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Title:
LAUNDERING AID SYSTEMS FOR REMOVING MATTER FROM OBJECTS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/199269
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A method, device, system, or apparatus for dislodging a material from fabric while in a laundry dryer machine. The apparatus may include a first substrate configured to couple to a portion of a laundry dryer machine. The apparatus may include a second substrate that includes a first portion configured to removably attach to the first substrate and a second portion including an adherent material configured to dislodge material from a fabric upon contact with the fabric.

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Inventors:
KRAMER CAROL (US)
Application Number:
US2018/026750
Publication Date:
October 17, 2019
Filing Date:
April 09, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
KRAMER CAROL (US)
International Classes:
A47L25/00; D06F58/02; D06F58/04; D06F58/10; D06F58/20; D06F58/22
Foreign References:
US20170055807A12017-03-02
US6301754B12001-10-16
JP2006167266A2006-06-29
US7441345B22008-10-28
US20110167568A12011-07-14
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MILLER, Devin et al. (US)
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Claims:
Claims:

1. An apparatus, comprising:

a first substrate having a first surface and a second surface, wherein the first surface of the first substrate is configured to removably attach to an inner surface of a laundry dryer machine; and

a second substrate having a third surface and a fourth surface, wherein:

the third surface of the second substrate is configured to removably attach to the second surface of the first substrate, and

the fourth surface includes an adherent material configured to dislodge matter from a fabric upon contact with the fabric and transfer thereonto upon contact.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the fabric contacts the adherent material when the laundry dryer machine is drying the fabric by spinning the fabric in hot air within the laundry dryer machine.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein:

the first surface of the first substrate comprises a first magnet to removably attach to a metallic portion of the inner surface of the laundry dryer machine; or

the second surface of the first substrate comprises a second magnet to removably attach to the second substrate.

4. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the third surface of the second substrate comprises a magnet to removably attach to the first substrate.

5. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the inner surface of the laundry dryer machine comprises at least one of a drum of the laundry dryer machine, a door of the laundry dryer machine, or a lint trap of the laundry dryer machine.

6. The apparatus of claim 5, wherein the drum comprises at least one baffle configured to rotate the fabric when the laundry dryer machine is drying the fabric by spinning the fabric in hot air within the laundry dryer machine.

7. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the adherent material comprises at least one of an adhesive material, a protrusion, a hook, a fastener, a statically chargeable material, or a bristle.

8. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the adherent material comprises a first adherent to dislodge a first matter from the fabric and a second adherent to dislodge a second matter from the fabric.

9. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the adherent material comprises a pressure sensitive adhesive that tolerates a temperature of at least 175 degrees Fahrenheit.

10. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the matter dislodged from the fabric is at least one of animal hair, lint, dirt, human hair, debris, loose threads, or pollen.

11. An apparatus, comprising:

a first substrate is configured to couple to a portion of a laundry dryer machine; and a second substrate comprising:

a first portion configured to removably attach to the first substrate, and a second portion including a first adherent material configured to dislodge matter from an object upon contact with the object.

12. The apparatus of claim 11, wherein to couple to the portion of the laundry dryer machine, the first substrate is configured to integrate into the portion of the laundry dryer machine, magnetically attach to the portion of the laundry dryer machine, fastener to the portion of the laundry dryer machine, statically cling to the portion of the laundry dryer machine, suction to the portion of the laundry dryer machine, or adhesively bond to the portion of the laundry dryer machine.

13. The apparatus of claim 11, wherein the first substrate and the second substrate are configured to fixedly attach to the portion of the laundry dryer machine when the laundry dryer machine is drying the object by spinning the object.

14. The apparatus of claim 11, wherein the first substrate comprises a slot or sleeve to receive the second substrate.

15. The apparatus of claim 11, wherein the second substrate is an envelope configured to receive the first substrate.

16. The apparatus of claim 11, further comprising a third substrate comprising:

a third portion configured to removably attach to the second substrate, and a fourth portion including a second adherent material configured to dislodge the matter from the article upon contact with the object.

17. The apparatus of claim 11, wherein the portion of the laundry dryer machine comprises at least one of a drum of the laundry dryer machine, a baffle of the laundry dryer machine, a door of the laundry dryer machine, or a lint trap of the laundry dryer machine.

18. A method, comprising:

removably attaching a first substrate to an inner surface of a laundry dryer machine; and

removably attaching a second substrate to the first substrate; and

dislodging a first matter from a first fabric with a first adherent material of the second substrate when the second substrate contacts the first fabric while the laundry dryer machine is drying the first fabric by spinning the first fabric in air within the laundry dryer machine, wherein at least a portion of the dislodged first matter adheres to the first adherent material.

19. The method of claim 18, further comprising detaching the second substrate when a threshold amount of the dislodged first matter adheres to the first adherent material of the second substrate.

20. The method of claim 19, further comprising:

removably attaching a third substrate to the first substrate; and

dislodging a second matter from the first fabric or a second fabric with a second adherent material of the third substrate when the third substrate contacts the first fabric or the second fabric while the laundry dryer machine is drying the first fabric or the second fabric by spinning the first fabric or the second fabric in air within the laundry dryer machine, wherein at least a portion of the dislodged second matter adheres to the second adherent material.

Description:
LAUNDERING AID SYSTEMS FOR REMOVING MATTER FROM OBJECTS

Background

[1] Hair or fur shed from pet cats, dogs, and other animals can be particularly difficult to remove from clothing and other articles during the laundering process because of its tendency to remain adherent to the fibers of the fabric, even after the washing and drying cycle has been completed. This problem may also extend to lint and other fine matter that may cling to articles and resist dislodgement during normal washing and drying, whether using household appliances or commercial laundering equipment.

Summary

[2] A method, device, system, or apparatus for dislodging a matter from fabric while in a laundry dryer machine. The apparatus may include a first substrate configured to couple to a portion of the laundry dryer machine. The apparatus may include a second substrate that includes a first portion configured to removably attach to the first substrate and a second portion including an adherent material configured to dislodge matter from a fabric upon contact with the fabric.

Brief Description of the Drawings

[3] The present description will be understood more fully from the detailed description given below and from the accompanying drawings of various embodiments of the present embodiment, which is not to be taken to limit the present embodiment to the specific embodiments but are for explanation and understanding.

[4] FIG. 1 illustrates a laundry aid system that includes a laundry dryer machine with a laundry aid apparatus to remove matter from articles, according to an embodiment.

[5] FIG. 2 illustrates the laundry aid system with the laundry dryer machine drying articles to remove matter from the articles with the laundry aid apparatus, according to an embodiment.

[6] FIG. 3A illustrates the first substrate of the laundry aid apparatus integrated into a part of the laundry dryer machine in FIG. 1, according to an embodiment.

[7] FIG. 3B illustrates the first substrate of the laundry aid apparatus attached to a part of the laundry dryer machine in FIG. 1 by an adhesive, according to an embodiment.

[8] FIG. 3C illustrates the first substrate of the laundry aid apparatus attached to a part of the laundry dryer machine in FIG. 1 by a magnetic material, according to an embodiment. [9] FIG. 4A illustrates the first substrate attached to the second substrate with a first adhesive and/or a second adhesive, according to an embodiment.

[10] FIG. 4B illustrates the first substrate attached to the second substrate with a first fastener and/or a second fastener, according to an embodiment.

[11] FIG. 4C illustrates the first substrate attached to the second substrate with a first attractive material and/or a second attractive material, according to an embodiment.

[12] FIG. 4D illustrates the first substrate attaching to the second substrate by the second substrate being inserted into a slot or sleeve of the first substrate, according to an

embodiment.

[13] FIG. 4E illustrates a cross-sectional view of the second substrate as an envelope that the first substrate may be inserted into, according to an embodiment.

[14] FIG. 4F illustrates the cross-sectional view of the second substrate that includes multiple removable layers, according to an embodiment.

[15] FIG. 5 A illustrates the adherent material with protrusions to remove matter from articles, according to an embodiment.

[16] FIG. 5B illustrates the adherent material with an adhesive material to remove matter from articles, according to an embodiment.

[17] FIG. 5C illustrates the adherent material with protrusions and adhesive material to remove matter from articles, according to an embodiment.

[18] FIG. 6 shows a flowchart for a method removing matter from an article, according to an embodiment.

Detailed Description

[19] The disclosed laundering aid systems will become better understood through a review of the following detailed description in conjunction with the figures. The detailed description and figures provide merely examples of the various embodiments described herein. Those skilled in the art will understand that the disclosed examples may be varied, modified, and altered and not depart from the scope of the embodiments described herein. Many variations are contemplated for different applications and design considerations; however, for the sake of brevity, the contemplated variations may not be individually described in the following detailed description.

[20] Throughout the following detailed description, examples of various laundering aid systems are provided. Related features in the examples may be identical, similar, or dissimilar in different examples. For the sake of brevity, related features will not be redundantly explained in multiple examples. Instead, the use of related feature names will cue the reader that the feature with a related feature name may be similar to the related feature in an example explained previously. Features specific to a given example will be described in that particular example. The reader is to understand that a given feature need not be the same or similar to the specific portrayal of a related feature in any given figure or example.

[21] Hair, fur, lint, and other fine materials may be difficult to remove from clothing and other articles during the laundering process because the matter may tend to remain adherent to the fibers of the fabric and may be difficult to dislodge from the fibers during and after the washing and drying of the clothing and other articles. For example, the majority of fur- bearing mammals have coats with multiple types of hairs with different properties for different functions. In one example, the down or secondary hairs are from the undercoat of cats, keeping the animal warm, and typically making up about 75 percent of the coat for most cats. These undercoat hairs are short, fine, and wavy, which properties make them adherent to fabric surfaces. In another example, awn hairs protect the down hairs and are intermediate sized with rough cuticle surfaces that facilitate attachment to clothing fibers. In another example, guard hairs are the visible top coat of the animal and the cuticles of these hairs include microscopic barbs that make them particularly adherent to articles. Many mammals have at least one of the types of coats, which cause similar problems when they come in contact with clothing or other articles.

[22] Conventionally, individuals use brushes, mitts, adhesive rollers, and other similar devices to manually remove pet hair and other adherent matter before or after laundering. Manually removing the adherent matter from the clothing may be time-consuming and it may be difficult to remove all of the adherent matter. The conventional drying phase of the laundering process may further compound the problem of removing the adherent matter because the drying phase is conducive to building up of static electricity, especially as the moisture from the laundered clothing is removed.

[23] In a tumble-type laundry dryer machine, articles make continual contact with the drum of the dryer and the surfaces of other articles. The resulting friction contributes to a buildup of electrostatic charge on the articles surfaces. As fur and hair tend to acquire a positive charge from the electrostatic charge and are drawn to negatively charged fabric surfaces, the fur and hair may be even more likely to adhere to the articles.

[24] The embodiments described herein may address the above-noted deficiencies by providing a laundering aid system to dislodge matter from articles and gather the matter on an adherent surface of a substrate. The system may include an apparatus with a first substrate configured to couple to a portion of a laundry dryer machine. The apparatus may include a second substrate with a first portion configured to removably attach to the first substrate and a second portion that includes an adherent material configured to dislodge matter from an article upon contact with the article. Once the matter is dislodged from the article, the matter may adhere to the adherent material and be removed from the laundry dryer machine once the drying phase of the laundering process is completed. One advantage of the laundering aid system may be to remove the matter during the laundering process without an individual having to manually remove the matter before or after the laundering process.

[25] FIG. 1 illustrates a laundry aid system 100 that includes a laundry dryer machine 102 with a laundry aid apparatus 104 to remove matter from articles, according to an

embodiment. The laundry dryer machine 102 may include a dryer drum 106, baffles 108, a lint trap 110, and a dryer door 112. The dryer drum 106 may be a container for an individual to load and store articles into the laundry dryer machine 102. In one embodiment, the articles may be fabric articles such as clothes, coats, jackets, swimwear, hats, mats, rugs, bedding, and so forth. In another embodiment, the articles may be dryable items such as shoes, gloves, sheets, and so forth.

[26] Once the individual has loaded the articles into the dryer drum 106, the individual may close the dryer door 112 attached to the dryer drum 106 so that the dryer drum 106 and dryer door 112 provide a sealed container to dry the articles.

[27] When the laundry dryer machine 102 is switched to a drying mode, the laundry dryer machine 102 may begin generating hot air that may be blown or propelled into a cavity 120 of the dryer drum 106. As the hot air is blown into the dryer drum 106, the laundry dryer machine 102 may also rotate the dryer drum 106 to move the article around within the cavity 120 of the dryer drum 106 and enable the hot air to circulate within the cavity 120 to more fully dry the articles. One or more baffles 108 may be connected to the dryer drum 106 to aid the articles in rotating or moving around the dryer drum 106 and aid the articles in drying.

[28] As the hot air is blown through the dryer drum 106, the hot air may exit the dryer drum 106 via a lint trap 110. The lint trap 110 may be connected to a conduit that channels the hot air out of the laundry dryer machine 102 to a different location, such as outside the building where the laundry dryer machine 102 is located. The lint trap 110 may include a filter, such as a mesh material, that may trap particles picked up by the hot air, such as lint.

[29] The laundry aid apparatus 104 may be attached within the cavity 120 of the laundry dryer machine 102 to dislodge and remove matter from the articles as the articles are being dried by the laundry dryer machine 102. The laundry aid apparatus 104 may include a first substrate 114. In one example, the first substrate 114 may be a flexible substrate that is configured to attach to part of the laundry dryer machine 102 within the cavity 120 of the laundry dryer machine 102.

[30] As discussed below, the first substrate 114 may be attached within the cavity 120 in a variety of different ways and at a variety of different locations within the cavity 120. In one embodiment, the first substrate 114 may be a flexible material that may conform to different objects within the cavity 120. For example, the first substrate 114 may be a magnet material, a paper material, a plastic material, a rubber material, a metal material, a polyurethane material, a combination thereof, and so forth. In another example, the first substrate 114 may be a flexible material.

[31] The first substrate 114 may attach to at least a portion of an inner surface of the dryer drum 106, one of the baffles 108, the lint trap 110, or the dryer door 112.

[32] In one embodiment, multiple laundry aid apparatuses 104 may be attached to the laundry dryer machine 102 within the cavity 120 at different locations in the cavity 120. In one example, the baffle 108 may be triangularly shaped object and the first substrate 114 may be flexible to conform to the triangular shape of the baffle 108. In another example, the first substrate 114 may be integrated into the baffle 108. In another example, the dryer drum 106 and/or the baffle 108 may include ripples or riffles along a surface of the dryer drum 106 and/or the baffle 108. The ripples or riffles may be cavities, indents, or protrusions. The first substrate 114 may conform to the ripples or ripples as it flexes and attaches to the dryer drum 106 and/or the baffle 108.

[33] In another example, the first substrate 114 may vary in size to attach to different locations within the cavity 120. For example, one first substrate 114 may conform and attach to a relatively large inner surface of the dryer drum 106 and another first substrate 114 may conform and attach to a relatively small surface of the lint trap 110. In another example, the first substrate 114 may be integrated into the lint trap 110.

[34] The laundry aid apparatus 104 may include a second substrate 116 that may attach to the first substrate 114. In one embodiment, the first substrate 114 and the second substrate 116 may be integrated together to form a single piece of material that may be attached to a part of the laundry dryer machine 102. In another embodiment, the first substrate 114 and the second substrate 116 may be separate pieces that may be connected or attached together. As discussed below, the second substrate 116 may attach to the first substrate 114 in a variety of different ways. For example, one side of the second substrate 116 may include an adhesive that adheres or sticks to the first substrate 114. In another example, the second substrate 116 may be an envelope that slips over or encloses around the first substrate 114. The second substrate 116 may also include adherent material 118 along a surface of the second substrate 116.

[35] In one embodiment, the adherent material 118 may be part of a surface of the second substrate 116 that substantially faces an open area of the cavity 120. As the dryer drum 106 and baffles 108 of the laundry dryer machine 102 rotate and spin, articles within the cavity 120 may rotate and spin as well. As the articles rotate and spin, the articles may come into contact with the adherent material 118 of the second substrate 116. The adherent material 118 may dislodge matter stuck to the articles. As the matter is dislodged from the articles, the matter may adhere to the adherent material 118. For example, when the fabric material is clothes with pet hair stuck to the clothes, as the laundry dryer machine 102 dries the clothes by spinning the dryer drum 106 and baffles 108 while heating the clothes with hot air, the clothes may come into contact with the laundry aid apparatus 104. As the clothes contact the laundry aid apparatus 104, the adherent material 118 may dislodge the pet hair from the clothes and catch or trap the pet hair so that it sticks to the adherent material 118. When the laundry dryer machine 102 finishes drying the clothes, a user may open the dryer door 112 and remove the second substrate 116 with the adherent material 118 and the pet hair. The dried clothes may also be removed from the laundry dryer machine 102 with the clothes having the pet hair at least partially or completely removed from the clothes.

[36] FIG. 2 illustrates the laundry aid system 100 with the laundry dryer machine 102 drying articles 222 and removing matter from the articles 222 with the laundry aid apparatus 104, according to an embodiment. Some of the features in FIG. 2 are the same or similar to some of the features in FIG. 1 as noted by the same reference numbers, unless expressly described otherwise. The articles 222 may include matter that is lodged within the fibers of the articles 222. In one example, the matter may be animal hair or fur, lint, dirt, human hair, debris, loose threads, pollen, and so forth.

[37] As the articles 222 come into contact with the laundry aid apparatus 104, the laundry aid apparatus 104 may include adherent material that may dislodge and catch the matter within the adherent material to remove the matter from the articles 222. In one embodiment, the laundry dryer machine 102 may spin and rotate the dryer drum 106 during a tumble mode to spin the articles 222 and cause different portions of the articles 222 to come into contact with the laundry aid apparatus 104. In one example, the laundry dryer machine 102 may apply hot air or heat to the articles 222 while spinning the articles 222 during the tumble mode. In another example, the laundry dryer machine 102 may not apply hot air or heat to the articles 222 while spinning the articles 222 during the tumble mode.

[38] The laundry aid apparatus 104 may be removably affixed or attached to the laundry dryer machine 102 such that the laundry aid apparatus 104 is in a fixed and stationary position at the laundry dryer machine 102. For example, the laundry aid apparatus 104 may be removably affixed to one or more of the dryer drum 106, the baffles 108, the lint trap 110, or the dryer door 112. The fixed and stationary position of the laundry aid apparatus 104 may enable the laundry aid apparatus 104 to contact different portions of the articles 222 as the articles 222 are dried by the laundry dryer machine 102. For example, when the laundry aid apparatus 104 attaches to the dryer drum 106 and/or baffles 108, the dryer drum 106 and baffles 108 may rotate and spin, causing the laundry aid apparatus 104 to rotate and spin as well. As the laundry aid apparatus 104 rotates and spins at the fixed attachment location, the laundry aid apparatus 104 may contact different portions or sides of the articles 222 and dislodge and trap matter from the different portions and sides of the articles 222.

Additionally, as the dryer drum 106 and baffles 108 rotate and spin, this may cause the articles 222 to also rotate and spin. As the articles 222 rotate and spin, different portions and sides of the articles 222 may contact the laundry aid apparatus 104 to remove the matter from the articles 222.

[39] The stationary and fixed location of the laundry aid apparatus 104 within the laundry dryer machine 102 may aid in removing the matter from the articles 222. The stationary and fixed location of the laundry aid apparatus 104 is a location within the laundry dryer machine 102 where the laundry aid apparatus 104 may remain attached while the laundry dryer machine 102 dries articles 222. For example, whereas non-stationary object inserted into a pile of articles 222 may become stuck or confined to the general location where the non- stationary object is inserted and thereby minimizing the number of sides, portions, and surfaces of the articles 222 the non-stationary object comes into contact with, the laundry aid apparatus 104 may spin and rotate with the dryer drum 106 and/or the baffles 108 to increase the sides, portions, and surfaces of the articles 222 the laundry aid apparatus 104 comes into contact with.

[40] In one embodiment, the laundry aid apparatus 104 may not rotate with the articles 222 as the laundry dryer machine 102 dries the articles 222. For example, when the laundry aid apparatus 104 is attached to the lint trap 110 or the dryer door 112, the laundry aid apparatus 104 may not rotate with the articles 222 as the laundry dryer machine 102 dries the articles 222. In another embodiment, laundry aid apparatus 104 may remain stationary and fixed relative to a part of the laundry dryer machine 102 and may rotate or spin with the part of the laundry dryer machine 102. For example, when the laundry aid apparatus 104 is attached to the dryer drum 106 or the baffle 108, the laundry aid apparatus 104 rotates with the dryer drum 106 or the baffle 108.

[41] FIG. 3A illustrates the first substrate 114 of the laundry aid apparatus 104 integrated into a part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102 in FIG. 1, according to an embodiment. Some of the features in FIG. 3A are the same or similar to some of the features in FIGS. 1 and 2 as noted by the same reference numbers, unless expressly described otherwise. In one embodiment, the first substrate 114 may be integrated into the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102 by forming the first substrate 114 into the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102. In one embodiment, the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102 may be the dryer drum 106, baffle 108, lint trap 110, or dryer door 112 of the laundry dryer machine 102 in FIG. 1. In one example, the first substrate 114 may be a magnetic material that is integrated into the dryer drum 106 or baffle 108 by impregnating the magnetic material into a portion of the laundry dryer machine 102. In another example, the first substrate 114 may be a magnet material, a paper material, a plastic material, a rubber material, a metal material, a polyurethane material, a combination thereof, and so forth that may be impregnated or incorporated into the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102. In another example, the first substrate 114 may be a flexible material. The integrated first substrate 114 may provide a location to attach the second substrate 116 of the laundry aid apparatus 104, as discussed above.

[42] FIG. 3B illustrates the first substrate 114 of the laundry aid apparatus 104 attached to a part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102 in FIG. 1 by an adhesive 326 or 328, according to an embodiment. Some of the features in FIG. 3B are the same or similar to some of the features in FIGS. 1, 2, and 3A as noted by the same reference numbers, unless expressly described otherwise. In one embodiment, the first substrate 114 may be a flexible material that may conform to a shape of the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102. For example, the first substrate 114 may be a magnet material, a paper material, a plastic material, a rubber material, a metal material, a polyurethane material, a fabric material, a combination thereof, and so forth. In another example, the first substrate 114 may be a flexible material.

[43] In one embodiment, the adhesive 326 may be integrated or impregnated into the first substrate 114 or attached to the first substrate 114. For example, the adhesive 326 may be an epoxy that is integrated into the first substrate 114 or attached to the first substrate 114. In this example, as the first substrate 114 is formed to the shape of the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102, the adhesive 326 may form an adhesive bond between the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102 and the first substrate 114. In another embodiment, the adhesive 328 may be integrated into the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102 or attached to the laundry dryer machine 102. In one example, as the first substrate 114 is formed to the shape of the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102, the adhesive 328 may form an adhesive bond between the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102 and the first substrate 114. The integrated first substrate 114 may provide a location to attach the second substrate 116 of the laundry aid apparatus 104, as discussed above.

[44] FIG. 3C illustrates the first substrate 114 of the laundry aid apparatus 104 attached to a part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102 in FIG. 1 by a magnetic material 330 or 332, according to an embodiment. Some of the features in FIG. 3C are the same or similar to some of the features in FIGS. 1, 2, and 3A-3B as noted by the same reference numbers, unless expressly described otherwise. In one embodiment, the first substrate 114 may be a flexible material that may conform to a shape of the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102. For example, the first substrate 114 may be a flexible metal material, a flexible plastic material, a flexible rubber material, a flexible polyurethane material, and so forth.

[45] In one embodiment, the magnetic material 330 may be integrated or impregnated into the first substrate 114 or attached to the first substrate 114. In one example, the magnetic material 330 may be a rare-earth magnet, a neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) magnet, a samarium cobalt (SmCo) magnet, an Alnico magnet, a ceramic magnet, a ferrite magnet, or an electromagnet that is integrated or impregnated into the first substrate 114 or attached to the first substrate 114. In another example, the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102 may be a material that attracts or attaches to the magnetic material 330, such as a metal material, a magnetic material with a magnetic pole opposite to the magnetic material 330, and so forth. In this example, as the first substrate 114 is formed to the shape of the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102, the magnetic material 330 may form a magnetic bond between the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102 and the first substrate 114.

[46] In another embodiment, the magnetic material 332 may be integrated into the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102 or attached to the laundry dryer machine 102. In one example, the magnetic material 332 may be a rare-earth magnet, a neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) magnet, a samarium cobalt (SmCo) magnet, an alnico magnet, a ceramic magnet, a ferrite magnet, or an electromagnet that is integrated or impregnated into the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102 or attached to the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102. In another example, the first substrate 114 may be a material that attracts or attaches to the magnetic material 332, such as a metal material, a magnetic material with a magnetic pole opposite to the magnetic material 330, and so forth. In this example, as the first substrate 114 is formed to the shape of the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102, the magnetic material 332 may form a magnetic bond between the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102 and the first substrate 114. In another example, the first substrate 114 may attach to the part 324 of the laundry dryer machine 102 by a bolt, an adhesive, a fastener, a hook, a static electricity bond, a suction cup, and so forth.

[47] In another embodiment, a magnetic strength of the magnetic material 330 for the first substrate 114 may vary. In one example, the magnetic strength of the magnetic material 330 may vary based on a maximum temperature with the cavity 120 of the laundry dryer machine 102 in FIG. 1 when the laundry dryer machine 102 dries articles. For example, as the possible maximum temperature in the cavity 120 increases, the magnetic strength of the magnetic material 330 be may increased. In one embodiment, the magnetic material 330 may include magnets with a first magnetic strength when the maximum temperature for the laundry dryer machine 102 is a first maximum temperature. In another embodiment, the magnetic material 330 may include magnets with a second magnetic strength when the maximum temperature for the laundry dryer machine 102 is a second maximum temperature that is different than the first maximum temperature.

[48] In one embodiment, the magnetic strength of the magnetic material 330 may have a minimum magnetic strength threshold in order to remain attached to the laundry dryer machine 102 while the laundry dryer machine 102 dries articles. In another example, a thickness of the first substrate 114 or the magnetic material 330 of the first substrate 114 may vary based on the maximum temperature with the cavity 120 of the laundry dryer machine 102 in FIG. 1 when the laundry dryer machine 102 dries articles. For example, as the possible maximum temperature in the cavity 120 increases, the thickness of the first substrate 114 or the magnetic material 330 of the first substrate 114 may be increased. In one embodiment, the magnetic material 330 may have a first thickness when the maximum temperature for the laundry dryer machine 102 is a first maximum temperature. In another embodiment, the magnetic material 330 may have a second thickness when the maximum temperature for the laundry dryer machine 102 is a second maximum temperature that is different than the first maximum temperature. In one embodiment, the first substrate 114 or the magnetic material 330 of the first substrate 114 may be at least 1 millimeters (mm) thick. In another embodiment, the first substrate 114 or the magnetic material 330 of the first substrate 114 may between at least 6 mm thick. In another embodiment, the first substrate 114 or the magnetic material 330 of the first substrate 114 may range between 1 mm thick and 10 mm thick.

[49] In one embodiment, the first substrate 114 as discussed herein may be heat-tolerant to withstand the maximum temperatures used by various residential, commercial, or industrial laundry dryer machines. The heat-tolerant first substrate 114 may withstand temperatures of at least 185 degrees (°) Fahrenheit (F) while remaining attached to the part of the laundry dryer machine 102 and the second substrate 116. In one example, the heat-tolerant first substrate 114 may withstand temperatures of up to 165° F for residential laundry dryer machines. In one example, the heat-tolerant first substrate 114 may withstand temperatures of up to 185° F for commercial or industrial laundry dryer machines. The first substrate 114 may include one or more of a variety of materials that may withstand the drying environment of the laundry dryer machine 102. For example, the first substrate 114 may be a plastic material, a rubber material, a metal material, a polyurethane material, and so forth that may withstand the temperatures, spinning, and vibration of the laundry dryer machine 102. In another example, the first substrate 114 may be a first material when the laundry dryer machine 102 dries articles at a first temperature and a second material when the laundry dryer machine 102 dries the articles at a second temperature. The temperatures of the laundry dryer machines and the heat tolerance of the first substrate 114 and/or the second substrate 116 is not intended to be limiting. For example, different type of laundry dryer machines may have different maximum temperature that they generate or the laundry dryer machines may generate different temperatures for different settings. In another embodiment, the first substrate 114 and/or the second substrate 116 as discussed herein may be humidity-tolerant to withstand the maximum humidity generated by various residential, commercial, or industrial laundry dryer machines.

[50] FIG. 4A illustrates the first substrate 114 attached to the second substrate 116 with a first adhesive 434 and/or a second adhesive 436, according to an embodiment. Some of the features in FIG. 4A are the same or similar to some of the features in FIGS. 1, 2, and 3A-3C as noted by the same reference numbers, unless expressly described otherwise. In one embodiment, a surface of the first substrate 114 may include the first adhesive 434. In another embodiment, a surface of the second substrate 116 may include the second adhesive 436. In one example, the first substrate 114 may be attached to the second substrate 116 by the first substrate 114 physically contacting the second substrate 116 and the first adhesive 434 creating an adhesive bond between the first substrate 114 and the second substrate 116.

In another example, the first substrate 114 may be attached to the second substrate 116 by the first substrate 114 physically contacting the second substrate 116 and the second adhesive 436 creating an adhesive bond between the first substrate 114 and the second substrate 116.

In another example, the first substrate 114 may be attached to the second substrate 116 by the first substrate 114 physically contacting the second substrate 116 and the first adhesive 434 and the second adhesive 436 creating an adhesive bond between the first substrate 114 and the second substrate 116.

[51] The first adhesive 434 and/or the second adhesive 436 may be an epoxy adhesive, a polyurethane adhesive, a pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA), a cyanoacrylate adhesive, a urethane adhesive, an acrylic adhesive, a paste adhesive, a liquid adhesive, a film adhesive, a thermal adhesive, an elastomer adhesive, a thermoplastic adhesive, an emulsion adhesive, a thermoset adhesive, and so forth. For example, the PSA may be an adhesive which forms a bond with another surface when pressure is applied to the first adhesive 434 and/or the second adhesive 436. In this example, a solvent, water, or heat may not be needed to activate the first adhesive 434 or the second adhesive 436. In another example, the first substrate 114 and/or the second substrate 116 may be a one-sided peel off adhesive substrate that includes adhesive on a single side of the first substrate 114 and/or the second substrate 116. In another example, the first substrate 114 and/or the second substrate 116 may be a double-sided peel off adhesive substrate that includes adhesive on both sides of the first substrate 114 and/or the second substrate 116. The one-sided or double-sided peel off adhesive substrate may initially be covered by a temporary film that may be peeled off or removed when the adhesive is to be attached to the part of the laundry dryer machine 102, the first substrate 114, the second substrate 116, or to catch matter from articles.

[52] FIG. 4B illustrates the first substrate 114 attached to the second substrate 116 with a first fastener 438 and/or a second fastener 440, according to an embodiment. Some of the features in FIG. 4B are the same or similar to some of the features in FIGS. 1, 2, 3A-3C, and 4A as noted by the same reference numbers, unless expressly described otherwise. In one embodiment, a surface of the first substrate 114 may include the first fastener 438. In another embodiment, a surface of the second substrate 116 may include the second fastener 440. In one example, the first substrate 114 may be attached to the second substrate 116 by the first substrate 114 physically contacting the second substrate 116 and the first fastener 438 fastening to the second substrate 116. In another example, the first substrate 114 may be attached to the second substrate 116 by the first substrate 114 physically contacting the second substrate 116 and the second fastener 440 fastening to the first substrate 114. In another example, the first substrate 114 may be attached to the second substrate 116 by first substrate 114 physically contacting the second substrate 116 and the first fastener 438 connecting to the second fastener 440. The first fastener 438 and/or the second fastener 440 may be nuts and bolts, hooks and loops, buckles and holes, suction cups, and so forth.

[53] FIG. 4C illustrates the first substrate 114 attached to the second substrate 116 with a first attractive material 442 and/or a second attractive material 444, according to an embodiment. Some of the features in FIG. 4C are the same or similar to some of the features in FIGS. 1, 2, 3A-3C, and 4A-4B as noted by the same reference numbers, unless expressly described otherwise. In one embodiment, a surface of the first substrate 114 may include the first attractive material 442. In another embodiment, a surface of the second substrate 116 may include the second attractive material 444. In one example, the first substrate 114 may be attached to the second substrate 116 by the first substrate 114 coming in proximity to the second substrate 116 and the first attractive material 442 attracting to the second substrate 116. In another example, the first substrate 114 may be attached to the second substrate 116 by the first substrate 114 coming in proximity to the second substrate 116 and the second attractive material 444 attracting to the first substrate 114. In another example, the first substrate 114 may be attached to the second substrate 116 by first substrate 114 coming in proximity to the second substrate 116 and the first attractive material 442 attracting to the second attractive material 444. In one example, the first attractive material 442 and/or the second attractive material 444 may be magnets, magnetically attractive material, statically charged material, and so forth. In one embodiment, the first substrate 114 and/or the second substrate 116 may be a one-sided magnetic film. In one embodiment, the first substrate 114 and/or the second substrate 116 may be a double-sided magnetic film. In another example, the first attractive material 442 and/or the second attractive material 444 may be a fabric material, a sponge material, or a rubber material to attract and trap matter from the articles.

[54] FIG. 4D illustrates the first substrate 114 attaching to the second substrate 116 by the second substrate 116 being inserted into a slot or sleeve 446 of the first substrate 114, according to an embodiment. Some of the features in FIG. 4D are the same or similar to some of the features in FIGS. 1, 2, 3A-3C, and 4A-4C as noted by the same reference numbers, unless expressly described otherwise. In one embodiment, the first substrate 114 may include a slot or sleeve 446 that extends at least partially along a surface of the first substrate 114. For example, the slot or sleeve may be a relatively narrow channel of material that defines a cavity with an opening at one end. In one example, the second substrate 116 may be shaped to fit within the opening and the cavity such that the slot or sleeve 446 may hold the second substrate 116 in place. In one example, the slot or sleeve 446 may hold the second substrate 116 in the cavity by friction, e.g. a friction fit. In another example, the slot or sleeve 446 may include a cap or lid that may fit over the opening of the slot or sleeve 446. When the second substrate 106 is inserted into the cavity, the cap or lid may be placed over the opening of the slot or sleeve to lock the second substrate 116 within the cavity. In another embodiment, at least a portion of the slot or sleeve may have an open face or hole 448 that may enable a portion of the first substrate 114 to be accessible or reachable from outside the slot or sleeve 446. For example, when the second substrate 116 is inserted into the slot or sleeve 446, a surface of the second substrate 116 may be accessible via the open face 448 so that as articles spin around in the laundry dryer machine 102 in FIG. 1, the articles may contact the adherent material 118 of the second substrate 116 so that the adherent material 118 may remove and trap material from the article.

[55] FIG. 4E illustrates a cross-sectional view of the second substrate 116 as an envelope that the first substrate 114 may be inserted into, according to an embodiment. Some of the features in FIG. 4E are the same or similar to some of the features in FIGS. 1, 2, 3A-3C, and 4A-4D as noted by the same reference numbers, unless expressly described otherwise. In one embodiment, the second substrate 116 may be an envelope. The envelope may be an enclosing structure with an opening to receive the first substrate 114. Once the first substrate 114 is inserted into the envelope, a flap 450 may be sealed over the opening to enclose the first substrate 114 within the envelope. In one example, the first substrate 114 may be a magnetic material that may be attracted to a metal dryer drum 106 of the laundry dryer machine 102. Once the first substrate 114 has been inserted into the envelope, the first substrate 114 may be placed approximate to the metal dryer drum 106 so that the first substrate 114 may magnetically attach to the metal dryer drum 106 and hold a portion of the second substrate 116 to the metal dryer drum 106. For example, when the first substrate 114 is magnetically attached to the metal dryer drum 106, a portion of the envelope located between the metal dryer drum 106 and the first substrate 114 may be pressed against the metal dryer drum 106 to hold the second substrate 116 in a fixed location within the laundry dryer machine 102. The second substrate 116 may include the adherent material 118 facing the cavity 120 of the laundry dryer machine 102.

[56] FIG. 4F illustrates the cross-sectional view of the second substrate 116 that includes multiple removable layers 116a- 116c, according to an embodiment. Some of the features in FIG. 4F are the same or similar to some of the features in FIGS. 1, 2, 3A-3C, and 4A-4E as noted by the same reference numbers, unless expressly described otherwise. In one embodiment, the first substrate 114 may be attached to a back side of the second substrate 116 and a front surface may face the cavity 120 of the laundry dryer machine 102 where articles may be dried. The second substrate 116 may include multiple layers or sheets 1 l6a,

1 l6b, and 1 l6c that may be removably attached to each other. For example, the first sheet 1 l6a may make up the back surface of the second substrate 116 that attaches to the first substrate 114, the second sheet 1 l6b may be located between the first sheet 1 l6a and the second sheet 1 l6b, and the third sheet 1 l6c may make up the front surface of the second substrate 116 that faces the cavity 120 of the laundry dryer machine 102. As an adherent material 118 of the second substrate 116 is used as part of the laundry aid apparatus 104 to remove matter from articles during drying cycles of the laundry dryer machine 102, the adherent material 118 may become covered with matter from the articles.

[57] When the adherent material 118 is substantially covered and/or after a drying cycle of the laundry dryer machine 102, the third sheet 1 l6c may be removed from the second substrate 116 so that the second sheet 116b may now face the cavity 120 of the laundry dryer machine 102. When the adherent material 118 of the second sheet 116b is substantially covered and/or after a drying cycle of the laundry dryer machine 102, the second sheet 1 l6b may be removed from the second substrate 116 so that the first sheet 1 l6a may now face the cavity 120 of the laundry dryer machine 102. The number of sheets of the second substrate

116 is not intended to be limiting. The number of sheets may vary from a single sheet to multiple sheets.

[58] In one embodiment, the second substrate 116, as discussed herein, may be heat- tolerant to withstand the maximum temperatures used by various residential, commercial, or industrial laundry dryer machines. The heat-tolerant second substrate 116 may withstand temperatures of at least 185" F while remaining attached to the first substrate 114. In one example, the heat-tolerant second substrate 116 may withstand temperatures of up to 165 F for a residential laundry dryer machine. In one example, the heat-tolerant second substrate 116 may withstand temperatures of up to 185° F for a commercial or industrial laundry dryer machine. The second substrate 116 may include one or more of a variety of materials that may withstand the drying environment of the laundry dryer machine 102. For example, the second substrate 116 may be a plastic material, a rubber material, a metal material, a polyurethane material, and so forth that may withstand the temperatures, spinning, and vibration of the laundry dryer machine 102. The second substrate 116 may also include the adherent material 118.

[59] FIG. 5 A illustrates the adherent material 118 with protrusions 548 to remove matter from articles, according to an embodiment. Some of the features in FIG. 5A are the same or similar to some of the features in FIGS. 1, 2, 3A-3C, and 4A-4F as noted by the same reference numbers, unless expressly described otherwise. As discussed above, the second substrate 116 may include the adherent material 118 to dislodge and trap matter from articles.

[60] In one embodiment, the adherent material 118 may be protrusions 548 that extend from the surface of the second substrate 116. In one embodiment, the protrusions 548 may be hooks or bristles that may grab or catch the matter lodged in the articles. For example, when animal hair is stuck in the articles, the hooks may hook onto the animal hair and dislodge the animal hair by pulling the animal hair from the articles and trapping the animal hair within the hooks. In another embodiment, the protrusions 548 may be knobs, bumps, projections, or other objects that extend from the surface of the second substrate 116 or indent into the surface of the second substrate 116. The knobs, bumps, projections, or other objects may create friction with the matter lodged within the articles and as the friction is applied to the matter, the matter may become dislodged from the articles. In one example, when the matter becomes dislodged, the matter may be trapped by an adhesive material on the surface of the second substrate 116. In another example, when the matter becomes dislodged, the matter may be statically charged and attracted to a surface of the second substrate 116. In another example, when the matter becomes dislodged, air circulating within the laundry dryer machine 102 may propel the matter toward the lint trap 110 in FIG. 1, where the matter may be caught by the lint trap 110.

[61] FIG. 5B illustrates the adherent material 118 with adhesive material 550 to remove matter from articles, according to an embodiment. Some of the features in FIG. 5B are the same or similar to some of the features in FIGS. 1, 2, 3A-3C, 4A-4F, and 5A as noted by the same reference numbers, unless expressly described otherwise. As discussed above, the second substrate 116 may include the adherent material 118 to dislodge and trap matter from articles. In one embodiment, the adherent material 118 may include adhesive material 550 along the surface of the second substrate 116. In one example, the adhesive material 550 may stick or adhere to the matter lodged in the articles. For example, when animal hair is stuck in the articles, the adhesive material 550 may stick to the animal hair and dislodge the animal hair by pulling from the articles and trapping the animal hair within the adhesive material 550. In another example, when the matter becomes dislodged, air circulating within the laundry dryer machine 102 may propel the matter toward the lint trap 110 in FIG. 1, where the matter may be caught by the lint trap 110. The adhesive material 550 may be an epoxy adhesive, a polyurethane adhesive, a pressure sensitive adhesive, a cyanoacrylate adhesive, a urethane adhesive, an acrylic adhesive, a paste adhesive, a liquid adhesive, a film adhesive, a thermal adhesive, an elastomer adhesive, a thermoplastic adhesive, an emulsion adhesive, a thermoset adhesive, and so forth.

[62] In one embodiment, the adhesive material, as discussed herein, may be a heat-tolerant adhesive to withstand the maximum temperatures used by various residential, commercial, or industrial laundry dryer machines. The heat-tolerant adhesive may withstand temperatures of at least 185 : F while continuing to dislodge and trap matter from articles. In one example, the heat-tolerant adhesive may withstand temperatures of up to 165 ° F for a residential laundry dryer machine. In one example, the heat-tolerant adhesive may withstand temperatures of up to 185° F for a commercial or industrial laundry dryer machine. In another embodiment, the adhesive material may be heat-tolerant to avoid melting, changing shape, or losing tackiness during the drying process of the laundry dryer machine 102. In another embodiment, the adhesive material may be non-heat-tolerant material that is used in the laundry dryer machine 102 that does not apply heat when drying articles. In another embodiment, the adhesive material may be non-heat-tolerant material that is used in the laundry dryer machine 102 after the articles have been previously dried.

[63] In another embodiment, the adhesive material may be a fabric friendly material that does not damage the fabric of an article as it comes into contact with the fabric to remove matter from the articles. For example, the adhesive material may have a threshold tackiness to dislodge matter, such as animal hair or lint, from articles while not adhering to the fabric of the articles. In another embodiment, the strength or tackiness of the adhesive material may vary based on the type of articles being dried by the laundry dryer machine 102. In one embodiment, lightweight or porous breathable fabric may relatively easily adhere to the adhesive material and the strength or tackiness of the adhesive material may be relatively low to avoid damaging the fabric during the drying phase of the laundry dryer machine 102. In another embodiment, the heavy or thick fabric may not relatively easily adhere to the adhesive material and the strength or tackiness of the adhesive material may be relatively high to dislodge matter from the articles.

[64] In another embodiment, the adhesive material may be colorless material that may not color the articles as the adhesive material comes into contact with the articles during the drying phase of the laundry dryer machine 102. In another embodiment, the adhesive material may be odorless to avoid causing the articles to smell as the adhesive material comes into contact with the articles during the drying phase of the laundry dryer machine 102. In another embodiment, the adhesive material may be impregnated with a fragrant material that may rub off or adhere to the articles and cause the articles to have a pleasant smell after the drying phase of the laundry dryer machine 102. For example, the fragrant material may cause the article to smell like a pine tree, flowers, essential oils, cinnamon, oranges, coconut, and so forth. In another example, the fragrant material may be heat activated material that may be activated to emit the fragrant or pleasant smell during the drying phase and impregnate the articles with the fragrant material.

[65] FIG. 5C illustrates the adherent material 118 with protrusions 548 and adhesive material 550 to remove matter from articles, according to an embodiment. Some of the features in FIG. 5C are the same or similar to some of the features in FIGS. 1, 2, 3A-3C, 4A- 4F, and 5A-5B as noted by the same reference numbers, unless expressly described otherwise. As discussed above, the second substrate 116 may include the adherent material

118 to dislodge and trap matter from articles. In one embodiment, the adherent material 118 may include multiple types of material and/or multiple shapes and forms of material to remove the matter from the articles. The different types of material and/or multiple shapes and forms of material may trap different matter from the articles. For example, the adherent material 118 may include the protrusions 548 and the adhesive material 550 along the surface of the second substrate 116. In this example, the protrusions 548 may dislodge and/or trap a first type of matter, such as animal hair, and the adhesive material 550 may dislodge and/or trap a second type of matter, such as lint. The number and/or type of material for the adherent material 118 is not intended to be limiting. F or example, the adherent material 118 may include multiple different types of material to trap multiple different types of matter lodged in the articles. In another embodiment, as discussed in FIG. 4F, the second substrate 116 may include multiple layers or sheets 1 l6a, 1 l6b, and 1 l6c. In one example, the different layers or sheets may include different adherent material 118. For example, layer 1 l6a may include a first type of the adhesive material 550, layer 1 l6b may include protrusions 548, and the layer 1 l6c may include a second type of the adhesive material 550.

[66] In another embodiment, the adherent material 118 may include magnetic material to create a magnetic field or an anti-static charge to reduce wrinkles in the articles. In another embodiment, the magnetic material of the adherent material 118, the first substrate 114, and/or the second substrate 116 may create magnetic fields below a threshold level to avoid damaging electronic devices, such as electronics of the laundry dryer machine 102. In another embodiment, the second substrate 116 or a layer of the second substrate 116 may not include the adherent material 118 and may only include the magnetic material to create the magnetic field to reduce the wrinkles of the articles. In another embodiment, the adherent material 118 or the second substrate 116 may be impregnated with a coloring substance, such as dye or bleach to color or bleach the articles.

[67] FIG. 6 shows a flowchart 600 for a method removing matter from an article, according to an embodiment. The method may include removably attaching a first substrate to an inner surface of a laundry dryer machine (block 610). The method may include removably attaching a second substrate to the first substrate (block 620). The method may include dislodging a first matter from a first fabric with a first adherent material of the second substrate when the second substrate contacts the first fabric while the laundry dryer machine is drying the first fabric by spinning the fabric in hot air within the laundry dryer machine (block 630). In one example, at least a portion of the dislodged first matter adheres to the first adherent material. The method may include detaching the second substrate when a threshold amount of the dislodged first matter adheres to the first adherent material of the second substrate (block 640). The method may include removably attaching a third substrate to the first substrate (block 650). The second substrate and the third substrate may be substantially similar substrates that may be replaced as each substrate wears out or becomes full of matter, such as lint or animal hair. For example, when adherent material becomes full of lint or animal hair an individual may remove the second substrate and replace it with the third substrate. In another example, the second substrate and the third substrate may be removable layers, such as shown in FIG. 4F.

[68] The method may include dislodging a second matter from a second fabric with a second adherent material of the third substrate when the third substrate contacts the second fabric while the laundry dryer machine is drying the second fabric by spinning the second fabric in hot air within the laundry dryer machine (block 660). In one example, at least a portion of the dislodged second matter adheres to the second adherent material.

[69] The disclosure above encompasses multiple distinct embodiments with independent utility. While these embodiments have been disclosed in a particular form, the specific embodiments disclosed and illustrated above are not to be considered in a limiting sense as numerous variations are possible. The subject matter of the embodiments includes the novel and non-obvious combinations and sub-combinations of the various elements, features, functions and/or properties disclosed above and inherent to those skilled in the art pertaining to such embodiments. Where the disclosure or subsequently filed claims recite“a” element,

“a first” element, or any such equivalent term, the disclosure or claims is to be understood to incorporate one or more such elements, neither requiring nor excluding two or more such elements. [70] Applicant(s) reserves the right to submit claims directed to combinations and sub combinations of the disclosed embodiments that are believed to be novel and non-obvious. Embodiments embodied in other combinations and sub-combinations of features, functions, elements and/or properties may be claimed through amendment of those claims or presentation of new claims in the present application or in a related application. Such amended or new claims, whether they are directed to the same embodiment or a different embodiment and whether they are different, broader, narrower or equal in scope to the original claims, are to be considered within the subject matter of the embodiments described herein.