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Title:
WASHING TOILET SEAT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2020/132293
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A washing toilet seat assembly includes a toilet seat and a housing configured to be coupled to a toilet bowl to support the toilet seat relative to the toilet bowl. The housing includes a single cavity, a first cartridge interface structure positioned within the single cavity, and a second cartridge interface structure positioned within the single cavity. The first cartridge interface structure is configured to selectively receive a first cartridge. The second cartridge interface structure is configured to selectively receive a second cartridge. The washing toilet seat assembly includes a dispenser supported by at least one of the toilet seat or the housing. The dispenser is coupled to the first cartridge interface structure and the second cartridge interface structure. The dispenser is configured to dispense a first dispensable solution from the first cartridge. The dispenser is also configured to dispense a second dispensable solution from the second cartridge.

Inventors:
GIERTZ NORMAN (US)
DAVIS ROBERT (US)
Application Number:
US2019/067566
Publication Date:
June 25, 2020
Filing Date:
December 19, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
BEMIS MFG CO (US)
International Classes:
E03D9/08; A47K13/24
Foreign References:
KR20120053814A2012-05-29
JPH0782774A1995-03-28
US20170319794A12017-11-09
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CAYA, Jacob, T. et al. (US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A washing toilet seat assembly comprising:

a toilet seat;

a housing configured to be coupled to a toilet bowl to support the toilet seat about a pivot axis, the housing including a first cartridge interface structure, a second cartridge interface structure, and a cover moveable between an open position allowing access to the first and second cartridge interface structures and a closed position blocking access to the first and second cartridge interface structures;

a first cartridge selectively coupled to the first cartridge interface structure, the first cartridge including a first dispensable solution;

a second cartridge selectively coupled to the second cartridge interface structure, the second cartridge including a second dispensable solution; and

a dispenser supported by at least one of the toilet seat or the housing, the dispenser in communication with the first cartridge to dispense the first dispensable solution, the dispenser also in communication with the second cartridge to dispense the second dispensable solution.

2. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 1, wherein the first dispensable solution of the first cartridge is fragrance, and wherein the second dispensable solution of the second cartridge is medication.

3. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 1, wherein the housing includes a third cartridge interface structure, wherein a third cartridge is selectively coupled to the third cartridge interface structure, wherein the third cartridge includes a third dispensable solution, and wherein the dispenser is in communication with the third cartridge to dispense the third dispensable solution from the dispenser.

4. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 1, wherein the dispenser includes a first aperture and a second aperture in communication with the first cartridge interface structure, and wherein the first aperture is fluidly isolated from the second aperture.

5. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 4, wherein the first cartridge is in communication with the first aperture in response to the first cartridge being coupled to the first cartridge interface structure in a first orientation, and wherein the first cartridge is in

communication with the second aperture in response to the first cartridge being coupled to the first cartridge interface structure in a second orientation different than the first orientation.

6. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 1, wherein the dispenser includes a first aperture in communication with the first cartridge interface structure, wherein the dispenser includes a second aperture in communication with the second cartridge interface structure, and wherein the first aperture is fluidly isolated from the second aperture.

7. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 1, wherein the housing includes a first indicator representing an amount of the first dispensable solution within the first cartridge, and wherein the housing includes a second indicator representing an amount of the second dispensable solution within the second cartridge.

8. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 7, wherein the first indicator is a first light source coupled to the cover of the housing, wherein the first light source is in alignment with the first cartridge when the cover is in the open position, wherein the second indicator is a second light source coupled to the cover of the housing, and wherein the second light source is in alignment with the second cartridge when the cover is in the open position.

9. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 1, wherein the first cartridge is inserted into the first cartridge interface structure along a first insertion axis transverse to the pivot axis of the toilet seat, and wherein the second cartridge is inserted into the second cartridge interface structure along a second insertion axis transverse to the pivot axis.

10. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 1, wherein the housing includes a cavity, wherein both the first cartridge interface structure and the second cartridge interface structure are positioned within the cavity, and wherein the cover selectively covers the cavity.

11. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 1, wherein the dispenser is a first dispenser, wherein the washing toilet seat assembly also includes a second dispenser supported by the toilet seat, wherein the second dispenser is configured to be in communication with a water supply source to dispense water of the water supply source.

12. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 1, further comprising a control processor coupled to the housing, wherein the control processor is configured to be in communication with an electronic device having a display selectively showing particular buttons to operate the washing toilet seat assembly, and wherein the dispenser is in communication with the control processor such that the dispenser is configured to be controlled by the electronic device.

13. A washing toilet seat assembly comprising:

a toilet seat;

a housing configured to be coupled to a toilet bowl to support the toilet seat relative to the toilet bowl, the housing including a single cavity, a first cartridge interface structure positioned within the single cavity, and a second cartridge interface structure positioned within the single cavity, the first cartridge interface structure configured to selectively receive a first cartridge, the second cartridge interface structure configured to selectively receive a second cartridge; and a dispenser supported by at least one of the toilet seat or the housing, the dispenser coupled to the first cartridge interface structure and the second cartridge interface structure, the dispenser configured to dispense a first dispensable solution from the first cartridge, the dispenser also configured to dispense a second dispensable solution from the second cartridge.

14. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 13, wherein the dispenser is a first dispenser, wherein the washing toilet seat assembly also includes a second dispenser supported by the toilet seat, and wherein the second dispenser is configured to be in communication with a water supply source to dispense water of the water supply source.

15. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 13, wherein the dispenser includes a first aperture configured to be in communication with a water supply source, a second aperture configured to be in communication with the first cartridge, and a third aperture configured to be in communication with the second cartridge, and wherein the first, second, and third apertures are fluidly isolated relative to each other.

16. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 13, wherein the dispenser includes a first aperture and a second aperture in communication with the first interface structure, wherein the first aperture is fluidly isolated from the second aperture, wherein the first aperture is configured to be in communication with the first cartridge in response to the first cartridge being coupled to the first cartridge interface structure in a first orientation, and wherein the second aperture is configured to be in communication with the first cartridge in response to the first cartridge being coupled to the first cartridge interface structure in a second orientation different than the first orientation.

17. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 13, wherein the dispenser includes a first aperture in communication with the first cartridge interface structure, wherein the dispenser includes a second aperture in communication with the second cartridge interface structure, and wherein the first aperture is fluidly isolated from the second aperture.

18. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 13, wherein the housing includes a first indicator configured to represent an amount of the first dispensable solution supported within the first cartridge, and wherein the housing includes a second indicator configured to represent an amount of the second dispensable solution supported within the second cartridge.

19. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 13, wherein the first cartridge interface structure defines a first insertion axis transverse to a pivot axis of the toilet seat, wherein the first cartridge interface structure is configured to receive the first cartridge along the first insertion axis, wherein the second cartridge interface structure defines a second insertion axis transverse to the pivot axis of the toilet seat, and wherein the second cartridge interface structure is configured to receive the second cartridge along the second insertion axis.

20. The washing toilet seat assembly of claim 13, wherein the housing includes a cover moveable between an open position allowing access to the first and second cartridge interface structures and a closed position blocking access to the first and second cartridge interface structures.

21. A washing toilet seat assembly comprising:

a toilet seat;

a housing configured to be coupled to a toilet bowl to support the toilet seat about a pivot axis, the housing including a cavity, a first cartridge interface structure positioned within the cavity, and a second cartridge interface structure positioned within the cavity, the housing also including a cover moveable between an open position allowing access to the first and second cartridge interface structures and a closed position blocking access to the first and second cartridge interface structures;

a first cartridge selectively coupled to the first cartridge interface structure, the first cartridge including a first dispensable solution;

a second cartridge selectively coupled to the second cartridge interface structure, the second cartridge including a second dispensable solution;

a first dispenser selectively movable relative to the toilet seat, the first dispenser configured to be in communication with a water supply source to dispense water of the water supply source; and

a second dispenser selectively movable relative to the toilet seat, the second dispenser in communication with the first cartridge to dispense the first dispensable solution, the second dispenser also in communication with the second cartridge to dispense the second dispensable solution.

Description:
WASHING TOILET SEAT

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No.

62/782,240, filed December 19, 2018, the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The present invention relates to washing toilet seats, and more particularly to washing toilet seats operable to dispense medication or fragrance.

SUMMARY

[0003] In one aspect, a washing toilet seat assembly includes a toilet seat and a housing configured to be coupled to a toilet bowl to support the toilet seat about a pivot axis. The housing includes a first cartridge interface structure, a second cartridge interface structure, and a cover moveable between an open position allowing access to the first and second cartridge interface structures and a closed position blocking access to the first and second cartridge interface structures. The washing toilet seat assembly includes a first cartridge selectively coupled to the first cartridge interface structure. The first cartridge includes a first dispensable solution. The washing toilet seat assembly includes a second cartridge selectively coupled to the second cartridge interface structure. The second cartridge includes a second dispensable solution. The washing toilet seat assembly includes a dispenser supported by at least one of the toilet seat or the housing. The dispenser is in communication with the first cartridge to dispense the first dispensable solution. The dispenser is also in communication with the second cartridge to dispense the second dispensable solution.

[0004] In another aspect, a washing toilet seat assembly includes a toilet seat and a housing configured to be coupled to a toilet bowl to support the toilet seat relative to the toilet bowl. The housing includes a single cavity, a first cartridge interface structure positioned within the single cavity, and a second cartridge interface structure positioned within the single cavity. The first cartridge interface structure is configured to selectively receive a first cartridge. The second cartridge interface structure is configured to selectively receive a second cartridge. The washing toilet seat assembly includes a dispenser supported by at least one of the toilet seat or the housing. The dispenser is coupled to the first cartridge interface structure and the second cartridge interface structure. The dispenser is configured to dispense a first dispensable solution from the first cartridge. The dispenser is also configured to dispense a second dispensable solution from the second cartridge.

[0005] In yet another aspect, a washing toilet seat assembly includes a toilet seat and a housing configured to be coupled to a toilet bowl to support the toilet seat about a pivot axis.

The housing includes a cavity, a first cartridge interface structure positioned within the cavity, and a second cartridge interface structure positioned within the cavity. The housing also includes a cover moveable between an open position allowing access to the first and second cartridge interface structures and a closed position blocking access to the first and second cartridge interface structures. The washing toilet seat assembly includes a first cartridge selectively coupled to the first cartridge interface structure. The first cartridge includes a first dispensable solution. The washing toilet seat assembly includes a second cartridge selectively coupled to the second cartridge interface structure. The second cartridge includes a second dispensable solution. The washing toilet seat assembly includes a first dispenser selectively movable relative to the toilet seat. The first dispenser is configured to be in communication with a water supply source to dispense water of the water supply source. The washing toilet seat assembly includes a second dispenser selectively movable relative to the toilet seat. The second dispenser is in communication with the first cartridge to dispense the first dispensable solution. The second dispenser is also in communication with the second cartridge to dispense the second dispensable solution.

[0006] In addition, other aspects of the invention will become apparent by consideration of the detailed description and accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0007] FIG. l is a perspective view of a washing toilet seat assembly according to one embodiment of the invention. [0008] FIG. 2 is a side view of a portion of the washing toilet seat assembly illustrating a cartridge being inserted into a housing of the washing toilet seat assembly.

[0009] FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a portion of the housing including a plurality of cartridges coupled within the housing.

[0010] FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a portion of the washing toilet seat assembly including a washing dispenser, an auxiliary dispenser, and a plurality of dryers.

[0011] FIG. 5 is a detailed view of a portion of the auxiliary dispenser.

[0012] FIG. 6 illustrates a remote device operable to control the washing toilet seat assembly.

[0013] FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a washing toilet seat assembly according to another embodiment of the invention.

[0014] FIG. 8 is a detailed view of a portion of a dispenser of the washing toilet seat assembly of FIG. 7.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0015] Before any embodiments of the invention are explained in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and the arrangement of components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the following drawings. The invention is capable of supporting other embodiments and being practiced or being carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology used herein is for the purpose of description and should not be regarded as limiting. Terms of degree, such as“substantially,”“about,”“approximately,” etc. are understood by those of ordinary skill to refer to reasonable ranges outside of the given value, for example, general tolerances associated with manufacturing, assembly, and use of the described embodiments.

[0016] FIG. 1 illustrates a washing toilet seat assembly 10 including a housing 15 coupled to a toilet bowl 20, a toilet seat lid 25 pivotably coupled to the housing 15 about a pivot axis 30, and a toilet seat 35 also pivotably coupled to the housing 15 about the pivot axis 30. In other embodiments, the toilet seat lid 25 and the toilet seat 35 can pivot about different axes relative to the housing 15. In further embodiments, the toilet seat 35 can be fixed (e.g., non-pivotable) to the housing 15.

[0017] The illustrated housing 15 includes a bottom surface 40 contacting a bowl surface 45 of the toilet bowl 20, an upper surface 50 opposite the bottom surface 40, and side surfaces 55 for supporting the toilet seat lid 25 and the toilet seat 35 about the pivot axis 30. The housing 15 also includes a cavity 60 (FIG. 3) positioned centrally between the side surfaces 55 and rearwardly of the toilet seat 35 when the toilet seat 35 is in an operating position (FIG. 1). With reference to FIG. 3, cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c are coupled to a support surface 70 within the cavity 60. In the illustrated embodiment, the cavity 60 is a single cavity such that all of the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c are positioned in the same cavity. The support surface 70 is substantially parallel to the bowl surface 45 of the toilet bowl 20. In the illustrated embodiment, each cartridge interface structure 65a, 65b, 65c includes a pair of rails 75 having a slot that slidably receives a cartridge 80a, 80b, 80c along an insertion axis 85a, 85b,

85c. Each insertion axis 85a, 85b, 85c is oriented transverse (e.g., non-parallel) to the pivot axis 30. Each insertion axis 85a, 85b, 85c is also parallel to the bowl surface 45 of the toilet bowl 20. As such, the cartridges 80a, 80b, 80c are front-loaded into the housing 15. In other

embodiments, each insertion axis 85a, 85b, 85c can be oriented perpendicular to the pivot axis 30 or parallel to the pivot axis 30. For example, the cartridges 80a, 80b, 80c can be top-load into the housing 15 with the insertion axis 85a, 85b, 85c perpendicular to the bottom surface 40 of the housing 15. In further embodiments, the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c can be differently configured to include hook-type mechanisms, snap-type mechanisms, twist-type mechanisms, etc. to couple the cartridges 80a, 80b, 80c to the housing 15. In yet further embodiments, the housing 15 can include more or less than three cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c.

[0018] Each illustrated cartridge 80a, 80b, 80c includes a dispensable solution. For example, the dispensable solution is medication (e.g., for hemorrhoids, etc.) or perfume/fragrance. In other embodiments, the dispensable solution can be a different solution desirable while using the washing toilet seat assembly 10. [0019] With continued reference to FIG. 3, the cartridges 80a, 80b, 80c are coupled to the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c in a particular orientation depending on the type of cartridge 80a, 80b, 80c (e.g., either a medicine cartridge 80a, 80b or a fragrance cartridge 80c). The medicine cartridge 80a, 80b is inserted into the cartridge interface structure 65a, 65b along the insertion axis 85a, 85b to couple the medicine cartridge 80a, 80b to the cartridge interface structure 65a, 65b. However, the fragrance cartridge 80c is inserted into the cartridge interface structure 65c along the insertion axis 85c and then further moved (e.g., rotated 90 degrees) to couple the fragrance cartridge 80c to the cartridge interface structure 65c. The cartridge interface structure 65c can expand or move to accommodate the further movement of the fragrance cartridge 80c. Accordingly, any one of the cartridges 80a, 80b, 80c can be coupled to the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c, but the orientation of the cartridges 80a, 80b, 80c relative to the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c signifies the type of cartridge 80a, 80b, 80c coupled to the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c.

[0020] In other embodiments, the cartridges 80a, 80b, 80c and the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c are constructed such that a particular cartridge 80a, 80b, 80c can only properly connect with a particular cartridge interface structure 65a, 65b, 65c. For example, the medication cartridge 80a, 80b can be different (e.g., in size, shape, configuration, type, etc.) relative to the fragrance cartridge 80c such that the medication cartridge 80a, 80b can only be coupled to the medication cartridge interface structure 65a, 65b and the fragrance cartridge 80c can only be coupled to the fragrance cartridge interface structure 65c. In other embodiments, the medication cartridge interface structure 65a, 65b can be different (e.g., in size, shape, configuration, type, etc.) to the fragrance cartridge interface structure 65c such that the medication cartridge 80a, 80b can only be coupled to the medication cartridge interface structure 65a, 65b and the fragrance cartridge 80c can only be coupled to the fragrance cartridge interface structure 65c.

[0021] The housing 15 also includes a cover or door 90 coupled to the upper surface 50 between a closed position (FIG. 1) and an open position (FIGS. 2 and 3). In some embodiments, the cover 90 may form a water-tight seal with the rest of the housing 15 when in the closed position. The cover 90 is also positioned centrally between the side surfaces 55 of the housing 15. In the illustrated embodiment, the cover 90 is pivotably coupled to the housing 15 about a cover axis 95. The cover axis 95 may be generally parallel to the pivot axis 30 of the seat 35. In other embodiments, the cover 90 can be slidably coupled to the housing 15 between the closed and open positions. With reference to FIG. 2, the cover 90 includes a latch 100 that engages the housing 15 to hold the cover 90 in the closed position until a push button or actuator 105 is depressed thereby releasing the latch 100 allowing the cover 90 to move into the open position.

In one embodiment, the cover 90 is biased by a spring into the open position when the push button 105 is depressed. Once in the open position (FIG. 3), the cover 90 allows access to the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c and the cartridges 80a, 80b, 80c.

[0022] With reference to FIGS. 1 and 3, the illustrated housing 15 also includes indicators 110a, 110b, 110c each in communication with a control processor 115 of the washing toilet seat assembly 10. In particular, the cover 90 includes the indicators 110a, 110b, 110c and each indicator 110a, 110b, 110c aligns with a corresponding cartridge interface structure 65a, 65b, 65c such that each indicator 110a, 110b, 110c is easily associated with one cartridge interface structure 65a, 65b, 65c— and ultimately one cartridge 80a, 80b, 80c when the cartridge 80a, 80b, 80c is coupled to the cartridge interface structure 65a, 65b, 65c. In other embodiments, the indicators 110a, 110b, 110c can be spaced from the cover 90 and coupled to the upper surface 50 of the housing 15. In the illustrated embodiment, the indicators 110a, 110b, 110c are light sources (e.g., light emitting diodes) indicating a status of the cartridges 80a, 80b, 80c coupled to the housing 15. For example, the control processor 115 is configured to monitor an amount of dispensable solution within the cartridges 80a, 80b, 80c when the cartridges 80a, 80b, 80c are coupled to the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c and indicate the amount via the indicators 110a, 110b, 110c. In the illustrated embodiment, the indicators 110a, 110b, 110c illuminate in a first color (e.g., green) when the amount of dispensable solution is greater than a determined amount (e.g., greater than about 20 percent) indicating a sufficient amount of dispensable solution within the cartridges 80a, 80b, 80c. In contrast, the indicators 110a, 110b, 110c illuminate in a second color (e.g., yellow) when the amount of dispensable solution is less than the determined amount (e.g., less than about 20 percent) indicating the cartridge 80a, 80b, 80c is low or empty and needs to be replaced soon. The indicators 110a, 110b, 100c may also illuminate a third color (e.g., red) when the corresponding cartridge 80a, 80b, 80c is empty or when a cartridge is not coupled to the corresponding cartridge interface structure 65a, 65b, 65c. [0023] With reference to FIGS. 1, 4, and 5, the washing toilet seat assembly 10 also includes a first dispenser 120 (e.g., a washing wand) and a second dispenser 125 (e.g., an auxiliary wand). The illustrated second dispenser 125 is positioned above the first dispenser 120. Both the dispensers 120, 125 are selectively moveable relative to the toilet seat 35 (e.g., between at least five determined positions). In particular, both the dispensers 120, 125 are extendable and retractable relative to the toilet seat 35. In some embodiments, the first dispenser 120 moves with the second dispenser 125, and in other embodiments, the dispensers 120, 125 are moveable independently of each other. The illustrated first dispenser 120 is in fluid communication with a water supply source 130 and includes at least one washing aperture 135 adjacent an end of the first dispenser 120 to dispense water from the water supply source 130. The illustrated second dispenser 125 is fluidly coupled to the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c— and ultimately in fluid communication with the cartridges 80a, 80b, 80c coupled to the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c. The second dispenser 125 includes a group/cluster of medication apertures 140 formed in an end of the second dispenser 125 and facing upwardly.

The second dispenser 125 also includes fragrance apertures 145 positioned on the side of the second dispenser 125.

[0024] In particular, the medication apertures 140 are fluidly coupled to each cartridge interface structure 65a, 65b, 65c, and the fragrance apertures 145 are also fluidly coupled to each cartridge interface structure 65a, 65b, 65c. As such, the second dispenser 125 is operable to dispense medication in any medication cartridge 80 coupled to the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c through the medication apertures 140, and the second dispenser 125 is operable to dispense fragrance in any fragrance cartridge 80 coupled to the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c through the fragrance apertures 145. The medication apertures 140 and the fragrance apertures 145 are fluidly isolated from each other such that cross-contamination is prevented between medication and fragrance applications. For example, the control processor 115 identifies an orientation of the cartridges 80 coupled to the cartridge interface structures 65a,

65b, 65c, and if all of the cartridges 80 are medication cartridges, the control processor 115 is then operable to selectively dispense any one of the medications (or a mixture of medications) through the medication apertures 140. Alternatively, if all or some of the cartridges 80 are fragrance cartridges, the control processor 115 is then operable to selectively dispense any one of the fragrances through the fragrance apertures 145. [0025] In some embodiments, the medication apertures 140 are fluidly coupled to only some of the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c, and the fragrance apertures 145 are fluidly coupled to only the remaining cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c. Again, the medication apertures 140 and the fragrance apertures 145 are fluidly isolated from each other. For example, the medication apertures 140 are only fluidly coupled to the two cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, and the fragrance apertures 145 are only fluidly coupled to the third cartridge interface structure 65c. As such, only medication cartridges 80a, 80b are coupled to the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b for the control processor 115 to selectively dispense the medication from the medication apertures 140, and only the fragrance cartridge 80c is coupled to the cartridge interface structure 65c for the control processor 115 to selectively dispense the fragrance from the fragrance apertures 145.

[0026] In the illustrated embodiment, the dispensers 120, 125 are coupled to the housing 15 such that the toilet seat 35 pivots relative to the dispensers 120, 125. In other embodiments, the dispensers 120, 125 are coupled to the toilet seat 35 to move with the toilet seat 35. In addition, the washing toilet seat assembly 10 includes dryers 150 positioned on opposite sides of the dispensers 120, 125. The dryers 150 are operable to produce warm, drying air during operation. In the illustrated embodiment, the washing toilet seat assembly 10 includes two dryers 150. In other embodiments, the washing toilet seat assembly 10 may include fewer or more dryers 150, and/or the dryers 150 may be located elsewhere relative to the dispensers 120, 125.

[0027] FIG. 6 illustrates an electronic device 155, or remote device, in communication with the control processor 115 and operable to control the washing toilet seat assembly 10. The electronic device 155, in one embodiment, is a small electronic device (e.g., a tablet, smartphone, etc.) including software that controls the number of‘buttons’ that appear on a display 160 of the electronic device 155 and are‘pushed’ to start or stop a function of the washing toilet seat assembly 10. The display 160 can be changed from very basic function control to full feature function control by making appropriate selections in the software setup. Font size can also be changed to make it easier for someone with limited vision to more easily see the basic function controls. [0028] The illustrated electronic device 155 includes a set of start buttons 165a, 165b, 165c each associated with one cartridge interface structure 65a, 65b, 65c. For example, the first start button 165a is operable to extend the second dispenser 125 relative to the toilet seat 35 and to dispense a first medication within the first medication cartridge 80a to the user of the washing toilet seat assembly 10. The second start button 165b is operable to also extend the second dispenser 125 relative to the toilet seat 35, but dispenses a second medication supported within the second medication cartridge 80b to the user. The third start button 165c is operable to again extend the second dispenser 125 relative to the toilet seat 35, but dispenses fragrance supported within the fragrance cartridge 80c to the user. In one embodiment, the second dispenser 125 can automatically retract relative to the toilet seat 35 after a determined period of time after the corresponding start button 165a, 165b, 165c has been depressed. The electronic device 155 can also include controls to adjust a spray or misting characteristic of the medicine/fragrance being dispensed from the second dispenser 125.

[0029] The illustrated electronic device 155 also includes a washing button 170 operable to extend the first dispenser 120 relative to the toilet seat 35 to dispense the water from the water supply source 130, a drying button 175 to operate the dryers 150, an assistance button 180 operable to alert for help if the user requires assistance using, standing up from, or sitting down on the washing toilet seat assembly 10, and a stop button 185 that manually stops various functions of the washing toilet seat assembly 10 (e.g., stops the washing fluid from being dispensed from the first dispenser 120, stops medicine/fragrance from being dispensed from the second dispenser 125, stops the dryers 150, etc.). In addition, the electronic device 155 includes programs for different applications of the washing toilet seat assembly 10. For example, the electronic device 155 includes a first program to operate the first dispenser 120 (the washing dispenser) for a determined or adjustable period of time, a second program to operate the second dispenser 125 to dispense medication for another determined or adjustable period of time, a third program to operate the second dispenser 125 to dispense fragrance for yet another determined or adjustable period of time, etc. The electronic device 155 can also include a self-clean button utilizing ultraviolet light and/or sanitized water to clean the washing toilet seat assembly 10.

[0030] FIGS. 7 and 8 illustrate a washing toilet seat assembly 210 according to another embodiment. The washing toilet seat assembly 210 is similar to the washing toilet seat assembly 10; therefore, similar components are designated with similar references numbers each incremented by 200. At least some differences and/or at least some similarities between the washing toilet seat assemblies 10, 210 will be discussed in detail below. In addition, components or features described with respect to only one or some of the embodiments described herein are equally applicable to any other embodiments described herein.

[0031] The washing toilet seat assembly 210 includes a single dispenser 320 having at least one washing aperture 335, a group of medication apertures 340, and a group of fragrance apertures 345. The washing aperture 335 is in fluid communication with the water supply source 130, and the medication apertures 340 and the fragrance apertures 345 are in fluid

communication with the cartridge interface structures 65a, 65b, 65c and ultimately the cartridges 80a, 80b, 80c. The washing toilet seat assembly 210 simply includes one dispenser 320 (rather than two dispensers 120, 125 of the washing toilet seat assembly 10) to selectively dispense water, medication, and/or fragrance from the single dispenser 320.

[0032] Although the invention has been described in detail with reference to certain preferred embodiments, variations and modifications exist within the scope and spirit of one or more independent aspects of the invention as described. Various features and advantages of the invention are set forth in the following claims.