US20170027393A1 - Urine Leakage Wipe Dispenser - Google Patents

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US20170027393A1
US20170027393A1 US14813395 US201514813395A US2017027393A1 US 20170027393 A1 US20170027393 A1 US 20170027393A1 US 14813395 US14813395 US 14813395 US 201514813395 A US201514813395 A US 201514813395A US 2017027393 A1 US2017027393 A1 US 2017027393A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47KSANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; TOILET ACCESSORIES
    • A47K10/00Body-drying implements; Toilet paper; Holders therefor
    • A47K10/24Towel dispensers, e.g. for piled-up or folded textile towels; Toilet-paper dispensers; Dispensers for piled-up or folded textile towels provided or not with devices for taking-up soiled towels as far as not mechanically driven
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    • A47K10/38Dispensers for paper towels or toilet-paper dispensing from a web, e.g. with mechanical dispensing means the web being rolled up with or without tearing edge
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47KSANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; TOILET ACCESSORIES
    • A47K10/00Body-drying implements; Toilet paper; Holders therefor
    • A47K10/24Towel dispensers, e.g. for piled-up or folded textile towels; Toilet-paper dispensers; Dispensers for piled-up or folded textile towels provided or not with devices for taking-up soiled towels as far as not mechanically driven
    • A47K10/32Dispensers for paper towels or toilet-paper
    • A47K10/34Dispensers for paper towels or toilet-paper dispensing from a web, e.g. with mechanical dispensing means
    • A47K10/38Dispensers for paper towels or toilet-paper dispensing from a web, e.g. with mechanical dispensing means the web being rolled up with or without tearing edge
    • A47K10/40Dispensers for paper towels or toilet-paper dispensing from a web, e.g. with mechanical dispensing means the web being rolled up with or without tearing edge with extensible or collapsible roll supports or roll spindles
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47KSANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; TOILET ACCESSORIES
    • A47K10/00Body-drying implements; Toilet paper; Holders therefor
    • A47K10/24Towel dispensers, e.g. for piled-up or folded textile towels; Toilet-paper dispensers; Dispensers for piled-up or folded textile towels provided or not with devices for taking-up soiled towels as far as not mechanically driven
    • A47K10/32Dispensers for paper towels or toilet-paper
    • A47K2010/3246Locking mechanisms for the housing
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47KSANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; TOILET ACCESSORIES
    • A47K10/00Body-drying implements; Toilet paper; Holders therefor
    • A47K10/24Towel dispensers, e.g. for piled-up or folded textile towels; Toilet-paper dispensers; Dispensers for piled-up or folded textile towels provided or not with devices for taking-up soiled towels as far as not mechanically driven
    • A47K10/32Dispensers for paper towels or toilet-paper
    • A47K2010/3266Wet wipes
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47KSANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; TOILET ACCESSORIES
    • A47K10/00Body-drying implements; Toilet paper; Holders therefor
    • A47K10/24Towel dispensers, e.g. for piled-up or folded textile towels; Toilet-paper dispensers; Dispensers for piled-up or folded textile towels provided or not with devices for taking-up soiled towels as far as not mechanically driven
    • A47K10/32Dispensers for paper towels or toilet-paper
    • A47K10/34Dispensers for paper towels or toilet-paper dispensing from a web, e.g. with mechanical dispensing means
    • A47K10/36Dispensers for paper towels or toilet-paper dispensing from a web, e.g. with mechanical dispensing means with mechanical dispensing, roll switching or cutting devices
    • A47K2010/3668Detection of the presence of a user

Abstract

A dispenser housing containing a supply of dry wipe sheets dispensed individually by rotation of a motor momentarily in response to a switch for driving a portion of a leading dry wipe sheet through a slot for gripping detachment by a user engaged in a bladder evacuation occurrence, which sheet enables blotting, sanitary drying and removal of residual urine, for disposal in a toilet to avoid same from staining clothing, avoiding embarrassments and keeping floors clean and sanitary, while the rotational dwell period increases in response to dispensing by which the diameter of a supply decreases.

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    TECHNICAL FIELD
  • The present invention relates to dispenser apparatus for dry wipe sheets. More particularly, the present invention relates to dispenser apparatus placed in toilet facilities to provide selectively a disposable dry wipe sheet for sanitary attention to urine leakage and residual urine flow after principal evacuation of a user's bladder.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • The consumption of foods, which includes substances usually of plant and animal origins and includes fluids such as water and beverage drinks, provides sustenance for energy, maintenance and growth of persons. The body receives the foods by eating, and through digestion processes, extracts nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins, from the foods. The waste left over from the digestive process passes into the colon, first in a liquid state and ultimately in solid form as the water is removed from the stool, and the resulting solids empty from the colon into the rectum for storage pending an elimination occurrence. The fluids also contain nutrients for absorption by the body and provide for regulation of body temperature. The fluids further facilitate removal of waste materials through urine production. Urine flows to the bladder for temporary collection prior to an evacuation occurrence. A sphincter, acting as a release valve, selectively opens to release urine from the bladder through a urethra.
  • While evacuation occurrences typically are conscious responses to signals from nerves associated with the temporary storages of the rectum and bladder, an inability to control urination known as incontinence may lead to unexpected releases of urine. Incontinence may arise from stress or physical problems involving urination urges. Incontinence leads to fluidal leakage of a small to moderate, or more, amount of urine. For example, overflow incontinence is one of several different types of incontinence. Overflow incontinence may occur in response to an inability to empty the bladder completely. Further, some men experience a dripping of a bit of urine after having finished urinating. Such may occur because an upper portion of the urethra retains a small amount of urine that does not come out while urinating but rather drips out afterwards.
  • Residual and excess urine leakage occurring unexpectedly can cause embarrassment and discomfort. The residual and excess flow of urine after principal evacuation may wet and stain underwear garments and clothing and flooring of a toilet facility, and such problems are unsanitary, unwholesome, and unattractive. Thus, there is a need in the art for convenient, sanitary and discrete systems for attending to the problems that may arise from bladder evacuation occurrences including from urine leakage and residual urine flow thereafter. It is to such that the present invention is directed.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention meets the need in the art by providing a dispenser apparatus comprising a housing having a top, a front and opposing back, a pair of opposing side walls, and a bottom, with the bottom defining an elongated slot medial the front and the back. The top hingedly attaches to the housing and a keyed latch provides for selective opening of the top for access into a cavity defined by the housing. A battery mounts in the housing to provide a supply of electrical current through a momentary motion-sensing switch to a motor. The motor has a shaft that rotates upon supply of electrical current to the motor. The motion-sensing switch mounts to the housing for detecting motion relative to an exterior surface of the housing. The motor mounts to a first one of the side walls and electrically connects through the motion-sensing switch to the battery for communicating electrical current to the motor for a predetermined period. A spindle detachably connected to the shaft for rotation thereof. A spindle carries a supply of a plurality of dry wipe sheets that are detachably defined by a perforated line between adjacent sheets. Means for mounting the housing to a surface is provided. The motor, being momentarily actuated following a detection of motion by the motion-sensing switch, rotates the spindle to move a portion of a dry wipe sheet through the slot for selective detaching by a user for sanitary attending to residual urine flow following bladder evacuation.
  • In another aspect, the present invention provides a dispenser apparatus comprising a housing having a top, a front and opposing back each with a length of about 5¾ inches, a pair of opposing side walls having lengths of about 2½ inches from a front edge to a back edge, and a bottom, the bottom defining an elongated slot medial the front and the back and having a length of about 2¼ inches and a width of about ¼ inch, the back defining a pair of openings for receiving a respective one of a pair of fasteners therethrough for securing the housing to a surface in a toilet facility. The top hingedly attaches to the housing and has a keyed latch for selective opening of the top for access into a cavity defined by the housing. A battery mounts in the housing to provide a supply of electrical current through a momentary motion-sensing switch to a motor. The switch mounts in the bottom for detecting motion relative to the housing. The motor mounts to a first one of the side walls and electrically connected through the motion-sensing switch to the battery for communicating electrical current to the motor for a predetermined period, the motor having a shaft that rotates upon supply of electrical current to the motor. A spindle detachably connects to the shaft for rotation thereof and receives a supply of a plurality of dry wipe sheets detachably defined by a perforated line between adjacent sheets, the dry wipe sheets having a thickness of about 1/64 inch. The motor, being momentarily actuated following a detection of motion by the motion-sensing switch, rotates the spindle to move a portion of a dry wipe sheet through the slot for selective detaching by a user for sanitary attending to residual urine flow following bladder evacuation.
  • In yet another aspect, the invention provides a method of dispensing dry wipe sheets from a dispenser, comprising the steps of:
  • (a) providing a spool of a plurality of dry wipe sheets detachably joined in adjacent relation by perforated lines in an elongated member;
  • (b) rotating the spool for a dwell period to deploy a leading dry wipe sheet on the spool at least partially through a slot in a dispenser holding the spool therein, for detachment thereof and the adjacent dry wipe sheet thereby becoming the leading dry wipe sheet for subsequent deployment, the dwell period having a first duration; and
  • (c) changing the dwell period for rotation to a second duration longer than the first dwell period, the second dwell period sufficient to rotate the spool for deployment of the leading dry wipe sheet from the spool.
  • The structure and operation of the invention, as well as advantages, features and benefits thereof, will become readily apparent upon a reading of the following detailed description in conjunction with the drawings illustrating an exemplary non-limiting embodiment thereof and the appended claims setting forth the subject matter of the present invention.
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  • FIG. 1 illustrates in perspective partially cut-away view a dispenser for selective providing of a dry wipe sheet from a sheet supply in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 illustrates in detailed side view a spindle carrying a supply of dry wipe sheets for the dispenser illustrated in FIG. 1.
  • FIG. 3 illustrates in exploded perspective view details of the spindle for carrying a supply of dry wipe sheets for the dispenser illustrated in FIG. 1.
  • FIG. 4A illustrates the spindle in first position mounted in the dispenser.
  • FIG. 4B illustrates the spindle in a second position for detaching the spindle from the dispenser for replacement of the supply of dry wipe sheets.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • With reference to the drawings, in which like parts have like reference numerals, FIG. 1 illustrates in perspective partially cut-away view a dispenser 10 in an illustrative, non-limiting embodiment, for selective providing of a dry wipe sheet 12 from a sheet supply 14 in accordance with the present invention for use in a toilet facility. The term “toilet facility” as used herein refers to rooms commonly known as a restroom, toilet, bathroom or lavatory, that contain one or more sanitation fixtures used primarily for the evacuation from a person of urine and feces for disposal. The sanitation fixtures include a pedestal toilet for people who prefer to sit during an evacuation occurrence, a squat toilet for people who prefer to squat, and urinals for people who prefer to stand during bladder evacuation occurrences. The toilet fixtures may be flushable with water, may be dry, or may include chemical holding tanks such as portable toilet facilities typically found in locations and public events that require temporary toilet facilities to accommodate needs of attendance crowds.
  • The dispenser 10 comprises a housing 20 having a top 22, a front 24 and an opposing back 26, a pair of opposing side walls 28, 30, and a bottom 32. In the illustrated embodiment, at least one hinges 34 connects the top 22 to the back 26, for opening the housing 20 for servicing of the sheet supply 14 periodically and servicing of operational components of the dispenser 10 occasionally. A keyed latch 36 moves selectively between a latched position and an unlocked position. The latched position locks the top 22 from opening to keep the contents of the housing 20 secure. The unlocked position allows the top 22 to pivot selectively open and closed on the hinge 34. The bottom 32 defines an elongated slot 38. In the illustrated embodiment, the slot 38 is medial the front 24 and the back 26.
  • A battery case 46 mounts in the housing 20 for holding batteries to provide a supply of electrical current. A momentary motion-sensing switch 48 mounts in the housing 20. In the illustrated embodiment, the switch 48 mounts in the bottom 32, but may alternatively mount in one of the side walls, the front, or the top. The switch 48 operates to detect motion relative to an exterior surface of the housing, such as a hand of person using the dispenser in conjunction with a bladder evacuation occurrence. A motor 50 mounts to the side wall 30. The motor electrically connects through the motion-sensing switch 48 to the battery case 46 for communicating electrical current to the motor for a predetermined period. A controller 51 communicates with the sensing switch 48 and the motor for motor operation as discussed below.
  • With reference to FIG. 2, the motor 50 includes a shaft 52 that rotates upon supply of the electrical current to the motor. A spindle 54 detachably connects at a first end to the shaft 52 for rotation and to a saddle 59 at an opposing end. The supply 14 of a plurality of the dry wipe sheets 12 seats relative to the spindle 54. In the illustrated embodiment, a spool 56 such as a cylindrical roller carries the supply 14, and the spindle, upon removal from engagement with the housing and motor, slidably receives the spool. In the illustrated embodiment, an elongated sheet defines a plurality of spaced-apart lines 58 of perforations transverse to a longitudinal axis of the sheet. The perforated lines 58 define the detachably engaged dry wipe sheets 12. The spool 56 may be an open-ended cardboard cylinder.
  • With continuing reference to FIG. 1, the housing 20 mounts to a surface 60 in a toilet facility. In the illustrated embodiment, the back defines a pair of spaced-apart openings 62, 64. One of a pair of fasteners 66 extends through a respective opening 62, 64 for engagingly mounting the housing 20 to the surface 60. The openings 62, 64 may be a circular opening, or as illustrated, a conventional keyhole opening configured for seating of the fastener 66 followed by mounting the housing thereon with the shaft of the fastener moving in the slot of the keyhole to a distal end, and being tightened thereafter, to secure the housing 20 to the surface 60.
  • With reference to FIG. 2, the spindle 54 in the illustrated embodiment comprises a first tube 53 and a second tube 55 with a spring 57 received therein. The first tube 53 telescopingly receives the second tube 44. The spring 57 biases the first tube 53 and the second tube 55 apart for a purpose discussed below. The first tube 53 and the second tube 55 are movable relative to each other as indicated by an arrow 67. One end of the spindle 54 engages the shaft 52 of the motor 50 and an opposing end engages a seat 59 attached to the side wall 28.
  • FIG. 3 illustrates in exploded perspective view details of the spindle 54 and the mounting of the spindle in the housing 20 in association with the shaft 52 of the motor 50 and the seat 59. The shaft 52 defines a slot 70 that receives a T member 72 extending from the tube 55 at the first end of the spindle 54. A pin 74 extends from the tube 53 at the opposing end of the spindle 54. The spring 57, coaxial and disposed within the tubular spindle 50 biases the tubes 53, 55 apart but allows the tubes to move longitudinally between an extended position and a retracted position. The side wall 28 defines a receiver generally 76 for the pin 74. In the illustrated embodiment, the receiver 76 comprises the seat 59 that mounts to the inside surface of the side wall 30. The seat 59 in the illustrated embodiment defines a U-shaped open saddle 82 and an opening 76 that receives the pin 74. In an alternate embodiment, the side wall 28 defines the opening 75 as the saddle 59 is optional.
  • FIG. 4A illustrates the spindle 54 in the first or extended position mounted in the dispenser 20 between the seat 59 and the motor 50. FIG. 4B illustrates the spindle 54 in the second or retracted position for detaching the spindle from the dispenser 20 for replacement of the supply 14 of dry wipe sheets 12. In the extended position, the spindle 54 extends between the seat 59 and motor 50 holding the supply 14 of sheets 12 with the spring 57 biasing the spindle in position, as illustrated in FIG. 2. In the retracted position, the tube 53 is moved longitudinally towards the motor 52 against the spring 57. This moves the pin 74 from the seat 59 with the end of the spindle 54 free of the saddle 82. The spindle 54 may then be moved longitudinally away from the motor 50 to disengage the T-member 72 from the slot 70 in the shaft 52. The spindle 54 is thereby removable from the housing 20, for replacement servicing of the spool 56 having the supply 14 of dry wipe sheets 12. In an alternate embodiment, the receiver 76 comprises an opening in the side wall 30 coaxial with a longitudinal axis of the shaft 52 for receiving the pin 74.
  • The tube 55 slidingly receives the spool 56. The tube 55 in the illustrated embodiment defines at least one designator 83 for guiding the placement of the spool 56 for alignment with the slot 38 when the telescoped tubes 53, 55 are received together and placed in the first or extended position in the dispenser 20.
  • With reference to FIG. 1, the dispenser 10 attaches with fasteners 66 extending through the openings 62, 64. The fasteners 66 may be conventional screws or special screws featuring heads configured for installation with conventional tools but slipping upon attempted removal. The spindle 54 slidingly receives the spool 56 carrying the supply 14. The servicer positions the spool 56 on the tube 55 with the designator 83 as a guide to align the supply 14 with the slot 38. The servicer joins the tubes 53, 55 and rotates the spindle 54 to deploy a leading portion of the dry wipe sheets through the slot 38. The installer then inserts the pin 74 into the receiver 76. In the illustrated embodiment, the pin 74 inserts into the saddle 82. The installer then presses the spindle 54 longitudinally away from the motor 50. The T member 72 inserts into the slot 70. The spindle 54, upon release, applies longitudinal pressure by the internal spring to secure the spindle 54 to the shaft 52 of the motor 50. The servicer closes the top 22 and operates the keyed latch 36 to move to the latched position thereby locking the top 22 from pivoting open and maintaining the dispenser secure.
  • The motion detector switch 48 detects motion relative to an exterior surface of the housing, such as a hand of a person using the dispenser in conjunction with a bladder evacuation occurrence. The battery 46 supplies current to the motor 50 for a predetermined period after the switch 48 detects motion. The motor 50 operates to rotate the spindle 54. The supply of dry wipe sheets 12 thereby rotates, to extend a portion of the supply through the slot 38. The motor 50 stops after the predetermined period. A person engaged in the bladder evacuation occurrence then removes the dry wipe sheet 12 by pulling and the sheet detaches from the supply along the perforation line. The person then uses the detached dry wipe sheet blottingly for sanitary purposes relative to the discharge of urine from his body. The dry wipe sheet 12 wicks exposed urine sanitarily and dryingly and the blotting action removes residual urine therefrom. The dry wipe sheet 12, moistened thereby with residual urine, then readily disposes in the toilet and is flushed away. Of particular note is the dissolvable nature of the dry wipe sheet 12 that enables use and disposal thereof in toilet facilities having urinals as well as sanitary disposal in a flush, dry, or chemical tank toilet facility.
  • The present invention accordingly provides an apparatus and method of deployment of dry wipe sheets for persons to remove dryingly excess urine during bladder evacuation occurrences and such dry wipe sheets keep underwear and clothing dry, avoids embarrassment, staining of clothing, and keeps residual and excess urine from dropping or spilling on to the floor for remaining clean and sanitary. The simple dispenser readily and efficiently enhances sanitary toilet cleanliness where installed for example, public toilets such as in hotels, restaurants, office buildings, gas stations, hospitals, and planes, as well as private facilities in homes, and temporary toilet facilities at public events.
  • Upon usage of the supply 14, the top 22 is opened for servicing of the spindle 54. In the illustrated embodiment, the keyed latch 36 moves selectively from the latched position to the unlocked position. The top 22 pivots open allowing access into the housing for servicing of the dispenser 10. The servicer detaches the spindle 54 and removes the spool 70 then empty of the supply 14. A servicer slides a new spool 56 on to the spindle 54 and reinstalls as discussed above. The top 22 closes and the keyed latch 36 operated to move to the latched position thereby locking the top 22 from pivoting open and maintaining the dispenser secure.
  • In one operational aspect of the present invention, the predetermined period adjusts as the supply 14 of dry wipe sheets depletes from usage. The predetermined period adjusts increasingly to accommodate additional arcs of rotation to unroll the leading dry wipe sheet 12 from the supply 14 as the diameter of the roll of the dry wipe sheets decreases by rotation of the supply and detachment of the leading dry wipe sheet 12. Particularly, in one embodiment, the momentary rotation has first duration and a second duration, with the first duration shorter than the second duration, with the first duration for dispensing a dry wipe sheet from an initial installation of the supply to about one-half of a number of sheets initially in the supply and the second duration for dispensing a dry wipe sheet from the remaining sheets in the supply of sheets. It is to be appreciated that further subdivisions of the residual supply 14 and duration or dwell period for rotation of the spindle may gainfully be made to facilitate appropriate displacement of the leading sheet 12 through the slot 38, for selective detachment along the perforated line 55 by a user during bladder evacuation occurrences.
  • In the illustrated embodiment, the supply 14 contains one hundred (100) separable dry wipe sheets 12, and on a roll the supply 14 has a first diameter. The diameter of the supply decreases in response to deployment and detachment of dry wipe sheets 12 for sanitary attending to residual urine flow or drips during and following the bladder evacuation occurrence. Preferably and optionally, the dry wipe sheets 12 are treated with an aromatic 80 which is sanitary and safe for application to skin. Further, the fibers of the dry wipe sheets 12 are preferably hydrophilic and bound together for integrity of the dry wipe sheet during use but readily separable upon extended exposure to water such as disposal into the toilet and further disposal into sanitary sewers and processing. In the illustrative embodiment, the dry wipe sheets 12 have a width of 2 inches, a thickness of 1/64 inch, and a length of 3.5 inches, although one of skill in the art may readily appreciate that other sized dry wipe sheets may be provided.
  • Further, the dry wipe sheet 12 is readily dissolvable in water for disposing in urinals, pedestal toilets and chemical holding tanks, for sanitary treatment in sewage systems, after use. In an illustrative embodiment by example and without limitation, the dry wipe sheet comprises a fibrous paper material that is hydrophilic for reception and absorption of residual urine during sanitary attending to excess urine flow. An embodiment of the dry wipe sheet 12 may be formed of sodium carboxyl methyl cellulose that readily dissolves in water and particularly during agitation that occurs with a flushing flow of water into the urinal or toilet and draining of the contents of the toilet or urinal, such as into a sanitary sewer system, portable temporary toilet facilities such as may be placed for serving attendees at large group events, or other sanitary facility. Dissolvable paper products are available from Extra Packaging, Corp. of Rochester, N.Y. 14621 (www.extrapackaging.com).
  • It is thus seen that an apparatus is provided for selectively disposing the dry wipe sheet deployed at least partially from the dispenser in response to sensing of motion by the user in a bladder evacuation occurrence seeking the dry wipe for sanitary attention to residual urine flow, the dry wipe sheet separable from an elongated sheet by spaced-apart plurality of perforation lines, in which the dwell time for rotation of the supply of dry wipe sheets increases as the supply thereof decreases. While this invention has been described in detail with particular reference to an illustrative, non-limiting embodiments thereof, the principles and modes of operation of the present invention have been described in the foregoing specification. The invention is not to be construed as limited to the particular forms disclosed because these are regarded as illustrative rather than restrictive. Moreover, those skilled in the art may make modifications, variations and changes thereto without departure from the spirit and scope of the invention as described by the following claims.

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  1. 1. A dispenser apparatus comprising:
    a housing having a top, a front and opposing back, a pair of opposing side walls, and a bottom, the bottom defining an elongated slot medial the front and the back;
    the top hingedly attached to the housing and having a keyed latch for selective opening of the top for access into a cavity defined by the housing;
    a battery mounted in the housing to provide a supply of electrical current;
    a momentary motion-sensing switch mounted for detecting motion relative to an exterior surface of the housing;
    a motor mounted to a first one of the side walls and electrically connected through the motion-sensing switch to the battery for communicating electrical current to the motor for a predetermined period, the motor having a shaft that rotates upon supply of electrical current to the motor, and a distal end of the shaft defining a slot;
    a spindle having a T-member projecting from a first end, the T-member detachably connected to the slot in the shaft for rotation thereof
    a spool holding a supply of a plurality of dry wipe sheets detachably defined by a perforated line between adjacent sheets;
    a designator on the spindle for a guide to abut an edge of the spool of dry wipe sheets on the spindle for alignment of the deployable dry wipe sheets with the slot for passage therethrough; and
    means for mounting the housing to a surface,
    whereby the motor, being momentarily actuated following a detection of motion by the motion-sensing switch, rotates the spindle to move a portion of a dry wipe sheet through the slot for selective detaching by a user for sanitary attending to residual urine flow following bladder evacuation.
  2. 2. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 1, wherein the means for mounting comprises:
    the back defining a pair of openings; and
    a pair of fasteners, each extending through a respective one of the openings for engaging the housing to the surface.
  3. 3. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 2, wherein the openings are key-hole openings.
  4. 4. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 1, wherein the dry wipe sheet has a thickness of about 1/64 inch.
  5. 5. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 1, wherein the top hingedly connects to the back.
  6. 6. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 1, wherein the front and back have a first length between the opposing sides and the side walls have a second length between the front and back, the first length greater than the second length.
  7. 7. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 6, wherein the first length is about 5¾ inches and the second length is about 2½ inches.
  8. 8. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 6, wherein the front and back have a third length between the top and the bottom.
  9. 9. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 8, wherein the third length is about 2½ inches.
  10. 10. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 1, wherein the slot has a length of about 2 1/14 inches and a width of about ¼ inch.
  11. 11. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 1, wherein the dry wipe sheet is aromatic.
  12. 12. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 1, wherein the momentary rotation has a first duration and a second duration, the first duration shorter than the second duration, the first duration for dispensing a dry wipe sheet from an initial installation of the supply to about one-half of a number of sheets initially in the supply and the second duration for dispensing a dry wipe sheet from the remaining sheets in the supply of sheets.
  13. 13. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 1, wherein the spindle comprises a first tube that receives telescopically a second tube and enclosing a spring to bias the first tube and second tube in an extended position between a seat on a first side wall and the motor.
  14. 14. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 13, wherein the first tube and second tube move to a retracted position for detaching the spindle from the seat and motor, for replacing the spool of dry wipe sheets.
  15. 15. (canceled)
  16. 16. A dispenser apparatus comprising:
    a housing having a top, a front and opposing back each with a length of about 5¾ inches, a pair of opposing side walls having lengths of about 2½ inches from a front edge to a back edge, and a bottom, the bottom defining an elongated slot medial the front and the back and having a length of about 2¼ inches and a width of about ¼ inch, the back defining a pair of openings for receiving a respective one of a pair of fasteners therethrough for securing the housing to a surface in a toilet facility;
    the top hingedly attached to the housing and having a keyed latch for selective opening of the top for access into a cavity defined by the housing;
    a battery mounted in the housing to provide a supply of electrical current;
    a momentary motion-sensing switch mounted in the bottom for detecting motion relative to the housing;
    a motor mounted to a first one of the side walls and electrically connected through the motion-sensing switch to the battery for communicating electrical current to the motor for a predetermined period, the motor having a shaft that rotates upon supply of electrical current to the motor, and a distal end of the shaft defining a slot;
    a spindle having a T-member projecting from a first end, the T-member detachably connected to the slot in the shaft for rotation thereof;
    a spool of a plurality of dry wipe sheets comprising hydrophilic fibrous paper detachably defined by a perforated line between adjacent sheets, the dry wipe sheets having a thickness of about 1/64 inch; and
    a designator on the spindle to abut an edge of the spool of dry wipe sheets on the spindle for alignment of the deployable dry wipe sheets with the slot for passage therethrough;
    whereby the motor, being momentarily actuated following a detection of motion by the motion-sensing switch, rotates the spindle to move a portion of a dry wipe sheet through the slot for selective detaching by a user for sanitary attending to residual urine flow following bladder evacuation.
  17. 17. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 16, wherein the dry wipe sheet is aromatic.
  18. 18. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 16, wherein the momentary rotation has first duration and a second duration, the first duration shorter than the second duration, the first duration for dispensing a dry wipe sheet from an initial installation of the supply to about one-half of a number of sheets initially in the supply and the second duration for dispensing a dry wipe sheet from the remaining sheets in the supply of sheets.
  19. 19. A method of dispensing dry wipe sheets from a dispenser, comprising the steps of:
    (a) mounting to a spindle a spool of a plurality of dry wipe sheets detachably joined in adjacent relation by perforated lines in an elongated member;
    (b) engaging a T-member extending from a first end of the spindle with a slot in a distal end of a shaft extending from a motor secured in a dispenser, the dispenser having a top, a front and opposing back, a pair of opposing side walls, and a bottom, the bottom defining the slot medial the front and the back through which a leading dry wipe sheet extends, and a designator on the spindle for a guide to abut an edge of the spool of dry wipe sheets on the spindle for alignment of the deployable dry wipe sheets with the slot for passage therethrough;
    (c) rotating the spool upon operating the motor for a dwell period to deploy the leading dry wipe sheet on the spool at least partially through the slot in the dispenser holding the spool therein, for detachment thereof and the adjacent dry wipe sheet thereby becoming the leading dry wipe sheet for subsequent deployment, the dwell period having a first duration; and
    (d) changing the dwell period for rotation to a second duration longer than the first dwell period, the second dwell period sufficient to rotate the spindle for deployment of the leading dry wipe sheet from the spool.
  20. 20. The method as recited in claim 19, further comprising the steps of:
    providing a momentary motion-sensing switch mounted for detecting a motion relative to an exterior surface of the dispenser, whereby the switch upon detecting the motion connects the motor to a supply of electrical current to operate the motor for the dwell period to rotate the spool of dry wipe sheets; and
    mounting the dispenser to a surface,
    whereby the motor, being momentarily actuated following a detection of motion by the motion-sensing switch, rotates the spindle to move a portion of a dry wipe sheet through the slot for selective detaching by a user for sanitary attending to residual urine flow following bladder evacuation.
  21. 21. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 1, wherein the dry wipe sheets comprise a hydrophilic fibrous paper.
  22. 22. The dispenser apparatus as recited in claim 1, wherein the dry wipe sheets comprise sodium carboxyl methyl cellulose.
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