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Publication numberUS2198442 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 23, 1940
Filing dateJan 13, 1938
Priority dateJan 13, 1938
Publication numberUS 2198442 A, US 2198442A, US-A-2198442, US2198442 A, US2198442A
InventorsOster John
Original AssigneeOster John Mfg Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cushion pad for hand vibrators
US 2198442 A
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April 23, 1940. QsTER 2,198,442

CUSHION PAD FOR HANDVIBRATORS Filed Jan. 15, 1938 Patented Apr. 23, 1940 UNiTED STATES PATENT OFFICE John Oster, Racine, Wis.,

assignor to John Oster Manufacturing Company, Racine, Wis., a corporation of Wisconsin Application January 13, 1938, Serial No. 184,804

7 Claims.

This invention relates to vibrators of the type adapted to be attached to the back of the hand for massaging purposes.

Broadly, such vibrators comprise a base which is adapted to be strapped to the back of the hand and mechanism carried thereby for producing the desired vibration; and as the base is made of metal, it is obviously desirable to provide some form of cushion to protect the operators hand. This cushion generally consists of a pad of sponge rubber or the like.

Heretofore it was customary to secure the cushion pad to the bottom of the base by means of rivets or staples passed through the base and clinched over on the underside of the pad, the pad being countersunk so that the rivets or staples would not project from the surface of the pad.

However, in use the compression of the pad and the normal wear to which it is subjected, brought these ends of the rivets or other securing means close to the operators hand so that they would scratch or rub the back of the hand during operation of the vibrator. This was obviously undesirable because of the possibility of infection.

Another disadvantage of past expedients for securing the cushion pad to the baseresides in the inability to readily remove the same, which meant that the pad was seldom if ever cleaned or sterilized.

With these and other objections to past and existing means for cushioning the attachment of hand vibrators of the character described, this invention has as one of its objects to provide an improved manner of securing the cushion pad to the base of a vibrator which is so designed that the attaching means at no time can contact the hand of the operator.

More specifically it is an object of this invention to improve the attachment of a cushion pad to the base of a vibrator by embedding the attaching means in the pad in such a manner that the undersurface thereof which contacts the hand of the operator is unbroken and entirely free from metal parts which might come in contact with the operators hand.

Another object of this invention is to provide means for quickly detachably securing a cushion pad to the base of a vibrator so that removal of the pad is a simple matter thereby assuring greater cleanliness.

With a view toward increased cleanliness, it is a further object of this invention to provide a cushion pad which, while formed of sponge rubber, has all of its external surfaces including its edges substantially imperforate.

With the above and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds, this invention resides in the novel construction, 5 combination and arrangement of parts substantially as hereinafter described, and more particularly defined by the appended claims, it being understood that such changes in the precise embodiment of the herein disclosed invention may be made as come within the scope of the claims.

The accompanying drawing illustrates one complete example of the physical embodiment of the invention constructed in accordance with the best mode so far devised for the practical application of the principles thereof, and in which:

Figure 1 is a side elevational view of a vibrator showing the application of this invention thereto and with parts broken away and in section to illustrate structural details;

Figure 2 is a view looking down on the base but with part of the base broken away to show the contour of the cushion pad, said view being taken substantially on the plane of the line 2-2 in Figure 1; and

Figure 3 is a detail sectional view taken through Figure 2 on the plane of the line 33.

Referring now particularly to the accompanying drawing in which like numerals designate like parts the numeral 5 designates a base, from the opposite ends of which bearing pedestals ii and 7 project upwardly. Supported between these bearing pedestals is a vibrator'mechanism comprising an electric motor 8 resiliently mounted from the pedestal l as at 9 and supported from the pedestal bearing 6 by means of an eccentric bearing (not shown) enclosed within a guard housing l0.

Inasmuch as the specific constructionof the vibrator mechanism forms no part of this invention, it has not been shown in detail. For such information reference may be had to the copending application of John Oster, Serial No. 178,945, filed December 9, 1937.

The entire unit is arranged to be strapped to the back of the operators hand by means of two straps or hands H and I2. The ends of these straps or hands are anchored to the side walls of the base and the latter is large enough to pass around the operators hand directly forwardly of the thumb while the former is smaller and is designed to fit over the two middle fingers directly behind the second knuckles.

To protect the back of the operators hand, a cushion pad [3 is provided. This pad is preferably formed of sponge rubber or similar material and has a shape conforming to the shape of the base 5. It is preferably molded and all its surfaces including the edges are imperforate to preclude the entrance of dirt and foreign matter into the internal structure of the pad.

lhe means for holding the pad to the bottom of the base comprises four buttons [4 anchored to the pad arranged in front and rear sets of two each and engaging in keyhole slots l5 in the base. Each button consists of an outer head IS, a stem or shank I! and a flat enlarged inner head H3. The shank I? and the enlarged head l8 are embedded in the pad with the head l6, which is of such size as to pass through the large end of the key-hole slot, exposed at the upper surface of the pad as clearly shown in Figure 3.

The small ends of the front set of keyhole slots point toward the front of the base, while the small ends of the rear set of keyhole slots point toward the rear of the base, and as the distance between the front and rear sets of buttons corresponds to the distance between the small ends of the keyhole slots of the front and rear sets, the resiliency or elasticity of the pad holds the buttons properly engaged with the keyhole slots. Also, inasmuch as the normal position of the buttons (when the pad is not in position) is such that the heads l6 engage the top surface of the pad, it follows that the interposition of the thickness of the base between the undersurface of the buttons and the top face of the pad compresses the adjacent portion of the pad. The pad is thus firmly held against any motion whatsoever with respect to the base, but at the same time is readily detachable to permit the same to be cleaned and sterilized.

In removing the pad from the base, either the front or the rear set of buttons is first disengaged from its respective beyhole slots and then by flexing the pad to substantially the position shown in dotted lines in Figure 1 the other set of buttons may be disengaged from its respective keyhole slots; and, as is evident, the application of the pad is equally as facile.

It is also to be observed that the tendency of the embedded head it to work through the pad toward the operators hand upon compression thereof when in use is eliminated due to the increased resistance encountered by the large area of the head in contacting the sponge rubber. Moreover, forming the sponge rubber with imperforate exterior surfaces prevents free expulsion of air from its porous interior and thus precludes excessive compression of the pad. This 'increases the cushioning characteristics of the pad and further guards against having the embedded portion of the attaching buttons forced to the surface of the pad.

From the foregoing description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, it will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art that this invention greatly improves the manner of attaching a cushion pad to the base of a vibrator and that with this construction, there is no possibility whatever of having metal parts contact the back of the operators hand; and that the facility with which the pad is removed and attached insures cleanliness.

What I claim as my invention is:

1. In a device of the character described: a base; a cushion pad underlying the base; and buttons for attaching the pad to the base comprising, stems having enlarged flat headed portions embedded in the pad so that no part thereof is exposed on the exterior of the pad and having headed ends projected from the face of the pad adjacent to the base; and means on the base engageable with said adjacent headed ends of the buttons.

2. In a device of the character described: a base; a cushion pad underlying the base; and buttons for attaching the pad to the base comprising, stems having enlarged flat headed portions embedded in the pad so that no part thereof is exposed on the exterior of the pad and having headed ends projected from the face of the pad adjacent to the base; and said base having keyhole slots engageable with the adjacent headed ends of the buttons.

3. In a vibrator of the type adapted to be attached to the back of an operators hand: a cushion pad to protect the back of the operators hand; means for readily removably attaching the cushion pad to the vibrator comprising, attaching devices having flat enlarged heads embedded in the pad with no part thereof exposed on the undersurface of the pad and with parts thereof projecting from the opposite surface of the pad; and means carried by the vibrator adapted for inter-engagement with said projecting parts of the attaching means upon longitudinal motion of the pad with respect to the vibrator.

4. In a machine adapted to be attached to the back of an operators hand: a base; a cushion pad of elastic material covering the bottom of the base to protect the back of the operators hand; and means for attaching the pad to the base of the machine comprising, a plurality of button members carried by the pad with headed ends projecting above the upper surface of the pad but with no portion thereof exposed at the opposite surface of the pad so that said opposite surface of the pad which engages the back of the operators hand is unbroken and free from metal parts which might contact the hand; enlarged flat heads on the button members embedded in the pad for securely anchoring the button members thereto; and said base having keyhole slots with which the projecting headed ends of the button members are engageable, said keyhole slots being so disposed with respect to the location of the button members that the elasticity of the pad maintains the button members in operative engagement with the keyhole slots.

5. In combination: a base; a cushion pad of elastic material for the base; and means for attaching the pad to the base comprising, a plurality of button members carried by the pad with headed ends projecting above the adjacent surface of the pad but with no portion thereof exposed at the opposite surface of the pad so that said opposite surface of the pad is unbroken and free from metal parts; anchoring means on the button members embedded in the pad for securing the button members thereto, said anchoring means having flat surfaces of substantial area spaced from and substantially parallel with said unbroken surface of the pad to guard against the button members working through said unbroken surface of the pad, and means on the base engageable with said headed ends of the button members.

6. In a device having a base: spaced attaching means on the base; a cushion pad of resilient material, the inherent resiliency of which tends to keep the same in a predetermined relaxed shape at all times; and attaching elements embedded in the pad and projecting only from one surface thereof and adapted tocoact with-the attaching resilient material to protect the back of the operators hand; pad attaching means on the vibrator; and cooperating attaching means on the pad readily detachably held in operative engagement with the vibrator carried attaching means by the inherent resiliency of the cushion pad tending to maintain the pad in a predetermined relaxed shape so that the pad may be quickly removed for cleansing and sterilizing by merely flexing the same out of its predetermined re- 1 laxed shape.

JOHN OSTER.-

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2892108 *Mar 4, 1957Jun 23, 1959William N MoxleyMassage machine motor
US3827148 *Nov 6, 1972Aug 6, 1974Diliberto JTooth extraction vibrator
US6267736Aug 19, 1997Jul 31, 2001Wahl Clipper CorporationArticulated multi-directional hand-held massage apparatus
US20130218058 *Oct 24, 2011Aug 22, 2013Bosco System Lab S.P.A.Apparatus for transmitting localised vibrations, in particular to muscles of a user
Classifications
U.S. Classification601/74
International ClassificationA61H23/02
Cooperative ClassificationA61H2201/0165, A61H23/0254, A61H2201/1638
European ClassificationA61H23/02R