Couch, Chair, Or Body Support Patents (Class 601/49)
  • Patent number: 10251802
    Abstract: An apparatus for vibration of a person via a vibrating platform. The apparatus includes a support structure that has a fulcrum and a plurality of vibration isolators, a platform that has a central portion and lateral portions, a power assembly coupled to the platform to operably oscillate the platform about the fulcrum, and a base shell that extends around one or more sides of the platform. The central portion of the platform is pivotally coupled to and operably oscillates about the fulcrum of the support structure so that oscillation about the fulcrum causes the lateral portions to alternately rise and fall in a substantially vertical direction. Further, the base shell is mounted to the support structure free-from connectors other than the vibration isolators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: LIFETIME VIBE, LLC
    Inventors: Tyson Triplett, Vicki Honey
  • Patent number: 10213361
    Abstract: A muscle fiber excitation system (MFES) to execute multiple displacements in each of a vertical, a medial-lateral, and an anterior-posterior direction. The device may be step-on or wearable. In use, the device stimulates muscles to ameliorate the risk of blood clots and muscular-skeletal decline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Bertram Nworah Ezenwa
  • Patent number: 9471541
    Abstract: A method and wireless sensor device for determining a time period a person is in bed. In one aspect, a method includes utilizing a wireless sensor device to obtain a plurality of acceleration samples in relation to at least one axis associated with a person's body over a predetermined time window. The method also includes calculating a polar angle for each acceleration sample within the predetermined time window. The method also includes calculating a fraction of an amount of time within the predetermined time window that the polar angle is greater than an angle threshold that indicates that the person is lying down, where if the fraction is greater than a predetermined threshold, the predetermined time window is marked as a period the person is lying down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Vital Connect, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Chan, Ravi Narasimhan
  • Patent number: 9462262
    Abstract: An architecture includes a system to create an augmented reality environment in which images are projected onto a scene and user movement within the scene is captured. The augmented reality environment is hosted within a surrounding area in which various ambient conditions, external to the augmented reality environment, persist. The architecture monitors the external conditions and controls secondary devices that selectively modify the conditions as desired in cooperation with operation of the augmented reality environment to effectively enhance user experience. Alternatively or additionally, the architecture may inform the user of what changes to make, and the user manually makes the adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Edward Dietz Crump, William Thomas Weatherford, Christopher Coley
  • Publication number: 20150148719
    Abstract: A device for stimulating capillary conditioning by using the force of gravity and exercising the capillary vessel is described, comprising a base with a horizontal area (10) and a vertical projection (20) from the posterior face of said horizontal area (10), where horizontally spaced straps (30) are fastened, said straps (30) are subject to the vibration and movement generated by an engine, and the upper and lower limbs are placed on said straps (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Paulo Sergio BERVIAN
  • Publication number: 20150141881
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a seating apparatus for the diagnosis and treatment, and more particularly, to a seating apparatus for diagnosis and treatment of diagnosing and curing urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and defecation disorders which enables to diagnose symptoms of urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and defecation disorders by measuring contraction pressure and contraction duration of pelvic floor muscles, muscles of perineum and anal sphincters of a user, who puts on cloth while seated, simultaneously with curing symptoms of urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and defecation disorders throughout biofeedback exercise and training.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Gi Bum Oh
  • 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: 8938888
    Abstract: A hair drying system has a chair with a chair platform, a back rest, a first arm, and a second arm. A microprocessor with a data storage component is connected to an internet source. A massaging system with a plurality of vibrating components and a plurality of heating components is located in both the chair platform and the back rest. A hair dryer with a hair dryer mount is located on the back rest posterior surface. A monitor with a monitor positioning arm is pivotally located on a chair platform second edge. A tray is located on a tray positioning arm which is pivotally located on the monitor positioning arm. A remote control unit is removable and located in a recess located in a first arm armrest top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin E. Brown
  • Publication number: 20140276273
    Abstract: An apparatus for musculoskeletal stimulation allows independent electronic control of vibration parameters and overall biasing force so that an optimum combination of these parameters may be obtained regardless of the user's weight and without the need for adjustment of mechanical weights or springs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: WISYS Technology Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Leismer, Nadder D. Sahar
  • Publication number: 20140194793
    Abstract: Aspects of the of the disclosure relate to a non-contact physiological motion sensor and a monitor device that can incorporate use of the Doppler effect. A continuous wave of electromagnetic radiation can be transmitted toward one or more subjects and the Doppler-shifted received signals can be digitized and/or processed subsequently to extract information related to the cardiopulmonary motion in the one or more subjects. The extracted information can be used, for example, to determine apneic events and/or snoring events and/or to provide apnea or snoring therapy to subjects when used in conjunction with an apnea or snoring therapy device. In addition, methods of use are disclosed for sway cancellation, realization of cessation of breath, integration with multi-parameter patient monitoring systems, providing positive providing patient identification, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: KAI MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Haruo Nakata, Isar Mostafanezhad, Scott Tadashi Miyasato, Erik Vossman
  • Patent number: 8740826
    Abstract: A device for non-invasively mechanically stimulating bone or muscle includes a vibrational energy generator for applying vibrational energy to a first end of a length of a tissue which includes bone and/or muscle. The vibrational energy is for inducing strain in at least one region within the length of tissue. A restraint is disposed opposite the first end of the length to resist translation of the length during operation of the device and to provide loading to the bone or muscle. A connecting structure couples the restraint to the vibrational energy generator. The device does not require gravity to operate and as a result is expected to have applications in space, such as with astronauts, with those having bone aliments such as bed-ridden patients, persons with osteoporosis or disuse atrophy, athletes, recovering bone cancer patients, and persons with musculoskeletal disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Leismer
  • Patent number: 8721573
    Abstract: A vibratory attachment interface enabling transmission of oscillations generated by an oscillation source upon an external human body surface. The interface comprises a first contact node and a second contact node slideably mounted alongside the first contact node, wherein the contact nodes are each sized and shaped to enable seating within a human rib-space, and whereby upon forced engagement of the first contact node within a first rib-space, the second contact node automatically slides and conforms to the contour of a second differing rib-space thereby optimally nestling within the second rib-space. The attachment interface is for use in contoured application to preferably the anatomic left sternal border, third and fourth intercostal space, such as to enable and ensure an optimized vibratory transmission pathway from the chest wall to the base of the heart and coronary arteries thereupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Simon Fraser University
    Inventor: Andrew Kenneth Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8684955
    Abstract: A back kneading device capable of causing a massage mechanism to protrude forward and return to an original normal position is provided with no increase in size and complexity in construction. The back kneading device mounted in a chair massage apparatus includes the massage mechanism having a pair of right-hand and left-hand massage members, a base member for pivotally supporting the mechanism at its lower end, a vertical movement mechanism for imparting a vertical motion to the base member, an advancing and retracting mechanism for rockably driving the massage mechanism, and a rock restricting mechanism for an adjusting an angle of rotation of the massage mechanism so that, when the device is in an upper position, an upper end of the massage member protrudes forward, whereas, in a lower position, a lower end thereof protrudes forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Daito Electric Machine Industry Company Limited
    Inventors: Ying Liu, Koichi Numata, Shinsaku Shimizu, Fumitaka Ishiguro
  • Patent number: 8617089
    Abstract: Transducers and resonators are embedded in body support structures in contact with a user to for the purpose of conveying musical sound energy to a user's body at selected frequencies and in selected patterns. Body support structures include beds, pillows, chairs, and other structures typically used to support people. The sound may be audio tones and/or music. The transducers and resonators may be incorporated into a foam component or in a coil spring component of the body support structure. Latex-type foams and beds made with springs are candidate body support structures for receiving transducer's and resonators. Electro-active polymers are also used as transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: So Sound Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Richard Barry Oser, Suzannah Long
  • Patent number: 8603017
    Abstract: A vibrational therapy assembly treating and preventing Deep Venous Thrombosis, and other conditions, using vibrational energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: American Medical Innovations, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Titi Trandafir, Roger J. Talish, Kenneth McLeod
  • Patent number: 8535252
    Abstract: An improved therapeutic bed includes a bed frame; at least one spring holder, each extending along a first direction of the bed frame and including first channels provided at a top area of the at least one spring holder; coil springs disposed respectively in the first channels of the at least one spring holder, each of the coil springs extending along a second direction of the bed frame between two sides of the bed frame; at least one vibration shaft member disposed below the at least one coil spring holder and extending along the first direction of the bed frame; and a motor configured to generate vibration to the at least one vibration shaft member. The vibration is transferred from the at least one vibration shaft member to the coil springs through the at least one spring holder, whereby the therapeutic bed has improved durability and massaging effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Ki Dong Park
  • Patent number: 8500664
    Abstract: A massage chair with a foot massaging device, which includes a seat unit, a backrest unit, and the foot massaging device located at a front portion of the seat unit, can make the structure simpler, the weight lighter, and the cost lower all at once. The massage chair is provided under the seat unit 2 with a back-and-forth motion mechanism 15 joined to the foot massaging device 5, and when the back-and-forth motion mechanism 15 protrudes forward, the foot massaging device 5 advances to a using position U which is located in front of the seat unit 2 and at which a lower leg of a user can be massaged, while when the back-and-forth motion mechanism 15 retracts backward, the foot massaging device 5 is housed in a housing position P formed under the seat unit 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Daito Electric Machine Industry Company Limited
    Inventors: Koichi Numata, Shinsaku Shimizu, Shigeki Noda
  • Patent number: 8398571
    Abstract: A cover (150) for a vibratory pad (10) comprises a pocket or pouch (158) faced with dressing fabric material and sized to accommodate a vibration pad, a closure (154e) to retain the cover on the pad, in use, and a strap (146,148) integral with the cover suitable for connecting the cover (and a pad retained therein) to the limb (29) of a patient. The strap has an (adhesive) connector (176) that is capable of being secured so as to pressure the pad against the limb and so that, once made, the connection cannot be unmade without disabling the connector against making subsequent connections. Thus the cover can only be used once. A system (12?150?) includes the vibration device and comprises means to disable the device after a cover has been employed for a period of time or number of treatments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Philip James Ellin
  • Patent number: 8378612
    Abstract: A control system for a massage device. The massage device has a base, a carriage movably engaged with the base, a plurality of kneading heads mounted on the carriage, and a motor operative to drive the plurality of kneading heads to produce a kneading effect on a body of a user and to drive the carriage up and down relative to the base such that various areas of the body can be massaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Chichun Wu
  • Patent number: 8360999
    Abstract: A magnetic levitation vibration system comprising a top plate, a base plate, at least one first magnet, at least one second magnet, at least one electromagnetic actuator comprising an upper half and a lower half, a controller, a sensor, and a control circuit. A method for the treatment or prevention of musculoskeletal indications comprising providing a top plate, providing a base plate, generating a first magnetic field to levitate the top plate, generating a second magnetic field to drive the top plate into vibration, adjusting frequency of vibration of the top plate; and adjusting magnitude of vibration of the top plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Inventors: Kwok-Sui Leung, Wing-Hoi Cheung, Kam-Fai Tam, Wai-Kin Ng
  • Patent number: 8337437
    Abstract: A system made up of methods and techniques designed to improve the body's postural alignment, joint range, muscle hydration, bone density, and overall musculoskeletal health. The system combines a series of exercises designed to lengthen and strengthen muscles, fascial and myofascial tissue. The system is used in combination with a vibrating roller device, which can also be used with a head cradle. The application of the vibrational motion to the body in combination with the techniques described herein work to stimulate fascial tissue and confer benefits on the user which will improve the overall quality of life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Sue Hitzmann
  • Patent number: 8323223
    Abstract: A wedge-shaped multiple drop traction (MDT) apparatus percussively moves at low frequencies and through displacement great enough to induce discontinuous displacement between adjacent cervical vertebrae. The MDT rests on a fixed surface beneath a patient's shoulders. A head traction applicator applies a traction force to a patient's head, and preferably a cushion is provided under the patient's head. The MDT has a motive power source mounted on a static base plate. The motive power source turns an eccentric shaft carrying bearings thereupon, and these bearings are coupled through contact pads to a vibrating plate that is pivotal with respect to the static base plate. Cushions couple the vibrating plate to the patient's back, and yet leave the spinal column unsupported and also displaced from direct contact with the vibrating plate. Additional synergy is obtained with smaller amplitude vibration therapy applied simultaneously to the cervical vertebrae region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventors: Dennis A. Woggon, A. Joshua Woggon, John D. Carlson, Donald D. Winkels
  • Publication number: 20120302930
    Abstract: A traction bed includes a frame upon which an individual is supportable, first and second lever arms pivotably coupled to the frame at a location proximate a first end of the frame and configured to be coupled to the individual's upper torso, third and fourth lever arms pivotably coupled to the frame at a location proximate a second end of the frame and configured to be coupled to the individual's pelvis or pelvic region, and a control system operable to direct a force onto each of the lever arms to pivot the lever arms relative to the frame. The force directed to the first and third lever arms is separately variable from the force directed to the second and fourth lever arms to provide differential traction on the individual's body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Jeff Winternheimer, Christopher R. Gray
  • Patent number: 8308665
    Abstract: A method and wearable system and for enhancing human balance and gait and preventing foot injury through neurological stimulation of the foot and the ankle. Subthreshold stimulation for neurosensory enhancement is provided via electrodes or vibrational actuators, or combination thereof, disposed in or on a wearable a platform, such as an insole, sock shoe, removable shoe insert, or applied without the support of a platform, to the skin surface of an individual. Suprathreshold stimulation for therapeutic purposes, such as improving blood flow, is also provided by the vibrational actuators. The actuators and electrodes are driven by bias signals generated by a bias signal generator that is coupled to a controller. The signal generator under the control of the controller is adapted to generate a non-deterministic random signal, a repetitive pattern or series of patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Trustees of Boston University
    Inventors: Jason D. Harry, James J. Collins, James B. Niemi, Atilla A. Priplata, Stephen J. Kleshinski
  • Patent number: 8282582
    Abstract: A chest physiotherapy device which allows self administered chest physiotherapy to assist in transfer of airway passage secretions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Alan Lee Starner
  • Patent number: 8277400
    Abstract: A chest physiotherapy device which allows self administered chest physiotherapy to assist in transfer of airway passage secretions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Alan Lee Starner
  • Patent number: 8273038
    Abstract: In combination, vertically percussive vibration and non-symmetrical forces are applied to a patient. The non-symmetrical forces may be generated by a variety of unevenly applied weights that are supported at appropriate body locations in a manner that upsets normal body load symmetry. The non-symmetrical forces in combination with vertically percussive vibrations induce neuromusculoskeletal proprioceptive re-education and development within a living body to correct musculo-skeletal disorders including but not limited to scoliosis. A special posture modifying chair and head-orienting glasses may be used instead of or in addition to unevenly applied weights. An additional force concentrating treatment apparatus is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: Dennis A. Woggon, A. Joshua Woggon, John D. Carlson, Donald D. Winkels
  • Patent number: 8262631
    Abstract: A therapeutic device includes an elastomeric outer shell configured as a human hand and defining an interior area, the outer shell having a finger end opposite a wrist end. The device includes a pocket in the interior area, the pocket being defined by an inner wall. An endplate is coupled to the outer shell and coupled to the inner wall to define a closed area between the outer shell and pocket, the endplate having an opening for allowing access to the pocket. A fill material is positioned in the closed area. The device includes a vibrating unit removably positioned in the pocket through the endplate opening, the vibrating unit having a lock complementary to a catch to couple the vibrating unit to the endplate, the vibrating unit having a vibrating motor in electrical communication with a power source and a switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Rebecca Wilson Macsovits
  • Publication number: 20120209156
    Abstract: A system provides compression of a limb of a patient and out-of-axis restraint of a joint of the limb being compressed and application of vibration to a first end of the limb so that the vibration is transmitted through the first end of the limb, the compressed joint, and through the remainder of the limb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey Michael Leismer, Nadder David Sahar
  • Publication number: 20120203149
    Abstract: A method of making an adjustable bed (10) includes providing 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 (52, 54, 56, 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: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: L&P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: Jimmy L. Grimes, Jacob J. Neuenswander, William R. Rohr
  • Publication number: 20120203150
    Abstract: An ottoman holds a foot massage unit accessible through an opening in the ottoman to permit dual use of the ottoman as a footrest and foot massage without substantial repositioning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Mark J. Eberhardt
  • Publication number: 20120150081
    Abstract: The invention is about the support unit for the physically handicapped patient that is used for the unconscious or conscious physically handicapped patient, fulfills the patient's needs automatically or through manually controlled directions, turns into a bed or wheeled handicapped chair when wished, ensures that the patient does physical movements, provides the blood circle by making massage under the lower base of the foot through the vibration of the step under the patient's feet, ensures that the patient defecates depending on the equipments under the seat section (22) of the chair and that defecation is transferred to the sewage system wholly automatically and hygienically without human touch, gaining the patient the freedom of movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: Aslan Ali Pirli
  • Patent number: 8156939
    Abstract: In therapeutic apparatus, the combination comprising an adjustable cradle pressure exerting therapeutic cushion, a flexible sheath housing a cushion, an elongated support operatively connected to a sheath for maneuvering a sheath and cushion into selected position or positions for transmitting pressure between a person and a surface onto which a person's body weight is imposed via a cushion and sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Rachael Joelle Maddalena
  • Publication number: 20120061049
    Abstract: A cooling and/or heating system is provided that may include an air conditioning and heat pump assembly (refrigerant-based) housed within an enclosure. Ducts are provided to deliver air cooled by the air conditioning unit or air heated by the heat pump to one or more users positioned in the enclosure. A reversing valve is provided for directing the flow of pressurized refrigerant to one of the condenser and evaporator. When operated in heating mode, the refrigerant flow is reversed by the reversing valve and heated air is delivered through the same duct work. The air conditioning and/or heat pump assembly is controlled by a vending module to be operated by a user. The system is particularly well suited to include the sale of secondary retail and information services and items at populated public locations, e.g., a beach, city street and parks, and at other venues, e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Michael S. Micucci, Stephen L. Sharp, Alexander J. Sharp, Gil R. Tatarsky, John A. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8112825
    Abstract: A toilet seat includes a body with a plurality of massage mechanisms installed in the body, and means for sealing the massage mechanisms. The massage mechanism includes a housing which comprises an upper part and a lower cover part, a motor held between the upper part and the lower cover part, an eccentric weight fixed to the output shaft of the motor, and a resilient suspension device for suspending the assembly of the motor, the eccentric weight and the housing inside the body. The suspension device includes a housing fixing end fixed to the housing, a body fixing end fixed to the body, and a connecting part connected between the two fixing ends. In use, the motor rotates the eccentric weight to thereby produce vibrations which are transmitted to a user sitting on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Johnson Electric S.A.
    Inventors: Yue Li, Jicheng Pan, Fei Li, Yongqiang Song, Gang Peng, Guanlei Jiang, Zongwang Lv
  • Patent number: 8105250
    Abstract: A vibration-exercising machine has a supporting frame, a main platform being mounted on the supporting frame, at least one additional platform being mounted on the supporting frame and multiple vibrators being mounted in each corresponding platform. The vibration-exercising machine allows different parts of a user to be vibrated and exercised efficiently at the same time with easy and comfortable poses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Mu-Chuan Wu
  • Publication number: 20110301516
    Abstract: A patient support for supporting a patient includes an inflatable mattress defining a support surface and a pneumatic system for inflating the inflatable mattress. The pneumatic system includes a pressurized reservoir for holding pressurized air and selectively releases pressurized air from the reservoir to the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick Lafleche, Jean-Francois Girard, Derick Elliott, Martel Benoit, Luc Petitpas, Jean Bizouard, Sébastien Viger, Chad Rohrer, Jérôme Marcotte, Philippe Tremblay, Stephane Duguay, Sylvain LaCasse, Clément Nadeau, Stephanie Ludke, Philippe Roy, Alex Duchesneau
  • Publication number: 20110275966
    Abstract: A pillow with simulated respiration includes a pair of impervious panels that are joined together to form a rectangular shaped enclosed body and a mechanism for inflating/deflating the body periodically to simulate an individual's breathing. The pillow may also include a cushion on top of the body with an electric heating pad on top of the cushion together with a pair of vibrators. The vibrators each have an elongated shape and are constructed and dimensioned to message an individual's neck and upper shoulders when the individual's head is placed on the cushion. The pillow also includes a textile cover with a zipper on one side thereof and a satin pillow case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Solaiman B. Alkhattaf
  • Publication number: 20110251535
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for introducing multisensory integration. The apparatus includes an ergonomically contoured seating device, at least one vibrating acoustic device, at least one plate for dispersing vibration throughout the entire seating device, a rotatable mechanism for rotating the seating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: Eddie L. Bender
  • Publication number: 20110237989
    Abstract: A vibro-acoustical body support includes sources of audio and of low-frequency vibrational energy carried by or coupled to a chassis. The source of audio preferably includes an MP3 player and stereo speakers and/or headphones. The source of low-frequency vibrational energy includes a resonating chamber having a resonant wall provided by a diaphragm and a low-frequency transducer attached to the diaphragm that freely extends into the resonating chamber. In one presently preferred and exemplary chair topper embodiment, the chassis has an orthopedic S-shape and the diaphragm is arranged as a back supporting resonant lumbar plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Rudy A. Vandenbelt, Matthew T.R. Bailey, Ross L. Cowie
  • Publication number: 20110230803
    Abstract: The Triangular Handle Support Vibration Machine is Whole Body Vibration Machine with triangular-shaped handle supports to provide additional stability for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Morris Aboody
  • Patent number: 8021313
    Abstract: An air-tight foam-filled bladder is used for varying massage intensity in a massage chair, massage mat, or other massage device. The bladder may be compressed from a default or relaxed thickness by evacuating air from the bladder. The thickness of the foam-filled bladder may be reduced to a collapsed thickness in which the foam is compressed within the bladder. In use, the foam-filled bladder is placed proximate a conventional fixed massage mechanism in a massage device, such as in the back rest of a massage chair. By controlling the amount of air evacuated from the bladder, the intensity of the massage is controlled by varying the amount of pressure exerted by the fixed massage mechanism on the user. In the case of a massage chair, the user may advantageously sit back in the chair without discomfort when the user does not want a massage, and may control the intensity of the massage provided by the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Human Touch, LLC
    Inventor: Hans Dehli
  • Patent number: 8012109
    Abstract: A shoulder massage apparatus includes a shoulder covering with an outer wall and an inner wall. An interior space is defined between the outer and inner walls. The covering includes a back wall, a front wall, a pair of side walls and a top wall that are integrally attached together. The top wall has a neck opening therein for receiving a neck of a person. The front wall has a front break therein. A plurality of massaging assemblies is provided. Each of the massaging assemblies is configured to oscillate and massage a portion of the person when the massage assemblies are turned on. Each of the massage assemblies is positioned within the interior space. An actuator is electrically coupled to the massaging assemblies to selectively allow the massaging assemblies to be turned on or off. A power source is electrically coupled to the plurality of massaging assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: Michael A. Lather, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7988649
    Abstract: This invention teaches methods, devices, and systems for spasm control and pain relief in any area of the back. It comprises a plurality of adjustable programmable integrated vibratory, thermal and electrical stimulation contacts, which are strategically and symmetrically co-located in plurality of foam layers and an inflatable pillow to provide balanced relief on either side of the spine in any position from lying down to sitting up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Jonathan Kost
  • Patent number: 7981064
    Abstract: Transducers and resonators are embedded in body support structures in contact with a user to for the purpose of conveying musical sound energy to a user's body at selected frequencies and in selected patterns. Body support structures comprise beds, pillows, chairs, and other structures typically used to support people. The sound may be audio tones and/or music. The transducers and resonators may be incorporated into a foam component or in a coil spring component of the body support structure. Latex-type foams and beds made with springs are candidate body support structures for receiving transducer's and resonators. Electro-active polymers are also used as transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: So Sound Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Barry Oser, Suzannah Long
  • Patent number: 7981063
    Abstract: Method, procedure, and device for applying tactile sensation and vibration to the human body. In this invention one or more vibrating elements emit sine waves between 20 and 800 Hz. These waves are varied in frequency, amplitude and rhythm to create in the subject the sensation of massage moving through different parts of the body even though the signal emitter may be a point source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventor: Charles F. Butler
  • Publication number: 20110144548
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a frame, a patient support surface supported in the frame, and a plurality of functional components associated with the patient support surface or the frame. The apparatus further includes a control system, with a controller, incorporated into the patient support surface or the frame and in operative communication with at least one of the functional components for controlling the component. The control system further includes a touch-screen in communication with the controller for controlling the functional component, which is positioned in the barrier around the patient support surface, and accessible at the exterior or interior surface of the barrier for access by a user. The touch-screen is configured to allow the user to select one or more of the functional components and control a parameter associated with the selected functional component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Derick Elliott, David Mayen Moreno, Martin Plante, Chad Rohrer, David Kim Soui Wan Fong, Annie Désaulniers
  • Patent number: 7951098
    Abstract: An amplitude change-over device for a body vibration machine includes two eccentric units respectively fixed on the opposite ends of a rotating shaft driven by a motor. Each eccentric unit contains an eccentric driving plate secured with the rotating shaft for rotating together and an eccentric driven plate movably fitted on the rotating shaft at one side of the driving plate. Either one of the driving plate or the driven plate has a surface bored with a slide groove with the rotating shaft acting as a pivot, and another one has a surface provided with a projecting stud inserted in the slide groove. The motor is a right-handed and left-handed one. When the motor is chosen to rotate clockwise or counterclockwise, the included angle of the driving plate and the driven plate is changeable and hence amplitude power is adjustable by using a single motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Tonic Fitness Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Mu-Chuan Wu, Vince Wu, Ts Lang Wang
  • Publication number: 20110040218
    Abstract: A massager is provided with a body support member having a frame with a cavity. A substrate has a series of receptacles and is mounted to the frame. A plurality of removable vibratory massage units are each mounted within one of the receptacles for imparting a vibratory massage effect. A massage chair is provided with a base for resting upon an underlying support surface. A seat bottom is supported upon the base. A seat back is supported by the base and/or the seat bottom. The massager is provided in the seat back and/or the seat bottom. A method for permitting selective removal of a massage assembly from a massager provides a body support member with a frame and a cavity, and a substrate with a series of receptacles. The substrate is installed to the frame. A plurality of removable vibratory massage units are installed in the receptacles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: FKA DISTRIBUTING CO. D/B/A HOMEDICS, INC.
    Inventor: Roman S. Ferber
  • Patent number: RE44360
    Abstract: A vibratory exercise apparatus capable of providing sufficient vertical movement force is provided that adopts a structure of a bobbin coil connected with a vibration plate employed in a magnetic gap of a magnetic circuit using a permanent magnet that can generate a strong magnetic force, thereby providing sufficient vertical movement force to the vibration plate for vibratory exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Seong Bae Kim