Luraco Technologies is the company that brings us the iRobotics 7 Plus and the Legend Plus L-Track massage chair models, both boasting the distinction that they are "Made in the USA". Although the non-critical components of these chairs are manufactured in Taiwan (it's the ONLY massage chair without any components from China!), all the research, engineering, development, electronics, programming, and testing is done in the Arlington, Texas.
Last week, Luraco Technologies announced that they were awarded with 2 new design patents, the technologies for which were researched and developed at their US headquarters. In a nutshell, here is how the process works:
A company, like Luraco Technologies, designs/invents a new technology, submits it to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for approval, and then patiently waits for that approval. Patents can take anywhere from 1-5 years to be approved and awarded. Until the patent is approved or denied, the status of that invention is "Patent Pending", which I'm sure you've heard of before. While the patent is pending, the USPTO does it's due diligence to make sure that the invention is "patentable". Design patents, which is what Luraco's patents are, last 15 years from the date the patent is granted.
Enough of that. So, what are the two new patents?
#1. Massage Chair Having A Noise-Reducing, Enclosure Device
This patent has to do with a chamber created with a special material that encases the air compressor, muffler, and air valves. As most massage chair owner's know, the air compressors make the most noise when sitting in a chair. Luraco has always had the quietest massage chairs. I don't think I've ever heard their airbags inflate and deflate. Well, now we know why! The Luraco chairs have a central air system that can be encased with one chamber to minimize the sound in all the chair's airbags.
#2. Massage Chair Having a Mechanism for Adjusting Position of Fluid Massage Element for Arm Massaging
This patent has to do with a 3D adjustable mechanical system located on the frame behind the left and right arm airbags of the Legend Plus L-Track model. This frame automatically moves along the 3 dimensions of space (x, y, and z axes) to accommodate the size of the arms and elbows when a customer sits in the chair and the scanning process begins. Apparently, this 3D mechanism adjusts every time the arm moves so that the airbag inflation position and amount is correct. The term "fluid" does not apply to liquids in the arm rests, which is what I originally thought, although it can apply to anything that passes through the massage element, i.e. air or liquid. In this case, of course, it is air flowing through to the arm airbags.
Luraco Technologies now has 9 approved patents and 9 more patents pending, 2 of which have to do with their new iRobotics 9, which is due to come to market in 2021. More on that as we get closer to it's launch date.
Congratulations to my friends at Luraco Technologies!
Dr. Alan Weidner
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