Search International and National Patent Collections
Some content of this application is unavailable at the moment.
If this situation persists, please contact us atFeedback&Contact
1. (WO1989000706) SELF-SUPPORTED, ADJUSTABLE, CONDENSATION-FREE SHOWER MIRROR
Note: Text based on automatic Optical Character Recognition processes. Please use the PDF version for legal matters

Claims

A mirror for use in a shower, comprising:
a mirror having a front reflecting face and a back surface;
a frame for holding said mirror; said frame including a
temperature control space adjacent the back of said mirror;
an arm having a distal end attached to said frame for supporting
said frame and said mirror away from the shower wall, said arm being hollow and flexible so that said frame and said mirror
can be adjusted to different positions after installation and during use;
mounting means at a proximal end of said arm for holding said arm so as to suspend said frame and said mirror at said distal end of said arm above the shower floor;
a supply hose and means for connecting said hose from a heated
water supply to said temperature control space, said hose
being positioned within the hollow space of said arm;
nozzle means communicating with said hose and located in said
temperature control space, said nozzle means being arranged to dispense water into said temperature control space and against said back surface of said mirror so as to cause the
temperature of said front reflecting face of said mirror to be raised in order to eliminate water vapor condensation thereon.

2. The device of claim 1 wherein said arm includes at least one
separable joint for allowing said arm to separate in case of
trauma thereto.

3. The device of claim 2 wherein said arm has two separable
joints.

4. The device of claim 1 wherein said arm includes a rotary joint so that it can be pivoted so that the front reflecting face of said mirror can be turned toward the wall during non-use.

5. The device of claim 1 wherein said mounting means is arranged to allow said arm means to be attached to a showerhead pipe.

6. The device of claim 5 wherein said mounting means is
arranged to be mounted between said showerhead pipe and a showerhead so as to convey shower water from said
showerhead pipe to said showerhead, a proximal end of said hose being open and extending into the path of said shower water within said mounting means.

7. The device of claim 1 wherein said nozzle means includes a plurality of dispersion outlets located along a top edge of said mirror panel.

8. The device of claim 1 wherein said nozzle means includes a plurality of disperson outlets located around the periphery of said mirror panel.

9. The device of claim 1 wherein said nozzle means includes a spray outlet located in the central portion of the back surface of said mirror panel for spraying heated water radially outwardly in said temperature control space.

10. The device of claim 1, further including a back plate attached on the rear of said frame means for at least partially enclosing said temperature control space.

11. The device of claim 1 , further including drain means at the lower end of said temperature control space for allowing gravity flow of water away from said temperature control space..

12. The mirror of claim 1 wherein said mirror is circular.

13. The device of claim 12 wherein said frame includes a
flange overlying the peripheral portion of the front
reflecting face of said mirror.

14. The device of claim 12 wherein a junction extends between said frame and said circular mirror and said nozzle means includes tubing extending along said junction and for
spraying heated water radially inward against the back
surface of said mirror.

15. The device of claim 14, further including restraint
means for holding said tubing against said junction
between.said frame and said mirror panel to act as a
gasket to prevent heated water from leaking through
said junction to said front reflecting face of said
mirror.

16. The device of claim 15, further including a back
plate at least partially enclosing said
temperature control space to provide more
efficient heat transfer from said heated water
dispersed from said nozzle means to said front
face of said mirror.

17. The device of claim 16, further including a
plurality of holes in at least one of said
frame and said back plate for allowing gravity flow drainage of said heated water away from
said temperature control space.

18. The device of claim 16 wherein said restraint
means includes said back plate.

19. The device of claim 18 wherein said
restraint means further includes a
shoulder on said frame which abuts said
back plate to hold it in restraining
position against said tubing.

20. The device of claim 1 wherein said arm is a flex-arm which includes a plurality of ball and socket joints which move relative to each other to allow both translational and pivotal movements of said mirror.

21. The device of claim 20 wherein said ball and socket joints are separable so that said flex-arm will separate in case of trauma thereto.

22. The device of claim 1, further including a junction between said hose and said nozzle means so as to allow relative movement therebetween when said mirror is rotated relative to said arm.

23. The device of claim 1 wherein said mirror is circular in shape and including a dispenser hose bent to conform to the shape of said mirror, said dispenser hose being connected to said supply hose by a T-fitting so as to form an endless loop with said T-fitting.

24. A mirror assembly for use in a shower enclosure having a water- dispensing showerhead, comprising:
a mirror;
an elongated arm, one end of which is attached to said mirror, the other end of which includes means for attaching said arm to
said showerhead, said arm being flexible and bendable such
that when said other end of said arm is attached to said
showerhead, said mirror can be positioned stably in any
position within a range of positions with respect to said
showerhead, and
means for supplying heated water from said showerhead to said
mirror and directing said water against a rear surface of said mirror so as to heat said mirror and thereby prevent it from
fogging.

25. The mirror assembly of claim 24 wherein said means comprises a lumen in said elongated arm.

26. The mirror assembly of claim 25 wherein said means also
comprises a flexible inner tube positioned in said lumen.

27. The mirror assembly of claim 24 wherein said arm has a
plurality of interconnected rigid sections and a lumen running through said interconnected sections.

28. The mirror assembly of claim 27 wherein said means also
comprises a flexible inner tube positioned in said lumen.

AMENDED CLAIMS
[received by the International Bureau on 2 January 1989 (02.01.89)
original claims 1 - 28 replaced by amended claims 1 - 26 ( 5 pages)]

1. A mirror assembly for use in a shower enclosure having a water- dispensing showerhead, comprising:
a mirror;
an elongated arm, one end of which is attached to said mirror, the other end of which includes attachment means for attaching said arm to said showerhead, said arm being flexible and bendable such that when said other end of said arm is attached to said showerhead, said mirror can be positioned stably in any position within a range of positions with respect to said showerhead, and
supply means for supplying heated water from said showerhead to said mirror and directing said water against a rear surface of said mirror so as to heat said mirror and thereby prevent it from fogging, said means comprising a lumen in said elongated arm and a flexible inner tube positioned in said lumen.

2. The mirror assembly of claim 1 wherein said arm has a plurality of interconnected rigid sections and said lumen runs through said interconnected sections.

3. The mirror assembly of claim 2 wherein said mirror is circular in shape and said hose is bent to a circular shape to conform to the shape of said mirror, said flexible inner tube being connected to said hose by a T- fitting so that said hose forms an endless loop which includes said T-fitting.

4. The mirror assembly of claim 2 wherein said mirror is circular in shape and said dispenser hose is bent to conform to the shape of said mirror, said dispenser hose being connected to said supply tube by a T-fitting and thereby forming an endless loop which includes said T- fitting.

5. The mirror assembly of claim 1 wherein said arm includes at least one separable joint for allowing said arm to separate in case of trauma thereto.

6. The mirror assembly of claim 5 wherein said arm has two separable joints.

7. A mirror assembly for use in a shower, comprising:
a mirror having a front reflecting face and a back surface;
a frame for holding said mirror; said frame including a temperature control space adjacent the back of said mirror; a junction extending between said frame and said circular mirror;
an arm having a distal end attached to said frame for supporting said frame and said mirror away from a shower wall, said arm being hollow and flexible so that said frame and said mirror can be adjusted to different positions after installation and during use;
mounting means at a proximal end of said arm for holding said arm so as to suspend said frame and said mirror at said distal end of said arm above a shower floor;
a supply tube and means for connecting said tube from a heated water supply to said temperature control space , said tube being positioned within the hollow space of said arm;
nozzle means communicating with said tube and located in said temperature control space, said nozzle means being arranged to dispense water into said temperature control space and against said back surface of said mirror so as to cause the temperature of said front reflecting face of said mirror to be raised in order to prevent water vapor condensation thereon, said nozzle means including a hose extending along said junction and arranged to spray heated water radially inward against the back surface of said mirror.

8. The mirror assembly of claim 7 wherein said arm includes at least one separable joint for allowing said arm to separate in case of trauma thereto.

9. The mirror assembly of claim 8 wherein said arm has two separable joints.

10. The mirror assembly of claim 7 wherein said arm includes a rotary joint so that it can be pivoted so that the front reflecting face of said mirror can be turned toward said wall during non-use.

11. The mirror assembly of claim 7 wherein said mounting means is arranged to enable said arm to be attached to a showerhead pipe.

12. The mirror assembly of claim 11 wherein said mounting means is arranged to be mounted between said showerhead pipe and a showerhead so as to convey shower water from said showerhead pipe to said showerhead, a proximal end of said supply tube being open and extending into the path of said shower water within said mounting means.

13. The mirror assembly of claim 7 wherein said nozzle means includes a plurality of dispersion outlets spaced along at least one edge of said mirror.

14. The mirror assembly of claim 7 wherein said mirror is circular and said nozzle means includes a plurality of disperson outlets located around the periphery of said mirror.

15. The mirror assembly of claim 7 wherein said nozzle means includes a spray outlet located in the central portion of the back surface of said mirror for spraying heated water radially outwardly in said temperature control space.

16. The mirror assembly of claim 7, further including a back plate attached on the rear of said frame for at least partially enclosing said temperature control space.

17.- The mirror assembly of claim 7, further including drain means at the lower end of said temperature control space for allowing gravity flow of water away from said temperature control space.

18. The mirror assembly of claim 7 wherein said frame includes a flange overlying the peripheral portion of the front reflecting face of said mirror.

19. The mirror assembly of claim 7, further including restraint means for holding said hose against said junction between said frame and said mirror panel to act as a gasket to prevent heated water from leaking through said junction to said front reflecting face of said mirror.

20. The mirror assembly of claim 19, further including a back plate at least partially enclosing said temperature control space to provide more efficient heat transfer from said heated water dispersed from said hose to said back face of said mirror.

21. The mirror assembly of claim 20, further including a plurality of holes in at least one of said frame and said back plate for allowing gravity flow drainage of said heated water away from said temperature control space.

22. The mirror assembly of claim 21 wherein said
restraint means includes said back plate.

23. The mirror assembly of claim 22 wherein said
restraint means further includes a shoulder on
said frame which abuts said back plate to hold
it in restraining position against said hose.

24. The mirror assembly of claim 7 wherein said arm is a flex-arm which includes a plurality of ball and socket joints which move relative to each other to allow both translational and pivotal movements of said mirror.

25. The mirror assembly of claim 24 wherein said ball and socket joints are separable so that said flex-arm will separate in case of trauma to said mirror.

26. The mirror assembly of claim 24, further including a junction between said hose and said nozzle means so as to allow relative movement therebetween when said mirror is rotated relative to said arm.