With Material-heating Means Patents (Class 422/125)
  • Patent number: 10624980
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle-mounted aroma diffuser comprising a main unit shell, an integral vehicle charging plug support, a motor, a fan, a main unit circuit board, an atomizer and a water tank. The integral vehicle charging plug support and the main unit shell of the vehicle-mounted aroma diffuser are integrally and rotatably connected, the angle of the aroma diffuser can be adjusted according to actual requirements when the aroma diffuser is in use, the disordered wiring method of traditional split-type vehicle charger supports can be changed, the space in the vehicle is cleaner and tidier, and usage is more convenient through the integral instant-plugging design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Jianling Ye, Zengtong Lin
  • Patent number: 10094562
    Abstract: An igniter apparatus is provided, comprising a heat precursor source having a heat precursor; a heating arrangement configured to, on demand, receive the heat precursor from the heat precursor source and to emit heat associated with the heat precursor and capable of igniting an ignitable article; and a sensory precursor source having a sensory precursor substance, wherein the sensory precursor substance is configured to provide a perceptible sensory effect, and wherein the sensory precursor source is in communication with the heating arrangement and is configured to release the sensory precursor substance in association with the heat emitted by the heating arrangement. An associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: August Joseph Borschke, Michael Francis Dube, Cynthia Stewart Stokes, Jason Eugene Kobisky, Bruce Alan Bengtsson, Dennis L. Potter, Jeffrey S. Taggart, Geoffrey W. Kennard, Robert F. Soreo
  • Patent number: 9267677
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hand held device for producing large volumes of smoke from a smoke producing solution. The design allows for repeated, fast, and lengthy heating of the heating chamber, and thus is an improvement over prior devices which can only be utilized in short bursts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Felix M. Batts
  • Patent number: 9028759
    Abstract: An aroma-diffusing heating device includes a heating base, an aroma capsule detachably accommodated in the heating base and heatable by the heating base to give off fragrance, and a cap capped on the heating base over the aroma capsule. The aroma capsule includes a heat-transfer container defining a top opening, an aromatic substance held in the heat-transfer container, and a sealing film bonded to the heat-transfer container to seal the aromatic substance in the heat-transfer container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Ming Jen Hsiao
  • Patent number: 8974737
    Abstract: A method for disinfecting a volume or surfaces bounding a volume comprising nebulizing a solution comprising a sterilizing agent in a solvent having a lower boiling point than the sterilizing agent, for example ultrasonic nebulization of aqueous hydrogen peroxide, to form a nebulant. The nebulant is subjected to energy of a kind and for a duration sufficient to vaporize solvent in preference to sterilizing agent, eg heating element means, infra red, laser, microwave, RF or other radiation generating means; induction heating means; heat exchanger means; conduction means; convection means; or mechanical energy transfer means to increase the concentration of the agent in the nebulant particles. Vaporized solvent is removed from the gas stream at or above atmospheric pressure and, if necessary, the nebulant is cooled to below 70° C. The volume or surfaces are exposed to the nebulant for a time sufficient to sterilize said volume or surfaces. Also, apparatus for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Saban Ventures Pty Limited
    Inventor: Gary Erickson
  • Publication number: 20150017071
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing a fragrance includes a heating element, a barrier that at least partially surrounds the heating element and a shell that at least partially surrounds the barrier. At least a portion of the volume between the barrier and the shell is configured to hold one or more solid fragrance carriers. A heat induced airflow through the apparatus causes the solid fragrance carriers to emit a fragrance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: David W. McMinn, Steve Carlile, Lowell W. Newman
  • Publication number: 20150004066
    Abstract: Personal scent delivery devices and perfume refills thereof allow a user to enjoy a personalized scent experience while not disturbing others that may be nearby (e.g., in an office setting).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Jessica Elizabeth LEON, Stephan Gary BUSH, Dana Paul GRUENBACHER, William Michael CANNON, Andrew Isaac ROMLEIN
  • Patent number: 8920734
    Abstract: Devices dispense air treatment chemicals in response to heat generated by a candle. There is a support mounted on the candle that carries a substrate bearing the air treatment chemical. The support holds a heating plate with substrate thereon over the candle, and a chimney in the heating plate (and passage through the substrate) allow heated air to pass through when the candle wax is being combusted. Heat dispersal fins are formed along the chimney. A washer shaped substrate is provided that is made of fiberglass bound with polyvinyl alcohol and bears the air treatment chemical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul E. Furner, Phillip Kongshaug, Donald J. Schumacher, Jeffrey P. Mills
  • Patent number: 8911672
    Abstract: An electronic censer includes a censer body, an incense branch and a circuit board. The circuit board is received in the censer body. The incense branch is positioned on the circuit board and includes a heat dissipating board, a light-emitting diode, a first incense core, a second incense core enclosing the first incense core and a reflecting layer on a periphery of the second incense core. A tubular passage is defined between a periphery sidewall of the first incense core and a sidewall of the heat dissipating board to receive liquid fragrance therein. Heat generated by the LED is transferred to the liquid fragrance via the heat dissipating board. Vapor of the liquid fragrance and light of the LED leave the electronic censer via a top of the incense branch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Chen Lai, Han-Lung Lee, Ga-Lane Chen
  • Publication number: 20140363333
    Abstract: Close proximity, including conversations at closer than three (3) feet apart, facilitates disease transfer via airborne pathogens. This transfer can be mitigated by the present invention, which is directed towards methods, systems and apparatuses to produce a predictably shaped and minimally intrusive air barrier that may comprise an airborne disinfectant, to divert and or render harmless and to divert and negate close proximity airborne pathogens, such as influenza and severe acute respiratory syndrome, etc., and other airborne particulates transferred from an infected person towards the face of an unfortunate recipient at normal conversational distances apart from each other, and/or to divert and render harmless such airborne particulates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Carr
  • Patent number: 8851696
    Abstract: A fragrance lamp structure including a carrying element, a lighting element and a driving element is provided. The carrying element has a carrying surface, a first contact surface and a second contact surface. The carrying surface and the first contact surface are opposite to each other, and so are the carrying surface and the second contact surface opposite to each other. The lighting element has a first heat output surface facing the first contact surface of the carrying element. The lighting element generates a first heat going through the first heat output surface and the first contact surface to heat up the carrying element. The driving element has a second heat output surface facing the second contact surface of the carrying element. The driving element generates a second heat going through the second heat output surface and the second contact surface to heat up the carrying element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignees: Dongguan Masstop Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd., Wintek Corporation
    Inventors: Ming-Chuan Lin, Kuo-Jui Huang, Ying-Cheng Shih
  • Publication number: 20140293586
    Abstract: A detachable essential oil ring for lamp is an open-loop ring and is detachably mounted on the lamp easily. A part of the detachable essential oil ring is used to absorb or contain essential oils and directly contacts a heated portion of the lamp. The detachable essential oil ring contacts the heated portion to auxiliary vaporize the fragrance oils or the essential oils. The structure of the detachable essential oil ring is simple and is easy to manufacture. The detachable essential oil ring can be mounted on the lamp with different types and can auxiliary vaporizes the fragrance oils or the essential oils by the heat generated from the lamp during light, and this is lower cost and environmental friendly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Shuoen Tech. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chung-Chi Chiang
  • Patent number: 8844837
    Abstract: A fragrance vapor dispenser that includes synthetic wicks is disclosed. In an implementation, the fragrance vapor dispenser may comprise at least one synthetic wick. The synthetic wick may comprise an annular, longitudinal outer shell and an absorbent portion at least partially within the outer shell. The absorbent portion may also extend from a first longitudinal end to a second longitudinal end of the outer shell. The outer shell may also be more dense than the absorbent portion and sufficiently dense to vertically support the first longitudinal end above the second longitudinal end without additional support above the second longitudinal end. The synthetic wick may also comprise a color band that comprises a colorant absorbed through the outer shell and at least partially absorbed into the absorbent portion. In an implementation, the color band may comprise a width of at least ? inch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Brad Pesu
  • Patent number: 8840842
    Abstract: A system for reducing biological and/or chemical contaminants within a feed fluid stream includes in one embodiment at least one recuperator having a cold pass and a hot pass, wherein a contaminated fluid stream is introduced into the cold pass of the recuperator; optionally heating the feed fluid stream using a heater; and introducing the feed fluid stream into a compressor, and compressing the fluid stream to an elevated pressure, resulting in heating of the fluid stream to an elevated temperature, thereby producing a decontaminated fluid stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Buffalo BioBlower Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Garvey, John A. Lordi, James Wulf
  • Patent number: 8821802
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing a scent, constituted of: a directional air mover arranged to produce an air flow exhibiting an angular velocity in relation to a central linear axis of the air flow; a plurality of electronically controlled scent producing elements arranged about the produced air flow, each of the plurality of electronically controlled scent producing elements distal of the directional air mover such that scent from any of the plurality of electronically controlled scent producing elements are not deposited on any surface of the directional air mover; and a control unit in communication with each of the directional air mover and the plurality of electronically controlled scent producing elements. Preferably, the plurality of electronically controlled scent producing elements is arranged radially about the central linear axis of the air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Scentcom Ltd.
    Inventor: Yossi Haran
  • Patent number: 8815164
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally Portable censer bag, where the censer elements are mounted inside the said bag. The portable bag is designed to mount all censer elements inside, so we can take it everywhere and use it easily. The censer bag is power by electric power supply 220 v AC and also, with rechargeable battery 12 v DC through the adapter. Every piece of the censer mounted in a suitable place in the bag according to its size or height. And so, each piece is fixed while carrying the bag. There is a decoration lighting strip surround the bag which also used as indication of the charging of the battery according to light intensity. The Bag made of strong materials to withstand the shocks and coated with a layer of sponge and an artificial skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Wasmeyyah Mas Al Azemi
  • Publication number: 20140227141
    Abstract: A vaporizing device includes a reservoir defining a receiving space. A wick is engaged in the receiving space. A heat conducting member caps on the reservoir and includes a hole extending therethrough connecting and in communication with the receiving space and including a recess. The recess is delimited by an inner ridge, an outer ridge and a floor side of the heat conducting member. The outer ridge is radially spaced from the inner edge. The floor side extends radially between the inner and outer edges. The inner ridge delimits an opening corresponding to the hole. The wick has an end extending through the hole and the opening. Liquid to be vaporized by the vaporizing device is filled in the recess and fuel is filled in receiving space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Pro-Iroda Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Wei-Long Chen
  • Patent number: 8784739
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling fecal odors in an enclosed space, such as a pit latrine, include providing an oxidizer, such as a catalytic heater and an optional mechanical ventilation unit, such as an inline fan, both flow connected to a vault (pit) of the latrine. The heater is also connected to a source of fuel, for example, propane. Fresh air is drawn through vents in the latrine housing and thereafter through toilets in the latrine and through the vault, providing oxygen for the reaction. The fan and/or oxidation process draws both fresh air and accompanying odorous compounds directly from the latrine and into the oxidizer wherein the odorous components are substantially destroyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Environmental Purification, LLC
    Inventors: Don S. Sifers, Kent A. Pennybaker
  • Publication number: 20140161674
    Abstract: A wall socket aroma diffuser using an aroma capsule is provided, including a wall socket aroma diffuser having a transparent receiving unit and an aroma capsule received in the wall socket aroma diffuser. The aroma capsule is heated to diffuse scent, and is disposable after the aroma thereof is diffused into an ambient environment completely. It is thus easy, safe for a user to replace the used aroma capsule with a new one because the aroma capsule will not be broken and the aroma thereof will not flow to a region outside of the aroma capsule. The user does not need to wash the aroma diffuser. The wall socket aroma diffuser further includes a light emitting diode that emits and projects light onto the transparent receiving unit. The light is guided and diffused by the receiving unit to generate color that pleases people's eyes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Ming Jen Hsiao
  • Publication number: 20140161698
    Abstract: A system for processing recirculation air discharged from an aircraft cabin comprising a recirculation air supply line which is connectable to the aircraft cabin so as to allow a flow of recirculation air discharged from the aircraft cabin therethrough. An absorber is connected to the recirculation air supply line and is adapted to remove CO2 from the recirculation air flowing through the recirculation air supply line by absorption of CO2 in a provided absorption medium. A recirculation air discharge line is connected to the absorber and is connectable to the aircraft cabin so as to allow a flow of absorption treated recirculation air exiting the absorber to the aircraft cabin. Finally, an air processing device is disposed in the recirculation air discharge line, wherein the air processing device is connected to an O2 source and is adapted to enrich the recirculation air exiting the absorber with O2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Frank Klimpel
  • Patent number: 8750693
    Abstract: A system for consistently emitting a volatile material includes a volatile material dispenser having a diffusion element. The system further includes a refill adapted for disposal within the volatile material dispenser and including a container having a volatile material disposed therein and a wick having a first end disposed in contact with the volatile material in the container and a second end extending out of the container. A time constant for (Parameter 4) for the system is less than or equal to about 1.0 hour when estimated using the equation: Predicted mass change=Parameter4+(Parameter3*T)+(Parameter2*exp(?T/Parameter1)).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitin Sharma, Maciej K. Tasz, Ross Peter Jones
  • Patent number: 8747735
    Abstract: The invention is directed to the application of EMR to one or more elements for the purpose of generating a scent response in humans. Electronic scents may be transmitted on a stand-alone basis, unaccompanied by other sensory stimulus, or as part of a multisensory experience. Examples of multisensory experiences include theatrical motion pictures, television programming, sound recordings, or e-books accompanied by one or more scents. These scents may be coordinated with content elements, such as the scent of horses accompanying the motion picture “High Noon,” the scents of beer and leather accompanying a sound recording of “When You're a Jet” from “West Side Story,” or the musty scent of a cellar in an e-book version of Poe's “The Cask of Amontillado.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Gregg S. Homer
  • Patent number: 8741228
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for decontaminating a region. The apparatus includes a housing that defines a chamber therein. The housing has an inlet and an outlet that communicate with the chamber. A blower circulates a carrier gas from the region, through the inlet of the housing, through the chamber and out through the outlet of the housing. An atomizer introduces an atomized mist of a fluid into the carrier gas circulated through the chamber. A diffuser is disposed relative to the outlet of the chamber for redirecting said carrier gas exiting said outlet of said chamber into a predetermined direction. The diffuser includes a heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Aaron Leif Hill, Ryan Anthony Bruskevith, Jeffrey Allan Goughnour
  • Patent number: 8741223
    Abstract: A method for gas phase application of chlorine dioxide within an enclosed volume that includes the steps of: climatizing the enclosed volume to achieve a relative humidity (RH) in the range of about 5% to about 56%; generating chlorine dioxide gas; and introducing the chlorine dioxide gas under specified conditions of chlorine dioxide gas concentration and contact time, the specified conditions being effective to eliminate contaminants within the closed volume, and further to mitigate corrosion within the enclosed volume during the gas phase application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Sabre Intellectual Property Holdings LLC
    Inventors: John Y. Mason, Peter Williams, Maggie Trabeau
  • Patent number: 8721962
    Abstract: Systems, devices, methods, and compositions that improve the scent perception for a user. Improved scent perception is achieved by presenting alternating scents and by varying levels of output of scents, as well as by minimizing device clogging, thereby improving evaporation profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ricky Ah-Man Woo, Mario Alonso, John Philip Hecht, Steven Reece, Frank Andrej Kvietok, Eileen Marie St. Pierre, Zaiyou Liu, Christine Marie Readnour, Carl Eric Kaiser, Susan Eleanor Baillely, Sion Agami
  • Publication number: 20140017136
    Abstract: An aroma-diffusing heating device includes a heating base, an aroma capsule detachably accommodated in the heating base and heatable by the heating base to give off fragrance, and a cap capped on the heating base over the aroma capsule. The aroma capsule includes a heat-transfer container defining a top opening, an aromatic substance held in the heat-transfer container, and a sealing film bonded to the heat-transfer container to seal the aromatic substance in the heat-transfer container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Wirz
  • Publication number: 20140018285
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a fragrance distribution device comprising an electrical resistor, a plug or other power source, and a fragrance in a polymer or thermoplastic carrier. The polymer or thermoplastic carrier may include, for example, metal inclusions, which may be powdered metal. These metal inclusions are believed to enhance heat distribution throughout the carrier, thus allowing a more uniform and reliable release of fragrance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel D'Amico
  • Publication number: 20140010715
    Abstract: Devices dispense air treatment chemicals in response to heat generated by a candle. There is a support mounted on the candle that carries a substrate bearing the air treatment chemical. The support holds a heating plate with substrate thereon over the candle, and a chimney in the heating plate (and passage through the substrate) allow heated air to pass through when the candle wax is being combusted. Heat dispersal fins are formed along the chimney. A washer shaped substrate is provided that is made of fiberglass bound with polyvinyl alcohol and bears the air treatment chemical.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Paul E. Furner, Phillip Kongshaug, Donald J. Schumacher, Jeffrey P. Mills
  • Patent number: 8609021
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for disinfecting a room and the objects that may be contained therein, or surfaces in general, including the following steps: (a) determining the volume of the room to be disinfected; (b) as a function of the value determined in step a) above, determining a volumetric concentration of an aqueous disinfecting solution delivered into the room in the form of a dry mist required for obtaining a predefined level of disinfection, said disinfecting solution comprising hydrogen peroxide and silver ions (Ag+); (c) delivering into the room said aqueous disinfecting solution in the form of a dry mist until the desired volumetric concentration is achieved; (d) keeping said aqueous disinfecting solution in the form of a dry mist in contact with the room and with the objects that may be contained therein for a predefined time, so as to achieve a desired level of disinfection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: 99 Holding S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Aline Maria Da Rocha Costa
  • Patent number: 8603398
    Abstract: The invention provides a fragrance delivery system comprising: a control unit for controlling a release mechanism to release at least one selected fragrance, said control unit comprising a selection unit for selecting said selected fragrance from at least two fragrances and controlling said release mechanism to release said selected fragrance, and a switching element for switching said release mechanism between an first state and an second state or vice versa, in which first state said release mechanism releases said selected fragrance at a higher rate than in said second state. The invention further provides a kit of parts comprising said device and a at least two fragrance reservoirs filled with a fragrance chemical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Toni Broncano Atencia, Silvia Sorribes, Francisco Güell
  • Patent number: 8556441
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fragrance emitting article in the form of a lamp shade comprising: an outer surface, where at least one fragrance is applied to the outer surface; and an inner surface, where at least one fragrance is applied to the inner surface. In one exemplary embodiment, the lamp shade includes a pyramidal structure that includes an open top having a periphery and an open base having a periphery. A supporting frame maintains the pyramidal structure, where the supporting frame is coupled with the periphery of the structure at the open top and the open base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew Battle, Frederick Battle
  • Patent number: 8496881
    Abstract: A chemical delivery system includes: a chemical storage device configured for emitting a volatilized chemical therefrom; a heating element which provides an exothermic chemical reaction; an at least substantially rigid housing element containing the heating element; a tray including a well, the well having an absence of a through-hole and defining a space which is slightly larger than the chemical storage device, the tray being attached to the housing element, the chemical storage device being mounted to the well, the heating element being in thermal communication with the chemical storage device via the well; a retainer attached to the well and including at least one hole configured for passing therethrough the volatilized chemical to an ambient environment, the retainer being configured for retaining the chemical storage device in the space; and a removable covering directly attached to the tray and covering the retainer and the well to thereby hermetically seal the chemical storage device within the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Group Dekko, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Pohl, James A. Ritchie, Jr., Jeffery A. Clark
  • Publication number: 20130170184
    Abstract: A light and fragrance producing device includes an electrically powered light source and a separate electrically powered heating element. The device also includes a fragrance disk that can emit fragrances when heated by the heating element. The fragrance disk also can be configured to remain solid while heated by the heating element rather than melting or evaporating. The device can also include a decorative outer housing that can be interchangeable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: IDC ENCHANTED LIGHTING COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: John Browder, Matthew Kowalec, Alan Rushing, Brett Moody
  • Patent number: 8475719
    Abstract: An electric censer includes a censer body, a receiving unit and an incense branch. The censer body is a hollow container with an opening defined at a top thereof. The receiving unit is received in the censer body and includes a hollow tube communicating with the opening of the censer body. The incense branch includes a light guiding bar and a light emitting unit positioned on a bottom end the light guiding bar. A top end of the light guiding bar extends outwardly from the opening of the censer body and act as a light outputting side of the incense branch. The position of the light emitting unit is adjustable by pressing or pulling the light guiding bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Chen Lai
  • Patent number: 8475718
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling fecal odors in an enclosed space, such as a pit latrine, include providing an oxidizer, such as a catalytic heater and an optional mechanical ventilation unit, such as an inline fan, both flow connected to a vault (pit) of the latrine. The heater is also connected to a source of fuel, for example, propane. Fresh air is drawn through vents in the latrine housing and thereafter through toilets in the latrine and through the vault, providing oxygen for the reaction. The fan and/or oxidation process draws both fresh air and accompanying odorous compounds directly from the latrine and into the oxidizer wherein the odorous components are substantially destroyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Environmental Purification, LLC
    Inventors: Don S. Sifers, Kent A. Pennybaker
  • Patent number: 8435451
    Abstract: An incense burner and storage device includes a lower housing with a base and a storage compartment. The device also includes an upper housing and an upwardly extending column for supporting the upper housing. The upper housing includes a support for charcoal and incense and an ashtray for collecting ashes. The ashtray is also rotatable about a vertical axis between a loading position and a burning position. The ashtray also includes a perforated screen-like bottom that allows a flame to pass therethrough. A cigarette lighter is used for heating the charcoal and is pivotally mounted within the column for removal and replacement of the lighter. An adjustment mechanism is fixed to one side of the upper portion of the column and allows the charcoal and incense support to be raised or lowered with respect to the cigarette lighter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Khaled Abdullah Al-Mahnna
  • Patent number: 8414834
    Abstract: A scent dispersing device for use with an artificial tree having a hollow trunk, the device comprising a disk comprising a container for housing a replaceable fragrance cartridge and an energizable heater in communication with the cartridge. When the heater is energized, the cartridge emits a fragrance through openings in the disk. The invention comprises a motorized fan, such that when the fan operates, air is forced into the hollow trunk and through at least one disk located at the bottom or between sections of the assembled trunk and fragrance is forced through openings in the disk or holes in the trunk. The invention includes a tree stand that houses a fan, lighting, and audio each wired to a control panel and timer connected to an energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Kimm E. Gorman
  • Patent number: 8412029
    Abstract: A light and fragrance producing device includes an electrically powered light source and a separate electrically powered heating element. The device also includes a fragrance disk that can emit fragrances when heated by the heating element. The fragrance disk also can be configured to remain solid while heated by the heating element rather than melting or evaporating. The device can also include a decorative outer housing that can be interchangeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: IDC Enchanted Lighting Company, LLC
    Inventors: John Browder, Matthew Kowalec, Alan Rushing, Brett Moody
  • Patent number: 8369694
    Abstract: A vaporizing dispenser comprising a user-activatable chemical reaction heat source and a volatile compound inside a container such that convection currents from the activated heat source volatilize the volatile compound and carry it out of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Tempra Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Pitz, Michael Sheppard Bolmer, Zbigniew R. Paul, Cullen M. Sabin, Martin W. Sabin
  • Patent number: 8349251
    Abstract: Systems, devices, methods, and compositions that improve the scent perception for a user. Improved scent perception is achieved by presenting alternating scents and by varying levels of output of scents, as well as by minimizing device clogging, thereby improving evaporation profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ricky Ah-Man Woo, Mario Alonso, John Philip Hecht, Steven Reece, Frank Andrej Kvietok, Eileen Marie St. Pierre, Zaiyou Liu, Christine Marie Readnour, Carl Eric Kaiser, Susan Eleanor Baillely, Sion Agami
  • Patent number: 8293172
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a volatile material includes the steps of providing power to a volatile material diffuser having a diffusion element and operating the diffusion element for a first period of time, wherein the diffusion element is continuously activated and deactivated during the period of time at a first duty cycle having a first on time and a first off time. Still further, the method includes the step of operating the diffusion element for a final period of time, wherein the diffusion element is continuously activated and deactivated during the final period of time at a final duty cycle having a final on time and a final off time. The first duty cycle is less than about 100% such that the first off time is greater than about 0 seconds and the final duty cycle is about 100% such that the final off time is about 0 seconds and wherein the final period of time begins after the first period of time has finished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas P. Gasper
  • Patent number: 8282883
    Abstract: A blower type chemical diffusing apparatus is disclosed which can be of service for an extended period of time and does not give rise to refuse disposal problems. The blower type chemical diffusing apparatus of the invention has an air blower, a chemical retainer and a fuel cell included in the apparatus body whereby powering the air blower to drive it with the fuel cell causes chemical from the chemical retainer to be emitted into an environmental atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Fumakilla Limited
    Inventors: Satoshi Yamasaki, Kazunori Yamamoto, Shinya Kawamura, Yasuharu Takei, Takao Jo
  • Patent number: 8272143
    Abstract: A process for removing or treating harmful biological and organic substances within an enclosure includes heating the ambient air within the enclosed area to a predetermined temperature over time to cause harmful biological or organic substances to be destroyed or migrate into the ambient air. Temperature and pressure levels are monitored through the treatment process. Contaminated objects or areas may be subjected to biocides, irradiation, or even freezing as part of the treatment process. The air removed from the enclosure is preferably passed through an incinerator, a filter or an irradiation device and the heated air is re-circulated to enhance efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: David Hedman
  • Publication number: 20120224995
    Abstract: An improved fragrance warmer, water-based fragrance gel, and related methods of use are disclosed. In one aspect, the Fragrance warmer has at least high and low heat settings selected for use with a water-based fragrance gel. In other aspects, a water based fragrance gel is provided that can, in certain embodiments, be made with de-ionized water to achieve a viscosity approximately residing a range of about 19,000 centipoises to about 30,000 centipoises. In further aspects, a method of using the water-based gel includes observing that the gel on a warmer tray has reduced to a residue, and cleaning the warmer tray by hand washing it with soap and water, or by running it through a dishwasher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: David W. McMinn
  • Patent number: 8236240
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and system for conducting a continuous operation, flowing vapor phase decontamination in either an open loop or a closed loop. Using the method, a multi-component liquid decontaminant is vaporized and delivered into, through and out of a sealable enclosure by means of a carrier gas that is flowing into, through and out of said sealable enclosure. After leaving the enclosure, the vapor is captured in a cold-water bath and decomposed. The invention humidifies the carrier gas by passing it through a temperature controlled water bath to warm, or to cool, the carrier gas as necessary in order to bring the carrier gas to the desired temperature and humidity before it is combined with the vaporized sterilant and allowed to flow into the sealable enclosure. The concentration of the vapor sterilant and the percent saturation of the vapor sterilant are simultaneously controlled by controlling the rate at which the carrier gas flows and the rate at which the liquid sterilant is vaporized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventors: James Arthur Childers, Robert Warren Childers
  • Patent number: 8221678
    Abstract: A system and process is provided for removing or treating harmful biologic and organic substances within an enclosure, such as a container, building or vehicle. Air within the enclosure is heated to a predetermined temperature to kill organisms and cause harmful substances in the structure to migrate into the ambient air. Boric acid in combination with the heat may be used to kill mold and similar undesirable organisms. Temperature and pressure levels are monitored. The heated air carrying the harmful substances is passed through a filter to remove the harmful substances, and the heated air is re-circulated to enhance efficiency. The system effectively kills insects, molds, viruses and bacteria and reduces the levels of allergens and volatile organic compounds in the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: David E. Hedman
  • Patent number: 8221679
    Abstract: A free radical decontamination method and system. The system is comprised of a chamber defining a region, and a generator for generating free radical reach effluent from a free radical electric generator and hydrogen peroxide solution with water. A closed loop circulating system is provided for supplying the mixture of free radicals from the electric generator mixed with the hydrogen peroxide solution in the form of the effluent to the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Czeslaw Golkowski
  • Patent number: 8197762
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a volatile material comprises the steps of providing power to a volatile material diffuser having a diffusion element. The method further includes the step of operating the diffusion element for a randomly determined period of time, wherein the diffusion element is continuously activated and deactivated during the period of time at a randomly determined duty cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas P. Gasper
  • Patent number: 8197761
    Abstract: A vehicle air freshener includes an elongated, substantially cylindrical housing having an angled upper end, a lower end and an interior chamber. Within the interior chamber is an electric heater and a removable cartridge containing a fragrant or deodorizing material. The heater is powered by a conventional adapter on the lower end of the housing that mates with the vehicle's cigarette lighter. At the upper end of the housing is an adjustable fan assembly for dispersing the fragrant material into the vehicle passenger compartment. Accordingly, the adapter is properly inserted into the vehicle's cigarette lighter and a switch is engaged to activate the fan and heater; the fragrant material within the cartridge is slowly vaporized and dispersed to the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Shelia Miller-Larry
  • Publication number: 20120134884
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a fragrance distribution device comprising an electrical resistor, a plug or other power source, and a fragrance in a polymer or thermoplastic carrier. The polymer or thermoplastic carrier may include, for example, metal inclusions, which may be powdered metal. These metal inclusions are believed to enhance heat distribution throughout the carrier, thus allowing a more uniform and reliable release of fragrance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel D'Amico