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Title:
PERSONAL CARE APPLIANCE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2015/138212
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Portable, electrically driven, handheld sonic personal skin/hair care device includes a housing and a drive assembly to which is coupled a treatment member. The treatment member may include active ingredients incorporated during manufacturing that safely resist and inhibit the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. The drive assembly includes a stator assembly, armature assembly, mounting member attached to the housing, elongated pivot arm having a first end directly coupled to the armature assembly and a second end directly coupled to the mounting member, and mounting arm having first and second ends, the first end being directly coupled to the armature assembly and the second end being directly coupled to the treatment member such that the stator, when energized, causes oscillation of the armature in an arcuate manner about a pivot point located at the mounting member in turn causing the treatment member to oscillate relative to the housing.

Inventors:
HENDLER, Lewis (1166 Timbergate Drive, Rydal, Pennsylvania, 19046, US)
CHEN, Haizhen (#8 16th Xinling West Road, Yuelong Street,Ninghai, Ningbo Zhejiang, Zhejiang, CN)
YU, Keyue (#2-5 1st West Door Road, Yuelong Street Ninghai, Ningbo Zhejiang, Zhejiang, CN)
ZHAN, Xushan (22nd Liang Ting Nong, Zhuangshi Zhenhai, Ningbo Zhejiang, Zhejiang, CN)
Application Number:
US2015/018945
Publication Date:
September 17, 2015
Filing Date:
March 05, 2015
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
MICHAEL TODD LP (648 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd, Port St. Lucie, Florida, 34953, US)
International Classes:
A46B13/00; H02K33/00; H02K33/16
Foreign References:
US20080106156A12008-05-08
US3500080A1970-03-10
US20090198262A12009-08-06
US20120159795A12012-06-28
US20050280319A12005-12-22
US20090177125A12009-07-09
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
LEVY, Philip E. (Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC600 Grant Street, 44th Floo, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, 15219, US)
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Claims:
Wha is claimed is;

1. A persona! care appliance, comprising:

a housing;

drive assembly provided in the housing, the drive assembly including a stator assembly, an armature assembly adjacent the stator assembly, a mounting member attached to the housing, an elongated pivot arm having a first end directly coupled to the armature assembly and a second end directly coupled to the mounting member, and a mounting arm having a first end and a second end, the first end being directly coupled to the armature assembly, wherein the stator, when energized, is structured to cause the armature to oscillate in an arcuate manner about a pivot point located at the mounting member: and

a workpiece member coupled to the second end of the mounting arm such that oscillation of the armature assembly causes the workpiece member to oscillate relative to the housing.

2. The personal care appliance accordin to claim 1 , wherein the mounting member has a base member having a first longitudinal axis, wherein the pivot arm has a second longitudinal axis perpendicular to the first longitudinal axis.

3. The personal care appliance according to claim 1 , wherein the mounting arm is an S-shaped mounting arm such that a central portion of the workpiece member is positioned over a central portion of the pivot arm between the armature assembly and the mounting member.

4. The personal care appliance according to claim 3, wherein the pivot arm has a midpoint., and wherein a center of the workpiece member is positioned directly over the midpoint.

5. The persona! care appliance according to claim 4, wherein the mounting arm has an elongated central portion provided between the first end and the second end, the elongated central portion having a third longitudinal axis that is parallel to the second longitudinal axis when the armature assembly is not oscillating.

6. The personal care appliance according to claim 5, wherein the mounting arm has a first portion including the first end of the mounting arm and a second portion including the second end of the mounting arm, wherein the first portion and the second portion are perpendicular to the third longitudinal axis.

7. The personal care appliance according to claim 1 , further comprising a first constraining member provided adjacent a first side of the pivot arm and a second constraining member provided adjacent a second side of the pivot arm opposite the first side of the pivot arm, wherein the first and second constraining members are each oriented in a direction that is perpendicular to the second longitudinal axis of the pi vot arm.

8. The personal care appliance according to claim 1 , wherein the workpieee member comprises a brush head assembly having a plurality of bristles extending therefrom.

9. The personal care appliance according to claim I. wherein the workpieee member comprises one or more components made with an antimicrobial material that is both (i) safe for use on the skin, and (ii) resists and/or inhibits the growt of mold, mildew, fungus and/or bacteria.

10. The personal care appliance according to claim 9, wherein the workpieee member comprises a brush head assembly having a plurality of bristles extendin therefrom, wherein the bristles include the antimicrobial material as an additive thereto and/or are coated with the antimicrobial material.

11. The personal care appliance according to claim , wherein the antimicrobial material includes silver ions.

12. The personal care appliance according to claim 9, wherein the antimicrobial material includes essential plant oils and/or essential minerals.

13. The personal care appliance according to claim 9, wherein the antimicrobial material includes a bacteria resistant polymer.

14. The personal care appliance according to claim i , wherein the armature assembly includes a main body and a pair of magnets attached to the main body, and wherein the first end of the mounting arm is directly coupled to the main body.

15. The personal care appliance according to claim 1 , wherein a portion of the second end of the pivot ar is provided inside the moun ting member such thai portion of the second end of the pivot arm is fixed inside and no! moveable relati ve to the mounting member.

16. The personal care appliance according to claim 1 , wherein the housing includes a handle portion, and wherein the handle portion is provided with a number of overlay portions structure to prevent the personal care appliance from slipping during use,

17. A personal care appliance, comprising:

a housing;

a drive assembly provided in the housing, the drive assembly including a stator assembly and an armature assembly adjacent the staler assembly, wherei the stator, when energized, is structured to cause the armature to oscillate; and

a workpiece member coupled to the armature assembly such that oscillation of the armature assembly causes the workpiece member to oscillate relative to the housing, wherein the workpiece member comprises one or more components made with an antimicrobial material that is both (i safe for use on the skin, and (ii) resists and/or inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, fungus and/or bacteria.

18. The personal care appliance according to claim 17, wherein the workpiece member comprises a brush head assembly having a plurality of bristles extending therefrom, wherein the bristles include the antimicrobial material as an additive thereto and/or are coated with the antimicrobial material.

19. The personal care appliance according to claim 17, wherein the antimicrobial material includes silver ions.

20. The personal care appliance according to claim 17, wherein the antimicrobial material includes essential plant oils and/or essential minerals.

2.1. The personal care appliance according to claim 17, wherein the drive assembly includes a mounting member attached to the housing, an elongated pi vot arm having a first end directly coupled to the armature assembly and a second end directly coupled to the mounting member, and a mounting ami having a first end and a second end, the first end being coupled to the amiature assembly; and wherein the workpiece member coupled to the second end of the moun ting arm such that oscillation of the armature assembly causes the workpiece member to oscillate relative to the housing.

Description:
PERSON AL CARE APPLI ANCE

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

I ' O I ' j This application claims priority under 35 IJ.S.C, § 1 19(e) from U.S.

Provisional Application No. 61/951 ,070 entitled "Personal Care Appliance" and filed on March I I , 2014, the disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference,

1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present inventio pertains to personal care appliances, such as a power skin care brush, that are used to care for, clea and otherwise treat skin and hair, and, in particular, to a portable, electrically driven, handheld device thai may be used to care for, clean and otherwise treat skin and hair.

2, Description of the Related Art

[0003] Handheld personal care appliances used to care for, clean or otherwise treat the skin or hair {e.g., to clean, massage and/or apply creams, cleansing solutions or other substances to the ski or hair) are known and have gained increasing popularity. Such devices are most often used to provide daily hygienic skin care, in particular care for the facial skin. These devices usually include a small handheld casin having an internal motor and a self-contained power source (such as a battery) for producing a particular movement/action of a workpiece (e.g., a brush or pad), which in torn produces desired functional results. Examples of such appliances include power skin brushes and power toothbrushes, among others. Such personal care appliances have motor arrangements which produce either rotational movement or oscillating (back and forth) movement.

[0004] While man such devices are known, there is room for improvement in the field of personal care appliances such as handheld skin and hair treatment devices.

Hence, it is desirable to ha ve a personal care appliance ha ving a drive assembly which is powerful (stronger and faster), energy' effic ient, quiet and durable. It. would also be further desirable to, according to an aspect of the present invention described herein, incorporate into the workpiece during the manufacturing stage active ingredients that are i safe for use on the skin and resist and inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, fungus and/or bacteria on the workpiece keeping the workpiece cleaner and healthie for a longer period of time. By helping prevent the growth of microorganisms, stain and odor control is also achieved.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

(8005] Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a personal care appliance thai (i) employs a new and improved mechanism for producing oscillating action of a workpiece, such as a brush or pad, which is powerful (stronger and faster), energy efficient, quiet and durable, and (ii) utilizes a workpiece incorporating active ingredients in the manufacturing stage that are safe for use on the skin and resist and inhibit the growth of moid, mildew, fungus and/or bacteria on the workpiece to maintain the workpiece cleaner and healthier for a longer period of time. By helping prevent the growth of microorganisms, stain and odor control is also achieved.

[8806] In one embodiment, a personal care appliance is provided that includes a bousing, a drive assembly provided in the housing, and a workpiece member coupled to and driven by the drive assembly. On one specific exemplary implementation, the workpiece member includes active ingredients incorporated during the manufacturing stage that safely resist and inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, fungus and/or bacteria. The drive assembly includes a stator assembly, an armature assembly adjacent the stator assembly and responsive to the stator ac tion to move through a path, a mounting member attached to the housing of the personal care appliance, an elongated pivot arm having a first end directly coupled to the armature assembly and second end directly coupled to the mounting member such that the armature in operation oscillates in an arcuate manner about a pivot point located at the mounting member, and a mounting arm having first end and a second end, the first end being directly coupled to the armature assembly. The stator, when energized, is structured to cause the armature to oscillate (which oscillation, as described above, is in an arcuate manner about a pivot point located at the mounting member). The workpiece member is coupled to the second end of the mounting arm such that oscillation of the armature assembly causes the workpiece member to oscillate relative to the housing. [0007] In another embodiment, a personal care appliance is provided that includes a housing, a drive assembly provided in the housing., the dri ve assembly including a stator assembly and an armature assembly adjacent the stator assembly, wherein the stator, when energized, is stractured to cause the armature to oscillate, and workpiece member coopled to the armature assembly such that oscillation of the armature assembly causes the workpiece member to oscillate relative to the housing, wherein the workpiece member incldues one or more coraponems made with an antimicrobial material that is both (i) safe for use on the skin, and (i.i) resists and/or inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, fungus and/or bacteria.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0008] FIG. 1 A is a front elevational view, FIG. IB is a side elevational view, and FIG. I C is a rear elevational view of a handheld skin care and treatment device according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention;

[0009] FIG, 2 is a rear elevational view of the device of FIGS. 1 A- 1 C in a condition wherein the second portion of the main housing has been removed;

[0010] FIG. 3 is a side elevational view of device of FIGS. ! A-IC in a condition wherein a front part of the first portion of the main housing has been removed;

[0011 ] FIG. 4 is an exploded side elevational view of the drive assembly and brush head assembly of the device of FIGS. 1 A-IC; and

(0012] FIG. 5 is an exploded side elevational view of a alternative drive assembly and brush head assembly that may be used with the device of FIGS. I A- 1 C.

DETAILED DESCRIPTIO OF EXEMPLARY EMBODIMENTS

[0013] As used herein, the singular form of "a", "an", and "the" include plural references unless the context clearly dictates otherwise.

100.14] As used herein, the statement that two or more parts or elements are "'coupled" shall mean that the parts are joined or operate together either directly or indirectly, i.e., through one or more intermediate parts or elements, so long as a link occurs.

[0015] As used herein, "directly coupled" means that, two elements are directly in contact with each other. [6016) As used herein, "fixedl coupled" or "fixed" means that two elements are coupled so as to move as one while maintaining a constant orientation relative to each other.

[0017] As used herein, the word "unitary" means a part is created as a single piece or unit. That is, a part that includes pieces that are created separately and then coupled together as a unit is not a "unitary" part or body.

[6018] As employed herein, the statement that two or more parts or elements

"engage" one another shall mean that the parts exert a force against one another either directly or through one or more intermediate parts or elements.

|0019j As employed herein, the term "number" shall mean one or an integer greater tha one (i.e.. a plurality).

[0020] Directional phrases used herein, such as, for example and without limitation, top, bottom, left, right, upper, lower, front, back, and derivatives thereof, relate to the orientation of the elements shown in the drawings and are not limiting upon the claims unless expressly recited therein.

[6021] FIG. LA is a front elevationai view, FIG. IB is a side elevationai view, and FIG. IC is a rear elevationai view of a handheld personal care appliance 2 according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention. I the illustrated embodiment, personal care appliance 2 includes a two-part main housing 4 having a first (front) portion 6 and a second (rear) portion 8 coupled to the first portion 6. Also, main housing 4 includes a handle portion 10 provided at a first end thereof and structured to enable the user to grip and hold personal care appliance 2, and an attachment portion 12 provided at second end thereof and structured to mount and hold a workpiece member in a manner that permits the workpiece member to be oscillated for use in skin and/or hair care, cleaning and treatment as described in detail herein. In addition, in the exemplary embodiment, handle portion 10 is provided with non-slip overlay portions 11 A and 1 1 B that are coupled to the surface of handle portion 10. Non-slip overlay portions 1 1 A and 1 IB are made of a material, suc h as r ubber, and include a pl urality of protruding members (e.g., bumps) 13 to aid in securely gripping and holding personal care appliance 2.

[0022] In the illustrated, non-limiting embodiment, workpiece member is a circular brush head assembly 14 having a base member 15, a plurality of bristles 16 arranged on and extending from base member 15 in a circular pattern, and a locking ring 17

structured to secure brush head assembly 14 in place. It will be appreciated, however, that other types of worfcpiece members may b used in place of bush head assembly 14, such as, without limitation, a pad member assembly or massage head assembly.

[00231 Because of the presence of microbes such as bacteria and fungi in ail walks of human life, there is a constant interaction between microbes and humans. This is especially so in the workpiece member, where skin cells left on the bristles 16 from the exfoliating effects of the brush head or other workpiece member provide a food source for microorganisms, which when combmed with moisture and light, provide a breeding ground for the growth of mold, mildew and fungus, as well as, microbes, pathogens and bacteria, such as E. coli and Staph, and other microorganisms. Tests have shown that on unprotected surfaces, bacteria can double in number every 20 minutes.

J6024] Thus, in one non-limiting exemplary embodiment, the components of the workpiece member including, without limitation, the bristles 16 are made with active ingredients during the manufacturing stage that are both (i) safe for use on the skin, and ( i) resist and inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, fungus and/or bacteria on the workpiece member, keeping the workpiece member cleaner and healthier for a longer period of time. By helping prevent the growth of microorganisms, stain and odor control is also achieved.

{0025] Such active ingredients may include, for example and without limitation, silver ion technology (wherein silver ions are incorporated as an additive at the time of manufacture, or applied as a coating after manufacture), which forms a safe protective antimicrobial surface to resist and inhibit bacterial growth b up to 99.94%. Such active ingredients ma further include, without limitation, essential plant oils (e.g., cinnamon oil, clove oil, eucalyptus oil, oregano oil, lavender oil, leleshwa oil, lemon oil, lemon myrtle oil, mint oil, neem oil, nigeiSa sativa (black cumin oil, peppermint oil.

sandalwood oil ironwort oil, tea tree oil, and thyme oil), and essential minerals, or bacteria resistant polymers (e.g., a polymer that reduces the abilit of pathogenic bacteria to attach to the polymer).

|0O2i»l An actuator mechanism 18 including a number of buttons is provided on handle portio 10 for controlling the operation of personal care appliance 2 (i.e., controlling the starting, stopping and/or speed, of the movement of brush head assembly 14). In addition, handle portion 10 also includes a number of indicator lights 1 for indicating various modes of operation of personal care appliance 2.

(ΘΘ27] FIG. 2 is a rear elevational view of personal care appliance 2 in a condition wherein the second portion 8 of main housing 4 has been removed. FIG. 3 is a side elevational view of personal care applianc e 2 in a condition wherein a front part of the first portion 6 of main housing 4 (I.e. , the part located at attachment portion 12) has bee removed. FIGS. 2 and 3 allow the internal components of personal care appliance 2 to be readily viewed. As seen in FIG. 2, a main circuit board 20 is mounted and held within handle portion 10 of main housing 4, Main circuit board 20 includes the control electronics which control the operation of personal care appliance 2. A rechargeable battery 22 is coupled to main circuit board 20 and is adapted to provide power for personal care appliance 2,

( ' 0028] in addition, as seen in FIGS. 2 and 3, a drive assembly 24 is mounted and held within attachment portion 12 of mai housing 4. Brush head assembly 14 is structured to be selectively attached to drive assembly 24 so that, as described in more detail below, drive assembly 24 is able to move brush head assembly 14 in an oscillating manner with respect to main housing 4. FIG. 4 is an exploded side elevational view of dri ve assembly 24 and brush head assembly 14 (without the associated portions of main housing 4).

[0029} As seen in FIGS, 2-4, drive assembly 24 includes an electric motor 26 that is coupled to main circuit board 20 and rechargeable battery 22 by wires 28. Motor 26 includes a stator assembly 30 and an armature assembly 32. Stator assembly 30 includes an E-core member 34 having first and second outer legs and a center leg in between the outer legs, and a stato coil 36 wrapped around the center leg of E-core member 34. Armature assembly 32 includes a main body portion 38 and first and second magnets 40A, 40B spaced apart from one another and coupled to a first side of main body portion 38. First and second magnets 40A, 40B are oriented such that the poles of first and second magnets 40A. 40B face in opposite directions (e.g., the pole of magnet 40A faces stator assembly 30 and the S pole of magnet 40 B faces stator assembly 30).

[0030} Drive assembly 24 former includes a pivot arm 42 having a first end 44 directly coupled to a second side of main body portion 38 (opposite the first side thereof). In the exemplary embodiment, pivot ami 42 is a thin, elongated piece of metal such as, without limitation steel. Drive assembly 24 also includes a mounting member 46 which is coupled to first portion 6 of main housing 4. In the exemplary embodiment, .mounting member 46 is made of a plastic material, such as, without limitation, a thermoplastic, by a molding process. As seen in FIG. 2, mounting member includes a base portion 48 and first and second arms 50A and SOB extending outwardly and downwardly from base member 48 such that the end of arms 50A and SOB are perpendi c ular to the longitudinal axis of base member 48. A second end 52 of pivot arm 42 is directly coupled to base member 48. Thus, as seen in FIG. 2, the longitudinal axis of pivot arm 4:2 is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of base member 48. In the exemplary embodiment, an end portion of second end 52 of pivot arm 42 is molded inside base portion 48 such that end portion of second end 52 of pivot arm 42 is fixed inside and not moveable relative to base portion 48. As described herein, only the portion of pivot arm 42 that is located outside of base portion 48 is moveable relative to base portion 48.

[0031 ] First, and second constraining members 54 and 54B are attached to respective ones of the arms 50A and SOB and extend in a direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of pivot ami 42. In the exemplary embodiment, constraining members 54A and 5413 comprise springs to constrain and assist (i.e.., drive) the movement of pivot arm 42 when necessary, which is believed to assist with the

generation of speed and/or power of the oscil lations.

[0032] Drive assembly 24 further includes a mounting arm assembly 56 for coupling brush head assembly 14 to drive assembly 24. In particular, mounting arm assembly 56 includes a first end 58 that is directly coupled to main body portion 38 of armature assembly 32, and a peg member 60 that is structured to be selectively coupled to brush head assembly 14 through a central aperture provided in attachment portion 12 (peg member 60 is structured to extend through that central aperture to facilitate selecti ve connection of brush head assembly 14, or a different skin treatment attachment device, thereto). Thus, as shown in FIG. 4, when assembled, the center of base member 15 of brush head assembly 14 will be positioned directly over armature assembly 32,

[0033] In operation, when power is provided to motor 26 by rechargeable battery 22, armature assembly 32 will be caused to oscillate back and forth in an arcuate path about a pivot point located at mounting member 48 as a result of the changing magnetic field produced in stator assembly 30 and the interaction of magnets 40 A, 40B therewith. As a result, brush head assembly 1.4 will be caused to oscillate with respect to main housing 4. A user may then apply the oscillating bush head assembly 14 to different areas of skin and/or hair (e.g., the face, feet, etc.) to provide care and treatment for the skin and/or hair, for example by using the oscillating brush head assembly to apply a cleansing solution or another substance to the user's skin and/or hair.

(0034) hi one particular exemplary embodiment, persona! care appliance 2 is structured and configured such that brush head assembly 1 will be caused to oscillate with respect to main housing 4 at a rate up to 330 times/second. In addition, in this particular embodiment, rechargeable battery 22 is structured and configured such that personal care appliance 2 will operate fo about 30-40 minutes on a single charge and such that only about 2 mi!!iamperes is consumed when persona! care appliance 2 is not in use (which prolongs the battery life).

|βθ35] FIG. 5 is an exploded side elevational view of a drive assembly 62 according to an alternative exemplary embodiment of the present invention. Drive assembly 62 may be used in place of drive assembly 24 to dri ve brush head assembly 14. As seen in FIG. 5, drive assembly 62 includes an electric motor 64 that may be coupled to main circuit board 20 described herein by wires 28. Motor 64 is similar to motor 26 and includes a stator assembly 66 and an armature assembly 68. Stator assembly 66 includes an E-core member 70 having first and second outer legs and a center leg in between the outer legs, and a stator coil 72 wrapped around the center leg of E-core member 70. Armature assembly 68 includes a main body portion 74 and first and second magnets 76 spaced apart from one another and coupled to a first side of main body portion 74. First and second magnets 76 are oriented such that the poles thereof face in. opposite directions,

(0036] Drive assembly 62 further includes a pivot arm 78 having a first end 80 directly coupled to a second side of main body portion 74 (opposite the first side thereof). In the exemplary embodiment, pivot arm 78 is a thin, elongated piece of metal such as, without limitation steel. Drive assembly 62 also includes a mounting member 82 which may be coupled to first portion 6 of main housing 4. Mounting member 82 includes a base portion 84 and first and second arms 86 extending outwardly and downwardly from base member 84 such that the end of arms 86 are perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of base member 84. A second end 88 of pivot arm 78 is directly coupled to base member 82. Thus, the longitudinal axis of pivot, arm 78 is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of base member 84, Aiso.. first and second constraining members (like constraining members 54 A and 54B) are attached to respec tive ones of th arms 86 and extend in a direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of pi vot arm 78. In the exemplary embodiment, an end portion of second end 88 of pivot ami 78 is molded inside base portion 84 such that end portion of second end 88 of pi vot arm 78 is fixed inside and not moveable relative to base portion 84. As described herein, only the portion of pivot arm 78 that is located outside of base portion 84 is moveable relative to base portion 84.

[0037} Drive assembly 62 also further includes an S-shaped mounting arm 90 for coupling brush head assembly 1 to drive assembly 62. in particular, S-shaped mounting arm 90 includes a first portion 92, an elongated second portion 94 coupled to first portion 92, and a third portion 96 coupled to second portion 94. As seen in FIG. 5, in the exemplary embodiment, first portion 92 and third portion 96 extend in directions that are parallel to one another, and second portion 94 extends in a direction that is perpendicular to first and third portions 92, 96. Also in the exemplary embodiment, mounting arm 90 is a thin, elongated piece of metal such as, without intimation steel. First end 92 of mounting arm 90 is directly coupled to main body portion 74 of armature assembly 68, and third portio 96 is structured to be selectively coupled to brush head assembly 14 through a central aperture provided in attachment portion 12 ( third portion 96 is structured to extend through that central aperture to facilitate selective connection of brush head assembly 14, or a different skin treatment attachment device, thereto). Thus, as shown in FIG. 5, when assembled, the center of base member 1.5 of brush, head assembl 14 will be positioned over a midpoint 98 of pivot arm 78,

(0038] In operation, when power is provided to motor 64, armature assembly 68 will be caused to oscillate back and forth in an arcuate path about a pivot point pro vided at mounting member 82 as a result of the changing magnetic field produced in stator assemblv 66 and the interaction of maunets 70 therewith. As a result brush head assembl 14 will be caused to oscillate with respect to main housing 4. A user may then apply the osci llating bush head assembly 1 to different areas of skin (e.g., the face, feet, etc) to provide care and treatment for the skin, for example by using the oscillating brush head assembly to apply a cleansing solution to the user's skin. [803 | In the claims, any reference signs placed between parentheses shall not be construed as limiting the claim. The word "comprising" or 'including" does not exclude the presence of elements or steps other than those listed in a claim. In a device claim enumerating several means, several of these means may be embodied by one and the same item of hardware. The word "a" or "an" preceding an element does not exclude the presence of a plurality of such elements. In any device claim enumerating several means, several of these means may be embodied by one and the same item of hardware . The mere feet that certain elements are recited in mutually different dependent claims does not indicate that these elements cannot be used in combination.

[0040} Although the invention has bee described in detail for the purpose of illustration based on what is currently considered to be the most practical and preferred embodiments, it is to be anderstood that such detail is solely for that purpose and that the invention is not limited to the disclosed embodiments, but, on the contrary, is intended to cover modifications and equivalent arrangements that are within the spirit and scope of the appended claims. For example, it is to be understood that the present invention contemplates that, to the extent possible, one or more features of any embodiment can be combined wi th one or more fea tures of any other embodiment.