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Wireless massage device for a vehicle and associated methods

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 13 Jan '04

Kenneth E. Flick, Michael Lee

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A user-controllable massage device is for a vehicle seat that operates via a wireless communications link. The massage device may include a plurality of vibration transducers to be positioned adjacent the vehicle seat, a wireless receiver, and a power controller connected to the wireless receiver for selectively powering the plurality of vibration transducers based upon signals received from the wireless receiver. The massage device may also include a wireless remote controller to be operated by the user for communicating with the wireless receiver to selectively operate the plurality of vibration transducers. The remote controller may transmit a unique code which can be learned by the power controller.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of a user-controllable massage device for a vehicle seat in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a more detailed schematic diagram of a portion of the massage device as shown in FIG.

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FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a vibration transducer as shown in FIG.

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FIG. 4 is a top plan view of the wireless remote controller of the massage device as shown in FIG.

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Claims

1. A massage system for a vehicle user, the massage system comprising:

2. A massage system according to claim 1 wherein said wireless remote controller transmits a unique code; and wherein said power controller is switchable to a learning mode for learning the unique code of the wireless remote controller so that the wireless remote control unit is an authorized wireless remote controller.

3. A massage system according to claim 1 wherein said wireless receiver and said wireless remote controller operate at radio frequencies.

4. A massage system according to claim 1 wherein said wireless remote controller comprises a portable housing and wireless transmitter circuitry contained therein.

5. A massage system according to claim 4 wherein said wireless remote controller further comprises a battery carried by said housing for powering said wireless transmitter circuitry.

6. A massage system according to claim 4 wherein said wireless remote controller further comprises power terminals to be connected to vehicle electrical power for powering said wireless transmitter circuitry.

7. A massage system according to claim 1 wherein said plurality of vibration transducers comprises a first array of spaced-apart vibration transducers to be positioned adjacent a seat back of the vehicle seat.

8. A massage system according to claim 7 wherein said plurality of vibration transducers comprises a second array of spaced-apart vibration transducers to be positioned adjacent a seat bottom of the vehicle seat.

9. A massage system according to claim 1 wherein each vibration transducer is switchable between on and off states.

10. A massage system according to claim 1 wherein each vibration transducer has a controllable vibration magnitude.

11. A massage system according to claim 1 wherein each vibration transducer comprises an electric motor driving an eccentric load.

12. A massage system according to claim 11 wherein each vibration transducer further comprises a seat mounting substrate connected to said electric motor.

13. A user-controllable massage device for a vehicle seat, the user-controllable massage device comprising:

14. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 13 wherein said wireless RF remote controller comprises a portable housing and wireless RF transmitter circuitry contained therein.

15. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 13 wherein said wireless RF remote controller further comprises a battery carried by said housing for powering said wireless RF transmitter circuitry.

16. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 13 wherein said wireless RF remote controller further comprises power terminals to be connected to vehicle electrical power for powering said wireless RF transmitter circuitry.

17. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 13 wherein said plurality of vibration transducers comprises a first array of spaced-apart vibration transducers to be positioned adjacent a seat back of the vehicle seat.

18. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 17 wherein said plurality of vibration transducers comprises a second array of spaced-apart vibration transducers to be positioned adjacent a seat bottom of the vehicle seat.

19. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 13 wherein each vibration transducer is switchable between on and off states.

20. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 13 wherein each vibration transducer has a controllable vibration magnitude.

21. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 13 wherein each vibration transducer comprises an electric motor driving an eccentric load.

22. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 21 wherein each vibration transducer further comprises a seat mounting substrate connected to said electric motor.

23. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 13 further comprising an adjustable lumbar support device to be positioned adjacent a seat back of the vehicle seat and connected to said power controller to be selectively operable by said wireless remote controller.

24. A user-controllable massage device for a vehicle seat, the user-controllable massage device comprising:

25. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 24 wherein each electric motor drives an eccentric load.

26. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 24 wherein said wireless RF remote controller transmits a unique code; and wherein said power controller is switchable to a learning mode for learning the unique code of the wireless RF remote controller so that the wireless RF remote control unit is an authorized wireless RF remote controller.

27. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 24 wherein said wireless RF remote controller comprises a portable housing and wireless RF transmitter circuitry contained therein.

28. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 27 wherein said wireless RF remote controller further comprises a battery carried by said housing for powering said wireless RF transmitter circuitry.

29. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 27 wherein said wireless RF remote controller further comprises power terminals to be connected to vehicle electrical power for powering said wireless RF transmitter circuitry.

30. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 24 wherein said plurality of vibration transducers comprises a first array of spaced-apart vibration transducers to be positioned adjacent a seat back of the vehicle seat.

31. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 30 wherein said plurality of vibration transducers comprises a second array of spaced-apart vibration transducers to be positioned adjacent a seat bottom of the vehicle seat.

32. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 24 wherein each vibration transducer is switchable between on and off states.

33. A user-controllable massage device according to claim 24 wherein each vibration transducer has a controllable vibration magnitude.

34. A method for providing massage action to a user in a vehicle seat, the method comprising:

35. A method according to claim 34 wherein the wireless remote controller transmits a unique code, and further comprising switching the power controller to a learning mode for learning the unique code of the wireless remote controller so that the wireless remote control unit is an authorized wireless remote controller.

36. A method according to claim 34 wherein the wireless receiver and the wireless remote controller operate at radio frequencies.

37. A method according to claim 34 wherein installing comprises installing a first array of spaced-apart vibration transducers adjacent a seat back of the vehicle seat.

38. A method according to claim 37 wherein installing further comprises installing a second array of spaced-apart vibration transducers positioned adjacent a seat bottom of the vehicle seat.

39. A method for providing massage action to a user in a vehicle seat, the method comprising:

40. A method according to claim 39 wherein installing comprises installing a first array of spaced-apart vibration transducers adjacent a seat back of the vehicle seat.

41. A method according to claim 40 wherein installing further comprises installing a second array of spaced-apart vibration transducers positioned adjacent a seat bottom of the vehicle seat.