Brush Or Comb Patents (Class 607/79)
  • Patent number: 9561386
    Abstract: A hand-held device for hair growth stimulation. The device parts the user's hair while the light source radiates user's exposed scalp. Non-light emitting teeth are uses to part the user's hair in front of an associated light source. An optional timer can be used to control the length of time the light source is activated. Parallel rows of teeth are aligned with a central row of light beams and part the individual's hair to form furrows in the user's hair as the device is combed through the user's hair. The furrows create an unobstructed path for the light beam to reach the user's scalp. Various embodiments use laser and/or non-coherent light sources to provide light energy to the user's scalp. An optional removable teeth assembly can be used to allow repair or sharing of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Lexington International, LLC
    Inventors: Henry Pearl, David Sinofsky
  • Patent number: 9295315
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hair treatment appliance (1) having a handle (3), a functional head (4) which can be connected to the handle (3) and has a hair treatment device (5), and also an ion application device (9) for applying ions to the hair, said ion application device having at least one ion outlet (11), wherein the functional head (4) and the handle (3) also in each case have an electrically conductive area on an outer face of the component and the electrically conductive area of the functional head (4) and the electrically conductive area of the handle (3) are electrically conductively connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Kloeppel-Riech, Katja Honnefeller, Norbert Smetana, Olaf Soerensen, Juergen Seng
  • Publication number: 20150045856
    Abstract: The present invention is relates to a tool for killing lice eggs comprising a body having proximal and distal ends and a comb comprising a first plurality of conductive tines alternating with a second plurality of conductive tines. A plurality of openings are defined by adjacent ones of the first and second plurality of conductive tines, wherein a width of the plurality of openings is less than or equal to 0.2 mm. A first electrical circuit is provided in electrical communication with the comb, the electrical circuit adapted to generate a potential difference between the first and second plurality of tines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Wayne Brandon Ingersoll
  • Patent number: 8801763
    Abstract: The appliance includes a brushhead having conductive fiber bristles by which a potential is applied to electrochemically activate a teeth whitening substance, such as peroxide, in the vicinity of the teeth. An impedance appliance system (62) or an optical appliance system (27) provides information concerning whether the conductive fiber bristles are adjacent a tooth surface or gum region. The impedance system uses an electrical signal through the fiber to determine the impedance of a circuit which includes the tooth or gum surface, the impedance being different, depending on whether a tooth or gum surface is in the circuit. The optical system generates a light beam which is directed to the mouth surface through a conductive fiber, the color of the returning light indicating whether the surface is a tooth or gum region. If a tooth is determined, the teeth whitening substance is activated at that bristle, while if gum tissue is determined, the teeth whitening substance is not activated at that bristle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: David Andrew Fish, Nigel David Young, Jay Patel, Estelle Julie Dorothee Bernhard-Fichet, Peter Douglas Fairley
  • Patent number: 8413285
    Abstract: The electronic toothbrush (10) includes a brush head (20) having an implantation area where bristles (22) for brushing of teeth are fixed and a handle (21) configured to carry the brush head (20). The brush head (20) includes a brush electrode exposed on its surface. The brush electrode includes a first electrode (23) located in the implantation area where the bristles (22) are fixed and a second electrode (242) located in a non-implantation area where no bristles (22) are fixed. The handle (30) includes a handle electrode (32) exposed on its surface. The handle (30) is configured to house a power source (35) for applying a voltage between the handle electrode (32) and each of the first electrode (23) and the second electrode (242). The bristles (22) are fixed directly to the first electrode (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kunita, Suehisa Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 8239991
    Abstract: An electric-electronic toothbrush carries a brush driven to vibrate, and arranged to flow an electric current into a user's oral cavity for promoting removal of tooth plaque. The electric-electronic toothbrush has a shaft driven to vibrate along and/or about an axis of the shaft, and a battery supplying the electric current. The shaft is electrically conductive to flow the electric current into a brush electrode of a brush head. The shaft is electrically connected to the battery by way of an extendible electrically conductive coupler within the handle. The electrically conductive coupler has its one end secured to the shaft, and the other end to an electrically conductive member connected to one of poles of the battery, so as to absorb the vibration of the shaft. The handle is provided on its outer peripheral surface with a touch electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Shimizu, Tomohiro Kunita, Shinichi Taniguchi, Suehisa Kishimoto, Tadanobu Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 8056175
    Abstract: A toothbrush device including a brush member and a grip. The brush member includes an electric terminal accommodation chamber and an electric terminal plate accommodated in the electric terminal accommodation chamber. The electric terminal plate includes a contact, which comes into contact with a contact portion of a coupler shaft of the grip through a window providing communication with a receptacle of the brush member. The brush member includes a holding portion supporting the coupler shaft. The receptacle includes a fastener mount portion and an engaging piece which cooperates with the fastener mount portion to hold the coupler shaft therebetween. The engaging piece and the contact portion are arranged at the same side of the axis of the coupler shaft. The fastener mount portion is arranged opposite the contact portion with respect to the axis of the coupler shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Electric Works, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kunita, Suehisa Kishimoto
  • Publication number: 20080183249
    Abstract: An oral care device has a handle with a touch electrode and a brush handle with a brush electrode for flowing a minute current into an oral cavity of a user by way of the user's body for removing plaque. The touch electrode is made of a non-metal material filled with carbon filaments, and is free from any metal elution or corrosion while it is in contact with the user's hand, which assures to keep the oral care device in good appearance and performance over a prolonged use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventors: Tadanobu Kitagawa, Yoshihiro KITAMURA, Junichi HOSHINO
  • Patent number: 7100537
    Abstract: A handholdable ion emitting pet grooming brush for grooming pets is provided. It includes a body having an air intake on the top side of the body. A bristle unit is removably attached to the bottom side of the body and there is an opening in the middle of the bristle unit, which opens to an air outlet trough on the bottom side of the body. The air outlet trough is adapted to be similar in dimension to the opening. An ion generator is disposed in the body for creating an air flow that travels from the air intake to the air outlet trough. The ion generator includes a high voltage pulse generator, a first electrode located below the air intake, and a second electrode located above the air outlet trough. The second electrode includes a plurality of spaced second electrodes each coupled to the high voltage pulse generator. The air flow includes ionized air traveling from the first electrode between and past the spaced second electrodes and through the opening in the middle of the bristle unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventor: Chi Ming Suen
  • Patent number: 6827088
    Abstract: A brush includes a self-contained ion generator that subjects material being brushed to an outflow of ionized air containing safe amounts of ozone. The ion generator includes a high voltage pulse generator whose output pulses are coupled between first and second electrodes. An outflow of ionized air and ozone is directed between the brush bristles onto the material being brushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Sharper Image Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Taylor, Shek Fai Lau
  • Patent number: 6672315
    Abstract: A brush includes a self-contained ion generator that subjects material being brushed to an outflow of ionized air containing safe amounts of ozone. The ion generator includes a high voltage pulse generator whose output pulses are coupled between first and second electrode arrays. Preferably the first array comprises at least one metal pin spaced coaxially-apart from a metal ring-like structure. Alternatively, the first array may comprise one or more wire electrodes spaced staggeringly apart from a second array comprising hollow “U”-shaped electrodes. Preferably a ratio between effective area of an electrode in the second array compared to effective area of an electrode in the first array exceeds about 15:1 and preferably is about 20:1. An electric field produced by the high voltage pulses between the arrays produces an electrostatic flow of ionized air containing safe amounts of ozone. The outflow of ionized air and ozone is directed between the brush bristles onto the material being brushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Sharper Image Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Taylor, Shek Fai Lau
  • Patent number: 6588434
    Abstract: A brush includes a self-contained ion generator that subjects material being brushed to an outflow of ionized air containing safe amounts of ozone. The ion generator includes a high voltage pulse generator whose output pulses are coupled between first and second electrode arrays. Preferably the first array comprises at least one metal pin spaced coaxially-apart from a metal ring-like structure. Alternatively, the first array may comprise one or more wire electrodes spaced staggeringly apart from a second array comprising hollow “U”-shaped electrodes. Preferably a ratio between effective area of an electrode in the second array compared to effective area of an electrode in the first array exceeds about 15:1 and preferably is about 20:1. An electric field produced by the high voltage pulses between the arrays produces an electrostatic flow of ionized air containing safe amounts of ozone. The outflow of ionized air and ozone is directed between the brush bristles onto the material being brushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Sharper Image Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Taylor, Shek Fai Lau
  • Publication number: 20020100488
    Abstract: A brush includes a self-contained ion generator that subjects material being brushed to an outflow of ionized air containing safe amounts of ozone. The ion generator includes a high voltage pulse generator whose output pulses are coupled between first and second electrode arrays. Preferably the first array comprises at least one metal pin spaced coaxially-apart from a metal ring-like structure. Alternatively, the first array may comprise one or more wire electrodes spaced staggeringly apart from a second array comprising hollow “U”-shaped electrodes. Preferably a ratio between effective area of an electrode in the second array compared to effective area of an electrode in the first array exceeds about 15:1 and preferably is about 20:1. An electric field produced by the high voltage pulses between the arrays produces an electrostatic flow of ionized air containing safe amounts of ozone. The outflow of ionized air and ozone is directed between the brush bristles onto the material being brushed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Applicant: SHARPER IMAGE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Charles E. Taylor, Shek Fai Lau
  • Publication number: 20020062836
    Abstract: An ion generator includes a needle electrode and a ground electrode cooperable with the needle electrode to generate a corona discharge in the air to produce ions. The ground electrode is disposed so as to surround an imaginary extension of a longitudinal axis of the needle electrode and has a portion thereof depleted to provide a split region defined therein. A hairbrush utilizing the ion generator is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Publication date: May 30, 2002
    Applicant: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC WORKS, LTD.
    Inventors: Itaru Saida, Hisashi Kitamura
  • Patent number: 6182671
    Abstract: A brush includes a self-contained ion generator that subjects material being brushed to an outflow of ionized air containing safe amounts of ozone. The ion generator includes a high voltage pulse generator whose output pulses are coupled between first and second electrode arrays. Preferably the first array comprises at least one metal pin spaced coaxially-apart from a metal ring-like structure. Alternatively, the first array may comprise one or more wire electrodes spaced staggeringly apart from a second array comprising hollow “U”-shaped electrodes. Preferably a ratio between effective area of an electrode in the second array compared to effective area of an electrode in the first array exceeds about 15:1 and preferably is about 20:1. An electric field produced by the high voltage pulses between the arrays produces an electrostatic flow of ionized air containing safe amounts of ozone. The outflow of ionized air and ozone is directed between the brush bristles onto the material being brushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Sharper Image Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Taylor, Shek Fai Lau
  • Patent number: 6152146
    Abstract: A hair brush includes a self-contained ion generator that subjects the hair and scalp being brushed to an outflow of ionized air containing safe amounts of ozone. The ion generator includes a high voltage pulse generator whose output pulses are coupled between first and second electrode arrays. Preferably the first array comprises at least one metal pin spaced coaxially-apart from a metal ring-like structure. Alternatively, the first array may comprise one or more wire electrodes spaced staggeringly apart from a second array comprising hollow "U"-shaped electrodes. Preferably a ratio between effective area of an electrode in the second array compared to effective area of an electrode in the first array exceeds about 15:1 and preferably is about 20:1. An electric field produced by the high voltage pulses between the arrays produces an electrostatic flow of ionized air containing safe amounts of ozone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Sharper Image Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Taylor, Shek Fai Lau
  • Patent number: 5975090
    Abstract: A hair brush includes a self-contained ion generator that subjects the hair and scalp being brushed to an outflow of ionized air containing safe amounts of ozone. The ion generator includes a high voltage pulse generator whose output pulses are coupled between first and second electrode arrays. Preferably the first array comprises at least one metal pin spaced coaxially-apart from a metal ring-like structure. Alternatively, the first array may comprise one or more wire electrodes spaced staggeringly apart from a second array comprising hollow "U"-shaped electrodes. Preferably a ratio between effective area of an electrode in the second array compared to effective area of an electrode in the first array exceeds about 15:1 and preferably is about 20:1. An electric field produced by the high voltage pulses between the arrays produces an electrostatic flow of ionized air containing safe amounts of ozone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Sharper Image Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Taylor, Shek Fai Lau
  • Patent number: 5967967
    Abstract: A health comb for therapeutic treatment of the body of a user comprises a comb body and serially connected electrically conductive teeth elements supported by the comb body. At least one electrode is supported by the comb body and is connected to the electrically conductive teeth elements. An electromagnetic device is connected to the electrically conductive teeth elements for generating an electromotive force to produce an electric current and for directing magnetic field flux energy to a to-be-treated area of the health comb user's body. A semiconductor circuit is connected to the electromagnetic device and to the electrically conductive teeth elements for controlling flow of electric current from the electrically conductive teeth elements to the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Liwen Guo
  • Patent number: 5957090
    Abstract: A device for removing dirt, loose hair, dander, etc. from objects such as household pets comprising an electrostatic generator 12 connected to an electrostatic element 10. The electrostatic element is a high voltage capacitor with extended core dielectric 10C. If an object such as a pet is brought in close proximity to its surface the electrostatic force pulls dirt and loose hairs off and retains them. A discharge means 12A provides for the release of the collected dirt and loose hairs. When incorporated into a grooming device such as a brush 18 it provides a more efficient method for removing loose hairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Keith H. Larson