Couch, Chair, Or Body Support Patents (Class 601/49)
  • Patent number: 5462515
    Abstract: A multi-functional automatic circular massaging device including at least a pair of motors respectively disposed in a pair of housings to rotatively drive cams for creating a vibrating massaging effect, a soft pad formed with two lateral recesses for receiving the housings, a heating coil sandwiched between two layers of unwoven fabrics, a surface layer covering the soft pad, and a controlling box connected to the motors and an external power source. The surface layer is formed with alternating X-shaped protuberances and spherical bosses and alternating long and short rod-like protuberances disposed on four side edges of the surface layer. The controlling box includes a circuit board having a specific chip which controls the motors to output varying power at a predetermined time interval, creating sequential automatic circularly varying at least eight stages of massaging effect from strongest stage to weakest stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Inventor: Chin-Tsun Tseng
  • Patent number: 5442710
    Abstract: A body-felt sound unit having a vibration transmitting member imbedded in a human body support member, for example, a chair, a bed, etc., and an electro-mechanical vibration transducer attached to the vibration transmitting member, the transducer generating mechanical vibration on receipt of a low-frequency current, thereby transmitting the vibration to the human body. The vibration transmitting member comprises a flat plate- or net-shaped member of a relatively large area, and the electro-mechanical vibration transducer is attached to the vibration transmitting member such that the direction of vibration generated from the transducer coincides with the direction of the width of the vibration transmitting member so as to transmit transverse vibration to the vibration transmitting member. Even if the vibration transmitting member is thin, the apparent rigidity becomes high, so that the transmission of vibration is made effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Bodysonic Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akira Komatsu
  • Patent number: 5437607
    Abstract: An improved vibrating massage apparatus in the form of an elongated pad incorporating a plurality of independently controllable vibrating members to impose vibratory oscillations along the full extent of the apparatus. Each vibrating member includes a motor having a pair of rotatable shafts extending outward therefrom in axial opposition to one other, a fixed eccentric weight being secured at the end of each shaft. Each vibrating motor is secured within a housing, the outer surface thereof extending outwardly into a planar flange. The planar flanges of the motor housings are imbedded within a unitary foam member which substantially defines the shape of the pad. An electrical switching circuit sequentially activates and deactivates each of the vibrating motors in a predetermined manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Assignee: HWE, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Taylor
  • Patent number: 5437608
    Abstract: An electromechanical apparatus is disclosed herein such as a cushion, pad or mattress, including pulsing elements for massaging a variety of body locations having a plurality of vibrating transducers situated in groups within a cushioned member so that the groups of transducers operate in given locations or sections of the cushioned member to provide either an automatic or manually controlled rolling or travelling vibratory motion across the member. A manually operated dwell of the vibratory motion is provided at selected locations. A handheld controller supplies the groups of transducers with electrical signals to produce an operating sequence of vibratory oscillations in individual transducers as well as selected groups and the aforementioned rolling or travelling vibratory motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Assignee: JB Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley Cutler
  • Patent number: 5429585
    Abstract: A multi-function cushion is provided having a slip cover, a soft pad enclosed within the slip cover, and having a plurality of magnets on the front side. A control panel with an outer instruction cover coupled to an inner housing chamber is disposed within a recess formed in the soft pad. The control panel includes a vibration switch, a heating switch and a power socket. A heating device is mounted between the front side of the soft pad and the slip cover, and is electrically connected with the heating switch of the control panel. A vibration motor disposed in the rear side of the soft pad is electrically connected with the vibration switch and the power socket of the control panel. A pressure switch is installed in the rear side of the soft pad and electrically connected with the power socket, the vibration switch and the heating device, whereby the cushion not only can support the user's lumbar region, but can also provide heating and massaging effects, and magnetic stimulation of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Inventor: Simon Liang
  • Patent number: 5411468
    Abstract: A massaging cushion device used in a car, which included a hollowed frame of suitable size. The frame is connected onto a seat in a car. On both lateral sides of the frame there are two massaging devices movably connected therewith. The ends of the massaging devices extend into the lateral sides respectively for pivotal connecting therewith. A plurality of driving structures are provided on one side of each of the massaging devices. The massaging devices are capable of being spread out about the pivot, and are capable of folding for storage in the hollowed interior of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Inventor: K. C. Chen
  • Patent number: 5385531
    Abstract: A massage chair has a back-frame and massaging rollers mounted in the back-frame. The massaging rollers are guided by guide-plates, as the massage rollers reciprocate in the chair back. The guide-plates form an upper back-section, and a lower back-section, with the upper back-section being vertically movable with respect to the lower back-section. The lower back-section is pivotally mounted to the stationary frame, whereby the lower end-section thereof is movable toward and away from the frame, whereby the path of travel of the massage rollers may be adjusted to fit the back of different users of the chair, and for altering the massage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: Eurokeyton S.A.
    Inventor: Fernando J. Jover
  • Patent number: 5378225
    Abstract: A heated back support comprising an elongated strap having a securement means at one end and a securable means at the other end, the strap adapted to be worn around a user's body, a plurality of heating elements coupled to the strap such that the elements are positionable adjacent to a user's back, a power source, and a switch means coupled to the power source and heating elements for selectively energizing the elements to heat a user's back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventors: Jules Chatman, Jr., Cynthia A. Chatman
  • Patent number: 5374238
    Abstract: A vibrating neck rest particularly adapted for attachment to and use in conjunction with a passenger seat a motor vehicle, the vibrating neck rest including a cushion, the cushion being substantially elongated and having a major longitudinal axis, a vibration unit disposed within the cushion for producing a vibration on at least a portion of a surface of the cushion, a pair of tubes, one each of the pair of tubes extending outward from an opposing side of the vibration unit, the pair of tubes extending outward from the vibration unit substantially parallel to the major longitudinal axis of the cushion, a pair of hammer members, one each of the hammer members being attached to a distal end of one each of the tubes, an attachment apparatus for attaching the cushion to the passenger seat of the motor vehicle, and a control mechanism for altering at least one characteristic of the vibration produced by the vibrating apparatus, the control mechanism being movable to a point remote from the cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Inventor: Ji Xiao
  • Patent number: 5361437
    Abstract: A soft cushion having a mechanism mounted therein for imparting electromagnetic hammering mode massage to its user, the device including an electromagnetic hammering mechanism, a clamping plate frame, and an electric control unit. The device is portable and may be used either as a soft cushion or as a hammering mode massage unit in which selection of the massage frequency, intensity and massage status is possible. The device may be held by hand, or put on a sofa, chair, bed, or car seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Shanghai Intor Electrical Applicance Factory
    Inventors: Li S. Zhu, Wei He, Yu C. Huang, Wan S. Guo