Title:
Press type eyelash curler
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
In an eyelash curler which includes a curling unit formed of a fixed curling unit and a movable curling unit for heating an eyelash and forming a wave in a state that it is pinched, a power supply unit for supplying an electric power to the curling unit for heating, a controller for controlling the operation of the curling unit and a body for accommodating the above elements, there is provided a press type eyelash curler which comprises a power supply unit having a cellular phone power connector for receiving an electric power from the cellular phone.



Inventors:
Suh, Jeong-joo (Seoul, KR)
Application Number:
11/905972
Publication Date:
03/05/2009
Filing Date:
10/05/2007
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
219/222, 219/225, 132/216
International Classes:
A45D2/48; A45D1/04
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Primary Examiner:
DOAN, ROBYN KIEU
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ROBERT E. BUSHNELL & LAW FIRM (Catonsville, MD, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. In a press type eyelash curler which includes a curling unit formed of a fixed curling unit and a movable curling unit for heating an eyelash and forming a wave in a state that it is pinched, a power supply unit for supplying an electric power to the curling unit for heating, a controller for controlling the operation of the curling unit and a body for accommodating the above elements, a press type eyelash curler, comprising: said power supply unit having a cellular phone power connector for receiving electric power from the cellular phone.

2. The curler of claim 1, wherein said cellular phone power connector is electrically connected with the operation controller via a power cable having a certain length.

3. The curler of claim 2, wherein said body includes a winding member for winding and storing the power cable, and said winding member is exposed from a front surface of the body and winds the power cable along with a winding operation plate by a user.

4. The curler of claim 2, wherein said body includes a winding member for winding and storing the power cable, and said winding member has an elastic winding guide member in which an elastic winding is performed as a winding operation is performed based on one touch operation by storing an operation force when a user pulls and releases as a rotation elastic energy.

5. The curler of claim 4, wherein said elastic winding guide member comprises: a spring unit which is connected with the winging unit for storing a unwinding energy as an elastic energy; a latch wheel unit which is formed at the winding unit for preventing an elastic winding of the winding member by means of the spring unit; a latch for engaging the latch wheel unit at the body in a winding direction; a winding button for operating the latch at an outer side; and a latch elastic member which elastically supports and allows the winding operation to elastically perform.

6. The curler of one among claims 2, wherein said cellular phone power connector is attached on a backside of the body using an attaching means, and an attachment receiving groove is formed at a backside of the body for attaching and receiving the cellular power connector.

7. The curler of one among claims 1, wherein said fixed curler unit of the curling unit is integrally formed at or is attached to the upper side of the body, and a downward fixed curling surface a is formed in a protruded curved shape, and said movable curling unit is received in the body on an up and down movement basis, and a thermal storage member has a heater, and an upward movable curling surface a is formed in a concave curved shape, and an up and down movement button is provided on a front surface of the movable curling unit and is engaged via an up and down movement guide hole formed at the body.

8. The curler of claim 7, wherein a curling unit substrate is provided at a backside of the movable curling unit and is elastically connected for supplying an electric power to the heater, and said curling unit substrate is provided with a curling power terminal which slide-contacts with a control power terminal of the operation controller provided at the body, and an elastic curling unit is formed on the fixed curling surface of the fixed curling unit for elastically supporting an eyelash during an eyelash curling process and for providing a uniform pressurizing force with respect to a heating pressure of the movable curling unit.

9. The curler of one among claims 1, wherein said controller comprises: an operation button which is outwardly protruded from the body for a user's operation; a temperature detector for detecting a temperature of the movable curling surface; and an operation controller for controlling a heating temperature based on a user's operation by controlling a power supply to the heater in accordance with an operation signal of the operation button and a detection temperature via the temperature detector.

10. The curler of claim 9, wherein said controller includes a timer for inputting a time signal into the operation controller for disconnecting a power supply to the heater when a set time passes, and an operation lamp for indicating an operation process based on a user's operation on a flashing basis, and said operation controller of the controller is mounted on the power substrate provided on the body, and the operation button is mounted on one side of the power substrate.

Description:

CLAIM OF PRIORITY

This application makes reference to, incorporates the same herein, and claims all benefits accruing under 35 U.S.C. ยง 119 from applications earlier filed in the Korean Intellectual Property Office on 29 Aug. 2007 and there duly assigned Serial No. 10-2007-0087325, and filed in the World Intellectual Property Office on 31 Aug. 2007 and there duly assigned Serial No. PCT/KR2007/004196, respectively.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a press type eyelash curler, and in particular to a press type eyelash curler in which there is provided a cellular phone power connector in a press type eyelash curler which is able to pinch an eyelash and curls the same, so that it is possible to curl using an electric power from a cellular phone. In addition, a curler is formed of a thermal storage member for thereby obtaining a uniform heating with the help of a thermal storage, so that it is possible to prevent an eyelash from being damaged, and a reliable curling can be implemented.

2. Description of the Related Art

Generally, an eyelash curler has a function for enhancing a beauty look of a woman by providing an eyelash with an artificial waveform, so that a user's eyes can be seen larger.

The eyelash curler may be classified into a press type eyelash curler which pinches an eyelash, and a roll type eyelash curler which is able to form a wave by rolling up an eyelash while fast heating the same.

In the eyelash curler, a press type eyelash curler comprises a curling unit for heating an eyelash in a state the eyelash is pinched, a power supply unit for supplying electric power to the curling unit for heating, a controller for controlling the operations of the power supply unit, and a body for accommodating the above elements.

In the press type eyelash curler, in a state that an eyelash is positioned between a fixed curling unit and a movable curling unit, the heated movable curling unit is pushed upward for thereby pinching the eyelash, so that the eyelash is curled around the pinched portion for thereby forming a certain wave.

In the above conventional press type eyelash curler, since a battery is mounted in the interior of the same for a power supply, the whole size of the system is large, and since the life span of the mounted battery is limited, an operational power is supplied with below 1.5V, so that a heating temperature of the movable curling unit is low, and a heating time may increase.

In addition, according to a structure of the curling unit, it is designed to heat while pressing and folding one portion of the eyelash, so that a smooth curve is not obtained in the shape of an eyelash.

According to the conventional press type eyelash curler, it is impossible to adjust the temperature of the movable curler unit, so that when an artificial eyelash is being worn, a curling work cannot be performed.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to overcome the problems encountered in the conventional art in which it is impossible to perform a desired curling work since an operational power is too low when a self-power unit is mounted. Since one portion of an eyelash is pinched by means of a curling unit, so that a wave is not smooth.

Technical Solution

To achieve the above objects, there is provided a press type eyelash curler which comprises a cellular phone power connector in a press type eyelash curler. In addition, there is further provided a curling unit which is formed of a thermal storage member in a press type eyelash curler.

Advantageous Effects

In the press type eyelash curler according to the present invention, an electric power of the cellular phone can be used by providing a cellular phone power connector. So, a battery is not needed, so that the size of the curler is minimized. Since a reliable high voltage can be used, there are so many advantages.

Since a curling unit is formed of a thermal storage member, a uniform heating can be obtained with the help of a thermal storage, so that it is possible to prevent a damage of an eyelash during a curling process, and a reliable curling can be obtained.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

A more complete appreciation of the invention, and many of the attendant advantages thereof, will be readily apparent as the same becomes better understood by reference to the following detailed description when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which like reference symbols indicate the same or similar components, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a front perspective view illustrating a press type eyelash curler according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a back perspective view illustrating a press type eyelash curler according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a front disassembled perspective view illustrating a press type eyelash curler according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a back disassembled perspective view illustrating a press type eyelash curler according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a front perspective view illustrating an elastic winding guide member according to another embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 6 is a front disassembled perspective view of FIG. 5.

FIG. 7 is a back view of major elements of an elastic winding guide member.

FIG. 8 is a side cross sectional view of FIG. 5.

FIG. 9 is a detailed cross sectional view illustrating a curling unit according to the present invention.

FIG. 10 is a detailed cross sectional view illustrating a rotation connection unit of a winding member of FIG. 5.

FIG. 11 is a view of major elements of a controller according to the present invention.

DETAIL DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

In an eyelash curler which includes a curling unit formed of a fixed curling unit and a movable curling unit for heating an eyelash and forming a wave in a state that it is pinched, a power supply unit for supplying an electric power to the curling unit for heating, a controller for controlling the operation of the curling unit and a body for accommodating the above elements, there is provided a press type eyelash curler which comprises a power supply unit having a cellular phone power connector for receiving an electric power from the cellular phone.

The preferred embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings.

The terms and words used in the description of the invention and claims are not limited to the ordinary meaning in their definitions, but they should be interpreted as a meaning and concept corresponding to a technical concept of the present invention in consideration with the principle that the basic concept of the terminals can be properly defined for the best descriptions of the present invention that an inventor seeks as his invention.

So, as the present invention may be embodied in several forms without departing from the spirit or essential characteristics thereof, it should also, be understood that the above-described examples are not limited by any of the details of the foregoing description, unless otherwise specified, but rather should be construed broadly within its spirit and scope as defined in the appended claims, and therefore all changes and modifications that fall within the meets and bounds of the claims, or equivalences of such meets and bounds are therefore intended to be embraced by the appended claims.

As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, in an eyelash curler which includes a curling unit formed of a fixed curling unit 210 and a movable curling unit 220 for heating an eyelash and forming a wave in a state that it is pinched, a power supply unit for supplying an electric power to the curling unit for heating, a controller for controlling the operation of the curling unit and a body 100 for accommodating the above elements, there is provided a press type eyelash curler which comprises a power supply unit having a cellular phone power connector 400 for receiving an electric power from the cellular phone.

Here, the cellular phone power connector 400 is integrally extended from a lower side of the body 100 or it may be electrically connected with the operation controller 300 via a power cable 410 having a certain length.

The body includes a winding member 500 for winding and storing the power cable 410, and the power cable 410 wound on the winding member 500 is extended via one side of the body and is preferably extended in a downward direction.

As shown in FIGS. 1 and 3, the winding unit 500 is exposed from a front side of the body 100 and is wound via a winding operation plate 510.

As shown in FIGS. 5, 6 and 7, the winding unit 500 comprises an elastic guide member for accumulating an energy generated when a user pulls and release the power cable 410 as a rotational elastic energy, so that a winding operation is elastically performed with one touch operation.

The elastic winding guide member comprises a spring unit 521 which is connected with the winging unit 500 for storing a unwinding energy as an elastic energy; a latch wheel unit 522 which is formed at the winding unit 500 for preventing an elastic winding of the winding member 500 by means of the spring unit 521; a latch 523 for engaging the latch wheel unit 522 at the body 100 in a winding direction; a winding button 524 for operating the latch 523 at an outer side; and a latch elastic member 525 which elastically supports and allows the winding operation to elastically perform.

A winding limit member 420 is provided at a side of the cellular phone power connector 400 having the power cable 410 for preventing an over winding state.

The cellular phone power connector 400 is attached on a backside of the body 100 using an attaching means, and an attachment receiving groove 120 is formed at a backside of the body 100 for attaching and receiving the cellular power connector 400.

The above attaching unit may be implemented along with a magnet provided at both sides of the body 100 and the cellular phone power connector 400 or may be implemented by providing a magnet at one side of the body 100 or the cellular phone power connector 400 and by providing a steel plate at the other of the same. A Velcro attaching member formed of a hook and a loop may be used instead.

As shown in FIG. 9, the fixed curling unit 210 of the curling unit of the present invention comprises a protruded fixed curling surface 211a integrally formed or attached as another member on the upper side of the body 100 in a direction of a lower side of the same, and the movable curling unit 220 is formed of a thermal storage member 221 which is accommodated so that it can move up and down in the body 100 and has a heater 240 in its inner side, with an upward movable curling surface 221a being formed in a concave curved shape.

An up and down movement button 230 engaged via an up and down movement guide hole 101 formed at the body 100 is provided on a front surface of the movable curling unit 220, and a curling unit substrate 250 electrically connected with the heater 240 for an electric power supply is provided at a backside of the same. The curling unit substrate 250 comprises a curling power terminal 251 slide-connected with a control power terminal 321 of the operation controller 300 provided at the body 100. The movable curling unit 220 is limited by means of the body 100, so that its moved-down state is maintained by means of the down movement spring 223.

An electric curling unit 211 is provided at the fixed curling surface 211a of the fixed curling unit 210 for elastically supporting an eyelash during an eyelash curling process for thereby receiving a uniform pressing force with respect to a heating and pressing force of the movable curling unit 220. Here, the elastic curling unit 211 is preferably formed of a silicon material.

As shown in FIG. 11, the controller comprises an operation button 330 protruded outwardly from the body 100, a temperature detector 260 for detecting the temperature of the movable curling surface 221a, and an operation controller 300 for controlling a power supply to the heater 240 in accordance with an operation signal of the operation button 330 and a detection temperature of the temperature detector 260 for thereby adjusting the heating temperature based on a user's operation.

When the temperature of the operation controller 300 is controlled, it is preferred that an initial operation temperature is below 55 at which a curling of an artificial eyelash is performed, and a curling operation temperature of above 60 is performed at which a natural eyelash curling can be actually performed.

As another embodiment of the present invention, there may be provided a timer 310 for inputting a time signal into the operation controller 400 so that a power supply to the heater 240 is disconnected when a set time is passed. Here, the power supply to the heater 240 may be performed in accordance with a control of the operation controller 300 when an operation signal is inputted based on an operation of the operation button 330.

The operation controller 300 is mounted on the power substrate 320 in the body 100, and the operation button 330 may be mounted at one side of the power substrate 320 or may be mounted on the curling unit substrate 250.

The controller may be provided with an operation lap 270 for indicating an operation state based on a user's operation with its flash. As shown in FIG. 8, the operation lamp 270 may be mounted on the curling unit substrate 250 of the movable curling unit 220 so that it can be visible via the center of the up and down movement button 230.

As shown in FIGS. 3 and 8, the power substrate 320 is provided with a power terminal 321 electrically connected with the operation controller 300 with its end being elastically connected with the curling power terminal 251 of the movable curling unit 220 for thereby forming an elastic bent elastic contact terminal.

The power substrate 320 is received in the interior of the body 100 with its lower side being electrically connected with the power cable 410 by means of a rotation connection member.

As shown in FIG. 10, the rotation connection unit is provided with an elastic connection terminal 531 at one side of the power substrate 320 and the winding member 500, and is provided with a fixed connection terminal 532 at the other side of the same.

The body 100 is formed of a pair of housings which are separate forward and backward and is provided with a guide groove and a protrusion for guiding an up and down movement of the movable curling unit 220 of the curling unit of the inner side.

Here, the cellular phone power connector 400 has a structure similar with a charging connector which is used for charging via a data connector provided at a cellular phone. The upper construction is known and is implemented by those who skilled in the art. So, the detailed descriptions of the same will be omitted.

The operation of the present invention will be described.

In the press type eyelash curler able to form waves by heating in a state that an eyelash is pinched according to the present invention, when it is needed to curl an eyelash using the present invention in which the power supply unit is formed of a cellular phone power connector 400 for receiving power from the cellular phone, the cellular phone power connector 400 attached at a backside of the body 100 is engaged by inserting into a data connector (I/O connector) provided at a lower side of the cellular phone, so that an operation voltage higher than an ordinary battery is supplied to the heater 240 of the operation curling unit 220 in accordance with a control of the controller.

When the voltage higher than an ordinary battery is supplied to the heater 240, the thermal storage 221 formed of a ceramic material is fast and reliably heated, and the heat is stored, and the heating is uniformly performed. Since the thermal storage member 221 is made of a ceramic material, it is possible to minimize the damage of the eyelash with the help of a far infrared ray radiation.

In the above state, when the up and down button 230 provided at a front side of the body 100 is pushed up, the movable curling unit 220 starts operating and heats and pressurizes the eyelash for thereby forming waves.

At this time, since the fixed curling surface 211a of the fixed curling unit 210 is formed of an elastic curling unit 211, the eyelash can be uniformly pressurized, and the waves are uniform.

In the embodiment of the present invention, since the fixed curling surface 211a and the movable curling surface 221a are formed in curved shapes, it is possible to form a wave shape having a certain curve, not a folded shape.

In the present invention, since the fixed curling unit 210 is provided with a temperature detector 260, the heating operation by the heater 240 is performed with two stages with an initial operation temperature at which the temperature is heated at below 55 for curling an artificial eyelash, and a curling operation temperature of above 60 for actually curling a natural eyelash. The heating state is indicated via the operation lamp 270. So, the heating temperature may be differently set depending on an artificial eyelash and an actual natural eyelash.

In a state that the controller of the present invention is connected with a cellular phone, when it is not used for a certain time period, the operation controller 300 receives a time signal from the timer 310, and the power supply to the heater 240 is disconnected. So, it is possible to prevent a power loss of the cellular phone.

In the present invention, the power cable 410 is wound by means of the winding member 500 and is stored. The power connector 400 is attached to a backside of the body 100, so that a portability and storage of the same are enhanced.

INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY

As described above, in the press type eyelash curler according to the present invention, there is provided a cellular phone power connector for using a power of the cellular phone. A battery is additionally not needed in the present invention, and the size of the curler is minimized. Since it is portable, and a voltage of the cellular phone is used, there are many conveniences in use.

The heating of the thermal storage can be fast performed, and the heating is performed with the thermal storage member formed of a ceramic material, so that an uniform heating can be obtained. In the heating process, the ceramic material of the thermal storage member emits far infrared rays, so that it is possible to minimize the damage of eyelash during the curling process.

In addition, the fixed curling surface of the fixed curling unit is made of an elastic curling unit, and the eyelash can be uniformly pressurized, so that an uniform wave can be obtained.

Since the fixed curling surface and the movable curling surface are formed of curved surfaces, a wave curling can be obtained along with a curve, not a folded shape which causes a damage of the eyelash.

The present invention is provided with a temperature detector, a two-stage temperature control of an initial operation temperature and a curling operation temperature is performed. The heating state is indicated along with an operation lamp, so that it is possible to curl an artificial eyelash, and it is possible to curl an actual natural eyelash based on a user's selection.

The controller of the present invention is provided with a timer unit for inputting a time signal into an operation controller, so that a power to the heater can be disconnected after a certain time passes, whereby a power loss of a cellular phone can be prevented.

In addition, the power cable of the present invention is wound and stored, and the cellular phone power connector is attached to a backside of the body, so that the portability and storage are enhanced.