Electric Drive Patents (Class 601/70)
  • Patent number: 10052256
    Abstract: A vibration ring includes a vibration module and a latex ring. The vibration module is provided with at least a battery, a circuit board and a vibration motor that are connected electrically in a spherical shell, along with a switch that is exposed out of the shell. The latex ring includes an annular wearing part that is processed with latex, and a spherical vibration part that encloses the shell of the vibration module. The spherical vibration part and the enclosed vibration module act onto a female's clitoris without pressing on other parts of the body, so as to increase the comfortableness in wearing the vibration ring and form a better exciting effect in vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: Ming-Huei Wang, Chien-Feng Lin
  • Patent number: 10039693
    Abstract: An acupressure apparatus including a manually adjustable head strap, with a flexible material, extending around the circumference of a user's head, and which can be manually adjusted using any of the following: a hook segment; a loop segment; a button; a buttonhole; a snap; and a snap receptacle. The acupressure apparatus includes a rigid protrusion with a rigid material formed into an essentially domed shape. The protrusion can be affixed to a point of the head strap such that the dome faces the user's glabella. When the user manually adjusts the length of the head strap, the rigid protrusion applies pressure on the user's glabella.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Holden Properties, LLC
    Inventor: Ned Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9474682
    Abstract: A light guide type pain reliever includes a handle including a barrel accommodating a battery, a rear end cap and a front end cap respectively capped on two opposite ends of the barrel, a pushbutton mounted in the rear end cap and a switching connector mounted in the rear end cap and electrically connected to the battery and drivable by the pushbutton to switching on/off the battery, a holder shell connected to the front end cap and electrically coupled to the battery and having electrically connected thereto a vibrator and a light-emitting device, an adapter connected to the holder shell, and a light guide plate connected to the adapter guiding out light rays emitted by the light-emitting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Star Generation Limited Taiwan Branch
    Inventors: Roger Chen, Ming-Chih Tsai
  • Patent number: 9174079
    Abstract: The invention relates to a muscle stimulation device comprising a handle bar with a first and a second end, a motor which is arranged in a cavity in the handle bar and is coupled by means of a motor shaft to at least one eccentric body in order to set the muscle stimulation device vibrating by an unbalance of the eccentric body. According to the invention the eccentric body/ies has/have a common center of mass, which is at a different distance from the first end of the handle bar than it is from the second end of the handle bar. The invention furthermore relates to an exchangeable head for such a muscle stimulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: tremo-tec GmbH
    Inventors: Marc Berger, Thomas Berger
  • Patent number: 9101497
    Abstract: An external prosthetic penile device includes a substantially cylindrical structure having openings at its proximal end and a distal end. The substantially cylindrical structure includes a tubular channel that extends and tapers within the substantially cylindrical structure from the proximal end to the distal end. The tubular channel connects said proximal and distal end openings in a fluid connection. The opening at the proximal end includes a funnel, said funnel having a substantially conical mouth, wherein said substantially conical mouth has a circumference that is adapted to rest substantially against a pubic region surrounding a human's genitals. The circumference is also dimensioned to at least substantially encompass the genitals when the circumference is fitted against the pubic region. The substantially cylindrical structure is configured to resemble a flaccid human penis such that the distal opening corresponds to the external urethral orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventor: Kah Peow Tan
  • Patent number: 9044331
    Abstract: A sexual aid device to provide increased sexual sensation in either heterosexual or homosexual intercourse characterized by a structure maintaining the male penis in pressure contact with the sensitive members of the female vagina or male anus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Client Finance, Inc.
    Inventor: William A Adams
  • Publication number: 20150148720
    Abstract: A device for discretely providing sexual stimulation, the device being in the form of a plush animal having a head portion, a body portion, at least one appendage wherein the head portion includes a face region formed at least in part from an impermeable flexible material, the face region having a hollow interior defining an inner surface including at least one internally mounted vibrator motor provided with a rotatably drivable eccentric mass is securely affixed therein, said vibrator motor positioned in close proximity opposite an outer surface of the face region for transferring vibrations to a region of said face defining a vibration area, said vibrator motor being operatively connected to a power source and a control circuit and wherein said vibration area provides an operative portion for applying vibratory sensations to a part of the human body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Harmon, Dawn Adams Harmon
  • Patent number: 9005173
    Abstract: A system and method for rejuvenating skin through ablation using a handheld device (200) having a removable treatment component (213) with an abrasive material on one surface of the component which surface is on a portion of the treatment component (213) configured to conform to a skin surface. The system further includes application of other elements to facilitate skin recovery and rejuvenation processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Zelickson, David A. Kist, Mark A. Rydell
  • Publication number: 20150080773
    Abstract: A process of massaging a subject is provided that includes the provision of a vibratory massage roller having a casing with a casing surface extending over a length of the vibratory roller. A motor in included in the housing and is electrically coupled to a power source. The power source is energized to induce a vibratory amplitude to the surface that varies less than 30 amplitude percent across the central 70 percent of the length. The massage roller is contacted with the subject to massage the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Brian P. Godfrey, Sandra Reboucas, Theodore B. Hill, Thomas A. Deiters
  • Patent number: 8827937
    Abstract: A massaging device to be mounted in a hole of an inner wall of a bath, having a casing mountable in a watertight manner in the hole, a flexible member mounted in a watertight manner on the casing, the flexible member having a surface accessible to a user in the bath when the massaging device is mounted in the bath and an electrically operated vibrator mounted inside the casing, for vibrating the flexible member. A bath massaging system having massaging devices as described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Les Entreprises Airbrass Inc.
    Inventor: Martial Giguére
  • Patent number: 8764688
    Abstract: A sleeve that provides mechanical stimulation to the arm to prevent bone density loss. A primary goal of this product is to prevent bone density loss that occurs during extended space travel. For one embodiment, only the predefined frequency specifications had to be met (between 40 Hz and 60 Hz). By meeting these frequencies for a duration of 30 minutes the product will theoretically prevent the loss of bone density. Additionally, clinical trials will need to be conducted before this product can be marketed. The product includes of several mechanical vibrators attached to a sleeve. The vibrators are small unbalanced-mass motors which are similar to those found in cell phones. The motors are encased in dome shaped housings designed to reduce lateral vibrations along the arm. The product is controlled using an Arduino board attached to the sleeve that actuates the motors. The motors, in turn, provide the specified frequency to the arm for 30 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Eric A. Nauman, Jonathan M. Childress, Anne Dye Zakrajsek, James A. Isca, Daniel J. Rawson, Andrew J. Zakrajsek
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130281892
    Abstract: A process of massaging a subject is provided that includes the provision of a vibratory massage roller having a casing with a casing surface extending over a length of the vibratory roller. A motor in included in the housing and is electrically coupled to a power source. The power source is energized to induce a vibratory amplitude to the surface that varies less than 30 amplitude percent across the central 70 percent of the length. The massage roller is contacted with the subject to massage the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Brian P. Godfrey, Sandra Reboucas, Theodore B. Hill, Thomas A. Deiters
  • Patent number: 8512264
    Abstract: An implant system for imparting vibratory massage to tissue of a patient from within the body of the patient is disclosed. The system comprises an implant device configured to produce and communicate a vibration to body tissue located adjacent to the implant device. The device may include a case forming at least a portion of an exterior of the device, and a vibration generator configured to vibrate the portion of the exterior. The device may include a power supply to supply power to the vibration generator and a switch to selectively permit power from the power supply to be supplied to the vibration generator. The device may include a power receiver to receive electrical energy from a location external to the body of the patient and a signal receiver to receive signals from a location external to the body of the patient when the receiver is located in the body of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Wilson T. Asfora
  • Patent number: 8500663
    Abstract: The present invention is a vibrational roller utilizing a motorized vibrational drive using a plurality of eccentric weights and associated supports. The weights are positioned along the axis of rotation in a manner to synchronize them and minimize vibrational dissipation throughout the roller. Each weight has at least one associated support. The supports then transmit vibrational forces to the surface of the roller in an evenly distributed manner. A second co-operational motor may be used to extend motor life and aid in initiating vibrations. A control panel and associated circuitry are utilized to alter vibrational characteristics. The roller may be battery powered or powered through a standard wall outlet. The roller itself is manufactured of a durable yet deformable material, such as foam rubber, and may be inserted into selectable sleeves of varying physical properties for desired effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Health e Company
    Inventors: Brian P. Godfrey, Vince Warner
  • Publication number: 20130158454
    Abstract: A pain controlling device includes a pair of housings, each having a jaw at one end and a handle at the other end. The jaws, which are held together a resilient coupling connecting the housings, may be separated by squeezing the handles together. Each of the housings includes a source of mechanical vibration that can be turned on to control pain in an extremity that is clamped between the jaws, such as in a finger from which a blood sample is to be taken.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey McFarlane
  • Patent number: 8388560
    Abstract: A massager device providing multiple massaging effects with thermal enhancement is disclosed. The device comprises a cylindrical body with a first end which is closed and a second end which is open, a first cap coupled to the first end, and a second cap coupled to the second end, an assembly of DC vibrator embedded in the first end, and a switch embedded in the first cap. The cylindrical body comprises an inner layer and an outer layer. The inner layer is made of ABS materials. The outer layer is made of silicone rubber and comprises a base sheet and an array of evenly spaced identical elastic nipples positioned outwardly with their bottoms embedded in the base sheet. The first cap and the second cap have substantially identical exterior shape and size, each of which having an inner layer made of ABS materials and a silicone rubber ring coupled to the inner layer's exterior. The hollow space made by the cylindrical body and the second cap may contain thermal media such as water or gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventors: Ding Jian, Megan Zhu
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8142373
    Abstract: A system and method that utilizes a massaging apparatus specifically for a person's temples with the expressed purpose of providing relaxation and headache relief, is herein disclosed. The apparatus is configured as a headband with battery-powered massagers at the temples. The apparatus is supported both with minimal elasticity from the headband and with ear supports. Power is supplied to the massagers from a rechargeable battery pack that can be worn about the arm or alternately the waist and is electrically tethered to the headband. Each small disc-shaped temple massager is separately powered by a small motor that produces the massaging effect which is intended to reproduce the sensation of rubbing/massaging the temples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Carol W. Riles
  • 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: 8092405
    Abstract: A self-contained oral vibrator featuring an elastomeric band that is generally used as a sexual novelty apparatus. The apparatus is made of two basic parts. The first part, the integrated vibrator, is comprised of a motor used to cause vibration, a small battery power source and an external barrel 4. The second primary element of the apparatus is the elastomeric band itself. The band is designed to both fasten to the tongue during use and also house the vibration apparatus. The elastomeric band is essentially made of two parts; the first part, the bottom part, is a flat loop that wraps around the tongue during use while the second part, the top part, is designed as a barrel 4 to hold in place the vibration barrel in place. The vibration barrel and band together form an integrated tongue vibrator absent the necessity for multiple parts to achieve the same end result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey Dean Klearman
  • Patent number: 8088051
    Abstract: An adjustable sphincter exerciser (Kegel exercise) includes a flexible tubular member, at least one sleeve mounted to the tubular member; a body inserted into the tubular member, a conductive device connected to the body and located in the tubular member, the conductive device being activated when the tubular member is compressed, a vibration unit electrically connected to the conductive device, and a power unit providing power to the conductive device and the vibration unit. The at least one sleeve can be replaced and has different hardness, when the user squeezes the at least one sleeve and the tubular member to activate the conductive device and the vibration unit, the user is acknowledged the force that sphincter is exercised. The adjustable sphincter exerciser (Kegel exercise) enhances the muscular strength and the muscular endurance of the sphincter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Chien-Hsiung Hung
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7931605
    Abstract: A device for use by a female for sexual stimulation comprising an inner arm dimensioned for insertion into a vagina, to contact the wall of the vagina at or near the G-spot, an outer arm dimensioned to contact the clitoris, and a resilient U-shaped member connecting the inner and outer arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Standard Innovation Corporation
    Inventor: Bruce Murison
  • Patent number: 7871386
    Abstract: A miniature electrically powered massage vibrator includes an outermost shell slideably holding a vibrating body, i.e., a vibration generator. The vibrating body contains a power source of button-type battery cells for powering a motor of the vibration generator encased inside the body, and a power switching mechanism. Sliding movement of the outermost shell relative to the vibrating body provides the switching on/off functions of the electric power. The massage vibrator is useful for sexual assistance or marital aid or therapeutic use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Nanma Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Simon Siu Man Nan
  • Patent number: 7846111
    Abstract: Therapy patches provide portable massaging devices that can also deliver topical treatment chemicals. These patches can be adhered to the skin via an adhesive layer that is also impregnated with the treatment chemical. Kits are also provided to create a string of linked patches that can be used together or separately, and a microcontroller controls the vibration of the device for optimized massaging effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Kopanic, Jr., Pamela J. Taylor, Daniel G. Lee, Jaime R. Allen
  • Patent number: 7766849
    Abstract: A disposable massage apparatus having a massage actuator operatively engaged to a holding member which defines a slot adapted to receive a conductivity blocker that prevents operation of the massage apparatus is disclosed. In operation, the user withdraws the conductivity blocker from the slot in order to make the massage apparatus operational while re-inserting the conductivity blocker into the slot makes the massage apparatus inoperative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Nanma Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Simon Siu Man Nan
  • Publication number: 20100179460
    Abstract: A massage device includes a housing, a driving unit and two massage units driven by the driving unit. Each massage unit includes a planetary gear disc assembled with a universal joint, an inner gear engaged with the planetary gear disc, and a massage disc assembly disposed on a top of the inner gear and driven by the universal joint. The driving unit drives the planet gear disc to rotate and the universal joint drives the massage disc assembly to rotate, thereby providing kneading massage. The inner gear has an incline top surface. When the planet gear disc drives the inner gear to rotate, the incline top surface makes the massage balls on the massage disc assembly to move up and down, thereby providing patting massage. Thus, the massage device can produce kneading and patting massage actions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventor: Ming-Wei TSAI
  • Patent number: 7737588
    Abstract: The preferred embodiment the invention proposes pertains to a three-phase induction motor, and operates on the premises of having the extension cords on two ends of the motor embedded with several balancing eccentric washers and a balancing eccentric block added, of which the eccentric block contains a sleeve bearing, and one end of the eccentric block is fitted with a bolt, with the bolt head covered with rubber; o-ring is fitted between the balancing eccentric washer and balancing eccentric block, whereby using the invention's frequency changer for controlling an AC 3-phase induction motor serves to generate multiple frequencies for generating different amplitudes, which can be use to control the speed and load emitted between the eccentric block and balancing eccentric washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Huan-Yau Peng
  • Patent number: 7725962
    Abstract: A massaging sink pillow structure disclosed herein designed to be placed over the edge of a standard sink used by a barber or beautician for shampooing or rinsing hair. The sink pillow is a waterproof, saddle-shaped structure with a front section designed to be placed against the front outside surface of the sink and a rear section designed to be placed against the front, inside surface of the sink. The sink pillow includes an upper, U-shaped indented section designed to fit into the U-shaped opening on the sink. Mounted inside the sink pillow is a plurality of page motors aligned in rows that are selectively activated to massage the user's neck in one direction or in alternative directions from front-to-back and back-to-front directions when the user's neck is placed over the U-shaped indented section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Timothy Jon Smith
  • Publication number: 20100113992
    Abstract: The present invention is a vibrational roller utilizing a motorized vibrational drive using a plurality of eccentric weights and associated supports. The weights are positioned along the axis of rotation in a manner to synchronize them and minimize vibrational dissipation throughout the roller. Each weight has at least one associated support. The supports then transmit vibrational forces to the surface of the roller in an evenly distributed manner. A second co-operational motor may be used to extend motor life and aid in initiating vibrations. A control panel and associated circuitry are utilized to alter vibrational characteristics. The roller may be battery powered or powered through a standard wall outlet. The roller itself is manufactured of a durable yet deformable material, such as foam rubber, and may be inserted into selectable sleeves of varying physical properties for desired effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventors: Brian P. Godfrey, Vince Warner
  • Patent number: 7705500
    Abstract: A vibration apparatus and also a motor assembly are provided to enhance vibrational massage therapy and to improve non-impact exercise. In particular, the motor assembly generates vibrations of differing amplitudes utilizing a single motor to drive a shaft that, in turn, rotates an eccentric weight whose rotational axis is non-coaxial with the shaft's rotational axis. The reversal of the direction in which the motor rotates the shaft changes the amplitude of the resulting vibrations communicated to a platform. Thus, vibrational amplitude most suitable for a particular application or purpose may be selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Charles J. Burout, III
  • Patent number: 7662115
    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 ailments such as bed-ridden patients, persons with osteoporosis or disuse atrophy, athletes, recovering bone cancer patients, and persons with muscoskeletal disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Leismer
  • Patent number: 7637878
    Abstract: The eye massaging device contains a main member having built-in air pump and actuation elements, an inflatable fomentation member, and a belt member where the main member and the fomentation member are attached, and a controller for adjusting the settings of the massaging device. The main member contains a number of slidably engaged pieces that elastically expand along with the belt member when the device is tied around a user's head. Additionally, the eye massaging device can also provide simultaneous massages to the appropriate acupuncture spots at the sides of the head such as temples by having additional built-in vibrating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Inventor: Pin-Hung Lin
  • Patent number: 7615018
    Abstract: An ulcer, lymphoedema and DVT treatment device (10) comprises a drive unit (12) adapted to deliver mechanical vibrations at its surface in three orthogonal directions at a frequency in each orthogonal direction of between 15 and 75 Hz and with an amplitude in each orthogonal direction of between 0.1 and 0.5 mm. A pad (110) is connected to the drive unit, and a strap (46) enables the pad to be pressed against the limb of the animal or human. The motor drives an eccentrically mounted weight (22) to provide oscillations of the casing in a radial plane. The device is employed to treat a patient suffering from leg ulcers, lymphoedema and DVT by applying three-dimensional vibrations. A cover (150) is provided to protect the pad (110) from contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Vibrant Medical Limited
    Inventors: Ernest Peter Nelson, Jeanette Rae Nelson, legal representative, Antony John Seaney
  • Publication number: 20090270775
    Abstract: Devices, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for non-invasive diagnosis and screening of neurological disorders. Spatio-temporal mapping can be utilized between the skin and the central nervous system to rapidly, painlessly and quantitatively assess functional connectivity in the central nervous system. Stimulation drivers can be independently operated to control the movement of stimulators to achieve a variety of desired stimulation parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventors: Mark Allen Tommerdahl, Robert Glenn Dennis
  • Publication number: 20090264801
    Abstract: A body vibration apparatus includes an at least partially rigid platform, a first motor coupled to the platform such that movement of the first motor imparts force to the platform. The first motor has a first shaft that rotates a first eccentric weight in a first direction, phase and plane. A second motor is coupled to the platform such that movement of the second motor imparts force to the platform. The second motor has a second shaft parallel to the first shaft that rotates in a second direction, which, in one embodiment, is opposite the first direction. A second eccentric weight is coupled to the second shaft in the first plane. The second eccentric weight rotates with the second shaft at the first phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: POWER PLATE NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Guus Van der Meer
  • Publication number: 20090247915
    Abstract: A vibrating massager includes a housing, a power source supported by the housing and a replaceable motor. The housing and motor are configured so that the motor may be readily replaced by a human operator without the need to replace the housing, power source, or other components. The motor may be sized and configured to substitute for a conventional battery in a multi-battery device. When positioned in place of a battery in a supporting device, the motor operates to impart a vibrating motion to the supporting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: Ethan Frederic IMBODEN, Philipe Sage, Roland Jeffrey Wyatt
  • Publication number: 20090221942
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a massaging brassiere structure that installs an electronic vibrator in brassiere cups of the brassiere, and the electronic vibrator is controlled by an electronic circuit for vibrations and driving an elastic filling layer of the brassiere cup to vibrate, so that the vibrating frequency produced by the electronic vibrator is transmitted evenly to a wearer's breasts by the elastic force of the elastic filling layer of the brassiere cup for massaging the wearer's breasts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Inventor: Jia-Lianq Shian
  • Patent number: 7563235
    Abstract: A body vibration apparatus includes an at least partially rigid platform, a first motor coupled to the platform such that movement of the first motor imparts force to the platform. The first motor has a first shaft that rotates a first eccentric weight in a first direction, phase and plane. A second motor is coupled to the platform such that movement of the second motor imparts force to the platform. The second motor has a second shaft parallel to the first shaft that rotates in a second direction, which, in one embodiment, is opposite the first direction. A second eccentric weight is coupled to the second shaft in the first plane. The second eccentric weight rotates with the second shaft at the first phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Power Plate North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Guus van der Meer
  • Patent number: 7530961
    Abstract: A hinged hair washing helmet with a plurality of interior water jets emanating from an interior liquid canal, the canal also joining inlet valves with flexible inlet hoses for shampoo and conditioner. Fingers contacting a user's head provide powered massage. Power is provided by standard outlet A/C voltage or batteries. Message is adjustable for intensity. A timer control is also provided for controlling time of functions and a neck pad is adjustable for best fit of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventor: Janice A. Griffin
  • Publication number: 20090086569
    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: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: Tonic Fitness Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Mu-Chuan Wu, Vince Wu, Ts Lang Wang
  • Patent number: 7510537
    Abstract: A vibrating massager includes a housing (10), a power source (14) supported by the housing and a replaceable motor (12). The housing (10) and motor (12) are configured so that the motor may be readily replaced by a human operator without the need to replace the housing, power source, or other components. The motor (12) may be sized and configured to substitute for a conventional battery in a multi-battery device. When positioned in place of a battery in a supporting device, the motor operates to impart a vibrating motion to the supporting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventors: Ethan Frederic Imboden, Philipe Sage, Roland Jeffrey Wyatt
  • Publication number: 20090078170
    Abstract: A mouse pad includes a pad plate and a rotary massage device disposed on a side of the pad plate. The massage device includes a massage head and a wheel box fixed on the pad plate. A motor and a transmission mechanism driven by the motor are mounted in the wheel box. The massage head connects with the transmission mechanism so as to be rotated and extends above the wheel box for massaging the operator's wrist. In a preferable embodiment, the transmission mechanism includes a worm, a double-gear and a gear wheel. The worm is disposed on an output shaft of the motor and engages with the double-gear, the double-gear engages with the gear wheel, and the massage head connects with the gear wheel. Such mouse pad not only has the functions as the conventional mouse pad has, but also can massage the operator's wrist to ease the weariness of the wrist while operating a computer mouse thereon, thus to achieve a health care effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: Chichun Wu
  • Publication number: 20080306417
    Abstract: A personal massage device is disclosed. The massage device includes a housing having an exterior surface defining first and second oppositely-disposed operative ends and an interior surface defining a cavity. Each of the operative ends includes a substantially smooth and continuous surface thereon. The massage device further includes a first motor disposed within the housing and adapted for creating vibration and a battery disposed within the housing and adapted to power the first motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventors: Ethan F. Imboden, Roland J. Wyatt
  • Publication number: 20080243039
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus including a handle capable of manipulation by a human hand, and one or more head portions to mate to various types of treatment attachments, which may be moved over an area of skin and/or body part by a motion generator moving the head portions, and/or by a user manipulating the handle. Various suitable attachments include applicator attachments having abrasive surfaces, oxygenating attachments having pores through which oxygen may travel, brush attachments for cleaning and polishing, thermal attachments for heating and cooling, and light radiating attachments. The motion generator may move the attachments by vibrating, spinning, oscillating, or propagating sonic waves through the head portions. Thus, attachments may be attached and removed from the head portions to treating skin and/or body parts by abrasion, cleaning, polishing, lighting, or oxygenation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Dean L. Rhoades
  • Patent number: 7427274
    Abstract: A massage base having a top surface contains at least one massage node base wherein the massage node base is motile in relation to the massage base. At least one massage node is mounted on each of the massage node bases and at least partially protrudes from the top surface. The massage node is mounted for rote movement in relation to the massage base. A motor, connected to the massage node base, engages the massage node in rote movement in relation to the massage base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth David Harris, Jr., Charles J. Burout, III, James C. TerMeer, Stephen B. Mills, J. Neil Gleason, Laura G. Warnock
  • Publication number: 20080228114
    Abstract: A miniature electrically powered massage vibrator includes an outermost shell slideably holding a vibrating body, i.e., a vibration generator. The vibrating body contains a power source of button-type battery cells for powering a motor of the vibration generator encased inside the body, and a power switching mechanism. Sliding movement of the outermost shell relative to the vibrating body provides the switching on/off functions of the electric power. The massage vibrator is useful for sexual assistance or marital aid or therapeutic use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: Nanma Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Simon Siu Man Nan