Summer is a time of hot weather and fun in the sun. But hot weather can be uncomfortable, and even unbearable at times. If you find hot weather unbearable, then these inventions may be the solution for you. Let’s check out some patented inventions concerning cooling devices. To start things out, we’ll look at an invention created by a professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (“Florida A&M”). The invention is called a “[s]olar adiabatic cooling apparatus” and is covered by U.S. patent no. 10,222,113 (‘113 patent).
Solar adiabatic cooling apparatus
The abstract of the ‘113 patent reads: “A solar adiabatic cooling vest. The cooling vest utilizes adiabatic evaporation to cool hot, dry air. Hot outside humid air is drawn by an exhaust fan through an air inlet over large particles of salt to lower the air humidity before passing through a wetted wick material. Heat in the air evaporates water in the wetted wick material, thus causing the air leaving the wick material to be saturated and at a lower temperature than the incoming air. The saturated air passes through a salt filter to lower the air’s relative humidity. After exiting the salt filter, the cooled, drier air passes through an air filter to further lower its humidity and remove any salt particles from the air. The cooled air is then distributed through flexible outlet cooling tubes to a person’s body, room, or enclosed space.”
To read the entire patent, click here.
Other cooling devices.
The cooling vest is just one of the many types of cooling related devices out there. We compiled some patents and patent applications disclosing cooling devices. Let’s check them out.
Air conditioned helmet
The first on our list is U.S. patent no. 3,548,415 (‘415 patent). The ‘415 patent is titled “[a]ir conditioned helmet” and relates to (you guessed it) an air conditioned helmet. The abstract of the patent reads that this is an invention for a helmet that “provides conditioned air, either cooling or heating, by the operation of a battery-operated fan or blower mounted in the dome of the helmet which directs the flow of air over a temperature control panel of coolant or heat source between the fan and the head of the wearer, directing such air downwardly over the head, neck and shoulders of the wearer.”
Click here to read the entire patent.
Air distribution system for individual cooling
This is an invention for a “self-contained air distribution system for an individual which can distribute air over the chest, back, head, or skin of the individual, the system including a battery operated blower fan in communication with the plenum and manifold, the manifold having primary exhaust nozzles which may be attached to secondary distribution conduits extending over the chest, back, or head of the individual, thereby allowing air to selectively escape providing a cooling and evaporate effect.” The patent application disclosing the air distribution system is U.S. application no. 2016/0128396.
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Apparel ventilation system
Another cool invention is called “apparel ventilation system.” The patent covering this invention is U.S. patent no. 6,596,019 (‘019 patent). Under the ‘019 patent, the abstracts discloses a “pressurized ventilation system for providing air to the body of an individual wearing the ventilation system to regulate the individual’s body temperature is provided. The ventilation system includes the use of an air bladder defining an enclosed volume wherein there is located a plurality of channels for permitting airflow throughout the air bladder. The channels include a plurality of spaced apart apertures, which permit the escape of air out of the air bladder to the body of the individual wearing the ventilation system.”
Click here to read to the entire ‘019 application.
Wearable personal air conditioning system
Another nifty invention is disclosed in patent no. 8,302,421 (‘421 patent). The abstract of the ‘421 patent discloses a ” personal air conditioning device cools and moistens environmentally hot and dry blower-forced air using water vaporization occurring on external surface of a hollow fiber micro-porous membrane while water or other liquid coolant is taken from a container by means of internal capillaries of hollow fiber tubes. The device is able to deliver the pre-cooled air flow over any desired body fragment, particularly under a protective vest.”
Click here to read the entire patent.
Cooling cap for athletes
Last but not least, we have U.S. patent no. 5,197,292 (‘292 patent). The abstract states that this is an invention for a “headwear device for cooling the wearer during athletic activity or work. The device is comprised of a cap having interior and exterior surfaces. At least one opening to at least one defined compartment chamber within the cap. The chamber is formed therewithin the interior and exterior surfaces of the cap. The chamber interior having at least one surface being of material capable of transmission of fluid from the chamber interior to the cap’s interior surface.”
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