Couch, Chair, Or Body Support Patents (Class 601/49)
  • Publication number: 20030139693
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a dental chair providing for patient support and sensory stimulation to provide a more comfortable and relaxing patient environment while undergoing dental examination and treatment. Specifically, the invention comprises lifting and tilting mechanisms as generally known in the art and incorporates a series of massaging vibratory devices, inflatable pillow supports and audio speakers placed within the chair. A control pad is provided enabling the patient to control the sensory input while the patient is undergoing a dental procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventor: Mary Swift
  • Patent number: 6592533
    Abstract: In an air massager, a seat, backrest, etc. are provided with cushion units. Each cushion unit includes a pad member, consisting mainly of a fiber-filler, and airbag apparatus put on top of the pad member. The airbag apparatus can be inflated or deflated as air is fed into or discharged from it by means of a pumping device. A compressible distance in the thickness-direction of the pad member is greater than a maximum inflated thickness of the airbag apparatus. The pad member has a thickness, softness, and restorability such that it allows the inflated airbag apparatus to go down into the fiber-filler and incline along a seater's body surface when the airbag apparatus is pressed by the body surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mitsuhisa Yonekawa, Shoji Hoshino, Hiroaki Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20030130602
    Abstract: A massaging device includes a massaging member having a number of upper rods for engaging with and for massaging users, and a number of reinforcing ribs for reinforcing purposes. A peripheral handle device has two hand grips, a motor is secured on the handle device and coupled to an eccentric member for rotating the eccentric member to generate a vibration. A casing may be secured to the motor with one or more cushioning members. One or more further massaging members may be detachably secured onto the casing and each has a tip, or a cap for massaging different portions of the users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventor: Horng Jiun Chang
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20030073940
    Abstract: A vibrator apparatus is provided. The vibrator apparatus includes a body weight support to support the body weight of a subject. The body weight support is attached to at least one arm, which includes a first arm portion and a second arm portion. The second arm is adjustably positionable with respect to the first arm portion. The vibrator apparatus also includes a vibrator assembly mounted on the second arm portion of the arm. The second arm portion is positionable relative to the first arm portion to engage an abdominal region of the subject and apply localized inwardly-directed mechanical vibrations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventor: Yehuda Zicherman
  • Patent number: 6532609
    Abstract: A physiotherapy bench includes a frame supported by legs in an elevated, use position, and an arcuate body supporting panel on the frame. The supporting panel includes a substantially horizontal front end for supporting the chest of a patient, and an inclined rear end for supporting the hips and the upper portion of the legs of a patient, whereby the spine is subjected to gentle traction. A headrest is resiliently connected to the front end of the frame for floating support of the head of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Gainsborough Accessories International Limited
    Inventors: Robert Taylor, Peter Herman
  • Publication number: 20030032901
    Abstract: A massage device that allows an individual or therapist to control a massaging implement through the manipulation of control levers. The massage device employs a frame that houses the positioning motors within individual frame members to allow a simplified control scheme of vertical and horizontal movements that operate in a parallel plane to the body of an individual receiving the massage. A massaging implement pivots and rotates along a positioning arm and engages an individual by gravity. A moveable platform allows an individual to be properly positioned for the massage and permit the device to consume a small footprint during storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Inventor: Steven C. Webb
  • Patent number: 6494851
    Abstract: A relaxation station for inducing user relaxation includes a couch having a frame and a reclining surface attached to said frame for accommodating a user in a reclining position. The frame has a plurality of preferably pairs of massage grippers connected to and extending generally upward therefrom. These massage gripper pairs are elongated members projecting generally upward from the frame and the gripper pairs are capable of moving reciprocally between an open and a closed position to simulate finger manipulated massage. In a closed position, they cradle and contact the body or a portion thereof of a user. These massage gripper pairs having motive actuators for producing movement between said open and said closed positions, such as scissors extenders or flexible cables The massage gripper elongated members produce massage motions in at least one massage contact pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventor: James Becher
  • Patent number: 6494850
    Abstract: A relaxation apparatus which comprises a reclining chair for supporting thereon a whole body of a person who desires relaxation. The person resting on the reclining chair is cyclically vibrated at a frequency not higher than 25 Hz. A control is provided for controlling the vibrating device. The maximum absolute value of acceleration of the vibration produced by the vibrating device to vibrate the person supported on the reclining chair is not greater than 0.1 G. The control controls the acceleration in dependence on the frequency of vibrations outputted by the vibrating device such that the acceleration is small when the frequency of vibrations outputted by the vibrating device is low while the acceleration is large when the frequency of vibrations is high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masako Kitadou, Kazunori Araki, Tatsuya Takahashi, Kazumi Okawa, Suehisa Kishimoto, Yuuki Yoda
  • Publication number: 20020169399
    Abstract: The cardiac assist device includes a sealed tubular housing for externally applying positive and negative relative pressure to a limb in counterpulsation with heart function. The applicator is assembled, in situ, to provide customized fit. It includes a fabric or sponge-like inner layer cut to size and situated around the limb. Initially deformable material is sized, sealed around the inner fabric layer and then secured by straps or the like to form a relatively rigid, non-expandable tubular shell. The shell may include an interior wall composed of a sheet of hard plastic or articulated sections of hard plastic or metal. The interior wall has a plurality of openings to the sealed shell interior. The exterior shell wall is positioned around the interior wall. The shell walls are spaced apart by radially and/or longitudinally extending spacer elements defining a multi-section air flow chamber between the walls. The interior shell wall and spacer elements may be integral.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Publication date: November 14, 2002
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Harry Soroff
  • Patent number: 6468236
    Abstract: A vibrating massage table includes a base, a plurality of resilient support members secured to the base, and a platform supported by the resilient support members. An eccentric drive is connected to some of the plurality of resilient support members, such that eccentric operation of the eccentric drive transmits vibrations along the resilient support members to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: Douglas Sumanac
  • Patent number: 6461316
    Abstract: A therapy device, in its preferred embodiment, incorporates a chaos signal generator into a therapeutic massager for the purpose of increased therapeutic effectiveness in such areas as pain management, inducing calm, increasing mental clarity, interrupting repeating thoughts and emotions, and enhancing states of human awareness, such as mental analysis and intuitive functioning, by applying specific frequency bands of a highly unpredictable chaotic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Inventors: Richard H. Lee, Yanfang Lu
  • Patent number: 6440092
    Abstract: A harmonic vibration massage device for generating harmonic vibrations and including a transmitting plate and at least two vibration generators mounted underneath the transmitting plate. The transmitting plate has a plurality of protruding fingertips thereto. The at least two vibration generators generate two distinct vibrations at two distinct areas on the transmitting plate, where the two distinct vibrations are coupled together to produce harmonic vibrations such that the harmonic vibrations are transmitted to and through the transmitting plate which in turn is transmitted to and through the plurality of fingertips and the body part positioned on the massage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: D2RM Corp.
    Inventors: Robert D. Leventhal, Paul B. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20020068887
    Abstract: The present invention provides a massage machine comprising a living body information sensor 5 for detecting the living body information of the autonomic nervous system of the person to be massaged, and a control circuit 6 for controlling massage based on the living body information detected by the sensor 5. The control circuit 6 estimates the psychological state of the person based on variations in the living body information detected by the sensor 5, and adjusts massage movement in accordance with the estimated psychological state. In adjusting the massage movement, one of a relaxation mode and a refreshment mode can be selected, and the massage movement is so adjusted as to lower the activity of the autonomic nervous system in the relaxation mode, or is so adjusted as to increase the activity of the autonomic nervous system in the refreshment mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventors: Makoto Kikumoto, Kunihiko Hori, Yoshihisa Fujiwara, Kazuya Hiyamizu, Hirokazu Genno, Masashi Yasuda, Toshiki Koma, Masao Kume
  • Patent number: 6350249
    Abstract: A vibrator apparatus is provided. The vibrator apparatus includes a body weight support to support the body weight of a subject. The body weight support is attached to at least one arm, which includes a first arm portion and a second arm portion. The second arm is adjustably positionable with respect to the first arm portion. The vibrator apparatus also includes a vibrator assembly mounted on the second arm portion of the arm. The second arm portion is positionable relative to the first arm portion to engage an abdominal region of the subject and apply localized inwardly-directed mechanical vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Advanced Dialysis Methods, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yahuda Zicherman
  • Patent number: 6319213
    Abstract: A device for passive-motion treatment of the human body comprises a body support platform that has a foot end and a head end and including a base section and a back support section which is movable relative to the base section along a longitudinal axis (L) extending between the foot end and the head end of the body support platform. The back support section or at least one subsection thereof is resiliently movable relative to the base section and connected with a vibrator by which the subsection is caused to vibrate in one or more directions. The body support platform exposes the spine of the human body to simultaneous longitudinal waves and a cyclical tilting motion so that the spine is moved in a cyclical helical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Stephan Tomac
  • Patent number: 6309366
    Abstract: A foot therapy device including a portable housing with an annular wall having an upper edge and defining a reservoir for retaining a volume of liquid to be used during foot therapy; a lid covering a given portion of the reservoir and secured to a continuous portion of the upper edge; and a liquid seal member disposed between the lid and the given upper edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Helen of Troy
    Inventor: Randolph E. Maxwell
  • Patent number: 6290661
    Abstract: A remote controlled massage device includes a remote control unit having a microprocessor, a keypad, and a transmitter, the microprocessor being programmed for generating output data directly corresponding to individual keystrokes of the keypad that define activation of particular vibrator elements, operation in particular time-variant power level sequences, relative vibration intensity, and relative speed of advancing through the time-variant power sequences. The transmitter has a transducer for radiating signals corresponding to the output data, for reflection from a ceiling under which the device is located, the data being transmitted in plural identical packets having a header, a sequence number, a device code program data, and an error code, subsequent sets of the identical packets having different sequence numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Inseat Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Stanley Cutler, Alton B. Otis, Jr., Taylor Chau
  • Patent number: 6273866
    Abstract: A cuff apparatus, comprising a cushioning device, is adapted to be releasably wrapped around a body part of an individual in order to massage the body part. The cuff has two ends which include cooperating hook and loop fasteners. 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: February 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: D2RM Corp.
    Inventors: Paul B. Thomas, Robert Leventhal
  • Patent number: 6273865
    Abstract: A massage therapy chair includes a massage chair frame having a body support structure for supporting a user body, the body support structure including a head support structure with a face opening for receiving a user face and having a head contact surface; a forward helmet portion of a virtual reality helmet secured within the face opening to receive and extend around the user face, the forward helmet portion containing at least one virtual reality viewing screen; and a computer containing a virtual reality program and electrically connected to the forward helmet portion for delivering virtual visual images to the viewing screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventor: Naomi Perez
  • Patent number: 6220995
    Abstract: An exerciser including a base frame with a seat pad. A leg support is pivotally inward foldably connected with two ends of a bottom face of the base frame. The leg support has a front arch section, a rear horizontal section and a vertical section. Two ends of a rear side of the base frame are respectively disposed with two adjustment seats for adjusting an angle. The other end of the adjustment seat is fixedly connected with each end of a handle. So, the base frame can be swung, lifted and lowered. The angle of the handle can be freely adjusted via the adjustment seat. Therefore, the position of the handle can be adjusted in accordance with various conditions for the user with the user's body stably presses on the seat pad and the base frame. The resilient section creates a resistant force when pushing and pulling the handle to achieve an exercising effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventor: Chin Hsiang Chen
  • 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: 6142929
    Abstract: A sexual stimulation apparatus for the sexual gratification of a woman or man, by simulating vaginal or anal intercourse, which generally includes a long hollow box or tube; with a seat for two persons on top; inside the container mechanical levers and cranks powered by an electric gear reduction motor; an on/off switch; a power indicator light; a ground fault interrupt circuit; a rheostat; and a dildo mounted on the end of a lever which is positioned underneath the seat so the dildo extends through a hole in the seat and thrusts in a generally vertical motion. The rotational speed of the electric motor is reduced by a gear box and is further reduced by the rheostat. The gear box rotates a hub. The hub has a radially mounted bar. A short, generally vertical rod with ball joints on each end is the link between the end of the bar and the end of a horizontal lever. This configuration acts to convert the rotational motion of the motor into the vertical reciprocating motion of the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventor: George Glenn Padgett
  • Patent number: 6120468
    Abstract: A sound-controllable multistage massager equipped with LCD device comprises a massage mattress and a control device, wherein the control device comprises at least a microprocessor, a power supply device, a heating device, a sound controllable device, a motor driving device, a LCD driving device, and a key-in device. The massage mattress contains plural motors cooperative with the control device to achieve massage efficacy. A pulsating vibration is produced in this invention for hammering and kneading operation, so that a user can sit on the massage mattress for a long time massage to eliminate fatigue. A user can select desirable positions to be massaged, and adjust intensity and speed of motor vibration he sees fit. And moreover, he can also take music as an input signal via a microphone or earphone for a dual enjoyment of listening to the music when he is experiencing a pleasant massage service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: Chin-Chun Tseng
  • Patent number: 6106490
    Abstract: An exercise and rehabilitation machine for strengthening the torso muscles and rehabilitating back injuries includes an optional leg support and an angled torso platform further having attached a plurality of vibrational therapy pads and body pads whereby the angled torso platform cradles and supports that portion of weight attributable to the upper body, or torso, of a user, and if the leg support is not used, the user supports that portion of weight attributable to the lower body with the user's feet against the bottom surface of a room, or otherwise, if the leg support is included, the user supports that portion of weight attributable to the lower body with the user's legs draped over the leg support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: George B. Shaw
  • Patent number: 6104820
    Abstract: A massaging musical device is provided including a music source adapted to generate a musical electric signal corresponding to music at an output thereof. A listening mechanism is adapted to be situated adjacent ears of a user and releasably connected to the music source for allowing the user to listen to the music. At least one pad is included for subjecting human muscle tissue to the musical electric signal. A control unit includes a timer connected between the music source and the listening mechanism and the electrodes for terminating the transmission of the musical electric signals thereto after the cessation of a user-selected time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventor: Gersan Soza
  • Patent number: 6087942
    Abstract: A tactile alert stimulation and 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, each transducer being responsive to a transducer power signal; a microprocessor controller having program and variable memory and an input and output interface; an array of input elements connected to the input interface for signaling the microprocessor in response to operator input, the signaling including an intensity control value, a plurality of mode signals, and a plurality of region signals relating transducers to be enabled; a driver circuit responsive to the output interface for producing, separately for each of the transducers, the power signal; and the microprocessor controller being operative in response to the input elements for activating the transducers for operation thereof in a plurality of modes including a massaging mode selectively pr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: JB Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles G. Sleichter, III, Stanley Cutler, Gayle B. Gerth, Alton B. Otis, Jr., Taylor Chau
  • Patent number: 6065806
    Abstract: A massaging device capable of easily achieving a reclining operation. The massaging device of the present invention includes a base supporting a seat and a backrest rotatable about a pivot axis about a limited angular range. Mounted within the backrest is a massaging mechanism which includes an applicator giving a massaging action to a user. A pair of armrests extend on opposite sides of the seat and the backrest. The massaging device includes a reclining mechanism for selectively holding the backrest at a position about the pivot axis within the angular range and permitting the bracket to rotate about the pivot axis within the angular range. A handle, which is connected to actuate the reclining mechanism for permitting the backrest to rotate, is mounted on a lower surface of one of the armrests at a location upwardly of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masamichi Miyaguchi, Makoto Fukutani, Fumihiro Nishio, Haruo Sugai, Eiji Masutani, Naoto Sayama
  • Patent number: 6027432
    Abstract: An exercise bicycle is composed of a base, a motor, a seat plate, a plurality of resilient elements, a support unit, a seat, a handle, two pedals, and a drive device. The motor is mounted on the base and provided with an eccentric rod fastened with a shaft of the motor such that the eccentric rod is capable of disturbing the seat plate to vibrate horizontally at the time when the motor is in operation. The horizontal vibration of the seat plate is imparted via the support unit to the seat, the handle and the pedals for massaging the hips, the back, and the hands of a user of the exercise bicycle, who is engaged in a leg exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Inventor: Chau Yang Cheng
  • 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: 6000758
    Abstract: The lift chair has a base frame, an extendable/retractable chair occupant positioning apparatus attached to the base frame, a reversible D.C. motor for extension and retraction of the chair occupant positioning apparatus relative to the base frame. A control means is connected to the D.C. motor for actuation of the chair occupant positioning device. A power supply is connected to the control means for motor control. A chair occupant carriage is supported by the base frame. The carriage has a seat and a back portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Pride Health Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter E. Schaffner, Carl A. Kollar, James P. Mulhern, Ronald J. Levi, Stephen J. Antonishak
  • Patent number: 5993401
    Abstract: A relax inducing device comprises a biological parameter detecting unit for detecting biological parameter of a user, stimulus loading unit for providing a stimulus to the user, relax-level determining unit for determining a relax level of the user by comparing the biological parameter provided from the biological parameter detecting unit with at least one relax-level threshold value, and a stimulus control unit for controlling an amount of the stimulus according to the relax level to induce the user into a relax state. In this device, since an optimum amount of stimulus is provided to the user on a real-time basis, it is possible to efficiently and smoothly induce the user into the relax state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Inbe, Akihiro Michimori, Kusuo Iwanaga, Kazumi Ookawa, Satoru Makita
  • Patent number: 5971901
    Abstract: The present invention provides an exercise apparatus which utilizes gravity to create a gentle tension upon the lower back. This gentle tension is used in combination with stretching and toning exercises to strengthen and rehabilitate the lower back. The present invention further provides an attached vibratory device attached to the exercise apparatus. The attached vibratory device is used in conjunction with lower back exercises and stimulates the muscle tissue and blood circulation. The apparatus of the present invention comprise the primary structures: a body support structure, a leg support structure and a base connected to both the body support structure and the leg support structure. The apparatus of the present invention further provides for a multitude of different positions in which the therapeutic stretches and exercises may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: George B. Shaw
  • Patent number: 5904660
    Abstract: This invention provides a chair type of physiotherapy and health instrument that may be used for the physiotherapy against diseases or health improvement. The instrument has a chair body 10, 100 having a through hole 21, 121 formed at a seat area 20, 120 thereof, an impacting member 30 and a driving unit 40 for driving this member 30, wherein the impacting member 30 pivotally swung can periodically apply an impact on a region to be treated by a user via the through hole 21. Alternatively, the instrument uses, instead of the impacting member, a rotating frictional member 130 resiliently installed to protrude above the through hole 121 and a driving unit 140 for driving this member 130, wherein the member 130 being resiliently contacted with the user's body rotate, thereby being able to apply the frictional stimulus to a user. Therefore, easy access to a user's body is possible even when a user seats on the chair according to the present invention, further providing the physiotherapy or health improvement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: Yeon-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 5898957
    Abstract: An improved therapeutic spa or hot tub or the like, such as a spa or hot tub of the type described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,092,951, includes at least one and preferably a plurality of vibratory mechanical massage elements incorporated into the tub wall at selected locations to provide tub users with a therapeutic vibratory massage action. The vibratory massage element or elements are used in combination with conventional hydraulic air-water spa jets to provide the spa tub with improved therapeutic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Softub, Inc.
    Inventors: Borg Hansen, Rafael Gonzalez, Thomas R. Thornbury
  • Patent number: 5895365
    Abstract: A new massaging bedrest cushion for providing a vibrating back massage as well as other conveniences. The inventive device includes a back portion having a contoured forward surface and a planar rear surface. The back portion includes a padded interior. The back portion has recesses formed in lower outer edges thereof. A plurality of vibrating transducers are disposed within the padded interior of the back portion. The transducers has an electrical cord extending outwardly therefrom for coupling with a standard electrical outlet. A first armrest is pivotally coupled with one of the recesses of the back portion. A second armrest is pivotally coupled with one of the recesses opposed from the first armrest. A control panel is disposed within an interior surface of the second armrest. The control panel is in electrical communication with the vibrating transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventor: Terry Tomlinson
  • Patent number: 5868687
    Abstract: A chair comprises a seat and a back rest. At least one vibrator is positioned in the seat and/or the back rest. The chair further comprises a housing for receiving a replaceable battery for powering the vibrator. A main power control is positioned so as to be accessible to a person when seated in the chair. A separate mobile controller, which includes controls for actuating the vibrator, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: Global Upholstery Company
    Inventor: Romeo Tedesco
  • Patent number: 5857986
    Abstract: An interactive vibrator system provides stimulus to a computer user in response to interaction between computer and user. A signal pick-off device (16) gathers signals present at the computer input/output port (11) and delivers such signals to signal processing device (14) which in turn drives vibrator (21) to provide soothing vibration to the user's body. An interactive vibrator in conjunction with a multimedia computer detects pulses or the like from joystick or other input devices. Corresponding driving of one or more vibrators in response to the detected input device X, Y, Z movement commands or in response to detected audio output from the computer produces tactile feedback to a user of a multimedia game or the like. The vibrations can thereby simulate "G" forces or the like. The joystick, steering wheel or other such input devices are also suitably provided with vibrators therein to generate tactile feedback in response to operation thereof or in response to the audio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Inventor: Hiro Moriyasu
  • 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: 5807287
    Abstract: A massaging apparatus with audio signal control that includes an elongated pad, a power supplying system, a hand-held controller, an audio signal input system, and a plurality of vibration generators. The vibration generators are mounted in the elongated pad. The audio signal input system receives an external audio signal source either by a signal input line in wireless receiving mode or a microphone in wire receiving mode. The vibration generators are actuated under control of the controller responsive to the signal amplitude and frequency of the received audio signal. The controller is further provided with a plurality of LED indicators for visually indicating the operation of the vibration generators responsive to the signal amplitude and frequency of the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: Tzu-Keng Cheng
  • Patent number: 5792079
    Abstract: A perineal-discomfort relieving apparatus having a base member with a gripping member and a foot support member attached thereto, a slidable seat assembly on a seat support member, and a stimulating means, adjacent to the seat assembly and the seat support member. The stimulating means is configured of two opposing, off-set rows of alternating ribs and valleys and a set of rollers communicating therewith to permit a sliding movement of the seat assembly along the seat support member, wherein as a user sits on the seat assembly and slides it back and forth across the seat support member, the seat assembly contacts the ribs and valleys to create a vibrating and rocking motion adapted to relieve discomfort in the perineal region of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventor: Allen K. Hatfield
  • Patent number: 5792082
    Abstract: A chair-type air massage device which is capable of providing air massage to a user's whole body in a reclined position. The air massage device includes a backrest pivotally joined with a seat. Armrests are secured to both sides of the seat. A footrest is joined to the front end of the seat and can be moved between a projected position and a retracted position. Air bags for a neck massage, air bags for a back massage and air bags for a waist massage are disposed on the backrest. Further, air bags for a buttocks massage are disposed on the seat. Air bags for a thigh massage are positioned between armrests on the seat. Air massage can be provided to a user's whole body in a reclined position by supplying and exhausting compressed air to each of the air bags to thereby expand and contract each of the air bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Fuji Iryoki
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Yamanaka, Masaki Wada
  • Patent number: 5762617
    Abstract: An adjustable and detachable game stool assembly for a slot machine includes an elongated base plate member which is detachably connected at its front edge to the slot machine, and includes an adjustable seat configuration secured to the opposite edge of the base plate. The seat configuration includes a vertical post secured to the base plate, and a seat is connected to the post so as to be manually adjustable toward and away from the slot machine for maximum comfort of the patron as he or she plays the slot machine. In alternate embodiments of the invention, the seat is adjustable vertically as well as horizontally. In further embodiments of the invention, the seat is connected to suitable electrically powered motor and actuating devices so as to readily facilitate positioning of the seat relative to the slot machine for maximum comfort of the patron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Infanti Chair Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Vittorio Infanti
  • Patent number: 5730707
    Abstract: A vibration producing system for use in vibratory furniture and including first and second vibrator motors for producing vibrations upon being energized, a full wave rectifier having input terminals connected to the power supply and a pair of output terminals for providing full wave rectified current. A first switch has a first mode for connecting the first vibrator motor to the output terminals, a second mode for connecting the vibrator motor to the rectifying means so that the first vibrating means receives alternate half waves of the alternating current having a first polarity and a third mode for open circuiting the first vibrator motor. A second switch has a first mode for connecting the second vibrator motor to the output terminals, a second mode for connecting the second vibrator motor to the rectifying means so that the second vibrator motor receives alternate half waves of the alternating current having a second polarity, and a third mode for open circuiting the second vibrator motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: Raffel Product Development Co.
    Inventor: David Vang
  • Patent number: 5713832
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a massaging device and vibrator for providing soothing vibrations to the body of a user. One aspect of the massaging device includes an article of furniture, a vibrator comprised of an electric motor with an eccentric rotor, and means for attaching the vibrator to the article of furniture so that the rotor rotates and induces vibrations in a plane that is parallel to the user contacting surface of the furniture. The vibrator itself is constructed to enable it to be easily attached to articles of furniture that are constructed in various ways from varying materials. A further aspect of the massaging device comprises a pad device having a soft, flexible, upper supporting surface, and a vibrating device with an eccentric rotor mounted in the pad device so that the rotor has an axis of rotation that is generally perpendicular to the upper supporting surface of the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: Product Development Consulting Inc.
    Inventor: Anand Sagar Jain
  • Patent number: 5676637
    Abstract: A physical therapeutic instrument for treatment of hemorrhoids is disclosed. The instrument treats existing hemorrhoids through a nonoperative method and prevents possible anal diseases. The instrument has a rectal insert having a shape agreeable to the anal anatomy of the human body. The rectal insert is carried on a carriage and is movably orthogonally received in a through hole of a seat of the instrument. The rectal insert is lifted and inserted into the rectum by a lifting unit and vibrated vertically and/or horizontally by a vibration unit. The rectal insert also heats the rectum at about 36.degree.-60.degree. C., thus providing a heating effect for the rectum. Insertion of the rectal insert into the rectum also pushes up drooping anal sphincter muscles, thus strengthening the anal muscles. The instrument thus maintains and strengthens active contractible motion of the anal muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Inventor: Hyung Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 5660597
    Abstract: A portable, compact, self-contained child pacifying device is disclosed for use with infant support structures. The device may be attached to such infant support structures through attachment means allowing ready attachment and removal of the pacifying device. The attachment means may include projecting tabs or a pivotable retaining arm located proximate a vibration dampening means. A biasing means retains the attachment means and the pacifying device in position. The device comprises an integral outer case structure within which a battery powered vibratory source is mounted to produce a vibrating motion. The outer case structure attaches to the child carrier through a mounting arrangement fixedly attached to the exterior of the case structure and attachable to the infant support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Fox, James Chang, Stanley M. Kujawski
  • Patent number: 5542907
    Abstract: A massage apparatus with multiple vibrator units including a converter and power supplier, a plurality of vibrator units and a base of hive type. The converter is electrically connected with the plurality of vibrator units respectively, and the base is provided with a plurality of cylinders for receiving the vibrator units selectively. Thus, the plurality of vibrator units can optionally massage either a single point or a specific area a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Inventor: Lai Chou
  • Patent number: 5501682
    Abstract: A cosmetic foot stool for grooming and massaging the feet comprises a foot support mounted to a base with the foot support being adjustable in height with respect to the base in order that the user may position the foot support in such a way that it is comfortable during use. The foot support defines a recess in an upper surface thereof for receiving a foot of the user. The recess has an inclined surface for receiving the sole of the foot. This inclined surface faces towards the user so that the foot is perpendicular to the line of vision of the user. The foot support is provided with a vibrating device which can be connected to a shoe into which the user can position his foot for receiving a massage. As the foot stool is used for grooming the feet and, for instance, for applying nail polish to the toes thereof, a blower is provided in the foot support with apertures being defined in the inclined surface thereof in such a way that air displaced by the blower flows through the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Inventor: Sophia Edwards-Cofie
  • Patent number: 5464381
    Abstract: A new and improved infant soothing seat comprised of a sound and motion mechanism having a control panel thereon. The control panel consists of a motion control and a sound control. The control panel contains a battery box therein. The battery box houses four batteries therein representing the power source. The sound and motion mechanism has an internal motion control and an internal sound control. The internal motion control consists of a power switch, a speed control, and a variable speed motor. The power switch couples with the power source and the speed control. The speed control couples with the variable speed motor. The variable motor has an eccentric thereattached. The eccentric functions to provide motion for the seat. The internal sound control consists of a power switch, a volume and tone control, and a speaker. The power switch couples with the volume and tone control and the power source. The volume and tone control couples with the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Inventor: Christi L. Wilson