Foot vibrator massager having a pair of solinoids

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5827205
SERIAL NO

08713032

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Abstract

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A foot massager having massaging applicators and capable of holding the feet of a user stably thereon to avoid an accidental actuation of a control section by the feet. A massager housing has an inclined top wall. The applicators are supported to the inclined top wall and are movable in a massage direction perpendicular to a general outer surface of the inclined top wall. Mounted within the housing are a pair of solenoids each having a plunger of which longitudinal axis is aligned with the massage direction. The plunger is connected at its upper end with the applicator and is attracted by repetitive energization of the solenoid to periodically move the applicator upward along the massage direction from a depressed position where the applicator is depressed by the foot of the user, thereby giving a tapping massage action to the foot. The control section is provided on a lower portion of the top wall adjacent to a front lower end of the housing and includes a switch for actuating the solenoid. The applicators are disposed in an upper portion of the inclined top wall adjacent to a rear upper end of the housing. Projected between the applicators and the control section is a heel stopper which bears the heels of the foot placed on the applicator. Thus, the heel stopper prevents the user's feet from slipping towards the control section and therefore protects the control section from being actuated by the user's heel during the massage.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC WORKS, LTD.KADOMA-SHI OSAKA33

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Iwamoto, Hironori Sakata-gun, JP 9 101

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Biopit Co., Ltd. (1)
* 5573500 Sole massage device 24 1994
* Cited By Examiner

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* 6162150 Foot massaging exercising apparatus 8 1998
* 6149611 Foot massager 22 1999
* 6494849 Massage device 9 2001
D478670 Foot massage machine 16 2002
* 6979300 Massage system 6 2002
* 8608625 Vibrational ergometer 0 2005
* 2009/0048,075 VIBRATIONAL ERGOMETER 1 2005
* 2007/0299,372 Foot sole massager 11 2006
* 2011/0270,140 METHOD AND DEVICE FOR LESSENING THE EFFECTS OF BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA 0 2009
* 9682003 Achilles stretching devices and methods performed therewith 0 2014
 
HANA PRECISION CO., LTD. (1)
* 6551260 Leg massage device 1 2002
 
VITAL MOTION INC. (2)
9775770 Device for applying stimulation to the foot or feet of a person 0 2014
* D781435 Device for applying stimulation to the foot or feet of a person 0 2014
 
BROOKSTONE PURCHASING, INC. (9)
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D435913 Hand held percussive massager 10 1999
6432072 Hand held percussive massager with adjustable nodes 26 2000
7211057 Method and apparatus for providing hot and cold massage 3 2004
* 2005/0209,537 Method and apparatus for providing hot and cold massage 3 2004
7427274 Method and apparatus for providing a modifiable massager 2 2004
* 2005/0256,432 Method and apparatus for providing a modifiable massager 0 2004
D531733 Massager 5 2004
7815583 Body part treatment device with air diverter 0 2006
 
HELEN OF TROY LIMITED (1)
D520144 Body massager 6 2003
 
BROOKSTONE COMPANY, INC. (1)
* 2007/0267,020 Body part treatment device with air diverter 3 2006
 
BEAUNIX CO., LTD. (1)
* 2003/0060,741 Massage chair using solenoid 7 2002
* Cited By Examiner