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Publication numberUS3096758 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 9, 1963
Filing dateJun 28, 1962
Priority dateJun 28, 1962
Publication numberUS 3096758 A, US 3096758A, US-A-3096758, US3096758 A, US3096758A
InventorsFrederick T Savage
Original AssigneeFrederick T Savage
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Vibrator
US 3096758 A
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July 9, 1963 F. T. SAVAGE 5 VIBRATOR Filed June 28, 1962 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 1 ""4, z t 9 I I, I l' Pilot Off-On Frequency Light Gain INVENTOR Frederick TSovoge ATTORNEYS F. T. SAVAGE July 9, 1963 VIBRATOR 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed June 28, 1962 wwsi "55 368 mmEjmsE 50.50 fi h llllllillllllllllllil.[I'll INVENTOR Frederick 1. Savage M, M w 3 ATTORN EYS United States Patent 6 3,096,758 VIBRATOR Frederick T. Savage, 704 Victoria Ave., Venice, Calif. Filed June 28, 1962, Ser. No. 205,938 2 Claims. ((11. 128-41) This invention relates to vibratory apparatus for reducing fatty tissue on the face and on other parts of the body.

It is known that fatty tissue of the human body can be reduced by subjecting the tissue to vibratory action induced by externally applied vibrating devices. A variety of vibrating devices have heretofore been developed for use in reducing facial fat and fatty tissue on other parts of the body. The vibrating mechanism of these devices ordinarily is an oscillating or eccentrically mounted rotating weight or is a make-break type of electrical vibrator. However, these devices are inherently unsatisfactory because they are designed to vibrate or oscillate at only one frequency, and control of the degree or amplitude of the oscillation is ordinarily not possible. That is to say, deep lying fatty tissue responds to vibrations of lower frequencies and higher amplitude whereas thinner surface fat responds to higher frequencies and shallower strokes, and as a result the vibrating devices heretofore known lack the versatility necessary to reduce fatty tissue of all the various types encountered.

I have now devised a new and versatile vibratory apparatus for reducing fatty tissue of the body, my new apparatus having oscillating drive elements the frequency and amplitude of the oscillation of which may be controlled by the user of the device in order to be able to reduce the various types of fatty tissues that might be encountered. My new apparatus for reducing fatty tissues utilizes at least one moving coil vibrator, each vibrator having magnetic means for establishing a stationary magnetic field and a moving coil drive element mounted for to-and-fro movement in and at right angles to the magnetic field. The moving coil vibrators are adjustably mounted on a support structure with the longitudinal axes of the moving coil drive elements disposed at an angle to each other, the adjacent outer ends of the drive elements being provided with drive heads adapted to transmit vibrations to fatty tissue contacted thereby. Power means adapted to generate an oscillating electric current is electrically connected to the moving coil drive element of each moving coil vibrator, and means for varying the frequency and means for controlling the amplitude of the oscillating current energizing the moving coil element are also provided.

My new vibratory apparatus for reducing fatty tissue will be better understood from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing of which FIG. 1 is a front elevation of an advantageous embodiment of my new vibratory apparatus,

FIG. 2 is a sectional view of one of the moving coil vibrators of the apparatus, and

FIG. 3 is a schematic view of a variable frequency oscillator adapted for use with my apparatus.

The advantageous embodiment of my new vibratory apparatus shown in FIG. 1 comprises a pair of moving coil vibrators each of which is mounted on a bracket 11 secured to a pedestal-type supporting structure 12 which, in turn, can be set in a floor-type or chair-type pipe stand mount. The moving coil vibrators 10 are disposed with their longitudinal axes at an angle to each other, and thumb screws 13 extending through longitudinal slots formed in the brackets 11 provide for horizontal and vertical adjustment of the relative positions of the two vibrators 10 as indicated by the arrows in FIG. 1. Adjustment of the angular relationship of the moving coil vibrators is also advantageously provided for. The

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moving coil vibrators 10 are connected by cable 17 to a variable frequency oscillator power source 18. The variable frequency oscillator 18, which is connected by cable 19 to a source of alternating electric current (e.g., household current) comprises essentially means for generating an oscillating electric cur-rent the frequency of which can be varied at will and means for amplifying and controlling the amplitude of the variable frequency oscillating current. The external controls of a typical variable oscillator 18 suitable for use in my apparatus include a pilot light 21, a combined on-oif switch and amplitude control knob 22, and a frequency control knob 23.

A moving coil vibrator suitable for use in my new apparatus is shown in FIG. 2. The vibrator 10 comprises a housing 30 in which is mounted magnetic means, for example, a permanent magnet 31, adapted to establish a stationary magnetic field within the housing 30. A moving coil drive element 32 is mounted for to-and-fro movement at right angles to the aforesaid magnetic field by means of flexible diaphragms 33 and 34. The helically wound coil 35 of the moving coil drive element 32 is positioned in the stationary magnetic field of the magnetic means 31 so that the magnetic field created by an electric current flowing through the coil 35 is at right angles to the stationary magnetic field of the magnetic means. As a consequence, when an alternating or oscillating electric current is caused to flow through the coil 35, the magnetic field generated thereby will cause the coil and the drive element 32 to move to-and-fro at right angles to the stationary magnetic field, the direction of the to-and-fro movement of the drive element 32 reversing as the direction of flow of current through the coil 35 is reversed. The outer end of the drive element 32 is provided with a drive head 36 adapted to transmit the to-and-fro vibrations or oscillations of the drive element 32 to fatty tissue contacted by the drive head. The drive head 36 may be an exposed piece of flat metal or plastic as shown in the drawing or it may be provided with a resilient cover of leather or rubber or with an adsorbent cloth cover as desired.

The variable frequency oscillator power source 18 may be of any suitable design which will generate an oscillating current the frequency of which can be varied from about 10 to 500 cycles per second and the output of which can be varied from about 0 to 14 or more watts. The circuitry of a typical variable frequency oscillator useful in my apparatus is shown schematically in FIG. 3 of the drawing. The circuit elements of the variable frequency oscillator shown in FIG. 3 are a conventional power supply circuit comprising a transformer 40 and a rectifier tube 41, a conventional variable frequency oscillator circuit comprising a gas-filled thyratron tube 42 with control grid and associated circuitry, a conventional amplifier circuit comprising tube 43 with control grid and associated circuitry, a conventional phase splitter circuit comprising tube 44, and a conventional push-pull output circuit comprising a pair of tubes 45. The frequency of the oscillating current generated by the oscillator 18 is controlled by the variable potentiometer 46 connected to the grid of tube 42 and the amplitude of the oscillating current is controlled by the variable potentiometer 47 connected to the grid of tube 43, both potentiometers being of conventional design. Other circuits adapted to accomplish the same results may be substituted for any or all of the circuits shown in FIG. 3 without departure from my invention.

My new apparatus is used in the following manner:

The relative horizontal and vertical spacing of the two moving coil vibrators 10' is adjusted by means of the thumb screws 13 to accommodate the part of the body (e.g. the fatty tissue on the neck near the chin) to be treated. The amplitude control knob 22 and the frequency control knob 23 are then adjusted to give the desired frequency and amplitude of oscillating current energizing the moving coil drive elements of the apparatus. The part of the body being treated is then placed against the drive heads 36 of the moving coil vibrators which impart to the fatty tissue being contacted thereby the vibrations or oscillations of the moving coil vibrators 10. As hereinbefore noted, deep lying fatty tissue is reduced most rapidly by vibrations or oscillations or lower frequency and higher amplitude whereas surface fatty tissue is reduced most rapidly by higher frequency vibrations of smaller amplitude. The frequency and amplitude control features of my apparatus make it possible to treat all of the various types of fatty tissue that may be encountered, and hence my appartus is of far greater versatility and usefulness than any vibratory device heretofore used for reducing fatty tissue.

In modification of my new vibratory apparatus, three or more moving coil vibrators are adjustably mounted on the supporting structure 12 to provide for simultaneous reduction of fatty tissue at three or more body areas contacted by the vibrator drive heads. At other times it may be desirable to use only one vibrator 10, and this vibrator can be dismounted from the structure 12 for handheld use, if desired. Other modifications can be made in myapparatus as will be apparent to those skilled in the art, without departing from my invention.

From the foregoing discussion of my new vibratory apparatus it will be seen that I have made an important contribution to the art to which it relates.

I claim:

1. Apparatus for reducing fatty tissue which comprises at least two moving coil vibrators, each vibrator having magnetic means for establishing a stationary magnetic field and a moving coil drive element mounted for to-. and-fro movement in and at right angles to said magnet field, a support structure for said moving coil vibrators, said moving coil vibrators being adjustably mountedon the support structure with the longitudinal axes of the moving coil drive elements disposed at an angle to each other, the adjacent outer ends of the drive elements being provided with drive heads adapted to transmit vibrations to fatty tissue contacted thereby, power means adapted to generate an oscillating electric current electrically connected to the moving coil drive element of each moving coil vibrator, means for varying the frequency of the oscillating current, and means for controlling the amplitude of the oscillating current energizing the moving coil elements of the vibrators.

2. Apparatus for reducing fatty tissue which comprises a pair of moving coil vibrators, each vibrator having permanent magnet means for establishing a stationary magnetic field and a moving coil drive element mounted for to-and-fro movement in and at right angles to said magnetic field, a support structure for said moving coil vibrators, said moving coil vibrators being adjustably mounted on the support structure with the longitudinal axes of the moving coil drive elements disposed at an angle to each other, the adjacent outer ends of the drive elements being provided with drive heads adapted to transmit vibrations to fatty tissue contacted thereby, each of said moving coil drive elements having a helically wound coil disposed in the stationary magnetic field of the permanent magnet associated therewith, power means adapted to generate an oscillating electric current electrically connected to the helically wound coil of the moving coil drive element of each moving coil vibrator, means for varying the frequency of the oscillating current, and means for controlling the amplitude of the oscillating current energizing the helically Wound coils of the moving coil drive elements of the vibrators.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification601/61, D24/215, 164/DIG.500
International ClassificationA61H23/02
Cooperative ClassificationA61H23/0218, A61H2023/0209, Y10S164/05
European ClassificationA61H23/02F