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Spray Pad for Disinfecting a Telephone Handset

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004372D
Publication Date: 2000-Oct-18
Document File: 3 page(s) / 409K

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Abstract

The present invention is a set of spray pads installed on the body of the telephone, through which disinfectant is sprayed via spray nozzles installed in the telephone. The disinfectant is supplied from a reservoir of liquid disinfectant located in the body of the telephone.

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Spray Pad for Disinfecting a Telephone Handset

Many people use telephone handsets in public locations, such as those on pay telephones and on hotel room telephones on a consistent basis. It is highly probable that communicable diseases are spread by the use of telephone handsets. Bacteria are transmitted to the handset by one person, and transferred to the next user when they pick up the handset and place it close to their face and mouth.

It is feasible to wash hands or to utilize a hand-sanitizing product after using a telephone. Doing so would prevent the spread of disease via hand to mouth contact. However, one must also be protected from potential transfer of germs or bacteria to the skin and mouth as one is speaking into the telephone. An apparatus incorporated into the telephone to sanitize the earpiece and mouthpiece between uses would solve this problem.

The present invention is a set of spray pads installed on the body of the telephone, through which disinfectant is sprayed via spray nozzles installed in the telephone. The disinfectant is supplied from a reservoir of liquid disinfectant located in the body of the telephone.

Figure 1 Top view of telephone and telephone handset showing spray pads

Figure 1 shows telephone 100, which includes a telephone handset 110 having earpiece 112 and mouthpiece 114, fixedly attached to a body 120 with a cord 125. A first spray pad 130 and a second spray pad 140 are located on body 120 such that telephone handset 110 rests on first spray pad 130 and second spray pad 140 when replaced on body 120 after use. A button 150 is located on first spray pad 130 and second spray pad 140, and is depressed when telephone handset 110 rests on body 120.

Figure 2 Side view of telephone and telephone handset showing spray nozzles and disinfectant reservoir

Figure 2 shows how a reservoir 210 may be filled with a disinfectant 212, closed with a cap 215, and how reservoir 210 supplies disinfectant 212 to first spray pad 130 and second spray pad 140 via first spray nozzle 230 and second spray nozzle 240. When telephone handset 110 rests on body 120, earpiece 112 contacts first spray pad 130 and mouthpiece 114 contacts second spray pad 140.

In operation, after telephone handset 110 is used for a phone call, it is placed back on body 120. As telephone handset 100 rests on first spray pad 130 and second spray pad 140, it depresses buttons 150 located on first spray pad 130 and second spray pad 140. Pressing buttons 150 triggers first spray nozzle 230 and second spray nozzle 240 by sending a signal through a signal line 155 to a control chip 160, which sends a signal back to deploy first spray nozzle 230 and second spray nozzle 240. Disinfectant is sprayed onto earpiece 112 and mouthpiece 114 of telephone handset 110, respectively. Any germs that may be located on the surface of telephone handset 100 are destroyed. Removing...