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                                                               This dual functional hygienic apparatus is composed of a toilet bowl

                                                               and a urinal which are set up in a swivel axis but located in opposite

                                                               positions. The user can choose whether to sit on the toilet or stand

                                                               in front of the urinal by simply pressing a button to rotate the device

                                                               to the desired position.

                                                              

                                                               Due to limited space at home, the high cost of plumbing, and the urinal

                                                               typically seen as an aesthetic eyesore, most homes do not have urinals.

                                                               This fashionable, space-saving device brings the urinal into the typical

                                                               home, while hiding the urinal when it is not in use. 

                                                               With this new device, much water could be saved since an urinal only

                                                               uses about 1/4 the amount of water of a normal water-saving toilet per

                                                               flush (1.5L vs. 6L). That means a man can save more than 50 L of water

                                                               a day. Isn't it cool?!

                                                                        

                                                             USA  Pub. App. No.  20080189845 A1  ( Patent Pending )

                       


United States Patent Application 20080189845
Kind Code A1
Yang; Yi-Nan ;   et al. August 14, 2008

        Hygienic Apparatus Including a Toilet Bowl and a Urinal

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Abstract


A hygienic apparatus includes a urinal, a toilet bowl, and a water-storing device including a housing body interconnecting the urinal and the toilet bowl, a water tank disposed in the housing body, a water-feeding tube allowing flow of water into the water tank therethrough. A drain tube unit is in fluid communication with the urinal and the toilet bowl. A flush unit includes a urinal-flushing tube in fluid communication with the water tank and the urinal, and a toilet-flushing tube in fluid communication with the water tank and the toilet bowl. A swivel mechanism includes a base, a vertical shaft disposed fixedly on the base and extending into an assembly of the urinal, the toilet bowl, and the water-storing device, and a driving unit operable to drive rotation of the assembly of the urinal, the toilet bowl, and the water-storing device relative to the base about the vertical shaft.

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Claims


1. A hygienic apparatus comprising: a urinal; a toilet bowl; a water-storing device including a housing body interconnecting said urinal and said toilet bowl, a water tank disposed in said housing body, a water-feeding tube in fluid communication with said water tank and adapted to allow flow of water into said water tank via said water-feeding tube; a flush unit including a urinal-flushing tube in fluid communication with said water tank and said urinal, and a toilet-flushing tube in fluid communication with said water tank and said toilet bowl; a swivel mechanism including a base, a hollow vertical shaft disposed fixedly on said base and extending into an assembly of said urinal, said toilet bowl, and said water-storing device, and a driving unit operable to drive rotation of said assembly of said urinal, said toilet bowl, and said water-storing device relative to said base about said vertical shaft; and a drain tube unit in fluid communication with said urinal and said toilet bowl and including a drain tube extending through said vertical shaft.

2. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein said swivel mechanism further includes a position-limiting unit, said position-limiting unit including first and second position-limiting members disposed on and respectively adjacent to two opposite sides of said base, and a third position-limiting member disposed on said toilet bowl and rotatable on said base to align with either of said first and second position-limiting members to thereby stop operation of said driving unit.

3. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein said driving unit includes a first gear sleeved fixedly on said vertical shaft, and a second gear disposed in said toilet bowl and meshing with said first gear, said second gear being rotatable on and about said first gear to drive rotation of said assembly of said urinal, said toilet bowl, and said water-storing device relative to said base about said vertical shaft.

4. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 3, wherein said driving unit further includes a motor disposed on said toilet bowl and operable to rotate said second gear about said first gear.

5. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 4, wherein said swivel mechanism further includes a control unit in electrical connection with said motor, said control unit including a circuit board module and two control buttons in electrical connection with said circuit board module, said control buttons being operable to rotate said motor in two directions, respectively.

6. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 5, wherein said circuit board module is disposed in said toilet bowl, and said control buttons are adapted to be mounted on a wall.

7. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 6, wherein said swivel mechanism further includes a position-limiting unit, said position-limiting unit including first and second position-limiting members disposed on and respectively adjacent to two opposite sides of said base, and a third position-limiting member disposed on said toilet bowl and rotatable on said base to contact either of said first and second position-limiting members to thereby stop operation of said driving unit.

8. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 7, wherein said first and second position-limiting members are configured as micro-switches, and are in electrical connection with said circuit board module, said third position-limiting member being rotatable to contact either of said first and second position-limiting members to thereby stop operation of said driving unit.

9. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein said swivel mechanism further includes a ball bearing disposed around said vertical shaft between said toilet bowl and said base.

10. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein said urinal-flushing tube has an inlet, said flush unit further including a control member disposed movably on said housing body of said water-storing device and allowing for manual operation, a seal plug inserted removably into said inlet in said urinal-flushing tube to prevent flow of water from said water tank into said urinal-flushing tube, a first link having an end connected fixedly to said control member, a second link having two ends connected respectively and pivotally to said seal plug and said first link, and a resilient member sleeved on said seal plug and having one end fastened to a wall of said water tank, and the other end fastened to said seal plug.

11. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein said drain tube unit further includes a first tube in fluid communication with said urinal and said drain tube, and a second tube in fluid communication with said toilet bowl and said drain tube, said first and second tubes cooperating to allow flow of sewage from said urinal and said toilet bowl into said drain tube therethrough.

12. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein said housing body of said water-storing device is disposed between said urinal and said toilet bowl.

13. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein driving unit includes a first gear configured as an internal gear and disposed fixedly in said toilet bowl, and a second gear disposed fixedly on said base and meshing with said first gear, said second gear being rotatable within said first gear to drive rotation of said assembly of said urinal, said toilet bowl, and said water-storing device relative to said base about said vertical shaft.

14. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 13, wherein said driving unit further includes a motor disposed in said base for driving rotation of said second gear relative to said first gear.

15. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 14, wherein said swivel mechanism further includes a control unit in electrical connection with said motor, said control unit including a circuit board module and two control buttons in electrical connection with said circuit board module, said control buttons being operable to rotate said motor in two directions, respectively.

16. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 15, wherein said circuit board module is disposed in said toilet bowl, and said control buttons are adapted to be mounted on a wall.

17. The hygienic apparatus as claimed in claim 16, wherein said swivel mechanism further includes a position-limiting unit, said position-limiting unit including first and second position-limiting members disposed on and respectively adjacent to two opposite sides of said base, and a third position-limiting member disposed on said toilet bowl and rotatable on said base to contact either of said first and second position-limiting members to thereby stop operation of said driving unit.

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