Combined With Diverse Means Patents (Class 4/597)
  • Patent number: 9993116
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for maintaining a temperature of water for a safety shower within a desired range using geothermal energy. A conduit containing at least 150 liters of water can be fluidly coupled to a safety shower through which at least a portion of the water can exit. The conduit can be disposed under ground soil at a depth such that the water buffer is maintained at a temperature of between 15 C to 40 C as a direct function of a thermal inertia of the ground soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Fluor Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Floris Hekster, Chris Woltering
  • Patent number: 9982420
    Abstract: A controlled shower rinse system installed in a shower stall that mixes a selected medicated substance, like a medicated shampoo for example, with the water that flows from the conventional shower head of a facility's shower system. The rinse system including a programmable dispenser for regulating the introduction of the medicated substance to the shower system, a mixer, and a sensor that supplies an electrical control signal to the dispenser for causing operation thereof to effectively blend water from the shower system's supply line with the medicated product and directing the blended water through the shower system's shower head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Dell Romaine
  • Patent number: 9901223
    Abstract: A two parts shower/hair and body care dryer system that is contained within one installation unit. The shower and drying units are enclosed with durable glass wall and separated with bi-fold glass shower doors between the shower and the drying room. These doors are fold on the wall after showering by the user to access the drying room and to exist the unit. It is uniquely designed for everyone including the physically challenged. Imagine, after showering, having the pleasure of heated flooring in a drying room and a quiet flow of warm air from a built in over head dryer that blows radiating heat, covering ones body from head to toe. The dryer has many air vents that make the drying experience quicker, comforting and relaxing as the user is blown dry, which is un-achievable with the use of towels. The over head dryer also has a detachable hand held dryer for added convenience. The bi-fold glass shower doors decrease the size of the shower room when in use, and increase its size when the dryer is being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Rhea Veronica Ricketts
  • Patent number: 9777470
    Abstract: A shower control system includes a water subsystem, a steam subsystem, and a controller in communication with the water subsystem and the steam subsystem. The water subsystem includes one or more electronic valves configured to control a flow rate and a temperature of water dispensed from one or more shower outlets within a shower enclosure. The steam subsystem is configured to generate and dispense steam from one or more steam outlets within the shower enclosure. The controller is configured to control the water subsystem and the steam subsystem to provide a spa experience including a predetermined and coordinated sequence of water outputs from the shower outlets and steam outputs from the steam outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Margaret C. Mazz, Gregory De Swarte, Donald P. Freier, Brian C. Wick, Steven M. Tervo, Jeffrey J. Mueller, Keith S. Ruh, Greta Knowles
  • Patent number: 9486817
    Abstract: A fluid delivery assembly for a shower includes a waterway assembly, a spray head, and a water treatment assembly. The spray head is configured to receive fluid from the waterway assembly and deliver fluid from an outlet. The water treatment assembly is configured to provide a treatment to the fluid of the waterway assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Paul V. Patton, Thomas F. Foust, Robert W. Rodenbeck, Patrick B. Jonte
  • Patent number: 9386889
    Abstract: A cleaning system according to the invention includes a scanning unit for determining body dimensions, for example, the girth measurements such as height and breadth of the person to be cleaned, at least two moldings having a body-size opening, wherein the opening corresponds to a pose, that is, a body position of the person to be cleaned, a conveying unit that conveys the person to be cleaned through the moldings, wherein at least one of the moldings contains adjustable spray nozzles, the spacing of which from the person to be cleaned is adjusted corresponding to the body dimensions of the person to be cleaned determined by the scanning unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Seira Fischer
  • Patent number: 9322151
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a sensor module, a transmission module, a flow reduction module, and a flow return module. The sensor module senses presence of a shower item on a shelf in a shower and senses a lack of presence of the shower item on the shelf. The transmission module wirelessly transmits an item missing signal. The item missing signal is transmitted in response to sensing a lack of presence of the shower item on the shelf. The flow reduction module reduces water flow to a shower head in the shower from a first flow level to a reduced flow level in response to wirelessly receiving the item missing signal. The flow return module returns water flow to the first flow level in response to expiration of a restore time delay or wirelessly receiving an item return signal in response to sensing a presence of the shower item on the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Janani Janakiraman, Dany R Madden, Meenakshi Sripal
  • Patent number: 9180067
    Abstract: A user interface system for a vibroacoustic bath includes a resistive touchscreen device configured to display images and to receive touch input via a panel of the resistive touchscreen device. The resistive touchscreen device is configured to display at least one image for use in controlling the vibroacoustic bath. The resistive touchscreen is further configured to receive a user selection relating to the image. The user interface system also includes a control circuit configured to use the received user selection to determine output signals for driving a plurality of transducers of the vibroacoustic bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Jeff Tempas, Santosh Narasimhan, Ken Lefeber, Fred Ogreenc
  • Patent number: 9068325
    Abstract: An adapter for attachment to a water supply pipe and an exterior conduit includes an adjustable element, a mounting element, and at least one inner fastening element. The adapter also may include filtering elements, covers, and other elements which add in the operation and appearance of the adapter. The adapter may be incorporated in any assembly that requires exterior routing of water from a water supply pipe to one or more exterior conduits. These conduits may be any device or accessory that routes water from the water supply pipe, through the adapter, to an exit point. Examples of exterior conduits include waterborne bars, overhead shower assemblies, handheld shower assemblies, and other types of waterborne accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: SPEAKMAN COMPANY
    Inventor: Alexandru Neagoe
  • Publication number: 20150052675
    Abstract: In a combination outdoor shower and greenhouse, privacy for the shower component is provided by the strategic arrangement of plantings within the greenhouse. Optionally, the shower can be enhanced with heaters, steam generators, mist generators and/or lighting to create a spa, sauna and/or steam-bath effect. The shower and spa enhancements will operate synergistically with the greenhouse plantings, which will be selected and positioned so as to benefit optimally from the temperature, humidity and lighting associated with the shower/spa features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Steven Desmelyk
  • Publication number: 20140150175
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for maintaining a temperature of water for a safety shower within a desired range using geothermal energy. A conduit containing at least 150 liters of water can be fluidly coupled to a safety shower through which at least a portion of the water can exit. The conduit can be disposed under ground soil at a depth such that the water buffer is maintained at a temperature of between 15 C. to 40 C. as a direct function of a thermal inertia of the ground soil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Floris Hekster, Chris Woltering
  • Patent number: 8719975
    Abstract: A shower system comprising: an enclosure, the enclosure comprising: at least one interior wall; at least one exterior wall; an opening; a floor; a top; an exterior power button located on an exterior wall and configured to turn the shower system on or off; a control panel located on an interior wall; a thermostatic valve located on an interior wall, a mirror located on an interior wall; an overhead light attached to the top, and configured to stay on about one minute after powering off, the overhead light in communication with the exterior power button and the control panel; audio speakers located at the top, and in communication with the control panel and exterior power button, and configured with the control panel to provide audible alerts including indicating when the shower system has achieved the proper preselected water temperature; and a phone system in communication with the control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Alec Phillips, Bart Phillips
  • Patent number: 8713814
    Abstract: A shower drying system directs air downwardly onto the walls, surfaces and/or shower curtain of a shower enclosure. In one embodiment, the air is heated. The movement of the air in the downward direction helps urge droplets of water on the shower surface towards a drain at the lower level of the shower enclosure. Remaining water on the surfaces is evaporated into water vapor that is exhausted from above the shower enclosure, thereby reducing mold and mildew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Josh Martin
  • Publication number: 20140115772
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a sensor module, a transmission module, a flow reduction module, and a flow return module. The sensor module senses presence of a shower item on a shelf in a shower and senses a lack of presence of the shower item on the shelf. The transmission module wirelessly transmits an item missing signal. The item missing signal is transmitted in response to sensing a lack of presence of the shower item on the shelf. The flow reduction module reduces water flow to a shower head in the shower from a first flow level to a reduced flow level in response to wirelessly receiving the item missing signal. The flow return module returns water flow to the first flow level in response to expiration of a restore time delay or wirelessly receiving an item return signal in response to sensing a presence of the shower item on the shelf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Janani Janakiraman, Dany R. Madden, Meenakshi Sripal
  • Patent number: 8694168
    Abstract: A digital shower system contains a showering equipment including at least one first watering device and at least one second watering device; an input interface including a power key, a knob, an ok key, a return key, and a plurality of outlet switches; a valve unit including a motor, a mixing valve, and a number of outlet valves; a central process unit including a setting module, a time module, a memory module, a calculator module, and a water monitor module; and an indicator so that quantity of water use is known by the user to save water consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Jingyang Lin
  • Publication number: 20140090165
    Abstract: A shower system comprising: an enclosure, the enclosure comprising: at least one interior wall; at least one exterior wall; an opening; a floor; a top; an exterior power button located on an exterior wall and configured to turn the shower system on or off; a control panel located on an interior wall; a thermostatic valve located on an interior wall, a mirror located on an interior wall; an overhead light attached to the top, and configured to stay on about one minute after powering off, the overhead light in communication with the exterior power button and the control panel; audio speakers located at the top, and in communication with the control panel and exterior power button, and configured with the control panel to provide audible alerts including indicating when the shower system has achieved the proper preselected water temperature; and a phone system in communication with the control panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Alec Phillips, Bart Phillips
  • Patent number: 8667623
    Abstract: Various apparatus and methods involve a showerhead that directs a stream of fluid through a portion of a cavity in a direct heat transfer relationship with a reflective surface prior to directing a stream out of the cavity and through a plurality of apertures toward a user. In an illustrative example, the user may view an image on the reflective surface while being sprayed with the plurality of streams in a steam filled environment. In some examples, the showerhead may include an inlet configured to direct the fluid toward the reflective surface as it enters the cavity. In some examples, the showerhead may operate to substantially reduce or prevent condensation from forming on the reflective surface by promoting heat transfer from the fluid to the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Clifson Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas G. Paget
  • Patent number: 8665673
    Abstract: A clock shower head includes a hollow body, a hydroelectric generator, a storage battery, a clock processor, a clock displayer and a main control circuit; the hydroelectric generator, the storage battery, the clock processor and the main control circuit are disposed inside the sealing zone of the hollow body. The clock shower head has both illuminating and time display function. People can see the time when enjoying the shower using the clock shower head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignees: Xiamen Solex High-Tech Industires Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Jianmin Chen, Xianguo Zou
  • Patent number: 8656526
    Abstract: The present invention provides a recirculating shower system comprising a shower head 22, a circuit configured to recirculate at least part of the used water to the shower head, a heater 18 included in the circuit for heating the recycled water to a temperature at which micro organisms in the water are killed and a heat exchanger 16 arranged to exchange heat between the water flowing towards and away from the heater. The system provides an efficient use of water and energy and also allows a high flow rate of water at a relatively low use of energy and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Brewin
  • Patent number: 8647375
    Abstract: A wheeled cart has liquid cooling and liquid heating devices separated by thermal insulation. Pumps circulate cooled liquid and heated liquid through hoses to cooled packs and heated packs of patient treatment. Thermostats control the temperature and continual re-circulation of the cooled and heated liquids through the packs to maintain the proper temperature at all times without changing the packs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Charlene Woodall
  • Publication number: 20140026315
    Abstract: A shower or tub enclosure incorporating a spray nozzle in the drain system to allow a spray of water to be directed up from the lower area of the enclosure. The spray nozzle may be optionally controlled by an individual flow diverter. The spray nozzle may further comprise a plurality of spray selectors for shaping the spray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Joe Christopher Simpson
  • 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: 8627850
    Abstract: An electronic shower system comprises in major part a console and plumbing assembly and effective for reducing water use and cost by enabling the storage and use of preset shower settings, the shower console configured to adjust the flow of hot and cold water from hot and cold water lines fluidly attached to a shower faucet via the use of motors and water valves and where the console can further comprise such additional features as a radio unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Eddie Booker
  • Publication number: 20130263967
    Abstract: The present invention relates to collection and storage drinking water, e.g. as a step in disaster preparedness. The invention relates to emergency preparedness kits comprising a food-grade bladder composed of thin plastic film for covering the inside surface of a bathtub to provide a barrier between the surface of the bathtub and drinking water contained therein, and for enclosing the contained water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Tony Woodruff
  • Patent number: 8534325
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ventilation device for ventilating shower streams that is configured as an insert, and that may be utilized in a connection of a sanitary fitting, particularly in the connection of a shower head housing. The insert contains at least one water throughput channel connected to a ventilation channel such that air is suctioned in through the ventilation channel when a flow passes through the water throughput channel, ventilating the water stream. The insert may have a receptacle for a flow restrictor. A backflow preventer may be provided in order to prevent water leakage from the exterior end of the ventilation channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Hansgrohe SE
    Inventors: Fabian Melle, Ulrich Kinle
  • Publication number: 20130212800
    Abstract: A dynamic shower system comprises a user actuator indicating said user's desire to use recycled water during the shower, a shower head, a drain, a first valve capable of selecting water to be emitted from said shower head from a potable water source or water from a mixture of potable water and recycled water from said drain, and a processor, said processor in communication with said user actuator and said first valve wherein said first valve is capable of being controlled by said processor. The shower system may be capable of dynamically switching between said potable water only and said mixture of potable and recycled water depending upon the certain conditions being detected by said processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Stuart Kaler, Robert Gough
  • Publication number: 20130133134
    Abstract: A therapeutic shower assembly for weight reduction includes a water heater for heating water at relatively low pressure and a mechanism for spraying the heated water at a relatively low pressure onto a majority of a human body. The mechanism also includes multiple arrays of generally horizontally disposed openings at multiple levels and wherein the water is directed upwardly at an angle of between about 40° to about 60° from horizontal whereby the droplets fall onto portions of the human body. The assembly also includes a valve for stopping the spray of heated water and a heater for directing drying air at a temperature of about 35° to 45° to thereby dry the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Hussain S.A. Faridoon
  • Patent number: 8448664
    Abstract: A fluid control device connected to a water pipe and having a mini water turbine and electrical generator combination for generating electricity by taking advantage of the water flow. The electricity is supplied to a temperature measurement member for measuring temperature of the water flowing through the device. The temperature in the form of electrical signal is sent to an LCD panel and circuit assembly for showing so as to visually alert a person using the tap water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Fujian Xihe Sanitary Ware Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaofa Lin, Xiaoshan Lin
  • Patent number: 8438753
    Abstract: An application for a shower drying system that directs air downwardly onto the walls, surfaces and/or shower curtain of a shower enclosure. In one embodiment, the air is heated. The movement of the air in the downward direction helps urge droplets of water on the shower surface towards a drain at the lower level of the shower enclosure. Remaining water on the surfaces is evaporated into water vapor that is exhausted from above the shower enclosure, thereby reducing mold and mildew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Josh Martin
  • Publication number: 20130067656
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for generating a nanoaerosol, wherein at least one fluid to be atomized is atomized in a nozzle via a nozzle opening of the nozzle along a discharge direction in the form of fluid particles, the atomized fluid particles are deflected from the discharge direction and larger fluid particles are at least partially separated from smaller fluid particles, the separated larger fluid particles are returned to the fluid to be atomized and the smaller fluid particles are dispensed onto the environment. A cartridge in which the nozzle and the fluid to be atomized are arranged is used. According to the invention, a stream of a carrier gas is generated in the nozzle and at least one fluid to be atomized is brought into contact with the carrier gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: MEDIC ACTIV VERTRIEBS GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Brunner, Hans Peter Zarfl, Bernd Heiko Lindena
  • Publication number: 20120324643
    Abstract: A portable emergency unit comprises an eyewash and shower station coupled to a chassis. A water tank and a pump are coupled to the chassis and are in fluid communication with the eyewash and shower station so that the pump is operable to supply water from the water tank to the eyewash and shower station when the eyewash and shower station is activated. A temperature control system is also coupled to the chassis and is in fluid communication with the water tank. The temperature control system is operable to maintain the temperature of water stored in the water tank within a predetermined range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Top Notch Safety Services, LLC
    Inventors: Westley R. Ferry, William M. Ferry, Jeremy S. Caka
  • Patent number: 8337751
    Abstract: A systematic decontamination and containment method for decontaminating personnel is disclosed. This method includes providing a plurality of components positionable on a selected location for establishment of a multi-station decontamination and containment facility to decontaminate personnel and to contain contaminants collected during the decontamination process. The components can include a plurality of collapsible frame and roof assemblies, wall and roof covers, a weapons clearing assembly, a weapons storage locker, a hanging bar, a signage assembly, collapsible containment hamper assemblies, a covered dispensing assembly, a shuffle box, a multi-wipe dispensing assembly, and a transportable containment enclosure. The enclosure is shaped and sized to removably retain the system's components for transportation or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventors: Ricky William Stewart, Lee Walker Brillhart, III
  • Patent number: 8307472
    Abstract: A housing has an upper component formed of an upper plate and a periphery. The upper plate has an upper central aperture. The housing has a lower component formed of a lower plate and a periphery. The lower plate has a lower central aperture. An annular printed circuit board is positioned within the housing. A plurality of light emitting diodes are secured to the printed circuit board and extend downwardly therefrom. A plurality of equally spaced small apertures in the lower plate of the lower component each receive one of the light emitting diodes for providing light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas Jason Saxon, Holly Holleman Saxon
  • Publication number: 20120260417
    Abstract: A portable shower has an enclosure formed from non-transparent material to afford privacy to the user. A showerhead is connected to a water container mounted above the showerhead. Water in the water container is heated by solar panels that capture solar energy. The solar energy also powers a re-circulation pump, which re-circulating bathing water between a water collection chamber mounted below the shower enclosure and the water container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: Don LeBlanc
  • Publication number: 20120240326
    Abstract: A portable shower device comprising a shower pan having shower poles that extend a curtain beyond the perimeter of the shower pan and curtain poles. The poles lock into an extended position. The curtain is tapered conforming with the extended pole shape. The pan includes a pump powered from the self-contained power source. The shower can include a platform and a chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: HARRY GUILBEAU
  • Publication number: 20120227821
    Abstract: Shower water usage indicator apparatus comprises a shower head, a shower base for receiving shower water discharged from the shower head, a waste shower water outlet element for receiving runoff waste shower water from the shower base and for discharging to a drain, a controller for controlling water flow to the shower head and/or water flow from the waste shower water outlet element, a water flow rate detector for outputting a flow rate signal to the controller based on a detected water flow rate, and a water usage display element which is spaced from the water flow rate detector. A water usage indication is displayable on the water usage display element based on an output of the water flow rate detector. A data storage element stores usage data when showering, a representation of usage history based on the stored usage data being displayable on the water usage display element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: DLP LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William STIMPSON
  • Patent number: 8225436
    Abstract: A portable pressurized solar shower which is mounted on the roof of a vehicle using roof rack mounting hardware. The vessel is an elongated shape such as a pipe (20), which is capped on both ends (32) (33). It can be filled by removing a fill cap (36) on top. Water can be sprayed out using an attached hose (60) and nozzle (70). Part of the vessel is a clear tube (41). Sunlight comes through a clear tube and heats a black surface (42) inside of the tube which heats the water. The vessel can be pressurized by a hand air pump via a valve stem (39) installed on the vessel. Privacy while showering is afforded by an attached shower curtain (86) that is easy to set up by using the easy to adjust curtain frame (80).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Joel Brian Cotton
  • Patent number: 8104111
    Abstract: A shower device is proposed that features a fixed-installation housing. This housing can, for example, stand up from the floor and may extend beyond normal human body size. The housing is fitted with a shower arm that can be moved out of an inactive position. In the inactive position, the surface of the shower arm lies flush with the surface of the housing. The jet discharge area of a shower head arranged in the shower arm faces inwards, so that it is only possible to see a flat surface on the exterior of the housing. Through pressure on this surface, a catch mechanism is released and this causes the shower arm to move out of the housing. This is accomplished via a drive mechanism, which may feature a spring, for example. Extension is performed at a relatively slow speed, which can be achieved using a damper device. The shower arm moves to a position in which the now-visible jet discharge disc of the shower head can be used as an overhead shower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Hansgrohe AG
    Inventors: Juergen Gross, Elvira Mangold
  • Publication number: 20120017367
    Abstract: An integrated bathroom electronic system including a plurality of sensors to detect conditions within a bathroom and to provide signals indicative thereof to a controller. A plurality of distinct and exclusive modules or subsystems are illustratively provided for integration into the system. Such modules may include a quick hot water module, a roman tub module, a custom shower module, a hands free faucet module, and a tub shower module. In certain illustrative shower modules, a user interface includes a plurality of user defined presets, each preset including a shower setting stored in memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Ryan A. Reeder, Spencer L. Stohler, Andrew B. Mendenhall, Paul T. Zink, Robert W. Rodenbeck
  • Publication number: 20110308006
    Abstract: Pumped shower apparatus (10) comprises a shower head (14) for discharging shower water, a showering surface (16) below the shower head (14), a drain unit (18) at the showering surface (16) for receiving runoff shower water, a pump (20) for moving water from the drain unit (18) to a drain (22), and water-noise monitoring and control apparatus for optimising the speed of the pump (20) whilst eliminating or reducing water noise from, at or adjacent to the drain unit (18). The water-noise monitoring and control apparatus includes water-noise monitoring means (24, 48) for monitoring water noise from, at or adjacent to a drain unit (18) of the shower installation, and a controller (26) for automatically controlling a pump (20) of the shower installation based on an output of the water-noise monitoring means (24, 48).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: DLP Limited
    Inventors: Robert William Stimpson, Ian Douglas Felmeri
  • Patent number: 8051506
    Abstract: The present invention is an article for storing shower and bathroom supplies comprising a rectangular unit with at least one cavity positioned between the center line of the bottom portion of the article and each terminal end of said bottom portion and a mounting whereby said mounting secures the article into place above a shower header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Stanley H Segal
  • Patent number: 7996933
    Abstract: A trap for recovering heat energy from a liquid has a chamber 7 with an internal baffle wall 45-48. An upper chamber opening 9 and a weir at an inlet end 13 of a discharge conduit 11 are on opposite sides of the baffle wall. Liquid fed into the chamber via the upper opening flows downward and under the baffle wall before flowing upward and over the weir to be discharged from the chamber through the discharge conduit. A second liquid flows through a heat exchange conduit 17-24. One preferred embodiment has a concentric arrangement of a plurality of cylindrical baffle walls alternating with a plurality of cylindrical chambers of the heat exchange conduit. A corresponding method of heat recovery is also claimed. In one preferred application, the trap is fitted into the base or floor tray of a shower for recovery of heat energy from waste shower water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Garth Kennedy McGregor
  • Patent number: 7987533
    Abstract: A shower water construction system for a child/user, which also functions as a showering system and utilizes a pre-existing bath/shower unit as a supporting structure. The construction system comprises a main control valve to divert water from a pre-existing shower water pipe stem, a pressure regulator to limit water pressure to downstream components, child/user control and diverter valves to allow for turning the system off and on and allocating water flow between components, semi-rigid and flexible pipe, “Y” connectors and suction cups and brackets. Other components, such as a hand-held sprayer, spraying bathtub mat and spraying shower curtain may also be integrated/connected into the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Aquastruct, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Phipps, Lori A. Phipps, Travis Lontz, Brian Spaeth
  • Publication number: 20110146800
    Abstract: A domestic water recycling system using a combination of an optical detector to detect certain smaller sized (non-filtered) contaminants and a filter to remove larger sized (filtered) contaminants provides an efficient wastewater recycling system. Optical detection of contaminants determines whether water is discharged or filtered and recycled. The optical detection system can use several discrete optical wavelengths that are passed through the fluid, and can determine a relative presence of the contaminants based on the resulting wavelength response. A recycling shower using optical detection, an electronically actuated directional device and pump and a controller allows for automatic recycling or discharging of water without requiring user input. The system may include a turbulence reduction baffle in a collection chamber, and a disinfection unit for the recycled water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: REVEECO INC.
    Inventors: Romain Jallon, Sebastin Blais-Ouellette, Antoine Valette
  • Publication number: 20110107513
    Abstract: An apparatus for facilitating mixing of a fluid, the apparatus comprising a first fluid channel in fluid communication with a mixing chamber for mixing the fluid with an agent, wherein the mixing chamber includes a dispenser to dispense the agent into the mixing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventor: Ng Ghee Tjia
  • Patent number: 7889187
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture is operated by a user interface that has an enclosure with a faceplate from which a pedestal seamlessly projects outward. An alphanumeric display is visible through the faceplate and a plurality of switches respond to the user pressing different portions of the faceplate. A selector includes a selector ring that has a plurality of permanent magnets and which is positioned to rotate around the pedestal. A Hall effect sensor of the selector is located adjacent the selector ring and produces an electrical signal in response to motion of the permanent magnets. The user interface also enables the selection of a plurality of predefined operating configurations for the plumbing fixture. An optional wireless remote control may be provided by which the user can activate and deactivate the plumbing fixture and select from among the predefined operating configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Donald P. Freier, Rafael A. Rexach
  • Patent number: 7849530
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a household heat recovery device and more specifically to a wastewater heat recovery unit, which absorbs residual heat from the water flowing onto the floor and down the drain of an ordinary household shower or bathtub unit. In one embodiment, the heat recovery device adapts for ease-of-use and enables quick set-up in most existing and typical showers or bathtubs without any tools and without coupling to the existing plumbing. Internal passages direct the effluent shower water through a serpentine path to a discharge drain. Over time, the heat transferred from the water to the device then radiates into the environment—thus reducing the total energy cost for a household by reducing the thermal load on the main heating unit for the household.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Craig Hendricks
  • Patent number: 7814585
    Abstract: A show head water pick apparatus includes a first pipe segment for attachment to a shower pipe protruding outwardly from shower stall wall and having a first pipe segment outward end; a switch valve having a switch valve intake end connected to the first pipe segment outward end, and having a shower head output branch to which a shower head is connected and a water pick output branch, and having a valve operation handle for delivering water flow alternately to the shower head and to the water pulsing and pick assembly; a water pulsing unit connected to the water pick output branch; a water pick tube having a tube first end and a tube second end, the tube first end being connected to the water pulsing unit; and a water pick secured to the tube second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventor: Bonnie E. Reich
  • Publication number: 20100212085
    Abstract: A systematic decontamination and containment method for decontaminating personnel is disclosed. This method includes providing a plurality of components positionable on a selected location for establishment of a multi-station decontamination and containment facility to decontaminate personnel and to contain contaminants collected during the decontamination process. The components can include a plurality of collapsible frame and roof assemblies, wall and roof covers, a weapons clearing assembly, a weapons storage locker, a hanging bar, a signage assembly, collapsible containment hamper assemblies, a covered dispensing assembly, a shuffle box, a multi-wipe dispensing assembly, and a transportable containment enclosure. The enclosure is shaped and sized to removably retain the system's components for transportation or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Ricky William Stewart, Lee Walker Brillhart, III
  • Patent number: 7761937
    Abstract: A modified shower head provides a timepiece imbedded within a shower head insert allowing a person showering to keep track of time and also to monitor water usage. It also provides the person showering with a timing mechanism to determine the length of time for use of hair products, tints, dyes and treatments without having to reference an outside timepiece. The insert comprises a timepiece within an encased water-proof enclosure within the shower head insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventors: Gregory J. Foutz, Angela A. Wright, Tarek A. Bawab