DUAL HEAD CURLING IRON WITH TIMER
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to curling irons and more particularly pertains to a new dual head curling iron with timer for automatically activating a curling iron at a userselected time for a predetermined duration.
2. Description of the Prior Art 10 The use of curling irons is known in the prior art. More
specifically, curling irons heretofore devised and utilized are known to consist basically of familiar, expected and obvious structural configurations, notwithstanding the myriad of designs encompassed by the crowded prior art which have 15 been developed for the fulfillment of countless objectives and requirements.
Known prior art curling irons include U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,851,641; U.S. Pat. No. 4,673,798; U.S. Pat. No. 5,354,967; U.S. Pat. No. 1,536,246; U.S. Pat. No. Des. 269,298; and 20 U.S. Pat. No. 4,385,841.
In these respects, the dual head curling iron with timer according to the present invention substantially departs from the conventional concepts and designs of the prior art, and in so doing provides an apparatus primarily developed for the purpose of automatically activating a curling iron at a user-selected time for a predetermined duration.
In view of the foregoing disadvantages inherent in the known types of curling irons now present in the prior art, the present invention provides a new dual head curling iron with timer construction wherein the same can be utilized for automatically activating a curling iron at a user-selected 35 time for a predetermined duration.
The general purpose of the present invention, which will be described subsequently in greater detail, is to provide a new dual head curling iron with timer apparatus and method which has many of the advantages of the curling irons 40 mentioned heretofore and many novel features that result in a new dual head curling iron with timer which is not anticipated, rendered obvious, suggested, or even implied by any of the prior art curling irons, either alone or in any combination thereof. 45
To attain this, the present invention generally comprises a handle having a first end with a hemispherical configuration and a second end with a cylindrical socket. As shown in FIG. 5, such socket is equipped with an arcuate slot formed on a side surface thereof. Further, a pair of contacts are mounted 50 on a bottom surface of the socket. As shown in FIG. 4, the handle has an intermediate extent V2 of which has a semicylindrical configuration and V2 of which has a planar rectangular configuration. Next provided is a brush attachment including an outer surface with a cylindrical configu- 55 ration having a plurality of bristles coupled to the outer surface and extending radially therefrom. Associated therewith is a rod attachment including a metallic outer surface with a cylindrical configuration having a reduced diameter as compared to the brush attachment. The rod attachment is 60 equipped with a spring-loaded clamp pivotally coupled to the rod attachment with an angled insulative grip. Both attachments have a plug coupled to an end thereof and extended therefrom in coaxial relationship therewith. A nub extends radially from a side surface of the plug while a pair 65 of contacts are mounted on a bottom surface thereof. Such contacts are connected to a heater element within the attach
ment for heating upon the receipt of power. In use, the contacts of the attachments connect with those of the handle upon the insertion and rotation of the plug into the socket. As shown in FIGS. 1 & 3, a power cord includes a first end removably mounted to the first end of the handle. A second end of such cord has an AC/DC adapter for connecting to an alternating current receptacle and converting power received therefrom to DC power. FIG. 1 depicts a manual toggle switch mounted on the planar half of the handle adjacent to the second end of the handle. The manual toggle switch is connected between the contacts and the power cord for supplying the contacts of the handle with power in a first orientation. In a second orientation, the supply of power to the contacts of the handle is precluded. For indicating when power is supplied to the heating element of the current attachment, the toggle switch further includes a light situated therein for being illuminated when the switch is in the first orientation. Mounted on a wall in room where the present invention is used is a mounting plate. As shown in FIG. 6, the mounting plate includes bracket with an opening for receiving the handle for supporting the same. Finally, a timer unit is provided including a digital display mounted on the planar half of the handle adjacent to the first end of the handle. The timer unit is connected between the power cord and the contacts of the handle for supplying power thereto for a predetermined time interval of 30 minutes. The timer units starts supplying power at a user-selected time which is displayed on the digital display. Further, for safety purposes, the timer unit is adapted to supply power to the contacts of the handle only if the same is situated within the mounting plate.
There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, the more important features of the invention in order that the detailed description thereof that follows may be better understood, and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated. There are additional features of the invention that will be described hereinafter and which will form the subject matter of the claims appended hereto.
In this respect, before explaining at least one embodiment of the invention in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and to the arrangements of the components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. The invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced and carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein are for the purpose of description and should not be regarded as limiting.
As such, those skilled in the art will appreciate that the conception, upon which this disclosure is based, may readily be utilized as a basis for the designing of other structures, methods and systems for carrying out the several purposes of the present invention. It is important, therefore, that the claims be regarded as including such equivalent constructions insofar as they do not depart from the spirit and scope of the present invention.
Further, the purpose of the foregoing abstract is to enable the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally, and especially the scientists, engineers and practitioners in the art who are not familiar with patent or legal terms or phraseology, to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and essence of the technical disclosure of the application. The abstract is neither intended to define the invention of the application, which is measured by the claims, nor is it intended to be limiting as to the scope of the invention in any way.
It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a new dual head curling iron with timer apparatus and