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Publication numberUS20020085873 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/007,542
Publication dateJul 4, 2002
Filing dateDec 10, 2001
Priority dateNov 7, 2000
Publication number007542, 10007542, US 2002/0085873 A1, US 2002/085873 A1, US 20020085873 A1, US 20020085873A1, US 2002085873 A1, US 2002085873A1, US-A1-20020085873, US-A1-2002085873, US2002/0085873A1, US2002/085873A1, US20020085873 A1, US20020085873A1, US2002085873 A1, US2002085873A1
InventorsSteven Katsandres, Fred Benz
Original AssigneeKatsandres Steven Dino, Benz Fred Sherrard
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Retractable belt lotion applicator
US 20020085873 A1
Abstract
The invention is a retractable belt lotion applicator called the SUNBELT. One implementation is a lotion-containing two handled device that interlocks together to form a sealed unit. The device incorporates a broad retractable belting to dispense lotions to hard to reach parts of the body, including the back.
The SUNBELT concept is unique in that it can provide measured amounts of lotions of various types, to the users back and shoulders with a portable, hand held, retractable device employing broad belting. The device can have a self-contained body reservoir for the lotion that is refillable, disposable, washable and with few working parts, is very easy to maintain. The device also incorporates an additional pass-through reservoir, is self dispensing with minimal waste.
The most efficient manipulation of the device, requires an ergonomic motion that is simple and yet, not a commonly thought of process. This motion, called the SUNBELT motion, is discussed in more detail later on.
The SUNBELT is self contained, portable, spring loaded to retract, applies a measured amount of product and is convenient to use. It can be made of injection molded plastic or any other appropriate materials, and come in various colors and some will be translucent neon colors. It is washable, convenient and easy to store. The broad belting is removable and washable. It can have a belt for your waist and a leg strap for bicycle enthusiasts or hikers, boater's etc. for easy accessibility.
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Claims(9)
1. A spiral spring loaded, self retractable, manually retractable, or other retracting mechanism, two handled device that can incorporate a variety of belting with lotion, liquid, or substance containing reservoirs. The reservoirs can also hold other substances including powder, gel, or medicine. The handles interlock together to form a sealed unit. The device incorporates absorbent retractable broad belting to dispense lotions, liquids or other substances to hard to reach parts of the body. The device can be reusable or disposable.
2. The handle(s) are self-contained reservoirs that can store and dispense metered amounts of a variety of lotions, liquids, gels, powders, or other substances to the retractable belt applicator. The handles also incorporate an additional pass-through reservoir.
3. The unit incorporates retractable belting of various absorbable materials, in varying lengths, thickness, and widths. Generally used to apply, dispense, exfoliate, and affect the application of substances to skin areas, such as the back, shoulders, arms legs, etc.
4. The belting can be any combination of materials from absorbent and stretchable, to abrasive. The belting can be in a variety of forms and composites such as strapping, webbing, cloth, sponge, foam, paper based or other specialty belting fabrics. The belting can be disposable as an option.
5. The device can employ different retraction mechanisms including retractable spiral-power spring(s) and an arbor shaft to which the belting is integrally attached. This portion of the mechanism is incorporated into right hand and/or left hand body housings.
6. The body housings can be constructed from various materials such as; metals, plastics, ceramics or composites.
7. The retractable spiral-power springs will have varying spring rates dependent upon the belt material and substances used.
8. A unique motion is used to manipulate the device into proper positioning for application of lotions. See SUNBELT motion description that follows.
9. The handles are multifunctional, one or both can be smaller for portability, or larger to employ storage of applied substances or other valuables. The handles can also be modified to handle multiple spring mechanisms.
Description
    SUMMARY OF INVENTION
  • [0001]
    (Refer to Dwg. 2K-003 page #6)
  • [0002]
    The device is a lotion-containing two handled device that interlocks together to form a sealed unit (#1), that incorporates retractable belting to dispense lotions to hard to reach parts of the body.
  • [0003]
    The body housings used for prototype work (#2) have employed off-the-shelf materials and have been round in shape relying on various pipe sizes. This really forms the heart of the mechanism that can be installed into any body type. The body types can be elaborate sweeping designs such as egg shaped, football shaped, Darth Vader helmet, or others following the design limitations of a hand-held device.
  • [0004]
    The basic design employs a retractable belting assembly (#3) similar to a seat-belt device, but more compact in design with more specially selected belting material. The belting can be any combination of materials from absorbent and stretchable, to abrasive. The belting can be in a variety of forms and composites such as strapping, webbing, cloth, sponge, foam, or other specialty belting fabrics. A variety of spiral/power springs can be used varying in diameter, band width, material thickness, and spring material. The spring (#4) is mounted onto an arbor or shaft (#5) through a shaft slot (#6) at one end of the shaft. The other end of the shaft pivots in a UHMW alignment washer (#8). On the spring end of the shaft another UHMW alignment washer (#8) keeps the mechanism aligned in the housing and reduces rolling resistance. This mechanism is housed in a round body (#9) with end caps (#10) that can be removed for cleaning, repair, or replacement of components. Lotion or other substances are filled through either of the fill ports (#12) and is available to the absorbent belting through reservoir cavity (#7) and pass through reservoir (#13). Teflon seals in positions (#11) seal the body
  • [0005]
    The body employs a handle (#14) for each of the Right hand and Left-hand sides of the unit. The handles direct the hands into position to make a spreading-sweeping motion (see SUNBELT motion) to position the belting at its fully extended length and position the belting to access body areas such as the back and shoulders. The handle and body types employed in the prototypes have employed commonly available pipe sizes and materials. The ideal body and handle shapes would be injection molded or metal fabricated giving a better size, shape, and feel. Tooling and prototypes of a more final assembly are currently being designed.
  • [0006]
    The mechanism, body, and handles can be scaled up or down in size to accommodate a variety of uses and applications.
  • [0007]
    Motion
  • [0008]
    The best way to describe the motion, is imagine that you are standing and are ready to jump rope. There is no rope but the motion is the same. Your hands are to your sides and out in front a bit. You imagine you are holding the handles and you have your wrists cocked back slightly. Now you slowly bring your wrists up as if the rope is going over your head and behind you to start the first jump. Your wrists should be about shoulder level and cocked back slightly. If you stop and look at your hand position this is how the belt would look from one hand to the other. The device sits on top of the ring area of the finger and is held by handles to insure the device can work only one way. The handles on the device force you to hold it in the only possible position.
  • [0009]
    Now still in the same position raise your hands just over your shoulders and stop. Straighten your wrist and bring your fists together in a sweeping half moon motion so they end up with your top knuckles touching and in front of your eyes. Now slowly drop your elbows down and you see your middle knuckles of the hand that are still touching each other, end up in a clenched fist, say, praying position. That is how you begin and end the process and just reverse the motion to get to the back area. It's called the SUNBELT motion.
  • [0010]
    Belting
  • [0011]
    We have looked into many possibilities for the retractable belt material. The belting can be any combination of materials from absorbent and stretchable, to abrasive. The belting can be in a variety of forms and composites such as strapping, webbing, cloth, sponge, foam, or other specialty belting fabrics. The materials investigated thus far are; polyurethane open cell foam, a stretchable, squeezable foam with a nylon backing, elastic polyester, fabric sheet materials, baby wipe materials, and many others. We are working with a cotton material that incorporates a nylon or similar backing in the material make-up so it will be washable and minimize fatigue, stretching and other premature failure. The material will also need to chemically work with the various types of lotions. We also may have the material made especially for us through a mill. If that does happen we will look into that as a patentable item as well.
  • [0012]
    Cartridge Loading
  • [0013]
    The body design of the SUNBELT device lends itself to a replaceable cartridge; either for substances to be applied, or for pre-charged applicated belting. The pre-charged belting could take on many different forms including washable, reusable, and could be a tear-off disposable once used. The disposable type could be a retractable material that is thrown away as a whole, or tear off belt sheets as in a paper towel dispenser. These concepts would employ some of the same concepts presented here, and two other configurations are currently under development.
  • [0014]
    Market
  • [0015]
    The market is varied across many fields including consumer, medical, industrial (for lubricating parts), sports, and others. Young people and older people and everything in the middle will find it practicable, trendy and provide maximum sun safety. Kids would have more access to convenient, easy to use protection and would be more encouraged to use it. Older folks who live alone haven't many options. Again this would provide independence to its users. Sales would be stronger in sunny places verses other areas in the U.S. But, people travel to or live in those types of areas everyday, not to mention the worldwide market. The device is so practical that it actually benefits society with a way to help prevent skin cancers or at least to slow down the effects. You won't have to feel you have to ask some stranger to put lotion on your back knowing you are damaging your skin by not putting something on. No more egos to worry about and especially no mess.
  • DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
  • [0016]
    DWG #2K-002 Mechanical Prototype #2 Metal Fabrication
  • [0017]
    DWG #2K-002-A Wire Frame Mechanical Prototype #2
  • [0018]
    DWG #2K-002-B 3-D Configuration Mechanical Prototype #2
  • [0019]
    DWG #2K-003 Retractable Belt Lotion Applicator Basic Components and Selected Features
  • [0020]
    DWG #2K-003-A 3-D Configuration Mechanical Prototype #3
  • [0021]
    DWG #2K-003 A1 thru A5: Motion Depiction Prototype #3
  • [0022]
    DWG #2K-004 3-D Configuration—Concept #4
  • [0023]
    DWG #2K-005 3-D Configuration—Concept #5
  • [0024]
    DWG #2K-006 3-D Configuration—Concept #6
  • [0025]
    DWG #2K-007 3-D Configuration—Concept #7
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Classifications
U.S. Classification401/6, 401/9
International ClassificationA45D34/04
Cooperative ClassificationA45D2200/1018, A45D2200/1081, A45D34/04
European ClassificationA45D34/04
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Mar 29, 2002ASAssignment
Owner name: UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, VIRGINIA
Free format text: CONFIRMATORY LICENSE;ASSIGNOR:MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY;REEL/FRAME:012748/0853
Effective date: 20020318