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Pool cleaner

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A pool cleaner having a coarse filter and a fine filter. The coarse filter removes large pieces of debris. The fine filter removes fine particles from the water. In an embodiment, the fine filter is a filter bag made from a cloth material. In an embodiment, the coarse filter is a mesh grating with small holes. In an embodiment, the fine filter is supported by a rigid mesh placed downstream from the coarse filter.



Steam cleaning apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A steam cleaning apparatus including a main body having a main switch, a steam cleaning head coupled to the main body, and a position sensitive switch having a first state when the steam apparatus is in a substantially vertical storage position and a second state when the steam cleaning apparatus is in a tilted, cleaning position, the position sensitive switch being connected in electrical series with the main switch such that when the position-sensitive switch is in the first state the position-sensitive switch interrupts the flow of electrical current from the main switch and when the position-sensitive switch is in the second state, electrical power is supplied by the main switch.



Squeegee assembly

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A squeegee assembly for wiping a surface comprises a front flexible blade having an outer surface, an inner surface and a floor engaging edge, a rear flexible blade having an outer surface, an inner surface and a wiping edge, a support upon which the front and rear flexible blades are mounted, a vacuumized chamber bounded by the front blade, rear blade, support, and the surface, and a suction tube coupled to the support and positioned between the front and rear flexible blades. The rear flexible blade includes at least one aperture extending between the outer surface and the inner surface and spaced from the wiping edge.



Filter shaker

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A filter shaker for a filter assembly disposed in a vacuum includes a housing that removably mounts to the filter and/or a support for the filter and a vibrator assembly carried by the housing. When actuated, the vibrator assembly vibrates the filter to clean particulate matter from the filter. The vibrator assembly includes a motor that drives an eccentric and an actuator that periodically impacts against a portion of the housing to cause the vibrations. The housing includes a mounting assembly for mounting the filter shaker to the cage and/or filter in an operative position and a locking assembly for locking and unlocking the filter shaker in the operative position to prevent the filter shaker from vibrating off. In the operative position, the filter shaker covers an open end of a tubular filter and thereby forces air to be directed through filter material of the tubular filter.



Vacuum cleaner

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A vacuum cleaner (1, 21, 41, 51) for dry dust comprises at least a dust chamber (3, 23, 43, 53) and a fan unit(13, 63), which dust chamber (3, 23, 43, 53) is provided with an air inlet opening (7, 27, 57) and an air outlet opening (8, 28) communicating with the fan unit (13, 63). The dust chamber (3, 23, 43, 53) comprises a movable body (9, 29, 59) for restricting air flow through the dust chamber (3, 23, 43, 53). In use the movable body (9, 29, 59) is located on dry dust collected in the dust chamber (3, 23, 43, 53) due to kinematic sorting between the movable body (9, 29, 59) and the dry dust.



Rotary cleaning head

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A rotary cleaning head that may have a main disc, a cover, and vacuum heads. The cover may define an axially aligned central vacuum opening; and the main disc and cover may define therebetween a vacuum distribution hub and vacuum channels for distributing vacuum from the cover's central vacuum opening to the vacuum slots in the vacuum heads. A dual purpose seal may provide a seal between the cover and the main disc, and may also define at least part of the vacuum hub and vacuum channels. The vacuum heads may have vacuum notches or ridges that may help to collect and direct the cleaning fluid on at least part of the vacuum heads' outer surfaces into vacuum heads' vacuum slots. The rotary cleaning head may be modified to clean either hard surfaces or soft surfaces.



Autonomous floor-cleaning robot

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A floor cleaning robot comprises a housing, wheels, and a motor driving the wheels to move the robot across a floor, a control module disposed within the housing and directing movement of the robot across the floor, a sensor for detecting and communicating obstacle information to the control module so that the control module can cause the robot to react to the obstacle, a removable bin disposed at least partially within the housing and receiving particulates, a first rotating member directing particulates toward the bin, and a second rotating member cooperating with the first rotating member to direct particulates toward the bin. The removable bin receives particulates directed thereto by the first and second rotating members and the particulates pass from the first rotating member to the removable bin without passing through a filter.



Wheeled suction and blower apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A wheeled suction and blower apparatus for either sucking up debris or blowing debris. The wheeled suction and blower apparatus includes a base member supported upon wheels and being towed behind a prime mover; a motor supported upon the base member; a housing with an impeller being in communication with the motor; a chute fastenable to the housing; a hood being pivotally attached to the chute; and an actuating assembly for adjusting the positioning of the hood.



Wiper device for vehicle

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Cleaning liquid is easily prevented from adhering to a main wiping side of a windshield glass when a main wiping side wiper, that rotates reciprocally, moves to a reciprocal rotation inbound side. Cleaning liquid is jetted-out from a jetting-out opening of a jetting-out nozzle, but the cleaning liquid does not stick to a reciprocal rotation outbound side of a driver's seat side wiper. Accordingly, the cleaning liquid does not remain without being wiped-off at a driver's seat side of a windshield glass.



Cleaning device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A cleaning device for a safety razor having single or multiple parallel blades is disclosed. A hollow connector is affixed to a water tap of a bathroom sink allowing water to flow therethrough into a body depending from the connector, rotating a brush held in the body and exiting through a slot in the body. The shaving head of the razor is positioned with the slot such that the blades within the head are embedded within the bristles of the brush. As the brush rotates, its bristles remove shaving debris from between the blades and immediate surrounds. After use, the device can easily be disassembled to facilitate cleaning of all components thereof.



Toothbrush

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A toothbrush includes a handle and a head mounted to the handle. At least one of the head and the handle may generally include an open area partially enclosed with elastomeric material, said elastomeric material being readily deflectable from an original orientation during use of said toothbrush and configured to recover to the original orientation after use of said toothbrush.



Pet hair and human hair grooming brush with two sets of different bristles

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A multi-pin grooming brush having multi-sectioned bristles on the brush pad to provide a triple combing action. The brush has an outer layer of fixed pin tufts which encircle the exterior of the brush pad and preferably are metal pin tufts. The brush has a middle layer of flexible tufts preferably made of pure boar bristles and which are surrounded by the fixed pin tufts. As the brush is moved through a pet's hair or human hair, the outer layer of fixed pin tufts gently yet thoroughly detangles the coat, removes larger particles and provides a gentle massage effect, then the middle layer of pure boar bristles conditions the hair by distributing natural oils, leaving a healthy shine and a protective layer over the pet's coat, and then the opposite section of fixed pin tufts passes through the hair once again to smooth and separate the conditioned hair.



Pet hair and human hair grooming brush with two sets of different bristles

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A multi-pin grooming brush having multi-sectioned bristles on the brush pad to provide a triple combing action. The brush has an outer layer of fixed pin tufts which encircle the exterior of the brush pad and preferably are metal pin tufts. The brush has a middle layer of flexible tufts preferably made of pure boar bristles and which are surrounded by the fixed pin tufts. As the brush is moved through a pet's hair or human hair, the outer layer of fixed pin tufts gently yet thoroughly detangles the coat, removes larger particles and provides a gentle massage effect, then the middle layer of pure boar bristles conditions the hair by distributing natural oils, leaving a healthy shine and a protective layer over the pet's coat, and then the opposite section of fixed pin tufts passes through the hair once again to smooth and separate the conditioned hair.



Toothbrush having light emitters on a bottom side

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The toothbrush having light emitters on a bottom side includes a handle that may be gripped by a user. The handle is positionable proximate the user's mouth. A bristle is coupled to the handle. The bristle engages the user's teeth when the handle is positioned proximate the user's mouth. A processor is coupled to the handle. A light emitter is coupled to the handle. The light emitter is operationally coupled to the processor. The light emitter selectively emits light. The light emitter may communicate the maximum duration of time. An actuator is coupled to the handle. The actuator is operationally coupled top the processor. The actuator selectively actuates the processor.



Electric toothbrush with drive mechanism

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A toothbrush that includes a brushing attachment and a handle. The brushing attachment includes a main body portion with a hollow neck having an attachment opening and a head with a cleaning member opening, a drive shaft positioned in the neck, a cleaning member drive mechanism matingly engaged with gearing on the drive shaft, and a cleaning member extending through the cleaning member opening in the head and operatively associated with the cleaning member drive mechanism. The drive shaft includes a spline drive on one end and gearing on the opposite end. The handle includes a main body portion with a brushing attachment connection receiver that is at least partially received in the attachment opening. The brushing attachment connection receiver includes a recess defined therein that receives a drive hub with a grooved recess defined therein that receives the spline drive.



Exfoliating brush assembly

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An exfoliating brush assembly provides different attachments to scrub, stimulate, and exfoliate a user's scalp and body. The assembly includes a head having a bottom side and a peripheral wall extending upwardly from the bottom side. A groove extends through the bottom side and upwardly into the peripheral wall. A plurality of washing assemblies is each selectively couplable to the head wherein the washing assemblies are configured for cleaning the user. Each of the washing assemblies has a tab corresponding to the groove such that the tab is configured to interlock with the groove when the tab is slidably inserted into the groove. A vibrational unit and a battery compartment are positioned in the head. The battery compartment is configured for holding a battery and is electrically coupled to the vibrational unit wherein the battery compartment activates the vibrational unit when the battery delivers power to the vibrational unit.



Painting implement cleaning and support apparatus

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A painting implement cleaning and storage apparatus 10 is provided. The apparatus facilitates the cleaning and storage of painting implements such as a roller 12, a brush 14 and a roller pan 16. The apparatus includes a base 18 and a bracket 32 coupled to the base. The roller 12 is supported on the bracket 32 in an upwardly extending diagonal position between shields 45 and 54 for containing paint spreads from the roller. The brush 14 is supported on bracket 32 in a upwardly projecting position. A roller pan 16 is coupable to shield 45 and supported thereon in a descending position. Once the painting implements 12, 14 and 16 are supported on the apparatus 10, cleaning can be accomplished by the application of a stream of water thereto after which the implements can be left until they are needed.



Table cleaning implement

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A hand-held table cleaning implement has upstanding rear and laterally opposed side walls, a handle on the backside of the rear wall, a flat horizontal platform extending a distance forwardly from the side walls for insertion beneath a table top, an intermediate portion adjoined to bottom ends of the rear and side walls and back end of the platform defining a central opening tapering downwardly and inwardly therefrom, and a trash receptacle extending downwardly from the intermediate portion for receiving trash, refuse, crumbs, and debris swept or scraped from the table top surface. A generally rectangular scraper may be provided that can be clipped onto a flat surface of the table cleaning implement, and removed therefrom for use in scraping and sweeping debris, crumbs, and food remnants from the table top and into the receptacle. The implement can be hooked over an edge of another object, and is easily stored.



Wiper blade

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A wiper blade assembly which includes a blade, at least one backing which is fitted into an attachment groove of the blade, and an elongated holder member which is interconnected to the blade.



Windshield wiper assembly having a body made of spring steel

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A squeegee for a windshield wiper assembly includes a body having a first pair of cut-out portions on opposite sides thereof. Each of said first pair of cut-out portions receives a leaf spring element of a windshield wiper assembly therein. A blade for contacting a windshield of a vehicle is connected to the body. A spoiler is connected to a top of the body and has a generally triangular shape. The spoiler includes a hole formed therethrough in a longitudinal direction of the squeegee. The hole increases the flexibility of the spoiler so that the spoiler flexes when subjected to a wind force.



Handheld cleaning tool kit

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A handheld cleaning tool kit including a handheld base with interchangeable cleaning sheets formed of cleaning substances attached thereto and a grip body, having a non-slip exterior surface, is disposed on a bottom surface thereof. Securement structures are disposed within the top surface proximal to each corner thereof. Each securement structure includes a flexible mount portion and a cross-shaped slit, which deflects under finger pressure into a recess directly below the slit, centrally disposed within the mount portion to secure a portion of the cleaning sheet to the body upon pushing the portion of the cleaning sheet through the slit and into the recess. A handle is centrally disposed on the top surface. A magnetic frame includes a pair of clip members disposed in a first portion to removably retain the base against a front surface thereof and a cleaning sheet dispenser disposed within a second portion thereof.



Anti-slip shoe accessory for court sports

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A traction-enhancing cleaning kit for allowing sports players to clean and dry the soles of their court shoes while in-play. The cleaning kit comprises a gellified shoe cleaning fluid (3), and a shoe-attachable cleaning and drying device (1) comprising a gel-absorbent cleaning/drying cartridge (2) removably secured by hook-and-loop to a carrier platform (4), which is in turn secured along the forefoot of the sneaker by its laces. The cartridge (2) includes an encapsulated viscose rayon microfiber panel (20) backed by a moisture-impermeable layer (30), and held captive in a plastic frame (10). The frame (10) includes a raised wiping lip (114) surrounding the panel (20). In use, the player need only swipe one foot over the top of the cleaning and drying device (1) attached to the other foot, brushing the sole. One swipe wets and squeegees dry, and the process is repeated for the other foot.



Cleaning implements

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A cleaning implement for cleaning a ceiling fan blade is provided. The cleaning implement includes a frame, a single cleaning cloth, and gripping portion. The frame has an open end and a closed end opposite the open end so that the frame defines a fan blade receiving opening. The opening receives the ceiling fan blade therein when the ceiling fan blade has a width that is smaller than, equal to, or larger than a width of the first fan blade receiving opening. The single cleaning cloth is removably disposed on the frame so that a cleaning surface of the single cleaning cloth can contact at least one surfaces of the ceiling fan blade. The gripping portion is connected to the frame.



Use of a toothpaste and a toothbrush, a dental cleaning system and toothbrush

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A dental cleaning system for cleaning the tooth surfaces of patients who have orthodontic braces is provided that enables the possibility of performing daily tooth cleaning without resulting in the occurrence of problematical deposits of abrasive particles on the orthodontic appliances for patients who use orthodontic appliances for correction of a dental, maxillary and/or mandibular malposition, for example, orthodontic braces with an arch wire guided therein. The system includes a non-abrasive toothpaste and a toothbrush having bristles made of synthetic fibers into which activated carbon particles of charcoal with average diameters greater than or equal to 100 μm are incorporated in an amount greater than or equal to 40 vol % of the bristles.



Counterweight devices and systems for paintbrushes and other hand tools

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Counterweight devices and systems for a hand tool, such as a paintbrush, having a forward working end and a handle extending rearwardly along a longitudinal axis, having a distal end, with the hand tool having a center of gravity located on the axis forward of the midpoint between the working and distal ends, are disclosed. A counterweight device includes a counterweight body configured to be mounted to a portion of the handle, and one or more counterweights supported on the counterweight body. The counterweight device is thereby adapted to shift the center of gravity of the hand tool rearward along the axis of the handle to a predetermined extent when the counterweight body is mounted to the handle. A counterweight system includes a set of interchangeable counterweights each having a different weight and each configured to be removably attached either to the counterweight body or to a counterweight attached thereto.



Spin mop

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A spin mop includes a grip body casing. The grip body casing is an elongated member and hollow with an inside surface. The inside surface has a threaded panel assembly. The threaded panel assembly is formed in an elongated shape and has threaded panel threads alternating with threaded panel fillets. A clutch shaft extends into the grip body casing. The clutch shaft is telescopically mounted to the grip body casing. A clutch assembly is formed on the clutch shaft. The clutch assembly extends into the grip body casing. The clutch assembly further includes a first clutch member and a second clutch member. The first clutch member is rotably mounted to the clutch shaft. The second clutch member is fixed to the clutch shaft. A helical tooth is formed on an external surface of the first clutch member.



Mop device with scrubbing pad carrier member

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A mop device that includes a mop handle connection member. The mop handle connection member has a central body having a first end and an opposed second end with means for engaging a mop handle member associated with the first end of the central body and at least one jaw member associated with the second end of the central body. The mop handle connection member includes a jaw member that is configured to releasably connect with a mop strand bundle. The jaw member has a first end proximate to the central body an opposed second end distal to the first end and a central arm region contiguously located therebetween. The central arm region has a flange projecting outward from the central arm and at least one detent defined in the central arm in spaced relationship to the flange. The mop device also has at least one accessory member connected to the mop handle connection member. The accessory member includes a mop attachment region that has opposed first and second faces and at least one cleaning region that is connected to the attachment region. The mop attachment region has at least one aperture defined therein. The aperture is configured to receive the central arm of the jaw member therein such that the first face of the attachment region contacts the flange of the jaw member and the opposed face of the attachment region is engaged by the detent.



Cleaning cloth

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A cleaning cloth constructed of an upper sheet and lower sheet that are joined together for form an interior cavity into which additional cleaning cloths, cleaning materials, abrasive materials, scented materials, etc. can be placed. The cleaning cloth includes strips that can be used to connect the cleaning cloth to a mop head or other surface.



Apparatus with elliptical movement for microdermabrasion and topical delivery of treatments

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device for providing elliptical path motion to skin or other surface. The device includes a motor, shaft, and a cam having at least one offset axis cam lobe for creating offset motion. A mounting bracket assembly that has a pair of arms associated with the motor can be moved by the cam in an elliptical path having X-axis, Y-axis and, in exemplary embodiments, Z-axis movement. The mounting bracket assembly may have two brackets, each being associated with an oscillating plate. Each oscillating plate may have a plurality of protrusions or tufts of bristles protruding therefrom. Elliptical movement of the oscillating plates creates offset elliptical motion of the protrusions associated with each oscillating plate. A fluid delivery system may be incorporated to provide fluid through the device. The device may be used for cleaning, stimulation or treatment of skin.



Turbine-driven swimming pool cleaning apparatus and method

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A swimming pool cleaner is driven along a submerged surface by water and debris flowing past a turbine positioned between an inlet and outlet of the cleaner. Rollers are rotatably carried on the bottom of the cleaner and forward and aft the proximate an inlet port. The rollers in combination with lower side wall portions of the housing form a plenum for water and enhance adherence of the pool cleaner to the submerged pool surface being cleaner. A hose connector operable with an outlet port is angled toward the forward direction of movement of the pool cleaner such that a suction hose will be placed slightly ahead of the pool cleaner when climbing a side wall surface to provide a weight for keeping the cleaner below the water surface and thus prevent an undesirable sucking of air at the inlet.



Tool to aid in the caulking process

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A flexible and resilient tool for use with a conventional half barrel, parallel frame caulking gun or enclosed “sausage” style caulking gun, aiding the user in finishing and shaping after the caulking material has been applied. One function of the tool is to collect excess caulk from his finger(s) or from various shaping tools and spatulas. Also provided can be cap, rag and sponge holders. Additional embodiments include adaptations to existing prior art disposable caulking cartridges and caulking guns to include components of the disclosed tool.



Surface cleaning apparatus

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A surface cleaning head comprising one or more lower open sided air flow passages is provided. One or both air flow passages may be a lower open sided air flow passage and may have a rib to prevent carpet of the like from blocking the air flow passage. One of the passages may be a deep cleaning slot.



Low pressure drop dust collectors

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Highly efficient particulate collectors, such as for dust and street debris collected by a mobile street cleaning vehicle, with very low pressure loss are disclosed. One embodiment uses a specially contoured passage to separate the solid particles from particulate-laden gas stream by rapid directional change at a throat region. By using the Venturi effect at the accelerating zone communicating with a gas return channel from the particulate retaining chamber, a small amount of the gas will be recirculated from the deposit zone to help move and retain the separated particles in a confined collection receptacle.



Cyclonic surface cleaning apparatus with externally positioned dirt chamber

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A surface cleaning apparatus comprises a filtration apparatus comprising a cyclone and an openable dirt collection chamber in communication with the cyclone dirt outlet. The dirt collection chamber has an openable end portion that comprises a wall that is intersected by the longitudinally extending axis, and when the end portion is in an open position, the cyclone chamber has an absence of any member having a larger diameter than the vortex finder whereby the dirt collection chamber and the cyclone are concurrently emptyable when the dirt collection chamber is opened.



Upright vacuum cleaner

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Provided is an upright vacuum cleaner. The upright vacuum cleaner includes a suction nozzle comprising a plurality of wheels, a main body relatively rotatable with respect to the suction nozzle, and a steering device steering the plurality of wheels to correspond to the movement of the main body.



Robot cleaner, maintenance station, and cleaning system having the same

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

In a cleaning system, dust stored in a dust box is suspended in air introduced into the dust box through a first opening formed through a robot cleaner, and is then discharged to a second opening formed through a maintenance station through the first opening of the robot cleaner.



Surface cleaning apparatus

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A hand carriable surface cleaning apparatus, such as a cyclonic hand vacuum cleaner, is provided wherein the pre-motor filter is positioned above the upper end of the cyclone chamber and downstream of a cyclone chamber.



Dustpan

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An upright dustpan is disclosed which allows a user to open and close a door of a dust collecting compartment through a trigger on the handle. A trigger activates an actuating arm, which in turn causes the movement of an actuating pin that is connected to an external arm which opens the compartment door. The movement of the actuating pin may be lateral or rotational, providing different movement to the external arm.



Applicator and bead finish tool

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A tool for applying a building material and for finishing a bead of building material. The tool includes a handle portion and a flat blade portion having spaced-apart side edges and a front edge. The blade portion of the tool may be provided with an angled portion extending between the front edge and at least one of the side edges of the blade portion or provided with at least one area of weakness extending between the front edge and at least one of the side edges of the blade portion.



Auxiliary handle attachment for a cleaning sponge and the combined assembly

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A cleaning implement having a sponge and an assembly for engaging and manipulating the sponge. The assembly includes a gripper head having a receptacle area that is defined within a peripheral wall. Hook elements are provided that laterally extend into the receptacle area from the peripheral wall. A handle extends from the gripper head. The handle may be selectively detachable from the gripper head. A sponge is provided, wherein a segment of the sponge is deformed into the receptacle area. The deformed section of the sponge is hooked by the hook elements in the receptacle area. This mechanically interconnects the sponge with the gripper head.



Spatula apparatus

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

It is one aspect of the present invention to provide an improved spatula apparatus configured to contact a substantial portion of container sidewalls. Another object of the present invention is to provide improved spatula apparatuses that are configured to hold and remove a larger amount of material from containers that have relatively small openings. An additional object of the present invention is to provide improved spatula apparatuses that are configured to conform to and remove material from a plurality of containers without requiring multiple swipes and other duplicative motions.



Oral care implement

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An oral care implement, such as a toothbrush, comprising a flexible head formed of a plurality of flexibly connected segments. In one embodiment, the invention can be an oral care implement comprising a handle and a head. The head can be formed by a plurality of spaced-apart segments constructed of a rigid material and separated by a channel containing an elastomeric material. An elastomeric cleaning element comprising, a base portion and an upper portion extends form a front surface of the head. The elastomeric cleaning element extends from and is connected to the elastomeric material of the channel so that the base portion overlies a portion of each of the front surfaces of the segments on opposing sides of the channel. In another embodiment, the invention can be the elastomeric cleaning element itself, irrespective of the type of head in which it is incorporated. In yet another embodiment, the base portion can be tapered.



Toothbrush with usage indicator

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

This invention is a toothbrush with usage indicator for use in connection with personal dental hygiene. Most people continue to use the same toothbrush, even when it no longer provides the quality needed to maintain good dental hygiene. An old toothbrush typically has worn bristles which fail to clean the teeth and gums properly. In addition, a toothbrush that has been used for a long time tends to have a build up of bacteria on it, posing a potential health problem for the user. The toothbrush with usage indicator has particular utility in connection with knowing when it is time to replace a toothbrush, employing a battery-operated counter which turns on a red light when the toothbrush needs to be discarded. The counter is loaded with a predetermined value, for example 45, which correlates to the number of times the toothbrush should be used before being discarded. A push button on the handle of the toothbrush allows the user to decrement the counter each time the toothbrush is used. While the counter value is 4 or greater, a green light is displayed, but when the value drops below 4, a red light is displayed. The red light indicates that the toothbrush should be replaced.



Subsea pig handler

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A pig launching system comprising a pipe loop comprising a first end and a second end; a pig shuttle connected to the first end and the second end; a first opening in the pig shuttle aligned with the first end of the pipe loop; a second opening in the pig shuttle aligned with the second end of the pipe loop; and a slot within the pig shuttle movable between the first opening and the second opening.



System for removing snow from vehicles

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The system for removing snow from vehicles removes snow, ice and other debris from the roof of a vehicle, such as a truck, trailer, van or the like, as the vehicle drives therethrough. The system includes a frame defining an open inner region dimensioned and configured for passage of the vehicle. The frame includes a pair of laterally opposed posts and an upper crossbeam extending between upper ends of the posts. A pair of arms are pivotally attached to the posts, the pair of arms extending orthogonal to the plane of the frame. A pivotally mounted forward crossbar extends between forward ends of the pair of arms. A blade is mounted on the forward crossbar so that the blade removes the snow, ice and other debris from the roof of the vehicle as it passes through the frame.



Brush height setting assembly and method

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A lawn sweeper including a housing may have a plurality of first markings, a brush height adjustment assembly including an arm moveable between a setting orientation and a sweeping orientation and a gauge connected to the arm including a plurality of second markings that corresponds with the first markings such that when the arm is disposed in the setting orientation a grass height associated with one of the second markings determines an adjustment of the brush height assembly to the sweeping orientation to one of the first markings that corresponds with the one of the second markings.



Toothbrush with powered head

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A powered toothbrush includes a handle having a neck. A head is mounted to the neck and has a first surface and an opposed second surface. At least one fixed tuft block is mounted to the head in a fixed orientation and has a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending outwardly away from the first surface. A movable tuft block is flexibly connected to each fixed tuft block and has a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending outwardly away from the first surface. A drive assembly is operably connected to the movable tuft block to move the movable tuft block with respect to each fixed tuft block.



Cleaning system

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A cleaning system used for removing contaminant particles on a surface of an image sensor is provided. The cleaning system includes an gas blower, two plate electrodes parallel to each other, and a high frequency voltage source. The gas blower supplies a mixed gas to the two plate electrodes. The high frequency voltage source provides a high voltage for the two plate electrodes to ionize the mixed gas, thereby the ionized gas cause contaminant particles on the surface of the image sensor to be positively charged, and cause the surface of the image sensor to be positively charged. The vacuum pump device removes the positively charged particles, which are repelled by the positively charged surface of the image sensor.



Windshield wiper control system

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A windshield wiper control system includes a movable element configured to move in a first direction and an opposing second direction and one or more actuation devices configured to cause the movable element to move in the first direction. The windshield wiper control system also includes a rotatable cam configured to cause the movable element to move in the opposing second direction when the rotatable cam contacts a stationary surface as the rotatable cam rotates about a cam axis and a wiper mechanism configured to move in the first and second directions and pivot in an arc motion responsive to the rotation of the rotatable cam. The wiper mechanism is further configured to cause the one or more windshield wipers to move across a surface of a windshield in a more linear motion than the arc motion of the wiper mechanism.



Air suction device for a smoking apparatus

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The various embodiments herein provide an air suction device for a smoking apparatus. The air suction device comprises a cylindrical housing, an impeller, an impeller cover, a motor assembled inside the housing to drive the impeller, a plurality of batteries provided in the housing, a battery cover to enclose the plurality of batteries and a switch provided externally to the cylindrical housing. When the switch is in ON condition, the plurality of batteries supply an electrical power to the motor and the motor converts the electrical power into a mechanical power which in turn causes propulsion of the impeller thereby sucking out the air from a water bowl of the smoking apparatus. The propulsive motion of the impeller sucks out the air from the water bowl until the air inside the water bowl is replaced by condensed smoke.