With Vibrating Means Patents (Class 5/915)
  • Patent number: 9682001
    Abstract: A wearable system including a controller and a plurality of wearable components configured to communicate with the controller is described. The controller performs a frequency analysis of music and sends control information to at least some of the wearable components based on the frequency analysis. The plurality of wearable components include at least one auditory stimulator configured to provide air conduction stimulation to the user, a plurality of vestibular stimulators configured to provide bone conduction stimulation to the user. The wearable system also includes at least one motion sensor configured to sense motion information, and at least one sympathetic arousal sensor configured to sense sympathetic arousal information of the user during stimulation by the plurality of vestibular stimulators. The controller is configured to adjust the control information based, at least in part, on the sensed motion information and/or the sensed sympathetic arousal information received from the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Axiom Learning
    Inventors: Joanne Carullo Simon, Stephenie Lee
  • Patent number: 9586021
    Abstract: Introduced are methods and systems for: gathering human biological signals, such as heart rate, respiration rate, or temperature; analyzing the gathered human biological signals; and controlling a vibrating pillow strip based on the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Eight Sleep Inc.
    Inventors: Matteo Franceschetti, Massimo Andreasi Bassi
  • Patent number: 9033904
    Abstract: A vibrating device for use in comforting an infant includes a motor and an arm operatively coupled to the motor. The arm includes a first end operatively coupled to the motor and a distal end displaced from the proximal end, the arm being repeatedly movable between first and second configurations when the motor is energized. A pad member is fixedly connected to the distal end of the arm, the pad member having a soft construction configured to prevent injury when pad member contacts an infant. The vibrating device includes a housing including side walls defining an interior area configured to contain the motor. A housing side wall defines an aperture through which the arm extends away from the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Tim DiGiacomo
  • Patent number: 8769737
    Abstract: An infant bed system having a base, a mattress with a top surface having a half-pipe indentation, the mattress is shaped and sized to be snugly placed atop the base, legs that extend downwardly from the base, and raised side walls that extend upwardly from the side wall of the base. A vibrating component in the base is adapted to provide vibrations to the mattress. A speaker produces womb sounds or heartbeat sounds. A control panel on the base allows for turning on and off of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Michael D. Duggins
  • Patent number: 8257285
    Abstract: A traction bed having a planar table on which a patient may lie with the head disposed at one end and the feet disposed at the other end. A vibration platform is disposed on the planar table for imparting vibration motion to the patient. A pelvic belt is fitted on the patient and a first strap is connected to one side of the pelvic belt and a second strap is connected to the second side of the pelvic belt. Apparatus is included for selectively applying a tension force to the first and second straps in a direction toward the foot end of the table. Further, a chest harness is fitted on the patient and includes a pair of shoulder straps extending toward the head end of the table. Apparatus is provided for selectively applying a tension force to both shoulder straps toward the head end of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Gerry Cook
  • Patent number: 8185986
    Abstract: An adjustable bed (10) includes an adjustable bed base (12) for supporting a mattress (14). The adjustable bed base (12) comprises an articulated deck (50) comprising head, seat, leg and foot deck boards (54, 56, 58, 58) hingedly joined together and supported from a frame (32). At least one of the support sections has an opening (72, 74) and a pocket (86) secured underneath the opening. Inside the pocket (86) is located a vibratory motor (100), the vibratory motor (100) being electrically coupled to a powered drive unit (66) for vibrating a portion of the adjustable bed (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Jimmy L. Grimes, Jacob J. Neuenswander, William R. Rohr
  • Patent number: 8171582
    Abstract: The invention relates to therapeutic-prophylactic equipment and domestic articles and can be used in the home for the care of seriously ill patients having limited mobility or being completely immobile as well as for the prophylactic treatment of temporarily immobile patients. The use of the proposed bed makes it possible to combine various methods for acting on the body, thereby making it possible to take measures for the efficient prevention and healing of a wide range of diseases. This, together with all the listed means and the interactions thereof, makes it possible to enhance and widen the healing effect and improve service quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Obshhestvo S Organichennoj Otvetstvennost'Yu Strojinzhiniring SM
    Inventors: Petr Vladimirovich Nikolaev, Yakov Benediktovich Ulanovsky, Elena Yakovlevna Kozlova, Ivan Petrovich Nikolaev, Mikhail Yakovlevich Ulanovsky, Alena Petrovna Nikolaeva
  • Patent number: 7771375
    Abstract: A cushion comprises a resin body with a spring structure having permeability comprising a three-dimensional structure including voids at a predetermined bulk density, the three-dimensional structure being obtained by contacting, entwining, and gathering adjacent ones of random loops or curls of continuous filaments made from a thermoplastic resin in such a manner as to allow the resulting structure to have a layered structure in which layers composed of filaments having a high bulk density as superficial layers are formed on a front and a rear of the resin body in a lengthwise direction, and a layer composed of the filaments having a low bulk density as a core layer is interposed between the superficial layers; and a speaker incorporated in the resin body or disposed on one of the superficial layers of the resin body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: EIN Co. Ltd. Technical Center
    Inventors: Sadao Nishibori, Iwao Kouno, Yuichiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 7546652
    Abstract: A standard child swing apparatus with a holder for supporting a baby on its abdomen. A vibration unit is also included within the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Inventors: Michelle Maloof, Mark C. Griffin
  • Patent number: 7484255
    Abstract: A multifunctional pillow, comprises a cover including an upper cover, a lower cover and a top cover; a sliding track assembly installed between the upper cover and the lower cover; tile sliding track assembly including an upper frame and a lower frame; the upper frame being embedded into the upper cover; a bearing being installed in the upper cover; the lower frame having a trench; in assembling, the bearing being placed into the trench so that the bearing is slidable in the trench; and a control panel installed in the cover; an interior of the control panel having a control circuit board; the control circuit board being connected to the motor, a microswitch, an audio sensor, a trumpet, and a vibrator; one end of the microswitch being connected to a touch panel and another end thereof being connected to a control circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventor: Ying-Chuan Ho
  • Patent number: 7464424
    Abstract: A giddy baby relaxer that is in the form of a woman's upper body. A baby holder in the front with arms and folding hands. The base stand consists of two attached extensive legs with locks, with an adjustable knob on both sides of the body of the baby relaxer. The rear of the upper body of the giddy baby relaxer embodies the heartbeat, breathing, vibrating and CD player. These are operable with a remote control. The rear of the body of the giddy baby relaxer is equipped for safety straps to allow for optional transporting in an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventors: Marilyn Formica, Charles J. Formica
  • Patent number: 7402146
    Abstract: A furniture includes an inflatable body and a plurality of vibrating units. Each of the vibrating units is mounted on the inflatable body, and includes a vibrating plate that is spaced apart from the inflatable body and that is formed with protrusions thereon, and a driving member for driving vibration of the vibrating plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Inventor: Hsin-Tsai Wu
  • Patent number: 7297126
    Abstract: A portable massager adaptable for foot and wrist applications. An elongated resonator plate is formed from a plurality of contiguous hollow flutes oriented in a longitudinal direction. One or more vibrator cutouts are provided in the resonator plate, passing from its upper side to its lower side. A vibrator, preferably capable of operating from low voltage DC, nests within each cutout. A lower sheet covers the lower side of the resonator plate and lower face of the vibrator. An upper sheet accommodates the upper face of the vibrator and covers at least a portion of the upper side of the resonator plate. Top and bottom vinyl covers encase the massager construction. A vibrator control switch may be included in the power line extending from an external electrical connector to the vibrator. The massager may be powered by a wall transformer or by alternative mobile power sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Gary W. Kries
  • Patent number: 7235057
    Abstract: Foot elevator comprising a compound prismatoid capable of controlled vertical and horizontal expansion is described. The foot elevator comprising an inflatable material that describes a compound prismatoid when deployed, an air pump for inflating the foot elevator, an electric operated vibrator that can provide movement of the surface of the foot elevator during use. The foot elevator is designed to provide relief and relaxing feeling to the lower extremities of the human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventors: Faye B. LeVert, Francis Edward LeVert
  • Patent number: 7146665
    Abstract: An inflatable pillow that is of low cost, thus disposable. The inflatable pillow taught is one fabricated from very low cost materials and of a very low cost fabrication process resulting in a disposable inflatable pillow. The present invention teaches a user comforted seam, the seam either placing the seam allowance within the gas enclosure or finished such as by rolling. The pillow is fabricated by an assembly process of bonding a section of the perimeter seal, inverting the inflatable pillow, then bonding the remaining seams. A sealable valve is assembled prior to the bonding of the final seams. Artwork can be added for a number of desires including advertising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Steve H. Moorin
  • Patent number: 7107639
    Abstract: An infant support apparatus for supporting an infant lying prone on its torso, configured to aid in soothing the infant and to aid in relieving and reducing the infant's gas pains. The infant support apparatus supports the head of the infant, the torso of the infant, and the legs of the infant such that the infant's head is elevated above its torso and its legs. The infant support apparatus is optionally fire retardant and fire resistant and includes a removable washable cloth cover. Retaining straps are used for holding the infant on the support apparatus. The infant support apparatus is shaped to conform to an underlying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventor: Joseph F. Taricani
  • Patent number: 7003832
    Abstract: A changing pad cover having two generally parallel vinylized/fabric layers spaced-apart and four upright sides connecting each spaced-apart layer. One or both ends of the cover may have its raised sides contoured-shaped on its upper edge to allow for the upper layer of the cover to conform to the contoured upper surface shape of the pad. The cover is secured at one end with a closure device such as a hook and loop fastener. The vinylized layer comprises a clear liquid impermeable layer, which is superimposed in a face-to-face relationship with an underlying fabric material. The fabric material has decorative visual art indicia depicted on the fabric material. The cover may optionally include a heating pad and/or a vibrating pad in an underlying relationship to the fabric material of the upper portion of the cover or integral to the fabric material. An alternative embodiment includes the top and sides of the cover only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Mary Bess Wilson
  • Patent number: 6922861
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for holding and supporting an infant, which consists of a base including a proximal extremity, an opposing distal extremity, and an edge therebetween. The base has an inclined surface extends from the proximal extremity to the edge, and a generally horizontal surface extends from the edge to the distal extremity. A body-supporting harness assembly, located atop the inclined surface, is attached to the base and is movable between a first body supporting position away from the general horizontal surface and a second position toward the generally horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: Michelle L. Mathis
  • Patent number: 6851146
    Abstract: A pillow has a curved central extent and a downwardly extending leg. The leg is positionable in a vertical plane. A rotatable eccentric is in a generally semi-circular configuration and has a periphery. A plurality of balls is secured to the periphery of the eccentric for rotation with the periphery. A motor has a driven shaft. The drive shaft has a lower end and an upper end. The lower end is supported by the motor. The upper end has a bushing supporting the upper end of the shaft. A motor enclosure is coupled to the leg beneath the pillow with a waterproof connection to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventors: Ronald J. Kristof, Beverly A. Kristoff
  • Patent number: 6820640
    Abstract: A pressure control apparatus for use in a bed including a pressurized air source, an inflatable air sack, and an independently inflatable cell located adjacent the inflatable air sack. A controller is operable to regulate the pressure in the air sack and to independently alternately pressurize and vent the inflatable cell at a selected frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry D. Hand, Robert C. Novack, Donald E. Williamson, James R. Stolpmann, Kenith W. Chambers
  • Patent number: 6785922
    Abstract: A mattress has an internal support structure and an external cladding that surrounds and covers at least a portion of the support structure. The mattress also has a vibrating device that is coupled to a part of the support structure. The vibrating device has a motor that operates to transmit vibrations throughout the support structure when turned on. The mattress can be adapted to gradually slow at a controlled rate to a complete stop over a period of time when turned off. The mattress can also be adapted to include the vibrating device internally where the device is water resistant. The mattress can also be adapted such that the vibrating device can be easily removed and installed from a pocket provided in the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward B. Bretschger, Peter J. Myers
  • Publication number: 20040123383
    Abstract: The present device is a vibrating infant bed that gently rocks a baby to sleep by providing a smooth, reciprocating movement in the vertical direction. The vibrating mechanism has an A.C. gear motor which rotates an eccentric cam. A cam follower rises on top of the cam and is mounted to the moving plate. The moving plate is guided to move in the vertical direction by bearings. As the cam rotates, the cam follower moves up and down, and so does the moving plate. A timing switch is connected to the motor and can be pre-set for a selected period of operating time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Inventor: Albert Nguyen
  • Patent number: 6723059
    Abstract: A therapeutic bed mattress. In one embodiment, the bed mattress includes a mattress frame (1A), rope elements (26) are secured substantially to an upper surface of the bed frame. The rope elements are secured between at least two sides of the bed frame. At least one vibration member (16) is attached to and below the rope elements. The vibration member includes a shaft (12), a pulley (13) attached axially to one end of the shaft, and a counterweight (11) attached to the shaft. At least one motor (10) including an output shaft (12) and a motor pulley (14) axially attached to the output shaft vibrates the rope elements. At least one belt (9) is secured between the pulley of the vibration member and the motor pulley of the motor, such that when the motor is powered, the output shaft of the motor rotates the motor pulley which rotates the belt such that the pulley of the vibration member is rotated to rotate the shaft of the vibration member and the counterweight, in order to vibrate the rope elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Ki Dong Park
  • Patent number: 6708358
    Abstract: A bed assembly includes a base, a frame supported by the base, a deck supported by the frame, and a unit received in an opening formed in an upwardly-facing top surface of the deck so that the unit is accessible from the top side of the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Hensley
  • Patent number: 6647572
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Inventor: Kwang-Ho Lee
  • Publication number: 20030131414
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cushion for relieving fatigue and reforming a sleeping position. The cushion includes a cylindrical sponge, and first, second and third driving motors placed in the sponge to apply vibrations to a user. A controller controls the first, second and third driving motors to generate the vibrations. The cushion also has a cylindrical plastic frame having open ends so that one end of the sponge is fixed in the frame, and an inner cover covers the sponge and first and second molded bodies of the frame. A vessel receiving a battery is inserted into an end of the frame, and a cap covers an opening of the vessel and is equipped with an input unit and a display unit of the controller. An aromatic case is mounted to the cap and has an aromatic material therein for releasing the aroma, and an outer cover covers the inner cover and the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2003
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventor: Kwang-Ho Lee
  • Publication number: 20030131416
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cushion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventor: Kwang-Ho Lee
  • Publication number: 20030121104
    Abstract: A mattress has an internal support structure and an external cladding that surrounds and covers at least a portion of the support structure. The mattress also has a vibrating device that is coupled to a part of the support structure. The vibrating device has a motor that operates to transmit vibrations throughout the support structure when turned on. The mattress can be adapted to gradually slow at a controlled rate to a complete stop over a period of time when turned off. The mattress can also be adapted to include the vibrating device internally where the device is water resistant. The mattress can also be adapted such that the vibrating device can be easily removed and installed from a pocket provided in the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: Edward B. Bretschger, Peter J. Myers
  • Patent number: 6550087
    Abstract: A bed assembly includes a base, a frame supported by the base, a deck supported by the frame, and a unit received in an opening formed in an upwardly-facing top surface of the deck so that the unit is accessible from the top side of the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Hensley
  • Patent number: 6505361
    Abstract: Disclosed are a vibration generator which comprises a rotary drive means having a drive shaft, at least a pair of rotors which is installed on the drive shaft and is rotative in association with the drive shaft, and unbalanced weights which are respectively installed in the rotors; and an apparatus for controlling the function of living bodies, which comprises the vibration generator as a vibration generating source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Assignee: Ken Hayashibara
    Inventor: Takayuki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 6502264
    Abstract: An articulated bed includes head/back and foot/leg sections each provided with a conventional electrically powered motor driver for driving an associated massage/ vibrator motor. A remote control handset includes a microprocessor for generating time-of-day signals and a key pad is used to encode a bed code which is bed-specific and a wake time. The microcontroller compares a predetermined wake-time setting with present time of day and generates a wake authorization signal which is transmitted to a receiver associated with the bed. The received signal of the receiver is conducted to a microcontroller which authenticates the bed code signal and responsive thereto energizes one or both of the vibrators at the desired wake time, preferably initiating minimum vibrations and progressively increasing vibrations to a maximum to wake an individual in/upon the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Inventors: Donald Ralph Clothier, Adam Michael Weinman
  • Patent number: 6438779
    Abstract: A knee pillow for separating the knees of person while lying on their side. The knee pillow includes a pillow. The pillow comprises a cushion portion. The cushion portion has a top wall, a bottom wall, a back wall, a front wall, a first side wall, a second side wall. The front wall has a length at least twice a length of the back wall. The first and second side walls taper from the front wall to the back wall. The cushion portion has a concave shaped depression therein extending about the cushion portion such that the depression is positioned in the front, back, top and bottom walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Eric J. Brown
  • Publication number: 20020078503
    Abstract: An adjustable bed having a bed frame and a center support section supported by the bed frame. A second support section has one end pivotally attached to one end of the center support section, and the second support section has an opening therethrough. A massage motor assembly has a housing mounted to the second support section over the opening. A massage motor is disposed in the housing, and a resilient material is disposed in the housing between the massage motor and the housing. Enclosing the massage motor in the resilient material reduces its operational noise and permits the massage motor to move in its natural orbital motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Applicant: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Robert G. Godette
  • Patent number: 6363559
    Abstract: A mount for locating a motor assembly within a coil spring assembly. The spring assembly has at least one coil with a helical portion which defines an inner circumference between first and second ends of the helix and a generally planar, circular portion that is attached at an end of the helix. The mount comprises an upper plate dimensioned to overlie the circular portion. The upper plate has a central aperture which opens into a dependent tubular housing. The tubular housing has an exterior circumference less than the inner circumference defined by the helical portion of the spring and an inner circumference dimensioned to receive the motor assembly therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Warmkraft, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald C. Saxon
  • Patent number: 6256818
    Abstract: A heated massage pillow for allowing the massage packs to be removed and for keeping hair looking nice. The heated massage pillow includes a pillow. The pillow is comprised of a first pillow case and a foam rubber cushion. The foam rubber contains a heating means. A power supply means, adapted to fit inside the first pillow case adjacent to the foam rubber, is operationally coupled to the heating means. Vibrating means are adapted to fit inside the first pillow case adjacent to the power supply. The vibrating means are operationally coupled to the power supply means. An actuating means, located outside of said first pillow, is operationally attached to the vibrating means. The actuating means is adapted to activate the vibrating means and the heating means. A second pillow case of satin is adapted to fit over the first pillow case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Angela Y. Hughes
  • Patent number: 6212719
    Abstract: An air massager cushioning device that not only supports a weight of an individual who sits or rests on the air massager cushioning device with minimal surface tension but also creates a massaging effect on the body part of the individual positioned on the cushioning device. The cushioning device has first and second air support structures, where each support structure has alternating offset air glands. One of the two support structures has alternating apertures, wherein the alternating air glands of one of the two support structures are respectively inserted into the alternating offset apertures to form a matrix surface arrangement of the cushioning device. The air cushioning device creates a massaging effect by rapidly inflating the air glands of one of the two support structures while rapidly deflating the air glands of the other one of the two support structures, thereby creating a massaging effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: D2RM Corp.
    Inventors: Paul B. Thomas, Robert Leventhal
  • Patent number: 6189167
    Abstract: A pillow includes a lower housing for containing a base, a motor connected to a transmitting device, and an upper housing. The motor rotates the transmitting device, which has several transmitting shafts and gears so as to provide different modes of movement, such as rotation and up and down movement, to the pillow. The upper housing is fixed with the transmitting device, supporting the body of a user, and having a curved recess formed in an upper surface to suit to the curvature of a human body. A cover covers the upper and lower housings to prevent miscellaneous matters from entering the interior of the upper and the lower housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventor: Chi-Wen Tsai
  • Patent number: 6178577
    Abstract: A mattress having multiple massage units provided on a top surface thereof is provided. Each of the massage units is formed at a lower side with an open-ended space through which two long locating strips are extended. The long locating strips are sewed up onto the top surface of the mattress at points that are in front of and behind each massage unit by a predetermined distance, so that the massage units are attached to the mattress by the long locating strips while being movable between two sewed points of the long strips before and after them. The massage units are provided in their inner spaces with at least one pair of massage elements to massage different areas on a user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: Cheng Chien-Chuan
  • Patent number: 6175981
    Abstract: A child's bed mat provides a comfortable sleeping surface which includes vibration devices for soothing a child to sleep. A vertical portion of the mat is strapped in an upright attitude to the vertical rungs of a crib, for instance, and enables the placement of a control box out of reach of the child. The mat is constructed so as to be easily folded for portability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Inventors: Delilah Navarro Lizama, Reuben Phillip Lizama
  • Patent number: 6053880
    Abstract: A massaging system for equipment such as a vehicle includes a pad; a heater element, and motorized vibrators in respective regions of the pad; a plurality of vibratory transducers for location relative to plural zones of the seat; a controller for selectively activating the transducers. Each of the vibrators is in a cavity of a main cushion member, the cavity being closed by an outer cushion member that supports an occupant, a soft isolation member being interposed between the transducer and the main cushion member. The isolation member can completely enclose the transducer; alternatively, the transducer can be bonded to the outer cushion member or a reinforcing sheet that is laminated thereto, the isolation member only partially enclosing the transducer. The isolation of the vibrators from the main cushion member provides improved selectivity of particular regions of a user's body to be massaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: JB Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles G. Sleichter, III
  • Patent number: 6029294
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wave generating apparatus for generating waves in for example beds, chairs and the like. In one aspect the device includes a motor driven crankshaft to which are attached several longitudinal beams. The beams mounted on the crankshafts are offset with respect to each other in such a way as to produce a phase shift between the beams. Each beam is provided with several links pivotally attached at one end to each beam and the links are spaced apart along each beam by a distance equal to the desired wavelength of the wave being produced. The other ends of each link is attached to a flexible membrane which forms a support surface of the bed or chair. The links from the different beams are interleaved at equal phase intervals so as to produce a travelling wave in the flexible membrane so that a complete wave passes during each full rotation of the crankshaft assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Saringer Research Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Saringer
  • Patent number: 6024407
    Abstract: Vibrating particle material filled furniture to allow for vibration of the furniture for the benefit and enjoyment of a user is disclosed. Various types of furniture may be utilized under the present invention. These include chairs, loungers, mattresses and pillows. Various types of materials, both natural and manufactured, may be used as the particle material. Various methods of producing the desired vibration are disclosed with examples given. These include those which rely upon manipulation of a magnetic field as well as mechanical devices. The resultant vibration may have a constant cycle rate or, more preferred, may be variable. A particularly desirable vibration method is disclosed which provides for the vibration to be synchronized with a musical composition. Such vibration in synch to the musical composition may be generated with or without audio production of the musical composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Somatron Corporation
    Inventor: Byron C. Eakin
  • Patent number: 5983429
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided which supports a patient on an inflatable structure. The inflatable structure preferably has two components: a) lower inflatable layer which is selectively operable to provide basic support for the patient and which includes a plurality of laterally offset zone which may be independently inflatable to control rotation of the patient. Further, a second inflatable layer includes a plurality of zones for establishing optimal patient interface pressures and patient comfort levels, and may also include sufficiently independent inner chambers to facilitate the providing of specific therapies such as alternation of primary pressure contact areas, or percussion or vibration of the patient through inner cell inflation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Inventors: Richard B. Stacy, Craig D. Ellis, Barry D. Hand, James M. C. Thomas, Kenith W. Chambers, Stephen E. Glover, Richard I. Barnett, Paul B. King, Ryszard S. Ozarowski, William T. Sutton
  • Patent number: 5940914
    Abstract: An assembly for vibrating a bed system, such as a box spring mattress. The assembly includes a clip system, a vibrating device with a housing that has several slots to engaging a lattice wire inside a box spring mattress as well as the clip system. The clip system is used to secure the vibrating device to the box spring mattress. The clip system includes a tension portion that has a mounting portion to engage the slots of the vibrating device and an indentation portion, extending from the mounting portion, to engage the other slots of the vibrating device. The clip system is secured to the box spring mattress with locking ties. Alternatively, the clip assembly includes a support clip for engaging the lattice wire and the slots of the vibrating device, instead of the slots directly engaging the lattice wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Magic fingers of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel J. Robbins
  • Patent number: 5845350
    Abstract: An infant environmental transition system provides an infant with controlled simulated movements encountered by an infant in an intrauterine environment. The system includes a suspension system having a plurality of flexures coupled between a base plate and a moving mattress platform. A cam shaft assembly includes a groove that engages a linear follower connected to the moving platform so that the follower moves along the groove while the cam shaft assembly rotates to move the linear follower, and thereby reciprocate the moving mattress platform in a longitudinal direction. Alternatively, a rotating crank assembly translates crank rotation to reciprocating movement of the mattress platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Infant Advantage, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald V. Beemiller, John W. Jamieson, Richard D. Propper, Dean L. Kamen, Jeffrey I. Finkelstein, Dennis C. Waite
  • Patent number: 5836900
    Abstract: A massaging apparatus includes a foam pad having top and bottom profiles and a composite volume VC of foam; and a vibrator coupled to the foam pad for vibrating the pad. The pad is formed including a first foam phase defining the bottom profile and having a first phase volume V1 being not less than approximately 50 percent of the volume VC, and a second foam phase defining at least a portion of the top profile and having a second phase volume V2 being a pin member projecting from proximate the side surface, through the solid portion of the threaded insert, and engaging the first structural member on opposite sides of the cavity, the pin member securing the threaded insert in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: JB Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Leventhal
  • Patent number: 5787528
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that allows a bed system to recall bed functions is accomplished by providing a bed controller with additional memory and processing steps. The additional memory is used to store current bed function data, desired bed function data, and recall bed function instructions. The additional processing, when executing the recall bed function instructions, compares the current bed function data with the desired bed function data. When the data does not match, the additional processing generates a function adjust signal which causes the bed to readjust itself to the desired function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Santino Antinori
  • Patent number: 5642539
    Abstract: A multi-function healthful bed including a bed frame, a bottom bed board, an upper bed board, air valves, a blower, two mufflers, an eccentric motor, four elastic feet supporting four feet of the bed frame, four swayable rods placed on four corner feet of a support plate, a massage bar, an air percolating plate, and a pillow. Air valves fixed in the upper bed board allow air to flow from an air chamber around the body of a user. Warm or cool air may be circulated. The massage bar also includes air valves. The eccentric motor sways the entire bed frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Inventor: Shang-Tai Kuo
  • Patent number: 5606754
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vibratory patient support system for providing therapeutic vibrational action or forces to a patient suffering from a respiratory ailment. The vibratory patient support system includes a rigid support frame such as a bed frame, a plurality of inflatable sacs supported upon the support frame with each sac having an upper surface so that the plurality of sacs forms a patient support surface. The inflatable sacs are pressurized and maintained at a predetermined pressure. This predetermined pressure may be a patient height and weight specific pressure profile. A vibrating component is provided separate from the apparatus for pressurizing and maintaining the air sacs at the predetermined pressure. The vibrating component vibrates at least a portion of the patient support surface at a predetermined frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: SSI Medical Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry D. Hand, Robert C. Novack, Donald E. Williamson, James R. Stolpmann, Kenith W. Chambers
  • Patent number: 5600214
    Abstract: In an articulated bed having a motor for raising and lowering the bed, a control circuit operated by the user has first user memory for storing a first user variable indicating a user-selected first preferred bed position and a recall button by which the user can command that a handler routine in the control circuit return the bed to the first preferred bed position indicated by the first user variable. Further, the control circuit can have a tracking memory for frequently storing a tracking variable indicating the current position of the bed and a "store" or "program" button or control by which the user can command that the first user variable be set to equal the current tracking variable. Thus, any time the bed is a position preferred by the user, the user can push the store button to store a user variable indicating the preferred bed position in the controller's memory; then afterwards the user can have the bed return to that preferred position by pressing the recall button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Assignee: Maxwell Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Leonard E. Fromson