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1. WO2020112549 - REFROIDISSEUR DE CRYOTHÉRAPIE COMPORTANT UN INDICATEUR DE CHANGEMENT DE COULEUR

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A cold therapy device, comprising:

a fluid tank configured to hold a cooling fluid;

a lid configured to seal an opening in the fluid tank;

a temperature indicator configured to provide an indication of a temperature of the cooling fluid; and

a heat-conductive probe having:

a first portion configured to be immersed in the cooling fluid or disposed in direct physical contact with the fluid tank; and

a second portion in physical contact with the temperature indicator and configured to conduct heat between the first portion of the heat-conductive probe and the temperature indicator.

2. The cold therapy device of Claim 1, wherein at least a first portion of the temperature indicator is mounted to a side of the cold therapy device.

3. The cold therapy device of Claim 2, wherein the first portion of the temperature indicator comprises at least one light guide configured to provide the indication of the temperature of the cooling fluid, and wherein the temperature indicator comprises:

a circuit board comprising:

a temperature sensor configured to generate an electrical signal indicative of the temperature of the cooling fluid,

one or more light emitting elements configured to generate the indication of the temperature of the cooling fluid, and

circuitry configured to control the one or more light emitting elements based on the electrical signal from the temperature sensor.

4. The cold therapy device of Claim 3, wherein the indication of the temperature of the cooling fluid comprises one of:

a first color, intensity, and/or pattern of light indicating a presence of ice in the cooling fluid; and

a second color, intensity, and/or pattern of light indicating an absence of ice in the cooling fluid.

5. The cold therapy device of Claim 1, wherein the first portion of the heat-conductive probe has a first diameter and the second portion of the heat-conductive probe has a second diameter smaller than the first diameter.

6. The cold therapy device of Claim 1, wherein the second portion of the heat-conductive probe is at least partially physically disposed within a recess within a portion of the temperature indicator.

7. The cold therapy device of Claim 1, wherein the heat-conductive probe comprises at least one fin configured to at least partially contact the cooling fluid.

8. The cold therapy device of Claim 1, wherein at least a first portion of the temperature indicator is mounted to the lid such that the first portion of the temperature indicator is visible to a user in proximity to the cold therapy device with the lid closed.

9. The cold therapy device of Claim 8, wherein the first portion of the temperature indicator comprises a thermochromic coating configured to change color based on the temperature of the cooling fluid and wherein the second portion of the heat-conductive probe is configured to conduct heat between the first portion of the heat-conductive probe and the thermochromic coating.

10. The cold therapy device of Claim 8, wherein the first portion of the temperature indicator is substantially dome-shaped, comprising a convex curvature that bows outward from the cold therapy device.

11. The cold therapy device of Claim 9, wherein the second portion of the heat-conductive probe conducting heat between the first portion of the heat-conductive probe and the thermochromic coating causes a temperature of the thermochromic coating to be substantially the same as a temperature of the cooling fluid.

12. The cold therapy device of Claim 9, wherein a first color of the thermochromic coating indicates a presence of ice in the cooling fluid and a second color of the thermochromic coating indicates an absence of ice in the cooling fluid.

13. The cold therapy device of Claim 9, wherein the temperature indicator comprises a lens configured to thermally insulate the temperature indicator from an ambient environment outside the cold therapy device.

14. A method of using a cold therapy device, the method comprising:

disposing a cooling fluid in a fluid tank of the cold therapy device; closing a lid of the cold therapy device to seal an opening in the fluid tank; and immersing a first portion of a heat-conductive probe in the cooling fluid or disposing the first portion of the heat-conductive probe in direct physical contact with the fluid tank, wherein:

a second portion of the heat-conductive probe is in physical contact with a temperature indicator and is configured to conduct heat between the first portion of the heat-conductive probe and the temperature indicator, and

a first portion of the temperature indicator is configured to display one of a first color, intensity and/or pattern of light or a second color, intensity and/or pattern of light based on a temperature of the cooling fluid.

15. The method of Claim 14, wherein:

the temperature indicator comprises:

a temperature sensor configured to generate an electrical signal indicative of the temperature of the cooling fluid,

one or more light emitting elements configured to generate the first or second color, intensity and/or pattern of light, and

circuitry configured to control the one or more light emitting elements based on the electrical signal;

the first portion of the temperature indicator comprises at least one light guide configured to provide the first or second color, intensity and/or pattern of light externally of the cold therapy device; and

the method comprises determining one of:

a presence of ice in the cooling fluid based on the at least one light guide providing the first color, intensity and/or pattern of light; or

an absence of ice in the cooling fluid based on at least one light guide providing the second color, intensity and/or pattern of light.

16. The method of Claim 15, comprising causing a temperature of at least a portion of the temperature sensor to substantially approach a same temperature as the cooling fluid when the first portion of the heat-conductive probe is immersed in the cooling fluid or disposed in direct physical contact with the fluid tank.

17. The method of Claim 14, wherein the first portion of the temperature indicator comprises a thermochromic coating and the method comprises determining one of:

a presence of ice in the cooling fluid based on the thermochromic coating displaying the first color; or

an absence of ice in the cooling fluid based on the thermochromic coating displaying the second color.

18. The method of Claim 17, wherein the determining is carried out by visual inspection of the thermochromic coating displaying either the first color or the second color through a lens covering the temperature indicator and configured to thermally insulate the temperature indicator from an ambient environment outside the cold therapy device.

19. The method of Claim 17, comprising causing a temperature of the thermochromic coating to substantially approach a same temperature as the cooling fluid when the first portion of the heat-conductive probe is immersed in the cooling fluid.

20. A method of manufacturing a cold therapy device, the method comprising:

forming a fluid tank configured to hold a cooling fluid;

forming a lid configured to seal an opening in the fluid tank;

disposing at least a first portion of a temperature indicator on the lid or a side of the cold therapy device, the first portion of the temperature indicator configured to display one of a first color, intensity and/or pattern of light or a second color, intensity and/or pattern of light based on a temperature of the cooling fluid; and

disposing a second portion of a heat-conductive probe in physical contact with the temperature indicator, wherein a first portion of the heat-conductive probe is configured to be immersed in the cooling fluid or disposed in direct physical contact with the fluid tank and the second portion of the heat-conductive probe is configured to conduct heat between the first portion of the heat-conductive probe and the temperature indicator.

21. The method of Claim 20, wherein the first portion of the temperature indicator comprises at least one light guide disposed at the side of the cold therapy device and configured to provide the first or second color, intensity and/or pattern of light externally of the cold therapy device, the method further comprising:

mounting a circuit board on or adjacent to the fluid tank, the circuit board forming a part of the temperature indicator and comprising:

a temperature sensor configured to generate an electrical signal indicative of the temperature of the cooling fluid,

one or more light emitting elements configured to generate the first or second color, intensity and/or pattern of light, and

circuitry configured to control the one or more light emitting elements based on the electrical signal.

22. The method of Claim 20, wherein the first portion of the heat-conductive probe has a first diameter and the second portion of the heat-conductive probe has a second diameter smaller than the first diameter.

23. The method of Claim 20, wherein the second portion of the heat-conductive probe is at least partially physically disposed within a recess within a portion of the temperature indicator.

24. The method of Claim 20, wherein the first portion of the temperature indicator comprises a substantially dome-shaped thermochromic coating disposed on the lid, the thermochromic coating comprising a convex curvature that bows outward from the cold therapy device.

25. The method of Claim 24, comprising disposing a lens over the temperature indicator, the lens configured to thermally insulate the temperature indicator from an ambient environment outside the cold therapy device.