Means For Spraying User Patents (Class 4/615)
  • Patent number: 11047120
    Abstract: A shower mat is configured to carry an auxiliary shower spray conduit to deliver a spray vertically upwards to allow the user to clean their lower body and extremities. The mat may include a plurality of layers with the auxiliary shower spray conduit carried between the plurality of layers. Tubing interconnects the auxiliary spray hose to a diverter valve that is, in turn, connected to a stem of a shower enclosure. The auxiliary shower spray conduit is oriented in a serpentine shape and has a plurality of a spray hose that are aligned with a corresponding plurality of jet apertures defined through a surface of an upper mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: William Lee Kiddell, Patrick John Zone
  • Patent number: 11002030
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pool ladder with an automatic wash-down system for cleaning a person's feet before entering a swimming pool. The pool ladder includes a staircase to allow a person to climb into the swimming pool. The wash-down system includes nozzles positioned in the staircase to direct water spray towards the person's feet. The wash-down system further includes sensors to detect the presence of the person on the staircase and a controller to regulate the flow of water to the nozzles, based on signals from the nozzles, for automatic washing of the person's feet when the person is standing on one of the steps of the staircase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Ryon De Jesus
  • Patent number: 10946395
    Abstract: A shower head includes a spinning disk, which includes a fluid inlet, an upper plate coupled to the fluid inlet at the center of the upper plate, a lower plate coupled to the upper plate to form a perimeter edge of the spinning disk, at least two side spin ports on the perimeter edge, each side spin port is configured to project the fluid at a fluid projection angle relative to the perimeter edge and not perpendicular to the perimeter edge at such side spin port, and a plurality of fluid outlets on the lower plate configured to allow the fluid to flow out of the spinning disk, wherein the spinning disk is configured to spin when the fluid is projected from the at least two side pin ports while the fluid also flows out of the spinning disk from the fluid outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Kevin J. Medeiros
  • Patent number: 10945059
    Abstract: A shower assembly. The assembly may include a shower device including a device housing defining an inlet communicating with an inlet chamber, an outlet and a waterway communicating between the inlet chamber and the outlet, the device housing further defining a receptacle having a closed end and an open end, the inlet chamber being behind the closed end, the waterway extending along the receptacle from the closed end toward the open end; and a second device supportable in the receptacle. The outlet may define an outlet plane, and the second device may include a housing providing an outlet, the outlet being one of aligned with and positioned forwardly of the outlet plane when the speaker is supported in the receptacle. The assembly may further include a magnetic connecting structure operable to releasably connect the second device and the shower device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth Scott Hanna, Michael James Soetaert, Keith Scott Ruh, William Clement Kuru
  • Patent number: 10913084
    Abstract: An electronic showerhead device for automatically controlling water flow includes a showerhead body, a presence detector located within the showerhead body, a first water channel providing a primary water stream exiting the showerhead body, and a second water channel providing a secondary water stream exiting the showerhead body. Turning on a main water valve turns on the second water channel, while the first water channel remains off. Interruption of the presence interrogation beam area by a person or an object turns on the first water channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: OASENSE
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Tang, Kuan-Teh Li, Natalie Rowan, Evan Schneider
  • Patent number: 10898908
    Abstract: This invention provides a spray head (110b) for a shower comprising a spray plate (124) having an apertured portion (124a) and an actuator portion (124b). The apertured portion has (124a) apertures (126) therein. The actuator portion (124b) is configured to be actuated by a user to change a spray pattern provided by the apertures of the apertured portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Gary Kington, Simon Browning
  • Patent number: 10881252
    Abstract: Versatile personal sprayers positioned on or in a floor or ground spray fluid upward in a variety of permanent and portable environments and installations, such as a portable or fixed bidet, spray toy and shower floor. A versatile personal fluid spraying device has a spray chamber and may be combined with a drain chamber. Multiple sets of spray patterns may variously spray upward and angled, e.g., to the front and back locations between the legs of a user above the spray device. A drain feature permits a versatile personal sprayer to drain the same fluid it sprays regardless whether it is fixedly or portably installed. Drain features include one or more of a narrowing shape allowing side drainage, an elevating shape allowing underside draining and an integrated drain chamber allowing flow through drainage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Shawn Veurink, Stacey Schaefer, Tracy Parris
  • Patent number: 10801194
    Abstract: A drying sweep/squeegee to remove excess water from a hose in a shower and an in-wall drip pan to catch the excess water so removes as the hose passes through the drying sweep/squeegee. The in-wall drip pan has a bottom incline that is pitched and terminates at an edge, which edge aligns with a slit in a trim plate so that the water flow is down the incline of the in-wall drip pan and into and through the slit in the trim plate. The trim plate has a hollow interior into which is fitted the drying-sweep/squeegee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Kathleen Mary Meehan, Clifford William Mollo
  • Patent number: 10751745
    Abstract: A method of measuring a nozzle deflection at the time of jetting is provided. The method includes rotating a nozzle; inserting a spout of the nozzle into a container through an opening of the container; ejecting liquid from the nozzle inside the container; and measuring a nozzle deflection outside the container while the nozzle is rotating and ejecting the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SUGINO MACHINE LIMITED
    Inventors: Yoshiteru Kawamori, Toyoaki Mitsue, Tomio Sawasaki
  • Patent number: 10753074
    Abstract: A lavatory for a vehicle includes a housing that is accessible through an access opening, and a washing apparatus for washing feet. The washing apparatus includes a water supply device and a water removal device. The washing apparatus also includes a depression, with which the water removal device is couplable and which is positionable underneath the water supply device. The depression has a use height, which is 700 mm at a maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Axel Voetter
  • Patent number: 10695786
    Abstract: A hand-held shower head system configured to dispense a fluid is disclosed. The hand-held shower head system may include a housing configured to be secured to a surface. Further, the hand-held shower system may include a shower head configured to be detachably mounted on the housing. Further, the hand-held shower system may include a plurality of hoses connected to the shower head. Further, a plurality of first openings of the plurality of hoses may be configured to be connected to a plurality of fluid supply lines. Further, the hand-held shower system may include a retracting mechanism coupled to the shower head and the housing. Further, the retracting mechanism may be configured to allow the shower head to be retracted back to the housing once the user releases the shower head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Carlos Mercado
  • Patent number: 10660429
    Abstract: A handheld, therapeutic cleansing system includes a cleansing implement, for example a brush or pumice stone, magnetically coupled to a cleansing device. The cleansing device may include an elongated handle and a head portion extending from an end of the handle. The cleansing device may include a plurality of nozzles positioned around a perimeter of the head portion. The cleansing device may define an annular fluid path in fluid communication with the plurality of nozzles to supply fluid to the nozzles. The cleansing device may include a first magnetic material positioned radially inward of the annular fluid path. The cleansing implement may be magnetically coupled to the head portion of the cleansing device. The cleansing implement may include a second magnetic material that is magnetically attracted to the first magnetic material to couple the cleansing implement to the head portion of the cleansing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Quinn, Craig P. Rogers, Eric Summers
  • Patent number: 10561281
    Abstract: A convenient control device applied to an energy-saving shower device includes a shower rod, a water diverter, and an operating mechanism. The water diverter is connected to the upper end of the shower rod. The operating mechanism is connected to the lower end of the shower rod. The operating mechanism is linked with a valve core of the water diverter through a linking member located in the shower rod. The operating mechanism can control the water diverter to switch the waterway. It is convenient for users of different heights to switch different spray modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: XIAMEN EASO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haitao Lu, Yuebin Yang, Zhen Li, Ximin Chen
  • Patent number: 10555643
    Abstract: A humanized control device applied to a health shower device includes a shower rod, a water diverter, and an operating mechanism. The water diverter is connected to the upper end of the shower rod. The operating mechanism is connected to the lower end of the shower rod. The operating mechanism is linked with a valve core of the water diverter through a linking member located in the shower rod. The operating mechanism can control the water diverter to switch the waterway. It is convenient for users of different heights to switch different spray modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: XIAMEN EASO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haitao Lu, Yuebin Yang, Zhen Li, Ximin Chen
  • Patent number: 10533309
    Abstract: An example shower assembly includes a base having a base front face defining a recess and a moveable shower having a head portion and a handle extending from the head portion along a vertical axis. The head portion has a head front face with a first plurality of spray apertures and a rear portion receivable within the recess such that the head front face protrudes outwardly of the base front face. At least one magnet is associated with at least one of the base and the moveable shower and a member is associated with the other of the base and the moveable shower, and wherein the at least one magnet attracts the member to hold the moveable shower relative to the base. A grip is associated with the base, wherein the grip receives a portion of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Daniel S. Genord, Michael A. Miller, Dominic J. Daunter, Julian Giggs, Victor Hoernig, Charles Patterson
  • Patent number: 10422113
    Abstract: An assembly for a shower system having first and second shower members and connectable to a water supply with a supply pipe having a pipe outlet. The assembly includes an adjustable supply assembly and a diverter valve. The adjustable supply assembly includes an adapter coupleable to the pipe outlet, a supply member having a supply outlet and coupled to the adapter for movement along the axis, and a seal positioned to provide a sealed connection in adjusted positions. The diverter valve includes a valve inlet in fluid communication with the supply outlet, and first and second valve outlets in fluid communication with the first and second shower members, respectively. The shower system is mounted in an enclosure having a wall. The adapter connects to the pipe outlet on one side of the wall, and the diverter valve is located on another side of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: John M. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10398620
    Abstract: In a water jet massaging apparatus having a tub which is covered by a flexible elastic support sheet or foil for supporting a patient and a nozzle carriage with a nozzle and carriage drive arrangement disposed in the tub below the support sheet or foil for directing a water jet onto the support sheet, a rigid or at least non-elastic support element is disposed between the flexible elastic support sheet or foil and the nozzle carriage at a distance from the flexible elastic support sheet or foil so as to prevent the flexible elastic support sheet to come into contact with the nozzle carriage and the carriage drive arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: UNBESCHEIDEN GMBH
    Inventors: Heinrich Unbescheiden, Mark Unbescheiden
  • Patent number: 10357420
    Abstract: In a nozzle carrier drive for water let massaging apparatus a nozzle carriage which is movable along a guide track in the longitudinal direction of a tub of the water massaging apparatus and on which a nozzle for emitting a massaging water jet is disposed, a nozzle carriage drive arrangement is provided for independently moving the massaging water jet in the longitudinal and transverse directions of the tub by drive motors which are arranged outside the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: UNBESCHEIDEN GMBH
    Inventors: Heinrich Unbescheiden, Mark Unbescheiden
  • Patent number: 10342389
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for integrated emergency wash systems. Various embodiments pertain to integrated shower and eyewash emergency wash systems, including those that are particularly space efficient. Other embodiments pertain to emergency shower nozzles that provide sprayed water in sheets, especially a cylindrical sheet that generally describes the perimeter of the shower spray area, providing the user a significantly quicker removal of contaminant material during a shower. Still further embodiments pertain to improved flushing systems, especially flushing systems adapted for the space efficient, low flow integrated systems described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Magarl, LLC
    Inventors: Robert B. Eveleigh, Thomas R. Baker, Cameron West, Carl Eveleigh
  • Patent number: 10265714
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and to a device for providing a composition containing hyaluronic acid, in particular for cosmetic or medical purposes. This disclosure teaches that hyaluronic acid can be stored in a dose-metering device and that potable water from a potable water network can be mixed with hyaluronic acid using the dose-metering device such that a composition containing hyaluronic acid is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: BWT AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: J├╝rgen Johann
  • Patent number: 10195654
    Abstract: The present invention has the object of providing a metal showerhead lighter than previous, at a low cost. A showerhead 3 furnished with an outer cylinder 31 in which a metal plate is plastically deformed and formed into a cylindrical shape in which the base end portion thereof is left open; and a water conduit member 32 which is inserted from the open end of the base end portion side into the outer cylinder to supply hot or cold water supplied from a hose into outer cylinder 31; whereby a gripping portion 311 for holding outer cylinder 31 by hand is provided on the base end portion of outer cylinder 31, and a spray portion 33 is provided in which multiple spray holes 33b are formed to spray hot or cold water supplied by water conduit member 32 to the front end portion side of outer cylinder 31.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Hideyasu Honda, Nobuyasu Reisen, Shinji Nakagawa, Kohei Sato
  • Patent number: 10046340
    Abstract: A combination showerhead with rotary button switching includes a fixing holder mounted to a supporting arm and having an inlet passage and at least two diversion passages; a first showerhead mounted to the fixing holder and connected to at least one diversion passage; a second showerhead connected to another diversion passage; and a switching mechanism including a diversion plate configured to rotatably connect to the fixing holder and to cooperate with the inlet passage and the at least two diversion passages to switch waterways; a rotary button configured to rotatably connect to the fixing holder; and a transmission mechanism connected between the diversion plate and the rotary button to control position of the diversion plate, and that includes a first gear connected to the diversion plate and a second gear connected to the rotary button, the first gear and the second gear being engaged with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fengde Lin, Mingfu Zhang, Xi Huang
  • Patent number: 10017923
    Abstract: An example shower assembly includes a base, a moveable shower head, at least one magnet, and a member attractable to the magnet. The magnet attracts the member to hold the moveable shower head relative to the base. A slot associated with the base receives a portion of the handle to provide further support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Daniel S. Genord, Michael A. Miller, Dominic J. Daunter, Julian Giggs, Victor Hoernig, Charles Patterson
  • Patent number: 9919331
    Abstract: The present invention provides a handheld shower system with magnetic docking and a mechanical retention feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Georg Scheffer, William Wray Shepler, Eric John Tonissen
  • Patent number: 9877622
    Abstract: An automatic seat lowering device for lowering a toilet seat after use and teaching a child to use the toilet. The automatic seat lowering device includes a housing, a seat lowering arm, and a laser pointing arm, wherein both arms are pivotally secured to the housing. The seat lowering arm is movable between an upright configuration wherein the toilet seat is able to rest thereagainst and a lowered configuration wherein the seat lowering arm rotates so as to lower the toilet seat. A controller is operably connected to a timer disposed on the housing and operably connected to the seat lowering arm so as to automatically move the seat lowering arm, causing the toilet seat to be lowered after the timer has expired. The laser pointing arm can be directed to point to the interior of a toilet bowl so as to indicate to a child where to urinate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Jason Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9855568
    Abstract: A showerhead assembly is provided including a showerhead and a faceplate which is attachable and detachable to the showerhead's front face. The showerhead includes a plurality of nozzles. Meanwhile, the faceplate includes bore holes for receiving the nozzles. The bore holes are sized so as to have a circular outlet having a diameter smaller than the received nozzle's distal end. However, each bore holes' circular outlet has a diameter larger than a received nozzle's circular outlet so as to not impede the spray of water from the nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: FAN FI INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Travis Hawkins
  • Patent number: 9855189
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for improving emergency wash systems. Various embodiments pertain to compact, low flow emergency eyewash systems that provide tepid water at low flow rates. Still further embodiments pertain to emergency washing systems that are adapted and configured to reduce the exposure of users to Legionnaire's Disease with washing system features that permit quick, efficient, high flow rate flushing of the plumbing providing water to the washing system. Still further embodiments pertain to emergency eyewash systems that provide tepid water from a thermostatically controlled mixing valve that has a multi-function body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Magarl, LLC
    Inventors: Robert B. Eveleigh, Thomas R. Baker, Cameron West
  • Patent number: 9828752
    Abstract: An example shower assembly includes a base, a moveable spray head, a magnet, and a member attractable to the magnet. The magnet attracts the member to hold the moveable spray head relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Daniel S. Genord, Michael Miller, Dominic J. Daunter, Julian Giggs, Victor Hoernig, Charles Patterson
  • Patent number: 9662667
    Abstract: A fastening system for installation shower heads for installing in a wall or ceiling, including a shower head housing and water-conductor for connecting at least one water connection to at least one jet creator. The shower head housing is connected to a transmission device having an input side and an output side, which converts a first motion on the input side into a reciprocating motion in the installation direction on the output side, and the output side is connected to the wall or ceiling by a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Grohe AG
    Inventors: Michael Schulte, Uwe Stoelzel
  • Patent number: 9498089
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sustainable shower apparatus (1) comprising: (i) a pressurizable container (2) to hold water (3) and a gas; (ii) a pressurizer (4) for pressurizing said container; (iii) a shower head (7); (iv) a first tubing for carrying pressurized water from the container to the shower head; (v) a second tubing (8) for carrying pressurized gas from the container to the shower head; where flow of said gas or water is individually controllable by use of respective valves (6, 9) and where each tubing terminates into a respective nozzle (10, 11) in said shower head which comprises a nozzle for spraying said gas and adjacent thereto, at least one nozzle for spraying the water, wherein tip of each nozzle for spraying water is oriented at an acute angle with the tip of nozzle for spraying gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkatesh Shankar, Shailendra Pratap, Rajeesh Kumar Ramachandran, Nimish Harshadrai Shah
  • Patent number: 9422694
    Abstract: Embodiments of a manually operated valve for a shower installation system are described herein that include: an inlet and an outlet configured for installation of the valve along piping and a valve debit control mechanism including a valve chamber that defines a passage between the inlet and outlet, and a valve actuator that biases the valve debit control mechanism towards a closed position wherein the passage is obstructed and which is movable towards an opened position wherein the passage is opened when a triggering force is applied onto the valve actuator. The valve limits the consumption of water in a shower by automatically preventing the flow of water therethrough unless a user voluntarily triggers and maintains the opening of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Michel Pelletier
  • Patent number: 9314398
    Abstract: An emergency wash system configured to dispense a fluid is disclosed. The system comprises a receptacle and a dispenser assembly disposed at least partially over the receptacle. The dispenser assembly comprises a fluid inlet portion configured to extend in a substantially horizontal direction when in use and configured to be in fluid communication with a fluid supply. The dispenser assembly also comprises a first outlet portion defining at least one first discharge opening, a second outlet portion defining at least one second discharge opening, a first fluid riser extending upwardly and outwardly from the inlet portion towards the at least one first discharge opening and a second fluid riser extending upwardly and outwardly from the inlet the first fluid riser towards the at least one second discharge opening on a side of the fluid inlet portion opposite the first fluid riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Bradley Fixtures Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy E. Perrin, Theodore E. Dhein, Scott M. Kluck
  • Patent number: 9168543
    Abstract: A rotary switch shower with a handheld component has a waterway connected to a water outlet eccentrically arranged on a first counterface of the connecting end of the handheld component. The handheld component includes: an outlet component with an essential body, at least two outlet terminals, and a plurality of independent cavities. The outlet terminals are assembled on the essential body and communicate with the independent cavities respectively. Every independent cavity is has a water inlet on the second counterface of the essential body. The water inlets are assigned along an arc whose center is at the rotation axis. The essential body can be rotatably assembled to the handheld component, and switching of the waterways is achieved by rotating the handheld component, so that a water inlet is chosen to communicate with the water outlet, and then a independent cavity is chosen to communicate with the waterway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Haisong Peng, Renzhong Li, Bin Chen
  • Patent number: 9095862
    Abstract: A shower assembly and system. The assembly may include a shower device including a device housing defining an inlet communicating with an inlet chamber, an outlet and a waterway communicating between the inlet chamber and the outlet, the device housing further defining a receptacle having a closed end and an open end, the inlet chamber being behind the closed end, the waterway extending along the receptacle from the closed end toward the open end; and a second device supportable in the receptacle. The outlet may define an outlet plane, and the second device may include a speaker with a speaker housing providing a speaker outlet, the speaker outlet being one of aligned with and positioned forwardly of the outlet plane when the speaker is supported in the receptacle. The assembly may further include a magnetic connecting structure operable to releasably connect the speaker and the shower device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth Scott Hanna, Michael James Soetaert, Keith Scott Ruh, William Clement Kuru
  • Patent number: 9095861
    Abstract: Because the height of humans will vary it is important to be able to adjust the height of the showerhead. At times it may also be useful to be able to have two people shower at the same time and be able to adjust the distance between the two showerhead to accommodate the distance between two people. It may also be useful for the showerhead to be portable and easily attached and reattached to the water supply for the shower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: John Costello
  • Patent number: 9032564
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Ryan A. Reeder, Spencer L. Stohler, Andrew B. Mendenhall, Paul T. Zink, Robert W. Rodenbeck
  • Patent number: 8997790
    Abstract: A touch switch outlet mechanism has a fixation unit and a switch unit. The fixation unit includes an inlet waterway connected to the water source, a water diversion cavity connected to the inlet waterway, N number of water diversion holes connected to the water diversion cavity and several outlet functions with same number as the water diversion holes and one to one corresponding to the water diversion holes, N is equal to or more than 2; The switch unit includes N?1 number of sealing balls and N touch buttons, the N touch buttons are separately disposed with a touch end inside the water diversion cavity and a controlled end controlled by the user, the touch ends of the N touch buttons corresponding to N water diversion holes and sliding connected to the fixation unit, the N?1 sealing balls can close N?1 of the N water diversion holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignees: Xiamen Solex High-Tech Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Libin Shen, Jianmin Chen, Bin Cao
  • Patent number: 8992450
    Abstract: A portable hydro massage device for submersion in a body of water containing a female user, i.e. a bathtub, provides a local massage to the labium region and a focused stimulant to the female user's clitoris thereby resulting in a superior sensation to the entire body promoting an overall euphoric state and calming effect. The apparatus employs a saddle shaped housing, where the buttocks are placed, and a saddle horn for controlling the stimulus. Disposed within the midsection of the saddle horn is a hydro jet with a driven flow from a circulating water pump that draws suction from the main body of water. The hydro jet is adjustable in pressure and a method is provided for aeration of the water discharged to allow for a rhythmic pulsation effect. The saddle horn may be held and the lower body positioned as needed to focus the discharged stream from the hydro jet to the desired point of the pelvic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: David Heilman
  • Patent number: 8978175
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a shower assembly having an electronically controlled shower head that is controlled by a computerized control unit. The assembly can automatically bathe a user by following a program that dictates time of bathing, shower head position and motion, and the dispensing of bathing agents such as body wash or shampoo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Edgar L. Bronstein
  • Patent number: 8979778
    Abstract: A hand held movable water treatment device for tightening and whitening facial and neck skin by directing multiple streams of pressurized hot and cold water onto selected parts of an individual's face and neck, including a generally circular support member having a flat surface on a first side thereof, a handle extending from a peripheral edge of the generally circular support member, a flexible hose having a first end and a second, and a tubular member concentrically disposed on the flat surface of the generally circular support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Muna H. S. A. Faredoun
  • Publication number: 20150000030
    Abstract: A hand washing apparatus configured to simultaneously wash both a left hand and a right hand includes an enclosure having an exterior surface and an interior space. The exterior surface having a front face and first and second side faces located on opposites sides of the front face. The enclosure includes a first opening in the first side face of the exterior surface for receiving a left hand for insertion into the interior space and a second opening in the second side face of the exterior surface for receiving a right hand for insertion into the interior space. There is a first digit support member located within the interior space having a surface for receiving and orienting a first subset of digits of the first and second hands in a predetermined position within the interior space and a second digit support member located within the interior space having a surface for receiving and orienting a second subset of digits of the first and second hands in a predetermined position within the interior space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Patrick Stine, Aaron G. Loomis, Paul C. Henninge
  • Patent number: 8919709
    Abstract: A lifting rod device of shower has a lifting rod, a sucker mechanism and a locking mechanism. A penetrating hole penetrates the upper end part. The locking mechanism has a support seat connected to the lifting rod, a lower wedge block that can be connected in the support seat in a forward and backward sliding manner, an upper wedge block that can be connected in the support seat in an upward and downward sliding manner and a nut, a transversal threaded rod is fixedly arranged on the lower wedge block, the threaded rod can rotationally pass through the support seat; the nut is screwed to the threaded rod and connected out of the support seat in a relying manner, and the lower wedge block can be driven to move forward and backward by rotating the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignees: Xiamen Solex High-Tech Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Shenghe Chen, Xijie Deng, Qingshuang Li
  • Patent number: 8918925
    Abstract: A lifting rod assembly is connected to the support arm and has a body unit, a lifting rod and a friction piece. The body unit has a sleeving hole penetrating from front to back and a connecting hole penetrating the sleeving hole from inside to outside, the sleeving hole is sleeved out of the support arm; the thread of the upper end part of the lifting rod is mounted in the connecting hole of the body; and the friction piece is mounted in the upper end part of the lifting rod and adaptive to the support arm, the compressing level between the friction piece and the support arm can be controlled though the screwing level between the lifting rod and the connecting hole of the body unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignees: Xiamen Solex High-Tech Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Huasheng Peng, Hua Yao, Renzhong Li
  • Patent number: 8894927
    Abstract: A shower sterilization system is provided. The system comprises shower apparatus including water supply means (2), a shower head (6) and shower conduit means (4) connecting the shower head to the water supply means. An applicator device (16) is located between the water supply means and the shower head for receiving a sterilization or biocidal composition in use and allowing said sterilization or biocidal composition to be delivered to one or more parts of said shower apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Omnia-Klenz Ltd.
    Inventor: Stephen Finch
  • Patent number: 8893320
    Abstract: The present invention is a display apparatus for affixation to a shower or bath water supply piping or incorporated within a shower, or bath or faucet head that has an authorization means for activating water flow. In a second embodiment, the present invention comprises a dispensing apparatus that has authorization means for activating and/or deactivating water flow. The display and dispensing apparatuses include a power generation, a microprocessor, water flow sensors, timing circuits and a display means and optional wireless communication technology and optional temperature sensors. The display means can be an analog or digital display or combination of display means. The authorization means can comprise a key pad located as soft keys on the display apparatus, a remote key pad, an identification or electronic card means, a bar code or RFTD means, or a biometric means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Klicpera
  • Patent number: 8876025
    Abstract: A showerhead operable to reduce water consumption configured to detect the presence of an individual within the spray pattern of water exiting the showerhead. The showerhead further includes a housing having an internal volume that is configured to receive and discharge water. A sensor is integrally mounted to the discharge surface of the housing and is operable to detect either the presence or absence of an individual within the spray pattern of water. A valve is disposed within the housing and is operable to control the water volume exiting the housing. The showerhead being operable to discharge substantially all of the water volume available thereto upon the detection of an individual within the spray pattern and further being operable to discharge a water volume that is less than the water volume available thereto to upon detection of an absence of an individual within the spray pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: MJ Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Mary Wheeler
  • Patent number: 8876023
    Abstract: A showerhead (20) has a spray head (32) having a plurality of spray outlets (36, 38,42,44) on different faces is mounted for manual rotation about a single pivot axis both to select a spray outlet and to adjust the direction of the spray for the selected spray outlet. The showerhead can be configured so that flow of water is uninterrupted during changeover between spray modes. Alternative versions of the showerhead are disclosed in which the spray head is mounted for powered rotation, for example by a motor, allowing remote operation of the showerhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kohler Mira Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Taylor Peel, Jennifer Ellen Barnard, Simon Westgate, Alexander Fagg, Craig Edwin Baker, Peter Thomas Green
  • Publication number: 20140259373
    Abstract: A portable shower apparatus includes a shower head, funnel adapter, mounted on an air evacuator tube, for use with a conventional fluid container. The shower head includes a shower face plate having a plurality of fluid dispensing holes; shower face plate is circumvented by a ring connector having internal threads. The funnel adapter includes two opposing openings having cylindrical connector pieces, a first cylindrical connector piece and a second cylindrical connector piece; first connector piece having a greater diameter than the second connector pieces. The shower head ring connector is threadably coupled to the first connector piece while a preexisting filled fluid container is coupled to the second connector piece. When the portable shower is inverted, fluid, preferably water, flows from the fluid container towards the user. Other embodiments are disclosed including a variety of transitional adapters to use with a variety of sizes of conventional fluid containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: James Shannon Peet
  • Publication number: 20140250586
    Abstract: A water shower system has an overhead shower, a hand-held shower, a water distributing element connected to a source of water and also to the overhead shower and to the hand-held shower and having a valve located between the source of water and the overhead shower and the hand-held shower, and a switch located outside of the water distributing element and spaced from the water distributing element and the valve, operatable by a user and having a first position in which the valve provides a water supply to the hand-held shower so that water issues from the latter, and a second position in which the valve provides a water supply to the overhead shower so that water issues from the latter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Eli Zhadanov, Sam Zhadanov
  • Publication number: 20140250587
    Abstract: The toilet and shower chair for the disabled is a medical appliance that enables a disabled person to perform toilet and shower functions safely without assistance from an escort. The chair has a frame that includes legs, armrests, a backrest portion, and a centrally positioned seating portion. A showerhead overlies the seating portion. Multiple spraying devices are arranged on the backrest portion for applying water and a water/soap mixture to a user's back. The legs of the chair are vertically adjustable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: ABDULREIDHA ABDULRASOUL ALSAFFAR