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Publication numberUS3754548 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 28, 1973
Filing dateJul 3, 1972
Priority dateJul 3, 1972
Publication numberUS 3754548 A, US 3754548A, US-A-3754548, US3754548 A, US3754548A
InventorsMc Grath M
Original AssigneeMc Grath M
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Fluid dispensing vibrator
US 3754548 A
Abstract
A fluid dispensing vibrator having a hand-held housing containing a vibrator motor operatively coupled to a skin vibrating element extending out of the housing. A fluid reservoir having a plurality of dispensing ball valves is releasably mounted on said housing with the ball valves positioned adjacent said skin vibrating element so that said ball valves and skin vibrating element may simultaneously engage the user's skin.
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United States Patent 1191 McGrath Aug. 28, 1973 [5 FLUID DISPENSING VIBRATOR 2,369,881 2/1945 Bemfl et al 128/65 [76] Inventor: Marie McGrath, 100 W. 57th St., I

New York, 10012 Primary Examiner-Lawrence W. Trapp Attorney-Alex Friedman et al. [22] Filed: July 3, 1972 [21] Appl. No.: 268,324 [57] ABSTRACT A fluid dispensing vibrator having a hand-held housing 52 U.S. Cl. 128/65, 128/41 somainins a vibrator mbwr Operatively coupled to a 511 in. C1 A6lh 9/00 Skin vibrating element extending out of t s- A [58] Field or Search 128/32, 65, 41, 24.2 fluid reservoir ng a pl r lity of dispensing ball valves is releasably mounted on said housing with the 5 References Cited ball valves positioned adjacent said skin vibrating ele- UNITED STATES PATENTS ment so that said ball valves and skin vibrating element l,889,487 11/1932 Nachies 128/242 may simultaneously engage the user 8 2,26l,385 11/1941 Kaminsky et al. 128/65 9 Claims, 3 Drawing Figures PATENTEDMJB28|915 SHEET 2 [IF 2 Thisinvention relates to vibrating devices which have achieved substantial acceptance as skin .treatment and relaxing instruments. Many cosmetic .creams and lotionslhavebeen utilized-in connection with the-care and treatmentof skin and the use of vibrators for applying suchcreams and lotions has been suggested. However,

where separate means are utilized for vibrating and for applying :the cream or =lotion, it is difficult to apply just the .required amount of said cream or lot-ion, the process being both wasteful and messy. On the other hand,

.there are occasions where the vibrator should be -.utilized :by itself without the addition of additional creams or lotions ,or with no such creams or lotions. By providing a vibrator having a fluid dispensing reservoir releasably mounted thereon, the difiiculties with the prior art arrangements have been avoided.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Generally speaking, in accordance with the invention, a fluid dispensing vibrator is provided including a housing formed with handle means for manual manipulation and having a vibrator means mounted therein in proximity to an opening in said housing. A skin vibrating element is operatively coupled to said vibrating means through said opening for the vibration thereof. A fluid reservoir is provided with a plurality of dispensing ball valves for dispensing fluids therefrom. Means are provided for releasably mounting said fluid reservoir on said housing with said dispensing ball valves adjacent said skin vibrating element so-that said dispensing ball valves and said skin vibrating element simultaneously engage the user's skin.

Extension handle means is provided, means being provided for releasably securing said extension handle means to said reservoir means. The skin vibrating element is releasably coupled to the vibrating device for the substitution thereof. Switch means is provided for the selective turning on and turning off of said vibrator means. Said dispensing ball valves are disposed in an arcuated array spaced about a quadrant of the periphery of said skin vibrating element.

Accordingly, it is an object of this invention to provide a compact hand-held vibrator having provision for the selective simultaneous dispensing of fluids.

. Still other objects and advantages of the invention will in part be obvious and will in part be apparent from the specification and drawings.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Referring now to FIGS. 1-3, a cosmetic or other fluid dispensing vibrator 10 is depicted having a main hous ing 12 formed in two sections joined together by bolts 14. Main housing 12 is preferably formed of molded plastic and is formed with an elongated lateral aperture 16 therethrough defining an integral handle portion '18. Mounted within main housing 12 is a conventional vibrator motor 20 retained in position by screws 22. Vi-

brator motor 20 drives a vibrating member 24 mounted on said motor 'by means of spring 26 in a position facing opening 28 in the wall of main housing 12. A coupling rod 30 is mounted on said vibrating member and projects through opening 28. A skin vibrating element 32 is mounted on said coupling rod, said coupling rod being formed with a radial flange 34 for mating engagement with a corresponding groove 36 formed in the recess 38 in the coupling portion 40 of said skin vibrating element. Said skin vibrating element is preferably formed of a flexible plastic or rubber with an operative face 42 for engagement against the skin of a user. The skin vibrating element is removably mounted on coupling rod 30 and a plurality of such skin vibrating elements may be provided with operative faces of various configurations as desired.

Power is applied to vibrator motor 20 through power cord 44 which terminates in a conventional plug 26, said power cord extending through an opening 48in main housing 12. The motor is actuated by means of a switch element 50 mounted in main housing 12 in registration with an opening 52 in said main housing through which the switch element extends. Cable 54 The invention accordingly comprises the features of construction, combinations of elements and arrangement of parts which will be exemplified inthe constructions hereinafter set forth, and the scope of the invention will be indicated in the claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS connects switch element 50 with vibration motor 20.

Switch element 50 may be a conventional two position switch, or may have more than two positions for operation in conjunction with a speed control feature in vibrator motor 20.

Main housing 12 is formed with a recessed region 56 in the front portion thereof dimensioned to receive a separate cosmetic reservoir 58. The inner wall of said cosmetic reservoir is formed with a slot 60 which receives a projection 62 formed in the mating wall of maincasing 12. The upper surface of reservoir 58 is formed with a hook-shaped projection 64 dimensioned to extend through an opening 66 in main casing 12 for cooperative engagement with a similarly hooked fin'ger 68 of a latch button 70, said latch button projecting through an opening 72 in main housing 12 and being biased toa latch position by leaf spring 74. Said leaf spring is retained in position by switch element 50 and an internal ridge 76 formed in main housing 12 adjacent opening 66. Thus, by depressing latch buttori 70, cosmetic reservoir 58 may be released and withdrawn from recess 56.

Cosmetic reservoir 58 is formed with an opening 7 in the upper surface thereof, said opening being normal closed by a removable stopper 80. A quantity of cosmetic lotion or cream 82 is received within the reserlsured quantity of the cosmetic within the reservoir to the outer surface of the ball. An example of such a ball valve is the Owens-Illinois Rollette Fitment with ball. The three ball valves and apertures are arranged in an arcuate array about the periphery of one quadrant of skin vibrating element 32. The balls 88 are in substantial registration with the operative surface 42 of said skin vibrating elements so that the balls and the skin vibrating element engage the skin substantially simultaneously. In this manner, a measured quantity of the cosmetic lotion or cream is deposited on the skin as the vibrator is passed along the surface of the skin, said lotion or cream being massaged into the skin by the skin vibrating element.

If it is desired to operate the vibrating device without any cosmetic, itismerely necesary to remove the cosmetic reservoir. Ball valves 86 are adapted so that the cosmetic will not escape from the reservoir if the balls are not rotated.

Main casing 12 is formed with a handle socket 90 in an end thereof spaced from recess 56. An opening 92 in main casing 12 is positioned in a side wall of said socket. Cosmetic dispensing vibrator is provided with an extension handle 94 terminating in a tubular end portion 96 dimensioned for receipt within handle socket 90. The tubular end portion of said extension handle has a latch member 98 pivotably mounted therein and extending through an opening 100 in the wall thereof. Opening 100 is positioned to be in registration with opening 92 in main housing 12 when the extension handle is positioned within socket 90; Latch member 98 is biased laterally by a leaf spring 102 so as to project through openings 100 and 92 to retain the extension handle in position. The leading surface 104 of latch member 98 is inclined to cam past the entrance opening of socket 90, said latch member snapping into position when in registration with recess 98 through the action of leaf spring 102. To release the handle, it is necessary to depress latch member 98 and withdraw the handle. The extension handle permits the use of the cosmetic dispensing vibrator on portions of the users body not otherwise accessible.

The cosmetic dispensing vibrator in accordance with the invention provides a compact and efficient device for coordinately dispensing measured amounts of cosmetics and massaging said cosmetic into the user's skin by means of a vibrator. Further, the device permits'the performance of the vibration function, by itself, without any dispensing. The removably mounted reservoir can be readily cleaned wityout concern about the electrical components of the vibrator and retains the cosmetic until actually used. In addition to cosmetics other beneficial fluids may be dispensed by the vibrator in ac cordance with the invention such as medicants.

It will thus be seen that the objects set forth above, and those made apparent from the preceding description, are efficiently attained and, since certain changes may be made in the above. constructions without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention, it is intended that all matter contained in the above description or shown in the accompanying drawings shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.

It is also to be understood that the following claims are intended to cover all of the generic and specific features of the invention herein described, and all statements of the scope of the invention which, as a matter of language, might be said to fall therebetween.

What is claimed is:

l. A fluid dispensing vibrator comprising a manually manipulatable housing having an opening therethrough; vibrator means mounted within said housing means in proximity to said opening; a skin vibrating element outside of said housing means and operatively coupled to said vibrating means through said opening for the vibration thereof by said vibrating means; fluid reservoir means formed with at least one outlet opening in the base thereof; dispensing ball valve 'means mountedin each of said reservoir means outlet opening; and means for releasably mounting said fluid reservoir means on said housing means with said dispensing ball valve means adjacent said skin vibrating element so that said dispensing ball valve means and said skin vibrating element may simultaneously engage the users skin.

2. A fluid dispensing vibrator as recited in claim 1, wherein said fluid reservoir means is formed with a plurality of outlet openings, one of said ball valve means being mounted in each of said outlet openings, said outlet openings and ball valve means being aligned in an arcuate array about a sector of said skin vibrating element.

3. A fluid dispensing vibrator as recited in-claim 1, including switch means projecting outside of said housing means and operatively coupled to said vibrator means for the selective actuation of said vibrator means.

4. A fluid dispensing vibrator as recited in claim 1, wherein said housing means is formed with an integral handle portion for the manual manipulation thereof.

5. A fluid dispensing vibrator as recited in claim 1, wherein said housing means is formed with a handle receiving socket,-and including a handle member and means for releasably securing said handle member within said handle receiving socket.

6. A fluid dispensing vibrator as recited in claim 5, wherein said means for releasably securing said handle member within said socket includes a latch member pivotably mounted on the portion of said handle member received within said socket, means for laterally biasing said latch member beyond the peripheral surface of said portion of said handle member, and an opening in said housing means providing communication to said socket in registration with said latch member for engagement thereby.

7. A fluid dispensing vibrator as recited in claim 1, wherein said means for releasably mounting said fluid reservoir includes a hook member formed on said fluid reservoir and displaceable engagement means on said housing means for selective engagement of said hook member.

8. A fluid dispensing vibrator as recited in claim 1, wherein said fluid reservoir is formed with an entrance opening, and including stopper means for removably closing said entrance opening.

9. A fluid dispensing vibrator as claimed in claim 1, wherein said skin vibrating element is removably coupled to said vibrating means.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification601/154, D24/211, 601/17, 601/80
International ClassificationA61H23/02, A61M35/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61H23/0218, A61M35/003, A61H2201/105
European ClassificationA61H23/02F, A61M35/00B