US 20050067866 A1
A pedicure spa chair having an entertainment center built into the pedicure spa chair which comprises modification of the pedicure spa chair arm and a media holder, having a tray with three upstanding sides, and a hollow arm mounted at its first end thereto, in communication with a cavity formed between an upper plate and a spaced lower plate of the media holder. The media holder arm is mounted at its second end to an opening in the side of a pedicure chair arm, which chair arm has a main section and an arm cap. A power cord is fed from a source for alternating current through an opening in the side of the pedicure chair arm up the arm to a cavity of the tray for exit through an access point in one of the tray sides for a connection to an entertainment device. An audio cable with a female jack mounted on the surface of one edge of the arm cap, extends from the cap through an opening in the chair arm, up the hollow arm of the media holder, through a cavity in the holder to an access point in the side wall of the media tray.
1. A pedicure chair having an entertainment center incorporated thereon, said chair comprising a seat cushion, a seat back and spaced arms, one of which chair arms is hollow and has a main section, an overlaid section with an outwardly facing bore therein and a removable arm cap, which arm cap has a generally rectangular configuration with five sides and one open side which fits over the pedicure chair arm, covering said outwardly facing bore, and overlaying said overlaid section of said chair arm,
said arm cap having a female audio jack mounted on one surface thereof, attached to an audio cable, which audio cable extends therefrom through said outwardly facing bore, up into a media holder, to an access point,
and a power cable attachable to a source of power extending up though said hollow arm of said media holder to a second access point.
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5. A pedicure chair having a built-in entertainment section comprising a seat cushion, a seat back, and spaced chair arms, at least one of which has a main section and an upper overlaid section, said overlaid section having an inwardly facing bore, an outwardly facing bore and a top bore,
and a media holder in communication with said outwardly facing bore, comprising a hollow arm connected to a media tray, said holder communicating with said tray for the passage of wiring through said hollow arm from said chair arm to at lest one access point in said media tray.
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11. A pedicure spa chair with an entertainment center built in which chair comprises: a seat cushion, a set back and spaced arms, at least one of which arms has a main section and an upper overlaid scion and a removable arm cap for said overlaid section, which arm cap has a female audio jack mounted thereon for the receipt of a male headphone jack of a pair of headphones,
and a media holder in communication with the overlaid section of said chair arm for the passage of an audio cable from said female audio jack to and through said holder, to an access point for connection to a personal electronic device.
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This application relates to an audio-video entertainment center built into a pedicure spa chair.
Today, a modern woman, and modern man as well, seek certain health and beauty treatments that were not available in earlier decades. One such treatment is a pedicure, which is often accompanied by a manicure and massage. The pedicure chairs made by applicant's assignee allow the customer to have a manicure while seated. The chairs of applicant's assignee also include a massage function built into the back of the chair, but these treatments may take an hour or more. Women and men want a means of passing the time other than idle chatter with a salon technician. Many of the customers have personal digital assistants and want to do work, while others may want to be entertained by using CD/DVD players, and personal game machines. Most of the salon visitors would like to be entertained, while having a pedicure. This invention meets that desire.
The invention accordingly comprises a device possessing the features properties and the relation of components which are exemplified in the following detailed disclosure and the scope of the application of which will be indicated in the appended claims.
For a fuller understanding of the nature and objects of the invention reference should be made to the following detailed description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
An entertainment center for the receipt of a CD player, DVD player, personal game machine, or even a portable radio, to be used by a patron utilizing a pedicure spa chair is presented. A media holder comprising a media tray mounted on a hollow arm is attached to the side of a pedicure below a removable arm cap. Audio wiring is connected from a female jack disposed on the back of the arm cap, through the hollow media holder arm to a convenient location on the media tray to permit connection between the electronic apparatus and a pair of earphones. A power cord is fed from the rear of the chair, where it is connected to a source of AC power, up beneath the back of the seat, through an unseen bore on the side of the chair arm, up the media holder arm, through the tray to permit an access point in a slot such that electronic apparatus need not run n batteries. A set of conventional earphones is mounted on a hook on the side of the chair arm and attaches to the female jack in the arm cap by a plug.
A hollow arm 25 threadedly engages a lower annular mount 26 which is attached to the chair side 11 by screws 27. The hollow arm 25 attaches at its upper end, as per
The earphones 50 have a cable 52 that ends with a terminal 58 which may include a thumb wheel volume control, not shown. A compatible tip, 59 seen here such as mini plug inserts to engage the earphones 50 to the female jack 39 shown in
The discussion now moves to
The rear wall 22 is seen to be arcuately folded over to form a rear cavity 32 which communicates with lower cavity 31 between the two plates 24 and 30. These two cavities communicate, as is seen in
This figure shows the path of the power cord 60 after it exits arm 25 at its junction with the tray at bottom wall 24. The interior the arm 25 communicates with cavity 31. Cord 60 is shown in dashed lines entering cavity 32 of the rear section 22 and, as shown is directed rightwardly through cavity 32 into the channel 23C, of proximal side 23 and then out of slot 28B of the right side end to media tray. Note particularly how the two slots 28A and 28B are elongated and in communication with the channels 21C and 23C respectively.
As an alternative if channels 21C and 23C are not present, that is, the sides 21 and 23 are formed without the channels 21C and 23C using solid material as by casting, then the power cable would negotiate a path shown in the line of (+) signs, in a rightward direction within cavity 31 to the point of egress at slot 28B Reference is made to
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The discussion now moves to
A segment of the power cord 60 is seen tucked into the crevice between the seat cushion 17 and chair arm main section 13. This has been pulled up for viewing, but would normally be tucked down into the crevice. Arm 25 of the media holder 19 and top plate 24 are also visible in this view.
While the set of headphones is shown mounted on the left seat arm and the media holder is also positioned on the left seat arm, if the right seat arm is made in like fashion, a mirror image media holder with the arm tube 25 bent in reverse locations, can be utilized. While the two bores in the arm are shown one on the side, and one on top, other bore locations in the arm are within the scope of the invention.
It is also within the scope of the invention to incorporate a call button 63 into the media tray to serve as a signal for an attendant not present when needed. This call button would be wired in conventional fashion to a powered buzzer or bell, by passage of the wiring through the cavity 31, down the hollow arm 25 to a bell or buzzer mounted on the pedicure chair and a power source.
While the female jack for the audio cable is shown on the rear surface of the arm cap 18, it could as easily be placed on the outside surface of the arm cap, where access could easily be had.
While the media holder of this invention is sized primarily for a portable DVD player, or CD player, the physical size can be easily enlarge to accommodate a sub-notebook computer, or even a full laptop computer.
Should the personal electronic device of the user run on its own self-contained batteries, only the headphones will be used to ensure the privacy of others in the area. The power cord will remain unused.
The discussion above has specifically recited such items as DVD players, personal game machines, and CD-Rom players. There are also other current and future electrically operated apparatuses that can be placed on the upper plate of the media tray and connected to a power cord. One such item is the personal digital assistant and another is the sub-notebook computer. Previously, we have shown that two power cords can be present on the media tray one reason for doing so is to have access to different voltages as may be required such as 9 v and 12 v among many.
Since certain changes may be made in the described apparatus without departing from the scope of the invention herein involved, it is intended that all matter contained in the above description and shown in the accompanying drawings shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.