Abstract: Embodiments disclosed include mattress assemblies and related components and methods employing magnetically-secured elongated edge-support members. The elongated edge-support members may be employed as side rails and end rails along the length and width of a mattress respectively to provide support along an edge of the mattress as a non-limiting example. Each elongated edge-support member may include elongated edge-support member sections aligned and secured by one or more magnets and magnetic attractive members ready to be assembled into the mattress. The elongated edge-support members may be converted to a second configuration easier to store and transport prior to inclusion in a mattress by removing the elongated edge-support member sections from alignment by pulling apart the one or more magnets and magnetic attractive members and pivoting the elongated edge-support member sections with respect to each other at the connection.
Abstract: An adjustable bed includes a base platform, a mattress on the base platform, a first magnetic member provided at the base platform, and a second magnetic member provided at the mattress. The first and second magnetic members are magnetically attracted with each other such that the mattress can be stably mounted on the base platform. By this way, the mattress can be conveniently dismantled from the base platform and the uncomfortable feeling of the user who sits at the foot area of the bed can be eased.
Abstract: A mattress includes a webbing that contains and holds in alignment a plurality of independently configurable zones of foam springs, each one of the plurality of independently configurable zones of foam springs including a plurality of individually replaceable foam springs of varied firmness; and an attachment device that fastens one of the foam springs to the webbing. A method of reconfiguring a foam spring mattress includes opening a webbing in which foam springs are contained; removing a first spring from a location within the webbing; installing a new spring into the location; and closing the webbing, wherein removing the first spring includes disengaging an attachment device that fastens the first spring to the webbing, and wherein installing the new spring includes engaging the attachment device to fasten the new spring to the webbing.
Abstract: The magnetic cushioning system is for use in a cushion, mattress or other cushioned article, the cushioning system providing adjustable firmness for the user. The magnetic cushioning system includes a plurality of magnetic supports enclosed within a cover. Each of the magnetic supports has a flexible shell having opposed upper and lower ends. A permanent magnet is disposed within the flexible shell and is positioned adjacent the upper end thereof. An electromagnet is disposed within the flexible shell and is positioned adjacent the lower end thereof. The cover has opposed upper and lower surfaces, the magnetic supports having the upper ends thereof secured to a lower face of the upper surface, and the lower ends thereof secured to an upper face of the lower surface of the cover. A controller is provided for selectively and adjustably controlling electrical power transmitted to each electromagnet.
Abstract: An aspect of the present invention relates to a method and system of providing a bed using a plurality of interchangeable adjustable firmness springs to provide localized comfort and support to the user of the bed. The plurality of interchangeable springs may have a plurality of different firmnesses to provide customizable local comfort to a user. The foam springs are color coded based on the firmness associated with the foam spring. The foam springs have markings and/or health devices attached to an end of the foam spring.
Abstract: A therapeutic mattress, inside which are arranged with plurality of sensors which are disposed on the lifting-and-supporting assemblies, and a control system is used to control the lifting-and-supporting assemblies and the sensors, through rise and fall of the lifting-and-supporting assemblies, the therapeutic mattress can be adjusted to support different body parts of the patient. The control system and the sensors can cooperate with each other to provide a precise function of weight-measurement and body-position sensing, and the sensors will cooperate with lifting-and-supporting assemblies to adjust the supporting point of the therapeutic mattress to the patient, thus preventing bedsores.
Abstract: A magnetic bed device designed to be placed adjacent to a mattress having a surface configured to support a resting person is provided. The magnetic bed device includes a plurality of magnets that produce a negative magnetic field in a region adjacent the surface, and a positive magnetic field in a region remote from the surface. The plurality of magnets are positioned relative to the surface such that only the negative magnetic field extends beyond the surface to the resting person. In another embodiment, a magnetic bed device for supporting a resting person is provided. The magnetic bed device includes a supporting layer having a surface configured to support the resting person and the plurality of magnets positioned relative to the surface such that only the negative magnetic field extends beyond the supporting layer to the resting person. In yet another embodiment, a magnetic bed device is provided that includes the supporting layer and a magnetic field generator disposed within the supporting layer.
Abstract: A magnetic mattress pad comprising an uppermost portion, an upper portion, a lower portion and alternating magnetic means for providing changes in magnetic polarity. The alternating magnetic means are disposed in cavities in the upper portion and the lower portion, but the alternating magnetic means are not located in the uppermost portion. The alternating magnetic means comprises a plurality of continuous, or uni-pole, magnets and a plurality of triangularboard button magnets. The plurality of uni-pole magnets are distributed in an asymmetrical fashion and the plurality of triangularboard button magnets are located only in the upper portion whereby the magnetic mattress pad provides highly magnetic magnetotherapy while one rests or sleeps.
Abstract: The present invention is a mattress that has tourmaline discs attached to the mattress. The mattress is an egg-crate mattress which has at least two different elevations, an upper elevation and a lower elevation. The mattress is made-up of foam. The tourmaline discs are attached to the mattress with glue in a plurality of the lower elevations of the egg-crate mattress. The mattress can also have magnets attached in a plurality of the lower elevations.
Abstract: The invention is concerned with a mattress jacket having an accessible and expandable compartment therein. The jacket consists of a side wall closely following the contour of the mattress on which it is placed. The bottom of the side wall is tucked under the mattress and secured there under. The compartment includes a bottom sheet that is resting on top of the upper surface of the mattress. The side wall includes a fold that captures a side edge of the of the bottom sheet. There is a further fold in an upper section of the side wall of the jacket that is secured to itself and represents an accordion fold that may expand or collapse as the compartment includes more or less of a cushioning material. There is a third fold secured by seaming in a further upper section of the side wall forming a planar surface confronting the bottom of a cover that may be separably affixed to the same.
January 29, 1999
Date of Patent:
July 18, 2000
Robert W. Juster, James W. Carpenter, Jr.
Abstract: The invention provides a novel mattress having massage effect for being cushioned by a human back, and comprising an upholstered seat, a number of springs, a plurality of magnetic stones and an upholstery covering said upholstered seat; wherein, said upholstered seat is provided an accommodating space therein, a lying surface on the top surface thereof, a peripheral stretcher protruded and extended upwardly and provided on at least one end on the lying surface, and a supporting plane formed at the bottom surface of said upholstered seat, the central part of said supporting plane being slightly protruded downwardly; and wherein, said springs are installed in said accommodating space, every two of said springs are linked together, and directions of compression and stretching of each spring are always perpendicular to the lying surface and the supporting plane; further, said magnetic stones are disposed on the lying surface of said upholstered seat, and each of them has a kneading part on the top periphery there
Abstract: An apparatus for positioning a human subject on a surface and for transferring a subject from one surface to another. The subject is situated on the top surface of a fluid enclosure and an actuator mechanism causes local deformations of the top surface in such a manner as to create traveling waves whereby a force tangential to the top surface is exerted on the subject for moving the subject with respect to the surface. The actuator mechanism may be a motor driver and may be a plurality of linear actuators configured so as to cause local deformations of the top surface in a direction having a vertical and/or horizontal component. The linear actuators may be shape memory fibers.
March 5, 1998
Date of Patent:
September 21, 1999
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Haruhiko H. Asada, Joseph Spano, William H. Finger