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Sept. 2, 1969 s. KALLUS 3,464,405
VIBRATOR-MASSAGE DEVICE Filed March 7, 1966 F/G. I
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SA MUEL KALLUS United States Patent 3,464,405 VIBRATOR-MASSAGE DEVICE Samuel Kallus, 3544 75th St., Jackson Heights, N.Y. 11372 Filed Mar. 7, 1966, Ser. No. 532,225 Int. Cl. A61h l/00, 7/00, 23/00 US Cl. 128-33 4 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE My invention is directed toward a vibration-massage device.
It is an object of my invention to provide a new and improved electrically operated vibrator for producing vibrations used in producing a massaging action.
Another object is to provide a new and improved electrically powered vibrator which when imbedded in a structure of foam rubber produces vibrations therein which are distributed uniformly throughout the structure whereby an enhanced massaging action is produced on any user resting on or in the structure.
Still another object is to provide a new and improved vibrator of the character indicated which is readily portable, can be carried in one hand, and can be powered from a small dry cell.
All of the foregoing and still further objects and advantages of my invention will now be explained with reference both to this specification and to the accompanying drawings wherein:
FIG. 1 is a cut away side view of one embodiment of my vibrator;
FIG. 2 is a cut away side View of a power pack adapted for cooperative use with the vibrator of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a cut away view of a cushion containing my vibrator mounted therein;
FIG. 4 is a perspective partially cut away view of a chair in which the vibrator of FIG. 1 is mounted;
FIG. 5 is a plan view partially cut away of a mattress in which my vibrator is mounted; and
FIG. 6 is a side view partially cut away of a hassock in which my vibrator is mounted.
Referring now to FIGS. 1 and 2, there is shown a first hollow cylinder 10 having removable end caps 12 and 14 threadedly engaging opposite ends thereof. An electric motor 16 is disposed in said cylinder intermediate the ends thereof and has a drive shaft 18 extending from the main housing of the motor toward cap 12 and aligned with the axis of the cylinder. Motor 16 has first and second spaced apart terminals 20 connected to corresponding conductors 22 in cable 24, cable 24 extending from the terminals rearward through an orifice in rubber 3,464,405 Patented Sept. 2, 1969 seal 26 mounted in a central hole in cap 14 and terminating in a jack 28.
Jack 28 can be detachably engaged electrically into female socket 30 extending inwardly through a sealed end 32 9f a second hollow metal cylinder 34 having at its other end a removable end cap 36. A dry cell 38 in cylinder 34 is urged into electrical contact with socket 30 by spring 40 disposed between cap 36 and cell 38.
A flexible metal wand or finger 42 extends perpendicularly outward from cap 12. Shaft 18 has secured to its free end a weight 44, this weight having a center of gravity spaced away from the center of the shaft; a weight 44 is eccentrically mounted thereon.
When the motor is electrically connected to the dry cell; the shaft rotates and, by virtue of the eccentric weight, vibrations are produced which produce corresponding vibrations in Wand 42.
When the wand or similar vibrating structure is placed in contact with the face or other portion of the body, a pleasant massage ensues. Similarly, this wand can be held in water to agitate same whereby water therapy massage can ensue. If desired, an additional wand can be secured to cap 14 and the electrical connections can be offset therefrom.
I have further discovered that when the unit or arrangement of FIGS. 1 and 2 is embedded in foam rubber, the vibrations are transmitted and even amplified uniformly therein whereby the entire outer surface of the rubber vibrates and when a persons body is in contact with this surface a massage action occurs.
Thus when the unit is embedded in a cushion 50 (FIG. 3) or a chair 60 (FIG. 4) or a mattress (FIG. 5) or a hassock (FIG. 6) the massage action occurs. In FIG. 5, a mesh wire screen 42' is used to transmit the vibrations in a more uniform manner through the entire mattress.
. I do not know why foam rubber acts as a vibration amplifier rather than a dampener, but the amplification is immediately apparent to a user.
Note that as shown in FIG. 6, cylinder 10 can have a female socket connected to the motor and the battery pack can have a cable and jack substituted for the socket, the plug in action being the same as in FIGS. 1 and 2. Further any suitable alternating or direct voltage source can be substituted for the dry cell.
While I have described my invention with particular reference to the drawings, my protection is to be limited only by the terms of the claims which follow.
Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent:
1. A vibrator massage device comprising a hollow cylinder having oppositely disposed end caps, a wand secured to one of said caps and extending out-ward and perpendicular therefrom, a two terminal motor disposed in said cylinder and having a shaft pointing toward but spaced away from said one cap, said shaft being aligned with the axis of the cylinder, a weight eccentrically connected to the free end of said shaft and spaced away from the inner wall and end cap of said cylinder, first electrically conductive means connected to said motor terminals and extending at least to the other cap, second electrically conductive means adapted to connect said first means to an electrical power source whereby said motor operates and produces vibrations transmitted to said wand, and a foam rubber body in which said cylinder and contents and wand are embedded whereby said vibrations are uniformly disposed and amplified in said body.
2. A device as set forth in claim 1 further including said source.
3. A device as set forth in claim 2 wherein said source includes a dry cell.
4. A device as set forth in claim 3 wherein one of said means includes a jack and the other of said means includes a female socket.
4 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,187,077 1/ 1940 Erickson. 2,307,554 1/ 1943 Wettlaufer 128-36 2,539,712 1/ 1951 Wettlaufer 12833 2,920,618 1/1960 Oster 128-33 3,115,139 12/ 1963 Schneider.
10 L. W. TRAPP, Primary Examiner US. Cl. X.R. 128-3 6