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May 22, 1962
J. J. HOUGHTALING
3,035,572
VIBRATOR
Filed June 20, 1960
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
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INVENTOR
JOHN J. HOUGHTALI NG
May 22, 1962
J. J. HOUGHTALING
3,035,572
VIBRATOR
Filed June 20, 1960
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
INVENTOR
J OHN d. HO UGHTALINS
3,635,572
Patented May 22, 1962
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In thedrawings:
3,035,572
FIG. 1 is a sectional elevational view of a vibrator
VIBRATOR
John J. Houghtaling, Glen Rock, N.J., assignor to Magic
Fingers, Inc., Rochelle Park, N.J., a corporation 0
Delaware
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Filed June 20, 1960, Ser. No. 37,429
6 Claims. (Cl. 128--33)
unit to which the principles of the invention have been
applied;
FIG. 2 is a partial top plan view of the vibrator shown
in FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a perspective view of part of a box spring
unit to which the vibrator has been attached;
The present invention relates to vibrators for box
FIG. 4 is a plan view of a part of a box spring unit
springs of beds and spring constructed furniture, and
different in construction from that shown in FIG. 3, to
particularly to such a vibrator that is of a unitary con
struction and is supported in a manner to provide a
which the unitary vibrator has been attached;
localized vibratory action. 7
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An object of the invention is to provide a vibrator
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a day bed or couch
to which two vibrator units have been attached;
FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a bed to which a vibra
of unitary construction that is attached to, and adapted 15 tor unit has been attached; and
FIG. 7 is a form of over-stuffed chair to which a sepa
to be solely supported by, certain of the springs of a
rate vibrator unit has been attached to the spring seat
box spring like construction.
and spring back constructions.
Another object of the invention is to provide such a
Referring to the drawings, and particularly to FIG. 1,
vibrator that can easily be attached to the spring element
of a box spring or over-stuffed piece of furniture.
Another object of the invention is to provide such a
vibrator that ?ts between adjacent spring coils and can
the principles of the invention are shown as applied to
a vibrator including a cup-shaped, sheet metal hous
ing 10. The housing 10 may have any desired cross sec
tional shape, and in the embodiment disclosed is shown
as being cylindrical. A plate 11 may be provided with
such a unitary vibrator that is no thicker than the spring 25 a depending ?anged element 12 integral therewith. The
?anged element 12 may frictionally engage the inner
element of a box spring, so that it may be completely
surface of the open end of the cup-shaped housing 10.
enclosed within the spring unit.
The plate 11 may support an electric motor 13 between
Still another object of the invention is to provide such
spaced yoke members 14 and 15 by two screws 16, only
a vibrator that will be simple to make, easy to install
be attached to the uppermost convolutions of the springs.
Still another object of this invention is to provide
and require no maintenance.
In one aspect of the invention, a hollow, cup-shaped
housing, which may be of cylindrical or other cross sec
tional shape, may have top closure means removably
attached to the one end of the cup-shaped housing.
Fixed to the inner surface of the top closure means and
extending downwardly into said housing may be an elec
one of which is shown. Two other screws 17 (only one
being shown) pass through the stator of the motor 13.
The output shaft 18 is at right angles to the cover plate
11, and an eccentric weight 19 may be ?xed to shaft 18
for rotation in a plane parallel with the plane of the
plate 11.
The plate 11 may have ?xed to it bolts 20 which may
support washers 21 separated by a spacer 22 of smaller
diameter than the washers 21. The washers 21 and
may be attached an eccentrically mounted member that
spacers 22 may be of any material but preferably of
is adapted to rotate in a plane including the spring unit
to which the vibrator is attached. The eccentrically 40 sound deadening material such as a solid, non-metallic
material.
mounted member may be of such weight that it will pro
The cup-shaped housing 10 may be covered with a
duce a substantial reciprocating motion of the housing
noise absorbing cover 23. This cover may be of a
when the latter is suspended from a flexible, resilient
quilted construction or corrugated construction such that
mounting.
contact between it and adjacent coil springs will not cause
In another aspect of the invention, the diameter or
an audible noise.‘
maximum cross sectional dimension of the housing may‘
Referring to FIGS. 3 and 4, there are two standard
be such that it will be freely received within the space
forms of box springs manufactured. In FIG. 3, the one
de?ned by a plurality of adjacent coil springs in a stand
form comprises crisscross binding wires 24 and 25 that
ard box spring unit for a bed, or a standard spring con
extend from frame to frame at right angles to each other
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struction for upholstered furniture and the like.
and spaced so that they may be held in contact with the
In still another aspect of the invention, lugs may be
peripheries of each top convolution 26 of each coil spring
attached to the outer top surface of the top closure means
27 within the box spring unit by clip means 28.
of the housing. These lugs may be pairs of thin, an
This construction provides triangular openings 29 at
nular members mounted on a stud with a spacer of
55 the intersection of the wires 24, 25 and a peripheral
smaller diameter therebetween, so that the annular mem
portion of a top wire 26 of the coil springs 27. In as
bers can receive between them a section of wire from
sembling the vibrator to this form of spring unit, a portion
of the bottom dust cover of the spring unit is opened
which the coil springs are made.
and the vibrator inserted within the space formed by four
In assembling the device to a box spring unit, it is
adjacent coil springs 27. Each clip including the washers
only necessary to open the dust cover at the bottom of
21 is located within a triangular space 29 in a manner
the unit and insert the housing between four adjacent
such that the crisscross wires 24, 25 at their points of
coil springs, so that the top closure means of the housing
intersection wedgingly lie between the washers 21 of the
is located at the top of the‘spring coils. The lugs are
four lugs. In this way, as the vibrator gyrates in a plane
then attached to a portion of the wire forming each of
parallel to the top of the spring unit, the forces gener
the four adjacent coil springs in a manner such that 65 ated do not tend to release the mounting clips.
vibratory action of the unit when in use will not act to
The standard form of box spring unit shown in FIG. 4
release said lugs.
‘
may include clip members 30 extending between ad
The above, other objects and novel features of the
jacent spring coils 27. The vibrator is inserted between
tric motor, to the vertically disposed output shaft of which
vibrator will become apparent from the following speci
?cation and accompanying drawings which are merely
exemplary.
four adjacent coils 27 of FIG. 4 in the same manner as ex
plained with respect to FIG. 3. However, the top con
. volutions of the coils 27 are drawn together sut?ciently to,
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pass over the washers 21 and to be wedged between them
‘the attaching means being radially located relative to the
in a manner shown in FIG. 4.
center of said plate on a locus slightly greater than the
Referring to FIG. 5, a couch C is shown as having a
spring unit 31 to which is attached vibrator units 32 and
33 embodying the principles of the invention. The unit
distance between portions of wires to be engaged by said
slots and the center of said plate when held inoperating
32 may be applied to the spring unit 31 approximately
one-third the distance from the head to the foot, while
the unit 33 may be applied approximately one-third the
distance from the foot to the head. The power supply
position by said wires, so that said attaching means can he
slipped over said wires which will spring into place in
said slots and thereby hold said vibrator in operating
position.
‘4. A vibrator for attachment to the wires of coil spring
constructions of furniture and the like comprising a plate;
cord 34 may be connected to a conventional timer switch
35 having a setting dial 36, and an inlet cord 37 may
lead from switch 35 to a wall socket 38 or the like. By
shaft; an eccentric weight mounted on said output shaft
setting the dial 36 to any desired time interval, ‘the
vibrator unit 32 and/or the unit 33, which may be con
for rotation therewith; and a plurality of attaching means,
each attaching means comprising a pair of rigid insulat
nected in parallel with unit 32, will vibrate the spring unit
31 with a gentle vibrating motion which will relax the
ing washer means mounted on a holding member on said
plate to provide a slot with a ?xed opening space and
muscles of the user reclining on the couch C.
adapted to clamp between them a wire having the diam
eter of the wireforming said spring construction to be
Referring to FIG. 6, the unit 32 is shown as applied to
an electric motor mounted on said plate with an output
engaged thereby, the attaching means being radially lo
a box spring unit 39 of a double bed 40. The unit 32
is shown installed on one side of the double bed 4%, and 20 cated relative to the center of said plate on a locus slightly
greater than the distance between portions of wires to be
it is evident that other units may be attached in other
engaged by said slots and the center of said plate when
parts of the bed if desired.
held in operating position by said wires, so that said
Referring to FIG. 7, a vibrator unit 32 is shown as
attaching means can be slipped over said wires which
applied to the spring construction of the back 41 of an
upholstered chair 42, and a vibrator unit 33 is shown as’ 25 will spring into place in said. slots and thereby hold said
vibrator in operating position.
applied to the spring construction of the seat 43.
5. A vibrator for attachment to the wires of coil spring
Although the various features of the new and im
constructions of furniture and the like comprising a
proved vibrator have been shown and described in detail
cup shaped housing adapted to ?t between more than two
to fully disclose one embodiment of the invention, it will
be evident that changes may be made in such details and 30 adjacent coil springs; a plate for said housing, having a
dimension substantially greater than the cross sectional
certain features may be used without others without de
parting from the principles of the invention.
dimension of said housing; means ‘for attaching said
What is claimed is:
l. A vibrator for attachment to the wires of coil spring
constructions of furniture and the like comprising a plate;
housing to said plate;'an electric motor mounted on said
plate with an output shaft; an eccentric weight mounted
on said output shaft for rotation therewith; and a plurality
of attaching means, each attaching means comprising a
an electric motor mounted on said plate with an output
shaft; an eccentric weight mounted on said output shaft
pair of rigid washer means mounted on a holding mem
for rotation therewith; and a plurality of attaching means,
her on said plate to provide a slot with a ?xed opening
each attaching means having a slot with normally ?xed
opening space substantially equal to the thickness of the
space and adapted torclamp between them a wire having
the diameter of thewire forming said spring construction
to be engaged thereby, the attaching means being radially
wire of said spring construction to be engaged thereby,
the attaching means being radially located relative to the
center of said plate on a locus slightly greater than the
distance between portions of wires to be engaged by. said
slots and the center of said plate when held in operating
located relative to the center of said plate on a locus
slightly greater than the distance between portions of
wires to be engaged by said slots and the center of said
plate when held in operating position by said wires, so
position by said wires, so that said attaching means can he 45 that said attaching means can ‘be slipped over said wires
which will spring into place in said slots and thereby
slipped over said wires which will spring into place in
said slots and thereby hold said vibrator in operating
hold said vibrator in operating position.
position.
6. A vibrator for attachment to the wires of coil spring
constructions of furniture and the like comprising a cup
2. A vibrator for attachment to the wires of coil spring
constructions of furniture and the like comprising a plate;
an electric motor mounted on said plate with an output
shaft; an eccentric weight mounted on said output shaft
for rotation therewith; and a plurality of attaching means,
each attaching means comprising a pair of rigid washer
shaped housing adapted ‘to ?t between more than two
adjacent coil springs; a plate for said housing having a
dimension substantially greater than the cross sectional
dimension of said housing; means for attaching said hous
ing to said plate; an electric motor mounted on said
means mounted on a holding member on said plate to 55 plate with an output shaft; an eccentric weight mounted
provide a slot with a normally ?xed opening space and
adapted to clamp between them a wire having thediam
eter of the wire forming said spring construction to be
engaged thereby, the attaching means being radially lo
on said output shaft for rotation therewith; and a plu
rality of attaching means, each attaching means compris
ing a pair of rigid insulating washer means mounted on
a holding member on said plate to provide a slot with
cated relative to the center of said plate on a locus 60 a ?xed opening space and adapted 'to clamp between
them a wire having a diameter of the wire forming said
slightly greater than the distance between portions of
wires to be engaged by said slots and the center of said
spring construction to ‘be engaged thereby, the attaching
means being radially located relative to the center of said
plate on a locus slightly greater ‘than the distance between
which will spring into place in said'slots and thereby 65 portions of wires to be engaged by said slots and the cen
plate when held in operating position by said wires, so
that said attaching means can be slipped over said wires
hold said vibrator in operating position.
ter of said platewhen held in operating position by said
wires, so that said attaching means can be slipped over
3. A vibrator for attachment to the wires of coil spring
said wires which will spring into place in said slots and
constructions of furniture and the like comprising a plate;
thereby hold said vibrator in operating position.
an electric motor mounted on said plate with an output
shaft at right angles to said plate; an eccentric’ weight 70
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
mounted on said output shaft for rotation therewith in a
UNITED STATES PATENTS
plane parallel to said plate; and a plurality of attaching
means, each attaching means having a ‘slot with a?xed
2,715,901
Blake, __________ _. ____ __ Aug. 23, 1955
opening space substantially equal to the thickness of the
wires of said spring construction to be engaged thereby, 75
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Tompkins ____________ __ Sept. 6, 1960
cum. ‘
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