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Title:
A METHOD AND A WASH SYSTEM WITH A BUILT-IN CLEANSER ASSEMBLY
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/031960
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A method and a wash, clean, dry and protect system are provided for easy handling, for washing, cleansing, drying and/or protecting a body part, and for the delivery of water and/or a cleansing solution to a surface area of a human subject. The built-in cleanser assembly is incorporated onto a wash and clean bidet seat system for washing, cleansing, drying and protecting private body parts of the person.

Inventors:
SCHWAB, Brian (26 Mercer Mountain Road, East Mountain, NY, 12060, US)
PENG, Shao-Yu (No. 45, Lane 10 Zhongzheng East Stree, Huatan Township Changhua County 503, 503, TW)
Application Number:
US2017/046643
Publication Date:
February 15, 2018
Filing Date:
August 11, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
WHOLE BATH, LLC (26 Mercer Mountain Road, East Mountain, NY, 12060, US)
International Classes:
A47K13/30; A61M3/06; E03D9/08
Domestic Patent References:
WO2010134656A12010-11-25
WO2015072075A12015-05-21
Foreign References:
US4237560A1980-12-09
US4536899A1985-08-27
US3995326A1976-12-07
US20080016608A12008-01-24
Other References:
VAGISIL PH BALANCE WASH, 6 July 2016 (2016-07-06), XP055462750, Retrieved from the Internet [retrieved on 20171003]
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 . A wash system, comprising:

a toilet seat assembly comprising a seat cover, a seat base, and a base housing within the seat base, wherein the seat cover is adapted to be laid down on top of the seat base in a seat-close position and to be put up over the seat base in a seat-open position;

a cleanser assembly positioned inside the base housing of the toilet seat assembly, wherein the cleanser assembly is adapted to contain one or more cleanser containers therein; and

a nozzle spray assembly connected to the one or more cleanser containers of the cleanser assembly inside the base housing of the toilet seat assembly.

2. The wash system of claim 1 , further comprising a dryer assembly.

3. The wash system of claim 1 , further comprising a top cover positioned on a top portion of the base housing of the seat base.

4. The wash system of claim 3, wherein the top cover is adapted to be opened when the seat cover is laid down on top of the seat base in the seat-close position.

5. The wash system of claim 3, wherein the top cover is adapted to be opened when the seat cover is put up over the seat base in the seat-open position.

6. The wash system of claim 1 , further comprising a nozzle cover positioned on a side-wall of the base housing of the seat base.

7. The wash system of claim 6, wherein the nozzle cover is adapted to be in an open position ready for one or more nozzles from the nozzle spray assembly to extend out when the seat cover is put up over the seat base in the seat-open position.

8. The wash system of claim 1 , wherein the one or more cleanser containers are adapted to contain one or more cleansers therein, and wherein the cleanser assembly further comprises a cleanser port having an opening on a first end and connecting to the one or more cleanser containers on a second end.

9. The wash system of claim 8, wherein the cleanser assembly comprises:

a cleanser dosing valve adapted to be connected to the one or more cleanser containers; and

a pump positioned to pump a dose of the one or more cleansers from the cleanser dosing valve to a water port of the nozzle spray assembly.

10. The wash system of claim 8, wherein the cleanser assembly further comprises a sensor being positioned on a surface of the one or more cleanser containers and adapted to detect a level of the one or more cleansers inside the one or more cleanser containers.

1 1 . The wash system of claim 1 , wherein one or more doses of the one or more cleansers within the one or more cleanser containers are delivered from the cleanser assembly to the nozzle spray assembly to be mixed with water into a cleanser solution.

12. The wash system of claim 1 1 , wherein the nozzle spray assembly comprises a water spray nozzle with a water spray nozzle head and the cleanser solution is sprayed out of the water spray nozzle head.

13. The wash system of claim 1 1 , wherein the nozzle spray assembly comprises a cleanser spray nozzle and a water spray nozzle, and the cleanser solution is sprayed out of a cleanser spray nozzle head of the cleanser spray nozzle.

14. The wash system of claim 1 , wherein the one or more cleansers are selected from the group consisting of skin repair creams, skin protectants, skin extra protective creams (EPC), skin lotions, mild soaps, detergents, mild anti-bacterial soaps, and combinations thereof.

15. The wash system of claim 1 , wherein the one or more cleansers comprise benzalkonium chloride.

16. A method for using a wash system by a human subject, comprising:

dosing one or more doses of one or more cleansers contained within a cleanser container of a cleanser assembly to be directed into a nozzle spray assembly of the wash system, wherein the wash system comprises:

a toilet seat assembly comprising a seat cover, a seat base, and a base housing within the seat base, wherein the seat cover is adapted to be laid down on top of the seat base in a seat-close position and to be put up over the seat base in a seat-open position;

the cleanser assembly positioned inside the base housing of the toilet seat assembly, wherein the cleanser assembly is adapted to position the cleanser container therein; and

the nozzle spray assembly connected to the one or more cleanser containers of the cleanser assembly inside the housing of the toilet seat assembly; and

spraying out a cleanser solution from a nozzle head of the nozzle spray assembly.

17. The method of claim 16, further comprising:

opening a top cover of the wash system;

18. The method of claim 16, further comprising:

opening a cap of the cleanser container within the cleanser assembly; and pouring a portion of the one or more cleansers from a cleanser bottle into the cleanser container of the cleanser assembly.

19. The method of claim 18, further comprising: shaking the cleanser bottle containing the one or more cleansers prior to pouring the portion of the one or more cleansers from the cleanser bottle.

20. The method of claim 16, further comprising:

controlling the dosing of the one or more doses of the cleanser solution to be directed into a water port by a control unit; and

cleansing a surface area of the human subject using the cleanser solution being sprayed out of the nozzle head of the nozzle spray assembly.

21 . The method of claim 20, wherein the control unit is connected to a control button positioned on the toilet seat assembly of the wash system

22. The method of claim 16, further comprising:

washing the surface area of the human subject using water.

23. The method of claim 16, further comprising:

drying a surface area of the human subject using a dryer assembly of the wash system.

Description:
A METHOD AND A WASH SYSTEM WITH A BUILT-IN CLEANSER ASSEMBLY

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application claims benefit of United States provisional patent application serial number 62/373,957, filed August 1 1 , 2016, which is herein incorporated by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to a wash system with built-in cleanser assembly for the delivery of a cleanser solution to a surface area of a human subject. More specifically, aspects of the present invention provide a method and a wash system with a built-in cleanser assembly for washing and applying a cleaning solution to a region of a human body (e.g., skin, genital or anal area, intimate parts, perianal region) and cleaning thereof.

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] People who have problems controlling their urine or bowels and suffer from incontinence are at risk of skin problems around the buttocks, hips, genitals, and the area between the pelvis and rectum (perineum). Excess moisture in these areas may result in skin problems (e.g., redness, peeling, irritation, and yeast infections, etc.), and if the person spends most of his or her day in a wheelchair, or bed, it is likely that bedsores may also develop. Such skin problem may be worse if the person uses diapers and other products, which allow urine or stool to be in constant contact with the skin. As such, special care by cleaning and drying the area right away after urinating or having a bowel movement, and/or cleaning the skin with mild, dilute soap and water then rinsing well and gently patting dry.

[0005] In applying a skin cleanser or soap to an individual's skin, if the individual is alone, this is impossible since an individual cannot adequately apply such skin cleanser fluid onto hard-to-reach areas of his or her own back and bottom. Accordingly, it is necessary to utilize the services of a second individual to apply a skin cleanser fluid on hard-to-reach areas such as the back and upper neck.

[0006] Thus, there is a need for using a spray wash system with built-in cleanser assembly to apply a cleanser solution to the skin area of a person, to be incorporated into a bidet seat cleaning systems have water spray nozzle for washing and cleaning private parts of the person.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0007] The present invention generally provides a method and a wash, clean, dry and protect system that is easy to handle for washing, cleansing, drying, and/or protecting a body part, and for the delivery of water, a cleansing solution, and/or any other suitable solutions to a surface area of a human subject. In one embodiment, a wash system is provided and includes a toilet seat assembly having a seat cover, a seat base, and a base housing within the seat base. In one aspect, the seat cover is adapted to be laid down on top of the seat base in a seat-close position. In another aspect, the seat cover is adapted to be put up over the seat base in a seat- open position.

[0008] In one embodiment, a cleanser assembly and a nozzle spray assembly are position inside the base housing of the toilet seat assembly, where the cleanser assembly is adapted to contain one or more cleansers therein. In another embodiment, the nozzle spray assembly is connected to the one or more cleanser containers of the cleanser assembly inside the base housing of the toilet seat assembly. The wash system may further include a dryer assembly.

[0009] In one aspect, the wash system includes a top cover positioned on a top portion of the base housing of the seat base. In another aspect, wherein the top cover is adapted to be opened when the seat cover is laid down on top of the seat base in the seat-close position. In another aspect, the top cover is adapted to be opened when the seat cover is put up over the seat base in the seat-open position.

[0010] In still another aspect, the wash system further includes a nozzle cover positioned on a side-wall of the base housing of the seat base. In one example, the nozzle cover is adapted to be in an open position ready for one or more nozzles from the nozzle spray assembly to extend out when the seat cover is put up over the seat base in the seat-open position. In one example, the nozzle cover is adapted to be in an closed position.

[0011] Another aspect of the invention provides the cleanser assembly having one or more cleanser containers positioned therein and adapted to contain one or more concentrated cleansers. In addition, the cleanser assembly may further include a cleanser port having an opening on a first end and connecting to the one or more cleanser containers on a second end.

[0012] In one embodiment, the cleanser assembly further includes a cleanser dosing valve adapted to be connected to the one or more cleanser containers, and a pump positioned to pump a dose of the one or more concentrated cleansers from the cleanser dosing valve to a water port of the nozzle spray assembly, where one or more doses of the one or more cleansers are delivered from the one or more cleanser containers of the cleanser assembly to the nozzle spray assembly to be mixed with water into a cleanser solution.

[0013] In another embodiment, the cleanser assembly also includes a sensor being positioned on a surface of the one or more cleanser containers and adapted to detect a level of the one or more cleansers inside the one or more cleanser containers. In another aspect, one or more doses of the one or more cleansers within the one or more cleanser containers are delivered from the cleanser assembly to the nozzle spray assembly to be mixed with water into a cleanser solution. Examples of the one or more cleansers include skin repair creams, skin protectants, skin extra protective creams (EPC), skin lotions, mild soaps, detergents, mild anti-bacterial soaps, and combinations thereof. In one example, the cleansers comprise benzalkonium chloride.

[0014] In still another embodiment, the nozzle spray assembly includes a water spray nozzle with a water spray nozzle head and the cleanser solution is sprayed out of the water spray nozzle head. In an alternative embodiment, the nozzle assembly includes a cleanser spray nozzle and a water spray nozzle, and the cleanser solution is sprayed out of a cleanser spray nozzle head of the cleanser spray nozzle.

[0015] Another embodiment of the invention provides a method for using a wash system by a human subject. The method includes dosing one or more doses of one or more cleansers contained within a cleanser container of a cleanser assembly to be directed into a nozzle spray assembly of the wash system, and spraying out a cleanser solution from a nozzle head of the nozzle spray assembly of the wash system, where the wash system includes a toilet seat assembly, the cleanser assembly, and the nozzle spray assembly connected to the cleanser container of the cleanser assembly inside a base housing of the toilet seat assembly.

[0016] The toilet seat generally includes a seat cover, a seat base, and the base housing within the seat base, where the seat cover is adapted to be laid down on top of the seat base in a seat-close position and/or to be put up over the seat base in a seat-open position. The cleanser assembly is positioned inside the base housing of the toilet seat assembly and is adapted to contain the one or more cleanser containers containing the one or more cleanser therein.

[0017] In one aspect, the method also includes opening a top cover of the wash system prior to cleaning a body part of the human body. In addition, the method also includes cleansing a surface area of the body part of the human subject using the cleanser solution being sprayed out of a nozzle head of the nozzle spray assembly, and/or washing the surface area of the human subject using water. In another aspect, the method includes drying the surface area of the human subject using a dryer assembly of the wash system.

[0018] In another aspect, the method may also include opening a cap of the cleanser container within the cleanser assembly of the wash system, and pouring a portion of the one or more cleansers from a cleanser bottle into the cleanser container of the cleanser assembly. Further, the method includes shaking the cleanser bottle containing the one or more cleansers prior to pouring the portion of the one or more cleansers from the cleanser bottle.

[0019] In still another aspect, the method includes controlling the dosing of the one or more doses of the cleanser solution to be directed into a water port by a control unit. In one example, the control unit is connected to a control button positioned on a front end of the base seat of the toilet seat assembly of the wash system.

[0020] The wash system of the present invention is designed and adapted to apply a cleanser solution, skin protection lotions and oils, etc., directly to the skin and an operator of the wash system will be able to spray cleanser evenly on the individual, especially in hard-to-reach areas such as the bottom, back and neck of a human subject.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0021] 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. [0022] Figure 1 is a perspective view of an exemplary wash system with a built-in cleanser assembly therein according to one embodiment of the invention.

[0023] Figure 2 is a top view of another exemplary wash system with a toilet seat assembly and a built-in cleanser assembly where a seat cover of the toilet seat assembly is in a seat-closed position {e.g., being laid down on top of a seat base) and positioned atop of the toilet seat assembly of the wash system, where a top cover of the built-in cleanser assembly is opened according to another embodiment of the invention.

[0024] Figure 3A is a perspective view of a toilet seat assembly of an exemplary wash system where a seat cover of the toilet seat assembly is in a seat-opened position {e.g., being put up over a seat base) and positioned over a base housing of the seat base within the wash system, a built-in cleanser assembly is positioned inside the base housing of the toilet seat assembly, where a top cover of the toilet seat assembly is opened on a top portion of the base housing according to another embodiment of the invention.

[0025] Figure 3B is a perspective view of the wash system of the Example as shown in Figure 3A, where a seat cover of the toilet seat assembly is opened and a top cover of the toilet seat assembly is opened as well so as to allow one or more cleansers from a cleanser bottle to be poured into an opening of a cleanser container of a cleanser assembly positioned inside a base housing of the seat base according to another embodiment of the invention.

[0026] Figure 4A is a blown-up view of a base housing of a toilet seat assembly of an exemplary wash system where a top cover of the toilet seat assembly is adapted to be opened to show a cap of a cleanser container within a built-in cleanser assembly positioned inside the base housing of the toilet seat assembly, according to another embodiment of the invention.

[0027] Figure 4B is a blown-up view of the wash system of the Example as shown in Figure 4A, where the top cover of the toilet seat assembly is opened and the cap of the cleanser container within the cleanser assembly is opened according to another embodiment of the invention.

[0028] Figure 4C is a blown-up view of the wash system of the Example as shown in Figure 4B, one or more cleansers from a cleanser bottle is poured into an opening of the cleanser container positioned within the cleanser assembly inside the base housing of the toilet seat assembly according to another embodiment of the invention.

[0029] Figure 5 is an inside view of a base housing of a toilet seat assembly of an exemplary wash system showing one example of a cleanser assembly and a nozzle spray assembly within the base housing of the wash system according to another embodiment of the invention.

[0030] Figure 6 is a detailed blown-up view of the cleanser assembly and the nozzle spray assembly of an exemplary wash system according to one embodiment of the invention.

[0031] Figure 7 illustrates a method of operating a wash system with a built-in cleanser assembly inside a base housing of a toilet seat assembly according to one or more embodiments of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0032] The present invention includes a method and a wash-dry-clean-and- protect system for providing easy washing, cleaning and protection of a person's bottom while using a toilet is provided. In one embodiment, the wash-dry-clean-and- protect system can be placed directly over a rim of a toilet bowl or a seat of a toilet seat system. In another embodiment, the wash-dry-clean-and-protect system include a built-in cleanser assembly for the delivery of one or more cleansers and/or cleanser solutions, moisturizing creams, and/or skin sealant to a surface area of a human subject.

[0033] The built-in cleanser assembly as described herein is easy-to-handle and easy to dose and to be sprayed to the skin area of a person. The built-in cleanser assembly contains one or more cleanser containers for a cleanser (in a diluted solution or as a concentrate) to be poured form a cleanser bottle into one or more cleanser containers positioned inside a toilet seat assembly, as well as a sensor to allow for detecting the cleanser lever inside the cleanser container of the cleanser assembly and enable a user to easily operate and easily spray one or more doses of the cleanser onto a skin area of the user. The wash system with the built-in cleanser assembly can be handled automatically or functions together with a toilet seat or other devices. In one embodiment, a cleanser assembly is incorporated into a wash, clean and dry bidet system and is deigned to easily dispense water, cleaning solutions, moisturizing creams, skin sealant, etc., to a surface area of a human subject.

[0034] Figure 1 show one example of a wash system 100 with a toilet seat assembly 1 10 and a cleanser assembly 120 therein according to one embodiment of the invention. In one embodiment, the toilet seat assembly 1 10 includes a seat cover 1 14, a seat base 1 16, and a base housing 1 12 within the seat base 1 16. In another embodiment, the toilet seat assembly 1 10 further includes a nozzle cover 162 where nozzles of a nozzle spray assembly 150 can be extended in and out of a portion of the seat base 1 16 when the nozzle cover 162 is opened. The nozzle cover 162 is positioned on a side-wall of the base housing 1 12 of the seat base 1 16.

[0035] In one example, the seat cover 1 14 is adapted to be put up over the seat base in a seat-open position (as shown in Figure 1 ). In another example, the seat cover 1 14 is adapted to be laid down on top of the seat base 1 16 in a seat-close position (as shown in Figure 2). Further, the toilet seat assembly 1 10 of the wash system 100 can be coupled atop to a conventional toilet, e.g., a toilet seat 210. As another example, the nozzle cover 162 is adapted to be in an open position ready for one or more nozzles (e.g., a water spray nozzle 156 as shown in Figure 1 ) from the nozzle spray assembly 150 to extend out when the seat cover 1 14 is put up over the seat base 1 16 in the seat-open position.

[0036] The cleanser assembly 120 is positioned inside the base housing 1 12 of the toilet seat assembly 1 10 and is adapted to contain one or more cleanser containers 130 therein. The nozzle spray assembly 150 is connected to the one or more cleanser containers 130 of the cleanser assembly 120 inside the base housing 1 12 of the toilet seat assembly 1 10.

[0037] In one embodiment, wherein the cleanser assembly 120 is adapted to contain one or more cleanser containers 130 therein. In Figure 1 , the cleanser assembly 120 includes a cleanser container 130, a cleanser dosing valve 132, and a pump 134. The cleanser assembly 120 may also include a cleanser port 122 (shown in Figure 6) having a first end 121 , an opening 124 on its first end 121 , a second end 123 where the one or more cleanser containers are connected to.

[0038] For example, the one or more cleanser containers 130 are adapted to contain one or more cleansers therein, and the opening 124 of the cleanser port 122 is used to received the one or more cleaners to be poured into the cleaner container 130 via the opening 124 by a human user. Examples of the one or more cleansers include, but are not limited to, skin repair creams, skin protectants, skin extra protective creams (EPC), skin lotions, mild soaps, detergents, mild anti-bacterial soaps, and combinations thereof. One example of the cleansers is benzalkonium chloride.

[0039] As shown in Figure 1 , the cleanser dosing valve 132 is adapted to be connected to the one or more cleanser containers 130 to function together with the pump 134 adapted to pump one or more doses of the one or more cleansers from the cleanser dosing valve 132 to a water port 152 of the nozzle spray assembly 152 and form a cleaning solution therein ready to be sprayed out by the nozzle spray assembly 150.

[0040] In addition, the cleanser assembly 120 further includes a sensor 138 being positioned on a surface of the one or more cleanser containers 130 and adapted to detect a level of the one or more cleansers inside the one or more cleanser containers 130. In one example, one or more doses of the one or more cleansers within the one or more cleanser containers 130 are delivered from the cleanser assembly 120 via the water port 152 to the nozzle spray assembly 150 to be mixed with water into a cleanser solution ready to be sprayed out from a nozzle head of the nozzle spray assembly. For example, the nozzle spray assembly 150 may include a water spray nozzle 156 with a water spray nozzle head 158 such that the cleanser solution is sprayed out of the water spray nozzle head 158.

[0041] In another embodiment, the wash system further include a dryer assembly 140 (as shown in Figure 6) with one or more fan, motors, and/or one or more retractable drying nozzle units adapted to deliver air at a predetermined temperature to a surface region of a human body. Each of one or more drying nozzle units of the drying nozzle assembly may include an air channel, a retractable element, a nozzle tip portion, and a drying nozzle opening.

[0042] In one example, the dryer assembly 140 may include 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. In addition, the drying nozzle assembly may further include 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 one aspect, the fan of the drying nozzle assembly is adapted to blow air at an adjustable speed. In another aspect, wherein the fan of the drying nozzle assembly is adapted to blow air at an adjustable temperature.

[0043] Examples of suitable toilet seat assembly 150, the nozzle spray assembly 150, and the dryer assembly 140 are also disclosed in the co- US Patent Application Serial No. 15/588,635, titled "A seat and Cover System with Dynamic Spray Nozzle"; co-pending US Patent Application Serial No. 15/588,637, titled "Dynamic Drying Mechanism for a Wash and Clean System with"; co-pending US Patent Application Serial No. 15/588,638, titled "A seat and Cover System with Medicine Units"; copending US Patent Application Serial No. 15/588,640, titled "A Medicine Delivery, Wash, Clean and Air Dry System". The disclosure of all of these US patent applications is hereby incorporate by reference. [0044] During operation or in idle position of the wash system 100, the seat cover 1 14 can be opened and positioned upward, such as being positioned against a water tank. The toilet seat assembly 1 10 includes a seat body with the seat base 1 16 facing upward so that a human subject can sit thereon. The seat cover 1 14 and the base seat 1 16 are formed to connect together, for example, using one or more hinges such that the seat cover 1 14 can be opened or closed over the seat base 1 16. The base housing 1 12 is contained within the seat base 1 14 to include the nozzle spray assembly therein. The base housing 1 12 is positioned near the back end of the seat base 1 14, and together with the seat base 1 16, they are used generally to house one or more assemblies (e.g., the spraying nozzle assembly 150, the dryer assembly 140, and/or a medicine delivery assembly, etc.) therein.

[0045] As shown in Figure 1 , one ore more spray nozzles can be positioned inside the base housing 1 12 and can be adapted to be retractable and extendable out when the nozzle cover 162 is in an open position. The spray nozzles can also be, capable of moving in thee dimensional rotational direction and in a horizontal plane. The spray nozzles or any suitable spray nozzle units positioned near the bottom of the seat base 1 16 can be adjusted to be retracted back into the base housing 1 16 so that the nozzle cover 162 can be in a close position.

[0046] In one embodiment, the function and operation of the wash system 100 is controlled by one or more control units (e.g., a control unit positioned adjacent to one side of the wash system 100, and/or a controlled unit 340, which can be positioned at a distance away from the bidet system in a wired or wireless fashion.

[0047] In one example, the wash system 100 is connected to the control unit 340 via Bluetooth or wireless connections so as to control the proper operation of the various components of the wash system 100. In one aspect, the wash system 100 includes a front end control element 180 positioned near a front end of the toilet seat assembly 1 10 for the control and operation of the wash system 100. The front end control element 180 may include a front end control button 182 adapted to be uses by a human subject. [0048] The single button configuration may help ease the use and operations by a human subject, whereby only the front end control button 182 is sufficient to transmit electric signal and control the movements of various parts within the wash system 100. In one example, by pushing down the front end control button 182 once, an electric signal for directing the wash systeml OO into a pre-set wash operation A or any other type of desirable full sequence operation can be transmitted to one or more control units within the wash system and control beginning and completion of the movements of the components of the wash system 100 for the pre-set operation. In another example, by pushing down the front end control button 182 twice consecutively or for any other desirable times, a different electric signal can be transmitted to one or more control units within the wash system to direct the wash systeml OO into a different pre-set wash and operation B and control the movements of the components of the wash system 100 to execute the pre-set wash and operation B.

[0049] In Figure 1 , one control unit 340 and one front-end control element 180 are configured to function together, where the front end control element 180 is positioned to be on the front end of the seat base 1 16 to be closer for a user to touch the front end control button 182 and control the movements of the cleanser assembly 120 and the nozzle spray assembly 150 as well as the temperature and pressure of the spraying liquid spraying from one or more spray nozzles within the wash system 100. Alternatively, the control unit 340 may be a remote controlled unit being capable of communicating with the wash system 100.

[0050] The control unit 340 and the front-end control element 180 are configured to be communicating and directing one or more movements of the spraying nozzle assembly 150. The spray nozzle assembly 150 is adapted to include one or more spray nozzles to jet one or more solutions, 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.

[0051] In one example, the spray nozzle assembly 150 includes a water spray nozzle 156 having a water spray nozzle head on the front thereof and being adapted to move in a linear direction to be extended and retracted in and out of the nozzle cover 162. In another example, the spray nozzle assembly 150 is adapted to move in a vertical direction to move up and down (e.g., in a Z-direction or a gravitational direction), particularly after the spray nozzle assembly 150 has been extended out. In another example, the spray nozzle assembly 150 is adapted to move in a horizontal direction to move left-right {e.g., in a rocking motion), particularly after the spray nozzle assembly 150 are extended out.

[0052] The control unit 340 and the front-end control element 180 can cause the user to operate the wash system 100 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 wash system 100. Inside the wash system 100, a decoder decodes the transmitted data. When the data is decoded, the wash system 100 responds to from an appliance control signal suitable for controlling the nozzle spray assembly 150 and other parts within the wash system 100. As another example, front-end control element 180 are installed on front end of the seat base 1 16. It enables a user to directly control the wash system 100 from the front side with out having to turn sideways or turn around.

[0053] Figure 2 shows a top view of the wash system 100 where a top cover 136 of the cleanser assembly 120 is closed. The top cover 136, as shown, may be positioned atop of the toilet seat assembly 1 10 near a top portion of the base housing 1 12 of the seat base 1 16 according to one embodiment of the invention. Alternatively, the top cover 136 can be positioned in any other positions close to the base housing 1 12 of the toilet seat assembly 1 10.

[0054] In one aspect, the top cover 136 can be adapted to be opened when the seat cover 1 14 is put up over the seat base 1 16 in a seat-open position. In another aspect, the top cover 136 can be adapted to be closed when the seat cover 1 14 is put up over the seat base 1 16 in a seat-open position. In still other aspect, the top cover 136 is adapted to be opened when the seat cover 1 14 is laid down on top of the seat base 1 16 in a seat-close position. In a further aspect, the top cover 136 is adapted to be closed when the seat cover 1 14 is laid down on top of the seat base 1 16 in a seat-close position

[0055] Figure 3A shows on example of the toilet seat assembly 1 10 where the seat cover 1 14 of the toilet assembly 1 10 is opened, and the top cover 136 of the cleanser assembly 120 is also opened. The opening 124 of the cleanser port 122 may be closed by a cap 125. As shown in Figure 3A, the cap 125 can be opened by a user prior to pouring a cleanser (either a concentrated or a diluted cleanser solution) from a cleanser bottle into the cleanser port 122 of the cleanser assembly 120. Figure 3B shows the example of the wash system 100 as shown in Figure 3A where one or more cleansers from a cleanser bottle 172 can be poured into the opening 124 of the cleanser port 122 (shown in Figure 6) of the cleanser assembly 120 according to another embodiment of the invention.

[0056] In operation, the top cover 136 of the wash system 100 is opened by a human user, and then the cap 125 of the cleanser container 130 within the cleanser assembly 120 is also opened (such as by unscrewing the cap 125 to open the cap 125). Next, a portion of the one or more cleansers from the cleanser bottle 172 is poured into the cleanser container 130 of the cleanser assembly 120. Optionally, a human user may want to shake the cleanser bottle 172 containing the one or more cleansers prior to pouring the portion of the one or more cleansers from the cleanser bottle 172.

[0057] Figure 4A is a blown-up view of the base housing 1 12 within the back end of the seat base 1 16 of the toilet seat assembly 1 10, where the top cover 136 is in an open position. As shown in Figure 4, the cleanser container 130 of the cleanser assembly 120 is positioned inside the base housing 1 12 of the toilet seat assembly 1 10 and is capped by the cap 125 thereon. [0058] Figure 4B is a blown-up top view of the base housing 1 12 of the wash system 100 as shown in Figure 4A, where the top cover 136 of the toilet seat assembly 1 10 is opened and the cap 125 of the cleanser container 130 is lifted. Figure 4C is a blown-up top view of the base housing 1 12, showing that one or more cleansers from the cleanser bottle 172 is poured into the opening 124 of the cleanser container 130 positioned within the cleanser assembly 120 inside the base housing 1 12 of the toilet seat assembly 1 10.

[0059] Figure 5 is another example of the base housing 1 12 of the toilet seat assembly 1 10 of the wash system 100. The cleanser assembly 1 10, the nozzle spray assembly 150, and/or the dryer assembly 140 can also be positioned within the base housing 1 12 of the wash system 100. As shown in Figure 5, the nozzle spray assembly 150 may contain a cleanser spray nozzle 126 in addition to a water spray nozzle 156. The cleaner spray nozzle 126 may be used specifically for spraying a cleanser solution and the water spray nozzle 156 can be used for spraying water, and/or other solutions (e.g., a medicinal solution, a moisturizer solution, a lotion, oils, a barrier spray solution, mild soaps, detergents, mild antibacterial soaps, etc., among others). The cleaner spray nozzle 126 may include a cleanser spray nozzle head 128 positioned at its front end. In operation, as controlled by a control unit 340A, the water spray nozzle 126 retracted inside the nozzle cover 162 can be extended out of the nozzle cover 162 so that a cleanser solution may be sprayed out of the cleanser spray nozzle head 128. The nozzle spray assembly 150 may also contain one or more motors (e.g., the motor 154) to control the movements of the cleanser spray nozzle 126.

[0060] Figure 6 is another example of a blown-up view of the cleanser assembly 120 and the nozzle spray assembly 150 of the wash system 100. The nozzle spray assembly 150 may contain the water spray nozzle 156 with the water spray nozzle head 158 positioned at its front end for spraying water and the cleanser solution that is being dosed to be sprayed out. In operation, the water spray nozzle 156 retracted inside the nozzle cover 162 can be extended out of the nozzle cover 162 so that water may be sprayed out of the water spray nozzle head 158. The nozzle spray assembly 150 may also contain one or more motors (e.g., motor 154) to control the movements of the water spray nozzle 156.

[0061] Additionally, the nozzle spray assembly 150 includes the water port 152 connected to the water spray nozzle 156 and a water hose (not shown) for delivering water into the water spray nozzle 156. In one embodiment, the water port 152 is also connected to the cleanser assembly 1 10. For example, the pump 134 of the cleanser assembly 120 can be used to pump one ore more cleansers delivered from the cleanser container 130 via the cleanser dosing valve 132 into the water port 152. In one embodiment, the cleanser dosing valve 132 and the pump 134 functions together to control and dose one or more doses of the cleanser contained inside the cleanser container 130 and delivered into the nozzle spray assembly 150 of the wash system 100.

[0062] In one example, the cleanser can be mixed into the water port 152 and being sprayed out of the water spray nozzle head 158 of the water spray nozzle 156. In another example, the cleanser can be mixed into a separate cleanser port and being sprayed out of a cleanser spray nozzle head 128 of a cleanser spray nozzle 126, as shown in Figure 5. In one embodiment, the nozzles (e.g., the water spray nozzle 156, the cleanser spray nozzle 126, etc.) of the nozzle spray assembly 150 are adapted to move back and forth, sideway, rockingly and/or rotatably in three-dimensional direction.

[0063] As shown in Figure 6, the wash system 100 may further include a dryer assembly 140. In another example, the dryer assembly 140 and the nozzle spray assembly 150 are combined and formed into a dynamic dryer and spray nozzle assembly, such as the nozzle spray assembly as shown in Figures 5-6. In one aspect, the dynamic dryer and spray nozzle assembly is able to move back and forth, sideway, and/or rotatably in three-dimensional direction.

[0064] The wash and dry system of the present invention applies water and cleansers, skin protection lotions and oils, directly to the skin and an operator of the wash and dry system will be able to spray lotions evenly on the individual, especially in hard-to-reach areas such as the bottom, back and neck of a human subject. Example of the one or more cleansers include skin repair creams, skin protectants, skin extra protective creams (EPC), skin lotions, mild soaps, detergents, mild antibacterial soaps, and combinations thereof. In one example, the cleansers comprise benzalkonium chloride.

[0065] In addition, the wash and dry system may further include a power switch, a power indicator for powering up the system and operating wash, clean, dry, protect, and/or other functions of the system. In one aspect, the system is connected to a power cord. In another aspect, the system is connected to a battery power pack.

[0066] Figure 7 illustrates a method 700 of operating a wash system 100 which contains the cleanser assembly 120 according to one or more embodiments of the invention. The method may include a step 720 of opening a top cover of a cleanser assembly of a wash system, and a step 730 of opening a cap of a cleanser container within a cleanser assembly of the wash system. Optionally, at step 710, the cleanser bottle containing one or more cleaners is shaken prior to be poured into the cleanser port of the cleanser assembly.

[0067] At step 740, a portion of the one or more cleansers form the cleanser bottle containing one or more cleansers is poured into an opening of a cleanser port of the cleanser assembly. At step 750, an user can push one ore more control buttons (e.g., the front-end control button 182 of the front-end control element 180) or touch a control screen of a control unit (e.g., the control unit 340, 340A) so that the wash system can begin to operate and start to dose one or more doses of the cleanser into a water channel {e.g., the water port 152, or other cleanser channels) connected to a nozzle spray assembly of the wash system.

[0068] Next, at step 760, a solution of cleanser can be sprayed out from a nozzle head (e.g., the water spray nozzle head 158 and the cleanser spray nozzle head 128, etc.) of a nozzle spray assembly of the wash system. Preferably, amount of the cleanser solution is dosed and controlled (e.g., controlled by the cleanser dosing valve 132)

[0069] Optionally, at step 760, a level of the cleanser within the cleanser container is detected by a sensor (e.g. , by the sensor 136) such that if the level of the cleanser within the cleanser container 130 is too low, there is an indicator signal, a warning sign, or a warning sound can be generated. An user may need to add and pour more concentrated cleaner from a cleanser bottle into the cleanser container within the cleanser assembly of the wash system.

[0070] In general, one or more doses of a cleanser can be be directed into a water channel of the wash system, and spraying out a solution of the cleanser from a nozzle head of a nozzle spray assembly of the wash system, where the wash system includes a toilet seat assembly, a cleanser assembly inside a housing of the toilet seat assembly and the cleanser assembly being adapted to contain the cleanser therein, and a nozzle spray assembly connected to the cleanser assembly inside the housing of the toilet seat assembly. In one aspect, the method also includes washing and cleansing a surface area of the human subject using the solution being sprayed out of the nozzle head of the nozzle spray assembly, and/or drying a surface area of the human subject using a dryer assembly of the wash system.

[0071] In still another aspect, the method includes controlling the dosing of the one or more doses of the cleanser to be directed into the water channel by a control unit. In one example, the control unit is connected to a control button positioned on the toilet seat assembly of the wash system

[0072] The wash system of the present invention is designed and adapted to apply a cleanser solution, skin protection lotions and oils, etc. , directly to the skin and an operator of the wash system will be able to spray cleanser evenly on the individual, especially in hard-to-reach areas such as the bottom, back and neck of a human subject. [0073] 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.