With Body Applicator Patents (Class 62/259.3)
  • Patent number: 10876790
    Abstract: A ballistic vest cooling assembly includes a ballistic vest that is comprised of a bullet resistant material to protect a user from a bullet. A plurality of tubes is integrated into the ballistic vest and the plurality of tubes contains a fluid. A sleeve is positioned around the plurality of tubes to define an air space between the sleeve and the plurality of tubes. A temperature conditioning unit is coupled to the ballistic vest and the temperature conditioning unit is in fluid communication with the sleeve. The temperature conditioning unit blows air through the sleeve when the temperature conditioning unit is turned on for cooling the user when the user wears the ballistic vest. A control unit is selectively placed in electrical communication with the temperature conditioning unit for turning the temperature conditioning unit on and off. Additionally, a remote control is in wireless electrical communication with the control unit for remotely controlling the temperature conditioning unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Curtis Fluellen
  • Patent number: 10820637
    Abstract: A self-contained portable air distribution system for cooling an individual by the movement of intake and exhaust air flow streams over an individual. The system includes a portable rechargeable battery operated fan that produces both an inlet intake and outlet exhaust air flow streams that provides a cooling effect by evaporating body moisture as it passes over the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Roger Clemente
  • Patent number: 10741998
    Abstract: Provided is a laser system that includes a laser head having a laser holder configured to house a laser beam and a lens for reflecting the laser beam at a predetermined wavelength, and a thermal-mechanical adjustment device disposed on the laser head and configured to adjust a temperature and an alignment of the laser beam, to maintain the predetermined wavelength of the laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sandip Maity, Ying Zhou, David Peter Robinson, Gamal Refai-Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10709601
    Abstract: A temperature regulating device for a user's neck includes a housing that extends about the neck and has a base portion, and first and second side portions. The side portions each have an air duct extending from an air inlet to an air outlet in communication with air inlets of an air duct within the base portion. Two thermoelectric are devices located within each of the side portions. Each thermoelectric device is in thermal connection with a cold space member at exterior sides of the side portions for contacting the lateral sides of the neck. Two fans within the base portion are configured to pull air through the side portions past the thermoelectric devices to the base portion and out through the air outlets of the base portion. Only the side portions of the housing selectively heat and cool the neck near pulse points of the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: John Adair
  • Patent number: 10615326
    Abstract: Disclosed is a flexible thermoelectric system. More particularly, the flexible thermoelectric system includes thermoelectric units that are wearable on the human body; a heating unit that is provided on one side of the thermoelectric units so as to be disposed between the thermoelectric units and the skin and is formed of a hygroscopic and exothermic material; and a heat dissipating unit that is provided on other side of the thermoelectric units such that the heat dissipating unit faces the heating unit and the thermoelectric units are disposed between the heat dissipating unit and the heating unit; wherein the heating unit and the heat dissipating unit are flexible. Due to such a configuration, the flexible thermoelectric system may be flexibly attached to the skin and temperature difference between upper and lower surfaces of the thermoelectric units may be maximized. Accordingly, power generation or cooling performance may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION, YONSEI UNIVERSITY, KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Woochul Kim, Dong Gyu Kim, Byung Jin Cho
  • Patent number: 10583307
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a treatment device having a heat source, a power source, a heat applicator and a lighting mechanism. The power source includes at least one battery having superior properties such as prolonged electricity production and prompt recharging. The heat applicator includes a heat conductive layer made from nanofibers, providing highly efficient heat distribution to the targeted regions. The lighting mechanism employs light emitting nano fibers to treat targeted regions. The power source provides energy to the light source, which generates light so that the applicator may distribute to an injury site or wound bed of a user. The heat source may be an exothermic chemical reaction designed to last for several hours supplying heat to the treatment device or an electronically produced heat. The treatment device further comprises a plurality of electrodes for electrical stimulation treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: TRANSQTRONICS, LLC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Isserow, Laura Isserow
  • Patent number: 10555594
    Abstract: A backpack that includes a backpack body and an air moving device. The backpack body has at least one air duct formed therein. The air moving device provides an airflow to the at least one air duct. The at least one air duct is configured to deliver the airflow to a back of a wearer, which dissipates heat along the back of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Gizmospring.com Dongguan Limited
    Inventors: Kenny Chih-Yao Tai, Daniel Pettersson
  • Patent number: 10415931
    Abstract: An illuminable device configured to be worn by a mammal and provide visibility to the mammal includes a thermoelectric module and a light source. The illuminable device is configured to be mounted onto a mammal by an article worn by the mammal such that the thermoelectric module is in thermal contact with the mammal's body. The thermoelectric module generates electricity from a thermal gradient, produced from a mammal's body heat that is transferred to the module. The electricity generated by the thermoelectric module powers the light source to illuminate the article worn by the mammal. Related methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Grace Engineering Corp.
    Inventor: Louis Grace, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10357068
    Abstract: A temperature-regulating garment is provided for assisting a user with regulating body temperature. A garment body has first and second major garment body edges. The garment body has a neckline formed by a least a portion of the first major garment body edge. The garment body has a front right panel, a front left panel, and a back panel. At least one armhole is located laterally between the back panel and a selected one of the right front panel and the left front panel. First and second neck pockets are each configured to accept a temperature-regulating pack. The first neck pocket is disposed upon at least one of the right front panel and the back panel, spanning the first major garment body edge. The second neck pocket is disposed upon at least one of the left front panel and the back panel, spanning the first major garment body edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Jill Elizabeth Byrne
  • Patent number: 10292859
    Abstract: A cooling device for removing heat from subcutaneous lipid-rich cells of a subject having skin is provided. The cooling device includes a plurality of cooling elements movable relative to each other to conform to the contour's of the subject's skin. The cooling elements have a plurality of controllable thermoelectric coolers. The cooling elements can be controlled to provide a time-varying cooling profile in a predetermined sequence, can be controlled to provide a spatial cooling profile in a selected pattern, or can be adjusted to maintain constant process parameters, or can be controlled to provide a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell E. Levinson, Jesse N. Rosen, William P. Pennybacker
  • Patent number: 10151523
    Abstract: A beverage cooler (10, 100, 200) includes a heat pump (12) having a cooling element thermally coupled to a negative-heat-energy accumulator (14). The accumulator (14) includes a heat-energy dispersion arrangement (16) formed from thermally conductive material which is in thermal contact with a quantity of phase-change material (18) having a phase-change temperature above zero Celsius. A conduit (20) for the beverage defines a circuitous path thermally coupled to accumulator (14). The heat pump (12) draws heat energy predominantly from the phase-change material (18) so as to ensure that a temperature of the phase-change material is reduced by at least as much as the temperature of the beverage within conduit (20), even under zero-flow conditions. This ensures that the accumulator (14) can be fully charged during periods of low beverage dispensing demand without risk of freezing the beverage within conduit (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Avner Sadot, Shaul Hanuna
  • Patent number: 9964317
    Abstract: A portable DC air-conditioner has a cooler circulation system inside a housing, including a DC compressor, a condenser, an expansion valve and an evaporator. The evaporator is disposed inside an air duct which has an end thereof connected to a fan and another end thereof forming a discharging exit. The condenser is arranged below the evaporator and the air duct has a guiding tube at the bottom thereof so that the water drops made by the evaporator would be guided to flow into the condenser. A distributing portion is disposed on the housing, including a base connected to the discharging exit and at least one hollow frame having a circular slit on the inner edge for cooled air to be discharged. The evaporator in the air duct would produce cooled air and transport the cooled air to the discharging exit to flow out from the circular slit, forming a cooler circulation system with small volume and great efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Ching-Ko Chang
  • Patent number: 9942647
    Abstract: The various embodiments set forth a headphone apparatus that includes a first earcup, a sensor included in the first earcup, and a controller. The first earcup is coupled to a headband, and includes a loudspeaker system and a thermal control subsystem. The controller is configured to detect an output generated by the sensor, and, based on the output, transmit a signal to the thermal control subsystem included in the first earcup to modify a temperature associated with at least the first earcup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORORATED
    Inventors: Davide Di Censo, Stefan Marti, Jaime Elliot Nahman
  • Patent number: 9933206
    Abstract: An apparatus for maintaining the temperature of an article at a temperature that is below the ambient air temperature includes an enclosure having an outer wall that defines an interior chamber for holding a volume of sealed air. An insert is disposed inside of the chamber and has a body that is made of a porous graphite foam material. A vacuum pump penetrates the outer wall and fluidly connects the sealed air in the interior chamber with the ambient air outside of the enclosure. The temperatures of the insert and article is maintained at temperatures that are below the ambient air temperature when a volume of a liquid is wicked into the pores of the porous insert and the vacuum pump is activated to reduce the pressure of a volume of sealed air within the interior chamber to a pressure that is below the vapor pressure of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: James Klett, Lynn Klett
  • Patent number: 9851113
    Abstract: A portable, adjustable, and flexible waist mounted, self-contained air distribution system for an individual which can distribute pressurized air over the upper or lower body of an individual, directly against the skin or the clothing of the individual, the system including a portable rechargeable battery operated blower fan in communication with a plenum and manifold, the manifold having a primary adjustable and flexible exhaust outlet openings that spreads, throws and disburses a pressurized air flow selectively over the upper or lower body of an individual, thereby allowing air to selectively provide a cooling and evaporate effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Roger Clemente
  • Patent number: 9513035
    Abstract: Cooling apparatus including a thermoelectric device (1618) either forming at least part of at least one body (1614, 1616) to be cooled, or being positioned adjacent, in use, at least one body to be cooled, wherein the at least one body contains coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: KOOLWIC LIMITED
    Inventors: Roger Wise, David Jeavons
  • Patent number: 9486018
    Abstract: A cooling unit that can be used with or without a garment, such as a ballistic vest, that covers a user's torso when worn by the user. The cooling unit includes a fan for blowing ambient air; a manifold for distributing to the torso the air that is blown by the fan; and a hose for connecting the fan to the manifold. The manifold may be formed of three overlying panels that are secured together, including an outer panel, a central panel, and an inner panel that is closest to the user's torso when the cooling unit is being worn. No modification of the vest is necessary to accommodate the cooling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Safariland, LLC
    Inventors: James Greene Coats, IV, Brad Glass
  • Patent number: 9471117
    Abstract: A method for controlling outer surface temperatures of a computing device enclosure or case includes operating one or more internal thermal management mechanisms to control an internal temperature inside the computing device enclosure or case, obtaining a measure of an external ambient temperature outside the computing device case, and making operation of the one or more internal thermal management mechanisms depend, at least in part, on the measure of the external ambient temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Randall R. Spangler
  • Patent number: 9433246
    Abstract: A generally planar, conformable evaporative structure, particularly for incorporation in a garment or an item of personal protective equipment as part of a system to cool the wearer's body, includes an envelope of substantially impermeable, flexible material containing: a layer of flexible wick material disposed adjacent to a major face of the envelope and adapted to hold a working fluid in liquid phase for evaporation by heat conducted through the envelope; a layer of flexible, breathable fabric in parallel with the layer of wick material; and an array of flexible ribs such as open helical coils within the layer of breathable fabric adapted to maintain pathways for the flow of working fluid in vapor phase towards a condensation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert Anthony Freeman, Rajinder Singh
  • Patent number: 9326888
    Abstract: A system and method for thermal regulation, the system comprising a bedding element that is configured to enclose at least a part of a living being or other object. The system further comprising a temperature regulation element that is included in the bedding element and that includes a phase change material which changes between a liquid phase and a solid phase within the desired temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Embrace
    Inventors: Jane Chen, Linus Liang, Rahul A. Panicker, Razmig Hovaghimian, Naganand Murty
  • Patent number: 9029736
    Abstract: An electronic personal thermal control apparatus and method may provide heating and cooling for a user. A power source may provide power to a thermal module that is capable of heating or cooling a heat transfer component to a desired temperature. The heating or cooling may be managed by a controller. The components may be placed in a housing. The apparatus may be placed at any suitable position on a user's body, such as the wrist or ankle(s). The housing of the apparatus may be incorporated or combined with clothing, such as wristband(s), apparel, jackets, footwear, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: My Core Control Development, LLC
    Inventor: Edward F. Lavin, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150101788
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for manipulating the temperature of a surface are provided. Devices of the present disclosure may include a thermal adjustment apparatus, such as a controller in electrical communication with one or more thermoelectric materials, placed adjacent to the surface of skin. The device may generate a series of thermal pulses at the surface, for providing an enhanced thermal sensation for a user. The thermal pulses may be characterized by temperature reversibility, where each pulse includes an initial temperature adjustment, followed by a return temperature adjustment, over a short period of time (e.g., less than 120 seconds). The average rate of temperature change upon initiation and upon return may be between about 0.1° C./sec and about 10.0° C./sec. In some cases, the average rate of the initial temperature adjustment is greater in magnitude than the average rate of the return temperature adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Embr Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Smith, Samuel Shames, Michael Gibson, David Cohen-Tanugi
  • Patent number: 8991195
    Abstract: A method with the following steps is described for testing a Peltier element: applying a voltage to the Peltier element; switching off the voltage at the end of a defined period of time; measuring the voltage at the Peltier element; and comparing the measured voltage with a reference value. Furthermore, a small electrical appliance, such as an electric shaver, with a Peltier element is described, which small electrical appliance has a safety device which ensures that a malfunction of the Peltier element cannot result in danger to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventor: Jan Christian Langsdorf
  • Patent number: 8978169
    Abstract: A hazardous materials protective garment may use a two-stage evaporative cooling process to ease heat strain on the wearer of the garment. The garment may include an impermeable inner layer and a wicking outer layer. One or more reservoirs may be disposed interior to the inner layer for collecting condensed and/or unevaporated sweat. One or more pumps may move the sweat to the exterior of the impermeable layer for distribution in the wicking layer and evaporation from the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Larry Berglund, Reed Hoyt
  • Publication number: 20150059390
    Abstract: Disclosed are several embodiments of wearable cooling devices for applying low temperatures to the human body for the purpose of inducing calorie burn over and above resting metabolic rate, even if the wearer is resting, and for the ultimate purpose of weight loss. It is an objective of this disclosure to describe the wearable cooling devices so that low temperatures are applied comprehensively over regions of the body that will induce significant calorie burn. A further objective of this disclosure is to describe garments that effectively exchange heat from a tight skin-to-garment interface that covers a large surface area of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Wayne Brian Hayes
  • Patent number: 8966925
    Abstract: A portable cooling device including an insulated housing and a water cooler system, whereby water stored in a reservoir, or alternatively water introduced into the system through a specific inlet, is directed through a boustrophedonic series of piping to an ancillary misting head and to at least one misting orifice disposed proximal to at least one fan, which fan is directable within a fan housing, when a chilled mist is directionably propelled from the device. The device has a power system including a photocell, a power inlet, and a battery, configureable to different situations to selectively engage the water cooler system and each fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony DeClementi
  • Patent number: 8955579
    Abstract: There is provided a means for uniformly controlling the in-plane temperature of a semiconductor wafer at high speed in a high heat input etching process. A refrigerant channel structure in a circular shape is formed in a sample stage. Due to a fact that a heat transfer coefficient of a refrigerant is largely changed from a refrigerant supply port to a refrigerant outlet port, the cross sections of the channel structure is structured so as to be increased from a first channel areas towards a second channel areas in order to make the heat transfer coefficient of the refrigerant constant in the refrigerant channel structure. Thereby, the heat transfer coefficient of the refrigerant is prevented from increasing by reducing the flow rate of the refrigerant at a dry degree area where the heat transfer coefficient of the refrigerant is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Takumi Tandou, Kenetsu Yokogawa, Masaru Izawa
  • Patent number: 8950207
    Abstract: A garment is provided which comprises (a) a first portion constructed from stretchable material that is form fitting to a user's physique and that extends across any of the following body segments of the user; the collar bone, the neck, the upper spine, the armpit area; and (b) a cooling composition disposed in said first portion, said cooling composition comprising a material that may or may not undergo a phase change to apply a cooling effect to the collar bone area of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hyper Wear, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark T. Raines, Dirk H. Buikema
  • Patent number: 8919424
    Abstract: A semiconductor element cooling structure includes a semiconductor element, a heat sink on which the semiconductor element is mounted, and a heat storage member attached to the semiconductor element in a manner to be located opposite to the heat sink with respect to the semiconductor element and having a case and a latent heat storage material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadafumi Yoshida, Hiroshi Osada, Yutaka Yokoi
  • Patent number: 8887328
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems, methods, and devices for treating the effects of menopause. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate to systems, methods, and devices used while sleeping for automatically detecting an imminent hot flash and for preventing and/or controlling the symptoms associated with hot flashes, such as an elevated body temperature, sweating and/or chills so that the person using the system remains sleeping and is not disturbed by the hot flash onset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher McKlarney
  • Publication number: 20140318154
    Abstract: Water absorbing material provided in a planar shape over the substantially entire surface of a front side surface of cooling clothing is layered with an intermediate cloth having air permeability and a waterproof material or sheet, which is waterproof, to be sandwiched and wrapped therewith. By sewing or by sealing and joining the intermediate cloth and waterproof cloth or sheet, waterproof water dividers having length in the horizontal direction are provided at a suitable inclined angle of locations. Water that is inserted from a water inlet in the upper part of the cooling clothing by a PET bottle or the like flows toward the lower part of the cooling clothing between the surface of the water absorbing material and the waterproof cloth, meandering left and right continuously or in a stepwise shape, and making a puddles arise like terraces in prescribed locations here and there.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Toyohiro KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20140305148
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an evaporative cooling clothing system for reducing body temperature of a wearer of the clothing system. The clothing system may include a clothing article for covering the wearer and a liquid reservoir for storing liquid. The clothing system may also include a hollow transport defining a cavity. The hollow transport is connected to the clothing article and connected to the liquid reservoir to allow the liquid to pass through the cavity from the liquid reservoir to the clothing article. The clothing article exposes the liquid to an environment surrounding the clothing article for evaporation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Leslie Owen Paull
  • Patent number: 8857203
    Abstract: A personal thermal regulation system includes a personal liquid cooling garment, wherein the personal liquid cooling garment is configured to circulate a working fluid therein, a membrane evaporator configured to receive circulated working fluid from the personal liquid cooling garment, wherein the membrane evaporator is further configured to evaporate a portion of the received circulated working fluid, and a chemical absorber in fluid communication with the membrane evaporator, wherein the chemical absorber is configured to receive a controlled flow of the evaporated portion of the received circulated working fluid from the membrane evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Edward W. Hodgson
  • Patent number: 8800311
    Abstract: A garment is provided which comprises (a) a first portion constructed from stretchable material that is form fitting to a user's physique and that extends across any of a user's collar bone, neck, upper spine, or armpit area; and (b) a cooling composition disposed in said first portion, said cooling composition comprising a material that applies a cooling effect to the collar bone area of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Hyper Wear, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark T. Raines, Dirk H. Buikema
  • Publication number: 20140216091
    Abstract: A pressure activated recharging cooling platform for cooling an object is provided. The cooling platform comprises a temperature regulation layer, a support layer, and a channeled covering layer. The temperature regulation layer is adapted to hold a composition. The temperature regulation layer has a plurality of angled segments, wherein angled segments within a sealed perimeter of the temperature regulation layer are formed by a top side and a bottom side at a predefined distance, and channels, wherein the channels substantially form sides by contacting the top side with the bottom side at a distance lesser than the predefined distance. The support layer is substantially bonded to the bottom side of the temperature regulation layer and is comprised of material sufficiently pliable to deform and sufficiently rigid to withstand collapse in response to the weight of the object. The channeled covering layer encompasses the support and temperature regulation layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: THE GREEN PET SHOP ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: Gerard Prendergast
  • Patent number: 8720218
    Abstract: A cooling platform for cooling an object is provided. The cooling platform comprises a temperature regulation, a support layer, and a channeled covering layer. The temperature regulation layer is adapted to hold a composition. The temperature regulation layer has a plurality of angled segments, wherein angled segments within a sealed perimeter of the temperature regulation layer are formed by a top side and a bottom side at a predefined distance, and channels, wherein the channels substantially form sides by contacting the top side with the bottom side at a distance lesser than the predefined distance. The support layer is substantially bonded to the bottom side of the temperature regulation layer and is comprised of material sufficiently pliable to deform and sufficiently rigid to withstand collapse in response to the weight of the object. The channeled covering layer encompasses the support and temperature regulation layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: The Green Pet Shop Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Gerard E. Prendergast
  • Publication number: 20140090410
    Abstract: The present invention is an air cooling device that includes a base casing, an air flap disposed on top of the base casing that expels cool air from the base casing, a rotatable roll knob that allows a user to adjust a temperature of the expelled cool air and an attachment band attached to the base casing worn on by the user. There is also an air intake port that receives surrounding exterior air, a battery cover that covers and protects a battery housing, an activation switch, an enclosed mini-fan that provides suction to the surrounding air and a plurality of batteries that provide power to the air cooling device, where the batteries are housed in the battery housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Jeff Decker
  • Patent number: 8678492
    Abstract: A DC powered refrigeration package supplies refrigerant to an evaporator coil that is incorporated into the driver's seat of a race car. The DC-powered compressor, condenser and condenser fan are contained within an enclosure that can be situated behind the driver's seat. The refrigeration circuit chills the seat to below freezing, favorably to about 20° F. or below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: David Benton
  • Patent number: 8631665
    Abstract: A portable cooling device including an insulated housing and a water cooler system, whereby water stored in a reservoir, or alternatively water introduced into the system through a specific inlet, is directed through a boustrophedonic series of piping to at least one misting orifice disposed proximal to at least one fan, which fan is directable within a fan housing, whence a chilled mist is directionably propelled from the device. The device has a power system including a photocell, a power inlet, and a battery, configureable to different situations to selectively engage the water cooler system and each fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Anthony DeClementi
  • Publication number: 20130319031
    Abstract: A cooling unit that can be used with or without a garment, such as a ballistic vest, that covers a user's torso when worn by the user. The cooling unit includes a fan for blowing ambient air; a manifold for distributing to the torso the air that is blown by the fan; and a hose for connecting the fan to the manifold. The manifold may be formed of three overlying panels that are secured together, including an outer panel, a central panel, and an inner panel that is closest to the user's torso when the cooling unit is being worn. No modification of the vest is necessary to accommodate the cooling unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: SAFARILAND, LLC
    Inventors: James Greene Coats, IV, Brad Glass
  • Publication number: 20130299128
    Abstract: A seat for a cabin of a vehicle, presenting breathable seating and backrest portions (7, 8). The seat (1) has a shell (11), which is rigidly coupled to the rear side (4al) of the backrest (4) and presents an air intake (15) and air vents (12a-12d) for the cabin, and an air-conditioning unit (16), which is housed in the shell (11) and has a coolant inlet (21), an expansion valve (22) connected to the coolant inlet (21), an evaporator (23) connected to the expansion valve (22) for cooling the air sucked in, a coolant outlet (24) connected to the expansion valve (22) and an electric fan (25). In the shell (11) and in the base (2) of the seat (1) there are air distribution chambers (18, 32) communicating with the outlet (19) of the air-conditioning unit (16), the air vents (12a-12d) and the breathable seating and backrest part portions (7, 8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Dimitri Bergamini
  • Publication number: 20130298589
    Abstract: A cooling lining comprises an outer (116) and inner layer (118) for example of woven material. On the inner layer are a number of pockets (120) with air channels forming a lattice there between. Within each pocket is a support member (130) with an insulation member (128) nearer the front face of the pocket to hold the sides of the pocket taut or substantially taut. Hydrophilic material (134) is inserted into the pockets. The lining may form a cooling vest (100) or may comprise separate members that can be attached to inside of a flak jacket by Velcro strips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Milinda Holdsworth-Layton
  • Publication number: 20130233000
    Abstract: A personal thermal regulation system includes a personal liquid cooling garment, wherein the personal liquid cooling garment is configured to circulate a working fluid therein, a membrane evaporator configured to receive circulated working fluid from the personal liquid cooling garment, wherein the membrane evaporator is further configured to evaporate a portion of the received circulated working fluid, and a chemical absorber in fluid communication with the membrane evaporator, wherein the chemical absorber is configured to receive a controlled flow of the evaporated portion of the received circulated working fluid from the membrane evaporator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: EDWARD W. HODGSON
  • Patent number: 8529613
    Abstract: A thermal cap that can fit a variety of head sizes is disclosed. The cap can include a shell having a fluid inlet and outlet, a sealing mechanism and removable sizing layers disposed within the shell. Depending upon the size of a patient's head, sizing layers can either be added to or removed from the outer shell to maintain a fluid circulation space between the head and the rigid shell and allow substantially even distribution of a thermal fluid about the scalp of the patient during operation. The shell is preferably rigid and an elastomeric member can seal the periphery of the cap to the patient's head to prevent leakage. Other types and aspects of thermal cap systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: MedCool, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Radziunas, Charles D. Lennox
  • Patent number: 8495767
    Abstract: A hazardous materials protective garment may use a two-stage evaporative cooling process to ease heat strain on the wearer of the garment. The garment may include an impermeable inner layer and a wicking outer layer. One or more reservoirs may be disposed interior to the inner layer for collecting condensed and/or unevaporated sweat. One or more pumps may move the sweat to the exterior of the impermeable layer for distribution in the wicking layer and evaporation from the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Larry Berglund, Reed Hoyt
  • Patent number: 8490412
    Abstract: A personal environment appliance and a vent for a personal environment appliance are provided. The appliance includes at least one thermoelectric module over at least one inlet port. The appliance further includes at least one main outlet port spaced from the at least one inlet port and at least one waste outlet port spaced from the at least one inlet port. The appliance further includes at least one filter between the at least one inlet port and the at least one thermoelectric module. The vent includes a plurality of first tubular conduits generally parallel to one another and each first tubular conduit having a ratio of the length divided by the width, The vent further includes a plurality of second tubular conduits generally parallel to one another and having a ratio of the length divided by the width. The plurality of second tubular conduits generally surrounds the plurality of first tubular conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: BSST, LLC
    Inventors: Lon E. Bell, Robert W. Diller, Darrell Park
  • Patent number: 8397518
    Abstract: A device for heating or cooling a body of a user is provided. The device includes a thermoelectric module, a heat sink thermally coupled to the thermoelectric module, a wetting material in thermal communication with the heat sink, and a controller for cycling the thermoelectric module in accordance with a duty cycle. Additionally, a method of heating or cooling a portion of a body of a user is provided. The method includes cycling electrical power to a thermoelectric module at a duty cycle, transferring heat from the thermoelectric module to a heat sink, and evaporating a liquid from a wetting material disposed on the heat sink. The evaporated liquid enters the surrounding atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Dhama Innovations PVT. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kranthi K. Vistakula
  • Patent number: 8381319
    Abstract: The invention refers to a cover, comprising a fleece arranged between a top and a bottom layer which holds a super absorber. At least in one layer a permeability area which is permeable to moisture is provided through which the cover can be moistened in a controlled way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Pervormance International GmbH
    Inventor: Gabriele J. Stein
  • Publication number: 20130025315
    Abstract: A generally planar, conformable evaporative structure, particularly for incorporation in a garment or an item of personal protective equipment as part of a system to cool the wearer's body, includes an envelope of substantially impermeable, flexible material containing: a layer of flexible wick material disposed adjacent to a major face of the envelope and adapted to hold a working fluid in liquid phase for evaporation by heat conducted through the envelope; a layer of flexible, breathable fabric in parallel with the layer of wick material; and an array of flexible ribs such as open helical coils within the layer of breathable fabric adapted to maintain pathways for the flow of working fluid in vapour phase towards a condensation zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert Anthony Freeman, Rajinder Singh
  • Patent number: RE44272
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for thermally conditioning and pumping a fluid. The system includes a thermoelectric heat exchanger having a thermoelectric device configured to pump heat. Heat exchangers are provided for transferring heat to and from the thermoelectric device and for generating a fluid flow across the thermoelectric device. The conditioned fluid may be placed in thermal communication with a variety of objects, such as a vehicle seat, or anywhere localized heating and cooling are desired. Thermal isolation may also be provided in the direction of flow to enhance efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventor: Lon E. Bell