Monday, September 29, 2008

Energy saving device for clothes dryer and clothes dryer system comprising same

United States Patent
7,426,791
Martin
September 23, 2008
Energy saving device for clothes dryer and clothes dryer system comprising same
Abstract
An energy savings apparatus configured for use with a clothes dryer comprising an air duct and a damper assembly. The air duct has a first end and a second end. The damper assembly includes an air duct portion and a damper device mounting on the duct portion. The air duct portion of the damper assembly is attached at a first end thereof to the first end of the air duct. The second end of the air duct portion of the damper assembly is configured for being attached to an air inlet of a heater assembly of a clothes dryer. The damper assembly is configured for selectively enabling air to be routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly from the second end of the air duct and from an air inlet intermediate the ends of the air duct portion of the damper assembly.
Inventors:
Martin; Mack V. (Winnfield, LA)
Appl. No.:
11/054,027
Filed:
February 9, 2005
Current U.S. Class:
34/607 ; 34/487; 34/493; 34/566; 34/570; 34/608
Current International Class:
F26B 21/10 (20060101)
Field of Search:
34/565,566,570,571,90,604,607,608,471,493,201,202,235,86,496,497,476,475,446 432/62 126/616,629,513,522 454/236
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U.S. Patent Documents
4043051
August 1977
Lussenden
4137647
February 1979
Clark, Jr.
4279082
July 1981
Commander
4594797
June 1986
Houck, Jr.
6640461
November 2003
Berger
Primary Examiner: Rinehart; Kenneth B Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Assoc. LP
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Claims
What is claimed is:1. An energy savings apparatus configured for use with a clothes dryer, comprising: an air duct having a first end and a second end; a damper assembly including an air duct portion and a damper device mounting on the air duct portion, wherein the air duct portion of the damper assembly is attached at a first end thereof to the first end of the air duct, wherein a second end of the air duct portion of the damper assembly is configured for being attached to an air inlet of a heater assembly of a clothes dryer and for selectively enabling air to be routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly from the second end of the air duct and from an air inlet intermediate said ends of the air duct portion of the damper assembly; and an electrically-powered blower unit having an air outlet attached to the second end of the air duct; and a control system attached to a damper device of the damper assembly and to the blower unit; wherein: the damper assembly includes an adapter configured for enabling the second end of the air duct portion of the damper assembly to be attached to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer; the control system includes a temperature-sensing device attached to the air duct adjacent the second end of the air duct; the control system is configured for moving the damper device to a first position and activating the blower unit when a first temperature condition is sensed and for moving the damper device to a second position and deactivating the blower unit when a second temperature condition is sensed; air is routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer from the second end of the air duct when the damper device is in a first position; air is routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer from said intermediate air inlet when the damper device is in the second position; the first temperature condition is a temperature at or above a prescribed level; and the second temperature condition is a temperature below the prescribed level. 2. The energy savings apparatus of claim 1 wherein the second end of the air duct portion the damper assembly includes an adapter configured for enabling the second end of the air duct portion of the damper assembly to be attached to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer. 3. The energy savings apparatus of claim 1 wherein: the damper assembly includes means for manually operating a damper device of the damper assembly; and said means allows air to be routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer from the second end of the air duct when said means in a first position; and said means allows air to be routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly through said intermediate air inlet when said means is in the second position. 4. The energy savings apparatus of claim 1, further comprising: a control system attached to a damper device of the damper assembly, wherein the control system is configured for sensing air temperature and wherein the control system is configured for moving the damper device to a first position when a first temperature condition is sensed and for moving the damper device to a second position when a second temperature condition is sensed. 5. The energy savings device of claim 4 wherein: air is routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer from the second end of the air duct when the damper device is in a first position; air is routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer from said intermediate air inlet when the damper device is in the second position; the first temperature condition is a temperature at or above a prescribed level; and the second temperature condition is a temperature below the prescribed level. 6. The energy savings apparatus of claim 5 wherein: the control system includes a temperature-sensing device attached to the air duct adjacent the second end of the air duct. 7. The energy savings apparatus of claim 1 wherein the temperature-sensing device and the air duct are jointly configured for enabling the temperature-sensing device to be attached to the air duct adjacent the second end of the air duct. 8. A kit configured for reducing energy consumption of a clothes dryer, comprising: an air duct having a first end and a second end; a damper assembly including an air duct portion and a damper device mounting on the duct portion, wherein the air duct portion of the damper assembly is configured for being attached at a first end thereof to the first end of the air duct, wherein a second end of the air duct portion of the damper assembly is configured for being attached to an air inlet of a heater assembly of a clothes dryer and for selectively enabling air to be routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly from the second end of the air duct and from an air inlet intermediate said ends of the air duct portion of the damper assembly; and an electrically-powered blower unit having an air outlet configured for being attached to the second end of the air duct; and a control system configured for being attached to a damper device of the damper assembly and to the blower unit; wherein: the damper assembly includes an adapter configured for enabling the second end of the air duct portion of the damper assembly to be attached to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer; the control system includes a temperature-sensing device attached to the air duct adjacent the second end of the air duct; the control system is configured for moving the damper device to a first position and activating the blower unit when a first temperature condition is sensed and for moving the damper device to a second position and deactivating the blower unit when a second temperature condition is sensed; air is routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer from the second end of the air duct when the damper device is in a first position; air is routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer from said intermediate air inlet when the damper device is in the second position; the first temperature condition is a temperature at or above a prescribed level; and the second temperature condition is a temperature below the prescribed level. 9. The kit of claim 8 wherein the damper assembly includes an adapter configured for enabling the second end of the air duct portion of the damper assembly to be attached to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer. 10. The kit of claim 8 wherein: the damper assembly includes means for manually operating a damper device of the damper assembly; and said means allows air to be routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer from the second end of the air duct when said means in a first position; and said means allows air to be routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly through said intermediate air inlet when said means is in the second position. 11. The kit of claim 8, further comprising: a control system configured for being attached to a damper device of the damper assembly, wherein the control system is configured for sensing air temperature and wherein the control system is configured for moving the damper device to a first position when a first temperature condition is sensed and for moving the damper device to a second position when a second temperature condition is sensed. 12. The kit of claim 11 wherein: air is routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer from the second end of the air duct when the damper device is in a first position; air is routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer from said intermediate air inlet when the damper device is in the second position; the first temperature condition is a temperature at or above a prescribed level; and the second temperature condition is a temperature below the prescribed level. 13. The kit of claim 12 wherein: the control system includes a temperature-sensing device; and the temperature-sensing device and the air duct are jointly configured for enabling the temperature-sensing device to be attached to the air duct adjacent the second end of the air duct. 14. The kit of claim 8 wherein the temperature-sensing device and the air duct are jointly configured for enabling the temperature-sensing device to be attached to the air duct adjacent the second end of the air duct.
Description
FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE The disclosures made herein relate generally to clothes dryers and, more particularly, to energy saving devices for clothes dryers. BACKGROUND A clothes dryer works by heating clothes and aerating them through tumbling. In fact, the essence of a clothes dryer is to produce a lot of hot air and continually tumble clothes while exposing them to the hot air. Clearly, this functionality consumes considerable amounts of energy. So much energy that, in many homes, the clothes dryer is the number two consumer of energy--second only to the refrigerator. Because of its relatively high-energy usage, increasing the efficiency of a clothes dryer can dramatically reduce the associated costs of its operation as well as unnecessary waste of natural resources and energy production resources. Intake air temperature at the heating assembly of a clothes dryer is one factor that determines how efficiently a dryer converts a unit of energy to a given unit of heat. Relatively cold intake air required more energy to heat to a given temperature than does relatively hot air. Similarly, as compared to relatively cold air, relatively hot air is heated to a higher temperature for a given amount of energy than is cold air for the same given amount of energy. The effect of intake air temperature on energy utilization illustrates why ingesting relatively cold air intake air (e.g., indoor air) at the heating assembly of a clothes dryer adversely affects efficiency and performance of the clothes dryer. Therefore, an apparatus that delivers relatively hot air to the heating assembly of a clothes dryer without an associated cost for delivering such heated air is useful and advantageous. SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE An energy saving apparatus in accordance with the inventive disclosures made herein directs relatively hot attic air to a clothes for reducing energy consumption and increasing drying performance of the clothes dryer. To provide such energy savings, the apparatus is configured for being attached to and/or incorporated into a clothes dryer and is configured for enabling the dryer to selectively take in relatively hot air from an attic space rather than relatively cool indoor air. Generally speaking, typical indoor air of a climate-controlled environment is about 75.degree. F. and, depending on the season and climate, attic air is often 115.degree. F. or hotter. Ingestion of the relatively hot attic air rather than relatively cool indoor air reduces the amount of work required by a heating element of the clothes dryer and, correspondingly, the energy consumed by the clothes dryer to dry clothes. At least a portion of the apparatus may be installed during construction of a new structure (e.g., a home) or it may be retrofitted into an existing home. Additionally, at least a portion of the apparatus may be incorporated into a clothes dryer by a manufacturer of the clothes dryer. For the DIY (i.e., do-it-yourself) market, the apparatus may be provided in the form of a DIY kit that is configured for being installed (e.g., retrofitted) by a homeowner or general contractor. In one embodiment of the inventive disclosures made herein, an energy savings apparatus configured for use with a clothes dryer comprising an air duct and a damper assembly. The air duct has a first end and a second end. The damper assembly includes an air duct portion and a damper device mounting on the duct portion. The air duct portion of the damper assembly is attached at a first end thereof to the first end of the air duct. The second end of the air duct portion of the damper assembly is configured for being attached to an air inlet of a heater assembly of a clothes dryer. The damper assembly is configured for selectively enabling air to be routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly from the second end of the air duct and from an air inlet intermediate the ends of the air duct portion of the damper assembly. In another embodiment of the inventive disclosures made herein, a kit configured for reducing energy consumption of a clothes dryer comprises an air duct and a damper assembly. The air duct has a first end and a second end. The damper assembly includes an air duct portion and a damper device mounting on the duct portion. The air duct portion of the damper assembly is configured for being attached at a first end thereof to the first end of the air duct. A second end of the air duct portion of the damper assembly is configured for being attached to an air inlet of a heater assembly of a clothes dryer. The damper assembly is configured for selectively enabling air to be routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly from the second end of the air duct and from an air inlet intermediate the ends of the air duct portion of the damper assembly. In at least one embodiment of the inventive disclosures made herein, an electrically-powered blower unit is provided and has an air outlet attached to the second end of the air duct. In at least one embodiment of the inventive disclosures made herein, the second end of the duct portion of the damper assembly includes an adapter configured for enabling the second end of the duct portion to be attached to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer. In at least one embodiment of the inventive disclosures made herein, the damper assembly includes means for manually operating a damper device of the damper assembly. The means allows for air to be routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer from the second end of the air duct when the means in a first position and for air to be routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly through the intermediate air inlet when the means is in the second position. In at least one embodiment of the inventive disclosures made herein, a control system is attached to a damper device of the damper assembly. The control system is configured for sensing air temperature, for moving the damper device to a first position when a temperature at or above a prescribed level is sensed and for moving the damper device to a second position when a temperature below the prescribed level is sensed. In at least one embodiment of the inventive disclosures made herein, air is routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer from the second end of the air duct when the damper device is in a first position and is routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer from the intermediate air inlet when the damper device is in the second position. In at least one embodiment of the inventive disclosures made herein, the control system includes a temperature-sensing device attached to the air duct adjacent the second end of the air duct. In at least one embodiment of the inventive disclosures made herein, the temperature-sensing device and the air duct are jointly configured for enabling the temperature-sensing device to be attached to the air duct adjacent the second end of the air duct. These and other objects and embodiments of the inventive disclosures made herein will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and associated drawings. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 depicts an embodiment of an energy-savings apparatus in accordance with the inventive disclosures made herein. FIG. 2 depicts an embodiment of a damper assembly in accordance with the inventive disclosures made herein and as integrated into the energy savings apparatus depicted in FIG. 1. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 depicts an embodiment of an energy-savings apparatus in accordance with the inventive disclosures made herein. The energy-saving apparatus is referred to generally by reference numeral 10 (i.e., the energy-saving apparatus 10) and excludes the clothes dryer 12 and ceiling 14. The energy-saving apparatus 10 is configured for use with the clothes dryer 12 and for reducing energy consumption associated the clothes dryer 12 performing the operation of drying clothes. The energy-saving apparatus 10 includes an air duct 16, a damper assembly 18, a control system 20 and an electrically-powered blower unit 22. The air duct 16 has a first end 24 attached to a first end 26 of an air duct portion 27 of the damper assembly 18. A second end 28 of the air duct portion 27 of the damper assembly 18 is attached to an air inlet of a heater assembly (not specifically shown) of the clothes dryer 12. Preferably, but not necessarily, the second end 28 of the air duct portion 27 the damper assembly 18 includes an adapter (e.g., an integral adapter) configured for enabling the second end 28 of the air duct portion 27 of the damper assembly 18 to be attached to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer 12. As will be discussed below in more detail in reference to FIG. 2, the damper assembly 18 is configured for selectively enabling air to be routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly from a second end 30 of the air duct 16 and from an air inlet 32 intermediate the ends of the air duct portion 27 of the damper assembly 18 (i.e., the intermediate air inlet 32). Depending on the type of installation of the apparatus 10 (e.g., new construction or retrofit), the configuration of the apparatus 10 and the resources (e.g., financial resources) available for installing the apparatus 10, the air duct 16 may be located within the walls of a structure or exterior to the walls of the structure. Similarly, the type of installation of the apparatus 10, the configuration of the apparatus 10 and the resources available for installing the apparatus 10 will dictate whether the damper assembly is situated vertically, horizontally, within a wall, exterior to a wall, or even intermediate between the first end 24 and the second end 30 of the air duct 16. The blower unit 22 has an air inlet 34 and an air outlet 36. The air outlet 36 of the blower unit 22 is attached to the second end 30 of the air duct 16. The blower unit 22 is configured for being mounted in an attic space 38 of a building. When activated (i.e., energized), the blower unit 22 draws air from within the attic space 38 through the air inlet 34 and forcibly blows such air into the air duct 16 through the second end 30 of the air duct 16. Referring now to FIGS. 1 and 2, the damper assembly 18 includes a damper device configured for controlling the routing of air through the air duct portion 27 of the damper assembly 18 (i.e., from where airflow into the duct portion 27 is supplied). The damper device is referred to generally by reference numeral 40 (i.e., the damper device 40). The damper device 40 includes a damper member 42, a shaft 44 attached to the damper member 42 and a J-arm 46 attached to an end of the shaft 44. The shaft 44 is pivotally mounted on the air duct portion 27 of the damper assembly 18 for enabling the damper device 40 to be moved between a first position P1 and a second position P2. When the damper device 40 is in the first position P1, the damper member 42 is engaged over the intermediate air inlet 32 of the air duct portion 27, thereby limiting airflow through the intermediate air inlet 32 and promoting airflow through the first end 26 of the air duct portion 27. When the damper device 40 is in the second position P2, the damper member 42 is substantially blocking off the first end 26 of the air duct portion 27 of the damper assembly 18, thereby limiting airflow through the first end 26 of the air duct portion 27 (i.e., limiting air inlet through the second end 30 of the air duct 16) and promoting airflow through the intermediate air inlet 32. The control system 20 includes a controller 48, a damper actuator 50, a thermostatic switch assembly 52 and various cables for distributing power and/or signals. A power cord 53 supplies power (i.e., standard 110V line voltage) to the controller 48 and the controller distributes such power accordingly to the thermostatic switch assembly 52, the blower unit 22 and/or the damper actuator 50. A blower unit cable 56 is preferably connected between the controller 48 and the thermostatic switch assembly 52 for enabling power to be provided to the blower unit 22 and for a signal corresponding to the attic air temperature being provided to the controller 48. A damper device cable 58 is connected between the controller 48 and the damper actuator 50 for enabling power to be provided to the damper actuator 50 from the controller 48. In one embodiment, a temperature-sensing device (e.g., a sensor) integral with the thermostatic switch assembly 52 provides the signal corresponding to the attic air temperature. In another embodiment (not specifically shown), the temperature sensor is attached to the air duct 16 adjacent the second end 30 of the air duct 16. For example, the temperature-sensing device and the air duct 16 may be jointly configured for enabling the temperature-sensing device to be attached to the air duct 16 adjacent the second end 30 of the air duct 16. The damper actuator 50 is mounted on an exterior surface of the air duct portion 27 of the damper assembly 18 and has a movable actuation member 54 attached to the J-arm 46 of the damper device 40, whereby the damper actuator 50 is configured for moving the damper device 40 between the first position P1 and the second position P2. Examples of the damper actuator 50 include, but are not limited to, a solenoid and a servo. The thermostatic switch assembly 52 is configured for enabling power to be supplied to the blower unit 22 (e.g., a relay for supplying power to the blower unit 22) and for providing a signal that corresponds to the attic air temperature to the controller 48. The controller 48 is configured for activating the blower unit 22 and moving the damper device 40 from the second position P2 to the first position P1 when the clothes dryer 12 is in operation and the attic air temperature is at or above a prescribed temperature. In one embodiment, the controller 48 includes digital and/or solid state circuitry and corresponding logic for providing such blower activation and damper movement functionalities. Alternately, the controller 48 includes one or more switches and/or relays. The controller 48 facilitates the damper actuator 50 moving the damper device 40 to the first position P1 and activating the blower unit 22 when a first temperature condition is sensed for the attic air (i.e., the attic air temperature at or above a prescribed temperature) and for moving the damper device 40 to the second position P1 (or enabling it to be biased back to the second position P2) and deactivating the blower unit 22 when a second temperature condition is sensed for the attic air (i.e., the attic air temperature being below the prescribed temperature). Although not specifically depicted, it is disclosed herein that the controller system 20 preferably, but not necessarily, only provides its functionality when the clothes dryer is in operation. It is also disclosed herein that the damper device 40 is preferably, but not necessarily, biased to the second position P2 when the clothes dryer 12 is not in operation and/or when the damper actuator is not energized. In operation, when the clothes dryer 12 is in operation and the first temperature condition is sensed, attic air is routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer 12 from the second end 30 of the air duct (i.e., the damper device 40 is in the first position P1). In this manner, pre-heated air is provided to the heater assembly, thus enabling the air heated by the heater assembly to be heated more efficiently and with less energy. When the clothes dryer 12 is in operation and the second temperature condition is sensed, indoor air (i.e., air within the room where the clothes dryer 12 is located) is routed to the air inlet of the heater assembly of the clothes dryer 12 from the intermediate air inlet 32 of the damper assembly 18. In this manner, the clothes dryer operates in a generally standard fashion (e.g., drawing in and heating indoor room air). The control system 20 depicted in FIGS. 1 and 2 is one embodiment of a means for operating the damper device 40 of the damper assembly 18. In an alternate embodiment (not specifically shown), the control system 20 is configured for enabling blower unit and damper advice functionality to be implemented via an activation switch (i.e., moving the switch from an off position to an on position results in the blower unit 22 turning on and the damper device 40 moving from the second position P2 to the first position P1. In an alternate embodiment (not specifically shown), the control system 20 and the blower unit 22 are omitted (i.e., blower of heater assembly generates airflow through air duct 16 and damper assembly 18) and means for manually controlling routing of air through the air duct 16 and damper assembly 18 is provided. One example of such manual means is a hand-operated control mechanism (e.g., a lever with linkage) connected to the damper device 40 (e.g., to the J-arm 46) for enabling the damper device 40 to be manually moved between first position P1 and the second position P2. FIG. 1 depicts an embodiment of an apparatus (i.e., assembled components, assemblies, devices, systems, etc) configured for facilitating energy-saving functionality in accordance with the inventive disclosures made herein. In another embodiment of the inventive disclosures made herein, a kit is provided for enabling such energy-saving functionality to be facilitated. The kit comprises the components, assemblies, devices, systems, etc of the apparatus 12 in a fully and/or partially disassembled format and in a configuration for enabling such components, assemblies, devices, systems, etc. to be interconnected accordingly for enabling such energy-saving functionality to be facilitated. In the preceding detailed description, reference has been made to the accompanying drawings that form a part hereof, and in which are shown by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the invention may be practiced. These embodiments, and certain variants thereof, have been described in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the art to practice embodiments of the inventive disclosures made herein. It is to be understood that other suitable embodiments may be utilized and that logical, mechanical, chemical and electrical changes may be made without departing from the spirit or scope of such inventive disclosures. To avoid unnecessary detail, the description omits certain information known to those skilled in the art. The preceding detailed description is, therefore, not intended to be limited to the specific forms set forth herein, but on the contrary, it is intended to cover such alternatives, modifications, and equivalents, as can be reasonably included within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.
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Friday, September 26, 2008

Safety Opener

United States Patent
7,343,835
Jensen
March 18, 2008
Safety opener
Abstract
Safety Opener is a device having a toothed opening corresponding to the ridges of a standard twist off bottle cap. To use Safety Opener, a consumer simply places a twist off bottle cap attached to a bottle underneath the toothed opening. When the bottle opener or bottle is rotated in the appropriate direction, the twist off bottle cap will loosen. It can then easily be removed by hand.
Inventors:
Jensen; Christopher G. (Chicago, IL)
Appl. No.:
11/524,594
Filed:
September 20, 2006
Related U.S. Patent Documents
Application Number
Filing Date
Patent Number
Issue Date
60725102
Oct., 2005
Current U.S. Class:
81/3.27 ; 81/3.09
Current International Class:
B67B 7/44 (20060101)
Field of Search:
81/3.27,3.55
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Primary Examiner: Thomas; David B Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP
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Parent Case Text
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS This United States Non-Provisional patent application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/725,102 entitled "Safety Opener" filed on Oct. 7, 2005.
Claims
What is claimed is:1. A bottle opening device comprising: a frame having a toothed opening; and, a first opening and a second opening wherein said first opening is located on one end of the frame and is substantially rectangular with curved ends and wherein said second opening is located on the end opposite said first opening and said second opening is substantially circular. 2. The device of claim 1 wherein the frame is made of plastic. 3. The device of claim 1 wherein the frame is made of metal. 4. The device of claim 1 wherein the frame is made of stainless steel. 5. The device of claim 1 wherein the frame is oblong in shape. 6. The device of claim 1 wherein the frame is rectangular in shape. 7. The device of claim 1 wherein the toothed opening is semicircular. 8. The device of claim 1 wherein the toothed opening is approximately circular. 9. The device of claim 1 wherein the toothed opening is approximately centrally located on the frame.
Description
FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE The disclosures made herein relate generally to the food and beverage industry. The invention discussed herein is in the general classification of bottle openers. BACKGROUND Historically, people have opened beverage bottles in a variety of ways. Often pop off caps require the use of a bottle opener to apply leverage to the cap to disengage it from its fit on the top of a bottle. A variety of bottle openers have been developed that permit a user to apply the proper force to these caps. Twist off bottle tops permit a consumer to use his hand to maneuver the cap in a counterclockwise direction to remove it from a bottle. Unfortunately, the sharp edges and ridges on a twist off top can still cause injuries or discomfort to a user's hand. This is particularly true when a twist off top is screwed on tightly or when a user's hands are wet. Hence, there is a need in the art for an effective and inexpensive device for unscrewing conventional twist off bottle caps. SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE Safety Opener is a bottle opener for use with twist off bottle caps. In certain embodiments, it can also be used to open pop off bottle caps. The principal object of this invention is to provide a device that allows a user to easily remove twist off bottle caps. Another object of this invention is to provide a device that also allows a user to remove pop off bottle caps in the traditional manner. Another object of this invention is to provide an affordable device for removing bottle caps. Yet another object of this invention is to provide a device that will allow a user to safely remove bottle caps. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 depicts a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the invention. FIG. 2 depicts an alternative embodiment of the invention. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS The preferred embodiment of Safety Opener is comprised of an oblong frame having a circular-shaped opening on one end, a curved rectangular shaped opening on the other end, and a semicircular and toothed opening in the center. FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the invention. An oblong bottle opener frame 1 measures seven inches in length, two inches in width and one-eighth of an inch in thickness. The bottle opener frame 1 is made of heavy-gauge stainless steel in this preferred embodiment though plastic materials as well as others could be utilized. A circular shaped opening 2 is located on one end of the bottle opener frame 1. A curved rectangular shaped opening 3 is located on other end of the bottle opener frame 1. The circular shaped opening 2 and curved rectangular shaped opening 3 can be used to open pop off bottle caps in the conventional manner. A toothed semi-circular shaped opening 4 is located in the center of the bottle opener frame 1. FIG. 2 shows a perspective view of an alternative embodiment of the invention. This embodiment is a wall-mounted version of the invention. A bottle opener frame 20 has a first hole 21 on the top and a second hole 22 on the bottom for easily attaching the frame 20 to a wall or door. The center of the frame 20 has a toothed socket 23 that corresponds to the shape and size of a standard bottle cap. The toothed socket 23 has a first set of teeth 24 at the top and a second set of teeth 25 at the bottom. To use Safety Opener, a consumer simply places a twist off bottle cap attached to a bottle underneath the semi-circular, toothed opening or toothed socket in the center of the bottle opener frame. When the bottle opener or bottle is rotated in the appropriate direction, the twist off bottle cap will loosen. It can then easily be removed by hand or by using the other openings of the device. Obviously, the circular shaped opening and curved rectangular shaped opening may also be used to open pop off, rather than twist off, bottle caps. The materials utilized for Safety Opener may vary widely but could include metal and plastic components. The metals would ideally be selected from available steel or alloys of steel and aluminum. The production process related to the use of these metals insures that the metal is non-corrosive, durable and strong. The selected metal should have high impact strength and be capable of accepting and retaining coloring materials for an extended length of time. The plastic used in the production will ideally be selected for durability and longevity. Thermoplastics are commonly used in the manufacturing of components similar to those used in this invention. Polyethylene, polypropylene, and other similar thermoplastic materials would be among those with the necessary traits. Members of this family are recognized universally as being versatile and of high quality. The plastic components of Safety Opener can also be formed with the use of plastic molding techniques, such as injection molding or blow molding. Injection molding requires melted plastic to be forcefully injected into relatively cool molds. As the plastic begins to harden, it takes on the shape of the mold cavity. This technique is ideal for the mass production of products. Alternatively, blow molding, a form of extrusion, could be utilized. Blow molding involves a molten tube being pushed into a mold. Compressed air then forces the molten tube against the cold walls of the mold. It should be obvious that the components of the present invention can be of various shapes and sizes. It should also be obvious that the components of the invention can be made of different types of plastics and metals or other suitable materials and can be of any color or design. It should further be obvious that a toothed socket and toothed opening are being used synonymously herein to describe an opening of any shape that permits the ridges on a bottle cap to at least partially engage the teeth of the opening. Although this invention is primarily for use with twist off bottle caps, all of the openings could also be used to aid in opening pop off bottles as well. It will be recognized by those skilled in the art that changes or modifications may be made to the above-described embodiments without departing from the broad inventive concepts of the invention. It should therefore be understood that this invention is not limited to the particular embodiments described herein, but is intended to include all changes and modifications that are within the scope and spirit of the invention as set forth in the claims. For further information go to WWW.GAPATENTS.COM OR WWW.GOOGLE.COM OR WWW.YAHOO.COM
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Point of Novelty Is No Longer Separate Test For U.S. Design Patent Infringement Proof

Point of Novelty Is No Longer Separate Test for U.S. Design PatentInfringement Proof

The "point of novelty" test is no longer to be used as a separate test inthe analysis of design patent infringement, the en banc Federal Circuitunanimously held September 22, 2008, in Egyptian Goddess, Inc. v. Swisa,Inc. Instead, the appropriate test is "a version of the ordinary observertest in which the ordinary observer is deemed to view the differencesbetween the patented design and the accused product in the context of theprior art," Judge William Bryson wrote.The rejection of the point of novelty test, however, does not mean that thedifferences between the claimed design and prior art designs are irrelevant,according to the court. "[T]he comparison of the designs, including theexamination of any novel features, must be conducted as part of the ordinaryobserver test, not as part of a separate test focusing on particular pointsof novelty that are designated only in the course of litigation," JudgeBryson explained. The court also declined to adopt the panel's "non-trivialadvance" test, finding it only a refinement of the point of novelty test,and declined to require that courts give a detailed verbal description ofthe claimed design by way of claim construction.See www.aipla.org

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Mailbox extension apparatus

United States Patent
7,389,911
Ruocco
June 24, 2008
Mailbox extension apparatus
Abstract
A mailbox mounting apparatus comprises three elongated members, a mounting bracket and a mailbox attachment bracket. A first one of the elongated members is movably attached to a second one of the elongated members for enabling the first and second elongated members to be moved between a respective stacked configuration and a respective extended configuration. The second one of the elongated members is movably attached to a third one of the elongated members for enabling the second and third elongated members to be moved between a respective stacked configuration and a respective extended configuration. The mounting bracket is attached to the first one of the elongated members. The mounting bracket is specifically configured for being attached to a mailbox support structure. The mailbox attachment bracket is attached to a third one of the elongated members. The mailbox attachment bracket is specifically configured for mating with a base portion of a mailbox.
Inventors:
Ruocco; Joseph Francis (Saugus, MA)
Appl. No.:
11/401,132
Filed:
April 10, 2006
Current U.S. Class:
232/39 ; 248/128; 248/298.1; 248/424
Current International Class:
A47G 29/12 (20060101)
Field of Search:
232/39,17 D99/32 248/128,429,424,121,298.1,257,265,269
References Cited [Referenced By]
U.S. Patent Documents
1731682
October 1929
Pendergrass
2279622
April 1942
Hurd
3289988
December 1966
McKenney et al.
3497078
February 1970
Nash
4496123
January 1985
Laramie
4821952
April 1989
Deciutiis
D371884
July 1996
Esgro
6161756
December 2000
Upton
6164527
December 2000
Garey
6543680
April 2003
McCormack
6988655
January 2006
Riccio
Primary Examiner: Miller; William L. Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Simmons; David O. Galasso & Associates LP
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Claims
What is claimed is:1. A mailbox mounting apparatus, comprising: a plurality of elongated members in stacked configuration, wherein adjacent pairs of said elongated members are movably attached to each other for enabling said adjacent pairs of elongated members to be moved between a respective retracted configuration and a respective extended configuration; a mounting bracket attached to a first one of said elongated members, wherein the mounting bracket is specifically configured for being attached to a mailbox support structure; and a mailbox attachment bracket attached to a second one of said elongated members, wherein the mailbox attachment bracket is specifically configured for mating with a base portion of a mailbox; means for enabling sliding provided between adjacent pairs of said elongated members, said means includes a screw-slot formed in one member of each one of said adjacent pairs of elongated members and a screw attached to the other member of each one of said adjacent pairs of elongated members, wherein a head of the screw extends into engagement with the respective screw-slot. 2. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein: movement between the retracted configuration and an extended configuration is effectively constrained along a single longitudinal reference axis. 3. A mailbox mounting apparatus, comprising: three elongated members, wherein a first one of said elongated members is slidably attached to a second one of said elongated members by way of a screw-slot and a flat head screw for enabling said first and second elongated members to be moved between a respective stacked configuration and a respective extended configuration and wherein the second one of said elongated members is slidably attached to a third one of said elongated members for enabling said second and third elongated members to be moved between a respective stacked configuration and a respective extended configuration; a mounting bracket attached to the first one of said elongated members, wherein the mounting bracket is specifically configured for being attached to a mailbox support structure; and a mailbox attachment bracket attached to the third one of said elongated members, wherein the mailbox attachment bracket is specifically configured for mating with a base portion of a mailbox. 4. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein: movement between the respective retracted configuration and the extended configuration is effectively constrained along a single longitudinal reference axis.
Description
FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE The disclosures made herein relate generally to mailboxes mounting apparatuses and, more particularly, to mailbox mounting apparatuses that enable the mailbox to be selectively positioned. BACKGROUND It is important for a resident to be able to access their mailbox in order to retrieve their mail. Likewise, it is also important that the mail carrier be able to access the mailbox in order to deliver the mail in a timely manner. Without the ability for a resident and mail carrier to have access to the mailbox, the intended mail recipient may not be able to receive important information they would have otherwise received. There are many issues regarding mailboxes and the typical location of a mailbox. Mailboxes are often damaged by snowplows or other vehicles and are often times inaccessible if snow has accumulated around them. Because a mailbox is typically attached to a post or equivalent structure in a fixed manner, it is not readily moved to gain access. This sometimes makes it difficult or even dangerous for mail carriers to reach the mailbox in order to deliver the mail. If there is sufficient difficulty or risk for the mail carrier to deliver the mail, they may not be able to deliver the mail to the intended recipient. For example, accumulated snow makes it a challenge for the mail recipient to retrieve their mail, especially if the recipient is elderly or physically handicapped. As a result, the intended recipient may not receive vital mailed information. The typical solution for this issue is for the resident to shovel the area around the mailbox in order for it to be accessible by them and the mail carrier. However, this is very inconvenient and in the case of the elderly or physically handicapped, it can be impossible, unsafe and/or healthy. Therefore, an apparatus that allows a mailbox to be selectively moved from a retracted position to an extended position in order to facilitate easy access when the mailbox is not readily and/or safely accessible and that allows the mailbox to be readily moved back to the retracted position would be useful and advantageous. SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE Embodiments of the present invention provide for a distance between a mailbox and an adjacent roadway to be selectively varied. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention allow a mailbox to be selectively extended between a plurality of positions with respect to the structure to which it is mounted. This movable mounting arrangement facilitates inserting and retrieving mail from the mailbox when obstacles such as, for example, snow require extended reach to gain access to the mailbox. In one embodiment of the present invention, a mailbox mounting apparatus comprises a plurality of elongated members, a mounting bracket and a mailbox attachment bracket. Adjacent pairs of the elongated members are movably attached to each other for enabling the adjacent pairs of elongated members to be moved between a respective retracted configuration and a respective extended configuration. The mounting bracket is attached to a first one of the elongated members. The mounting bracket is specifically configured for being attached to a mailbox support structure. The mailbox attachment bracket is attached to a second one of the elongated members. The mailbox attachment bracket is specifically configured for mating with a base portion of a mailbox. In another embodiment of the present invention, a mailbox mounting apparatus comprises three elongated members, a mounting bracket and a mailbox attachment bracket. A first one of the elongated members is slideably attached to a second one of the elongated members for enabling the first and second elongated members to be moved between a respective stacked configuration and a respective extended configuration. The second one of the elongated members is slideably attached to a third one of the elongated members for enabling the second and third elongated members to be moved between a respective stacked configuration and a respective extended configuration. The mounting bracket is attached to the first one of the elongated members. The mounting bracket is specifically configured for being attached to a mailbox support structure. The mailbox attachment bracket is attached to a third one of the elongated members. The mailbox attachment bracket is specifically configured for mating with a base portion of a mailbox. In another embodiment of the present invention, a mailbox assembly comprises a plurality of elongated members and a mailbox. Adjacent pairs of the elongated members are movably attached to each other for enabling the adjacent pairs of elongated members to be moved between a respective retracted configuration and a respective extended configuration. The mailbox has exterior walls and a floor. The floor and/or a portion of one of the exterior walls are attached to an outermost one of the elongated members. Turning now to specific aspects of the present invention, in at least one embodiment, a mounting bracket is attached to a first outermost one of the elongated members and the mounting bracket is specifically configured for being attached to a mailbox support structure. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, a mailbox attachment bracket is attached to a second outermost one of the elongated members and the mailbox attachment bracket is specifically configured for mating with a base portion of a mailbox. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, means for enabling sliding is provided between the adjacent pairs of the elongated members. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, the means includes a slot formed in a first elongated member of each one of the adjacent pairs of elongated members and an engagement member attached to a second elongated member of each one of the adjacent pairs of elongated members. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, the engagement member of each one of the adjacent pairs of elongated members extends into engagement with the respective slot. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, the adjacent pairs of elongated members are slideably attached to each other for enabling the adjacent pairs of elongated members to be moved between the respective retracted configuration and the respective extended configuration. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, movement between the retracted configuration and the extended configuration is effectively constrained along a single longitudinal reference axis. These and other objects, embodiments advantages and/or distinctions of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and associated drawings. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 depicts a mailbox extension apparatus in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, which is in an extended configuration. FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view taken along the line 2-2 in FIG. 1. FIG. 3 shows the mailbox extension apparatus of FIG. 1 in a retracted orientation. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIGURES FIGS. 1-3 depict various aspects of an embodiment of an apparatus configured for enabling a mailbox to be selectively moved to a variety of different mounted positions. This apparatus is referred to herein as the mailbox extension apparatus 2. The mailbox extension apparatus 2 allow easier access to a mailbox when inclement weather such as snow prevents easy access, thereby enhancing safety and convenience to both the mail recipient and the mail carrier. The mailbox extension apparatus 2 includes a mounting bracket 4, a first elongated member 6, a second elongated member 8, a third elongated member 10, and a mailbox attachment bracket 12. The mounting bracket 4 is configured for being attached to a mailbox support structure such as, for example, a wood or metal post by means such as, for example, threaded fasteners or nails. The first elongated member 6 is attached to the mounting bracket 4. The second elongated member 8 is slideably attached to the first elongated member 6. The third elongated member 10 is slideably attached to the second elongated member 8. The slideable interconnection enables the elongated members (6, 8, 10) to be moved between an extended configuration E (FIG. 1) and a retracted configuration R (FIG. 3). The mailbox attachment bracket 12 is attached to the third elongated member 10, thereby allowing mounting of a mailbox 14 to the mailbox extension apparatus 2. The mounting bracket 4 is attached to the mailbox post or stand, thus providing a means for attachment of the mailbox extension apparatus to the mailbox post or stand. The elongated members (6, 8, 10) are in a stacked arrangement with the second elongated member 8 slideably connected between the first elongated member 6 and the third elongated member 10. In this manner, the first elongated member 6 is a first outermost elongated member and the third elongated member 10 is a second outermost elongated member. The second elongated member 8 is slideably movable respect to the first elongated member 6 and the third elongated member 10 is slidably movable respect to the second elongated member 8. As depicted in FIG. 1, the elongated members (6, 8, 10) are slideable along a reference axis L1 that extends generally parallel with a longitudinal axis L2 of the mailbox 14. A skilled person will appreciate that any number of elongated members may be connected in such a slideable manner and integrated into a mailbox extension apparatus in accordance with the present invention to accommodate a desired extension length. The mounting bracket 4 is attached to the mailbox post or stand with mounting holes that are of a standard size and placement for mailbox 14 installations. The mounting bracket 4 is attached with hardware fasteners, but alternate methods of attachment include, but are not limited to, welding, mortar, or epoxy. As depicted, a bottom portion of the first elongated member 6 is mounted directly to a top portion of the mounting bracket 4. Such an attachment approach includes, but is not limited to, hardware fasteners, epoxy, or welding. Attachment of the first elongated member 6 to the mounting bracket 4 does not interfere with the ability of the second elongated member 6 to slide freely. In the depicted embodiment, the elongated members (6, 8, 10) are slideable with respect to each other through use of a slot-screw arrangement. A tapered slot 20 is provided in the bottom wall 22 of the third elongated member 10 and a clearance hole 24 is provided in a top wall 26 of the second elongated member 8. A head 28 of a flat head screw 30 is engaged in the tapered slot 20 with a thread portion 32 extending through the clearance hole 24 and into threaded engagement with a hole in a support member 34. Through this arrangement, the third elongated member 10 is slideable along the longitudinal axis L2 with respect to the second elongated member 8. A plurality of such screw-slot engagements is preferably provided to limit movement of the elongated members (6, 8, 10) to linear movement. The first elongated member 6 and the second elongated member 8 are similarly configured for enabling the second elongated member 8 to be slideable along the longitudinal axis L2 with respect to the first elongated member 6. A skilled person will appreciate other known means for enabling the elongated members (6, 8, 10) to be extendably (e.g., slideably) interconnected. For example, the elongated members (6, 8, 10) may be interconnected with wheels or pins that are in movable engagement with slots, elongated members, or cut-outs or other structural elements. The key functional requirements are selective extension and robust interconnection between elongated members (6, 8, 10). Furthermore, a skilled person will appreciate that the elongated members (6, 8, 10) may be interconnected in a telescoping manner as opposed to a stacked and slideable manner. The mailbox attachment bracket 12 is attached to the third elongated member 10. The mailbox attachment bracket 12 has standard size holes in a standard pattern to facilitate attaching the mailbox 14 to it and is sized and shaped to mate with a base portion of the mailbox 14 (e.g., a conventional mailbox). Accordingly, the mailbox attachment bracket 12 is specifically configured for mating with a base portion of a mailbox. In the preceding detailed description, reference has been made to the accompanying drawings that form a part hereof, and in which are shown by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the present invention may be practiced. These embodiments, and certain variants thereof, have been described in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the art to practice embodiments of the present invention. It is to be understood that other suitable embodiments may be utilized and that logical, mechanical, chemical and electrical changes may be made without departing from the spirit or scope of such inventive disclosures. To avoid unnecessary detail, the description omits certain information known to those skilled in the art. The preceding detailed description is, therefore, not intended to be limited to the specific forms set forth herein, but on the contrary, it is intended to cover such alternatives, modifications, and equivalents, as can be reasonably included within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cordless Electric Hair Dryer With Case

United States Patent
7,380,347
Coats , et al.
June 3, 2008
Cordless electric hair dryer with case
Abstract
A cordless hair dryer assembly designed to be used with only with a renewable power source such as a rechargeable battery. The cordless hair dryer assembly includes a motor assembly, a fan, heating element and an on/off switch. The motor assembly is also configured with a flow controller and a temperature controller. The cordless hair dryer further includes a hose configured with a cap with a plurality of apertures for distributing the airflow.
Inventors:
Coats; Carrie R. (Chickasaw, AL), Coats; Willie (Chickasaw, AL)
Appl. No.:
11/290,310
Filed:
November 30, 2005
Current U.S. Class:
34/97
Current International Class:
A45D 20/12 (20060101)
Field of Search:
34/96-100 392/380,384 132/272,212
References Cited [Referenced By]
U.S. Patent Documents
3377715
April 1968
Hubner
3386184
June 1968
Ponczek
4635382
January 1987
Bourdeau
5124532
June 1992
Hafey et al.
5857262
January 1999
Bonnema et al.
6449870
September 2002
Perez et al.
7096597
August 2006
Zellous
Primary Examiner: Gravini; S. Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP
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Claims
What is claimed is:1. A cordless hair dryer assembly comprising: a carrying case configured to receive therein the cordless hair dryer, wherein the carrying case is a separate separable component from the hair dryer; a motor assembly, said motor assembly having therein a DC motor, said motor connected to a fan, said motor assembly further including at least one heating element, said fan for creating airflow; a hose connected proximate said fan, said hose for directing the airflow created by said fan; a temperature controller, said temperature controller for regulating the current from the renewable power source to the heating elements; a cap, said cap mounted to said hose, said cap for receiving and distributing the airflow from said hose; and a storage compartment, said storage compartment generally hollow and rectangular in shape, said storage compartment configured to receive therein said motor assembly, said hose and said cap. 2. The cordless hair dryer assembly as recited in claim 1, and further including a renewable power source, said renewable power source being located internally in said motor assembly, said renewable power source being removable. 3. The cordless hair dryer assembly as recited in claim 2, and further including at least one switch, said switch for controlling said DC motor. 4. The cordless hair dryer assembly as recited in claim 3, and further including at least one flow controller, said flow controller for controlling the speed of said fan, said flow controller being variable. 5. The cordless hair dryer assembly as recited in claim 1, wherein at least a portion of said cap has substantially disposed thereon a plurality of apertures, said apertures for distributing the airflow entering said cap from said hose. 6. The cordless hair dryer assembly as recited in claim 5, and further including a string, said string circumferentially disposed on said cap, said string for releasably securing said cap to a human head. 7. A battery operated hair dryer assembly having a carrying case comprising: a motor assembly, said motor assembly having therein a DC motor, said motor connected to a fan, said motor assembly further including at least one heating element, said motor assembly being circular in shape, said motor assembly further including a plurality of air intakes, said air intakes being centrally located on said motor assembly; a battery, said battery being a rechargeable nickel cadmium battery, said battery capable of producing sufficient current for supplying power to said fan and said heating element; a hose, said hose having a first end and a second end, said first end of said hose being mounted to said motor assembly, said hose for directing airflow as the airflow is produced from said motor assembly; a temperature controller, said temperature controller for regulating the current from said nickel cadmium battery to said heating elements; a cap, said cap mounted to said hose, said cap for receiving and distributing the airflow from said second end of said hose, said cap being configured to receive therein a human head, said cap having substantially disposed on one side a plurality of apertures, said apertures being configured to distribute the airflow received from said hose; and a storage compartment, said storage compartment generally hollow and rectangular in shape, said storage compartment having two generally equal portions, said portions being hingably attached along one side, said storage compartment having containers to receive therein said motor assembly, said hose and said cap, said storage compartment further including a mirror substantially disposed on one of said portions, wherein said storage compartment is a separate separable component from said motor assembly, hose and cap. 8. The battery-operated hair dryer as recited in claim 7, and further including a switch, said switch for regulating the current flow between the battery and the fan. 9. The battery-operated hair dryer as recited in claim 8, and further including 3 flow controllers, said flow controllers for controlling the speed of said fan. 10. The battery-operated hair dryer as recited in claim 9, and further including temperature controller, for regulating the current from the renewable power source to the lasting elements. 11. The battery-operated hair dryer as recited in claim 10, wherein said storage compartment further includes at least one container designed to receive a hair comb or brush therein. 12. The battery-operated hair dryer as recited in claim 11, and further including a string, said string circumferentially disposed on said cap, said string for releasably securing said cap to a human head.
Description
FIELD OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates a device that generates and blows hot air, more specifically but not by way of limitation, to a cordless hair dryer that is powered by a renewable power source intergrated into the hair dryer. BACKGROUND Individuals usually engage in daily grooming habits. Most individuals regularly wash their hair and have a subsequent need to dry their hair afterwards. Professional stylist also regular use a hair dryer to dry the hair or assist in styling the hair after it has been cut. Conventional hair dryers have shown to have some limitations. Particularly, conventional hair dryers are powered by a standard 120 volt or 220 volt supply. The hair dryer is connected to the power supply with a cord. This creates limitations as to where the conventional hair dryer can be used. If there is no access to an electrical outlet, a conventional hair dryer can not be utilized. As a result, traditional hair dryers lack portability. Another issue regarding the power supply of traditional hair dryers is safety. Numerous accidents occur each year as users of traditional hair dryers injure themselves when their hair dryer contacts water. As hair dryers typically operate on 1000 watts of power or more, this represents a serious safety hazard to users. Conventional hair dryers also lack portability. Many individuals engage in camping or visiting the beach where it is desirable to dry one's hair after swimming. Without a standard 120-volt electrical outlet, traditional hair dryers cannot be utilized at campgrounds or the beach. Accordingly, there is a need for a device that is capable of generating and moving warmer than ambient temperature air that is powered by a renewable power source. Furthermore, this power source should be integrated into the device. SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION It is the object of the present invention to provide a portable hair dryer that is powered with a renewable power source such as but not limited to a battery to facilitate the use of the hair dryer without the need for a standard electrical outlet during operation. It is another object of the present invention to provide a portable hair dryer that is lightweight and easy to carry. It is a further object of the present invention to provide a portable hair dryer that has adjustable heat controls. Another object of the present invention is to provide a battery powered portable hair dryer that has adjustable air speeds. To the accomplishment of the above and related objects the present invention may be embodied in the form illustrated in the accompanying drawings. Attention is called to the fact that the drawings are illustrative only. Variations are contemplated as being a part of the present invention, limited only by the scope of the claims. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS A more complete understanding of the present invention may be had by reference to the following Detailed Description and appended claims when taken in conjunction with the accompanying Drawings wherein: FIG. 1 illustrates a perspective view of an embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 2 illustrates a perspective view of an alternative embodiment of the present invention; and FIG. 3 illustrates a perspective view of a carrying case for the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 2. DETAILED DESCRIPTION Referring now to the drawings submitted herewith, wherein various elements depicted are not necessarily drawn to scale, and in particular FIG. 1 there is illustrated a hair dryer 100 that is constructed according to the principles of the present invention. The hair dryer 100 comprises a housing 10 constructed of a rigid material such as but not limited to plastic. The housing 10 material must also be heat resistant to endure temperatures of up to two hundred and fifty degrees. The housing 10 has contained therein the standard components of a conventional hair dryer such as but not limited at least one heating element, a fan and a DC motor. Integrally molded to the housing 10 is the barrel 20. The barrel 20 is generally cylindrical in shape and extends outward from the housing 10. The barrel 10 is used to direct the airflow generated from the fan in the housing 10 to a desired location. At the end of the barrel 20 distally located from the housing 10 is the screen 25. The screen 25 filters any particles that may be introduced internally to the housing 10 via a plurality of air intakes 15. The air intakes 15 allow air to enter the housing 10 when drawn in by the operating fan. The airflow is passed over the heating elements and discharged through the barrel 20. Although the barrel 20 is shown as being cylindrical in shape, it is further contemplated within the scope of the present invention that the barrel 20 could be numerous different shapes and still perform the intended function as described herein. More specifically but not by way of limitation, the barrel 10 could be oval in shape. It is also further contemplated within the scope of the present invention that the end of the barrel 20 distal to the housing 10 could be configured to receive thereon various attachments for diffusing the airflow as it exits the barrel 20. Extending downward from the housing 10 and generally perpendicular to the barrel 20 is the handle 30. The handle 30 is integrally molded with the housing 10 and rectangular in shape. Integrated into the handle 30 and adjacently underneath the barrel 20 is a switch 40. The switch 40 is a conventional on/off switch that is used to operate the hair dryer 100. The switch 40 is positioned intermediate in the electrical circuit that is present between the DC motor in the housing 10 and the renewable power source 60 located at the end of the handle distal to the housing 10. The switch 40 has a first position in which the circuit is open and a second position in which the circuit is closed. In the second position, the hair dryer 100 is activated. Located on the handle 30 intermediate the renewable power source 60 and the switch 40 is the temperature controller 50. The temperature controller 50 is a conventional variable switch that is positioned intermediate in the electrical circuit between the renewable power source 60 and the heating element contained in the housing 10. The temperature controller 50 variably adjusts the heat produced by the heating element by regulating the amount of current distributed to the heating elements as the temperature controller 50 is adjusted. The temperature controller 50 is a standard dial controller that allows more or less current to flow to the heating element as the dial is rotated in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. Typically the temperature controller 50 is rotated clockwise to allow more current to flow to the heating element. If the user desires less heat production, the temperature controller 50 is rotated in a counter-clockwise direction. Mounted to the handle 30 opposite the housing 10 and releasably secured thereto is the renewable power source 60. The renewable power source 60 is a rechargeable battery such as but not limited to a nickel cadmium battery. It is contemplated within the scope of the present invention that the renewable power source 60 is capable of producing electric currents required to operate the high current demands of the heating element. Once the stored energy contained in the renewable power source 60 has been depleted, the renewable power source 60 can be recharged with conventional 120 v power supply via charging receptacle 65. The charging receptacle 65 is a conventional polarized receptacle that is integrated into the renewable power source 60 adjacent to the handle. Although only the charging receptacle 65 is illustrated integrated into the renewable power source 60, it is contemplated within the scope of the present invention that the renewable power source 60 has a set of LED lights that alert the user to the current power status of the renewable power source 60. The renewable power source 60 is releasably secured to the handle via the attachment mechanism 70. The attachment mechanism 70 is a conventional mechanical fastener such as but not limited to a snap/hook device. The renewable power source 60 is utilized in place of a traditional 120 volt power supply as it allows the hair dryer 100 to be utilized in areas where an independent power source may not be available. Further, the renewable power source 60 provides a cordless hair dryer 100 that facilitates safer use in environments that contain water sources, which create potential shock hazards. Those skilled in the art will recognize that numerous different materials could be utilized to manufacture the housing 10 in place of and/or in conjunction with the materials suggested herein. Furthermore, one should recognize that the housing 10 be manufactured in numerous different colors such as but not limited to purple, blue, orange, pink, red, and yellow. Now referring in particular to FIGS. 2 and 3, there is an alternative embodiment illustrated of the present invention. The first component of the hair dryer assembly, the hair dryer 200 comprises a motor assembly 210. The motor assembly 210 houses conventional hair dryer components including but not limited to a variable speed fan, a DC motor and at least one heating element. The motor assembly 210 is generally annular in shape and is constructed of a suitable rigid material such as but not limited to plastic. Centrally located and integrated into the motor assembly 210 is a plurality of air intakes 212. As the fan inside the motor assembly 210 rotates it draws in air from the air intakes 212 to be passed over the heating elements and discharged from the motor assembly 210 via the hose 230. Those skilled in the art will recognize that the plastic used to manufacture the motor assembly 210 is preferably made of plastic that is heat resistant to at least 250 degrees. The motor assembly 210 also has contained therein a renewable battery. The battery is a rechargeable battery that is charged with a conventional battery charger. It is contemplated within the scope of the invention that the battery contained within the motor assembly 210 is capable of generating sufficient voltage to operate the heating element that typically require approximately 1000-1200 watts. It is further contemplated within the scope of the present invention that the fan contained within the motor assembly 210 is a conventional low-voltage DC fan. Superposed on the exterior of the motor assembly 210 is a pair of switches 220. The switches 220 regulate the current flow in the circuit between the battery and the fan contained within the motor assembly 210. Those skilled in the art will recognize that a single on/off switch could be utilized to achieve the functionality of the switches 220 as described herein. Mounted opposite the switches 220 integrated with the exterior of the motor assembly 210 is the temperature controller 225. The temperature controller 225 is a standard variable electric switch that allows the current produced from the battery to be regulated within a predetermined range as it is distributed to the heating elements. Although no specific range is required for the temperature controller 225, good results have been achieved with a range between 125 and 250 degrees. Intermediate the switches 220 and the temperature controller 225 are the airflow controllers 215. The airflow controllers 215 are conventional electric switches that adjust the current flow between the battery and the DC fan. This alters the speed at which the fan rotates thus controlling the volume of air heated and discharged. Although it is shown in the illustrated embodiment that three airflow controllers 215 are present, it is contemplated within the scope of the present invention that numerous different airflow controller 215 configuration could be used in place of and/or in conjunction with the airflow controllers 215 as illustrated. More specifically but not by way of limitation, the airflow controller 215 could be a single variable switch. Located on the top portion of the motor assembly is the hose 230. The hose 230 allows the air drawn into the motor assembly 210 through the air intakes 212 to exit the motor assembly and transport the air to the cap 235. The hose 230 is constructed of a suitable semi-rigid flexible material such as but not limited to plastic. Those skilled in the art will recognize that the hose 230 is constructed of a plastic is resistant to high temperatures. It is further contemplated within the scope of the present invention that the hose 230 is constructed with an internal support coil to prevent collapse of the hose material upon prolonged exposure to high heat. The second end 232 of the hose 230 is contiguous with a cap 235. The cap 235 is constructed of a suitable flexible material such as heat resistant plastic. The cap 235 is designed to releasably secure to a human head. A string 240 that is circumferentially disposed along the cap 235 is designed to releasably secure the cap 235 to a human head. Substantially disposed on the interior of the cap 235 is a plurality of apertures 245. The apertures 245 are configured to be the outlets for the air flow that was introduced into the cap 235 by the hose 230. The apertures 235 are evenly dispersed and contiguous with the interior of the cap 235 in order to provide sufficient airflow to the adjacent human head. Those skilled in the art will recognize that numerous different configurations of the apertures 245 could be used in place of and/or in conjunction with the apertures 245 as illustrated in the accompanying drawings to perform the intended function as described herein. Now referring in particular to FIG. 3, the second component of the hair dryer assembly is a carrying case 300. The case 300 is generally rectangular in shape and hollow for receipt therein of the hair dryer 200 components. The case 300 includes an upper portion 355 and a lower portion 370 that are fastened with a conventional piano hinge 395. Mounted by conventional mechanical methods along the peripheral edge 352 of the upper portion 355 and the lower portion 370 are a pair of opposing fasteners 350. The fasteners 350 are manufactured from a conventional hook and loop fastener and are designed to releasably secure the upper portion 355 to the lower portion 370 in a second position in which the case 300 is closed. In the first position, the case 300 is open allowing access to the components of the hair dryer 200 contained in specialized containers 399 integrally molded into the lower portion 370 of the case 300. Substantially disposed internally in the upper portion 355 is a mirror 360. The mirror 360 is mounted by conventional chemical methods such as but not limited to chemical adhesives. Molded into the lower portion 370 are a motor compartment 385, cap compartment 395, hose compartment 365, charger compartment 397, battery compartment 375, and at least one grooming device compartment 372. All of the compartments 399 are formed with a suitable rigid material such as but not limited to thermoplastic. As is known to those skilled in the art, a thermoplastic is a high polymer that softens when exposed to heat and returns to its original condition when cooled to room temperature. Suitable thermoplastics include but are not limited to, nylon, polystyrene, polypropylene, and acrylic resins. It is preferred that the thermoplastic material be one that can be readily injection molded and is non-toxic. Thermoplastics also provide the opportunity to use a variety of different colors to manufacture hair dryer 200 and case 300. It is contemplated within the scope of the present invention that the hair dryer 200 and case 300 could be manufacture in the colors purple, blue, orange, pink, red, and yellow. The containers 399 should be molded to sufficient shape to accommodate therein there intended component. The motor compartment 385 should be generally annular in shape and of sufficient diameter to accommodate the motor assembly 210. All other containers 399 are configured in a similar manner to mate with the shape of the device to be retained therein. Although no specific measurements of the case 300 are required, good results have been achieved with a case that is 12.5 inches in length, four inches in height and three inches in depth. Although good results have been achieved with the described embodiment of the present invention utilizing the renewable power source to power both the heating element and the fan, it is contemplated to be within the scope of this invention that other types of mechanisms could be utilized to power the heating elements. For example, but not by way of limitation, the hair dryer could be configured to utilized a rechargeable battery pack to power the fan, while a butane power heating system could be utilized to heat the heating element of the hair dryer. It is further contemplated that various types of clip attachments could be utilized on the present invention to facilitate easy movement and portability of the hair dryer. Referring in particular to the drawings submitted herewith, more specifically FIG. 1, a description of the operation of the hair dryer 100 is as follows. In use, the user charges the renewable power source 60 using the charging receptacle 65 until the renewable power source 60 is charged to capacity. Once charged, the hair dryer 100 can be transported to a desired location where its use will be required. The user will engage the switch 40 to activate the fan contained in the housing 10 and select the desired temperature level of the airflow exiting the barrel 20 with the temperature controller 50. The user will then direct the airflow to the material that needs to be dried, such as but not limited to hair. Once dry, the user will engage the switch 40 to disengage the fan and heating element contained in the housing. The user will periodically charge the renewable power source as needed and repeat the process as described herein. In the preceding detailed description, reference has been made to the accompanying drawings that form a part hereof, and in which are shown by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the invention may be practiced. These embodiments, and certain variants thereof, have been described in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the art to practice the invention. It is to be understood that other suitable embodiments may be utilized and that logical changes may be made without departing from the spirit or scope of the invention. The description may omit certain information known to those skilled in the art. The preceding detailed description is, therefore, not intended to be limited to the specific forms set forth herein, but on the contrary, it is intended to cover such alternatives, modifications, and equivalents, as can be reasonably included within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.
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