US20040211015A1 - Electric powered automatic bath brush and massager - Google Patents

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US20040211015A1
US20040211015A1 US10/420,316 US42031603A US2004211015A1 US 20040211015 A1 US20040211015 A1 US 20040211015A1 US 42031603 A US42031603 A US 42031603A US 2004211015 A1 US2004211015 A1 US 2004211015A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61HPHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY
    • A61H7/00Devices for suction-kneading massage; Devices for massaging the skin by rubbing or brushing not otherwise provided for
    • A61H7/002Devices for suction-kneading massage; Devices for massaging the skin by rubbing or brushing not otherwise provided for by rubbing or brushing
    • A61H7/004Devices for suction-kneading massage; Devices for massaging the skin by rubbing or brushing not otherwise provided for by rubbing or brushing power-driven, e.g. electrical
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47KSANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; TOILET ACCESSORIES
    • A47K7/00Body washing or cleaning implements
    • A47K7/04Mechanical washing or cleaning devices, hand or mechanically, i.e. power operated
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61HPHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY
    • A61H2201/00Characteristics of apparatus not provided for in the preceding codes
    • A61H2201/01Constructive details
    • A61H2201/0115Constructive details used in water
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61HPHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY
    • A61H2201/00Characteristics of apparatus not provided for in the preceding codes
    • A61H2201/16Physical interface with patient
    • A61H2201/1657Movement of interface, i.e. force application means
    • A61H2201/1664Movement of interface, i.e. force application means linear
    • A61H2201/1669Movement of interface, i.e. force application means linear moving along the body in a reciprocating manner
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61HPHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY
    • A61H2203/00Additional characteristics concerning the patient
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    • A61H2203/0406Standing on the feet

Abstract

The electric powered automatic bath brush and massager comprises of two main components connected by a spring core enclosed in a flexible tube. The first stationary main component is mounted on the wall and contains two electric motors, the first electric motor moves a moving block up and down along two parallel tracks in the first main component through a gear set with a belt. A rotatable brush that can be handheld is connected to the first stationary main component through a spring core enclosed within a flexible tube to a second electric motor in the first main component. The rotatable brush can also be affixed to the moving block on the first stationary main component to allow hands-free movement of the rotatable brush by the electric motor through the gear set with the belt. The two electric motors may be controlled with either a remote control or a hard-wired control switch.

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    BACKGROUND-FIELD OF INVENTION
  • The present invention relates generally to an electromechanical device for bathing and massaging. More specifically, the present invention relates to an electric powered bath brush and massager. [0001]
  • BACKGROUND-DESCRIPTION OF RELATED ART
  • When a person is taking a shower or a bath, it is often difficult, if not impossible, for the person to reach behind himself to scrub and massage his back. A person must either use a brush or a scrubber with a long handle to reach and effectively scrub his back. However, the use of the long-handled brush or scrubber requires manual dexterity and strength. Furthermore, a brush or scrubber cannot effectively massage the back. [0002]
  • There are shower heads that generates water pulses that attempt to massage the back. However, the water pressures in residential water systems are usually too weak for an effective massage. Furthermore, to be effective, this design requires a lot of water. Generally a mechanical mean must be utilized to effectively massage the back. Most mechanical means of massage require the user to exert force and also reach for the area to be massaged. Also, most mechanical means of massage for use in the shower or bath are not electrical powered due to their proximity to water and electrical safety concerns. [0003]
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention is an electric powered automatic bath brush and massager. The electric powered automatic bath brush and massager comprises of two main components connected by a flexible tube. The first stationary main component is mounted on the wall and contains two electric motors, one of which moves a moving block up and down along two parallel tracks in the first main component through a gear set with a belt. A rotatable brush that can be handheld is connected to the first stationary main component through a spring core enclosed within a flexible tube to a second electric motor in the first main component. The rotatable brush can also be affixed to the moving block on the first stationary main component to allow hands-free movement of the rotatable brush by the electric motor through the gear set with the belt. The two electric motors may be controlled with either a remote control or a hard-wired control switch. [0004]
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIG. 1 shows the side cross-sectional view of the rotatable brush of the electric powered automatic bath brush and massager. [0005]
  • FIG. 2 shows top cross-sectional view of the stationary main component of the electric powered automatic bath brush and massager. [0006]
  • FIG. 3 shows a perspective view of the stationary main component of the electric powered automatic bath brush and massager. [0007]
  • FIG. 4 shows the side view of the stationary main component of the electric powered automatic bath brush and massager with the rotatable brush affixed to the moving block. [0008]
  • FIG. 5 shows a perspective view of the stationary main component of the electric powered automatic bath brush and massager with the rotatable brush affixed to the moving block.[0009]
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
  • FIG. 1 shows the side-cross-sectional view of the preferred embodiment of the rotatable brush. The rotatable brush comprises of a circular brush base with handle [0010] 1 enclosing a gear wheel 5 resting on ball bearings 7. The gear wheel 5 is driven by a gear axis 6 extending from the spring core 13 in the flexible tube. A circular brush cover 2 retained by a retaining spring 0 and supported by a spring 9 that is enclosed and retained within a spring housing 8 which is itself affixed to a hollow ball 4 attached to the brush base with handle 1. A foam pad 3 is retained on top of the brush cover 2 with an elastic band 10 such as a rubber band. When the gear axis 6 rotates the entire gear wheel 5 would rotate and when a pressure is applied to the brush cover 2, such as by a person's back, the brush cover 2 will engage the gears near the center of the gear wheel 5 thereby rotating the brush cover 2 to scrub and massage the person's back.
  • FIG. 2 shows the top cross-sectional view of the preferred embodiment of the rotatable brush. The gear axis [0011] 6 is connected to the spring core 13 enclosed within the flexible tube. When the spring core 13 is rotated by the electric motor 11 in the stationary main component that is mounted to the wall, the gear axis 6 that is engaged to the gear wheel 5 will rotate and drives the gear wheel 5 which in turn rotates the brush cover 2 and the foam pad 3 attached to the brush cover 2.
  • FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the stationary main component of the preferred embodiment of the electric powered automatic bath brush and massager. The stationary main component may be mounted to a wall through its mount plate [0012] 19. The stationary main component comprises of a U-shaped hollow housing 18 enclosing two electric motors 11 controlled by control panel 20. The first electric motor 11 rotates a stationary gear set 12 that pulls a belt 17 that moves a moving gear 16 attached to a moving block 14 that moves along two parallel tracks in the U-shaped hollow housing 18. The second electric motor 11 is connected to a spring core 13 enclosed within a flexing tube to drive the gear axis 6 in the rotatable brush.
  • FIG. 4 is a side view of the stationary component of the preferred embodiment of the electric powered automatic bath brush and massager with the rotatable brush affixed to the moving block [0013] 14. The rotatable brush may be affixed to the moving block 14 by attaching it to a holder 15 on the moving block 14 thereby the rotatable brush would move in synchronous with the moving block 14 along the two parallel tracks in the stationary main component to scrub and massager a persons back without the person holding the rotatable brush.
  • FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the stationary component of the preferred embodiment of the electric powered automatic bath brush and massager with the rotatable brush affixed to the moving block [0014] 14. A person only has to lean slightly against the rotatable brush to be scrubbed and massaged by the rotating brush moving up and down along the tracks in the stationary main component. When the person is not pressing against the rotatable brush, the brush will stop rotating due to the spring 9 that constantly urges the foam pad 3 away from the gear wheel 5 and disengages the brush cover 2 from the gear wheel 5 in the rotatable brush.
  • As is clearly shown in the drawings and the above detailed description, the electric powered automatic bath brush and massager is a safe and convenient device to scrub and massage the back of a person without the manual dexterity or strength necessary for a brush or scrubber on a long handle. [0015]
  • Although the description above contains many specificities, these should not be construed as limiting the scope of the invention but as merely providing illustrations of some of the presently preferred embodiments of this invention. Thus the scope of the invention should be determined by the appended claims and their legal equivalents, rather than by the examples given. [0016]

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What is claimed is:
1. An electric powered automatic bath brush and massager comprising:
a main component generally in a U-shape configuration with two opposing parallel tracks;
a moving block with a holder slidably engaged in the opposing parallel tracks in the main component;
a moving gear enclosed in the main component and rotably attached to the moving block;
a gear set enclosed in the main component pulling a belt in the main component wherein the belt is engaged to the moving gear to move the moving gear along with the moving block along the opposing parallel tracks;
a first electric motor engaged to the gear set to drive the gear set and controlled by a control panel; and
a second electric motor engaged to a spring core connected to a rotatable brush with a means to affix it to the holder in the moving block and controlled by the control panel;
wherein the rotatable brush can be hand-held to scrub and massage a user's body and can also be affixed to the moving block in the main component to effortlessly scrub and massage the back of the user.
2. An electric powered automatic bath brush and massager as in claim 1, wherein the rotatable brush comprises of a circular brush base with handle attached to a flexible tube enclosing the spring core, a gear axis attached to the end of the spring core and engages a gear wheel in the circular brush base with handle, a brush cover with gears engaged to said gear wheel and supported by a spring that urges the brush cover away from engagement to the gear wheel, and a foam pad retained on the brush cover by an elastic band, wherein when the brush cover is pressed toward the brush base with handle the brush cover would rotate and scrub and massage the user's body surface that is in contact with the foam pad covering the brush cover.
3. An electric powered automatic bath brush and massager as in claim 1, wherein the electric motors are energized by alternating currents (AC).
4. An electric powered automatic bath brush and massager as in claim 1, wherein the electric motors are energized by direct currents (DC).
5. An electric powered automatic bath brush and massager as in claim 1, wherein the control panel is connected to the electric motors with a wire.
6. An electric powered automatic bath brush and massager as in claim 1, wherein the electric motors are remotely controlled by the control panel.
7. An electric powered automatic bath brush and massager as in claim 1, wherein the main component is attached to a wall.
8. An electric powered automatic bath brush and massager comprising:
a main housing with two opposing parallel tracks;
a moving block with a holder slidably engaged in the opposing parallel tracks in the main housing;
a moving gear enclosed in the main housing and rotably attached to the moving block;
a gear set enclosed in the main housing pulling a belt in the main housing wherein the belt is engaged to the moving gear to move the moving gear along with the moving block along the opposing parallel tracks;
a first electric motor engaged to the gear set to drive the gear set and controlled by a control panel; and
a second electric motor engaged to a spring core connected to a rotatable brush with a means to affix it to the holder in the moving block and controlled by the control panel;
wherein the rotatable brush can be hand-held to scrub and massage a user's body and can also be affixed to the moving block in the main housing to effortlessly scrub and massage the back of the user.
9. An electric powered automatic bath brush and massager as in claim 8, wherein the rotatable brush comprises of a circular brush base with handle attached to a flexible tube enclosing the spring core, a gear axis attached to the end of the spring core and engages a gear wheel in the circular brush base with handle, a brush cover with gears engaged to said gear wheel and supported by a spring that urges the brush cover away from engagement to the gear wheel, and a foam pad retained on the brush cover by an elastic band, wherein when the brush cover is pressed toward the brush base with handle the brush cover would rotate and scrub and massage the user's body surface that is in contact with the foam pad covering the brush cover.
10. An electric powered automatic bath brush and massager as in claim 8, wherein the electric motors are energized by alternating currents (AC).
11. An electric powered automatic bath brush and massager as in claim 8, wherein the electric motors are energized by direct currents (DC).
12. An electric powered automatic bath brush and massager as in claim 8, wherein the control panel is connected to the electric motors with a wire.
13. An electric powered automatic bath brush and massager as in claim 8, wherein the electric motors are remotely controlled by the control panel.
14. An electric powered automatic bath brush and massager as in claim 8, wherein the main component is attached to a wall.
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