential joining portion included in the body portion is held between an axial rear edge portion of the first tubular portion and an axial front edge portion of the second tubular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takamasa Yamashita, Yoshihiro Uchitani, Shingo Yoshino, Shigekatsu Matsuda
  • Patent number: 9675158
    Abstract: A front nozzle for hair dryer, includes at least: one outer surface; one tapered portion extending along an axis; one flattened portion extending perpendicularly to the axis in fluid communication with the tapered portion and having a front slit at one end thereof; one main channel for the passage therethrough of air flow coming from the hair dryer, the main channel including at least one converging portion and at least one diverging portion downstream thereof; one secondary channel including at least one opening at the outside of the nozzle and at least one front opening downstream of the converging portion of the main channel to contact the air flow passing through the secondary channel with the main air flow passing through the main channel, the secondary channel extending between the outer surface and the main channel so as to thermally insulate, at least partially, the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Claudio Soresina, Flavio Soresina
  • Patent number: 9420864
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hair care appliance comprising a body having a duct which may at least partially define a fluid flow path through the body, an outer wall extending about the duct and a side wall extending between the duct and the outer wall, wherein a control switch is provided on the side wall and wherein the outer wall, side wall and the duct are all external walls of the appliance. The body has an inlet end and an outlet end and the side wall is at the inlet end. The side wall may at least partially define a fluid inlet into the fluid flow path. The duct may be recessed within the outer wall at the inlet end. A handle may be provided and may have a second control switch which may be located on the handle adjacent to the inlet end of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Peter David Gammack, Thomas James Dunning Follows, Stephen Benjamin Courtney, Leigh Michael Ryan
  • Patent number: 9420865
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hair care appliance comprising a body comprising an outer wall, and a handle comprising an outer wall and a wall disposed within the outer wall wherein, the outer wall of the body and the wall of the handle are formed as a single unit. The outer wall may extend about the wall and partially along the wall. The wall may comprise an access aperture and a hatch for closing the access aperture which the outer wall may extend over. The outer wall may extend about the wall for substantially the whole length of the wall. The handle may comprise a primary fluid inlet disposed at and/or near the distal end of the handle from the body which may comprise at least one aperture extending around and along the outer wall. Also disclosed is a hand held appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Peter David Gammack, Stephen Benjamin Courtney, Patrick Joseph William Moloney, Edward Sebert Maurice Shelton, Leigh Michael Ryan, Christopher William Hedges
  • Patent number: 9282800
    Abstract: A hand held appliance, such as a hairdryer, includes a body having a fluid inlet for admitting fluid into the appliance, a fluid outlet, a duct lined with a material, and a primary fluid flow path extending from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet and through the duct. The material may be a foam or a felt and is a sound absorbing material, a vibration absorbing material, is an insulator, is tuned to resonant frequencies of the appliance. The primary fluid flow path may be non-linear. The duct may have a non-circular cross-section and may comprise a handle portion of the appliance, and the handle portion of the duct is lined with said material. A fan unit may be provided located upstream of the handle portion. The duct may comprise a first handle portion and a second handle portion of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Benjamin Courtney, Patrick Joseph William Moloney, Peter David Gammack
  • Patent number: 9156330
    Abstract: A method for controlling a vehicle cabin heating system includes setting a target temperature for a vehicle cabin interior space. The method also includes measuring current temperature within the vehicle cabin interior space at a location spaced apart from a first infrared heater and spaced apart from a target surface within the vehicle cabin interior space, the first infrared heater being aimed to heat the target surface. A surface temperature of the target surface is estimated based the current temperature. The first infrared heater is controlled such that the heater is turned on in response to the estimated surface temperature of the target surface falling below the target temperature by a predetermined amount, and the heater is turned off in response to the estimated surface temperature rising above the target temperature by the predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald S Eisenhour, Alaa Meram
  • Patent number: 9072358
    Abstract: A rotating air directing apparatus for a barrel of a hair dryer is provided. The apparatus includes a tubular adapter member having an inlet opening and an outlet opening. The inlet opening is adapted to be removably coupled to the barrel of the hair dryer. The apparatus also includes a propeller member rotatably coupled to the tubular adapter member. The propeller member includes a plurality of curved vanes extending from a central cylinder. The apparatus further includes a nozzle member disposed adjacent to the outlet opening of the tubular adapter member and adapted to rotate with the propeller member. The nozzle member includes an angled tubular member having a nozzle opening disposed at an acute angle relative to the outlet opening of the tubular adapter member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Kiss Nail Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyusang Han, Kyoung Hak Lee, Won Seok Oh
  • Publication number: 20150113823
    Abstract: According to the hair dryer of the present invention, which is capable of adjusting the volume of unheated air discharged at the same time as hot air; the hot air is discharged through a first discharge outlet and, simultaneously, the unheated air is discharged through a second discharge outlet, and damage to hair caused by hot drying can be prevented by alternately using the hot air and the unheated air while the hair dryer is in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Young Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 9012813
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hairstyling device (10) comprising an elongate arm (12) having a hair receiving surface (14). Within the arm (12) there is an air passageway (16) that carries air injected into it by a fan (18). The air passageway (16) has an elongate air outlet (24) which is parallel to the arm (12). The air outlet (24) is configured to blow air along the length of the hair. Attached to the hair receiving surface (14) are bristles (26) to form a brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph Mourad
  • Publication number: 20150093099
    Abstract: A hand held appliance comprises a body having an outer wall, a duct extending at least partially along the body within the outer wall, an interior passage extending about the duct for receiving a primary fluid flow, a primary fluid outlet for emitting the primary fluid flow from the body, wherein the primary fluid outlet is defined by the duct and an inner wall of the body. The inner wall may extend from the outer wall towards the duct and may extend radially around the duct. The inner wall may extend from the outer wall towards the primary fluid outlet. At least one spacer may be provided between the inner wall and the duct. The at least one spacer may be a supporting rib. The duct may be formed from two parts, a first part fixed to the inner wall and a second part connected to the first part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Edward Sebert Maurice SHELTON, Samuel William SAUNDERS, Patrick Joseph William MOLONEY
  • Publication number: 20150089828
    Abstract: A hand held appliance comprising a body and a handle connected to the body, wherein the body comprises a tubular inner wall, an outer wall extending about the inner wall, a fluid flow path extending between the inner wall and the outlet wall, and a barrier extending at least partially across the inner wall. The barrier may be located at one end of the inner wall and may be formed from transparent material. A space defined by the inner wall of the body may provide line of sight through the body. A fan unit may be located between the inner wall and the outer wall and may be supported by a bearing mounted on the inner wall. The barrier may be connected to the fan unit for rotation therewith. A motor for driving the fan unit and a heater may be located between the inner wall and the outer wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph William Moloney, Peter David Gammack
  • Publication number: 20150082652
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hand held appliance comprising a handle having an inner wall and an outer wall extending along and around the inner wall wherein the inner wall comprises a plurality of perforations extending at least partially along the inner wall. Perforations of the outer wall are spaced from the perforations of the inner wall. The inner wall and/or outer wall may comprise a plurality of perforations extending at least partially around the inner wall. The outer wall may comprise a plurality of perforations extending at least partially along the outer wall. The handle may comprise a first end and a second end. The inner wall may have a first end and a second end and the inner wall may extend from the first end of the handle towards the second end of the handle. Also disclosed is a hairdryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Antoine Francois ATKINSON
  • Patent number: 8973284
    Abstract: A hair dryer apparatus and method for use in hair care. The apparatus preferably includes a nozzle, a housing, an ion generator disposed within the housing, and an ozone generator disposed within the housing. Further, disposed within the apparatus may be a circuit board, which is in electronic communication with at least three control buttons, a microprocessor, a liquid crystal display, and a voltage regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Farouk Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Farouk M. Shami, Dennis R. Morrison, Thong Thu Pham
  • Patent number: 8959788
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) for drying and smoothing hair is provided. The apparatus (10) generally comprises a hair-treatment device (16), a vacuum assembly (20) and a blower assembly (22). The hair-treatment device (16) includes a passage (64) for directing a drying-air stream (66) generated by the blower assembly (22) toward the hair of a subject, and a passageway (76) for directing a return-air stream (74) away from the subject's hair under a motive force supplied by the vacuum assembly (20). The device (16) further includes a smoothing element (42) having a surface (52) against which the hair may be contacted to achieve smoothing of the hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Joan Hada
  • Publication number: 20150037015
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a hair dryer, the hair dryer including a housing, a switch unit, a controller, a fan unit, and a heating unit, wherein the heating unit is configured such that a non-magnetic field is formed by a first heating coil and a second heating coil being twisted in a shape of a twisted bread stick, where the first heating coil is flowed by a current of first direction and the second heating coil is flowed by a current of second direction opposite to the first direction, at least one of the first coil and the second coil is coated with an insulating shield member, and the first coil and the second coil is wound on a support member in a spiral shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Yong Hak LEE
  • Patent number: 8938888
    Abstract: A hair drying system has a chair with a chair platform, a back rest, a first arm, and a second arm. A microprocessor with a data storage component is connected to an internet source. A massaging system with a plurality of vibrating components and a plurality of heating components is located in both the chair platform and the back rest. A hair dryer with a hair dryer mount is located on the back rest posterior surface. A monitor with a monitor positioning arm is pivotally located on a chair platform second edge. A tray is located on a tray positioning arm which is pivotally located on the monitor positioning arm. A remote control unit is removable and located in a recess located in a first arm armrest top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin E. Brown
  • Publication number: 20150020401
    Abstract: A mount for an electric motor, the mount comprising a sleeve for receiving a motor, the sleeve including plurality of elements projecting from a surface of the sleeve and an annular seal extending around the sleeve. The sleeve may have a first end and a second end. The annular seal may be disposed at the first end of the sleeve. A second annular seal may be provided at the second end of the sleeve. The annular seal(s) may be a bellow seal. The plurality of elements may include at least one row of conical elements, axial ribs spaced around the sleeve, compression ribs spaced around the sleeve and/or a lip seal disposed radially around the sleeve. A hair care appliance comprises a casing having a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet and an annular seat, and a motor mount according wherein the motor mount is supported by the annular seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Antoine Francois ATKINSON
  • Publication number: 20150007444
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hair care appliance comprising a handle, the handle comprising a wall and an outer wall wherein the wall defines a primary fluid flow path that extends from a primary fluid inlet into the appliance and the outer wall is an external surface of the appliance. The outer wall may extend substantially continuously around and along the wall. An insulating layer may be provided between the wall and the outer wall, the insulating layer is may be substantially continuous around and along the wall and may mitigate one or more of noise, vibration and heat produced by the appliance. The handle may include a fan unit for drawing fluid into the primary fluid inlet and along the primary fluid flow path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph William MOLONEY, Edward Sebert Maurice SHELTON, Stephen Benjamin COURTNEY, Daniel Martin TAYLOR
  • Publication number: 20150007442
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hair care appliance comprising a body having a duct which may at least partially define a fluid flow path through the body, an outer wall extending about the duct and a side wall extending between the duct and the outer wall, wherein a control switch is provided on the side wall and wherein the outer wall, side wall and the duct are all external walls of the appliance. The body has an inlet end and an outlet end and the side wall is at the inlet end. The side wall may at least partially define a fluid inlet into the fluid flow path. The duct may be recessed within the outer wall at the inlet end. A handle may be provided and may have a second control switch which may be located on the handle adjacent to the inlet end of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Peter David GAMMACK, Thomas James Dunning FOLLOWS, Stephen Benjamin COURTNEY, Leigh Michael RYAN
  • Publication number: 20150007443
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hair care appliance comprising a body comprising an outer wall, and a handle comprising an outer wall and a wall disposed within the outer wall wherein, the outer wall of the body and the wall of the handle are formed as a single unit. The outer wall may extend about the wall and partially along the wall. The wall may comprise an access aperture and a hatch for closing the access aperture which the outer wall may extend over. The outer wall may extend about the wall for substantially the whole length of the wall. The handle may comprise a primary fluid inlet disposed at and/or near the distal end of the handle from the body which may comprise at least one aperture extending around and along the outer wall. Also disclosed is a hand held appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Peter David GAMMACK, Stephen Benjamin COURTNEY, Patrick Joseph William MOLONEY, Edward Sebert Maurice SHELTON, Leigh Michael RYAN, Christopher William HEDGES
  • Patent number: 8904663
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hand hair dryer (1), comprising an electric fan (2) and an in-series electric heating device (3), for the generation of an air stream (4) out of a tube section (5), whereby the fan (2) is arranged in a housing section (6) and the heating device (3) arranged in the tube section (6). An operating element (7), with a first handle grip (8), is arranged on the housing section (6) at approximately 90 degrees to the tube section (5). The tube section (5) is embodied as a second handle grip (9), thus providing ergonomic advantages on operating the hand hair dryer (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Klaus Worgull, Robert Kuechler
  • Patent number: 8893400
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hair dryer including a tapered plastic shell between a rear end and a front end through which flows out the air set into motion and heated by the hair dryer, this plastic shell defining at least one air inlet and an air outlet and being intended to accommodate at least one motor and one fan, the shaft of which is borne by an attached internal structure in the central portion of the fuselage. According to the invention, the plastic shell is conformed in order to receive the air between the air inlet and the internal structure bearing the fan, on a longer acoustic path as compared with the length of the acoustic path between the rear end and the internal structure bearing the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Technofirst
    Inventor: Christian Carme
  • Publication number: 20140338211
    Abstract: Hairdryer discharge nozzles are disclosed herein. In several embodiments, hairdryer discharge nozzles can include a nozzle main body having a nozzle flow pathway extending from a nozzle inlet port to a nozzle discharge port. The nozzle inlet port can be releasably attached to an air-supplying port of a hairdryer. The hairdryer discharge nozzle can include a plurality of pin bodies protruding from the nozzle discharge port and directed in an air discharge direction such that tips of the pin bodies are configured to contact a user's scalp. The hairdryer discharge nozzle can be configured to reliably blow air from the hairdryer to dry hair, while also performing various other operations, such as teasing hair using the pin bodies, adjusting the drape of the hair, and/or massaging a user's scalp with the pin bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Kazutoshi Kaizuka
  • Publication number: 20140298670
    Abstract: A haircare apparatus includes a blower fan (6), a heater (5), an ion generator (7) that is capable of generating positive ions which are H+(H2O)m (m is any natural number) and negative ions which are O2?(H2O)n (n is any natural number), an actuator (21) that is for selecting operation of a penetrating mode that promotes penetration of the positive ions and the negative ions generated by the ion generator (7) into hair, and a control unit (22) that controls the heater (5) such that a temperature of air blown out from an air outlet (11) becomes a predetermined promotion temperature at which penetration of moisture accompanying the positive ions and the negative ions generated by the ion generator (7) into the hair is promoted while driving the ion generator (7) and the blower device (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Hirokazu Tahara, Mari Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8832961
    Abstract: A vehicle-drying air blower for drying a vehicle exterior, the air blower including a base housing having a fan disposed in a fan compartment thereof and a motor, which is operational communication with the fan, disposed in a motor compartment thereof. An air intake housing having an intake duct attached thereto receives an incoming air stream upon the activation of a trigger switch disposed on a handle on the base housing bottom side. A soft rubberized ergonomic grip area is disposed on a handle forward end proximal to a lower end thereof allowing a user to hold the air blower comfortably for an extended period of time during operation. A nozzle extending from a base housing collar is soft and rubberized to prevent denting and scratching a vehicle exterior during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Todd E. Vandewater
  • Patent number: 8813385
    Abstract: A wig-drying apparatus is provided, comprising: a heat resistant fabric having six sections attached to each other at common edges to form a six sided chamber with interior and exterior panels joined with vertical stitching forming air ducts with holes in the interior panels, the chamber configured to hold a wig for drying; a wire frame within sleeves around the common edges of four of the sides of the chamber, the wire frame and chamber having a box-like configuration and a collapsed configuration; and a collapsible air intake tube secured at one end to an opening in one side of the fabric and having a second end configured to removably receive and retain an air outlet end of a blow dryer to provide hot air to circulate within the chamber and bake dry the wig when the wire frame and chamber are in the box-like configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Sheryl Blum
  • Patent number: 8813384
    Abstract: A hair dryer is provided having a handle that may both be pivoted toward the dryer housing, and rotated with respect to the dryer housing so that the dryer may easily be operated in either a handle-held or nozzle-held mode. The hair dryer includes a dual axis joint assembly connecting the handle to the dryer housing that allows the handle to be rotated around its longitudinal axis before or during the time it is pivoted toward the dryer housing so that the control switch remains exposed and operable by a user when the handle is pivotally folded against the dryer body in preparation for nozzle-held operation. The dual axis joint assembly may include an eccentric mechanism that converts pivoting movement of the handle toward and away from said housing into rotational movement of said handle so that the handle turns 90° when pivotally folded against the dryer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Paradigm Style, LLC.
    Inventors: Carroll B. Correll, Jr., Henry J. Sanders
  • Patent number: 8800163
    Abstract: A hair care appliance for application of vapor to dry hair to provide humidity to the hair, including a housing defining an inner cavity, a vapor-generating system positioned at least partially within the cavity, and a spacer including a cap, a plurality of spacer elements projecting outwardly from the cap, and an aperture through the cap. The spacer elements partially define therebetween a work area in which the hair is gathered. The vapor-generating system discharges vapor through the aperture to the work area for application to the hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Heidi Schmid
  • Publication number: 20140208605
    Abstract: A hair care device includes main body having a fan and a heater, a removable cover member configured to cover an opening of the main body, and a power supply cut-off part configured to cut off a power supply when the cover member is detached from the main body. As a result, safety is improved during attachment and detachment of components in the hair care device that require maintenance and replacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akihiro Yoshidome
  • Publication number: 20140202020
    Abstract: A blow dryer attachment for vectoring directional flow of an airstream exiting a barrel of a blow dryer. The attachment features at least two body components in an articulated engagement having a central passage which may be curved by such articulation to reposition and exit aperture in a nozzle end opposite a connection to a blow dryer. A rotational engagement of the first component to the blow dryer allows for rotation of the exit aperture around the axis of the blow dryer barrel for additional adjustment of the angle and direction or vector angle of the exiting airstream from the attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Serafino Torres
  • Patent number: 8782920
    Abstract: Hand-held hair dryer having a housing provided with air inlet, an electric fan, and power supply. The hair dryer is provided with an upper air outlet and a lower air outlet extending substantially in opposite directions out from the housing and provided with heating element. The lower air outlet also serves as a grip. The housing is provided with a throttle arranged pivotably about a pivot. The throttle is operated by a button between a first position where the upper air outlet is blocked and the lower air outlet is open to air flow, and a second position where the air flows in a direction opposite of the first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Dual Air AS
    Inventors: Vigdis M. P. Marthinsen, Siv Elise Aasebo
  • Patent number: 8759755
    Abstract: An apparatus for counting the number of ions emitted by an ion source of a handheld domestic appliance is disclosed. The apparatus includes a collector housing for collecting ions impinging on the inner surface of the collector housing and a determining means coupled with the collector housing for determining the number of ions collected by the collector housing. The collector housing has an input opening dimensioned such that the domestic appliance is at least partially insertable into the collector housing via input opening. A method for counting the number of ions emitted by an ion source of a handheld domestic appliance is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Sven Beutner, Michael Kloeppel-Riech
  • Patent number: 8750696
    Abstract: A dryer circuit includes a main circuit and a connection controller. The dryer circuit includes a power unit, a first and second heating units, a first and a second switches, a motor having a fan installed, a resistor, a first diode, and a second diode. The first and the second heating units are coupled to ground respectively through the first and the second switches. The resistor is coupled between the first heating unit and the motor. The first diode is coupled between the second heating unit and the motor. The second diode is coupled between the first heating unit and the motor and in series with the resistor. The connection controller controls the first and the second switches on or off for adjusting the power supplied to the motor, and the first and the second heating units at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Tek Maker Corporation
    Inventor: Teh-Liang Lo
  • Publication number: 20140144037
    Abstract: A hair dryer including a blower and a dryer head having a narrow elongated nozzle shaped to generate airflow in the form of a thin blade of air. The hair dryer includes an airflow evening structure functionally coupled to the nozzle that more evenly distribute airflow of the thin blade of air. The airflow evening structure is a sleeve rotatably coupled about the nozzle and includes a plurality of diversely shaped nozzle masks disposed about the sleeve, each shaped to restrict airflow through the nozzle in varying modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: David M. Hadden
  • Patent number: 8732976
    Abstract: The invention provides, in some aspects, apparatus and methods for a rotating airflow directing attachment for a barrel of a hair dryer. The attachment includes a tubular adapter (or “attachment body”) having an inlet opening and an outlet opening, wherein the inlet opening is adapted to be removably coupled to the barrel of the hair dryer. A blade is rotatably coupled to the tubular adapter, and a nozzle is disposed adjacent to the outlet opening of the tubular adapter and adapted to rotate with the blade. The nozzle has an opening disposed at an acute angle relative to the outlet opening of the tubular adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Kiss Nail Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyusang Han, Kyoung Hak Lee, Won Seok Oh
  • Publication number: 20140130365
    Abstract: A multiple purpose hair dryer is disclosed. The multiple purpose hair dryer may provide hot or cold air that circulates through a top portion and a bottom portion of an elongated head. The multiple purpose hair dryer may include a plurality of upward bristles and a plurality of downward bristles that intersect alongside each other when the top portion and the bottom portion are clamped together producing a round-brush effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Kristine M. Dineen
  • Patent number: 8720078
    Abstract: The automatic hair dryer with fluid dispenser is used for smoothing and drying hair. The fluid dispenser is in the form of a tank, which is built into the handle of the hair dryer. When filled with water, the dispenser is capable of discharging a water spray during the drying process and smoothing the hair as it dries, enabling the user to style the hair into any desired hairstyle. A comb is attached to the upper portion of the hair dryer housing, and a moisture sensor is positioned on the teeth of the comb for determining the wetness of the hair, adjusting the heat and intensity of the air being produced by the fan over the heating elements, which is then blown onto the hair. The wetter the hair, the faster and hotter the air will blow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Fawzi Q.M.A.O.A. Behbehani
  • Patent number: 8707577
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include an adjustable hairdryer permitting a user to rotate and vertically adjust the barrel portion of a hand-holdable dryer. Embodiments of the invention disclose ball-and-socket and disc joint couplings between a hairdryer barrel and handle. Embodiment linkage apparatus is disclosed providing mechanical contact between the barrel and a rotatory electrical interface, permitting the barrel to be freely rotatable relative to the handle while maintaining electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Gary Brian Lee, Alan Heine
  • Patent number: 8701306
    Abstract: An air flow deflector for use with a hood-type hair dryer is a thick, resiliently compressible, unitary halo with an inner perimeter of length suited to surround and abut, preferably with tension, against the subject's head when the halo's inner perimeter is contoured approximately immediately below the subject's hair line. The halo deflects the flow of warm air away from exposed skin portions of the head, neck and shoulders. An arcuate upturned extension on its front portion deflects air flow back to the interior of the hood of the dryer. The unitary halo may be continuous or split for adjustability and hinged for increased manipulability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Rose Hardwick
  • Publication number: 20140102470
    Abstract: A red light emitting device for use with a hair product and a blow dryer. The device with composition is suitable for permanently reshaping human hair by non-chemical means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Jack Lombardi, Vasile Ionita-Manzatu
  • Publication number: 20140090266
    Abstract: “Hair Dryer with control switches underneath handle” (1) consisting of external body (2), provided of cable (2a), wire (3) and buttons/switches (4), and internally, engine (5), electrical resistance (6) and internal cabinet (7) that delimits heating air chamber (8), aforementioned cabinet (7) extending frontally out in short nozzle (7a), said hair dryer (1) incorporating digital hour counter (“hour meter”) (9associated with the appliance's engine (5), and presenting its buttons/switches (4) moved to the bottom (10) of the cable (2a), being provided cold air flow system, configured by spacing (11) and (12) that delimit cold air input and output, creating a cold air flow around and along the entire length of the outer surface of the internal cabinet (7), which isolates this latter of the inner surface of the body (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Oscar Jose Rodrigues
  • Publication number: 20140068959
    Abstract: A housing has upper and lower walls. The upper wall has fixed and movable sections. The housing has a fixed end wail and a movable end wall. The housing has side walls. The side walls couple the fixed end wall, the fixed section of the upper wall, and a portion of the lower wall. A first hinge couples the movable end wall with the lower wall remote from the fixed end wall. A second hinge couples the movable end wall and the movable section of the upper wall. A baffle is provided parallel with and spaced from the fixed end wall. The baffle forms first and second zones. The first end zone is provided between the baffle and fixed end wall. The second end zone is provided between the baffle and the side of the baffle remote from the fixed end wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: YONG TOK KIM