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Title:
DYNAMIC DRYING MECHANISM FOR A WASH AND CLEAN SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/193112
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Aspects of the present invention provide a method and an apparatus for drying a region of a human body. The apparatus include a toilet seat assembly, and a drying nozzle assembly having one or more drying nozzle units with one ore more retractable elements adapted to deliver air at a predetermined temperature to the region of the human body, and a fan connected to the one or more drying units. In one aspect, the drying nozzle assembly also includes a first driving motor being connected to the one or more drying nozzle units and adapted for moving the one ore more retractable elements in retracting-and-extending motion, and a second driving motor being connected to the one or more drying nozzle unit and adapted for moving the one or more drying nozzle units in three-dimensional circular rotational motion.

Inventors:
SCHWAB, Brian (26 Mercer Mountain Rd, East Chatham, NY, 12060, US)
Application Number:
US2017/031483
Publication Date:
November 09, 2017
Filing Date:
May 06, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
WHOLE BATH, LLC (26 Mercer Mountain Rd, East Chatham, NY, 12060, US)
International Classes:
E03D9/08; A47K4/00; A47K7/08; A47K13/30; B05B15/68; E03D9/00
Domestic Patent References:
WO2008024005A22008-02-28
Foreign References:
US20090313752A12009-12-24
US5953765A1999-09-21
US20030140407A12003-07-31
US20050010997A12005-01-20
US20150059076A12015-03-05
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CHEN, Ya-Fen (Jas Law, LLP710 Lakeway Dr., Suite 13, Sunnyvale CA, 94085, US)
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Claims:
Claims:

1 . An apparatus for drying a region of a human body, comprising:

a toilet seat assembly; and

a drying nozzle assembly, comprising

one or more drying nozzle units comprising one ore more retractable elements adapted to deliver air at a predetermined temperature to the region of the human body; and

a fan connected to the one or more drying units.

2. The apparatus of Claim 1 , wherein the drying nozzle assembly further comprises:

a first driving motor being connected to the one or more drying nozzle units and adapted for moving the one ore more retractable elements in retracting-and- extending motion.

3. The apparatus of Claim 1 , wherein the drying nozzle assembly further comprises:

a second driving motor being connected to the one or more drying nozzle unit and adapted for moving the one or more drying nozzle units in three-dimensional circular rotational motion.

4. The apparatus of Claim 1 , wherein the fan of the drying nozzle assembly is adapted to blow air at an adjustable speed.

5. The apparatus of Claim 1 , wherein the fan of the drying nozzle assembly is adapted to blow air at an adjustable temperature.

6. The apparatus of Claim 1 , wherein each of one or more drying nozzle units of the drying nozzle assembly comprises an air channel, a retractable element, a nozzle tip portion, and a drying nozzle opening.

7. The apparatus of Claim 1 , further comprising: one or more control units adapted to receive a user input and, based on the user input, to direct movements of one or more driving motors and adjust the positions of one or more drying nozzle units within the drying nozzle assembly.

8. The apparatus of Claim 7, wherein the one or more control units is selected from the group consisting of a remote control unit, a touch screen control unit, a joystick type control unit, a hand-held control unit, a steering-wheel type control unit, a built-in control unit adjacent the toilet seat assembly, and combinations thereof.

9. The apparatus of Claim 1 , further comprising:

a spraying nozzle assembly, comprising:

one or more spray nozzle units comprising one ore more spray nozzle bodies that are retractable and adapted to deliver a solution to the region of the human body;

a first driving motor being connected to the one or more spray nozzle units and adapted for moving the one ore more spray nozzle bodies in retracting- and-extending motion; and

a second driving motor being connected to the one or more spray nozzle unit and adapted for moving the one or more spray nozzle units in three- dimensional circular rotational motion.

10. The apparatus of Claim 9, wherein the one or more drying nozzle units of the drying nozzle assembly are connected to the second driving motor of the spraying nozzle assembly such the drying nozzle units are configured to move in three- dimensional circular rotational motion together in synchronization.

1 1 . An apparatus for drying a region of a human body, comprising:

a toilet seat assembly;

a drying nozzle assembly, comprising

one or more drying nozzle units comprising one ore more retractable elements adapted to deliver air at a predetermined temperature to the region of the human body; and a fan connected to the one or more drying units; and

one or more control units adapted to receive a user input and, based on the user input, to direct movements of the first driving motor and the second driving motor and adjust the positions of one or more drying nozzle units within the drying nozzle assembly.

12. The apparatus of Claim 1 1 , wherein the one or more control units is selected from the group consisting of a remote control unit, a touch screen control unit, a joystick type control unit, a hand-held control unit, a steering-wheel type control unit, a built-in control unit adjacent the toilet seat assembly, and combinations thereof.

13. The apparatus of Claim 1 1 , wherein the drying nozzle assembly further comprises:

a first driving motor being connected to the one or more drying nozzle units and adapted for moving the one ore more retractable elements in retracting-and- extending motion; and

a second driving motor being connected to the one or more drying nozzle unit and adapted for moving the one or more drying nozzle units in three-dimensional circular rotational motion.

14. The apparatus of Claim 1 1 , wherein each of one or more drying nozzle units of the drying nozzle assembly comprises an air channel, a retractable element, a nozzle tip portion, and a drying nozzle opening.

15. A method of using an apparatus to dry a region of a human body, comprising: controlling one or more movements of a drying nozzle assembly by one or more control units, wherein the controlling further comprising:

directing one or more three-dimensional rotational movements of one or more drying nozzle units of the drying nozzle assembly by communicating one or more control units with one or more first driving motors connected to the one or more drying nozzle units; and directing one or more extending and retracting movements of the one or more drying nozzle units of the drying nozzle assembly by communicating the one or more control units with one or more second driving motors connected to the one or more drying nozzle units.

16. The method of claim 15, further comprising:

blowing out air from a drying nozzle opening at a predetermined temperature and a predetermined speed.

17. The method of claim 15, further comprising:

rotating a nozzle tip portion within the one or more spray nozzle units so that the air is adjusted to be deliver to a desired region of the human body.

18. The method of claim 15, further comprising:

adjusting one or more retractable elements within the one or more spray nozzle units by retracting and extending so that the air is adjusted to be deliver to a desired region of the human body.

19. The method of claim 15, further comprising:

receiving a user input from the drying nozzle assembly from the one or more control units; and

adjusting the one or more extending and retracting movements of the one or more drying nozzle unit based on the user input.

20. The method of claim 15, further comprising:

receiving a user input from the drying nozzle assembly from the one or more control units; and

adjusting the one or more three-dimensional rotational movements of the one or more drying nozzle unit based on the user input.

Description:
DYNAMIC DRYING MECHANISM FOR A WASH AND CLEAN SYSTEM

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application claims benefit of United States provisional patent application serial number 62/333, 152, filed May 6, 2016, which is herein incorporated by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to apparatus and system for washing, cleaning, drying, and/or delivering medicine to a region of a human body. More specifically, aspects of the present invention provide a method and apparatus for delivering and applying water, medication, and/or a cleaning solution to a region of the body (e.g., genital or anal area, intimate parts, perianal region) which may be difficult for the user to access and dry the region.

Description of the Related Art

[0003] Bidets and other modern toilet seat systems have been used to spray water and clean private parts of a user using a toilet. The bidet systems are used for washing the genital and anal areas using cleaning water of appropriate temperature sprayed from the center of the bidet system, instead of a toilet paper after relief stool or urination. Originally being developed for washing the pubic area for females, bidet systems have has now been popular among people of all ages and both sexes because it is known to be more hygienic to wash the intimate parts and anus with water instead of paper after relief. In addition, cleansing the pubic/anal regions with water may help to avoid infection and prevent hemorrhoids and other anal disease. Furthermore, it is very effective for women with gynecology diseases. It is also very useful for the elderly or obese people to relieve themselves with great convenience.

[0004] However, most bidets and bidet seat cleaning systems have water spray nozzle located to be positioned near posterior or anal area and thus not suitable for washing and cleaning female anterior private parts. In addition, bidet systems are expensive and need to be pre-installed. Further, the drying mechanisms of most bidets and bidet seat systems are not movable freely or localized to the area that need to be dried. Also, most bidets and bidet seat systems are not equipped with appropriate cleaning solutions or medications that are stored and delivered in mechanisms that can be freely movable or being localized to the area that need to be cleaned. Therefore, there is a need for a convenient, easy to carry wash and clean apparatus for cleaning genital or anal area of a human body.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0005] The present invention generally includes a method and an apparatus for drying a region of a human body. The apparatus include a toilet seat assembly, and a drying nozzle assembly. In addition, the apparatus may include a spraying nozzle assembly within a base housing of a toilet seat assembly. In one embodiment, the drying nozzle assembly includes one or more drying nozzle units having one ore more retractable elements adapted to deliver air at a predetermined temperature to the region of the human body, and a fan connected to the one or more drying units. In one aspect, the drying nozzle assembly further includes a first driving motor being connected to the one or more drying nozzle units and adapted for moving the one ore more retractable elements in retracting-and-extending motion, and a second driving motor being connected to the one or more drying nozzle unit and adapted for moving the one or more drying nozzle units in three-dimensional circular rotational motion. In another aspect, each of one or more drying nozzle units of the drying nozzle assembly includes an air channel, a retractable element, a nozzle tip portion, and a drying nozzle opening.

[0006] In another embodiment, the apparatus may also include one or more control units adapted to receive a user input and, based on the user input, to direct movements of one or more driving motors and adjust the positions of one or more drying nozzle units within the drying nozzle assembly. The one or more control units may be a remote control unit, a hand-held control unit, a touch screen control unit, a joystick type control unit, a steering-wheel type control unit, a built-in control unit adjacent the toilet seat assembly, and combinations thereof. Further, the fan of the drying nozzle assembly is adapted to blow air at an adjustable speed. In addition, the fan of the drying nozzle assembly is adapted to blow air at an adjustable temperature.

[0007] In still another embodiment, the apparatus may also include a spraying nozzle assembly, having one or more spray nozzle units with one ore more spray nozzle bodies that are retractable and adapted to deliver a solution to the region of the human body. The spraying nozzle assembly may also include a first driving motor being connected to the one or more spray nozzle units and adapted for moving the one ore more spray nozzle bodies in retracting-and-extending motion, and a second driving motor being connected to the one or more spray nozzle unit and adapted for moving the one or more spray nozzle units in three-dimensional circular rotational motion.

[0008] In yet another embodiment, the one or more drying nozzle units of the drying nozzle assembly are connected to the second driving motor of the spraying nozzle assembly such the drying nozzle units are configured to move in three- dimensional circular rotational motion together in synchronization.

[0009] Further embodiment of the invention provides an apparatus for drying a region of a human body, where the apparatus includes a toilet seat assembly and a drying nozzle assembly having one or more drying nozzle units with one ore more retractable elements adapted to deliver air at a predetermined temperature to the region of the human body, and a fan connected to the one or more drying units, and one or more control units adapted to receive a user input and, based on the user input, to direct movements of the first driving motor and the second driving motor and adjust the positions of one or more drying nozzle units within the drying nozzle assembly. In one aspect, the one or more control units may be a remote control unit, a hand-held control unit, a touch screen control unit, a joystick-type control unit, a steering-wheel type control unit, a built-in control unit adjacent the toilet seat assembly, and combinations thereof. [0010] Another embodiment of the invention provides a method of using an apparatus to drying a region of a human body. The method includes controlling one or more movements of a drying nozzle assembly by one or more control units, including directing one or more three-dimensional rotational movements of one or more drying nozzle units of the drying nozzle assembly by communicating one or more control units with one or more first driving motors connected to the one or more drying nozzle units, and directing one or more extending and retracting movements of the one or more drying nozzle units of the drying nozzle assembly by communicating the one or more control units with one or more second driving motors connected to the one or more drying nozzle units.

[0011] In one aspect, the method further includes blowing out air from a drying nozzle opening at a predetermined temperature and a predetermined speed, rotating a nozzle tip portion within the one or more spray nozzle units so that the air is adjusted to be deliver to a desired region of the human body, and adjusting one or more retractable elements within the one or more spray nozzle units by retracting and extending so that the air is adjusted to be deliver to a desired region of the human body.

[0012] In another aspect, the method further includes receiving a user input from the drying nozzle assembly from the one or more control units, and adjusting the one or more extending and retracting movements of the one or more drying nozzle unit based on the user input. In still another aspect, the method further includes receiving a user input from the drying nozzle assembly from the one or more control units; and adjusting the one or more three-dimensional rotational movements of the one or more drying nozzle unit based on the user input.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0013] So that the manner in which the above recited features of the present invention can be understood in detail, a more particular description of the invention, briefly summarized above, may be had by reference to embodiments, some of which are illustrated in the appended drawings. It is to be noted, however, that the appended drawings illustrate only typical embodiments of this invention and are therefore not to be considered limiting of its scope, for the invention may admit to other equally effective embodiments. The drawings are not necessarily to scale. The drawings are merely schematic representations, not intended to portray specific parameters of the invention.

[0014] Figure 1 is a perspective view of an example of a bidet seat system having a toilet seat assembly, a drying nozzle assembly, a spraying nozzle assembly, and a medicine delivery assembly according to embodiments of the invention.

[0015] Figure 2 illustrates one example of a bidet seat system having a drying nozzle assembly and a spraying nozzle assembly where their movements are controlled by a control unit connected thereto according to embodiments of the invention.

[0016] Figure 3A illustrates another example of a bidet seat system having a drying nozzle assembly and a spraying nozzle assembly, and one or more remote control units according to embodiments of the invention.

[0017] Figure 3B is a partially enlarged view of a nozzle body and a nozzle jet head opening of the spraying nozzle assembly and a drying nozzle opening of the drying nozzle assembly of Figure 3A and a cross-sectional view of the nozzle body of the spraying nozzle assembly and a nozzle tip portion of the drying nozzle assembly according to embodiments of the invention.

[0018] Figure 4 shows another example of a bidet seat and cover system having two liquid lines connected to the spraying nozzle assembly according to embodiments of the invention.

[0019] Figure 5A is an internal perspective view of one example of a base housing of a toilet seat assembly to illustrate inside views of a spray nozzle assembly and a dry nozzle assembly according to embodiments of the invention.

[0020] Figure 5B is a partially enlarged side view of the drying nozzle assembly of Figure 5A according to embodiments of the invention. [0021] Figure 5C is a partially enlarged bottom view of the spray nozzle assembly and the drying nozzle assembly of Figure 5A according to embodiments of the invention.

[0022] Figure 6 illustrates one example of a dry nozzle assembly being adapted to communicate with a remote control unit according to embodiments of the invention.

[0023] Figure 7 is an internal perspective view of one example of a base housing of a bidet seat and cover system to illustrate the inside views of a dry nozzle assembly according to embodiments of the invention.

[0024] Figure 8 is a top view of the bidet seat and cover of Figure 7, showing the three-dimensional rotational movements of a drying nozzle assembly according to embodiments of the invention.

[0025] Figure 9 is a side view showing one example of a drying nozzle assembly according to embodiments of the invention.

[0026] Figure 10A is a perspective view of a prior-art conventional bidet seat system having a bidet toilet seat, a prior-art air vent, and a prior-art actable-only spray nozzle mechanism.

[0027] Figure 10B is a partially enlarged view of a prior-art air vent and the prior- art retractable-only spray nozzle mechanism of Figure 10A.

[0028] Figure 1 1 is a flow chart of a method of using the system of the invention according to embodiments of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0029] The present invention generally includes a method and a seat and cover system having a toilet seat assembly, a drying nozzle assembly, a spraying nozzle assembly, and a medicine delivery assembly for delivering and applying water, cleaning solutions, and/or medicines to a region of a human body that may not otherwise be easily accessible (e.g., to the perianal region), as well as washing and drying the region of the human body. In addition, a method of operating the seat and cover system is also provided.

[0030] Figure 1 shows one example of a bidet seat and cover system, such as a bidet seat system 100. As shown in Figure 1 , the bidet seat system 100 may generally include a toilet seat assembly 200, a spraying nozzle assembly 300 having a spray nozzle unit 330, and one ore more control units 340, 342. The bidet seat system 100 can be placed on top of a traditional toilet bowel with fitted sizes and shapes (oval or round). In one example, the toilet seat assembly 200 can be installed to a toilet system by removing any existing seat from a traditional toilet system and replacing a traditional seat with the bidet seat system 100. In another example, the bidet system 200 may have fastening elements (e.g., screws bolts, velcos, etc.) in its base to be connected to a traditional toilet bowel.

[0031] As shown in Figure 1 , the toilet seat assembly 200 includes a seat cover 210, a base housing 220, a seat 230 and a base 240. The seat cover 210 is generally closed to cover the base 240. During operation or in idle position, the seat cover can be opened and positioned upward, such as being positioned against a water tank. The seat 230 includes a seat body 232 facing upward so that a human subject can sit thereon.

[0032] The base housing 220 and the base 240 are formed to connect the seat cover 210 and the seat 230 together, for example, using one or more hinges such that the seat cover 210 can be opened or closed against the seat 230. The housing 220 and the base 240 are used generally to house one or more assemblies (e.g., the spraying nozzle assembly 300, a drying nozzle assembly 600, and a medicine delivery assembly, etc.) therein. As shown in Figure 1 , the spray nozzle unit 330 is adapted to be retractable and can be positioned inside the base housing 220 and extended out in a direction "R" to move in thee dimensional rotational direction and in a horizontal plane Ή". The spray nozzle unit 330 positioned near the bottom of the seat body 232 can be adjusted to be retracted back into the base housing 220. [0033] In one embodiment, the function and operation of the bidet system 100 is controlled by one or more control units, such as a control unit 342 positioned adjacent to one side of the bidet system 100, and a controlled unit 340, which can be positioned at a distance away from the bidet system in a wired or wireless fashion. In Figure 1 , two control units 340, 342 are configured, where the control unit 342 is positioned to be adjacent the seat body 232 to be closer for a user to control the movements of the spray nozzle unit 330 of the spraying nozzle assembly 300 as well as the temperature and pressure of the spraying liquid spraying from the spray nozzle unit 330. Alternatively, the control unit 340 may be a remote controlled unit being capable of communicating with the bidet seat system 100.

[0034] The remote control units 340, 342 are adapted to be communicating and directing one or more movements of the spraying nozzle unit 330. The spray nozzle unit 330 is adapted to jet a solution, such as water or any liquid, a cleaning solution, a barrier spray solution, a medicine-containing solution, and combinations thereof to a localized region (e.g., perianal region) of a human body private part. In one example, the spray nozzle unit 330 is adapted to move in a direction marked as "R" to be extended and retracted in and out. In another example, the spray nozzle unit 330 is adapted to move in a vertical direction marked as "V" to move up and down (e.g., in a Z-direction or a gravitational direction), particularly after the spray nozzle unit 330 has been extended and retracted out. In another example, the spray nozzle unit 330 is adapted to move in a horizontal direction marked as Ή" to move left- right, particularly after the spray nozzle unit 330 are extended and retracted out.

[0035] The remote control units 340, 342 can cause the user to operate the operation button reliably. The remote control units can provide "hands-free" options, therefore avoiding some discomfort or embarrassment from the user. For example, control units 340 can be mounted on the wall adjacent to or far away from the toilet. The control unit 340 has a screen and a keyboard with pushbuttons for turning the water or air on and off, for controlling the air temperature, etc. The water flow level may be selected by appropriate command through the remote control unit. The remote control unit is used to transit appliance control data to the bidet seat system 100. Inside the bidet seat system 100, a decoder decodes the transmitted data. When the data is decoded, the bidet seat system 100 responds to from an appliance control signal suitable for controlling the spraying nozzle assembly 300 and other parts within the bidet seat system 100. As another example, control units 342 can be mounted on the base 240. It enables a user to directly control the bidet seat system 100.

[0036] Figure 2 shows one example of the spraying nozzle assembly 300 and the drying nozzle assembly 600, where their movements are controlled by a control unit 340A connected thereto. In one embodiment, the spraying nozzle assembly 300 includes a driving motor unit 320 to direct and drive the movements of the spray nozzle unit 330. The driving motor unit 320 is connected to a motor 324.

[0037] In another embodiment, the spray nozzle unit 330 includes one or more first spray nozzle body 332 and one or more second spray nozzle body 334, which are configured to function together and adapted to be retractable (as shown in a "R1 " direction for extending and retracting movements) and movable in three- dimensional rotational motion, as driver by one ore more driving motors (such as a driving motor 324, etc.) and steering gears (such as steering gears 321 , 323, etc.) for delivering a solution therein.

[0038] Inside the first spray nozzle body 332 and the second spray nozzle body 334, there may be one, two or more spray nozzle channels, such as a first spray nozzle channel 362 and a second spray nozzle channels 364. Both of the first spray nozzle channel 362 and the second spray nozzle channels 364 are connected to the same or different liquid lines (such as liquid lines 370, 380 as shown in Figure 4) for delivering one or more liquid solutions therein. Suitable solutions include water, a cleaning solution, a barrier spray solution, a medicine-containing solution, and combinations thereof. For example, medications, cleaning solutions, moisturizing creams, lotions, skin sealants, moisture barriers, skin protection paste, ointments, paste or solutions of mineral oil, silicone fluids (e.g. dimethicone and cyclomethicone), petrolatum, cod liver oil, lanolin, zinc oxide, talc, calamine, kaolin, topical starch and allantoin, lotions, fluids medicaments, skin protection fluid, chemical suspensions, and/or a pharmaceutical formulation to a surface area of a human subject. For example, Desitin® ointment (Pfizer, Inc.) is probably the most common topical used in treating diaper rash and other rash. It contains common barrier materials (zinc oxide and petrolatum) and additionally contains two common skin conditioning agents (cod liver oil and lanolin).

[0039] Also shown in Figure 2 is the drying nozzle assembly 600, which includes a drying nozzle unit 630 having a retractable element 634 and a nozzle tip portion 632. A drying nozzle opening is positioned at the tip of the nozzle tip portion 632. The retractable element 634 and the nozzle tip portion 632 of the drying nozzle unit 630 are configured to be retractable (as shown in a "R2" direction) and movable in three-dimensional rotational motion, as driver by one ore more driving motors (such as a driving motor 638, etc.) and steering gears (such as a steering gears 321 , 323, etc.).

[0040] In one embodiment, the movements of the spraying nozzle unit 330 and the drying nozzle unit 630 may be driven by separate set of motors and steering gears. In another embodiment, the movements of the spraying nozzle unit 330 and the drying nozzle unit 630 may be driven by a shared set or partially shared set of motors and steering gears. For example, as shown in Figure 2, the driving motors 322, 324, may be coupled together by steering gears 321 , 323 to function and drive coherently in order to coordinate and direct the movements of the spraying nozzle unit 330 and the drying nozzle unit 630.

[0041] The steering gears 321 , 323 can rotate clockwise or counterclockwise. In one example, the driving motor unit 324 can be adapted to control the movements of the first spray nozzle body 332 and the second spray nozzle body 334 so that they are retractable, moving in a retractable direction, marked as "R1", to be extended and retracted in and out of the front end of the spray nozzle unit 330. In another example, the first spray nozzle body 332 and the second spray nozzle body 334 of the spraying nozzle unit 330 are configured to move in a vertical direction, marked as "V", to move up and down, particularly after the spraying nozzle unit 330 are extended and retracted out. In another example, the motor 324 can be adapted to control the movement of the nozzle tip portion 632 to be able to move in a retractable direction, marked as "R2", to be extended and retracted in and out of the front end of the drying nozzle unit 630.

[0042] Figure 3A illustrates another example of the bidet seat system 100 having the spraying nozzle assembly 300, the drying nozzle assembly 600, and one or more control units 310, 340. The bidet seat system include one or more motors 322, 324 that are coupled to function coherently by one or more gears 321 ,323.

[0043] The control units 310, 340 can be used for remotely controlling the spray nozzle assembly 300 and the drying nozzle assembly 600. In one embodiment, the control unit 340 may include touch screen display that can detect one or more finger contacts. In other embodiments, the control units 310, 340 may include control buttons, a joystick, a slider, a remote control unit, a hand-held control unit, a touch screen control unit, a joystick-type control unit, a steering-wheel type control unit, a built-in control unit being secured adjacent the toilet seat assembly, any other control device now known or later developed, and/or combinations. The remote control units 310, 340 allows for the operation of devices that are out of convenient reach for direct operation of controls. The control units 310, 340 can receive an input from a user of the bidet seat system 100 and transmits the user input to the responsible parts and components for the movements of the spray nozzle assembly 300 and the drying nozzle assembly 600.

[0044] Figure 3B is a partially enlarged view of the first spray nozzle body 332 and the nozzle jet head opening 362A of the spraying nozzle assembly 330 and the drying nozzle opening 662 of the drying nozzle assembly 630 of Figure 3A and a cross-sectional view of the first spray nozzle body 332 of the spraying nozzle assembly 330 and the nozzle tip portion 662 of the drying nozzle assembly 630, cutting along the line A-A' according to embodiments of the invention.

[0045] Figure 4 shows another example of the toilet seat assembly 200. In one embodiment, the toilet seat assembly 200 is connected with the liquid lines 370, 380 for a source of hot water and a source of cold water, and for a cleaner solution or medicine-containing solution. In another embodiment, the toilet seat assembly 200 is connected with the liquid lines 370, 380 and capable of water jetting or delivering a medicine-containing solution.

[0046] Figure 5A shows an internal perspective view of the base housing 210 of the toilet seat assembly 200 to illustrate inside views of the spray nozzle assembly 300 and the dry nozzle assembly 600. The spraying nozzle unit 330 may include the first spray nozzle body332, the second spray nozzle body 334, whose movements are driven by the driving motor units 320, 322. Figure 5B is a partially enlarged side view of the drying nozzle assembly 600 of Figure 5A and Figure 5C is a partially enlarged bottom view of the spray nozzle assembly 300 and the drying nozzle assembly 600 of Figure 5A. As shown in Figures 5A-5C, the driving motor units 320, 322 may be coupled together by one or more steering gears 321 , 323 in order to coordinate and direct the movements of the spray nozzle assembly 300 and the drying nozzle assembly 600.

[0047] Figure 6 illustrates the movements of the drying nozzle assembly 600 as driven by one ore more motors, such as a driving motor assembly 620 having driving motors 622, 624, as connected and coupled by a connector base 650. The driving motors 622, 624 can be controlled by a control unit 640 (via wired or wireless connection) in order to coordinate and direct the movements of the drying nozzle assembly 600.

[0048] In one embodiment, the drying nozzle unit 630 includes a fan 610, one or more air channels 612, 612A, 612B, retractable elements 634, 634A, 634B, 634C, and a nozzle tip portion 632, with the drying nozzle opening 662 located at the tip. The drying nozzle unit 630 may be able to deliver air with the use of a high output power fan, such as the fan 610. In one embodiment, the fan 610 of the drying nozzle assembly 600 is adapted to blow air at an adjustable speed. In another aspect, the fan 610 of the drying nozzle assembly 600 is adapted to blow air at an adjustable temperature.

[0049] Figure 7 is an internal perspective view of a base housing 720 of a toilet seat assembly 700 to show the inside views of the drying nozzle assembly 600. The toilet seat assembly 700 includes a seat cover 710, the base housing 720, a seat 730, a seat body 732, a base 740, and an electric wire 750. The toilet seat assembly 700 is connected, via the electric wire 750, to an electric outlet to provide electric driving power to various motors and fans within the toilet seat assembly m 700.

[0050] Figure 8 shows a top view of the drying nozzle unit 630 stored inside the seat body 730 within the seat 730. Under the control of a user, the drying nozzle assembly 630 may extend the nozzle tip portion 632 out so as to blow air out of the drying nozzle opening 662 and dry an area or a region of a body part of a human subject. In addition to being retractable, the drying nozzle unit 630 is adapted to move in three-dimensional direction, both vertically, horizontally, and circularly (as marked in an arrowed direction "H" (e.g., circular, or rotational, in three-dimensional, etc.) so as to be able to reach to a localized area near a region of a human body that need to be dried.

[0051] Figure 9 is a side view showing a human subject using the drying nozzle assembly 600 according to embodiments of the invention. In one example, driving motors 622, 624 can be adapted to control the movements of the nozzle tip portion 632 to be able to move in a retractable direction, marked as "R", to be extended and retracted in and out of the front end of the drying nozzle assembly 600. In another example, the drying nozzle assembly 600 are able to move in a vertical direction, marked as "V", to move up and down, particularly after the drying nozzle assembly 600 are extended and retracted out.

[0052] Figure 10A is a perspective view of a prior-art conventional bidet seat system having a bidet toilet seat assembly 500, an air vent 512, and a spray nozzle mechanism 530. Figure 10B is a partially enlarged view of the air vent 512 and the spray nozzle mechanism 530 of Figure 10A. The air vent 512 generally includes a fan cover 514 and a plurality of leaves 510 to direct the direction of air flow (the leaves are used to direct air flow, similar to leaves on a small singe-room air conditioner). The spraying nozzle mechanism 530 may include a cut-out 522 near a covering 540, where a spray nozzle 534 can extended out. The angles and movements of the spraying nozzle mechanism 530 and the air vent 512 are limited and usually are extended out downward and cannot be controlled to a desired area of a human body. They cannot be extending or retracting, in combination with raising up or lowering the angle to be near a region of the body of a user.

[0053] Figure 1 1 is a flow chart of a method 1000 of using a seat and cover system of the invention to deliver a solution to a region of a human body. The method 1000 includes washing an area of the region with a spraying nozzle assembly of the seat and cover system at step 1010. In addition, the area of the region with the spraying nozzle assembly of the seat and cover system can be cleaned with a cleaning solution.

[0054] Step 1010 may include controlling one or more movements of a spraying nozzle assembly by one or more control units, directing one or more three- dimensional rotational movements of one or more spray nozzle units of the spraying nozzle assembly by communicating one or more control units with one or more first driving motors connected to the one or more spray nozzle units, and directing one or more extending and retracting movements of the one or more spray nozzle units of the spraying nozzle assembly by communicating the one or more control units with one or more second driving motors connected to the one or more spray nozzle units. The step 1010 may also includes jetting out water from a first nozzle jet head opening of a first spray nozzle channel within the one or more spray nozzle units, and jetting out the solution from a second nozzle jet head opening of a second spray nozzle channel within the one or more spray nozzle units.

[0055] Further, during step 1010, a first spray nozzle channel is adapted to deliver water to the region of the human body for washing the region, and a second spray nozzle channel is adapted to deliver a cleaning solution to the region of the human body for cleaning the region. In another aspect, the second spray nozzle channel is adapted to deliver a medicine-containing solution to the region of the human body for treating the region. In still another aspect, a first spray nozzle channel is connected to a first liquid line to deliver a washing solution to the region of the human body for washing the region, and a second spray nozzle channel is connected to a second liquid line to deliver a cleaning solution to the region of the human body for cleaning the region. In yet another aspect, the first spray nozzle channel is connected to a first liquid line to deliver a washing solution to the region of the human body for washing the region, and the second spray nozzle channel is connected to a second liquid line to deliver a medicine-containing solution to the region of the human body for treating the region.

[0056] At step 1020, the area of the body of the user near a drying nozzle assembly of the seat and cover system is dried. The step 1020 may include controlling one or more movements of a drying nozzle assembly by one or more control units, including directing one or more three-dimensional rotational movements of one or more drying nozzle units of the drying nozzle assembly by communicating one or more control units with one or more first driving motors connected to the one or more drying nozzle units, and directing one or more extending and retracting movements of the one or more drying nozzle units of the drying nozzle assembly by communicating the one or more control units with one or more second driving motors connected to the one or more drying nozzle units.

[0057] In one embodiment, air from a drying nozzle opening is blown out at a predetermined temperature and a predetermined speed. The step 1020 may also include rotating a nozzle tip portion within the one or more spray nozzle units so that the air is adjusted to be deliver to a desired region of the human body, and adjusting one or more retractable elements within the one or more spray nozzle units by retracting and extending so that the air is adjusted to be deliver to a desired region of the human body. In addition, the step 1020 further includes receiving a user input from the drying nozzle assembly from the one or more control units, and adjusting the one or more extending and retracting movements of the one or more drying nozzle unit based on the user input. Further, the step 1020 further includes receiving a user input from the drying nozzle assembly from the one or more control units; and adjusting the one or more three-dimensional rotational movements of the one or more drying nozzle unit based on the user input.

[0058] At step 1030, a medicine-containing solution is applied onto the area using a medicine delivery assembly of the seat and cover system. At step 1040, optionally, the area of the body is dried again with an air drying assembly of the seat and cover system. Drying the area is performed similar to step 1020; however, the speed and temperature of the air blown to the area of the body may differ, and can be adjusted according to personal preference.

[0059] The system provided here present a safer, more hygienic, and more effective alternative method to self-administer perianal medicines than any option currently available. To this extent, the system can present a discreet, "hands-free" alternative to the current options, or couple to other system, such as a bidet toilet seat system, thereby substantially eliminating any discomfort, ineffectiveness, and/or embarrassment a user might otherwise experience.

[0060] While the foregoing is directed to embodiments of the present invention, other and further embodiments of the invention may be devised without departing from the basic scope thereof, and the scope thereof is determined by the claims that follow.