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Publication numberUS2527656 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 31, 1950
Filing dateApr 10, 1947
Priority dateApr 10, 1947
Publication numberUS 2527656 A, US 2527656A, US-A-2527656, US2527656 A, US2527656A
InventorsReinsdorf Murray A
Original AssigneeReinsdorf Murray A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combination headrest and earphones
US 2527656 A
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Filed April 10, 1947 2 Sheets- Sheet 1 Oct. 31, 1950 ms o 2,527,656

COMBINATION I-IEIADRES'l AND EARPHONES Jag/G I Filed April 10, 1947 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Oct. 31, 1950 M. A. REINSDORF 2,527,656

COMBINATION HEADREST AND EARPHONES HTTOKNE'Y.

Patented Oct. 31, 1950 2,527,656 COMBINATJION HEADREST AND EARPHONES Murray 'A. Reinsdorf, Great Neck, N. Y. V. Application April 10, 1947,-Serial No. 740,627

6 Claims. (01. 1794-146) This invention relates to combination head rest and ear phones and may be used for dentists or 'barbers chairs or in hair dressing establishments. Its purposes is to enable a person sitting in the chair and having his head on a headrest, to listen to music and also to keep out street noises.

An object of this invention is to provide a device of the character described comprising pivoted head engaging members, and ear phones attached thereto so as to swing therewith.

Another object of this invention is to provide a device of the character described so arranged Another object of this invention is toprovide a strong, compact and" durable construction of the character described which shall be relatively inexpensive to manufacture, which shall be sure and positive in operation, which may be incorporated into dentists or barbers chairs now in use, and which shall be highly efficient, comfortable and practical in use.

Other objects of this invention will in part be obvious and part hereinafter pointed out Fig. 1 is a top view of combination head rest and ear phones, embodying theinvention;

Fig. 2 is a front elevation'alvi ew of the device embodying the invention;

Fig. 3 is a side elevational View thereof:

Fig. 4 is a top plan view of a portion of the device and Fig. 5 is view similar to Fig. 4 but with parts in cross-section.

Referring now in detail to the drawing, l0 designates a device embodying the invention. The same comprises a bracket ll having an arm l2 formed with a ball l3 which is clamped in a ball socket M on the back of a chair such as a dentists chair, barber chair, hair dressers chair or the like article of furniture. I

Extending from arm !2 is a bifurcated curved portion I6 extending to opposite sides of arm l2. Portion l3 terminates in a pair of spaced parallel ears llformed with aligned bearing openings l8.

Pivoted on ears ll, in the manner hereinafter appearing, is a headrest bracket 23. Bracket comprises a curved portion 2! concentric with portion [5 of bracket H. ends of portion 2| are parallel ears 22 located inside of ears I1, and formed with aligned screw threaded openings 23 registering with openings Extending from the Extending from said curved portion 2! and located inwardly'of ears 22 are similar, sym

metrically disposed lugs 24, inclined inwardly and lying in the plane of ears 22. formed with through openings 25 perpendicular to openings 23 and parallel to each other. On said curved portion 2! and inside of lugs 24 are projections 26 parallel to said lugs for the purpose hereinafter appearing. Openings 23 are substantially in the plane of openings 25, as shown in the drawing.

Screwed into openings 23 are screws 28 having heads 29 projecting outwardly. Heads 29 are circular and may be provided with slots 30 for engagement with a screw driver. Heads 29 are journalled in openings l8 of bracket ll so that bracket 20 may swing about the axis of openings 28, I8. Pivoted to each lug 24 is ahead rest member 33-. Each head rest member comprises an annular member 34 formed with a socket 35 on its underside into which a lug 24 projects.- Extending through each lug is a pivot pin 36 which engages in suitable openings 31 in member 34. Member 34 is formed at its upper end with an annular outwardly extending rim flange 38. Fitted onto said flange is a cup shaped head engaging member 46. Member 46 may be made of rubber or the like soft, compressible, elastic material. It has a concave surface 4| and also has an annular flange 42 engaging around the flange 38 of member 34.

Attached to the underside of member 34 is a pin or projection 43 aligned with pin or projection 26. Interposed between each headrest member 33 and curved portion 2| of bracket 26 is a coil compression spring 45 the ends whereof receive projections or pins 26, 43. Springs 45 thus tend to swing headrest members 33 in opposite directions to bring the head engaging surfaces thereof toward a common plane.

Fixed to each of said members 34 is an ear phone 56. To this end each member 34 is formed at the outer side thereof, with a screw threaded opening 5|, perpendicular to pin 36. Screwed into each opening is one end of a rod 53. Rods 53 are in a plane passing through openings I8, 23 and perpendicular to pins 36. Each rod 53 has a curved arm 54. Fixed to each arm 54 is a semi-circular bracket 55 formed with aligned, diametrically opposed openings 56 through which extends pivot pins 51.

Mounted on pins 51 is an ear phone 50, which may swing about the axis of said pins.

The ear phone may be wired to radio or telephone or phonograph equipment to receive music Said lugs 24 are 3 or other recorded or broadcast or telephoned sound.

It will be observed that when a head is not bearing against the head rests 33, they as well as the earphones 50 are swung outwardly to the position shown in Fig. 1 of the drawing, by the springs 45. When a person sitting in the chair however, leans back and his head bears on the inner ends of the head rests, said rest will swing inwardly against the :pressure of springs 45 and the earphones will automatically swing against the persons ears so that he may receive music or other sound therethrough. At the same time street noises are shut out.

It will thus be seen that there is provided a device in which the several objects of this invention are achieved, and which is well adapted to meet the conditions of practical use.

As various possible embodiments might be made of the above invention, and as various changes might be made in the embodiment above set forth or shown in the accompanying drawing it is to be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.

Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent:

1. In combination a head rest including a pair of head engaging members hinged on parallel axes, spring means to normally swing said members outwardly, said members being arranged so that a person's head bearing thereon will swing said members inwardly against the pressure of said spring means, and independent earphones attached to said head rest members and adapted to swing therewith against the ear of the person whose head bears on said members.

2. In combination, a bracket having parallel ears having aligned openings, an inner bracket, means to mount said inner bracket between said ears about the axis of said openings, a pair of head rest members pivoted to said inner bracket about parallel axis perpendicular to the axis of said openings, and independent earphones attached to said head rests for movement toward and. away from each other upon pivoted movement of said head rest members.

3. In combination, a bracket having parallel ears having aligned openings, an inner bracket,

means to mount said inner bracket between said ears about the axis of said openings, a pair of head rest members pivoted to said inner bracket about parallel axis perpendicular to the axis of said openings, and independent earphones attached to said head rests for movement toward and away from each other upon pivoted movement of said head rest members and spring means to swing said head rest members about their axes.

4. In combination, a bracket, an inner bracket pivoted thereto about an axis, a pair of head rest members pivoted to said inner bracket about a pair of parallel axes, earphone supports attached to said members extending forwardly from the outer sides of said head rest members, and earphones mounted on said supports for swinging movement about axes parallel to the axes of pivotal movement of said members.

5. In combination, a bracket, a pair of head rests pivotally mounted thereon, an arm connected to the outer side of each head rest and extending outwardly and forwardly therefrom. and an earphone mounted on the forward outer end of each arm, whereby the ear phones and head rests will move simultaneously.

'6. In combination, a bracket, a pair of head rests pivotally mounted thereon, an arm connected to the outer side of each head rest and extendin outwardly and forwardly therefrom, an ear phone mounted on the forward outer end of each arm, whereby the ear phones and head rests will move simultaneously, and spring means interposed between the bracket and the head rests for normally urging the head rests outwardly and maintaining the ear phones in an inoperative position.

MURRAY A. REINSDORF.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 838,299 Browne Dec. 11, 1906 1,979,183 Williams Qct. 30, 1934 2,148,347 Gray Feb. 21, 1939

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Classifications
U.S. Classification381/388, 381/370, D14/205, 381/73.1, 297/217.4
International ClassificationA61G15/12, A61G15/00, A47C1/00, A47C1/10, H04R1/10
Cooperative ClassificationA61G15/125, H04R5/0335, A47C1/10, H04R1/1066, H04R1/1008
European ClassificationA47C1/10, A61G15/12B, H04R5/033H, H04R1/10M2