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(11)EP 3 685 972 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
29.07.2020 Bulletin 2020/31

(21)Application number: 19153003.9

(22)Date of filing:  22.01.2019
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B26B 19/20(2006.01)
B26B 19/38(2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
KH MA MD TN

(71)Applicant: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
5656 AG Eindhoven (NL)

(72)Inventor:
  • Van Veldhuizen, Gijsbert Hendrik
    5656 AE Eindhoven (NL)

(74)Representative: de Haan, Poul Erik et al
Philips International B.V. Philips Intellectual Property & Standards High Tech Campus 5
5656 AE Eindhoven
5656 AE Eindhoven (NL)

  


(54)DOUBLE-SIDED COMB FOR A HAIR-CUTTING DEVICE


(57) The invention relates to a comb 100 for being attached to a hair-cutting device 115. The comb comprises two surfaces 103, 104 configured to be in contact with the skin 117 of the user. Each surface comprises a slot 105, 106 for attaching the comb to the hair-cutting device, and both surfaces have a common edge 107. When the hair-cutting device is attached to the slot of the first surface, the second surface is in contact with the skin, and when the hair-cutting device is attached to the slot of the second surface, the first surface is in contact with the skin. An asymmetric arrangement of the two slots allows for two cutting lengths of hair with one double-sided comb.




Description

FIELD OF THE INVENTION



[0001] The present invention relates to a comb for being attached to a hair-cutting device, a hair-cutting device comprising such a comb, and a method of adapting a cutting length of a hair-cutting device with such a comb.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



[0002] The cutting length of hair is usually affected by a comb attached to the hair-cutting device. For obtaining different cutting lengths, a large number of combs can be provided, one comb for each cutting length. However, this leads to a plurality of add-on elements, which cannot be attached to the device at the same time. In addition, adjustable combs are known; however, these systems often provide a low mechanical stability and the risk of unintentional changing the cutting length.

[0003] There is a need to address this issue.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



[0004] It would be advantageous to have an improved appliance for providing various cutting lengths for a hair-cutting device.

[0005] The object of the present invention is solved by the subject matter of the independent claims, wherein further embodiments are incorporated in the dependent claims.

[0006] The described embodiments similarly pertain to the comb for being attached to a hair-cutting device, to the hair-cutting device comprising a comb and to the method of adapting a cutting length of a hair-cutting device with a comb. Synergetic effects may arise from different combinations of the embodiments although they might not be described in detail.

[0007] Further on, it shall be noted that all embodiments of the present invention concerning a method, might be carried out with the order of the steps as described, nevertheless this has not to be the only and essential order of the steps of the method. The herein presented methods can be carried out with another order of the disclosed steps without departing from the respective method embodiment, unless explicitly mentioned to the contrary hereinafter.

[0008] According to a first aspect of the invention, there is provided a comb for being attached to a hair-cutting device. The comb comprises a first surface configured to be in contact with a skin of a user when the comb is attached to the hair-cutting device in a first attachment position. The first surface comprises a first slot configured to receive a cutting element of the hair-cutting device when the comb is attached to the hair-cutting device in a second attachment position. Further, the comb comprises a second surface configured to be in contact with the skin of the user when the comb is attached to the hair-cutting device in the second attachment position. The second surface comprises a second slot configured to receive the cutting element of the hair-cutting device when the comb is attached to the hair-cutting device in the first attachment position.

[0009] The comb is configured to be manually attached to the hair-cutting device. It is double-sided and can be attached to the hair-cutting device in two orientations using either the slot at the first side of the comb or the slot at the second side of the comb. Each of the two sides is configured to be in contact with the skin of the user in one of the respective attachment positions. The two sides are positioned at opposite sides of the comb, as can be gathered for example from the embodiments shown in Figs. 1 to 6. With a primarily flat form of the comb, which can be established by an angle of less than 45 degrees between the first surface and the second surface, this can be regarded as a bottom and top configuration. The bottom side of the comb is in contact with the skin, and the top side of the comb is attached to the hair-cutting device. Thus, the respective side, which is not attached by means of the corresponding slot to the hair-cutting device, is configured to comb the hair, guide it to the cutting element of the hair-cutting device and to define a distance of the cutting element from the skin. This distance is equal to the length, to which the hair or beard growing on the skin of the user is to be reduced. Details about this distance will be elucidated with the exemplary embodiment of Figs. 6a and 6b. Due to the asymmetric shape of the comb, preferably an asymmetric design or positioning of the two slots with respect to the corresponding surface, the comb is configured to offer two different cutting lengths of hair. By manually flipping the comb from the first attachment position to the second attachment position, the respective cutting length is adjusted. In this manner, one single add-on element can offer two cutting lengths, thus reducing the number of accessories of the hair-cutting device.

[0010] In an embodiment of the invention, the first surface and the second surface extend along the comb towards a common edge, and the common edge forms a tip of the comb.

[0011] Both, the first surface and the second surface terminate in the common edge, which is part of both surfaces in this embodiment of the invention. The common edge forms a tip of the comb and acts in both attachment positions as leading edge of the comb when moved across the skin of the user and through the hair on the skin. Such a common edge can be seen e.g. in figures 1 and 2.

[0012] In an embodiment of the invention, the first slot is positioned in the first surface of the comb with a first distance from the common edge, the second slot is positioned in the second surface of the comb with a second distance from the common edge, and the first distance is different from the second distance.

[0013] The different distances of the first slot and the second slot, respectively, from the common edge of the comb induce in this embodiment of the invention also a change in distance of the respective slot from the skin of the user. The distance of the slot, which is attached to the hair-cutting device, from the skin defines the distance of the cutting element from skin and thus the cutting length of hair. By providing different distances of the two slots from the common edge of the comb, two possible cutting lengths are provided.

[0014] In an embodiment of the invention, the first surface has a first length, the second surface has a second length, and the first length is different from the second length.

[0015] In this manner, the geometrical shape of the comb accounts for the variation in the distance of the slots from the common edge. Adjusting the length of the surfaces, for example, allows a more centered attachment of the comb to the hair-cutting device, thus leading to a better user experience in this embodiment of the invention.

[0016] In an embodiment of the invention, the first slot has a first depth with respect to the first surface, the second slot has a second depth with respect to the second surface, and the first depth is equal to the second depth.

[0017] In this way, the cutting length of hair is defined solely by the distance of the respective slot from the common edge. The design of the two slots is identical, with only a different position at the respective surface. This enables a more comfortable attaching of the comb to the hair-cutting device. In addition, in this embodiment of the invention, the slots can be designed in order to optimize the hair catching and the guidance of the hair to the cutting element.

[0018] In an embodiment of the invention, the first slot has a first depth with respect to the first surface, the second slot has a second depth with respect to the second surface, and the first depth is different from the second depth.

[0019] In this manner, the depth of the respective slot can define the cutting length. By attaching the hair-cutting device to a deeper slot, also the cutting element is located deeper in the slot. Thus, the cutting element has a smaller distance to the opposite surface and the skin of the user, which leads to a smaller cutting length. In this embodiment of the invention, the distance of the two slots from the common edge can be identical.

[0020] In an embodiment of the invention, the comb has a wedge shape.

[0021] The two surfaces can be designed to have an angle between each other, which is greater than zero degrees and smaller than 90 degrees. The surfaces form this angle at the common edge. This angle enables the definition of the cutting length by the distance of the slot from the common edge, as a larger distance of the slot from the common edge results in a larger distance of the cutting element from skin.

[0022] In an embodiment of the invention, the first surface is parallel to the second surface.

[0023] The surfaces can be designed to be parallel to each other. In this way, the cutting length of the utilized attachment position is to be defined by the depth of the respective slot. In this embodiment of the invention, the comb can be designed flatter.

[0024] In an embodiment of the invention, the comb is configured when being attached in the first attachment position to the hair-cutting device to cause a first cutting length of hair. Further, the comb is configured when being attached in the second attachment position to the hair-cutting device to cause a second cutting length of hair. The first cutting length of hair is different from the second cutting length of hair.

[0025] Thus, the cutting length of hair to which the hair-cutting device reduces the length of the hair growing on the skin of the user can be adjusted by reversing the comb to interchange the first attachment position with the second attachment position.

[0026] According to another aspect of the invention, there is provided a hair-cutting device, which comprises a comb according to any of the previously described embodiments.

[0027] By providing a hair-cutting device with a comb as described in the previous aspects or embodiments, the essence of the invention can be best utilized to offer a hair-cutting device with more different cutting lengths than add-on elements.

[0028] In an embodiment of the invention, the hair-cutting device is a shaver, a trimmer or a groomer.

[0029] As hair-cutting device all appliances shall be understood, which can be customarily used to shave, cut, trim, clip or groom hair or beard of a user to a predefined length.

[0030] According to another aspect of the invention, there is provided a method of adapting a cutting length of a hair-cutting device with a comb according to any of the previously described embodiments. The method comprises the steps of detaching the comb from the hair-cutting device, rotating the comb around a virtual axis of the comb, and attaching the comb to the hair-cutting device.

[0031] By manually interchanging the first attachment position and the second attachment position of the comb, the cutting length of the hair-cutting device can be adjusted. This can be done by detaching the hair-cutting device from the first slot of the comb, turning the comb around a virtual axis and attaching the hair-cutting device to the second slot.

[0032] In an embodiment of the invention, rotating the comb is carried out by rotating the comb around a virtual axis that is part of an angle-bisecting plane of the first surface and of the second surface in order to interchange the first attachment position and the second attachment position.

[0033] The virtual axis, which can be used to rotate the comb around to come from a first attachment position to a second attachment position, is characterized by an identical distance of each point of the virtual axis from both, the first surface and the second surface. Further, the virtual axis is orthogonal to the common edge and intersects with the common edge at its center. This virtual axis can be seen in figure 2.

[0034] Advantageously, the benefits provided by any of the above aspects equally apply to all of the other aspects and vice versa.

[0035] The above aspects and embodiments will become apparent from and be elucidated with reference to the exemplary embodiments described hereinafter.

[0036] Exemplary embodiments of the invention will be described in the following with reference to the following drawings:

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0037] 

Fig 1 shows a schematic set-up of a first exemplary embodiment of a comb in a first attachment position including a hair-cutting device.

Fig. 2 shows a schematic set-up of the first exemplary embodiment of a comb in a second attachment position including a hair-cutting device.

Figs. 3a and 3b show a schematic set-up of the first exemplary embodiment of a comb in the first and in the second attachment position.

Figs. 4a and 4b show a schematic set-up of a second exemplary embodiment of a comb in a first and in a second attachment position.

Figs. 5a and 5b show a schematic set-up of a third exemplary embodiment of a comb in a first and in a second attachment position.

Figs. 6a and 6b show a schematic set-up of the first exemplary embodiment of a comb in the first and in the second attachment position including a hair-cutting device with an illustration of the different cutting lengths of hair.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS



[0038] Fig. 1 shows a schematic set-up of a first exemplary embodiment of a comb 100 in a first attachment position 101 including a hair-cutting device 115. The comb 100 is with the first surface 103, which is shown as bottom surface, in contact with the skin 117 of the user. The second surface 104, in this figure the top surface, has a common edge 107 with the first surface 103. The second surface comprises a second slot 106, which receives the cutting element 116 of the hair-cutting device 115, as the comb 100 is attached to the hair-cutting device 115 in this first attachment position 101. The first slot 105 at the first surface 103, which is in contact with the skin 117, is not used in this first attachment position 101. In this exemplary embodiment of the invention, the first distance 108 of the first slot 105 from the common edge 107 is smaller than the second distance 109 of the second slot 106 from the common edge 107. The first length 110 of the first surface 103 and the second length 111 of the second surface 104 are identical in this first exemplary embodiment. In addition, the first depth 112 of the first slot 105 and the second depth 113 of the second slot 106 are depicted with identical size.

[0039] Fig. 2 shows a schematic set-up of the first exemplary embodiment of a comb 100 in a second attachment position 102 including a hair-cutting device 115. Compared to the first attachment position 101 as shown in Fig. 1, the comb 100 is in the second attachment position 102 rotated around the virtual axis 114 by 180 degrees. The virtual axis 114 cuts with the common edge 107 and is part of the angle-bisecting plane of the first surface 103 and of the second surface 104. The rotation leads to an interchange of the first surface 103 and the second surface 104. In this second attachment position 102, the comb 100 is attached to the hair-cutting device 115 in a manner, that the cutting element 116 is receive by the first slot 105. The second slot 106 is not used in this second attachment position 102. The second surface 104 is in contact with the skin 117 of the user.

[0040] Figs. 3a and 3b show a comparison of a schematic set-up of the first exemplary embodiment of a comb 100 in the first attachment position 101 in Fig. 3a and in the second attachment position 102 in Fig. 3b. The comb 100 is positioned in between of the hair-cutting device 115 and the skin 117 of the user. In the first attachment position 101, the first cutting length 119 of hair is defined as the distance of the cutting element 116 from the skin 117. In the second attachment position 102, the second cutting length 120 of hair is defined as the distance from the cutting element 116 from the skin 117. As can be seen, in this first exemplary embodiment, the first cutting length 119 is larger than the second cutting length 120.

[0041] Figs. 4a and 4b show a comparison of a schematic set-up of a second exemplary embodiment of a comb 400 in a first attachment position 401 in Fig. 4a and in a second attachment position 402 in Fig. 4b. The comb 400 is positioned in between of the hair-cutting device 115 and the skin 117 of the user. In this second exemplary embodiment of the invention, the distances of the first slot 405 to the common edge and of the second slot 406 to the common edge are identical. However, the depth of the second slot 406, which receives the cutting element 116 in the first attachment position 401, is smaller than the depth of the first slot 405, which is not used in this first attachment position 401. The first surface 403 is in contact with the skin 117. In the second attachment position 402 as shown in fig. 4b, the first slot 405 receives the cutting element 116 and the second surface 404 is in contact with the skin 117. The different depths of the first slot 405 and of the second slot 406 result in different cutting lengths. In the first attachment position 401, the first cutting length 419 of hair is defined as the distance of the cutting element 116 from the skin 117. In the second attachment position 402, the second cutting length 420 of hair is defined as the distance from the cutting element 116 from the skin 117. In this second exemplary embodiment, the first cutting length 419 is larger than the second cutting length 420.

[0042] Figs. 5a and 5b show a comparison of a schematic set-up of a third exemplary embodiment of a comb 500 in a first attachment position 501 in Fig. 5a and in a second attachment position 502 in Fig. 5b. The comb 500 is positioned in between of the hair-cutting device 115 and the skin 117 of the user. In this third exemplary embodiment of the invention, the first surface 503 and the second surface 504 are parallel to each other. The depth of the second slot 506, which receives the cutting element 116 in the first attachment position 501, is smaller than the depth of the first slot 505, which is not used in this first attachment position 501. The first surface 503 is in contact with the skin 117. In the second attachment position 502 as shown in Fig. 5b, the first slot 505 receives the cutting element 116 and the second surface 504 is in contact with the skin 117. The different depths of the first slot 505 and of the second slot 506 result in different cutting lengths. In the first attachment position 501, the first cutting length 519 of hair is defined as the distance of the cutting element 116 from the skin 117. In the second attachment position 502, the second cutting length 520 of hair is defined as the distance from the cutting element 116 from the skin 117. In this third exemplary embodiment, the first cutting length 519 is larger than the second cutting length 520.

[0043] Figs. 6a and 6b show a comparison of a schematic set-up of the first exemplary embodiment of a comb 100 in the first attachment position 101 in Fig. 6a and in the second attachment position 102 in Fig. 6b including a hair-cutting device 115 with an illustration of the different cutting lengths of hair 118. The comb 100 is positioned in between of the hair-cutting device 115 and the skin 117 of the user. The distance of the cutting element 116 from the skin 117 defines the cutting length of hair the hair 118. The first cutting length 119 in the first attachment position 101 shown in Fig. 6a is larger than the second cutting length 120 in the second attachment position 102 shown in Fig. 6b.

[0044] While the invention has been illustrated and described in detail in the drawings and foregoing description, such illustration and description are to be considered illustrative or exemplary and not restrictive. The invention is not limited to the disclosed embodiments. Other variations to the disclosed embodiments can be understood and effected by those skilled in the art in practicing a claimed invention, from a study of the drawings, the disclosure, and the dependent claims.

[0045] In the claims, the word "comprising" does not exclude other elements or steps, and the indefinite article "a" or "an" does not exclude a plurality. The mere fact that certain measures are re-cited in mutually different dependent claims does not indicate that a combination of these measures cannot be used to advantage. Any reference signs in the claims should not be construed as limiting the scope.

LIST OF REFERENCE SIGNS:



[0046] 
100, 400, 500
comb
101, 401, 501
first attachment position
102, 402, 502
second attachment position
103, 403, 503
first surface
104, 404, 504
second surface
105, 405, 505
first slot
106, 406, 506
second slot
107
common edge
108
first distance
109
second distance
110
first length
111
second length
112
first depth
113
second depth
114
virtual axis
115
hair-cutting device
116
cutting element
117
skin
118
hair
119, 419, 519
first cutting length
120, 420, 520
second cutting length



Claims

1. Comb (100, 500) for being attached to a hair-cutting device (115), the comb (100, 500) comprising:

a first surface (103, 503) configured to be in contact with a skin (117) of a user when the comb (100, 500) is attached to the hair-cutting device (115) in a first attachment position (101, 501),

wherein the first surface (103, 503) comprises a first slot (105) configured to receive a cutting element (116) of the hair-cutting device (115) when the comb (100, 500) is attached to the hair-cutting device (115) in a second attachment position (102, 502),

a second surface (104, 504) configured to be in contact with the skin (117) of the user when the comb (100, 500) is attached to the hair-cutting device (115) in the second attachment position (102, 502), and

wherein the second surface (104, 504) comprises a second slot (106) configured to receive the cutting element (116) of the hair-cutting device (115) when the comb (100, 500) is attached to the hair-cutting device (115) in the first attachment position (101,501).


 
2. Comb (100, 500) according to claim 1,
wherein the first surface (103, 503) and the second surface (104, 504) extend along the comb (100, 500) towards a common edge (107), and
wherein the common edge (107) forms a tip of the comb.
 
3. Comb (100, 500) according to any of claims 1 or 2,
wherein the first slot (105) is positioned in the first surface (103, 503) of the comb (100, 500) with a first distance (108) from the common edge (107),
wherein the second slot (106) is positioned in the second surface (104, 504) of the comb (100, 500) with a second distance (109) from the common edge (107), and
wherein the first distance (108) is different from the second distance (109).
 
4. Comb (100, 500) according to any of the preceding claims,
wherein the first slot (105) has a first depth (112) with respect to the first surface (103, 503),
wherein the second slot (106) has a second depth (113) with respect to the second surface (104, 504), and
wherein the first depth (112) is equal to the second depth (113).
 
5. Comb (100, 500) according to any of claims 1 to 3,
wherein the first slot (105) has a first depth (112) with respect to the first surface (103, 503),
wherein the second slot (106) has a second depth (113) with respect to the second surface (104, 504), and
wherein the first depth (112) is different from the second depth (113).
 
6. Comb (100) according to any of the preceding claims,
wherein the comb (100) has a wedge shape.
 
7. Comb (500) according to any of claims 1 to 5,
wherein the first surface (503) is parallel to the second surface (504).
 
8. Comb (100, 500) according to any of the preceding claims,
wherein the comb (100, 500) is configured when being attached in the first attachment position (101, 501) to the hair-cutting device (115) to cause a first cutting length (119) of hair (118),
wherein the comb (100, 500) is configured when being attached in the second attachment position (102, 502) to the hair-cutting device (115) to cause a second cutting length (120) of hair (118),
wherein the first cutting length (119) of hair (118) is different from the second cutting length (120) of hair (118).
 
9. Hair-cutting device (115) comprising a comb (100, 500) according to any of the preceding claims.
 
10. Hair-cutting device (115) according to claim 9,
wherein the hair-cutting device (115) is a shaver, a trimmer or a groomer.
 
11. Method of adapting a cutting length of a hair-cutting device (115) with a comb (100, 500) according to any of the claims 1 to 8, the method comprising the steps:

detaching the comb (100, 500) from the hair-cutting device (115),

rotating the comb (100, 500) around a virtual axis (114) of the comb, and

attaching the comb (100, 500) to the hair-cutting device (115).


 
12. Method according to claim 11,
wherein rotating the comb (100) is carried out by rotating the comb (100) around a virtual axis (114) that is part of an angle-bisecting plane of the first surface (103) and of the second surface (104) in order to interchange the first attachment position (101) and the second attachment position (102).
 




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