Collapsible Or Expandable Patents (Class 4/599)
  • Patent number: 10143182
    Abstract: A multi-washer function box defines an interior space for accommodating a pet. A drying hood with an air blowing unit is attached to the box for drying of a pet. The pet is prevented from coming into contact with the air blowing unit by a mesh that covers and air blowing unit. The user can control the delivery of air by opening one side of the washing chamber, or by positioning the drying hood in various partially open positions. An accessory table is attached to the box with hinges, and can be used for grooming Stretchable water-proof cords are attached to the box for holding a pet A water-proof accessory kit protects the air-blowing unit from contact with water during washing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Klope Global Enterprise LLC
    Inventor: Jacqueline J. Ferro
  • Patent number: 9663924
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatuses for collecting water in a shower or bathtub enclosure. The apparatus comprises a water-resistant or waterproof panel, one or more connectors coupled or coupleable to the panel, the one or more connectors enabling the panel to be disposed within the shower or bathtub enclosure, and a receptacle coupled or coupleable to the panel, the receptacle having an opening for collecting water from a surface of the panel, the receptacle for delivering the collected water to a destination other than a drain of the shower or bathtub enclosure. The destination may be a container, a bucket, a toilet, a tank, a planter box, a plant pot, or an outdoor location such as a garden or lawn. The collected water may flow directly to the destination, or the apparatus may use a channel to deliver the collected water to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: James H. Turner
  • Patent number: 9301652
    Abstract: A portable, walk in type bathtub includes an entrance and a door attached thereto to allow someone to walk into the bathtub without stepping over a wall. A replaceable water tank is attached to the tub such that clean water is directed from the water tank to the tub. Once the water has been used, the dirty or black water is directed to a separate tank within the water tank attachment. Once all of the clean water from the water tank has been used, the water tank is detached from the tub housing and a new tank containing clean water is attached to the tub to further facilitate bathing. The tub and water tank include wheels attached to the bottoms thereof to facilitate movement of the tub and water tank. The wheels may be raised and lowered to facilitate movement and locking of the tub in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Chet Millerd
    Inventor: Chet Millerd
  • Patent number: 9289101
    Abstract: A collapsible toilet enclosure has a base portion having a toilet aperture and a holding receptacle in fluid communication with the toilet aperture. The base portion has walls defining an inner space. An upper frame portion is pivotally connected to the base portion, the upper frame portion having a front wall, the upper frame portion being pivotable relative to the base portion between a collapsed position where the upper frame portion forms a lid for the base portion and a vertical position where the upper frame portion and a front wall of the base portion form a front wall of the toilet enclosure. The collapsible toilet has may be selectively secured to the upper frame portion in the vertical position. A doorframe is formed by an opening in the front wall of the upper frame portion and an opening in the base portion, the openings aligning to form the doorframe when the upper frame portion is in the vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Wezor Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Ritchie Weir
  • Patent number: 9078414
    Abstract: A self-contained pet washing and grooming apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes a base, a top member which is a grooming compartment with a blower/dryer, side supports, a flexible side wall and a reservoir for clean and waste water. In various embodiments, water is filled through both a tube on the reservoir and from a water source such as a sink faucet. The water line is attached to a nozzle. A drain tray is placed over the base so that water used within the apparatus drains through the drain tray into the base to the reservoir. A pump is provided in the reservoir to pump water out of the base through a water exit line, for example, to a spray nozzle. The device has a power source, and is collapsible such that the drain tray, side support and grooming compartment all collapse and fit within the base. Extension legs attached underneath the reservoir are also collapsible. Optionally, the reservoir has a handle and wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin L. Redick
  • Patent number: 9066632
    Abstract: A portable, walk in type bathtub includes an entrance and a door attached thereto to allow someone to walk into the bathtub without stepping over a wall. A replaceable water tank is attached to the tub such that clean water is directed from the water tank to the tub. Once the water has been used, the dirty or black water is directed to a separate tank within the water tank attachment. Once all of the clean water from the water tank has been used, the water tank is detached from the tub housing and a new tank containing clean water is attached to the tub to further facilitate bathing. The tub and water tank include wheels attached to the bottoms thereof to facilitate movement of the tub and water tank. The wheels may be raised and lowered to facilitate movement and locking of the tub in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Chet Millerd
  • Publication number: 20150113722
    Abstract: A retractable shower enclosure includes a top frame and a bottom frame attached together with draw strings for raising and lowering the bottom frame relative to the top frame between a fully deployed position to a fully retracted position. The top frame comprised of tubing wherein the drawstrings are fed through the interior of the tubing. The top frame also includes draw string guides over which the draw strings are fed. A curtain releasably attached to the frames with fasteners such that in the fully retracted position the curtain is pleated in accordion style.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Steve Darasch
  • Publication number: 20150074896
    Abstract: A rigid, portable, and modular outdoor shower enclosure has a base, walls, and a shower fixture. The shower enclosure may be quickly and easily reassembled after disassembly for storage or transportation. When assembled, pegs, sockets, and gravity constrain the shower enclosure in all degrees of motion. Bolts, screws, and other means of affixing the panels to the base and frame are not necessary to make the shower enclosure rigid. The pegs and sockets are not visible when the shower enclosure is in its assembled position, giving the shower enclosure the pleasing appearance of a permanent structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Oborain, LLC
    Inventor: Kirsten E. Oxboel
  • Patent number: 8907257
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a contactlessly chargeable heater. In one example, the contactlessly chargeable heater includes: an induction patch emitting magnetic field by means of current applied to an inner coil; and a heating body, receiving the magnetic field from the charging patch to perform a contactless charging operation, and including a conductive metal yarn for emitting heat via the power generated through the contactless charging operation. The conductive metal yarn is woven together using threads within the heating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Industrial Technology
    Inventor: Gi Soo Chung
  • Publication number: 20130340159
    Abstract: A portable shower includes an enclosure that converts between a two-dimensional collapsed configuration and a three-dimensional upright configuration defining a space therein for a person. The enclosure is self-extending and free-standing in the upright configuration, and desirably has a height of at least 4 feet. The enclosure includes a liner, preferably tubular in shape when extended, and an integrally attached collapsible skeleton such as an elastic coil, preferably helical. The elastic coil has a sufficient relaxed size and spring constant to self-expand the liner when constraints are released. A water reservoir connects to a shower sprayer through a hose, and may be integrated in the wall of the enclosure. For instance, a helical sleeve around the liner may constrain both the elastic coil and the hose. A foot pump may be provided along the hose and within the enclosure for easy propulsion of water from the reservoir to the sprayer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Scott E Barrett
  • Publication number: 20130305449
    Abstract: An equipment storage device has a container to enable a user to comfortably stand within the container. A reservoir for retaining fluid is coupled with the container. A fluid injection device is coupled with the reservoir. At least one retaining receptacle is positioned on a peripheral wall of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Kristian Allos
  • Patent number: 8371248
    Abstract: A pet washing apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes a base, a top member, side supports, and a flexible side wall. In various embodiments, a water line brings water in from a water source such as a sink faucet. The water line is attached to a nozzle. A drain tray is placed over the base so that water used within the apparatus drains through the drain tray into the base. A pump is provided in the base to pump water out of the base through a water exit line, for example, into a sink drain. The device is collapsible such that the drain tray, side support, and top member all collapse and fit within the base. Optionally, the base has a handle and wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin L. Redick
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: 8109044
    Abstract: An outdoor shower enclosure that may include a roof and a base frame having a plurality of metal structural members that are connected together to define a peripheral edge with a plurality of mounting plates. A plurality of substantially vertically extending support posts may be provided that extend between the mounting plates and the roof. In some cases, the support posts may be spaced apart approximately equidistant from each other along the peripheral edge. The shower enclosure may include a plurality of vinyl wall panels disposed between the posts. In some cases, a vinyl floor panel could be carried by the base frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Digger Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Loren R. Graber
  • Publication number: 20120023656
    Abstract: The Portable Hot Shower provides an operational shower stall for outdoor use. The unit, an adult sized, vertical tent-like unit, featuring a canvas covering to ensure durability as well as privacy. A series of connectable polyvinyl chloride piping, PVC, is provided to facilitate the plumbing action of the unit. This material is lightweight, weather-resistant, durable, non-corrosive, and rust resistant. The piping culminates in a showerhead, similar to the types found in home bathroom stalls. The heat source stems from a copper coil situated in a steel cylinder, which rests on a propane heater. Integrally connected to the shower assembly, water circulates through the copper coil cylinder to produce hot water. The water source for the product comes from a portable water tank, an existing body of water such as a river or creek, or a water hose with spigot, if available. The entire Portable Hot Shower unit is sold in kit form, easily assembled and disassembled as needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Benard W. Sandoval
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7979926
    Abstract: A collapsible outdoor shower enclosure that folds up nearly flat to a wall surface when not in use is herein disclosed. The shower enclosure is intended for use in outdoor locations where a general floor drain or similar means exists for removal of waste water. The enclosure comprises a right wall assembly and a left wall assembly that have hinged connections allowing for the shower enclosure to fold up against the wall surface. The wall surface would also be the one containing a shower head and shower controls as well. When in a retracted orientation, the enclosure protrudes approximately thirteen (13) inches from the stationary wall surface. During use, each of the wall assemblies fold out ninety degrees (90°) from the wall surface and include a right door and a left door that form an entrance side for a user to enter the shower enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventor: David A. Boegler
  • Patent number: 7954180
    Abstract: A toilet transfer system is described for assisting a person to transfer between a wheelchair and a toilet. The system comprises a base unit that is attached to a toilet and that may be supported by one or more legs. The system further comprises a transfer board that is rotatably coupled to the base unit, allowing the transfer board to be positioned in a variety of positions without need to detach the toilet transfer system from the toilet. The transfer board may be pointed forward to allow the wheelchair to be positioned for transfer, pointed towards the wheelchair for transfer, and pointed back for compact storage between transfers and for normal use of the toilet. A coupling system accommodates height differentials between the toilet and the wheelchair, and allows the transfer board to become lifted up off the base unit and/or rotated without becoming misaligned from the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Rene Cervi
  • Publication number: 20110094027
    Abstract: A collapsible and portable cleaning unit. The unit is preferably designed to provide a private shower experience that is comparable to a shower experience for a permanent shower installed at a location, such as a bathroom in a dwelling. This inventive shower unit is designed to be fully portable in a self contained collapsed mode that is substantially contained within the overall footprint of the unit. The unit includes a substantial self supporting base structure and a cap that secures to the base structure to protect the internal components and seals for storage. This unit includes a supportive base that has a pan for directing and containing water from the shower. The unit is designed to provide height clearance that is substantially comparable to showers that are in permanent facilities and/or dwellings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: THE PRAXIS COMPANIES, LLC
    Inventors: James Barney, Sid Warner, Julie Jenewein, Scott Stonecipher
  • Publication number: 20100299826
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile mass decontamination unit for use in nuclear, radiological, biological or chemical (NRBC) accidents for evacuating categorizing and decontaminating victims.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Vladimir Grcevic
  • Publication number: 20100058532
    Abstract: A portable solar shower includes two detachable water reservoirs. One of the reservoirs may be coupled to a water source and includes a diverter valve regulating the flow and temperature of water spayed by a shower head, and the other reservoir has a port for coupling to the shower head. When the solar shower is not in use, the reservoirs may be separated from one another to form a compact package adapted for storage or transportation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: Bridging China International, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jyh-Hsin Tsai, Huai-Ping Wang
  • Patent number: 7624543
    Abstract: A portable decontamination system includes a preassembled shelter, convertible between a stowed configuration and a deployed configuration, and a fluid delivery system integral with the shelter. In the stowed configuration the shelter encloses a negligible volume. In the deployed configuration the shelter comprises a plurality of side walls, a plurality of end walls, and a roof. The walls and the roof define a central space. The fluid delivery system is configured to convey decontamination fluid into the shelter and to distribute decontamination fluid throughout at least a portion of the central space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Branch Banking and Trust Company
    Inventors: Chad Sample, Richard A. Esser
  • Publication number: 20090260151
    Abstract: An outdoor shower enclosure that may include a roof and a base frame having a plurality of metal structural members that are connected together to define a peripheral edge with a plurality of mounting plates. A plurality of substantially vertically extending support posts may be provided that extend between the mounting plates and the roof. In some cases, the support posts may be spaced apart approximately equidistant from each other along the peripheral edge. The shower enclosure may include a plurality of vinyl wall panels disposed between the posts. In some cases, a vinyl floor panel could be carried by the base frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: Digger Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Loren R. Graber
  • Publication number: 20080313801
    Abstract: An application for a telescoping boat shower includes telescoping extensions of decreasing diameter that collapse inside of a fishing pole holder of a boat when in storage and extend upwardly from the fishing pole holder when in use. The telescoping extensions conduct water from a larger, lower telescoping extension to a smaller, upper telescoping extension where a nozzle is attached. The nozzle sprays water on a user of the telescoping shower. An adaptable fitting attaches to a bottom of the fishing pole holder, providing a water-tight seal. The adaptable fitting has a water supply fitting for attaching to a supply of water and the adaptable fitting conducts water from the water supply to the telescoping extensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas Jason Saxon
  • Publication number: 20080168600
    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: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventors: Juergen Gross, Elvira Mangold
  • Publication number: 20080040851
    Abstract: A portable shower that can be used in diverse environment and that can accommodate persons with disabilities that prevent them from being ambulatory. A base for the shower is of a size and shape permitting a person to stand therein, or sit on a shower chair thereon. A sprayer is provided comprising a tank for holding water, a hand pump for pressurizing the water in the tank, and a hose extending from the tank and terminating in a spray head. The sprayer is contained in an upright ledge integral with the base, located within the periphery of the base, and that has an opening sized to receive at least a portion of the sprayer tank. A frame formed from tubular posts is secured upright from the base. A clip secures the sprayer hose to the top of a tubular post to dispose the spray head at a location above the head of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventor: Gregory Jackson
  • Patent number: 7299531
    Abstract: A telescopically adjustable structure capable of defining or measuring an arbitrary three-dimensional volume and having twelve telescopically adjustable telescopic units, capable of maintaining a change in telescopic length and eight corner connection units for assembling the telescopic rods into a three-dimensional structure. A method of assembly may have the telescopic units adjusted to specified length prior to three-dimensional assembly or, alternately, the telescopic units may be assembled in collapsed telescopic form, and adjusted in assembled fashion. Particularly suited to provide a lightweight, low-cost, low-damage furniture or object double to check how the furniture volume might fit in a space or be transported to a space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventors: Bruce L. Staples, Patrick F. Smith
  • Patent number: 7297186
    Abstract: A flexible bag for receiving flowable material is suspended, as from a gantry, and is tethered transversely and yet has substantially free movement along three sides for complete filling. The length of the tethers may be selected to prevent complete collapse of the bag when empty, and tubular perforated members having an “H” configuration within the bag may be provided for this purpose. Auxiliary structures provide for cooling of materials provided to the bag, their diffusion on inlet to the bag, their recirculation in the bag, and their removal from the bag. Accessories for use with wet gas provide for separation of inlet liquid and drainage of condensate within the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Timothy Brennan, Mark Wallner
  • Patent number: 7231673
    Abstract: A portable shower stall, for allowing a person to bathe while seated in a wheelchair, for temporary installation in a kitchen having a sink having a basin and a hand sprayer. The shower stall has a frame having side panels and a rear panel that are selectively foldable, a top rail and a lower rail. A base tray extends below the frame and collects waste water. A curtain extends downwardly from the top rail and directs waste water into the base tray. The base tray has a front flap that selectively lowers to allow the person to roll the wheelchair into the base tray between the side walls and rear wall to bathe using the hand sprayer, while a pump returns waste water from the base tray to the basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Care Giver Support Products, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Arnold, Rosemary Arnold
  • Patent number: 7203979
    Abstract: An improved combination security and decontamination gate to be used at various venues and areas which entertain large numbers of people. The gates may be set up at entrance and exit areas of the venue or area for security purposes, as well as to facilitate quick and thorough decontamination of as many people and objects as possible in the event of an emergency. The gate contains a plurality of liquid conduits and spray heads and can be mounted on a variety of surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventor: T. Darren O'Brien
  • Patent number: 7131236
    Abstract: A portable decontamination system includes a preassembled shelter, convertible between a stowed configuration and a deployed configuration, and a fluid delivery system integral with the shelter. In the stowed configuration the shelter encloses a negligible volume. In the deployed configuration the shelter comprises a plurality of side walls, a plurality of end walls, and a roof. The walls and the roof define a central space. The fluid delivery system is configured to convey decontamination fluid into the shelter and to distribute decontamination fluid throughout at least a portion of the central space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: TVI Corporation
    Inventors: Chad Sample, Richard A. Esser
  • Patent number: 7047577
    Abstract: A portable shower stall is disclosed having a basin panel and back panel hingeably connected together so as to form a suitcase-like enclosure in the closed position. Within the enclosure are stored the shower stall components. When assembled, the shower stall consists of a self-enclosing shower curtain suspended from a curtain rod which is supported by four segmented vertical poles secured in sockets in the basin panel. Water is conveyed from a faucet to a shower head and a sump-pump discharges waste water to a sink or bathtub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventor: Carlo Cirilli
  • Patent number: 6813787
    Abstract: A shower device made of lightweight, easily assembled parts that can be adapted to a water source for hand-held or stationary water delivery at varying heights of water distribution. This sort of water delivery device enables one with compromised height, e.g, a handicapped person, to enjoy the full extent of water delivery during a shower, as well as allowing multiple head shower capability in a single head installation. The shower system is a kit comprising parts that are coded in a particular fashion to provide error-free assembly instruction by sight (such as color, numbers, alphabet, etc.) or touch (i.e., Braille or other forms of tactile identification).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventor: Maury Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 6745414
    Abstract: A portable and rapidly deployable shower station is provided particularly for emergency wash-down use, such as flush-flow decontamination of a person exposed to hazardous materials such as hazardous chemical agents or the like. The shower station includes a plurality of tubular frame components adapted for quick and easy assembly to define an interior shower stall. The frame components incorporate a plurality of upright telescopic tubular posts having their upper ends interconnected by a flexible hose, wherein these telescopic posts are extensible upon connection to a supply of water under pressure to raise the flexible hose to an elevated position at the top of the shower stall. The tubular posts and the flexible hose carry a plurality of spray nozzles for delivering a substantial water flow projected from multiple locations and in multiple directions into the shower stall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Haws Drinking Faucet Company
    Inventor: Ronghua Zhou
  • Patent number: 6742309
    Abstract: A personnel decontamination and containment system is disclosed. This system includes 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 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Survival, Inc.
    Inventors: Ricky William Stewart, Lee Walker Brillhart, III
  • Patent number: 6718565
    Abstract: A portable toilet shelter for providing complete privacy for a user having to use an outdoor toilet. The portable toilet shelter includes a side wall structure including a base sheet of material having longitudinal side edges and also having top and bottom edges and further having first sleeve portions being disposed in the base sheet of material and being adapted to be erected about a toilet; and also includes a side wall structure support assembly for supporting the side wall structure upon a ground; and further includes a roof assembly including a roof member, and also including a frame being attached to the roof member and being removably connected to the side wall structure support assembly; and also includes a fastening assembly including a fastening member being attached to the base sheet of material and roof member for closing the base sheet of material and the roof member about the toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Inventor: Alexis Cruz
  • Patent number: 6694538
    Abstract: A portable toilet enclosure assembly for providing privacy for users of portable toilets which may be positioned in the open. The portable toilet enclosure assembly includes a base assembly including a support base, and also including wheels upon which the support base is mounted; and also includes a height adjustable pole assembly being mounted upon the support base; and further includes a curtain support assembly including a bracket being attached to the height adjustable pole assembly, and also including tubular curtain rod support member being pivotally attached to the bracket, and further including a curtain rod being adjustably attached to the tubular curtain rod support member, and also including curtain hangers being movably mounted upon the curtain rod; and also includes a curtain being attached to and depending from the curtain hangers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Beatrice Jones
  • Patent number: 6675403
    Abstract: A sauna apparatus (1) is configurable in an assembled configuration and in a disassembled configuration to allow storage and/or transport. The apparatus is formed from at least a first frame portion (2) and a second frame portion (3) connectable to the first frame portion. Each of the first and second frame portions (2, 3) comprises a respective part (2a, 3a) of a base of the sauna, a respective part of the roof (2c, 3c) of the sauna, and at least one support member (2b, 3b) connecting the respective part of the base of the sauna to the respective part of the roof of the sauna. The support members (2b) are preferably provided with hinges (9, 10; 9′) to allow the frame portions to be folded so reduce the space required for storage. The base of the sauna is preferably provided with a recess 11 for receiving a footspa 12 or other foot relaxation apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Aroma Health International Limited
    Inventors: Aijaz Akhtar, Man Kei Chang
  • Publication number: 20030163867
    Abstract: A portable and rapidly deployable shower station is provided particularly for emergency wash-down use, such as flush-flow decontamination of a person exposed to hazardous materials such as hazardous chemical agents or the like. The shower station includes a plurality of tubular frame components adapted for quick and easy assembly to define an interior shower stall. The frame components incorporate a plurality of upright telescopic tubular posts having their upper ends interconnected by a flexible hose, wherein these telescopic posts are extensible upon connection to a supply of water under pressure to raise the flexible hose to an elevated position at the top of the shower stall. The tubular posts and the flexible hose carry a plurality of spray nozzles for delivering a substantial water flow projected from multiple locations and in multiple directions into the shower stall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Publication date: September 4, 2003
    Inventor: Ronghua Zhou
  • Patent number: 6609256
    Abstract: A shower enclosure comprises a stationary structure (1) and a movable structure (2). The movable structure (2) has a curved wall panel (10), a floor (11) and an upper member (12). A curved door (14) is pivotally hinged to the movable structure (2). The movable structure (2) is pivotally connected to the stationary structure (1) about axis Y1. The movable structure (2) can be moved from a standby or storage position in which the movable structure (2) is stowed inside the stationary structure (1) to an in-use position in which the movable structure (2) is pivoted outwardly from the stationary structure (1) to form a larger shower enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Expanda Suite Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Adam Timothy Laws
  • Patent number: 6463599
    Abstract: By means of a shower cabinet (1) which can be packed up and mounted at use. It is possible to take a shower under housing conditions where there is no or cannot be established permanent bathing facilities. The shower cabinet comprises a folding covering (4) of a flexible material, and a bottom trough (3) having a bottom (10) and a side wall and made of a solid material, such as plastic or metal. In the bottom trough (3) is placed a pump (11) for successively removing water supplied to the cabinet during showering. The covering (4) is at the end opposite the bottom trough (3) connected to a cap (2) of a solid material, such as plastic or metal. The cap (2) fits the bottom trough (3) as a cover and together with this forms a box for storing the covering (4) and the rest of the equipment of the cabinet. When the cabinet (1) is to be used, the cap (2) is lifted together with the covering (4) and secured with an elastic suspension (22) on e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Inventor: Michael Perthu
  • Patent number: 6389617
    Abstract: A portable shower is collapsible so that it takes up a relatively small amount of space when not in use. The portable shower has a top member, a bottom member, a shower curtain, a supply water tank, and a disposal water tank. Pumps are provided for the supply water tank and the disposal water tank, which are powered by vehicle power connected via a cigarette lighter adapter in order to heat the water and to run the pumps for the portable shower. In the collapsed condition, the top member and the bottom member of the portable shower are fitted together to enclose the supply water tank, the shower curtain, and the disposal water tank. The top member and the bottom member are releasably secured together by latches in the closed condition. In an open condition, the top member and the bottom member are pulled apart, and supported from above. Alternately, at least one support rod is placed between the bottom member and the top member, in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Inventors: George A. Hartline, Janet M. Hartline
  • Patent number: 6148450
    Abstract: A portable steam bath assembly for providing an easily assembled lightweight portable steam bath assembly device. The portable steam bath assembly includes a frame, side and rear panels, a floor assembly, an outer cover, and a steam generating assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Valentine J. Nicholas
  • Patent number: 6101642
    Abstract: An improved watertight bathtub insert having foldable members that are laminated and joined to form a safe portable and easily stored bathtub insert that can be chemically treated on the surface with an antibacterial formulation for the preservation of health. The enclosure is comprised of four upright sidewalls and a bottom platform, forming a watertight, rectangular cubicular space; having a watertight, doubly gasketed, entrance door and a drawbridge styled ramp. Each of the sidewalls is made preferably of a preformed and shaped fiberglass core, laminated between thin sheets of silicone rubber, and electronically bonded and sealed to form a unitized watertight enclosure that can be folded into a portable compact unit that is easily stored. The base platform is made preferably of rubber and has a cushioned bottom surface, that has frictional resistance and stability when the unit is inserted into a bathtub or shower stall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventors: Constance L. Auten, Charla R. Couch
  • Patent number: 6000074
    Abstract: A portable shower stall is disclosed. The present invention is designed to utilize a conventional trailer receiving hitch by providing a portable bathing apparatus, otherwise similar in nature to those commonly suspended from overhanging objects, designed to be secured directly to a standard receiver hitch. A main frame, of a generally linearly elongated, rectangular, upstanding, L-shaped configuration slidably engage and fittingly secures inside of the square channel of a conventional receiver hitch typically found on a motor vehicle, such as a truck or camper, via a frictional fit. A trailer receiving hitch connecting means connects the present invention to the trailer hitch via locking means. A water container holding hook or similar device is located on the end of the vertical member, opposite the horizontal member. The water container holding hook is used to releasably secure a water container above the user's head. A valve is used to facilitate controlled release of the water from the water container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Inventor: Mark T. Glover
  • Patent number: 5970536
    Abstract: A camp shower apparatus provides four segmented corner support rods mounted in a convergent manner between a base platform and a top platform. A fabric side wall enclosure may be draped around the support rods or may be placed inside of the support rods. Fastener eyes are arranged so as to maintain the fabric side wall in position and a front flap holds a zipper or other fastener for closure of the side wall. A shower water bag may be hung from the tip platform for washing oneself or a toilet may be placed within the enclosure for sanitary use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Silvio Suarez
  • Patent number: 5937452
    Abstract: A portable toilet assembly is provided including a rigid frame assembly. Next provided is a flexible tent assembly removably coupled about the rigid frame. Next provided is a toilet seat removably situated within the rigid frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Inventor: Byrl F. Brewer
  • Patent number: 5920927
    Abstract: A portable shower and toilet assembly includes a support structure having substantially square upper and lower horizontal tubular frame components which are connected with vertical tubular side supports. The upper frame member has a cross member in fluid communication therewith with a shower head downwardly depending therefrom. An external water source may be coupled with an aperture on the upper frame component to dispense water through the shower head. A toilet seat and lid are hingedly attached to a side wall structure. The support structure is completely enclosable with a removably attached tarpaulin cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: John R. Thomas