Vapor Or Heat In Bath (e.g., Sauna, Steam Bath, Or Sudatorium) Patents (Class 4/524)
  • Patent number: 10086182
    Abstract: A steam therapy equipment including a vessel for heating a mixture of water and organic materials, a compressor to inject pressurized air into the vessel producing pressurized steam. The pressurized steam is conducted into the equipment via one or more valves. The therapy equipment is formed from at least one panel and may include a supporting frame. The therapy equipment includes a temperature sensor to measure the temperature inside the therapy equipment when pressurized steam is admitted via the valves. A patient enters the equipment and is exposed to the pressurized steam, causing dilation of the skin pores of the patient, whereby toxins are removed from the patient. One or more applicators may conduct pressurized steam to specific portions of the body of the patient. The patient may be provided with a portion of the mixture to consume as part of the steam therapy treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Basil C. Ogbu
  • Patent number: 9629778
    Abstract: A sauna cabin enclosure comprised of two half cabins, one half being smaller than the other, such that one half can fit inside the other and can slide to contract or expand partially or fully, thereby increasing or decreasing the air volume inside and the overall external size. This cabin has infrared heating, full spectrum lighting and a steam generator. When the cabin size is reduced by means of a hand crank or a motor, the air volume inside the cabin is decreased, allowing air temperature to increase proportionally. The cabin can be compressed together to minimize required floor space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Si Barghelame
  • Patent number: 9517177
    Abstract: A sauna apparatus for a half-body bath including a body having a concave structure surrounded with a bottom surface located horizontally on the ground and at least three surfaces connected to the bottom surface. The sauna apparatus also includes a first heating part and a seat disposed at the inside thereof. The sauna apparatus further includes a cover connected on top of the body that is movable-up and down to open and close the interior of the body. The sauna apparatus also includes a second heating part in the cover and shock absorbers to connect the body and the cover with each other. In addition, the sauna apparatus includes a seat driving part to move the seat in an advancing or opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: NEWGENSAUNA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Se Jung Oh, Min Souk Kim
  • Patent number: 9283143
    Abstract: A mobile sauna apparatus and related methods are provided. The mobile sauna apparatus includes a mobile vehicle having a vehicle body with a floor, roof and sidewalls. A sauna is mounted in the vehicle, the sauna having a heater with a heater orifice, and an extension from the heater orifice through one of the sidewalls of the vehicle and opening to the exterior of the vehicle. A stove pipe is mounted above the heater, the stove pipe surrounded by an insulating material, wherein the stove pipe extends through at least one of: the roof of the vehicle and one of the sidewalls of the vehicle, and wherein the insulating material is positioned between the stove pipe and the at least one of: the roof of the vehicle and the sidewall of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Nikita Krasilnikov
  • Patent number: 9119768
    Abstract: A dry type half bath apparatus with feet massage function is provided, which includes a main body comprising a door that opens and closes for a user's entering and leaving; a chair disposed in a rear inner portion of the main body for the user's sitting thereon; at least one far-infrared generater disposed in the main body and illuminating far-infrared to skin of the user sitting on the chair; and a feet massaging device disposed in a front inner portion of the main body for receiving the user's feet and massaging sole, top, and ankle of the feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Sang Won Lee
  • Patent number: 9078803
    Abstract: A sauna that reduces EMI emissions in the sauna room by, in the preferred embodiment, passing the AC current through an EMI filter, converting it to DC current, and passing it through another EMI filter to remove any remaining irregularities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventors: Raleigh Duncan, Andy Kaps, Zaihong Jian
  • Publication number: 20150067958
    Abstract: A sauna that reduces EMI emissions in the sauna room by, in the preferred embodiment, passing the AC current through an EMI filter, converting it to DC current, and passing it through another EMI filter to remove any remaining irregularities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Raleigh Duncan, Andy Kaps, Zaihong Jian
  • Publication number: 20150040308
    Abstract: A sauna device having split panels is provided. Each of panel portion has two or more panels, and neighboring panels are assembled with first or second internal mechanical fasteners and first, second, or first and second external mechanical fasteners. The first and second internal mechanical fasteners are installed between edges of the neighboring panels. The first external mechanical fasteners are installed across border between inner surfaces of the neighboring panels. The second external mechanical fasteners are installed across border between outer surfaces of the neighboring panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Sang Won LEE
  • Patent number: 8950018
    Abstract: A mobile recreational vehicle mounted sauna which in one embodiment is wood-fired to provide the super heated atmosphere associated with russian saunas as well as the ambience thereof, with the mobile sauna being provided with cold showers to simulate jumping into a cold lake or river. A bi-fuel capability is provided in one embodiment in which the firebox of the heater is provided with an extension so that its orifice extends to the exterior of the recreational vehicle so that the wood can be conveniently loaded into the firebox, or so that a propane heating element can be inserted into the firebox, with the sauna being operable in one embodiment during transit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Nikita Krasilnikov
  • Publication number: 20140283294
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling infrared radiation (IR) sources of a sauna including tuning IR wavelength-ranges and radiated power-levels of IR sources, and directing IR to locations on a user's body. In one illustrative embodiment, a sauna may be provided having adjustable heat sources to emit IR at any wavelength resulting in a desirable radiation treatment for the sauna user. In another illustrative embodiment, a method is provided for tuning IR sources in a sauna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Dynamic Saunas, Inc.
    Inventors: James T. O'Keeffe, Aaron Michael Zack, Martin C. Ku, Ian Richard Kuklenski, Steven J. Murray
  • Publication number: 20140215708
    Abstract: Examples of infrared heating panels are described as having a non-linear power density profile along a length of the heating panel. The power density profile can include a first power density zone and a second power density zone, each zone corresponding to an area of the heating panel having a separate power density in response to a current flow. An infrared heating panel can include multiple heating elements arranged adjacently in a row and electrically connected together by at least two power buses extending perpendicularly across the heating elements. In one example, the first power density zone is located between a first power bus and an end of the heating elements. The second power density zone can be located between the first power bus and an opposite end of the heating elements. Infrared sauna systems and methods of generating heat for a sauna are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Tylohelo Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Benda, Ragis H.C. Kao, Chad M. Benda
  • Patent number: 8789325
    Abstract: A wall assembly (1) for the construction of a wall element (14), wherein accumulation of the shrinkage heights of the different beams to form a major shrinkage for every wall element (14) is avoided, having two profiles (3) extending substantially vertically, two beams (2), stacked one on top of the other and extending substantially horizontally between the two profiles (3) and that have at each end a positioning end (6) that has a smaller height than the respective beam (2), and two positioning elements (4) for very two beams (2) that can be secured to a profile (3) such that each positioning element (4) extends substantially between the positioning ends (6) of two beams (2) stacked one on top of the other and the upper one of these beams (2) stacked one on top of the other is supported on this positioning element (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Verhaeghe Chalets & Sauna NV
    Inventor: Thomas Daniel Antoon Verhaeghe
  • Publication number: 20140191048
    Abstract: A control panel for an enclosed space, set into a cutout in the wall of the enclosed space, that can rotate at least 180 degrees so as to be accessible from either the inside or the outside of the enclosed space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Raleigh Duncan
  • Publication number: 20140157511
    Abstract: A far infrared (“FIR”) sauna cabin equipped with a far infrared (“FIR”) heating elements constructed of ceramic, carbon, and/or light emitting diodes (“LED”), designed for therapeutic use in a sauna, capable of emitting far infrared energy, and heating an individual's skin for purposes of rejuvenation, anti-aging, weight loss, and acne therapy. The FIR heating element emits IR energy in a wavelength and frequency optimum for resonant absorption by the human body, resulting in the release of toxins stored within subcutaneous fatty deposits, which are then carried out of the person's system as he or she sweats. The FIR sauna cabin is further equipped with necessary hardware and tools to effectively create a more flexible environment in which the user can change seating configurations, move about more freely and conduct stretching routines or exercises within the sauna cabin, using specialized fittings integrated to the interior of the sauna cabin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: DAVID FLOYD SHURTLEFF
  • Patent number: 8676044
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling infrared radiation (IR) sources of a sauna including tuning IR wavelength-ranges and radiated power-levels of IR sources, and directing IR to locations on a user's body. In one illustrative embodiment, a sauna may be provided having adjustable heat sources to emit IR at any wavelength resulting in a desirable radiation treatment for the sauna user. In another illustrative embodiment, a method is provided for tuning IR sources in a sauna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sunlighten, Inc.
    Inventors: James T. O'Keeffe, Aaron Michael Zack, Martin C. Ku, Ian Richard Kuklenski, Steven J. Murray
  • Patent number: 8657861
    Abstract: A gas mist pressure bath device includes a living-body cover member for covering the living-body's skin or the mucous membrane and forming a space for sealing the gas mist from the gas mist generating device inside of the living-body cover member, and a pressurizing member integrally formed with the living-body cover member pressurizing the gas mist in the living-body cover member. The pressurizing member is in a form of a ring, a hollow gas collection part, or a shielding film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignees: ACP Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shoichi Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20140041111
    Abstract: A sauna structure includes several vertical plates, a bottom plate, a top plate and an inner support, and is characterized in that: the vertical plates include two sets with one set as upper vertical plates and one set as lower vertical plates, a connection structure is configured at the lower end of the upper vertical plates, a connection structure is correspondingly configured at the upper end of the lower vertical plates, the bottom plate is mounted at the bottom of the lower vertical plates, the top plate is installed on the top of the upper vertical plates and the inner support is arranged in the area defined by the vertical plates. The vertical plates include two sets of the same height, which leads to the fact that the height of the vertical plates according to the present invention is half of that of vertical plates for a traditional sauna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Xingjun Qiao, Pei Qiao
  • Publication number: 20140026313
    Abstract: The invention concerns a system for stain removing, washing, drying and ironing treatment of garments and/or washing of dishes in pre-existing plumbing fixtures like showers, bathtubs, combined shower—bathtub and shower—sauna, each provided with a protective stall. The system comprises a frame, composed of at least two posts (15) connected by a top crossbeam (16), placed inside the stall; collapsible or foldable hangers or models (18), assembled on the frame for hanging garments thereon; means (19, 20) for supplying and delivering a washing and rinsing fluid for garments supported by hangers or models (18); and means per supplying airflow in the stall for drying and ironing said garments, while the latter are hung up on said hangers or models. Alternatively to hangers or models, the system comprises plate-rack for dishes to be washed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Sergio Zaglio
  • Patent number: 8602398
    Abstract: A bathroom sauna device having a heating device for heating air in a bathroom, a humidifying device for humidifying the air in the bathroom, and an airflow path for sending the air, which is adjusted in temperature and humidity by the heating device and humidifying device, to the bathroom. The temperature and humidity of the air in the bathroom are controlled by the heating device and humidifying device to a temperature and humidity immediately before which a human body starts sweating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kyou Hayasi, Yoshihiro Nishizuru
  • Patent number: 8588593
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and computer-storage media provide for a sauna that is operable to provide a programmable sauna experience to a user. A sauna may include mechanisms for monitoring biological data associated with a user, mechanisms for generating and updating training programs associated with a user, and mechanisms for communicating with remote devices to send and receive information and updates. A sauna may be provided having adjustable zoned heating and self-diagnostic capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sunlighten, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Zack, Theresa L. Rose, Martin C. Ku, Bailie Whitford, Brian Edwin Stertz, Ian Richard Kuklenski, Brooke Noelle Taylor, Mark Thomas Green
  • Patent number: 8505127
    Abstract: A heating source placed upon a transportable vehicle is electrically heated in an oven and transported to the room via rail. Heat from the payload is dissipated into the room and, after the ambient temperature lowers back down, the vehicle and payload are returned to the oven for subsequent re-heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Byung T. Kim
  • Patent number: 8499374
    Abstract: A sealable cabinet that permits a human or animal to experience a dry bath for carbon dioxide or other gases, with said cabinet fitted with gas, water, and power connections, and a controller to optimize the temperature, gas concentrations, and water vapor content of the interior, plus a switchable means for selecting between a sauna environment and said carbon dioxide bath, with a business method that enables a provider of services involving such equipment to achieve a profitable interface with patients and customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Sam Belkin
  • Publication number: 20130145541
    Abstract: A mobile recreational vehicle mounted sauna which in one embodiment is wood-fired to provide the super heated atmosphere associated with russian saunas as well as the ambience thereof, with the mobile sauna being provided with cold showers to simulate jumping into a cold lake or river. A bi-fuel capability is provided in one embodiment in which the firebox of the heater is provided with an extension so that its orifice extends to the exterior of the recreational vehicle so that the wood can be conveniently loaded into the firebox, or so that a propane heating element can be inserted into the firebox, with the sauna being operable in one embodiment during transit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Nikita Krasilnikov
  • Publication number: 20130133133
    Abstract: A control column for Turkish bath internally houses a steam generator and a touch-screen control panel that can be activated by the user through contact with a front wall (5) of the control column, has a housing for a collection container, and is provided with a hydraulic circuit that is connected to the mains water supply and extends through the control column to supply water into said collection container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventors: Marco Borghetti, Luigi Mandolini
  • Publication number: 20130097773
    Abstract: The light assembly is designed for use with an integral steam emitter or as an add-on with a steamhead in a pre-existing steambath installation. The assembly includes a part for engaging the end of the steam outlet pipe of a steam generator. A ring-shaped fixture carrying multiple LEDs is mounted on the pipe engaging part. A light transmissive lens is aligned with the light source fixture and has a light emitting edge. The lens has a central opening through which steam from the steam outlet pipe can pass. When the assembly is not used with a pre-existing steamhead, a steam emitter is provided with a steam inlet adapted to extend through the lens opening. The steam emitter has a hemispherical front surface with a steam outlet port located in a recess. The light source can include LEDs of different colors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Sussman-Automatic Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Pinkus, Peter Titolo
  • Patent number: 8381326
    Abstract: A Steam Bath And Steam Generating Unit has a steam generating unit comprised of a housing, a module or system comprised of stainless steel plates affixed inside said housing, two electric poles that supply the module with 120 volts or 240 volts making it possible for the water delivered by the a water regulator in the form of drops to make contact with the plates, where steam is generated and goes out from the steam generating unit through at least one steam outlet. Said steam generating unit also has a water level regulator inside the steam generator and a manual drainage that allows draining the water held in the interior of the steam generator every time it is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Donato Antonio Padilla Rivas
  • Publication number: 20130042402
    Abstract: The invention disrupts the paradigm of the side entrance within the field of saunas, steam rooms and therapeutic chambers. The invention reorients the entrance from a door in the side of a therapeutic chamber, as is the situation in the prior art, and places the point of ingress and egress to the bottom or floor of the chamber. Without a side entry door, much less heat is lost when individuals enter and exit the chamber. Furthermore, this invention creates the opportunity for 360 degree seating in steam rooms and saunas, which is exemplified in the embodiment of the prototype named Steam Egg, which is a ten and a half foot tall freestanding egg shaped, mirror covered, steam room that is entered through a hole in the bottom, hovering 33.5 inches off the ground stabilized on three steel legs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: Michael G. Parker
  • Patent number: 8327473
    Abstract: A sauna cabinet is humidified and heated without airborne perceivable water drops by the use of a fine spray. The user can thus remain comfortably in the sauna cabinet that is free of airborne perceivable water drops. The user's view is also not clouded by mist. Accordingly, the user can enjoy viewing images and reading books in the sauna cabinet, and a user's sensible temperature distribution in the sauna cabinet is also uniform. This sauna equipment thus provides uniform temperature and humidity even in a large bathroom. The sauna equipment includes a first circulator and a second circulator for circulating air in the sauna cabinet, an air heater for heating supplied air, and a water atomizer for turning supplied water into fine water drops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsunori Matsubara, Yoshimasa Katsumi, Yoshihiro Nishizuru, Satoshi Fujii, Bungo Takeuchi
  • Publication number: 20120304374
    Abstract: A hybrid sauna provides far infrared radiant heat to a user from a first side of a far infrared heat panel while waste heat is collected as heated air from the backside of the panel by flowing air through an air passageway and across the panel. The heated air is distributed into a user space through openings in a divider structure incorporating the panel, the divider separating the user space from the air passageway. The air circulates in the sauna natural thermal cycle or by forced air. The heat panels and environment may be controlled by a short range wireless remote.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: SPA LOGIC INC.
    Inventor: Darcy AMENDT
  • Publication number: 20120291194
    Abstract: A steam generator for sauna device enabling a steam sauna in a sauna room, the steam generator comprising: a water tank; a steam tank with a heating device for heating water and generating steam, and a steam releasing hole for supplying steam to an external sauna room; a connecting tube installed between the water tank and the steam tank; and an air pressure equalizing tube installed between the water tank and the steam tank for a path for the steam in the steam tank to move into water of the water tank equalizing air pressure of the steam tank and the water tank. The heating device can generate steam rapidly with less energy and increases the thermal efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Seung Woo LEE
  • Publication number: 20120246820
    Abstract: An apparatus for hydrating the lower body portions and/or hands of a user. The apparatus includes a chamber for receiving and containing steam and the lower body portions and/or hands of the user. The chamber includes a bottom surface and a wall structure extending upwardly from the bottom surface. Steam from the steam generator is transported via a hose in communication with the steam generator and the chamber. Inside the chamber, the hose is in communication with a steam distribution apparatus. Steam passing through the steam distribution apparatus fills the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Kevin Huynh
  • Publication number: 20120233765
    Abstract: A steambath system is responsive to verbal commands to control the various aspects of the shower and steam environment such as water flow rate, water temperature, steam activation/de-activation, lighting intensity and/or color, music volume, music content, quantity and type of fragrance released, showerhead selection, radio activation, volume and station selection, television activation, volume and channel selection, DVD player activation and DVD selection, CD player activation and CD selection, and humidity control, and in a preferred embodiment utilizes radio frequency (RF) communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Mitchell Altman, Scott Sharitz, Paul Ulman
  • Publication number: 20120233764
    Abstract: A sauna device comprises a sauna room installed with a first heating element and a heating room installed below the sauna room, and includes an air-intake hole and an air-vent hole for introducing air from outside to the sauna room and a second heating element, such that since a heating body is provided in a lower portion of the floor of the sauna room and it is heated by a radiative heat, the floor of the sauna room is kept in a constant temperature, so as to provide a convenient usage and the sauna room can be kept refreshing through air circulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Seung Woo Lee
  • Publication number: 20120227178
    Abstract: The sauna device includes a sauna room enclosed by a floor and a wall forming a box shape, a first heating body installed on the wall such that a user enters the sauna room and receives the radiating heat, a chair provided in a lower front portion of the first heating body and including a seat and a back plate, and a second heating body received in the back plate, which can increase the quality of the sauna drastically since the non-heating portion can be complimented through heating body embedded in the waist support and delivers radiating heat to the hip portion effectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Seung Woo LEE
  • Publication number: 20120131743
    Abstract: A bathroom sauna device having a heating device for heating air in a bathroom, a humidifying device for humidifying the air in the bathroom, and an airflow path for sending the air, which is adjusted in temperature and humidity by the heating device and humidifying device, to the bathroom. The temperature and humidity of the air in the bathroom are controlled by the heating device and humidifying device to a temperature and humidity immediately before which a human body starts sweating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: KYOU HAYASI, YOSHIHIRO NISHIZURU
  • Patent number: 8186656
    Abstract: To provide a sauna device having a small number of components without any special heat source, operable at a low running cost, and capable of turning a sauna room into a high humidity space with low noise. The sauna device has a heating/humidifying unit for heating/humidifying air, a ventilating unit for exhausting the air in the sauna room, and a control unit for controlling the heating/humidifying unit and the ventilating unit. The heating/humidifying unit has a heating section for heating the air through a circulation blowing section for circulating the air in the sauna room and a humidifying section for humidifying the heated air having passed through the heating section. The humidified air is blown out into the sauna room through the humidifying section. A bent portion where the air-blowing duct through which the humidified air having passed through the humidifying section passes is bent is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Fujii, Masayosi Toujyou, Shigeru Morikawa, Naoya Araki, Yasuaki Shima, Daisuke Ogawa, Masahiro Fujita, Seiji Mizuno, Daisuke Tsubosa, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Yoshio Ikari, Hideyuki Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 8132795
    Abstract: A bathroom sauna device having a heating device for heating air in a bathroom, a humidifying device for humidifying the air in the bathroom, and an airflow path for sending the air, which is adjusted in temperature and humidity by the heating device and humidifying device, to the bathroom. The temperature and humidity of the air in the bathroom are controlled by the heating device and humidifying device to a temperature and humidity immediately before which a human body starts sweating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kyou Hayasi, Yoshihiro Nishizuru
  • Patent number: 8070138
    Abstract: A sauna apparatus includes an air blower, a blow channel and a humidifier. The air blower suctions and blows air. The blow channel conveys the suctioned air and humidified air. The humidifier has a sprayer that sprays humidifying water into the air passing through the blow channel for humidification, and a spray-water droplet splitter installed in a direction to which the sprayer sprays the water for humidification. By letting the sprayed water droplets collide with the splitter, the water droplets are split into much finer water droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Saitou, Yoshihiro Nishizuru
  • Publication number: 20110209283
    Abstract: An improved steam cabinet includes a housing having an interior configured to receive the person with a seat contained in the interior. The housing has a door through which the person can enter and exit the interior, the door having a head aperture dimensioned to permit the person's head to project outside of the interior while the user is seated inside the interior. A steam generator is contained in the housing and coupled to the interior. The steam generator includes a vessel having a vessel housing and a vessel interior, the vessel interior being divided into an infusion chamber and a heating chamber by a baffle. A heating element is contained in the heating chamber. The vessel has an opening communicating with the infusion chamber through which a packet containing the herbal therapeutic agent may be inserted into the infusion chamber. The steam generator includes a closure for closing off the opening and water supply conduits for supplying water to the steam generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventor: Chun Guang Chen
  • Patent number: 7944675
    Abstract: A negative ion generating device includes a housing having a number of water flowing passages, a number of electrically conductive boards engaged with sockets of the housing and electrically coupled to negative and conductive electricity respectively and disposed alternatively with each other for generating an electromagnetic field in the water, a copper plate is disposed in the housing and disposed above the electrically conductive boards for attracting and removing positive ions and for generating negative ions, and a processor device coupled to the conductive boards for receiving signals and for controlling the conductive boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Wen Kuei Chang
  • Patent number: 7904974
    Abstract: A device (1a) for positioning next to an existing sauna heater (3). Device (1a) is equipped with an air duct (2?) which is designed to conduct air from a level close to the floor in a sauna to a location close to the upper part of the sauna heater. The air from the floor (91) will be combined with the hot air from sauna heater (3?). The device will increase the airflow (92) down towards the lower parts of the sauna, which results in a more even temperature distribution and a more comfortable sauna experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Ulf Salomonsson Produktion AB
    Inventor: Ulf Salomonsson
  • Patent number: 7900291
    Abstract: A blower system in a booth including a hollow base, an internal space, and an air outlet is disclosed and includes at least one blower assembly in the base, each blower assembly including a heating element and a motor driven fan; and a pipe assembly communicating with both the base and the space. In response to activating the at least one blower assembly, the fan of each blower assembly is adapted to blow ambient air past the hot heating element for heating the air, and the hot air is adapted to enter the space through the pipe assembly. An occupant can relax in a heat environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventors: Yen-Ping Ma, Yen-Chung Ma
  • Patent number: 7896319
    Abstract: A sauna apparatus includes a heating section for heating air to generate heated air, a heated-air-blowing section for sending the heated air, a humidifying section for humidifying air to generate humidified air, a humidified-air-blowing section for sending the humidified air, a merging chamber for mixing the sent heated air and the sent humidified air to generate heated and humidified air, and an outlet for blowing the heated and humidified air generated. This sauna apparatus provides air having uniform temperature distribution and uniform humidity distribution, and allows temperature and humidity to be controlled easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Fujii, Yoshio Ikari
  • Patent number: 7849531
    Abstract: A shower system is provided that includes first and second panels that at least partially defining a shower space. The shower system also includes a basin sized to receive a lower edge of the first and second panels such that the panels are arrangeable with respect to the basin in one of at least two configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignees: Sculptured Homes, LLC, Sculptured Homes Limited
    Inventors: Georgina E. Rooke, Cheryl Furtak, Keith A. Grider, Mark D. Begin, Frank J. Wilgus, Geoff Rooke
  • Patent number: 7784118
    Abstract: A lower body sauna device includes a heat chamber that is adapted to enclose the lower body of a user, and an infrared heater provided inside the heat chamber. The heat chamber includes an elliptically shaped body opening that is adapted to fit the waist of the user, and the size of which is adjustable. The top slab includes a sliding top panel and a fixed top panel. The body opening includes a first elliptical half opening provided on the sliding top panel, and a second elliptical half opening provided on the fixed top panel. The sliding top panel is adapted to slide to an away from the fixed top panel so that the size of the body opening is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Seung Woo Lee
  • Publication number: 20100162480
    Abstract: A foot warming unit for a sauna device includes a plate-shaped heating unit provided in the sauna device, and a rigid foot support plate disposed over the heating unit. The foot support plate is made of a non-metallic heat conductive insulating material and has a bottom face in abutment with an upper face of the heating unit. Preferably, the heating unit has an insulating sheet and a resistive conductor formed in the insulating sheet. The foot warming unit is robust and safe and has a reduced size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventor: Xingjun QIAO
  • Publication number: 20100077546
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and methods for heating a room such as a spa or a sauna. In the present invention, a heating source placed upon a transportable vehicle is electrically heated in an oven and transported to the room via rail. Heat from the payload is dissipated into the room and, after the ambient temperature lowers back down, the vehicle and payload are returned to the over for subsequent re-heating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventor: Byung T. Kim
  • Publication number: 20100024117
    Abstract: To provide a sauna device having a small number of components without any special heat source, operable at a low running cost, and capable of turning a sauna room into a high humidity space with low noise. The sauna device has a heating/humidifying unit for heating/humidifying air, a ventilating unit for exhausting the air in the sauna room, and a control unit for controlling the heating/humidifying unit and the ventilating unit. The heating/humidifying unit has a heating section for heating the air through a circulation blowing section for circulating the air in the sauna room and a humidifying section for humidifying the heated air having passed through the heating section. The humidified air is blown out into the sauna room through the humidifying section. A bent portion where the air-blowing duct through which the humidified air having passed through the humidifying section passes is bent is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Fujii, Masayosi Toujyou, Shigeru Morikawa, Naoya Araki, Yasuaki Shima, Daisuke Ogawa, Masahiro Fujita, Seiji Mizuno, Daisuke Tsubosa, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Yoshio Ikari, Hideyuki Fujisawa
  • Publication number: 20100024118
    Abstract: A bathroom sauna device having a heating device for heating air in a bathroom, a humidifying device for humidifying the air in the bathroom, and an airflow path for sending the air, which is adjusted in temperature and humidity by the heating device and humidifying device, to the bathroom. The temperature and humidity of the air in the bathroom are controlled by the heating device and humidifying device to a temperature and humidity immediately before which a human body starts sweating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyou Hayasi, Yoshihiro Nishizuru
  • Publication number: 20100017953
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling infrared radiation (IR) sources of a sauna including tuning IR wavelength-ranges and radiated power-levels of IR sources, and directing IR to locations on a user's body. In one illustrative embodiment, a sauna may be provided having adjustable heat sources to emit IR at any wavelength resulting in a desirable radiation treatment for the sauna user. In another illustrative embodiment, a method is provided for tuning IR sources in a sauna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: DYNAMIC SAUNAS, INC.
    Inventors: James T. O'Keeffe, Aaron Michael Zack, Martin C. Ku, Ian Richard Kuklenski, Steven J. Murray