With Confection Or Infant Pacifier Patents (Class 374/151)
  • Patent number: 9061145
    Abstract: A diagnostic device in an electrical interferential treatment regime applies different pulse frequencies in one selection of electrode placement and determines the change of blood flow in response to the change in pulse frequency in an attempt to determine an optimum or workable set of parameters. The device includes electronic storage to record a series of tests and their results and a communication link. The communication link enables a professional caregiver to determine whether the parameter determinations, made at a location remote from the professional's office, such as at the residence of the patient, were conducted and were conducted correctly. The communication link also enables the professional to determine whether the treatments were conducted and conducted correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Donald A. Rhodes
  • Patent number: 8038346
    Abstract: An electronic pacifier thermometer is provided. The electronic pacifier thermometer is composed of a pacifier device and a measurement device. The pacifier device has a built-in temperature sensing element (e.g., a temperature sensor) and a connector element. The measurement device contains a display, a circuit board mainly which is controlled by an integrated circuit, and a cable element. The circuit board contains an incomplete temperature measurement circuit that would be made complete through connection to the temperature sensing element. The temperature measurement circuit has a reference resistor (could also be installed inside the pacifier device) whose resistance difference is relative to the temperature sensing element in the pacifier device which is linearly corresponds to the temperature difference between the measured temperature and a pre-determined temperature value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Actherm Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-Wei Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20090147823
    Abstract: An electronic pacifier thermometer is provided. The electronic pacifier thermometer is composed of a pacifier device and a measurement device. The pacifier device has a built-in temperature sensing element (e.g., a temperature sensor) and a connector element. The measurement device contains a display, a circuit board mainly which is controlled by an integrated circuit, and a cable element. The circuit board contains an incomplete temperature measurement circuit that would be made complete through connection to the temperature sensing element. The temperature measurement circuit has a reference resistor (could also be installed inside the pacifier device) whose resistance difference is relative to the temperature sensing element in the pacifier device which is linearly corresponds to the temperature difference between the measured temperature and a predetermined temperature value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: CHIH-WEI HSIEH
  • Patent number: 6501384
    Abstract: An electronic candy and oil thermometer includes a housing having a visual display for displaying indicia associated with a plurality of candy cooking stages and a plurality of fried foods. The housing includes a controller having operating protocols and a memory for storing predetermined optimal temperature ranges for each said candy cooking stage and each said fried food. The electronic thermometer also includes a temperature sensing probe projecting from the housing for obtaining temperature readings and transmitting the temperature readings to the controller, and a control interface provided on the housing and in communication with the controller for selectively activating either a first of the operational protocols for monitoring temperatures associated with the candy cooking stages or a second of the operational protocols for monitoring temperatures associated with the fried foods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Solar Wide Industrial Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter A. Chapman, Hughes Sanoner
  • Patent number: 6092925
    Abstract: A frost deposition detecting device is provided. This frost deposition detecting device comprises: a base member 1; a heat-conductive container 4 including a frosting portion provided to the base member 1; a thermally sensitive element 6' for detecting the temperature of the base member 1; a protection pipe 8 inserted into the base member 1 and disposed in the cavity formed inside the heat-conductive container; a heat insulator integrally formed with the protection pipe 8 to reduce heat conduction to the protection pipe 8; and another thermally sensitive element 6 secured in the protection pipe 8. With such frost deposition detecting device, highly accurate frost detecting performance and excellent durability in terms of water resistance and humidity resistance can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Ishizuka Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Nojiri
  • Patent number: 5969606
    Abstract: A food storage apparatus (22) comprises a container (26) to contain a food item (20), a humidity sensor (34) to sense a humidity within the container (26), and a transmitter (66) responsive to the humidity sensor (34) to transmit a signal based upon the humidity. A system for monitoring at least one food item within a storage place (24) comprises a receiver (88) to receive the signal, and an indicator (40) responsive to the receiver (88). Methods for monitoring at least one food item are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: William L Reber, Cary D. Perttunen
  • Patent number: 5873892
    Abstract: A thermographic material is provided in the front side of a pacifier flange in an area thereof adapted to overlie the infant's chin while the infant sucks on the pacifier nipple. The flange material between the infant's chin and the thermographic material is body heat conductive. If the infant has a fever, the thermographic material is adapted to change appearance upon detection of a predetermined temperature representative of a fever condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventor: Fredie Cohen
  • Patent number: 5782561
    Abstract: A detachable pacifier with an electronic thermometer includes: a pacifier having a hollow nipple member formed on a guard member and a pair of staple portions disposed on the pacifier; and an electronic thermometer having a pair of fastening buckles detachably coupled to the pair of staple portions on the pacifier and a probe member protruding forwardly from a temperature indicating circuit mounted in the thermometer, the probe member having a plurality of teeth circumferentially formed on a front portion of the probe member, whereby upon insertion of the probe member into the nipple member, the teeth on the probe member will expand; the nipple member resulting in a thinning of a front nipple portion, thus decreasing the thermal resistance of the nipple member for a precise temperature measurement, whereby upon detachment of the pacifier from the electronic thermometer; the pacifier may be dipped in a boiling water bath for sterilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Inventor: Yun-Shen Pai
  • Patent number: 5743647
    Abstract: A pacifying and temperature measuring device includes a pacifier having a coupling member secured on a rear portion of the pacifier, and an electronic clinical thermometer having at least a projection formed on a probe portion of the thermometer to be engageable with an annular retaining portion formed on the coupling member of the pacifier, whereby upon decoupling of the electronic clinical thermometer from the pacifier, the pacifier, as free from sophisticated electronic device, may be sunk into a boiling-water bath for sterilization without damaging the electronic clinical thermometer already separated from the pacifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Inventor: Chean-Shui Chen
  • Patent number: 5743648
    Abstract: A pacifier thermometer includes a thermometer that is removable from a base portion, which includes a nipple, to allow thorough cleaning of the base portion. The thermometer includes a flexible conductor that has a thermistor at its end, and the thermistor rests on the nipple when assembled. In a second embodiment, the nipple includes a metal sensor that is molded into the silicone nipple and provides a hole for removably receiving the thermistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Assignee: Medec Establishment Ltd.
    Inventor: Kurt R Zeindler
  • Patent number: 5611622
    Abstract: The temperature detection probe of a digital thermometer may be detachably disposed within a pacifier nipple by forcibly inserting a coupling rod having a rounded split head which carries the probe through a stub tube having a circular bottom plate securing the base of the nipple to a base plate. A cover is provided for enclosing the nipple when the pacifier is not being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Inventor: Mac Wang
  • Patent number: 5581238
    Abstract: An improved pacifier for a baby which is equipped with a chip-style thermo-sensitive resistor at the tip of the nipple thereof for detecting the oral temperature of a baby; and a liquid crystal display is disposed on the side of the rear portion of the pacifier for display of a detected temperature; and an antenna and a transmitter for delivery of alarm signals which can be received by an amplifying circuit of a receiver housed in a TV set or a stereo set to produce alarm or music or preset words so that parents or adults can be alarmed of the condition of a baby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Inventors: Mei-Hui Chang, Wang-Jung Chih, Shih-Yi Chang
  • Patent number: 5534013
    Abstract: A pacifier thermometer (1) having a lip-shield (1'), a rubber nipple (2) projecting therefrom, a temperature sensor (6) and electronic measuring circuitry. The temperature sensor (6) is arranged on a metallic anchoring element (8) on the inner side of said nipple (2), the anchoring element (8) being connected through the nipple wall to a flat metalic counterelement (9) and thus fixedly held in the nipple wall (4') at a desired location. This construction warrants an optimized heat transfer from the tongue of a patient to the temperature sensor (6), so that the temperature can be quickly measured displayed and read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Assignee: Zewa AG
    Inventor: Heidi Zeindler
  • Patent number: 5312187
    Abstract: The invention herein relates to a kind of safety pin with an attached multi-function thermometer which consists mainly of a temperature display and pulse tone emitting integrated circuit board. The enclosure of the aforesaid integrated circuit board can be fabricated in the shape of various animals or cartoon characters. A safety pin is mounted on the rear side of the enclosure for fastening the device onto the clothing of an infant. Extending from the integrated circuit board is a coiled conductor connected to a threaded seat that is fastened in screw-on fashion to a heat sensor rod contained in a pacifier nipple. As an infant sucks the pacifier nipple, the oral temperature of the infant is measured by the heat sensor rod and the temperature reading is shown via a liquid crystal display on the integrated circuit board. The integrated circuit board also has specially designed temperature setting functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Inventor: Kuen-Hwang Chiu
  • Patent number: 5211479
    Abstract: A pacifier thermometer having one or more electrical sensors within the pacifier nipple and digital measurement and display units external to the nipple is provided. An insulating nipple core can be utilized to improve the speed and accuracy of sensor response. Two or more sensors along with digital logic selection of the highest constant reading can be used to avoid false low readings. Additional conventional features can be provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Inventors: Frank Coffey, Paul A. Ruggiero
  • Patent number: 5178466
    Abstract: A pacifier thermometer of the present invention is made of plastic material, preferably silicone, having a cover to protect a nipple, a frame having a hole at the center portion that is concentric with both an annular projection at the convex side and a stop shoulder formed between the hole and the projection, a nipple having an inner hole at the top closed end and a circumferential flange at the bottom open end, an electronic compartment having a cap with an extending nodule at the center portion of one side that has a concentric hole formed in the nodule, a shell with a transparent window, and a circuit board that includes a chip, an LCD, and a speaker. When sensing temperature, the sensor sends the signal to the chip, which decodes the signal into a frequency signal, and then sends the frequency signal to a comparator for comparison with a prestored frequency range. The comparator then displays the reading on the LCD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignees: Kun-Huang Chiu, Chia-Chen Wu
    Inventor: Kun-Huang Chiu
  • Patent number: 5178467
    Abstract: A clinic thermometer comprises a thermometer body which has a display and electrical circuits related thereto mounted therein and a temperature sensing member which is flexibly embedded in a soother detachably mounted on the thermometer body with the temperature sensing member in communication with the electric circuits formed inside the thermometer body to show the detected body temperature of a child with the display. A similar temperature sensing member may also be fixed inside a probe which can replace the soother and detachably mounted on the thermometer with the temperature sensing member in communication with the thermometer body for measuring the body temperature of an adult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Inventor: Chean S. Chen
  • Patent number: 5176704
    Abstract: There is disclosed an improved temperature responsive orthodontically-shaped pacifier assembly having an insert member with two liquid crystal capsules or eyes making positive pressure contact with a nipple portion and wherein the liquid crystal capsules or eyes are responsive to different temperatures above about 98.degree. F. whereby one capsule changes color representative of a low grade fever and both capsules change color representative of a high grade fever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: American Vista
    Inventor: Dieter R. Berndt
  • Patent number: 5109864
    Abstract: Disclosed is a nipple assembly with an alarm buzzer and a body temperature indicator. The assembly comprises a nipple base in which is accommodated a main case. A protection housing is adhered to the main case by a waterproof glue therein. A heat sensitive resistor is provided in the protective housing. An IC board is electrically connected with the heat sensitive resistor, an LCD, and an alarm buzzer. A heat conductive liquid is filled in the sealed space defined by the base, the main case, and the protection housing. At the rear end of the base is attached a transparent convex housing to which is fastened a handle with a battery. When a baby sucks the nipple of the assembly, the heat in the baby's mouth can be transferred through the liquid to the heat sensitive resistor so that a signal can be sent through the IC board to the LCD for displaying the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Inventor: Jieh-Shan Lu
  • Patent number: 5108423
    Abstract: A nipple assembly with an alarm buzzer and a body temperature indicator. The assembly comprises a nipple base in which is accommodated a main case and an inner case as well as a ring-shaped thermometer attached thereto. In the main case are provided an inner case, an IC board, a heat sensitive resistor and a buzzer. A heat conductive liquid is filled in the sealed space defined by the base, the main case, and the inner case. At the rear end of the base is attached a transparent convex housing to which is fastened a handle with a battery. When a baby sucks the nipple of the assembly, the heat in the baby's mouth can be transferred through the liquid to the thermometer so that it can indicate the baby's body temperature. Moreover, when the baby's body temperature reaches a predetermined warning value, a signal from a heat sensitive resistor will be sent to the buzzer so that the latter can issue an alarming sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1992
    Inventor: Jieh-Shan Lu
  • Patent number: 5033864
    Abstract: An apparatus for checking and monitoring a child's temperature through the use of a baby pacifier. The pacifier provides a radio signal to a receiver unit. The pacifier senses the temperature and provides a proportional frequency signal if above or below designed limits. The pacifier detects temperature variation, discriminates between normal or abnormal temperatures and automatically transmits only the abnormal high/low temperature signals to a remote radio receiving apparatus where such signals are visually displayed and audible/visual alarms are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Inventors: Marie R. Lasecki, Robert N. Montgomery, Samir Berjaoui
  • Patent number: 5021060
    Abstract: A nipple assembly which monitors the body temperature of a baby through an IC board, a heat sensitive resistor and a heat conductive liquid to activate a battery operated buzzer when the temperature of the liquid reaches a warning level. A heat sensing plate having plural heat reaction areas thereon provide a visual indication of the liquid temperature through a transparent magnifying cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Inventor: Jieh-Shan Lu
  • Patent number: 5019095
    Abstract: A nipple assembly which monitors the body temperature of a baby through an IC board, a heat sensitive resistor and a heat conductive liquid to activate a battery operated buzzer when the temperature of the liquid reaches a warning level. A thermocouple winding operates a pointer for providing visual indication of the liquid temperature on a temperature scale plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Inventor: Jieh-Shan Lu
  • Patent number: 5013160
    Abstract: An integral mouth-piece has a flexible nipple portion and a stop ring flange portion and is used in a combined electronic clinical thermometer and pacifier which easily and safely takes the temperature of either an infant or a small child. The combined electronic clinical thermometer and pacifier includes a housing, a temperature sensitive element, a circuit board, a temperature oscillating circuit, a body temperature measuring circuit and a digital display device. The housing has a front face and is mechanically coupled to the stop ring flange portion. The temperature sensitive element has a transducer and a pair of wire leads. The transducer is disposed in the flexible nipple portion of the integral mouth-piece. When the flexible nipple portion is inserted into the mouth the transducer detects a body temperature. The circuit board is disposed within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Inventors: Darryl D. Massey, Michael D. Gordon
  • Patent number: 4511265
    Abstract: There is disclosed an improved temperature responsive pacifier assembly having a liquid medium disposed in an interior chamber, and a temperature-responsive element comprised of a spacer strip or element having one or more temperature display dots mounted thereon and formed of a liquid crystal material coated on a colored substrate. The liquid crystal material is responsive to a temperature above about 98.6.degree. F. whereby the liquid crystal material clears to expose the colored substrate thereby visually indicating an abnormal temperature condition of a mammal, and in particular, a homo sapien, orally utilizing such improved pacifier assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1985
    Assignee: TRP Energy Sensors, Inc.
    Inventor: Dieter R. Berndt
  • Patent number: 4447164
    Abstract: There is disclosed a temperature responsive pacifier assembly comprised of a liquid crystal material in a liquid and responsive to a temperature above about 100.degree. F., whereby the liquid crystal material changes color to visuably indicate an abnormal temperature condition of an individual utilizing the pacifier assembly, as well as a process for manufacture same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1984
    Assignee: TRP Energy Sensors, Inc.
    Inventor: Dieter R. Berndt