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US20110225724A1
US20110225724A1 US12895214 US89521410A US2011225724A1 US 20110225724 A1 US20110225724 A1 US 20110225724A1 US 12895214 US12895214 US 12895214 US 89521410 A US89521410 A US 89521410A US 2011225724 A1 US2011225724 A1 US 2011225724A1
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    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E03WATER SUPPLY; SEWERAGE
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    • E03C1/00Domestic plumbing installations for fresh water or waste water; Sinks
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    • E03C1/04Water-basin installations specially adapted to wash-basins or baths
    • E03C1/0408Water installations especially for showers
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E03WATER SUPPLY; SEWERAGE
    • E03CDOMESTIC PLUMBING INSTALLATIONS FOR FRESH WATER OR WASTE WATER; SINKS
    • E03C1/00Domestic plumbing installations for fresh water or waste water; Sinks
    • E03C1/02Plumbing installations for fresh water
    • E03C1/05Arrangements of devices on wash-basins, baths, sinks, or the like for remote control of taps
    • E03C1/055Electrical control devices, e.g. with push buttons, control panels or the like
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E03WATER SUPPLY; SEWERAGE
    • E03CDOMESTIC PLUMBING INSTALLATIONS FOR FRESH WATER OR WASTE WATER; SINKS
    • E03C1/00Domestic plumbing installations for fresh water or waste water; Sinks
    • E03C1/02Plumbing installations for fresh water
    • E03C1/06Devices for suspending or supporting the supply pipe or supply hose of a shower-bath
    • E03C1/066Devices for suspending or supporting the supply pipe or supply hose of a shower-bath allowing height adjustment of shower head
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F03MACHINES OR ENGINES FOR LIQUIDS; WIND, SPRING WEIGHT AND MISCELLANEOUS MOTORS; PRODUCING MECHANICAL POWER; OR A REACTIVE PROPULSIVE THRUST, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • F03BMACHINES OR ENGINES FOR LIQUIDS
    • F03B13/00Adaptations of machines or engines for special use; Combinations of machines or engines with driving or driven apparatus; Power stations or aggregates
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F05INDEXING SCHEMES RELATING TO ENGINES OR PUMPS IN VARIOUS SUBCLASSES OF CLASSES F01-F04
    • F05BINDEXING SCHEME RELATING TO MACHINES OR ENGINES OTHER THAN NON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES OR ENGINES, TO WIND MOTORS, TO NON-POSITIVE DISPLACEMENT PUMPS, AND TO GENERATING COMBUSTION PRODUCTS OF HIGH PRESSURE OR HIGH VELOCITY
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    • F05B2220/20Application within closed fluid conduits, e.g. pipes

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The invention is directed to a shower assembly which can be placed in a standard shower enclosure which receives pressurized water from the existing plumbing. Such shower assembly comprises a vertical assembly positioned within an outer housing. The vertical assembly includes a positioning rod which maintains a rotatable belt. A dispenser having a shower head with jet sprays is affixed to the belt and capable of moving about the positioning rod. Positioned proximate the positioning rod is a hydraulic turbine which engages the belt to move the dispenser about a user. The hydraulic turbine includes an inlet capable of receiving pressurized water and directing the pressurized water into a turbine wheel to position the dispenser. Optionally, the assembly can include a controller which directs both the hydraulic turbine but also the dispenser. The controller includes a processor, a memory device, a power supply and a display.

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    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. application Ser. No. 12/827,721, filed Jun. 30, 2010, which is a continuation-in-part of U.S. application Ser. No. 12/725,138, filed Mar. 16, 2010, the disclosures of which are hereby incorporated by reference herein in their entireties all commonly owned.
  • FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • This invention is directed to a shower attachment attachable to an existing shower enclosure for purposes of vertically positioning a dispenser about a user to deliver, through automation, soap or similar cleansing material.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • Traditional shower systems used over the past 50 years have primarily included a showerhead and a series of valves for regulating the temperature of the shower (as well as control the flow of water to the showerhead). Most advances in the field of showerhead design have included various showerheads that variate flow of pressurized water to effectuate a massage. Other advances have included placement of multiple showerheads in series to create an envelope or cascade of water around a user. These additional showerheads are placed along the shower enclosure wall or on the ceiling of the shower. All of these advances have focused on the same fundamental shower system of a showerhead and regulating valves.
  • Review of patents dealing with shower systems highlights these limited advances. U.S. Pat. No. 4,563,780 entitled “Automated Bathroom” is directed to a system for regulating bathroom activities such as showering. However, the invention primarily relates to introducing bath additives and cleaning solutions to maintain the cleanliness of the bathroom.
  • Showering remains a fundamental regiment to ensure cleanliness as well as reduce the spread of disease. This is especially true and important in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It is often the case that individuals being treated at these facilities have infirmities that prevent them from showering without assistance. However, assistance when showering is not only uncomfortable and embarrassing for the infirmed individual—but also requires a significant level of time and patience on the part of the professional assisting.
  • Very little has been done to create shower systems to assist infirmed individuals who cannot stand upright to take a shower. Moreover, there have been very little inroads to design a system to deliver a cleanser such as soap, shower gel or similar surfactant to help clean infirmed individuals.
  • Apart from shower systems for assisting infirmed individuals, there have also been very little advances in the field of automated shower systems for domestic use for effectuating a spa like experience. Current shower systems can optionally include a hand wand that is attached to the regulating valves. A flexible tube attaches the hand wand to the regulating valves such that the user can have greater freedom to provide direct water pressure to various parts of the user's torso. Optionally, these hand wands can include settings to allow changes in pressure. By engaging the hand wand, water is diverted from the showerhead (typically located above the wand) and thus allows for a more spa like feel.
  • Accordingly, there is a need in the art of shower system design for a robust attachment to an existing shower system to allow an infirmed individual to shower without need of assistance. Moreover, such attachment should provide a complete shower to those infirmed individuals with limited motor skills. Optionally, such attachment should allow delivery through automation of a cleanser (such as soap or shower gel) to the infirmed individual. In addition, there is a need in the art of domestic shower systems for an attachment that provides a spa like massage. Preferably, such device can be interchangeably used for both domestic and assisted living facilities in order to be mass-produced in a cost effective manner.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The current invention solves many of the limitations and shortcomings found in the art of shower systems. The invention is directed to a shower assembly which can be affixed in an existing shower enclosure and employ the existing plumbing. The shower assembly includes an outer housing having a back panel, a first side panel, a second side panel (parallel to the first side panel) and a front side panel having an opening. Positioned within the outer housing is a vertical assembly having a top side and corresponding bottom side. The top side includes a top positioning bracket, while the bottom side includes a bottom positioning bracket. Both positioning brackets include spindles which help maintain and rotate a belt.
  • A dispenser is affixed to the belt having a sleeve capable of moving about the vertical positioning rod. The dispenser includes a shower head having a plurality of spray jets which allow various settings. Optionally, the dispenser may further include a central housing containing a plurality of sensors, a fluid container which maintains a cleanser and a spindle brush powered by a rotation motor.
  • A power train is positioned on vertical assembly, preferably located proximate the top positioning bracket. While the power train can be manual, mechanical, or electro mechanical—it is preferably hydraulic. More specifically, the power train may be a hydraulic turbine having an inlet capable of receiving pressurized water from the existing plumbing and directing the pressurized water into a turbine wheel located within an outer casing. The pressurized water is capable of rotating the turbine wheel.
  • Also positioned within the outer casing is a stationary gear that connects to a crank shaft which in turn communicates (and can rotate) the belt positioned on the vertical assembly. A toggle gear is positioned between the turbine wheel and the stationary gear. When positioned proximate the turbine wheel, the toggle gear causes the stationary gear to rotate in one direction. In contrast, when the toggle gear is positioned near the stationary gear, it rotates the stationary gear in the opposite direction. An outlet is also located on the outer housing of the hydraulic turbine which supplies pressurized water to the shower head within the dispenser.
  • The shower assembly can further include a controller which can communicate with both the dispenser and the power train. The controller can include a processor, a memory device, a power supply and a display.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • For a fuller understanding of the invention, reference is made to the following detailed description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings illustrating various embodiments of the present invention, in which:
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the shower assembly including the outer housing;
  • FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the vertical assembly including the dispenser affixed to the belt;
  • FIG. 3 is a front view of the exterior of the hydraulic turbine showing the inlet, the outlet and the exterior casing;
  • FIG. 4 shows the flow of pressurized water into the inlet of the hydraulic turbine and out of the outlet;
  • FIG. 5 is a cut away view of the hydraulic turbine showing the turbine wheel, the stationary gear and the toggle gear;
  • FIG. 6 shows placement of the hydraulic turbine proximate the vertical assembly;
  • FIG. 7 is a perspective view of the dispenser showing the spindle brush and the rotation motor;
  • FIG. 8 is a side view of the dispenser showing the central housing and the fluid container;
  • FIG. 9 is a front view of the dispenser showing the various spray jets;
  • FIG. 10 is a diagram showing components of the controller including the memory device, processor and power supply; and
  • FIG. 11 is a diagram showing how the controller interacts with the power train and the vertical assembly.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention will now be described more fully hereinafter with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which preferred embodiments of the invention are shown. This invention may, however, be embodied in many different forms and should not be construed as limited to the embodiments set forth herein. Rather, these embodiments are provided so that this disclosure will be thorough and complete, and will fully convey the scope of the invention to those skilled in the art. Like numbers refer to like elements throughout.
  • Overall Components of the Shower Attachment
  • FIG. 1 illustrates, by way of example, the preferred components 101 of the vertical shower attachment 100. As shown, the shower attachment 100 may include (but is not necessarily limited to) an outer housing 200, a vertical assembly 300, a dispenser 400 and a controller 500. One of ordinary skill in the art, upon review of the various figures and disclosure contained here, shall recognize additional components 101 which can be included with the shower attachment 100.
  • The shower attachment 100 shown in FIG. 1 is configured to have a size and dimension to fit within a variety of standard shower enclosures. Such shower attachment 100 is capable of receiving pressurized water 110 from where the existing shower head is located within the shower enclosure. This helps minimize the need to retrofit existing plumbing and allow ease of assembly and use. Moreover, such shower attachment 100 is designed to either draw all of the pressurized water 110 directly (through total removal of the existing shower head), or siphoning off a portion of the pressurized water 110 and allowing the shower head to continue to function to allow a cascade of water to pour over a user.
  • The shower attachment 100 functions to allow vertical positioning of the dispenser 400 about the height of the user (who can be either standing within a shower enclosure or alternatively sitting to receive a shower). Such design allows the dispenser 400 to be placed at the height of a user's head and then transported to proximate the user's knees. Such shower attachments 100 can be scaled based upon whether they are used in combination shower/bath enclosures (which would require a shower vertical length) or when used in dedicated shower enclosure (which allows a longer assembly which allows a greater vertical range).
  • The outer housing 200 is designed for attachment with one of the various walls of the shower enclosure. Typically, the shower attachment 100 is placed on an adjoining wall of the shower enclosure to prevent blockage of the hot/cold water controls. Alternatively, the shower attached 100 and be placed in between these controls or on top. The outer housing 200 is made from a light weight and non-corrosive substance such as a plastic, composite or metal material.
  • Positioned within the outer housing 200 is the vertical assembly 300. This vertical assembly 300 includes a power train 310 to help vertically position the dispenser 400 about the user. Such power train 310 can be mechanical, requiring a user to rotate a crank or physically moving the dispenser 400 into a stationary position. Alternatively, the power train 310 can be electro-mechanical and include one or more electrical motors (powered by an enclosed water tight battery system). As a third and viable option, the power train 310 can also be hydraulic and employ pressurized water 110 to position the dispenser 300 about the user.
  • As further shown in FIG. 1, the invention includes a dispenser 400 which can be directly attached to the vertical assembly 300. Moreover, the dispenser 400 is designed to protrude outside of the outer housing 200 to disperse pressurized water 110 onto the user. Preferably, the dispenser 400 can include several settings to allow a spa like option. As discussed in greater detail below, such dispenser 400 can also include a variety of different health additives 401 including a surfactant 402 (like soap, shower gel or related cleanser) or a health aide 403 (such as an antibacterial, antimicrobial, moisturizer or fragrance).
  • Attached to the vertical assembly 300 is a controller 500 which functions to operate and control various routines for the enhanced shower attachment 100. Preferably, the controller 500 includes, but is not necessarily limited to, a processor 510, a memory device 520, a power supply 530 (which can be a battery), and a display 540 (all illustrated in FIG. 10 and FIG. 11). The controller 500 communicates with the vertical assembly 300 and dispenser 400 to automate various shower sequences for various purposes. Such sequence can be user specific or task specific (assisting an infirmed individual, providing a moisturizing treatment, or spa like massage).
  • The Outer Housing
  • As further provided in FIG. 1, the outer housing 200 provides two primary functions. First, it creates a rigid casing 201 which helps protect the various internal components 101 of the shower attachment 100. Second, the outer housing 200 creates a platform to secure the various components 101 of the shower attachment to an existing shower enclosure. Accordingly, the outer housing 200 helps hold and position the vertical assembly 300, which in turn helps position the dispenser 400 to a particular height in proximity to a user.
  • The rigid casing 201 of the outer housing 200 preferably includes a back panel 210, a first side panel 220, a second side panel 230, and a front panel 240. Both the first side panel 220 and second side panel 230 are essentially parallel to one another. Each side panel 220 and 230 is perpendicularly attached to the back panel 210. While the back panel 210 (as well as the side panels 220 and 230) are essentially flat, it preferable that the front panel 240 is essentially outwardly curved. Such curvature helps maximize the internal cavity 202 created by assembly of the two side panels 220 and 230 with the front panel 240 and back panel 210.
  • The front panel 240 is essentially long and rectangular in shape and orientation having a top portion 241 and a corresponding bottom portion 242. Positioned between both portions 241 and 242 is a vertical opening 245. Such vertical opening 245 forms a slit of sufficient size and dimension so as to allow the dispenser 400 to protrude outside of the rigid casing 201.
  • The back panel 210 of the outer housing 200 can be affixed to the shower enclosure through a variety of fasteners. For example, a strip of waterproof adhesive can be used. Alternatively, series of hooks can be used, which requires some drilling into the shower enclosure. As a third option, the outer housing 200 can be built into a customer shower enclosure such that the front panel 240 is essentially flush.
  • The Vertical Assembly and Power Train
  • Both FIG. 2 and FIG. 3 illustrate, by way of example, the salient components 101 of the vertical assembly 300. Such vertical assembly 300 is located within the outer housing 300 and functions to vertically position the dispenser 400 about a user. First turning to FIG. 2, the primary components 101 of the vertical assembly 300 include a power train 310, a stabilizing bar 320, a top positioning brace 330 and a corresponding bottom positioning brace 340. Other additional components 101 of the vertical assembly 300 will be recognized and understood by those of ordinary skill in the art upon review of FIGS. 1 through 3.
  • As further shown in FIG. 2, the stabilizing bar 320 is vertical in orientation and has a length that is sufficient to fit within the outer housing 200. Accordingly, the length of the stabilizing bar 320 is less than the back panel 210 and front panel 240 of the outer housing 200 shown in FIG. 1. Preferably, the stabilizing bar 320 has a length which is essentially the same as the vertical opening 245 of the outer housing 200. Moreover, such stabilizing bar 320 should be positioned within the outer housing 200 such that it is accessible from the vertical opening 245.
  • The stabilizing bar 320 includes a top end 321, corresponding bottom end 322, and a middle portion 323. Affixed proximate the top end 321 is a top positioning brace 330. Likewise, a bottom positioning brace 340 is positioned proximate the bottom end 322. Accordingly, the top positioning brace 330 is located proximate the top of the vertical opening 245 (shown in FIG. 1). Conversely, the bottom positioning brace 340 is located near the bottom of the vertical opening 245.
  • Positioned proximate the end of the bottom positioning brace 340 is a bottom rotating spindle 341. Correspondingly, the top positioning brace 330 includes a top rotating spindle 231. Positioned between both rotating spindles 231 and 241 is a vertical belt 325. Such belt 325 can alternatively be a chain, cable, wire or a similar structure. Regardless of structure, the belt 325 should be sufficiently taught around both positioning braces 330 and 340 to maintain the dispenser 400.
  • As shown in FIG. 3, positioning around the power train 310 of the vertical assembly 300. As previously discussed, any variety or combination of power trains 310 can be used to move the belt 325 up and down to sufficiently position the dispenser 400. This can include an electro-mechanical system that includes an electric motor powered by a battery. However, the power train 310 contemplated by the invention is a hydraulic turbine 311 powered by pressurized water 210 from an existing showerhead. As illustrated, the pressurized water 210 is received from a first conduit 312 which connects with piping where the existing showerhead was located.
  • FIG. 4 illustrates the exterior casing 303 of the hydraulic turbine 301. As shown, the exterior casing 303 includes an inlet 313 and an outlet 314. The inlet 313 is fed pressurized water 210 from the conduit 312 shown in FIG. 3. Correspondingly, pressurized water 210 exits the outlet 314 which then feeds into the dispenser 400 via a second conduit 315 (not shown). Exiting the exterior casing 303 is a crank shaft 316. The crank shaft 316 is attached to top rotating spindle 231, which spins to move the vertical belt 325 (both show in FIG. 2). The exterior casing 303 is preferably water tight to maintain a sufficient internal pressure in order for the hydraulic turbine 301 to properly function.
  • FIG. 5 is a cut away view of the hydraulic turbine 301. As shown, pressurized water 210 flows into the inlet 313 and then passes over through a turbine wheel 317. This causes the turbine wheel 317 to power central axis 318. The crank shaft 316 connects with the central axis 318. Upon passing through the first turbine 317 the pressurized water 210 exists the hydraulic turbine 301 via the outlet 314.
  • FIG. 6 illustrates the various gears 319 of the hydraulic turbine 301. Preferably, the gears 319 include a stationary gear 345 and a toggle gear 346. The stationary gear 345 is connected to the distal end of the crank shaft 316. The toggle gear 319 is capable of pivoting between the turbine wheel 317 and the stationary gear 345. By pivoting proximate the turbine wheel 317, the toggle gear 346 rotates counter clockwise which causes the stationary gear 345 to likewise rotate counter clockwise. In contrast, but pivoting proximate to the stationary gear 345 the toggle gear 356 engages the turbine wheel 317 in a way that rotates it clockwise (and in turn rotates the stationary gear 345 clockwise). Accordingly, pivoting the toggle gear 346 either through the controller 500 or manual means in turn controls whether the dispenser 400 will move up and down in relation to the user.
  • Dispenser
  • FIG. 1 and FIG. 2 illustrate, by way of example, one embodiment of the dispenser 400. As shown in FIG. 2, the dispenser 400 can include a shower head 410, various spray jets 420 and a sliding grip 430. As shown, the shower head 410 includes a variety of spray jets 420 which have various settings to provide a spa like feel for the user. Such settings can be set manually by the user, or via the controller 400. The dispenser connects to the vertical assembly 300 via the sliding grip 430.
  • As shown further shown in FIG. 2, the sliding grip 410 attaches to the vertical assembly 300 at two points. First, the sliding grip 410 is rigidly attached to the belt 325. Second, the sliding grip 410 includes a sleeve 411 having a sufficient size and dimension to surrounding the positioning bar 320. Moreover, the sleeve 411 allows the sliding grip 410 to vertically move up and down the positioning bar 320 in order to position the shower head 410 in relation to the user.
  • FIG. 7 illustrates, by way of example, the components 101 of a self-cleaning advanced dispenser 450. As shown, the advanced dispenser 450 includes four primary members: a central housing 460 (containing a plurality of sensors 461), a fluid container 470, a rotation motor 480, and a spindle brush 490. The central housing 460 is essentially square in shape and orientation, and includes a top side 462, a bottom side 463, a front side 464 and a corresponding back side 465. The back side 465 includes a fastener 468 (shown in FIG. 8) sufficient to attach to the sliding grip 410, which in turn connects directly to the vertical assembly 300.
  • As further shown in FIG. 8, the central housing 560 includes a plurality of sensors 461, as well as other components 101 to assist the function of the dispenser 400. One form of sensor 461 contemplated by the invention is a pressure sensor 466. The pressure sensor 466 communicates with the spindle brush 490 to ascertain if the dispenser 400 is in direct contact with a user—to gauge whether to disburse a cleanser 451.
  • A second sensor 461 contemplated by the invention is a motion sensor 467. The motion sensor 467 functions to ascertain if the user is sufficiently close to the spindle brush 490. Such motion sensor 467 not only measures if the user is proximate to the dispenser 400, but also if there is any motion by the user suggesting comfortableness, a health risk, or any related medical issue, while a shower is being administered. As shown, the motion sensor 467 can be positioned at the top side 462 of the central housing 460.
  • Also illustrated in FIG. 8, the dispenser 400 includes a fluid container 470 positioned at the top side 462 of the central housing 460, above the motion sensor 467. Preferably tubular in shape and translucent in construction, the fluid container 470 is a sufficient size and dimension to house and maintain an appropriate quantity of cleanser 451. Optionally, the fluid container 470 can contain a screw lid 471 which can be twisted and removed to allow access for refilling of cleanser 451.
  • A screw bottom 472 can be positioned at the base of the fluid container 470 which includes a check valve 473. By twisting the screw bottom 462, the entire fluid container 470 can be removed such that any remaining cleanser 451 will not escape due to use of the check valve 473. This allows another replacement fluid container 470 to be positioned and attached to the dispenser 470. Through this structure, one fluid container 470 could be used to administer soap or shower gel, while a second fluid container 470 could be attached to offer either an antibacterial treatment or a moisturizer to prevent dry skin.
  • As shown in FIG. 9, the dispenser 400 further includes a spindle brush 490 powered by a rotation motor 480 positioned within the central housing 460. As illustrated, the spindle brush 490 includes a circular set of bristles 491 capable of rotating about a central axis 492. Positioned outside of the circular set of bristles 491 is a plurality of jet sprays 493. These various jet sprays 493 administer the cleanser 451 (and pressurized water 210) both directly on the user, as well as within the bristles 491. The cleanser 451 is supplied from the fluid container 470 shown in FIG. 8 via a tube 492 contained within the central housing 460. Pressurized water 212 is delivered via the second conduit 315 which receives pressurized water 210 from the outlet 314 positioned on the hydraulic turbine 301.
  • The Controller
  • Both FIG. 10 and FIG. 11 illustrate the components 101 of the controller 500. As shown in FIG. 10, the controller 500 preferably includes a processor 510, a memory device 520, a power supply 530 (which can be a battery), and a display 540. Here, the memory device 520 contains a plurality of various programs which constitute routines in which the various components 101 of the shower attachment 100 can perform. For example, these programs can control movement of the power train 310 (described in FIG. 3 and FIG. 4).
  • Both the processor 510 and display 540 communicate with (are supplied electricity by) the power supply 530. Such display 540 can provide a variety of information including the temperature of the pressurized water 210 (shown in FIG. 1), the time, as well as the various routines and subroutines stored and available on the memory device 520 (for execution by the processor 510). The display 540 can include a plurality of programming buttons 550 to enter which subroutine (shower program) to perform. Alternatively, the display 540 can be touch activated.
  • FIG. 11 illustrates how the controller 500 communicates with the various components 101 of the shower attachment 100. As shown, the controller 500 communicates with both the power train 310 and the dispenser 400 (both shown in FIG. 2). Accordingly, the controller 500 commands power train 310 to vertically position the dispenser 400 about the user, based upon specific routines stored as programs within the memory device 520 (shown in FIG. 10).
  • As is further shown in FIG. 11, the controller 600 communicates with the dispenser 400, which in turn directs the rotation motor 580 to power the spindle brush 590 as well as to administer the cleanser 551 about the user. In addition, such controller 500 can instruct the power train 310 (whether it is mechanical, electrical or hydraulic) to elevate the dispenser 400 (illustrated in FIG. 2).

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  1. 1. A shower assembly, comprising:
    an outer housing having a back panel, a first side panel and second side panel;
    a vertical assembly positioned within the outer housing having a vertical positioning rod with a top side and corresponding bottom side, wherein the top side includes a top positioning bracket while the bottom side includes a bottom positioning bracket, both the positioning brackets maintaining a belt;
    a dispenser affixed to the belt, the dispenser having a sleeve moveable about the vertical positioning rod; and
    a power train sufficient to move the belt to vertically position the dispenser.
  2. 2. The shower assembly of claim 1, further comprising:
    a controller having a processor operable with the dispenser, the processor operable with a memory device, a power supply and a display.
  3. 3. The shower assembly of claim 1, wherein the outer housing further includes a front panel having an opening of sufficient size and dimension to allow protrusion of the dispenser.
  4. 4. The shower assembly of claim 1, wherein the dispenser includes a shower head having a plurality of spray jets which allow various settings.
  5. 5. The shower assembly of claim 4, wherein the dispenser further includes a central housing containing a plurality of sensors, a fluid container which maintains a cleanser therein and a spindle brush powered by a rotation motor.
  6. 6. The shower assembly of claim 1, wherein the power train comprises a hydraulic turbine having:
    an inlet capable of receiving pressurized water and directing the pressurized water into a turbine wheel located within an outer casing, the pressurized water capable of rotating the turbine wheel;
    a stationary gear rotatable within the outer casing, the stationary gear connects to a crank shaft that communicates with the belt;
    a toggle gear positioned between the turbine wheel and the stationary gear which, when positioned proximate the turbine wheel rotates the stationary gear in one direction while rotating the stationary gear in the opposite direction when placed proximate the stationary gear; and
    an outlet capable of supplying pressurized water to the shower head within the dispenser.
  7. 7. A shower assembly, comprising:
    an outer housing;
    a vertical assembly positioned within the outer housing;
    a dispenser capable of moving about the vertical assembly; and
    a hydraulic turbine having an inlet capable of receiving pressurized water and directing the pressurized water into a turbine wheel located within an outer casing, the pressurized water capable of rotating the turbine wheel, a stationary gear rotatable within the outer casing which connects to a crank shaft that communicates with the vertical assembly, a toggle gear positioned between the turbine wheel and the stationary gear which functions to rotate the stationary gear in either a first direction or a second direction, and an outlet capable of supplying pressurized water to the dispenser.
  8. 8. The shower assembly of claim 7, wherein the vertical assembly includes a vertical positioning rod with a top side and corresponding bottom side, wherein the top side includes a top positioning bracket while the bottom side includes a bottom positioning bracket, and a belt operable with both the positioning brackets.
  9. 9. The shower assembly of claim 8, wherein the outer housing having a back panel, a first side panel, second side panel and a front panel having an opening of sufficient size and dimension to allow protrusion of the dispenser.
  10. 10. The shower assembly of claim 9, further comprising:
    a controller and having a processor operable with a dispenser, a memory device, a power supply and a display operable with the processor.
  11. 11. The shower assembly of claim 9, wherein the dispenser includes a shower head having a plurality of spray jets which allow various settings.
  12. 12. The shower assembly of claim 11, wherein the dispenser can further includes a central housing containing a plurality of sensors, a fluid container for which maintaining a cleanser and a spindle brush powered by a rotation motor.
  13. 13. A shower assembly, comprising:
    an outer housing;
    a vertical assembly positioned within the outer housing;
    a dispenser capable of moving about the vertical assembly;
    a hydraulic turbine having an inlet capable of receiving pressurized water and directing the pressurized water into a turbine wheel in order to position the dispenser; and
    a controller having a processor, a memory device, a power supply and a display, wherein the controller communicates with the dispenser and the hydraulic turbine.
  14. 14. The shower assembly of claim 13, wherein the vertical assembly includes a vertical positioning rod with a top side and corresponding bottom side, wherein the top side includes a top positioning bracket while the bottom side includes a bottom positioning bracket, both the positioning brackets capable of maintaining a belt.
  15. 15. The shower assembly of claim 14, wherein the outer housing having a back panel, a first side panel, second side panel and a front panel having an opening of sufficient size and dimension to allow protrusion of the dispenser.
  16. 16. The shower assembly of claim 15, wherein the dispenser includes a shower head having a plurality of spray jets which allow various settings.
  17. 17. The shower assembly of claim 16, wherein the dispenser can further include a central housing containing a plurality of sensors, a fluid container which maintains a cleanser and a spindle brush powered by a rotation motor.
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